Issue: 975

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Oct. 23, 2017

Top Stories

CALS in Uganda: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Associate Dean David Acker recently spoke with the Iowa State Daily on the college’s work in the Kamuli District in Uganda. For the past 13 years, CALS faculty and students have traveled to Uganda as part of a service learning program through the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. Acker said the overall goal of the Uganda program is trifold. First, to improve the lives of the local citizens living there by training the community and giving them the information they need to be successful. Second, train future leaders in the agriculture industry from both Iowa and Uganda. Students who are part of this program not only work with their peers from ISU, but they also work closely with their Ugandan counterparts from universities in Kamuli. Third, to take the land-grant mission of using university experience to help rural areas and exemplifying that on a worldwide scale. More

Horticulture Seminar Today on CSRL School Garden Service Learning Program
Gail Nonnecke, horticulture, and Donald Kugonza, Makerere University in Uganda, will present a seminar today, Oct. 23, at 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 118 Horticulture Hall. The topic is “The Uganda School Garden Service Learning Program: 12 Years of Bi-national Service and Learning.”


Gross-Wen Technologies Receives USDA Grants
Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc., an ISU spinoff created by Martin Gross, postdoctoral research associate, and Zhiyou Wen, food science and human nutrition, has been awarded two USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program grants. The Phase I SBIR grant ($100,000) will pursue development of a new microalgae product high in bioavailable, organically-bound selenium. The Phase II SBIR grant ($600,000) will continue commercialization of a full-scale, algal-based treatment system to remove nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) from wastewater in small rural communities and produce a pelletized, slow-release algal fertilizer. The work will take place at the Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm.

Teaching and Students

CALS Sophomore Awarded David Lambert Scholarship
Emily Hugen, a sophomore studying agronomy and global resource systems, is the 2017 recipient of the David Lambert Hunger Fighter Memorial Scholarship, honoring Lambert’s lifetime efforts addressing global food security and child malnutrition. The presentation was made during a luncheon held in conjunction with the World Food Prize’s 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International symposium. The scholarship was established by the Seed Science Center. More

CALS Student Council Seeks Nominations for Senior Awards
The CALS Student Council is seeking nominations to recognize outstanding fall 2017 graduates for their lasting impact at Iowa State. Students can self-nominate or a nomination can be filled out by a peer, advisor or ISU staff member for any of the six awards. Online nominations will be accepted until Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

More Than 1,000 Interviews Conducted after Career Day
Last week after Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day, employers conducted 1,047 interviews with students on campus. The job fair attracted 265 organizations recruiting, making it the third largest. Of the more than 2,500 attending, 106 were visitors from 16 institutions outside of Iowa State. More than 800 student photos for Linked In profiles were taken by CALS Communications.

Brenton Center Accepting Classroom Reservations
The Brenton Center is accepting classroom reservations for spring 2018. Classrooms 8 and 9 seat 35 each; classroom 13 seats 56. First preference will be given to CALS Online courses that require a live capture for online delivery to distance students or faculty recording their lectures using the new format for distance delivery. Contact Gaylan Scofield,, with questions or requests by Nov. 1. More

Extension and Outreach

Video: Expanding Grape and Hop Production in Iowa
ANR Extension and Outreach has released an impact video on expanding grape and hop production in Iowa. These two specialty crops represent growing industries in the state. This is the sixth in the ANR video series highlighting the impact being made by extension specialists. More

Around the College

Open House to Honor Klonglan and Woteki, Friday, Oct. 27
CALS is holding an open house on Friday, Oct. 27, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in 9 Curtiss Hall to honor college award winners Gerald Klonglan and Catherine Woteki. Klonglan, emeritus professor of sociology, associate dean for national programs and assistant director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, is recipient of the George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award. Woteki, professor of food science and human nutrition, former USDA chief scientist and undersecretary for the Research, Education and Economics mission area and former dean of CALS, is recipient of the Henry A. Wallace Award. Coffee, pastries and fruit will be offered during the open house. Klonglan and Woteki will receive their awards during the annual ISU Honors and Awards Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Scheman Building.

Wintersteen on Call to Double USDA Research Budget
USDA’s research, education and extension budget should be doubled to $6 billion during the five-year life of the 2018 Farm Bill, according to a broad coalition of 66 organizations involved in almost every facet of the U.S. agricultural sector. “As a nation, we have underfunded agricultural research and neglected a vitally important area of science far too long,” said CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen in an Oct. 20 news release from the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation. More

White Named International Carotenoid Society Fellow
Wendy White, food science and human nutrition, has been named an inaugural fellow of the International Carotenoid Society. White studies the bioavailability, or absorption efficiency, of carotenoids – colored antioxidant pigments that are abundant in green, yellow-orange, and red fruits and vegetables. More

Agricultural Education and Studies Faculty Receive Awards at Regional Conference
The 2017 North Central Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education was hosted by ISU this fall. The following faculty in the agricultural education and studies department received awards and were elected to leadership roles: Mark Hainline, Outstanding Research Paper Presentation; Robert Martin, Distinguished Agricultural International Educator; Greg Miller, Outstanding Agricultural Educator; Misty Lambert, editing and managing board of the Journal of Agricultural Education and research committee; Hainline, program improvement committee; Scott Smalley, chair of research committee.

Deiter Receives Alumni Award from University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Ron Deiter, economics, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Oct. 13. Deiter said he is one of four awardees recognized this year out of University of Wisconsin’s more than 50,000 alums. Deiter said CALS faculty that Jim Kliebenstein, economics, and Joe Sebranek, animal science, also received the award in 2011 and 1992. All three attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated within a span of three years. The three didn’t meet each other until coming to Iowa State. More


Oct. 25: Reception for Topel Collection in Dean’s Gallery
An opening reception to celebrate the reinstallation of the Dean’s Gallery in Agriculture and Life Sciences with objects from the David and Jay-lin Topel Collection will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 138 Curtiss Hall.

Oct. 26: CALS Study Abroad Fair
The CALS Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. Program directors will have information on spring break and summer programs, as well as other resources like student travel consultants and financial aid.

Oct. 30: Food Evolution – Documentary and Discussion
The documentary “Food Evolution” will be shown on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The film wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving the issue of GMOs and food. Alison Van Eenennaam, professor and extension animal genomics and biotechnology specialist at the University of California-Davis, will provide opening remarks and lead a discussion immediately following the 90-minute film. Sponsors include CALS and the departments of animal science, food science and human nutrition, and horticulture. More

Nov. 7: Staniforth Memorial Lecture
The 2017 David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture will be held Nov. 7 at 4:10 p.m. in 2432 Food Sciences. Paul Neve, weed biologist and smart crop protection leader with Rothamsted Research in England, will present “Weed Science: Running to Stand Still?” More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

USAID APS for Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation
The U.S. Agency for International Development has released the Annual Program Statement Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation. USAID will support exploration of ways in which innovative technologies, data and methods can help to better understand the food security and development problems that Feed the Future seeks to solve, specifically in terms of measurement and analysis objectives. Multiple awards of up to $1 million each are anticipated. Questions can be submitted until Oct. 27. Concept papers are due Dec. 1. More

Reminder: Writing Winning Grant Proposals Workshop Nov. 8
The Office of the Vice President for Research will host the workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals,” on Nov. 8 in the Memorial Union Sun Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faculty, staff, post-docs and graduate students are welcome to attend. The $80 registration fee includes the workbook. Attendees must have the permission of their department chairs or other authorizing personnel before registering. CALS will reimburse departments for the registration fee for each new tenure-eligible and new adjunct faculty member whose tenure home/primary appointment is in CALS and who joined the college between fall semester 2015 and fall semester 2017. More

Upcoming FFAR Convening Events
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has posted a schedule for nine convening events that will occur between Oct. 23 and Dec. 4. Topics include novel and ancient crops, priorities and opportunities for antibiotic research, crops in controlled environments, and sustainable livestock production among others. More

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

Nov. 1, Feb. 1 (initial inquiry): The McKnight Foundation Mississippi River Grant Program; contact ISU Foundation to express interest ( More

Nov. 15: Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife/Exotic Studies Grants for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Studies; contact the ISU Foundation to express interest ( More

Dec. 4: U.S. EPA FY 2017 and FY 2018 Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water; 10 percent minimum non-federal cost-share/match. More

Dec. 15: Organic Farming Research Foundation 2018 Research Grants; $20,000, contact ISU Foundation to express interest ( More

Jan. 22: U.S. Forest Service 2018 Wood Innovations Program. More

Communications Kiosk

Dangling Modifiers One of Five Common Grammatical Errors
Dangling modifiers is one of five common grammatical errors discussed in a recent MacMillan Dictionary blog post. Though frequent in most varieties of English, dangling modifiers may invite misreading. This example from a motorbike magazine illustrates the point: “From Llandrindod you proceed along the lovely valley of the Ithon, growing more beautiful as you proceed.” The modifier “growing more beautiful” refers to the valley, but it attaches too readily to the pronoun “you.” More


CALS Co-Sponsors Oct. 26 Lecture on Leadership
Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch will present “Leadership: Finding a Roadmap for Success” on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. After graduating from college, Kickbusch entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades, breaking barriers and setting records to become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. She retired as a 22-year veteran and is founder and head of Educational Achievement Services. CALS is a co-sponsor of the lecture. More

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