Issue: 442

College News

Dean Featured in Inside Iowa State

"Her career started in a white bug" is the title of a profile of Dean Wendy Wintersteen that appears in the latest Inside Iowa State. The article written by Samantha Beres documents Wintersteen's time at Iowa State.

Swine Air Quality Workshop Next Month

The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence at Iowa State will co-host a national air quality workshop in conjunction with the National Pork Board. The meeting will be held April 12-13 at the offices of the National Pork Board in Des Moines. The purpose is to identify research and outreach needs for odor emissions and air quality and to investigate the idea of developing a proposal for a Coordinated Agricultural Project proposal to the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Several of ISU's air quality researchers and extension personnel have been invited to the meeting. Contact: David Meisinger, 4-7556 or

New Display Features Ag Students

A new display on the ground floor of Curtiss Hall features College students Rachael Cox, David Manu and Clark Richardson. Cox is a sophomore in agronomy from Ames, Manu is a sophomore in food science from Ames and Richardson is a senior from Sioux City with three majors including agricultural business. The area is being redesigned to focus on student recruitment. Cyclone aides bring hundreds of prospective students through the area on campus tours for Experience Iowa State (EIS) days. Students will be touring the campus for EIS on March 30, April 2, 9 and 16. Transfer visit days are March 23 and April 13.

Food Safety Symposium April 12

The Institute for Food Safety and Security is holding its second symposium, "Food Safety and Public Health: Production, Distribution and Policy," April 12, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. It is designed for researchers and policy makers to discuss international food safety and distribution; traceability of livestock and grain in the United States and Europe; and mass versus local production and distribution of meat, produce and dairy products. More:

Entomologist Lewis Named Senior Research Scientist

Iowa State entomologist and U.S. Department of Agriculture collaborator Leslie Lewis was presented a Senior Research Scientist award for 2006 by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Lewis was one of eight researchers honored at an awards ceremony last week at USDA headquarters. Each scientist received a plaque, cash award and additional funding for research. Lewis was recognized for his work as research leader with the ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit to improve the nation's pest-control strategies for corn. He helped develop mass-rearing techniques that increased opportunities to study the European corn borer and contributed to the development of Bt corn.

Judges Sought for Science Fair

Organizers of the State Science Fair, March 30 and 31 in Hilton Coliseum, are looking for judges of the event. To register for judging, go online. Contacts: Travis Frey, and Vicki Speake,, 4-5738.

Babcock Speaks in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and professor of economics, spoke at events hosted by Oxfam America and by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington, D.C., on March 7. Babcock, along with colleague Bruce Gardner, an economist at the University of Maryland, participated in a Capitol Hill farm bill discussion sponsored by Oxfam. Babcock then spoke at a luncheon of the German Marshall Fund, titled "Expanding Ethanol Production in the United States: Benefits and Challenges." The discussion was the first in a series on "Transatlantic Approaches to Biofuels" sponsored by the GMF.

Computer-Based Instruction Proposals Sought

The College is seeking computer-based instructional proposals with high student involvement. The call for proposals addresses College needs for instructional support.

Bundy Adds Development Responsibilties

Rich Bundy, assistant vice president - development for the ISU Foundation, has added leadership of the Foundation's Corporate and Foundation Relations unit to his responsibilities. He will add this unit to his current duties leading the fundraising teams in the College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine. Bundy also will be the liaison to ISU Extension. He has been with the ISU Foundation for more than six years and is dedicated to achieving fundraising success in a collaborative manner. The Corporate and Foundation Relations unit coordinates ISU's relationships with specific corporate and foundation partners that have philanthropic interest in multiple colleges.

Sustainable Agricultural Research Symposium April 5

The ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) will convene its second research symposium April 5. The program will be from 2 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall. The symposium program is divided into two 90-minute sessions. The first session includes presentations by Robert Anex, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Heidi Asbjornsen, natural resource ecology and management; Hannah Lewis, master's candidate in sustainable agriculture. The second session will be a poster display in the Kildee Hall atrium. Poster authors will be present to discuss the contents of their displays. Beverages and a light snack will be provided during the poster session. All interested persons are invited to attend. No registration is required; however, those wishing to attend should relay their intentions to Charles Sauer, GPSA program coordinator, 4-6518 or, no later than 5 p.m. on April 2.

Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow Holds Essay Contest

The Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow student organization at Iowa State is holding an essay contest for high school freshmen and sophomore students. The top three winners will be awarded scholarships that will be held until the recipient enters Iowa State's College of Agriculture as either a freshman or transfer student. The essay topic is: What Agriculture Means to Me: My Community.

Bioenergy Web Program Available

The archive of the Alternative Crops and Alternative Policies for Bioenergy Web program delivered on March 5 is now available. Several ISU economists and bioenergy experts presented information on five issues.

Deadlines & Reminders

April 1: Last day of Reiman Gardens Conservatory display "Stream of Passion: Plant Lovers of ISU," College of Agriculture faculty and staff and their children under age 17 receive free admission to the display by identifying themselves as College employees at the front desk of Reiman Gardens, spouses and friends are $5 each.

April 5: College promotion and tenure workshop, 3:30 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Science

April 10: College promotion and tenure workshop, 3:10 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Science

Communications Kiosk

Use Iowa State Nameplate to Maintain Visual Identity

The Iowa State University Visual Identity System is an established system of communication that holds all colleges, units, institutes and centers together. This is achieved through the identification of graphic elements and standardized variations of these elements for consistent use across multiple mediums. The Visual Identity System is a focused "branded-house" strategy, where the university nameplate is the primary identifier for all units, divisions, products and services. The identity guidelines are structured to assist in targeting the right audience and providing the right tools to deliver your message strongly and effectively. Adhering to these guidelines reinforces the reputation of the whole university and all its parts. More:


Alumni Calendar Submisions Sought

The Alumni Association is seeking events to be included in its photo calendar for the coming academic year. If you have events that fall Aug. 1, 2007-Aug. 31, 2008, submit them by April 2 to AshLea Anderson,; fax: 4-9402; 214 Richardson Ct., Fisher-Nickell Hall.

Higher Ed Marketers Fail to use Popular Media

Despite the wave of social media such as FaceBook, blogs and instant messaging invading higher ed campuses, fewer than 8 percent of higher-ed marketers use such alternative channels to reach prospective students, according to a recent survey by advertising and marketing firm Media Logic Inc. Instead, e-mail is their application of choice--a medium that is being ignored by students. Among the findings from the survey of 120 higher education marketers, Media Logic reported that 95 percent have e-mail marketing in place, and 62 percent are using e-marketing to target alumni. But less than half are using e-marketing to reach current students, faculty, community, corporate, and other constituents. (Campus Technology, Feb. 28)

External Voices

Knowledge Like Fire

"Knowledge always demands increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but will afterwards always propagate itself." --Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture Reaches Milestone

Iowa State's Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), which is holding a research symposium in April (see College News), has produced 30 graduates since its inception in fall 2001. It achieved a milestone last semester when the last of the initial group of students graduated with his master's. The number includes four students with minors because the group includes students in the special MBA-sustainable agriculture minor program. Three of the majors earned doctorate degrees and the rest have earned master's. The current enrollment in the program is 39, including majors, co-majors and minors. Next issue: March 19

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