Issue: 168

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AG ONLINE

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The College of Agriculture Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Iowa State University

April 13, 2001 No. 168

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C O N T E N T S

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COLLEGE NEWS

- College’s role in helping immigrants: Brown-bag lunch April 19

- More than 100 will attend Science in Agriculture Day

- Klonglan retirement reception on May 3

- ConAgra partners with Meat Lab for training programs

- Streaming videos for the classroom: Brenton Center topic

- Antique horse team hitch returns to ISU

- American Royal student scholarship forms available

- New ag student exchange programs in England, Germany

- A sampler of Veishea events in the college on its way

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Writing a business letter they’ll remember

INFOGRAZING

- Duin to speak on future of learning partnerships

- World Bank seeks new approaches to fight poverty

- Corn, soybean biotech research proposals sought

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Brody on equating food with love

MARGINALIA

- A rhyme on research journal papers for poetry month

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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COLLEGE’S ROLE IN HELPING IMMIGRANTS: BROWN-BAG LUNCH APRIL 19

What is the College of Agriculture’s role in helping define and develop social and economic programs that serve immigrants and the communities where they live? Understanding the needs of the Hispanic immigrant community will be the focus of this college brown-bag lunch scheduled for noon, April 19, 142 Curtiss. Beverages and a dessert will be provided. For more information: Karen Bolluyt, Agriculture Communications, 4-5616, or David Acker, International Agriculture Programs, 4-8454.

MORE THAN 100 WILL ATTEND SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURE DAY

There’ll be 101 participants from 25 schools attending the college’s 13th annual Science in Agriculture Day, April 19. The event brings top Iowa high school science students and their teachers to campus for a day of workshops led by agriculture faculty and staff. Ebby Luvaga, economics, coordinates the event.

KLONGLAN RETIREMENT RECEPTION ON MAY 3

A retirement reception for Gerald Klonglan, associate dean of research and national programs and an ISU faculty member for 39 years, will be held 3 to 5 p.m., May 3, in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. The College of Agriculture is collecting letters for a memory book that will be presented to Klonglan at the reception. If you'd like to contribute a letter for the book, send it by April 30 to Maureen Stohlmeyer, 137 Curtiss Hall or mstohlme@iastate.edu or fax 294-5334. Klonglan retires on June 30.

CONAGRA PARTNERS WITH MEAT LAB FOR TRAINING PROGRAMS

ISU’s Meat Laboratory and ConAgra Foods are teaming up to conduct a meat and poultry training program. Participants are managers and supervisors in ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods (10,000 employees at 32 plants, including three in Iowa). They will learn about meat science, technology and processing in preparation for their roles in on-site training. About 108 people will participate in the first level of training this month and in May and June. Two other levels will follow in the fall and next year. After completing all three levels, they will receive a special classification within ConAgra’s organization.

STREAMING VIDEOS FOR THE CLASSROOM: BRENTON CENTER TOPIC

"Streaming Videos" is the topic of the next session in the Brenton Center Professional Development Series on Thursday, April 26, 12:10 to 1 p.m., 8 Curtiss. The presentation will review using streaming video in delivering classes live on the Internet and archiving for later viewing. Presenters will share experiences learned this semester, including tips and suggestions for instructors, and will lead a discussion of future direction and use.

ANTIQUE HORSE-TEAM HITCH RETURNS TO ISU

Next week the Department of Animal Science will welcome back a scale model of a horse-team hitch that has been on loan to Living History Farms for the past three years. The model, made around 1920, was a teaching aid to show farmers how to properly hitch teams of horses for work. The model will be put on display in the exhibit cases outside the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee, along with other departmental artifacts.

AMERICAN ROYAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE

The College of Agriculture has application forms for students wishing to apply for the American Royal Student Ambassador Scholarship Program. Awards of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 are given, one each to a male and female student. The program is sponsored by the American Royal Association, which sponsors the American Royal Livestock and Horse Show in Kansas City. Contact Norma Hensley, 4-6614 or nhensley@iastate.edu.

NEW AG STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS IN ENGLAND, GERMANY

Two new exchange programs are available this fall for ISU agriculture undergraduate students. One is a year-long program at the Royal Agricultural College, England. The other is a semester-long program at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. For more information, have students contact Shelley Taylor, 4-5393 or sztaylor@iastate.edu.

A SAMPLER OF VEISHEA EVENTS IN THE COLLEGE ON ITS WAY

Shortly after this Ag Online issue is sent, you’ll receive another e-mail listing several Veishea activities organized by agriculture students.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

April 19: Science in Agriculture Day, ISU.

April 20: Deadline, computer instruction proposals, College of Agriculture technology advancement committee, 4-6030.

April 23: Deadline, proposals, USDA’s IFAFS grant program

April 26: Our Changing Food Supply: Choices for the 21st Century, Current Issues in Nutrition Conference downlink, Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, 4-3394.

April 26: Open house, ag education and studies service-learning project at ISU Child Care Center at Veterinary Medicine, 4 - 6 p.m.

May 3: Gerald Klonglan retirement reception, Campanile Room, Memorial Union, 3 - 5 p.m.

May 10-13: Post-transcriptional Control of Gene Expression in Plants, Plant Sciences Institute Symposium, http://molebio.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html.

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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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WRITING A BUSINESS LETTER THEY’LL REMEMBER

When you’re writing a business letter, pretend you’re writing a 10-second radio spot, recognizing that the listener will forget most of it, says author Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts. Identify the specific information you want the reader to remember. Use that information to write a compelling, concise and informal subject line and subheads (if the letter is more than a paragraph) to help the reader get the message. This kind of start makes the rest of the letter easier because you essentially fill in the blanks. Lindsell-Roberts wrote "Writing of Business Letters for Dummies."

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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DUIN TO SPEAK ON FUTURE OF LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS

Ann Hill Duin, associate provost and director of continuing education and communication services, will speak on the future of virtual universities, online courses and other learning partnerships in "Partnering in the Learning Marketspace," a Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Forum, April 24 in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. ($10, payable at the door) and discussion at 6:45 p.m. To make a reservation: Jane Henning, 4-2906 or njhenni@iastate.edu.

WORLD BANK SEEKS NEW APPROACHES TO FIGHT POVERTY

The World Bank’s Development Marketplace has a competitive grants program that will award $3 million to proposals that empower poor people to participate in development and enhance the climate for investment, jobs and sustainable growth. Proposal deadline: May 1. For more information: http://www.developmentmarketplace.org.

CORN, SOYBEAN BIOTECH RESEARCH PROPOSALS SOUGHT

The Illinois-Missouri Biotechnology Alliance will allocate about $1 million to competitively funded research in corn and soybeans biotechnology or research that could lead to advances in corn and soybean production and use. The RFP can be found at http://www.imba.missouri.edu/. Proposal deadline: May 21.

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

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BRODY ON EQUATING FOOD WITH LOVE

"My parents certainly meant well when they wheedled and cajoled and bribed their then-scrawny preschooler to eat the nutritious foods they served. So did my grandmother when she fed me sticks of butter, bars of cheese and cans of evaporated milk to fatten me up. Their well-intentioned efforts produced a child-cum-adult who equates food with love and can eat with abandon when she feels anxious or unloved." Jane Brody, health reporter and columnist, writing in the Jan. 23 New York Times.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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A RHYME ON RESEARCH JOURNAL PAPERS FOR POETRY MONTH

April is National Poetry Month. The following excerpt is taken from "Publication (with apologies to A.A. Milne)," a poem by Meredith G. Warshaw. It was posted March 30 to the HMS Beagle, the online magazine of BioMedNet.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

Her paper is back from the journal again,

And all the reviewers have been such a pain.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

Reviewer A says that she needs to explain

What sharing her research is going to gain.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

Reviewer B says "Cut the intro in twain,"

While Reviewer C says "Expand it again"!

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

She works till she thinks she will crack from the strain,

Yet with every revision, co-authors complain.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

She's beginning to think that her work's all in vain.

And she has to revise that damn paper again!

What is the matter with Mary Jane?

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