Sept. 30

Fall lab safety summit is Oct. 8

Environmental Health and Safety's fall lab safety summit, "Nothing Halts Research Like Combustion," is planned for Oct. 8 (7:45 a.m. refreshments; 8-9 a.m. discussion, EH&S building). Researchers, lab supervisors and personnel, and administrators are encouraged to attend. To register, e-mail Karla Godfrey-Dixon or call 4-2193.

Sept. 29

Make an appointment for Oct. 10 dog wash

ISU's student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will hold a dog wash Oct. 10 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., canine rehabilitation room, Vet Med campus -- use entry B from S. 16th Street). Appointments will be scheduled every 20 minutes; call 4-4900 to make an appointment for your dog. Walk-ins also are welcome. The price ranges from $10 (dog weighing less than 30 pounds) to $17 (dog weighing more than 90 pounds).

Sept. 29

MBA info session is Oct. 8

An informational lunch about ISU's MBA program will be held Oct. 8 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Those who are interested should RSVP to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819. Lunch will be provided.

Sept. 29

Median work on Highway 30 will continue through October

The inside lanes of U.S. Highway 30, between the Duff Avenue and Iowa Highway 17 exits, will be closed through late October so seven median crossovers can be constructed. The lane closures will be in place when workers are present. No work is scheduled Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, the dates of home ISU football games. The median work is in preparation for major construction work on Highway 30 in the spring.

Sept. 29

Pizza lunch supports the United Way

Slices of pizza and pop will be sold Sept. 29-30 (11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, sidewalk south of Lagomarcino Hall) to support the United Way campaign. Cost is $2 for one slice, $3 for one slice and pop, $5 for two slices and pop.

Sept. 29

TIAA-CREF tax expert will speak on campus Oct. 19

Employees are invited to attend a presention on proposed tax law changes Oct. 19 (noon-1 p.m.; Q&A 1-2 p.m., Pioneer Room, MU). John O'Shea, wealth planning specialist with TIAA-CREF in St. Louis, will present "Year-End Tax Planning Considerations." His talk will focus on:

  • Proposed tax changes in income tax rates
  • New rate increases on wealthy taxpayers under the health care bill
  • Proposed changes in capital gains and dividend tax rates
  • Phase-outs of itemized deductions and personal exemptions
  • Status of the federal estate tax
  • Using the Roth conversion opportunity in 2010 in lower your future taxes

Registration is limited to 150 people. If you would like to attend, call human resource services at 4-4800.

Sept. 28

'Safety & You' publication available online

The department of public safety has issued its annual security and fire safety report. The information-packed publication includes safety tips, statistics, and more. Read Safety & You (PDF).

Sept. 24

Employees invited to EAP webinar

Human resource services invites employees to participate in a Sept. 29 webinar (noon-12:30 p.m.) on the services and benefits ISU's employee assistance program offers. Register here. Once registered, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail with information on how to join the webinar.

Sept. 23

Physical Therapy scheduled to move back to Lied Center on Monday

ISU Physical Therapy, temporarily relocated to 111 Forker after floodwaters inundated the Lied Center Aug. 11, will be moving back to its space in Lied on Monday, Sept. 27.

Sept. 23

Iowa Energy Center seeks pre-proposals

The Iowa Energy Center is seeking pre-proposals for research and demonstration projects to begin July 1, 2011. Deadline for pre-proposals is Oct. 29. A full solicitation, pre-proposal coversheet and other pertinent information is on the Energy Center's website.

Sept. 22

Special Collections to close for a day

The Special Collections Reading Room (403 Parks Library) will be closed to the public on Sept. 29. If you need to make special arrangements for viewing collections, contact or call 4-6648.

Sept. 22

Brunnier Art Museum postponements extended

Due to the reconstruction required to repair Scheman Building from the flood last month, all Brunnier Art Museum exhibitions and programs continue to be postponed until further notice. The museum and store also remain closed. Updates to this closure will be posted online at University Museums.

Sept. 21

Learn about starting a learning community

Doug Gruenewald and Steve Mickelson, co-directors of ISU learning communities, will discuss starting a new learning community, including the funding application process, during an information session Oct. 5 (4-5 p.m., 2030 Morrill). To register, contact Jen Leptien. More information about learning communities at Iowa State is online.

Sept. 21

Undergrad research program has additional funding for this year

The office of student financial aid has additional work-study funding for the 2010-11 year and is extending the undergraduate research assistantship program. New applications -- from students and faculty -- will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Students must be juniors or seniors and U.S. citizens, completed the FAFSA, and have a GPA of at least 3.25. More information and the application forms are on the URA website, in 0210 Beardshear, or by contacting Julie Arnold.

Sept. 21

ISURF/OIPTT candidate forum rescheduled

The open forum for Todd Headley, a finalist for the position of executive director of the ISU Research Foundation/director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, has been rescheduled from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 206 Durham). Headley directs the technology transfer efforts for the Colorado State University Research Foundation.

Sept. 19

'Thank you' luncheon for flood volunteers Sept. 24

Individuals who helped the city and community deal with August floods are invited to a "thank you" luncheon in the Iowa State Center Parking lot Friday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The buffet-style lunch is sponsored by Iowa State, the city of Ames, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development and Ames Morning Rotary. The sponsors invite those who were directly involved in repairing water systems, roads, sand bagging, preserving property and buildings and providing assistance throughout the community to drop by for lunch in tailgating tents north of Jack Trice Stadium.

Sept. 16

Be a hero. Save a life

Save a life by donating blood through one of the largest student-run blood drives in the nation. Anyone can participate in the ISU Blood Drive, which will be held Monday-Thursday, Sept. 27-30 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Student organizers urge you to consider taking less than an hour out of your week to donate blood, an act that can save up to three lives. How to volunteer to help with the drive.

Sept. 16

Your photo could become a poster

University Museums is seeking unique and artful photos for the third annual "I Heart Campus Art" contest. Amateur entrants may photograph any of the 600-plus major public works of art on campus. Photos will be accepted through Sept. 30. The photograph that receives the most votes in October will be printed as a poster and sold at the Brunnier Art Museum Store. Contact Nancy Girard, 4-3342, for more information or if you would like to participate in the contest.

Sept. 16

Regents approve strategic plan

The State Board of Regents approved Iowa State's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan during its Sept. 16 meeting. Under the plan, the university will tackle 21st century challenges by integrating basic research, new technologies and entrepreneurial applications. Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman presented the plan to the board. See Powerpoint presentation of the plan.

Sept. 16

Shelley memorial service is Sept. 21

Former broadcaster and ISU professor emeritus Jack Shelley died Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the age of 98. The visitation will be Monday, Sept. 20 (5-7 p.m., Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas, Ames). A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 21 (11 a.m., St. John's by the Campus Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames), followed by interment at the Linwood Cemetery in Boone.

Sept. 15

Lied reopens

Lied Recreation Athletic Center reopened Sept. 16, with some limitations. See the recreation services website for details.

Sept. 15

Reiman Gardens now on fall schedule

As of Sept. 7, Reiman Gardens returned to regular hours of operation (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, through April 4). The gardens will be open for all Cyclone home football games this fall.

Sept. 15

A few opportunties from employee wellness

The Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness seeks participants for two upcoming activities:

  • Healthy cooking demonstration (an Italian meal) by culinary science students on Sept. 17 (noon, 200 MacKay). Cost is $3 (includes lunch and recipes).
  • Employee volunteers (without health conditions and ready to change their eating habits) to work with senior dietetic students this fall. You'll meet with a student three times during the semester and complete paperwork.

If you are interested in either opportunity, contact Sally Barclay.

Sept. 14

Library announces workshops on bibliography management software

Library faculty will lead one-hour lecture/demonstrations this semester on the basic aspects of Endnote, Endnote web and Zotero. See the right "News and Events" column on the e-Library website. Follow the links to individual LibGuides for details about the content of each demonstration, dates and registration directions. Seating is limited and registration is required. These sessions are open to faculty and students.

Sept. 14

Fuel pumps reopen at Transportation Services

Crews reopened the unleaded gas and diesel fuel pumping stations at transporation services on Haber Road late in the day Monday. They had been closed for replacement since the first week of August. Employees who fuel university vehicles should resume using the pumps at this location.

Sept. 14

MARL joins office of biotechnology's core facilities

The Materials Analysis and Research Laboratory (MARL) is now administered by the office of biotechnology, which is part of the office of the vice president for research and economic development. MARL previously was administered by the materials science and engineering department. MARL will remain in its present location (basement of Town Engineering) with its current staff. More information is online.

Sept. 14

Practical retirement advice for faculty and staff

The ISU Foundation will host a symposium for faculty staff and retirees, "Practical Retirement and Estate Planning in the Midst of Economic and Legislative Change," on Oct. 12 (6-7:30 p.m., Gateway Hotel and Conference Center). The event is free; preregistration is requested by Oct. 4.

Sept. 13

Planners sought for February social justice summit

The planning committee for Iowa State's social justice summit in February seeks faculty, staff and students to participate in the planning process. The day-and-a-half summit focuses on social justice issues and asks students to participate in activities and facilitated dialogues to help them better understand themselves, the world and their roles in social justice. The planning committee will meet weekly (day and time to be determined); all are welcome. To express interest, contact Stephanie Bondi, graduate assistant in the Research Institute for Studies in Education.

Sept. 13

Research lab installs new microplate reader

ISU researchers now can speed up their assays of biological samples with a new microplate reader that simultaneously can analyze from six to 1,536 samples. The new instrument, funded by several groups on campus, is located in the W. M. Keck Metabolomics Research Laboratory in the Molecular Biology Building.

Sept. 10

Iowa Energy Center grants will fund technology demonstrations, education programming

The Iowa Energy Center seeks funding proposals for FY11 in two categories: technology demonstrations and energy education programming. Proposals must be submitted by e-mail. The request for proposals and required forms are online. Proposal deadlines this year are Oct. 31, Jan. 31 and April 30.

Sept. 10

EH&S holds hands-on fire extinguisher training

Environmental Health and Safety and the Ames Fire Department are offering st the opportunity to get hands-on fir training Sept. 17 (rain date is Sept. 24). Stop by the groups' display between Kildee and Lagomarcino halls from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn how to use a fire extinguisher and receive fire safety information. T-shirts will be given away, while supplies last. ISU employees are required to have fire safety and extinguisher training. More information is online.

Sept. 10

Enjoy daily specials during ISU "Dining Days" Sept. 13-17

During its annual customer appreciation week, ISU Dining will feature a daily special, such as the students' favorite foods lunch, free cookies (if you know the secret word) and a free beverage day. Dining Days run Sept. 13-17.

Sept. 10

"One Health" symposium moved to Memorial Union

Because the Scheman Building will not be in use yet on Sept. 15, the university event "One Health Symposium: People, Plants & Animals" has been moved to the Memorial Union. Many activities will be in the Sun Room and South Ballroom; the poster session will be in the Great Hall.

Sept. 8

MBA informational lunch is Sept. 22

An informational lunch about ISU's MBA program will be held Sept. 22 (noon-1 p.m., 1360 Gerdin). Lunch is provided. RSVP to Jenny Reitano, 4-7819, if you'll attend.

Sept. 8

Forums set for ISURF/OIPTT director candidates

Finalists have been selected in the search for the next executive director of the Iowa State University Research Foundation/director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Their campus visits will include an open forum. The finalists and their forums schedule are:

  • Raymond DeVito, director of the Technology Commercialization Office, Utah State University, Sept. 17 (2-3 p.m., Gold Room, MU)
  • Todd Headley, director of Technology Transfer, Colorado State University Research Foundation, rescheduled for Oct. 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 206 Durham)
  • James Petell, executive director of the University of North Dakota Research Foundation, Sept. 30 (1:30-2:30 p.m., Gold Room, MU)
  • Jacob Maczuga, associate vice president for Technology Transfer & Business Development, Tulane University, Oct. 7 (1:30-2:30 p.m., 1227 Hoover)

The successful candidate will succeed Ken Kirkland, who retired in July. Nita Lovejoy is serving as interim director.

Sept. 8

Network offers counseling help

Network, an on-campus group counseling program, offers confidential counseling for anyone dealing with a mental, emotional or relationship concern. To learn more, contact Dr. Nathaniel Wade, 4-1898, or visit the Network website.

Sept. 8

New research instruments at Flow Cytometry Facility

ISU researchers may access several new cell sorting instruments at the Flow Cytometry Facility. Operated by the office of biotechnology, the facility is located in the Molecular Biology Building, with a satellite facility at the Vet Med complex. News release.

Sept. 8

Items sought for silent auction

ISU Extension's Excellence in Extension Fund will be the beneficiary of a silent auction held as part of extension's annual conference Oct. 20-21. Items are sought for the silent auction.

Sept. 8

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 16 in MU Great Hall

Encourage students to attend the semiannual Study Abroad Fair Sept. 16 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, MU), sponsored by the Study Abroad Center. Students will have direct contact with program directors overseeing study abroad options.

Sept. 8

Avello Bioenergy co-founders will present at Sept. 17 entrepreneur forum

Avello Bioenergy co-founders Anthony J.S. Pollard, Jared Brown and Cody Ellens will tell their story during the Reiman Entrepreneur Forum Sept. 17 (noon-1 p.m., MU Gallery). The central Iowa-based company uses fast pyrolysis to produce low-carbon products (bioasphalt, boiler fuel, biochar) from renewable biomass resources. This event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 3

ISU closed Sept. 6

Iowa State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, to observe the national Labor Day holiday.

Sept. 1

CAC seeks student-focused technology projects

The Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) seeks to fund one or two projects that will maximize impact on the student experience through the use of technology at ISU. Funding is between $200,000 and $400,000 per project, and multi-year proposals are welcome. Proposals must be ranked within a unit/college before they are submitted to CAC. Check with your unit for submission deadlines. Forward electronic proposals to CAC by Oct. 15. More information.

Sept. 1

Fall ITS training programs are announced

Registration is open for fall information technology services classes. Topics include productivity software (programs from the Office Suite), Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash and others. A series of classes about programming in "R" will be available later in the semester in cooperation with the statistics department.