Issue: 1005

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
May 29, 2018

Top Stories

Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge
A team of ISU graduate students won the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge on May 20 for their proposal to improve the shelf life of cassava, which is a staple food in Africa and can rot within three days after harvest. Team members include Samuel Kiprotich, food science and human nutrition; Emmanuel Nsamba, genetics; and Mike Sserunjogi, agricultural and biosystems engineering. All three students graduated from Makerere University in Uganda and partnered with ISU students in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods program in Uganda in 2014 and 2015, which led them to pursue graduate work at Iowa State. The team’s video proposal can be viewed online. More

Teaching and Students

Woteki to Present “Science Policy in an Age of Public Conflict” Class
ISU’s Nutritional Sciences Council has organized a week-long class on “Science Policy in an Age of Public Conflict.” Catherine Woteki, professor of food science and human nutrition, former USDA chief scientist and undersecretary for the Research, Education and Economics mission area and former dean of CALS, will present 10 a.m. to noon each day, from June 4 to 8 in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. The lecture series is available to graduate students in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences for one credit. The lectures are also open to other CALS faculty, staff and graduate students. For more information: Whitney Sager,

Online Learning Consortium Membership Open to Faculty, Staff, Grad Students
The Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer, in a partnership with Human Sciences Online and Distance Learning, Veterinary Medicine Instructional Support and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, renewed ISU’s institutional membership in the Online Learning Consortium. The consortium recently changed its institutional membership to include all faculty, staff and graduate students. Benefits include discounted pricing on conferences, free webinars, peer networking and early access to research. For more information or for assistance creating a free user account: Gaylan Scofield,

Extension and Outreach

Voluntary On-farm Assessments Available for Produce Growers
The ISU Extension and Outreach On Farm Produce Safety Team will conduct voluntary on-farm assessments to help Iowa growers prepare for FDA farm inspections conducted under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule. The On-Farm Readiness Reviews are free of charge, done on a voluntary basis and take less than two hours to complete. More

Field Day: June 20 at Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha
Weeds, herbicides, cover crops and sulfur fertilization of corn will highlight the summer field day at ISU’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm near Kanawha on June 20. Registration and refreshments will start at 9 a.m. and the field day will conclude at 1 p.m. following lunch. More

Field Day: June 27 at Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Nashua
The weather forecast, soil and crops will highlight the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm’s annual spring field day near Nashua on June 27. The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Borlaug Learning Center, followed by a tour of the farm and concluding at 4:15 p.m. More

Around the College

Placement of CALS Graduates at Record High 99.2 Percent
Placement rates for CALS graduates have reached a record-breaking 99.2 percent according to the CALS Career Services office. A survey of graduates from the 2016-2017 academic year revealed that 99.2 percent of respondents had a job, plans of furthering their education or military obligations within six months following last year’s commencement. Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, attributes the high placement rate to the quality of graduates. More

Join CALS at ISUAA’s Young Alumni Zoo Brew June 13
Join CALS at the Iowa State University Alumni Association at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines for Young Alumni Night at Zoo Brew on June 13. Connect with CALS alumni relations staff and volunteers and other fellow Cyclones during a night of networking and discounted admission to the zoo. Register online by noon on Monday, June 11. More

Nominations Due June 16 for 2018 Spencer Award
Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, seeks nominations for the 2018 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. The award has been presented for 17 years to people who have demonstrated a desire to improve Iowa’s landscape. Nominations are due June 16. More


June 6-8: World Pork Expo
The World Pork Expo will be held June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. On the agenda from CALS is Dan Andersen, agricultural and biosystems engineering. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Borlaug Fellowship Program – Asia and Latin America
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking hosts for English-speaking agricultural scientists from low- and middle-income countries under the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Each Fellow has been competitively selected based on research priorities, academic and professional accomplishments, commitment to Borlaug Fellowship Program goals, and leadership qualities. Program duration for most Fellows is 12 weeks. Contact Roxanne Clemens ( for the Notice of Funding Opportunity, which includes each Fellow’s proposal and research plan. Applications are due June 18.

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

June 20 (Request for Information): USAID Democratic Republic of Congo Agricultural Activity Planning. More

June 21: Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences - Education Research. More

June 22: USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety; $30 million. More

June 30: Woodward & Curran Foundation Impact Grant; $100,000 over three years, water issues (water, wastewater, storm water, etc.) relating to climate change. More

July 19 (new applications): NIH NIOSH Small Research Grant Program (R03). More

July 23 (pre-proposals): NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service FY19 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competition. More

Communications Kiosk

Today and Tomorrow
Use today and tomorrow only in direct quotations and in phrases that do not refer to a specific day: Customs today are different from those of a century ago. The world of tomorrow will need additional energy resources. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition, pg. 280)

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