Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Nov. 4, 2021
Inside news
They support time off for employees, including closed offices during a portion of winter break, as long as essential operations continue, research projects aren't impacted and students and customers receive the assistance they seek.

Through initiatives such as Tracing Race at Iowa State and collection expansion efforts, the library seeks to uncover a nuanced account of the university's history -- one that includes the experiences and voices of Cyclones of color.

A drive-thru clinic opening today west of Stephens Auditorium offers both lab and rapid PCR testing for anyone experiencing symptoms, exposed to someone with COVID-19 or needing a test for upcoming travel.

The threats ransomware hackers are making are relatively new, but the methods they're using to breach computers are old standbys. In a presentation to the Professional and Scientific Council, the head of ISU's cybersecurity team provided some tips for protecting yourself.

Veterinary Medicine and animal science students are volunteering their time to help dogs that were part of a rescue effort in southern Iowa last month. Iowa State received 115 dogs that are being cared for at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Library hosts online multimedia exhibit for Indigenous Heritage Month
  • Proposed regent policy addresses Biden directive
  • Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning
  • Revised policy clarifies expectations for serving students
  • Celebrate first-generation college students at Nov. 9 reception
  • Register for 'Coded Bias' documentary discussion on Nov. 16
  • Holiday light show tickets are on sale 
  • Here's how to submit a WorkFlex request
  • Snow blower service days are Nov. 12-13
Around campus
Lisa Schulte Moore took some career risks while pursuing her vision of more sustainable agricultural systems, but the risks are paying off. Prairie strips, a conservation practice she and her colleagues have championed for more than a decade, have been adopted in more than a dozen states. And in September, she received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

A multidisciplinary research team received a $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve PPE for health care workers by developing biological self-decontaminating fabrics to protect against live pathogens.
This week
  • Open house, visit Corn and Cob, the 2020 National Thanksgiving turkey and alternate, Nov. 6 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Animal Science Teaching Pavilion)

Next week

  • Retirement, Paul Gallagher, economics (May 2020 retirement), Nov. 16 (2:30-4 p.m., 368A Heady)

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Seminars and conferences
  • P&S Council Seminar Series, "Moving on From Pronouns: Building Skills for Gender Equity and Inclusion at Iowa State University," Andra Castle, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, Nov. 9 (2-3 p.m., 3560 MU or via Webex)
  • 19th annual conference, Contemporary Issues in Accounting, hosted by the accounting department, earn eight credits of continuing professional education, Dec. 17 (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Gerdin Business Building), early bird registration through Nov. 19
Arts and events
More than 500 student musicians will perform in the annual Band Extravaganza Friday, Nov. 5 (7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium). Enjoy music by the ISU Wind Ensemble, Jazz One and the Cyclone Marching Band. Tickets, $10 ($5 seniors, students and youth), may be purchased online or at the door.

The university's annual Gold Star Hall ceremony Nov. 8 will honor three former students who served in the U.S. Navy and died during World War II. One of their names was added to a wall in the Memorial Union's Gold Star Hall this year. The open-to-the-public ceremony begins at 3:15 p.m. in the MU Great Hall.

The ISU Wind Ensemble will commemorate the John Philip Sousa Band's 1920 performance in State Gym Nov. 11 (7 p.m., also in State Gym). The concert will be modeled after a Sousa concert, with a featured soloist and marches as encores. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in 149 Simon Estes Music Hall or at the door.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming 

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University library programming
Registration is required.

Student Innovation Center programming
  • Webinar, How to Use the Student Innovation Center series, Boeing Advanced Fabrication and Assembly Shop, Nov. 9 (4-5 p.m., via Zoom), register

Center for Communication Excellence programming
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