Featured Stories

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.
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.