Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Oct. 15, 2020
Inside news
Iowa State will take action in several ways to help address the critical shortage of affordable quality child care that employee and student parents face, including repurposing a little-used space to increase infant and toddler care on campus and seeking off-campus partners to boost access throughout the community.

With the Nov. 3 general election nearing and the Iowa legislative session starting in the spring, it's a good time for faculty and staff to review how constitutional protections, state law and university policies relate to politics.

Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert spoke about President Donald Trump's executive order on diversity and inclusion training at Faculty Senate. He said any planned training that falls under the executive order would be reviewed and adjusted only if necessary.

Recreation services worked to find safe ways during a pandemic to continue many programs and new delivery methods for others. Options and interest remain high as people look for an outlet to socialize safely.

Finalized last winter, the statement recognizes the history of the land on which the university sits and acknowledges the contributions of native people who lived on and cared for it previously. 

A 15-member committee will work with a search firm to identify candidates, and members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations.

Though its primary focus remains students, the Writing and Media Center has branched out to provide services for faculty, staff and community members. The outreach reflects a land-grant philosophy and ultimately benefits students who work with and for the center.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Renewal window is open for employees with alternative work arrangements
  • Retirement workshop spread over two mornings
  • CELT seeks teaching briefs on teaching through the pandemic
  • Departments should order COVID-19 supplies through Central Stores
  • Investigators: Use required document formats for NSF proposals
  • Research protocols updated for face-to-face human subjects
  • Registration is open (and required) for 'Spirits in the Gardens'
  • Trail connects research park to county road R-38
  • University is randomly testing students for COVID-19
  • Greek community will host no-contact trick-or-treat Oct. 24
Around campus
A $225,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will establish a digital scholarship laboratory in 199 Parks Library, a dedicated space where students and faculty can collaborate with library experts to use emerging research techniques and technology such as text encoding, geographic information system mapping, data mining and data visualization. The lab will be home to the library's digital press, digital repository, digital collections and data repository.

Associate professor of mechanical engineering Jonathan Claussen will contribute his expertise in sensor technology to a $9 million project using plant-based inks to print low-cost, biodegradable and recyclable electronics. The National Science Foundation is supporting the project as part of an effort to advance U.S. biomanufacturing, cybermanufacturing and ecomanufacturing.

A group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has discovered a way to convert a common byproduct of the paper manufacturing process into valuable chemical precursors for making nylon.
  • Dr. Monica Howard, director of multicultural student success and Title IX deputy coordinator, College of Veterinary Medicine, also to assistant dean of veterinary student services 
  • Donald "Don" Sakaguchi, Morrill Professor of genetics, development and cell biology, to director of the interdepartmental biology and genetics undergraduate programs
This week
  • Charles Schwab, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Oct. 16
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
The 12:30 p.m. concert will be performed on the campanile/carillon model. It will be livestreamed on Facebook; in-person attendance will be limited for physical distancing requirements.

Ames native and Iowa State alumnus Doug Biggs, professor of history at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, will present "Early Epidemics at Iowa State, 1877-1918" Oct. 20 (7 p.m., via Webex).
Professional development
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University Library programming
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