Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 14, 2020
Inside news
A limited number of faculty and staff will return to their usual workplaces June 1, a careful first step in the phased process of resuming Iowa State's on-campus operations.

I nformation is being developed that will help P&S employees and their managers understand the new structure and assess their placement in it.

With more than two decades of service in higher ed student affairs, the practicing attorney will step into her new post May 18.

Faculty and staff share photos of their home workspaces and their favorite officemates.

The hard work of launching Workday in 2019 is paying off in 2020, project leaders told the P&S Council at its May 7 meeting. The council also received an update on fall planning. 

One systems support specialist brings some levity to his team's weekly staff meetings.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Applications due June 1 for term faculty professional development grants
  • Library shares three options for returning materials
  • Travel FAQ is updated on operations/finance page
  • Equine eye care is topic of next Vet Med free webinar
  • TIAA consultants available for phone, video appointments
  • Summer hours option began this week
Around campus
A National Science Foundation grant will fund ISU research into a non-invasive treatment that could help some patients avoid brain surgery. As part of the project, the team will study the effects of magnetic stimulation on brain-like neural tissue.

The chair of Iowa State’s supply chain management department says the uncertainty and unpredictability that led to shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to disrupt supply chains. 

There is no evidence that the bee-killing Asian giant hornet has arrived in Iowa or will ever be here, but Iowans can contact the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic for help identifying suspect specimens.
Retirements and farewells
This week
  • Retirement, Steven Herrnstadt, industrial design, May 15
  • Retirement, Lori Hockett, physics and astronomy, May 15
  • Retirement, Connie Ringlee, speech communication program, English, May 15

Next week
  • Farewell, Amy DeLashmutt, facilities planning and management, May 21
Arts and events
University museums student intern Ellen Sattler, who's majoring in horticulture and English, researched and selected about 200 plants in part for how they'll interact with the nearby sculptures.
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