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The Science Center of Iowa hosted a STEM for Girls event February 10. Groups in our department hosted two different booths.

Michelle Graham and Jamie O'Rourke's team, our affiliates from the USDA, taught kids about DNA extraction using strawberries. Here in Agronomy, Michelle and Jamie use similar technology to research soybeans.

A group of our ag meteorology graduate students also attended and helped the kids build their own an anemometer to measure the speed of wind.

Graduate student Kevin Falk also germinated seedlings with different root structures for everyone to see.

The Iowa State College of Agricultural and Life Sciences awards are selected each semester to highlight the excellent contributions of faculty and staff. The Department of Agronomy won several awards for the Spring 2018 semester. All awards will be given at the awards ceremony held March 8 at 4:10 pm in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Congratulations to the following Agronomy faculty and staff on a job well done:

 

Ken Pecinovsky, superintendent of the Nashua research farm - P&S Award of Excellence

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association, an Iowa State University affiliated nonprofit, is marking the 50th anniversary of its Iowa Crop Performance Tests for Soybeans, which offers Iowa farmers independent information to help select the best soybeans for their needs.

Founded in 1902, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and designated as the official seed-certifying agency in Iowa.

Dr. Ken Moore, professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, has been awarded the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship. This honor is granted to agronomy faculty for exemplary performance in a number of different areas such as teaching and advising or research or scholarship. Moore will receive an endowment for three years to further enhance his career excellence.

Dr. Ken Moore has been a member of the Agronomy faculty since 1993. He is a renowned educator and scientist. Moore is recognized as a leading researcher in the area of bioenergy cropping systems and is the director of the Master of Science in Agronomy distance education program.  

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