Issue: 881

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Dec. 21, 2015 – No. 881

Top Stories

Graduate Shares Her Experiences
Haley Banwart, agriculture and life sciences education, shared her experiences with CALS extracurricular activities and internships prior to her graduation on Saturday. “Reflecting on my college career is kind of like leafing through a series of short stories,” Banwart writes. “There’s not one moment that defines my experience, rather a compilation of memories I have made along my journey.” More


Cover Crops Planted on ISU Research Farms up 83 Percent
Over the past year, the number of acres of cover crops planted on ISU research farms statewide has increased from 456 to 835 (2014 compared to 2015). Mark Honeyman, coordinator of ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, says the 83 percent increase is due to a mixture of research projects and farm manager awareness, and expects to see this trend continue over time. Cover crops have been gaining popularity as one way to reduce nutrient loss from crop fields.

Teaching and Students

Nontraditional Path for CALS Student Marshal
Shane Boeshart, agricultural systems technology, served as CALS student marshal during Saturday’s commencement ceremony. The Clear Lake, Iowa, native was a nontraditional student who opted to defer his acceptance to college and instead worked many trades, including welding agricultural hydraulic cylinders and gas pipelines across the nation, before studying at ISU. More 
Federally Inspected Meat Available for Purchase on ISU Campus
Student employees in the ISU Meat Laboratory assist in processing meat, packaging and selling product to customers through the meat lab store. The ISU Meat Lab is a federally inspected facility. The Meat Lab store is used as a cost recovery tool to cover expenses associated with raising and harvesting animals used for teaching purposes in animal science classes. The Meat Lab store, located at 162 Kildee Hall, is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. except during university breaks. More

Extension and Outreach

ISU Research Examines Iowa Farmers’ Use of Cover Crops
When Iowa farmers believe the benefits of planting cover crops outweigh the risks, they’re more likely to adopt this practice, ISU research shows. ISU researchers analyzed data from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll and conducted in-depth interviews with farmers to examine the factors that determine whether farmers adopt the use of cover crops. Their research was published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology, is co-director of the poll. More

Around the College

CALS Faculty Honored for Teaching Responsible Research
The Office of the Vice President for Research recognized faculty and staff who volunteered their teaching and research expertise to provide the fall 2015 graduate course in the conduct of responsible research. CALS faculty included: Guru Rao, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; Mark Gleason, plant pathology and microbiology; Susan Lamont, animal science; and Matt O’Neal, entomology. More 
Global Programs Hosts Agricultural Interns from Brazil and Japan
In mid-December, CALS Global Programs welcomed 25 interns and two coordinators from the International Farmers Aid Association’s Training Program for Young Farmers. IFAA is an American nonprofit that brings international farmers and agricultural students to the U.S. to intern on a farm. Global Programs has been hosting the IFAA interns for more than 30 years. More


CALS Online: Next Issue Jan. 11
CALS Online will take the next two weeks off for the holidays. It will resume Monday Jan. 11. Happy holidays!

Funding Opportunities

Expressions of Interest: FFAR New Innovator Program, Due Jan. 8
The recently formed Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has announced the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award program for individuals within the first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent career. Proposed research must fit one or more of FFAR’s seven target areas of research. Total budgets will be $600,000. FFAR will award $100,000 per year over three years, and the applicant must provide a one-to-one match from non-federal funds over the period. Submissions are limited to one per institution. Contact Sue Shipitalo ( by Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. to express interest in this opportunity so the Office of the VPR can determine whether an internal competition will be needed. More 
Nominations: ISU Awards for Achievement, Due Feb. 10
The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations is accepting nominations for the ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property and the ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development. Awards are one-time stipends of $1,500, to be shared in cases of joint awards. Please notify Joe Colletti ( by Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. of intent to nominate. Nominations are due Feb. 10. More 
Funding Opportunity for Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue the funding opportunity, “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2” on or about Dec. 30. More 
Library Instruction Workshops for Spring 2016
The ISU Library has published the schedule for hands-on library instruction workshops for spring 2016. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required for all workshops. Registration opens for individual workshops approximately three weeks prior to the event. Contact: Jody Kalvik (, 4-6117). More

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

Jan. 7 (white paper): Dept. of Homeland Security Bioforensic BAA – Solicitation Call 14. More 
Jan. 15, Apr. 15 (letter of intent): Whitehall Foundation Bioscience Research Projects; assistant professor or higher in basic research in vertebrate and invertebrate neurobiology, $30,000 to $75,000 per year up to three years, contact the ISU Foundation ( with interest. More 
Jan. 15 (notice of intent): NASA ROSES 2015 – Biodiversity. More 
Jan. 19 (pre-application): DOE Office of Science Earth System Modeling; $50,000 to $300,000 per year. More 
Jan. 22 (notice of intent): NASA ROSES 2015 – Earth Science Applications: Socioeconomic Benefits. More 
Feb. 1: Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program; graduate student in rice or wheat breeding. More 
Feb. 1 (applications accepted quarterly): The McKnight Foundation Mississippi River Program; contact ISU Foundation ( prior to applying. More 
Feb. 5: NIH Collaborative Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (Collaborative R01); $450,000 direct costs per year up to three years. More 
Feb. 5: NIH Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translation Research (R01); $450,000 direct costs per year up to three years. More 
Feb. 17: DOD SBIR/STTR pre-release topics; universities as partners. More 
Feb. 25: USDA NIFA Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program; ISU can participate as collaborator. More 
Feb. 26: USAID Call for Partnership Concept Papers for Senegal; extends closing date to Feb. 26. More


ICA Inducts Degner into Hall of Fame
Nancy Degner is this year’s recipient of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame award. Degner has given more than 40 years of service to the Iowa beef industry, serving as executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council from 2003 until her retirement this fall. More


What We All Want – A Strong Iowa
A holiday message from ISU Extension and Outreach illustrates why they do what they do. “We want a strong Iowa. That’s why we partner with Iowans and harness the resources of our university for communities and farmers to thrive, for families and children to be healthy, and eventually to turn the world over to the next generation better than we found it. Because a strong Iowa is what we all want.” 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 Friday.


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