Issue: 190

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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BULTENA LECTURE SET FOR TOMORROW

Sonya Salamon, president of the Rural Sociological Society, will present the annual Bultena Lecture in Sociology on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Salamon will speak on "Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland." Salamon is a professor of community studies and director of Community and Rural Studies Concentration at the University of Illinois. The Bultena Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the College of Agriculture and the Committee on Lectures.

COLLEGE TO LEAD TRIBAL COLLEGE PROJECT

Iowa State University will lead a $3.8 million partnership to strengthen natural resources education in communities served by Native American colleges in the middle Missouri River watershed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Initiative for the Future Agriculture and Food Systems program awarded the grant, which is one of the largest ever received by ISU for an integrated teaching, extension and research program. Conducting the project will be Iowa State and seven other land-grant schools in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Four of the institutions are tribal colleges. Harold Crawford, agricultural education and studies, is project co-leader with Gerald Miller, associate dean of extension. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/tribal.html

NSF AWARDS GRANTS TO FIVE FACULTY

College faculty affiliated with the Plant Sciences Institute received five research grants totaling $5.5 million in the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program. The grant winners are Kan Wang, Plant Transformation Facility; Thomas Peterson, zoology/genetics and agronomy; Volker Brendel, zoology/genetics and statistics; and Patrick Schnable, agronomy and zoology/genetics. Iowa State faculty will lead three of the research projects and are sub-contractors on two others. For more information: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/feb/nsfgrants.shtml

KITS GIVE KIDS GLIMPSE OF SPACE

The NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center (NASA FTCSC) recently donated 16 space food kits to ISU Extension offices. Modeled after food trays used by NASA, the space food kits will educate students about space foods, food processing techniques and nutrition. Each kit contains a NASA FTCSC space food tray mock-up including foods donated by Johnson Space Center, two color posters explaining the food trays, a video about space foods and NASA's Space Food and Nutrition Educator's Guide. Cheryll Reitmeier, NASA FTCSC education mission specialist created lesson plans and activities to accompany the space food kits. These activities and other educational resources are available from the NASA FTCSC webpage: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/ftcsc/

FROM PRAIRIE TO HORSE PASTURE AND BACK

About 20 acres east of Elwood Drive across from the women's soccer fields is being turned into a savannah, complete with native prairie grasses, by a group of volunteers led by Jim Pease, animal ecology, and Jim Colbert, botany. Biological sciences departments in the colleges of agriculture and liberal arts and sciences plan to use the area for classes, perhaps as soon as this fall. For more information: http://www.las.iastate.edu/news/news/prairie.htm

ANIMAL OLYMPICS VIDEO AIRS NATIONALLY

A video news release about the Animal Olympics event held Feb. 15 aired last night on Today's Ag, a regional ag show supported by land-grant universities, and on Ag Day this morning at 5 a.m. on WOI-TV. Ag Day is a nationally syndicated show that airs on 150 stations. The video featured Brad Skaar's Animal Science lab and highlighted class activities that teach students how to handle livestock. For more about Ag Day, see http://www.agday.com or Today's Ag, see http://www.TodaysAg.com

LAND INSTITUTE LEADERS TO SPEAK

Wes Jackson, president, and Stan Cox, senior research scientist, with The Land Institute of Salina, Kan., will present their work in agroecosystems research at two sessions next week. They are scheduled to speak at 12:10 to 1 p.m., March 11, at the Sustainable Agriculture Colloquium in the Ensminger International Room (Room 1204), Kildee Hall, and 4:10 to 5 p.m., March 12, in 2050 Agronomy. They will speak on "Natural Systems Agriculture: An Agriculture Where Nature is the Measure."

SHADE TREE SHORT COURSE OFFERS CUTTING EDGE INFORMATION

The 46th annual Shade Tree Short Course, March 12-13, covers research findings, theories and information on topics to keep nursery, landscape and grounds maintenance professionals on the cutting edge. The course is sponsored by Iowa State's entomology, forestry, horticulture and plant pathology departments. For more information: http://www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/302/shadetree.htm.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR INTERNATIONAL PIG MEETING IN JUNE

The International Pig Veterinary Society organizers are looking for dozens of volunteers to work during its congress to be held June 2-5 in Ames. For more information, contact Norm Hutton, volunteer staff coordinator, nhutton11@aol.com or phone (319) 447-1504. Hank Harris, microbiology, is this year's society president. For more information about the event: http://www.ipvs2002.vetmed.iastate.edu/home.asp

DAIRY SCIENCE CLUB ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP FOR CIANCIO

The Dairy Science Club has established a scholarship in memory of Alison Ciancio, the Havertown, Penn., sophomore in animal science who died in an automobile accident in January. The Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a member of the Dairy Science Club who has a positive impact on other peoples' lives. The first scholarship will be awarded next year. Contributions can be made to the scholarship. Contact Howard Tyler, 4-6434 or htyler@iastate.edu, or Ilene Carlson, 4-6021 or icarlson@iastate.edu. Plans also are in the works for the College of Agriculture to plant a tree in memory of Ciancio.

AGROTERRORISM DISPLAY AT STATEHOUSE AND CAPITOL HILL

Last Wednesday ISU hosted an informational display for Iowa legislators at the state capitol to showcase ways the university serves Iowa communities and enhances Iowa safety and security. One of the 12 exhibits was on federal-state collaborations to combat agroterrorism. The display was organized by the colleges of agriculture and veterinary medicine and ISU Extension. Manjit Misra, Seed Science Center, and Richard Ross, veterinary medicine, staffed the display. The display also will appear this week at the fifth annual Food and Agricultural Science Exhibition and Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is sponsored by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Helping staff the display from the college will be assistant dean David Acker, animal science head Susan Lamont and animal science senior Tim Keegan.

CATERING TO THE TASTES OF THE INSECT ZOO

Feeding the many-legged inhabitants in the Department of Entomology's Insect Zoo may become less of a bite on the budget. Until recently, the department has bought groceries to feed the zoo's millipedes, crickets, beetles, roaches, isopods and other arthropods. Staff at the ISU's Maple-Willow-Larch Dining Center have offered to save scraps from cleaned produce that normally would be thrown out. Potato and carrot peelings and other fruit and vegetable scraps will be collected for the bugs' meals. Nanette Heginger, the Insect Zoo's educational program coordinator, estimated the new arrangement will save the department $15 to $20 a week. In the past two years, the Insect Zoo has conducted educational programs for more than 65,000 people, many of them students in grade schools and high schools.

MURPHY TO BE HONORED AS HIGHLY CITED RESEARCHER

Pat Murphy, food science and human nutrition, has been recognized by ISI as one of the top 15 most-cited authors in agriculture and plant and animal sciences. ISI (Institute for Scientific Information), a business of The Thomson Corporation, is a Web-based information resource for researchers in many fields. Murphy's research focuses on the health benefits of soy. ISI based its findings on total citations from papers indexed from 1991 through October 2001. ISI will hold a reception for the scientists during the 2002 Experimental Biology conference in April in New Orleans.

SPONSORED PROGRAMS DIRECTOR WILL SCHEDULE VISITS

Thane Peterson, director of ISU's Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, is taking time on Thursday afternoons to get acquainted with DEOs, directors and deans. Peterson plans to introduce himself, provide information about the OSPA staff and services and learn more about colleges, departments and centers. The meeting is typically half an hour. He will also meet with groups of faculty and staff. If you would like to schedule a time with Peterson, call Janice Canny, 4-5225.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

March 4: P&S Professional Development Grant requests due, 107 Beardshear

March 4-6: Agriculture and the Environment conference, Scheman Building, http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/water_quality/MainWQ/wqm.htm

March 5: Bultena Lecture in Sociology, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

March 15: Plant Sciences Institute Grants deadline, http://www.plantsciences.iastate.edu/funding.html

March 15: Foreign Travel Grant applications due, 138 Curtiss

March 16: Instructional Development Project Proposals due, 201 Curtiss

March 18-22: Spring Break

March 30: Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture deadline, http://www.leopold.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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FACULTY: SHARING EXPERTISE WITH LAWMAKERS

During the Iowa Legislature session, lawmakers sometimes will ask ISU faculty to attend committee meetings or other legislative activities. Faculty members should welcome these opportunities to share their expertise and offer helpful information. Faculty should be careful to make clear that they are contributing their own knowledge, experience and viewpoints to enhance discussion, and that they are not representing a university position on a particular topic or issue. If you do receive a request from a legislator, please contact Gary Steinke, Government Relations, 4-5367 or gwstein@iastate.edu.

FACULTY AND STAFF: SHARING OPINIONS WITH LAWMAKERS

Faculty and staff should remember that they may contact legislators as concerned citizens, but not as representatives of ISU. It is inappropriate to contact legislators from university workplaces, during work hours or using university equipment or supplies. If ISU workers wish to contact legislators by e-mail, use a non-ISU e-mail address.

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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NEARLY ALL COLLEGE GRADS PLACED

Ag Career Services released a survey of 2000-2001 College of Agriculture bachelor's degree recipients (590 of 591 graduates responded) that found 80 percent were employed and 18.6 percent were pursuing further education. Of those who were working, 91 percent were employed in their career area of interest and 64 percent had jobs in Iowa.

JAPANESE SUSTAINABLE FARMER'S PRESENTATION ON TAPE

A tape of Takao Furuno's Feb. 5 campus presentation, "One Bird Ten Thousand Treasures," is available from the Leopold Center. Furuno shared his methods for an integrated farming system. To borrow a copy of the videotape, contact the center, 4-3711.

ACTIVITIES IN IOWA CELEBRATE 4-H CENTENNIAL

This year the centennial of 4-H will be observed around the country. ISU Extension is developing a 4-H centennial website that will include history and historical photos. From Feb. 28 to March 2, 1,600 Iowa delegates attended the National Conversation for 4-H in Washington, D.C., which is creating an action plan for families, youth leaders and communities to guide 4-H in the next century. March 26 will be 4-H Day in the Iowa Legislature, when 4-H'ers from every county can talk to legislators. the State 4-H Conference, June 25-27, will include activities celebrating the centennial. The state 4-H office will publish history books, including a children's book that tells the story of 4-H using the alphabet. Other activities include a display at the state fair and Farm Progress Show.

ILLINOIS-MISSOURI BIOTECH ALLIANCE REQUESTS PROPOSALS

The Illinois-Missouri Biotechnology Alliance is soliciting proposals for research projects in its Enhanced Profitability Program and its Socioeconomic Research Program. For more information: Ken Schneeberger, (573) 882-8777, or schneebergerk@missouri.edu, or visit http://www.imba.missouri.edu. Deadline is April 19.

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

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HOW CARVER HELPS SHAPE LIVES OF STUDENTS TODAY

The following excerpt is from Dondra Bailey's remarks given Feb. 13 at the campus ceremony presenting the Iowa Award in honor of George Washington Carver. Bailey is a graduate of Tuskegee University, where Carver conducted much of his life's work, and is currently an ISU graduate student in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. "[Carver] lived and structured his life from a higher power, which is a reflection of his attributes, representing greatness in all his work. I too have taken an active effort in mirroring my life to Carver. Learning how he structured his life has helped shape the goals I hold and aspire to attain, thus influencing the decisions in my academic career . . . And one thing is for sure: his contributions are a lasting legacy and cannot be superseded in any way, shape or form."

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M A R G I N A L I A

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ISU STUDENT KEEPS CAREFUL TRACK OF PROGRESS ON HIS GOALS

Dan Hoy, a junior in agricultural and biosystems engineering, carries a list of his short- and long-term goals in his wallet. On Sunday nights he reviews the list and picks five to focus on over the next week. The list includes personal and professional goals. Hoy agreed to share some of the goals from his list:

- Get a degree in agricultural engineering from ISU

- Get a minor in animal science

- Wake up with a positive attitude every morning

- Save at least 10 percent of income

- Work out three times a week

- Talk to immediate family members at least once every two weeks

- Meet and converse with one new person each week

- Watch 30 minutes or less of television per day

- Learn to speak Spanish

- Travel to Australia

- Learn to play guitar

- Own a farm with at least 40 head of cattle

- Own my own business in the beef industry

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AG ONLINE

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