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Inside Iowa State
February 19, 1999


Science Coalition highlights ISU science

Several Iowa State research accomplishments are featured this week on the Web site of The Science Coalition, Washington, D.C. High-lighted ISU work includes studies on chicken soup's rehydrating qualities, new information on gallatic collisions and genetic engineering of oat plants to resist a virus. The Science Coalition is a group of universities, businesses and organizations dedicated to sustaining federal commitment to university research. The Web site is at www.

TIAA-CREF cashability option revised

The State Board of Regents has revised its second pilot program, created in December 1998 to give employees additional options (including a cash settlement) when settling their TIAA-CREF contracts at retirement or the end of their university employment. The revision is that individuals must retire and select, execute and complete an option by June 15, 1999, rather than June 30, 2000, as initially announced. The change makes the program uniform across the regents universities. More information is available at the benefits office Web site,

Town meeting on Christian Petersen

To prepare for a retrospective exhibit on Christian Petersen next year, University Museums is hosting a town meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Brunnier Art Museum, Scheman Building. People who knew Petersen or his wife, Charlotte, are invited to share their memories of them. Particularly of interest are ISU alumni who took art classes from Petersen during the years (1934-1955) he was Iowa State's sculptor-in-residence. For more information, call 4- 6469.

Connections reception

The Task Force on Race (part of the University Committee on Women) and the women's center will sponsor a reception, "Making Connections," from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. The reception is for women new to the campus (including faculty, staff and students) and those who are having trouble finding out how to get things done at the university. The reception provides an opportunity for women to network and learn about the informal systems at Iowa State. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judy Dolphin, 4-1663 (, or Pat Miller, 4-9935 (

Risk management moves

The Risk Management Office has moved to 125 Beardshear. Phone numbers for Rebecca Adair, risk manager, and Deb Keys, program assistant, remain the same. The new fax number is 4- 1621.

International lecture series continues

The Office of International Students and Scholars and the International Student Council are sponsoring a Wednesday noon lecture series this semester in the Memorial Union. Faculty and staff who have worked abroad will share their experiences. Coming up are talks about Mexico by Howard Van Auken, finance and management (March 3, Gallery), and about Scotland by Peter Reilly, chemical engineering (March 10, Oak Room). All lectures are in the ISU online calendar. Bring your lunch and learn about another culture.

New campus paging system in effect

Iowa State has a new contract for paging services with Electronic Engineering Co. The new service replaces the service previously overseen by facilities planning and management and offers statewide paging and access from off campus. ISU purchasing agent John Feller oversees the contract. Campus departments wishing to purchase pagers or with questions about the new system should contact him at 4- 8806. The old paging system will be discontinued by May 1.

Wellness database site

The Iowa State University Wellness Center, located on the second floor of the Student Health Center, now offers direct access to the Infotrac Search Bank Health Reference Center. The Infotrac search bank is a multi-source database for health and wellness research, including medical and consumer periodicals, health newsletters, reference books, referral information and topical interviews.

The service, one of three access sites in Ames, is open to ISU students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Brian Dunn, 4-7968, or Randy Mayer, 4-2722, in the Student Health Center.

Surplus computer policy

The excess property form used by the Asset Recovery Program to track surplus inventory has been revised to require department personnel to verify that all files in a personal computer have been deleted and all software on a computer has a legal license. Individual floppy disks containing records are to be destroyed.

Questions about this or disposal of any excess equipment may be directed to Norm Hill, 4-5752.

Basketball spirit rallies

Cyclone fans are invited to attend Iowa State spirit rallies at the Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments in Kansas City March 2-7. Sponsored by the ISU Alumni Association, the rallies include snacks, beverages and performances by the pep band and cheer squad. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call David Orth, 4-2584, or visit this Web site:

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