Featured Stories

Jan 4th, 2022
Science with Practice, offered through the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, aims to provide undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities. Throughout the program, students work alongside faculty mentors on projects related to their area of study or future career.
Dec 13th, 2021
With passports in hand and suitcases in tow, two groups of students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences boarded planes to study abroad during Iowa State University’s fall break. These faculty-led programs to Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates provided students opportunities to witness international agriculture and develop a global perspective of the industry.
Dec 10th, 2021
Claudia Lemper-Manahl, associate teaching professor in plant pathology and microbiology, recently came into possession of approximately 30,000 fun-shaped, squeeze toy stress relievers. She began distributing part of the stash to various offices on campus, and the toys have been a big hit with the students (and faculty).
Dec 9th, 2021
Alyssa Nishijima will graduate this month as a decorated senior with a degree in culinary food science. Reflecting on her experience at Iowa State, she is quick to say none of the things she’s accomplished or participated in were planned.
Dec 8th, 2021
A Cyclone since she was a little girl, Maia Lawson is being recognized with the fall 2021 Academic Achievement Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council.
Dec 8th, 2021
Mikayla McKenna's passion for sharing with others about agriculture is what led to her being named the recipient of the CALS Student Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences award.
Dec 8th, 2021
Haley Stahl, senior in agronomy, is the fall 2021 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Leadership Excellence Award.
Dec 8th, 2021
Since stepping foot on Iowa State University’s campus as a student in fall 2019, Stefany Naranjo has been making great strides in combatting food insecurity and promoting a more inclusive environment. It was her efforts in the latter that led to her being named the fall 2021 CALS Student Council Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award winner.
Dec 8th, 2021
Ellen Reed, a double major in horticulture and global resource systems, is the recipient of the fall 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council.
Dec 8th, 2021
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering senior Paul Johnson, majoring in agricultural systems technology (AST) with a focus in machine systems and a minor in agronomy, received the CALS Outstanding Senior award for his “exceptional effort in leadership, service and academia.”
Nov 30th, 2021
Cheryl Morris, associate professor of animal science, spent the last 15 years working as the vice president of conservation sciences at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska. She returned to Iowa State this year and is sharing with students her knowledge about exotic animals and how they compare/contrast to production animals.
Nov 22nd, 2021
Students from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Design joined forces Nov. 13-14 to take part in a design charrette – a short, collaborative session during which a group of people come together to draft a solution to a design problem. The students were tasked with creating design concepts for two CALS-owned collaborative learning labs on the fourth floor of the new Student Innovation Center.
Nov 22nd, 2021
Brandi Boyd (’98 animal science, ’00 MS agricultural education and studies) was on Iowa State University’s campus Nov. 15-16 taking part in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies’ Teacher in Residence Program.
Nov 22nd, 2021
We are so thrilled to be here collaborating, working and learning in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Thank you - our partners, our alums, our friends, our stakeholders - for your continued support.
Nov 1st, 2021
Jill Paxton, assistant teaching professor of animal science, recently published her first children’s book, “The Adventures of Logan and Bailey: Lost in the Woods.” The light-hearted tale depicts a boy and his dog who venture into a forest and must find their way home.
Oct 14th, 2021
Diversifying one’s résumé can set them apart from others when applying for an internship or job. Students can do this by including leadership experiences, special skills or notable achievements. Ben Miller, sophomore in agricultural business, is focusing on the latter and adding “America’s Best Bagger” to the top of his list.
Oct 8th, 2021
Trees in the newly planted orchard at the Horticulture Research Station will soon be bursting with apples thanks to an innovative growing technique.
Sep 23rd, 2021
When a call came asking for help preparing the Major League Baseball field at the Field of Dreams, CALS alum Casey Scheidel jumped at the opportunity.
Sep 21st, 2021
The Students of Color Network, an organization geared toward Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering students, emphasizes acceptance and inclusion of people of color, and the group has since flourished into a supportive community.
Sep 17th, 2021
Students in Horticulture 444: Landscape Construction and Management have begun reconstructing the paved walkway around the stairs south of the Enrollment Services Center on campus.
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.

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