Issue: 600

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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COLLEGE CONVOCATION TO HONOR GRADUATES SATURDAY<br>
Faculty and staff are invited to recognize 465 spring and summer graduating seniors at the College convocation Saturday in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 8 a.m. for a reception. The convocation program begins at 9 a.m. Lee Christensen, who is graduating with a bachelor&#146;s degree in animal science, will give the speech to her fellow graduates. The Ag and Life Science Student Council will present awards to graduates, including: Joel Ahrendsen, agricultural business, for academic achievement; Jodi Calvert, agricultural business, for distinguished service; Ryan Hrubes, agricultural business, for outstanding ambassador of agriculture; Justine Hosch, animal science, for leadership excellence; and Nicki Cortum, public service and administration in agriculture, for outstanding senior. <br>
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AGRONOMY RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC<br>
Matt Liebman, agronomy, and a team of researchers at ISU, have found that a farm can cut its fossil fuel use in half by shifting to a four-year cycle&#151;adding a year of another grain, such as oats, and a year of alfalfa, a legume, to the typical corn-soy rotation. Liebman&#146;s research was published in the May 3 issue of National Geographic News, &#147;Saving Fuel on the Farm by Making Hay.&#148; Liebman&#146;s research has been supported for the Leopold Center for six years, and will continue over the next three years. More: <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/100503-energy-saving-fue...">http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/100503-energy-saving-fue... <br>
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EDELMAN REPRESENTS IOWA AT SENATE DEMOCRATIC RURAL SUMMIT<br>
Mark Edelman, economics, participated in the Senate Democratic Rural Summit on April 28 in Washington, D.C. The half-day discussion focused on revitalizing rural America through economic development and job creation. Edelman was nominated to represent Iowa at the summit by Senator Tom Harkin. <br>
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UNDERGRADUATE PRESENTS RESEARCH AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE<br>
When senior Jenna Dixon signed up for a summer internship program, she didn&#146;t expect it would land her in front of an audience of thousands of biological and biomedical scientists from around the world. But that&#146;s exactly where she landed. From April 24-28, Dixon was at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Annaheim, Calif., to present her analysis of proteins involved in muscular dystrophy. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/UndergradResearch">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/apr/UndergradResearch</a> <br>
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SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE STUDENTS SHOWCASE RESEARCH<br>
The Science With Practice program gives undergraduates a chance to do research, earn credits and get paid. On April 28, 18 students presented research results on projects that ranged from corn reproduction to lizard limb development. Since 2005, 235 students have participated.&nbsp;The Iowa State University Agricultural Endowment, in partnership with CALS, funds the program. More: <a href="http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2010/Science_With_Practice_Spring/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2010/Science_With_Practice_Spring/</a...
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ALUMNI DAYS 2010 SET FOR MAY 13-15<br>
Alumni Days 2010 will honor the class of 1960. CALS administrators and department chairs will meet with alumni at a reception on May 13, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., in the west end of the Great Room, Memorial Union, right before the opening dinner. On May 14 at 9 a.m., alumni will convene at the Seed Science Center for a tour of the facility, followed by a program at 9:45 a.m. More: <a href="http://www.isualum.org/en/events/alumni_days/alumni_days_2010/">http://www.isualum.org/en/events/alumni_days/alumni_days_2010/</a> <br>
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STUDY LOOKS AT EFFECTS OF ORGANIC FARMING ON WATER QUALITY<br>
Kathleen Delate, agronomy and horticulture, has received a USDA grant to study the effects of organic farming on water quality. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/delate">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/delate</a> <br>
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FIRST YEAR OF GLOBAL RESOURCE SYSTEMS MAJOR NEARLY COMPLETE<br>
Global Resource Systems was launched in fall semester 2009 with 37 undergraduate students. It is an interdisciplinary college-wide interdepartmental major that prepares students to make a difference in the world. Several upper-level students will complete internships overseas this summer. More: <a href="http://www.globe.iastate.edu/">http://www.globe.iastate.edu/</a> <br>
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ENGINEERING THE PERFECT ALGAE STRAIN<br>
Martin Spalding, genetics, development and cell biology, is working to stack multiple desirable traits in one type of algae to engineer the perfect strain for commercial biodiesel production. The project is featured in the May 2010 issue of &#147;Biodiesel Magazine.&#148; More: <a href="http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=4156">http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=4156</a> <br>
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PRESERVING ISU&#146;S CHICKEN LINES NOW POSSIBLE<br>
ISU is the first to participate in a new, innovative process to preserve poultry germplasm. Until recently, only the male genetics of chickens could be preserved by freezing. New technology makes it possible to collect and cryopreserve ovaries from embryos or baby chicks, which allows preservation of the female side of genetics. More: <a href="/news/releases/851/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/851/</a> <br>
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RESEARCH TO STUDY CROP RESPONSES TO PATHOGENS<br>
A USDA scientist and his ISU colleagues will partner with scientists from the United Kingdom to investigate how crop plants respond to pathogens through a new grant that includes an educational component for Iowa high school students. Roger Wise, plant pathology, leads the group. More: <a href="/news/releases/854/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/854/</a> <br>
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AGRIBUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF IOWA DONATES SCHOLARSHIP MONEY<br>
The Agribusiness Association of Iowa has donated $100,000 to the CALS for scholarships. More: <a href="/news/releases/855/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/855/</a><br>
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AGRONOMY SEARCH STORIES CONTEST<br>
The Department of Agronomy is holding a video contest to see how you imagine using Google to learn about what it means to be an agronomist. More: <a href="http://www.agron.iastate.edu/newsletter/">http://www.agron.iastate.edu/newsletter/</a> <br>
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LUVAGA RECEIVES FACULTY MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD<br>
Ebby Luvaga, economics, has received the 2010 ISU McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year award. Luvaga was nominated by Nimota Nasiru, a construction engineering student who took an economics course taught by Luvaga and who subsequently asked Luvaga to mentor her on a research project. Luvaga was recognized at the annual McNair Research Symposium. More: <a href="http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/mcnair/homepage.html">http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/mcnair/homepage.html</a>.<br>
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ANIMAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT HONORS PORK LEADER<br>
Steve Kerns of Clearfield was inducted into the ISU Animal Science Hall of Fame on April 25. Kerns and his family operate a farm near Clearfield. As an ISU student, Kerns was one of the first in the nation to do ultrasound scanning of pigs. More: <a href="/news/releases/856/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/856/</a> <br>
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STIMULUS FUNDS USED TO REMODEL BRENTON CENTER CLASSROOM<br>
Room 13 in the Brenton Center in Curtiss Hall was remodeled with more than $100,000 in federal stimulus funds (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). The room has new ceilings, ductwork,&nbsp;electrical wiring&nbsp;and energy efficient lighting. The remodel included a redesigned teaching&nbsp;console&nbsp;and distance education technology that includes new cameras, projectors, flat screen monitors and document camera. Room seating was increased from 48 to 56. The room is used for both distance education and as a general university classroom. The redesign also allows more flexibility for room, which means it can be used for video conferencing or meetings.<br>
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GROWTH FACTOR AND SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION SYMPOSIUM, SEPT. 9-12, ON &#147;RNA IN MOTION&#148;<br>
Molecular motion underlies all essential activities relating to life. Yet little is known about this most important molecular behavior. The biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department is sponsoring the 19th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Symposium on Sept. 9-12, with the theme &#147;RNA in Motion.&#148; More: <a href="http://www.bb.iastate.edu/%7egfst/phomepg.html">http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html</a> <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
May 4: Food Science Product Development Class poster session, 12:30 to 2 p.m., 210 MacKay. <br>
May 13-14: Plant Breeding Lecture Series, Scheman Building, <a href="http://www.plantbreeding.iastate.edu/pblssched2010.html">http://www.plantbreeding.iastate.edu/pblssched2010.html</a> <br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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WORKSHOP FOR NIH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARDS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 14<br>
A workshop for researchers interested in the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01), Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02), and Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) will be held on May 14, 9 &#150; 10 a.m. in 9 Curtiss Hall. The two-part workshop will include a webinar with a short presentation and Q&amp;A with Katrin Eichelberg, the scientific/research contact for the K01, K02 and K99/R00 programs in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The second part of the workshop will feature a Q&amp;A session with award recipients Albert Jergens (K01) and Aileen Keating (K99/R00). Researchers from all colleges are welcome to attend. For information about the award programs, see <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm">http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm</a>. <br>
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WORKSHOP FOR NSF CAREER AWARDS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 14<br>
A workshop for researchers interested in the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program will be held on May 14, 10 &#150; 11 a.m. in 9 Curtiss Hall. The two-part workshop will include a webinar with a short presentation and Q&amp;A with an NSF national program leader. The second part of the workshop will feature a Q&amp;A session with an ISU mentor and recent award recipients. More information about the NSF speaker and ISU award recipients will be announced. Researchers from all colleges are welcome to attend. For information about the CAREER award program, see <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214</a>.&nbsp;<br>
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PREPROPOSALS FOR MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM DUE MAY 17<br>
The Math and Science Partnership program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. The solicitation contains four Partnership categories &#150; Targeted Partnerships, Institute Partnerships; Teacher Institutes for the 21st Century; MSP-Start Partnerships; and Phase II partnerships &#150; with proposals due on different dates. An institution of higher education, nonprofit organization or consortia of such institutions or organizations may be the Lead Partner in only one proposal per Partnership category. Organizations may be a non-Lead Partner on more than one proposal. Submit preproposals to Dorothy Pimlott (dpimlott@iastate.edu) by Monday, May 17. Clearly identify which Partnership category you are applying for. Keeping the criteria of the RFP in mind, the preproposal should be no more than three pages and include a description of the project and a discussion as to who will be involved and what their roles will be in the project. A review committee will choose the project to be forwarded to NSF. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10556/nsf10556.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10556/nsf10556.htm</a> <br>
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PREPROPOSALS FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS TALENT EXPANSION PROGRAM DUE MAY 17<br>
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM. Type 1 proposals are limited to one per institution. There is no limit on Type 2. Submit preproposals for Type 1 proposals to Dorothy Pimlott (dpimlott@iastate.edu) by May 17. Keeping in mind the criteria in the RFP, the preproposal should be no more than three pages and include a description of the project and a discussion as to who will be involved and what their roles will be in the project. A review committee will choose the project to be forwarded to NSF. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm</a>.<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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May 21 (letter of intent): International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25); up to $230,000 direct costs per year for five years for a new application for a comprehensive masters level curriculum development and educational programs. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-174.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-174.html</a><br>
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May 25: National Pork Board General Request for Proposals &#150; 2010; environment, swine health &#150; PRRS, animal welfare, pork safety &#150; pre-harvest, pork safety &#150; post-harvest, public health antimicrobial use and resistance. More: <a href="http://www.pork.org/PorkScience/RFPs.aspx">http://www.pork.org/PorkScience/RFPs.aspx</a><br>
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&nbsp;May 26 (letter of intent): NOAA Climate Program Funding Opportunities; In preparation for the late June/early July publication of the FY 2011 funding opportunity announcement, information about individual programs that will be accepting project applications is now available, as well as information on the process to submit a Letter of Intent (optional but strongly encouraged). More: <a href="http://www.climate.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=./opportunities/opp_index.jsp&o...">http://www.climate.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=./opportunities/opp_index.jsp&a...
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May 28: Co-Production of Power, Fuels and Chemicals via Coal/Biomass Mixtures; eight awards, $450,000 to $1 million depending on topic area, new applications only, $4.5 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54065">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=54065</a> <br>
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June 1: North American Wetlands Conservation Act &#150; Mexican Standard Grants; $10,000 to $1 million, activities must be carried out in Mexico, $3 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53714">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=53714<...
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June 5: Aging Studies in the Pulmonary System (R01); size and duration will vary. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-179.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-179.html</a> <br>
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June 9 (letter of intent): Microbicide Innovation Program (MIP VI) (R21/R33); seven to 10 awards, R21 awards of $275,000 direct costs over two years, R33 awards of $300,000 per year in direct costs for three years, $2.5 million total anticipated funding in FY 2011. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-10-011.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-10-011.html</a> <br>
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June 15: Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program; one award, $1.4 million, new applications only. More: <a href="http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/farmbusinessmanagementandbenchmarkingprogram...">http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/farmbusinessmanagementandbenchmarkingprogram... <br>
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June 16: USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services Program; one award, $9 million. More: <a href="http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54162">http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=54162</a> <br>
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June 29 and October 29: Assay Development for High Throughput Molecular Screening (R21); 30 awards, $100,000 direct costs for one year, $6 million total anticipated funding for FY 2011. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-182.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-182.html</a> <br>
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK<br>
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SUBSCRIBE TO CORN AND SOYBEAN INTIATIVE STAFF NEWSLETTER <br>
Are you involved in research related to corn or soybean production on or off campus? Or are you interested in reading updates on crop research or ISU&#146;s efforts to share the latest crop production information with Iowa growers? Then consider subscribing to &#147;Inside CSI,&#148; the bi-weekly internal newsletter of the ISU Corn and Soybean Initiative. Launched in late 2004, the initiative seeks to advance Iowa agriculture by linking campus experts and field specialists with Iowa agribusinesses in delivering the latest science-based crop production information to growers. It was founded on the idea that forming strong partnerships with Iowa&#146;s ag retail, commodity group and farm media sectors would maximize ISU&#146;s ability to educate growers about how to enhance their productivity while also conserving the environment. The newsletter shares news and updates on the initiative&#146;s efforts towards these goals, as well as updates on research related to corn and soybean production. If you would like your research featured in &#147;Inside CSI,&#148; or if you&#146;d like to stay informed about the initiative&#146;s activities, contact Corn and Soybean Initiative communication specialist Tamsyn Jones, tamsyn@iastate.edu.<br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR JACK PAYNE, MAY 7<br>
A farewell reception for Jack Payne, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach, will be held Friday, May 7, 1 to 3 p.m. (brief program at 1:30) in the first floor atrium, Beardshear Hall. Payne has accepted a position as senior vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.<br>
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IOWA STATE DAIRY ASSOCIATION TO AWARD COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS<br>
The Iowa State Dairy Association has announced it will award six college scholarships of $500 each to Iowa students. Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current ISDA member, and complete the ISDA scholarship application and attach a one-page essay by July 1. More: <a href="http://www.iowadairy.org/">http://www.iowadairy.org/</a> <br>
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IOWA CORN SPONSORS &#145;BE TRUE TO YOUR FUEL&#148; VIDEO CONTEST<br>
ISU students can show their spirit for Iowa-grown corn ethanol, E85 or flex-fuel vehicles and win a video contest sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Entries to the &#147;Be True to Your Fuel&#148; video contest can be submitted through August 1. Three prizes will be awarded and the winning video will be shown during the Iowa-Iowa State football game on Sept. 12. More: <a href="http://www.iacornfed.com/cms/en/betrue.aspx">http://www.iacornfed.com/cms/en/betrue.aspx</a> <br>
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NRCS CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY<br>
2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the beginning of the federal commitment to conserving natural resources on private lands. Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service, NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. The anniversary was recognized and celebrated through various activities in Washington, D.C. on April 27. More: <a href="http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/about/">http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/about/</a> <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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DEWITT: REFLECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING ANOTHER JOURNEY<br>
&#147;It has been my goal to visit 25 farms each year&#151;to walk the ground and allow the serenity of the land and its people to fill me. I have taken much with me as I left each farm and my life has changed. I have touched the soil, been inspired by the fabric of the landscape, and have been nourished by the richness of the deep roots of Iowa agriculture and its people. Each farm, each family has given me the gifts of knowledge, appreciation and friendship. To me, each farm family has been like a neighbor and their home place and landscape have left an indelible impression on me. And I am grateful.&#148; Jerry DeWitt, entomology, who will retire in June from his 37-year career at Iowa State University, the last five as director of the Leopold Center. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/nwl/2010/2010-1-leoletter/director.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/nwl/2010/2010-1-leoletter/director.h... <br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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ISU TRAINS IOWA GUARD AFGHAN DEVELOPMENT TEAM <br>
Before the Iowa Air National Guard&#146;s 734th Agri-Business Development Team goes to Afghanistan, its members will get basic agricultural training from Iowa State University. The training started with classroom instruction on April 28-29, and will continue with field training on June 1-4. The two-day classroom training, conducted by ISU Extension specialists representing CALS and the College of Veterinary Medicine, took place at Camp Dodge and covered a wide range of topics&#151;including irrigation principals, water quality, livestock water sources, poultry production and harvest techniques for cattle, sheep and goats. The field training will focus on soil testing and assessment, and will feature hands-on demonstrations of basic crop and animal production practices at the ISU Field Extension Education Laboratory. The guard team is expected to deploy to Afghanistan in late summer.<br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE<br>
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