Featured Stories

May 13th, 2022
Grace Jakes wasn’t an agriculturalist by chance – she became one by choice. Jakes didn’t grow up on a farm, but decided to major in dairy science and global resource systems at Iowa State University. As a result, she discovered her strengths as a researcher and her affinity for improving the industry worldwide.
May 5th, 2022
Savanna Judson will graduate this spring semester with a master’s degree in agricultural education. She has taken a bit of a winding pathway to becoming a community college instructor, but she has enjoyed the journey.
May 5th, 2022
Preparing the annual Christmas lasagna with her grandfather was a staple Alyssa Rosenbaum came to look forward to every year. The annual tradition of learning the art of her family’s cooking from scratch not only reinforced her close-knit family, but also was the inspiration for her life’s passion: food.
May 5th, 2022
Like many students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, being an FFA member piqued Allee Koestner’s curiosity of the agricultural industry. In high school, operating a plot of row crops with her brothers unearthed her interest in production, which led her to Iowa State University.
May 5th, 2022
From club involvement to mentoring students, Emily Saeugling’s many leadership roles contributed to her receiving the CALS Council Leadership Excellence Award for spring 2022.
May 5th, 2022
Nick Battles has a broad worldview and a narrow life goal: to advocate the right to food and nutrition for all. Through academics, internships and international travel, Battles found his voice at Iowa State University. When he graduates, he is determined for his words to be heard across the country.
May 5th, 2022
Javelis Marín Castro’s decision to attend Iowa State University was the result of a positive interaction with a recruiter at a college fair in her home country of Puerto Rico.
May 5th, 2022
Working in research and seed science runs in the family of Jensina Davis, senior in agronomy and seed science and recipient of the Spring 2022 CALS Council Academic Achievement Award.
May 4th, 2022
You don’t have to grow up on a four-generation farm to win the CALS Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award, but it doesn’t hurt. Almost from birth, Cole Eden, senior in agricultural business, lived agriculture. He grew up on a farm near Titonka, Iowa, that was started by his great grandfather, and is still worked by his father, uncle and brother.
May 3rd, 2022
Belinda Hoffman is a service-minded individual. From time spent in Uganda to making sure international students feel welcome at Iowa State University, it’s no surprise Hoffman was named the spring 2022 CALS Council Outstanding Senior awardee.
Mar 30th, 2022
Exploring a new environment doesn’t necessarily require a passport or a trip overseas. The new Study USA Programs offered by Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences allow undergraduate students to earn academic credit while embarking on domestic travel within the U.S.
Mar 25th, 2022
Hale Tufan, research professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University, shared some of her research into gender equality within plant breeding programs during a lecture March 24 at Iowa State University.
Mar 25th, 2022
For the first time, two students from Iowa State University will serves as back-to-back presidents of the Professional Agricultural Students Organization of Iowa.
Feb 21st, 2022
A couple of unlikely characters have recently made Iowa State University their temporary home. Two North American river otters mysteriously appeared on Lake LaVerne a few weeks ago and have been stealing attention from the lake’s winged tenants ever since.
Feb 17th, 2022
Justin Roberson, student retention coordinator, and Greer Potadle, SMART STEPS coordinator, joined Esperanza Moothart, emergency support coordinator, on the CALS Student Services team at the beginning of January. Together, the three will offer holistic services to help CALS students succeed during their academic career.
Feb 17th, 2022
Four students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been named recipients of the 2022 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. Established in 1968, the award recognizes students who display notable character, high academic achievement, and are actively involved in on- and off-campus activities.
Feb 15th, 2022
Annie Hatch, senior in animal ecology, has spread her wings in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Her work as a research assistant is pointing her in the direction of where she will fly next.
Feb 11th, 2022
Jahmai Fisher’s goal is to make sure multicultural students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences feel connected and empowered at Iowa State University.
Feb 4th, 2022
Weighing more than 300 pounds each and made of local, native lumber, the four (two pair) new hayloft doors on the north side of the Horse Barn are both heavy and durable. Traits that will allow them to withstand Mother Nature’s elements for many years to come.
Feb 4th, 2022
Instructors at Iowa State University strive to see the imaginary lightbulbs go off above their students’ heads when they grasp a new concept. To help students have these “lightbulb moments,” Nick Peters and Elizabeth “EB” Wlezien are introducing active learning to their classroom.
Jan 27th, 2022
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty Madan Bhattacharyya and Aaron Gassmann are among six Iowa State University researchers the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named to its class of 2021 Fellows for their “distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”
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.

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