Issue: 192

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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CORRECTION: GAMMA SIGMA DELTA CEREMONY

The last issue of Ag Online included the wrong time for the Gamma Sigma Delta initiation ceremony on April 8. It will be held at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.

RECEPTION TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MARPLE'S CONTRIBUTIONS

The animal science department will unveil Dennis Marple's portrait this afternoon (Monday) in the Kildee Hall atrium. Marple served as head of animal science from 1992 to 2001. The program begins at 3 p.m. and will include brief remarks by department head Sue Lamont and a reception.

MEMORIALS SET FOR AGRONOMY PROFESSOR

Bill Evangelou, professor of agronomy who worked in soil and water physical chemistry, 55, died March 24 of a heart attack. His memorial services were Friday. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. The address of Shelly Evangelou, his wife, is 3204 Bayberry Road, Ames, IA 50010. More information on making memorials and Evangelou’s contributions are available at the agronomy website at: http://www.agron.iastate.edu/News/Evangalou.html

RAMSEY LECTURE ON MAD COW DISEASE ON APRIL 3

The story of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, will be the subject of the 2002 Frank K. Ramsey Lecture in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda Detwiler will present the lecture at 8 a.m. Wednesday in 1226-1228 Vet Med. Detwiler is a senior staff veterinarian in the USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services Emergency Programs. She coordinates surveillance, prevention and education activities for BSE.

ALUMNA NAMED DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Lisa Lorenzen recently was named director of industry relations in ISU's Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies. She will help faculty in their interactions with industry. She will also continue in her position as ISU's biotechnology industrial liaison. Lorenzen graduated from Iowa State with bachelor's and doctorate degrees, both in genetics. Prior to coming to ISU, she worked for five years in the bioinformatics group at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Contact Lorenzen at 4-0926 or llorenze@iastate.edu.

ANIMAL SCIENCE TEAM SECOND IN COMPETITION

The animal science department's academic quadrathlon team placed second (out of 16 teams) at the Midwest Regional American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association competition on March 17 which was designed to measure animal science related knowledge. Team members are Sarah Goodwin, Sonja St. Peter, Sherri Swanton and Jen Bauer. Howard Tyler advises the team.

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP

Three "brown bag" seminars starting April 12 will explore creative ways College of Agriculture faculty can approach grant writing. Karen Piconi, executive director of Persuade and Publish, will lead the group, which may become a grant-writing learning community. The sessions are scheduled for noon on April 12, 19 and 26 in 142 Curtiss Hall. Each session will be limited to 25 people. Participants are asked to register and attend all of the sessions. To sign up, contact Elena Polouchkina at elenap@iastate.edu or 4-8493.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR INDIA PROGRAM

There are a few spots available for students to participate in a study-abroad program to India this summer. The program will be based in the southern city of Mysore. Ten students will learn about the history, culture and agriculture of the region. There will be an informational meeting with S.K. Ramachandra Rao, the program coordinator from Mysore at noon Friday, April 5, in 353 Catt Hall. For more information: Shelley Taylor, sztaylor@iastate.edu, or Ramesh Kanwar, rskanwar@iastate.edu.

ENGER REMEMBERED BY FORMER STUDENT ON ALUMNI SITE

The ISU Alumni Association has asked alumni to share memories and tributes about their former teachers. Duane Enger, chair of the zoology and genetics department, was remembered by a student who took one of his classes. Go to http://www.isualum.org/programs_services/faculty/stories.html.

AG STUDENTS TAKING OFF TO 13 COUNTRIES THIS SUMMER

About 140 College of Agriculture students will travel this summer in Agriculture Study Abroad programs. Three groups are set to visit Australia. Other destinations include Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Scotland, Tanzania and Turkey. About 90 students journeyed abroad last summer.

CARGILL SPONSORS TRIP TO MEXICO FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS

Cargill will sponsor a May 13-27 tour that will visit agricultural production and research facilities, businesses and universities in central Mexico. The trip will explore agricultural and business issues as well as Mexican history and culture. Funding is available for airfare and lodging for four faculty or staff members and provides airfare and local transportation for up to 15 students. For more information: Shelley Taylor, 4-5393 or sztaylor@iastate.edu.

YALE ECONOMIST TO ASSESS GREEN REVOLUTION ON APRIL 9

An April 9 seminar, "An Assessment of the Green Revolution at the End of the 21st Century," will be given by Robert Evenson, a professor of economics at Yale University, 3:40 to 5 p.m., 160 Heady. Evenson is the co-author, with ISU's Wallace Huffman, of the book "Science for Agriculture: A Long Term Perspect" and an author of many papers on the sources of agricultural economic growth, including international technology transfer and patenting.

COMPUTER INSTRUCTION PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 19

The college's Technology Advancement Committee has issued a call for proposals for computer-based instructional support. The deadline is April 19. Support will be funded by the college's $40,000 in student computer fees. The call for proposals can be found on the web, http://www.anslab.iastate.edu/tac/fy_01-02.htm. For more information: Philip Spike, 4-6030 or plspike@iastate.edu.

ENGAGING THE PUBLIC THROUGH CONVERSATION

An Iowa Public Policy Institute will be held to train community leaders, professionals and citizens on how to engage the public in conversations to discuss controversial issues. The institute will be held April 22-24 in the ISU Memorial Union. To register contact Jeanne Warning at 4-6622 or jwarning@iastate.edu. Registration is $65 and the deadline is Friday. The institute is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Partners in Learning, the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums of the Kettering Foundation. For more information go to www.extension.iastate.edu/fampol/inservice/

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

April 4: "From Farm to Fork: A Forum on Locally Grown Foods at University Campuses," 1:30-3:30 p.m., Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, 23 MacKay Hall

April 5-6: Ag Systems Technology Club's Lawn Mower Service Days, 1 to 6 p.m. April 5 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6, courtyard of Davidson Hall. For more information, call 292-3634

April 8: Gamma Sigma Delta Initiation Ceremony, 4 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

April 11: GASPI seminar, "Productivity Growth in World Agriculture: Resources and Constraints," noon, Ensminger International Room, 1204 Kildee Hall

April 11-13: Iowa State FFA Leadership Conference, http://www.agiowa.org/

April 15: Leopold Center's Urban Conversation, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

April 17: Science in Agriculture Day, http://www.agron.iastate.edu/rc/SADagenda.html

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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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WORD OF THE YEAR IS A DATE

The American Dialect Society held its annual Words of the Year vote, singling out the words and phrases "most representative of 2001." The Word of the Year was "9-11," in all its various spellings and pronunciations. Other vote-getters included "burkha," "homeland" and "ground zero." (Copy Editor, February)

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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ISU RANKS HIGH IN NATIONAL SCHOLARS ENROLLMENT

Iowa State ranks in the top 10 public universities that enrolled first-year National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement scholars in 2001. In 2001, ISU enrolled 135 of the scholars. Of that total, three were College of Agriculture students. Last fall, 572 national merit, Hispanic and achievement scholars were enrolled at ISU. Twenty-four were students in agriculture.

LOOKING FOR SUMMER HELP?

If you are seeking summer help, consider hiring an international intern. Global Agriculture Programs is looking for work for foreign students from Argentina, Germany, Greece, Mexico and Spain who are part of the International Internship Program. For more information: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu.

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS COLLECTION OF FUNDING INFO

The Office of Sponsored Programs has created a web site that includes several resources of funding information. Included on the site is a weekly log of announced programs, a page of ISU internal grants, links to federal funding opportunities and an email alert to notify researchers when a new list is posted on the site. The site is available at: http://grants-svr.admin.iastate.edu/funding/homepage.html

VICE PROVOST FOR RESEARCH AND ADVANCED STUDIES HOSTS HUMAN SUBJECTS WORKSHOP

A step-by-step guide to conducting research with human subjects will be covered in a workshop April 22. The session begins at 5 p.m. with pizza. At 5:30 p.m., Celia Walker, director of regulatory compliance at Colorado State University, will speak about the risks involved in behavioral or social science research. A case study of the regulatory process at Iowa State concludes the workshop. To register, contact Diane Ament, 4-3115, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies.

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

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LAND-GRANT TRADITION IS TO BE NONTRADITIONAL

"I hear often when I travel around my state and the states I've been in that the land-grant universities should never lose sight of their tradition. Sometimes that's used as a means of saying we need to keep doing the things we've done in the past. What I tell them is go back and reread our history and our evolution. Our tradition is to be nontraditional." Michael Martin, vice president for agriculture and natural resources, University of Florida, in a speech March 26 as part of the lecture series "The Changing Face of Agriculture: A Convergence of Agriculture, Natural and Renewable Resources, Food and Health," held by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

According to the 2000 Census, nearly 4 million people between the ages of 25 and 34 live with their parents. And that number could be on the increase. In an online survey by Monster-TRAK.com, a job-search firm, 60 percent of college students reported they plan to live at home after graduation. And 21 percent said they plan to remain there for more than a year. (Newsweek, March 25)

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