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Oct. 5, 2007


Registration open for bio industry conference

The fifth annual Biobased Industry Outlook Conference will be held Nov. 5-6 in the Scheman Building. Leaders from industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector will share information about:

  • Producing and handling biomass feedstocks
  • Processing, manufacturing and marketing biobased chemicals, fuels and energy
  • The economic outlook for biobased products
  • Policies that impact the bioeconomy

Registration is limited to 800 people. More details and online registration are available online.

Old phone book pickup

Volunteers will pick up old phone books (such as the ISU directory, McLeodUSA and Qwest) for recycling again this year. You can help by putting books in the collection spot in your building or volunteering to help with the Dec. 8 pickup. Last year, the campus community recycled more than nine tons of phone books. For more information, or to volunteer for the pickup, call Norman Hill, 4-5752. More information about recycling efforts, including building pickup locations, is available online.

Food prize laureate visits Oct. 16

The food science and human nutrition department will host 2007 World Food Prize Laureate Philip Nelson of Purdue University on Oct. 16. There will be a campus open forum at 2:40 p.m. in 1951 Food Sciences, during which Nelson will make a short presentation. A reception is planned at 3:15 p.m. in the Food Sciences Building courtyard (or hallway in case of rain), in conjunction with a student poster session.


The ISU ADVANCE Program and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are co-sponsoring a workshop, "Practical Tools for Recognizing and Reducing Unintentional Bias," from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The discussion will address questions such as:

  • What can academic institutions do to increase both numbers and advancement of women in science and engineering?
  • What is unintentional bias and who is responsible?
  • How can we minimize unintentional bias in our everyday activities?

To attend, RSVP to Susan Masters,, 4-6151. More information is online.

New ISU directories available

The 2007-08 ISU phone directory is available at the University Book Store for $1. Directory information also is available in the online phone book. Faculty and staff can update their directory info by signing onto the AccessPlus Web site. For updates to the administration/departments section of the online directory, contact IT Services.

Job seminars for graduate students

The chemistry department, Ames Lab and IPRT are co-sponsoring a free, four-part seminar series for graduate students considering a job in industry. The series, called "Life Skills for the Technical Professional," will be held on Wednesdays in October at 4:10 p.m. in 1352 Gilman. Consultant and ISU alumnus Dennis Banasiak will facilitate. Sessions will address: evaluating job offers, workplace dynamics, finding the right position, getting started in your new job, and an intro to business principles. For more information, contact Renee Harris, 4-6343, or go online.

Lab school openings

The Child Development Laboratory School has two immediate openings -- one in the program for 2- and 3-year-olds, and one in the program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The program is nationally accredited and each classroom is staffed by two licensed teachers. It also serves as a care and education program for college students and the community. For more information or an application, contact Malisa Rader, 4-3040,, or visit the school's Web site.

Employee death

Carolyn Marrujo de O'Hara, a secretary in the chemistry department, died Sept. 29 in Ames after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She had worked at Iowa State since 1999. Memorials may be sent to the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

Free flu shots in November

Faculty and staff can get free flu shots Nov. 6-20. Shots will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in 205 Technical Administrative Service Facility (TASF). You'll need your ISU ID number to obtain a shot. 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. For more information, call 4-0874.