Issue: 1032

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Nov. 26, 2018

Top Stories

Holiday Cheer: Horticulture Club's Poinsettia Sale
The Horticulture Club is holding its annual poinsettia sale this week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations: Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Curtiss Hall; Thursday, Nov 29, in Beardshear Hall; Friday, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Union, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at Reiman Gardens. The poinsettias are grown by club members in the Horticulture Greenhouses. Funds raised will be used for covering club activities, contest expenses and student enrichment.

Holiday Cheer: Forestry Club’s Christmas Tree Sale
The Forestry Club is holding its annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Reiman Gardens Parking Lot (except for Dec. 1, which will be held at the Kildee pavilion). Trees will be for sale Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9. Hours are Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The club will have Fraser fir, balsam fir, and white and Scotch pine, as well as balsam fir wreaths. Proceeds go towards club activities and student development. More

Holiday Cheer: Block and Bridle Summer Sausage and Cheese Sale
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. The last day to order is Dec. 4. 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.


ISU Scientists Recognized Nationally for Multistate Drainage Research
The 2018 National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture was presented to the North Central Extension Research Activities 217 Committee on Drainage Design and Management Practices to Improve Water Quality. The award was presented Nov. 11 at the 131st annual meeting of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities in New Orleans. Representing ISU on the team are Rameshwar Kanwar and Matt Helmers, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Dan Jaynes, a soil scientist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and affiliate professor of agronomy. More

Plant Pathologists Lead Discovery Related to Soybean Cyst Nematode
A research team led by Paramasivan Vijayapalani and Thomas Baum, plant pathology and microbiology, has solved part of a mystery important to battling the soybean cyst nematode, a pathogen responsible for more than $1 billion in reduced yields each year in this country alone. A preview of the team’s findings have been posted online by “The Plant Cell.” More

Horticulture Researcher Seeks to Protect Young Athletes on the Field
Adam Thoms, horticulture, researches sports turf maintenance to help keep young athletes safe while competing. He focuses on athletic fields, with natural and synthetic surfaces, at public schools and those in community parks and recreation departments because of their smaller budgets and higher use rates. More

ISA Highlights ISU’s STRIPS Research Project
A recent article published by the Iowa Soybean Association describes prairie strips as the successful marriage between row crop farming and restored prairie. By taking just 10 percent of a field out of row-crop production and replacing it with perennial prairie, CALS-led research has shown this practice reduces surface runoff, soil erosion and nitrogen and phosphorus export from the field. ISU’s Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) began in 2003. More

Teaching and Students

ITEC Team Places First in Robotics Competition
An ISU robotics team placed first in the robotics competition overall and received the Stephen Harris Cup at the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering Annual Conference, held in Kansas City Nov. 7-9. The team consists of Ben Gibson and Nathaniel Stewart, ITEC, and Nathaniel Hall and Cody Kapka, agricultural and biosystems engineering. The team also received the Robotics Competition Peoples’ Choice Award. More

Extension and Outreach

Submit Workshop Proposals for Community Food Systems Program
Workshop proposals are being accepted for the 2019 Community Food Systems Program, scheduled for March 29 in Des Moines. Workshop topics may range from technical support on starting school gardens, food hubs or shared use kitchens, to inspiring others through lessons learned through sharing educational materials, feasibility of new businesses or general programming ideas. Proposals are due Jan. 15. The Community Food Systems program is part of ISU Extension and Outreach. More

Around the College

Mosher and Schwab Honored at ATMAE Conference
Gretchen Mosher and Charles Schwab, agricultural and biosystems engineering, were recognized for their work and contributions to education and research at the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering annual conference, held in Kansas City Nov. 7-9. Gretchen Mosher received the Faculty Excellence Award and Charles Schwab received the Epsilon Pi Tau Distinguished Service Citation. More

FundISU: Support Sought for CSRL Uganda Livestock Integration Program
The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of the expansion of livestock production, improved animal health and increased animal-source foods in the Kamuli District of Uganda. The goal is $20,000 and the campaign runs through Dec. 28. More

CALS Renews NACTA Institutional Membership
CALS has renewed its institutional membership for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture for 2019. This allows individual faculty and staff to join NACTA at a reduced rate, offers access to the most current journals on the NACTA website, and allows nomination of faculty for annual conference awards and Teaching Award of Merit certificates. More

Memorial Service Nov. 27 for Raymond Arritt, Agronomy
Raymond Arritt, 61, died Nov. 14 after experiencing a stroke. He was a part of the agricultural meteorology team in the agronomy department for 25 years. Arritt’s research focused on aspects of weather and climate that relate to the land surface and agriculture including crop cover and soil moisture, changes in rainfall extremes over the central U.S. and the long-distance dispersion of pollen. A visitation will be held today, Nov. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel, with a memorial service on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at Northminster Presbyterian Church. More


Nov. 27: Errington Memorial Lecture
The Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Craig Packer, director of the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, will present “Lion Conservation on a Crowded Continent.” Co-sponsors of the lecture include CALS; agronomy; ecology, evolution and organismal biology; natural resource ecology and management; and the ecology and evolutionary biology program. More

Nov. 28: Diversity in the Sciences
“A Seat at the Table: Creating Deliverately Diverse and Intentionally Inclusive Spaces in the Sciences” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall. Danielle Lee, an advocate for science engagement among traditionally underrepresented and underserved audiences, hosts the Urban Scientist blog at Scientific American and teaches mammalogy and urban ecology at Southern Illinois University. The lecture is co-sponsored by the department of ecology, evolution and organismal biology. More

Nov. 29: Sigma Xi Lecture on CRISPR Technology
“Rewriting DNA: Genome Editing in the CRISPR Era”  is the topic of the Sigma Xi Lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. Dipali Sashital, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, will share the story of the development of this groundbreaking technology. More

Communications Kiosk

Use of Commas with Equal Adjectives
Use commas to separate a series of adjectives equal in rank. If the commas could be replaced by the word “and” without changing the sense, the adjectives are equal: a thoughtful, precise manner; a dark, dangerous street. Use no comma when the last adjective before a noun outranks its predecessors because it is an integral element of a noun phrase, which is the equivalent of a single noun: a cheap fur coat (the noun phrase is fur coat). (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pg. 299)


Vet Med Researcher Documents New Genomes of Parasitic Worms
An international team of scientists, including an ISU biomedical researcher, conducted genomic studies of 81 worm species, including 45 that had never been sequenced before, and documented nearly a million new genes. The research might identify promising targets for new medical treatments to combat parasitic worms, a major global threat to human and animal health. Tim Day, biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, co-authored the study, published recently in the academic journal Nature Genetics. More

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