Inside Update
March 5, 2015
News for Iowa State faculty and staff

Inside news

Leath makes funding case to Legislative subcommittee

President Steven Leath was on the team that visited the State Capitol last week to present the regent universities' funding requests for next year to the joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Read his message, including his endorsement of performance-based funding.

Regents will meet March 11 in Iowa City

Parking permit increases, 2015-16 residence hall and meal plan rates, an Airport Road property purchase and a new degree program in early childhood education are on the ISU agenda when the state Board of Regents meets next week.

Nominations due March 25 for next 'Emerging Leaders' class

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost seeks faculty and P&S nominations for the 2015-16 Emerging Leaders Academy. The academic-year experience begins in late August.

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The following announcements were added this week:

  • Employee wellness: "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle" is March 18
  • After-school science camp for girls starts March 27
  • Reminder: Spring ahead on March 8
  • Volunteer judges still sought for March HS science fairs
  • Workshop on measuring research impacts is March 12
  • Nominations sought for teaching and mentoring awards
  • Reminder: Submit flexible spending claims by April 30
  • ISCORE conference is March 6
See: Announcements

Around campus

Iowa State is part of land-grant 'impacts' website

Iowa State is among the land-grant universities whose contributions to American life are extolled on a new website, Land-Grant Impacts.


Consortium will try to conserve Iowa's butterfly habitat

Enhancing the monarch butterfly's habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. Initial partners include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa departments of Agriculture/Land Stewardship and Natural Resources, farmer and conservation organizations and companies.


ISU agronomist is part of NASA project

This summer, a NASA satellite will begin tracking the moisture content of soil all over the world, laying the groundwork for a better understanding of weather and climate. Associate agronomy professor Brian Hornbuckle is part of the team that made it happen.


High school culinary competition held on campus

Fourteen teams competed in two categories at the 2015 Iowa ProStart® Invitational March 2 in the Memorial Union. ISU's hospitality management program hosted the event.


  • Carl Weems, University of New Orleans, to a five-year term as chair of the human development and family studies department, effective July 1

Open houses/receptions

This week

  • Opening reception: COHERENCE exhibition, March 5 (8-9 p.m., Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill)
  • Retirement open house: Tom Oftedal, facilities planning and management, March 6 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., 200 General Services Building)

Next week

  • Opening reception: "Women in Iran: Ancient History to Modern Times, and Back," master's thesis exhibit by Rahele Jomepour, integrated visual arts, March 13 (5-7 p.m., artist's talk at 6 p.m., ISU Design on Main, 203 Main St.)  


  • Reception: Sloss Gender Equity Awards, March 31 (2-4 p.m., Hach Hall atrium)
Details about these events are on the university calendar.

Seminars and conferences

Open forums

Remaining town hall sessions: Role of ISU's chief diversity officer

  • March 10 (5:30-6:15 p.m., MU Oak Room)
  • April 7 (2:45-3:30 p.m., MU Gallery)


Library dean candidate (1 of 4)

  • Marilyn Moody, Portland State University, March 9 (3 p.m., 2019 Morrill)


Board of Regents public hearing

Record your comments about any item on the board's March 11 agenda at a March 5 public hearing (6-7 p.m., MU Oak Room). Meeting materials and an agenda are posted to the regents website.

Arts and events

Pease Scholar lecture: Physical inactivity as a disease

Michael Joyner, professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a leading voice on exercise physiology, will discuss whether physical inactivity should be considered a disease during a public lecture on Thursday, March 5 (8 p.m., MU Great Hall).


Grappling for a title

Hilton Coliseum is home to the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 7. All-session and single-session tickets are available online and through the Iowa State athletics ticket office.


Jason Mraz stops by Stephens on March 9

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Mraz will bring his "YES!" tour to Stephens Auditorium on March 9 for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets, $25-$75, are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.


More campus events

Talks, performances, athletic contests and other campus events are listed on the university calendar.

Faculty professional development

CELT programs

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