Issue: 922

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Oct. 17, 2016 – No. 922

Top Stories

Carriquiry Named to National Academy of Medicine
Alicia Carriquiry, a Distinguished Professor of statistics, whose work has advanced the understanding of nutrition and dietary assessment, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Carriquiry’s work is supported by the Agriculture Experiment Station. She is one of two ISU faculty among the 70 new members and nine international members announced on Monday. James Roth in veterinary microbiology also was named to the National Academy of Medicine. More

Video of Keith Paustian, CALS Sustainability Lecture, Now Available
A video is available of Keith Paustian’s presentation on Oct. 10 as part of the CALS Sustainability Lecture Series. Paustian, of Colorado State University, spoke on “Climate-Smart Soils: Bringing Pie in the Sky Down to Earth.” The lecture was co-sponsored by the CALS Sustainability Task Force and the John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture.

Career Day Attracts 262 Employers, More than 2,700 Students
CALS Career Day held Oct. 11 attracted 262 employers, 2,719 students and 105 students from 19 other schools, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. Mike Gaul, director of career services, said the day also kicks off the job interview season. Employers conducted 1,063 campus interviews during the three days following career day. More than 370 students stopped to get a professional photo for their LinkedIn page at a CALS Communications Service photo booth set up at Career Day. Student volunteers Lexi Marek and Liz Bjelica helped take photos during the day.


Plant Pathologists Discover Clues to Soybean Rust Fungus
ISU plant pathologists are piecing together clues about how a global pest, soybean rust fungus, hacks the immune systems of soybeans. Further study of how the protein interacts with the soybean immune response could lead to better protection against soybean rust fungus and similar pathogens in other plants, said Steve Whitham, plant pathology and microbiology, and senior author of the study that was recently published in the journal PLoS Pathogens. More

Teaching and Students

Students Receive New ‘Hunger Fighter’ Scholarship
Katelyn Fritz, agronomy, and Michelle Friedmann, biological systems engineering, are the first recipients of a new endowed scholarship, the David Lambert `Hunger Fighter’ Memorial Scholarship, which honors Lambert’s efforts in addressing global food security and malnutrition during his lifetime. The scholarship was established by the Seed Science Center. More

Extension and Outreach

Sen. Ernst Visits Northeast Iowa Research Farm
ISU Extension and Outreach staff hosted U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst at the Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm and Borlaug Learning Center near Nashua on Oct. 13. Ernst was shown examples of CALS water quality research conducted on the farm, visiting the research plots and on-site bioreactor. More

Edwards Joins Staff as Urban Forestry Specialist
Gabriele Edwards (‘14 environmental science and forestry) has joined the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management as an extension urban forestry specialist. In this position, Edwards will primarily focus on restarting the Community Tree Steward program. More

Around the College

Leath: Partnerships Key to Solving Food Challenges
ISU President Steven Leath told an international audience last week the key to significant research advancements in world food supply, food security and environmental stewardship is commitment to public-private partnerships. Leath and four other panelists representing public higher education spoke Oct. 14 as part of the week-long World Food Prize events. More

Colletti and Bern on Panel for Best Practices Workshop on Honors and Awards, Oct. 26
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost is hosting a best practices workshop for increasing faculty recognition through honors and awards. It will focus specifically on the critical role that departmental and college honors and awards committees play in the nomination process. Panel members include Joe Colletti, CALS senior associate dean, and Carl Bern, agricultural and biosystems engineering. RSVP by Oct. 20 at Learn@ISU

NIFA Recognizes CALS Nutrient Management Planning Training in China
A USDA National Institute of Food And Agriculture project developed by CALS scientists received attention on World Food Day on Oct. 16. Hongwei Xin, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Distinguished Professor, worked with Robert Burns, a former CALS professor who is now at the University of Tennessee, to set up the nutrient management training in China in 2003. The workshops were developed to address an increased awareness to prevent and control pollution from large-scale livestock and poultry production. More


Oct. 19: National Bioenergy Day
Iowa State University will be participating in Bioenergy Day on Oct. 19. Sponsors and participants will have displays in Sukup Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal is to raise awareness of the educational, extracurricular and career opportunities in the field. More

Oct. 20: Feeding the World Seminar Series
The Feeding the World seminar series continues on Thursday, Oct. 20, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room. Khursheed Parakh, strategic marketing manager for Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America, will be the speaker.

Oct. 25: Staniforth Memorial Lecture
The 27th annual David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture will be Oct. 25 at 4:10 p.m. in 118 Horticulture Hall. Marie Jasieniuk, professor and plant biologist in the department of plant sciences at the University of California-Davis, will present “Managing the Evolution of Weed Adaptations.” A reception will follow in the Agronomy Commons. More

Funding Opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY2017 INFEWS Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Water
The National Science Foundation has issued a Dear Colleague Letter for an FY2017 Innovations at the Nexus of the Food, Energy and Water Systems funding opportunity on nitrogen, phosphorous and water. This component of the investment is designed to advance a new understanding of the role of the chemistry of nitrogen, phosphorous and water in the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter should be submitted to one of the programs listed in the letter within the existing deadlines for that program. More

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program
ISU collaborates in the Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program to stimulate scholarly initiatives among the Big 12 universities. The program awards funds of up to $2,500 each for faculty members to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Eligible faculty members are those who are tenured, tenure-track, adjunct faculty who have been in their positions for at least six years, senior clinicians or senior lecturers. The remaining deadlines for FY2017 are Jan. 20 and Apr. 7. More

New USDA Program Offers Internships for NSF-Funded Graduate Students
Graduate students funded under the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program are eligible to apply for a 12-month internship within any USDA agency. USDA will host interns who have a desire to research food, agriculture, natural resources and/or human sciences in disciplines such as chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, materials research, mathematical sciences, social sciences, STEM education and learning research, and others. Applications for the USDA internships should be submitted to the NSF Graduate Research Internship Program by Dec. 4 or May 6. More

Workshop: Finding Funding Using Campus Resources, Oct. 20
The ISU Library and the Office of the Vice President for Research will co-host a workshop on finding non-governmental and nonprofit organizations that fund research and education. Rebecca Jackson, associate professor at the ISU Library, will show participants how to use the Foundation Directory Online, a database of nonprofit organizations. Sue Shipitalo, research development and training coordinator in the Office of the VPR, will present tips on how to apply for these and other grants. The workshop will take place on Oct. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Parks Library Room 0134. Preregistration is required via LEARN@ISU using keyword LIB. More

Save the Date: ISU Workshop on Working in Interdisciplinary Teams, Nov. 4
Michelle Bennett, author of Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide, will share her expertise on working in interdisciplinary teams and provide practical tools and strategies for how to manage a team. The focus will be on managing expectations, skill building and building trust. The workshop is scheduled for Nov. 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. On-line registration will open soon. More

Podcast Series: Voices from DARPA
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a new podcast series that offers an informative window into the minds of program managers. In each episode, a program manager from one of DARPA’s six technical offices—Biological Technologies, Defense Sciences, Information Innovation, Microsystems Technology, Strategic Technology and Tactical Technology—discusses why they are at DARPA and what they are doing. The goal of this series is to share some of DARPA’s institutional know-how, vision, process and history. More

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

Oct. 26 (internal expression of interest): NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (R01); send email to to express interest. More

Nov. 30: USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program; universities only as partners. More

Jan. 11: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Young Scientists Program; eligibility approximately two years prior to receiving Ph.D. or equivalent degree. More

Jan. 20 (pre-proposal): NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. More

Jan. 25: NIH Animal and Biological Material Resource Centers (P40). More

Feb. 9: NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; $20,000 direct costs. More

Feb. 15: WM Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program; contact ISU Foundation to express interest. More

Communications Kiosk

Punctuation Rules for Possessives
Some governmental, corporate and institutional organizations with a descriptive word in their names use an apostrophe; others do not. Follow the user’s practice: Actors’ Equity, Diners Club, the Ladies’ Home Journal, the National Governors Association. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2014 edition, pg. 209)


Former CALS MLO to Speak on Planning for Success, Oct. 22
Aurelio Curbelo, director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota, will speak on “Planning for Success” on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Curbelo previously worked as the multicultural liaison officer for CALS and administrator of the George Washington Carver summer research program. The presentation is part of the Puerto Rican Student Association’s Cultural Night. More


Painting the Final Coat
On Oct. 13 Artist Rose Frantzen put the finishing varnish on her painting Do You Know What's Inside This Flower? George Washington Carver Mentors a Young Henry A. Wallace. The painting is hung in room 142 in the Dean's Gallery in Curtiss Hall. The painting was commissioned by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and University Museums with funds provided by Jim and Marcia Henderson Borel (class of 1978).

Robertson Finishes Ironman Competition
Malcolm Robertson, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, finished the Ironman competition in Louisville on Oct. 9 in 12 hours and 50 minutes. He met his goal of completing the competition in less than 14 hours. The competition included a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run that ended in downtown Louisville.

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