MLK Jr. holiday is Jan. 16

January 12, 2017

The Economics administrative offices (and all university offices) will be closed and classes will not meet on Monday, Jan. 16, to observe the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Faculty Activity Reporting

January 11, 2017

The three Regent universities are participating in a study of faculty activity. All faculty members at the three universities will be asked to complete an online reporting form describing how they spend their work time during a randomly assigned one-week period during the semester. This information (which will be reported in the aggregate only to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa) will help the universities educate external constituencies about the wide range of important activities that comprise faculty responsibilities. 

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Health Policy Research Scholars

January 9, 2017

Calls For Application are open for Health Policy Research Scholars, a national leadership development program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Over the course of the four- to five-year program, scholars will:

Singh and Weninger publish update

January 5, 2017

Dr. Rajesh Singh, Dr. Quinn WeningerRajesh Singh, associate professor, and Quinn Weninger, professor, published an update to their working paper #14008, titled "Cap and trade under transactions costs and factor irreversibility" to be published soon in the journal, Economic Theory.

Decreased mileage rate

January 3, 2017

For travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2017, the default rate will be 26.75 cents/mile, a decrease from 27 cents/mile. The default mileage reimbursement rate is calculated at 50% of the full IRS rate and is applicable for trips of more than 100 miles if the traveler chooses to use a personal vehicle when a vehicle is available from Transportation Services. 

The 2017 full IRS rate is decreasing to 53.5 cents/mile, from the current 2016 rate of 54 cents/mile.  

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USDA - Smart Technology Innovations in Agriculture

December 21, 2016

$5 Million in Funds for Smart Technology Innovations in Agriculture 
for research to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and resources through the Cyber Physical Systems program. Funding for this program is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2017
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Learning Management System review

December 19, 2016

Department faculty and staff:

As many of you know, the university is reviewing our needs with respect to learning management systems and will be soliciting feedback from users before selecting a new system. If anyone wishes to follow this process or has feedback and advice to contribute, please visit

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