Issue: 1171

CALS Online and Dean’s Message
Sept. 7, 2021

Dean’s Message

Hello CALS Colleagues – I hope you had a great long weekend and all’s well with you and yours. I want to acknowledge a few key things: What a great and important win our Cyclone football team had on Saturday! Did you know there are about 10 players on the team from our college, and even more in the most excellent ISU Cyclone Marching Band... More

Top Stories

College Roadshow to Broadcast from ISU on Sept. 9
U.S. Farm Report and Syngenta will kick off the 2021 College Roadshow season with a live taping of U.S. Farm Report on central campus this Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. Tyne Morgan, host and executive producer of U.S. Farm Report, will talk with panelists Dermot Hayes and Lee Schulz, economics, and Iowa State alum and AgriTalk host Chip Flory.

Syngenta on Campus this Thursday
The Syngenta talent acquisition team will be on central campus on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. to talk career and internship opportunities with students. They will also have t-shirts, hats and other giveaways. Syngenta is partnering with the U.S. Farm Report for the College Roadshow.

Show Your Spirit During the College Roadshow
Students are invited to cheer on some of Iowa State’s leading agricultural economists during a live taping of the U.S. Farm Report on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. on central campus. The best student sign will win a customized ISU corn hole set.


INRC Announces Funding for New Water Quality Projects  
The Iowa Nutrient Research Center has announced funding of more than $1.4 million to support 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2021-2022. More

AG2PI Awards First Round of Seed Grants
The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded seven seed grants to institutions across the country for projects that help advance crop and livestock genetics research. One of the grants in this round will support the Iowa State project, “Ethics, Diversity and Inclusivity in G2P Research,” with Shawn Dorius, sociology, and researchers in human development and family studies. More

PSI Accepting Applications for Faculty Scholars Program
The Plant Sciences Institute is accepting applications for the PSI Faculty Scholars program, intended to identify, support and empower talented researchers at Iowa State who have the potential to contribute to the complex and rapidly emerging discipline of predictive phenomics. Applications are due by Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. More

Teaching and Students

Burras to Present CELT Program on Teaching Large Lectures
Lee Burras, agronomy, will present a seminar on reaching unmotivated students in large lectures for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Burras has many years of experience teaching high enrollment classes in big auditoriums, and will share how to facilitate engagement and ensure the learning environment is meaningful, welcoming and enjoyable. More

Extension and Outreach

Pilcher New Pesticide Safety Education Manager
Carol Pilcher is the new lead for the Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State University. She will oversee the training administered to private and commercial pesticide applicators across Iowa. More

Fall Forestry Field Days to be Held Across Iowa
Six educational opportunities for forest landowners, industry and enthusiasts will be offered by ISU Extension and Outreach and state and local partners in September and October. Pre-registration is requested to help with events that include meals and materials. More

Registration Open for Guide Training Workshops
Registration is now open for two Guide Training workshops. The program was created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s cities and tourism attractions, including museums, nature areas, agritourism, city tours and historic sites, according to Diane Van Wyngarden, tourism specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. More

SoyFest Showcases Soy on ISU Campus
SoyFest, the inaugural campus-wide celebration of soybeans organized by the Iowa Soybean Research Center, helped students, faculty and staff at Iowa State connect the many ways soybeans play a role in their everyday lives. Greg Tylka, director of the ISRC, said, “It’s all about expanding the appreciation and the value of soybeans to the state of Iowa.” More

Around the College

Houser Named to New State Artisanal Butchery Task Force
Terry Houser, animal science and Iowa State Meat Lab, was appointed to a new state Artisanal Butchery Task Force, led by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. More

Youngs Receives Fulbright Award
Curt Youngs, animal science, was recently selected for a Fulbright Award to work with colleagues in the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo. More

In Memoriam: William Frankenberger
William Frankenberger of Stevensville, Montana, died Aug. 14. He was 69. Frankenberger earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in agronomy from Iowa State University in 1977 and 1980 respectively. He served for 30 years on the faculty in the Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of California Riverside. In November 2015, Frankenberger established an Endowed Faculty Professorship in Soil Science at Iowa State in the Department of Agronomy. More


Sept. 8: Field Day near Gilmore City
A field day near Gilmore City on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature nutrient management, cover crops and wetlands. The event, hosted by Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Iowa Corn, will be held in conjunction with the WHO Big Show Water Quality Wednesday. The public event is free and includes a complimentary meal. More

Sept. 8: Welcome Back Ice Cream Social
The CALS Staff Council invites all staff to attend its Wednesday, Sept. 8, Welcome Back Ice Cream Social from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Kildee Hall’s Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion. Enjoy free ice cream and fellowship. The event will also offer lactose-free treats. Attendees will have a chance to win gift cards from varied businesses.

Sept. 8: Water Quality Research Seminar
Emily Zimmerman, natural resource ecology and management, will discuss the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework and its recent advances, for the first session in the fall Iowa Nutrient Research Center Water Quality Research Seminar series, held Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. The hybrid event will be held via Zoom and in person at 1306 Elings Hall. Advance registration requested. More

Sept. 20: Save the Date
Dean Robison will be hosting a CALS Chat on Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Food Sciences Courtyard. The informal, drop-in event will be an opportunity for casual conversation. Pre-packaged Creamery ice cream will be served.


Fall ClubFest this Wednesday, Sept. 8
Fall ClubFest is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union. It is an opportunity for students to browse through clubs and organizations at Iowa State and learn how to get involved on campus. More

Women Impacting ISU Calendar Nominations due Sept. 24
The Catt Center is accepting nominations for its 2022 “Women Impacting ISU” calendar through Sept. 24. Please check the list of previous honorees to make sure they have not already been honored. More


A Study Room for the Family
A new study room at Parks Library designed for parents with kids in hand is now open. The family-friendly room is located on the lower level of the library near the children’s book collection, family restrooms and a lactation room. The room is large enough for two adults and up to six children and features child-sized furniture, toys and a computer for children with educational software. It is also equipped with two adult work stations with universal docking stations, a black and white printer, whiteboards and markers. The room can be reserved online. 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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