Issue: 1103

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
April 27, 2020 

Top Stories

Thomson Hits the Ground Running as Chair of Animal Science
In mid-March, when ISU announced the move to online courses and working remotely, Daniel Thomson loaded his stock trailer and headed north to Ames. He was scheduled to begin his role as the new department chair for animal science on April 6, but began two weeks earlier than anticipated on March 23. “It’s one thing to go through a crisis, and another to go through a crisis together,” said Dr. Thomson, who’s shown on the right in the above photo with Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center in the department. More

CSRL Helps Deliver Food to Rural Ugandans During Pandemic
The Center for Sustainable Livelihoods is helping supply much-needed food to rural Ugandans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ugandan staff of the ISU-Uganda Program, who work every day to carry out CSRL’s programs in the Kamuli District, have pivoted from their normal job responsibilities to ensure hunger doesn’t get a stronger foothold because of the pandemic. More


Robot Still Reports to Work in Plant Sciences Studies
While the pandemic has halted many everyday activities, a robot at ISU continues to toil away in its laboratory, oblivious to the coronavirus outbreak. Scientists including Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology, and Lie Tang, agricultural and biosystems engineering, are studying how drought affects plants and depend on the data gathered by the robot. They call the autonomous system “amazingly reliable.” The robot also supports a National Science Foundation-funded project led by Yin and Justin Walley, plant pathology and microbiology. More

FSHN Research Published on Bean Promotion with Type 2 Diabetes
Donna Winham, Rose Martin and Christina Campbell, food science and human nutrition, and recent graduate Rebecca Nikl, are co-authors of “Dietitians Vary by Counseling Status in Bean Promotion with Type 2 Diabetes Clients: A Pilot Study,” published April 20 in Food Science and Nutrition. Beans are noted for their beneficial effects on blood glucose for persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus. More 

Teaching and Students

New Short Courses for Emerging Seed Leaders
The Seed Science Center’s Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business is accepting applications for fall 2020. An online master of science degree is available as well as graduate certificates and on-campus short courses. More

New Student Study Space to Open in Bessey Hall
FP&M has nearly completed renovation of study space in first-floor Bessey Hall for biology, genetics and environmental science majors. Funded was provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CALS and the departments of EEOB and GDCB, including use of departmental differential tuition dollars. Student Services offices for these majors also are located in Bessey Hall. Construction for the new study space that will seat approximately 70 began before the COVID-19 pandemic. Students can look forward to using this space upon their return to campus. 

Extension and Outreach

Thomson Talks Pandemic on Iowa Cattlemen’s Podcast 
The April 22 podcast of the Iowa Cattleman’s Association featured Dr. Dan Thomson, animal science, talking about management concerns as the supply chain backs up due to the pandemic. More

IPIC Webinar: Managing Pork Market Disruptions
The Iowa Pork Industry Center and ISU Extension and Outreach hosted a webinar on April 21 that focused on slowing growth rate on near market ready hogs that cannot be delivered to market due to packing plant closures and slowdowns. John Patience, Laura Greiner and Nick Gabler, animal science, discussed nutritional strategies to slow growth rate. More

Licht and Schwab Featured on Spokesman Speaks Podcast
Mark Licht, agronomy, and Charles Schwab, agricultural and biosystems engineering, were featured on the April 20 Spokesman Speaks Podcast, published by Iowa Farm Bureau. Licht discussed a new manual with recommendations on managing cover crops and other conservation practices. Schwab offered tips for a safe planting season. More

Bruene Featured on Working Ranch Radio
David Bruene, manager of the Beef Teaching Farm, discussed swath grazing on the April 19 episode of The Working Ranch Radio Show (beginning at 18:34 to 32:40). More

New Scientific Coloring Books Available through Extension Store
Two new coloring books are now available through the ISU Extension Store. Titled Bailey the Bee and Ava Visits the Apple Orchard, these free books offer fun, colorable illustrations, while also telling educational and scientific stories about pollinators and apple orchards. More

‘Gardening While Isolated’ Videos Developed
ISU Extension and Outreach has developed a three-part Gardening While Isolated video series. The first focuses on starting seeds and growing transplants. It was produced with Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens, and the horticulture department. More

Around the College

Schulte Moore Receives Innovation Entrepreneur Award
On April 23, the Des Moines Business Record listed Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, as the recipient of the Ivy College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR Award for dedicating her career to innovations in sustainable agriculture. She will be featured in the 2020 innovationIOWA magazine and recognized at a virtual launch party May 21. More

Three Honorees Receive P&S Council CYtation Awards
The Professional and Scientific Council announced recipients of its 2019 CYtation Awards. Staff in CALS departments or units who received awards are listed below. More

  • Mickie Deaton, food science and human nutrition – Woodin CYtation Award
  • Cynthia Robertson, Seed Science Center – CYtation Award
  • Dana Schweitzer, entomology – CYtation Award

2020 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy has Two CALS Members
The Iowa Pork Leadership Academy, organized by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, includes CALS student Jake Sterle, senior in animal science, and new southeast-Iowa extension swine specialist Matt Romoser. Sterle's spot is made possible by the Al Christian Fellowship. The academy has met twice and its members plan to travel to Washington, D.C. and California when travel opportunities resume. More


April 28-29: Feedlot Considerations Amid the Pandemic Webinar
The Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council have developed a two-part webinar series at noon on April 28 and at 7 p.m. on April 29. “Feedlot Considerations Amid the Pandemic,” will help provide some clarity, considerations and suggestions for feedlot cattle producers faced with making immediate decisions with long-term implications. More
April 29: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar at noon on Wednesday, April 29, about the work being done in Iowa to reduce losses of agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as the progress that has been made. Laurie Nowatzke, research analyst for the water quality program and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, will present. More

Communications Kiosk

Do Not Refer to People as Cases
People should not be referred to as cases. Correct: Fifty people tested positive for the virus. Fifty cases of the virus were reported. Incorrect: Fifty cases tested positive for the virus. (Associated Press Stylebook)


Cardinal Women Accepting Applications
Applications are being accepted for the next Cardinal Women program, a growth opportunity for women who are ISU faculty and staff. The program fosters leadership development, goal orientation and purpose in participants’ personal and professional spheres. The application deadline is May 29. Cardinal Women sponsors are the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Information Technology. More  

University Archives Launches ISU COVID-19 Stories Project
University Archives has launched the ISU COVID-19 Stories Project to document and preserve the ISU communities’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. ISU students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to share their experiences and thoughts during this unprecedented time. More


A Century Later, Victory Gardens Connect Americans Again
“During World War I, posters proclaiming ‘Food will win the war’ encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens,” wrote Kristin Hall in an April 21 article for the Associated Press. “A century later, home gardeners are returning to that idea in the fight against a global pandemic.” Creating a victory garden now can be, as it was during World Wars I and II, a shared experience during hardship and uncertainty. 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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