Issue: 1292

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
April 22, 2024

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS – It’s a beautiful Monday, and we’re happily surrounded by flowering plants of all kinds – some native, some exotic, some sadly invasive, and all a feast for the eyes – enjoy! Last week was busy in all kinds of ways. Associate Dean Carolyn Lawrence-Dill and Associate Professor Mike Martin from the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies planned and hosted the first-ever CALS Open Academy for Team Science Day. More than 130 faculty and staff from our college and others attended to listen or make presentations, lightning talks, posters and awards. It was a terrific forward-leaning event to amplify the research enterprise of the college… More 

Top Stories

Elisabeth Huff Lonergan, University Professor of animal science, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Lonergan Named AAAS Fellow
Elisabeth Huff Lonergan, University Professor of animal science, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. She is being honored, ”For distinguished contributions to the field of meat science, particularly in early postmortem muscle biochemistry, that have made significant, lasting impacts in sustainably providing nutritious, high-quality protein to the world.” Lonergan’s research centers on improving the efficiency of muscle growth and improving fresh meat quality. This year’s recognition falls on the 150th anniversary of the AAAS Fellows program. More 


ISRC Research Spotlight: Gwyn Beattie
Iowa Soybean Research Center affiliate Gwyn Beattie is the Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature in the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology. Beattie is interested in understanding the many benefits microbes provide to plants, including enhancing their resilience to stress. Toward this end, her research team is exploring how microbiomes on soybean roots are influenced by stress. More 

Results of Greenhouse Trial with LED Lights Scheduled for April 25-26
Aaron Brand, greenhouse manager with CALS Shared Plant Growth Facility, is holding an open house on Thursday and Friday, April 25-26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Agronomy Greenhouse. A trial was held this winter with four different LED light fixtures from three different manufacturers, alongside the traditional high-pressure sodium lights, growing both corn and soybeans at high population densities. Faculty and staff are invited to look at the future of growing corn and soybeans under LED greenhouse lighting and to give feedback on the results.

Teaching and Students

CALS Student Receives Goldwater Scholarship
Emma Alstott, global resource systems and horticulture, has been selected for a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering in the United States. Alstott credits her international experience and participation in research while studying at Iowa State as keys to earning the scholarship. More 

CALS Student Employees Celebrated for Their Hard Work
Natalie Young, senior in global resource systems, was named 2024 Student Employee of the Year. Two of the three Students of Distinction this year are also from CALS – Kelsey Henderson, senior in agricultural business, and Abigail Wing, senior in agricultural and life sciences education. More 

Science with Practice Poster Session Set for April 30
This semester’s Science with Practice poster session open house is April 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the Kildee Hall atrium. Science with Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students. All are invited to come talk to the students about their research.

Graduate Student Club Holding Meat Raffle as Fundraiser
Members of the Association of Graduate Animal Scientists are selling meat bundle raffle tickets for their annual fundraiser. Two winners will receive pork and beef valued at $200. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be notified May 17. Proceeds will support travel scholarships for AGAS members. More 

Extension and Outreach

New Yard and Garden Website Offers Timely Information and Answers
Home gardeners and homeowners can find timely information on the Yard and Garden website launched this spring by the horticulture team with ISU Extension and Outreach. The new website replaces Horticulture and Home Pest News, which provided home gardening news for many years. Improvements include how content is organized and greater accessibility for those using mobile devices. More 

Getting Houseplants Off to a Good Start in the Spring
Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach discuss caring for houseplants now that spring has arrived. More 

Around the College

Agriculture Honor Society Presents Awards
Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa Beta Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, held its annual award ceremony on April 16. Fifteen undergraduate students, 14 graduate and veterinary medicine students, and 10 faculty, staff and alumni were initiated into the honor society. The following CALS faculty, staff, students and alumni were presented awards at the ceremony. More  

  • Research Mission Award – Karl Kerns, animal science
  • Teaching Mission Award – Barbara Clawson, horticulture
  • International Agriculture Mission Award – Steven Lonergan, animal science
  • Extension Mission Award – Adam Thoms, horticulture
  • Alumni Award of Merit – Patrick McGonegle, Iowa Pork Producers Association
  • Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award – Dan Loy, animal science
  • Senior Scholarship – Alexia Corwin, animal science
  • Sophomore Scholarship – Calvin Moioffer, animal science

Rothschild Receives Honorary Alumni Award
Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Emeritus in animal science, received an Honorary Alumni Award at the university’s Distinguished Awards Celebration on April 19. More 

ISRC Marking 10th Anniversary
The Iowa Soybean Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 1. To mark the occasion, the center is planning a number of events throughout the year. More 

Join Colleagues for CALS Trivia Night
A trivia night is scheduled for April 26 from 4-6 p.m. in Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall. Enjoy food, games and prizes for the top three teams. The event is open to all CALS faculty, staff and students. Teams can register online. The event is sponsored by CALS and the Department of Agronomy DEIB Committee. 


April 22: United Way Food Drive Begins
The United Way of Story County 2024 Live United Food Drive begins today, April 22, and runs through May 2. There are multiple drop off sites on campus, including 138 Curtiss Hall. Donations benefit the SHOP, Sloss House Pantry, Bone Appetite at Vet Med and local pantries. 

April 24: Life Sciences Day Luncheon
The CALS Student Council invites college faculty, staff and students to its Life Sciences Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ATRB Atrium. Attendees can enjoy charcuterie cups and ice cream. Kombucha shots will be available for the first 250 people. Vegan and gluten free options will also be available.

April 24: Retirement Reception for Ann Oberhauser
A retirement reception for Ann Oberhauser, sociology and criminal justice, is Wednesday, April 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. (remarks at 2:30 p.m.) in 311 East Hall. More 

April 29: Farewell for Dave Ross
A farewell party for Dave Ross will be held April 29 from 2-4 p.m. (remarks at 3 p.m.) in Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall. Ross has been with CALS Student Services for more than 20 years. More 

May 2: Omelet Breakfast at the Memorial Union
The Iowa Soybean Research Center, the Iowa Food and Family Project, the Iowa Egg Council and the North Central Poultry Association will host an omelet breakfast for Iowa State students in recognition of National Egg Month on May 2, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union. The event will help educate students on the connection of soy to the egg industry (poultry feed contains soybean meal), as well as providing a hearty breakfast the week before finals.

May 2: IGNITE Innovation Showcase
The Student Innovation Center is hosting its annual IGNITE Innovation Showcase April 30-May 3. The CALS Showcase, Innovation + Collaboration, is May 2 in 4227 and 4229 SICTR, from 1-4 p.m. It will include Pathways to Innovation and Leadership, Start Something CALS, Science with Practice, Science-Inspired Artwork, first place recipients of the Food Production Development Competition and ISU Creamery. More 

May 8: CALS Faculty and Staff Gathering
CALS faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the end of spring semester at a gathering on May 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Harl Commons patio on the east side of Curtiss Hall. Food will be provided, along with ISU wine and beer, and ice cream from the ISU Creamery. The evening will feature “The Ballad of Dean Robison” by Iowa No Mountain Boys. RSVP by May 1. Plus ones are welcome. More 

Communications Kiosk

Periods, Question Marks and Exclamation Points
A sentence can end with a period, a question mark or an exclamation point. Periods end declarative sentences. Question marks follow interrogative sentences. Except in direct quotations, avoid exclamation points in formal prose. (Modern Language Association Handbook, 9th edition, pg. 36)


Celebrate Earth Day on the South Library Lawn 
Celebrate Earth Day on the South Library Lawn today, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a diversity of Earth-minded engagement and empowerment opportunities, refreshments, sustainability-minded giveaways, bike tune-ups and music from KURE. More 

Volunteers Sought for Food Pantry On-Call List
The SHOP, Iowa State's on-campus student food pantry, would like to expand its on-call list for when it is short-staffed with volunteers. SHOP relies heavily on volunteers, and in the past year the demand for services has grown substantially. Each month, SHOP receives about 1,000 visitors and distributes more than 14,000 pounds of food. Email to volunteer. 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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