Issue: 1023

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Oct. 1, 2018

Top Stories

Submit Feedback on CALS Dean Finalists by 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4
Videos are now posted of each open forum of the three finalists for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Endowed Dean search. Your feedback on each candidate is needed by 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4. A feedback form, plus the videos and vitae of each candidate, is found on the Provost’s search page.

CALS Week Activities: All Things CALS
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council is celebrating 2018 CALS week this week, Oct. 1-7. Activities include the following. More

  • Monday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mr. CALS competition, 7 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
  • Tuesday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room.
  • Wednesday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hunger Fight, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall.
  • Thursday – Free lunch on central campus, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative Round Table, 5:30 p.m., Curtiss Hall Harl Commons; CALS Club Championship, 7 p.m., Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall; Agger Fries Philanthropy, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Alpha Gamma Rho House.
  • Friday – Free donuts on central campus, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday – Bacon Expo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
  • Sunday – Brett Young Concert, 8 p.m., Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.

CALS Week: Mr. CALS Olympic Games, Oct. 1
Sigma Alpha, the professional agriculture sorority, is hosting the sixth annual Mr. CALS competition today, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Ticket prices are $5. Proceeds will go to the Food at First in Ames, a nonprofit organization that provides a free meal program and perishable food pantry. More     

CALS Week: Sara Wyant to Present Deal Lecture, Oct. 2
The William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Sara Wyant, president and founder of Agri-Pulse Communications Inc., will present “Unlocking Your Inner Entrepreneur: How one of the luckiest days of my life was when I got fired from a job I loved.” More

CALS Week: Block & Bridle Hunger Fight, Oct. 3
The Block & Bridle Club’s annual Hunger Fight will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall. The club’s philanthropy committee is recruiting volunteers to package the meals. Volunteers can sign up for a time slot at Google Docs; walk-ins also are welcome. The club works with Meals for the Heartland on this project, an organization that will ship the meals across the globe. Contact McKenna Brinning ( or Macy Evans ( with questions. 

CALS Week: Bacon Expo, Oct. 6
The sixth annual Bacon Expo will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Organized by CALS students, the Bacon Expo is a family focused event where participants can sample creative bacon treats and enjoy live entertainment and education displays about the pork industry. This year’s chairs are Reece Rieken, agricultural and life sciences education; Gracie Russell, agricultural business; and Harvard Williams, animal science. More


Lubberstedt Part of Research Team to Advance Sweet Corn Breeding
Thomas Lubberstedt, agronomy, will contribute to a multi-institutional effort to make advances in sweet corn breeding. This is part of a $7.3 million grant from USDA to support sweet corn breeding with innovative technology and methods. Lubberstedt will work on applying doubled haploid technology to sweet corn, which will allow for faster production of purely inbred lines of corn. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Awards $3.5 Million in Scholarships
CALS has awarded nearly $3.5 million in scholarships to students for the 2018-19 academic year. Since 2005, scholarship totals for incoming freshman and current students have tripled, thanks to gifts from donors. More

Sustainable Ag Program Hosts Secretary of Agriculture Debate Oct. 3
The Iowa State Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium will host a debate Wednesday, Oct. 3, between two Iowa Secretary of Agriculture candidates who’ll be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election. Participating will be Democratic candidate Tim Gannon and Libertarian candidate Rick Stewart. The debate will be moderated by Neil Hamilton, director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center. The event, organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program, is free and open to the public. It will be held from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery. More

FundISU: Support Sought for Graduate Student Seminar Exchange Program
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched in support of the Plant Pathology and Microbiology Graduate Student Organization. Contributions on FundISU, the crowdfunding site on the ISU Foundation website, will be used to support a graduate student seminar exchange program between ISU and other land-grant universities. The goal is $1,800 and the campaign runs through Friday, Oct. 5. More

CALS Career Day Set for Oct. 9
The Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Center. “Despite the turbulent economic conditions in the agricultural industry, we’re encouraged with the response we have seen from our industry partners,” said Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services. It remains the largest career fair of its kind in the country. A list of the roughly 260 organizations recruiting can be found online. More

Around the College

Sukup Inducted into National Academy of Engineering
Charles Sukup, agricultural and biosystems engineering alumnus and president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the design and manufacturing of agricultural equipment for grain handling and storage. Sukup was recognized Sept. 30 during the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. More

CALS United Way Book Sale Scheduled for Oct. 4-5
The ninth annual CALS United Way book sale is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ground floor rotunda of Curtiss Hall and in the Molecular Biology Building Atrium. Books and CDs will be sold for $1 each or six for $5. DVDs will be sold for $2 each. On Friday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the remaining items will be sold at the Curtiss Hall rotunda location for a free will donation. All proceeds will go to the 2018 ISU United Way Campaign. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 138 Curtiss Hall and 1210 Molecular Biology Building. Contact Carla Persaud at or 4-1823 with questions.

Donations Needed for CALS United Way Online Auction
Donations are being accepted for the ninth CALS United Way online auction, which will run Oct. 8-11. Contact Carla Persaud (4-1823, with a description and picture of the item. The auction website is being developed and details will be sent at a later date. Proceeds will go to the ISU 2018 United Way Campaign.


Oct. 4: Ice Cream Social and Raffle
The CALS Professional and Scientific Council is hosting an ice cream social and raffle on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Pavilion. You are invited to meet your representatives on the newly-formed, college-specific P&S council. Jeff Hartwig, animal science and manager of the Swine Teaching and Research Farms, is president; Susan DeBlieck, horticulture, is past president; and Barb McBreen, CALS Communications Service, is secretary. Committees include communications, networking and social events, professional development and mentoring, and recognition and awards. Ex-officio members are the CALS representative to the university P&S Council (Casey Smith) and CALS Interim Senior Associate Dean (Ruth MacDonald).

Oct. 4: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Susan Lamont, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at ISU, will present “Research and Development Partnerships to Apply Genomics to Improve African Chickens.” More

Oct. 4: Pierre Memorial Lecture in Soil Science
The William H. Pierre Memorial Lecture in Soil Science will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 2050 Agronomy Hall. William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present “Soil Carbon Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation: What We Can Expect.” The lecture is sponsored by the agronomy department, the ecology, evolution and organismal biology department, the Leopold Center and the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. More

Oct. 11: Deadline to Register for Meat Science Anniversary Celebration
A celebration of 100 years of meat science at ISU is scheduled for Nov. 1-2 in Ames. On Nov. 1, a dinner and program will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. On Nov. 2, a breakfast and tours will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Farm Bureau Pavilion, the original meat laboratory. There is a $20 registration fee that will go to support meat judging team activities.  Registration deadline is Oct. 11. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Call for Proposals Released for International Grants Program
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has released a call for proposals for the ISU Council on International Programs FY2019 International Grants Program. The purpose is to fund individual and group projects led by ISU faculty and staff to expand the number of students who gain an international perspective through participation in study abroad. Grants will provide support for the development of new study abroad programs or substantial expansion of existing programs. Proposals are due Oct. 15. More

FFAR Seeks Input for 2019 Challenge Area Realignment
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is expanding and refining the FFAR Challenge Areas for 2019 to ensure alignment with existing research gaps and rapid impact. FFAR funds innovative research to solve food and agriculture’s most pressing problems, which are defined by the Challenge Areas. FFAR is seeking input from the public on the Challenge Area 2019 realignment and is accepting comments online. More

Communications Kiosk

Squash Your Fear of Public Speaking
Public speaking is a top phobia for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be. In a Sept. 24 Advancement Weekly blog post, published by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Elle Kaplan on provides eight tips for greater ease and confidence when speaking in public. More

  • Know what you’re walking into.
  • Know your audience.
  • Structure your speech.
  • Focus on your content, not on yourself.
  • Smile and go on.
  • Consider your tone, volume and pace.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Practice.


ISU Veterans Center Offers Training for Faculty and Staff
The ISU Veterans Center is offering two training sessions for faculty and staff on tips and strategies aimed at serving student veterans, military personnel and their families. The sessions are scheduled for Oct. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room, and Nov. 27, 1 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery Room. More

ISU Flu Shot Clinic Open Today, Oct. 1
The 2018 flu shot clinic opens today, Oct. 1, and will run through Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 205 Technical and Administrative Service Facility in the Ames Lab Building. Occupational medicine staff will provide the flu shot for ISU WellBeing this fall while supplies last. The vaccine is provided at no cost to eligible ISU employees as a service through ISU WellBeing. More

ISU Blood Drive Begins Today, Oct. 1
The Fall 2018 Blood Drive will be held Monday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is hosted by LifeServe Blood Center and Iowa State University Blood Drive. More


Scrabble Dictionary Adds 300 New Words to Official Play
Merriam-Webster has released the sixth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. It features 300 new words, including the long-awaited “OK” and “ew.” There’s more good news in qapik (a monetary unit in Azerbaijan), a word beginning with q that doesn’t need a u. Merriam-Webster put out the first official Scrabble dictionary in 1976 and it has been updated every four to eight years, according to lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. More

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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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