Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 9, 2020
Inside news
University leaders met virtually with the Professional and Scientific Council at the council's April 2 meeting, fielding questions about how the university's response to the coronavirus pandemic is affecting employees.

IT Services and university human resources partnered to provide employees with web-based professional development opportunities.

ISU WellBeing offers programs and activities to help employees deal with a range of issues and lead healthier lives as they adjust to a new normal. 

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert spoke with senators April 7 about a timeline to return to campus and spring semester course evaluations.

Academic advising in virtual mode dislocates a regular, important and personal interaction for students at a time when they have many questions. Four advisers described how they and their students are handling the change.

Inside looked for ISU online activities and programs that might help faculty and staff working at home while trying to keep their children busy and happy.

The intent is to assist faculty and staff working remotely who could use additional computer equipment to do their jobs. Same-day pickup is possible.

Faye Draper's colleagues in the admissions office couldn't let her 50th anniversary at Iowa State pass without a celebration, so in appropriate pandemic style, they gave her a parade.

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 project team behind the Workday Planning rollout shifted to remote collaboration to keep the launch on track for April 13 -- providing a more sophisticated cloud-based budgeting tool in the midst of a crisis that makes the improvements especially valuable.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Library shares COVID-related standards accessible for free
  • 4-H aims to make 10,000 face masks
  • Nominations for exemplary faculty mentors are due April 30
  • Reminder: Miller Open Education Mini-Grant deadline is April 15
  • ISU Extension and Outreach week (April 13-18) goes virtual
  • Gentle Doctor sculpture wins university museums' Art Madness competition
  • CELT extends deadline to June 1 for 2020-21 professional development programs
  • Prepare now to vote in Iowa's June primary
  • Cochran stays in facilities post on temporary assignment
Around campus
Iowans navigating financial challenges may get some answers from a conversation with a family finance program specialist in ISU Extension and Outreach who offers research-based, noncommercial information in an unbiased way.
Scarf designs by two College of Design students were selected by Strands of Strength, an Iowa nonprofit that provides free wigs and head scarves to low-income Iowa residents who lose their hair during cancer treatment. Each year, the group chooses two designs for its silk scarves.

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Sonal Padalkar is studying how metal-oxide nanomaterials can be deposited on cloth and paper as an antimicrobial agent.
Backed by a decade of experiments with a device that simulates the huge forces involved in glacier sliding, the journal Science has published ISU research about a new equation to help predict glacier movement, which could help estimate future sea-level rise as ice sheets melt.
Seminars and conferences
  • P&S Council seminar, update on classification/compensation system implementation, Emma Mallarino Houghton, university human resources, April 14 (2-3 p.m.), livestream via Adobe Connect
Arts and events
The virtual reception for the exhibition, "20 Artists, 20 Parks," featuring faculty and graduate student artists from the colleges of Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences who completed residencies in Iowa state parks last summer, will be held Thursday, April 9 (5:30-6:30 p.m.), on Facebook. It will include a gallery tour from the Polk County Heritage Gallery and artists talks by Clark Colby, Omar de Kok-Mercado, Kristen Greteman, Kim Moss, Joe Muench, Austin Stewart and Rob Wallace.
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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