Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
June 11, 2020
Inside news
In an effort to complete classes on campus, the fall semester will start a week early and wrap up the day before Thanksgiving.

By June 29, P&S employees will learn their job title assignments in the new market-based classification and compensation system. Following a review period, the goal is to add the new system to Workday on Aug. 30.

During its June 4 meeting, state Board of Regents president Mike Richards reiterated the board's preference for a full campus experience this fall at the three regent universities, including in-person instruction, residence hall life, dining options, intercollegiate athletics and student activities.

In one place, a short list of items for staff and faculty to consider as they begin to work in their campus offices again.

A work group developed a document to help organizers planning ISU-sponsored events and activities hosted in campus venues.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • June 11 Vet Med webinar is on periodontal care for dogs and cats 
  • Instructions for joining June 12 town hall for ISU faculty and staff
Around campus
Recreation Services will open State Gym next week with limited weekday hours and capacity. Participants will make reservations online for the specific cardio or weight equipment they'll use. Beyer Hall and the Lied Recreation Center will remain closed for now.

A teaching lab coordinator in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department is creating plexiglass desk shields in-house and can make them for anyone on campus.

Miriam Martincic, assistant teaching professor of graphic design, is creating a series of illustrations about the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work includes drawings about social distancing, honoring health care workers and showing how the transition online feels for teachers.

Cities and counties across Iowa continue to work toward achieving gender balance on appointed commissions and boards, though more than 30% of boards still don't comply with a state law requiring equal representation by women, according to a new report from the Catt Center for Women and Politics.

A new study by an Iowa State professor looked closely at the cardiac health of flies, providing evidence that liver dysfunction may lead to deterioration of the heart. The research could lead to new treatment approaches in humans.
This week
  • Brianna Hall, Iowa State Center, June 12
Open forum
  • Friday, June 12 (2-3 p.m.), Town Hall meeting on fall plans, for ISU faculty and staff, with President Wendy Wintersteen and other senior leaders, via Webex with live Q&A option (overflow on YouTube)
Professional development
Center for Exellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Center for Communication Excellence programming
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