Issue: 1202

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
May 2, 2022

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS Colleagues – Last week was packed with wonderful activities associated with the ISU Foundation and our partners and donors from near and far. We celebrated two outstanding CALS alumns… Amazing careers and contributions – all started, more-or-less, right where you are and given the things you do now for the next generation of our alums! More

Top Stories

A new study that combines survey data and cutting-edge computer modeling found a growing trend in tillage intensity in U.S. corn and soybean production in recent years has led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields.

Tillage Trends Lead to Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A new study that combines survey data and cutting-edge computer modeling found a growing trend in tillage intensity in U.S. corn and soybean production in recent years has led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields. Chaoqun Lu, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is lead author of the study, published recently in Nature Food. More  


CALS and CVM announce RFP to investigate Avian Influenza
CALS and the College of Veterinary Medicine have a Request for Proposals to investigate the possible transmission of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza from wild birds to commercial and backyard poultry flocks. Up to $100,000 can be requested for a single project. All proposed activities must be completed with a 12-month period. The submission deadline is May 20. More  

Teaching and Students

Horticulture Student Named Fulbright Alternate
Nolan Monaghan, senior in horticulture, was named an alternative to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. His open study/research award is to study agricultural science and resource management in Germany. A Fulbright alternate is a candidate who can be promoted to finalist status if additional funding becomes available. More  

CALS Students Receive NPPC Scholarships
Of the 10 college students awarded Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships for 2022, nine are from Iowa State University. Congratulations to Andrew Boschert, Grace Christensen, Grace Greiner, Leah Greiner, Avery Mather, Abigail Ross, Jackson Sterle, Beth Stevermer and Isaac Wiley. The program is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Producers Council. More  

Extension and Outreach

Webinar to Address Habitat Conservation Options for Threatened and Endangered Species
A representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss conservation options for threatened and endangered species during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, May 4, at noon. More  

Dates Released for Research Farm Field Days 
Dates have been released for 2022 research farm field days and meetings. Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. They also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend. More  

New Extension Guide Details Forage Options for Horses
Forage options for horses are described and compared in a new guide released by ISU Extension and Outreach, Forages for Horses in Iowa. Peggy Auwerda, animal science and extension equine specialist, said horse owners in Iowa have multiple options to choose from. More  

Iowa Insect Pageant Performs for University, Community
The Iowa Insect Pageant is a unique collaboration between the arts and sciences at Iowa State with original music, giant puppets and a performance aimed at bringing attention to the fascinating and complex world of insects. Matt O’Neal, entomology, provided the insect expertise and guidance. A performance was held on campus April 28 and in the Ames community on April 30. More

Around the College

College Announces Candidates for Chair of Animal Science
Three candidates for chair of the Department of Animal Science will provide a public seminar on their “Vision for the Future of Animal Sciences at ISU.” Each candidate’s name will be announced on the following website the day before their interview. All seminars will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The seminars will be recorded and made available online. Each candidate’s application materials will be available online once their names are announced, along with an electronic feedback survey.

  • Candidate #1 – Tuesday, May 3, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Candidate #2 – Thursday, May 5, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Candidate #3 – Monday, May 9, 9 to 10 a.m.

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 this fall at the ISU Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. The following individuals from CALS departments and centers are recognized. More  

  • Lance Baumgard, animal science – Distinguished Professor
  • Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, animal science – University Professor
  • Kevin Schalinske, food science and human nutrition – Morrill Professor
  • Sergio Lence, economics – Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Curtis Youngs – International Service Award
  • Ben Chamberlain, agricultural education and studies – Academic Advising Impact
  • Walter Moss, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology – Early Achievement in Research
  • C-CHANGE – Interdisciplinary Team Research Award
  • Michael Holtzbauer, animal science – Carroll Ringgenberg Award
  • Maya Hayslett, plant pathology and microbiology – P&S Outstanding New Professional Award
  • Denise Schwab, ISU Extension and Outreach – Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice
  • Amy Powell, animal science – Early Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice

CALS Alumni Receive ISUAA Honors
Mark Erlander (’84 MS biochemistry and biophysics) and Robert Walton (’61 PhD animal science) received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the Distinguished Award Celebration held April 29 by the ISU Alumni Association and the Iowa State University Foundation. Erlander, chief executive officer at Cardiff Oncology, focuses on directing drug discovery efforts and developing precision cancer diagnostics. Walton, retired CEO and chairman emeritus of the American Breeder Service, is recognized as one of the top agri-business leaders in the nation and globally renowned for his contributions to genetics research. More  

Alumnus Pens Book about History of New Farmers of America
Antoine Alston (’00 PhD agricultural education and studies) recently co-wrote The Legacy of the New Farmers of America, a historical narrative about a national organization meant for Black farm boys studying vocational agriculture in high school. Through photos and narratives, the 127-page book looks at the structure and leadership of the NFA, as well as the impacts it had on the community before the organization merged with FFA in 1965. More  


May 3: Science with Practice Poster Session
This semester’s Science with Practice poster session open house is Tuesday, May 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall first floor rotunda. Science with Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture.  

May 6: Mark Honeyman Retirement Party
A retirement party to celebrate Mark Honeyman and his more than 40 years of service at Iowa State will be held Friday, May 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., with brief remarks at 12:30 p.m., in Curtiss Hall’s Harl Commons. 

May 6: Matthew Helmers Medallion Ceremony
Matthew Helmers, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, is the inaugural recipient of the Brent and Cindy Hart Professorship. The medallion ceremony is Friday, May 6, at 4:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. The ceremony will also be available to view online. Register  

Aug. 8-11: National Plant Breeders Association
Registration is open for the 2022 annual meeting of the National Plant Breeders Association, scheduled for Aug. 8-11 in Ames. The conference is hosted by the Department of Agronomy in partnership with the Midwest USDA Agricultural Research Service. More  

Communications Kiosk

Use Finish, Not Finalize
Meaning “to make final or bring to an end,” finalize has often been associated with inflated jargon. Although its compactness may recommend it in some contexts, use finish when possible. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, pg. 281)


World Food Prize Laureate Announcement May 5
The U.S. Department of State will host the 2022 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement on Thursday, May 5, at 8:30 a.m. The event will be livestreamed. More  

SHOP Seeks Faculty, Staff Volunteers 
Student leaders of SHOP, the campus food pantry that serves students in 1306 Beyer, are seeking faculty and staff help to keep SHOP open during prep week, finals week and the summer (through Friday, Aug. 19). Scheduled service hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. University employees are invited to volunteer in one-hour increments on the signup site. More  


Creamery to Sell Ice Cream Sandwiches
The ISU Creamery has added a grab-and-go option to its menu. In collaboration with Iowa Cookie Co., the new “Grabbers” feature a full scoop of ISU Creamery’s Two Swans vanilla ice cream sandwiched between a halved Iowa Cookie Co. fresh baked cookie. Three flavors are available for purchase. The ice cream Grabbers are being sold for $6.50 in a limited supply at the Creamery’s retail store during regular hours.

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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