Issue: 1198

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
April 4, 2022 

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS – Welcome to a sunny Monday… I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week events offered last week. You certainly earned these fun activities, given all we've been through the past two years. I am so grateful for everything you do to help make our college and students so successful… More

Top Stories

The new Study USA Programs offered by CALS allow undergraduate students to earn academic credit while embarking on domestic travel within the United States.

First Study USA Program Connects Students to the Mississippi Delta
The new Study USA Programs offered by CALS allow undergraduate students to earn academic credit while embarking on domestic travel within the United States. The program’s inaugural trip took Iowa State students to the Mississippi Delta over spring break. During the trip, they traveled alongside students from Oklahoma’s Langston University, visiting farms and historical sites to learn about the agriculture, history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. Applications for the next trip, which will take place in August, are due April 12. More  


Research on Game Fish Aims to Improve Future Survival, Angler Success
Survival of popular game fish is the focus of research by Michael Weber, natural resource ecology and management, who studies a variety of issues that impact fisheries and success for anglers, with help from dedicated graduate students and state biologists. More

Teaching and Students

Lawn Mower Service Days Set for April 8-9
The Agricultural Systems Technology Club will hold its annual lawn mower service days April 8 (1 to 6 p.m.) and April 9 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Sukup Hall. Routine service includes an oil change, a new spark plug, blade sharpening, air filter cleaning, deck cleaning and a power wash. Pricing is $35 for a push mower and $15 for a weed eater. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $25; send an email request to

Block and Bridle Club to Host Animal Learning Day on April 9
The ISU Block and Bridle Club will hold its annual Animal Learning Day on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. The event is free and provides an opportunity for the public to learn about animals in agriculture. More  

Culinary Science Club Offers Charcuterie Workshop
The Culinary Science Club is offering a second Charcuterie Workshop on April 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in 2379 Food Sciences Building, Culinary Discovery Lab. Participants will make their own charcuterie board, receive a booklet with recipes and charcuterie templates and learn food safety tips. The workshop fee is $30. More  

Video: New Class on the Science of Brewing Beer
Robert Brown, distinguished professor at the Bioeconomy Institute, has always enjoyed the science of brewing beer along with the end product. So when he was approached about helping the Center for Crops Utilization Research expand the kinds of fermentation being done at the research center, he agreed on the condition that he could also teach a course to undergraduates on the science of brewing beer. With the help of an Iowa State alum involved in making brewing equipment, the center has a state-of-the-art facility for students to learn the process and history of making beer. More

Extension and Outreach

New Video Series Demonstrates Tree Identification Techniques
Billy Beck, ISU Extension and Outreach forestry specialist, has released a series of five videos on using leaves, twigs, buds, bark and fruit to help identify backyard Iowa trees. He also encourages use of the online Tree Identification Key to help identify various Iowa trees. More  

Poultry Producers Have Options for Managing Stress from Avian Influenza
Over the past few years, agricultural producers in Iowa have faced trade wars, a global pandemic, derechos, hurricane-force winds and drought-like conditions. Now many poultry producers are impacted again by avian influenza. David Brown, behavioral health specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, provides suggestions and resources for Iowans to maintain their resilience in the face of these challenges. More  

Around the College

Plant Pathologists Honored by American Phytopathological Society
Three faculty members in plant pathology and microbiology have been recognized by the American Phytopathological Society for their contributions and impacts in research, teaching and extension. Steve Whitham was named an APS fellow. Leonor Leandro received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Daren Mueller received the Excellence in Extension Award. More  

ABE Graduate Program Keeps Number Two Ranking
Iowa State’s graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering maintained its No. 2 spot in the annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine. “We’re excited that the excellence of our students and programs continues to be recognized by our peers in these rankings, but I’m most proud of the great work that our faculty and grad students are doing to serve Iowa and the world through their state-of-the-art research,” said Amy Kaleita, professor and chair of ABE. More  

Donate Socks and Gloves to Residents of Iowa’s Ukrainian Sister State
The Seed Science Center is partnering with Iowa Sister States to collect 500 pairs of gloves and 1,000 pairs of socks for women, men and children in Cherkasy, Ukraine – Iowa’s sister state since 1996. Bring new or gently used socks and gloves in good condition, or cash donations that will be used to purchase the needed items, to the Seed Science Center at 2115 Osborne Dr., or email to request pick-up from your campus building. The donation deadline is April 14. More  


April 4: Dean Robison to Host CALS Chat
Dean Robison will host a CALS Chat today, April 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 220 Science II. 
The informal, drop-in event will be an opportunity for casual conversation. Wine and cheese will be available.

April 4: Shivvers Memorial Lecture
The 2022 Shivvers Memorial Lecture is today, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Timothy Wise, senior advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, will present “Eating Tomorrow: Climate Change and the Battle for the Future of Food.” Sponsors include the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. More  

April 6: Sustainable Agriculture Symposium
Timothy Wise, senior advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, will present the 2022 Sustainable Agriculture Symposium keynote address on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A book signing will follow his presentation, “Old Fertilizer in New Bottles: Selling the Past as Innovation in Africa’s Green Revolution.” More  

April 7: Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 16th annual Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held in person on Thursday, April 7, with virtual streaming options. The symposium is organized and run by students in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, and designed to encourage the interaction between students and faculty. More  

April 8: Livestock for Improved Lives and Livelihoods
Animal science is hosting a seminar on “Livestock for Improved Lives and Livelihoods” on Friday, April 8, from 3:20 to 4:10 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The speaker is Gbola Adesogan, professor of ruminant nutrition at the University of Florida and director of the Food Systems Institute and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. This lab is part of the U.S. government’s “Feed the Future” global hunger and food security initiative.

April 14: Sub-Saharan Networking Event
David Acker, associate dean of Global Engagement, and Shelley Taylor, director of Global Programs, are hosting a sub-Saharan networking event on April 14 from 3:15 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. The event is geared toward connecting faculty, staff and graduate students interested in conducting research in sub-Saharan Africa. Following presentations by CALS faculty and a graduate student, attendees will have time for networking. More  


A Decade of Work Culminates in 1950 Census Release
From paper to magnetic tape to digital images, the 1950 Census records debuted publicly on April 1, following 10 years of work by National Archives and Records Administration staff. For the first time, the records include a name search function—a milestone in the 72-year journey of the 17th decennial census. 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 Thursday. 


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