Issue: 1164

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
July 19, 2021

Dean’s Message

We’re just five weeks from the start of classes! I hope each of you find time and space to enjoy the summer and some excellent rest and relaxation… As we think about our returning and incoming students, let’s remind ourselves that last year’s freshmen never really had an on-campus experience, and this year’s freshmen never really had a normal finish to high school. They’ll need some extra attention and care, and CALS is surely the place for that… More

Top Story

Obesity’s Impact on Reproductive Health
Aileen Keating, animal science, and students on her research team are finding evidence that obesity alters mammals’ reproductive systems in a variety of ways, including undermining natural abilities to resist and recover from exposures to chemical toxins. Learning why has been the focus of Keating’s research for almost a decade. More


Five Researchers Receive NSF CAREER Awards
Five Iowa State researchers have been selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development Program awards from the National Science Foundation during the 2021 fiscal and academic year. Recipients from CALS departments include: Baoyu (Stone) Chen, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; Bradley Miller, agronomy; and Hua Bai, genetics, development and cell biology. More

Extension and Outreach

Iowa Pork Industry Center Releases New Publication
A new publication from the Iowa Pork Industry Center offers preharvest, harvest and postharvest considerations for swine producers who grow their own corn and manufacture feed on-farm, as well as for nutritionists and feed mills. Mark Storlie, ISU Extension and Outreach swine specialist, is the author of Corn Quality – Concerns When grain Does Not Reach Maturity. The publication can be downloaded at no charge from the IPIC website. More

Farmland Leasing Meetings to Begin July 26
ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations through the state, beginning July 26. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland. More

Time to Study for the State Fair Weed Identification Contest
The annual weed identification contest at the Iowa State Fair will be held Aug. 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Organized by ISU Extension and Outreach, the contest offers three divisions – future agronomists – youth under age 19, general and professional. The top five winners in each division will earn a cash prize and an Iowa State Fair ribbon. More

Around the College

Animal Scientists Honored with National Awards
The American Society of Animal Science presented the following awards during its annual meeting on July 14-17 in Louisville, Ky. More

  • Lance Baumgard – American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research
  • Ken Stalder – Animal Management Award
  • Jim Reecy – ASAS Fellow Award, Research Category
  • Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan – ASAS Fellow Award, Teaching Category
  • Jack Dekkers – Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award
  • Dan Loy – Extension Award
  • John Patience – Gary L. Cromwell Award for Minerals Nutrition

CALS Communicators Receive National Awards from ACE
CALS communication efforts were honored with awards during the Association for Communication Excellence annual conference, held virtually June 21-23. CALS staff were presented with the following awards:

  • Lesa Vold, Egg Industry Center, Gold Award – editing (Egg Industry Center 2020 Impact Report).
  • Melea Reicks Licht, formerly CALS Communications, Silver Award – editing (STORIES Magazine).
  • Melea Reicks Licht, formerly CALS Communications, Bronze Award – editing (STORIES Magazine).
  • Melea Reicks Licht, formerly CALS Communications, and Model Farm, Bronze Award – video (CALS Thanksgiving video).


July 21: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
“Improving Soil Health with a Novel Perennial Grain Crop” is the topic of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, July 21, at noon. Manbir Kaur Rakkar, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will discuss the crop Kernza. More

Aug. 11-12: International Conference on Swine Nutrition
The International Conference on Swine Nutrition will take place at Iowa State on Aug. 11-12. Jason Ross, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center and co-organizer of the event, said speakers will provide attendees with information for immediate practical application, as well as insight into the future of swine nutrition. Speakers are from the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. Early registration prices are available through Aug. 1. More

Communications Kiosk

Use “Include” for Partial List
Use include to introduce a series when the items that follow are only part of the total: The price includes breakfast. The zoo includes lions and tigers. Use comprise when the full list of individual elements is given. The zoo comprises 100 types of animals, including lions and tigers. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2020-2022 edition, pg. 152)


Iowa State Sets External Funding Record
Iowa State University attracted a record $559.1 million in external funding for fiscal year 2021, including $231.1 million in sponsored research funding and $90.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding. Research projects winning support last fiscal year included studies of rural broadband, ultra-precision agriculture, coronavirus testing and technology for individualized cancer treatments. More

Employee Volunteers Sought for State Fair Exhibit
The office of university marketing seeks faculty and staff volunteers for the university’s state fair exhibit, Aug. 12-22, in Des Moines. Volunteers will roll and hand out Cyclone football posters or give away dry tattoo gift bags. Sign up online by 5 p.m. on July 19. More

UN Report Finds Pandemic Year Marked by Spike in World Hunger
The United Nations reports a worsening of world hunger in 2020, much of it likely related to the fallout of COVID-19. While the pandemic's impact has yet to be fully mapped, a multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – were undernourished last year. This year's edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is the first global assessment of its kind in the pandemic era. More


Iowa State Fair Announces New Food for 2021
The Iowa State Fair announced there will be 63 new foods to try in 2021. The top three finalists in the new food contest entries are: chicken egg salad with Indian fry bread, peanut butter and fluff cookie dough and island noodles with teriyaki chicken. More

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

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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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