Issue: 1114

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 13, 2020 

Top Stories

Peters Nets NSF Grant to Study Impact of COVID-19 in Rural Areas
David Peters, sociology, was awarded a $200,000 rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Social and Economic Services. Peters, along with Mark Berg and Nicole Novak, University of Iowa, will use the funds to document the health, socioeconomic and emotional impacts of COVID-19 in Iowa’s rural communities. More


EEOB Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards for Research
Grace Wilkinson and Chaoqun Lu, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, are among 10 researchers at Iowa State to receive the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program awards for fiscal year 2020. More

Next Cohort of Research Collaboration Catalysts Announced
The Office of the Vice President for Research announced that 29 faculty members will participate in the Research Collaboration Catalysts 2020-2021 cohort at Iowa State, including: Michelle Soupir and Adina Howe, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, agronomy; and Geetu Tuteja, genetics, development and cell biology. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Students Selected as Cargill Scholars
Rebecca Johnson, junior in agronomy, and Lien Tran, junior in environmental science, have been selected as 2020 Cargill Global Scholars. They will participate in a leadership development seminar and be paired with a Cargill business leader who will serve as a mentor for the next 12 months. In the summer of 2021, they will participate in a global leadership seminar. More

Extension and Outreach

Two Webinars Remaining for Iowa Swine Day
The 2020 Iowa Swine Day event was made available this year as a five-part webinar series. There are two sessions remaining – July 16 and July 23, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Registration is available at no cost on the conference website. Recordings are available for previous sessions. More

Master Gardener Training goes Virtual this Fall
The fall session of Master Gardener training offered by ISU Extension and Outreach will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due Aug. 1. Susan DeBlieck is the Master Gardener state coordinator. More

Around the College

Governor’s Charity Steer Show Comes to ISU
For the first time in its 38 year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show will not be held at the Iowa State Fair. Due to the cancellation of this year’s fair, the show will be held at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on Aug. 15. Organized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the event raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. More

First Steer Delivered to Meat Lab for Beef Up Iowa Program
Herry McClure, Iowa 4-H member from Dallas County, provided the first steer for the Beef Up Iowa program on July 8. McClure met Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and other partners at the ISU Meats Laboratory. Through Beef Up Iowa, cattle are sourced from Iowa youth, processed at the ISU Meats Laboratory and the beef distributed to food banks and food pantries across Iowa. More


July 15: Ice Cream Flavor Contest Winners Announced 
Winners of the ISU Creamery college flavors contest will be announced live on Facebook on Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. Viewers also will get a sneak peek at the new creamery shop opening soon. More

July 22-23: Healthy People, Healthy Planet Virtual Workshop
Matt Liebman, agronomy, will moderate the opening session of a free virtual workshop on July 22-23. The Food Forum, a group convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, is sponsoring “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Building a More Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable and Nourishing Food System.” More

Communications Kiosk

The Difference Between Herbs and Spices
Many people use the terms herbs and spices interchangeably. Technically, herbs come from aromatic plants grown in temperate zones, whereas spices are products of tropical plants. Leaves are the typical plant product for herbs, while spices may come from the bark, berries, flowers, roots or seeds. In last week’s Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep video, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists Ruth Litchfield and Sarah Francis, food science and human development, and Cynthia Haynes, horticulture, answered questions about herbs and spices. More


New Beef Campaign Celebrates Americans’ Love of Grilling
A new summer grilling campaign showcasing 50 steaks and 50 states has been launched by Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. “United We Steak” celebrates not only a shared tradition of grilling steaks, but also what makes each state unique when it comes to this pastime. An interactive map of the U.S. made from 50 hand-cut, state-shaped steaks offers state-specific recipes and fun facts. 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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