Issue: 993

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
March 5, 2018

Top Stories

CALS Spring Awards Program and Reception this Thursday, March 8
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Awards Program, honoring faculty and staff achievements, is Thursday, March 8, at 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The program will include brief comments from Interim Dean Colletti and recognition of our 2018 CALS faculty and staff award recipients. A wine and cheese reception, including Block & Bridle summer sausage, will follow the program. A news release is available on the CALS website with profiles of each award winner. More

CALS Convocation Moves to Friday, May 4
The CALS spring 2018 convocation will be held Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The move from Saturday morning to Friday morning is a result of ISU’s undergraduate commencement being split into two ceremonies on the same day this spring, with graduates from three colleges recognized at each. A ceremony for students in the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin at 10 a.m. on May 5; a ceremony for students in the colleges of Design, Engineering and Human Sciences will begin at 2:30 p.m., both in Hilton Coliseum. With record-high graduating classes on the heels of a 40 percent enrollment surge, the intent of two ceremonies is to provide all graduates the opportunity to have their names read as they walk across stage, seating for an unlimited number of guests and a shorter event. More


Agronomy Research: Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops
ISU researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them. Gene Takle, agronomy, led a team of plant and soil scientists along with extension specialists who have been looking into the effects since 2009. More

EEOB Research: How Birds Help Produce Rare Wild Chili Peppers
A new study involving Haldre Rogers and Evan Fricke, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, explores how birds in the Mariana Islands help to disperse the seeds of a wild chili plant. The research highlights the unique ways different species help one another, a concept known as mutualism. More

Teaching and Students

FSHN Nursing Program Receives Final Approval
ISU’s new bachelor of science in nursing degree program, administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, received final approval from the Higher Learning Commission on Feb. 20. Students can begin enrolling in the program, with classes to begin in the fall 2018 semester. The major is dual listed in CALS and the College of Human Sciences. “The uniqueness about our program is our ability to integrate courses in human nutrition and disease prevention into the nursing curriculum,” said Ruth MacDonald, CALS interim senior associate dean. “Understanding the important role of food and nutrition in health will give our graduates advantages in patient care that will translate into improved health outcomes.” More

Women’s Leadership Workshop for CALS Graduate Students Today, March 5
The next session in the Women’s Leadership Workshop series for graduate students and post-docs across CALS is scheduled for today, March 5, 5:40 to 7:40 p.m. in 1306 Elings Hall.
Kellan Longenecker, Avon, Iowa plant site manager, General Mills Co, will present “Open Road of Career Path Navigation.” Please register and indicate if you would be interested in childcare. The workshop series is organized by faculty and graduate students in the department of agronomy, with funding from the department, the CALS Advance program and the vice president of diversity and inclusion.

CCUR-BCRF Hosting Poster Competition on Food, Feed and Biorenewables
The Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm are hosting a poster competition for ISU undergraduate and graduate students engaged in food, feed or biorenewables research activities. The competition will be held April 3, 1-3 p.m. in the Food Sciences Building. Abstracts are due March 28. More

Schalinske Uses Rossmann Manatt Award to Provide Research Experiences to Students
Kevin Schalinske, food science and human nutrition, provides research experience in his lab for not only graduate students, but undergraduates as well. Schalinske received the Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award in 2017. The award recognizes a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated an exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service and who shows great promise to continue such achievement. More

Horse Barn Provides Students with Real Life Experience
The Horse Barn on the north side of campus houses 32 horses. Daily chores for student employees include feeding the horses, cleaning the stalls and vaccinations. In a Feb. 28 article in the Iowa State Daily, Nikki Ferwerda, animal science and manager of the horse barn, explained that not all students that go into agriculture are from rural areas with access to animals. The horse barn gives those students the association with the animals that they need. More

Extension and Outreach

Iowa Cover Crop Acres Grow, but Rate Declines in 2017
According to the Iowa Learning Farms 2017 Field Day Evaluation Report, Iowa cover crop acres grew last year by approximately 22 percent to 760,000 acres. While the positive growth during a time of shrinking profit margins is notable, the rate of growth is 10 percent less than the growth measured in 2016, and still well below the goal of 12.5 million acres of cover crops called for in Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy. More

Demand for Soybeans Drives Iowa Exports to China
The growing partnership between Iowa farmers and China is the focus of an article in the February issue of Ag Decision Maker, by Wendong Zhang, economics, and Minghao Li, a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. Currently, one in every four rows of soybeans grown in the U.S. is exported to China. More

Around the College

Position Description Posted for CALS Dean Search
The position description for the CALS Dean search has been finalized and posted on the Provost’s office website. Nominations and applications will be collected through the spring, semifinalist interviews will be conducted during the summer, and finalists will be welcomed to campus at the beginning of the fall semester. The timetable is intended to avoid planting and harvest seasons to allow the full range of college stakeholders to participate in the search process. An updated list of CALS Points of Pride appears on the dean’s search website.

Xin on the Pros and Cons of Egg Production Systems
Hongwei Xin, CALS assistant dean for research and director of the Egg Industry Center, outlined pros and cons of egg production systems in a guest essay published by the Des Moines Register on Feb. 27. “This change is not about what is better for big farms or small farms; all farms are important in meeting the needs of today’s consumers. It is the co-existence of conventional and niche markets that enables producers of all sizes to thrive,” Xin wrote. More

CALS Faculty and Staff to be Recognized Tonight by 25 Year Club
CALS faculty and staff will be recognized at the ISU 25 Year Club Banquet tonight, March 5. Those honored for 25 years of service are: Ed Adcock, communications service; Rachel Burlingame, sociology; Timothy Goode, research farms; Michael Kaiser, animal science; Elaine Larson, animal science; Greg Miller, agricultural education and studies; Ken Pecinovsky, research farms; David Soh, plant pathology and microbiology; Janette Thompson, NREM; Greg Vogel, Agricultural Education and Studies; and Kathy Wiederin, BBMB. The following will be honored for 35 years at the university: Sylvia Anderson, ABE; Janice Berhow, NREM; Kay Christiansen, animal science/microbiology; Mary Davis, agronomy; Carol Elliott, economics; Kenneth Holscher, entomology; Daniel Loy, animal science; Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, BBMB Mike Owen, agronomy; Gregory Palas, research farms/animal science; Mike Stahr, Seed Science Center. Donald Beitz, animal science, will be honored for 50 years with the university.

Purdue Assistant Dean to Speak at CALS Cultural Competency Seminar
The CALS Office for Diversity Programs is continuing its cultural competency series on Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 368A Heady Hall. Pamela Morris, assistant dean and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and an associate professor in the department of youth development and agricultural education in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, will present “Privileging the Privileged: How bias, power and privilege impact graduate school funding and admissions.” Please RSVP by noon today, March 5.

CALS Online: Next Issue March 19
CALS Online will not be published on March 12, the week of spring break. The newsletter will resume Monday, March 19.


March 20: Hilton Chair Lecture Series
The next installment of the Hilton Chair Lecture Series, scheduled for March 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m. in 1148 Gerdin Business Building, includes appetizers and a movie. “Wasted: A Story of Food Waste” shows how influential chefs from around the world transform scraps of food into savory dishes. Following the movie, Lynn Pritchard, co-founder of Table 128: Bistro & Bar, will give a brief talk about how his restaurant handles food waste. More

March 23: Scholarship Administrators Appreciation Open House
CALS faculty and staff who help administer scholarships and acknowledge donors are invited to join college leadership and the development team for an open house on March 23, 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Curtiss Hall ground floor rotunda. Refreshments will be provided.

March 26: ADVANCE Workshop on Navigating Gender and Cultural Diversity
Kathrin Zippel, associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University, will present a workshop on effective teams on March 26 in the Memorial Union Sunroom. The workshop will provide tools and promising practices to understanding and effectively navigating interpersonal dynamics and cultural differences in order to effectively lead and work in teams. Participants can select the morning (9:15 to 10:45) or afternoon (1:15 to 3:45) session. Register by March 23. . CALS ADVANCE is a co-sponsor of the event. More

March 26: ADVANCE Lecture on Women in Global Science
Kathrin Zippel, associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University, will present “Women in Global Science: Advancing Careers Through International Collaboration” on March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. CALS ADVANCE is a co-sponsor of the event. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Pre-proposals for FFAR $1 Million Seeding Solutions Grant Due April 18
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is accepting pre-proposals for the grant program, Seeding Solutions: Addressing Challenges in Food and Agriculture. FFAR will provide up to $1 million to support innovative and potentially transformative research. FFAR plans to fund at least one proposal in each of its seven challenge areas. One-to-one matching funding from non-federal sources is required. Submissions will be jointly coordinated by the ISU Foundation and the college. CALS faculty planning to submit a pre-proposal are asked to notify Ruth MacDonald ( as soon as possible. Pre-proposals are due April 18. More

Limited Submission: NIH Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research
The Office of the VPR is accepting expressions of interest for the National Institutes of Health Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research grant program. The SIFAR program encourages applications from groups of NIH-funded investigators to purchase or upgrade scientific instruments necessary to carry out animal experiments in all areas of biomedical research supported by the NIH. Submissions are limited to one per institution. Submit expressions of interest to no later than March 19. More

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

March 30: USDA FAS Final Performance Evaluation for Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE II) Ghana Mission; $99,456, informational webinar March 7, contact for funding opportunity.

April 12: North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program 2018 Graduate Student Grants. More

April 30: USDA NIFA AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities; Extension applications only, requires nonprofit partner. More

May 8: USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management. More

May 14: NSF Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA). More

May 29: NSF Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes TRIPODS + X; first offering of funding. More

Sept. 26: USDA NIFA and NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems; includes revisions from previous solicitations. More

Dec. 6 (letter of intent): NSF Research Traineeship Program; an eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. More

Communications Kiosk

Capitalization Related to Directions and Regions
In general, lowercase north, south, northeast, northern, etc., when they indicate compass direction; capitalize these words when they designate regions. For example: He drove west. The cold front is moving east. A storm system that developed in the Midwest is spreading eastward. It will bring showers to the East Coast by morning and to the entire Northeast by late in the day. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition, pg. 83)


ISU Lecture on Marine Life Affected by the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
The Ronald Lecture in Environmental Conservation will be held March 20 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Nancy Rabalais, professor of oceanography and coastal sciences and the Shell Oil Endowed Chair in oceanography and wetland studies at Louisiana State University, will present “The Dead Zone: Will Shrimp and Corn Chowder Survive?” The lecture is free and open to the public. More


1918 Waterloo Boy Tractor on Display at Smithsonian Museum
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has marked 2018 as the Year of the Tractor with two new displays on the past, present and future of agriculture. A green, yellow and red 1918 Waterloo Boy tractor is on view at the entrance to the “American Enterprise” exhibition, marking the 100th anniversary of Deere and Company’s entry into the tractor market with the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. in 1918. The display highlights the introduction of light-weight gasoline-powered tractors, a major revolution in agriculture that moved farming into the realm of commercial production. 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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