Issue: 1170

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
Aug. 30, 2021

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS Colleagues – Week two is underway and, COVID aside, isn’t it great to have our students and the energy and enthusiasm of learning back on campus?! For example, I hope you had a chance to visit SoyFest on the quad between Marston and Beardshear last Wednesday. The event was put on by the Iowa Soybean Research Center and sponsors… More

Top Stories

Iowa State Students, Alum Find Endangered Bee Species in Ames
In April, ecology, evolution and organismal biology graduate students Colton Poore (left) and Erika Ibarra-Garibay were practicing catching and identifying bees as part of a research project they’re working on with Eric Riddell and Amy Toth. They were by some apple trees in Frederiksen Court on the north side of Iowa State’s campus when they made an unexpected discovery – a rusty patched bumble bee. The bee species was placed on the endangered species list in January 2017. Another confirmed sighting of the bee was reported July 28 by CALS alum David Stein (’17 MS ecology and evolutionary biology), watersheds and wildlife coordinator with Prairie Rivers of Iowa in Ames. More  

College BBQ this Saturday – Call for Volunteers and Invitation to Attend
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the traditional CALS barbecue, to be held Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Approximately 500 CALS alumni and friends are expected to attend this year’s event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., prior to the ISU vs. UNI football game (kick-off is 3 p.m.). Complimentary lunch, parking and shuttle to the stadium will be provided. The first 20 volunteers who register will receive a CALS barbecue t-shirt in thanks for their service. Register to volunteer online or by contacting Haley Cook ( Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Registration/Greeting (10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Beverage service (10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Tear down (2-3 p.m.)

CALS faculty, staff and guests are also invited to attend the barbecue as guests. Details are available on the CALS barbecue webpage.  


Studying Mosquito Immune Cells Could Improve 
Understanding of Disease Transmission

A recent study led by Ryan Smith, entomology, explores the different kinds of cells that make up mosquito immune systems. The research could shed light on how mosquitoes transmit malaria. More  

CALS Researchers Connect with High School STEM Teachers
This summer, Iowa State researchers challenged 20 high school STEM teachers from Iowa and around the country to reimagine their STEM curriculum at a six-week Research Experience for Teachers program or a five-day Innovative Practices Workshop. Mentors in the RET program included Yanhai Yin, genetics, development and cell biology; Gustavo Macintosh and Olga Zabotina, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; and Jonathan Wendel, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. With the Innovative Practices workshop, the curriculum was designed around Michelle Soupir’s woodchip bioreactor project, agricultural and biosystems engineering. More  

Teaching and Students

Freshman/Transfer BBQ Set for Aug. 31
The CALS Student Council is hosting the Freshman/Transfer Barbecue on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. Booths will be set up to help students learn more about CALS clubs and to meet other students with similar interests. 

Student Innovation Center to Launch Training Series
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a virtual training series introducing the labs, tools and technicians available for students at the Student Innovation Center. The one-hour sessions will take place the second Tuesday of the month, beginning on Sept. 14. More

ABE Faculty Focus on Student Perspective in Inclusive Classroom Training
On Aug. 19, faculty in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department took part in the second year of inclusive classroom training, focused on creating a sense of belonging for Iowa State students. The training is conducted one department at a time by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, with 51 departments having scheduled or completed it as of Aug. 24. More  

Extension and Outreach

Amerigroup Gift to Help Provide Produce to Food Pantries
Growing Together Iowa, a donation gardening and nutrition education project from ISU Extension and Outreach, has received $85,000 from Amerigroup, a managed care company. The gift is supporting a statewide community garden initiative that will provide nearly 110,000 pounds of fresh produce to area food pantries. More  

Turfgrass Field and Demonstration Day is Sept. 8
The annual Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demonstration Day will be held Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Horticulture Research Station. This year’s program will include information on sports turf research, cultivar trials and tree maintenance. Speakers include Adam Thoms, Nick Christians and Jeff Iles, horticulture, and Donald Lewis, entomology. More  

New Publications Help Iowans Improve Lawn Health
New and updated publications from ISU Extension and Outreach are intended to help residential and commercial lawn care providers improve soil health and maintain healthy warm-season lawns. All three publications are available for free download on the ISU Extension Store. More

ANR Extension Staff Spotlight: Kendra Meyer
Kendra Meyer coordinates the Visit Iowa Farms program at Iowa State and is the agritourism coordinator with the Food, Farm and Enterprise Development program with ISU Extension and Outreach. Meyer is also the executive secretary for the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. More

Around the College

National Seed Health System Marks 20 Years
In 2001, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service authorized the National Seed Health System to be administered by Iowa State’s Seed Science Center. NSHS serves to accredit private and public seed labs to carry out seed health testing, field inspections and seed sampling necessary for them to be eligible to receive phytosanitary certificates. The certificate acts like a passport, signifying that seeds have been duly inspected and are eligible to be moved across national borders. For 20 years the NSHS, operated by Iowa State, has made strides in the urgent and increasingly complex task of protecting seeds from disease. More

Slipform Vertical Concrete Pour Begins Today
Construction continues on the ISU Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex for teaching and research on the Curtiss Farm south of Ames. The slip forming of the feed mill tower starts today, Aug. 30, and will rise about 1 foot every hour continuously through Thursday. The construction site and slip will be illuminated through the night. Progress can be viewed via the construction site camera.  

FPDA Proposal Submissions Due Sept. 10
Faculty Professional Development Assignment proposals and final reports are due to the college by Sept. 10. Submit to Associate Dean for Personnel and Finance Ruth MacDonald,

CALS P&S Council Changes Name, Launches New Website 
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professional and Scientific Council will change its name to the CALS Staff Council to embody those now included in council membership and services, CALS P&S and merit employees. The Council serves as a voice to the dean’s cabinet and other leaders as appropriate, as well as enhances networking, professional development, recognition opportunities and communications for CALS staff. More  

Pollinator Plots along Pammel Tie in to Larger Network 
The former Insectary and Genetics Lab building sites on the Pammel Drive corridor are being seeded with pollinator habitat for monarch butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Steven Bradbury, natural resource ecology and management, said the sites present a teaching lab possibility and contribute to the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium’s strategy for monarch conservation in Iowa. More  


Sept. 1: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar 
Catherine DeLong, extension and outreach water quality program manager, will share resources, ideas and perspectives about water quality and the role Iowans can play in the future of Iowa’s water resources. More

Sept. 16: Errington Lecture
The 2021 Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture will be held Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. via WebEx. Nalini Nadkarni, professor of biology and forest ecologist at the University of Utah, will present “A Question of Values: Weaving Science and Society for Forest Conservation.” Co-sponsors include CALS; the departments of agronomy, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and natural resource ecology and management; and the ecology and evolutionary biology graduate program. More  

Oct. 27-28: International Conference on Pig Survivability
Registration is now open for the International Conference on Pig Survivability, scheduled for Oct. 27-28 in Omaha. More  

Communications Kiosk

Subjunctive Mood
Use the subjunctive mood of a verb for contrary-to-fact conditions and expressions of doubts, wishes or regrets:

  • If I were a rich man, I wouldn’t have to work hard.
  • I doubt that more money would be the answer.
  • I wish it were possible to take back my words.

Sentences that express a contingency or hypothesis may use either the subjunctive or the indicative mood depending on the context. In general, use the subjunctive if there is little likelihood that a contingency might come true: 

  • If I were to marry a millionaire, I wouldn’t have to worry about money. 
  • If the bill passes as expected, it will provide an immediate tax cut. 

(The Associated Press Stylebook, 2020-2022 – pg. 285)


Gutowski Co-Author of Climate Change Report
William Gutowski, geological and atmospheric sciences, is one of 15 lead authors of a 228-page chapter within the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report provides a look at regional climate data, including fact sheets and an interactive online atlas. More  

Climate Change Panel Kicks Off Fall Lecture Series
Iowa State’s Lectures Program is starting the academic year with a panel of ISU experts discussing the effects of climate change and what can be done to mitigate or change the current situation. “The Uninhabitable Earth? Climate Change and Your Future” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The event will also be livestreamed. More  

Forever True, For Iowa State Campaign Exceeds Goal
At the close of the Forever True, For Iowa State campaign on June 30, 2021, more than 96,000 donors made 532,377 gifts and commitments during the campaign’s nine-year duration. The $1.542 billion raised to help meet the needs at Iowa State includes support for students. For example, more than 56,000 donor-funded scholarships were awarded to students during the campaign. More  


View Student Innovation Center Art at Twilight
University Museums is hosting Student Innovation Center at Twilight on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Twilight is the best time to view Interface, the newly installed public art by Catherine Widgery. There will be activities inspired by the art as well as pizza and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. 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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