Issue: 1155

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
May 17, 2021

Top Stories

ISU Extension and Outreach Releases ANR by the Numbers
ISU Extension and Outreach’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program provides clients, policy makers, agencies, agribusiness professionals and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn from research-based education to inform their decisions, which leads to a sustainable agriculture and environment. In turn, this benefits all Iowans by ensuring clean water, profitable farms, thriving communities and a more secure food system. Selected highlights of this work is available in the 2020 ANR by the Numbers report. More  

Teaching and Students

Congratulations CALS Graduates
A photo gallery of shots from the spring 2021 undergraduate celebration is available online. If you missed the livestream, a link to the recording as well as videos highlighting CALS graduating students and congratulatory messages from Dean Robison and CALS faculty and staff are available on the college’s convocation website.  

Extension and Outreach

Soil Management Land Valuation Conference Returns Wednesday
The Soil Management Land Valuation Conference, sponsored by CALS and ISU Extension and Outreach, will be held virtually on May 19 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Current issues and implications to soil management and land valuation will be discussed. More  

Registration Open for Iowa Swine Day
The 10th annual Iowa Swine Day is scheduled for June 24 on the Iowa State campus. Pre-registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Video recordings of conference presentations will be available following the conference on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website for those not able to attend. More  

Around the College

CALS Faculty, Staff Receive Learning Community Awards
The following college faculty and staff were honored for their contributions to learning communities during the Iowa State University Learning Communities Institute on May 10. Also, several coordinators were recognized for years of service to learning communities: Tom Brumm (5 yrs) and Cindy Haynes (10 years), Agricultural Community Encourages Success ; Nate Dobbels (5 yrs.), Agricultural Education and Studies; and Emily Zimmerman (5 yrs), Global Resource Systems. More  

  • Ebby Luvaga, Agricultural Business – Corly Brooke Learning Community Advocate Award
  • Audrey Kennis, Fostering Opportunity and Collaboration through Unity and Scholarship – Equity Award
  • Jennifer Bundy, Animal Science/Dairy Science/Pre-Vet – Scholarship
  • Sarah Wehner, Biology Encourages Success Teams – Early Achievement

Schulte Moore Discusses Climate-Friendly Farming Strategies
A recent article in The Conversation by Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, highlights climate-friendly farming strategies that can improve the land and generate income for farmers. More  

Read with the Water Scholars 
Through Water Scholars, the Iowa Water Center is hosting a book club with popular print non-fiction books that often top the charts of bestseller lists for science and the environment. Each month they explore one book and include a book review with discussion questions, book lists and resources. Announcements and scheduling for the books and webinar series are published through their monthly newsletter for Water Scholars members. More  

CALS Faculty, Staff Retire

  • Wendy Ortmann, agricultural education and studies, will retire June 4 after 39 years of service at Iowa State. Congratulations can be sent to a Kudoboard.  
  • John Patience, animal science, retired May 1 following 46 years in the swine industry. He came to Iowa State in 2008. The National Hog Farmer featured Patience in a May 10 article. A retirement reception will be held at the 2021 International Conference on Swine Nutrition in August.
  • Max Morris, statistics, has retired after 22 years at Iowa State. He served as chair of the statistics department from 2014 to 2019. 


May 19: Conversations about Carbon 
Chad Hart, economics, will discuss carbon markets during the upcoming Conversations about Carbon on Wednesday, May 19, at noon. The series is hosted by the ISU Bioeconomy Institute in association with CALS. More  

May 19: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar 
Learn what impacts farmer decision making when it comes to conservation practice adoption during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, May 19, at noon. More  

May 26: INRC Water Research Seminar Series
The last session in the Iowa Nutrient Research Center’s spring 2021 water research seminar series will take place May 26 at 3 p.m. The topic will be Linking Soil Health to Improved Water Quality Via the Planting of Cover Crops in Two Indiana Watersheds. More  


Aquatic Foods Researcher Named World Food Prize Laureate
Nutrition expert Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted has been named the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate for her achievements in pioneering fish-based food systems to improve nutrition, health and livelihoods for millions around the world. Thilsted is the global lead for nutrition and public health at WorldFish, a CGIAR research center headquartered in Malaysia. More  

Food Pantry Announces Summer Hours, Seeks Volunteers
Student leaders of SHOP, the on-campus food pantry serving students, have confirmed summer service hours through Aug. 20. University employees are invited to volunteer in one-hour increments on the signup site. SHOP, located at 1306 Beyer Hall, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers will receive an email with details about volunteer duties prior to their first shift.


Sharing #wasplove
Amy Toth, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is one of the entomologists highlighted in an article on the value of wasps in the Space/Science section of CNN World online. She encourages people to observe wasps more closely and further citizen science by sharing wasp observations via iNaturalist under the hashtag #wasplove. More  

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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 Thursday. 


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