Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
May 21, 2020
Inside news
Most faculty and staff working remotely will not return to campus June 1 for this planning phase.

New student spaces with comfortable seating and plenty of power outlets await biosciences majors when they return to Bessey Hall.

Departmental computer labs on campus have been empty during the COVID-19 crisis, but they haven't all been idle.

With interior and exterior work progressing, the new space is about 75% complete.

Memorial Day is a university holiday
Classes will not be held and employees have the day off Monday, May 25, in observance of the national Memorial Day holiday.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reiman Gardens shares plan to reopen June 8
  • Vet Med alumna with CDC post to present webinar May 28
  • 'Processing COVID-19' grant proposals due May 30
  • Memorial Day remembrance goes online
  • Monetary gifts sought for United Way food drive
  • Trail project south of Ames will close intersection for three weeks
  • NASA EPSCoR collaboration meeting delayed to fall
  • New ISU seed grant program focuses on COVID-19 research
Around campus
A webpage developed by the economics department and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development examines the pandemic's impacts on the economy, agriculture and business across local, regional and global economies. 

Nineteen ISU students, including nine solo operators and five two-person teams, will participate in CYstarters, an 11-week program that gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, mentor network and skill-set development to start a business while in college. 

A College of Design lab manager creates ear savers for medical staff forced to wear face masks all day, 4-H staff develop additional online and "grab and go" materials for students and families, and theatre department employees convert costume shop remnants to sew face masks sent to hospitals.

Doctoral student Brianna Lawton, civil, construction and environmental engineering, will spend the 2020-21 academic year studying the role location and culture play in rural road traffic safety, specifically in Ghana.

Replacing prolonged sitting time with light activity or sleeping improves mood and lowers body mass index, according to a new paper from an ISU researcher. The findings may encourage people to make subtle changes that are sustainable.

ISU Extension and Outreach regional directors , effective June 1
  • Region 2 (Dickinson, Emmet, Clay and Palo Alto counties): Beth Frankenstein, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon
  • Region 9 (Hardin, Grundy, Marshall, Tama): Anne Tedore, 4-H Youth Development, Tama County
  • Region 22 (Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page): Julie Hering Kent, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce
  • Region 23 (Adams, Union, Taylor, Ringgold): Justin Akers, Graceland University, Lamoni
  • Region 26 (Wapello, Jefferson, Davis, Van Buren): Craig Leager, National Institute for STEM Education, Houston, Texas
This week
  • Amy DeLashmutt, facilities planning and management, May 21
Open forums
  • CYstarters community virtual kickoff, May 21 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), register online
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
These events, part of Yale's Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching series, will be held online via Zoom; use the registration link.
Designed to fit busy schedules, each on-demand video answers a question related to teaching and learning. Popular topics include:
  • Classroom management
  • Assessment, grading and feedback
  • Course design
  • Active and engaged students
  • Inclusion
  • Universal design for learning
  • Building online classroom community
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