Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Feb. 24, 2022
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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin a multiyear initiative to right-size a budget with a deficit due to changing enrollment and student demand and position the college for the next decade.
Adjusting the compensation structure doesn't automatically move any employee's salary, but it increases earning potential in the years ahead. The change will impact about 200 P&S employees whose pay places them either below the new minimum or back within the new maximum of their pay grades. 

The draft plan unveiled in town halls this month is really a strategic process for yearly review, priority-setting and projects, designed to propel the university forward while ensuring some flexibility in the face of changing conditions.

The 25 Year Club will gather next week to honor 110 Iowa State faculty and staff who celebrated notably lengthy work anniversaries in 2021 -- with a combined 3,260 years of university service.

Canvas is phasing out Classic Quizzes and replacing it with New Quizzes, giving instructors more options and improved accessibility. It will be enabled campuswide on June 1, but Classic Quizzes will not sunset until June 30, 2024.
During the ISU Foundation's first Forever True Day, scheduled from noon March 1 to noon March 2, donors can choose from among hundreds of funds to support.

The fifth annual college-by-college pitch off wrapped up this week with the campuswide finale, capping off two weeks of students stepping up to make the case for their innovative ideas.

Other Iowa State items on the meeting agenda include two new centers, an honorary degree, changes to public radio and a second phase for the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

With the university's contract with DocuSign expiring this spring, the registrar's office selected another e-signature platform, Microsoft Forms' Power Automate, for its schedule change forms. The new forms go live in AccessPlus Feb. 28.

The office of the vice president for research needs your help to prepare Iowa State's fourth application to higher ed's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System -- known as STARS. The first three efforts produced gold results. The goal this year is platinum.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • COVID-19: By the numbers
  • Livestream option open for some ISCORE presentations
  • Free bowling, billiards at P&S Council meet and greet March 10
  • Reminder: P&S Council nominations are open through March 4
  • Applications due March 1 for undergraduate research symposium
  • Wanted: Reviewers of assessment tool ExamSoft
  • Watch and discuss Barbara Lee documentary March 3
Around campus
Nearly 50 faculty, staff and students and their Iowa-based partners participated in exhibits and talked with elected officials during ISU Day at the Capitol Feb. 22.

Professor of veterinary microbiology Gregory Phillips and associate professor of chemical and biological engineering Rizia Bardhan will use ISU funding for cancer research in the College of Veterinary Medicine to genetically engineer strains of probiotic bacteria. Their goal is to target and eliminate tumors found in patients with breast and colorectal cancers. 

A new book from ISU researchers maps out how hotter temperatures and more frequent and severe weather can directly and indirectly alter the way people interact with others. Addressing these challenges now could help buffer some of the long-term costs.  

Interior design assistant professor Daejin Kim is researching ways to improve rural homes to allow older people to age in place. In a pilot project with Charles City residents, researchers will design a floor plan and 3D simulation, and make a construction plan and cost estimation for potential modifications.
  • Matthew Hufford, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, to the Cassling Family Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Next week
  • Steve Karsjen, education and outreach, Ames Laboratory, March 4 (4-6 p.m., Alluvial Brewing, 3715 W. 190th St.), cards can be sent to 105 TASF, 2408 Pammel Dr.

Employees, their colleagues or supervisors are invited to submit retirements and departures to University human resources doesn't provide them for publication.
Arts and events
The nine plays in the festival include stories of a lovestruck alien, first dates, race and policing, assassins and vampires, and pigeons in wartime. Performances are March 3-5 (7:30 p.m.) and March 6 (2 p.m.) at Fisher Theater. General admission tickets ($20 for adults, free for students and youth) can be purchased at the door, the Iowa State Center ticket office or via Ticketmaster.

Cyclones host indoor conference track meet
The Lied Recreation Center is the site of the Big 12 Conference indoor track and field championship (men's and women's squads) Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26. Events begin at 3 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday; heptathlon and decathlon competitions begin at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day. Single-day tickets ($5) are available only at the door; there isn't a two-day ticket.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

University human resources programming
  • Virtual workshop, Behavior-based Interviewing, for employees who interview candidates as part of the recruiting process, March 22 (rescheduled from March 8), (10 a.m.-noon via Zoom), register via Learn@ISU
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