Issue: 187

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AG ONLINE

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The College of Agriculture Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Iowa State University

January 22, 2002 No. 187

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COLLEGE NEWS

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DEWITT TAKES USDA INTERIM POST

Jerry DeWitt has been named Interim National Program Leader,

Sustainable Agriculture, for CSREES-USDA in Washington, D.C. His new

duties began Jan. 7 and will end Aug. 31. DeWitt is working half time

for CSREES-USDA and will continue his responsibilities in ISU’s

entomology department and extension. The national SARE program,

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, provides

sustainable agriculture resources for research and extension

activities nationwide through four regional centers. DeWitt will

oversee the program, the four centers, and their investments and

interactions with land grants, nonprofit organizations, federal and

state partners, and farmers and ranchers.

DICKSON CHAIRS NAS STUDY

SUBCOMMITTEE

Jim Dickson has been named chair of the meat and poultry

sub-committee of the Committee to Review the Use of Scientific

Criteria and Performance Standards for Safe Foods by the National

Academy of Science. Dickson, chair of the Department of Microbiology,

said two sub-committees plan to study problems encountered during the

1998 implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point

(HAACP) in the meat and poultry, fish and seafood, produce and dairy

industries. The committees will conduct a 14-month study to evaluate

the scientific basis for existing USDA or FDA microbiological

performance standards and recommend improvements.

CARVER TO RECEIVE IOWA AWARD

The Iowa Award, the state’s highest citizen recognition, will be

presented in honor of alumnus George Washington Carver at a campus

ceremony Feb. 13. The Iowa Award was created in 1951 to honor an Iowa

citizen who has had a nationwide impact. It will be presented to

Ronke Lattemore Tapp, a student of Carver’s who received

Carver’s honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Iowa

State in 1994. The award ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Sun Room,

Memorial Union. A one-act play about Carver’s life will be

performed in the afternoon, along with a discussion of the meaning of

Carver’s life and work beginning at 3:20 p.m., both in the Sun

Room.

TRADE THE THEME FOR 2002 AG FORUM

The March 1 session sponsored by the Center for Agricultural and

Rural Development will explore international trade agreements and

their impact on farm programs. The Agricultural Forum 2002 focuses on

U.S. farm policy in the context of commitments to limit

trade-distorting policies for the betterment of each World Trade

Organization member nation. Program information is available by

calling 56257 or visiting:http://www.agforum.org

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE PRECEDES AG

FORUM

The Global Agricultural Science and Policy Institute will be hosting

its inaugural conference, Growing Ambitions: Prospects for Global

Grain and Meat Demand on Feb. 28. The conference, at the Scheman

Building, will gather experts from around the world to examine the

foreseeable supply and demand balance for grain and meat products. On

hand will be science and policy experts, representatives from food

industry, and hunger relief organizations. More information about the

conference or the institute is located at:http://www.agron.iastate.edu/initiatives/gaspi/

MINORITY INTERNSHIP DEADLINE

EXTENDED

Feb. 15 is the new deadline for submitting applications to the

College of Agriculture Summer Minority Internship 2002. The program

runs from June 9 to Aug. 3 for high school and undergraduate interns.

Faculty willing to serve as mentors are asked to contact Nina Grant

at 23 Curtiss ornina1@iastate.edu.

More information about the internship is available at:

http://www.ag.iastate.edu/student/minority.html

COMPUTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE SEEKS

PROPOSALS

Proposals for information technology-based instructional support for

students are due by March 1. Proposals may originate from students,

faculty or staff and must be connected to an administrative unit of

the university. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked within the

college and should be submitted to Dean Hoiberg's office. The

Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) call for proposals is on the Web

at:http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cac_info/proposals/proposals.html

NRCS POSTER FEATURES BUFFER STRIP

PROJECT

The Bear Creek buffer strip is the subject of a poster created by the

National Resources Conservation Service in Des Moines. "Lessons

Learned from Bear Creek" is the title of the poster that highlights

benefits discovered at the riparian buffer established in 1990 by

scientists in the college and the Leopold Center’s Agroecology

Issues Team. Copies of the poster are available by contacting Tom

Isenhart in forestry at 4-8056 or isenhart@iastate.edu.

COLLEGE SPRING-SEMESTER CONVOCATION ON

FEB. 7

The College of Agriculture’s spring-semester convocation will be

held Feb. 7 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. College awards will be

presented and faculty and staff will be recognized for other awards

received during the past year. Retirees also will be recognized. The

event begins with a 3:30 p.m. social time, with the program beginning

at 4 p.m.

AG AMBASSADOR LEADERS ATTEND NATIONAL

CONFERENCE

College students Mike Taylor and Holly Kasperbauer last week attended

a national conference for ag ambassador-type programs at California

Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Calif. They are

co-chairs of the college’s ag ambassador group that enlists

current college students to help recruit students from high schools

in Iowa and surrounding states.

ISU SPECIALISTS PRESENT AT PORK

CONGRESS

Twenty Iowa State University swine specialists will present a variety

of seminars at the 2002 Iowa Pork Congress, Jan. 23-24, in Des

Moines. Seminar topics include on-farm phytase research, disease

trends and surveillance at the ISU diagnostic lab, economic effects

of an antibiotic ban and instrumental methods of air quality

assessment. Presenters are from ISU Extension and Iowa State colleges

of agriculture, engineering and veterinary medicine.

GEOFFROY VISITS ARIZONA ALUMNI

President Geoffroy began hosting alumni receptions in the Phoenix

area and Tucson last Sunday. Alumni were invited to a reception at

the Wyndham Buttes Resort in Tempe Jan. 20 and the Arizona Inn in

Tucson Wednesday. A brief program including a university update is

scheduled. 

PLANT SCIENCE INSTITUTE FORESIGHT

RECOGNIZED

Animal science professors David Topel and Colin Scanes were honored

this month by the Iowa Corn Growers Association’s (ICGA) for

their contributions to Iowa’s corn industry as leaders in the

creation of Iowa State’s Plant Science Institute. "These

individuals were the first at ISU to recognize the importance of a

Plant Science Institute," said Dave Boettger, ICGA president. 

"In 1997 Dr. Scanes and Dr. Topel began to formulate their vision for

a world class center that focused on the improvement of plants." At

that time Topel served as dean of the College of Agriculture and

Scanes was executive associate dean.

JAPANESE SUSTAINABLE FARMER TO VISIT

CAMPUS

Takao Furuno, Japanese farmer who developed the Aigamo method of

raising ducks and rice and author of "The Power of Duck" will talk

about his work Feb. 5. Discuss how the principles of Furuno's

integrated rice and duck farming could be applied in other production

systems and environments at a session set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 3140

Agronomy. At 4 p.m. Feb. 5 in 2050 Agronomy he will present the

seminar titled "One Bird Ten Thousand Treasures: Integrated Rice and

Duck Farming in Sustainable Japanese Agriculture" with a reception

following in Agronomy Commons. Both events are sponsored by the

Leopold Center.

STORAGE AVAILABLE FOR UNIVERSITY

USE

Research and Demonstration Farms is offering storage space to college

researchers in a building it constructed on South Dakota Avenue at

the Bennett Farm. There are nine bays available for rent ranging in

size from 5 by 10 feet to 20 by 30 feet. The space is for university

use. Contact Kent Berns, 4-6103 orkrberns@iastate.edu,

if interested in renting space.

DEADLINE JAN. 31 FOR FACULTY RESEARCH

EXCHANGE GRANTS

College of Agriculture faculty should apply by Jan. 31 for the

Experiment Station’s Faculty Research Exchange Visit grants. The

grants aim to strengthen linkages with historically black land-grant

colleges (1890 institutions) and Tuskegee University; tribal colleges

(1994 institutions); and Hispanic-serving institutions. Up to $1,000

per grant is available to travel or to host faculty members to work

on collaborative projects. For more information: Mary de Baca, 4-8574

or mmdb@iastate.edu.

GRANT WRITERS’ WORKSHOP DEADLINE

FEB. 1

The deadline for submitting nominations and applications for the

Research Grant Writers' Workshop has been extended to Feb. 1. For

more information or questions, contact Elena Polouchkina at 4-8493,

elenap@iastate.edu

WATER QUALITY CONFERENCE SET FOR

MARCH

The annual Agriculture and the Environment conference will take place

March 4-6 in Scheman Center. The conference web site has registration

and poster information at:http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/water_quality/MainWQ/wqm.htm

EPA AND NSF SEEK ENVIRONMENTAL

PROPOSALS

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science

Foundation are jointly soliciting grant applications that focus on

the Decision-Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy research.

The application proposal due date is May 15. More information:

http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/02dmvep.html

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Jan. 23: Seminar, Mark Paster of the Department of Energy, on the

department’s work in biobased products and bioenergy, Room 305

Spedding Hall, 1:10 p.m.

Jan. 28: "Agroterrorism," Think Tank on Animal Agriculture with

Norman Cheville, dean of veterinary medicine, RSVP by Jan. 25 to Don

Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu

Jan. 31: Deadline, Experiment Station Faculty Research Exchange Visit

grants

Feb. 7: College of Agriculture spring-semester convocation, Sun Room,

Memorial Union, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: World Food Prize nomination deadline,http://www.worldfoodprize.org/

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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WATCHING WORDS WORTHWHILE

Roy Peter Clark, senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, offers some

language tips he's borrowed from reporters, editors, authors and

teachers:

1. Observe word territory. Do not

repeat a key word within a given space, unless you intend a specific

effect.

2. Play with words, even in serious

stories.

3. Dig for the concrete and specific.

Details help readers see the story.

4. When tempted by cliches, seek

original images. Make word lists, free-associate.

5. Prefer the simple over the

technical: shorter words and paragraphs at the points of greatest

complexity.

6. Strive for the mythic, symbolic and

poetic. Recognize that common themes of writing (homecoming,

conquering,loss and restoration) have deep roots in the culture of

storytellling.

For the complete list, go to:

http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/2385/writing_tools.html.

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INFOGRAZING

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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY

Creativity isn't about wild talent as much as it's a numbers game, says Stanford professor Robert Sutton. To find a few ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don't. Sutton also says it isn't so much about original creation as it is about using old ideas in new ways, places and combinations. Switch off your autopilot and look at every challenge, project and task with fresh eyes. More information: Fast Company magazine web site at: http://www.fastcompany.com/online/54/sutton.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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"Tolerance and diversity clearly

matter to high-tech concentration and growth. Having large

representations of gays or bohemians or immigrants in a population

does not, of course, directly cause a technology industry to spring

up. Instead, people in technology businesses appear to be drawn to

places characterized by inclusiveness, open-mindedness, and cultural

creativity ... ." Richard Florida, co-director of the Software

Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University; and Gary Gates, a

research associate at the Urban Institute, in a study that found that

a city's diversity is key to its success in attracting talented

people.

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MARGINALIA

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ODD HOBBY CHANGED FOREVER

The Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings dramatically changed the world of aviation. It also changed the lives of "plane spotters" who are devoted to jotting down aircraft registration numbers, individual numbers printed on their tails. Plane spotters watch for jetliners they haven’t seen before and enter the numbers in notebooks. But tighter airport security has made it more difficult for plane spotters to enjoy their hobby. The Renaissance Hotel next to London’s Heathrow Airport offers a "Plane Spotter Break" weekend special which guarantees an unobstructed runway view. The sales pitch: "The only thing we overlook is the airport."(Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2002)

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