Issue: 1017

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
August 20, 2018

Top Stories

Agronomist Helps Develop Rice Plants to Neutralize HIV Transmission
An international research group, which included Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoc research associate in agronomy, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in transgenic rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Photo courtesy of Evangelia Vamvaka) More


Video: Monarch Butterfly Habitat Research at Hort Farm
A video has been released on the 10 acres of prairie planted at the Horticulture Research Station. Nick Howell, superintendent, said the project started in 2015. The habitat is maintained by CALS, ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium. More

Teaching and Students

Science With Practice Fall Program Open until Aug. 31
Participation in the Science With Practice program for the fall 2018 semester is open until Aug. 31. Science With Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture. Registration forms are available online, or contact the SWP team at More

Extension and Outreach

Conservation Learning Group Launched
The Conservation Learning Group, a collaboration of researchers, educators and advocates dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges, was established as part of ISU Extension and Outreach in July. The group includes several CALS faculty members. More Wallaces Farmer highlighted the new Conservation Learning Group in an Aug. 14 article.  

Field Day: Best Methods for Transitioning to Organic Crops
ISU Extension and Outreach’s Organic Ag Program will discuss best methods for transitioning into organic corn and soybean production during a field day at the Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, Greenfield, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4 to 7 p.m. More

Field Day: Crop Marketing
The Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Nashua, will host its annual fall field day on Sept. 5, 1 to 4:15 p.m. The field day will focus on marketing best practices, gypsum and liming research, and pest management. More

Field Day: Using Cover Crops Management
ISU Extension and Outreach and the Northern Iowa Research Farm Association, Kanawha, will host a field day on Sept. 6 focused on using cover crops. The event will highlight both the benefits of cover crops and their management. More

Field Day: Weed Management Strategies
The Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Crawfordsville, will hold its fall field day Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The field day will focus on crop market expectations, cover crops and weed management strategies. More

Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook Available for Download
The “Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook,” previously only available as a printed hard copy, is now available for download through the MidWest Plan Service website. The publication is co-authored by Dirk Maier, agricultural and biosystems engineering. More

Around the College

CALS Director of College Relations Receives National Award
Brian Meyer, CALS director of college relations, was presented the Association of Communications Excellence Professional Award during its annual conference in Phoenix on Aug. 7. The award is the highest honor presented by the association. Suzanne Steel, ACE president and pictured with Meyer above, said, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Brian Meyer…He has raised the bar for the entire ag communications profession.” Meyer has served as director of the college’s communications service since 2001. More

CALS Communicators Receive National Awards from ACE
CALS communication efforts and initiatives were honored with top awards during the Association for Communication Excellence annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 4-8. CALS was presented with the following awards:

  • Brian Meyer, CALS Communications, ACE Professional Award.
  • Brian Meyer, CALS Communications, Gold Award, script writing for visual media.
  • Barb McBreen, CALS Communications, Bronze Award, script writing for visual media.
  • Melea Reicks Licht, CALS Communications, three editing awards for STORIES magazine: gold, silver and bronze.
  • Eric Krueger, Brenton Center, Silver Award, electronic media, video.
  • Lesa Vold, Egg Industry Center, Bronze Award, electronic media and video for diverse audiences.
  • Barb McBreen, CALS Communications, and Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Pork Industry Center, 20 Year Member Milestone certificate. (See Marginalia for a 65 Year Member Milestone.)

Cook Receives National Award from NAADA for Curtiss League
Haley Cook, assistant director of alumni relations, was honored at the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association annual conference in Boise, Idaho. Cook received first place in the society programming division for Curtiss League, the college’s initiative for young alumni.

Leopold Center Topic of ReACT Art Exhibit in Morrill Hall
University Museums’ first ReACT Gallery exhibition of the fall semester focuses on The Leopold Center, “re-Imaging Leopold.” The exhibition seeks to highlight issues and practices around land ethics as believed or practiced. The exhibition opens today, Aug. 20, and runs through Sept. 14 at the ReACT Gallery in 0003 Morrill Hall.  


Aug. 22-24: USDA Pathways for Recent Graduates
CALS Career Services office will host a USDA Pathways for Recent Graduates event on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. Numerous recruiters from Farm Service Agency will be on campus for the event. The federal initiative targets recent graduates (less than two years out; six years for those with military experience) and Dec. 2018 graduates for Farm Loan Officer Trainee positions in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Under this initiative, recruiters are able to conduct on-site interviews and offer direct hires, thus minimizing the potential lengthy application process often associated with these positions. If selected, interviews will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 24, in the Memorial Union, Room 3512. More

Aug. 24: Retirement Reception for Kenneth Koehler
A retirement reception for Kenneth Koehler, University Professor, statistics, will be held Friday, Aug. 24, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. A program is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Koehler has been a member of the Iowa State faculty since 1977 and served as chair of the statistics department from 2003 to 2014.  

Sept. 4: CALS Fall Convocation
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Convocation is Sept. 4 at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The program will include brief comments from Interim Dean Joe Colletti and recognition of the College’s new faculty and staff since last fall. A reception will follow.

Oct. 11: CALS Study Abroad Fair
The CALS Study Abroad Fair will be held Oct. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. Program directors will have information on spring break and summer programs, as well as other resources like student travel consultants and financial aid. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

CALS Travel Support for Fall NSF Regional Grants Conference
CALS will provide up to $1,000 each for up to six CALS faculty members to help cover travel costs to attend the NSF Regional Grants Conference on Nov. 8-9 in New Orleans. The two-day conference is recommended for new faculty and other researchers and administrators who want to gain insight into current funding, policies and procedures, and administrative issues at NSF. Travel support will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis, with preference given to individuals who have not recently received travel assistance for a grantsmanship conference or workshop. Interested CALS faculty should contact Ruth MacDonald ( by Aug. 31 to request support. More

NSF CISE Adds Core Program, Foundations of Emerging Technologies
The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is notifying the research community of the addition of a core program, Foundations of Emerging Technologies, within the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations. A unique aspect of the FET program is that interdisciplinary collaborations between computer and information scientists and engineers as well as those in other fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics, are highly encouraged, with the fundamental aim of pursuing foundational breakthroughs in computer and information science and engineering. More

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

Sept. 7: USDA FAS Food for Progress Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainability; $3.4 million. Contact Roxanne Clemens ( for the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Oct. 5: Advancing Translational and Clinical Probiotic/Prebiotic and Human Microbiome Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). More

Oct. 18 (pre-proposals): 2019 NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program. More

Oct. 22-26: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. More

Oct. 24: 2019 NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Program. More

Nov. 19: NSF Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis. More

Nov. 21: NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases. More

Proposals receive any time: NSF Plant Genome Research Program; two funding tracks available. More

Communications Kiosk

Enable Multifactor Authentication in ISU’s Okta
More than 3,700 ISU users now are enrolled in Okta multifactor authentication, with more than 180 apps protected. Okta, part of the campus suite of Workday systems, is the new identity and access security platform that strengthens protection of university information and provides a bulwark against cybercrime. Multifactor authentication adds one additional step to the login process. Okta offers five options to deliver a single-use security code; for example, a text message or call delivered to your campus or cell phone. Choose all five or as many as you prefer. Users can enable multifactor authentication and set up a personalized dashboard at Look for the "activate multifactor authentication" icon at top of the page. Certain email applications on computers and phones are not compatible with multifactor authentication, so please read the notices on the sign-up page when you enroll. Multifactor authentication will be required for everyone in the near future. Videos on Okta and multifactor authentication are available online.


Wintersteen Joins World Food Prize Council of Advisors
ISU President Wendy Wintersteen has joined the World Food Prize Council of Advisors. On the council, Wintersteen will review, advise and guide the World Food Prize Foundation leadership on their policies as well as the design and implementation of foundation programs. She will also participate in appointing members of the World Food Prize Laureate Selection Committee and endorsing the Selection Committee’s choice of a new Laureate each year. More

I-Corps Informational Session Scheduled for Aug. 27
The Office of the Vice President for Research will be holding informational sessions about the fall 2018 I-Corps cohort. CALS faculty, postdocs and graduate students who wish to explore the commercial potential of their research are encouraged to attend the Aug. 27 session, at 1 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. More


Library Looks at 75 Years of the Ag 450 Farm
In a recent post for Cardinal Tales, the blog of Special Collections and University Archives at ISU, Brad Kuennen, university archivist, looks at the creation of the Ag 450 Farm, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The first formal Agriculture 450 class was offered in January 1943 with William Murray, a professor of economics, as instructor. More

Bob Kern Recognized for 65 Years of Membership to National Ag Communicators Group
K. Robert (Bob) Kern of Des Moines was recognized earlier this month at the national meeting of the Association for Communication Excellence with his 65-Year Member Milestone Certificate. Kern, now 94, served on Iowa State’s information staff in Morrill Hall for 30 years, beginning in 1950. At the time of his early retirement in 1980, he was professor of journalism and mass communication and an extension editor. After retiring, he spent many years working on international agricultural communications consulting work in 46 countries. He served as ACE President from 1964-65 and earned the organization’s top honors, including the ACE Professional Award. Kern earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1948, master’s in technical journalism from Iowa State in 1955 and a doctorate in cooperative extension administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1961.

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