Issue: 959

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 3, 2017

Top Stories

A group of international agriculture leaders, farmers and researchers toured CALS and its facilities on June 19 as part of the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program and CALS Global Programs.


International Ag Leaders Visit CALS
A group of international agriculture leaders, farmers and researchers toured CALS and its facilities on June 19 as part of the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program and CALS Global Programs. “Their visit here is so significant because it shows how respected the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is around the world,” said Denise Bjelland, director of Global Programs. “They chose to come here because we have a great combination of research, extension, outreach and education.” More


Monarch Conservation Efforts in Iowa Laying Foundation for Midwest
A new U.S. Geological Survey study highlights multiple options for restoring monarch breeding habitat in the Midwest to support recovery of the monarch butterfly. The study outlines a challenging goal, but it’s one that the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium and the monarch research team at ISU are addressing. More

Genetics, Data Affect Direction of Ag Research
Joe Colletti, senior associate dean for CALS and associate director of the Experiment Station, works with many of the research programs in the college. In an article for Iowa Farmer Today, Colletti said that more specific genetic work and better data gathering and analysis are revolutionizing research efforts.

Dan Jaynes Answers Questions on Saturated Buffers Study
Saturated buffers are a new edge-of-field practice included in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. They were developed in Iowa to remove nitrate from water draining out of field tiles before it enters streams and rivers. Dan Jaynes, scientist with the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment located on the ISU campus, answers questions about his study on the establishment and monitoring of saturated buffers. More

Cathy Good Retires, New Contact for AES Projects
After almost 34 years of service to CALS, Cathy Good, administrator for research programs, has retired from ISU effective June 30. Please contact Lynn Laws (, 4-4544) for support and information related to experiment station projects and the REEport system, and for multistate committee activities and NIMSS. Rita Knight (, 4-0249) can also provide assistance with the above, along with addressing any questions about subaccounts.

Teaching and Students

FSHN Degree to Advance Skills of Nurses
The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans for a new bachelor of science in nursing degree in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The RN-BSN is a continuation program designed for registered nurses – those working in the field as well as recent graduates of approved nursing programs – who want to earn their bachelor’s degree. The program will begin in fall 2018. More  

Culinary Food Science Student Interns at Walt Disney World
Taylor Dulaney, a senior in culinary food science, spent the spring 2017 semester taking part in the Disney Culinary Program at Walt Disney World in Florida. “I feel more confident in the kitchen,” Dulaney said following her completion of the internship. “You can learn about it in class, but when you actually do it, it makes so much more sense.”

Extension and Outreach

Traditional Forms of Communication Preferred by Iowa Farmers
The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers how they prefer to learn about different types of agricultural information. Responses showed that live, in-person ways of getting information were most popular for all topic areas. “The tried-and-true ways of communicating with farmers through meetings, field days and consultation are still the most preferred pathways, by far,” said J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology. More

Demonstration Garden Field Days Reinforce Produce Donations
ISU Extension and Outreach will host six field days this summer at demonstration gardens across the state, with a focus on donation gardens. Last year, demonstration garden donations topped 10,000 pounds of fresh produce. “Most gardeners have excess produce and this helps provide them with ideas of what to do with that excess,” said Cindy Haynes, horticulture. The field days will take place at ISU Research and Demonstration Farms and the Horticulture Station. More

Four Prairie Strips Workshops to be Held this Summer
Four workshops will be held this summer and fall to help technical service providers, certified crop advisors and other advisors who work directly with farmers and landowners achieve their certification in prairie strip design, establishment and monitoring. The workshops will be run by ISU faculty and extension staff. More

Iowa Extension Moves Forward as Farms Change
In an article for Iowa Farmer Today, John Lawrence, interim vice president for Extension and Outreach, said the farm audience for extension has changed since it started 100 years ago, but the mission of education has not.

Around the College

American History TV to Feature MacDonald on Evolution of Nutrition
Nutritional deficiency diseases such as goiter and rickets were common conditions in America 100 years ago, but now you rarely hear of such cases. In a class lecture that will air on C-SPAN’s American History TV, Ruth MacDonald, food science and human nutrition, explains how advances in understanding the composition of food and the role of nutrients in health and disease have essentially eliminated these conditions. More

Woteki Joins FSHN Department as Faculty Member
Catherine Woteki, former undersecretary of USDA’s Research, Education and Economics mission area and a past CALS dean, has re-joined the food science and human nutrition department as a faculty member. She will provide lectures related to her knowledge of food and nutrition policy, communications and research. She is planning a campus visit in the near future. Faculty and staff are asked to consider ways they can use Woteki’s expertise in classes and/or research. Ideas for collaboration should be directed to Ruth MacDonald ( or Ruth Litchfield (

West Fork Ag Teacher is Young Alum of the Month
Kaitlyn Bonzer (’14 ag and life sciences education – teacher certification option) is June’s Young Alum of the Month. Bonzer is the agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at the West Fork Community School District in Sheffield, Iowa.

Funding Opportunities

NIH NIAID June 2017 Concepts: Potential Opportunities
The NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has released its June 2017 Concepts. These concepts represent early planning stages for initiatives, including program announcements, requests for applications and solicitations. While not all concepts become initiatives, they highlight NIAID's research interests and are good topics for investigator-initiated applications. More

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

Aug. 31: Toyota University Research Program – Advancing the Science of Material Handling. More

Sept. 1: NOAA FY18 Bluefin Tuna Research Program. More

Sept. 13 (letter of intent): Expanding Genome Integrity Assays to Population Studies (U01). More

Sept. 25: Resource-Related Research Projects for Development of Animal Models and Related Materials (R24). More

Oct. 16: NIH Novel Approaches to Understanding, Preventing and Treating Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Coinfections (R21). More

Oct. 23-27 (deadline is specific to program area): NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. More

Continuous until May 2: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity-Wide Broad Agency Announcement. More  


NIFA Creates AFRI Funded Projects Webpage
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has created an AFRI Funded Projects webpage. The Agricultural and Food Research Initiative program supports research, education and extension work important to the U.S. food and agricultural sector. Projects funded in the last three fiscal years are listed by state and available to view as a brief or the full award overview. More

Name Change: The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
Effective July 1, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services is now The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success. The new office title is aligned with national trends towards enhanced inclusion of the vast identities students hold with respect to sexuality and gender. Additionally, the new title improves clarity about the current and future mission, programs, services and resources offered in the office.

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