Issue: 1169

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
Aug. 23, 2021

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS Colleagues – Welcome to the semester and all the wonderful energy, excitement and potential such days on the calendar represent. This is why we’re here, why we have this great institution to call home, and what keeps us motivated and inspired. Take stock of the energy our students bring to campus, remind yourself of what it’s like to be in school and looking to the future, and remind yourself to smile and encourage our students (and each other) at every turn… More

Top Stories

CALS Faculty and Staff Welcome Students to Campus
The Division of Student Affairs are providing five Welcome and Information Stations across campus today and tomorrow. Faculty and staff from CALS departments helping to greet students these first two days of the fall semester include: Amy Kaleita and Tom Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Susan Lamont and Kathey Schuckert, animal science; Stephanie Zumbach, agronomy; Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, Brenda Emery, Leanne Lauber and Anne Packard, food science and human nutrition; Kathy Kiesling, statistics; Mike Long, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development; Tammi Martin, Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods; Alison Parker and Rob Stevenson, CALS administration, and Mary Clancy and Katy Heineman, CALS Student Services.


New Study Estimates Eroding Streambanks’
Contribution to State’s Phosphorus Export

Eroding streambanks contribute a significant portion of the phosphorus export from the state, according to estimates from research led by Tom Isenhart, natural resource ecology and management, and State Geologist Keith Schilling, with the University of Iowa. Their work, funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, used a process that combined detailed aerial mapping, computer modeling and data from on-the-ground monitoring. More

Iowa Farmland Owners Could See Tax Increase from American Families Plan
According to a new study by Kristine Tidgren, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, and Wendong Zhang, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, some of Iowa’s farmland owners could face a substantial increase in taxes to pay for the proposed American Families Plan. More

New Approach to Reporting INRS Status
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University have announced changes to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy's reporting process. New this year is an online dashboard that uses visual reporting tools like charts, graphs and maps to share the data instead of a longer, narrative-based report. More

Teaching and Students

Two Career Fairs Scheduled for this Fall
Career Services is hosting two career fairs this fall – an in-person event on Oct. 12 and a virtual event on Oct. 19. They recognize the ongoing need for a virtual fair alternative. Additionally, over the last year many employers have become well versed with virtual recruitment strategies and view this as a cost savings option for their company. They also plan to follow up the in-person event with traditional on-campus interview opportunities in the Memorial Union. More

Extension and Outreach

North Central Farm to Hold Fall Field Day
Learn about drought conditions, fall nutrient management, herbicide programs and carbon markets during the fall field day at Iowa State’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm on Sept. 9. More

Southeast Farm to Hold Fall Field Day
Tile drainage, corn rootworm and integrated weed management are featured topics for the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm fall field day scheduled for Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. More

Around the College

Beitz Named Sigma Xi Fellow
Donald Beitz, animal science and biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has been named to the 2021 cohort of Sigma Xi Fellows for significant contributions to Iowa State University’s research mission and its chapter of Sigma Xi. He will be recognized at the Scientific Research Honor Society’s annual meeting and student research conference, taking place virtually Nov. 4-7. More

CALS Faculty in Emerging Leaders Class
Several college faculty are among the 2021-22 Emerging Leaders Academy class at Iowa State, including Gustavo MacIntosh, biology, biophysics and molecular biology; Dan Nettleton, statistics; and Jeanne Serb, director of the office of biotechnology. Since 2009-10, the office of the senior vice president and provost has sponsored the leadership training program for faculty and professional and scientific staff -- both those currently in leader roles and those aspiring to them. More

Midwest Markets and Entrepreneurship Launches New Website
The Program for the Study of Midwest Markets and Entrepreneurship has launched a new website. Directed by Peter Orazem, economics, the program conducts research on how government policies affect business startups and success, employment, human capital and investment in nonmetropolitan markets. More

ISU Research Farms Announces New Business Administrator
Breana Campbell joined ISU Research Farms as business administrator on Aug. 16. She replaces Sally Medford who retired in June. Her duties include human resources, communications, business and assisting with accounting for the ISU Research Farms system. Campbell is an ISU alum and formerly worked with human resources in the LAS College. She can be reached at, 4-5045. Research farm progress reports will be led by Extension Communications manager Traci Knight, with support from Campbell.
ISU Research Farms Announces New Superintendent
Matt Groves joined ISU Research Farms on Aug. 16 as superintendent of the Armstrong Memorial Research Farm and Neely Kinyon Memorial Research Farm in southwest Iowa. He replaces Dallas Maxwell who retired in June. Groves is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. He has been the general manager of the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative. Groves can be reached at, (712) 769-2402.


Aug. 25: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
“In the Field: A Conservation Case Study,” is the topic of the next Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at noon. Mark Licht, agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist, will present. More

Sept. 8: Save the Date
The CALS P&S Council is holding a welcome back Ice Cream Social for all college staff on Sept. 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall.


Two Presentations on HF802 Available this Week
The Office of University Counsel and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost have scheduled two open presentations with Q&A on HF802: Implications for Training and Instruction.  These will be offered via WebEx on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 3 to 4 p.m. (registration link) and Wednesday, Aug. 25, 3 to 4 p.m. (registration link). The presentations are open to all faculty and staff. Please register in advance via the web link above. Additional sessions will be scheduled as needed. Prior to the session, please review the FAQ on HF802 available on the Provost’s Office website. 

Outdoor Film Screening of “The Current War” Set for Aug. 31
University Museums’ interns are hosting an outdoor film screening of The Current War on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. on the Farm House Museum west lawn. In this 2017 film, three visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future of electrical lighting. In conjunction with the exhibition Flicker and Flame: Whale Oil and Kerosene Lamps, this event offers the next part of the story of illumination. Arrive early with a blanket or lawn chair. The ISU Creamery will be selling ice cream beginning at 7 p.m. More


Kimles Publish Novel about Underground Railroad
Kevin Kimle, director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, and his wife Patricia, have published a novel titled The Only Free Road: An Underground Railroad Saga Unveiled. The couple’s passion for history inspired a family vacation in 2005 traveling through Nebraska and Iowa tracing the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom run by the National Park Service. The book is available for purchase online. Also, the Kimles are performing “Missives of the Civil War,” a two-person, one-act play describing the events and hardships of life in Iowa during the time of the Civil War. 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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