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Photos from CALS Convocation

A photo album of images from the Fall 2021 CALS Convocation, which took place Dec. 17 in Hilton Coliseum, is now available.
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From the Farm to the Big Apple

Sara Rubin (‘15 animal science) grew up around Dalmatian dogs and is continuing her family’s business of raising and selling them out of her rural Perry, Iowa, home. Late last year, she delivered one of the puppies to Ladder Company 20 in lower Manhattan, New York. Watch the video to learn more about this heartwarming story. [Video by Nick Demaree]


Joe Colletti sitting on a low brick wall with red and gold tulips in the background

Legacy of a learning leader

As Senior Associate Dean Joe Colletti retired this past summer, the caring educator and interdisciplinary team-builder reflected on a career in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences built by making the most of every opportunity. When asked if he had a piece of parting advice for others, he thought a moment, then grinned, “Step through the door that opens.”

Innovation in Action

Tree lined street. Trees have green leaves on them

Planning grant sows seeds for future urban tree diversity

Grant Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture, is leading a national USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative planning grant to dig up the dirt on low tree diversity in urban areas. Thompson and Andrew Koeser, associate professor of environmental horticulture at the University of Florida, along with a set of national collaborators, will facilitate focus group discussions made up tree growers, landscape architects, urban foresters and others to identify the root causes of why the same tree species always seem to be planted in cities across the country.