Issue: 1090

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Feb. 3, 2020 

Top Stories

CALS Students Help Keep Track of Iowa’s Wildlife
Since 2006, CALS students have been scouting mostly public land to track the status of more than 1,000 species in the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan. Iowa’s Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program is coordinated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in partnership with ISU. Stephen Dinsmore, interim chair of the departments of entomology and natural resource ecology and management, administers the program for Iowa State. More

Final Open Forums this Week for CALS Associate Dean, Academic Innovation
Two of the four internal candidates identified for the new position of CALS Associate Dean for Academic Innovation will provide a public seminar and open forum this week on the topic of “Academic Innovations in CALS: A Futuristic Vision.” All seminars and open forums will take place in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. They will be taped for future viewing, but not live-streamed. Application materials and a feedback survey are available online.

  • Monday, Feb. 3: Carmen Bain, professor of sociology. Seminar and open forum were held this morning.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: Howard Tyler, CALS assistant dean for student services. Seminar: 2:10 p.m. Open forum: 3 p.m.


ABE Develops Innovative Decision Support Tool for Conservation Professionals
Steve Mickelson, chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and his team are developing an innovative decision support tool for conservation professionals. The program will help them see a 3-D appearance of the field with a conservation best management practice in place. More  

Animal Scientists Explore Better Handling Tools for Swine
Anna Johnson, animal science, worked with graduate student Ella Akin to assess handling tools for humane management of sick or injured pigs. Their findings are described in two new ISU Animal Industry Reports that review the experience of workers in a pork production facility using four different options. More  

Teaching and Students

CALS Student Named to Pork Producers Youth Leadership Team
Alexis Berte, junior in animal science, has been named a youth ambassador by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and will serve as part of the 2020 Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team. She was selected from a field of 13 contestants during the Iowa Pork Congress held Jan. 22-23 in Des Moines. More

Horticulture Club Valentine Flower Sales Feb. 13-14
The horticulture club will be selling flowers in the Memorial Union on Feb. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the west stairwell. The club has a variety of roses, carnations and alstroemeria. Preorders are available online through Feb. 5. 
FundISU: NAMA to Compete at Marketing Conference
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to support the National Agri-Marketing Association student chapter at ISU in sending a team to compete in the student marketing competition held at the National Agri-Marketing Conference in April. Team members fundraise to compete at the conference, but are asking for additional help this year with the conference being held in San Diego. The project ends on Feb. 14. More  

CALS Graduating Seniors Share Their Thoughts on the CALS Advantage
Award-winning graduating seniors are featured in a video on the college website, sharing their thoughts on how CALS led to their success. The students, who all graduated in December, include Natali Jouzi, nutrition and dietetics; Kayla Kaalberg, global resource systems and agriculture and society; Garret Onstat, animal science; Jesse Matte, forestry and global resource systems; and Scarlett Eagle, genetics. Their college experiences include mentors, study abroad opportunities, research projects and caring professors. See the video posted on the CALS homepage.

Extension and Outreach

ANR Extension Report Compares Costs of Crop Production in Iowa
Alejandro Plastina, economics, has released “Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa” in the January edition of Ag Decision Maker. The ISU Extension and Outreach report includes crop production prices for corn, corn silage, soybean, alfalfa and pasture maintenance, with data compiled from multiple state surveys. More  

Around the College

Beattie Named Interim Chair of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Gwyn Beattie has been named interim chair of the department of plant pathology and microbiology. Beattie, the Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature, began her new duties Jan. 15. She succeeds Thomas Baum, who served as department chair since 2005 and has returned to the faculty of the department. Greg Tylka, professor of plant pathology and microbiology and director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center, will serve as interim associate chair of the department. More  

Lamont Receives National Poultry and Egg Service Award 
The U.S. Poultry and Egg Association awarded Susan Lamont, animal science, its Lamplighter Award at the International Poultry Expo on Jan. 27. The award pays tribute to individuals for sustained and exemplary service to the poultry and egg industry. More  

Maier Participates in International Food Waste Conference
Dirk Maier, agricultural and biosystems engineering, was one of more than 50 scientists, engineers, economists, corporate leaders and United Nations officials from 24 countries brought together to develop a plan to cut world food waste and loss in half by 2030. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted the international conference at the Vatican. More  

Baxter Joins CALS Communications Service
Whitney Baxter joined the CALS Communications Service as a digital content creator on Jan. 13. Baxter, an ISU journalism and mass communication graduate, was formerly with the department of food science and human nutrition. She will create content primarily for digital media outlets, including the college website, social media, e-newsletters, news releases and digital campaigns. She also will be a contributing writer to the college’s magazine, reports, impact statements and other storytelling channels. Her office is in 304 Curtiss Hall and she can be reached at or 4-2314.

Profile of Donald Lewis, Entomology, Featured in Iowa State Daily
Donald Lewis, entomology, was profiled in the Jan. 28 issue of the Iowa State Daily. Lewis has been an entomology professor at Iowa State for more than 40 years. More  


Feb. 5: CALS Conversations
Dean Robison is hosting a CALS Chat on Feb. 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Molecular Biology Building atrium. There is no agenda; come for refreshments and conversation. It is co-sponsored by the CALS Faculty Senate Caucus, the CALS Staff Council and the CALS dean’s office.

Feb. 17: Managing Risk in a More Uncertain World
Allison Schrager, an economist and co-founder of LifeCycle Finance Partners, will present “Managing Risk in a More Uncertain World” on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is c o-sponsored by the economics department. More 

Communications Kiosk

Watch CALS Videos: Check Out CALS YouTube Channel
The CALS YouTube channel has been updated and streamlined to feature the latest videos about students and the college. Viewers can click on the YouTube icon posted at the bottom of the CALS homepage or go to CALS YouTube to view the channel.


Registration Open for 2020 ISCORE Conference
Registration is now open for the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity on March 6 in the Memorial Union. This forum on issues of race and ethnicity is free and open to the ISU students, faculty and staff. A pre-conference open to faculty and staff only will be held March 4. 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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