Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Feb. 9, 2023
Inside news
Take-home pay in January was up a bit for most university employees, a reflection of new state income tax rates. Iowa is on a four-year schedule to arrive at a single rate, 3.9%, in 2026.

The Block and Bridle Club is teaming with the nonprofit Cactus Cares to purchase meat processed at the meats laboratory for the SHOP food pantry. The student organization has raised about $1,500; Cactus Cares will match up to $5,000 to provide meat for students living with food insecurity.

At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Professional and Scientific Council learned more about an upcoming university human resources project to identify ineligible dependents on employee medical, dental and vision plans.

Instructors can set expectations for students by defining when and how artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, can be used. By the type of projects they assign, faculty can encourage or discourage its use.

Sioux City native Carly Hanson previously served in the office of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Bookstore to host Pete the Cat Saturday morning
  • Library website focus groups gather Feb. 15 and 16
  • Ames Lab youth science kits will be ready for spring break
  • Nominations open for awards to recognize great suppliers to ISU
  • City's snow ordinance in effect
  • Next Goldfinch Room concert is Feb. 28
  • Provost's office has partial funding for summer faculty success program
  • Steven Nissen funeral is Feb. 10
  • William Reece funeral is Feb. 11
  • Nominate students to be peer leaders in August
  • Nominate a great faculty mentor
  • Wednesdays in Kildee: Hot chocolate, coffee and donut sale
  • English conversation leaders needed this semester
  • Workshop presenters sought for state 4-H conference in July
Around campus
A research team studying how beavers and the dams they build impact watersheds in Iowa has discovered several positives, include slowing runoff. They'll discuss their research during a 'virtual field day' Feb. 9 (1-2 p.m., via Zoom).

Starting next week, students in the Ivy College of Business will provide free tax preparation services for eligible taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program Feb. 13-April 13.

Several years in the making (thanks in part to a global pandemic), the inaugural campus symposium drew 350 participants and thanked a campus do-er, Carmen Flagge in the College of Human Sciences.
This week
  • Erin Thomas, university library, Feb. 10 (no public event)

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Seminars and conferences
  • Seminar series, P&S Council, "Personalize Your Professional Development with LinkedIn and Workday Learning," with Steve Couchman, university human resources, Feb. 14 (2-3 p.m., 1310 Beyer)
  • Conversations about Carbon, "Carbon Market Updates," with Alejandro Plastina, economics, Feb. 15 (noon-12:40 p.m., via Zoom)
Arts and events
The Iowa Orchid Society joins Reiman Gardens for a display and sale of exotic orchids during the annual Orchid Fest Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 11-12 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily). The Central Iowa Orchid Society will staff a Q&A booth on orchid care. Admission is the cost of gardens admission: $12 (youth $6, free for members and ISU students).

The Cyclone wrestling and gymnastics teams share the Hilton Coliseum floor Sunday, Feb. 12 (noon) for simultaneous dual competitions. The wrestling opponent is Illinois; the gymnastics opponent is Central Michigan. Tickets are $10 (youth $5, family four-pack $20).
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming
  • ISU ADVANCE workshop series, Straight Talk: Demystifying Faculty Pathways for Success and Satisfaction, for Aspiring Leaders and Administrators, Feb. 13 (1-2:30 p.m., MU Sun Room and via Webex), register
  • Workshop, Documenting Your Research Impact and Increasing Visibility, topics include impact metrics and sources, locating information on who is citing your work, creating citation reports, creating and claiming author profiles, using the ISU Digital and DataShare repositories, and open access publishing, Feb. 23 (2-3:30 p.m., Cardinal Room, MU), register

Vice president for research programming

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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