Inside Update
Sept. 5, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Small animal hospital is golden

The state-of-the-art small animal hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine has earned Iowa State another LEED® Gold certification, the second highest level in the green building rating system.

Access your work files from almost anywhere

CyBox, a new cloud-based storage system, makes it easy to access your work files at home or on the road.

Meet Veronica Dark, Faculty Senate president

Dark will rely on experience during her tenure as senate president, including work on best practices and guidelines for position responsibility statements.

Meet Steve Mayberry, P&S Council president

Mayberry said the council has the people and teamwork approach to help find solutions to challenges facing professional and scientific staff.

CELT's mission remains unchanged for two decades

Since 1993, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has never changed its focus of impacting student learning by helping faculty and graduate students become effective teachers.

More news

The following announcements were added this week: 

  • Security alert: Blackboard scam

  • P&S Council professional development seminar is Sept. 10

  • Proposals for publication support grants are due Oct. 7

  • Memorial service for longtime chemistry professor John Corbett is Friday

  • Regents' Sept. 6 public hearing will precede Sept. 10-11 meeting

  • EAP training: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • Online wellness opportunity

  • Harl Commons, Global CafĂ© opened in Curtiss Hall Sept. 3

  • Bacon Expo tickets go on sale Sept. 6

  • Sick kids? Consider The Comfort Zone

  • Proposals sought for spring Honors Program seminars

  • Roy Reiman is Sept. 12 Reiman entrepreneur seminar speaker

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CELT announces fall teaching and learning circles

CELT is offering three teaching and learning circles for the campus community this fall. Teaching and learning circles provide a way for faculty, instructors and staff to hear new teaching strategies, meet colleagues and build a community of practice. Each learning circle consists of six to 15 people who meet four to five times (weekly or biweekly) to discuss common topics of interest and/or books. Space is limited. Register for one of the following:


Seminars and conferences

The following seminars were added this week:

  • "Forecasting Supply and Demand Balance in California's Cap and Trade Market," James Bushnell, University of California, Davis, Sept. 10 (3:45-5 p.m., 1344 Howe), part of the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy policy seminar series 

  • "Write Winning Grant Proposals," John Robertson, Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops, Oct. 3 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., MU Sun Room), free, but registration required

Around campus

President's annual address is Sept. 13

President Steven Leath will take a look back and share his priorities and goals for the 2013-14 academic year during his annual address on Sept. 13 (8:15 a.m., MU Great Hall). The university community is invited; refreshments will be available at 8 a.m.

Ames Lab to add new research facility

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is funding a $10 million project to build a new Ames Lab research facility at the Applied Science Complex, northwest of campus. Construction on the Sensitive Instrument Facility, which will house items such as electron and scanning probe microscopes, is slated to begin next spring.

A little help from the drivers

A customer service envelope that now comes with all rental keys gives drivers a means to share helpful vehicle information with transportation services staff.

Drug-resistant bacteria part of research studies

Prevention of human exposure to water-borne pathogens is the focus of research studies led by Michelle Soupir, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

University newsletters

University Museums

In this edition of Interpretations (PDF): A preview of the new fall exhibitions, images of the new Art on Campus and a look at the life of sculptor Larry Nowlan.


U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory

In this edition of Insider: Ames Lab's new Sensitive Instrument Facility, the grand opening celebration for the Critical Materials Institute and the arrival of cutting-edge NMR technology.

Opening events: 2013-14 academic year

Next week

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences convocation, Sept. 10 (4:10 p.m., Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation and reception, Sept. 11 (4-6 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union)

  • President's Annual Address, President Steven Leath, Sept. 13 (8:15 a.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union, coffee and refreshments available at 8 a.m.)


  • College of Veterinary Medicine convocation, Oct. 2 (8-9 a.m., 1226 Vet Med)

  • University faculty and staff awards ceremony and reception, Oct. 2 (3:30-4:30 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Candidate reception: Madison Gray, Vanderbilt University, one of two finalists for the director position in the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, Sept. 9 (3:30-4:45 p.m., 3150 Beardshear)


  • Welcome reception: Mary Petersen, daughter of former ISU artist-in-residence Christian Petersen, Sept. 16 (2-3 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill).

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Iowa State (volleyball) Challenge is this weekend

The No. 11 Cyclone volleyball squad will play twice over the weekend in its own tournament at Hilton Coliseum. Iow 0px;" dir="ltr">To commemorate the seed-saving history of Iowa, Reiman Gardens planted 34 varieties of heirloom tomatoes this season, from grape to beefsteak bush. Visitors to the gardens' Home Production Garden on Sept. 7 (1-3 p.m.) may taste test and vote for their favorite tomato. Horticulturist Sharon Rink will be on hand to answer questions about the training systems used to keep the plants productive. Regular garden admission fees apply.


Music faculty fanfare


ArtWalk follows in George Washington Carver's footsteps

Join University Museums staff on Sept. 11 at noon for a historic journey across campus, following in the footsteps of prominent alum, George Washington Carver. The walk begins in front of Sloss Women's Center, east of the campanile.



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