Issue: 926

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Nov. 14, 2016 – No. 926

Top Stories

Wintersteen Honored with National Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
Dean Wendy Wintersteen is the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The award was presented Nov. 9 at the 87th annual meeting of the society at Indian Wells, Calif. Wintersteen was honored for her “tireless efforts and commitment to agriculture and her leadership and contributions to Iowa, national and international agriculture.” More

Acker Elected Senior Vice President of Global Association
David Acker, CALS associate dean for academic and global programs, was elected senior vice president of the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences at its October meeting in Cape Town. The organization brings higher education associations together to encourage global understanding and cooperation. The organization also works to provide leadership, research and outreach in the agricultural and life sciences. More

Teaching and Students

Horticulture Department Offers Online Course in Landscape Design
The Department of Horticulture is offering an online course in landscape design. Taught by Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture and director of the ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the course will run Nov. 28 to March 12 and cover landscape graphics, plant materials, garden composition and garden history. Registration ends Nov. 25. Enrollment is not limited to ISU students.

CALS Student Start-up Wins Global Award for Combating Food Waste
The KinoSol team, which began as a student start-up, recently won second place and $35,000 in the Global Citizen Waislitz Award competition in New York City. A KinoSol unit is a solar-powered food dehydrator for fruits, vegetables, grains and insects that can be used to aid in reducing food waste. The team includes Clayton Mooney, a 2012 graduate who is a junior entrepreneur-in-residence with CALS’ Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative; Elize Kendall, a global resource systems 2016 graduate; and Ella Gehrke and Mikayla Sullivan, both seniors in global resource systems. More

Forestry Club Selling Christmas Trees
The Forestry Club is holding its annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Reiman Gardens Parking Lot. Trees will be for sale Nov. 27, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11. Hours are Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. The club will have Fraser fir, balsam fir, and white and Scotch pine, as well as balsam fir wreaths. Proceeds go towards club activities and student development.

NAMA Accepting Orders for Popcorn Fundraiser
The National Agri-Marketing Association is accepting orders for its annual gourmet popcorn fundraiser. Six ounce bags are available in six different flavors for $4 a bag, or $11 for a three-bag combo pack. One quart sized tins are also available in the six different flavors. Orders are due Nov. 28. Funds raised will support travel to the national NAMA competition and the student chapter’s annual activities. Garrett Ley, agricultural business alum, makes and sells the popcorn through his new business venture, Farmer Jon’s Popcorn. More

Horticulture Club Selling Poinsettias
The Horticulture Club’s annual poinsettia sale will take place Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall ground floor rotunda; Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beardshear Hall ground floor north counters; Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Atrium; and Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reiman Gardens. The deadline for pre-ordering poinsettias is Nov. 20. The 2016 Poinsettia Catalog is available online. The poinsettias are grown by club members in the Horticulture Greenhouses. Funds raised will be used for covering club activities, contest expenses and student enrichment.

Block and Bridle Club Selling Summer Sausage and Cheese
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. The summer sausage is made on campus in the Meats Laboratory and the cheese (cheddar, Colby and pepper jack) is from a creamery in Minnesota. Place orders by Dec. 6 to reserve products for Christmas. Money raised will be used for club trips, and shows and scholarships hosted by the club. Contact with questions. 

Extension and Outreach

CALS Beginning Farmer Center Works with Veterans in Agriculture
The Beginning Farmer Center has played a major role in the Veterans in Agriculture program, created three years ago in order to better connect veterans with a career in agriculture. Dave Baker, farm transition specialist with the Beginning Farmer Center, is working with 60 veterans as they work to transition from a military career to running a farming operation. More

Late Spring Frost’s Impact on Birds, Wildlife
Many birds and wildlife rely on hard mast from trees and shrubs to build up energy reserves for long winter days or fuel their migration to warmer climates. “Hard mast is the botanical name for hard nuts produced by trees and shrubs such as acorns, walnuts, hickories and hazel nuts,” said Gabbi Edwards, natural resource ecology and management and extension urban forestry specialist. Spring 2016 saw frosts around the state as late as May 18, later than normal and after many trees had already produced the flowers necessary for mast production. More

Around the College

Agronomy Faculty Receive National Awards
Agronomy faculty Susan Goggi, Ali Tabatabai and Mike Castellano received national awards at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of American international annual meeting on Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix. Goggi was named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow. Tabatabai received the Soil Science Distinguished Service Award. Castellano received the Soil Science Society of America Early Career Professional Award.

Brenton Center Featured in Alliance for Iowa State Weekly Update
The Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer opened its doors in 1995 in Curtiss Hall and lives up to Iowa State’s mission of sharing knowledge well beyond campus. Today, students from 329 Iowa communities, 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 19 countries have registered for agriculture and life sciences classes online. More

CALS Online: Next Full Issue Nov. 28
CALS Online will not be publishing a full issue on Nov. 21, the week of Thanksgiving. It will resume Monday, Nov. 28.

Funding Opportunities

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems RFA: Cambodia
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has released a Request for Applications for projects that focus on specified priorities within animal-source food production and marketing, livestock disease management and food safety, or enabling policies and future systems areas of inquiry. LISL Reach Grants will be awarded for projects with budgets up to $850,000 and lasting up to five years. LISL Focus Grants will fund projects with budgets up to $150,000 and lasting up to one year. Reach Grant concept notes are due Dec. 12. Focus Grant proposals are due Jan. 13. More

USAID Seeks Input on Research to Improve Development Outcomes, Due Nov. 30
The U.S. Agency for International Development through the Center for Development Research in the Global Development Lab has issued a Request for Information seeking input on its objective to increase the use of scientific research to improve development outcomes. Four potential programming areas of special interest are generating evidence through innovative approaches, facilitating the translation of research to impact, improving USAID’s use of research, and accelerating local scientific potential. Responses are due by Nov. 30. More

Rescheduled: Iowa’s Creative Corridor Biotech Spotlight Series, Nov. 29-30
A day-long bus tour of biotech assets in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City will showcase companies that research, develop and create products, and develop the biotech workforce. The event will open with a welcome reception on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. The bus tour on Nov. 30 will include presentations at more than 10 Cedar Rapids and Iowa City biotech companies and facilities, with speakers from ISU and the University of Iowa, and Debi Durham, director, Iowa Economic Development Authority. CALS is co-sponsoring this event. Register by Nov. 15. More

Egg Industry Center Pre-proposals Due Dec. 2
The Egg Industry Center has issued a request for pre-proposals for research that can add to the current body of knowledge on cage-free systems and management. Research areas of interest include behavior and welfare of hens, means to improve ventilation and indoor air quality, disease and parasite prevention, and environmental impact, among others. Pre-proposals related to other EIC research priorities will also be accepted. Pre-proposals are due by close of business on Dec. 2. Contact Lesa Vold ( More

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

Nov. 29 (letter of intent): NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Science and Assessments Program; geographic areas include the Midwestern United States, $700,000 per year for five years. More

Dec. 7 (pre-application): DOE USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity; up to $400,000 per year for up to three years.

Dec. 9: NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.

Dec. 12: The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship; climate change objective, inclusive clean energy focus area, up to $150,000 over 18 months, letter of inquiry must be approved prior to proposal submission.

Dec. 19 (corrected due date, pre-application): DOE Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts; $1 million to $5 million per year for up to five years.

Dec. 31, March 31: U.S. Department of State – Small Grants Program (Japan); $100,000 for one year. More

Jan. 3, April 19 (pre-proposal): NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.

Jan. 31: National Fish and Wildlife Federation – Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program; $50,000 per year for up to two years, 100 percent match required.

Feb. 2: NSF, USDA, DOD, DOE National Robotics Initiative 2.0 – Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots; foundational projects $750,000 for up to three years, integrative projects $1.5 million for up to four years.

Feb. 10: NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning); $550,000 for three years.

Communications Kiosk

Every One vs. Everyone
Use two words when referring to each individual item: Every one of the clues was worthless. Use one word when used as a pronoun meaning all persons: Everyone wants his life to be happy. Note that everyone takes singular verbs and pronouns. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2015 edition, pg. 95)


Buchanan to Present William Hatch Memorial Lecture, Nov. 14
Gale Buchanan, dean and director emeritus at the University of Georgie’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and former USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, will present the 2016 William Henry Hatch Memorial Lecture today, Nov. 14, at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Buchanan’s lecture will emphasize Hatch’s legacy to feed the world, the role of agricultural research, and present and future challenges.

Navigating Congress and Federal Agencies Workshops to be Held Nov. 30
The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting two workshops on Nov. 30 on navigating Congress and federal agencies. “How to Talk Science with the Federal Government” will be held 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery Room. Speakers include a former NSF program director and a senior Congressional staffer and will focus on how to prepare different communication strategies for congressional and agency interactions. This will be followed up by “Proposal Development Best Practices” at 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

Scholarships Available to Students Pursuing Career in Pork Industry
The National Pork Producers Council is accepting applications for the 2017 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship. Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry. Applications are due Jan. 6. More

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