Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
June 25, 2020
Inside news
Starting July 1, cloth face coverings or face shields will be required on campus in any area where physical distancing isn't possible, strengthening previous guidance that wearing a face covering was expected in such situations.  

Professor of Spanish Dawn Bratsch-Prince, who has served as an associate provost since 2010, has been reappointed to a five-year term.

Everyone is biased in certain ways, but trying to identify and address your bias isn't as instinctive. A training session available to faculty and staff provides tools for considering the effects of those blind spots and correcting them.

Four candidates for the senior vice president post that leads the student affairs division will participate in online open forums during two-day virtual campus interviews.

Beginning fall semester, ISU's employee tuition reimbursement program can be used only for Iowa State courses. The cost-saving measure no longer will reimburse employees for courses completed at other universities and community colleges.

A new online system launched this week simplifies registration and approval of university-sponsored youth programs, automating much of what's been a time-consuming process.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • P&S job profiles will arrive in June 29 emails
  • Process improvement challenges needed for student class projects
  • Lab safety orientation for graduate students goes virtual for fall
  • June 26 webinar focuses on concerns for children returning to school this fall
  • Parents: Your ideas sought at June 30 conversation on child care
  • July 3 is a university holiday
  • ISD advisory committee releases third quarter report
  • City-university summer rummage sale canceled
Around campus
Recreation services' upgraded southeast recreation complex, under construction east of the football stadium for more than a year, is progressing toward completion for fall use by students.

While the coronavirus was concentrated in large cities when it first spread in the U.S., rural areas are more vulnerable than major population centers, associate professor of sociology David Peters wrote in an essay for The Conversation. Factors that put rural areas at greater risk include older populations and higher rates of chronic illness.

Encouraging officers to pursue a college degree would be an effective police reform, according to an essay in The Conversation co-written by Leana Bouffard, chair of the sociology department. The essay argues that higher education makes officers better leaders who are less likely to use violence, more problem-oriented and better able to relate to the community and identify best practices.

An ISU veterinary medicine research team working to make bladder cancer more treatable received the university's Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Program award for 2020. The team will use the $120,000 grant to investigate canine bladder cancer to produce a model for predicting drug responses in human patients.

Engineers, geneticists, agronomists, system modelers and machine-learning experts at Iowa State and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, are combining their electronics, computing and crop expertise to develop a system to constantly monitor fields at near a single-plant resolution and help farmers manage water and fertilizer use.
  • Melea Reicks Licht, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni relations, also to interim director of college relations, effective June 23
  • Gerard Tate, violence prevention and intervention initiatives, Government of the District of Columbia, to director of the veterans center, effective June 29
  • Rachel Boenigk, Neutral Posture Inc., Des Moines, to director of administrative services, student affairs division, effective July 13
Next week
  • Max Rothschild, animal science, June 29
  • Pat Strah, operations and finance division, June 29 (3-4 p.m., email Lauren Schalinske for virtual celebration link)
  • Kris Peterson, military science, July 1
  • Mona Wilson, building security services, facilities planning and management, July 1

  • Konnie Willie-Kennicker, Ames Laboratory, July 6 (cards and emails may be sent to arrive by July 2)
Open forums
Senior vice president for student affairs finalists
Online forums will be held 1-1:45 p.m. each day; forum links will be on the search website .
  • Candidate 1, July 1
  • Candidate 2, July 2
  • Candidate 3, July 8
  • Candidate 4, July 9
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Center for Communication Excellence programming
  • Online seminar, Thesis/dissertation formatting, July 1 (2-2:30 p.m.) or July 2 (10-10:30 a.m.), register
  • Online workshop, Thesis/dissertation formatting boot camp, July 8 (9-11 a.m.), register
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