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May 17th, 2021
Jacob Boyd Johnson aspires to one day lead a research lab and develop new methods for stopping the spread of human diseases. The newly awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholar will travel to Germany for the next leg in his journey to reaching his goals.
Apr 29th, 2021
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Gideon Nadiope, national director of the Iowa State University – Uganda Program, 44 staff members at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Center in Uganda received the first of two doses of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine April 12.
Apr 28th, 2021
When Lexie O’Brien offers congratulations to her fellow graduating seniors this spring, she will encourage them to celebrate the strengths gained from their diverse experiences as they head out into the world. On May 8 at 9 a.m., the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will share O’Brien’s remarks online just as the college’s in-person graduation celebration begins in Jack Trice Stadium.
Apr 27th, 2021
Megan Behrends has developed a passion for Iowa State University, as well as the agricultural industry. She has been chosen as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ student marshal for the university’s spring 2021 graduation celebration.
Apr 27th, 2021
Growing up on her family’s northeast Iowa dairy farm near Aurora, Cynthia Hamlett developed a passion for agriculture. After dipping her toes in a couple different majors during her freshman year at Iowa State University, Hamlett decided to double major in agriculture and society and dairy science.
Mar 25th, 2021
Owen Cline, a senior in industrial technology, was a fellow who joined the Student Innovation Fellows Corps with a concrete agenda: grow Cline Design Creations, his metal sign-making business.
Mar 24th, 2021
What started as an FFA project during high school has blossomed into a growing business catering to the special dietary needs of companion animals for freshman Arilyn Oatman.
Mar 11th, 2021
Nate Dobbels, academic advisor for agricultural education and studies, attended Iowa State as an agricultural education major. After graduating and pursuing higher education, he eventually wound up in the same department, and office, where he started.
Mar 5th, 2021
A Virtual Cooking Class had students learning about pulses and expanding their culinary skills with dorm-friendly recipes.
Feb 24th, 2021
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty Basil Nikolau and Kan Wang are among six Iowa State University researchers named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to its class of 2020 Fellows for “distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” They were recognized at the AAAS’ annual meeting, held virtually in early February.
Feb 23rd, 2021
Last fall, Iowa State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) brought faculty and students together to read and discuss the book, “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature,” by J. Drew Lanham, alumni distinguished professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University.
Feb 19th, 2021
Lee Burras believes field learning is essential to any student’s education. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary halt to all of Iowa State University’s study abroad trips, Burras found an innovative way to still offer international experiences to students.
Jan 14th, 2021
Students aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the peaceful environment on central campus. A certain red fox has also frequently been seen roaming the area.
Dec 9th, 2020
Iowa State University’s animal science department offered care packages to quarantined students to boost morale during these unprecedented circumstances.
Nov 24th, 2020
Wishing you all the best throughout the holiday season and into 2021. Take care and be well, Cyclones!
Nov 5th, 2020
Two men on either side of table wearing masks.
Nov 4th, 2020
Students in Entomology 358X: Bee Biology, Management, and Beekeeping have had the opportunity to take part in various hands-on beekeeping activities this fall thanks to modifications made to the course.
Oct 29th, 2020
The FOCUS Learning Community visited Reiman Gardens to help prepare pumpkins for its “Spirits in the Gardens” event.
Oct 28th, 2020
A gift from Jane and Richard Carter has allowed the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies (AGEDS) to bring Iowa agricultural educators into Iowa State classrooms through the new Teacher in Residence Program. Jacob Hunter ('11 ag and life sciences education), ag educator and FFA advisor at North Scott Community Schools in Eldridge, Iowa visited campus in October as the first teacher in residence.
Oct 21st, 2020
The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences celebrates CALS Week to recognize students and their accomplishments every fall. This year’s event was held Sept. 28 – Oct. 4 and showcased how students could celebrate the week following extra precautions to ensure a safe environment during a pandemic.
Oct 7th, 2020
The new director for Iowa State University’s Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Programs, Donald “Don” Sakaguchi, Morrill Professor of genetics, development and cell biology, is a widely respected scientist in neurobiology whose lab studies transplantable cells for their potential to replace and repair degenerating nervous system cells and help patients with neurological diseases and brain injuries.
Oct 1st, 2020
Anna Johnson, animal science professor, dedicated much of her summer to creating virtual labs and other online content. With help from other faculty and staff, she has been able to provide a transparent and thorough virtual learning experience for her students. 
Sep 16th, 2020
A collaborative partnership between researchers with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Iowa State University has produced a string of notable water quality studies that have influenced conservation research and practice nationwide.
Sep 14th, 2020
When Assistant Professor Nancy Boury, plant pathology and microbiology, introduced her class, Predicting the Next Pandemic, in fall 2019, she had no way to foresee how timely the topic would become just a few months later.
Sep 3rd, 2020
A new, national report, co-authored by Iowa State University Professor Cathie Woteki, food science and human nutrition, identifies strategies to strengthen federal food and nutrition research and policy.

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