Aaron Sadow, associate professor in chemistry and a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, will present "Metal Compounds for Synthetic Chemistry and Energy-Related Catalysis" at the Jan. 9 Osborn Club public lecture (7 p.m., 1420 Molecular Biology Building). The free lecture follows the club member dinner.
The Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic, under the umbrella of the College of Human Sciences, will offer one-on-one reading tutoring for students in first through 12th grade this spring (5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7-April 26, Lagomarcino Hall). Each child is paired with a graduate student studying education. More information is online or by contacting Marissa Vermeer.
ISU carilloneur Tin-Shi Tam will perform a carillon concert beginning at 11:50 a.m. Jan. 11 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This is the first of several events planned in January and February to honor the civil rights leader.
You can help make the city of Ames a Blue Zones community as part of the governor's healthiest state initiative. City and campus organizers are asking residents to pledge their support by voting for Ames online. Only 10 Iowa communities will be selected for the project, which will provide resources and programs to help citizens enjoy longer, better lives.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has selected 30 participants (17 faculty and 13 staff members) for the 2012 Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). The 2012 cohort will meet monthly beginning Jan. 26, 2012, and continue through December; no classes are planned for June and July. A list of the 2012 participants (PDF) is available online.
There still are some flu vaccinations available for employees who missed the October flu shot clinic. Employees should contact Occupational Medicine, 4-2056, to schedule an appointment.
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, associate controller Kathy Dobbs will be promoted to controller. Controller Stephanie Fox will become the Kuali Financial System (KFS) project manager. Contact information for Dobbs and Fox will remain the same. However, Fox's new office will be located on the second floor of the Administrative Services Building.
Recreation Services is offering ISU faculty and staff a free trial period at the newly renovated State Gym and its addition when the facility opens for business at 6 a.m. on Jan. 9. The trial period runs through Jan. 22. Faculty and staff must present their ISU Card for access. The free trial is open only to eligible nonstudent members -- student spouses, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, affiliates (such as ISU Foundation and alumni association employees) and their spouses. News and updates are available on the Rec Services website.
The committee searching for the next dean of the College of Business is seeking applications and nominations for the post. Send nominations, with names and contact information, to search committee co-chairs Pamela White, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn Bratsch-Prince, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 1 and continue until the position is filled.
The co-chairs anticipate candidates for the position will visit campus during March and April. The position description for the business dean, along with other information about the search, is posted on the Business dean search site.
The Luna moth and Northern Lights inspired the "Snug as a Bug" display in the Reiman Gardens conservatory.