Issue: 590

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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SCHULTZ HONORED BY ARBORICULTURE SOCIETY CHAPTER<br>
Dick Schultz, natural resource ecology and management, was presented the President&#146;s Award Feb. 18 by the Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The President&#146;s award recognizes an individual who has provided a significant impact in the field of arboriculture during the previous two years. Chip Murrow, a former student of Schultz and an Iowa State forestry alumnus, presented the award as chapter president. The presentation was part of the chapter&#146;s conference held last week in Columbia, Mo.<br>
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SPURLOCK ONE OF TWO DIRECTORS APPOINTED TO NWRC<br>
Two ISU faculty members who study relationships among food, physical activity, metabolism, and health have been named to direct the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center. Mike Spurlock, food science and human nutrition, will serve as director of integrative and translational research. Greg Welk, kinesiology, will serve as director of clinical research and community outreach. More: <a href="http://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/releases/view/170/">http://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/releases/view/170/</a> <br>
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MILLER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 8<br>
A call for proposals has been issued for the 2010-11 Miller Faculty Fellowship Program. Miller Fellowships are intended to provide faculty with opportunities to enhance undergraduate academic programs and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Those submitting proposals from CALS are asked to submit them electronically to David Acker and CELT by March 8. More: <a href="http://www.celt.iastate.edu/grants_awards/fellowships/miller/homepage.html">http://www.celt.iastate.edu/grants_awards/fellowships/miller/homepage.ht... <br>
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CALS PRESENTS AWARDS TO FACULTY, STAFF<br>
CALS presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation on Feb. 12. A news release of all winners and PowerPoint from the convocation is available at: <a href="/news/releases/820/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/820/</a> <br>
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DOUBLED HAPLOID FACILITY PROVIDES TIME-SAVING PROCESS FOR RESEARCHERS<br>
The development of homozygous lines is an important, but time-consuming process in plant breeding and research. The induction and subsequent doubling of haploids is an efficient alternative to generate homozygous offspring in two generations. The Doubled Haploid Facility is now open to provide this service for maize to ISU scientists, but is also open to other academic researchers and breeders. The Department of Agronomy is supporting the start-up phase. More: <a href="http://www.plantbreeding.iastate.edu/DHF/DHF.htm">http://www.plantbreeding.iastate.edu/DHF/DHF.htm</a> <br>
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SPALDING RECEIVES GRANT TO STUDY STACKING TRAITS IN ALGAE<br>
Martin Spalding, genetics, development and cell biology, received a $4.37 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a micro-algal platform that will allow micro-algae to be treated as a crop. Lately, biofuels research has included a focus on using algae as a source for biofuels. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/spaldinggrant">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/spaldinggrant</a> <br>
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THE COVER BOYS OF PLANT SCIENCE<br>
Erik Vollbrecht, Patrick Schnable and Adam Bogdanove have achieved cover boy status &#150; each capturing a cover story in Nature, Science and Science, respectively. Bogdanove, plant pathology, studies the molecular equipment a particular bacterial pest uses to infect and multiply in rice. Vollbrecht, genetics, development and cell biology, works to understand natural and domesticated species and the differences between them. Schnable, agronomy, led a coordinated effort culminating in the maize genome sequence, plus the demonstration of its usefulness. More: <a href="http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/0218/psi.php">http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/0218/psi.php</a> <br>
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COLLEGIATE FFA HOSTS PANCAKE BREAKFAST TUESDAY, FEB. 23<br>
Collegiate FFA is hosting a pancake breakfast in celebration of FFA week Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 a.m. in Kildee Pavilion. Celebrity chefs will be serving pancakes and scrambled eggs. The event is free to students, faculty and staff. <br>
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BLOCK AND BRIDLE SRING MARKET HOG SHOW FEB. 27<br>
The Block and Bridle Spring Market Hog Show is at 12 p.m. in the Kildee Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 27.<br>
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NEW ADDITION TO DEVELOPMENT OFFICE<br>
Anita Nimtz is joining the Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Office as program assistant. Effective March 1, Nimtz will be job sharing with Karen Bolluyt. They will share the same phone number, 4-7677. <br>
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TURF CLUB WINS TURF BOWL COMPETITION EIGHTH TIME IN NINE YEARS<br>
The ISU Turf Club won first place at the 2010 Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition at the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America&#146;s education conference on Feb. 11 in San Diego. This is the eighth time the team has won the competition over the past nine years. The winning team members, who are all horticulture majors, include Nick Dunlap, a junior from Iowa City; Tyler Dykstra, a senior from Sibley; Bryan Huinker, a senior from Lakeville, Minn.; and Caleb Swanson, a senior from Nevada. More: <a href="http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/821/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/821/</a> <br>
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2010 ANIMAL INDUSTRY REPORTS POSTED ON WEB SITE<br>
The Department of Animal Science&#146;s 2010 Animal Industry Report is posted on the Web. The report details research activities related to beef, dairy, equine, poultry, sheep, swine and companion animal industries in the state. The research is conducted to support the viability of these industries in Iowa. More: <a href="http://www.ans.iastate.edu/report/air/?pg=tablecontent10">http://www.ans.iastate.edu/report/air/?pg=tablecontent10</a> <br>
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MUSCATINE ISLAND RESEARCH FARM CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY<br>
The 2010 annual meeting of the Muscatine Island Research Farm will be held March 2. This will mark 75 years of ISU and the Muscatine Island community working together to advance agriculture through activities at the research farm. In 1935, a group of progressive &#147;truck crop&#148; growers seeking solutions to crop problems rented land from the Rock Island Railroad and entered into a cooperative agreement with ISU to establish the research farm. This productive partnership continues today. <br>
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CALS ENTOMOLOGISTS TO SPEAK AT &#147;DAY OF INSECTS,&#148; MARCH 6<br>
The second annual Day of Insects will be held March 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reiman Gardens. Presentations will cover many topics related to insects. Speakers will include John VanDyk, Matt O&#146;Neal, Royce Bitzer and Marlin Rice, entomology. More: <a href="http://reimangardens.com/en/day_of_insects/">http://reimangardens.com/en/day_of_insects/</a> <br>
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&#147;AMES READS LEOPOLD&#148; EVENT SET FOR MARCH 6<br>
Excerpts from &#147;A Sand County Almanac,&#148; written by Iowa native Aldo Leopold, will be read aloud on March 6 as part of the third annual &#147;Ames Reads Leopold&#148; event. The public readings are scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. in the Farwell Brown Auditorium of the Ames Public Library. Sponsors include the Leopold Center and the natural resource ecology and management department. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/021710_amesreads.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/021710_amesreads.h... <br>
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DAIRY SCIENCE CLUB BANQUET TO BE HELD MARCH 7<br>
Faculty and staff are invited to the 2010 Dairy Science Club banquet, to be held March 7 in the Memorial Union. There is a reception at 11 a.m., followed by the banquet, 12 to 2:10 p.m. Cost is $25, payable in 123 Kildee. <br>
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LATEST ISSUE OF SOCONNECTION AVAILABLE ONLINE<br>
The latest issue of Soconnection, the sociology department&#146;s newsletter, is now available on the department Web site, <a href="http://www.soc.iastate.edu/connection.html">http://www.soc.iastate.edu/connection.html</a> <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
Feb. 23-24: Symposium on Sustainability, <a href="http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/symposium/">http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/symposium/</a> <br>
Feb. 25: David Mortensen presents Staniforth Lecture, 4:10 p.m., EO 164 Lagomarcino Hall, <a href="http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/20899/?sy=2010&sm=02&sd=25&featured=1...">http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/20899/?sy=2010&amp;sm=02&amp;sd=25&am... <br>
Feb. 26: Deadline for Brenton Center classroom requests. Work through your department chair and the designated department representative. <br>
Feb. 28: David Mas Masumoto presents 2010 Shivvers Lecture, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room, <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/020810_peach.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/020810_peach.html</a> <br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS<br>
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu<br>
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March 5: Rapid Response Research Proposals: Effects of the January 2010 Haitian Earthquake; estimated $40,000 per award. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10024/nsf10024.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10024/nsf10024.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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March 9 (letter of intent): Natural Experiments and Effectiveness Studies to Identify the Best Policy and System Level Practices to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications (U58); five to seven awards, $300,000 to $500,000 per year, up to five years, $3 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51980">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51980</a> <br>
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March 22: Endangered Species Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants Program; awards up to $500,000, $1.85 million total anticipated funding, proposals accepted through Sept. 29 if funding is available. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51949">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51949</a> <br>
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March 23 (preliminary proposal): Environmental Synthesis Center; one award, $6 million per year, up to $30 million over a five-year period. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503440&org=NSF&sel_org=N...">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503440&amp;org=NSF&amp;s... <br>
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March 23: &nbsp;Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering; 16 awards, $25,000 each. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5473&amp;WT.mc_id=USNSF_... <br>
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April 5: Strategic Agricultural Initiative Grant Program FY2010 (projects in Region 4); two to three awards, $100,000 per award, $249,000 total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51985">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51985</a> <br>
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April 9 (letter of intent): AFRI Carbon Cycle Analysis. $200,000 to $1 million per award, $26.5 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/carboncyclescienceafri.cfm">http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/carboncyclescienceafri.cfm</a> <br>
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April 14 (letter of intent): A Centralized Protein Sequence and Function Resource (U41); one award, $6.0 million per year for three years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-10-004.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-10-004.html#</a> <br>
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April 20 (letter of intent): Partnerships for Biodefense (R01); 15 to 20 awards, $750,000 (direct costs) per year for five years, $20 million total anticipated funding in FY2011. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-10-003.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-10-003.html</a> <br>
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April 23 (letter of intent): Climate Change Education: Climate Change Education Partnership Program, Phase I; 10 to 15 awards, $750,000 to $1 million for up to 24 months, $20 million total anticipated funding for FY2010 and FY2011. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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May 20: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research in Education; two to five awards, $400,000 for up to two years, $1 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10541/nsf10541.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10541/nsf10541.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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HURD RESPONDS TO CBS NEWS SEGMENTS ON ANTIBIOTICS USE IN AG<br>
A web posting dated Feb. 10 by Dr. H. Scott Hurd of ISU&#146;s College of Veterinary Medicine, consists of written responses to claims made by last week&#146;s CBS Evening News stories on antibiotic use in agriculture. Hurd is an associate professor and a former USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety. More: <a href="http://vetmed.iastate.edu/news/isu-associate-professor-and-former-usda-d...">http://vetmed.iastate.edu/news/isu-associate-professor-and-former-usda-d... <br>
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INDIAN SCHOLAR TO SPEAK AT SCHEMAN ON FEB. 25<br>
Sandhya Shenoy, principal scientist with the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management in Hyderabad, India, will be speaking on Thursday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to noon in 160 Scheman. Shenoy&#146;s presentation, &#147;Information and Communication Technologies for Agricultural Development &#150; Indian Experience&#148; will also be available via Connect at <a href="http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/globalextension/">http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/globalextension/</a> <br>
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SOUPER SUPPER SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2<br>
The Global Resource Systems and Human Nutrition and Food Science Learning Communities are sponsoring a Souper Supper on March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom. Come enjoy a meal and learn about ISU's Establish+Grow project to alleviate malnutrition in Kamuli, Uganda. Donations are welcome. Reservations are free and can be made by e-mailing soupersupper@iastate.edu. Questions: Sam Bird, ssbird@iastate.edu. <br>
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DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD NOMINATIONS<br>
* Zaffarano Prize for Graduate Student Research &#150; to recognize superior performance in publishable research by an ISU graduate student. Nominations due March 1, <a href="http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/zaffarano.html">http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/zaffarano.html</a> <br>
* The Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation &#150; to recognize excellence in doctoral research at ISU. Nominations due March 31, <a href="http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/karas.html">http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/karas.html</a><br>
* Research Excellence Award &#150; to recognize graduating students for outstanding research or creativity as seen in their theses and dissertations. Nominations due April 16, <a href="http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/rex.html">http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/rex.html</a><br>
* Teaching Excellence Award &#150; to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching. Nominations due April 16, <a href="http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/tex.html">http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/awards/tex.html</a> <br>
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PFIZER CAMPUS VISIT SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 14<br>
A Pfizer campus visit is scheduled for April 14. The day will begin with a product show, followed by a seminar on university partnership opportunities and current and future development of prescription medicines in animals. Faculty and staff interesting in participating should respond to Robin Habeger at rhabeger@foundation.iastate.edu. <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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THORESON REFLECTS ON HIS EXTENSION CAREER<br>
As Dale Thoreson, dairy, beef and forage specialist, looks back over his career with ISU Extension, he said most days were a joy to go to work. &#147;People can&#146;t ask for too much more than that. The opportunity to help people learn, and do that in agriculture has been fun.&#148; Thoreson retired Jan. 31 after 36 years with Extension. AgriNews, Feb. 18, <a href="http://www.agrinews.com/dale/thoreson/reflects/on/his/extension/career/s...">http://www.agrinews.com/dale/thoreson/reflects/on/his/extension/career/s... <br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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ISU HISTORICAL FILMS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE<br>
In an effort to provide better access to its film collection, the Library&#146;s Special Collections Department began putting ISU films on YouTube. More than 140 video clips have been uploaded, most produced by WOI-TV and ISU&#146;s Film Production Unit. More: <a href="http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100468">http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100468</a> <br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE<br>
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