Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Jan. 6, 2022
Inside news
Printing services worked with university marketing to redesign the name badges, focusing on durability, texture, finish, color and ability to handle alternative text. Faculty and staff can order them online.

The redesign personalizes the landing page and helps employees find information about themselves and use self-service tasks that are in Workday but perhaps were difficult to locate. It goes live Jan. 10.

A new law requires all in-state lodging providers to complete human trafficking prevention training to receive public funds for state employee lodging. ISU employees must ensure their lodging choice is certified in order to be reimbursed when paying with state funds.

Temporary rule changes to the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program effective through next fall potentially could wipe out more than $4 billion in student loan debt held by government and nonprofit workers. Here's what is different and how ISU faculty and staff can see if they might benefit.

She will leave her post as vice provost for equity, access and opportunity and Title IX coordinator at Tiffin University, Ohio, to start Jan. 18 at Iowa State.

Taking advantage of reduced foot traffic through the Memorial Union between semesters, building leaders planned several facility projects involving the main floor ballrooms, third floor restrooms and the M-Shop.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Make to Innovate to celebrate 10th anniversary Jan. 28
  • Study Abroad Fair set for Jan. 20
  • Extension oral history interviews archived online
  • Former Design dean Mark Engelbrecht has died
  • Degree audits hit million mark for third consecutive year
  • Volunteers sought for LEGO robotics state championship Jan. 22
Around campus
Janke, an assistant professor of natural resource ecology and management and wildlife specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, found his identity in the Midwestern wilderness. Now he works to protect Iowa's wildlife and natural resources.

Atmospheric science professor William Gallus discusses the weather events that led to powerful winds that raced through Ames and the Midwest in a Q&A with The Conversation.

A $1.4 million grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will help the College of Design's 3D Affordable Innovative Technologies Housing Project team find faster, cheaper solutions to meet the demand for affordable housing with 3D-printed homes.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is supporting ISU research to develop and test a navigation system that could help keep snowplow operators on the roads -- even in low-visibility, whiteout conditions.

Writing about her research for an essay in The Conversation, human development and family studies associate professor Megan Gilligan said that once estranged, mothers and adult children rarely reconciled. Events from early adulthood continued to wear on the relationship during the seven-year study.
  • Carol Chapelle, Distinguished Professor of English; Gustavo MacIntosh, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; and Mayly Sanchez, professor of physics and astronomy, to Dean's Professorships in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.

Next week
  • Scott Sankey, facilities design and construction, facilities planning and management, Jan. 14
Arts and events
The Cyclone gymnastics squad begins its 2022 season Friday, Jan. 7, in a dual meet with Nebraska (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). The team is ranked No. 20 nationally in last month's Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association's preseason coaches poll. Tickets are $5.

Dietitian Alison St. Germain, student wellness, will discuss food freedom and share sustainable ways to nourish and respect your body through Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size principles during a seminar Tuesday, Jan. 11 (2-3 p.m., 3580 MU or via Webex). It's part of the P&S Council's seminar series.
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