Issue: 1127

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
October 12, 2020

Top Stories

2020 World Food Prize Focuses on Breaking New Ground
The 2020 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, taking place virtually on Oct. 12-16, will focus on “Breaking New Ground: Building Resilience Today for Improved Global Food Systems Tomorrow.” The combined challenges of climate change and a global pandemic magnify weaknesses in current global food systems. Participants will focus on shifting from reactive responses to proactive approaches. More Events related to the World Food Prize taking place on campus, involving CALS or Iowa State faculty and staff or of particular interest are listed below. An agenda and full list of side events are available on the World Food Prize website.

World Food Prize: Norman Borlaug Lecture, Oct. 12
The 2020 World Food Prize Laureate will present the Norman Borlaug Lecture today, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Rattan Lal, professor of soil science at Ohio State University and founding director of the university’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, will present “Carbon Farming for Food and Climate Security: Producing More From Less.” Lal is recognized for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. The virtual lecture is free and open to the public. More

World Food Prize: “Hunger Fighter” Scholarship Award, Oct. 12
Jensina Davis, junior in agronomy and seed science, is the 2020 winner of the annual David Lambert “Hunger Fighter” scholarship. The award is administered by Iowa State’s Seed Science Center and will be presented during the virtual Norman Borlaug Lecture today, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. More

World Food Prize: CAST Communication Award, Oct. 13
“Effectively Communicating Science in Times of Crisis” will be presented virtually by Alexa Lamm, the 2020 recipient of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at noon. A Q&A session will follow. Lamm is an associate professor of science communication at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The award is presented annual by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Register to receive log-in information. More

World Food Prize: Laureate Award Ceremony, Oct. 15
The World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony is typically held in the Iowa State Capitol Building, drawing more than 800 people from more than 75 countries. This year, the Laureate Award Ceremony for Rattan Lal will be offered virtually for all to enjoy on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. More

World Food Prize: Investments in Innovation, Oct. 15
The Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction has organized a virtual side event to the 2020 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 to 11 a.m. Dirk Maier, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the consortium, will moderate a panel of speakers examining finance and investment of global food systems and the need for high-risk, long-term research efforts and innovative technology investments. Registration information for this event is available online. More

World Food Prize: Global Youth Institute Continues this Week
The 2020 Global Youth Institute, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation, is being held this week in conjunction with the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue. The event offers approximately 200 high school students from around the world an opportunity to discuss food security and agricultural issues with international experts. CALS offers the Ambassador Kenneth Quinn World Food Prize Scholarship to all students who attend the event. This year's Global Youth Institute is being organized by Joi Latson ('18 global resource systems). More

Teaching and Students

Sakaguchi Leads Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Programs
Donald Sakaguchi, Morrill Professor of genetics, development and cell biology, is the new director for Iowa State’s biology and genetics undergraduate programs. In this role, Sakaguchi will supervise the programs’ student services staff and work with department chairs to help coordinate the two interdepartmental majors that attract about 900 undergraduates. More

New Learning Community Provides Orientation to International Students
The new International Adventure learning community relies on websites and smartphone apps to connect its 58 students in 20 countries on four continents who were unable to get to Ames for their first semester of college. As part of their introduction to Iowa State, each undergraduate college is providing two live introductory sessions on its programs and curriculum. Jodi Cornell, director of CALS Study Abroad, is coordinating these sessions for the three students in the learning community that are enrolled in CALS – from China, Peru and Uganda. The first session took place Sept. 30. The second meeting is scheduled for Oct. 15 and Cornell will include two of the college’s student travel consultants on a panel. More

Student Council Hosts Successful CALS Week
The CALS Student Council hosted a successful CALS Week celebration Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Students collaborated with university partners on the Event Authorization Committee to implement COVID-19 safety measures while honoring traditions of this annual event. Iowa State produced a video highlighting the work of our student leaders for CALS Week.

  • Complimentary meals were offered on central campus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, serving approximately 1,350 attendees.
  • The annual CALS Week Olympics competition drew 17 teams from CALS student organizations. Alpha Gamma Rho came out on top. 
  • The Block and Bridle Club hosted their annual hunger fight for Meals from the Heartland, packaging more than 50,000 meals and meeting a life-time goal of 500,000 meals for the organization.
  • Iowa State Bacon Expo used campus-approved food trucks to host their event, serving bacon treats to more than 430 attendees.
  • Sigma Alpha hosted a virtual version of their annual “Mr. CALS” competition raising more than $1,000 for Food at First and crowning Connor Erbsen, a junior in agronomy representing the Beginning Farmers Network, 2020 Mr. CALS. 

Extension and Outreach

Crops TV Transitions Live Meetings to Online Delivery
ISU Extension and Outreach announced a new educational program aimed at delivering crop production information directly to farmers and agribusinesses. The 10-week program launches Dec. 1. CropsTV will provide live webinars that allow interaction with specialists, presenters and panelists. On-demand viewing of topics will also be available to allow schedule flexibility. CropsTV replaces the Integrated Crop Management Conference, originally scheduled for Dec. 2-3, and the Crop Advantage Series, scheduled for January at 14 Iowa locations. More

Dairy Podcasts and Monthly Webinar to Continue into the Fall
ISU Extension and Outreach will be continuing the Dairy News and Views podcast and the Monthly Dairy Webinar series into the fall. They offer convenient ways for the industry to tune in while maintaining social distancing guidelines. No registration is required for either venue. More

Janke on How to Build Homes for Wildlife
ISU Extension and Outreach has released four videos where Adam Janke, natural resource ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist, demonstrates how to build homes for wildlife, including an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. More

Around the College

Jack Trice Part of CALS Community
Ninety-seven years ago last week, Jack Trice lost his life due to injuries suffered during a football game. His story was recently featured on ESPN College Game Day and in a CBS sports feature released this weekend. “As an animal husbandry student, Jack was a part of our CALS community. We remember and honor Jack’s life and legacy,” said Dean Robison in his Oct. 9 message to college faculty and staff. “Our work in creating a positive, safe campus climate for every member of our community continues. Leaders from your departments met just this week as a CALS Diversity and Inclusion Committee to develop and promote ways to improve intercultural competency. We are committed to these efforts.” 

Iowa Water Center Releases New Scholars Directory
The Iowa Water Center at ISU has released a new scholars directory. The Water Expert Directory is comprised of water researchers, agency representatives, university faculty members and other water professionals from across Iowa. The directory is intended as a resource for potential project collaborators among water scientists, interview/subject matter expert requests for media, and connections to researchers for community members and educators. More

Video: ISU Creamery Open for Business
The Iowa State Creamery is now open after a 50-year hiatus. In 1927, Iowa State College established a creamery to equip students for the dairy industry. The creamery was known nationally for its high-quality dairy products. But as the landscape of Iowa agriculture shifted to corn and soybeans, dairy manufacturing at ISU ended in 1969. In August 2020, the ISU Creamery opened once again and is a source of pride on campus. More


Oct. 22: Errington Memorial Lecture
The 2020 Errington Memorial Lecture “Coloring the Conservation Message” will be presented by birder, naturalist, author and educator Drew Lanham on Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. The online event is free and open to all. More

Communications Kiosk

Conversation Editor Available for Office Hours
Iowa State faculty with questions about writing for The Conversation or who want to brainstorm an idea for a future article now can sign up for office hours with environment and energy editor Jennifer Weeks. Iowa State joined The Conversation in mid-2018. Since then, The Conversation has published more than 50 articles from more than 40 ISU faculty, resulting in 1.5 million reads around the globe. More


Water Rocks! Issues Fall Colors Found Art Challenge
Partnering with Artworks Studio of Carroll, Iowa, Water Rocks! is sponsoring the Fall Colors Found Art Challenge. The contest is open to all ages with both adult and youth entry groups. Participants are asked to create works of art from natural items they find outdoors. More

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