Issue: 1093

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Feb. 24, 2020

Top Stories

INRC Launches Online Water Quality Research Map
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center has launched an online Iowa water quality research map. The map shows locations of water quality research projects around the state. Each pin links to a project description, location, contacts for more information and relevant research reports or publications. A form on the map website allows researchers to view criteria for the map and submit a project for potential inclusion. Kay Stefanik, INRC assistant director, has been the lead developer. More

The Fight Against Foodborne Illnesses
Nearly half of the nation’s foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to eating fruits, vegetables or nuts. For the past three years, an ISU team of researchers and Extension and Outreach professionals led by Angela Shaw, food science and human nutrition, have worked to help fruit and vegetable growers and food processors throughout the Midwest improve practices to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks. More


Agronomist Updating Iowa’s Soil Maps
Bradley Miller, agronomy, is working to update Iowa’s soil survey, or soil map, which was completed about 30 years ago. The maps in use today were never meant to be used at the sub-field level when deciding management practices for crops, but that is how they are used, Miller said. He and his team are working on an algorithm they developed to automatically classify a landscape with different soil properties. More

Initiative Takes Advantage of Existing Data to Solve Community Problems
Solutions to some of the problems Iowa communities are facing may be found in the data towns and cities already collect, but lack the resources to access and analyze. ISU researchers, including Shawn Dorius, sociology, are lending their expertise to help communities tap into that information. The research team is part of a three-state Coordinated Innovation Network of land-grant universities working to expand the Data Science for Public Good program. More

Sociologists Look at the ‘Job’ of Meth Production
The motivation to start cooking meth is often driven by addiction, but a new study takes a closer look at the reasons cooks engage in this criminal behavior. Researchers, including Jacob Erickson and Andy Hochstetler, sociology, say the work offers insight into the world of meth production, which can help with the development of prevention and rehabilitation efforts. More

Extension and Outreach

New Courses Added to ‘Crops Feed the World’ Series
After its preliminary success, ISU Extension and Outreach and 4-H Youth Development have published six new courses in the Crops Feed the World series. Specialized for agricultural educators and their students, these lessons target specific areas of agriculture that Iowa 4-H members and agricultural education students may be unfamiliar with. More

Make Safety First Priority when Emptying Grain Bins
Following the wet and late harvest of 2019, conditions may be dangerous for emptying grain bins. Getting spoiled grain out of storage poses an increased safety risk for entrapment and suffocation to a farm operator and worker. Charles Schwab and Dirk Maier, agricultural and biosystems engineering, offer safe choices to prevent grain entrapments, avoid suffocation and improve grain quality. More

Research Farm Update at Southeast Meeting, March 5
The annual meeting of the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association will be held March 5 in Iowa City. Topics will include a review of 2019 and a look at 2020, a research farms update and market outlook. More

Meeting at Northeast Research Farm, March 11
The annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association will be held March 11 at the Borlaug Learning Center on ISU’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. Topics will include spring planting tips to maximize emergence and the latest on glyphosate and cancer. More

Around the College

CALS Governance Document Updated and Online
The latest version of the CALS Governance Document (revised December 2019) has been uploaded to the CALS website. Changes were made to the “Policies and Procedures for Appointment, Evaluation, Reappointment and Advancement of Term Faculty” section. A new section was added, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” which states each department within the college will form a standing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Updates to ISD Pine Team Available Online
Changes to ISD specialists and the areas that they support on the Pine Team are available online. The Pine Team serves CALS and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Nominations for Gamma Sigma Delta due March 20
The Iowa chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, is accepting nominations for membership and awards. Nomination forms for faculty, staff and alumni membership and awards are available online and are due March 20. More


Feb. 26: INRC Water Research Seminar
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is hosting a seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 3:10 to 4 p.m. in 1306 Elings Hall. Dan Jaynes, recently retired soil scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Service, will present “History of Water Quality Research with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.” The session also can be accessed live on zoom. More

March 10: CALS Town Hall Meeting
CALS will hold a town hall meeting for all college faculty and staff on March 10 from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in the Dolezal Auditorium in Curtiss Hall, Room 127. Refreshments will be served. Endowed Dean Dan Robison will provide a welcome and remarks, including updates on enrollment and budget. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

April 14-15: Egg Industry Forum
Registration is open for the 2020 Egg Industry Forum, scheduled for April 14-15 in West Des Moines. The forum is an annual education and outreach event organized and facilitated by the Egg Industry Center to update or increase producer and allied-industry awareness on the latest developments and priority issues concerning the U.S. egg industry. More

Communications Kiosk

Disinterested vs. Uninterested
Disinterested means impartial, which is usually the better word to convey the thought. Uninterested means that someone lacks interest. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2019 edition, pg. 87)


ISU Sustainability Symposium Scheduled for Feb. 24-25
The 11th annual ISU Symposium on Sustainability will be held today and tomorrow, Feb. 24-25, at the Memorial Union. This year’s program features the diversity of sustainability efforts and initiatives taking place within the campus community, a keynote address by Erin Brockovich and presentation of the 2019 Live Green! Awards for Excellence in sustainability. More    

Still Time to Register for 2020 ISCORE Conference
There is still time to register 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

Carbon Removal Forum Scheduled for April 14
The Carbon Removal Forum is a campus-wide event to harness knowledge and capacity toward developing an ISU program in agriculturally-based carbon removal that could contribute toward mitigating climate change. It is scheduled for April 14 at 9 a.m. in the Alliant Energy Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall. Attendance is free, but registration is required. More

USDA’s Vision for Scientific Initiatives Through 2025
The USDA Science Blueprint has been released and provides a foundation for focused leadership and direction in advancing USDA’s scientific mission through 2025. It lays out five overarching themes for research, education and economics, each with established objectives, strategies and evidence-building measures. More


Survey: More First-Year Students Talking with Their Professors Outside Class
The percentage of first-year students who say they have discussed career plans and other topics outside of class with their professors increased 10 percent from 2004 to 2019, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement. “This suggests that by and large, faculty who teach first-year students have devoted more effort to having meaningful conversations with students outside of the classroom - a form of engagement that helps to socialize new students, promotes their persistence, and facilitates their ongoing development,” the survey notes. “It also suggests that institutions have intentionally structured orientations, career services, and support units to connect students to the resources they most need.” From a Feb. 20 post to The Chronicle of Higher Education. More

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

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