Issue: 174

COLLEGE NEWS

- Acker named assistant dean

- Dean search update -- new committee members named

- Hensley retirement reception today

- College picnic set for July 19

- Fall convocation Sept. 6

- July 13 deadline for off-campus, spring courses

- College welcomes 20 international interns

- IFAFS grant proposals now under review

- ISU food science team third in national college bowl

- Iowa State, this is Houston, we have a problem

- Volunteers needed to work at college's state fair exhibit

- Have arthropods, will travel

- Lauren Christian pork chop open scheduled Aug. 4

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Just say delete

INFOGRAZING

- CSREES listening session July 26

- CSREES publishes white papers

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Research pays off for Northeast Iowa

MARGINALIA

- Documenting the goods of life

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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ACKER NAMED ASSISTANT DEAN

David Acker was named assistant dean for national and global programs effective July 1. Acker’s new position, will include the federal relations duties previously held by Gerald Klonglan, who recently retired. Also effective July 1 was a new name for the International Agriculture Programs office to Global Agriculture Programs.

DEAN SEARCH UPDATE -- NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS NAMED

To get more input from producers, three members were added to the search committee for a dean for the College of Agriculture. They are Connie Greig, Francis Thicke and Don Williams. (See http://www.provost.iastate.edu/positions/ for a full committee list and the position description.) Position announcements appeared in June issues of The Economist, Science and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The search committee has met three times and will meet again July 19. The committee intends to bring two or three candidates to campus during October.

HENSLEY RETIREMENT RECEPTION TODAY

Norma Hensley’s retirement reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Friday) in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. A program will begin at 4 p.m. Hensley has worked in the college for 41 years most recently as program assistant to the associate dean for academic programs.

COLLEGE PICNIC SET FOR JULY 19

All college faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the summer with a picnic July 19. The picnic will begin at 4 p.m. in the Big Blue Stem Shelter in Moore Memorial Park. Food and beverages will be provided. Please call 294-7677 or send a note to skellen@iastate.edu by July 13, indicating if you plan to attend and include the number of people in your party. Spouses, partners and children are welcome.

FALL CONVOCATION SEPT. 6

New faculty in the college will be introduced at the fall convocation Sept. 6. Refreshments will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the college convocation will begin at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

JULY 13 DEADLINE FOR OFF-CAMPUS, SPRING COURSES

It is time to identify courses, credit and non-credit, that will be offered off-campus next spring semester 2002. Notify your DEOor departmental coordinator or contact Richard I. Carter (ricarter@iastate.edu) by July 13, 2001. Carter will work with instructors to prepare the Course Initiation Form and establish preliminary course budgets. 

COLLEGE WELCOMES 20 INTERNATIONAL INTERNS

Twenty students from Mexico, Spain, Germany, Thailand and Uzbekistan are gaining hands-on experience in research projects and fieldwork this summer through internships with Global Agriculture Programs. The students are working soil and environmental sciences, food science and human nutrition, horticulture, agronomy, entomology, the agriculture study abroad office, and the Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm. The four students from Thailand live and work with host families and will be at Iowa State until October, while the remaining students will finish their programs in August.

IFAFS GRANT PROPOSALS NOW UNDER REVIEW

Proposals are under review this summer for the USDA’s Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS) grants program. The USDA received almost 800 proposals requesting $1.32 billion. The program will fund $119 million in projects. ISU researchers submitted 56 proposals. In 23 of the proposals, ISU is the lead institution. The total amount requested was more than $58 million. Last year six of ISU’s 59 proposals were funded, totaling nearly $10 million.

ISU FOOD SCIENCE TEAM THIRD IN NATIONAL COLLEGE BOWL

A team of students from Iowa State University's Food Science Club placed third in the National Institute of Food Technologists' Food Science College Bowl competition at the IFT annual meeting held June 23-27 in New Orleans. Team members included: David Stevenson, the team leader from New Zealand; Kylee Allen, State Center; Alyssa Armbrecht, Rockwell City; Sharim Cardenas, Ames; Tien Vinh Langewisch, Iowa City and Maria McKean, Armstrong. This is the first Iowa State team to compete in the national college bowl. The team became eligible after winning the north central region's competition held in March in Ames. Anthony Pometto and Mark Love were the team advisers and traveled with the team.

IOWA STATE, THIS IS HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

The NASA Johnson Space Center has asked the College of Agriculture to help store a spacesuit. The college had reserved the suit for 10 days in August to display at the Iowa State Fair as part of an exhibit on ISU’s NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center. In June, Hurricane Alison destroyed a NASA warehouse where the suit was normally stored. The spacesuit was spared because it was on display elsewhere. NASA officials asked if the college would take delivery of the spacesuit sooner and keep it longer, until the warehouse could be rebuilt. The college agreed. The spacesuit will arrive in mid-July and be kept on campus after the state fair, probably until late September.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO WORK AT COLLEGE'S STATE FAIR EXHIBIT

Enjoy the Iowa State Fair and promote the College of Agriculture. Volunteers are needed to help staff the College of Agriculture's exhibit, Aug. 9-19. This year's theme is "2001: A Space Food Odyssey." The exhibit will focus on the work of the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center. 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. Volunteers will receive free admission and parking passes. To sign up call or email Marty Behrens at 4-5616 or behrens@iastate.edu. If you want to look up the Iowa State Fair schedule of events go to: http://www.iowastatefair.org/thefair.html.

HAVE ARTHROPODS, WILL TRAVEL

Entomology’s Insect Zoo reached 11,077 people through its educational programs from April 1- June 30. The zoo visits classrooms, camps, 4-H groups, scout packs, church organizations and the general public around the state. The Insect Zoo is an outreach program that fosters an appreciation of insects found in Iowa and throughout the world by providing contact with live arthropods. Schedule a program or tour with the zoo by contacting outreach coordinator Nanette Heginger, at insectzoo@iastate.edu or (515) 294-4537.

LAUREN CHRISTIAN PORK CHOP OPEN SCHEDULED AUG. 4

The Lauren L. Christian Pork Chop Open will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 4, at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. Last year the Iowa Pork Producers Association agreed to combine its annual Pork Chop Open with ISU’s Lauren Christian Golf Outing to help raise funds for the Christian endowment at ISU. Cost for the four-person, best-shot ball tournament is $60 per person and $240 per team. Entries are due July 27. The cost includes green fees, cart, a drink ticket at a reception and dinner. The cost for the reception and dinner only is $30. More information, including a registration form, is available on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/events.html.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

July 12-14: Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research in Agriculture 2001 Conference, San Francisco, http://www.gchera.iastate.edu/.

July 13: deadline to identify off-campus courses for spring semester

July 19: College Picnic, Big Blue Stem Shelter in Moore Memorial Park, RSVP by July 13 by contacting Sandi Kellen at 294-7677 or skellen@iastate.edu

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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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JUST SAY DELETE

Do you have hundreds of e-mails clogging your in box? You're not alone, according to an article in the July 5 "New York Times." The flood of e-mail communication for both work and personal business proves too much some people's organizational abilities. Having an overflowing in box and lots of attachments can slow your computer or the mail server. One way to cope is have folders in which to sort e-mail messages. Most e-mail programs allow you to set up as many folders as you like, just by consulting the Help features in the software. For more e-mail tips, see the story at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/05/technology/05MAIL.html?0705ci(requires free registration).

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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CSREES LISTENING SESSION JULY 26

CSREES' second of four listening sessions to solicit stakeholder input on the effectiveness of its existing agricultural research, education, and extension programs will take place in the Midwest. It is set for July 26, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn. The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Although not required for attendance, pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more information go to the Federal Register website (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont01.html), click on "Monday, June 25, 2001;" then scroll down to Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. An agenda and information on how to register and reserve a time slot to make a public statement are included.

CSREES PUBLISHES WHITE PAPERS

Five "White Papers" developed by CSREES teams of national program leaders and program managers are available on its Web site. These discussion papers identify opportunities in research, education and extension to address administration priorities. These papers will be used as a part of the CSREES planning process for budget and Farm Bill discussions, and for ongoing improvement of program management. The topics include: Host-Pathogen Interactions; Developing a Regulatory Environment Based on Sound Science; Expanding Economic Opportunity for Farms, Families and Communities in the New Market-Based Economy; New Products, New Technologies, New Ideas; and Food Safety for FY 2003. The white papers are accessible on the CSREES home page at: http://www.reeusda.gov, under the Headline News link.

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

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RESEARCH PAYS OFF FOR NORTHEAST IOWA

"There really have been some tremendous benefits to farmers as a result of the research. The data have addressed soil test levels and fertilizer needs. I think we could easily document better than $1 million a year per county in benefits because of this data. On 20 counties, that is at least $20 million a year extra profit for the farms in the area." Kay Connelly, retired ISU Extension crop specialist from Cedar Falls, commenting in a video produced to honor the 25th anniversary of the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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DOCUMENTING THE GOODS OF LIFE

"Agricultural commodities that have shaped history and the way we live today" are being chronicled by photographer/videographer Bill Gentile. The assistant professor of journalism at Kent State University has begun producing a series of documentaries and books called The Goods of Life. He first deals with coffee and is starting work on a banana documentary. Maize is one of the dozen commodities he will be documenting. The first documentary on coffee can be viewed on the Web at: http://www.goodsoflife.com/.

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AG ONLINE

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NEXT ISSUE: July 20 DEADLINE: July 18

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