Issue: 958

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 26, 2017

Top Stories

Turtle Camp Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, hosted the 30th reunion of Turtle Camp this June. Turtle Camp is an annual summer-long fieldwork program designed to provide research data on local reptiles. Student research assistants range from high school age to postdocs. Former campers came from all around the country to attend the event. More


Scientists Study Impact of Cover Crops in Reducing Phosphorus Loss
A multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Antonio Mallarino, agronomy, has completed two years of a long-term field study to better understand the impacts of cover crops on nutrient loss with surface runoff. More

Teaching and Students

ISU Corn-breeding Scholarship Named for Ted Crosbie
A gift from Monsanto Company will establish a scholarship in corn breeding at ISU to honor the memory of Theodore Crosbie, world-renowned plant breeder, agriculture visionary and ISU alumnus. The Ted Crosbie Monsanto Graduate Scholarship in Corn Breeding was announced June 22 at a dedication event honoring Crosbie at the Monsanto Learning Center near Huxley. More

Hansen Center Providing Student Storage July 21-Aug. 4
The Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center is hosting a storage unit event this summer. From July 21 through Aug. 4, space will be available for ISU students to store their furniture while they switch housing. Availability is first come, first serve. Applications are due July 11.

Extension and Outreach

Litchfield Provides Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Home
Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. According to a 2012 study, 44 percent of food going into landfills comes from the home, followed by 33 percent from the food service industry. ISU experts, including Ruth Litchfield, food science and human nutrition, have tips for reducing waste at home, and look at how the food service industry is working to do the same. More

Entomologist Urges Awareness of Mosquitoes and Ticks this Summer
Ryan Smith, entomology, is encouraging Iowans to take precautions this summer when spending time outdoors in areas commonly populated by mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases that can have serious or potentially fatal outcomes. More  

Around the College

MacDonald and Reitmeier Author Understanding Food Systems Book
Ruth MacDonald and Cheryll Reitmeier, food science and human nutrition, have authored Understanding Food Systems: Agriculture, Food Science and Nutrition in the United States. The book explores the complex and evolving system from which the U.S. gets its food. From farm to home and everything in between, the authors use a scientific perspective that explains the fundamentals of agricultural production, food science and human nutrition to guide readers through the issues that shape our food system, including political, societal, environmental, economic and ethical concerns. More

Nason Named Chair of EEOB
John Nason has been named chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology effective July 1. Nason has been a professor in EEOB since 2000. He succeeds Jonathan Wendel. EEOB is jointly administered by CALS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More

Johansen Named Chair of BBMB
Kristen Johansen has been named chair of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology effective July 1. She has been serving as interim department chair since February 2016. BBMB is jointly administered by CALS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Bouffard Named Chair of Sociology
Leana Bouffard has been named chair of the Department of Sociology effective July 17. Bouffard comes from Sam Houston State University where she directed the Crime Victims’ Institute.  She succeeds acting chair Paul Lasley. Sociology is jointly administered by CALS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More

Armstrong Research Farm Sustains Storm Damage
The Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm in southwest Iowa sustained damage from a strong thunderstorm on June 16. There was major damage to the hoop barn that was housing 85 head of market steers. All steers were collected and are housed in another facility on the farm. There was one loss due to injuries. There was minor damage to a second hoop barn and the residence. About 30 trees were damaged.

Bill Wunder, Retired Dairy Science Professor, Dies
Bill Wunder, retired professor of dairy science, died on June 18. He was 87 years old. Wunder oversaw the ISU Dairy Farm’s breeding program along with teaching, academic advising, working with the Dairy Science Club and coaching the Dairy Judging Team. More


July 19: CAMTech Proposals Due
The Center for Arthropod Management Technologies is accepting proposals for research projects to begin Jan. 1, 2018. Proposals should be for pre-competitive research related to arthropod or nematode management. Application deadline is July 19. More

Funding Opportunities

Reminder: NSF Website, FastLane and Unavailable June 30-July 4
The National Science Foundation is moving its Data Center IT servers to the new NSF headquarters in Alexandria, Va. As a result, the NSF website, FastLane and will be unavailable from June 30 at 7 p.m. CDT until July 4 at 5 p.m. CDT. During this period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move. More  

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

July 12 (pre-proposal): NFWF Pulling Together Initiative 2017; public-private partnerships to address invasive weeds, $10,000 to $100,000, 1:1 cash match required.

July 17: USAID Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems Leader with Associates. More

July 17 (pre-proposal): National Dairy Council - Product Research. More  

July 24: USAID Kenya Feed the Future - Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity; $60 million over five years. More

Sept. 1: PhRMA Foundation Sabbatical Fellowships; includes informatics, year-long experiential program, matching funds required.

Sept. 18: NSF-NIH Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences. More  

Feb. 22: CDC Economic Studies of Immunization Policies and Practices; $300,000. More  

Communications Kiosk

Naming an Individual’s Hometown
Use a comma to set off an individual’s hometown when it is placed in relationship to a name, whether “of” is used or not: Tim Johnson, of Vermillion, South Dakota; Mary Richards, Minneapolis. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2016 edition, pg. 132)


IPPA Develops Iowa Pork Tenderloin Trail
The Iowa Pork Producers Association has developed the Iowa Pork Tenderloin Trail that recognizes and promotes the breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches available at 14 cafes, restaurants or pubs around the state. “The tenderloin trail celebrates the authenticity of the tenderloin sandwich, the local Iowa restaurants that prepare them with expertise, and the rich heritage of the Iowa pork industry,” said Kelsey Sutter, IPPA marketing and program director. More A map and list of restaurants is available online.

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