Inside Update
Oct. 2, 2014
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news


Davis to step down as CIO

Chief information officer Jim Davis will step down next year from his position leading information technology programs and return to the classroom and to research in applications using next-generation networks.


Details shared on winter partial shutdown

University administrators have approved an 11-day partial shutdown during the semester break. The period includes weekends, university holidays and four days for which employees may use paid or unpaid leave.


Remodeled lodge offers secluded meeting space

The newly refurbished Lynn Fuhrer Lodge gives student organizations and university departments a picturesque location for small-group functions.


Let ISU history take root in your yard

Faculty and staff have an opportunity to grow a piece of Iowa State history in their own backyards. A limited number of seedlings propagated from east campus' Sycamore Row are available for sale through the ISU Alumni Association.

No fallout from Shellshock Bug
Mac users on campus appear to have gotten through the Shellshock Bug unscathed.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Oct. 8 lecture looks at poverty and politics in suburban St. Louis
  • Reminder: Regents' special meeting on TIER cases is Oct. 2
  • CALS online auction runs through Oct. 8
  • Chinese students plan Oct. 3 memorial service
  • Free health screenings and software for faculty and staff
  • Security and fire safety report available online
  • CELT is accepting proposals for 2015-16 Miller Faculty Fellowships
  • CIRAS celebrates national Manufacturing Day with free movie night
  • Hort Farm's produce website is down, but apple sales continue
  • Reminder: Flu shot clinic begins Oct. 6
  • Homecoming is Oct. 5-12
  • Register now for Iowa State's Healthiest State Walk on Oct. 8
See: Announcements

Around campus

New Big 12 ads debut Saturday

During Oct. 4 football telecasts, member universities of the Big 12 Conference will launch a new 30-second PSA series about the STEM research occurring on each campus. The series is part of the conference's broader "Making a Difference" promotion. Saturday is the first day of the season that all 10 schools are playing each other. Iowa State's ad and those from the other member schools are online.


Study looks at epilepsy treatment possibilities

Researchers at Iowa State are investigating the connection between initial seizures and the onset of epilepsy later in life.


Team develops measurement tool for schools, research

ISU researchers are working on a tool to help schools assess children's physical activity behavior.


Library's digital repository reaches milestones

University Library's 30-month-old Digital Repository recently achieved two milestones: 21,000 objects deposited and 2 million downloads of them.

Open houses/receptions


This week

  • Retirement: Gary Honeick, printing and copy services, Oct. 3 (9:30-10:30 a.m., 101 Printing and Publications Building)
  • Retirement: John Hjortshoj, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Oct. 3 (1:30-3 p.m., 301 Spedding)

Next week

  • Reception: Commemorating the late Bruce Thompson, former director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, Oct. 6 (5:15 p.m., Building 2, Applied Science Complex)
  • Retirement: Labh Hira, College of Business; and Tahira Hira, College of Human Sciences and the President's Office, Oct. 10 (9-11:30 a.m., program at 9:30 a.m., Reiman Ballroom, Alumni Center), RSVP requested
  • Retirement: Al Murdoch, Cyclone Hockey, Oct. 10 (2:30-5:30 p.m., program at 4 p.m., MU Sun Room)

Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Country singer David Nail performs tonight

Grammy-nominated country singer David Nail will take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight, Oct. 2, at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students) and available through MidwesTIX.


Enjoy some fall softball

The Iowa State softball team will host a weekend tournament (Oct. 4-5) featuring the state's four Division I programs (ISU, Iowa, Northern Iowa and Drake) and Upper Iowa. There will be five games daily, three at the Cyclone Sports Complex and two on the Cyclones' former home field at the Southwest Complex. Admission is free.


Bonsai show is at Reiman Gardens this weekend

Reiman Gardens is hosting the Iowa Bonsai Association's annual fall show Oct. 4-5 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Activities include daily presentations on "How to Read a Bonsai" (11:30 a.m.) and forest bonsai (1:30 p.m.) and other informal demonstrations. Starter plants, finished bonsai and related items will be available for sale. Regular garden admission prices apply.


English Wedgwood ceramics are the subject of Sunday gallery walk

Join a University Museums curator Sunday, Oct. 5 (2 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum) to learn more about the university's Wedgwood collection, the focus of a new exhibition at the Brunnier. The gallery walk is free and the public is invited.

More campus events
Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar. Also, see the Arts and Entertainment page.

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

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


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