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October 7, 2005


Phi Kappa Phi ceremony is Nov. 13

The fall initiation ceremony for the ISU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Benton Auditorium, Scheman. Loren Zachary, College of Engineering, will speak on "What you can do for the public good."

PKP is the nation's oldest all-discipline honor society. Chapters are permitted to initiate the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors. Outstanding graduate students also qualify, as well as faculty, professional staff and alumni. This fall, two honorary members will be initiated: associate provost Susan Carlson and Matthew Darbyshire, manager of media equipment for IT Services.

Lunch for hurricane relief

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, MacKay Hall, will donate 100 percent of the profits from lunches served on Monday, Oct. 17, to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Make a reservation for lunch at 4-3330 or online at For more information, call John Kramer, 4-9945.

Einstein's Big Idea on PBS

In recognition of the 2005 World Year of Physics, Ames Lab officials suggest you tune into the NOVA production Einstein's Big Idea, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and narrated by John Lithgow, the docudrama depicts Albert Einstein's struggle with the nuances of his pioneering theory of relativity and his conclusion that mass and energy are one.

Flu shot clinic Nov. 2-18

Flu shots will be provided to faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays Nov. 2-18 in 205 Technical and Administrative Service Facility (TASF). No shots will be given on Nov. 8 due to a room scheduling conflict. Limited parking is available in front of TASF. Occupational Medicine staff will administer the immunizations, which are provided by ISU at no cost to employees. Flu Mist will not be offered this year. For more information on flu shots, call 4-0874.

Award nominations due Feb. 27, 2006

Nominations for 2006 university awards for faculty and P&S staff are due in the provost office by Feb. 27, 2006 (colleges, departments and other units set earlier deadlines). Recipients will be honored at the fall 2006 convocation. A new award has been included to recognize mid-career achievement in research. Details about each faculty award can be found online at Details about staff awards are online at

Participants needed for study on exercise and trails in Ames

Are you more likely to jog on an urban trail if it has trees? Chris Seeger wants to know. The assistant professor of landscape architecture and extension landscape architect is leading a study in Ames to find out if vegetation contributes to the activity levels of city dwellers. The findings will be useful for designing communities with health and physical activity in mind.

The researchers are looking for faculty and staff to participate in the study. About 50 people of different ages are needed (minimum age is 18 years). Participants must be Ames residents who walk or run for exercise three or more times a week. Participants must wear devices to measure their levels of physical activity and track where they walk or run for one week each during October 2005, and January, April and August 2006. Participants also will be asked to attend an instructional meeting and complete a photo preference survey.

Participants who complete all four data collection periods and attend pre-study and post-study meetings will be compensated. Participants will determine how far they'll run or walk.

Contact Seeger, 4-3648, with questions about the study.

If interested in participating, submit the application form at by Oct. 10. Those selected will be notified in mid-October.

Homecoming gear

Make a Homecoming button with your favorite nostalgic Cy logo or the new Eye on Cy design Oct. 17-21 (2-10 p.m. daily) at the Workspace, Memorial Union. Cost is 50 cents.