Issue: 1000

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
April 23, 2018

Top Stories

CALS Research Highlighted in New “FedByScience” Initiative
A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research launched last week in Washington, D.C., bringing together Iowa State University with 15 other public and private universities. The initiative, FedByScience, timed with the release of the 2018 House Farm Bill, focuses on demonstrating to the public and policymakers the many ways that USDA-funded universities and researchers are creating a safer, healthier and more productive food system. Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, has water quality research in the Midwest that is featured on the new initiative’s website. Schulte Moore participated in FedByScience briefings this week for Senate and House of Representatives staff. More

Teaching and Students

Science With Practice Poster Presentation Tomorrow, April 24
This semester’s Science With Practice poster presentation open house will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Atrium. Science With Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture.

Taste Student Creations at Food Product Development Showcase
The Food Product Development Showcase will be held April 30, 3 to 4 p.m. in 1009 LeBaron Hall. Eleven student teams in FSHN 412, the capstone product development class, will be providing free samples of foods they have created.

ISU Dairy Products Evaluation Team Competes in National Competition
The ISU Dairy Products Evaluation team competed in the national Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, April 18 in Milwaukee. Team members included food science seniors Geena Whalen, Sarah Hansen and Triadi Wisesa; alternate Evan McCoy; and graduate student Nicole Gaudino. The team placed second in cottage cheese judging. Hansen placed third in cheddar cheese and second in cottage cheese judging. Gaudino placed third in cottage cheese judging. Whalen and Hansen were honored with the two Joe Larson Merit Awards for their exemplary leadership and service.

AgEI Showcase Night Features NAMA, Student Incubator and Leadership Team
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative is hosting AgEI Showcase Night tonight, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Groups that will be highlighted include the ISU chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association, the ISU Student Incubator and the AgEI Leadership Team.

Turf Club Places First in Sports Turf Challenge
The Department of Horticulture’s Turf Club placed first in the national Sports Turf Managers Association Student Challenge. The winning team consisted of the following horticulture students: Alex Polnow, junior; Marcus O’Brien, senior; Ethan Kane, Dec. 2017 graduate; and Matt Collingbourne, senior. More

Extension and Outreach

Isenhart a Panelist for IPR Water Quality Event
Iowa Public Radio will host “Public Radio on Tap: A Conversation on Water Quality” today, April 23, 6 to 9 p.m. at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Tom Isenhart, natural resource ecology and management, is a panelist for this event. The evening’s discussion will be recorded for future broadcast on Iowa Public Radio. More

April’s Cold and Snow Shouldn’t Worry Farmers…Yet
Despite cold and snowy conditions this spring, there’s still enough time for most farmers to plant corn and soybeans without having to worry about reduced yields due to a shortened growing season, according to Mark Licht, agronomy. But any further delays to planting could mean some farmers will be cutting it close. More

Publications Help Farmers Make Management Decisions
Four new publications are available on the ISU Extension Store from the Crop Protection Network. These publications provide all the information farmers need to make management decisions in one place, said Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology and extension specialist. More

New Online Tool Helps Farmers Assess Value of Cover Crops
ISU Extension and Outreach, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, has launched a new Ag Decision Maker tool on its website to help crop and livestock farmers assess the economics of cover crops in their operations. The Economics of Cover Crops tool consists of three in-depth budgeting worksheets designed to help farmers analyze the costs and benefits of cover crops in their row crop operations with or without the integration of livestock. More

Publication Highlights Mammal Species in Iowa
The 57 species of wild animals routinely found in Iowa is the focus of a new Extension and Outreach publication titled “Mammals of Iowa.” The guide was written and developed with experts from ISU and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Adam Janke, natural resource ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist, is co-author. More

Around the College

Gamma Sigma Delta, Agriculture Honor Society, Presents Awards
The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, hosted an Initiation and Awards Ceremony on April 13. Forty-three undergraduates, 43 graduate students and one faculty member were initiated into the society. The following CALS alumni, faculty and students were presented awards at the ceremony. More

  • Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award – President Wendy Wintersteen.
  • Alumni Award of Merit – Mike Fowler, Land O’ Lakes.
  • Teaching Mission Award – Tom Bass, animal science.
  • Research Mission Award – Lance Baumgard, animal science.
  • Extension Mission Award – Jason Ross, animal science.
  • International Mission Award – James Reecy, animal science, associate vice president of research.
  • Senior Scholarship – Grace Feilmeier, agricultural and life sciences.
  • Sophomore Scholarship – Holly Cook, agricultural business.

Video: Hertz Lecture with Amy Asmus Now Online
Amy Asmus (’87 graphic design), vice president of Asmus Farm Supply, presented the 2018 Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture on April 4. The video of her presentation, “What Is Possible: Advancing Agriculture Through AGvocacy, Partnerships and Collaboration,” is available online.

Chris Fedler, Longtime FSHN Staff Member, Dies April 16
Chris Fedler, a scientist in food science and human nutrition, died April 16. She was 65. Fedler earned a bachelor’s degree from ISU in food science and food nutrition. Her career at ISU spanned more than 40 years. More


April 24: CALS Cultural Competency Lunch and Learn
The next event in the CALS Cultural Competency Lunch and Learn series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 1951 Food Sciences Building, CCUR Theater. Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and associate professor of the department of youth development and agricultural education at Purdue University, will present “Privileging the Privileged; How bias, power and privilege impact graduate school funding and admissions.” RSVP by April 23.

April 24: Hilton Chair Lecture Series
The closing lecture for the spring installment of the Hilton Chair lectures series will be held on April 24 at 7 p.m. in 2050 Agronomy Hall and will feature Brian Green of Santa Clara University, speaking about the potential ethical implications of emerging and disruptive food technologies. He’ll share what needs to be considered so people use these technologies in ways that encourage the development of a healthy, fair and sustainable food system for the future. More

April 27: CALS Cultural Competency Lunch and Learn
The CALS Cultural Competency Lunch and Learn series continues on Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 368A Heady Hall. Aiddy Phomvisay, central campus director for Des Moines Public Schools, will present “Cross Cultural Communication: Creating Mutual Understanding in a Diverse Academic Environment.” RSVP by April 23.

April 27: Retirement Reception for Jaci Severson
A retirement reception for Jaci Severson, program assistant for graduate education in the agronomy department, will be held Friday, April 27, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Agronomy Hall commons. Severson joined the agronomy department in 1989. She spent two years in the main office, five years with Iowa Crop Improvement Association, and 22 years working with graduate students.

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Funding Information, Opportunities and Deadline Reminders
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, Additional information is posted at CALS Pre-Award Resources.

May 7 (letter of intent): U.S. FDA Enhancing Innovations in Emerging Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing of Complex Biologic Products (R01). More

May 17: U.S. Dept. of HHS - Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures Accelerator Network; minimum 50/50 cost sharing required. More

May 17 (concept note): NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life: Design and Engineering of Synthetic Cells and Cell Components. More

May 28 (letter of intent): NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25). More

May 31 (internal pre-proposals due): Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation – Mallinckrodt Grants, limited submission, eligible applicants are in first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, contact Sue Shipitalo ( for information. More

June 7: USDA NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program. More

June 20: USDA NIFA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program. More

June 29 (pre-proposal): Specialty Crop Research Initiative Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. More

Sept. 30: USFWS White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants FY 2018; $35,000 to $300,000, proposals evaluated monthly. More

Dec. 4: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Graduate Research Internship Program. More

Communications Kiosk

Disabled and Handicapped
In general, do not describe an individual as disabled or handicapped unless it is clearly pertinent to a story. If a description must be used, try to be specific. “An ad featuring actor Michael J. Fox swaying noticeably from the effects of Parkinson’s disease drew nationwide attention.” Avoid descriptions that connote pity, such as “afflicted with” or “suffers from multiple sclerosis.” Rather, “has multiple sclerosis.” (Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition, pg. 84)


10th Annual Campus Food Drive Begins Today, April 23
The 10th annual Live United Food Drive will be held April 23-May 4. Donations will go to Story County food pantries and ensure children and families have food during the summer months. Nonperishable items and cash donations will be accepted at more than 20 campus locations. Visit the Live United Food Drive website for more information on preferred donation items and how to give money in person or online. Questions may be directed to food drive co-chairs Tara Fisher or Haley Cook.

Land-Grant Universities Fighting Hunger
In 2016, more than 41 million Americans didn’t have enough to eat. The land-grant university system works every day to provide real, science-based solutions. Volunteers of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Growing Together program have helped fight hunger in Iowa by harvesting and donating nearly 75,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to Iowa food pantries and meal sites and shelters — or nearly 225,000 servings of fresh produce. Learn more about how land-grant universities are working to combat hunger and provide real, science-based solutions to the challenge of American food insecurity.

ISU to Host Preview of George Washington Carver Documentary
ISU will host a preview of a new documentary about George Washington Carver on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The Iowa Public Television documentary celebrates the life of Carver – an Iowa State alumnus who became a world-renowned agricultural researcher – and the role ISU played in his path to education. More


ABE Sponsors Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge University
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering sponsored the 2018 Merit Badge University on April 14. Approximately 300 Boy Scouts from troops across central Iowa participated in either a half-day or full-day of activities to complete one or two merit badges. The event was organized by the ISU chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity founded on the purposes of developing friendship, leadership and service to humanity. A number of CALS students in APO volunteered as merit badge counselors or staff. Merit badges with specific CALS subject connections include animal science, farm mechanics and soil and water conservation. Tom Brumm, ABE and faculty adviser for Alpha Phi Omega, is also a scoutmaster of a local Boy Scout troop.

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Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

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