Weekly Announcements for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Monday, October 5, 2015


  • Faculty reminder

    The Lectures Program reminds instructors who are encouraging a class to attend Iowa State lectures to register the class(es) on their website Click here to register a class

    As you may know, they have a unique electronic system tied to the registrar's database that allows instructors to track attendance at lectures. Students swipe their ISU card at a workstation after the event, and instructors can go online and access an attendance report specific to their course and section. It's very slick. It also helps them get a feel for the audience size prepare for adequate seating.

    Two upcoming lectures:
    How Baling Hay Prepared Me to Become the Coffee 'Bean Baron' - Danny O'Neill
    Weds., Oct. 7, 2015, 6:30 pm
    Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall

    Empowering the Poor in the Fight against Hunger - Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
    Mon., Oct. 12, 2015, 8:00 pm
    Great Hall, Memorial Union

  • Computer labs at 64 and 68 Heady closed during finals week

    Once again the computer labs in 64 and 68 Heady will be used as testing centers during finals week this semester (Dec. 14-18). This is the third time we’ve done this, but someone is always taken by surprise that the labs will be unusable for anything besides testing.

    The thin clients in the labs get pointed to the test center servers, so there is no software on them that is of use to anyone besides those taking a test. Even printing will not be possible in there during finals. The nearest public lab is in Ross Hall.


  • Beginning of the Semester Shindig a success

    Terry Alexander and Cathy Kling's Beginning of the Semester Shindig to celebrate the start of a new era (The Rosenbloom Years) took place Friday and was a huge hit. Party-goers welcomed our new colleagues (Gabe, Wendong, Ivan, John, and Tracy), and toasted the years of valuable service provided by John Schroeter and GianCarlo Moschini!

  • Ariyabandhu returns for lecture

    Onalie Ariyabandhu, ISU alumna and social change entrepreneuer, spoke to ISU students at her lecture Monday night at Memorial Union Sun Room.
    See story.

  • Weekly media contacts for the Department of Economics

    Kevin Williams, a reporter for Al-Jazeera America, interviewed Dave Swenson, associate scientist of economics, about the economic impact of community colleges in small communities. This is the result of a ProfNet query.

    Chad Hart talked with Roger Riley, WHO-TV, about low commodity prices and how farmers adjusting to them (video recorded spot); Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register, about crop harvest progress and crop markets and pricing prospects in 2016; Bill Petroski, Des Moines Register, about U.S.-China trade and business relations and the recent Chinese purchase of soybeans; Andrea Johnson, Minnesota Farm & Ranch Guide, about crop harvest progress, crop production estimates, and 2016 crop pricing; Kate Trafecante, CNN, about how grain, especially corn, fits in the U.S. food system; and Nancy Jorgensen, Today's Farmer magazine, about the ag outlook for 2016.

  • Hart receives CALS research award

    Wendy Wintersteen, Endowed Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced Tuesday, September 29 that Associate Professor Chad Hart has been awarded the CALS Special Research Award. The $3,000 award is funded by the Dean’s Endowment and must be spent by June 30, 2016.

Department Seminars and Workshops

  • Monday's Iowa State Economics Forum lecture

    Heidi Shierholz is the Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor. She was previously with the Economic Policy Institute, where she coauthored two editions of  The State of Working America.  She has researched and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families, especially with regard to unemployment, labor force participation, compensation, income and wealth inequality, young workers, and the minimum wage.
    "Wage Inequality: Why It Matters And What to Do About It"
    Oct. 5
    8:00 pm
    Great Hall, Memorial Union
    Reception following

  • Thursday's human resources workshop

    T.J. Rakitan
    , ISU
    "What Good are Skills, Anyway?  Estimating Returns to Specific Skills in a College Major"
    Oct. 8
    3:40-5:00 pm
    360 Heady Hall

    Abstract: How does the labor market reward the specific skills learned by college students? We use a novel data set that combines earnings, demographic and college transcript data for over 5,000 graduates of a large university to investigate how their skill development has been compensated during their experience in the labor market. Using student academic records to generate measures of skills acquisition in the areas of mathematics and communication, among others, we estimate the contribution of our skills acquisition measures to graduates’ later incomes. We find that, consistent with established literature, the significance of even broad categories of skills diminishes as controls are added, although female graduates experience significant returns to quantitative coursework.

  • Friday's department seminar

    Steven  Wu, Purdue University
    "Foundations of Relational Contracting: Experimental Evidence"
    Oct. 9
    3:40-5:00 pm
    368A Heady Hall

External Seminars and Workshops

  • How to track your research impact

    University Library is sponsoring a workshop, "Altmetrics: New Metrics for Your Research Impact," on Thursday, Oct. 8 (3-4:30 p.m., location provided at registration). Learn how to track your research impact beyond citations, including page views, social bookmarking, tweets, subscribers, downloads, databases, slideshows, videos and more. Seating is limited; preregistration is required.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

    Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women's Studies
    Competition deadline: Oct. 15, 2015
    More information available

    Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
    Competition deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
    More information available

    Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellowship
    Competition deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
    More information available

  • NBER Post-Doc fellowships

    The NBER Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Program is seeking applicants for several one-year postdoctoral fellowships, with one position available in each of the following areas:
    Innovation Policy
    More information available

  • Global Grand Challenge grants

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    More information available

Job Opportunities