Inside Update
Feb. 13, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Senate receives update on faculty misconduct case

The provost's office updated the Faculty Senate on the outcome of the investigation into an engineering professor's misuse of National Science Foundation grant funds. Associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince said there will be a review of ISU's processes, and emphasized the continued importance of full documentation.


Regents tap Deloitte firm for efficiency review

The consulting firm will conduct a yearlong review of the regent universities that will look at each school individually and the three as a system.


Planning moves ahead for multiple building projects

The state Board of Regents gave an initial green light Feb. 6 to several Iowa State building proposals, including a new biosciences building, addition to Bessey Hall, new residence hall and a bowled-in football stadium.


CIO Davis discusses the 'web of things,' IT initiatives

Universities teaming up to transform information technology in a big way, plans to expand ISU's wireless network and a spam-sending refrigerator all got a mention in CIO Jim Davis' recent update on "IT futures."


Council discusses work-life topics

Representatives from the university's work-life advisory committee asked Professional and Scientific Council members for feedback on work-life issues, including tuition reimbursement.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Professor emeritus Nakadate to read from new memoir on Feb. 19

  • BBQ lunch stand moves inside Kildee Hall temporarily

  • Sustainability symposium registration open

  • Eating disorder awareness events run Feb. 20-28

  • Free Zumba class offered after work on Feb. 18

  • Volunteers sought who'd like nutrition counseling

  • EH&S offers new lab safety training course
See:  Announcements


CELT programs

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

See: Descriptions and times 


Upcoming application deadlines for graduate student opportunities

  • Preparing Future Faculty, offers teaching, mentoring and learning possibilities to help prepare postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. and master's students for a competitive academic job market. To be considered for the 2014-15 academic year, apply online by Feb. 28.

  • Wakonse graduate fellowship, offers room, board, travel and conference registration fellowships to four graduate students to attend the May Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, Shelby, Mich. Applications are due March 1.

  • Graduate Student Teaching Certificate,12-credit program provides teaching knowledge and experience, focused as much as possible in the home discipline, for graduate students who want to become professors at schools that emphasize teaching. Applications are accepted year-round.


Seminars and conferences

The following conferences were added this week:

  • Shauna Hallmark, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and interim director of the Institute for Transportation, to institute director


Around campus

Chinese students welcome Year of the Horse

Chinese students in the Greenlee School celebrated the new year and the Feb. 7 Chinese Spring Festival in Hamilton Hall. It was the fourth year for the event.


ISU's icing wind tunnel helps researchers study ice buildup on wings, turbine blades

Iowa State engineers have refurbished an icing wind tunnel and are using it to study ice buildup on aircraft wings and wind turbine blades.


Retired Rockwell Collins CEO is Business' executive in residence Feb. 17-19

Greg Collins will visit classes and give a lecture, "Ten Realities of Doing Business Globally," as part of his executive in residence visit to the College of Business next week.


ISU researchers part of African study

Animal science faculty are studying the genetic makeup of chickens in Africa in an effort to improve nutrition and alleviate food scarcity across the continent.

University newsletters


In the Feb. 12 edition of Your Library Newsletter: Learn about ISU Library's participation in the SCOAP3 initiative; the interface and name changes for "Web of Knowledge" and "Web of Science;" and the new look of LexisNexis.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • 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.)

  • Exhibition reception: "Life of Sierra Leone," photos by Radford Davis, Feb. 15 (5-6 p.m., Multicultural Center, Memorial Union)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forums

Ames Laboratory director finalists (1 of 5)

  • 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

A romantic evening of bluegrass music

Treat your Valentine to bluegrass music on Feb. 14 (7:30 p.m., Stephens) with Grammy award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck and fellow banjo picker Abigail Washburn. The Del McCoury Band also will be part of the performance. Tickets, $32 and $39 ($23 for youth; $20 for students), are available at the Iowa State ticket office and through Ticketmaster.


Cyclones in action

Iowa State home events in the next week:

  • Feb. 14, Track and field, Iowa State Classic, Lied Center, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (free)
  • Feb. 14, Men's hockey vs. Central Oklahoma, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m. ($5-$10)
  • Feb. 15, Track and field, Iowa State Classic, Lied Center, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (free)
  • Feb. 15, Men's basketball vs. Texas Tech, Hilton Coliseum, 12:45 p.m. ($30)
  • Feb. 15, Women's basketball vs. Kansas, Hilton, 6 p.m. ($6-$12)
  • Feb. 15, Men's hockey vs. Central Oklahoma, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m. ($5-$10)
  • Feb. 18, Men's basketball vs. Texas, Hilton, 6 p.m. ($30) 
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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