Issue: 999

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Online
April 16, 2018

Top Stories

Tylka Urges Farmers to Refocus on Soybean Cyst Nematodes
Farmers preparing for spring planting would do well to renew their commitment to managing soybean cyst nematodes, according to Greg Tylka, plant pathology and microbiology and director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center. The number of soybean cyst nematodes in a field can be greatly reduced through proper management, but it is impossible to eliminate SCN from fields once it has become established, so it requires continual monitoring. Tylka is a leader in reviving a program called the SCN Coalition, initially started in the 1990s to raise awareness and provide information about the yield-robbing pest of soybeans. More


IPIC Leads Industry Wide Research Effort on Sow Mortality
The Iowa Pork Industry Center is leading an industry wide research effort on identifying specific factors leading to pelvic organ prolapses contributing to a higher mortality rate. According to Jason Ross, director of IPIC and an associate professor of animal science, the project currently includes more than 400,000 sows on more than 100 farms from 16 U.S. states. Amanda Chapman, swine program specialist, leads the data collection and analysis portion of the project. More

Teaching and Students

Clark Talks about Proposed ISU Dairy Innovation Center
Stephanie Clark, food science and human nutrition, talked with the Cheese Reporter about a proposed dairy innovation center at Iowa State to train university students interested in the field to handle cows to curd. “Hands-on training in dairy processing is essential to be fully prepared for the most skilled positions in the fast-paced, competitive dairy processing industry,” Clark said. The on-campus dairy manufacturing facility would also use the university’s approximately 400 milk cows. More

CALS Student Named Honorable Mention for Goldwater Scholarship
Zoe Pritchard, a junior double majoring in biology and environmental studies, was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. Pritchard is working on bee research under the direction of Amy Toth, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. More

Agronomy Student Helps Make Disney Magic
Elizabeth Schnicker, sophomore in agronomy, is a plant science intern with Walt Disney World at Epcot in the Living With The Land greenhouses. Her position is research-focused and she has learned about different irrigation systems, hydroponics and food crops from around the world. More

Extension and Outreach

Lasley Provides Information on School Consolidation
The Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa, ran a three-part series examining the challenges facing rural schools. Paul Lasley, sociology, provided information on school consolidation for the April 9 story. “School consolidation is a tough reality for many small districts and towns,” Lasley said. “For generations, the school was an important social institution and in some cases the centerpiece of community identity.” More

ANR Extension Staff Spotlight: Chris Clark
Chris Clark, beef specialist, is featured in the latest ANR Extension Staff Spotlight. Clark develops and delivers educational programming about beef production topics. He also serves as a resource for area beef producers, county staff and others that may have specific questions about beef production topics. More

Around the College

Moore Awarded Pioneer Professorship
Ken Moore, agronomy, was awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship last fall and was honored in a medallion ceremony on April 6. He is recognized as a leading researcher in bioenergy cropping systems. Moore will be supported by the professorship for three years. More

ISU Hosts 64th Annual NACTA Conference
ISU is host to the 64th annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture conference, scheduled for June 12-15 in Ames. The theme of this year’s conference is Grow Your Adventure and the program will include oral and poster sessions, workshops and tours of local agriculture enterprises and sites unique to central Iowa. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, associate provost for academic programs and professor of horticulture, is conference chair. Registration deadline is June 3. More

CSRL Raises $70,000 for New Nutrition Education Center in Uganda
The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods exceeded its goal in raising support for the start-up of a new Nutrition Education Center to be managed through the ISU-Uganda Program in Kamuli District, Uganda. Contributions on FundISU, the crowdfunding site on the ISU Foundation website, were accepted through March 30. The goal was $7,500 and the campaign raised $70,280. The funds will be used to help purchase construction materials, provide ingredients for a nutrient dense porridge and fund training program supplies. More

CALS Co-Sponsors Iowa Corn International Mission
In March, the I-LEAD Class 8 traveled to Vietnam and Japan for its international mission. CALS co-sponsored the trip that included more than 20 college alumni. Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) is a two-year program for people who want to become strong leaders for Iowa agriculture and spokespeople for the ag industry, organized by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association. More


April 18: Iowa Learning Farms Webinar
Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar will be held Wednesday, April 18, at 12 p.m. Dan Jaynes, affiliate professor and research soil scientist with the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will share the latest research and installation standards for saturated buffers. More

April 18: Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Keynote
Sieglinde Snapp, professor of soils and cropping systems ecology at Michigan State University, will present “Is Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Possible?” on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Her presentation is co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. A poster session and reception will precede the lecture in the South Ballroom, 5:30 to 7 p.m. More

April 24: Hilton Chair Lecture Series
The closing lecture for the spring installment of the Hilton Chair lectures series will be held on April 24 at 7 p.m. in 2050 Agronomy Hall and will feature Brian Green of Santa Clara University, speaking about the potential ethical implications of emerging and disruptive food technologies. He’ll share what needs to be considered so people use these technologies in ways that encourage the development of a healthy, fair and sustainable food system for the future. More

Research Development Announcements and Funding Opportunities

Funding for Biotech-Related Conferences and Speakers, Due April 30
The Office of Biotechnology is providing funds for biotechnology-related conferences, symposia or workshops (up to $2,000) and for seminar or individual speakers (up to $500) at events held on campus or in Ames. Events must be organized by Iowa State faculty. Applications for events that occur between July 1 and Dec. 31 are due April 30. More

USAID RFI - Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania
The USAID Mission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is requesting information to inform an upcoming natural resources management project designed to strengthen landscape scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania and to seek information from interested organizations. If the Mission determines to proceed with the funding opportunity, a five-year activity under a Cooperative Agreement award is anticipated through an open competition, subject to availability of funds. More

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

May 15: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Proposals; includes Water, People and Ecosystems, and Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. More

Aug. 22: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites and Supplements. More

Fall deadlines vary by program: NSF Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. More

Oct. 17: NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Catalyzing Rapid Creation of New Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers with a Direct Submission Option for Phase I Centers. More

Nov. 21: NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases. More

Communications Kiosk

Where to Place a Period with Parentheses
Place a period outside a closing parenthesis if the material inside is not a sentence (such as this fragment). (An independent parenthetical sentence such as this one takes a period before the closing parenthesis.) When a phrase placed in parentheses (this one is an example) might normally qualify as a complete sentence but is dependent on the surrounding material, do not capitalize the first word or end with a period. (Associated Press Stylebook, 2017 edition, pg. 434)


ISU to Host Preview of George Washington Carver Documentary
ISU will host a preview of a new documentary about George Washington Carver on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The Iowa Public Television documentary celebrates the life of Carver – an Iowa State alumnus who became a world-renowned agricultural researcher – and the role ISU played in his path to education. Producer and director Laurel Bower will show a 30-minute segment of the hour-long documentary before its statewide premiere later this month. More

World Intellectual Property Day Celebration Scheduled for April 26
A World Intellectual Property Day celebration, hosted by the Iowa State University Research Foundation and the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, will be held just north of the campanile on central campus on April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will highlight important innovations developed by ISU researchers and include a sampling of products developed with ISU inventions (pork industry, health supplements, dairy industry, fruitful inventions). Those stopping by will also have a chance to meet ISU faculty who are an important part of ISU’s intellectual property engine.  More

SARE Provides Iowa Portfolio Summaries and Grant Lists Online
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has awarded numerous grants in every state. An updated grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Iowa is now available online. More


Holz-Clause Installed as Chancellor at University of Minnesota Crookston
Ceremonies for the inauguration of Mary Holz-Clause as the sixth chancellor for the University of Minnesota Crookston took place April 6, on its campus. Holz-Clause is an Iowa State alum who left ISU in 2011 after working 25 years in ISU Extension and Outreach, attaining the position of associate vice president. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in 1976, a master’s of public administration degree in political science in 1991 and a doctorate in agricultural and life sciences education in 2009. Gerald Miller, vice president emeritus for Extension and Outreach and former CALS associate dean for extension, spoke at the inauguration. More

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