Inside Update
April 9, 2015
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Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 17

The university's highest awards will be given to 10 individuals and one company at the Distinguished Awards Celebration on Friday, April 17. All are invited to attend.

New initiative is designed to advance big data research

A new seed funding program, the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science, will help establish interdisciplinary research teams to advance big data at Iowa State. Initial proposals are due May 11.


Blackboard help for students is here

A new service begun this week gives students 24/7 Blackboard support and instructors a little relief.

Public comments sought in advance of accreditation review

Iowa State is seeking comments from the public -- including students, faculty and staff -- in preparation for its periodic reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Comments, either by mail or online, must be submitted by Oct. 5.

Study finds child care is a challenge

A child care feasibility study conducted jointly by Iowa State and the ISU Research Park last fall reveals that the university community desires more quality, accessible and affordable child care options.

Senate debates NTE contract notifications

A proposed change to notification deadlines for employment contract renewals and nonrenewals was introduced at the April 7 Faculty Senate meeting. The change -- which applies only to lecturers and clinicians with three or more years of service -- would shorten the required notification deadline from one year to six months.

Bye-bye, PeopleAdmin 5.8

Two versions of Iowa State's online classification and hiring system, PeopleAdmin, have been running simultaneously for seven months. The older system, PA5.8, will shut down for good on July 1.


More news


The following announcements were added this week:

  • Undergrad research/creativity symposium is April 14 at MU
  • Fly-In Pancake Breakfast is April 18 at Ames airport
  • UCC accepting registrations for Rock Stars summer program
  • Library offers research funding workshop
  • Class to offer free health screenings
  • April 16 hearing precedes regents' Council Bluffs meeting
  • Lloyd Center to participate in national eye exam program for service dogs
  • ISU on best colleges for veterans list
  • Open house for all employed students is April 15
  • Alumni invited for broomball, volleyball competitions
  • Collaborative carillon concert is topic of April 13 lecture

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Around campus

Iowa State junior named a Goldwater Scholar

Catherine Meis of Le Mars, a third-year student majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering, has received a 2015 Goldwater scholarship, the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.


Pop-up shop is part of 2015 student fashion show

A "pop-up shop" -- an international trend of short-term sales spaces -- will spring up on campus April 10, preceding The Fashion Show 2015 on April 11 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). The shop location and many details are a secret, to keep the surprise element. Fashion show tickets, available via Ticketmaster, are $22 ($16 for youth/students).


Local Earth Month calendar is online

A student intern team in ISU's office of sustainability assembled an April calendar of events on campus and around Ames that focus on all facets of sustainability. April is Earth Month; April 22 is Earth Day.


  • Lorraine Acker, former assistant dean at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to director of the Margaret Sloss Women's Center, effective May 1
  • Deb Vance, ISU International Students and Scholars Office, to interim director, effective March 15

Open houses/receptions

Next week

  • Retirement: Carl Jacobson, geological and atmospheric sciences, April 15 (3-5 p.m., program at 3:30 p.m., Molecular Biology Building atrium)
  • Reception: Honoring Pamela White as the inaugural holder of the College of Human Sciences' endowed Dean's Chair, April 17 (1-2 p.m., MU Gold Room), the university community is invited


  • Reception: 6th annual Biorenewables Art Competition, April 22 (4-5:30 p.m., awards at 4:15 p.m., Biorenewables Research Laboratory lobby)
  • Retirement: Larry Johnson, food science and human nutrition, Center for Crops Utilization Research, BioCentury Research Farm, April 24 (1:30-4 p.m., program at 2 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Ribbon cutting and reception: School of Education renovation, April 24 (3-5 p.m., Lagomarcino courtyard)

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 April agenda at an April 16 public hearing (4-5 p.m., MU Oak Room). Meeting materials and an agenda for the April 22-23 meeting will be posted to the regents' website by April 14.

Details about this event are on the university calendar.

Arts and events

Student thesis project includes tours of Gilbert-area farmhouse

Integrated visual arts graduate student Lindsay Nissen has transformed a vacant farmhouse near Gilbert into a temporary exhibition for her final thesis project. A total of 10 farmhouse tours, free and open to the public, will take place over the next two weekends (April 10, 11, 18 and 19). Visitors are encouraged to RSVP for a specific date and time.


Spring musical sells out all seven performances

ISU Theatre's annual spring musical, Les Misérables, begins a two-weekend run on April 10 -- unfortunately, only for current ticket holders. All seven shows in Fisher Theater have sold out.


Animal learning day is April 11

The Block and Bridle Club will host an animal learning day for the public on April 11 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Learning Center, 2516 Mortensen Rd.) to build awareness of agricultural practices and commodities. The event will feature live baby animals, subject experts and a "taste of Iowa" experience.


Football squad's spring game is April 11

The Cyclone football team's spring intrasquad scrimmage will be held Saturday, April 11 (1 p.m., gate opens at noon, Jack Trice Stadium). Fans should enter at gate 1 (near Jack Trice statue) and sit on the east side of the stadium. Admission is free; an optional pregame tailgate lunch hosted by the gridiron club costs $10 ($5 for fans in high school or younger). Fans should park in the Iowa State Center lots north of the stadium.


Free concert by Amara Piano Quartet is April 12

The Amara Piano Quartet, ISU's chamber ensemble in residence featuring four music faculty, will perform on Sunday, April 12 (7:30 p.m., Tye Recital Hall, Music Building). Admission is free; the music program is online.


'Hunting Ground' viewing and discussion is April 15

Student organizations will host a showing of The Hunting Ground, a 90-minute documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, on Wednesday, April 15 (7 p.m., MU Great Hall). A Q&A discussion will follow the film. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

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

Faculty professional development

Provost office programming

This webinar is hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Register online with your ISU-sponsored membership (PDF). More spring webinars at the center.

  • "How to Write 'Beyond' the Academy: Translating Scholarly Writing for a Public Audience," facilitator David Leonard, Washington State University, April 14 (2:30-4 p.m.)


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