Issue: 1054

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
May 13, 2019

Top Stories

Abrah Meyer, agricultural business and supply chain management, gave the address for her fellow graduating seniors, family and friends at the CALS Convocation in Hilton Coliseum on May 10.

Senior Speaker: Bloom Where Planted, Grow Always and Sow Seeds
Abrah Meyer, agricultural business and supply chain management, gave the address for her fellow graduating seniors, family and friends at the CALS Convocation in Hilton Coliseum on May 10. Read excerpts from her remarks online.

Video: Happy Trails for New Graduate and Her Miniature Horse
Aimee Schulz, who graduated with a degree in genetics and agronomy, will be pursuing a doctorate degree in plant breeding at Cornell University. She’s planning to take her miniature horse with her to Ithaca, New York, and hoping to continue to share Lulu as a therapy horse. More

Videos: 11 Ways of Looking at CALS - Seniors Share Their Stories

  • Mason Lettinga, animal science, met industry professionals through campus and club events.  
  • Amanda Crow, agricultural education and studies, talks about the support system she found in CALS.
  • Megan Kemp, agronomy and global resource systems, says CALS helped her explore her culture and other cultures.
  • Alex Brand, agricultural business, says CALS cultivates a culture of success.
  • Payton Wise, animal science, says she was convinced she had the right major when she flipped a sheep her first day.
  • Aimee Schulz, genetics and agronomy, is thankful for everyone who helped her succeed.
  • Celeste Swanson, agricultural business and international ag, says she’s enjoyed all the opportunities.
  • Amy Huynh, environmental science, found a community of multicultural students who helped her feel at home.  
  • Rebekah Sletten, agricultural business and international ag, said the opportunities in CALS helped her grow as a person.
  • Brandon Hanson, agricultural business, says the skills he learned helped him land his dream job.
  • Paulina Padrón, animal science, shared how being a peer mentor in a learning community influenced her.

Workday Training Now Available for Faculty and Staff
Workday training – both online and instructor-led – is now available for all faculty and staff. An article in the May 9 issue of Inside Iowa State, “Minimal Workday Training Required for Many,” provides an overview. Workday training maps also will help faculty and staff understand what training is needed. See the email sent from Lynn Laws to all CALS faculty and staff this morning, May 13, for more information.


CALS “Lightning Talks” at ISU Research Day Online
Recordings of the presentations from Iowa State Research Day on March 28 are now available online. Lightning Talk presentations include: Priyanka Jayashankar, management and Seed Science Center; and Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management. Story collider presentations include: Tom Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Leonor Leandro, plant pathology and microbiology; Tom Harrington, plant pathology and microbiology; and Ajay Nair, horticulture.

Teaching and Students

Crops Team and Soils Judging Team Finish Semester Strong
The CALS Crops Team recently competed in the NACTA Judging Conference at Murray State University, Ky. The crops contest consisted of an agronomic quiz, math practical, lab practical, and plant and seed identification. In the four-year division, the team placed second overall; individuals Andrew Blomme and Shannon Breja placed second and fourth overall respectively. Also, the team competed in the Knowledge Bowl and placed first in the four-year division. The Soils Judging Team recently competed in the National Soil Judging Contest in San Luis Obispo, Calif., placing seventh overall and sixth in group judging. More

CALS Hosts Study Abroad Scholarship Dinner
The CALS Global Programs Department partnered with the ISU Foundation to host the ninth annual CALS Study Abroad Scholarship Dinner on April 25. More than 60 students, donors and Iowa State faculty and staff attended. More

Hansen Center Offers Unique Opportunities for Students
The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center is a unique, multipurpose facility with classrooms and teaching laboratories as well as space for outreach activities and a variety of functions for current and future students. Learn more about the classes, events and visitors at the Center since opening in 2014 in an article written by Mikayla Schaefer, a Science With Practice student and Iowa Pork Industry Center student communications assistant.

Extension and Outreach

Annual Conference to Address Issues Affecting Iowa Farm Values
Agricultural trade, land values and technology will highlight the Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Scheman Building. Now in its 92nd year, the conference is for farmers, rural appraisers, real estate brokers and others interested in Iowa’s land market. The conference is sponsored by CALS and ISU Extension and Outreach. More

Worker Protection Standard Training Offered for Student Employees
Betsy Buffington, pesticide safety education program specialist, will be providing Worker Protection Standard pesticide safety training daily from 8:30 to 10 a.m. this week, May 13-17, in 125 Kildee Hall. The training is geared to new student employees who need the training before starting fieldwork or anyone needing annual WPS training. For more information contact Buffington at or 4-7293.

Around the College

CALS Members of ISU Emerging Leaders Academy, 2019-20
Thirty faculty and staff have been chosen for the 2019-20 cohort of Iowa State’s Emerging Leaders Academy. Representing departments administered or co-administered by CALS are: Monic Behnken, sociology; Aileen Keating, animal science; Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Cory Walker, animal science; and Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology. More

CALS Faculty, Staff to Receive Top University Awards
Several CALS faculty and staff are among the recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards, to be given Sept. 23 at the ISU Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. The following individuals from CALS departments and centers will be recognized. More

  • Mary Wiedenhoeft, agronomy, Morrill Professor
  • Silvia Cianzio, agronomy, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • James Dickson, animal science, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Robert Jernigan, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Gary Munkvold, plant pathology and microbiology, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Ginny Mitchell, entomology, Regents Award for Staff Excellence
  • Kevin Schalinske, food science and human nutrition, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award
  • Angela Shaw, food science and human nutrition, Inclusive Excellence
  • Sergio Lence, economics, International Service Award
  • Jodi Sterle, animal science, Academic Advising Impact
  • Jennifer Bundy, animal science, Early Achievement in Academic Advising
  • Aileen Keating, animal science, Mid-Career Achievement in Research
  • Mark Edelman, economics, Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa
  • Mary Mayes, animal science, Carroll Ringgenberg Award
  • Anna Johnson, animal science, Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

Public Viewing of Seed Science Center Film Scheduled, June 16
A film showcasing the science and beauty of seeds is scheduled for a public viewing at Reiman Gardens on June 16 at 6 p.m. “Seeds! Diversity of Wonder,” was produced by Manjit Misra, director of ISU’s Seed Science Center. The film’s purpose is to make seed science accessible to a wide audience and inspire a new generation to take an interest, said Misra. It takes viewers to locations including India and Africa, as well as the Iowa State campus, the World Food Prize in Des Moines and Iowa farms. More

Youngs Recognized for Work in Kosovo
Curt Youngs, animal science, was recognized by the Kosovo Consul General Xhavit Gashi in recognition of his involvement and impactful efforts over the past eight years in Kosovo. Youngs has worked to improve the dairy cattle industry in Kosovo, educating students from the country and across the globe through his teaching at the University of Prishtina International Summer University Program. He also arranged for ISU to serve as a host institution for Kosovo American Education Fund graduate student fellows. More

Powell-Coffman to Serve as Associate Dean for Research
Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, professor and former chair of genetics, development and cell biology, has been named associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More


May 15: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
The Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at 12 p.m., will address the impact of cover crops on crop yield and water quality. Emily Waring, graduate research assistant with the Agricultural Water Management research group, will present results from research at six ISU research farms. More

May 15: CALS Faculty and Staff Picnic
More than 300 have RSVP'd for the CALS faculty and staff picnic, scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Moore Memorial Park, Big Bluestem Shelter. Jazz music will be provided by the Indigo Monks, featured Thomas Baum, chair of plant pathology and microbiology.


President Wintersteen Seeks Innovative Ideas from Undergraduate Students
ISU President Wendy Wintersteen has unveiled the “Pitch Me ISU” contest. Undergraduate students with innovative ideas are encouraged to submit a 60-second video on how that idea would change the local, regional, national or global community, create value for a specific industry or business, or change consumer experiences or practices. Accepted video clips will be displayed at the Iowa State Fair and the winner will be awarded $1,000.

Exploring a Precision Livestock Farming Initiative
The Office of the Vice President of Research is bringing together interested parties from across the university to explore forming a Precision Livestock Farming Initiative, a transdisciplinary effort involving researchers, industry and farmer partners. The goal is to develop teams that can address all aspects of precision livestock farming and successfully apply for funding. This emerging topic intersects economic, ethical, societal and environmental aspects of applying data science to animal agriculture and genomics, production animal health and welfare, food science, monitoring technology, bioinformatics and workforce development. Register online to be notified of upcoming networking opportunities.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is published by email every Monday. The deadline for submitting content is 12 p.m. on Friday.


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