“Everything starts with an idea,” according to Sotirios Archontoulis, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, who will co-lead a five-year, $16 million project to explore some big, interconnected questions impacting agriculture in the Corn Belt and Great Plains.
Brett Ramirez has been appointed interim director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. He has served as the center’s assistant director since April 2023, leading alongside former EIC director Richard Gates, who passed away in November 2023.
Last fall, the Vine and Wine Club officially became an Iowa State University-recognized student organization. Open to any student 21 years of age or older, the club meets monthly to discuss viticulture (the science of growing grapes), taste different wines and learn about the winemaking process.
With a demonstrated record of building community within the department and effectively managing resources, Dan Nettleton has been approved to continue leading Iowa State University’s Department of Statistics.
Increased job opportunities and higher median pay are among the highlights included in a newly released report on the economic impacts of the bioprocessing industry in Cedar Rapids. The report is the result of a unique public-private partnership between Iowa State University and Cedar Rapids, established in 2015 to understand and support further development of the bioprocessing and manufacturing industries in the eastern Iowa town.
Department of Animal Science faculty Jim Dickson, professor, Nick Gabler, professor and associate chair of research, and Juan Steibel, professor, were all recognized during a medallion ceremony Jan. 19 in Kildee Hall for their appointments as holders of named and endowed positions.
Conversations about contemporary issues in agriculture can be intimidating for students, especially when they involve controversial topics. An important goal for Fally Masambuka-Kanchewa is to empower her students to feel more confident addressing and communicating about such issues before they graduate.
Asheesh “Danny” Singh, professor of agronomy with expertise in soybean breeding and phenomics at Iowa State University, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) as a co-director. He will work closely with founding director Greg Tylka and the ISRC's partners as the center prepares to observe its 10th anniversary in July.
Ajay Nair will bring an across-the-board enthusiasm for all aspects of horticulture and global resource systems, and more than a decade of experience as a faculty member as he takes the helm of Iowa State University’s Department of Horticulture next year.
Iowa State University researchers are illuminating the role of light sensing in the lives of simple bacteria. The scientists discovered that several types of bacteria that grow on plants and in soil can use light to anticipate an imminent, potentially deadly loss of water from their environment. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrate a level of sophistication not usually attributed to bacteria.
Students across Iowa State University teamed up to tackle food insecurity in the second annual Food Insecurity Challenge. The competition, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Ivy College of Business and the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, aims to teach undergraduate and graduate students about the multitude of issues those who are food insecure face by challenging them to find reachable solutions.
Megan Decker, senior in agricultural and rural policy studies, and international agriculture, credits her success at Iowa State University to the peers and mentors she had to lean on and draw inspiration from. She is the fall 2023 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Council Outstanding Senior Award.
Volunteering has been an important part of Grace Spindler’s life since she was 13. She has continued giving back to others as an Iowa State University student, resulting in her being selected for the CALS Council Distinguished Service Award.
When Colton Holdgrafer began at Iowa State University, he didn’t expect how far his impact would stretch. He has been selected as the fall 2023 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award.
For Nicole Gudenkauf, senior in dairy science, it has been all things dairy since stepping foot on Iowa State University’s campus. She has been selected to receive the fall 2023 CALS Council Leadership and Innovation Award in recognition of her many leadership roles.
You’ll get out of school what you put into it, so give it your best effort. That’s Erik Gerdts’ advice for students seeking guidance on academic success. Gerdts is the fall 2023 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Academic Achievement Award.
In her pursuit to gain international experience during college, Grace Reiss' outgoing and friendly personality has fostered a welcoming environment at Iowa State University and around the world. Those efforts earned her the CALS Council Inclusive Excellence Award.
Earlier this fall, the Controlled Environments Club received honorable mention accolades in a competition and $5,000 to put toward their project to grow mushrooms in portable, highly controlled environments, such as container farms. They feel this growing system would be particularly useful in Iowa’s urban areas that have less land for growing produce.
“Iowa's Changing Wildlife: Three Decades of Gain and Loss,” written by a father/son Iowa State University faculty duo, arrives on bookstore shelves and online this week - the perfect holiday gift for your favorite hunter or outdoor enthusiast.