Inside Update
Oct. 31, 2013
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Nuter named next associate VP for university human resources

Julie Nuter will become the new associate vice president for university human resources on Dec. 2.

Winter break partial shutdown set    

This year's partial shutdown, Dec. 23-Jan. 1, allows many employees to opt for a little extra R&R and the university to lower its energy bill.

Power plant updates under way

Iowa State's power plant is getting a makeover that includes three new natural gas boilers, which will reduce the university's coal consumption by one-third annually.

Tuition freeze awaits December regents vote

If the state Board of Regents approves proposed 2014-15 tuition rates at its December meeting, it would mark the first time since 1975 that tuition for in-state undergraduates remains unchanged for three straight years.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Bruce Harmon will present Nov. 11 Osborn Club lecture

  • Order now; Hort farm is selling apples through Nov. 7

  • Tickets on sale for Dec. 5 Kacey Musgraves concert

  • EAP training on conflict management is Nov. 5

  • It's time to vote in video competition

  • New computer virus "ransoms" your files

  • "Vagina Monologues" auditions are Nov. 4, 6, 8
See:  Announcements


Proposals sought for spring statewide Teaching and Learning Conference

The 2014 Teaching and Learning Conference for higher education faculty in Iowa will be held April 10-11, 2014, at Des Moines Area Community College's Ankeny campus. The programming committee seeks proposals for these categories:

  • Assessment of teaching and learning

  • Academic administration

  • Adjunct perspectives

  • Classroom activities or projects that work for various learning styles

  • Flipped classrooms and team-based learning

  • Online teaching and learning

  • Research of teaching and learning

  • Service learning and project-based learning

Submit proposals online by Nov. 15. For more information, contact


Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • Safety summit, "Harvest Your Surplus -- Safely" (disposing of unwanted chemicals, materials and equipment), ISU environmental health and safety, Nov. 1 (7:45-9 a.m., 1230 EH&S Building), register online

  • Workshop, "Science and Opportunities in Using Site-Directed Mutagenesis for Plant and Animal Improvement," ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium, Nov. 4 (1:30-5 p.m.), Nov. 5 (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.), Gateway Conference Center, Ames

  • One Healthy Word seminar series, "Dissecting Complex Phenotypes in Dogs as a Model for Human Disease," Elinor Karlsson, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Nov. 5 (2:10 p.m., 1204 Kildee)

  • IINSPIRE LSAMP annual conference, "Building Community for Student Success in STEM," Nov. 8 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo), student and professional tracks

  • SP@ISU workshop, "Broader Impacts Text Analysis," with Elena Cotos, ISU Graduate College, Nov. 14 (noon-2 p.m., MU South Ballroom, lunch provided), register online

  • 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference, Nov. 17-18 (Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa), sponsored, in part, by ISU Extension and Outreach organic agriculture. Register online.

  •  Chris Tuggle, professor of animal science, to co-coordinator of the U.S. Swine Genome Coordination Program (with Cathy Ernst, Michigan State University)

Around campus

Research reveals plant protection

ISU research shows how plants protect themselves from adverse environmental conditions, which could lead to improved stress tolerance in cash crops.

West side construction update

Work on Phase 2 of the Biorenewables Complex, the future home of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, is on schedule and about two-thirds complete.

Study: Influences on food choices

Researchers examine how prices, parents and peers influence fruit and vegetable food choices among African-American youth.

ISU joins $6 million USAID project

ISU scientists are part of an international team developing disease-resistant and heat-tolerant chickens in Africa as part of a $6 million study for USAID's Feed the Future program.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Barb Kalsem, ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering, Nov. 7 (3-5 p.m., MU Gallery Room)

  • Open house and pep rally: Homecoming, Nov. 8 (5-9 p.m., Alumni Center)


  • Retirement: Bonnie Bowen, ISU ecology, evolution and organismal biology and Strengthening the Professoriate program, Nov. 15 (4-6 p.m., MU Campanile Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Winter athletics tip off next week

The Cyclone basketball and wrestling squads open their seasons at Hilton Coliseum next week, while the volleyball and soccer teams wrap up their regular-season schedules. Home athletics events in the next week include:

  • Soccer vs. Oklahoma State, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., free admission
  • Women's basketball exhibition vs. Wayne State (Neb.), Nov. 3, noon, $5-$12
  • Men's basketball exhibition vs. Augustana (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Nov. 3, 5 p.m., $20
  • Volleyball vs. South Dakota (Vermillion), Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., $4-$5
  • Women's basketball exhibition vs. Carthage (Kenosha, Wis.), Nov. 6, 7 p.m., $5-$12
  • Wrestling vs. Drexel (Philadelphia), Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., $5-$10
  • Wrestling vs. Grand View, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10

Homecoming celebration begins Saturday

The week-long celebration of the 101st Iowa State homecoming opens with a 5K run/walk, banner displays and painting (Victory Lane and local storefronts) on Saturday, Nov. 2. A $5 homecoming button will buy you lunch for six days and a meal at the Nov. 8 pep rally.


ISU Theatre's Spelling Bee musical debuts Nov. 1

Middle-school angst and quirky characters spark the laughs in ISU Theatre's production of the adult comedy musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show begins its two-weekend run on Friday, Nov. 1, at Fisher Theater.


Ghost Brothers of Darkland County takes the stage Nov. 2

Stephens Auditorium presents Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. Described as a southern gothic, supernatural musical, this production is a stage experience that combines the talents of author Stephen King and musicians John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. Tickets, $39.50 to $67.50, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.


Fiddle masters perform at Stephens Nov. 3

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, two of the world's most celebrated fiddlers, bring their show, "Masters of the Fiddle," to Stephens Auditorium on Nov. 3 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $29-$35 ($18 for youth; $20 for students) and available at the Iowa State Center ticket office and through Ticketmaster.

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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