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Jan. 16, 2009


Study Abroad Fair Jan. 29

Instructors and their students are invited to the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Jan. 29 (noon-3 p.m.) in the MU Campanile Room. Semester and summer programs will be highlighted.

Book signing at the library

The University Library will host the first faculty author book signing and celebration Wednesday, Jan. 28 (1:30-3 p.m.), in 192 Parks Library. Guest authors and their books are:

  • Michael Bugeja, Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Living Ethics: Across Media Platforms
  • Jane Dusselier, anthropology and Asian American studies, Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps
  • Jill Pruetz, anthropology, Socioecology of Adult Female Patas Monkeys and Vervet in Kenya

Changes to CEAH fellowship

The Fellowship for Scholarship and Creative Activity award in the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities has been restructured. Major changes include:

  • A single application window each year (Jan. 12-Feb. 12 for awards for 2009-10)
  • A one-course teaching release option payable to the department, in addition to the traditional options
  • Previous CEAH fellowship recipients may apply

Details are online.

Student employee nominations sought

Nominations for the 2009 Student Employee of the Year award are open through Feb. 13. The Student Employment Center award recognizes reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, interpersonal skills and unique contributions to the employer. See criteria and the nomination form online. Or contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103,

Funding available for undergraduate research assistantships

Faculty applications for the 2009-10 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program are due March 31. Funding is limited to 100 positions. The program matches juniors and seniors with faculty members, and is intended to encourage students to pursue graduate study by offering them hands-on research experience. The faculty sponsor pays 40 percent of the wages, and the college work-study program funds 60 percent. More information is online, or contact Julie Arnold, 4-0103,

Club staff moves to Hilton

Cyclone Club and ISU Letterwinners Club staff have relocated to Hilton Coliseum from the ISU Foundation. Visitors should park in Lot C2, south of Hilton, and enter the building's ground-level west entrance. Phone numbers and mailing addresses remain unchanged. Call 4-5022 or e-mail with questions.

Clarridge voted to P&S post

Mark Clarridge, system support specialist in the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, was voted president-elect of the Professional and Scientific Council Jan. 8, running unopposed. Clarridge will take over the role in June.

Minigrant deadline is Feb. 2

Applications are due Feb. 2 for Diversity Grants and Women's Enrichment Grants. The maximum proposal accepted is $5,000. Funds must be spent by June 30. The diversity grants program supports diversity efforts in education, research and outreach to minorities and under-represented ISU faculty, staff and students. See application online. The Women's Enrichment Fund minigrants benefit female faculty, staff and students. See application online. For information, contact Melanie Smith,

New fitness classes for faculty/staff

Several new fitness classes offered through recreation services target faculty and staff. Some classes are free; others require a nominal fee. A low-impact cardio class (LHI), will motivate participants in the Live Healthy Iowa wellness challenge. Wellness Yoga focuses on increasing circulation and flexibility to decrease aches associated with sitting most of the day. Class details are online.

Financial aid miniconference Jan. 29

The Student Financial Aid miniconference is Jan. 29 (8-11:45 a.m., 0020 Hixson-Lied Center). The event is open to all and especially useful for academic advisers, student services personnel, faculty and staff. Topics include financial aid policies, procedures and program changes. To register, send name, position, department and e-mail address to Stacy Schupman,

Blood donors sought for Jan. 20

The College of Business' Gerdin Citizenship Program, in partnership with the Blood Center of Iowa, is sponsoring a blood drive Jan. 20 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MU South Ballroom). Contact Jeremy Weiss,, to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Tutoring for young readers

One-on-one tutoring for readers in grades 2-8 is available Feb. 9 to May 8 through the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic in Lagomarcino Hall. Tutors are advanced graduate students who receive guidance from literacy education faculty. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23; enrollment is $100 per child. For information or an application form, e-mail Marissa Vermeer, Program details are online.

New store in east campus

The East Side Market opened last week in the Maple-Willow-Larch Commons. The larger convenience store offers more items, Godfather's Pizza and a made-to-order deli. Grand opening specials Jan. 20-23 include discounts and drawings for a Sony PlayStation3 and $25 ISU Dining gift card.

Transformation in STEM departments

The collaborative transformation project within ISU ADVANCE is the subject of a presentation and panel discussion from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in 1204 Kildee. The project helps faculty in STEM departments identify potential barriers to faculty success as well as strategies that support excellence and diversity. No advance registration is required.

Celebrating 25 years

The Office of Biotechnology celebrates its 25th anniversary throughout 2009 with special events and publications. The office was established to develop a biotechnology initiative among several colleges. More online.