Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 24, 2020
Inside news
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dorhout will become Iowa State's vice president for research on Jan. 25, 2021. He currently serves in the same role and as professor of chemistry at Kansas State.

In an open letter to Cyclone fans today, President Wendy Wintersteen and athletics director Jamie Pollard shared plans for allowing up to 15,000 fans at the next home football game.

Addressing board members' concern about the pandemic's impact on higher education, the moratorium does include exceptions: projects already approved, those paid for by private gifts and health care facilities.

A four-person group will work with the ISU Foundation to examine how individuals, businesses, foundations and other potential donors could contribute to sustain facility operations. 

Using skills of the faculty and staff, the university was able to design and deliver face masks to students before the start of the fall semester.

The ISU Plan prescription drug benefit now includes vaccines, which means employees and family members included on their health care insurance policy can receive a seasonal flu shot at a retail pharmacy.

The way career services help students has changed during the pandemic, but quick action enabled career fairs to continue, going from in-person to virtual for the first time.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Reiman Gardens seeks pumpkin stencilers, carvers
  • New hours at COVID-19 testing site begin Sept. 28
  • Weekly 'snapshot' added to COVID data website
  • Pick a day in October to celebrate Green Dot Action Month
  • Nominations due Dec. 1 for alumni association awards
  • Reminder: Temporary TIAA reduction begins in September
  • University awards ceremony won't be held
  • Register for Oct. 1 'Picture A Scientist' screening, discussion
  • Reiman entrepreneurial speaker is Sept. 29
  • View John Lewis documentary, support Stephens Auditorium
Around campus
Twenty-seven faculty and P&S staff will spend this academic year learning how to be better in the leadership roles they hold or aspire to.

First-generation or low-income Iowa State undergraduates or those with a disability will continue to benefit from academic, financial literacy and mentoring guidance designed to help them stay in school and complete their degrees.

An ISU study shows students quizzed weekly over class material perform better on midterms, final exams and are less likely to fail a class. The biggest impact of frequent quizzes was on students who struggled the most.

New research shows extreme rain events that happen only a few days a year can account for up to a third of the annual nitrogen runoff from farmland in the Mississippi River basin.

Voter information stations across campus are just one way students and the Catt Center are encouraging students to register to vote in the November general election.
Seminars and conferences
  • Midwest Climate Summit, kickoff session Oct. 2 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., keynote by ISU alum and "father of environmental justice" Robert Bullard, Texas Southern University), subsequent workshop sessions: Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and 20 (10 a.m.-noon), all events are virtual and free, register online, Iowa State is a summit partner, open to faculty, staff and students
Arts and events
On the 35th anniversary of its release, Reiman Gardens will host a screening of "Back to the Future" Friday, Sept. 25 (8 p.m., outdoors at Reiman Gardens). Bring blankets or lawn chairs and spread out for social distancing (areas will be marked off). The cost is $2 plus regular gardens admission.
Professional development
Provost office programming
  • Online writing accountability program for faculty and staff, Smile and Write, weekly during fall semester, upcoming: Oct. 9 and 16 (noon-2 p.m.), Oct. 21 (2-4 p.m.), register to receive the Zoom link
  • Web talk, Navigating the Public Classroom, with university counsel Michael Norton, Oct. 13 (11 a.m.-noon, via Zoom), the current environment and its implications for freedom of speech and academic freedom, register via Learn@ISU (SVPP professional development) to receive the Zoom link

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Center for Communications Excellence programming
Register online for the research writing seminar series
  • Beginning a Scientific Argument in Your Introduction, Oct. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Writing the Literature Review, Oct. 5 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Describing Your Methods, Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Unveiling the Results, Oct. 8 (3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Composing the Discussion/Conclusion, Oct. 13 (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • Revising with the Research Writing Tutor, Oct. 14 (1-2:30 p.m.)
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