Inside Update
March 6, 2014
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Mapping the wireless future

An audit of wireless service in campus and residence buildings is helping ITS design an optimal access map that could triple the coverage in the future.

A long, cold winter challenges Iowa State's infrastructure

This long, cold winter eventually will end, making spring a welcome respite for Iowa State's streets, sidewalks, buildings and the employees who maintain them.

Ames voters reject convention space proposal

Iowa State leaders express disappointment about the defeat of a bond referendum that would have paid for half of a proposed renovation and convention space addition to the Scheman Building.

Parking, residence system proposals go to regents

When it meets March 12 in Iowa City, the state Board of Regents will review proposed parking permit and residence system rate increases for next year. The board won't vote on the proposals until April.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Reiman Gardens' garage sale is this weekend

  • P&S Council professional development seminar is March 11

  • Proposals sought for SoTL Scholars Program

  • Save the date: Teaching seminar for new teachers is Aug. 19

  • Student presentation on food safety is March 7

  • Register for April 3 Student Success Summit

  • Applications for 2014-15 undergrad research assistantships are due March 31


See: Announcements


Faculty professional development

CELT programs

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

Provost office programs

SP@ISU Brown Bag Lunch Series

Registration requested


Seminars and conferences

The following events were added this week:

  • EPSCoR Energy Policy Seminar, "Co-firing in Coal Power Plants and its Impact on Biomass Feedstock Availability," Jerome Dumortier, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, March 24 (3:40-5 p.m., 1344 Howe)

  • Iowa State Student Success Summit, focusing on retention issues facing our campus, student academic success and student learning outcomes related to instruction, April 3 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Memorial Union), registration required

Around campus

Library's 'BorrowItNow' service begins March 10

Parks Library's do-it-yourself interlibrary loan lets users search and request books and other items from the 33 members of the Greater Western Library Alliance, instead of submitting requests to an ISU librarian. The service is intended for materials that are borrowed and returned. It shouldn't be used, for example, to request copies of journal articles or book chapters or recreational materials, such as DVDs or CDs.

Engineers build software tools to secure smartphones

Iowa State and an Ames-based research team are using a $4.9 million grant to study the security of smartphone software for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Open forums

Animal science department chair finalists:

  • Mark McGuire, University of Idaho, March 7 (10 a.m., 1204 Kildee)

  • James Reecy, ISU animal science, March 11 (10 a.m., 1204 Kildee)

  • Andre-Denis Wright, University of Vermont, April 4 (10 a.m., 1204 Kildee)

Board of Regents public hearing

  • Record your comments on any item on the board's March 12 agenda, March 6 (4-5 p.m., MU Oak Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Open house: Feedback sought on redesign concepts for Hub west patio, March 6 (9 a.m.-noon, Hub patio)

  • Open house: "Big Ideas for Des Moines," College of Design's Products of Public Space spring studio class, March 6 (7-8 p.m., lower gallery, Morrill Hall)

Next week

  • Retirement: Nancy Franz, ISU Extension and Outreach, March 12 (12:30-2 p.m., 190 Scheman)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

The power of 10

Australia's Ten Tenors will perform some of Broadway's biggest hits when the group makes a world tour stop at Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, March 13 (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $39-$45 for the general public, $20 for ISU students and $23 for youth.  

Second City improv comedy, Max Brooks stop at the MU March 7

One of 11 touring ensembles of the renowned comedy improv group, The Second City, will entertain in a free performance Friday, March 7 (9 p.m., MU Great Hall, doors open at 8:30 p.m.). At 11 p.m., bestselling novelist and Emmy Award winning writer (Saturday Night Live) Max Brooks will discuss his books, The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, and new comic book series, The Extinction Parade. Events are open to the public.


International Women's Day celebration is March 9

The Sloss Women's Center and YWCA Ames-ISU are among the hosts of an International Women's Day celebration on Sunday, March 9 (2-4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave.). Anicia Peters, ISU graduate student from Namibia, will share her inspiring story. There will be refreshments and activities, including a time capsule to be opened in five years.



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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