Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Dec. 2, 2021
Inside news
Reflecting a nationwide trend, finding workers has been more difficult at Iowa State in recent months, especially for entry-level jobs. Amy Mann, UHR's head of talent acquisition, shares her thoughts on the tight labor market.

Scheduled Dec. 3-8, each candidate's interview schedule includes a campus forum in the Memorial Union. In-person and virtual participation options will be available for the university community.

With the Faculty Senate approving new learning outcomes for the U.S. diversity requirement, work now will move to a new permanent committee overseen by the senate's academic affairs council. The committee will lead the process for a fall 2023 rollout.

So far, nearly 65 people are involved in developing the next university strategic plan, including four working groups that are drafting what they see Iowa State becoming over the next decade. April is the target for completing the whole process.

After the pandemic caused Parks Library to adjust its offerings during prep and finals weeks for more than a year, things are returning to normal. The library will be open 24/7 during finals week and Barks@Parks returns during prep week.

Improvements completed this fall at the Haber Road-University Boulevard interchange -- the site of a narrow railroad underpass -- modernized the intersection and improved the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using it.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Honors student poster presentation and reception is Dec. 8
  • Volunteers sought to assist at holiday light show
  • Register for Jan. 11-12 Project LEA/RN workshop
  • Adobe Sign replaces DocuSign as university e-signature software
  • Ten classrooms reserved for evening study during prep week
  • Art Mart at the MU is Dec. 1-4
  • Extension's 2022 calendar features edible Iowa plants
Around campus
A "macrogrid" that increases the electricity moving between America's Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to a study based on computer models developed by Iowa State researchers. 

The home mask sewer movement at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic stemmed not only from altruism but also a desire for some level of control during an unprecedented time of uncertainty, based on a study co-authored by an ISU researcher.  

In a partnership between Iowa State and Mary Greeley Medical Center, the Ames hospital will provide tuition for eight of its registered nurses each year to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degrees at ISU. The hybrid program can be completed in two semesters for full-time students (four semesters, part time) and helps nurses make an immediate difference in their practice.

A new food science course this spring will explore the ancient practice of beer-making. Robert C. Brown, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and accomplished home brew hobbyist, will co-teach Science and Practice of Brewing with Zhiyou Wen, director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research. The class will use a lab outfitted with donations from John Blichmann, a mechanical engineering alumnus who owns a brewing equipment manufacturing company.
  • Rui (Ray) Chen, associate professor of information systems and business analytics, to equity advisor, Ivy College of Business
Seminars and conferences
  • Flagship Friday, Bandwidth: You're More Than You Think You Are, Hongwei Zhang, electrical and computer engineering, Dec. 3 (noon-1 p.m., pizza served at 11:45 a.m., 2206 Student Innovation Center or via Zoom), register
  • Inaugural ISU Health and Wellness Symposium, for staff, faculty and students, Feb. 4, 2022 (1-5 p.m., lunch served at noon, Memorial Union), free, register
Open forums
11 a.m.-noon, Memorial Union, in-person and livestream participation is available
  • Curtis Byrd, Georgia State University, Dec. 3, Campanile Room 
  • Candidate 2, Dec. 6, Campanile Room
  • Candidate 3, Dec. 7, Oak Room
  • Candidate 4, Dec. 8, Cardinal Room 

Online feedback form for each finalist
Arts and events
Take a break from end-of-semester tasks at Friday's winter holiday celebration. Most events are on or near central campus -- both indoors and outdoors -- and most are free.

Enjoy a reading of the children's holiday tale, "The Polar Express," accompanied by carillon, vocal and instrumental music Friday, Dec. 3 (4:30 p.m., Sukup atrium, Biorenewables Complex). Hosted by the student carillonneur leadership council, the performance is free and open to the public. It also will be livestreamed on the group's Facebook site.

CyHawk series heats up next week
​​The intrastate athletic competition between Iowa State and the University of Iowa roars to life next week. The wrestling teams square off Sunday, Dec. 5 (6 p.m.) followed by women's basketball Wednesday, Dec. 8 (6 p.m.), and men's basketball Thursday, Dec. 9 (8 p.m.), all at Hilton Coliseum. The swimming and diving teams wrap up the week Friday, Dec. 10 (6 p.m., Beyer pool). Wrestling tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, women's basketball tickets are $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission (youth: $10 reserved, $5 general admission). Men's resale tickets are available, and admission to the swim meet is free.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Student Innovation Center programming
  • Professional Practices Forum, Design Instruments to Measure Innovation Program Outcomes, Ben Ahn, aerospace engineering, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m., via Zoom), register
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