Issue: 1300

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
June 24, 2024

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS Colleagues – First, please think about our friends and fellow Iowans in northwest Iowa who are struggling through flooding at this very moment, even while large parts of our state are dry. The images of homes and streets inundated with water are awful, and so too, perhaps more subtly to many, are the acres of crops lost… Last week, I was full-up with visits with some key stakeholders in the college… Today at 10 a.m. in Harl Commons, we are celebrating Carolyn Lawrence-Dill as she prepares to move on to her next role as Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. Please join us in wishing her luck… More 

Top Stories

Amy Burgin has been selected as chair for the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, effective Jan. 1, 2025.

Burgin Selected as Chair of EEOB
Amy Burgin has been selected as chair for the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, effective Jan. 1, 2025. Burgin will succeed Lynn Clark, who has served as EEOB interim chair since June 2021. Burgin comes to Iowa State from the University of Kansas, where she is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and senior scientist for the Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research. Her research brings together the fields of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and aquatic ecosystem ecology. She seeks to better understand how streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands are influenced by human activities. More 


Andrews Publishes on “Farms, Feces and Food Safety”
Smaranda Andrews, food science and human nutrition, with David Hollander, history, and Rachel Meyers, world languages and cultures, have published “Farms, Feces and Food Safety in Roman Italy” in the spring 2024 issue of Classical World. The authors bring together literary and archaeological evidence with contemporary food science and agricultural research to consider the ramifications for the health, food supply and economy of the Roman people. More 

Extension and Outreach

Cicada Quest: A Symphony of Nature
An Integrated Pest Management video chronicles a trip to eastern Iowa in search of the 17-year cicadas. The sound comes from the males singing to attract the females. Laura Iles, director of the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, says if you stumble upon them, definitely enjoy them. More 

Northwest Farm Field Day, July 2
The annual field day at Iowa State’s Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland is July 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The field day will focus on challenges and opportunities in the crop markets, a recap of navigating nitrogen during the wet spring and soybean cyst nematode management tips. An optional Windbreak Management Workshop will follow lunch at 1 p.m. More 

Around the College

Burgett Joins Animal Science as New Farms Director
Russell Burgett has joined the Department of Animal Science as the new farms director and assistant professor of practice. He previously served as the executive director for the National Sheep Improvement Program. He is the president and founding member of Sheep Genetics USA, a part of the American Sheep Industry Association, and a board member of the Iowa Sheep Improvement Association. More 

Distinguished Teaching Award Honors Olsen
The American Meat Science Association bestowed its 2024 Distinguished Teaching Award to remember and honor the life and legacy of Sherry Olsen, animal science. The award recognizes excellence in teaching of undergraduate and graduate meat science courses. More 


June 30: Thomas Bobik Retirement
Thomas Bobik, professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, will retire on June 30 (there is no public event). He has been at Iowa State for 20 years. Bobik’s research focus has been on bacterial genetics and metabolism. These areas have broad application in biotechnology and biomedicine. His lab’s research approach has been interdisciplinary involving bacterial genetics, protein biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology.

June 30: Susan Lamont Retirement
Susan Lamont, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Animal Science, will retire on June 30 (there will be a public event at a later date). She has been at Iowa State for more than 40 years. Lamont’s research focus has been poultry immunogenetics and poultry molecular genetics. She also has served in many administrative roles throughout her career, including assistant director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, animal science department chair, and interim director of the Egg Industry Center.

July 1: ISRC 10th Anniversary Celebration
The Iowa Soybean Research Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary on July 1 at 2 p.m. in the second floor commons, Agronomy Hall. More 


Sign-up Open for University’s State Fair Exhibit
Faculty and staff volunteers are sought to run the university’s main exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 8-18. Visitors to “Catch the Cyclone Vision” will enjoy multiple 360-degree video experiences from campus such as the spring football game, Fashion Show or the carillon room near the top of the campanile. Volunteers receive admission to the fair and a themed T-shirt to wear during their shift(s) in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building. The online registration form is first come, first served. More  

SHOP Seeks Faculty, Staff Volunteers
The SHOP food pantry is looking for faculty and staff volunteers so it can remain open this summer for students in need. Shifts are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. See the pantry’s SignUp Genius site

Art Walk Explores Biosystems and Ecology
University Museums is holding an art walk on Wednesday, June 26, at noon. It will explore the worlds of ecosystems and agriculture found in the public art installed in the Biorenewables Complex. More 


Children Invited to Propose New Ice Cream Flavor
Children 12 years and younger are invited to “color” a new ice cream flavor for the ISU Creamery. Coloring sheets can be picked up at the ISU Creamery, 2955 Food Sciences Building, or downloaded from the ISU Creamery website. Contestants will color and name their proposed flavor. Entries are due in the store by July 6. The ISU Creamery team will announce the winning flavor on July 10. The winning ice cream will be made at the Creamery and sold for a limited time in the store, starting July 27. 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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