Issue: 683

Ag and Life Sciences Online

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Jan. 17, 2012 No. 683

College News

Dean Wintersteen Addresses Role in Tanzania Project
A message from Dean Wendy Wintersteen has been posted online regarding the nature of ISU's involvement in a project in Tanzania that has been the subject of news and opinions over the past few months.

New Reference Tool for Farmers Identifies Field Crop Insects
The Iowa Soybean Association and ISU Extension and Outreach have released "Field Crop Insects," the latest in a series of reference tools for farmers. The 74-page publication is filled with full-color images and descriptions of insect pests and the damage they cause to soybeans and corn. Management options are provided as well as web addresses for access to more detailed insect control recommendations. More

Krog Named Entrepreneur-in-Residence
David Krog, co-founder of E-Markets and former CEO of AgraGate Climate Credits Corp., has been named the inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the CALS Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. In this new role, Krog will support instruction in an undergraduate economics course, provide mentorship to the initiative's Student Incubator Program and assist with the Affiliates Program.

Technology Group Honors Bonning
Bryony Bonning, entomology, was one of nine recipients of the 2011 Women of Innovation Award presented by the Technology Association of Iowa. Bonning received the research innovation and leadership award.

Faculty to Speak at Iowa Pork Congress, Jan. 25
John Patience, animal science, and Kenneth Prusa, food science and human nutrition, will present on two aspects of alternative feed ingredients at the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress Seminars on Jan. 25-26 in Des Moines. ISU Extension and Outreach swine program specialists Dave Stender and Mark Storlie will present Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance certification programs respectively; Angie Rieck-Hinz, agronomy, will present a confinement manure applicators certification session; and Suzanne Millman, animal science, will present well-being practices, potential improvements, and an update on ISU animal well-being research. ISU will also be present at the trade show. More

Beef and Basketball Event, Jan. 28
Beef producers can get timely beef information and an ISU basketball game at the second "Beef and Basketball" event in Ames on Jan. 28. Spnsored by Pfizer Animal Health, ISU's Iowa Beef Center, ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Cattlemen's Association, the event includes educational presentations, lunch and attendance at the ISU men's basketball game versus University of Kansas.

Slide Show: New Graduate Inspires Students to Continue Their Adventure
Write your story and continue the adventure you started in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: That was the advice of convocation speaker Ashley Dermody, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in agronomy in December. Dermody encouraged students to continue the college's legacy of leadership and thanked faculty and staff for helping her obtain something priceless -- an education.

Students Make Connections on Study-Abroad Trip
An ISU study abroad trip last summer became a family affair for two students. Daweyn Albertsen, a junior in animal science, and Matt Hansen, a senior in agricultural engineering, decided to explore where their Danish ancestors originated. Jacek Koziel, a native of Poland and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, led the group of eight students to tour animal production systems in Poland, Germany and Denmark.

Livestock Judging Team Competes at National Western Stock Show
The Livestock Judging Team started its season with a third place overall among 28 universities at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. This is the highest an ISU team has finished in more than 10 years. The team was also second overall in Reasons. Hunter Shoemaker, a junior in agricultural studies, was awarded High Individual Overall from a field of 140 students. Colby Taber, a senior in agricultural studies, was High Individual in Beef and Reasons and finished eighth overall, while Troy Sloan, a junior in agricultural studies, was second in Swine. Other team members include: Tyler Stutsman, junior in agricultural studies; Harrison Frey, junior in agricultural studies; Chris Sievers, senior in animal science; Derek Brown, senior in animal science; Adam Darrington, junior in agricultural studies; Kyle Greiman, junior in animal science; and Chelsey Branderhost, junior in animal science. The coach is Jon Declerck, animal science.

Deadlines and Reminders
Feb. 17: Deadline for Computation Advisory Committee call for proposals

Funding Opportunities

Iowa NASA EPSCoR Research Community Development Grants Deadline Extended
The Iowa NASA EPSCoR intends to make three to four awards of $10,000 each for projects that bring together intra-state scholars to better exchange ideas; explore emerging research areas; and work more effectively with NASA Centers, industry and other research organizations. New deadline for proposals is Jan. 30.

Presolicitation announcement, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education; release of solicitation expected on or about Jan. 30.

Funding Information, Opportunities and Deadline Reminders
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens,
Additional information is posted at CALS Funding Resources

Jan. 27: USAID Tourism for Biodiversity Program - Uganda.

Jan. 31: Request for input for RFA for USAID University Engagement through Higher Education Institutions.

Feb. 13 (letter of intent): Biodermography of Aging.

Feb. 29, June 29: EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab Post-Doctoral Research Program. More

April 10: NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity. More

June 1: NSF Macrosystems Biology: Leadership Group for a Clinical Research Network on Antibacterial Resistance (UM1). More

Jan. 12, 2013: DARPA Strategic Technologies Broad Area Announcement.

Communications Kiosk

Deciphering a Redlined Manuscript
More and more often, the editing stage of a book or journal article headed for publication is entirely paperless. Copy editors work on screen using the tracked-changes feature of their word processor, and writers receive the edited version either as an email attachment or as a link to a site where they can download it. Carol Saller, a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press and an editor of "The Chicago Manual of Style," discusses how to look at redlining and what you can reasonably expect from a copy editor.


Reflecting on ISU ADVANCE Luncheon, Jan. 24
Women faculty in STEM disciplines are invited to a lunch discussion on Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room, hosted by the ISU ADVANCE Program and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The discussion will focus on how things at ISU have changed since the inception of the ADVANCE program six years ago. Contact by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to reserve lunch. More: Bonnie Bowen,, 4-7554.

Community Engagement Award Nominations Due April 2
Entries for the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award, sponsored by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference, are due April 2. The award program seeks to identify colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. The award comes with a $20,000 prize.

Claud Evans Named Chair of CARET
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has announced the election of Claud Evans, D.V.M. at the Okfuskee County Veterinary Clinic in Okemah, Okla., as the 2012-2013 chair of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. CARET's mission includes advocating for greater national support and understanding of the land-grant university system's food and agricultural research, extension and teaching programs that enhance the quality of life for all people. CARET representatives from Iowa are Donald Latham, Alexander, and Sally Stutsman, Riverside.

Internal Voices

Agronomy Student on Feeding Iowa First
"I've been around enough to see what societies are like when people don't have access to food. They'll do whatever it takes... We stand on the best soil in the world. There's no reason anyone should go hungry here." Sonia Kendrick, a senior in agronomy and veteran of the Afghanistan war, on Feed Iowa First, a project that would use acres of green space surrounding Cedar Rapids churches to start vegetable gardens, with harvests donated to local food pantries. More


Dictionary of American Regional English Complete
With the fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, readers now have the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam's housecat to Zydeco. Like the first four volumes, the fifth is filled with words that reflect our origins, migrations, ethnicities and neighborhoods. Each entry in DARE has been carefully researched to provide as complete a history of its life in America as possible. More

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