Issue: 1110

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 15, 2020 

Top Stories

Professor Provides Alternative Internships for Microbiology Students
When microbiology students lost internships due to COVID-19, Nancy Boury, plant pathology and microbiology, had an idea. She knew faculty could use a resource that tracked topics presented in This Week in Microbiology, an American Society for Microbiology podcast that features microbiologists discussing current research. “I decided to host a digital internship for students to annotate the podcast for easier use by faculty,” Boury said. Martin Leyhe, senior in microbiology, returned home to Indianapolis when his summer research internship was canceled. He is one of the students selected for Boury’s digital internship. More  


New GDCB Study Links Liver Function and Heart Disease
A newly published study of flies found that protecting liver function also preserves heart health. The research was conducted by Hua Bai and Kerui Huang, genetics, development and cell biology. More

Teaching and Students

A Modified Internship Experience
Tiffany Poen, junior in agricultural business and international agriculture and recipient of the Dwight and Marilyn Conover Leadership Scholarship, was supposed to be in Olathe, Kansas, this summer for a marketing internship at John Deere. Now she’s fulfilling the internship online from home. The ISU Foundation talked with Poen about what she still expects to gain virtually. More  

Donations Sought for Georgeanne Artz Memorial Travel Grant
The Georgeanne Artz Memorial Travel Grant Award fund is now posted and open for donations through the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association website. Artz, associate professor of economics, died April 25, 2019, after battling cancer. The award supports the travel of deserving graduate students to the AAEA annual meeting each year to present their research. More

Extension and Outreach

ANR By the Numbers: Impact Detailed in New Report
ISU Extension and Outreach’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program provides farmers, policy-makers, regulators and agribusiness professionals the opportunity to learn from research-based education to inform their decisions, which leads to a sustainable agriculture and environment. In turn, this benefits all Iowans by ensuring clean water, profitable farms, thriving communities and a more secure food system. Learn more about the impact of ANR programs in 2019 ANR by the Numbers, now available online. More

Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Week is June 22-26
Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry contributes $48 million to the state’s economy each year and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Iowa consumers. More information about specialty crop production is available by watching the Iowa Vegetable Production and Management YouTube videos produced by ISU Extension and Outreach, or by visiting Extension’s Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program online. More

Monarch Friendly Mowing Recommendations
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium is sharing mowing recommendations developed by the Keystone Monarch Collaborative, which provide concrete guidance for minimizing impacts on monarch populations (especially caterpillars) as areas are maintained during the summer. More 

Around the College

CALS Town Hall Recording Available Online
More than 240 people joined Dean Robison for the CALS Town Hall Meeting on June 11. A recording is available online.

Martin Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Iowa Ag Educators
Robert Martin, emeritus professor in agricultural education and studies, has been honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators. More  

Meyer Moving to Strategic Communications; Licht Named Interim Director
Brian Meyer, director of college relations for CALS, has accepted a new position as associate director for strategic communications with the university’s Office of Strategic Relations and Communications. He will begin his new position on June 23. Meyer has served in the college’s communications office for 30 years. Melea Reicks Licht, director of CALS alumni relations, will serve as interim director of college relations.

Ice Cream Flavor Contest Entries Due Today, June 15
The ISU Creamery in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is hosting an Ice Cream Flavors of Iowa State Colleges contest. Contestants are asked to describe an ice cream concept and why it represents a certain college. Entries are due by midnight today, June 15. The highest scoring entry from each college will be featured on the menu at Sparks, a student-operated café to open fall 2020 in the ISU Student Innovation Center. More

Rothschild Featured in Iowa Farmer Today
Max Rothschild, animal science, was featured in the June 6 issue of Iowa Farmer Today and talked about shifts in the pork industry. He has been at ISU for 40 years and will retire June 29. More

In Memoriam: Wallace Huffman, Economics
Wallace Huffman, economics and Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, died June 10. He was 76. Earlier this year, Huffman celebrated 45 years of teaching and research at ISU. Throughout his career he supervised 28 doctoral dissertations and 14 master’s degree theses, and left an impact in the field of agricultural economics. In 2017 he received the Publication of Enduring Quality award by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for a book that he co-authored titled Science for Agriculture: A Long-Term Perspective. Visitation will be held 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center. A public burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at the ISU Cemetery. More


June 17: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
A new conservation manual from ISU Extension and Outreach will be the focus of an Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, June 17, at noon. The Whole Farm Conservation Best Practices Manual includes tools to guide users through the decision-making process for adopting and implementing conservation practices. More

June 18: Soil Health Field Day
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and the Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free, virtual soil health field day on Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. Marshall McDaniel, agronomy, will present with video footage from the field and live interaction during the event. More

Communications Kiosk

Guidelines for Shooting Video Clips with Your Phone
Many faculty, staff and students are asked to provide phone-based video clips during this time of social distancing. Barb McBreen, communications specialist with the CALS Communications Service, offers the following guidelines. For more information, contact McBreen at or 4-0707.

  • Hold your phone horizontally – like you’re watching a movie.
  • Have someone hold the phone or place it on a solid item or tripod, so it’s not shaky.
  • Make sure your face is well lit – use outside light from a window if you are inside. Don’t shoot video with the window behind you. Shoot some test video and take a look before you do your final taping.
  • Get close to the phone if you don’t have a microphone to get the best audio.
  • Make sure your phone audio is all the way up.
  • If you shoot video outside, make sure it’s not too windy.
  • Same with background noises – make sure there's not a mower, loud car or other distracting sound when you're recording.
  • Check the view behind you to make sure it’s not distracting.


Soil Scientist Named 2020 World Food Prize Laureate
Rattan Lal, distinguished university professor of soil science and founding director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University, has been named the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate. Lal is recognized for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. More

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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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