Issue: 1018

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
August 27, 2018

Top Stories

Farm Progress Show: CALS and ISU Make Presence Felt this Week
Representatives from CALS and ISU Extension and Outreach will be on hand at the ISU exhibit tent at the corner of Central Ave. and Seventh St. during the 2018 Farm Progress Show, Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28-30, in Boone. The Farm Progress Show is the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Displays will be positioned to generate conversations where visitors inform researchers and faculty of issues they face and learn about university research addressing those or similar issues. There are numerous opportunities to experience research findings, interact with faculty and student innovations, and get acquainted or reconnected with those in the Iowa State tent. More

Farm Progress Show: Research and Demonstration Farms Offer Tours
As part of the 2018 Farm Progress Show, ISU Research and Demonstration Farms are hosting two tours – one group from Argentina today, Aug. 27, and another group from Brazil on Friday, Aug. 31. The tours will cover the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farms and the BioCentury Research Farm. Attendees will learn about field research conducted at AEA, tour the farm shop, and also the new Enviratron Facility which employs a rover to service plants growing in eight different growth chambers.

Farm Progress Show: Cover Crop and No-Till Campaign Launches
The benefits of no-till and cover crops in the soybean year of the corn-soybean rotation are the focus of an educational outreach campaign designed by the ISU Conservation Learning Group, a think tank dedicated to addressing conservation and environmental challenges. The campaign will launch during the Farm Progress Show in Boone and continue throughout the following year. More

Farm Progress Show: Alumni Relations and Student Services to Connect with Visitors
CALS alumni relations and student services staff are joining agriculture experts in the ISU tent at the Farm Progress Show to connect with CALS grads and prospective students. CALS alumni are invited to stop by to share their stories, pick up a #CALSproud button and learn more about new programs in the college. Student services staff will be on hand to offer advice about admissions, scholarships and making the most of the CALS student experience. Student designed and built vehicles – Penumbra, team PrISUm's solar car, and CY-GER, Cyclone Power Pullers' quarter-scale tractor – also will be on display.

Farm Progress Show: ISU Reveals Connection of Farmland to Land-Grant Universities
More than 1,200 parcels of land in northwest Iowa have an unusual connection to Iowa State University. The 160-acre parcels make up the federal land allocated to Iowa when the Morrill Act passed in 1862. The historical significance of these lands is the object of the Land Grant Legacy project initiated by ISU Extension and Outreach. A map will be available at the Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28-30 in Boone. More


Sociologists Receive Grant to Study Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas
The rapid increase of opioid overdose deaths in rural communities across the country has far outpaced the overdose rate in urban areas. A multistate research team including David Peters and Andrew Hochstetler, sociology, received a USDA grant to identify prevention strategies and use big data to predict which communities may be at risk. More

Coats’ Research on New Mosquito Repellent Highlighted at ACS Meeting
A new class of mosquito repellents based on naturally occurring compounds was presented by Joal Coats’ graduate students, James Klimavicz and Caleb Corona, at the American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston. Coats’ team is researching how natural products can be used as repellents. Coats held a news conference on Monday and the ACS produced a video about the research. Both are available online.

Teaching and Students

CALS Technology Advancement Committee Call for Proposals
The CALS Technology Advancement Committee is accepting proposals from faculty, staff and students for improving technology that benefits student learning. Contact Gaylan Scofield, TAC chair, for proposal guidelines ( Proposals are due by 1 p.m. on Sept. 18.

GWC Interns Pursue Food Science Research
Jealae Jackson and Alescia King were two of this year’s George Washington Carver Summer Research Program interns. They are friends that are both working toward masters’ degrees in food science at Alabama A&M University. More

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

New Extension Guide Provides Information on Insect Galls
“Insect Galls on Trees and Shrubs” has been revised and updated by ISU extension entomologists and is available at the ISU Extension Store. Insect galls are distinctive swellings or abnormal growths of plant tissue that are caused by the presence of an insect and mite. More

Around the College

Legal Consultant Joins Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
Kitt Tovar has joined the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation as a legal consultant. She will focus on areas of agricultural law including lease law, fence and property law, environmental and natural resource law, regulatory law and farm policy. More

FSHN Welcomes New Faculty
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition welcomes two new faculty members. Greg Curtzwiler’s research focuses on sustainable packaging and coatings for the food industry. Elizabeth McNeill’s research focuses on nutritional science, specifically the function of microRNAs in tissue development and their contributions to certain disease conditions. More

Goode Talks About ISU Compost Facility with KHOI Radio
Tim Goode, farms manager for ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, talked with KHOI Community Radio as part of a conversation on composting efforts at the local level. Goode described the University Compost Facility, where ISU composts all food waste on campus along with manure from dairy cows. More


Aug. 29: Modern Views in Nutrition Seminar
A Modern Views in Nutrition seminar will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in E0164 Lagomarcino Hall. Ling Li, a professor of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, will present “Defeating Alzheimer’s Disease from a Lipid Angle.” The seminar is presented by the Nutritional Sciences Council.

Aug. 30: Feeding the World Seminar Series
This year’s Feeding the World seminar series will begin on Thursday, Aug. 30, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder of Kinosol, will be presenting. More

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.

Sept. 5: FSHN Welcome Back Picnic
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition will be holding its annual Welcome Back Picnic on Sept. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Food Sciences Building courtyard. All FSHN faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Jethro’s BBQ will be served and there will be lawn games and prizes.

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Due Dates for Internal Funding Opportunities
The Office of the VPR offers several internal funding programs to help ISU researchers pursue new projects and external funding for research and scholarship. Researchers are encouraged to take note of upcoming due dates. More

  • Oct. 5 (proposals due to colleges): Bailey Research Career Development Award
  • Nov. 18: Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program
  • Jan. 15 (pre-proposals): Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative
  • Jan. 21: Brown Graduate Fellowship
  • Jan. 31: Cost Sharing – Research Instrumentation Funding
  • Feb. 18: Bridging the Divide – Interdisciplinary Research Teams
  • March 8: Building ISU-UI Research Partnerships Seed Grant Program

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

Oct. 8 (internal pre-proposals): NSF Research Traineeship; limited submission, three per institution. More

Nov. 14: Morris Animal Foundation; to advance the health of wildlife/exotics; $50,000 per year up to three years. More

Proposals accepted anytime: NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects. More

Proposals accepted anytime: NSF Division of Environmental Biology (core programs). More

Proposals accepted anytime: NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs. More


Vilsack to Speak Sept. 4 on Trade Relations and U.S. Agriculture
Tom Vilsack, former USDA Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa governor, will present “Trade Relations and U.S. Agriculture” on Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Vilsack is currently president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. (This lecture will take place after the CALS Fall Convocation.) More

Vet Med Scientist Studies How Malaria Parasites Take Over Human Red Blood Cells
The parasites that cause malaria make themselves at home inside a host’s red blood cells. ISU scientist Josh Beck, biomedical sciences, and his collaborators have shown in a pair of newly published articles just how that process works. This new understanding could help to identify new ways to treat malaria. More


Things I Wish I Knew: Advice to Freshmen from Animal Science
Keri Morris, animal science, put together a list of “Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year” to improve communication with students. The posters, hung outside of Lush Auditorium, are meant to be fun yet educational and include helpful tips from real freshman that are now in their sophomore and junior years. Following are some of the tips.

  • Animal and dairy science faculty and staff truly care about you and your education.
  • ISU is huge, but you will catch on by week 2.
  • Download the MyState App – it has everything.
  • Yes, the career fair is a big deal, so take resume building seriously.
  • Always check the weather in the morning – it’s Iowa.
  • Get paid to gain more experience – work on the farms.
  • Buy business professional clothing (for meetings, internships and career fairs).
  • It’s okay to call home.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is published by email every Monday. The deadline for submitting content is 12 p.m. on Friday.


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