Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 2, 2020
Inside news
Iowa State employees will have 80 hours of additional sick time off available for coronavirus-related absences and the option to use the Family and Medical Leave Act to receive partially paid leave to cover for their children's closed schools or child care providers.

Numerous individuals in departments across campus helped the university transition its spring semester courses to virtual instruction in little more than a week. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and information technology services also aided instructors.

The board also greenlighted ISU requests regarding the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, parking rates, student housing rates, a new P&S compensation structure, honorary degrees and a new B.S. in environmental engineering.

Some tips and tricks for employees now working from home.

Elements of June orientation for first-time students will be conducted online. So, to provide extra time for students to connect on campus, ISU will add an optional "Week of Welcome" to students' August move in.

A campuswide effort to inventory personal protective equipment in labs to share with local health workers has drawn more than 170 would-be donations.

Forward-thinking preparations help ISU Dining quickly shift from serving thousands of daily meals in multiple venues to providing personalized pickup service for about 500 students still living in residence halls.

Collaboration on campus and beyond connected a distillery in northern Iowa with the College of Veterinary Medicine, replenishing the college's hospitals, diagnostic lab and other facilities with difficult-to-find hand sanitizer.

Students and employees with a Net-ID can use Wi-Fi service outside Jack Trice Stadium through a partnership between ITS and the athletics department.

The unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves rapidly. Each week as needed, Inside Iowa State will recap how coronavirus is affecting the university and share relevant resources for employees.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Resources added to 'remote work' website
  • ISU WellBeing offers weekly connections during April and May
  • Emergency declaration waives limits to temporary employment
  • Key audits and returns suspended through May 31
  • Bookstore offers Apple product discount through April 17
  • P&S Council to hold virtual meeting April 2
  • Reminder: Students in apartments should complete U.S. census
  • City begins road extension in research park
  • Deadline extended for 2020-21 undergrad research program
  • CELT has a solution to 'bombers' in Zoom, Webex
  • CIRAS is coordinating ISU help for COVID-19 manufacturing needs
  • Harmon accepts leadership post at U of Michigan
Around campus
Key actions to address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic include a one-year pay reduction for coaches and certain staff and a price freeze on all tickets.

Three Iowa State students have won a 2020 Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering in the United States.

In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is helping expand testing cap acity to expedite test results at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa.

An Iowa State team, in partnership with Alliant Energy, is manufacturing and distributing face shields to Iowa hospitals to help protect health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Computer scientists at ISU have developed a data science infrastructure that incorporates 60 years of coronavirus research into a searchable platform. This could speed up the timeline for the arrival of antiviral therapies and vaccines.

Ag and biosystems engineering professor Amy Kaleita used what she learned from a maternity leave and an overenrolled course to move her spring courses online -- and help colleagues do the same.

ISU faculty members said Iowans should know there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food, food packaging or imported goods.
This week
  • Retirement, Patsy Duncan, ISU Research Foundation/Office of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer, April 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Doug Nelson, custodial services, facilities planning and management, April 3 (reception canceled)
  • Retirement, Roberta Overton, Engineering student services, April 3 (no public event)
  • Retirement, Jeff Witt, utility services, facilities planning and management, April 3 (reception canceled)
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
These events will be held via Webex.

Center for Communication Excellence programming
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