Issue: 204

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C O L L E G E N E W S

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DEAN WOTEKI OUTLINES ENDOWMENT, FARM

Dean of Agriculture Catherine Woteki emphasized the college's commitment to the highest level of stewardship of donor gifts in meetings Monday with faculty, staff and the media. "Accountability for all our resources and excellence in our programs are the guiding principles for my tenure as dean," she stated in a letter sent to alumni and friends. In the letter, Dean Woteki relates current activities to review all endowment accounts and farm agreements in the college, and describes actions she will be taking as a result of the process. The letter, along with statements from ISU President Geoffroy and the three past deans of agriculture, can be found at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/dean02.html. The letter will be mailed to agriculture alumni in Iowa and around the country.

'BUD' EWING, FORMER ISU ANIMAL SCIENCE LEADER, DIES JUNE 19

Solon A. (Bud) Ewing, a longtime leader in animal science at Iowa State University, died of septicemia on June 19 in Ames. He was 71. Ewing joined the ISU faculty in 1958, and remained at ISU with the exception of four years, 1964 to 1968, when he taught at Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. From 1968 to 1973, he was assistant director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Ewing served as the head of ISU's Department of Animal Science from 1973 to 1992. Services were held June 22 at the First Baptist Church in Ames. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/ewing.html.

CAD BOARD APPROVES RESTRUCTURING PLAN

The Committee for Agricultural Development (CAD) will eliminate two positions and sell its farm equipment as part of a restructuring plan approved by its board. The two positions are farm employees who have used CAD-owned equipment to plant, till, harvest and conduct other field work on Ames-area farms. Under the new plan, CAD will hire local farmers to perform custom work to accomplish those tasks. CAD will sell its farm equipment at an auction on July 2. CAD, a nonprofit corporation, will continue to work closely with ISU researchers to fulfill its mission of purifying, increasing and distributing seed and crop germplasm developed from Experiment Station research programs.

COLLEGE HOSTS 238 INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

In the past 12 months, College of Agriculture administration has hosted 238 international visitors. This year’s visitors came from 29 countries and included farmers, educators, scientists and administrators. From A to Z, the countries represented were Argentina, Armenia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Moldova, Latvia, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. The Global Agriculture Programs office assists international visitors to the college.

AG DEVELOPMENT OFFICE TO MOVE TEMPORARILY

Next month, the development team for the College of Agriculture will temporarily move into the ISU Foundation’s new quarters near the Hotel at Gateway Center. The Agriculture Development staff will move July 22 and return to newly renovated space in 312 Curtiss Hall about Oct. 1. During that time, e-mail addresses and phone numbers will stay the same, and mail can be sent to either Curtiss Hall or to the Foundation building. The ISU Foundation moved to new quarters just south of the Hotel at Gateway Center last Friday. Staff and phone numbers (except for the fax) remain the same. The new ISU Foundation office address is:

Iowa State University Advancement Center, 2505 Elwood Drive, Ames, IA 50010-8644, phone 4-4607, fax 4-6521.

EFFECT OF TRANSGENIC CORN HYBRIDS ON FUNGI STUDIED

Transgenic corn hybrids, commonly known as Bt hybrids, are resistant to major insect pests that attack corn plants. But corn plants also are susceptible to fungi. So how do Bt corn hybrids affect these fungi that interact with corn pests? A research project at Iowa State University has provided some answers. Gary Munkvold, a plant pathologist, examined the role of transgenic hybrids in the management of European corn borers, corn earworms, Fusarium and Aspergillus ear rots and stalk rots. Read about the research results in “Agriculture in Action…Notes from ISU” at: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

GROUNDBREAKING FOR EXTENSION 4-H YOUTH BUILDING

One 4-H member from every county in Iowa will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Extension and 4-H Youth Development Building at Iowa State University on Thursday, June 27. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. north of the Administrative Service Building. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jun/4h.shtml

THE BUGS OF SUMMER ARE HERE

They fly, they crawl, they bite and sting. The bugs of summer are quickly approaching. Iowans should expect to see a wide variety of insect pests during the late spring and summer months. Mosquitoes, ticks and moths, such as cutworms and European corn borers, are some of the most common, say Iowa State University entomologists. Details at: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jun/bugs.shtml

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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HELP WITH WORD USAGE IN SCIENTIFIC WRITING

Need to be reminded the difference between effect and affect? If so, go to this checklist on word usage at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/checklist.html. The list includes troublesome words, terms and expressions frequently found in journal papers and bulletin manuscripts. Some terms and expressions used in reporting research are worn-out cliches. Other expressions and terms, though not incorrect, are not precise. In reporting and recording research, it is important to avoid ambiguous and "faddish" writing in order to make the paper more readable to an international audience.

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I N F O G R A Z I N G

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LUNCH AND LEARN FOR THOSE WHO USE THE GOLDSHEET

Wednesday (June 26) from noon to 1 p.m., the Office for Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) will host a lunch and learn session for the new GoldSheet in the Cardinal Room of the Memorial Union. Bring your lunch and OSPA will demonstrate how to complete the new form and answer any questions you may have about the process.

ISU EXTENSION DEVELOPS RESOURCES TO USE NEW FARM BILL

ISU Extension has created a Web resource page focusing on the provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (the new 2002 farm bill). A series of publications and other material to help producers and landowners use the new farm bill are available. A slide set goes with each publication and a spreadsheet is included to help with decisions about updating acreage and yield bases. For details, see: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/FSRIA/homepage.html

HISTORY OF ISU LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAMS ONLINE

Information about the early days of ISU livestock judging contests dating back to 1900 can be found at http://www.ans.iastate.edu/teams/livestock01-45/index.htm. The animal science website recently was updated to include pictures and names of team members. One piece of history outlines how ISU started winning intercollegiate competitions after the first International Livestock Exposition was held in 1900 in Chicago. C. F. Curtiss, who was head of the College of Agriculture, attended the event. When the Illinois team won the first collegiate livestock judging competition, Curtiss immediately hired its coach, W.J. Kennedy. With Kennedy, Iowa State won first place at the exposition in 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1910 and 1911.

ISU AG ALUM NAMED INTERIM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT KSU

Randall Higgins has been appointed the interim associate director for extension and applied research at Kansas State University. A native of Indiana, Higgins receiving his doctorate in entomology and agronomy in 1982 from Iowa State. He joined the Kansas State faculty in 1982 and has served since 1989 as extension state leader for entomology. He replaces Richard Wootton, who resigned to become director for extension and outreach for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SEEKS RESEARCH POSTERS

The American Farm Bureau Federation is seeking researchers to present poster papers on their projects at its national convention in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 19-20, 2003. The poster papers provide an opportunity for scientists to display their work and discuss their ideas with more than 5,000 farmers and ranchers from every state. The deadline for applications is July 1. Application forms are available in the Agriculture Communications office by calling 4-5616.

SCIENCE ROADMAP METHODS POSTED ON WEB

"Methods in Science Roadmapping -- How to Plan Research Priorities," a document explaining how the Science Roadmap for Agriculture was developed by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP), is available as a PDF. The document is posted at: http://www.escop.msstate.edu/draftdoc.htm. For more information: David MacKenzie, dm184@umail.umd.edu.

ELECTRONIC FORUM PRECEDES SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Aug. 27 to Sept. 4, the Food and Agriculture Organization has created an electronic forum to promote Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD) and to invite, explore and develop its initiatives. The forum will be from June 24 to Aug. 17. To learn more visit the web site at: http://www.fao.org/wssd/SARD/eforum_en.htm.

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

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A KITCHEN CONDENSES THE UNIVERSE

"While cooking is a brutal business, in which knives cut, whisks whip, forks prick, mortars mash and stoves burn, still it is our most civilized act. Within its cardinal points -- pots, a fan, a sink, a stove -- my kitchen encompasses earth, air, water and fire. These are the elements of nature that cooking transforms to make the raw materials of food, and the murderous acts of cooking and eating it, human. Cooking connects every hearth fire to the sun and smokes out whatever gods there be -- along with the ghosts of all our kitchens past, and all the people who have fed us with love and hate and fear and comfort, and whom we in turn have fed. A kitchen condenses the universe." Betty Harper Fussell, from her book, "My Kitchen Wars,” 2000.

Next issue: July 1 Deadline: June 28

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