Issue: 1147

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
March 22, 2021

Top Stories

ISU Agricultural Programs Named to Top 4 Percent Worldwide
For the eighth year in a row, Iowa State’s agricultural programs have been named to the top 4 percent worldwide among other agriculture and forestry institutions, according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings. With more than 25 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate programs, CALS students study a diverse range of fields related to food, the environment, human health, animals, global resource systems and more. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to gain research experience working with professors in labs, on research and teaching farms or through industry collaborations. More

CALS Awards Program Today at Noon
A virtual celebration honoring CALS faculty and staff awardees will be held today, March 22, at noon via Zoom. Please click this URL to join. Participants can also join the meeting by iPhone one-tap: (301) 715-8592, 86057863377# U.S. Washington, D.C. or (312) 626-6799, 86057863377# U.S. Chicago, or 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: 860 5786 3377).


INRC Seeks New Water Quality Research Proposals
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research that seeks to improve water quality by reducing nitrate and phosphorus in Iowa’s waterways. The deadline to submit proposals is April 30. More

Teaching and Students

CALS Student Council to Serve National Ag Day Lunch
The CALS Student Council is offering a complimentary lunch to celebrate National Ag Day on Tuesday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall ground floor rotunda. The grab-and-go meal will include a chicken sandwich, chips and bottle of water. All Iowa State faculty, staff and students are welcome to enjoy the meal. Guests are encouraged to enter the rotunda through the ground floor doors on the west side of the building.

Dairy Science Club Once Again Selling Ice Cream
The Dairy Science Club is once again selling cups of ice cream on Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. outside of Lush Auditorium in Kildee Hall. The club canceled its ice cream sales last fall due to the pandemic. Ice cream is mixed by Dairy Science Club members in the ISU Creamery and sales serve as a fundraiser for club activities throughout the year. The club also fills orders for events and functions. Contact

Lawn Mower Service Days Set for April 9-10
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual lawn mower service days April 9 (1 to 6 p.m.), and April 10 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. Routine service includes an oil change, a new spark plug, blade sharpening, air filter cleaning, deck cleaning and a power wash. Pricing is $35 for a push mower, $50 for a riding mower and $15 for a weed eater. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15 and $20; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email request to More

Nominations for Senior Awards Due March 31
CALS Student Council is seeking nominations for spring 2021 senior awards. Every fall and spring semester, CALS Council recognizes graduating seniors through six different awards: outstanding senior, leadership excellence, academic achievement, distinguished service, outstanding ambassador of agriculture and life sciences, and commitment to diversity. Nominations are due March 31. More

Extension and Outreach

Custom Rate Survey Shows Costs for Iowa Farming
Data that shows what Iowans charge and pay for custom farming has been released from the 2021 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey, conducted by ISU Extension and Outreach. Compared to last year, most custom rates saw a decline except for the cost of farm labor, according to Alejandro Plastina, extension economist. More

New Publications Focus on Protecting Swine Building Investments
Five new publications that address key areas of swine facility maintenance and improvement have been released by ISU Extension and Outreach. The publications are available free through the Extension store. More

Around the College

Bradbury Speaks on Status of Monarch Numbers and Habitat
A Radio Iowa interview with Steve Bradbury, natural resource and ecology management, published March 14, shares updated news on the status of monarch numbers and work underway in the state to establish monarch habitat, guided by the Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy developed by diverse partners with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium. More

CALS P&T Virtual Workshop Scheduled for Assistant Professors
A promotion and tenure workshop for assistant professors will be held April 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom (taped for future viewing). RSVP to Carla Persaud ( by March 31 to register. The workshop will include expectations, definition of scholarship, portfolio preparation and development, and time for questions.
CALS P&T Virtual Workshop Scheduled for Associate Professors
A promotion and tenure workshop for associate professors will be held April 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom (taped for future viewing). RSVP to Carla Persaud ( by April 2 to register. The workshop will discuss the transition from associate to professor, portfolio preparation and development, and time for questions.
CALS Term Faculty Advancement Virtual Workshop
A workshop for term faculty seeking advancement will be held April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom (taped for future viewing). RSVP to Carla Persaud ( by April 26 to register. The workshop will discuss criteria for advancement, document preparation and development, and time for questions.
CALS P&T/Faculty Advancement Virtual Mirroring Session
CALS assistant professors, associate professors and term faculty seeking advancement are invited to attend this open discussion meeting held April 30 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. via Webex (NOT taped). RSVP to Carla Persaud ( by April 28 to register.


March 23: Sakaguchi Presents LAS Lecture on Neural Regeneration
Donald Sakaguchi, genetics, developmental and cell biology and director of the LAS-CALS shared Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Program, will discuss his interdisciplinary research program that merges stem cell biology and bioengineering to develop experimental brain and tissue repair strategies. The virtual event will be held Tuesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More
March 24: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Alejandro Plastina, extension economist, will address the profitability of winter cover crops, based on agronomic experiments and surveys of farmers, during an Iowa Learning Farms webinar Wednesday, March 24, at noon. He will also present two decision tools that can be used to calculate expected net returns on cover crops. More

Communications Kiosk

Are Vaccine and Vaccination Interchangeable?
A vaccine is a product that stimulates the body’s immune system to make antibodies and provide immunity against a specific virus or other germ. Vaccination is the act of giving a vaccine. The terms are often interchangeable, since a person is receiving the vaccine while getting a vaccination. Use the term vaccination if needed to be specific about the act of giving or receiving the shot: the city’s vaccination schedule, for example. The terms immunization and vaccination can generally be used interchangeably. (Associated Press Stylebook Newsletter, March 2021)


Provost Shares Guidelines for International Travel
Employees who want to travel internationally for university business must have their itinerary reviewed by the office of risk management and complete a travel agreement/informed consent form at least two weeks in advance of their departure. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert shared the new guidance in a March 18 memo to deans and department chairs. More

Input Sought on Proposed Visiting Scholar Policy
A new visiting scholars policy has been proposed to establish policies and guidelines relating to the designation, approval, roles and overall responsibility for visiting scholars at Iowa State. Faculty and staff are asked to review the draft policy and Guidelines and FAQ and submit their feedback by April 11. More


Video: The Season of New Beginnings
Spring is the season of new beginnings, and that’s certainly true at the Iowa State teaching farms. Over the past few weeks, the various farms just south of campus have welcomed dozens of new baby animals to their operations. More

Happy Birthday, Iowa State
Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was established 163 years ago on March 22, 1858, by the legislature of the State of Iowa. In 1862, the Iowa legislature voted to accept the provision of the Morrill Act, which was awarded to the agricultural college in 1864. It would be another five years before the college enrolled its first class. 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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