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April 13, 2001


Honors poster presentations
The university community is invited to the Spring 2001 poster presentation of graduating Honors students' Honors projects from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Women's center director candidates announced
Two candidates for director of the Margaret Sloss Women's Center recently were announced. They are Penny Rosenthal, director of Iowa State's Off Campus and Adult Student Services Office and interim director of the women's center, and Sharon Jacobson, director of Better Community Coalition at the State University of New York-Brockport, co-director of the SUNY-Brockport women's center and adjunct professor of women's studies.

Rosenthal participated in open forums on April 9. The campus community may meet Jacobson during several open forums on Thursday, April 19, in 236 Memorial Union. She will attend a general open forum from 11 to 11:50 a.m., a diversity forum from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and a student forum from 4:15 to 5:30. Former center director Pamela Thomas left Iowa State last summer.

Research centers have European partners
Two research centers in the Plant Sciences Institute and two European universities recently signed agreements that will facilitate ongoing research and education programs. The Center for Plant Genomics established a partnership with the biological sciences department at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. The Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics formed a partnership with the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

The partnerships will enable exchanges of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty. The new partners will work together on research, grant applications, development of intellectual property and technology transfer.

Findlay to speak at honor society meeting
Robert Findlay, architecture, will talk about sustainable community design during the spring meeting of the Phi Beta Delta honor society. The meeting is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in 8 Curtiss. It is open to the public.

Noise awareness day
Occupational Medicine staff will offer tips on protecting hearing and help faculty and staff determine if they may have hearing loss Wednesday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 is International Noise Awareness Day, a day to examine the harmful effects of noise on hearing and health. Occupational Medicine staff will answer questions and provide samples of hearing protection and informational brochures in G11 TASF.

Some telecommunications staff temporarily in Pearson
Approximately 20 telecommunications staff temporarily moved out of two office suites in the Durham Center last week so that workers can repair moisture problems. Among those who moved to 117 Pearson are staff in the director's office, administrative services, student services and the support team (which answers questions from campus employees). Phone numbers and mailing addresses remain the same for all staff. Repairs on the Durham offices are expected to take a couple of months.

It's time to renew "extended loan" library materials
ISU library borrowers with "extended loan" materials due May 4 may renew those items for the coming academic year without penalty until 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. Borrowers may view a list of items they've checked out by using the Web-based "Borrower Information" service at (or, from the ISU e-Library homepage, choose "Library Catalog," then "Borrower Information" from the left side bar.)

Forum time changed
The research presentation by Sung Koo, a candidate for director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, has been changed to 1:15 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 1951 Food Sciences (from a morning time slot). Koo, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State, also will discuss his vision for the center's future at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, in 1951 Food Sciences.

Spring luncheon tickets on sale
Tickets for the ISU Women's Club spring luncheon are on sale at Cooks Emporium, downtown Ames, for $13. The lunch will be at noon Friday, April 27, in the Gateway Center Garden Room.

Asset Recovery renamed ISU Surplus
Asset Recovery, a division of Central Stores, has been renamed ISU Surplus. The division will continue its public sales of old university equipment from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Purchasing Warehouse. Iowa State departments and units have the opportunity to buy the equipment early, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. For more information on ISU Surplus, including a printable excess property form, see

Endowed ECE chair to be dedicated April 27
A dedication ceremony honoring Satish Udpa, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the first holder of the Thomas Whitney Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering, will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, in 2222 Coover. A reception will follow the ceremony.

WOI Radio drive sets spring record
Supporters of WOI Radio set a new spring fund-raising record last week, pledging $239,189 between March 30 and April 6. This is up from the $238,079 pledged in spring 2000. Marysue Hartung, the station's membership director, said pledge drive support accounts for one-third of WOI Radio's operating budget.

Several fund-raising challenges assisted the station in reaching its goal. On March 30 and April 6, each new membership received was matched with a $20 gift from Douglas and Deborah West of Ankeny. A total of 190 new members responded to that challenge.

The Maytag Foundation awarded WOI Radio $500 each time its 10th phone rang with a pledge, up to 20 times. The Maytag Foundation pledge was $10,000.

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