How will we feed all the people in the world, with the increasing challenges of population growth and climate change? Our research program explores the application of molecular genetics to enhance the innate ability of poultry to resist the negative impacts of heat stress and exposure to disease. Using molecular tools, we identify the genes involved in important biological traits, and the genetic variants that are most beneficial for health and productivity. Interns will have a lab-based experience in molecular genetics for animal improvement. The research is supported by the USDA and by the US Agency for International Development, with the aim to apply the scientific findings to aid food security in the US and in developing countries in Africa.
College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Animal Science
Investigator Name: 
Susan J Lamont
(515) 294-4100
We will hopefully be doing several projects exploring the effects of stress during delivery on performance of young calves and the role of oxytocin in preventing a stressful delivery.
College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Animal Science
Investigator Name: 
Howard Tyler
(515) 294-6434
Unlike in most animals, the sex of individuals in many reptile species is permanently determined by temperatures experienced within a key period during embryonic development. The adaptive significance of this atypical sex-determining mechanism and its biological consequences in light of rapidly changing thermal environments are increasingly important questions to unravel, particularly since so many of these animals are already imperiled. GWC interns will join a team of students conducting research projects on turtles both in the field along the Mississippi River and in Ames on campus and at the ISU Horticultural Station.
College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Investigator Name: 
Fredric Janzen
(515) 294-4230
Student will assist in the determination of content of lipid, protein, and other components in meats such as pork chops. Student will also have the opportunity to interact with other ongoing nutrition-oriented project in the research group.
College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Animal Science
Investigator Name: 
Donald C. Beitz
(515) 294-5626
I am particularly interested in how plants cope up with freezing temperatures, which includes learnig about the physiological and molecular mechanisms for seasonal acclimation to winter temperatures (cold hardening), loss of cold hardiness in spring(de-hardening, freeze-thaw injury (where at the cellular level frost-injury occurs), and recovery from a sub-lethal injury (how certain plants are able to repair frost-injury and survive.
College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Horticulture
Investigator Name: 
Rajeev Arora
(515) 294-0031

This is a test event in the past.

Times: 
Friday, November 1, 2013 - 10:00 to 11:00
Title: 
Testing Testing

The CALS Graduate Research Assistantship Match (GRAM) Program provides partial funding for a graduate assistantship  allocated to newly recruited multicultural students accepted into programs of study in the college. The GRAM assistantship for a MS is renewable each year for a maximum of two years and PhD funding is renewable each year for a maximum of three years.

The assistantship acts as a retention tool, assuring graduate students making good progress in their program of financial support until they graduate with a MS or PhD degree.

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