Issue: 1167

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
August 9, 2021

Dean’s Message

Happy Monday as we start another busy week on our way to the start of the fall semester and the Iowa State Fair. I know one thing on everyone’s mind is the changing status of the pandemic and how that might affect our work. Truth is – it’s a bit too early to know how things will evolve… Iowa State continues to provide guidance regarding House File 802 and its requirements related to racism and sexism training at state governmental agencies, including the Regents institutions. This FAQ document on the Provost’s website outlines Iowa State’s efforts to comply with the new law… More

Top Story

Corn’s Genetic Diversity on Display in New Study
A new study details the genomes of 26 lines of corn from across the globe. The genomes can help scientists piece together the puzzle of corn genetics. Using these new genomes as references, plant scientists can better select for genes likely to lead to better crop yields or stress tolerance. Matthew Hufford, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is first author of the study published in the journal Science. More


New Study Details Enzyme that Allows Coronavirus to Resist Antiviral Medications
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has demonstrated a stubborn ability to resist most nucleoside antiviral treatments, but a new study led by Yang Yang, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, could help to overcome the virus’s defenses. More

Teaching and Students

Dairy Science Club Hosts “I Milked a Cow” at State Fair
Students in Iowa State’s Dairy Science Club will host the annual “I Milked A Cow” program at the Iowa State Fair, held Aug. 12-22. Club members lead parlor talks to educate visitors on dairy production, and for $3, the public can learn how to milk a cow by hand. They can also see how today’s farmers use mechanical milking equipment in the modern milking parlor directly across from the Livestock Pavilion. The event serves as a fundraiser for the club.

Submit Proposals for Learning Across America Program
The Dean’s Office of Academic Innovation is requesting proposals to support faculty and staff led groups of undergraduate students traveling to domestic locations. CALS launched Learning Across America in 2019 to complement its nationally recognized study abroad program. Proposals are due Aug. 19. More 

Extension and Outreach

Specialty Crop Processors Have New Resource
Scaling Up Specialty Crop Processing Toolkit, a new resource published by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides an overview and case study of the different criteria for food businesses interested in processing specialty crops through small scale value-added processing. In addition to English, the publication is available in Spanish and Swahili. More

Around the College

Governor Announces Members of Carbon Sequestration Work Groups
Governor Reynolds has announced members of two workgroups that will support the Carbon Sequestration Task Force. Members of the Agriculture Workgroup include Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, and John Lawrence, vice president of Extension and Outreach. More

Food Scientist Elected to ASN Leadership Line-up
Kevin Schalinske, food science and human nutrition, was recently named the American Society for Nutrition’s vice president-elect. The position is the first year in ASN’s leadership line-up of four consecutive terms, leading on to vice president, president and past president. More

In Memoriam: Jon Tollefson, Entomology
Jon Tollefson, professor emeritus and former chair of entomology, passed away Aug. 1. He was 77. Tollefson’s specialty was corn rootworm management. He taught courses on pest management through extension and mentored numerous graduate students. Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church. More

Communications Kiosk

Punctuation of Foreign Titles
When a foreign title is included in an English-language context, the following changes are permissible: a period between title and subtitle may be changed to a colon (and the first word of the subtitle may be capitalized); guillemets may be changed to standard quotation marks; and any space between a word and a mark of punctuation that follows may be eliminated. Commas should not be inserted (even in a series or before dates) or deleted, nor should any other mark of punctuation be added or deleted. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, pg. 533)


Iowa State to Offer Fall COVID Vaccine Clinics
Iowa State’s Thielen Student Health Center will offer free vaccination clinics for students, faculty and staff beginning Aug. 17. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Schedule an appointment online or call 4-5801 and bring your ISUCard to the clinic. More

State Fair Exhibit to Focus on Innovation
This year’s ISU exhibit at the Iowa State Fair – “Ignite Innovation Showcase On the Road” – will be in the Varied Industries building Aug. 12-22. An Iowa State graduate will build a life-sized LEGO version of one of the university’s most widely-recognized innovative graduates: George Washington Carver. (See Marginalia below.) Every morning, an ISU college or unit will demonstrate innovation happening in their area. CALS will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship on Aug. 16. 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. More

Volunteers Sought for Student Welcome and Information Stations
The Division of Student Affairs will be providing five Welcome and Information Stations across campus the first two days of classes. They are recruiting volunteers to staff the stations from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The shift schedule and volunteer sign-up sheet is available online. For more information, contact the Division of Student Affairs, 4-4420,


State Fair Exhibit to Feature George Washington Carver Built of LEGO Bricks
Eleven days. Eleven hours per day. Forty-four thousand LEGO bricks. That’s what it will take for Chris Ihle, an Iowa State graduate and founder of We Build U, and his team to build a life-sized LEGO version of one of the university’s most widely-recognized innovative graduates: George Washington Carver. The build will take place at this year’s ISU exhibit in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair, held Aug. 12-22. After the state fair ends, the LEGO build of Carver will be on display on Iowa State’s campus at a to-be-determined location. 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 Thursday.


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