Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Sept. 30, 2021
Inside news
Building on the success of a trial run last year, the Innovation Fellows program and the admissions office partnered with ISU faculty, staff and students to conduct seven virtual challenges for international high schools this summer and fall, showing more than 700 students what an innovation mindset is and how Iowa State can help them develop it.

As part of a multiyear strategy to keep up with escalating health care costs, most employees' monthly contributions to their health insurance will go up between $1 and $48 on Jan. 1.

Companies around the nation are looking for employees, and that means increased internship and job opportunities for ISU students. The increased need has helped numbers rebound at career fairs after the pandemic caused a drop in recent years.

Amanda Knief, director of the lectures program since 2018, became Iowa State's parliamentarian July 1. She primarily advises the heads of Faculty Senate and Professional and Scientific Council when the need arises.

A two-hour workshop for male allies, especially those in STEM fields, will be offered three times Oct. 21-22. It's a guided conversation with opportunities to ask questions and practice skills.

An anticipated 350 students who completed their degrees when a traditional commencement ceremony wasn't possible will return to campus Oct. 9 to seal the deal.

Recruitment is underway for a campuswide network of volunteers who will play a crucial role in helping with transitions during Iowa State's ongoing initiative to modernize its enterprise software products. 
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Blood drive runs Oct. 4-7 in the Memorial Union
  • Who's eligible for a COVID-19 booster?
  • Reminder: Employee flu shot clinic is Oct. 4-15
  • Cybersecurity fair is Oct. 8
  • Jack-o'-lantern help sought Oct. 8-15 at Reiman Gardens
  • Statewide 19th Amendment observance wraps up Oct. 4
Around campus
Professor of natural resource ecology and management Lisa Schulte Moore received Iowa State's first MacArthur Fellowship for her groundbreaking research as a landscape ecologist building sustainable and resilient agricultural systems. The prestigious awards, sometimes called "genius grants," identify scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and others who demonstrate exceptional creativity and show promise for important future advances.

A $1.5 million federal grant will help ISU researchers update an electronic tool that identifies watershed conservation practices best suited to particular agricultural fields. The practices lead to better water quality.

Drawing on his own experiences as an undergrad, Corey Welch established the STEM Scholars program to help students in traditionally excluded groups find their way to success. The program is a peer-to-peer network with a membership that's grown every year since it began in 2016.
Seminars and conferences
  • Flagship Friday, "That's Not Right," inventor Hudson Harr, SkyCurrent, Oakland, Oct. 1 (1-2 p.m., stepatorium, Student Innovation Center or via Zoom), register
  • Conversation about Carbon, with Bernardo del Campo, Advanced Renewable Technology International, Prairie City, Oct. 5 (10-10:45 a.m., via Zoom)
  • Flagship Friday, with alumnus and past CyStarter Aaryaman Aneerao, PeachPay Inc., Oct. 8 (noon-1 p.m., stepatorium, Student Innovation Center or via Zoom), register
Arts and events
The campus community is invited to a garden party with mural artist Louise Jones Thursday, Sept. 30 (4-5:30 p.m., Anderson Sculpture Garden near the Hub). Jones completed a large floral mural in the garden commissioned by university museums for its Art on Campus collection.

Iowa State's Wind Ensemble will hold a concert -- the music department's first indoor concert with an audience in two years -- Friday, Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., recital hall, Simon Estes Music Building). Audience seating is limited to 66% of capacity; social distancing and face masks are recommended. Admission is $5 at the door.

2011 Nobel Laureate in chemistry and Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman is visiting campus through Oct. 14, hosted by the materials science and engineering department and Ames Laboratory. He'll present a lecture on new magnesium alloys Wednesday, Oct. 6 (3:20 p.m., Howe Hall auditorium). Refreshments will be available at 2:45 p.m.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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