Inside Iowa State for faculty and staff
Jan. 18, 2024
Inside news
After June 30, senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert will continue to serve Iowa State as professor of mechanical engineering, President's Chair in Engineering and provost emeritus.

Two changes prompt the need: Another state tax bracket was eliminated for 2024, and withholdings on the Iowa W-4 changed from an allowance number to a dollar amount to align with the method of counting on the federal W-4. 

From Jan. 27 to Feb. 25, student information will be moved from legacy systems, such as AccessPlus and ADIN, into Workday. The bulk of data transfer will take place Feb. 10-18. This 24/7 process may lead to slower results when faculty and staff initiate reports or complete tasks in Workday.

Employees should plan to pay more attention to their health care and pay a larger share of the (nonpreventive) medical services they receive in 2024. But they also should keep scheduling the many preventive health services that are free.

Glean, available as a web, desktop or mobile application, converts speech to text and provides some students with disabilities an equitable way to learn. The tool is available to students at no cost, to faculty and staff for $24/year.

English associate professor Abram Anders was excited to see students use artificial intelligence as a tool to aid their education but not replace their learning or do work for them. Anders believes instructors need a good understanding of what AI tools can and can't do before introducing them into their courses.
The following announcements were added this week:
  • Community vitality is topic of March 8 research roundtable
  • Workshops connect researchers on social dimensions of artificial intelligence
  • Student club is taking orders for Valentine's Day fudge
  • Regents board president steps down, to vacate seat in April
  • Nominations for annual sustainability awards due Feb. 15
  • Posters, table displays invited for Feb. 27 Sustainapalooza
  • Nominations for faculty mentor award are due Feb. 28
  • Nominations for alumni awards due Feb. 15
  • Study Abroad Fair is Jan. 25
Around campus
Kinesiology professor Duck-chul Lee is leading researchers in a study that indicates splitting the recommended amount of physical activity between aerobic and resistance exercise reduces cardiovascular disease risks as much as aerobic-only regimens.

4-H animal science specialist Amy Powell shares some tips to provide care for hobby farm animals and pets during cold Iowa winters.
This week
  • Retirement, Steve Roberts, data science services, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Jan. 19 (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 115 Office and Lab Building), Roberts retired Dec. 29

Next week
  • Retirement, Marce Bruhn, Team Pine, finance service delivery, Jan. 25 (4-5 p.m., Financial Services Building, 1015 Haber Rd.)

  • Reception, Jody Fox, survey research services, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, Jan. 29 (1-2:30 p.m., 115 Office and Lab Building), post well wishes to Jody's Kudoboard

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Arts and events
The annual "Let Freedom Ring" carillon concert on Thursday, Jan. 18 (11:50 a.m., central campus), features students of university carillonneur Tin-Shi Tam playing hymns, spirituals and music inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

The spring edition of Cyclone Cinema, 13 feature films released in theaters in the previous three to six months, opens Jan. 18 with "The Holdovers" (7 p.m., 101 Carver). One showing per night continues through Sunday; admission is free.

Gymnastics team hosts faculty-staff appreciation
The Cyclone gymnastics team takes on No. 26 BYU on Friday (6:30 p.m., Hilton Coliseum). It's faculty and staff appreciation night; advance tickets are just $3. If you're attending with a large group, it's also Fan Friday: Get five tickets for $5 (purchase in multiples of five).

The University Print Society, an ISU student organization, presents its 23rd annual Postcard Exchange Jan. 22-Feb. 4 in the Memorial Union Art Gallery. The event includes a two-week silent auction of all 146 postcards.
Learning opportunities
Provost office programming

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) programming
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