Issue: 1030

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Nov. 12, 2018

Top Stories

Animal Scientist Receives National Teaching Award
Steven Lonergan, animal science, was awarded a 2018 national USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities presented the award to Lonergan on Nov. 11 in New Orleans. Joe Colletti, CALS interim endowed dean, said Lonergan exemplifies excellence in student-centered teaching and has earned multiple departmental and national awards in recognition for his innovative teaching techniques. Lonergan is the 10th CALS faculty member to receive USDA teaching honors in the last 12 years. More

Teaching and Students

Career Services Releases 2018 Summer Internship Survey
CALS Career Services has released results of its 2018 summer internship survey, with more than 850 student responses. Forty-five percent of the respondents obtained their summer internship at the career fair or through career services. Roughly 93 percent of those with internships were paid experiences. More

Student Builds Legacy on Six Generations of Farming
Hans Riensche, a sophomore in agricultural business and international agriculture with a minor in agronomy, is part of the sixth generation of a family that has been farming the same land since 1858. Before starting at Iowa State, Riensche did research abroad as part of the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship through the World Food Prize. More

ISU Homepage Story: Shaw Teaches Students about Identity
Angela Shaw, food science and human nutrition, doesn’t just talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion, she teaches her students about identity and to follow their passions. In fact, her focus on inclusion and identity in her classes is part of the reason why Shaw recently won Iowa State’s Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement. Her message doesn’t end with college students. Shaw also works to empower middle school students of color through the Passion Project. Shaw’s story is currently found on the ISU homepage. More

ISU Homepage Story: Forestry Student’s Adventure Includes Logrolling Champion
Abby Zabrodsky, a junior in forestry and Dean’s Leadership Scholar in CALS, attended the Rod and Connie French Conservation Camp in Montana where she researched, networked and learned more about forestry than she ever thought possible. Also part of her ISU adventure, Zabrodsky won her first-ever logrolling competition at Conclave, the yearly intercollegiate timber sports competition. Her story currently is featured on the ISU homepage. More

ISU Homepage Story: AgEdS Student Makes an Impact in Iowa Communities
As a Rising Star intern, Allie Faivre, senior in agricultural and life sciences education, said she was truly a part of the ISU Extension and Outreach mission. “You’re a part of the communities in which you work, and you’re a changemaker.” That means one day you could be teaching first-graders how to garden, then the next day speaking to adults about the importance of good nutrition for their families. Faivre’s story currently is featured on the ISU homepage. More

Block and Bridle Club Selling Summer Sausage and Cheese
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. The summer sausage is made on campus in the Meats Laboratory and the cheese (cheddar, colby jack and mild pepper jack) is from Bongards Creamery in Minnesota. Money raised will be used for club trips, and shows and scholarships hosted by the club. Contact with questions.

Time Lapse Video: Students Build Sukup Safe T Home for Ag Entrepreneurship Week
ISU students built a Sukup Safe T Home® at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center to kick-off Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week on Nov. 5. The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative organized a week of activities across campus Nov. 5-9. The initiative was founded in 2005 and is a leading program for nurturing agricultural entrepreneurs worldwide. A time-lapse video of the construction is available online.

Extension and Outreach

Crops Team Wins ANR Elevator Speech Contest
The Crops Team took the Grand Prize for People’s Choice Award in the ANR elevator speech contest. The Central Ag Team came in a close second overall, winning among the area ag teams. “All the teams did an excellent job capturing our valuable campus, field and county staff involved in ANR efforts across the state,” said Jay Harmon, interim associate dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach. The full series is available online.

Helmers Speaks On Conservation Learning Lab Nov. 14
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 12 p.m. on the Conservation Learning Lab project. Matt Helmers, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will present. More

4-H Beef Blast: Teaching Youth about Working with Beef Cattle
The Department of Animal Science and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosting a 4-H Beef Blast workshop for youth in grades 7 through 12 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and graduate students will teach participants about beef cattle management. Registration deadline is Nov. 20. More

Farmland Ownership and Tenure Results Available Online
An economics study that shows the age of Iowa’s farmland owners continues to rise is now available through the ISU Extension Store. Results from the “2017 Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey 1982-2017: A Thirty-five Year Perspective” (FM 1893) were released in June, but are now available to be purchased for $5. It can also be downloaded free as a PDF. The survey was conducted by Wendong Zhang and Alejandro Plastina, economics. More

Around the College

CALS Communications and CALS Development Move to Memorial Union
Beginning Monday, Nov. 19, the staff of CALS Communications Service (Brian Meyer’s office) and CALS Development (Ray Klein’s office) will move to the Memorial Union as renovation begins on the third floor of Curtiss Hall. Both offices will be housed on the fifth floor of the MU. Staff contact information remains the same. Campus mail can be addressed as: “5th floor CALS Communications, Memorial Union” or “5th floor CALS Development, Memorial Union.” The two offices are expected to return to Curtiss Hall by the start of fall semester 2019.

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.

CALS Celebrates International Education Week
The CALS Study Abroad Office is celebrating International Education Week, Nov. 12-16, by featuring international students, exchange students and visiting scholars that are attending ISU or have studied abroad through the CALS office. An introductory video by David Acker, CALS associate dean for academic and global programs, is available online. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. More

CALS Online: Next Full Issue Nov. 26
CALS Online will not be publishing a full issue on Nov. 19, the week of Thanksgiving. It will resume Monday, Nov. 26.


Nov. 14: Cultural Competency Lunch and Learn Series
The CALS Office for Diversity Programs is continuing its cultural competency lunch and learn series on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CCUR Theatre, 1951 Food Science Building. Adrienne Lyles, associate director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, will present “Understanding and Addressing Discrimination in the Classroom and Campus Environment.” Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 13.


New Policy Brief Calls for Action to Reduce Food Loss and Waste
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a policy brief on Nov. 7 urging policymakers to prioritize the reduction of food loss and waste as a way of improving people's access to nutritious and healthy food. Preventing Nutrient Loss and Waste across the Food System: Policy Actions for High-quality Diets points out that poor-quality diets are now a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles. Approximately one-third of all food never reaches the consumer's plate or bowl. More

The Power of a Conversation in Writing
Dialogue journals are used by teachers all over the world in everyday courses, in second-language instruction and in courses for the deaf and hard of hearing. Roger Shuy, professor emeritus of linguistics at Georgetown University, wrote about his experience using dialogue journals in a graduate course in a recent blog post for Lingua Franca, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. “In their dialogue journals, my students pointed out many things that they didn’t understand…Since I wondered why they didn’t mention these questions during class, I asked them in their journals and found their answers instructive,” wrote Shuy. More


How 260 Tons of Thanksgiving Leftovers Gave Birth to the TV Dinner
In 1953, a Swanson employee miscalculated the level of the American appetite for Thanksgiving turkey, leaving the company with some 260 tons of frozen birds sitting in 10 refrigerated railroad cars. Gerry Thomas, inspired by the trays of pre-prepared food served on airlines, ordered 5,000 aluminum trays and concocted a meal of turkey with corn-bread dressing and gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. Recruiting an assembly line of women with spatulas and ice-cream scoops, Swanson launched the TV dinner for 98 cents. In 1954, the first full year of production, 10 million turkey dinners were sold. 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.


University Nondiscrimination Statement