Issue: 988

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
Jan. 29, 2018

Top Stories

Vorst Featured as ISU Change Agent
Keith Vorst, food science and human nutrition, leads the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium at ISU, and works with corporations to find new uses for recycled plastics that both add value to products and save money. News Service has featured Vorst as an ISU change agent. 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

Singh on Breeding Charcoal Rot Resistance in Soybeans
In a video released by ISU Extension and Outreach, Danny Singh, agronomy, discusses his research project on charcoal rot in soybeans and stresses the importance of collaboration. More

Teaching and Students

GDCB Graduate Student Earns Radio Award
Majd Abdulghani is a graduate student in genetics, development and cell biology from Saudi Arabia. She recently earned an award for “Majd’s Diary,” produced by Radio Diaries and NPR. More

CALS Students Selected as Iowa Pork Queen and Youth Ambassador
The Iowa Pork Producers Association selected Jordan Travis, sophomore in animal science, as the 2018 Iowa Pork Queen. She will lead the Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team during the coming year. Cole Spain, freshman in agricultural education, was selected as a youth ambassador. 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

Extension and Outreach

Food Safety Training to Address Regulation, Licensing and Processing
ISU Extension and Outreach will host five Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training sessions across the state in February and March. The sessions will help producers – home food operations and home bakers – better comply with Iowa regulations, and address food safety procedures from preparation to the point of sale. More

Crop Protection Network Website Redesigned
The Crop Protection Network, a multistate and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website. “Farmers and agricultural personnel will be provided with information to help with decision to protect field crops,” said Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology, extension plant pathologist and co-director of CPN. “Information on wheat management and other crops will be added in 2018.” More

Around the College

Update on ISU Livestock Odor and Air Quality Activities Available Online
A new CALS update summarizes the latest research and extension efforts on livestock odor and air quality. The update is available online and as a printable PDF. More

CALS Celebrates Role in Growing Leaders
CALS will celebrate the college's role in growing leaders at the Cyclone women's basketball game vs. Oklahoma State on Feb.10. The college will be featured throughout the game, including the presentation of the 2018 CALS Emerging Iowa Leader to Jacob Hunter (’11 ag and life sciences education), North Scott agriculture teacher and FFA adviser. A complimentary reception starts at 3:30 p.m. in the ISU Alumni Center, and tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Discounted tickets are available online. Register online to attend by Feb. 1.

Hayes Featured in Recent Issue of Farm Journal’s Pork Magazine
Dermot Hayes, economics, was featured in the Jan. 17 issue of Farm Journal’s Pork magazine. Hayes has spent 31 years at ISU studying trade and exports. In the Q&A article, he reflects on the evolution of the pork export market, sharing his thoughts on policy, market growth, challenges and opportunities. More

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


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. 16: Mike Owen Retirement Reception
A retirement reception for Mike Owen, agronomy, will be held Feb. 16, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Owen has been a professor at ISU for 35 years. His research covered weed seedbank population dynamics, the genetic and physiological control of weed seed dormancy, the genetics and physiology of herbicide resistance in weeds, and the herbicide research/demonstration project.

March 8: CALS Spring Awards Program
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Awards Program, honoring faculty and staff achievements, is scheduled for March 8 at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund Pre-releases RFP
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that the 2018 Request for Proposals will be released on Feb. 7. The 2018 cycle will solicit proposals to advance conservation of the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. Up to $1.6 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2018. Register to participate in an informational webinar on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. More

FFAR Graduate Student Fellowship Program
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is accepting applications for its Fellowship Program. The program will fund 48 graduate students over three years using an interdisciplinary approach to career readiness. Students can compete in either of two categories:  Research and Professional Development or Professional Development. The FFAR Fellow program is especially interested in innovative, novel and collaborative research in food and agriculture, including all aspects of digital agriculture, phytobiome, soil microbiome, precision agriculture and breeding technology. 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. 23, June 1: U.S. Embassy Seoul PAS Annual Program Statement. More

March 1: Department of State Conference Analyzing the State of US-ASEAN Relations. More

March 3 (letter of intent): Innovative Technologies to Deliver Genome Editing Machinery to Disease-relevant Cells and Tissues. More

March 7 (pre-proposals): NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program (FY 2018). More

March 28: Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program; one application per institution, $100,000. More

Communications Kiosk

Campus-wide Email List Helps Get Messages Posted on Digital Signs
If you want to post a message on a digital sign for your event, workshop or activity, email The email includes several digital signage managers across campus. If you’d like to post a message for a CALS specific event, email Barb McBreen at


Cardinal Key Honor Society Accepting Faculty, Staff Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the Cardinal Key Faculty and Staff Membership Award. The Cardinal Key Honor Society was established in 1926 and was founded on the cardinal virtues of leadership, service, scholarship and character. Nominations are due Feb. 9 by 5 p.m.  More


Artwork Installed in Bessey Hall Atrium
Bessey Hall, home to bioscience offices, labs and greenhouses, also is home to ISU’s newest public artwork. The sculpture features 6.5 miles of colorful, stainless steel ball chains suspended in the four-story atrium linking the addition to the original building. Designed and fabricated by Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles, artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues embraced the biosciences with a conceptual representation of a phylogenetic tree – a branching diagram that shows evolutionary relationships among species. More

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online

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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