Issue: 1139

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
January 25, 2021

Top Stories

Students, Faculty Find Success in Winter Session
More than 140 students enrolled in the six winter session courses offered by CALS. This was the first time a winter session was held at Iowa State. All courses offered met core curriculum and general education requirements. Virginia Hanson, agricultural education and studies, said the experience with online courses during the spring and fall 2020 semesters prepared instructors and students for success during the winter term. More

CALS Virtual Town Hall, Jan. 29
A college virtual town hall meeting will be held on Jan. 29 at noon via Zoom. Participants can also join the meeting by phone. For higher quality, choose one of the following numbers based on your location: (301) 715-8592, (312) 626-6799, (646) 558-8656, (253) 215-8782, (346) 248-7799 or (669) 900-6833 (webinar ID: 825 6836 7201).


Collaboration with Homeland Security Focuses on Detecting Biothreats
Researchers at Iowa State, including Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology, are developing a portable sensor platform capable of detecting numerous biothreats, such as the coronavirus and other toxic agents. The research team has entered a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security worth as much as $2.5 million over five years to develop the technology. More

Survey Shows Advance of Soybean Cyst Nematode in U.S. and Canada
Findings from a new survey of plant health professionals in the U.S. and Canada conducted by Greg Tylka, Iowa Soybean Research Center, and Christopher Marett, plant pathology and microbiology, show steady expansion of soybean cyst nematode throughout both countries since 2017, underscoring the need for scouting and soil sampling for detection of new SCN infestations. Results of the survey were published in the journal Plant Health Progress in January. More

Teaching and Students

BBMB Offers Online Graduate Certificate Program
An online graduate certificate program is now available through the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department. Scott Nelson, BBMB, said enrollment in the program could prove beneficial to undergraduate students interested in applying to graduate school. More

Spring Career Fair to be Held through
The All Ag and Food Major Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will replace the usual spring career fair hosted by the CALS Career Services office. Registration, a list of employers and the online chat schedule is available online. More

Extension and Outreach

Farmers’ Beliefs on Climate Change are Shifting
The 2020 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll survey explored farmers’ perspectives on climate change and ways that farmers can address its impacts on agriculture. More than 80 percent of farmers believe climate change is occurring, said J. Arbuckle, sociology and project director. That number is higher than the general public in Iowa. More

Grant Boosts ICC Program Reach
A $500,000 Wells Fargo grant has enabled Iowa Community Capital to increase its capacity to help small businesses, according to Mark Edelman, professor emeritus in economics and ICC board chair. More

Around the College

Robison to Participate in “Let’s Make a Deal with the Deans”
Dean Daniel Robison, CALS, Dean David Spalding, Ivy College of Business, and Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez, College of Design, are participating in “Let’s Make a Deal with the Deans,” co-sponsored by the Student Innovation Center. On Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., participants will learn to deal. On Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to negotiate a deal with the deans–to convince at least one dean to accept their proposal to make a tangible change to some aspect of the student experience at Iowa State. Participants do not need to compete to attend the sessions. More

Endangered Species Act Listing Decision for Monarchs Released
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that adding the monarch butterfly to the list of threatened and endangered species is warranted, but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions. With this decision, the monarch becomes a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act and its status will be reviewed each year until it is no longer a candidate. To stimulate conservation of the monarch, the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, housed at Iowa State, supports proactive, voluntary efforts to preserve the species. More

In Memoriam: Blair Van Zetten
Blair Van Zetten, president of Oskaloosa Food Products Corporation, died Jan. 18 in Arizona. Van Zetten was a founding board member of the Egg Industry Center and one of its original visionaries who worked to make the organization a reality for the egg industry. He served as EIC’s first chair from the time of the center’s creation in 2008 until 2011. More


Jan. 27: Webinar to Focus on Rural Drinking Water Survey
Iowa Learning Farms is holding a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at noon to share preliminary results from a survey about rural Iowa’s drinking water quality. More

Jan. 28 – Feb. 25: National Academy of Sciences Workshop Series
Several CALS faculty, including Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers, C-Change Director Lisa Schulte Moore and Alejandro Plastina, economics, will be presenters during a National Academy of Sciences workshop series on “Reducing the Health Impacts of the Nitrogen Problem,” sponsored by the NAS’ Environmental Health Matters Initiative. The free virtual sessions begin Thursday, Jan. 28, and run through Feb. 25, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. More

Communications Kiosk

New Events/Gathering Website
The Events/Gatherings Work Group has launched a new website that centralizes COVID-19 information and guidance for student organizations, departments and third-party (non-ISU) groups. The site also lists links to related policies and contacts for questions. More


New Museum Exhibition Opens Today, Jan. 25
A new exhibition opening today, Jan. 25, at the Brunnier Art Museum showcases contemporary art inspired by Iowa and the significant changes in the land and agriculture over the last 25 years. Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments and Peoples of Iowa features 19 artists asked to create art inspired by Iowa with an emphasis on the changes that have occurred. More


ISU Creamery has Afternoon Hours for Spring Semester
The ISU Creamery, 2953 Food Sciences, opens for spring semester today, Jan. 25, with new hours: noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Customers may purchase classic and college ice cream flavors by the scoop or in 32-ounce cartons. In addition, 8-ounce cartons of the eight college flavors are sold at SPARKS café on the fourth floor of the Student Innovation Center weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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