Task Force Member

Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
"Sustainability means living in a way to preserve high quality life on earth — human, animal and all aspects of our environment."

Diane Birt is a Distinguished Professor of food science and human nutrition. She conducts research on diet and cancer prevention related to environmental toxicology. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She served as chair of the food science and human nutrition department from 1997 to 2004.

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Professor of Entomology
"Sustainability means the well-being of individuals, families and communities and the environments and ecosystems they depend on for generations to come."

Steve Bradbury is a a professor of entomology, working in the area of environmental toxicology. He is a faculty member in the Toxicology Program, and contributes to research and extension in toxicology, environmental, agricultural and natural resource science and policy programs.

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Kristina Craft
Graduate Student in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
"Sustainability means meeting the demands of the world efficiently while working with, or even bettering, the surrounding environment."

Kristina Craft is a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering. The goal of her graduate work is to increase understanding in the science involved in mitigating adverse water quality and soil health impacts of row crop systems while maintaining or improving upon production.

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Vice President for County Services - Iowa State University Extension
"The water remains clean, the soil remains productive, the energy we use is renewable and we leave the world to the next generation better than we found it."

Bob Dodds is the assistant vice president for the county services unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, working with the 100 county offices and county extension councils across the state.

 

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President of CALS Student Council
"My job as a student is to go out and advocate, get other students involved and be proactive in that fight to be sustainable."

Trey Forsyth is a junior studying agricultural business and agriculture and society, with an interest in agricultural policy, trade and development. In 2016 he represents CALS students as the president of CALS Student Council.

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Assistant Professor of Animal Science
"Sustainability means production of agricultural products in an economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally friendly manner so we have food, fuel and fiber production for the duration of mankind."

Patrick Gunn is an assistant professor of animal science and extension beef specialist. His primary responsibility is beef cow-calf extension, but he also conducts applied research and co-instructs the senior-level beef systems management course.

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Tom Isenhart
Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Tom Isenhart is a professor of natural resource ecology and management. His research interests include stream, riparian and watershed management; design and establishment of conservation buffers to improve the environmental efficiency of agriculture, land use/hydrology and stream bed and bank erosion; watershed assessment; and land use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences
"I very much want to see future generations have the same opportunities that I’ve had."

Catherine Kling is a Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a professor of economics, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and the President’s Chair in Environmental Economics. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. Her research interests in environmental economics relate to the theory and practice of valuing environmental goods and the design of environmental policy.

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Chair of Sociology
"Sustainability is a commitment or orientation to future generations of the human family."

Paul Lasley, an extension rural sociologist, has been a faculty member at ISU since 1981. Lasley has been extensively involved in sustainability discussions throughout his career through surveys with farmers on the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll. In 2015 he concluded a 13-year term as chair of the Department of Sociology. In 2016, he is serving as acting chair of the department.

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Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture
"We have to safeguard natural resources, minimize pollution and put a lot of attention on the needs of the poor and disadvantaged."

Matt Liebman is a professor of agronomy and the Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. He helped launch the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. His research, teaching and outreach focus on ways to improve environmental quality and agricultural productivity while reducing dependence on agrichemicals and fossil fuels.

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Assistant Professor of Horticulture
"Sustainability means improving production efficiency and produce quality with minimal inputs and impact on the environment."

Ajay Nair is an assistant professor of horticulture and the extension commercial horticulture specialists. He pecializes in the area of sustainable vegetable production. His extension, research and teaching program supports vegetable growers and develops strategies that enhance crop production, soil health and cropping system profitability for Iowa vegetable farms.

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University Professor and Morrill Professor in the Department of Horticulture
"If you think about feeding and sustaining life for more than 9 billion people by 2050, the global resources major is really important. The skills the students learn are critical to sustain our life here on earth."

Gail Nonnecke is a University Professor and Morrill Professor in the Department of Horticulture. Her research and teaching efforts for nearly 30 years have focused on developing new approaches in sustainable fruit crop systems. Nonnecke serves as the faculty coordinator for the college-wide major, Global Resource Systems, and holds its Global Professorship.

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Associate Professor of Entomology
"We want to preserve resources such that subsequent generations, my children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation, have the resources they need to survive and hopefully thrive."

Matt O'Neal is an associate professor of entomology. He oversees research related to the management of insect pests of annual crops, with a focus on soybeans, to develop pest management programs that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

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Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
"CALS could integrate sustainability by emphasizing actions and words and helping faculty and students think of the big picture and long-term impacts as they go about their daily work."

Mark Rasmussen has served as director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture since 2012. His appointment followed a career as a research microbiologist at the USDA National Animal Disease Center. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Animal Science.

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Associate Professor fo Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
"It’s important that students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have a broader picture of the things they do and the things they are learning."

Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, focuses on the sustainability of biorenewable systems, including foods, feeds, fuels and industrial materials. His expertise is in value-added product development, alternative recycling and reprocessing strategies, modeling and simulation of processing systems, process design and plant layout.

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Assistant Professor of Economics
"Sustainability means future generations have as high a living standard as we have. So in the future, everyone is doing at least as well as we are today."

Ivan Rudik is an assistant professor of economics. He currently is investigating how uncertainty in the relationship between climate change and economic damages affects how climate policy should be approached over the next century. He is a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’s sustainability cluster.

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Director for Center for Plant Transformation
"Sustainability means diversification. In nature, a population with a high diversity can survive and sustain much more effectively."

Kan Wang, professor of agronomy, is director of the Center for Plant Transformation and the co-principal investigator of the Crop Bioengineering Consortium. She holds the Global Professorship of Biotechnology. Her research interests include exploring plant genetic transformation technology, developing a production system for corn-based pharmaceutical and industrial products and investigating the functional roles of agrobacterium noncoding RNAs.

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Professor of Sociology
"The concepts of sustainability and resilience are foundational . . . We must be systematic and purposeful in the integration of these concepts into our curriculum."

Lois Wright Morton is a professor of sociology and directs the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-based Cropping System Coordinated Agricultural Project, a transdisciplinary partnership among 11 institutions across the upper Midwest.

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