Issue: 1024

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
October 8, 2018

Top Stories

Wang Developing News Industrial Uses for Wax Made from Soybean Oil
Tong Wang and postdoctoral research associate Tao Fei, food science and human nutrition, are exploring new uses for soybean oil, including as a coating for cardboard products that would be greener than widely used paraffin wax. The research could open new markets for soybeans at a time when grain prices remain stubbornly low. More  

CALS Career Day Set for Oct. 9
The Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day is scheduled for Tuesday, 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 276 organizations recruiting can be found online. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Council Seeking Nominations for Senior Awards, Due Oct. 28
The CALS Student Council is seeking nominations for fall 2018 senior awards. Every fall and spring semester, CALS Council recognizes graduating seniors through six different awards: outstanding senior, leadership excellence, academic achievement, distinguished service, outstanding ambassador of agriculture and life sciences, and commitment to diversity. Nominations are due Oct. 28. More

Snow Blower Service Days, Nov. 2-3
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snow blower service days Nov.  2 (1 to 6 p.m.), and Nov. 3 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. The $25 cost includes oil, spark plug, grease and a tank of gas. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email request to by 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 to request this service.

Soils Judging Team Qualifies for Nationals
The ISU Soils Judging Team placed second in group judging and second overall in a recent contest hosted by Kansas State University. This qualified them for the American Society of Agronomy National Collegiate Soils Contest to be held in spring 2019, hosted by California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.  

Sigma Alpha Raises Almost $1,800 for Food At First in Ames
Sigma Alpha, the professional agriculture sorority, hosted their 6th annual Mr. CALS event on Oct. 1. Thirteen clubs from the college were represented to compete for the title of Mr. CALS and raise money for Food At First in Ames. More than 300 guests attended and almost $1,800 was raised for the charity. Harrison Furlow of the Dairy Science Club won the title of Mr. CALS; Justin Utt from Collegiate Cattleman's was 1st Runner-Up; and Matt Stenzel from Ag Marketing and Management Organization received Mr. Congeniality.

Bacon Expo Attracts 900 Visitors
More than 900 people attended the sixth annual Bacon Expo held Oct. 6 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 were Reece Rieken, agricultural and life sciences education; Gracie Russell, agricultural business; and Harvard Williams, animal science.

Extension and Outreach

2019 Garden Calendar Showcases Gardens through the Seasons
The 2019 ISU Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar, “Gardens Through the Seasons,” is now available for $7 through the ISU Extension Store or at a county extension office. “This year’s theme focuses on the fact that there is something going on in the garden throughout the whole year,” said Richard Jauron, horticulture. “Gardening is a year round activity.” More

Youth Experience Iowa’s Agriculture through Online Course
An online course developed by ISU Extension and Outreach, “Crops Feed the World,” was created to expand what young people know about crops growing in Iowa fields. The new course is a joint effort of the integrated pest management team and 4-H youth development. More

Around the College

Darr Named Administrative Leader of BioCentury Research Farm
Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named administrative leader of ISU’s BioCentury Research Farm and Precision Agriculture and Industry Partnership Fellow in CALS. Darr, who also serves as the Kinze Manufacturing Fellow in ABE, began his duties on July 1. More

College Road Show to Broadcast from ISU on Friday, Oct. 12
Farm Journal correspondents are set to visit campus Friday, Oct. 12, to interview faculty and staff as part of its series of College Road Show broadcasts. This is the third stop after Texas Tech University and the University of Missouri in recent weeks. AgriTalk radio correspondent Chip Flory will interview Charles Hurburgh, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Steve Johnson, Extension and Outreach; and Joe Colletti, interim endowed dean in a live broadcast starting at 10:15 a.m. in front of Curtiss Hall. AgriTalk is available online. At 11 a.m. Tyne Morgan of U.S. Farm Report will moderate a panel discussion involving Chad Hart, economics; John Crespi, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development; and Johnson. The television program will be broadcast over the weekend (check local listings) or online.

CALS United Way Online Auction Starts Today
The CALS-sponsored online auction to raise money for the 2018 ISU United Way Campaign started today, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. Bids on more than 50 auction items will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. Most items are on display in 138 Curtiss Hall. More

September Rainfall Dramatically Above Average at Research and Demonstration Farms
September rainfall was way above average at all ISU research and demonstration farms. The Northeast farm at Nashua received 14.58” in September; the 30-year average is 2.79”. The Neely-Kinyon Farm at Greenfield received 10.08” in September; the 30-year average is 3.62”. The Northwest Farm at Sutherland received 8.24” last month; 30-year average is 3.18”. Harvest is underway at all locations, although many are progressing slowly due to wet conditions.


Oct. 10: Modern Views in Nutrition Seminar Series
Nana Gletsu Miller, associate professor of nutrition science at Purdue University, will present “Treatment of Iron Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery: Pros and Cons” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in W0142 Lagomarcino Hall. This is part of the Modern Views in Nutrition seminar series.

Oct. 10: Beal Lecture in Rural Sociology
The George M. Beal Distinguished Lecture in Rural Sociology will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Phil Howard, associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University and author of “Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?,” will present “Visualizing Consolidation in the Global Meat Processing Industry.” More

Oct. 11: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 11, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Student participants in the 2018 Uganda Service Learning program will present. More

Oct. 11: CALS Study Abroad Fair
The CALS Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. Program directors will have information on spring and summer programs, exchange opportunities and semester long opportunities, as well as other resources like student travel consultants and financial aid. Dairy Science Club ice cream will be served. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

RFP Released for Regional Integrated Pest Management Priorities
The North Central Integrated Pest Management Center has released a request for proposals for working groups and critical issues that support NCIPMC and regional integrated pest management priorities. The grants facilitate the Center’s mission to improve health, environment and economic benefits by providing leadership and cooperating with partners to facilitate the development and adoption of integrated pest management solutions based in the North Central region. The application deadline is Nov. 16. More

Communications Kiosk

ISU Policy on Separating Personal and Institutional Political Advocacy
“As we look forward to the campaign season and upcoming legislative session, I am writing to remind you of Iowa State’s policies regarding political advocacy and prohibition of using university resources for political purposes,” wrote Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, in an Oct. 1 communication. As citizens, all ISU employees have full rights to participate in the political process. However, employees should not imply that their personal views represent those of the university. Using university computers, e-mail accounts and telephones for personal advocacy is not permitted. Also, consider use of classroom time for political discussions or activity. Take care to ensure that any discussions are germane to the curriculum of a course and avoid activities that may be perceived as partisan in nature without providing similar opportunities for members of the campus community with other viewpoints. More  

Communicating Scholarship to the Public
On Oct. 16, the Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting a Story Collider Show from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop at the Memorial Union. The Story Collider gives scientists a platform from which to share how science has shaped their lives. Jim Adelman, natural resource ecology and management, will be one of five storytellers from ISU. More


Nominations Open for Advancing One Community Awards
Nominations are being accepted for Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Awards. Coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the award recognizes recipients’ efforts to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity. Awards are presented annually in January as part of the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. More

CAST Releases Issue Paper on Food Loss and Waste
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology has released a new issue paper, Food Loss and Waste, in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. The authors state that feeding 9 billion people cannot be addressed by pushing for greater production along; sustainable consumption and decreasing food waste must be incorporated into the food security and sustainability agenda. More

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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