Inside Update
Sept. 19, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Optimistic Leath outlines plans

Citing his optimism on funding, support and the of future of research at Iowa State, President Steven Leath laid out his plans for the academic year during his Sept. 13 annual address.

CELT shares its oft-viewed links

Not enough time to thoroughly peruse the CELT website? Here are three "top five" lists of helpful teaching links.

Pam White reappointed to dean post

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert has reappointed Human Sciences dean Pam White to a second five-year term.

New anti-spam tactic coming to your mailbox

A new spam plan will send more of the unwanted email streaming onto campus straight to "junk" folders.

Council to weigh in on P&S policy changes

The Professional and Scientific Council's policies and procedures committee is recommending clarifications of proposed revisions to four personnel policies.

More news
  • Finalists named for associate vice president for human resources

  • Des Moines-area host families sought for visiting Japanese teachers

  • Registration is open for Sept. 26 ISU youth programs training

  • Survey will query undergrads on the student experience

  • Volunteers sought who'd like nutrition counseling

  • Latin American Film Festival opens Sept. 18

  • Campus walk is Oct. 9; Sign up to be counted

  • President's annual address (video and transcript) is online

  • Receive hands-on fire extinguisher training Sept. 20
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Proposals for 2014-15 Miller Faculty Fellowships are due Dec. 2

The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2014-15 academic year is Dec. 2. Fellowship details are on the CELT website. Contact Sara Marcketti with questions.


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Classes are in 1230 Communications unless indicated.

  • Class Climate Users Group, Sept. 24 (8-9 a.m.)

  • Introduction to Class Climate, Sept. 24 (9-10 a.m.)

  • Blackboard Learn: Developing Your Course, Sept. 24 (2:10-3:30 p.m.)

  • Blackboard Learn: Using Tests, Quizzes and Surveys, Sept. 25 (10:30-11:50 a.m.)

  • Service Learning at ISU, Sept. 25 (12:10-1:30 p.m., 3512 Memorial Union)

  • Monitoring Student Learning in Blackboard Learn, Sept. 26 (2:10-3:10 p.m.)


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • "Biotechnology to Solve Nutritional, Agricultural and Veterinary Toxicological Issues," 2013 Central States chapter of the Society of Toxicology, Oct. 10-11, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

  • "Science and Opportunities in Using Site-Directed Mutagenesis for Plant and Animal Improvement," Crop Bioengineering Consortium, Nov. 4-5, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

Around campus

Annual cyber defense competition is Saturday

More than 200 Iowa State students will spend Saturday beating back eight hours of computer attacks in the annual Cyber Defense Competition (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coover Hall first floor). The public is invited to observe; admission is free.


Campus Read-out is Sept. 25

Celebrating the freedom to choose what they read, guests from across campus will read from a favorite banned or challenged book on Wednesday, Sept. 25 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., south side of Parks Library). Banned Books Week is observed Sept. 22-28 this year.


Bioeconomy showcase and progressive dinner is Sept. 30

The Bioeconomy Institute, BioCentury Research Farm and the Biomass Energy Conversion facility will host a biorenewables showcase Sept. 30 (4-9 p.m.) to orient faculty working in the biorenewables on the Iowa Capital Corridor Initiative, ISU's bioenergy resources and research facilities on and off campus. The president's chief of staff Miles Lackey will discuss the new Capital Corridor project and plans to develop Iowa's economy with biorenewables and biosciences. Registration is free but requested by Sept. 25.


Fall career fairs begin next week

Four internship and career events for students, drawing hundreds of employers to campus, get under way next week.


Candidate forums

Next week

  • Mychal Coleman, University of Idaho, finalist for the associate vice president for human resources post, Sept. 23 (1:30-2:15 p.m., MU Oak Room)

  • Harvey Lineberry II, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, finalist for the associate vice president for human resources post, Sept. 25 (1:30-2:15 p.m., 3558 MU)  

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions


  • Retirement: Zora Zimmerman, LAS college administration, Oct. 11 (3:30-5:30 p.m., MU Campanile Room), send best wishes for a book the college will compile to Laura Wille 

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

"End of money" author to speak on campus

Contributing editor at Wired and author of The End of Money, David Wolman will share how going cashless will affect the world, your wallet and the retail, banking and finance industries during his Sept. 19 lecture on campus (8 p.m., MU Great Hall).

Carillon festival includes classes, performances

Belgian Geert D'hollander will be the guest teacher and performer at the music department's carillon festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). All events are free and open to the public. The festival concludes with campanile tours (3-4 p.m.).

ISU Wind Ensemble will perform Sunday afternoon

The Wind Ensemble will present a concert on Sept. 22 (3 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Music). The program will feature a diverse selection of music, including a finale that combines music and technology. Tickets, $5 for adults ($3 students) are available from the music department office or at the door.

Happy birthday to you, Memorial Union

The Memorial Union staff is hosting a family-friendly birthday bash on Monday, Sept. 23 (4:30-6:30 p.m., MU Sun Room) to celebrate the MU's 85th birthday. Staff will serve free chili, cheese soup and birthday cake. All are welcome. The MU opened in 1928 as a memorial to those lost in World War I.

Latin American Film Festival continues into October

A Latin American film series will be screened in the Soults Family Visitor Center, Memorial Union, every Wednesday night through Oct. 16 (The series opened Sept. 18). Showings will begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. All films have English subtitles.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.

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