Issue: 979

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Nov. 13, 2017

Top Stories

VanDerZanden Receives National USDA Teaching Award
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs, has received the USDA National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. VanDerZanden also is a Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher and horticulture professor in CALS. More


Koziel Research Highlighted in The Economist
Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and his research on improving air quality were featured in the Nov. 9 issue of The Economist. “Research has found that improving the air quality of the places where pigs and other livestock are housed makes for healthier and more productive animals. The question is, how to do that cheaply? Jacek Koziel of Iowa State University reckons he has the answer: titanium dioxide and disco lights.” More

USDA Highlights CALS Monarch Research
In a Nov. 7 blog post, USDA highlights a CALS research team that is studying how monarchs grow and develop on various species of milkweed in hopes of unlocking the full potential of monarch habitat restoration efforts. The research team is led by Sue Blodgett, entomology, Steven Bradbury, natural resource ecology and management, Richard Hellmich, USDA collaborator, and CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen. More

Teaching and Students

Brumm and Delate Named CALS Online Learning Teachers of the Year
Thomas Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Kathleen Delate, horticulture, have been named CALS AgOnline Learning Teachers of the Year. Videos featuring Brumm and Delate are available online. The award is sponsored by the Brenton Center in honor of National Distance Learning Week. More

CALS Diversity Programs Seeking Student Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors
The CALS Diversity Program office is seeking student applicants for the 2018-2019 CALS, LEAD IT Collective (Leaders Enhancing Agriculture, Diversity, Inclusion and Trust). Through professional development and mentorship, the group is committed to building strong leaders and community partners who acknowledge the values of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. Members serve as liaisons to student organizations and academic departments, and assist in the development and implementation of specific projects. Applications are due Nov. 20. More

CALS Student Council Seeks Nominations for Senior Honors, Including Diversity Award
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. New this year is the Commitment to Diversity Award, recognizing a student who has fostered an environment to encourage diversity with CALS and ISU. Online nominations will be accepted until Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Holiday Cheer: Block and Bridle Club’s Summer Sausage and Cheese
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. The summer sausage is made on campus in the Meats Laboratory and the cheese (cheddar, Colby jack and pepper jack) is from Bongards Creamery in Minnesota. Money raised will be used for club trips, and shows and scholarships hosted by the club. Contact with questions.

Holiday Cheer: Hort Club’s Poinsettia Preorders Due Nov. 13
Preorders for the Horticulture Club’s annual poinsettia sale are due today, Nov. 13. The order form is available online. Retail sales will take place Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Curtiss Hall; Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Beardshear Hall; Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union; and Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reiman Gardens. The poinsettias are grown by club members in the Horticulture Greenhouses. Funds raised will be used for covering club activities, contest expenses and student enrichment.

Holiday Cheer: Forestry Club’s Christmas Trees at Reiman Gardens
The Forestry Club is holding its annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Reiman Gardens Parking Lot. Trees will be for sale Nov. 25-26, Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10. Hours are Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. The club will have Fraser fir, balsam fir, and white and Scotch pine, as well as balsam fir wreaths. Proceeds go towards club activities and student development. More

Extension and Outreach

Superintendent Named at Northwest Research Farm
Terry Tuttle has been named superintendent of ISU’s Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland. Tuttle manages the farm and is the primary contact for research projects. More

Iowa Learning Farms to Host Webinar on Bioreactors
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar to explore the past, present and future of bioreactors on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon. Laura Christianson, professional engineer and assistant professor in the department of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, will present. More

Around the College

Blanchong Appointed Interim Chair of IACUC
Julie Blanchong, natural resource ecology and management, has been appointed as interim chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The IACUC must approve any activities that involve the use of live vertebrate animals. The IACUC is one part of ISU’s Animal Care and Use Program. More 
Ross and Harris Receive Vet Med’s Stange Award
Richard Ross, CALS dean from 2000 to 2001, and Hank Harris, CEO of Harris Vaccines and professor emeritus of animal science, received the Stange Award for Meritorious Service as part of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s homecoming activities. The award is presented annually and recognizes distinguished alumni for outstanding professional achievements. More

Congenital Heart Defect Claims Miracle Natukunda
Miracle, the daughter of Martha and Kevin Natukunda, died Nov. 12. She was four months and three weeks old. In September, an online fundraising site was established to help Martha and Kevin, who are graduate students in agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology. Miracle had a congenital heart defect that required surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. More

CALS Online: Next Full Issue Nov. 27
CALS Online will not be publishing a full issue on Nov. 20, the week of Thanksgiving. It will resume Monday, Nov. 27.


Dec. 6: Science With Practice Poster Presentation
This semester’s Science With Practice poster presentation open house will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Atrium. Science With Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture.

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Submit Intent to Apply for ISU Inclusion Initiative Grants by Nov. 30
The ISU Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks intentional, creative proposals for awards of up to $5,000 for innovative inclusion initiatives intended to foster community engagement that positively impacts ISU. Applicants can be faculty or staff. Required intent to apply must be submitted by Nov. 30. More

Professional Development Funds for NTE Faculty Proposals Due Dec. 15
The Office of SVPP has allocated funds to support professional development of lecturers/senior lecturers, clinicians/senior clinicians, clinical and adjunct faculty. Applications from faculty without access to professional development support from their departments are particularly encouraged to apply.  NTE faculty may apply for up to $500 to participate in a professional conference, workshop, or training. Applications are due by Dec. 15 for conferences/workshops taking place between Jan. 1 and June 30. More

Draft Scientific Carbon Cycle Assessment Available for Public Comment
USDA-NIFA has announced the availability of a draft assessment, the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Science Report, for 60-day public review. Comments will be reviewed by the relevant chapter author teams. Following revision and further review, a revised draft will undergo final federal interagency clearance. This assessment responds to the 1990 Congressional mandate to periodically produce National Climate Assessments and to assist the nation in understanding, assessing, predicting and responding to global change. Written comments must be received by Jan. 8. More

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

Dec. 1 (Review Window 1 for Phase I concept papers): Millennial Challenge Corporation Annual Program Statement – Partnerships; cost share required. More

Dec. 4: NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR). More STTR, SBIR

Dec. 21 (letter of intent): USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program; $500,000 standard research grant, $25,000 conference grant. More

Jan. 15, April 15 (letter of intent): Whitehall Foundation Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid; basic research in neurobiology; contact ISU Foundation ( to express interest. More

Feb. 5, June 5: NIH Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01). More

Feb. 5: NIH Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R01). More

Feb. 28: NSF Dimension of Biodiversity; includes U.S.-China, U.S.-Sao Paulo and U.S.-South Africa collaborative research opportunities. More

Sept. 14 (rolling basis): U.S. Embassy Brussels PAS Annual Program Statement; $10,000 to $150,000, includes academic lectures, seminars and speaker programs. More

Oct. 22: NSF Energy for Sustainability; $300,000 standard project, $450,000 collaborative project. More

Communications Kiosk

ISU Iconic Campus Photos Available for Public Sale
PhotoShelter, a new photo system in ISU’s Office of University Relations, and a contract with an off-campus photo finisher, now make it possible for members of the public to purchase prints of many iconic images of the Iowa State campus. “We’ve had requests from alumni and friends for high-quality, professional campus images, so we decided to make this service available,” said Christopher Gannon, university photographer. All images in the gallery are available in a free, low-resolution digital download suitable for Instagram use, Twitter header or as a small screen saver. Full-resolution digital downloads, for use in professional products such as posters, pop-up displays or wall decals, are available only to university units for a $25 fee. More


Cooperative Agreement Will Help Veterinarians Strengthen Avian Influenza Response
A $1 million cooperative agreement between USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Center for Food Security and Public Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine will help the center prepare for future outbreaks of avian influenza, such as the one that sparked a crisis in 2015 among egg and poultry producers. More

ISU Wins Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award
Iowa State University received a 2017 Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Award in the talent category at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12. The award honors public universities actively engaged in and promoting regional economic development. More

Secretary Perdue Launches Veteran Resources at USDA
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the launch of USDA resources to provide comprehensive and timely support to veterans interested in opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness and in rural America. USDA supports veterans in the areas of employment, education and entrepreneurship, and pulls together programs from the department’s 17 agencies that veterans may use. More


Forestry Club Continues Long-Standing Partnership with Cross Country
In 1990, the ISU Forestry Club planted eight trees along the start line of the Iowa State cross country course. It marked a partnership between the club and the cross country teams to maintain the course. Twenty-seven years later, the partnership continues as the Forestry Club helped to prepare the course for the 2017 Midwest Regional qualifying meet that took place Nov. 10. “Shoutout to the Iowa State Forestry Club,” said men’s assistant cross country coach Jeremy Sudbury. “For the last five weeks every weekend they’ve been deforesting, raking and getting the course ready. It’s a great partnership with Dr. [Joe] Colletti.” Colletti is senior associate dean in CALS and becomes interim dean on Nov. 20. More

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