Issue: 1204

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
May 16, 2022 

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS - Welcome to the official start of the academic summer! For some of you, that means an immediate vacation or change-of-pace in some way; for some that means diving head-first energy blasters on full-bore into your field, greenhouse, laboratory or data-base research; for some it means little change from getting it done every day; and for those of you teaching summer session I, it means no break or continuity, just jumping in to the next class and group of great students! Wherever your summer takes you – be well and enjoy it… More

Top Stories

On May 9, CALS dedicated the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility, the only facility of its kind focused on turkey production at a major university.

Iowa State Dedicates Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility
On May 9, CALS dedicated the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility, the only facility of its kind focused on turkey production at a major university. The facility provides students a living classroom to experience hands-on learning in modern production practices and state-of-the-art equipment for research that addresses current challenges and helps advance Iowa’s turkey industry, one of the largest in the United States. Located south of the Iowa State campus on 520th Avenue, the facility also offers continuing education, outreach, peer-to-peer opportunities for professionals in the industry and observation areas where visitors, including schoolchildren, can see first-hand examples of turkey production systems and learn about turkey production. More

Teaching and Students

Graduate Aspires to Connect Animal Agriculture, Food Security, Public Health in Future Career
Grace Jakes wasn’t an agriculturalist by chance – she became one by choice. Jakes didn’t grow up on a farm, but decided to major in dairy science and global resource systems at Iowa State University. As a result, she discovered her strengths as a researcher and her affinity for improving the industry worldwide. More

CALS Convocation Photo Album Available Online
Congratulations to the spring 2022 CALS graduating students. An online photo album is available from CALS Convocation, held May 13.  

Extension and Outreach

New Dairy Training Program Available in English and Spanish
ISU Extension and Outreach has partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dairy Extension and Alltech to develop a free, online dairy training program that is available in both English and Spanish. “The Bilingual Training and Education Program to Improve Practices That Affect Milk Quality” is designed to help dairy farm employees better understand the how’s and why’s of handling and milking cows. More

ANR Extension Spotlight: Mark Licht
Mark Licht is a cropping systems specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. His focus is on adoption of cover crops into the corn and soybean system. More

Around the College

Thompson to Serve as SSSA President
Michael Thompson, agronomy, is the Soil Science Society of America president-elect, beginning a three-year succession in 2023. More

Leopold Center Calls for Spencer Award Nominations
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is accepting nominations for the 2022 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors deserving Iowans working for a more environmentally sound agriculture. More


May 18: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar on Wednesday, May 18, at noon will feature Emily Zimmerman, natural resource ecology and management and global resource systems. She will discuss using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework for field- and watershed-scale planning. More  


Roundtable to Focus on Black Faculty in Higher Education
A virtual roundtable on “Black Brilliance: Supporting Black Faculty in Higher Education” will be held May 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans, housed at the U.S. Department of Education. More  


Tulips Bloom in Time for Graduation
Popping just in time for graduation weekend, the flower bed at the corner of Wallace Road and Osborn Drive reflects the sentiment of many at the conclusion of an academic year. Credit for the 2,500-tulip display goes to Aaron Brand, whose full-time job is to manage greenhouses for CALS. Budget cuts at facilities planning and management about 10 years ago forced campus services staff to relinquish management for this location. At the time, Brand managed greenhouses and other facilities for the agronomy department, and offered to add the corner bed to his duties. 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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