Iowa State took home the Overall Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska on April 21. Teams from across the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences competed in seven competitions to take the sweepstakes award. The students also took first place in the Ag Knowledge Bowl for the eighth consecutive year.
The Crops Team took first place in the crops contest for the fifth time in the last six years.
Top placing individuals in the crop contest:
Daniel Feucht: 1st place
Elizabeth Widder: 3rd place
Joshua DeGroot: 4th place
Coleman Kneifl: 5th place
Heather Wilson: 6th place
On April 11, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate held a Research Conference. Various students were recognized for their contributions. Our Maria Betsabe Mantilla, graduate student with Dr. Maria Salas, received one of five Research Awards across the University. (Photo: Maria, third from left)
Imagine working alongside Cinderella and Indiana Jones. Elizabeth Schnicker, sophomore in agronomy, has an internship at "The Most Magical Place On Earth."
As a plant science intern with Walt Disney World at Epcot in the Living With The Land greenhouses, Schnicker’s position is research focused and largely behind the scenes. While other interns are in charge of greenhouses for specific shows in the park, Schnicker is focused on the plants.
Kelli Roush, sophomore in agronomy, took first place individual at the National Soils Contest hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin. She, along with the 7 other top 8 place individual finishers, will travel to Brazil in August to compete in the International Soils Contest prior to the World Congress of Soil Science.
The Brown Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to two Agronomy Graduate students, Qi Mu and Mauricio Tejera. The Brown Graduate Fellowship is to be used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust. The areas of study include science, agriculture, and space science. The preference is to fund Ph.D. students, although exceptional M.S. students will be considered.
The course will give students hands-on experience with agroecosystems. The joint effort between Dordt College, the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University brings students from across the Midwest together for a week of intensive discussion and study.
by Ellen Bombella, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service
One of Andy VanLoocke's biggest accomplishments has been creating Global Agriculture in a Changing World, a course he created when he came to Iowa State.
"I wanted to create a course that would tell people what agronomy is about and about the pressing issues facing our growing population," said VanLoocke, assistant professor in agronomy. "I want to teach students the basic processes and underlying biology, math and physics to appreciate what the headlines are telling them."