Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
April 15, 2021
Inside news
Iowa State recommends that all students and employees opt to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they're able, but vaccination won't be a condition of employment or enrollment.

Vaccination supplies will ebb and flow; employees' commitment to helping lift a mass vaccination clinic for students has not. Read more about the remarkable response.

Board members also approved plans to replace ISU's last coal boilers, parking permit rates and a new restoration budget for Ross Hall, and green lighted the planning phase for parking lot changes around the Iowa State Center.

A 40-by-60 tent will be erected on central campus Friday for faculty, staff and students' end-of-semester use. There is no charge for internal events, but the tent must be reserved through the Memorial Union.

ISU Extension and Outreach is helping get out the word about three online webinars this month on COVID-19 vaccinations. Subject-matter experts will provide research-based information about the vaccines to help people in their decision-making process. 

In more than 110 virtual sessions, the Ignite Innovation Showcase will exhibit a range of student accomplishments and ideas -- scientific research, business startups, artistic creations, civic change-making and more. It starts April 16 and is open to the public. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Library shares plans for prep and finals weeks
  • Congratulations, exemplary student employees
  • Reiman Gardens extends hours for tulip viewing
  • Your help is needed in Pammel Woods April 20
  • Apply now for Green Dot facilitator training May 18-21
  • MU's bridal expo is April 25
  • Scamper with your dog on April 24
Around campus
The Turkey Teaching and Research Facility received more than $2 million in private donations. When completed, it will provide a living classroom for students to gain hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment. It also will offer continuing education opportunities for industry professionals.

Statistics professor Sarah Nusser leads a team with a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to improve the accessibility of publicly funded research data and make it easier for other researchers to reuse the data.

Using narratives can help explain complicated topics like COVID-19 vaccines. Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication director Michael Dahlstrom examined how storytelling can combat misinformation and connect science and the human experience.

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication assistant professor Dara Wald has found her risk perceptions and communication course particularly relevant during the pandemic. Students learn in real time the challenges of successful risk communication and the importance of effective listening.

In an essay for The Conversation, electrical and computer engineering Distinguished Professor James McCalley says macrogrids would allow cheaper, cleaner electricity to be sent efficiently across the nation. Developing the system would save billions of dollars.
  • RaeAnn Gordon, interim regional director of ISU Extension and Outreach for Linn, Benton and Cedar counties, to regional director for the same area, effective April 15
  • Mark Turner, Memorial Union, April 27 (noon-2 p.m., MU Maintenance Shop)
  • Ron Leibold, kinesiology, April 30, send congratulations to his Kudoboard
  • Donald Simonson, music and theatre, April 30 (4-6 p.m., program at 4:30 p.m., Simon Estes Music Hall courtyard)
  • Martha Royer, conference services, residence department, May 3
  • Julie Wilson, scholarship office, student financial aid, May 3
  • Phil Caffrey, admissions, May 5, send congratulations to his Kudoboard
Seminars and conferences
Arts and events
The 80-member ISU Symphonic Band had planned an outdoor concert for Friday, April 16 (11:10-11:50 a.m.), but will play indoors instead: Join them in the Howe Hall atrium. The group's first concert of the year will include performances by its woodwind and brass choirs and the full band.

Twenty students graduating in 2021 with a bachelor of fine arts will display their work April 16-22 in the College of Design's Gallery 181 and online in Gallery 181V. Gallery hours for in-person viewing are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. In lieu of an opening reception, a student-produced video is part of the virtual exhibition.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Writing and Media Center programming
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