AMES, Iowa – A different way of studying is spreading around Iowa State University.
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, is teaching students sketchnoting to research how this style of note-taking affects learning, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Sketchnoting is an alternative to traditional note-taking, a process of adding visuals to notes in order to cement what students learned and push them to think about the material in a new way.
Paul Wray passed away in the early afternoon hours of February 20.
After completing his PhD. in forest biology at Iowa State University, he served briefly as a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute before returning to the Forestry Department at Iowa State University as a faculty member in forestry extension. For over 30 years, he and Dean Prestemon were the “face of forestry” to countless forest land owners around the state.
In recognition of his work with the NREM Learning Community, the Dean's office in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has awarded a $500 Professional Development Grant to John Burnett.
Kelsey Fisher has been awarded a 2019-2020 Brown Graduate Fellowship. Her outstanding credentials have positioned her as one of twelve outstanding students from across the university receiving this $10,000 award.
The Iowa State University Chapter of the American Fisheries Society has been awarded the 2018 "Most Active Student Subunit" award.
Four new ISUEO Extension publications were announced recently all authored by Adam Janke, Wildlife Extension Specialist. These publications provide a simple guide including materials needed and step by step instructions for construction. The new Woodworking for Wildlife include instructions for Bat Box (WL 0009), Blue Bird Box (WL0010), Aldo Leopold Bench (WL0011), and Wood Duck Box (WL0012). Great publications for all those woodworkers out there!
Melanie Aust is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Aust, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, is a senior in animal ecology and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Environmental Science Club, and Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club. She has worked with the monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018.
Modern agriculture’s large monoculture fields grow a lot of corn and soybeans, planted annually. The outputs from row crops can be measured both in dollars paid in the market and also in non-market costs, known as externalities. Soil, nutrients, groundwater, pollinators, wildlife diversity, and habitat (among other things) can be lost when crop yields are maximized.
Prairie strips are composed of a diverse plant community and can be designed to provide an abundance of flowers blooming from early spring through late fall. This is crucial to conserving pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Now it appears that prairie strips have an extraordinary power to change this pattern.
If you can't find Abby Zabrodsky in class, just take a look in the great outdoors and chances are you can find her there. After all, that's where this Iowa State junior in forestry loves spending her time, whether she's hiking, researching tree growth, or even ... logrolling.
We had another successful year at the NREM Chili Cook Off! There were 15 participants and 17 different chili entries.
Here are the 2018 winners:
Roadkill: "Silli Chili" by Avery Wickham
Veggie: "Faux Chili" by Sophie Erickson
ISU Forestry Club will be selling Christmas trees in November and December.
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University seeks to fill a tenure-eligible faculty position for an Assistant Professor of Forestry.
Jaime Sandoval Jr., an Animal Ecology major has been selected for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist for the Dover-Foxcroft field office in Maine. Congratulations Jaime.
Daniel Robison from West Virginia University, Morgantown, has been named the next endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.
Andrew Larson in a junior in the NREM Forestry program currently working in leadership role as Co-director of the Homecoming Central Committee. Larson has participated in a LEAD Retreat for Iowa State’s top student organization leaders and is a Dean’s Leadership Scholar.