Issue: 462

College News

Recent Forestry Graduate Dies

Melissa Fender, who earned an ISU bachelor's degree in forestry last May, died July 27 at the Fairmont Medical Center in Fairmont, Minn. She was 23. The cause of death was not disclosed. The Glenwood resident had accepted a position with the Natural Resources Conservation Service of Dickinson County, Iowa. Her first day of work was to be today, July 30, according to her obituary. She swam for the Cyclones from 2002-06, and was named to the Big 12 All Academic Swim Team three times.

ABE Workshop Teaches Students to Make Biodiesal

Tom Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has taught high school students to make biodiesel this month. The Engineering & Beyond program brings students to campus to get a flavor of what engineering is. Brumm provided the department's demonstration by creating biodiesel. He discussed the workshop on his blog.

Norma Lyon Given Dairy Honor

Norma "Duffy" Lyon has been named an honorary member of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Lyon sculpted her first butter cow in 1960 at the Iowa State Fair and retired last year. She created "Jersey Jewel," a life-size bronze cow, which will be displayed at the new Iowa State Dairy Farm. Lyon earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1951 from Iowa State. (Brownfield online report, July 27)

ISU-Bred Horse Wins First Race

After recently becoming the first money earner bred by Iowa State, Cyclone Prince won the fifth race at Prairie Meadows on July 23 to become the first ISU-bred race winner. Cyclone Prince is a 3-year-old gelding owned by Edward Casady.

Master's in Seed Technology and Business Begins

Last week Iowa State offered the first class in its new global master's degree in seed technology and business. The interdisciplinary degree is a cooperative effort between the colleges of Business and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Iowa Pork Industry Center Offers Training Program

Veterinarians and others in Iowa's pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ Advisers under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus™ program. A training program is being offered Sept. 6 by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State.

Deadlines & Reminders

Aug. 13: Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 5 p.m., near Lewis

Aug. 14: Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 5 p.m., Fruitland

Communications Kiosk

"Over" Versus "More Than"

Jennifer Hoyer, College alumna who is a communications consultant with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, admits to using "over" when she really means "more than," even though she knows they are not synonymous. She said "over" is generally used to describe spatial relationships, and "more than" is used with numerals, figures and amounts. There are some exceptions. Over also can be used for degree, quantity or extent. (ACE Grammar Hints, July 2007)


Transgenic Livestock Technology Ahead of Rules

Genetic researchers have developed pigs that produce healthful fatty acids usually found in fish, but the scientists say the lack of government regulations for transgenic livestock is holding back commercial prospects of the discovery, according to an article in the New York Times. Some wonder if the Food and Drug Administration completes rules after 15 years of work, if the genetically modified organism label will turn off consumers. More:… (New York Times, July 30, Without U.S. Rules, Biotech Food Lacks Investors)

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