Issue: 840

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
March 9, 2015 – No. 840

Top Stories

ISU, Cedar Rapids Partner on Agricultural Bioprocessing
A partnership between ISU and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. University and city officials announced March 4 the establishment of an Iowa State research and extension liaison position. More. View the press conference

ISU Team Highlighted in Publication of Egg Sustainability Research
Nine research articles resulting from a three-year commercial-size two-flock research study on sustainable egg production were released in the March 3 issue of Poultry Science, the journal of the Poultry Science Association. ISU researchers solely produced two of the articles and collaborated on another two. The research was conducted by the Coalition for a Sustainable Egg Supply, which includes scientists from ISU’s agriculture and biosystems engineering and animal science departments. The ISU research team was led by Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center. More. The Egg Industry Center will present the research results at its Egg Industry Issues Forum in Des Moines on April 8.


Hornbuckle Helps NASA Satellite Measure Soil Moisture
With the help of Brian Hornbuckle, agronomy, a recently launched NASA satellite will record moisture content in soil across the globe. The SMAP satellite measures the moisture in soil by monitoring the microwave radiation emitted by the Earth’s surface. More

Scientists Identify Treatment to Curtail Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans
Daren Mueller and Leonor Leandro, plant pathology and microbiology, are principal investigators for a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans. A seed treatment has been identified. More

ISU Part of Website Launch Featuring Impacts of Land-grant Universities
A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at ISU and the nation’s other land-grant universities has been launched. Impact statements are categorized in six areas: food security; nutrition and health; youth, family and communities; environmental stewardship; agricultural systems; and energy and bioproducts. More

Teaching and Students

Faculty Members Sought for Professional Development Committee
The CALS Professional Development Committee is currently seeking two to three faculty members to fill open spots on the committee roster. The committee meets three times per year and is responsible for facilitating the professional growth of faculty, staff and administrators. Among other duties, this committee reviews and ranks foreign travel grant applications that are then forwarded to the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty Recognition and Development. If you are interested in serving, please contact David Acker,

Extension and Outreach

Aquaculture Publications a Resource for Farmers
Fish producers can stay current on the areas of fish health, feeding practices, water quality and water treatment by referring to the standard operating procedures for aquaculture outlined in new ISU Extension and Outreach publications. More

Lasley: Iowa’s Farm Culture Tied to Vitality of Rural Communities
Results from a new Iowa poll show nearly a quarter of Iowa adults are actively farming now or have done so at some point in their lives, and nearly half of Iowa adults have lived on a farm. Two-thirds have close relatives who have farmed now or in the past. Just 6 percent of Iowans have never stepped foot on a farm. These results don’t shock Paul Lasley, sociology. In an article for the March 6 issue of the Des Moines Register, he emphasizes the ties between Iowa’s farm culture and the vitality of its rural communities as a whole. More


March 13: Gamma Sigma Delta Award Nomination Deadline
Membership and award nominations are being accepted through March 13 for the Iowa Beta Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture. More

April 7-8: Egg Industry Issues Forum
Registration is now open for the 7th annual Egg Industry Issues Forum, scheduled for April 7-8 in downtown Des Moines. More

April 10-11: Registration Open for Stupka Symposium
Registration is now open for the 10th annual Stupka Symposium, to be held April 10-11, 2015. More

Funding Opportunities

Travel Support to Attend NSF Regional Grants Conference
CALS will provide travel support up to $800 each for up to six CALS faculty members to attend the National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference in Tampa, Fla., June 1-2. Interested CALS faculty should contact Joe Colletti ( via email. Preference for this support will be given to new/young faculty and then mid-career faculty. Preference will also be given to individuals who have not recently received travel support for a grant-related event. Individuals receiving travel support will be expected to submit a short report (one or two pages) on best practices learned from the conference. More

W.M. Keck Foundation 2015 Research Program Competition and Open Forum
The Office of the Vice President for Research is soliciting pre- proposals for the W.M. Keck Foundation 2015 Research Program. An open forum for those interested in submitting a pre-proposal will be held on April 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 3512 Memorial Union. Pre-proposals are due by May 22. Contact Sue Shipitalo ( for pre-proposal submission guidelines. Contact Donna Van Pelt ( for program questions. More

Understanding Funding Agencies: Department of Energy
The Office of the Vice President for Research will host the workshop, Understanding Funding Agencies: Department of Energy, on April 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in 301A Spedding Hall. This workshop will help faculty, researchers and support staff understand how to successfully seek sponsored funds from the DOE. A panel of faculty and researchers from Ames Lab will explain DOE’s mission and structure, research funding opportunities and proposal review process. They will also offer tips on how to write a competitive proposal to DOE and talk about Ames Lab and opportunities for collaborations. Register

Funding Information, Opportunities and Deadline Reminders
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, Additional information is posted at CALS Funding Resources.

Mar. 30 (pre-application): USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative; $50,000 to $7 million. More

Mar. 30 (letter of intent): The Obesity Society Early-Career Research Grants; $25,000, must be member to apply. More

Mar. 31: Buckminster Fuller Institute 2015 Fuller Challenge; $100,000. More

Apr. 1: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health 2015-16 Small Grants Program; $20,000. More

Apr. 3: USDA FAS Emerging Markets Program; $500,000, cost share required. More

Apr. 3: USDA FAS Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops; $500,000 per year. More

Apr. 15: NSF I-Corps L – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education; $50,000, July-Aug. (seven weeks) cohort. More

Apr. 24: State Dept. FY 2015 Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program; $287,500, limited submission, contact Sue Shipitalo ( to express interest. More

Apr. 30: EPA Environmental Finance Center Grant Program; $8 million over six years, limited submission, contact Sue Shipitalo ( to express interest. More

May 1 (pre-proposal): NSF Cracking the Olfactory Code. More

May 4: DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center: Energy and Water; $50 million total, of which $25 million from U.S. ($12.5 award plus $12.5 million match) and $25 million from China; limited submission, contact Sue Shipitalo ( to express interest. More

May 5: NCR-SARE 2015 Graduate Student Grant; $10,000. More

May 13: Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Round 15; Phase I $100,000, Phase II $1 million. More

May 19: USDA FAS Quality Samples Program; $75,000. More

May 27: USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems; $49 million for five years, cost share encouraged. More

Communications Kiosk

What Makes a Good Science Story – Just Plain Cool
Journalists and their audiences like stories with intrinsic appeal. Think about your research. Look at your work with fresh eyes. What would someone who knows nothing about it find weird, fascinating or just plain cool? Also, it is important to be able to talk about your work. Enthusiasm is critical. If you aren’t excited about your own work, why should anyone else care? (Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter, 2010, pg. 47 – part 7 of 8.)


Brown on Managing Carbon like Coffee Cups
Robert Brown, director of ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute, likened managing carbon to using coffee cups in a blog post for the March 6 edition of The Hill. “Many people find the role of biofuels in managing greenhouse gases difficult to understand. It can be readily explained over a cup of coffee. Imagine a couple who enjoys cups of coffee every morning. Of course, they wash and reuse the cups,” Brown explained. More


Gardner Featured as Super Woman of Maize
Candace Gardner, a collaborative assistant professor in agronomy and research leader for USDA’s North Central Region Plant Introduction Station, was featured on the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center’s website in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Gardner oversees the conservation of the U.S. maize collection and the Germplasm Enhancement of Maize project. Gardner was nominated by a former employee as a Super Woman of Maize. More

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