Inside Update
Jan. 29, 2015
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Ed Lyon became director of Reiman Gardens on Jan. 20.


Alternative admissions index, more off-campus apartments are on regents' agenda

An admissions index that doesn't include HS class rank, additional leased apartment buildings for the ISU residence department and a request to renovate the south lower level of the Forker Building are on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets Feb. 4-5 in Cedar Falls. Audio of the meeting is streamed live.


Stadium project is cruising toward football home opener

Fall weather, not supply issues, temporarily slowed progress on a new south end for Jack Trice Stadium. But the project is "generally on schedule" for completion by Sept. 5, the date of the football team's home opener.


Overcoming password overload

Still using a couple of passwords for dozens of sites? Hiding your password list behind the credit cards? There's a better way and it doesn't require a photographic memory.


Tips for getting started in the new vehicle reservation system

Transportation services' new vehicle reservation site goes live this weekend. Manager Kathy Wellik shares a few tips to help users acclimate to the new system.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Coming in February: Spring career fairs
  • P&S conference registration due Jan. 30
  • The Screwtape Letters tickets go on sale Jan. 30
  • Faculty/staff reception with student veterans is Feb. 4
  • Jan. 30 hearing precedes regents' February meeting
  • Child care center at Vet Med has openings
  • Jason Mraz concert tickets go on sale Feb. 6
  • Feb. 5 Cyclone luncheon will feature student-athletes
  • Professional development opportunities from UHR
  • Time to order campus maps
  • Protein Facility purchases new spectrometer

Around campus

Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with five Earth-size planets

Steve Kawaler, professor of physics and astronomy, is part of an international team that used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft to find an 11.2 billion-year-old star with at least five Earth-size planets. The discovery tells astronomers these planets have been forming for most of the history of the universe.

Strathe has top goal for School of Education

New director Marlene Strathe wants the School of Education to be the top choice for students seeking to become teachers and schools looking to recruit quality teachers.

Research shows corn genetics may control stress response

A research team including Iowa State and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Welcome reception: Ed Lyon, director of Reiman Gardens, Jan. 30 (2-4 p.m., Speer Room, Reiman Gardens)

Next week

  • Retirement: Roy Woodrow, ISU Dining food stores, Feb. 2 (no public event)
  • Reception: Faculty and staff meet military-affiliated ISU students, Feb. 4 (4-6 p.m., MU Col. Pride Lounge), come-and-go event
  • Reception: "The Art of Ellen Wagener" exhibition, Feb. 6 (5:30-7:30 p.m., Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman)
  • Reception: "Bits, Pixels and Practice" exhibition, Feb. 6 (6-8 p.m., Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St., Ames)


  • Retirement: Pat Emley, U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Feb. 16 (2-4 p.m., 205 TASF)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Open forum

Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments about any item on the board's Feb. 4-5 agenda at a Jan. 30 public hearing (noon-1 p.m., MU Oak Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the February meeting are posted on the regents' website.

Details about this event are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

On collecting Petersen

University Museums director Lynette Pohlman will share some of the interesting ways Iowa State has acquired works of art by Christian Petersen over 40 years during a gallery talk on Jan. 30 (2-3 p.m., 0003 Morrill).


Double dose of 'Magic' at Hilton on Saturday

Both Iowa State basketball teams host Big 12 Conference games in Hilton Coliseum Jan. 31. The men face Texas Christian University in a sold-out 1 p.m. game. Tickets remain for the women's 6 p.m. showdown with Oklahoma State.


Lecture by 'Underground Girls of Kabul' author is Feb. 5

Investigative reporter Jenny Nordberg, who examines the Afghani practice of bacha posh -- raising girls as boys because girls are undervalued -- in a 2014 book, will give a campus talk on Feb. 5 (8 p.m., MU Sun Room).

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

Provost office programming

These webinars are hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership (PDF). Full spring seminar schedule.

CELT programming

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