Issue: 1143

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
February 22, 2021

Top Stories

Innovative Approach to Studying Abroad Connects
Students to Global Learning during Pandemic

Lee Burras, agronomy, has been taking Iowa State students to countries around the world since 2002. While on these study abroad trips, students experience other cultures and see first-hand how agricultural practices differ from those in the United States. He believes field learning is essential to any student’s education. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary halt to all of Iowa State’s study abroad trips, Burras found an innovative way to still offer international experiences to students. More


Researchers Study Manure Management’s Effect on Antibiotic Resistance
Iowa State researchers including Adina Howe, Michelle Soupir and Daniel Andersen, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received a $1 million grant from USDA’S National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how manure management systems in livestock production may give rise to antibiotic resistance. More

Teaching and Students

Graduate Students Receive Brown Fellowships
Fourteen Iowa State students have been selected to receive $140,000 in Brown Graduate Fellowship Program funding to support strategic university research over the next year. Students from CALS and shared departments include: Alyssa Hohman, genetics and genomics; Peiyu Cao, environmental science; Lauren Kueffer, biochemistry; and Daniel Kohlhase, plant breeding. More

Zehr to Speak at Innovations in Recruitment Forum
The Student Innovation Center is holding Innovations in Recruitment on March 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. As educational institutions strive to attract and retain students, the forum will show how Iowa State is providing a more holistic approach to recruitment. Speakers include Andy Zehr, director of marketing and new student programs for CALS. More

Extension and Outreach

Ag Decision Maker Unveils New Look for 25th Anniversary
The Ag Decision Maker, published by ISU Extension and Outreach, unveiled a new design for its 25th anniversary. The new site offers the same timely information Iowans and farmers across the Midwest have depended on for years, but in a more accessible and mobile friendly format. More

Extension Releases Digital Accessibility Courses
Five eCourse packages covering the actual process of producing accessible digital documents have been developed by ISU Extension and Outreach as part of its eAccessibility Initiative. The courses are available at no cost to those in the Iowa State community. More

Around the College

Beef Teaching Farm Manager Receives IPIC Award
David Bruene, manager of the Beef Teaching Farm, was recently awarded the 2020 Cow-Calf Beef Quality Assurance award from the Iowa Beef Industry Council. BQA certification helps cattle producers implement best management practices and demonstrate commitment to food safety, quality and animal welfare. More

George Washington Carver’s Vision for Life and Land
In his own words, the goal of George Washington Carver’s work was “…to help the farmer and fill the poor man’s empty dinner pail…” In a Feb. 18 post to the Iowa Learning Farms blog, Adam Janke, natural resource ecology and management, shares his perspective on how the peanut, sweet potato, cow pea and alfalfa were more a means to achieve an end on which Carver focused his work – healthy communities built on healthy farms. More


Feb 24: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Silvopasture, an agroforestry practice that involves intentionally managing livestock, trees and forage in the same productive space, is the topic of an Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon. More

March 10: Carbon Renewal Forum
The Carbon Removal Forum is a campus-wide event to harness knowledge and capacity toward developing an Iowa State program in agriculturally based carbon removal. It will be held March 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, via Zoom. Attendance is free, but registration is required. More

Communications Kiosk

A Verb and its Moods
Mood indicates the manner in which the verb expresses an action or state of being. The three moods are indicative, imperative and subjunctive. The imperative mood expresses commands (go away), direct requests (bring the tray in here) and sometimes permission (come in). Use the imperative mood cautiously. In some contexts it could be too blunt or unintentionally rude. You can soften the imperative by using words such as please (please stop at the store). If that isn’t satisfactory, recast the sentence in the indicative (will you stop at the store please). Part two of three. (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, pg. 235)


Register for ISCORE 2021
Register now for the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, scheduled for March 4-5. ISCORE is the university’s local initiative designed to provide an ongoing platform of sharing and applying new knowledge through presentation and workshops. The forum is free and open to the Iowa State community. A preconference is scheduled for March 3. More


Inspiration for Ralph Helmick’s Floating World
Floating World by Ralph Helmick, installed in the Biorenewables Complex in 2014, includes the steel structure hanging from the ceiling as well as the bronze medallions embedded in the floor. The images on the panels take the viewer on a historic journey of Iowa starting with the birds and plants of the pre-historic prairie, transforming to farmland, moving towards industrialized farming and ending with the latest scientific innovations that have transformed the industry. Learn more about the inspiration for Floating World in a Feb. 12 blog post by Betsy Grabinski, communications specialist with University Museums. 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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