Issue: 149

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AG ONLINE

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The College of Agriculture Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Iowa State University

July 7, 2000 No. 149

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C O N T E N T S

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COLLEGE NEWS

- Ross named to two-year appointment as dean

- Hallam the new chair of economics department

- Finalist named for director of Plant Sciences Institute

- July 14 deadline for distance education courses next spring

- Proposals due Aug. 18 for distance education help

- Ag mechanics event draws 28 Iowa FFA teams

- Lauren Christian Fund benefit on July 22

- See the state fair and help staff the college display

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- What makes type a challenge to read?

INFOGRAZING

- Fulbright program offers 70 awards for faculty, staff

INTERNAL VOICES

- I will survive: a flashback on a year of statistics club

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Three predictions for higher education

MARGINALIA

- Going abroad? Carry this pen and drink the water

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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ROSS NAMED TO TWO-YEAR APPOINTMENT AS DEAN

Richard Ross has been named dean of the College of Agriculture through 2002. The appointment is subject to review by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Ross has been interim dean since February, dividing his time between the ag college and his responsibilities as dean of veterinary medicine. An interim dean for the vet med college will be appointed.

HALLAM THE NEW CHAIR OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT

Arne Hallam is the new chair of the Department of Economics, effective July 1. He succeeds John Miranowski who served for five and a half years. Miranowski will remain a member of the economics faculty. Hallam, a professor of economics, has been a faculty member since 1983. He has held other administrative posts in the department, including director of graduate programs, director of undergraduate programs and interim department chair.

FINALIST NAMED FOR DIRECTOR OF PLANT SCIENCES INSTITUTE

Stephen Howell, vice president for research of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc., will be on campus July 12-14 as a finalist for the director of the Plant Sciences Institute. Howell will visit with several departments in the college. The schedule for his visit and his vita are available at: http://www.iastate.edu/~provost/staff/search/VitaHowell.html.

JULY 14 DEADLINE FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES NEXT SPRING

A reminder that the deadline is July 14 for College of Agriculture faculty to identify credit and non-credit courses that will be offered at a distance during spring semester 2001. Contact Richard Carter, 4-6950 or ricarter@iastate.edu, with courses and instructors. So far 10 courses have been set.

PROPOSALS DUE AUG. 18 FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION HELP

Proposals are due Aug. 18 for the Brenton Center’s Instructor Assistance Program for the fall semester. The program helps faculty in preparing or modifying instructional materials for use in distance education courses. For more information: Gaylan Scofield, 4-0045 or ggs@iastate.edu.

AG MECHANICS EVENT DRAWS 28 IOWA FFA TEAMS

The annual Iowa FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event was held on campus in June, organized by the agricultural & biosystems engineering department. Twenty-eight high school FFA teams participated in the event, which included demonstration of skills and problem-solving in ag machinery and equipment, energy systems, structures, environmental and natural resources, and industry and marketing systems. First place went to the team from Riceville, which will represent Iowa at the national event in Louisville, Ky., in October.

LAUREN CHRISTIAN FUND BENEFIT ON JULY 22

A golf tournament, dinner and auction on Saturday, July 22, will benefit the Lauren L. Christian Endowment. The cost is $60 a person. For those who don’t golf, the mixer and dinner cost $30. Registration is due July 20. A registration form is available from Ag Development, 4-7677, or on the Web: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/Christian-golf.pdf. For more information: Mike Telford, 4-7677.

SEE THE STATE FAIR AND HELP STAFF THE COLLEGE DISPLAY

Volunteer for the College of Agriculture exhibit at the Iowa State Fair. The fair starts on Thursday, Aug. 10 and ends Sunday, Aug. 20. Volunteers have a choice of three shifts: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Marty Behrens, 4-5616 or behrens@iastate.edu.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

July 11: Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 4:30 p.m., near Rhodes

July 12: President Jischke farewell reception, 4 to 7 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

July 17: Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 4 and 6:30 p.m., Fruitland

July 22: Animal Science golf scramble, auction and dinner for Lauren Christian Endowment, 1 p.m., Veenker Memorial Golf Course

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C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

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WHAT MAKES TYPE A CHALLENGE TO READ?

Paula Curran, ISU associate professor of graphic design, recently spoke about typography to a group of campus communications specialists. She pointed out several common mistakes that make type difficult to read:

Lots of bold type or lots of all-capital letters

Tiny type: smaller than 8 point is too hard for readers over 40

Type size that’s too big for narrow columns

Justified type; use ragged right instead

Centered type, especially in long lines; use flush left instead

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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FULBRIGHT PROGRAM OFFERS 70 AWARDS FOR FACULTY, STAFF

The Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals is offering more than 70 awards in education for lecturing and doing research internationally during the 2001-2002 academic year. Areas of study include higher education administration, curriculum design, social sciences, humanities, virtual and distance learning, science, math, English as a foreign language, economics, management, finance, art, philosophy, public health and psychology. Opportunities for education and research can be found around the globe. For a listing of offerings, visit http://www.iie.org/cies/.

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I N T E R N A L V O I C E S

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I WILL SURVIVE: A FLASHBACK ON A YEAR OF STATISTICS CLUB

In the May issue of the Department of Statistics newsletter, Kari Rabe, president of the graduate students club, reported on a year of club’s activities. She wrote: "When I was first approached about being the Stat-ers president, I was pretty hesitant . . . Then, almost as if I was being beckoned by the Stat-ers spirit itself, I could almost hear the disco beat of ‘I Will Survive’ resonating through the halls of Snedecor Hall . . . Through a little ‘Jive Talkin’’, [we] were able to round up a group of terrific committee members as well as to recruit new members. And the result has been that the Stat-ers have been ‘Stayin’ Alive’ in our ‘Funkytown’ of Ames . . . So it was a busy year, but ‘That’s the Way (uh-huh, uh-huh), I Like It.’ Thanks to all of the committee members for their ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ attitude toward Stat-ers."

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E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

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THREE PREDICTIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

From "16 Predictions for Higher Education," an article by Samuel L. Dunn in the March-April issue of The Futurist:

- By 2005 there will be "killer" courseware applications covering the 25 college courses that enroll 50 percent of all credits.

- Consortia of colleges, universities and other kinds of institutions will increasingly band together to produce and deliver courses for students in their member institutions. Many of these consortia will seek their own accreditation and approval.

- Distinctions between and among public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions of higher education will largely disappear.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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GOING ABROAD? CARRY THIS PEN AND DRINK THE WATER

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have developed a battery-operated "pen" device that can decontaminate drinking water, eliminating the need for chemical disinfectants or lengthy boiling to purify water. You unscrew the pen’s cap to remove a salt pellet, drop it into the cartridge, screw the top back on, shake it and wait until the whole thing stops vibrating. The device generates mixed oxidants, including chlorine, from a sodium chloride salt pellet, and the result is a solution that can disinfect about a liter of water. The treated water has no chlorine smell or taste, say the researchers, and is free of bacteria, viruses and cryptosporidium. (Reuters/Wired.com, May 25)

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AG ONLINE

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