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................................................... COLLEGE NEWS ................................................... AURELIO CURBELO NAMED NATIONAL GRADUATE PRESIDENT OF MANRRS Aurelio Curbelo, a program assistant for multicultural programs in the College, was elected president of the graduate student division of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) at its national conference March 29-31. He just completed a term as regional vice president and is a past president of the Iowa State MANRRS Chapter. Curbelo works with the College's diversity programs, where he will direct the George Washington Carver Internship Program this summer. RECEPTION TO RECOGNIZE ROTHSCHILD FOR ORDER OF THE KNOLL AWARD A College reception will honor Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss distinguished professor of animal science, prior to receiving the Order of the Knoll Faculty/Staff Award. The reception will be 4 p.m. April 19 in 142 Curtiss Hall. He will receive the award from the ISU Foundation at the 2007 Distinguished Awards Celebration on April 20. For more information about the awards go to: VANDERZANDEN RECEIVES NACTA TEACHER FELLOW AWARD Ann Marie VanDerZanden, an associate professor in horticulture, received the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Fellow Award. She will receive the award at the 53rd annual NACTA conference to be held June 20-22 in Urbana-Champaign at the University of Illinois. IOWA STATE CELEBRATES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Undergraduate students involved in research projects will showcase their work at a symposium sponsored by the University Honors Program from 8 a.m. to noon this Wednesday in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. College of Agriculture student presentations will include students Mark Mogler, Microbiology; Kirsty Husby, Animal Science; Brendan Dunphy, Zoology, Animal Ecology and Entomology; Erin Schafer, Genetics; and Grant Thompson, Horticulture. The inaugural symposium features 40 students from all of the university's colleges. For more information about the symposium, visit the Iowa State University Honors Program Web site: 5,000 IOWA FFA STUDENTS AND GUESTS ON CAMPUS APRIL 16-17 The Iowa FFA Leadership Conference will bring 5,000 high school FFA members, advisers and guests to campus on April 16-17. The College of Agriculture Day for the 2007 VEISHEA is on Monday, April 16, and FFA students will participate in activities on central campus, followed by a BBQ hosted by the College. There will be 25 tours offered to the students along with a career fair, informational sessions and several competitive events. U.S. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY JOHANNS TO HOLD BEGINNING FARMERS DISCUSSION APRIL 17 On Tuesday, April 17, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will join officials from Iowa State University, FFA, USDA and the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture's office to discuss opportunities for beginning farmers. Ken Root, farm broadcaster at WHO Radio, will serve as moderator of this session, which will be broadcast live on WHO. The discussion will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on April 17 in Fisher Theater in the Iowa State Center. Secretary Johanns will be joined by Mike Duffy, professor of economics and director of the College of Agriculture's Beginning Farmer Center and others. At 3 p.m. that day, Secretary Johanns will speak to the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in Hilton Coliseum. DEAN WINTERSTEEN TO PARTICIPATE IN FARM BILL HEARING Dean Wintersteen will testify at a U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry field hearing on Saturday, April 14, in Council Bluffs. The hearing, organized by Senator Tom Harkin, chair of the committee, will focus on Iowa and Nebraska views on federal agricultural and rural policies related to the 2007 farm bill. The hearing will be held at Iowa Western Community College, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ECONOMISTS SERVE ON IOWA COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS Arne Hallam, economics professor and department chair, and Liesl Eathington, director of the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis, have been named by Gov. Chet Culver to the Iowa Council of Economic Advisors. AWARDS PRESENTED BY ISU AGRICULTURE HONOR SOCIETY The Iowa State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, presented awards April 3 to College of Agriculture faculty and an alumnus. Allen Trenkle, emeritus Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, received the Distinguished Achievement and Service to Agriculture Award. BIGMAP SYMPOSIUM WILL ADDRESS AG BIOTECH The fourth annual symposium of Iowa State University's Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Gateway Center. COLLEGE AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AT 50TH STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR OF IOWA The College of Agriculture was a general sponsor of the 50th State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa March 30 - 31 at Hilton Coliseum. The college awarded $500 scholarships to eight students and one $1,000 scholarship. CLIMATE CHANGE AND AGRICULTURE 2007 PESEK COLLOQUIUM TOPIC Cynthia Rosenzweig, a research agronomist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, presented the 2007 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture on Feb. 28. The Leopold Center is a cosponsor of the event, coordinated by the Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. The paper and podcast are available at: STUDY SHOWS INLAND WATER IMPORTANT TO GLOBAL CARBON CYCLE An Iowa State professor is part of a team of international scientists who found that inland water bodies are as important to carbon emission and burial on a global scale as the sea and other traditional carbon sources and sinks. In fact, says John Downing, professor in the ecology, evolution and organismal biology, the world's farm ponds alone may bury more organic carbon than the oceans, and 33 percent as much as the world's rivers deliver to the sea. BALANCING CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY The 2006 Leopold Center annual report reflects two themes: balancing change and achieving sustainability. The report was printed on paper manufactured with non-polluting, wind-generated energy and contains 30 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. The 40 page illustrated report is on the web. ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE ON APRIL 24 The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative is hosting an entrepreneurial roundtable on April 24. Registration and buffet will open at 6 p.m. John Shillinger, founder of Heartland Fields LLC and Shillinger Seeds, will present a keynote speech at 6:30 p.m. Iowa State students can attend free of charge. To register call 4-4945 or visit\ TRIBUNE HIGHLIGHTS LEOPOLD CENTER'S 20 YEARS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS On April 7, the Ames Daily Tribune spotlighted the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and its 20-year history of accomplishments in sustainability, including research on riparian buffers, soil tests, hoop structures for livestock and local food systems. KIRSCHENMNN ON "THE SPLENDID TABLE" Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann was a guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Kirschenmann discussed spring planting rituals and spring holidays as they relate to food and eating. The show, produced for American Public Media, aired on WOI-AM on April 7 and 8. It was Kirschenmann's second interview on the show. 2007 HEALTH SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON DIGESTIBLE STARCH This year's Advanced Food for Health Symposium conference will focus on resistant and slowly digestible starch. The conference will be held May 8 - 9 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. Faculty and staff can register at the reduced rate of $100 and students can attend free of charge. The reduced rates are possible due to funding from the Office of Biotechnology. The registration deadline is April 30. FOOD SCIENCE FUDGE FOR SALE April 13 is the deadline to order fudge from the food science club. The flavors include chocolate fudge, chocolate mint, peanut butter parade and the Cyclone, which is a mixture of peanuts and marshmallows topped with candy-coated chocolate pieces. To get order forms contact Linda Svendsen at or 4-9577. DEADLINES & REMINDERS April 10: College promotion and tenure workshop, 3:10 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Science April 15: Shivvers Memorial Lecture, Wendell Berry, 7 p.m., Memorial Union April 12: Institute for Food Safety and Security symposium, "Food Safety and Public Health: Production, Distribution and Policy," Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, contact: Gail Stecker, 4-4781, more: April 12-13: National air quality workshop, hosted by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence and National Pork Board, Des Moines, contact: David Meisinger, 4-7556 or April 13: Iowa Soybean Association research priorities meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., 3140 Agronomy, pizza and pop served April 16: Deadline for College of Agriculture computer-based instructional proposals April 23: The 7th Think Tank on Animal Agriculture will at the Iowa Cattle Industry Headquarters beginning 6 p.m., cost is $5, for reservations email Julie Roberts at April 27: Nominations are due for the Leopold Center's 2007 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture May 21-23: Spring Research Conference on Statistics in Industry and Technology, Scheman Building, more: ................................................... COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK ................................................... BE CAREFUL WITH CONSIST There are two distinct phrases: consist of and consist in. The first applies to the physical components that make up a tangible thing, "the computer-system package consists of software, the CPU, the monitor and the printer." The second refers to the essence of a thing, especially in abstract terms, "moral government consists in rewarding the righteous and punishing the wicked." (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003) Next issue: April 16 ........................................................ AG ONLINE ........................................................ EDITOR Ed Adcock, Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: SUBSCRIBE Ag Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture, is e-mailed every Monday. To subscribe, send your name, e-mail address and the message "Ag Online subscribe" to To unsubscribe, send "Ag Online unsubscribe." 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