Issue: 987

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Jan. 22, 2018

Top Stories

Search Launched for Next CALS Dean
ISU has launched the search for the Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station. David Spalding, Raisbeck endowed dean of the Ivy College of Business, and Guru Rao, associate vice president for research (and a former CALS department chair in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology), will co-chair the search committee. More


Hufford Part of New Grant to Help Chart Corn Genomes
ISU scientists, including Matthew Hufford, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, will contribute to a new effort to sequence the genomes of 26 lines of corn, which will allow plant breeders to better understand the vast genetic diversity present in the crop. The research is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is led by the University of Georgia. More

Teaching and Students

Canvas Roundtable Scheduled for Jan. 30
The Brenton Center instructional development team will hold a Canvas Roundtable on Jan. 30, noon to 1 p.m. in 8 Curtiss Hall. The roundtable will be a discussion format for peers to provide hints or tips, share concerns, exchange ideas and demonstrate what works in Canvas, which is ISU’s new learning management system. Enrollment is limited to 20 people. Contact Tina Carter ( to register.

Faculty Mentors Needed for Carver Summer Research Internship Program
Faculty mentors are needed for the 2018 CALS 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

Student Farm to Hold Information Meeting Jan. 26
The ISU Good Earth Student Farm will hold an informational meeting on Friday, Jan. 26, 3 to 5 p.m. in 3140 Agronomy Hall. Learn about the student-run community supported agriculture farm and growing produce locally. More

Valentines: Horticulture Club Taking Pre-Orders for Annual Rose Sale
Pre-orders are being accepted for the Horticulture Club’s annual Valentine’s Day Rose Sale. Prices range from $5 for a single rose to $60 for a one-dozen rose arrangement. Pick-up of pre-order sales will be Feb. 12-14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Horticulture Hall. Also, the club will be selling individual roses and arrangements Feb. 12-14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carver Hall lobby while supplies last. A catalog of available flowers and an order form are available online. More
Valentines: Food Science Club Taking Pre-Orders for Fudge
The Food Science Club is taking pre-orders for fudge for Valentine’s Day. Flavors include chocolate, peanut butter, cookies ‘n cream and Cyclone. Fudge will be sold by pre-order until Jan. 31. Orders will be ready for pickup Feb. 12-14 in 33 Horticulture Hall. Limited amounts may be purchased at the Carver Hall Lobby on Feb. 13. More

Extension and Outreach

Helping Local Foods Producers Navigate Regulations
ISU Extension and Outreach has created a series of publications, Marketing Local Foods in Iowa, to help producers market their food crops, while also guiding them to the appropriate agencies or departments for regulations, certifications or licenses needed to comply with state rules. Also, five sessions are scheduled as part of Extension’s Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training that will address Iowa regulations and licensing, as well as food safety from preparation to the point-of-sale. More

Some Milkweed Species Attractive Additions to Home Landscapes
Some milkweed species are attractive additions to home landscapes. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists provide information on selecting and establishing milkweed, which will also attract monarch butterflies. More

Dairy Specialist Receives Superior Service Award
Fred Hall, a northwest Iowa extension dairy specialist, received an Earth-Kind Educational Outreach Team award from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 9. Hall joined ISU Extension and Outreach in 2017. This award is his third superior service recognition from Texas A&M. More

Around the College

Leopold Center Hosts Town Hall Meeting for Former Grant Awardees
The Leopold Center is hosting a town hall meeting for former grant awardees to discuss future research area priorities as part of the effort to rebuild and re-imagine the Center. The session will take place Jan. 31, 1 to 3 p.m. in 13 Curtiss Hall. You can also participate remotely from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device by using the information below. Contact Mark Rasmussen, center director, with questions at

RFP Expected Soon to Host Cochran Fellows
A request for proposals to host Cochran Fellows is expected in the coming weeks. The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle-income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies. Approximately 600 Cochran fellows come to the U.S. each year, generally for two to three weeks, to work with U.S. universities, government agencies and private companies. USDA announces eligible countries and topics each year based on current trade issues. To express interest or for more information, contact Tammi Martin with CALS Global Programs ( More

Visit New Website for CALS Diversity Programs
The CALS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Programs has a new website, with information on events, activities, programs, opportunities and resources related to diversity and inclusion issues. Also, the website includes testimonial videos from CALS faculty, staff, students and alumni about their experiences with diversity and inclusion at Iowa State. More


Jan. 31: Spring Career Day
The spring semester Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day will be held Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union. There will be 101 employers recruiting. “This is a great `second chance’ event for students still seeking internships or full-time positions,” said Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services. More

Feb. 13: Farewell Reception for Darren Jarboe
An farewell reception for Darren Jarboe, program manager at the Center for Crops Utilization Research, will be held Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. in 1041 Food Sciences Building atrium. Jarboe will be joining the faculty at the University of Maryland.

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Limited Submission: Internal Competition for FFAR New Innovator Award
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture is accepting nominations for its New Innovator Award in Food and Agriculture Research. This award seeks to promote career advancement of highly creative and promising new scientists who intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in food and agriculture and bring innovative, ground-breaking research initiatives and thinking to bear on problems facing food and agriculture. The competition is open to tenure-track faculty in any department or discipline hired on or after August 1, 2014. Nominees may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. Applicants must provide a 1:1 match. Nominations are limited to two per institution. Pre-proposals for the internal competition are due by Feb. 5. Contact Sue Shipitalo ( for pre-proposal instructions. More

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

Feb. 9 (pre-application): DOE and USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Initiative. More

Feb. 13 (proposal abstract): DOD REventing EMerging Pathogenic Threats; innovative proposals to develop novel and scalable approaches to preempt viral spillover and transmission from animals or vectors into humans. More

Feb. 13 (pre-proposal): NFWF Sustain Our Great Lakes Program. More

Feb. 15 (pre-proposal): NFWF Resilient Communities 2018; $200,000 to $500,000, awards for central region support conservation projects that help prepare for floods and droughts, requires 1:1 match. More

Feb. 16: American Egg Board's Egg Nutrition Center 2018 Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration. More

Feb. 19 (letter of intent): NOAA FY 2018 Joint Technology Transfer Initiative; develop and test potential new weather technologies for possible transition into NWS operations, includes improving water prediction capabilities. More

March 15: EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Region 7; $50,000 to $100,000 per award, three to four grants per region. More

April 5, Sept. 5: PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]). More

April 17: NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM. More


Campus Conversation on Interfaith Dialogue
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a campus conversation on “Striving for Mutual Respect: An Interfaith Dialogue” today, Jan. 22, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Shankar Subramaniam, mechanical engineering, will moderate a panel presentation and small group discussions on stigma, stereotypes and how to come together around philosophy and modern day living. More


Richard Ross, Former Ag Dean, Returns as a Researcher
Richard Ross worked in the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1959 until his retirement in 2004. He also served as dean of the College of Agriculture from July 2000 to December 2001. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on mycoplasmal diseases, Ross was asked to return in 2014 and do a little work in retirement. He has become a familiar site in the College of Vet Med hallways in the years since. More

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