Issue: 972

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Oct. 2, 2017

Top Stories

CALS Week Activities: Together We Feed the Nation, Together We Are CALS
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council is celebrating “Together We Feed the Nation, Together We Are CALS” for 2017 CALS week, Oct. 2-6. Activities include the following. More

  • Monday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mr. CALS competition, 7 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
  • Tuesday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; CALS Olympics, 7 p.m., Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall.
  • Wednesday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hunger Fight, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall; Food Science Club Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social, 5-7 p.m., 210 Mackay Hall; Diversity Panel, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 1951 Food Sciences.
  • Thursday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room; Agger Fries Philanthropy (fried potatoes and other fried snacks to benefit the American Cancer Society), 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Alpha Gamma Rho House.
  • Friday – Free donuts on central campus, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday – Bacon Expo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
  • Oct. 11 – Dustin Lynch Concert, 8 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.

CALS Week: Mr. CALS Competition, Oct. 2
Sigma Alpha, the professional agriculture sorority, is hosting the fifth annual Mr. CALS competition today, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Ticket prices are $5 at the door or $3 at the door with a canned food item. Proceeds will go to the Food at First in Ames, a nonprofit organization that provides a free meal program and perishable food pantry. More  

CALS Week: 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 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 on this project, an organization that will ship the meals across the globe. Contact Gabby DiRusso ( or Katherine Taylor ( with questions.

CALS Week: Creating a Culture of Ag STEMpathy, Oct. 4
Creating a Culture of Ag STEMpathy; Understanding the Value of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, will be hosted by the CALS Diversity Programs office and the CALS LEAD IT Collective on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 1951 Food Sciences, CCUR Theater. The following panel will speak on the importance and value of diversity and inclusion for the future of agriculture: Erin Cumings, associate vice president for agribusiness underwriting, Nationwide; Jeanine Viani, director of supply chain talent management and international logistics, Land O’ Lakes; William Warren, university relations talent specialist, Monsanto. Dinner will be provided. Contact Theressa Cooper ( for more information.

CALS Week: Joe Kerns to Present Deal Lecture, Oct. 5
Joe Kerns, risk management consultant and president of Kerns and Associates, will present the 2017 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Kerns will present, “Suddenly, suddenly, then all of a sudden: A tale of resiliency, entrepreneurship and the value of mentors.” The event is free and open to the public. More

CALS Week: Bacon Expo, Oct. 7
The fifth annual Bacon Expo will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Organized by CALS students, Bacon Expo is a family friendly event where participants can sample creative bacon treats and enjoy live entertainment and education displays about the pork industry. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This year’s co-chairs are Macy Marek, junior in agricultural and life sciences education, Megan Anderson, senior in agricultural business, and Beth Zuber, senior in animal science. More

CALS Week: Honoring Hoiberg, Oct. 7
Public Service and Administration in Agriculture alumni are hosting an event to honor former associate dean and emeritus sociology professor Eric Hoiberg prior to the ISU Bacon Expo at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. More

CALS Week: SHOP Hosting Food Drive
In conjunction with CALS Week, the SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) is hosting a food drive, Oct. 2-6. Donate non-perishable food and toiletries to help fellow students, staff and faculty. Drop off locations are at the ISU Bookstore, 118 Mackay Hall (Visitors Center), first floor of Beardshear (by information desk) and at the SHOP (2616 Food Science Building).  

CALS Week: MANRRS T-Shirt Fundraiser
The Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences are holding a t-shirt fundraiser during CALS week. An #IAMCALS t-shirt can be purchased for $10 at the MANRRS booth in front of Curtiss Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; outside 1951 Food Sciences Building on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.; and in 227 Curtiss Hall, Monday through Thursday, Oct. 2-5, 3 to 5 p.m.

Teaching and Students

Graduate Student Helps Survey Mosquito Population after Hurricane Harvey
Edmund Norris, a graduate student in entomology and toxicology, recently returned from a relief effort to the Houston area to assess mosquito populations after Hurricane Harvey. He was asked to help as a trainee with the Center for Disease Control's Upper Midwest Regional Center of Excellence, where he is seeking a certification in public health entomology. More

Genetics Student Studies Maize on Mars with Space Grant
Raegan Hoefler, a senior in genetics, is testing the effects of radiation on corn seedlings. The experiment involves exposing the seedlings to ultraviolet and x-ray irradiation levels similar to what would be found on Mars. Hoefler received $7,000 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium; this is the second year in a row that she has been awarded this scholarship. Her advisor is Thomas Peterson, genetics, development and cell biology and Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics.

Microbiology Student Completes Internship with NASA
Logan Ott, senior in microbiology, recently completed a NASA internship where he used cutting-edge research designed to prevent microbes from spaceships contaminating other planets humans may one day visit.

Extension and Outreach

Garden Calendar Celebrates Plants
The 2018 Garden Calendar, titled “Celebrated with Plants,” is now available. Each month highlights a different tradition or celebration that has plants as a centerpiece. The calendar is $7 and can be purchased through the ISU Extension Store or at a county extension office. More

Around the College

Search Underway for Vet Med Dean, Extension and Outreach Vice President
Searches are underway for the next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and vice president of ISU Extension and Outreach. Both units have interim leaders, Pat Halbur in Vet Med and John Lawrence in extension and outreach. Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs, will co-chair the search for the next dean of Veterinary Medicine. Laura Jolly, dean of the College of Human Sciences, and Sarah Nusser, vice president for research, will co-chair the search for the next vice president of extension and outreach. More

Iowa Crop Performance Tests for Soybeans Celebrates 50 Years
The Iowa Crop Improvement Association, a CALS affiliated nonprofit, is marking the 50th anniversary of its Iowa Crop Performance Tests for Soybeans, which offers Iowa farmers independent information to help select the best soybeans for their needs. More

Woteki and White to Receive National Human Sciences Awards from APLU
Catherine Woteki and Pamela White, food science and human nutrition, will receive national human sciences honors at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Nov. 12-14. APLU’s Board on Human Sciences present annual awards to national leaders working to advance human sciences in higher education. Woteki will receive the Ellen Swallow Richards Public Service Award, honoring a nationally recognized leader who has a significant history of promoting and advancing the human sciences. White will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a nationally recognized leader who has a significant history of promoting and advancing the human sciences in higher education. More

Faculty, Staff Receive University Awards
Faculty and staff recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards were honored on Sept. 25 at the ISU Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. The following individuals from CALS were recognized. More

  • Thomas Baum, plant pathology and microbiology, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Dermot Hayes, economics, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • William Crumpton, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, University Professor
  • Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Morrill Professor
  • Tom Baas, animal science, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Sergio Lence, economics, James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching
  • Dorothy Masinde, horticulture, ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching
  • Dan Nettleton, statistics, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award
  • Steve Mickelson, agricultural and biosystems engineering, ISU Award for Departmental Leadership
  • Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering, International Service Award
  • Christopher Tuggle, animal science, ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • Jianming Yu, agronomy, ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research
  • Kan Wang, agronomy, ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property
  • Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm, ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa
  • Andrew Severin, biotechnology, Professional and Scientific Excellence Award
  • Deborah Lewis, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, Carroll Ringgenberg Award
  • Elizabeth Juchems, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award
  • Lesa Vold, Egg Industry Center, Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award
  • Russell Euken, extension to agriculture, ISU R.K. Bliss Extension Award

Inspire Day Held at Norman Borlaug’s Boyhood Home
The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation hosted its 10th annual INSPIRE Day on Sept. 18 in Cresco, Iowa, to share Borlaug’s legacy as the “Father of the Green Revolution.” More than 250 fifth-grade students attended the event. Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, shared information about plant breeding and genetics. Dean Wendy Wintersteen and Associate Dean David Acker visited with students about Borlaug’s research in agriculture and his impact on alleviating world hunger. A video is available online. 

CALS United Way Online Auction Starts Today, Ends Thursday, Oct. 5
The CALS-sponsored online auction to raise money for the 2017 ISU United Way Campaign started today, Oct. 2, at 8 a.m. Bids on more than 50 auction items will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. Most items are on display in 138 Curtiss Hall.


Oct. 4: Beal Lecture in Rural Sociology
The George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. John Iceland, professor of sociology and demography at Penn State University, will present on how demographic change and economic inequality are reshaping society. More

Oct. 5: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Marty Muenzmaierz, sustainability director for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners North America and business co-lead for Corporate Climate Change Program for Cargill, will present.

Oct. 7: Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Creating Inclusive Classrooms is next in the CALS Diversity Seminar series, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 1951 Food Science Building, CCUR Theatre. Fred Bonner II, professor and Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University, will present. More

Oct. 17: CALS Career Day
The college’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day is scheduled for Oct 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. “The entry-level opportunities for students in agriculture and life sciences remain very strong and the large turnout of employers reinforces our students are held in high regards,” said Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Internal Competition: Bailey Research Career Development Award Proposals Due Oct. 23
The Office of the Vice President for Research is soliciting proposals for the 2018 Bailey Research Career Development Award competition. The award is provided annually for research that is innovative (outside of an established research program), increases knowledge and has practical applications. It is expected that the Bailey award will allow faculty to devote time toward high-risk, high-impact research addressing emerging scientific, technical and/or societal problems resulting in practical applications and, in appropriate disciplines, extramural funding. All full-time tenured associate professors and professors are eligible to apply.

NSF DCL: PreK-12 Advancing STEM + Computing Proposals Due Nov. 14
The National Science Foundation has issued a Dear Colleague Letter for Discovery Research PreK-12: Advancing STEM + Computing. In its effort to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science by preK-12 students and teachers, the DRK-12 program is encouraging investigators to submit proposals studying the integration of computing and/or computational thinking within disciplinary STEM learning and teaching in formal STEM education. More

USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Pre-applications Due Dec. 8
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by funding research and extension projects that address key challenges of national, regional and multistate importance in sustaining food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a unique approach to solving problems facing the specialty crop industry using a systems approach. Submissions for Coordinated Agricultural Projects, Standard Research and Extension Projects, and Research and Extension Planning Projects will be accepted. More

Contact: Roxanne Clemens, Additional information is posted at CALS Pre-Award Resources.

Communications Kiosk

Where Does Your Speaker Stand?
A speaker stands “behind” a lectern, “on” a podium or rostrum, or “in” the pulpit. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2016 edition, pg. 157)


Bovine Embryo Transfer Helps ISU Veterinarians Improve Herd Genetics
ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers students and current veterinarians opportunities to get hands-on experience with bovine embryo transfer, a growing practice that helps cattle producers pass on desirable genetics to more calves. More

Farm Foundation Cultivator Program Nominations Now Open
The Farm Foundation is accepting nominations for its January 2018 Round Table Cultivator Program, to be held at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture near Tarrytown, New York. Up to six upper class or graduate-level students from an accredited North American college or university will be selected to participate in the round table. Nominations are due Nov. 3. Contact Timothy Brennan, director of development for the Farm Foundation, ( for more information.


McClean Describes Iowa Cow War of 1931
A typed transcript of Gale McClean’s recollections of the events that took place in Cedar County, Iowa, surrounding the Iowa Cow War of 1931, is available in University Archives. McClean served as secretary for the Muscatine Farm Bureau at that time and describes the confrontation that took place on Sept. 21, 1931. State deputies were trying to secure safe passage for the state veterinarian to check cattle for bovine tuberculosis and were met by farmers angry with the compulsory testing. Iowa Governor Dan Turner eventually called in the National Guard to enforce the law. More

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