Inside Update
Jan. 16, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Leath: New setup strengthens economic development services

The new Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations pulls together various economic development and company assistance programs, making it easier for external partners to connect to university expertise.


Nusser named VP for research

Statistics professor Sarah Nusser has been named vice president for research, effective Feb. 1.


Officials comment on research misconduct case

In a letter to the university community, the president, senior vice president and provost and interim vice president for research discuss a recent research misconduct case.


Leath joins White House meeting on college access

President Leath meets with President Obama and others today in an effort to find ways to increase college opportunities for disadvantaged students.


Next council president TBD

A runoff election will be held at the Professional and Scientific Council's February meeting to determine its next president-elect.


Monday is university holiday

University offices are closed and classes will not meet on Monday, Jan. 20, to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.


More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Regents' president will speak at Jan. 21 Faculty Senate meeting

  • Still time to get your Madrigal Dinner tickets

  • Jan. 30 public hearing on campus precedes regents' meeting

  • Mobile lunch locations are still open

  • MU poster sale is Jan. 20-24

  • Bioeconomy graduate fellowships offered for fall 2014

  • ISU Plan final benefits statements available online

  • United Way contributions set record

  • ISU's Spring Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 23

  • Proposed expansion at Iowa State Center is topic of Jan. 16 public meetings

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses). Events held in 2030 Morrill unless noted.


Around campus


Branstad budget includes operating increase, biosciences building

The state Board of Regents (PDF) and President Steven Leath on Tuesday expressed gratitude for Gov. Terry Branstad's FY15 budget recommendations, which include a 4 percent increase to the three public universities' operating budgets -- about $6.9 million for Iowa State -- and $2 million in planning funds for a biosciences facility at Iowa State.

Reminder: Iowa State has an ethics hotline

Iowa State contracts with a third-party hotline vendor, EthicsPoint, to allow anonymous reporting of activities that may involve criminal, noncompliant or unsafe behavior impacting ISU. You may submit a report online or by calling (toll-free) 866-384-4277.

Steve Nissen's art serves as his voice

A debilitating stroke In 2008 robbed him of his ability to speak, but former animal science professor Steve Nissen learned to express himself through art. An exhibition of his work opens Jan. 24 at the College of Design's gallery on Main Street in downtown Ames.

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Lester Schmerr, ISU aerospace engineering, Jan. 21 (4:30-6 p.m., 3rd floor, ISU Alumni Center)

  • Opening reception: "Aphasia: Paintings by Dr. Steven Nissen," Jan. 24 (5-7 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St.)


  • Reception: Dedication of Topel and Cheng art collection to University Museums, Jan. 30 (5-7 p.m., upper rotunda and periodical room, Parks Library, program at 5:45 p.m.)

  • Retirement: Vern Hawkins, ISU enrollment services, Jan. 31 (2-4 p.m., MU Sun Room, program at 2:30 p.m.)

  • Farewell: Lisa (Jones) Smith, IT Services, Jan. 31 (2:30-4 p.m., 1155 Administrative Services Building)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Spring semester launch of Cyclone Cinema is tonight

Cyclone Cinema, the campus weekend movie series featuring recently released popular titles, begins its spring run this week with eight showings of Rush (7 and 10 p.m., Thursday through Sunday) in the Carver Hall auditorium. Admission is free; the public is welcome.


Comedian/actor Nick Swardson brings laughs to MU Jan. 23

Comedian and actor Nick Swardson, who most recently appeared in Blades of Glory, 30 Minutes or Less and Grown Ups 2, will bring his stand-up comedy routine to the Memorial Union's Great Hall on Jan. 23 for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $20 ($12 for ISU students) and available through MidwesTIX or at the MU's ticket office, 4-8349. The box office is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Save the dates: A spring lectures preview

Mark your calendar for a variety of informative and entertaining lectures this spring.

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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