Issue: 1014

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 30, 2018

Top Stories

BBMB Projects Part of ISU, Iowa Research Teams Launching Bioscience Projects
The research offices at ISU and the University of Iowa have awarded five seed grants to help researchers on the two campuses collaborate and build joint bioscience projects. This year’s first round of grants includes: a look inside immune cells as they respond to pathogens, led by Amy Andreotti, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, and Jon Houtman, microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa; and development of diagnostic tests and treatments against Lassa virus, led by Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, Pranav Shrotriya, mechanical engineering, and Wendy Maury, microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa. More


Exploring the Integration of Chickens into Vegetable Production
Ajay Nair and graduate assistant Moriah Bilenky, horticulture, are exploring how the integration of chickens into vegetable crop rotations may spark environmental and economic benefits for growers. The research involves experiments at the ISU Horticulture Research Station. More

Wright Morton Co-Authors Article on Environmental Changes in the Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is home to 15 million people, many of whom rely on the delta’s rich soil and water resources for farming and fishing. But their livelihoods are being threatened by rising sea levels, droughts, dams and other hydrological shifts. A new article by Lois Wright Morton, professor emeritus of sociology, and Kenneth Olson, University of Illinois, explains the challenges. The article was published in the “Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.” More

Extension and Outreach

Iowa Beef Center Adds Extension Beef Cow-Calf Specialist
Katy Lippolis has joined the Iowa Beef Center as an extension beef cow-calf specialist. She will teach the animal science department’s cow-calf management course. Her extension responsibilities involve facilitating relationships with producers, developing online tools and resources and serving Iowa’s cow-calf industry. More

Iowa Pork Industry Center Adds Extension Specialist
Kristin Olsen has joined the Iowa Pork Industry Center as an extension program specialist. She will coordinate the annual Iowa Swine Day event, work on informational materials and collaborate on research projects to help answer important questions facing pork producers. More

Ames Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Scheduled for Aug. 6
ISU Extension and Outreach’s annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day will be Aug. 6, 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Horticulture Research Station. It will feature research and demonstration projects on fruit and vegetable production for commercial growers, extension personnel, nonprofit organizations and Master Gardeners. More

McNay Research Farm to Hold Annual Field Day Aug. 7
The McNay Memorial Research Farm southwest of Chariton will hold its annual field day on Aug. 7 at 3:30 p.m. The program will provide updates on grazing cover crops, summer annual and alfalfa trials, pasture renovation and Canadian thistle control. There is no cost to attend and the event includes a grilled burger dinner prepared and served by the Lucas County Cattlemen’s Association. More

Monarch and Pollinator Field Day Scheduled for Aug. 21
ISU Extension and Outreach will host a monarch and pollinator field day on Aug. 21 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. Seth Appelgate, entomology, will speak about establishing monarch and pollinator habitat. The program includes a field tour of the planted at Prairie Ridge Care Center. More

FSHN Featured on Extension Impacts on Nutrition Video, Impact Statement
The Multistate Research Fund Impacts program team has been working on a special project to highlight Extension’s contributions to Multistate Research Fund projects tackling human health and nutrition. A video and impact statement highlight the work of Sarah Francis, food science and human nutrition, and her Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise extension program and “exergaming” activity. Francis is part of the multistate research project NE1439, “Changing the Health Trajectory for Older Adults through Effective Diet and Activity Modifications.” More

Around the College

Volunteers Needed for Annual CALS Alumni BBQ; Free Shirts for First 20
CALS faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the annual CALS BBQ, to be held Sept. 1 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Approximately 600 CALS alumni and friends are expected to attend. The first 20 volunteers who register will receive a red CALS half-zip pullover shirt in thanks for their service. Register to volunteer online or by contacting Haley Cook ( by Monday, Aug. 6. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Registration/Greeting (2:30-4 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.)
  • Beverage Service (2:30-4 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.)
  • Tear Down (5:30-6:30 p.m.)


Aug. 6: Metagenomics Mondays Seminar Series Concludes
The Metagenomics Mondays summer seminar series will conclude Aug. 6, at 12 to 1 p.m. in 0013 Curtiss Hall, with a presentation by Larry Halverson, plant pathology and microbiology, on shifting soil and rhizosphere microbiomes to more robust interconnected communities. More

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.

Aug. 15 (pre-proposal): South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council; research must be done in South Dakota. More

Oct. 1: Institute for Research on Innovation and Science 2019 IRIS Researcher Awards; social and economic returns to investments in research, categories for early career, established researcher and dissertation awards. More

Oct. 5: NIH Advancing Mechanistic Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01). More

Oct. 5: NIH Novel Approaches for Relating Genetic Variation to Function and Disease (R01). More

Oct. 15: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research. More

Oct. 16: NIH Novel Approaches for Relating Genetic Variation to Function and Disease (R21). More

Oct. 25: USDA FY 2019 Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I. More

October 21-26 (due date depends on program area): NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. More

Nov. 15: Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant; quarterly award of product valued up to $5,000. More

Communications Kiosk

Exploring Communication Strategies in the Multigenerational Workplace
For the first time in American history, five generations are actively engaged in the workplace, creating a new dynamic for communication and work within organizations. The Association for Communications Excellence hosted a webinar earlier this summer on “Exploring Communication Strategies in the Multigenerational Workplace.”  Robynn Pease, faculty ombuds at Oregon State University, highlighted generational differences in workplace values, workplace styles, communication preferences and orientations towards dealing with conflict. She also discussed the interests and values that all generations have in common, along with practical strategies for cross-generational communication and cooperation. A recording of the webinar is now available online. More


ISU to Lead National Institute to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges announced on July 26 that ISU will lead the new national Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, aimed at improving health for people, animals and the environment. Paul Plummer, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, will serve as executive director. More  

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