Issue: 203

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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LAID OFF P&S EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE FOR OUTPLACEMENT SERVICES

An outplacement service will work with P&S employees who are being laid off. A voucher is required to use the service and must be signed or authorized before the effective lay off date. P&S continuous employees who have received notice that they will be laid off by the university must initiate contact with the consultant after obtaining the voucher. Employees whose term employment is not being renewed do not qualify for outplacement service. Let Dean Woteki’s office know if anyone is interested in this assistance, so the voucher can be prepared.

EMPLOYMENT INFO AVAILABLE IN SESSIONS THIS WEEK

Two information sessions are open to ISU employees who may be interested in job opportunities, the unemployment compensation process, health benefits, etc. They are scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday and from 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church. The sessions are for any employee, not just those who have been laid off. There is no cost for the sessions, but space is limited so employees are encouraged to register online using Access+. Instructions and more information are available at: http://www.iastate.edu/~hrs_info/main/Current_Announcements.shtml

LOCATION CHANGED FOR GRANT WRITERS’ WORKSHOP ORIENTATION

The orientation session for the Research Grant Writers' Workshop set for June 24 will be in Room 8 Curtiss Hall. The time is from 8 till 11:30 a.m.

GLOBAL AG PROGRAMS TOPS POSTER PRESENTATION

Global Agriculture Programs received the first place award for a poster presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) in Durban, South Africa. The poster titled "International Higher Education Loan Program (I-HELP): A Partnership for International Education in Agriculture" was one of 10 posters presented. I-HELP is designed to help young professionals gain international experience and build leadership skills as they prepare to tackle challenges in food security and environmental sustainability. The poster was co-presented by two former I-HELP fellows, Bongiwe Masuku and Thembisile Ndimande from Mangosuthu Technikon in Durban, South Africa.

LAMKEY NAMED PIONEER MAIZE BREEDING CHAIR AT IOWA STATE

Kendall Lamkey has been named Pioneer Hi-Bred International Endowed Chair in Maize Breeding and director of the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding at Iowa State University. The appointment is effective July 1. Learn more at: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jun/lamkey.shtml

SEARCHING FOR SOYBEAN CYST NEMATODE

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a widespread and serious pest in Iowa soybean fields. An infestation can reduce yields by 50 percent or more. But fields can be infested with the nematode for years without noticeable symptoms. Greg Tylka, Iowa State University nematologist, said the only consistent and reliable sign of an SCN infestation is the presence of adult SCN females and cysts (dead females) on the roots of infected soybean plants. And he said now is the best time to scout for the pest. Details at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/scn.html

DEMONSTRATION GARDENS INCLUDE OLD AND NEW VARIETIES

Gardeners always are interested in new practices and different varieties of flowers and vegetables. To help satisfy this interest, home demonstration gardens have been cultivated for more than 20 years at Iowa State University research and demonstration farms around the state. This year there are gardens and field days at nine of the ISU farms. Cynthia Haynes, assistant professor of horticulture, is in her third year as coordinator of these home demonstration gardens. Learn more at: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

PLANT SCIENCES INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20-23

The Plant Sciences Institute's third annual symposium will be at Iowa State University, June 20-23. This year's topic is "Proteomes: Structure, Changes, Interaction and Function." Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, said proteomic technology provides researchers with an overall view of the proteins that exist in each cell type of an organism. "This technology is important because it is necessary to know the components of an organism and how these components interact to understand how an organism works," she said. See: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jun/psi.shtml

TREE PLANTED AS MEMORIAL TO ALISON CIANCIO

A white fringe tree was planted last month near Lush Auditorium to remember Alison Ciancio, the dairy science sophomore who died in an automobile accident earlier this year. The idea and funding came from Dean Woteki and Associate Dean Hoiberg. Photos and additional details are located at: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/alisonciancio/alisontree/pages/tree.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

June 17-28: Cyclone Beef Days, "Tuning Up Your Pasture Potential," more info: http://www.ibc.iastate.edu/content/newsrel/2002/502/5022.htm

June 20: Research and Demonstration Farm’s field day season begins, Northeast farm, 1:30 p.m., west of Nashua, more info: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

June 28: Sign-up deadline, second College of Agriculture Teaching and Extension Grant Writers Workshop beginning Aug. 27, more info: Elena Polouchkina, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu

July 1: Nomination deadline for Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award, more info: www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ICASH/Hall_of_Fame_Award.html

July 9: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, 10 a.m., Veenker Memorial Golf Course, more info: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/LCPCOreg.pdf

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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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NAME BADGE 101

When planning a conference or luncheon, take note of some name badge etiquette rules compiled by April Harris, in her book Etiquette and Protocol: A Guide for Campus Events. The tips include only using name badges during business meetings not for black-tie or private affairs; include first and last names and company name; include city, state or country if attendees are from several locations; make sure the badge is readable from three feet away; omit Mr., Mrs. and Ms. but use professional titles such as Dr. or Mayor; offer badges with clips, cords or pins; make sure the speakers don't wear badges while presenting; and wear a badge on high your right shoulder.

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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NEW GOLDSHEET FROM OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) has developed a new version of the internal proposal data form, also known as the GoldSheet, to collect more complete information. Some of the additional data collected on this new GoldSheet will ensure proper incentive distribution to principal investigators and campus units and will allow for increased oversight for compliance with federal, state and university regulations. In the near future, the College of Agriculture will provide guidance regarding incentive distribution for faculty in jointly administered departments or those who work with centers and institutes. The new version of the GoldSheet should be used immediately. Only this new version will be accepted as of July 1. It can be found at: http://ospa.iastate.edu/forms.htm. Contact: Diane Meyer, meyerd@iastate.edu or 4-4567.

OSPA ESTABLISHES NEW NOTICE SYSTEM

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) has created a system of notices that will communicate information about new policies, guidelines or laws related to funding from external sponsors. Check the OSPA web site at: http://ospa.iastate.edu

LIMITED STAFF AT OSPA NEXT WEEK

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) will have limited staff the week of June 24. During that week the OSPA cannot guarantee immediate or even two-day processing of proposals or awards. It requests that all proposals due to a sponsor the week of June 24-29 and July 1, be processed no later June 21.

NSF'S DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS

The National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education is seeking public comment on a draft 10-year agenda for interdisciplinary environmental research and education at NSF. The draft report is available at http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/advisory.cfm. Comments may be submitted online at http://www.nsf.gov/geo/ere/ereweb/comments.cfm and are due on Aug. 10.

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

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GOVERNMENT AND UNIVERSITIES MAY CLASH OVER NATIONAL SECURITY

"National security issues have become considerably more prominent in relations between research universities and the federal government. Those issues . . . have significantly altered the environment in which those of us at research universities operate. In fact, the fundamental values of our institutions -- the freedom to publish and exchange information without governmental restrictions, the opportunity for unfettered association with students and colleagues worldwide -- are under threat . . . Just as the government is moving in one direction -- limiting the sharing of information across national boundaries -- research universities are moving in the opposite direction. They are expanding their international activities, setting up collaborative research programs with foreign scientists and institutions, welcoming more foreign students, developing closer ties with foreign corporations, and jealously guarding their freedom and the open dissemination of information . . . We must make evident to government officials and the public why certain restrictions on research in science and technology that may appear reasonable will, in fact, hamper our national security . . . Universities are resilient, but it still would not be hard to damage the resource they represent, a resource absolutely critical to the security as well as the vitality of our nation." Eugene Skolnikoff, professor of political science emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing in the May 10 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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M A R G I N A L I A

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FROM CURTISS HALL TO CARNEGIE HALL -- 15 MINUTES OF FAME

Sorrel Brown, manager of IDEA (Information Development-Expanding Awareness) and interim manager of University Conference Services, sang June 9 at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Drake University Chorus. Last year the Drake choral director was invited to conduct a performance at Carnegie Hall and she invited members of the community to join the Drake Choir along with members from other choirs nationwide. Brown has been a member of the chorus for nearly 20 years.

Next issue: June 24 Deadline: June 21

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AG ONLINE

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