- Kellogg pledges vision funds
- New Ag Chemical Products Lab
- Ag 450 farm appointment
- Deadlines & reminders
- Campus map in Word for Mac
- Seed testing '94
- Subliminal prejudice
- Thirsty vines
C O L L E G E N E W S
KELLOGG PLEDGES VISION FUNDS
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently announced that it has set
aside funds for implementing plans for educating food systems
professionals in the 21st century. The foundation currently is
funding 12 projects to envision this future. One is VISION 2020,
coordinated by ISU and Iowa's community colleges. The projects
will submit their visions and implementation plans by Sept. 30.
If approved, VISION 2020 will receive $1.5 million over five years.
For more VISION 2020 information: 294-2092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW AG CHEMICAL PRODUCTS LAB
This week President Jischke announced a new ISU research program
focused on using chemicals found in corn and soybeans as raw materials
for industry. The Agricultural Chemical Products Laboratory will
study new products and processes to enhance crop chemical use
and to replace nonrenewable resources with crop products. The
lab includes faculty from the Center for Crops Utilization Research,
chemistry and other basic sciences and the engineering and design
colleges. The Center for Advanced Technology Development will
help the lab transfer technologies to industry. For more information:
George Kraus, chair, Dept. of Chemistry, 294-7871, and Larry Johnson,
professor-in-charge, CCUR, 294-0160.
AG 450 FARM APPOINTMENT
Larry Trede, professor of agriculture education and studies, has
been appointed professor-in-charge of the Ag 450 farm, effective
July 1. Trede succeeds Wade Miller, whose appointment as professor-in-charge
of the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology
Transfer, was announced earlier. Students can take AgEdS 450 up
to three times (fall, spring, summer). They are responsible for
planning, record keeping, and buying and selling decisions for
the farm's livestock, crops and equipment.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
APRIL 28 -- Names of departmental representatives for commencement
to Dorothy Blair, 4-8497
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
CAMPUS MAP IN WORD FOR MAC
The campus map developed for the College of Agriculture is now
available as a Microsoft Word document for Macintosh users. (A
version for Windows users is being developed.) The map highlights
college buildings and other ag-related sites of interest. It fits
on an 8.5-by-11-inch page and is designed so individual departments
and centers can personalize the back for visitors. There are two
versions: one shows the main campus, the other includes the south
campus down to the ISU Research Park. You can get the map (or
maps) on disk or as an e-mail attachment. For more information:
Ed Adcock, 294-2314 or email@example.com.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
SEED TESTING '94
In fiscal year 1994 the Seed Testing Laboratory in the Seed Science
Center tested 46,000 samples. Corn and soybean seeds make up about
80 percent of the samples. The lab conducts tests on more than
300 species. The top five: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and marigold.
Test results provide companies and growers with information on
the quality of their seeds. About 80 percent of those sending
samples to the lab are from Iowa. In FY94 the lab also conducted
1,723 seed health tests, results of which are important for the
export of seeds. Lab staff and center researchers collaborate
to develop new or better tests and to address seed industry concerns.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
"Prejudice of the quiet, subliminal kind doesn't flow from
the same place as hate . . . Studies have shown . . . that people
are more likely to find an article convincing if it is signed
by 'Bob Someone' instead of, say, 'Barbara Someone.' It's just
the brain's little habit of parceling reality into tidy equations,
such as female = probable fluffhead. The truth is that each of
us carries around an image of competence in our mind, and its
face is neither female nor black." Barbara Ehrenreich, writing
in Time, Feb. 20.
M A R G I N A L I A
A new technology takes the guesswork out of irrigating vineyards,
a process that has largely been trial-and-error, with emphasis
on the latter. The technology, developed by Australian cotton
growers, is computerized "neutron probes" that are stuck
in the ground at regular intervals and measure hydrogen atoms.
The atom count is a pretty good measurement of water content.
The data go to a computer, which calculates an irrigation schedule
for that area. "Our vines are like thirsty men crawling in
the desert. We want them to have enough water to stay alive, but
not enough to stop and open a casino," says one winemaker.
(Investor's Business Daily, Feb. 28)