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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. Read more about Staff Spotlight: Tessa Casanova

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. Read more about Staff Spotlight: Tyler Tunning

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.” Read more about Staff Spotlight: Jessica Blake

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. Read more about Seed Industry Pioneer, Dr. Owen Newlin, Passes Away

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. Read more about Staff Spotlight: Michael Stahr

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. Read more about Dr. Leroy Everson Legacy Lives on at ISU-SSC

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. Read more about Iowa State University Honored with the Borlaug Medallion

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. Read more about ISU Researcher Seeking Ag Professionals to Interview About Use of Big Data

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.   Read more about Applications Being Accepted for $11,500 in Scholarship Money

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. Read more about Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business Director Honored with Regents Award

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