Issue: 188

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FARMER/POET AT TODAY'S SUSTAINABLE AG SESSION

Northeast Iowa farmer and poet Michael Carey will discuss his dual

roles and read his poetry at today (Monday) at the Sustainable

Agriculture Colloquium titled "Living as a Farmer and as a Poet." The

program begins at 12:10 p.m. in 1204 Kildee and is open to university

community. This is the second session in a series about how poetry is

an essential part of the conversations that need to be had within the

discipline of sustainable agriculture. It leads up to a poetry

reading Sustaining Land and Community: A Poetry Reading at 7 p.m.

Feb, 28 at The Brunnier Gallery. The colloquium is sponsored by the

Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture.

DEAN WOTEKI ON WOI's "TALK"

Dean Catherine Woteki is scheduled to join President Gregory Geoffroy

on WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Food safety and

campus issues are among the issues to be discussed during the

one-hour, call-in show on AM 640. Listeners may pose a question about

food safety or any ISU issues during the show. Or send an e-mail

question in advance to talk@iastate.edu.

The program is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on AM-640.

COLLEGE CONVOCATION FEB. 7

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

Thursday in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The event begins with a

3:30 p.m. social time, with the program beginning at 4

p.m.

NATIONAL FFA WEEK RECOGNIZED FEB. 15

Faculty and staff are invited to the Collegiate FFA Proclamation

signing at 7 a.m., Feb. 15 in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union.

Pastries and coffee will be served and a program will begin at 7:15

a.m. Please RSVP by Feb. 12 to Kris Lansman at klansman@iastate.edu.

CARVER IOWA AWARD CEREMONY FEB. 13

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the presentation of the

Iowa Award, the state's highest citizen recognition, in honor of

alumnus George Washington Carver. 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 Carver scholar 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.

RODEO CLUB'S COWBOY BALL MARCH 8

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the Rodeo Club's annual

Cowboy Ball March 8. A banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. and a dance is set

for 8 p.m. at the Starlite Village Best Western. The price of the

banquet and dance is $20 a person and $5 a person or $8 a couple for

the dance. RSVP for the banquet by Feb. 15 by calling

233-6952.

PROJECT LEA/RN WORKSHOP ON LEARNING-CENTER CLASSROOMS

A little learning theory and a lot of techniques that can be used to

create a more learning-centered classroom are to be presented at a

Project LEA/RN introductory workshop beginning this month. The

workshop is set for Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and

Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. Dates for the workshop are:

Feb. 22 and 23, March 8 and 9, April 12 and 13 and April 19 and 20.

Meals, break snacks and workshop materials are provided at no cost.

Contact Maribeth Wright at mbwright@iastate.edu by Feb. 11. Steve

Jungst in forestry is co-facilitator of the workshop.

NEW CENTER CREATES WEB SITE

The Agriculture Marketing Resource Center, the ISU Extension-led

collaboration collecting and distributing information to promote

value-added agriculture, has a presence on the Web. The web site

(http://www.iowaagopportunity.org/)

will be used to make much of its services available. One of the first

items is a quarterly report.

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR WATER QUALITY RESEARCH

The Water Resources Section of the Iowa DNR Environmental Protection

Division seeks applications for grant funding to address nonpoint

source pollution problems that are adversely affecting water quality.

An optional pre-application deadline is Feb. 15 with full project

applications due by April 19. Proposal criteria can be found at:

http://www.state.ia.us/epd/wtrq/wqnews/319app.htm.

Contact: Elena Polouchkina at 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu.

HIGHER ED GRANTS OFFERED

The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in

Development requests applications for Institutional Partnerships in

Higher Education for International Development. March 15 is the

deadline for $100,000 seed grants awarded through a cooperative

agreement with USAID. Full application and other supporting material

may be found at: http://www.aascu.org/alo/RFPs/RFPMain.htm.

Contact: Elena Polouchkina at 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu.

SPANISH SHORT COURSE BEGINS FEB. 18

The Spanish short course for spring semester will meet in 219 Pearson

Hall, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 18 to April 17.

To register, send a note to Global Agriculture Programs at 104

Curtiss by Feb. 14 with your name, address, phone number, email

address and a check or ISU intramural payable to the Department of

Foreign Languages for $50. For more info: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or

ebecerra@iastate.edu.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

Feb. 5: "A

Conversation with Takao Furuno," 2-3:30 p.m., 3140 Agronomy Hall,

http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/duck.html

Feb. 5: "One Bird

Ten Thousand Treasures: Integrated Rice and Duck Farming in

Sustainable Japanese Agriculture," seminar presented by Takao

Furuno, 4-5 p.m., 2050 Agronomy, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/duck.html

Feb. 7: College

convocation, 4 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

Feb. 28: World

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

March 1: The

Agricultural Forum 2002, Scheman Building, http://www.agforum.org/2002/home.html

March 4-6:

Agriculture and the Environment conference, Scheman Building,

http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/water_quality/MainWQ/wqm.htm

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WATCH YOUR VISUALS

A rule of thumb: The audience should be able to understand every

visual within two seconds. Scott McGaugh, director of public

relations with Mathews/Mark of San Diego, Calif., advises

communicators to watch their visuals. McGaugh warns that many company

officials waste time with PowerPoint because they find speaking

difficult. He adds that poorly designed visuals distract the audience

from the speaker's message. (Writing That Works, January)

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SWINE REPORT AVAILABLE

Web users can access the 2001 Swine Research Report through the Iowa

Pork Industry Center web site. New this year, people may purchase a

CD-ROM that includes the Swine Research Reports from 1998-2001, at a

cost of $10. Also available on the Web and free to those who purchase

the CD-ROM is a printed summary of the abstracts from this year's

report. A hard copy version of the entire report will not be printed.

The URL for the report is: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/reports/01swinereports/swine01.html.

AAAS COLLOQUIUM TO EXAMINE POLICY ISSUES

The AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy April 11-12 is

titled "Science and Technology in a Vulnerable World: Rethinking Our

Roles." It will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Details of the program, including online registration materials, can

be found at: http://www.aaas.org/spp/colloquium.

NAS HOSTS FOOD SAFETY SYMPOSIUM

The Food Forum of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of

Medicine of the National Academies of Science is holding a symposium

Feb. 27 to explore the science needed to understand the rapidly

changing food safety system. It will be held at the auditorium at the

National Academies Building in Washington. Admission is free, but

preregistration is required by Feb. 15. Details can be found at:

http://www4.nationalacademies.org/iom/iomhome.nsf/Pages/FNB+Upcoming+Events

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REUNIFYING SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES

"We are witnessing a great convergence of all the sciences. In order

to be a good biologist now, for instance, you have to know not only

what might be called school physics, but quite a lot of really modern

physics -- quantum physics and so forth -- and a great deal of

chemistry as a basis for biochemistry. Conversely, the physicist

himself, even if biology is not part of his subject, is obliged to

know something of it because he may find a great deal of his work

will be concerned with biophysics ... ." J.D. Bernal in "A History of

Classical Physics: From Antiquity to the Quantum" (1997)

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OF AG ENGINEERS AND GROUNDHOGS

The world-famous weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw

his shadow Saturday. But folks in Iowa State's agricultural and

biosystems engineering (ABE) department wanted a winter weather

prediction closer to home. More than 50 faculty, staff, retirees and

students attended the ABE Groundhog Day celebration Saturday at the

department's research farm west of Ames. Grilled ground 'hog' burgers

(better known as pork burgers) were served. Teams competed in a

Groundhog Day trivia game. The winning team chose a light bulb from a

bag, but when inserted into a trouble light, it didn't work. So when

the ABE groundhog drawn by department program assistant Sue

Ziegenbusch emerged from his hole, there was no shadow. Which means

Iowans can look forward to spring! Musical entertainment by faculty

member Carl Anderson and his Good Guys band rounded out the

event.

Next issue: Feb. 18

Deadline: Feb. 15

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