Inside Update
Jan. 23, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Regents president attends senate meeting

Bruce Rastetter, president of the state Board of Regents, spoke at the Jan. 21 Faculty Senate meeting and fielded questions from senators. Distribution of state appropriations, budget lobbying, institutional collaboration and community college articulation agreements were among the topics he discussed.


Start something

Got a technology idea for Iowa State? Post it on ITS' new Techstarter website and see how it plays with the Iowa State crowd.


Ames Laboratory director finalists named

Five finalists have been named in the search for the director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory.


Regents task force takes closer look at Tennessee funding model

A task force appointed by Iowa's Board of Regents to study performance-based alternatives for allocating state funds talked this week with the architect of Tennessee's unique model.


Students to begin online training on violence prevention

While faculty and staff are finishing up online training on discrimination and harassment in early February, students will be undertaking similar training. The 40-minute mandatory training session, required for all students, focuses on Title IX and violence prevention.

More news

The following announcements were added this week:

  • Feb. 4 brown bag discussion: When's a good time to apply for full professor?

  • Proposals accepted through Feb. 21 for Student Success Summit

  • University Honors program seeks seminar proposals

  • Student employee of the year nominations are due Feb. 7

  • Register for spring Swim & Gym

  • Industry-sponsored research is topic of brown bag workshop

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

Register via AccessPlus (click on Employee > HRS Training > Courses).


Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • Research workshop: "Engaging in Industry-sponsored Research," Lisa Lorenzen, ISU Research Foundation, Jan. 31 (12:10-1 p.m., 130 College of Design), bring your lunch, cookies provided

  • 5th annual ISU Symposium on Sustainability, "Celebrating Our STARS, Charting Our Course," Feb. 25 (1-5 p.m., Memorial Union)

  • Student Success Summit, April 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union)

  • Keith Robinder, assistant dean of students and director of Student Assistance and Outreach, to associate dean of students, effective Jan. 27

  • Matthew Helmers, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, to Dean's Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Jan. 17 

Around campus

Brown and team awarded patent key to BEI research

A team led by Robert Brown, director of the Bioeconomy Institute, has been awarded a patent for bio-oil fractionation. The process promises a way to convert biomass into many value-added products.


Day of service highlights partnership

Service project marks one-year anniversary of Iowa State partnership with Des Moines' Moulton and King Elementary schools. (Video feature.)


New lab partners students with businesses

CyBIZ Lab, an experiential learning initiative launched by the College of Business, connects students with businesses through market research and consulting projects.

Dirt on the floor is a good thing at Hansen facility
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences proudly put its new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center -- featuring a state-of-the-art arena -- to use last week with the start of spring semester.

Open houses/receptions

This week

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

Next week

  • 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)


  • Open house and tours: See the stage curtain "Silver Code" up close and learn about the University Museums project to clean and restore it, Feb. 6 (4-6 p.m., Stephens Auditorium)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Ames Laboratory director finalists

  • Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Laboratory, Jan. 27 (10:30 a.m.-noon, 301 Spedding)

  • Patricia Thiel, Ames Laboratory, Jan. 30 (10:30-noon, 301 Spedding)

  • Alan Hurd, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Feb. 4 (10:30-noon, 301 Spedding)

  • Duane Johnson, Ames Laboratory, Feb. 6 (10:30-noon, 301 Spedding)

  • Adam Schwartz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Feb. 14 (10:30-noon, 301 Spedding)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Celebrating a legacy of entertainment

The Memorial Union's Maintenance Shop is celebrating 40 years of entertainment with an anniversary concert series. Award-winning blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw, who first appeared at the M-Shop in 1986, opens the series Jan. 31 (9 p.m.). Tickets ($12 public, $7 ISU students) are available online and at the M-Shop box office.


MLK convocation is today

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated during a convocation event on Thursday, Jan. 23 (3:30 p.m., MU Sun Room). The program includes a documentary film, followed by an audience discussion and the presentation of the Advancing One Community awards. The film, The Loving Story: Perseverance, Change and Civil Rights, examines interracial marriage in the United States. Natasha Croom, assistant professor in the School of Education, will lead the discussion.


Trio of diverse performances take the Iowa State Center stages

Tickets for the following performances are available through Ticketmaster or at the Iowa State Center ticket office (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

  • Comedian Don Tjernagel, Jan. 25 (8 p.m., Fisher Theater). Tjernagel's comedic style leaves no controversial or raunchy topic untouched. For mature audiences only. Tickets are $11.

  • Cinderella, Jan. 26 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The Moscow Festival Ballet brings the well-known fairy tale to life on stage. Tickets are $29 and $35 (youth and students, $20).

  • The Addams Family Musical, Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m., Stephens). Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, this musical tells the story of Wednesday Addams and her relationship with a young man. Everything changes for the Addams family when they host a dinner for the "normal" boyfriend and his parents. Tickets are $28, $49 and $53 (youth and students, $25).

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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