Issue: 1019

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
September 4, 2018

Top Stories

Three Dean Finalists to Visit Campus in September
Three finalists have been identified in the search for the next endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University. Each is scheduled to visit campus in September: Daniel Robison from West Virginia University – Sept. 3-5; Candidate 2 – Sept. 16-18; and Candidate 3 – Sept. 26-28. Each candidate will be announced one business day before their visit. The candidates will meet with students, faculty, staff and stakeholders during the interview, and also hold an open forum. The forum schedule is:

  • Daniel Robison – Today, Sept. 4, 3 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 2 – Monday, Sept. 17, 3 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Cardinal Room
  • Candidate 3 – Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room

Check the Provost’s Office search page for more details as they become available, including finalist curriculum vitae and interview itineraries. More

CALS Fall Convocation Today, Sept. 4
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Convocation is today, Sept. 4, at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The program will include brief comments from Interim Dean Joe Colletti, presentation of the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research and recognition of the College’s new faculty and staff since last fall. A reception will follow.

CALS Breaks Ground on New Poultry Science Facilities
Ground was broken Aug. 31 as the first step in replacing ISU’s aging poultry science facilities, made possible by private funding from Iowa agricultural donors. The new complex will be called the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm in honor of the Iowa Falls farmer who, with his wife Arlene, worked to build a successful poultry and hog operation and are considered pioneers of the modern layer chicken industry. More

Teaching and Students

Panel Discussion to Address Diversity and Inclusion in Ag
A panel discussion on “Diversity and Inclusion in the Agriculture and Food System: Perspectives from CALS Leadership” will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 13 Curtiss Hall. Carmen Bain, sociology, will moderate the discussion, intended to address the relevance of diversity and inclusion in the agriculture and food system and why it is important for CALS student to engage in these issues while at ISU. Panelists are Theressa Cooper, CALS assistant dean for diversity; Kendall Lamkey, professor and chair of agronomy; Angela Shaw, food science and human nutrition; Valeria Cano-Camacho, senior in agronomy and a member of CALS LEAD IT Collective; and Erica Parker, senior in animal science and member of CALS LEAD IT Collective.  

Ag Business Student Named Helena Intern of the Year
Nolan Heffern, a senior in agricultural business, is the Helena Agri-Enterprises North Central Division Intern of the Year. Heffern worked as a summer sales and agronomy intern at Helena’s Toluca, Ill., retail branch. He worked closely with growers to help maximize their yields as well as helping his location with day-to-day operations. More

Extension and Outreach

TeBockhorst Hired as Agricultural Engineering Specialist
Kristina TeBockhorst has been hired as an agricultural engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. She will be based out of Johnson County and serve the southeast portion of the state. More

Around the College

Vilsack to Speak Tonight on Trade Relations, with Welcome by CALS Student
Tom Vilsack, former USDA Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa governor, will present “Trade Relations and U.S. Agriculture” today, 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. CALS is a co-sponsor of the event and Alex Brand, president of the CALS Student Council, will provide the welcome. More

Wen Named Interim Director of CCUR
Zhiyou Wen, food science and human nutrition, has been named the interim director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research. He assumed his new duties Sept. 1. Wen succeeds Kevin Keener, who has served as the center’s director since 2015 and plans to return to the food science and human nutrition faculty to focus on research, teaching and industry training initiatives. More

Xin Receives Highest Honor from ASABE
Hongwei Xin, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was recently honored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers with the Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Case Gold Medal, which is among its highest honors. The award recognized Xin for his exceptional engineering and administrator achievements in advancing animal agriculture worldwide. More

Misra: All the Foods of Tomorrow are in the Seeds of Today
In a recent post of The Borlaug Blog, published by the World Food Prize, Manjit Misra, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, wrote that to feed the future, we must first seed the future. “As a seed scientist, I believe seeds are a miracle of nature and a product of science. Coiled within a tiny seed is the powerhouse of genetics with the urge of life waiting to express itself,” Misra wrote. “There is a saying that the all the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. We may modify this saying to ‘All the foods of tomorrow are in seeds of today,’ because seeds are not just the beginning but also the renewal of agriculture, of all life, of civilization.” More


Sept. 6: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, Sept. 6, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Rachael Cox, CEO and co-founder of EarthEmpower, will present “EarthEmpower: Start-up or Status Quo in International Development?” More

Sept. 12: LeBaron Hilton Seminar Series
A Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair seminar will be held Sept. 12 from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in E0164 Lagomarcino. Olaf Gruess, technology manager and global connector at General Mills, will present "The Rise of Early Start-Ups and Accelerators: How the Food Industry can adapt by using Open Innovation Concepts." More

Sept. 13: Temple Grandin to Present at Iowa State
Temple Grandin, a renowned expert on animal behavior and activist for people with autism, will speak at ISU on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. She will present “The Design Process, Autism and Animals.” The lecture is co-sponsored by CALS and the animal science department. More

Communications Kiosk

Stick to the Facts when Telling Your Story
“There are many ways to tell a good story, and all of them are anchored in truth and facts,” wrote Sarah Hill, a public relations specialist with Paulsen, an agricultural marketing communications firm based in Sioux Falls, S.D. In a recent commentary, Hill emphasized the importance of transparency, relying on the facts, solid writing and good storytelling. More


Queer Graduate Student Association Open to all ISU Graduate Students
The Queer* Graduate Student Association is open to all ISU graduate students who identify within the LGBTQIAA community. Its main purpose is to provide social opportunities to connect ISU LGBTQIAA graduate students across disciplines. In addition, it also allows graduate students the ability to network with each other in both personal and professional capacities. Chelsea Harbach, a Ph.D. candidate in plant pathology and microbiology, serves as co-president of the association. For more information, email  


10 Gallon Challenge a Win for Both Needy Families and Dairy Farmers
The 10 Gallon Challenge made its way to CALS last week. The challenge involves purchasing 10 gallons of milk and donating them to a local food pantry. Interim Dean Joe Colletti accepted the challenge from ISU Extension Vice President John Lawrence. Dean Colletti’s 10 gallons of milk will be delivered to the Food At First free meal and food pantry program in Ames, and in support of Iowa’s dairy farmers. Dean Colletti challenged Ruth MacDonald, CALS Interim Senior Associate Dean and chair of the department of food science and human nutrition, and Jen Bentley, a member of ISU Extension and Outreach - Agriculture and Natural Resources Dairy Extension Team. More

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