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Innovative approach to studying abroad

When COVID-19 put a temporary halt on study abroad trips, Professor Lee Burras found an innovative way to still offer international experiences to students.
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Teaching students how microbiology plays a role in human health

Claudia Lemper-Manahl, assistant teaching professor in plant pathology and microbiology, received the Excellence in Face-to-Face Instruction award for her work to ensure the safety of students and staff in her in-person medical microbiology lab last fall. She put together a series of videos for her students that explained how to safely enter and exit the lab to prevent not only the spread of COVID-19, but also the spread of pathogens being studied in the lab. Students who take this course learn how microbiology plays a role in human health, agriculture and veterinary medicine.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and staff can contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Response Team to request assistance, report a problem, or share an idea of a creative, innovative approach to a recent challenge at CALSresponse@iastate.edu or 515-294-0705. Self-report a case of COVID-19 using this online form.

Check Iowa State University's COVID-19 page for regular updates, FAQs, public health links, travel updates and more on this fast-developing issue.

Awoke Dollisso

A Champion for Inclusivity

As chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Awoke Dollisso is working to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus. He spearheaded an effort to set up a committee focused on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in each of the college’s departments. "Awoke has helped to establish diversity and inclusion excellence as core values throughout our academic departments," says Theressa Cooper, assistant dean for diversity in CALS.

Innovation in Action

Two students standing six feet apart in a field used as a research plot at Iowa State University

One year of COVID-19 response at Iowa State

It’s been a year since Iowa State University initiated its Emergency Operation Center to provide a coordinated, institution-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. So much has happened since Jan. 27, 2020, when university leaders received an initial briefing from the incident management team. This collection of stories highlights some of the hard work, dedication and collaboration across campus, including that of several faculty, staff and students within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

$4 mil. in scholarships are offered to students annually through CALS and its departments.
98% of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates reported they were working, continuing their education or serving in the military within six months of receiving their diplomas.
4% Iowa State University’s agricultural programs rank in the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings.