Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Dec. 1, 2022
Inside news
The university community has a month to reduce its Google data storage from 275 terabytes to 100 TB -- or face read-only status in January. Here's what you need to do to help avoid that.

Associate professor of English Elena Cotos will focus on professional development for graduate students and postdocs, and Heather Greenlee, Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed Professor in Veterinary Medicine, will focus on student enrollment and program expansion.

Available in Canvas on Jan. 3, the digital accessibility tool scans uploaded content to determine accessibility and creates alternative file formats to make it available to the most people. It's a significant step toward compliance with the university's digital accessibility policy.

The IRS has increased some, but not all, limits on employee contributions to voluntary retirement plans for 2023. These changes are unrelated to the ISU mandatory retirement plan or contributions to IPERS.

Researchers are demonstrating the value of serious games in teaching and research that strengthen learning for the digital generation. Projects aim to put STEM in a welcoming light to show students -- from middle schoolers to undergraduates -- the possibilities.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Two more weekends to buy trees, wreaths from forestry club
  • School of Education's technology center hits 25-year mark
  • Register for Project LEA/RN workshop in January 
  • Holiday online purchases should be shipped home
  • Classrooms designated for studying during prep week evenings
  • Jennette McCurdy appearance canceled
  • Poinsettia sale runs through Dec. 3
Around campus
Therapy dogs, chair massages and other stress-breakers are scheduled during prep week (Dec. 5-9) at Parks Library, and the building will be open around the clock during finals week (8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, through 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16).

The new Stanley Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility, the only one of its kind at a major university, received its first set of turkeys last month. The birds will provide experiential learning opportunities for students through research and independent study projects, and starting spring semester, class lectures.

Higher shipping costs and increasing volumes of excess inventory they might not sell are prompting many online retailers to adopt stricter return policies. How they "sell" those changes to their customers matters, according to an ISU study.

As part of ISU Extension and Outreach's Growing Together Iowa mini-grant project, volunteers in 33 Iowa counties grew 114,793 pounds of fruits and vegetables this summer shared with 115 food pantries. The county teams worked with local food pantries to plant fruits and vegetables that met the unique needs of the clients each serves.

Expanding Lot 1 near Martin and Friley residence halls this month replaces space in Lot 3, where the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department's new building (northwest of Beyer Hall) begins construction in January.
This week
  • Linda Galvin, landscape architecture, Dec. 2 (no public event)

Next week
  • Tom Swartwood, Ivy College of Business and Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Dec. 8 (3:30-5:30 p.m., remarks at 4 p.m., Core Facility atrium, ISU Research Park, 1805 Collaboration Pl.)
  • Jana Stenback, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, Dec. 9 (10 a.m.-noon, 248 Bessey)

  • Jane Stowe, College of Engineering student services, Jan. 4 (2-4 p.m., 3155 Marston)

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
An eve-of-prep week tradition to provide students with some Cyclone fun as fall semester winds down and exam week approaches, WinterFest events on Dec. 2 are (mostly) free to everyone -- students, staff, faculty and community members.

Enjoy these student (and community) performances this week:
  • TubaChristmas, 150+ musicians on tubas and euphoniums, Dec. 3 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), free
  • Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m., recital hall, Simon Estes Music Hall), $5
  • Holiday Festival of Vocal Music, Lyrica, Cantamus, Statesmen and Iowa State Singers, Dec. 4 (3 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $10 ($5 youth and seniors)
  • Holiday concert, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Dec. 4 (7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium), $10 ($5 youth and seniors)
Reiman Gardens' "Winter Wonderscape" holiday light show opens Dec. 1 (5-8 p.m.) and continues every Thursday-Saturday through Dec. 31. Time-stamped tickets, $13-$7, must be purchased online in advance.
Learning opportunities
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming

Vice president for research programming

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship programming

Center for Industrial Research and Service programming
  • Discussions, Lean Learning, Dec. 16 (9-10:30 a.m., virtual), non-members and members of the Iowa Lean Consortium are welcome, register
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