Featured Stories

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 adviser 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.
Aug 27th, 2020
The Academic Program for EXcellence helps multicultural students explore resources, networks, the community and the agricultural industry the summer before their first year on campus.  
Aug 10th, 2020
Building blocks are the foundation of a new resource on youth leadership, created by Haley Jones, Iowa 4-H Youth Development Specialist. Her Building Blocks curriculum will soon become a series, with entrepreneurship as its next focus.
Aug 5th, 2020
The Horticulture Research Station at Iowa State University continues its tradition of cultivating graduate student science even in the midst of a pandemic.
Jul 21st, 2020
Vintage milk cans used by the dairy science department in the 1950s and 1960s will be available for purchase during the ISU Surplus sale Wednesday, July 22. Proceeds from the sale of the milk cans will be put toward the new Iowa State University Creamery, set to open Aug. 13, and located on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building.
Jul 16th, 2020
A set of sewing machines is being repurposed as a public health tool in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the resourcefulness of Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) staff and donors.
Jul 9th, 2020
The Food Forum, a group convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), invites interested academics, policy makers, industry personnel, and members of the public to a free virtual workshop, “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Building a More Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable and Nourishing Food System,” July 22-23, 2020.
Jun 29th, 2020
With soybean farmers across the United States relying on access to non-GMO soybean varieties from the Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., Iowa State leadership acted fast to ensure critical services such as the Germplasm Licensing Program remained open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jun 25th, 2020
Planning, plotting and planting approximately two-and-one-half acres of fruits and vegetables to sell this summer is a learning experience for Alice Paulson, student intern at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station.
Jun 23rd, 2020
A new volume of the classic textbook “Forages: The Science of Grassland Agriculture” is now available. First published by Iowa State College Press, Volume II of the 7th edition represents a legacy of ISU contributions over almost 70 years, from Harold D. Hughes to Kenneth Moore.

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