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.
On Jan. 10, 2017, Jeri Prescott presented the James R. Prescott Scholarship in Economics to graduate students Gaurav Arora and Yang He at a reception in Heady Hall.
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Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was interviewed for a cover story in the January 2017 Iowa Banking magazine about the 2016 Iowa Land Values Survey.
Helen Jensen, professor, was one of two Iowa State University professors who were involved in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee,
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, was featured in the first issue of the ISU Extension and Outreach Ag & Natural Resources Staff Spotlight this January. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/wendong-zhang
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.
Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor, was quoted in the lead paragraphs of London Financial Times, "Republicans Seek to Put Estate Tax Out to Pasture," Dec. 29, 2016.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was a guest on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press program on December 30th. Swenson discussed the economic outlook for 2017.
Sean Fox (Ph.D. ag bus '94) has been named the next head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
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 https://www.lms.iastate.edu.
Neil E. Harl, emeritus professor, was interviewed on December 16 by Barney Jopson with the Financial Times, Washington, D.C. on consequences of a repeal of the Federal Estate Tax.
David Swenson, associate scientist, taped a segment with Andy Peterson, WMT Radio, about consumer sentiment and holiday shopping prospects this year.
The Economics administrative office hours for 260-266 and 174 Heady Hall will be:
Dec. 19-22, 7:30-4
Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2017, CLOSED
Jan. 3-6, 7:30-4
The Fall 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast is now available on YouTube, and may be accessed here.
Topics include: Types of NSF Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, Award Management, the Merit Review Process, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and more.
The U.S. Treasury informed ISU Community Vitality Center Director, Mark Edelman that Iowa Community Capital has met the requirements for certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
A buckeye tree donated in memory of ag bus alumnus Ryan Hrubes (2010) by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences was planted near Curtiss Hall in October.
A revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration has been issued. These FAQs accompany the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1), and are effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made on or after, Jan. 30, 2017.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed by Maddy Arnold, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about Coralville’s high tax increment finance usage.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, hosted a press conference on Dec. 13, 2016, on the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey, which showed a 5.9% decline in per acre value since November, 2015. Land values have declined 17.5% since a historic high in 2013.
Sébastien Pouliot, associate professor, will give an Agricultural Economics Workshop at the library at the University of California, Davis on Jan. 26. 2017, from 4:10 to 5:30 pm. The title of his lecture will be, "Estimating Willingness to Pay for E85 in the United States."
The Office of the Vice President for Research, in coordination with the Graduate College, offers a one-credit course each semester for graduate students who need to (or want to) complete training in the responsible conduct of research. Not only does this course satisfy both NSF, USDA-NIFA, and NIH training requirements for grants that students may be working on, but it also provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding various topics.