Issue: 189

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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AG COMM WORKSHOP TUESDAY

Learn more about the ISU Comm, the campus-wide initiative for communication-across-the-curriculum, and the recommended new communication proficiency requirements at the next Ag Comm meeting. It is scheduled for noon in Room 8 Brenton Center. A light lunch will be available. RSVP to: Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872, cabrams@iastate.edu.

ANIMAL OLYMPICS MAKES NEWS

On Friday, more than 160 students practiced moving sheep, vaccinating cattle and herding pigs at the ISU Teaching Farm. The animal olympics, which is the informal name for the lab, was covered by three television stations and two newspapers. Each event was scored by students on how well they handled the livestock. The lab is part of a beginning animal science course that gives students with little exposure to livestock some hands-on experience. Brad Skaar, animal science professor, said the number-one priority is safety for both the students and animals. Skaar emphasized that the activity wasn't a competition but a chance for students to learn handling skills.

SEMINAR LOOKS AT AG IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

Graduate students in the ag and biosystems engineering department this semester began a seminar series on foreign cultures, geography and agriculture. It is open to others in the college. The seminar is held Fridays at 2:10 p.m. in 115 Davidson Hall. The upcoming schedule and presentations of past sessions are on the web at: http://www.ae.iastate.edu/aego/aego_calendar.html.

AG COUNCIL ELECTS OFFICERS

Mike Taylor has been elected president of the Ag Council. He is a junior majoring in agricultural studies. The rest of the officers elected this spring are: Tom Hughes, vice president, senior in horticulture; A.J. Blair, treasurer, junior in agricultural business; and Jared Zumbach, secretary, junior in agricultural systems technology.

ISU HORTICULTURE STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL INTERN OF THE YEAR

Janna Hogue has been named the Intern of the Year by Greenhouse Products News. Hogue is a junior in horticulture, majoring in greenhouse production and management. She won the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship after her internship at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina. She was featured on the cover of the January issue of Greenhouse Product News.

ISU TEAMS TAKE TOP TWO PLACES AT COLLEGIATE TURF BOWL

Two teams of ISU students placed first and second at the 2002 Collegiate Turf Bowl sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. A third ISU team placed 11th. The national contest tests teams of four undergraduate students on their knowledge of basic plant science, grass identification, pathology, entomology, mathematics and soil science. The contest, held this month in Orlando, involved 58 teams from 26 states. The students' adviser is Nick Christians, horticulture.

THREE AG COLLEGE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE BARRON SENIOR AWARDS

The ISU Alumni Association has selected six students to receive the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award at the Student Scholars and Leaders Recognition Ceremony on April 7. Three of the students are in the College of Agriculture: Lisa Ahrens, agronomy & agricultural business; Barry Bradford, agricultural biochemistry/animal science; and Sarah Low, public service and administration in agriculture. The Barron Award recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and activities, deep interest in the university, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Winners receive a lifetime membership in the Alumni Association.

NADC DIRECTOR TO TELL OF EXPANSION

Keith Murray, director of the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center, will discuss research activities and expansion plans of facilities at the NADC in Ames Feb. 25 at the next Think Tank on Animal Agriculture meeting. Social time is from 6-6:30 p.m. with dinner from 6:30-7 p.m. and discussion from 7-8 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. RSVP by noon Friday, Feb. 22, to Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu. The cost of the buffet dinner is $12, which is payable at the door.

PESEK COLLOQUIUM ON SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN MARCH

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute and winner of the 2001 World Food Prize, will be the speaker for this year's Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. His address is titled "Toward A Sustainable Global Food System: What Will It Take?" and will begin at 2 p.m., March 26 at the Gateway Center. On March 27 at 1:30 p.m., Pinstrup-Andersen will deliver a shorter presentation on global sustainability at the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development in Lewis, Iowa. In a town-meeting format, a panel will respond to and expand on Pinstrup-Andersen's talk, then the meeting will open up to questions and discussion from the audience. A reception will follow.

SEED DIRECTORY OFFERS QUALITY CHOICES

Are you looking for a listing of quality seeds for 2002? The Iowa Seed Directory is a resource that helps farmers and gardeners find seeds of native prairie species, oats, soybeans and other crops. The Iowa Seed Directory is published annually by the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) and contains seed production information from more than 100 members. ICIA members range from farmer-owned seed enterprises to multi-national companies. Members produce seeds for planting barley, corn, native prairie species, oats, soybeans and wheat. The newest addition to the directory provides a listing of native prairie species. The seed directories are free and available by contacting the association at 4-6921 or iowacrop@iastate.edu.

STUDY EVALUATES WOODY ORNAMENTALS FOR MIDWEST

Which woody ornamentals should you plant if you live in the north central region of the United States? A list recently released by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service may be a helpful resource. Jeff Iles, Iowa State University horticulturist, is one of 30-plus cooperators for the USDA-ARS NC-7 Woody Ornamental Evaluation Trials program. The cooperators, located primarily in the Midwest, evaluated woody plants for hardiness, pest resistance and ornamental value. More information and results are listed on the Web at: http://www.ars-grin.gov/ars/MidWest/Ames/trialhmpge.html.

SUMMER TRAVEL COURSES STILL AVAILABLE

The Agriculture Study Abroad Office is offering the opportunity to travel for two to four weeks this summer in: Australia, Brazil, Chile, France (with optional internship), Germany, India, Mexico, Scotland or Turkey. Many scholarships, and financial aid, are available. Sign up in 111 Curtiss for an application.

SUMMER WORK OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE ABROAD

There is an informational meeting Feb. 27, for college students interested in working abroad this summer. The meeting begin at 4 p.m. in 8 Curtiss For more information, contact Eduarda Becerra at ebecerra@iastate.edu. One such opportunity is work on large scale, modern farms (pig, duck, layer, broiler) in Thailand for two months in exchange for room and board and a five-day trip around the country. Students will receive a $500 scholarship toward the cost of airfare.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

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

Feb. 28: "Growing Ambitions: Prospects for Global Grain and Meat Demand," Global Agricultural Science and Policy Institute conference, http://www.agron.iastate.edu/initiatives/gaspi/

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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C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

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IOWA STATE WEB GUIDE DEBUTS

Iowa state's web guide (http://www.iastate.edu/guide/) covers the basics of getting a site started, whether it is an official or personal set of pages. There is a "where to begin" section for those new to developing web pages and information on how to make pages more accessible to those with disabilities. Web-related policies and a variety of the official ISU nameplates are also available.

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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COMMITTEE TO ADVISE GEOFFROY ON DIVERSITY ISSUES

President Gregory Geoffroy has appointed a President's Committee on Diversity Matters to advise him on actions the university can take to increase diversity among the faculty, staff and students; elevate the importance of diversity issues on campus; and improve the campus environment for diversity. The committee includes members of the ISU faculty, staff and students and Ames community. The first meeting will be held in February. Co-chairing the 23-member committee are Walt Gmelch, dean of the College of Education, and Carla Espinoza, assistant vice president for human resource services and director of equal opportunity and diversity. Nina Grant, the director of Ag Minority Programs, serves as the college’s representatives. For more information and a complete listing of members go to http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/02/0201/diversity.shtml.

IOWA STATE CONFERENCE ON RACE AND ETHNICITY MARCH 1

Registration materials for ISCORE 2002 are available at: http://www.admissions.iastate.edu/ISCORE/ The conference will feature more than 30 concurrent sessions presented by students, faculty and staff. Keynote speakers will include the director of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education NCORE Director and Iowa State's George Jackson

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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

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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.

FOUNDATION SUPPORTS CONSERVATION, FOOD AND HEALTH WORK

The Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation supports ongoing special projects and programs of nonprofit organizations serving the developing world in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food and health. The complete program description can be found at: http://www.grantsmanagement.com/cfhguide.html

CASE SEEKS PROFESSOR NOMINATIONS

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education is looking for outstanding undergraduate teachers. Its 2002 U.S. Professors of the Year program is accepting nominations at http://www.case.org/poy. Entries are due by April 26. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will select a winner from each of four categories: baccalaureate colleagues; community colleges; master's universities and colleges; and doctoral and research universities.

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

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AMERICANS' COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP WITH SCIENCE

"Our relationship to science and technology is complex and increasingly embattled. A puritanical suspicion of the intellect is still deeply ingrained in the American character. Science and technology bashing has been increasingly the subject of popular books, with authors taking both the offense and the defense. Although our cultural and economic futures are highly dependent on scientific training and technological innovation, we maintain a maddening Jekyll and Hyde hypocrisy in the basic areas of educational funding, teachers' salaries, etc. Specialized knowledge, scientific and otherwise, is routinely stifled and belittled, sometimes -- as even scientists will occasionally admit -- with a certain amount of justification." David J. Skal in "Screams of Reason: Mad Science and Modern Culture," 1998.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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THANK GLUT FOR CHEAPER SURF AND TURF

The decline in business travel and tourism has created a glut of lobster and beef. Price cuts are slowly working their way up the food chain and into consumer pockets. Supermarket prices for lobster are about $1.50 less than the usual $8 to $10 a pound, and the market price of T-bone steak has been dropping steadily since June, from $7.68 a pound to $7.42. But enjoy it while you can. Prices for both surf and turf are expected to bounce back by spring. (Kiplinger's, February 2002)

Next issue: March 4 Deadline: March 1

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AG ONLINE

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