Issue: 1108

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 1, 2020 

Top Stories

New Grant Will Help Scientists Advance Human Immune Model in Pigs
Scientists including Christopher Tuggle and Jason Ross, animal science, are poised to take a significant step forward in human health by transferring a human immune system into pigs. The research was recently awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the technology over the next four years. The research could pave the way to new treatments for a wide range of health problems, from cancer to severe burns. More

CALS Town Hall Meeting Via Zoom Scheduled for June 11
Dean Robison will lead a CALS Town Hall Meeting for faculty and staff on Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. via Zoom (password: 449070). The meeting will be recorded for later viewing. Besides Zoom, you can join the meeting by phone. For higher quality, choose one of the following numbers based on your current location: (301) 715-8592; (312) 626-6799; (646) 558-8656; (253) 215-8782; (346) 248-7799; or (669) 900-6833. The webinar ID is 826 3867 0602, with password: 449070.


New Study Could Lead to Better Predictability in Crop Production
A new study unearthed patterns in datasets collected on rice plants across Asia that allowed researchers, including Jianming Yu and Tingting Guo, agronomy, to develop a matrix to predict the traits of rice plants depending on their genetics and environment. The approach could lead to better predictability in crop production. More

Long-Running ISU Research Documents Wetlands’ Water Quality Benefit
Fifteen years of wetlands research by ISU – a study thought to be the largest and longest running project of its kind in the country – clarifies their performance as highly beneficial systems for reducing nitrogen pollution. More

Extension and Outreach

Podcast to Feature Updates from National Pig Survivability Project
The first session of PigX, a monthly podcast developed to share information from the national Improving Pig Survivability project with those in the swine industry, will air June 1. Jason Ross, animal science and director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, said the podcast is a component of a coordinated effort by the project team to provide information on research results that people can put to use immediately in their operations. More

Extension Continues Garden Video Series 
ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture and nutrition and wellness experts continue the Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep video series with a look at cool and warm season vegetables. The video series consists of five to 15 minute online lessons of seasonally appropriate topics for the garden, food preparation and food preservation. More

Around the College

CAD Contributes to Pass the Pork Program on Behalf of CALS 
The Committee for Agricultural Development, a nonprofit affiliate organization of CALS, contributed $1,000 to the Pass the Pork program on behalf of the college. The Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are helping Iowa pig farmers donate pigs to Iowa food bank feeding programs through the program. Donations are accepted online to help with costs associated with processing, storage and delivery. According to the Pass the Pork website, the CAD donation on behalf of CALS will enable 2,000 servings of pork. The mission of CAD is to produce and make publicly available crop seeds developed by ISU researchers and to acquire and maintain adequate farmland for ISU agricultural research and education.

Young Alum of the Month: Erica Nelson
Erica Nelson (’16 genetics) is a pediatric intern resident in Nashville, Tenn., responsible for pediatric patient care under the supervision of senior residents and attending physicians. More

In Memoriam: Harold Crawford
Harold Crawford, agricultural education and studies professor, died May 27. He was 95. Crawford came to Iowa State in 1965 as an agricultural education instructor, became a professor and then served as department head. He also served as associate dean and director of international agricultural programs for the college. In 2011, the Harold and Rachel Crawford Agricultural Teacher Education Complex in Curtiss Hall was dedicated. The complex, made possible by donors, offers state-of-the art equipment for students and office facilities for graduate students. More


June 3: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar at noon on Wednesday, June 3, about the results of a long-term catchment-scale monitoring project in the Black Hawk Lake watershed. Michelle Soupir, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will present. More

Communications Kiosk

When to Use Commas in a Series
Put a comma before the concluding conjunction in a series if an integral element of the series requires a conjunction: I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast. Also, use a comma before the concluding conjunction in a complex series of phrases: The main points to consider are whether the athletes are skillful enough to compete, whether they have the stamina to endure the training, and whether they have the proper mental attitude. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2018 edition, pgs. 322-323)


Innovate at Iowa State
Iowa State is taking innovation further with a new initiative called Innovate at Iowa State. It is an ecosystem where innovation and entrepreneurship are built into the curriculum. Students do not just learn about entrepreneurs, they learn to innovate with innovation-focused programming like the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Change-Maker Academy. And with the groundbreaking Student Innovation Center set to open fall 2020, students will have access to state-of-the art equipment, labs and maker spaces. More


Christian Petersen and the History of Dairying
In a virtual program released by University Museums on May 28, Lynette Pohlman, director and chief curator, and Lilah Anderson, educator of visual literacy and learning, talk about the first work of art Christian Petersen created at Iowa State through the Public Works of Art Program – the History of Dairying Mural. The sculpture is located in the Food Sciences Courtyard and consists of a fountain and six bas relief panels. More

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Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616 

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