Issue: 698

Ag and Life Sciences Online

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
April 30, 2012 No. 698

College News

Open Forum Today for President's and Provost's Visit to CALS
President Steven Leath and Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman will visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences today, April 30. Faculty and staff are invited to an open forum at 3 p.m. in CCUR Auditorium.

College Convocation to Honor Graduates Saturday
Faculty and staff are invited to recognize graduating seniors at the College convocation Saturday, May 5, in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 8 a.m. for a reception. The convocation begins at 9 a.m. Adair Boysen, who will earn a bachelor's degree in animal science and agriculture and life sciences education with a communication option, is the convocation speaker. Sam Bird, who will receive a bachelor's degree in economics and global resource systems, is the college's student marshal. The Ag and Life Sciences Student Council will present awards to the following graduates: Mariko Peterson, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, for academic achievement; Nicole Benzoni, microbiology, for distinguished service; Scott Henry, agricultural business, for outstanding ambassador of agriculture; Amy Peyton, agricultural business, for leadership excellence; and Darrin Rahn, agricultural business, for outstanding senior.

University Award Winners Announced
University award winners for 2012 have been announced. The following CALS faculty and staff will receive university awards at a ceremony on Sept. 21.

  • LeQuetia Ancar -- ISU Award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising
  • Jonathan Wendel -- Distinguished Professor
  • John Mabry -- ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice
  • Ann Staudt -- P&S Outstanding New Professional Award
  • Helen Jensen -- Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Daniel Loy -- Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
  • David Baker -- Regents Award for Staff Excellence
  • Nick Christians -- ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property
  • Hank Harris -- ISU Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa
  • Kenneth Holscher -- James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching
  • Ann Marie VanDerZanden -- Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher
  • Curt Youngs -- Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher
  • Jack Dekkers -- Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award

Jacobs to Serve in Cooperatives Economist Position
Keri Jacobs, economics, will begin serving in a research and extension position focused on the economics of cooperatives and working with Iowa cooperatives to address emerging issues on Aug. 15. The cooperatives economist position is similar to one held for 31 years by Roger Ginder, an ISU professor of economics who retired in 2010.

CALS Policy on Effort Reporting and Summer Salary Posted
A CALS policy on ISU effort reporting and guidelines for summer salary to be in compliance with federal regulations has been posted on the college's policy page. The policy guidelines include options to ensure compliance, especially in addressing faculty summer month time commitment issues. Please make your faculty and staff aware of the policy. Each department chair and center director is responsible to ensure that salaries charged to federal resources are allowable, appropriate and reasonable. Let us know if you have questions or comments.

Retirement Reception for Patricia Horton, May 2
A retirement reception will be held for Patricia Horton, account clerk with ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, on May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. (program at 2:45) in 142 Curtiss Hall.

Youngs Receives MAP-Works Excellence Award
Curt Youngs, animal science, received a MAP-Works Excellence Award in Academic Advising for his efforts using MAP-Works in CALS. MAP-Works, Making Achievement Possible, is an online assessment tool designed to help students make a successful transition to ISU.

Tyler and Youngs Receive Faculty Mentor Award
Howard Tyler and Curt Youngs, animal science, received the Director's Award as faculty mentors at the ISU Multicultural Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony on April 29.

Ingels Participates in White House Roundtable
Chad Ingels, sociology and a watershed specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, was invited to share Iowa performance-based management successes during the White House Rural Council's Working Lands and Healthy Watersheds roundtable on March 14 in Washington, D.C.

Miller Receives CYtation Award
Laura Miller, communications specialist for the Leopold Center, received an ISU CYtation award for her leadership in re-designing the Center's website. Technical assistance was provided by John Rearick, Brenton Center, and several students.

Pioneer Announces Winners of the IFT Culinary Challenge
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, has announced the winners of the Culinary Challenge held during the Iowa Section of the Institute of Food Technologists Suppliers' Night on April 19. Competing teams--each including three students, a faculty advisor and an industry member--created unique appetizers fried in Plenish high oleic soybean oil from Pioneer Hi-Bred. First place winners were Hannah Fuller, Allison Berquist, Krista McCarty and Linda Svendsen of Iowa State University, supervised by Dawn Canon of Burke Corp., who prepared S'More Sweet Potato Bites. Second place honors went to Lauren Ingebrand, Robert Lysne, Linda Berlakovich and Erica Beirman of Iowa State University and supervisor Kelly Belknap of Grain Processing Corp., who prepared Santa Fe Dippers. The third place award went to Josh Leutscher, Anna McKinney, Justine Mattiussi and Erica Beirman of Iowa State University and supervisor Krisha Ekenstedt of Michael Foods for their Cy Bites, fried wontons filled with tomato basil sausage.

Carly Martin 2012 ISU Student Employee of the Year
CALS junior Carly Martin was honored April 24 as ISU Student Employee of the Year at the Division of Student Affairs' Spring Meeting. Martin has worked the past year for CALS Communications Service.

Horticulture Student Designs Memorial Union Green Roof
Miles Thompson, a senior in horticulture, designed a green roof for the ISU Memorial Union, on the north side of the building on the second floor. The plantings are adjacent to several large windows along a heavily traveled corridor. The Memorial Union green roof is one of five on campus.

Culinary Science Student Awarded ISA Scholarship
Ashley Moyna, a freshman in culinary science, received a $1,000 culinary arts, food and nutrition or foodservice scholarship from the Iowa Soybean Association. The scholarship is funded by Linda Funk, executive director of The Soyfood Council, who serves as a food industry liaison and resource for soyfoods.

Deadlines and Reminders
May 3: Concept mapping topic of Brenton Center Lunch and Learn, 2030 Morrill Hall, Amy Pilcher,
June 28: Iowa Swine Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funding Opportunities

New Timeline for NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program will implement a shorter timeline for its Research and Education Grant Program for the 2013 grant cycle. Under the new timeline, the call for preproposals will be released in August 2012, with a due date in early November. Full proposals will be due in late April 2013.

USDA NIFA Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Seman A. Knapp Lecture
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture is requesting nominations for the prestigious 2012 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture. As the USDA and the land-grant university system mark their 150th anniversary, the presentation should address the historic and future role of Cooperative Extension in helping producers, consumers, families and communities find science-based solutions to the challenges they face. This lecture will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 11-13. Submit potential topics/presenters to Kimberly Whittet,, by June 11.

NIH: Updated Policy for Submission of Just-in-Time Information
Some National Institutes of Health programs and award mechanisms use just-in-time procedures to enable specific elements of a grant application to be submitted later in the application process, following review, when the application is still under consideration for funding. To reduce application confusion and minimize requests from NIH staff for JIT submissions, NIH is revising its business processes so applicants will have better information on when JIT submissions are required, and to require electronic submission of JIT information through the eRA Commons as of April 20. More:

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

May 7: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Rivers CESU Grant (freshwater mussels).

May 10 (letters of inquiry): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (round 2). More:

May 16: USFWS North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative FY C 2012; two to five projects, up to $50,000 each.

May 25 (preproposal): Dairy Research Institute Nutrition Research.

June 4: U.S.-Australia Virtual Environmental Partnership Grant; high school program in environmental water resources.

June 15: USAID Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program; One or more awards, up to five years, $25-$30M total funding.

July 2: NIH Planning Grants for Translational Research to Improve Obesity and Diabetes Outcomes (R34). More:

Sept. 28: NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate -- Transformation projects (limited submission). More:

Oct. 30: NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR) -- Transformation projects (limited submission). More:

Communications Kiosk

Ending a Sentence With a Preposition
The traditional caveat of yesteryear against ending sentences with prepositions is, for most writers, an unnecessary and pedantic restriction. A sentence that ends in a preposition may sound more natural than a sentence carefully constructed to avoid a final preposition. As Winston Churchill famously said, "That is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put."
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010


CAST Commentary to Address Animal Health and Food Safety
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology is presenting a commentary on "The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes" on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The presenter will be Scott Hurd, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. The commentary will be available starting May 7 as a free download on the CAST website.

External Voices

Old Silos Become Nurseries for Trees
"The empty structures catch seeds, then protect fragile saplings from the prairie winds and reserve a window of sunlight overhead like a target. In time, without tending by human hands, the trees have grown so high that lush canopies of branches now rise from the structures and top them like leafy umbrellas." A.G. Sulzberger of the New York Times, in an April 30 article. More:…


Bringing a Student Voice to the Conversation
It was an unusual day in social studies class at Frederick Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, a public high school on the north side of Chicago. A substitute teacher taught Monday's class: Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev was part of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates held in Chicago April 23-25. Instead of a large opening ceremony, the summit began at the public schools with serious dialogue between the peace laureates and students. More:…

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