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The SSC Welcomes Calli Sandahl to the Team

    When it comes to tackling problems, Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center(SSC) Marketing Specialist l Calli Sandahl doesn’t give up until she finds a solution.  She says that is one of her strongest assets.  Calli, who graduated from ISU in 2015 with two bachelor’s degrees in Communications Studies and Speech Communications and Rhetoric began her career at the SSC on September 20, 2021.

ISU plays an integral role in training seed experts globally

AMES, Ia – University classes are typically scheduled during the day and evening hours.  So, if you think about staying up until one o’clock in the morning, a college lecture on seed conditioning is probably not what you envision.   But when you are called upon to train seed professionals from all over the globe, sometimes your schedule isn’t nine to five.

SSC Student Worker Named Udall Scholar

AMES, Ia. –  A student well-known at the Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) has been awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship.   Nolan Monaghan has worked in the Seed Lab Dividing Room conducting purity analyses on seed samples for the past two semesters.

SSC Awards Record Number of Scholarships

AMES, IA – The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) and Iowa Seed Association (ISA) awarded 16 scholarships to 15 students this week at the annual Agribusiness Showcase and Conference.

SSC and ISA to award 15 scholarships; Hope to help students facing COVID related financial hardships

The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) and Iowa Seed Association (ISA) are accepting applications for 15 scholarships, which is an increase in the number of awards from previous years.  Twelve ISA scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded along with the $1,000 Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship and the $1,000 Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Memorial Scholarship.  The Manjit Misra Outstanding

Staff Spotlight: Lori Youngberg

Lori YoungbergLori Youngberg is more than your average graduate program coordinator, she is an advocate and a friend for the Seed Technology and Business (STB) students who gets personal satisfaction out of helping them achieve their educational goals and dreams. Lori goes out of her way to make sure her students feel like part of the Cyclone family, even though they are learning online.  

ISU Researchers Receive $100,000 USDA Grant to Help Organic Farmers

Big Data in a BoxSales of certified organic goods have more than doubled since 2011, yet it remains difficult for a conventional farmer to transition to organic farming due to onerous government regulations, record keeping requirements, certification rules, and fees.  It is a problem a group of Iowa State University (ISU) researchers would like to solve for small and mid-sized farms to help them become more competit

Staff Spotlight: Jianru “Jane” Chen

Jianru “Jane” Chen has a smile that brightens the day of her co-workers, but it is her eye for detail and laser focus that make her stand out as a Seed Analyst II in the Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) Seed Lab.

Staff Spotlight: Tessa Casanova

Tessa Casanova is a South Texas native who has now made her home in Ames, Iowa.  She came to work as a temp through Advance Services Inc. in September 2019 and has now been hired by the Iowa State University Seed Lab at the Seed Science Center, in the Purity Lab and Seed Health Lab.  She says the job fits her personality because of the attention to detail it requires.

The SSC Welcomes Kelly Iverson to the Team!

The National Seed Health System (NSHS) Administration Unit at the Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) is happy to announce the addition of Kelly Iverson to the NSHS team. Kelly will be taking over the role of Program Coordinator within the unit.

Staff Spotlight: Tyler Tunning

Seed Trait Lab coordinator, Tyler Tunning, first came to the Seed Science Center as a student in the DNA lab during his senior year at Iowa State University, in 2012.  A couple years later he returned and eventually became a full-time employee, in 2015.  He is currently the only Registered Genetic Technologist (RGT) on staff.

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Blake

Iowa State University Seed Science Center (ISU SSC) Registered Seed Technologist (RST), Jessica Blake, can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a passion for the natural world, including seeds. She says she gets it from her both of her parents who are very proud of their land and that she started out as her “mom’s little helper.”


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