Issue: 1116

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 27, 2020 

Top Stories

Harnessing Biomass and Manure to Fuel Farms
A $10 million grant from USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will power the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE) as it works to create new value chains on U.S. farms, with emphasis on the generation of renewable natural gas, improved rural economic outcomes and protection of the environment. Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State, is project director on the transdisciplinary and multi-institutional grant. More


Walter Moss Receives Eli Lilly Research Award
A new research award from the Eli Lilly Research Award Program will fund a collaborative research project with Iowa State scientists researching innovative methods for finding previously overlooked targets for drug therapies in ribonucleic acid. The $123,000 award will support the work of Walter Moss and his team in the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department with Lilly scientists. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Hosts Online Poultry Internship Program
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, CALS was scheduled to host the Midwest Poultry Consortium's Center of Excellence Scholarship and Internship Program classes at the new Robert T. and Arlene Hamilton Poultry and Research Teaching Farm at Iowa State. But for the first time in its 25-year history, the program was held online. CALS virtually hosted 29 students from 14 Midwest universities, and despite moving classes online, program coordinators still were able to make use of the new poultry facility by filming laboratory videos for nutrition and physiology courses. Elizabeth Bobeck, animal science, was on-site coordinator of the summer program. More

CALS Students Help Family Distillery Make Hand Sanitizer
Dave and Will Hoffmann, juniors in agricultural systems technology, and their sister Lexi, a recent graduate in elementary education, helped their family’s business transition from making whiskey to making hand sanitizer to help frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic. More

Include COVID-19 Statement in Syllabi 
Provost Jonathan Wickert has directed faculty to include, verbatim, a statement outlining COVID-19 health and safety requirements in the syllabus of every course with an in-person teaching component. The COVID-19 statement is included in CELT's online collection of recommended syllabus statements. More

Science With Practice Suspended for 2020-2021 Year
Science With Practice, a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture, is temporarily suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. The program is led by the agricultural education and studies department and supported by the ISU Agricultural Endowment. More

Extension and Outreach

Drought Webinars to Begin in Iowa July 30
As the state battles excessively dry conditions, specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach will partner with USDA and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to offer a free, weekly webinar series. Beginning Thursday, July 30, the group will help answer key questions regarding the development of drought in western Iowa, the expectation for continued hot and dry weather and impacts on row crops and forages. More

In Person Drought Meetings to Begin in August
The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To help address those concerns, ISU Extension and Outreach will host 10 free drought meetings in central and west-central Iowa, beginning Aug. 3. More

Around the College

Meat Lab to Become Part of Pass the Pork Program 
The Pass the Pork program that has enabled Iowa pig farmers to bring nearly 200,000 servings of pork to food-insecure Iowans is entering a new phase. After nearly three months of securing 451 donated pigs and funds to pay for processing at local meat lockers, the program will switch processing to the Iowa State Meat Laboratory. The money for processing will come from the CARES Act. More

CALS Researchers Receive Soil and Water Conservation Society Awards
J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology, was honored with three awards from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He received the Conservation Research Award, as well as the Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award. Also, the STRIPS project earned the Conservation Innovation Award. CALS researchers involved in this project include Arbuckle; Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management; Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center; and Matt Liebman, agronomy. Award winners will be showcased at the virtual SWCS 2020 International Annual Conference, July 27-29. More

CALS Faculty and Staff Convocation Rescheduled for October 28
The college’s fall convocation for faculty and staff, originally scheduled for Sept. 17, has been rescheduled for October 28 at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. The program will include brief comments from Dean Robison. Faculty and staff honorees from the 2020 awards program will be recognized. (The awards program originally scheduled for March 24 was canceled due to COVID-19.) 


July 29: Webinar on Partnership with Uganda
A webinar on Innovations in Post-Harvest Loss in the Kamuli District of Uganda will be held Wednesday, July 29, at 9 a.m. Panelists include David Acker, CALS associate dean for global engagement and director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, Thomas Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering and associate director of CSRL, and Thomas Buyinza, post-harvest technology specialist for the ISU-Uganda Program. The webinar will address the post-harvest projects and innovations that have been undertaken in partnership between Iowa State University and communities and institutions in the Kamuli district of Uganda.

Aug. 13: CALS Town Hall Meeting
Dean Robison will lead a CALS town hall meeting for faculty and staff on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. via Zoom (passcode 280303). Besides Zoom, you can join the meeting by phone. For higher quality, choose one of the following numbers based on your location: (312) 626-6799, (646) 558-8656, (301) 715-8592, (346) 248-7799, (669) 900-6833 or (253) 215-8782. The webinar ID is 890 1824 9771, with passcode 280303.

Communications Kiosk

If You Want This, Wear This
One focus of the Cyclones Care campaign prior to classes starting on Aug. 17 is the “If you want this, wear this” social media trend. Visually show an ISU experience as a “want” (reason) to “wear this” (face covering). Faculty and staff are encouraged to customize a unique ISU experience for the “want” image. The “wear this” graphic and examples are provided under social media graphics on the Cyclones Care campaign materials website. More


Phased Approach Implemented to Interacting with Research Participants
Iowa State is implementing a phased approach to safely resume research that requires face-to-face interactions with research participants. The Office of the Vice President for Research has provided updated guidance on the COVID-19 Research web page, under “Can I interact with research subjects?” in the Human Subjects Research section of the FAQ.

Farm Progress Launches Virtual Show
The Farm Progress Virtual Experience, scheduled for Sept. 15-17, will merge the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. There will be field demos and more than 500 exhibits that will remain available online all year. More


Virtual Cooking Contest to Celebrate Hot Beef Sundaes
Postponing the 2020 Iowa State Fair has left many yearning for their favorite fair foods. So the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters are hosting a Hot Beef Sundae Virtual Cooking Contest. Entries will be accepted online between July 21 and Aug. 4. More

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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