Inside Update
Jan. 30, 2014
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Preliminary diversity report shared with president

The consultant who's been reviewing Iowa State's diversity programs and resources has submitted a preliminary report and recommendations to President Steven Leath.


Realignment announced for IPRT, centers

IPRT's administrative role as a research institute will end and its centers and activities will report to other administrative units.


Winter break efforts net cost savings

Despite bitterly cold temperatures, conservation efforts during winter break helped Iowa State save nearly $96,000 in energy costs.


Building projects dominate ISU portion of February regents agenda

Iowa State will ask to proceed with new construction projects (residence department, biosciences facilities, football stadium, Scheman Building) and renovations to existing facilities (Marston, Lagomarcino, Friley dining center). The state Board of Regents meets Feb. 6 in Cedar Falls.


Enhance your teaching skills with CELT's help

Want to hear about some award-winning teaching practices? Check out CELT's Award-winning Faculty Series. CELT director and horticulture professor Ann Marie VanDerZanden will share tips about creating measurable learning objectives on Feb. 3.



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The following announcement was added this week:

  • Library workshop introduces bibliography management program

See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

See: Descriptions and times


Workshops and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • Workshop: "How to Write a Successful CAREER Grant Proposal," with four recent NSF CAREER grant awardees, Feb. 5 (3:30-5 p.m., Howe Hall auditorium), registration requested

  • Seminar: "What Everyone Should Know About Soil Microbial Communities," Cindy Nakatsu, Purdue University, Feb. 5 (4:10 p.m., 2020 Agronomy)

  • 4th annual Celebration of Academic Advising, Feb. 11 (7:30-8:45 a.m., MU Campanile Room, program at 8:15 a.m.), all faculty and staff advisers are welcome, RSVP online

  • Workshop: "Getting Started with EndNote Basic," free bibliography management program, Feb. 21 (2:30-4 p.m., 134 Parks Library), preregistration required

Around campus

Lied video board debuts this week

Participants and spectators at this week's Bill Bergan Invitational track and field meet in the Lied Recreation Center can expect a new high-definition video experience.

Interdisciplinary illustration major turns 30

Iowa State's biological and pre-medical illustration program -- one of fewer than 10 like it in the country -- turns 30 this year. The program has about 60 students in it.

Electric guitar maker visits campus next week

The College of Design will host Maryland-based custom electric guitar maker Peter Malinoski as an artist-in-residence Feb. 3-7. He will share examples of his work in a public presentation on Feb. 3 (5:30 p.m., 2019 Morrill).

History lecture makes C-SPAN schedule

History professor Charles Dobbs' lecture on factors influencing President Kennedy's decision to intervene in South Vietnam will air twice this weekend on C-SPAN's American History TV.

Open houses/receptions

This 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)

Next week

  • Portrait unveiling and reception, Feb. 5 (4 p.m., Neil and Darlene Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall)

  • 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)


  • Exhibition reception: Artwork by Wuhan (China) University School of Urban Design faculty, Feb. 13 (4:30-6 p.m., College of Design Gallery 181, program at 5 p.m.)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Ames Laboratory director finalists (4 of 5)

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

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

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

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

Arts and events

Reiman Gardens' 2014 theme is out of this world

Reiman Gardens' 2014 theme is "A Garden Odyssey," inspired by the solar system, space, science fiction and ... aliens. The theme's first exhibit, "Crash Landing," is on display in the conservatory through April 12.

It's Captain Phillips weekend

Cyclone Cinema will provide eight free screenings this weekend of Captain Phillips, the fall film based on the 2009 hijacking of a container ship off the coast of Somalia. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in 101 Carver. Admission is free; all are welcome.

Documentary and discussion recall 1961 Freedom Riders

The 2010 historical documentary Freedom Riders will be shown on Monday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m., MU South Ballroom). Associate professor of history Brian Behnken will lead a discussion following the film. For seven months in 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans traveled together on buses and trains throughout the South, a form of nonviolent activism.


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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