Issue: 1026

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
October 22, 2018

Top Stories

World Food Prize Honors Acker with "Inspiring Next Generation" Award
The World Food Prize presented the inaugural "Inspiring the Next Generation" award to David Acker, CALS associate dean for academic and global programs. Presented by Jeanie Borlaug Laube (above), daughter of Norman Borlaug and a former teacher, during the Laureate Award Ceremony on Oct. 18, the award recognizes the tireless dedication Acker has shown in encouraging students through the World Food Prize youth programs, to follow in the footsteps of Iowa hero Norman Borlaug. More 


CALS to Co-Host Precision Livestock Farming Workshop Dec. 6
CALS, in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, will host the first ISU Precision Livestock Farming Workshop on Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Scheman Building. The workshop will feature invited external speakers who are leading experts in the precision livestock farming discipline, program directors of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, industry representatives and ISU researchers. Free registration is now open to ISU faculty, staff and graduate students. RSVP by Nov. 15 to Lynn Laws (

Teaching and Students

World Food Prize Honors CALS Student with Chrystal Award
The World Food Prize Foundation presented Hans Riensche, a sophomore in agricultural business, with the 2018 John Chrystal Award at the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in Des Moines on Oct. 18. Riensche was honored for his research on locating tiller development genes in rice at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China while serving as a 2017 Borlaug-Ruan International Intern. More 

CALS Student Awarded Lambert Hunger Fighter Scholarship
Alyssa Dougherty, a junior in dietetics and global resource systems, is the recipient of the 2018 David Lambert Hunger Fighter Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior each year who exhibits a demonstrated interest in seed science, global food security and childhood nutrition, and is administered by the Seed Science Center. More 

Students Invited to Take Part in Community Impact Pitch-Off
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to take part in a pitch-off competition to bring sustainable solutions to life. Alongside teammates, competitors will present a proposal that tackles pressing social, economic and/or environmental issues affecting their community. The winning team will take home $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 in implementation funds to start putting their plan into action. The proposal deadline is Oct. 30. The Community Impact Pitch-Off is supported by Microsoft. More Samuel Kiprotich, graduate student in food science and human nutrition, was part of a team last year that won first place. Students interested in this opportunity may also contact Kiprotich ( for more information.

CALS Student Leaders Work for ISU Homecoming Success
Andrew Larson, a junior in forestry, is co-director of the Homecoming Central Committee. Leadership is something Larson said he's learned through his involvement in countless student organizations, leadership programs and with the help of mentors who have guided him, including natural resource ecology and management professors Doug Stokke and John Tyndall. More 

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.

Extension and Outreach

New Produce Safety Specialist Joins ISU Extension and Outreach
Dan Fillius has joined ISU Extension and Outreach as a produce safety specialist. He will assist fruit and vegetable growers and processors in Iowa comply with food safety regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Fillius is housed in the food science and human nutrition department in the Food Sciences Building. More 

Water Rocks! Adds Rap Music Videos to Conservation Conversation
Water Rocks!, a statewide youth water education program, has released a series of new rap music videos created to engage audiences with music and messages about conservation topics ranging from soil health to understanding watersheds. Video content from Water Rocks! ranges from short animation clips to full-length documentaries, offering science-based education for audiences ranging from kindergarten students to adults. More 

Around the College

CALS Plant Pathologists to Serve as Co-Directors of Regional IPM Center
Laura Iles and Daren Mueller have been named co-directors of the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, along with Lynnae Jess of Michigan State University. Iles is the director and an insect diagnostician in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic in plant pathology and microbiology. Mueller is an associate professor in plant pathology and microbiology, an extension plant pathologist and coordinator of the ISU IPM program. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded the North Central IPM Center to Michigan State University, with co-direction support coming from ISU. More 

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy Updated with Best Management Practices
An updated Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy was released today, Oct. 22, and provides information on best management practices to guide Iowans in helping increase monarch butterfly habitat. Developed by members of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, the strategy guides the implementation and documentation of a voluntary, statewide conservation effort based on the best available science. More

President Wintersteen’s Blog Post: CSRL and Spirit of Borlaug in 2050
In a recent posting for The Borlaug Blog, published by the World Food Prize, President Wendy Wintersteen talks about a time capsule that will be opened in 2050 at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre in the Kamuli District of Uganda. The time capsule was sealed this past July when the new training center was dedicated as part of ISU’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. More

CALS Award Nomination Deadline Nov. 20
Nominations for awards presented by the CALS are due Nov. 20. The list of college awards and nominating guidelines are available online. They will be reviewed by the CALS Awards Committee during December and presented during the annual CALS Awards Ceremony, usually held in February or March. Nominations for most awards presented by ISU need to be submitted to the college first. The college deadline for university award nominations is Nov. 20. The CALS Awards Committee will review and forward the best two to three nominations for each award. The list of university awards and nominating guidelines are available online. University awards are presented at the ISU Fall Convocation in September. The award page on the CALS website provides a complete list of awards available, frequently asked questions and a list of past recipients. Contact your departmental award committee for additional information.


Oct. 25: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Sam Bird, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California Davis and CALS alum in global resource systems, will present. More

Oct. 27 – Chuckwagon Breakfast
The Department of Animal Science is hosting its 2018 Annual Chuckwagon Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. The morning will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome. Food service will begin and continue to 10 a.m.

Communications Kiosk

Anticipate vs. Expect
“Anticipate” means to expect and prepare for something; “expect” does not include the notion of preparation. “They expect a record crowd. They have anticipated it by adding more seats to the auditorium.” (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pg. 20)


Pet Ed Club Hosts Halloween Bake Sale
The Pet Ed Club is hosting a Halloween Bake Sale on Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall. Megan Spiegel, senior in animal science and club president, said “There will be treats for everyone – gluten free, vegan and dog customers included.” Proceeds will go toward club expansion and education efforts, with a portion also being donated to the Ames Animal Shelter. The Pet Ed Club works to expand the ISU community’s knowledge and appreciation towards pet animals in a way that promotes responsible pet ownership.


What Do you Do with a Gift of 3,300 Flower Bulbs?
Ask for help. Several forestry club students and CALS faculty and staff responded to the call last Friday to help plant 3,300 tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs around Curtiss Hall. The plantings went so quickly the two final planting sessions were cancelled. Students and staff started at noon Friday and finished the plantings by 4 p.m. Endowed Dean Joe Colletti and his wife Sharon donated the 3,300 flower bulbs to CALS to plant around Curtiss Hall.

Corning Diner Wins 2018 Tenderloin Contest
Three C’s Diner of Corning has won the Iowa Pork Producers Association 2018 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest. The Three C’s Diner is one of the 14 restaurants on IPPA’s Iowa Tenderloin Trail. More

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