Issue: 1248

CALS Online
May 1, 2023 

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Students going to and from class in Curtiss Hall at Iowa State University.

Funding Announced for Emerging Degrees, Faculty Hiring Initiatives
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has announced funding decisions for the Degrees of the Future and Strategic Faculty Hiring initiatives. Both efforts were funded by President Wendy Wintersteen in 2022 to invest in Iowa State's new strategic plan. Degrees of the Future is a $1.5 million initiative to create new degree programs that address student and workforce demands. Funded proposals with CALS involvement are integrated health sciences in genetics, development and cell biology, and food science and human nutrition; and precision agriculture in agronomy and agricultural and biosystems engineering. The $3.5 million Strategic Faculty Hiring initiative was designed to build additional capacity in four emerging research areas critical to Iowa's and the nation's economic future, and where new faculty could leverage institutional strengths and resources. New hires in CALS fall under the climate science and sustainability research area - beef production and precision agriculture in animal science, and food packaging in food science and human nutrition. More  

Teaching and Students

Bringing Extra Safety Measures to Homes in Ames
The Iowa State chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals, housed in agricultural and biosystems engineering, led a fundraising effort to purchase more than 200 dual smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This March, students worked with the Ames Fire Department to distribute and install the detectors to low-income families in Ames. Daniel Nelson, senior in industrial technology and president of ASSP, said they had one goal - bettering the city of Ames. More  

Extension and Outreach

INRC Water Quality Research Seminar is May 10
Research on cover crops and forages will be highlighted in the next Iowa Nutrient Research Center seminar on May 10, at 3:10 p.m. Presenters are Alison Robertson, plant pathology, entomology and microbiology, and Erika Lundy, Iowa Beef Center. Attend in person at 1306 Elings Hall, or register to participate online. More  

New Iowa Wine Report Available 
The 2022 Iowa Native Wine Production and Sales Report is now available on the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute's website. The ISU Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program prepares the annual report, which provides a snapshot of the Iowa wine industry. More  

Around the College

Balayar Recognized for Excellence in Teaching
Ramesh Balayar, sociology and criminal justice, received the Emory Bogardus Teaching Excellence Award from Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology National Honor Society. Balayar spent years working in international development, and enjoys working with students and encouraging them to be global citizens. More  

Second Tour of Feed Mill Scheduled
The CALS Staff Council scheduled tour of the new Iowa State University Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex on May 15 from 3-4 p.m. is full, so a second session has been scheduled. The new session will be held May 15 from 2-3 p.m. Space is limited, so please register soon to ensure a spot.  


May 1: George Fuller Memorial Lecture
The George Fuller Memorial Lecture is today, May 1, from 3:40-5 p.m. in 368A Heady Hall. Michel Robe, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present “The Political Economy of Export Bans and Commodity Price Volatility: Theory and Evidence from Agricultural Markets.” More  

May 2: Science with Practice Poster Session
This semester’s Science with Practice poster session open house is Tuesday, May 2, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Kildee Hall atrium. Science with Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture.  

May 4: From Art to Ice Cream
“The History of Dairying: From Art to Ice Cream” will be held Thursday, May 4, from 2-3 p.m. ISU Creamery staff and museum staff will present a joint tour of the ISU Creamery and the public works of art located in the Food Sciences Building. More  

May 10: RSVP Deadline for CALS Faculty and Staff Picnic
CALS faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the end of the semester at a picnic on May 17 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Moore Memorial Park, Big Bluestem Shelter. Dinner, dessert and live music will be provided. Family and guests are welcome to attend. RSVP by May 10.  

May 12: CALS Convocation 
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will hold its spring convocation Friday, May 12, at 9 a.m. in Hilton Coliseum. (Please note the time change from previous semesters.) Doors open at 8 a.m. The event will also be livestreamed.  


New Sculpture in Sukup Hall Sparks Creative Energy
A sculpture by artist Susan Chrysler White has a new home in the Sukup Hall atrium. The sculpture, Capella, has a starburst element and represents many characteristics of White’s work. She wants her art to represent interior experiences and its connections with ideas and emotional states. 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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