Mark Edelman, professor, is this year's recipient of the North Central Region's Excellence in Extension Award.
For NCRA members:
This FAQ covers the most commonly asked questions about impacts of the COVID-19 emergency on USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants. NIFA continues to evaluate options and flexibilities related to coronavirus impacts and will announce updates to this FAQ in the NIFA Update.
Facilities Planning and Management has announced a temporary building service interruption:
START DATE: Monday, 04/06/2020 7:00 AM
END DATE: Wednesday, 04/08/2020 4:30 PM
AFFECTED BUILDING/S: Heady Hall
WHAT: No Chilled water
WHY: Install Bypass and new meter
Congratulations to two faculty members who have been promoted effective the 2020-21 academic year!
Iowa State University has promoted Chad Hart from associate to full professor.
For those with interest in the Fulbright program, a virtual zoom meeting is being offered to replace the canceled in-person Fulbright seminar:
Wednesday, April 8
12 – 1 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/406984011
Meeting ID: 406 984 011
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Setting up online courses comes with a lot of questions and setbacks, but know that you are not in this alone. Todd Vans, program coordinator in the Brenton Center, gathered thoughts from CALS faculty members regarding setting up and delivering online courses, but the advice works for any types of courses.
Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen addressed payments for campus services and what refunds can be given during the time of online instruction in an email sent March 30.
Partial refunds are available for course fees, residence hall contracts, dining contracts and student parking.
Refunds will also be given for spring study abroad program fees. For spring break trips, those refunds are already being processed, and emergency flights are being reimbursed for those who had to be brought home early from semester's abroad, according to the email.
Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is requesting proposals from faculty and staff at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa to address nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient losses to surface waters.
Agricultural Entrepreneur B.J. Brugman (’12 agricultural business) shared the story of his startup agtech business, Sentinel, with the fifty-five students in ECON 334, and did so from Lyon, France.
Looking at USDA data over the years, William Edwards, Iowa State University Extension economist emeritus, found that the trendline for days suitable for fieldwork from April through mid-June has dropped from 48 days to 35 days since 1964.
OSPA has moved agency deadlines on sponsored funding applications. They are triaging their review and submissions so that hard deadlines have priority and proposals to programs where deadlines got pushed back will also be pushed back.
An econ department Ph.D. candidate Wendiam Sawadgo will join the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Auburn (Alabama) as Assistant Professor/Extension Economist next August. His focal areas will be Agricultural Production, Risk Management, and Agricultural Policy.
Working from home has its advantages: No distractions (or maybe just different ones), No commuting (except into the next room), and No one expects you to comb your hair every day! Everyone's adapting to new work situations, but you're not alone. We may be apart, but we're pulling together! Tag us in your photos on social media (@ISUEconomics), or email them to Deb or Lydia!
Beginning immediately, here are the new mail-handling procedures for Heady Hall:
Because we are practicing social distancing, department staff is working remotely and the offices will be locked.
These are difficult times for many ISU faculty and staff, especially those who must now juggle teaching in a virtual format while juggling full-time home care for their children. Adrienne Lyles in EO, has put together quite an extensive list of resources for faculty who are working under these stressful conditions.
The ISU Foundation has established a special emergency relief fund, supporting students, faculty, staff, and programs, to add to the resources available in the colleges. The fund will serve as an emergency relief fund, supporting students, faculty, staff, and programs that are adversely affected by unforeseen circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic. Several areas of need have already been identified, but the fund is nimble and will allow the university flexibility in responding to needs that have not yet been anticipated.
Procurement Services has released two FAQs in response to COVID-19 that contain the most updated information that we have. Both FAQs can be accessed from the Iowa State University COVID-19 page (https://web.iastate.edu/safety/updates/covid19) by clicking on the Procurement Services, university travel link located in the FAQ section on the right side of the page. Please check back frequently as updates and answers to frequently asked questions will continue to be updated with the latest
Due to the disruptions arising from the national response to COVID-19, NIFA is extending the following deadlines. NIFA will continue to monitor the situation and post updates to this guidance on our web site.
Changes as of 18 March 2020:
Higher Education Challenge Grant Program
Previous deadline: March 23, New deadline: April 2
Summer employment opportunities
For undergraduate and graduate students:
Teaching economics and mathematics to elementary, middle, and high school students
Located on the East and West coasts and Hong Kong
June 25 – July 18 and July 18 – August 8
Room and board plus salary