Graduate

Dewayne L. Goldmon (’91 PhD agronomy)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Agronomy Graduate Student Club elected new members! Congratulations to

President: Caner Ferhatoglu

Vice President: Juan Panelo

Secretary: Avery Bennett

Social Chair: Emma Molburg    

Seminar Planning Co-chairs: Ryan Hamberg, Ala Khaleel, and Luis Bentancor Bossio

Congratulations to our Daniel Kohlhase, PhD candidate with our Dr. Michelle Graham, for being named a Brown Fellow.

Daniel began his research career at Iowa State University with an M.S. degree in Crop Production and Physiology under the guidance of Dr. Micheal Owen. Daniel’s research focused on investigating the genetics and genomics of HPPD herbicide resistance in waterhemp, an agronomically important weed that reduces crop production in soybean and maize. His first project focused on studying the genetic inheritance of HPPD resistance in a waterhemp population discovered in Iowa. His research was published in Plant Science in 2018 and has already earned 13 citations.

The Department of Agronomy awards scholarships and recognition to graduate students each semester. Congratulations to the following Fall semester recipients:

Outstanding Graduate Students - Anabelle Laurent and Sarah Jones 

Vernon C. Miller scholarship - Eric Britt Moore
Supporting graduate students in the area of conservation agriculture. Conservation may include but is not limited to environmental improvement, conservation tillage, cropping systems and nutrient management.

Congratulations to our Ram Yadav, winner of the North Central Weed Science Society Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award recognizes one outstanding graduate student who is a NCWSS student member actively involved in the Society, as well as contributor to the field of weed science through extension, research, and teaching.

For Laura Tibbs Cortes, it started with the barn cats.

Growing up on a corn and soybean farm north of Ames, it was the barn cats that first sparked her interest in genetics.

“I had always liked watching the cats and keeping records on them, but in middle school, I found a textbook about cats in my local library with a chapter on feline genetics,” Tibbs Cortes said. “Now, with the help of that textbook and the records I had made, I could start trying to figure out the genetics of the kittens born on the farm each year, and I just found it so incredibly fascinating.”

While growing up in Inner Mongolia, China, Iowa State University Ph.D student Qi Mu developed a love of science at a young age.

She found her passion for genetics in high school and attended China Agricultural University for her bachelors of science in agronomy. After earning her masters at Ohio State studying tomato genetics and morphology, Ames was the place for her.

“I spent several months working as a lab technician to gain more experience. This experience helped me confirm my passion for research and reminded me how much I enjoyed learning new things every day,” Qi said. “I wanted to keep improving and therefore I started my Ph.D study in plant breeding at Iowa State University.”

The next meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) will be well represented by Cyclones, with multiple students—both undergraduate and graduate—who will be recognized for being accepted into the Borlaug Scholar program, including Cassie Winn, Hallie Longest and Clayton Carley.

The Borlaug Scholars program was established by the NAPB and is funded through the Agronomy Science Foundation. The goal is to strengthen the next generation of plant breeding science professionals, like the three Cyclones accepted into the program.

Technology is becoming more prevalent in all aspects of life, and students at Iowa State University have utilized technology to gain the knowledge and tools that will help the world construct crops that can thrive in our ever-changing environment.

One of those students is Ashlyn Rairdin, who enrolled at Iowa State in fall of 2019.

Daniel Kohlhase is the recipient of the C. R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding. Daniel grew up in Bloomington, IL. He discovered his passion for agriculture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning a BSc in Crop Science. After internships in plant breeding and seed production, Daniel decided to attend graduate school at Iowa State University in 2013. He earned a MSc in Crop Production & Physiology working with Dr. Mike Owen in 2016.

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