Issue: 1141

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
February 8, 2021 

Top Stories

New Minor Prepares Students to Address Diverse Health Issues around the World
Students interested in a career in human health will benefit from the new global health minor being offered at Iowa State. Betsy Matos, global resource systems and environmental health and safety, was involved in creating the minor. Matos (above left) speaks with students in her Global Health Disparities class last semester, one of the minor’s required classes. More  


Study Shows Not All Species Equally Affected by Climate Change
A new study led by Eric Riddell, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, shows how climate change is having a much greater impact on birds than small mammals in the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States. More  

Teaching and Students

New CALS Placement Rate Remains Strong – Over 97 Percent
CALS Career Services is reporting an undergraduate placement rate of 97.7 percent for students graduating 2019-2020. Placement includes students that are employed, furthering their education or fulfilling military obligations. The 2019-2020 academic year was the second largest graduating class in CALS history with 1,160 undergraduates receiving diplomas. Of those placed, 77.7 percent were employed and 18.3 percent were furthering their education. Approximately 4.3 percent returned to a family farm, a 1.5 percent decrease from last year. Of those working, 68.3 percent remained in Iowa, the highest percentage in five years. Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, said given the pandemic environment, many of the majors fared extremely well. This was driven by robust recruitment activities associated with the fall 2019 CALS career day, said Gaul, which was their largest event ever. Many seniors had employment secured prior to the onset of the pandemic. More  
Top Employers of CALS Undergraduates, 2019-2020
According to Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, top employers of CALS students who received their bachelor’s degrees during 2019-2020 were: Iowa State University with 28 hires; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with 17; Cargill with 16; U.S. military with 15; Bayer CropScience and Corteva Agriscience with 12 each; USDA Farm Service Agency with 9; John Deere with 7; and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Select Farms and Syngenta with 6 each. 

ABE Graduate Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition
Third-year agricultural and biosystems engineering Ph.D. student Bailey Adams won first place in ISU’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis competition. His research concentrates on data analytics and state-of-the-art virtual engineering techniques to answer questions about agricultural machinery systems and improve agricultural machinery performance. More  

Extension and Outreach

Iowa’s Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Topic of Webinar 
Adam Janke, natural resource ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist, will discuss aquatic ecosystems during an Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at noon. More

C-CHANGE to Present Virtual Field Day
C-CHANGE, the Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises, is presenting an Iowa Learning Farms virtual field day on Utilizing Perennial Biomass and Prairie for Renewable Natural Gas on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. More   

Around the College

Women Impacting ISU Calendars Now Available
The 2021 Women Impacting ISU calendars are now available. Honorees include Theressa Cooper, CALS assistant dean for diversity, Ebby Luvaga, economics, Geetu Tuteja, genetics, development and cell biology, and Betsy Matos, global resource systems. More  

Nominations for Gamma Sigma Delta due March 19
The Iowa chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, is accepting nominations for membership and awards. Nomination forms for faculty, staff and alumni membership and awards are available online and are due March 19. More  

Creamery Offers Pick-up for Valentine’s Day
The ISU Creamery will offer curbside pick-up of its ice cream on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the circle drive off Wallace Road on the east side of Food Sciences Building. To order, email sizes and flavors to Sarah Canova ( by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. More  

In Memoriam: Tim Carey
Following a three year battle with cancer, Tim Carey, CALS Student Services, died Jan. 28. He was 42. Among his work in Student Services, Carey initiated a program to review files of students that had left the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences without completing their degrees. He worked with students to create unique plans to enable them to earn their degrees. The initiative is now a model campus wide. A private graveside service was held on Feb. 1. A video memorial tribute is available on the Greenwood Schubert Funeral Home website. More


Feb. 18: Ag Innovation Forum
The annual Ag Innovation Forum will be held virtually on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The forum showcases innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Kevin Kimle, director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, is part of a panel discussion. More  


Symposium for Sustainability, March 1 and 3
The Symposium on Sustainability 2021: United for a Resilient and Sustainable Future, will be held virtually March 1 at 7 p.m. with the Live Green! awards presentation and a lecture. It will continue on March 3 with a Sustainapalooza at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. More

Spring Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb. 10
The spring Study Abroad Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom and Sun Room. Students can learn about intern and study abroad experiences lasting from one week to one year for fall 2021 and beyond. More

Registration Open for Research Days 2021
After a one-year pandemic-related hiatus, Iowa State’s annual research program is returning as Research Days 2021 on March 23-25, a multi-day, multi-platform virtual event designed to celebrate institution discoveries and foster collaboration within and across disciplines. Registration for presenting in this year’s program is open until Feb. 11 or until all event participant time slots are filled. Registration as an attendee will remain open until the event cap is reached. More  


The Land-Grant Mission – A Noble Endeavor
“Land-grant universities were formed to have the public interest at the heart of their work,” said Jay Harmon, associate dean for Extension Programs and Outreach and director of Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources, in his monthly letter to ANR faculty and staff. “Providing an opportunity for education for the people that were not in the elite class, doing research focused on efficient food production systems and economic growth, and then disseminating new, practical information to farmers and other stakeholders in order to provide safe, economical and environmentally sound food security to the nation are all pretty altruistic ideas. Our super power is that we do what we do to make an impact for the public good of our society. That sounds pretty noble to me.” 

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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