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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.”

Seed Industry Pioneer, Dr. Owen Newlin, Passes Away

Dr. Owen J. NewlinThe Iowa State University Seed Science Center (ISU SSC) is saddened to report the passing of seed industry pioneer and friend, Dr. Owen J. Newlin.  Newlin received a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.S. in Crop Production from Iowa State University, where he met and married his wife, Doris Jean. Owen and Doris were married on July 19, 1952. They had four children.  He also earned a Ph.D.

SSC Staff Spotlight: Cherie Hill

Cherie Hill started working in the Seed Science Center (SSC) front office in April 2010, transferring from another department within Iowa State University (ISU).  Since that day, she has become almost indispensable to the everyday operation of the Seed Lab.

Iverson joins NSHS Team as Program Coordinator

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: Michael Stahr

Mike Stahr, June 2020It was November 1979 when Dr. Leroy Everson hired the current Iowa State University Seed Lab Manager, Michael “Mike” Stahr, as a student seed analyst.  While Mike’s passion for seeds has now spanned over 40 years, his love of agriculture is his DNA.  Mike’s parents both grew up on farms and moved to Iowa when Mike was a young child.

Seven CALS Students Awarded Seed Scholarships

Seed Science Scholarship Winners

Left to Right: Dr. Thomas Brumm, Madeline Frischmeyer, Erin Strichter, Haley Stahl, Governor Kim Reynolds, Eric Heick, Brandyn Chapman, Louis Burton,  Malcolm St. Cyr, Dr. Manjit Misra  

Dr. Leroy Everson Legacy Lives on at ISU-SSC

Dr. Leroy Everson spent more than 30 years at Iowa State University (ISU) as a seed scientist and served as Director of the Seed Science Center (SSC), until his retirement in 1980.  The father of four and former Navy lieutenant commander passed away in 2005, yet his legacy at ISU lives on through the generosity of his children. 

For the past seven years John Everson, along with his sisters, Karin Everett, Grace Turley, and Mary Everson, continued funding the seed science scholarship established by their father and the annual seed symposium named in their parents’ honor.

Iowa State University Honored with the Borlaug Medallion

World Food Prize Press Release: This week, in his last act as President of the World Food Prize Foundation, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn presented Iowa State University with the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion. Iowa State University joined the past honorees as only the ninth recipient of the Borlaug Medallion. Presented in the spirit of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, this award recognizes world leaders and exceptional institutions for their impact on issues of global food security that benefit humankind.

ISU Researcher Seeking Ag Professionals to Interview About Use of Big Data

With global food demand set to double by the year 2050, it is important for farmers and agriculture professionals to have good data in order to improve productivity and feed a growing world population.  That is part of the reason why the Ivy College of Business and the Seed Science Center are teaming up to study the digital agriculture ecosystem.  The study is being spearheaded by Dr.

ISU-SSC Hosts Visiting Seed Researcher from India

Alka SinghDr. Alka Singh, Professor and Principal Scientist from the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, spent two weeks in October 2019 as a guest researcher at the Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC). 

Applications Being Accepted for $11,500 in Scholarship Money

AMES, IA – The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) and Iowa Seed Association are accepting applications for 11 scholarships.  This year, nine Iowa Seed Association (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 Senior Scholar will also receive an additional $500.  

Woteki and Lambert Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Catherine Woteki and Walker LambertAMES, IA – A science educator and a film producer were honored at the 2019 Everson Global Seed Symposium.  The Iowa State University (ISU) Seed Science Center (SSC) gave the Lifetime Achievement and Service Award in Seed Science Technology and Systems to two very deserving individuals.

Arias Promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor

A Seed Science Center postdoctoral researcher has accepted a new position as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.  Dr. Silvina Arias has worked at the Iowa State SSC for three years with Dr. Charles Block and Dr. Gary Munkvold  on the role of seeds in the epidemiology of bacterial leaf streak of maize, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv.

Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business Director Honored with Regents Award

Gary Munkvold receives Regents Award Plant Pathology and Microbiology Professor Gary Munkvold was honored Monday, September 23 with the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.  The annual recognition, presented by the Iowa Board of Regents, recognizes tenured faculty members who are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to Iowa State University (ISU) or the state of Iowa.


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