Issue: 1134

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
December 7, 2020

Top Stories

CALS Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Basil Nikolau and Kan Wang to its class of 2020 AAAS Fellows. Nikolau, Frances M. Craig Professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, director of the Center for Metabolic Biology and director of the W.M. Keck Metabolomics Research Laboratory, was named “for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry, particularly for the characterization of novel metabolic processes.” Wang, Global Professor in Biotechnology in agronomy and co-director of the Crop Bioengineering Center, was selected “for advances in genetic engineering in plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens.” AAAS is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. More


ISURF and CAD Release Information on New Soybean Varieties
The ISU Research Foundation and the Committee for Agricultural Development have released information on the new soybean varieties development by ISU for the 2021 growing season. CAD produces and distributes the Foundation Seed to growers that have secured license agreements with ISURF. For more information contact Kevin Scholbrock, CAD Farm Superintendent at or (515) 291-0507.

Teaching and Students

CALS to Host Virtual Event on Instructional Innovations
The college is hosting “Instructional Innovations in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences” on Dec. 17 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Speakers include Anna Johnson, animal science, and Susana Goggi, agronomy. Registration is required. More

Career Services Releases 2020 Summer Internship Survey
CALS Career Services released results of its 2020 summer internship survey, with approximately 650 student responses. Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, said 51 percent indicated their internship was affected by COVID-19, either canceled, shortened or moved remotely. The number of students interning less than nine weeks increased about 90 percent from last year, which indicates many were shortened. Average hourly wage rose to $14.75/hour – up 5 percent from last year. More

Extension and Outreach

Webinar to Examine Agricultural Water Conservation
The economics behind adopting conservation practices to mitigate water quality concerns is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at noon. Wendong Zhang, economics, will present. More

Virtual Field Day on Wetlands Scheduled for Dec. 10
“Wetlands Key to Middle Cedar Watershed and State Goals” will be the topic of a virtual field day on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. hosted by Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group. More

Around the College

Greiner Embraces Learning Opportunities from Pandemic
Laura Greiner, animal science, educates students on the benefits of animal agriculture for consumers. In a Nov. 23 article for Wallaces Farmer, Greiner talks about the learning opportunities that have arisen due to COVID-19. More

Alum Patrice Bailey Featured on Live from Cy’s Lounge
"What does a farmer look like?" Patrice Bailey (MS '01 agricultural education and studies), assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, asks this question of every group of school children with which he interacts. He encourages them to broaden their ideas of what careers in agriculture can look like, and he spoke with Cyclones everywhere on Dec. 2 on LIVE from Cy's LoungeMore

Communications Kiosk

Is Your Press Photo Up-to-Date?
Iowa State University News Service provides photos of faculty and staff that can be downloaded for use by the media. The CALS communications office recommends that college faculty and staff periodically check the News Service website to see if photos need to be updated. More


ISU Research Days Scheduled for March 23-25
Iowa State’s 2020-2021 Research Days will be a virtual multi-platform experience spread across three days on March 23-25. The event will include interactive poster sessions, Story Collider speeches and presentations, lightning talks, grand challenge networking opportunities, a resource fair and happy hour with The Conversation. More details and event registration will be coming soon.


Agriculture Research is Essential
“Agriculture research drives change, efficiencies and productivity. It is the foundation that supports our modern food system miracle,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, in a hearing on Dec. 2. “It is essential considering the growing chaos, hunger and malnutrition in our world.” More

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Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

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