Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 8, 2021
Inside news
Vaccinating as many students as possible in the final weeks of the spring semester will depend on faculty and staff pitching in to help.

Student savings from open educational resources and digital textbooks increased sharply this year, boosted in part by the temporary pandemic-driven shift to online instruction.

Senators learned about the role faculty can play as Workday Student rolls out, and provost Jonathan Wickert asked for their help to make the student vaccination clinic a success.

Transfer and freshman students will complete a virtual component at home with the option to register for a "feet in the grass" day on campus.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Live Stephens concert will benefit Ames' KHOI community radio
  • Promotion and tenure requests are on regents' April 14 agenda
  • Register for April 23 symposium on youth programming
  • ISD semi-annual report is posted online
  • Celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week
  • Ugandan basket sale is April 12-24 in the MU
  • Daily trivia, career workshops planned for student employment week
  • Election taps 15 members for P&S Council 
  • Detours in place through November at I-35/U.S. Highway 30 interchange
  • Training session set for April 24 for LEGO innovation contest
  • Employee volunteers sought for food pantry during prep, finals weeks
  • Beware of 'tax refund payment' phishing scam
Around campus
The pandemic forced the Meats Laboratory to limit many of its usual operations for several months last year, but it still found ways to help feed Iowans during that time. New course offerings will be available in 2022, and retail sales resumed in February.

President Wendy Wintersteen has extended athletics director Jamie Pollard's contract to 2026. Pollard has led Cyclone athletics since 2005. Iowa State will have the nation's fourth-longest serving Football Bowl Subdivision athletics director this fall, behind only Oklahoma, Kentucky and Ohio State.

In an essay for The Conversation, electrical and computer engineering Distinguished Professor James McCalley said microgrids would allow cheaper, cleaner electricity to be sent efficiently across the nation. Developing the system now would save the U.S. billions of dollars.

Several dozen authors and a handful of designers teamed on an educational series of articles published by ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Association of Naturalists. "Iowa's Nature Series" covers topics such as landforms, forests, prairies, aquatics, vertebrates, invertebrates and plants.

In a study by sociology professor Susan Stewart, nearly two-thirds of female participants reported drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking earlier in the day, and binge drinking.
This week
  • Pat Foley, power plant, facilities planning and management, April 9
Seminars and conferences
Open forums
  • April 8 (3-4 p.m. via Webex), Hilary Seo, interim dean of library services
  • April 5, Leo Lo, Pennsylvania State University, State College
  • April 1, Stephanie Walker, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
  • March 29, Kelly Visnak, University of Texas, Arlington
  • March 25, Bella Karr Gerlich, Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Arts and events
After a year of heightened activism, Iowa State's 19th annual celebration of the First Amendment will explore issues related to protests. The 2021 theme is "Some Assembly Required," with lectures, workshops and other activities scheduled April 12-16.

As part of a current exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum, university museums will host an online panel discussion, "The Changing Face of Iowa Farming," April 13 (1-2 p.m. via Zoom, registration requested). Faculty and practicing farmers will examine the history and future of indigenous, queer and female farmers working Iowa land while developing sustainable farming practices. 
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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