Issue: 986

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Jan. 16, 2018

Top Stories

Tom Baas: Career Builder and Student Mentor
Tom Baas, professor emeritus of animal science, was featured in the latest issue of STORIES magazine. Baas worked in the industry for 22 years before starting in his faculty position at Iowa State in 1994. One of his favorite classes was Pork Fellows, a class that introduced students to opportunities and professionals in the pork industry. Students, colleagues and alumni offered their support to Tom and Cindy Baas (center above) during his recent battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Lecturer Greg Krahn (left) stepped in to lead Baas’ classes, and students organized awareness and fundraising events. Will Tubbs (second from left) and Edan Lambert (right) are bone marrow donors and grad student Billy Marshall (second from right) is a leader in the Be the Match program at Iowa State. More


Data from Sustainable Corn Project Available Online
Researchers who participated in the Sustainable Corn Coordinated Agricultural Project, which was led  by ISU, are providing access to five years of data from the multi-university, corn-based cropping systems study. The research was funded from 2011 to 2017 with a $20 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant. More

Nine-Year Study Reports Improved Yields Following Cereal Rye
Cereal rye cover crops added to a corn-soybean rotation have little to no negative effect on yield, and actually increased soybean yields in eight site-years and corn yield in two site-years, according to a nine-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. More

Abstract Submission Open for Midwest Plant Biologists Research Meeting
Registration and abstract submissions are open for the American Society of Plant Biologists Midwest Section Meeting, scheduled for March 3-4 on the ISU campus. Submission deadline is Feb. 1. Contact Olga Zabotina, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, with questions (, 4-6125). More

Teaching and Students

Faculty Mentors Needed for Summer Research Internship Program
Faculty mentors are needed for the 2018 George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program, which runs from June 9 to Aug. 4 for college interns and June 23 to Aug. 4 for high school interns. For more information regarding program details and mentor responsibilities, contact Theressa Cooper, assistant dean for diversity ( Mentor applications can be submitted online. More

CALS Student Council Officers Elected for 2018
CALS Student Council officers for 2018 were elected before winter break. President is Alex Brand, junior in agricultural business; vice president is Wesley Reever, senior in animal science; secretary is Kristen Lowe, senior in agriculture and society; and treasurer is Tyler Geiger, junior in agricultural business.  

Seed Business Management Short Course Scheduled for Feb. 5-9
The Seed Science Center’s Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program will launch its first seed business management short course Feb. 5-9. Faculty from ISU's Ivy College of Business will discuss business-to-business marketing strategies, managing supply chains, business strategy and finance to help participants develop skills in the areas of leadership, teamwork and negotiation. More

Extension and Outreach

ISU Partners with Iowa Beef Industry Council on Economic Impact Report
The Iowa Beef Industry Council commissioned an economic impact report by partnering with ISU to conduct the study. In an effort to fully understand and illustrate the economic impact Iowa’s beef industry has on the state, the analysis included both economic activity generated and the opportunities for growth. The report was prepared by Lee Schulz and David Swenson, economics, Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center, and Erika Lundy, extension specialist. More

Around the College

CALT Offers Webinars to Help with New Tax Law
The CALS Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation is offering two webinars to help with the new tax law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What it Means for the Pass-Through Business will be held Jan. 18, 12 to 2 p.m. So Many Changes! What Tax Practitioners Need to Know for the 2018 Filing Season will be held Jan. 24, 12 to 2 p.m.

Extension Staff Spotlight Features Angela Shaw
Angela Shaw, food science and human nutrition and a food safety extension specialist, is featured in the latest Extension Staff Spotlight. She is currently working on the education component of the new food safety rules through Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. More


Jan. 18: ISU Study Abroad Fair
The ISU Study Abroad Office is hosting their spring study abroad fair on Thursday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The CALS Study Abroad Office will be in attendance sharing about upcoming international travel opportunities through travel courses, exchange programs, internships and individual opportunities. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

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

Jan. 31 (pre-proposals): ISU Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative. More

Jan. 31: AAAS Engaging Scientists in Dialogue with Diverse Publics; science communication and engagement event. More

Feb. 9 (pre-application): DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy. More

Feb. 16: Iowa Beef Industry Council; $75,000 per award. Contact Doug Bear ( or Roxanne Clemens ( for application materials.

Feb. 20: NSF, USDA, DoD, DARPA National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0). More

March 8: USAID NAS U.S. Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund. More

March 12: NOAA Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Project Grants under the U.S. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. More

March 29: USDA NIFA Organic Transitions (ORG). More

July 9: NSF USDA BBSRC Dear Colleague Letter - EAGER Grants to Develop Breakthrough Ideas and Enabling Technologies to Advance Crop Breeding. More


Campus Conversation: Balancing Freedom of Expression and Diversity
A discussion about balancing First Amendment rights with the concerns of diverse populations on university campuses will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Participants include Howard Gillman and Mariah Watson. Gillman is chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, a Constitutional scholar and co-author of the new book "Free Speech on Campus." Watson was president of the student government at the University of California, Davis, where her leadership helped advance inclusiveness and diversity across the UC system. More

ISU Hold Inaugural Data Symposium
A data symposium, Closing the Achievement Gap, will be held Feb. 5, noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. The symposium underscores ISU’s commitment to student success, with a special focus on leveraging best practices across the university to close the gaps in persistence and completion among underrepresented students. It is a collaborative effort between the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs, sponsored by the Iowa State Student Success Council and ISU’s University Innovation Alliance team. More


Agronomy and Crop Societies Create Sustainability, Food Security Blog
The American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America have created a new, informational blog about sustainability and food security for the general public. The blog will be published twice a month. More

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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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