With the start of Iowa State’s fall semester upon us, we know many of you are also preparing for a K-12 school year that will have many uncertainties, or you may be facing other family or personal challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the constant changes and unpredictable circumstances are taking a heavy toll. Caring for our faculty and staff is a top priority; we are here to support you.
Lee Teng-hui, the first popularly elected president of Taiwan, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, due to septic shock and multiple organ failure. He was 97.
Summer's gradual ramp-up is about to give way to fall's fuller return. Most employees who need to work on campus to support a successful resumption of in-person instruction and residential student life will be back in their usual workspaces by Aug. 3, the same date students begin moving into university housing. Returning to prepare for the fall semester ends a long stretch away for some employees.
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Online workshops, webinar calendar
There will be updates to the university travel policy, effective August 1. The per diem reimbursement is easier and faster to submit, review and approve. Using a per diem will dramatically decrease the time it takes for a traveler to submit an expense request and the time it takes for service teams to process the request. This method allows for simplified expense planning and a predictable expense payout.
To faculty and course directors:
The CARD/ Department of Economics Web Hub to Track COVID-19’s Social and Economic Benefits has been accepted as an impact statement by the national Landgrant Impact Database. The web hub, in which researchers in the Department of Economics and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local, regional and global economies, represents ISU–CALS’ work in response to the pandemic.
A new webpage devoted to faculty who may be planning for retirement, as well as those who are already emeritus/a, is now available on the Provost website https://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty-and-staff-resources/emeritus-faculty-resources.
This new resources page contains an FAQ document that aims to answer many of the recurring questions that we all receive regarding retirement and emeritus/a status.
CALS Faculty and Staff:
The Dean of Students Office has released a document entitled "Guidance for Supporting Community Expectations During COVID-19 Pandemic" that provides important information related to classrooms.
GianCarlo Moschini, professor, has received the 2020 Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. The award is to recognize the article, “Modeling the pattern of structural change in US meat demand,” co-authored with Karl Meilke, which was published in 1989 in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
A paper authored by Helen Jensen, Brent Kreider, and Alex Zhylyevskyy, "Investigating Treatment Effects of Participating Jointly in SNAP and WIC when the Treatment is Validated Only for SNAP," has been selected as the 2019 Honorable Mention Award Winner for the Food Safety and Nutrition Section's Best Economics Paper Award.
Labor Day guidance. ISU will be open and classes in session on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 7. Faculty and staff with instructional or student support responsibilities are expected to work. UHR has FAQ on employees’ time off and leave information.
The Spring 2020 CARD Agricultural Policy Review is now available online.
Joydeep Bhattacharya, professor, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Standard Grant for support of his COVID-19-related project, "RAPID: Failure to Predict Infection Risk and its Impact on the Spread of COVID-19."
Another university initiative to help employees and students stay healthy when the academic year begins is to provide hand sanitizer on campus -- lots of it. Using a map of administration and academic buildings, a team from facilities planning and management developed a plan for placing and restocking free-standing hand sanitizer dispensers in about 95 buildings.
Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00 p.m. CDT
David Swenson, research scientist, was interviewed by Lynh Ta, Iowa Capital Dispatch, on how the drop in first time applications and renewals for federal financial aid to attend Iowa public colleges affects the area economies and the operations of the universities.