Issue: 971

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Sept. 25, 2017

Top Stories
Valeria Cano Camacho, a junior majoring in agronomy and global resource systems, was one of five undergraduate students nationwide to receive the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award on Sept. 21.
CALS Student Awarded GWC Spirit of Innovation and Service Award
Valeria Cano Camacho, a junior majoring in agronomy and global resource systems, was one of five undergraduate students nationwide to receive the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award on Sept. 21. This is the second year the award was presented as a tribute to the legacy of Carver, recognizing the efforts of young people striving to achieve their dreams and follow in the footsteps of Carver. More

Teaching and Students

Luvaga, Economics Department Host Cochran Fellows
Eight agricultural professional women from Nigeria are visiting ISU’s Global Programs and economics department as part of USDA’S Cochran Fellowship program. After a welcome by Dean Wendy Wintersteen and assistant dean for diversity Theressa Cooper, Ebby Luvaga, economics and ISU Fellowship Training Program Director, hosted the women for two weeks of lectures, classes and farm industry visits around Iowa State and Central Iowa. More

FSHN Launches ISU Signature Ice Cream Contest
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is hosting an ISU Signature Ice Cream Contest, with financial contribution for the prizes from Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream. Students are asked to create ice cream recipes that will be owned and produced by FSHN and featured at ISU special events. Contest entries are due Nov. 15.

Block & Bridle Hunger Fight, Oct. 4
The Block & Bridle Club’s annual Hunger Fight will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall. The club’s philanthropy committee is raising funds and recruiting volunteers to package the meals. Volunteers can sign up for a time slot at Google Docs; walk-ins also are welcome. The club works with Meals for the Heartland, an organization that will ship the meals across the globe. Contact Gabby DiRusso ( or Katherine Taylor ( with questions.

CALS Technology Advancement Committee Call for Proposals
The CALS Technology Advancement Committee is accepting proposals from faculty, staff and students for improving technology that benefits student learning. Contact Gaylan Scofield, TAC chair, for proposal guidelines ( Proposals are due by 1 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Extension and Outreach

CALS Agriculture Experts Available for Comment on 2017 Harvest
The following agricultural experts are available to news media to comment on the grain markets, agronomic conditions and weather trends that will shape the 2017 harvest: Chad Hart, economics; Charles Hurburgh, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Mark Licht, agronomy; and Elwynn Taylor, agronomy. More

Around the College

Misra Receives Academic Leadership Award
Manjit Misra, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, received the Global Agriculture Academic Leadership Award at the 10th Annual Global Agriculture Leadership Summit on Sept. 5 in New Delhi. More

ABE’s Koziel Receives Publons Peer Review Awards
Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received two Publons Peer Review Awards. Koziel was ranked in the top 1 percent of peer reviewers in environmental science. He has reviewed for 47 journals and has 101 documented pre-publication reviews. More

Haynes Receives Undergraduate Educator Award
Cindy Haynes received the Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award from the American Society for Horticulture Science at the ASHS annual conference in Hawaii last week. More

Gross-Wen Technologies Earns First Place in Pappajohn Competition
Gross-Wen Technologies, headquartered at the ISU Research Park, earned first place in the 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, announced Sept. 21. Martin Gross, postdocoral research associate, food science and human nutrition, and Zhiyou Wen, food science and human nutrition, founded Gross-Wen Technologies in 2013 after inventing an algal-based treatment process that recovers nutrients from wastewater. The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Iowa State University, Drake University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

Iowa Farmer Today Features Economist Zhang    
Reporters rely on experts in the field for the best information. Iowa Farmer Today is running a series where they introduce their sources, and featured Wendong Zhang, economics, in the Sept. 21 issue. Zhang oversees the Iowa Land Value Survey and Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, both much-anticipated annual research reports out of ISU.

CALS United Way Book Sale Schedule for Sept. 28-29
The eighth annual CALS United Way book sale is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ground floor rotunda of Curtiss Hall and also at the Molecular Biology Building Atrium. Books and CDs will be sold for $1 each or six for $5. DVD will be sold for $2 each. On Friday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the remaining items will be sold at the Curtiss Hall rotunda location for a free will donation. All proceeds will go to the 2017 ISU United Way Campaign. Contact Carla Persaud at or 4-1823 with questions.

Donations Needed for CALS United Way Online Auction
Donations are being accepted for the eighth CALS United Way online auction, which will run Oct. 2-5. Contact Carla Persaud (4-1823, with a description and picture of the item. The auction website is being developed and details will be sent at a later date. Proceeds will go to the ISU 2017 United Way Campaign.

CALS ADVANCE Co-Sponsors Workshop on Diversity and Inclusion
CALS ADVANCE is co-sponsoring a workshop on diversity and inclusion by the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble on Oct. 24 in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. Two sessions will be offered: 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. CITE scenarios are multidimensional, revealing the dynamics of diversity issues and the dynamics of human interaction around those issues. Registration deadline is Oct. 12 or when program capacity is reached; there is no registration fee. Log in to Learn@ISU to register.


Sept. 26: Women and Philanthropy Workshop
CALS is a co-sponsor of the Women and Philanthropy Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote speaker is Debra Mesch, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. More

Sept. 26-28: Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative will be celebrating Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 26-28, with a variety of activities for continued learning and exploration. A schedule of events is available online. AgEI also is hosting a video project. Students submit a 60 second video explaining how they would use $1,000 to help victims of natural disasters. More

Sept. 28: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Ashley Aakesson, social and behavior change communication technical advisor for the Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally, part of the U.S. based project staff for The Manoff Group, will present.

Sept. 28: Errington Memorial Lecture
“Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise” is the topic of this year’s Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture, to be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Barbara Taylor, conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, will discuss the vaquita’s rapid population decline and will address broader themes of ocean and coastal conservation, international politics and what individuals can do to protect endangered species.

Funding Opportunities

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program Applications Due Oct. 6
The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program offers faculty the opportunity to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Faculty visits are typically two weeks. The visiting Faculty Fellow may consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures or symposia, or engage in other activities that are agreeable to the Fellow and the host institution. ISU encourages activities that further the university's strategic plan, such as using a unique laboratory facility or consulting with a collaborator on current or planned research, teaching or extension activities. The host unit provides a formal letter of invitation. Awards will generally not exceed $1,500. More

Internal Competition: NSF MRI Program Preproposals Due Oct. 11
The National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program for instrument acquisition or development provides funding for shared instrumentation that supports research and research training that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. A proposal must be for acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single, well-integrated instrument. Cost-sharing of precisely 30 percent of the total project cost is required. Interested faculty whose primary appointment is in CALS should submit a pre-proposal to Joe Colletti by 11:59 p.m on Oct. 11.

ISU Miller Faculty Fellowship Program Applications Due Dec. 5
The Miller Faculty Fellowship Program provides up to $15,000 per award for faculty members to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Any ISU faculty member may apply. Three to four awards are anticipated. Interested faculty whose primary appointment is in CALS should submit their proposal to Joe Colletti ( and to CELT ( by Dec. 5. More

DARPA RFI: Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tactical Technology Office has issued a request for information, “Detection and Negation Ideas for Protecting Against Small Unmanned Air Systems,” for innovative technologies for countering adversary small unmanned air systems. DARPA is interested in the topic areas of sensing and neutralization. The RFI invites short white papers describing the respondent’s technology. An invitation to attend a one-day Technology Day may be extended to respondents with relevant sensing and/or neutralizing technology. Responses are due by Oct. 2. More

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

Various dates: NSF Dear Colleague Letter - Research on Methodologies for STEM Education. More

Oct. 20, June 9 (letter of intent): NIH Science Education Partnership Award (R25); one application pre institution, contact Sue Shipitalo ( to express interest. More

Dec. 4: USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program; universities can be partners only. More

Dec. 25 (letter of intent): NIH Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1); one application per institution, contact Sue Shipitalo ( to express interest.

Jan. 5 (letter of intent): NIH Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01).

Jan. 8: NSF Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. More

Communications Kiosk

Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers
For those who may wish to someday write for the editorial pages, Bret Stephens, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, provides a list of 15 things he’s learned over the years as an editor, op-ed writer and columnist. For example, the ideal reader of an op-ed is the ordinary subscriber – a person of normal intelligence who will be happy to learn something from you, provided he can readily understand what you’re saying. Also, authority matters. Readers will look to authors who have standing, either because they have expertise in their field or unique experience with a subject. More


Fundraising Site Established to Help Baby of ISU Graduate Students
An online fundraising site has been established to help Martha and Kevin Natukunda, graduate students in agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology. The Natukundas’ three-month-old baby, Miracle, has a congenital heart defect and requires surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Both are natives of Uganda and participated in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods service learning program in the Kamuli District of Uganda, as students of Makerere University. More than $36,000 has been raised so far.

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Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

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