Issue: 1135

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
December 14, 2020

Top Stories

CALS Student Receives George Washington Carver Award
Javelis Marin Castro, junior in animal ecology with a minor in animal science, is one of five recipients nationwide of the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award. She came to Iowa State from Puerto Rico to study wildlife and exotic animal behavior, health and habitat. Marin Castro is involved in a variety of student organizations and serves as president of the Iowa State chapter of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences. More


Research Findings Help Predict Swine Reproductive Success
Measuring antibody response to a commonly used vaccination against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, or PRRSV, could better predict swine reproductive success than common genetic selection strategies, according to new research by Nick Serão, animal science. More

Study Indicates Diet May Reduce Cognitive Decline
The foods we eat may have a direct impact on our cognitive acuity in our later years. This is the key finding of an ISU research study led by Auriel Willette, food science and human nutrition, with Brandon Klinedinst, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate. The study was published in the November 2020 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Graduate Student Receives Lauren Christian Memorial Award
Leticia Sanglard, doctorate student in swine breeding and genetics, received the Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award from the National Swine Improvement Federation during its annual meeting on Dec. 3. More

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

Extension and Outreach

New Research Identifies Four Farmer Types
Iowa State researchers affiliated with the C-CHANGE project (Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises) recently published a study in the journal Land Use Policy that they hope will help stakeholders develop more effective conservation extension and outreach programs. Suraj Upadhaya, post-doctoral researcher in natural resource ecology and management, led the study, with J. Arbuckle, sociology, and Lisa Schulte Moore, NREM.
The study, which analyzed multiple years of survey data from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, identified four types of farmers – Conservationist, Deliberative, Productivist and Traditionalist. More

Around the College

Employment Outlook Promising for College Graduates in Agriculture
A new report released by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University shows a strong job demand for new college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs. According to the 2020-2025 Employment Opportunities for Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment, U.S. college graduates can expect approximately 59,400 job opportunities annually between 2020 and 2025. This reflects a 2.6 percent growth from the previous five years. Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, has served as a consultant on the last three USDA reports. More


Dec. 16: ISU Creamery Curbside Pickup
The ISU Creamery is offering curbside pickup of ice cream quarts on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 to 5 p.m. Email your order by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to Sarah Canova ( Cost is $12/quart. Pickup will be outside of the Food Sciences Building in the semi-circle drive. Please pay with cash, exact change only. View flavor selections online

Communications Kiosk

New Publications Address Digital Accessibility
ISU Extension and Outreach has released four new publications that address digital accessibility. The publications cover digital accessibility language, standards, laws and sustainable business models. “When we design for all, we increase our chances of justice for all.” That is the driving force behind ISU Extension and Outreach’s eAccessibility initiative team. More


Care Packages Help Quarantined Students
Faculty, staff and students in the animal science department offered care packages this fall to students in quarantine due to COVID-19. Members of the Block and Bridle Club assembled the care packages with items that would be fun and useful for their peers—snacks, cough drops, hand sanitizer, laptop stickers and even a foam stress pig. “The mental strain of being isolated has been hard on students,” said Jodi Sterle, animal science. “It doesn’t solve the problem, but it just lets them know someone is thinking about them.” More

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

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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