Issue: 884

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Jan. 25, 2015 – No. 884

Top Stories

Research Findings Explored during Feb. 11 Webinar
Researchers with the Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project have documented 130 findings in 154 peer-reviewed publications. Some of these findings will be explored during a webinar on Feb. 11, 1 to 3 p.m. For audio, phone (888) 450-5996; passcode 424492#. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers are available. The five-year research project, led by Lois Wright Morton, sociology, is nearing completion. More than 60 fact sheets, videos and other project publications created for farmers, teachers and other public audiences are available at the ISU Extension Store. More

CALS Spring Awards Program, Feb. 2
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Awards Program, honoring faculty and staff achievements, is scheduled for Feb. 2 at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. A reception will follow.


New ISU Research Studies Iowa Farmland that Loses Money
A new ISU study shows portions of Iowa farmland consistently produce yields that fall short of the cost of the inputs required to grow crops. Elke Brandes, a postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and lead author of the new study, said the new research may help farmers make more informed decisions about land use and perhaps get them to consider some alternatives. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Spring Career Day Attracts New Recruiters
The CALS spring career day is scheduled for Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. “What is most exciting is that 20 percent of the organizations scheduled to participate were not at the fall career day or have never recruited here before,” said Mike Gaul, director of career services for the college. More

Open Forum Scheduled for Assistant Dean for Student Services Candidates
CALS faculty and staff are invited to participate in two open forums for candidates for the assistant dean for student services position. Mike Retallick, agricultural education and studies, will present Feb. 1, 1:10 to 2 p.m. in 142 Curtiss. Howard Tyler, animal science, will present Feb. 2, 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 142 Curtiss. The candidates will make comments on their vision for student services for student success followed by a question and answer session.

Extension and Outreach

A Call for Optimism at 60th Annual Shade Tree Short Course
The 60th Annual ISU Shade Tree Short Course, Glass Is Half Full: A Call for Optimism, will be Feb. 23-25 at the Scheman Building. The annual event is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association and the Iowa Arborist Association.

Around the College

Rao Named Associate Vice President for Research
Guru Rao, Roy J. Carver professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology and chair of the department since 2009, has been named associate vice president in the office of the vice president for research, effective Feb. 15. More

CALS Cultural Competency Series Continues
CALS diversity programs cultural competency series continues Friday, Jan. 29, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the CCUR theatre, 1951 Food Sciences Building. “Microaggression, Macroagression and Bias” will be led by Glenda Bivens, community and economic development extension field specialist in Polk County. RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to Theressa Cooper, assistant dean for diversity,


Jan. 26: Iowa Public Radio Interview with Map of My Kingdom Author
An archived interview with Mary Swander will be broadcast on the Iowa Public Radio Talk of Iowa show at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.  The interview is being aired to promote the free performance of Map of My Kingdom on Friday, Jan.29, at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Ames. The performance is being presented as part of the Beginning Farmer Center seminar, “Returning to the Farm.”

Feb. 8: Rossmann Manatt Seminar
Bryony Bonning, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies, will present the Rossmann Manatt Seminar on Feb. 8, 4:10 p.m. in E164 Lagomarcino Hall. She will present “From Plant Virus-Aphid Vector Molecular Interactions to Transgenic Resistance to Aphids.” Bonning received the 2015 Rossmann Manatt Award, which recognizes a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated an exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and research. More

March 3: Baker Plant Breeding Symposium
Registration is open for the R.F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposium to be held March 3 at the ISU Alumni Center. This year’s theme is “Thinking Outside the Box: A Look at Sustainability, Efficiency, Nutrition and Tolerance.” Abstract submissions are being accepted for student oral presentations and student poster presentations.

Funding Opportunities

Limited Submission: Pre-proposals for Education and Literacy Initiative
The USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is accepting proposals for the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative. The four funding areas for the ELI initiative are pre-doctoral fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, Professional Development Opportunities for Secondary School Teachers and Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduate Fellowships. Submissions for the PD-STEP and REEU programs are limited to three per institution; preproposals for the ISU internal competition should be submitted to the Office of the VPR ( by Jan. 31. Contact Sue Shipitalo ( for information. More

U.S. Embassy Seoul Small Grants Program
The U.S. Embassy Seoul, Public Affairs Section awards a limited number of grants to academic institutions to support exchanges between the United States and the Republic of Korea with the aim of improving mutual respect and understanding. Projects may include, but are not limited to, lectures, seminars, speaker programs, exchanges and projects. Topic areas include trade, entrepreneurship, clean energy, climate change and health, among others. While PAS will consider proposals up to $100,000, projects that are smaller in scope are more likely to be considered. Proposals can be submitted for review by March 31, June 30 and Oct. 20.

DOE Joint Genome Institute Community Science Proposal Schedule
DOE’s Joint Genome Institute has opened several opportunities in their Community Science Program. DNA Synthesis proposals are due Feb. 12. Small-scale microbial/metagenome proposals are due Feb. 25. The JGI and Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory joint proposals are due Apr. 4. More

Office of the VPR Workshop: Building an Interdisciplinary Research Team
The Office of the Vice President for Research is offering the workshop, “Building an Interdisciplinary Research Team.” This workshop will help participants understand the issues that they need to prepare and plan for as they build collaborative, transdisciplinary team. The workshop will be held on Feb. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 2019 Morrill Hall. More

Office of the VPR Workshop: Grant Writing – NSF CAREER Grants
The Office of the Vice President for Research is offering a grant writing workshop for preparing grants for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program. Recent CAREER grant awardees will discuss their experiences in developing their proposals, including their plans for the broader impacts, evaluation and other requirements of this program. The workshop will be held on March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the 1204 Kildee Hall (Ensminger Room). More

Funding Information, Opportunities and Deadline Reminders
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, Additional information is posted at CALS Pre-Award Resources.

Jan. 31 (expression of interest to VPR): Brazil Partnership Development Program; biodiversity conservation; protection of indigenous lands and natural resources; and applied biodiversity science, technology and innovation, limited submission, contact Sue Shipitalo ( with interest. More

Feb. 10 (expression of interest): USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Broad Agency Announcement; water, sanitation and hygiene. More

March 11: Service Year + Higher Ed: Innovation Challenge; $30,000. More

March 18: USDA FSA Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions and Activities; $20,000 to $100,000. More

March 18: USDA NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants; $25,000 to $300,000. More

April 29: NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - Scientific Software Elements; $500,000. More

Aug. 15: Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; $20,000, ornamental horticulture. More

Oct. 20: NSF Environmental Sustainability. More

Sept. 30, 2017: Dept. of Commerce FY2016 to FY2017 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement; for special projects and programs. More

Communications Kiosk

The nouns that follow neither and nor do not constitute a compound subject; they are alternate subjects and require a verb that agrees with the nearer subject. For example: Neither they nor he is going; Neither he nor they are going. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2014 edition, pg. 86)


Gary Bowling Paintings on Display at Brunnier Art Museum
Gary Bowling is a landscape artist whose portrayals of fields, farms and streams throughout the Midwest have won great acclaim. Bowling has several pieces at ISU through the Art on Campus Program. For the first time, many of those works of art are brought together in an exhibition, loaned from campus colleges and departments, including CALS. “Dawn to Dusk: Paintings of Gary Bowling” is on display through July 31 at the Brunnier Art Museum. More


Book Explores Thomas Jefferson’s Horticultural Passion
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has named “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby its 2016 Book of the Year. Monticello’s Curator of Gardens, Eleanor Gould, wrote an article celebrating the book, which “explores Thomas Jefferson’s horticultural passion while empowering kids to learn about the many lessons and delights of gardening.” The article includes information on Jefferson’s love of peas, school garden ideas, free lesson plans, a historical pea recipe and resources for teachers and students. More

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