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April 17, 2009


Reserve course materials

Instructors who wish to place required materials on reserve in the library for summer or fall semesters should submit requests now. Forms are available on the library web site. Select "Classes & Tours," "Reserve," "Instructor forms and information," and the desired form.

BIGMAP symposium is April 21-22

"Food and Fuel Crops: Issues, Policies and Regulation," is the focus of the sixth annual symposium of ISU's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products April 21 (1:30-6:30 p.m.) and 22 (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. The deputy director of ag development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give the April 22 lunch address on the foundation's work in Africa. Registration is free for ISU faculty; contact Jody Larson, More information is onlline.

Yucatan dinner is May 2

The Iowa-Yucatan Partners of the Americas will host a Yucatan dinner at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Tearoom, 23 MacKay. Chef Minelia Romero from Merida, Mexico, and ISU's Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Club will prepare and serve the traditional dinner. Tickets are $35 and reservations are requested by April 27. Contact Jane Edwards, 233-4266, Proceeds will be used by the club and the Iowa-Yucatan Partners for service and educational activities.

ECpE gala is April 24

As part of its year-long centennial celebration, the electrical and computer engineering department will hold a gala and awards ceremony Friday, April 24 (5-8:30 p.m., Scheman Building). The event includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, an awards ceremony and a performance by comedian (and former electrical engineer) Don McMillan. Tickets are $40 for the whole evening, or $10 for McMillan's 7:30 p.m. show. The RSVP form is online; the form and payment are due in 2215 Coover by April 20. For more information, contact Sara Harris, 4-1097.

Honoring women

A dessert reception honoring the YWCA Ames-ISU 2009 Women of Achievement award winners and scholarship recipients will be held Wednesday, April 22 (7-8:30 p.m., Alumni Center). Tickets, $25 ($15 for students), are available at the YWCA Ames-ISU office in 210 Lab of Mechanics, or by calling 4-1663. Proceeds fund scholarships and programs aimed at eliminating racism and empowering women and girls.

S/C council seeks members

The Supervisory/Confidential Council seeks nominations for the term beginning in September. The council meets monthly (September to June) for about an hour. Interested S/C employees should submit their own or nominee names, along with short bios, by April 24 to Chris Patton,, 1208 Friley. The election is in May. Direct questions to Patton, 4-5636, or Barb Kalsem, 4-8891.

Open house for solar house

ISU's Solar Decathlon team will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at its construction site, 1220 Southern Hills Dr. Construction of the Interlock House, the team's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon housing competition, has begun outdoors. The competition takes place Oct. 9-18 in Washington, D.C.

Art Mart is April 18

Art Mart, the annual arts and crafts sale at the Memorial Union, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Maintenance Shop. Items include: blown glass from the Gaffer's Guild (ISU students, faculty and staff), printmaking from the University Print Club, pottery and jewelry by local artists, and painted silk scarves. Most items sell for $8 to $20.

Entrepreneurship showcase features best in creative student ideas

The College of Human Sciences' 5th annual entrepreneurship showcase will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the LeBaron lounge, lobby and auditorium. Students will present their innovative business ventures, with alumnus Brian Barkley ('90) serving as guest judge. For more information, contact Linda Niehm, 4-1930,

Reception for women awarded P&T

The women's studies program and the Margaret Sloss Women's Center will celebrate the 2009-10 promotion and tenure decisions for women. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Sloss House, with a brief program at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

HRS holds open forums on change

Human resource services is hosting two open forums to help employees deal with change. "Living on the Question Mark: How to Thrive in Times of Uncertainty and Change" led by Terri Deems, Deems Associates, will be offered in two sessions: April 23 (noon-3 p.m., 136 UDCC), and May 21 (8:30-11:30 a.m., Cardinal Room, MU). Employees will learn to:

  • Put change into perspective
  • Understand why people react to change differently
  • Enhance skills in making change work
  • Nurture a positive view of change
  • Manage the intense times of change

Sessions are limited to 45 people. Register on AccessPlus ("Employee," "HRS Training," "Courses").

Sustainable ag symposium is April 29

The graduate program in sustainable agriculture will hold its research symposium April 29 (3-6 p.m., Sun Room and South Ballroom, MU). Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and professor of religion and philosophy, will present the keynote talk, "Sustainability in the 21st Century: From Greening to Resilience." A Q&A session and poster presentation will follow. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but attendees should confirm their participation with Charles Sauer,

Ira Glass simulcast is April 23

Iowa Public Radio welcomes Ira Glass, host of Chicago Public Radio's This American Life, in a live simulcast on April 23 at 7 p.m. More than 400 select movie theaters and performing arts centers nationwide will screen the performance. Locally, Movies 12, Ames, will air the simulcast. Tickets are available at participating theaters or online, or

Webinar addresses well-being of Mexican moms

Learn about the well-being of Mexican immigrant mothers during a one-hour webinar May 13 (11 a.m.-noon). "A Look at Food Security, Housing and Depression" focuses on mothers who participated in Rural Family Speaks, a multi-state research project that examines the welfare of rural families. Families in Iowa's Tama and Buena Vista counties participated in the study. Register online.

Vet Med open house April 18

The College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting an open house with multiple events April 18 (noon-4 p.m., Vet Med) during Veishea weekend. Family-friendly activities include a petting zoo, exotic animal expo, dog-bite prevention information and a Teddy bear clinic (bring your own bear). For a complete list of events, go online.

Undergraduate Research Symposium is April 21

Iowa State's third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Tuesday, April 21 (8 a.m.-3 p.m., MU locations). Sixty-six undergraduates, representing all colleges, will give 59 research presentations during three presentation sessions. A schedule will be posted online at the symposium web site. All are welcome.