Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 16, 2020
Inside news
Structuring assessments and maintaining academic integrity is one of the biggest challenges instructors and students face with online instruction. Many instructors are adjusting how they are testing, but ultimately it rests with students to make the right decision. 

Helping Iowa manufacturers retool to make needed health care and safety supplies, which also protects manufacturing jobs threatened by a slowdown, is one of many ways ISU's Center for Industrial Research and Service is assisting the state's economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Professional and scientific employees, along with their supervisors, will learn their job titles in the new classification and compensation system via individual emails from university human resources. The timing of those notifications isn't set yet.

Iowa State will prepare virtual ceremonies for undergraduate, graduate and professional veterinary medicine students, to be available on demand Saturday, May 9.

If you're working from home these days, you know virtual meetings on platforms like Webex, Zoom and Microsoft Teams are essential to keeping Iowa State running. But seeing precisely how much the traffic has increased still is startling.

A half dozen postal and parcel staff continue to distribute campus and U.S. mail to about 75% of campus buildings, locked or not. That takes care of about 90% of the current (reduced) mail volume.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • FAQ addresses new items covered, changes to flexible spending accounts
  • Submit requests now for summer, fall library course reserves
  • Faculty, staff exhibition proposals sought for reACT series
  • City is installing traffic light at State/Mortensen intersection
  • Options for handling calls to desk phones
  • It's time to renew extended library loans
Around campus
Iowa State researchers have designed a mathematical model to track and forecast COVID-19 cases in the state and country. Iowa reached its peak spread in March, but even as the number continues to fall the virus is still spreading across the state.

For several years, the ISU veterans center has hosted weekly community dinners for student veterans, military-affiliated students and their families. The center's staff decided a pandemic doesn't have to interrupt that connection. (video)

Social distancing, increased food costs and decreased food availability means the number of older adults who are at risk for food insecurity is growing. But there are resources nearby to help, say ISU Extension and Outreach specialists.

A new study sheds light on how insecticides commonly applied to crops affect monarch caterpillars. Conservation efforts to protect monarch butterfly populations rely on planting milkweed on agricultural land, but doing so may put caterpillars in close proximity to harmful insecticides.
  • Retirement, Bruce Allen, LAS student academic services, May 1
  • Retirement, Dee Erickson, custodial services, facilities planning and management, May 1
Arts and events
Celebrate Earth Month with Live Green virtual events
  • Participate in the Live Green Earth Month Challenge with its opportunity to give back and social distancing in mind. Win green goodies and prize packages that can be mailed or held for pick up in late summer or fall. 
  • Visit places, watch performances and explore. From international museums to wildlife sanctuaries and aquariums to concerts and performances, enjoy a 35-page time-searchable Earth Month Calendar of Events
  • Join the city of Ames' EcoFair scavenger hunt. Collect sustainability-minded pieces, discover new environmental, economic and social sustainability resources and gather green goodies by participating. It kicks off April 18 (8 a.m.) and ends April 25 (noon). Sign up through the EcoFair page.
Professional development
Provost office programming
Registration closes April 17 for a 12-week virtual Faculty Success Program (May 17-Aug. 8) for tenured or tenure-track faculty offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, of which ISU is an institutional member. The early bird fee is $4,250; register online. Instructions for activating a free individual membership (necessary to register) are on the provost's website.

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