Issue: 1158

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
June 7, 2021

Top Stories

Marsh Madness Conservation Station Unveiled
A new trailer named “Marsh Madness” combines sight, sound and science to engage Iowa audiences about the values of the state’s wetland ecosystems. The trailer is the latest addition to a fleet of four Conservation Stations developed and operated by Iowa Learning Farms and the Water Rocks! conservation education program. More A virtual tour of Marsh Madness and coverage of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig christening the new trailer May 27 at the Case-New Holland Training Center in Nevada, is available in the accompanying video.

Teaching and Students

CALS Graduate Part of 2021 CYstarters Cohort
The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship has introduced the student entrepreneurs that make up the 2021 CYstarters cohort. The 11-week intensive program gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, network of mentors and skillset to start a business while in college. Zachariah Ritland (‘21 agricultural business) and Logan Blom (senior in mechanical engineering) were selected for their business MasterGrass. More

Extension and Outreach

Conservation Learning Group Publishes Water Quality Infographic Series
The Conservation Learning Group recently published a series of infographics about water quality and conservation topics relevant to Iowa. The six new infographics include an introduction to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction strategy as well as four pieces that take a closer look at topics such as algal blooms and farmland ownership dynamics related to conservation. The infographics are hosted on the Conservation Learning Group website and are free to download and distribute. More

Beef Symposium Looks at Future of the Industry
The 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium, scheduled for June 22-25 in Des Moines, begins with an opening session on the direction of the beef industry, with input from ISU Extension and Outreach. More

Around the College

Colletti, Persaud Retirement Virtual Celebration June 30
Senior Associate Dean and Associate Director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station Joe Colletti retires June 30 following a 43-career in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Carla Persaud, administrative assistant, also is retiring on June 30 after 27 years of service at Iowa State University. The two will be recognized during a virtual celebration hosted by the college via Zoom on June 30 at 3 p.m. Josie Six, senior manager of budget and finance, also will be recognized as she transitions to serve the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. All are welcome to participate. Zoom link: Or join by phone: (312) 626-6799, (646) 876-9923, (301) 715-8592, (346) 248-7799, (669) 900-6833, (253) 215-8782. Webinar ID: 955 2387 5432.

CALS Creates Shared Plant Growth Facilities
The greenhouses of the Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Natural Resource Ecology and Management will be managed in a unified and shared approach effective July 1, known as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Shared Plant Growth Facilities. This collaboration was developed to provide improved service, broader access and better facilities, as well as to increase usage and create more uniform services and fees. Growth chambers in these departments also may be included at the discretion of departments or faculty. The aligned facilities will be co-managed by Pete Lawlor and Aaron Brand. A user advisory committee will set policies and fees with approval of an oversight committee consisting of department chairs and Associate Dean for Operations Mark Honeyman. Lawlor and Brand will report to the college office of the Associate Dean for Operations, and there will be a central account in that office to pay costs and receive revenues that they will manage. A new website to serve users of the CALS Shared Plant Growth Facilities is currently under development. The site will be updated with details on scheduling, contacts, policies and fees as soon as that information becomes available.

SISTER Connects Women of Color
Three years ago, six women in Iowa State’s delegation to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity met for dinner on the last night of the conference in New Orleans. Audrey Kennis, CALS retention coordinator, said that just like participants bring back best practices from a conference, they wanted to bring back the space for women of color to be together in community. The result was SISTER, which stands for Supporting Inclusive Spaces Through Experience and Recognition. It is a group of more than 80 faculty and staff at Iowa State who identify as women of color. They gather monthly on campus over the lunch hour to connect and share stories. More

Wintersteen Named to Iowa Business Hall of Fame
President Wendy Wintersteen is a 2020 inductee to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame for her vision and leadership of a university where innovation and entrepreneurship are part of every college’s curriculum and students have opportunities to put their ideas into action. More


June 9: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Antonio Mallarino, agronomy, will discuss his research on no-tillage and cover crops as effective conservation practices to reduce soil erosion and sediment-bound phosphorus loss from agricultural fields at the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, June 9, at noon. More  

Aug. 11-12: International Conference on Swine Nutrition
Industry and academic swine nutritionists will gather on the Iowa State campus on Aug. 11-12 for the International Conference on Swine Nutrition. The conference is organized in part to thank the pork industry for its strong support of the Applied Swine Nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science. More


New Policy in Place for Visiting Scholars
A new policy implemented last month establishes expectations for hosting visiting scholars at Iowa State. Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, noted that establishing a more rigorous approval and registration process protects the university’s interests, including the intellectual property of faculty and staff and the integrity of federally funded research projects. More

ISU Status of Women Report Available Online
The University Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equity has released the latest ISU Status of Women report. Women make up a significant portion of the Iowa State community, and the report looks at the diverse categories where women are represented. The report has been digitized to allow for continual updating. More

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Julie Stewart, Editor, (515) 294-5616

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