Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Aug. 18, 2022
Inside news
Associate vice president for student health and wellness Erin Baldwin outlines what faculty, staff and students should know about the university's public health focus in the coming year.

With fall semester set to begin Monday, this is move-in week. It's a bit of a bigger job than in recent years, since more than 9,600 students are living on campus. That's the most since 2019 and an increase that warranted reopening Wallace and Linden halls. 

University ombuds Laura Smythe arrived on campus Aug. 1 following several months of remote work. The ombuds office has moved to Agronomy Hall.

By the start of spring semester, online education staff from the academic colleges will be integrated to Iowa State Online, one of four focus areas in an expanded Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

New Quizzes were available to all instructors June 1 as Canvas prepares to phase out Classic Quizzes in June 2024. CELT staff recommend transitioning only simple quizzes until migration is seamless, but instructors are encouraged to get familiar with the new options and question types.

The Professional and Scientific Council's big-picture goals for 2022-23 will focus on employee retention, flexible work program improvements and educating constituents, under the strategic initiatives proposed at the council’s Aug. 4 meeting.

With the migration of 20,000-plus university Gmail accounts to Microsoft Outlook in June, Iowa State took another big step toward a single email and calendar system. Gmail content will be available (read only) through September.

Before fall semester begins next week, catch up on summer happenings across campus.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Driver shortage forces CyRide to reduce weekend service
  • Fifth Cardinal Women* cohort is underway
  • New shows at Stephens: Goo Goo Dolls, A Charlie Brown Christmas, evening with C.S. Lewis
  • Monthly art walks announced for fall semester
  • Single event tickets for Stephens season now on sale
  • MU poster sale runs through Aug. 26
  • Illegal parking, nuisance party fines increase Aug. 19-21
  • Student food pantry looking to fill volunteer shifts
  • Proposals sought for spring Honors seminars
  • Nominations, applications sought for student affairs board
  • ClubFest is Aug. 31
Around campus
Education associate professor Douglas Smith writes the lowering or removal of requirements for teacher certification is a short-term solution to the teacher shortage that doesn't address the underlying problems, in an essay for The Conversation.

Geological and atmospheric sciences professor Alan Wanamaker combined seawater data taken from clam shells and thousands of climate simulations and found that 900 years of cooling in the Gulf of Maine suddenly were reversed in the late 1800s. The concentration of greenhouse gas likely contributed and will continue the warming trend.

Psychology and human computer interaction professor Jonathan Kelly performed a study to determine the severity of cybersickness symptoms from virtual reality. The research found just three 20-minute sessions over a week could help lessen the symptoms, but people prone to motion sickness had a harder time adapting.

An interdisciplinary ISU research team is working to identify the genes that affect the angle of corn leaves, using a robot developed at Iowa State to capture 3D images of corn in the field. The angle of the leaves on a corn stalk directly affects the plant’s ability to soak up needed summer sun. 
  • Carmen Gomes, associate professor of mechanical engineering, to equity advisor for the College of Engineering
  • Donald Lewis, Joel Coats, Rick Hellmich, entomology, come-and-go reception, Aug. 30 (2-4 p.m., MU Campanile Room)
  • Pam Cain, division of operations and finance, Sept. 6 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
  • Ann Wessman, office of student financial aid, Sept. 6 (no public event), post well wishes to her Kudoboard
Arts and events
Season warm-up
The Cyclone volleyball team hosts Missouri in a preseason exhibition match Friday, Aug. 19 (6 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). Admission is free.

Numerous events are planned for Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20, to welcome students back to campus and resume building the Cyclone community ahead of the fall semester launch next week.
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