- Higher ed forum at ISU
- Family farm ag ethics program
- Future soy oil uses
- CommLab welcomes queries
- Deadlines & reminders
- Just say it
- Conflict resolution: I cut, you choose
- Changing diet by 2050
- Virtual neighbors
- Virtual institutions
- A straight answer
- Hot pink
C O L L E G E N E W S
HIGHER ED FORUM AT ISU
The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies and the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation are sponsoring a forum on the future of higher
education and graduate studies. The forum, March 27-31 at the
Memorial Union, will examine trends and issues in higher education,
diversity, communications, extension, adult education, agribusiness,
the environment, distance learning, graduate studies, international
programs, bioethics, technology and rural sociology. Speakers
are from universities, businesses, governmental agencies and organizations.
Speakers are available to meet with individual departments. Faculty,
staff and the public are welcome to attend. Contact Alan Kahler,
294-0894, for a program.
FAMILY FARM AG ETHICS PROGRAM
The Experiment Station and the ISU Bioethics Program are sponsoring
an agricultural ethics workshop on the family farm, 11:10 a.m.-1
p.m, Tuesday, March 28, 2050 Agronomy. The first hour is a video
on ethics and farm structure, followed by discussion. Students,
faculty, staff and the public are invited. Background reading
material is available. Instructors who wish to bring classes to
the workshop are encouraged to get the reading material in advance.
Contact Sue Lamont, 294-3629, or Gary Comstock, 294-0054.
FUTURE SOY OIL USES
Faculty and staff are invited to attend sessions of a March 28-30
workshop on identifying future industrial uses for soybean oil.
The meeting will include an announcement of a new ISU effort to
study agriculture-related chemical products. National and international
experts from industry and the public sector will speak. Workshop
sponsors include the Experiment Station, Center for Crops Utilization
Research and Institute for Physical Research and Technology. To
find out more: Connie Hardy, 294-3394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMLAB WELCOMES QUERIES
Last semester the college's Communications Laboratory offered
14 short lessons and two TA training sessions and scheduled 60
tutoring appointments. Nine departments or programs used the lab's
services last fall. CommLab welcomes requests or inquiries. For
more information: Lee-Ann Kastman, 294-7550 or email@example.com.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
MARCH 24 -- Foreign travel grant applications due, 122 Curtiss.
MARCH 31 -- Proposals to College of Agriculture for computer-based
instructional support due, 124 Curtiss.
APRIL 1 -- College curriculum improvement proposals due, 124 Curtiss.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
JUST SAY IT
Try reading your prose out loud. Hearing your words can help you
spot problems with the clarity of your sentences. Listen to your
words to decide whether your ideas flow smoothly or get jumbled.
And if you're striving to write in a conversational style, speaking
your piece will help you hear if you're on the right track. A
tip from Ag Information.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
CONFLICT RESOLUTION: I CUT, YOU CHOOSE
A mathematician and a political scientist have solved (to the
satisfaction of the prestigious American Mathematical Monthly)
the problem of fair, envy-free division of anything at all (cake,
inheritance, divorce settlement, wage dispute, etc.). The idea
is a generalization on the fair procedure for dividing a cake
into two pieces: "I cut, you choose" -- the presumption
being that I will cut the cake into two pieces I consider to be
equal, and so I will have no problem accepting the piece that
you leave for me. Generalizing the idea to three or more participants
required two conceptual breakthroughs: do the division into a
number of separate rounds rather than divide the whole "cake"
(such as an inheritance) at once; and in each round divide the
cake into more pieces than there are participants (and then simply
do another round). The procedure and its applications are included
in the forthcoming book, "Fair Division: From Cake Cutting
To Dispute Resolution." (Discover, March)
CHANGING U.S. DIET BY 2050
At February's American Association for the Advancement of Science
meeting, a panel of experts said environmental degradation coupled
with a growing population will radically change the diet of the
average American by the year 2050. With lands already pushed to
the limit and crop yields unable to keep up, panelists said they
believe there will be less meat, but more pasta, beans and potatoes
on American tables in the future. "Modern agriculture is
using land to convert petroleum to food," said Albert Allen
Bartlett of the University of Chicago, adding that domestic oil
wells will be depleted in 20 years. David Pimental of Cornell
University said the U.S. will lose an additional 120 million acres
of farmland to urban sprawl and erosion in the next 60 years while
the population doubles. If those trends play themselves out, the
U.S. will no longer be in a position to export food by the year
2025. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 18)
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"(Online) networks are based on choice. When they get uncomfortable,
it's easy to opt out of them. Communities teach tolerance, co-existence
and mutual respect. ... I fear that calling a network a community
leads people to complacency and delusion, to accepting an inadequate
substitute because they've never experienced the real thing and
they don't know what they're missing." Eric Utne in the March-April
issue of Utne Reader.
"Intellectual work is social work -- notwithstanding the
myth of the solitary genius -- and the university is a social
institution. The Internet can enhance the society of the university
and quicken its pace of discovery and invention, but the electronic
environment cannot replace physical human society. We humans cannot
thrive in a bodiless, frownless, smileless ecology, and our intellectual
society cannot be complete without physical interaction,"
says the University of Pennsylvania's provost -- a point of view
that author Lewis Perelman characterizes as "an expression
of hope triumphing over logic." (Chronicle of Higher Education,
M A R G I N A L I A
A STRAIGHT ANSWER
After a professor remarked in class that "straight lines
on the landscape are put there by man," Gail Jensen Sanford
composed a list entitled "Straight Lines in Nature."
Originally published in the Visalia, CA, newspaper, items in her
list were excerpted in February's Harper's Magazine. A few examples:
"Distant edge of a prairie. Paths of hard rain and hail.
Snow-covered fields. Surface of a calm lake. Bill of a duck. Angle
of migrating birds. Trunks of young, fast-growing trees. Pine
needles. Silk strands woven by spiders. Cracks in the surface
of ice. Inside edge of a half-moon."
One of the year's hottest trends: pink food and beverages, predicts
the National Food Processors Association. Food processors will
use more guava puree to add rosy color and a tropical flavor to
juices and other beverages. (Investor's Business Daily, March