Issue: 208

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COLLEGE NEWS

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DENMARK PRECISION AG EXPERT TO SPEAK THIS MORNING

Simon Blackmore, head of agrotechnology at the The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark, will discuss the future of precision farming at a seminar this morning (Monday) beginning at 11 a.m. in 115 Davidson. Blackmore is visiting campus at the invitation of Brian Steward, agricultural and biosystems engineering.

CHRISTIAN GOLF EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR ENDOWMENT

The Lauren L. Christian Pork Chop Open on July 9 raised about $8,000 for the Christian Endowment in the Department of Animal Science. Thirty-six teams (144 golfers) played in the golf tournament. Evening activities included a dinner, program and auction. Next year the event will be held on July 8. The endowment promotes swine research by providing support for a graduate fellowship, an undergraduate scholarship and swine educational programs.

AUGUST DEADLINE FOR TEACHING/LEARNING GRANT WRITING SERIES

Applications are due Aug. 12 for a six-part fall workshop series to help faculty write grants for projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs, Center for Teaching Excellence and the College of Agriculture are sponsoring the workshops, which will be conducted by David Morrison of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, Inc. For more information: Elena Polouchkina, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu, or see http://www.cte.iastate.edu/gww/.

MILLER FACULTY FELLOWS FROM COLLEGE DEPARTMENTS

Fifteen projects have been funded for 2002-03 by the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. The projects, which enhance undergraduate student learning, will receive $249,689. Several involve faculty and staff in college departments. A food science and human nutrition team (including Jean Anderson, Cheryll Reitmeier, Bonnie Glatz and Anne Oldham) is working on “Improving Communication of FSHN Students: Measuring our Effectiveness.” A statistics team (Bill Duckworth, Amy Froelich and W. Robert Stephenson) will work on “Engaging Students in Statistical Discovery.” Steve Mickelson, agricultural and biosystems engineering, is part of a team working on “Introducing a Low-Cost Virtual Reality Tool into the Introductory Design and Technical Graphics Curriculum.” Jim Colbert, botany, is part of a team working on “ISU Service Learning: Enhancing Student Learning in Courses through Service.”

FIGHTING A VIRUS WITH A VIRUS IN SOYBEANS

Fighting a virus in plants and animals is like hitting a moving target. As soon as researchers find a solution to control a virus, it mutates. That's why John Hill and other ISU researchers decided to try a unique strategy to control soybean mosaic virus. That strategy involved injecting a portion of the pathogen, in this case soybean mosaic virus, into the plant through genetic engineering. The concept has been successfully used in several plants, but it's an unusual success for soybeans. See http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/soyvirus.html

NEW IOWA STATE SURVEY UNIT WILL BE BIGGER, BETTER

A constant flow of information fills our lives. To satisfy our desire for even more, there is growing demand by government, business and education for data-gathering and analysis services. A new research unit at Iowa State is poised to help fill that demand. The Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Survey Science (IRISS) was approved in May by the Iowa Board of Regents. IRISS brings together the statistical work of three units already on campus -- the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, the Research Institute for Studies in Education and the Survey Section of the Statistical Laboratory. Read more in “Agriculture in Action…Notes from ISU”: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

LEARN ABOUT ADDING VALUE TO IOWA'S COMMODITIES

The third annual Farms, Food and the Future Conference will be held at Iowa State University on July 30, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Scheman Building. The theme is "Adding Value: Challenges and Opportunities." Anyone involved in adding value to Iowa's commodities is invited to attend. Breakout-session topics include financing, using marketing tools, business development, identifying resources, renewable fuels and biotechnology. See http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/jul02/jul0207.html

STUDYING THE CUTTING EDGE OF EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY

A three-year, $315,000 grant from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to Fred Janzen, zoology and genetics, to study a major new area in the field of evolutionary ecology. Janzen will evaluate the biological importance of indirect genetic effects on ecological and evolutionary processes. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jul/janzen.shtml

ANIMAL SCIENTIST WINS ASAS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

David Topel, animal science, is the 2002 recipient of an award that recognizes distinguished service to animal agriculture in developing areas of the world. Topel will receive the Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award tonight (July 22) at the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada. See http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/topelaward.html

IPVS CONGRESS STORY APPEARS IN VET MED JOURNAL

The lead story in the Aug. 1 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association details the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress held in Ames in June. Hank Harris, microbiology and veterinary diagnostics and production animal medicine, is the society’s president. The congress was hosted by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Iowa State’s colleges of veterinary medicine and agriculture, and the National Pork Board. See the story, with a photo of Harris and other conference organizers, at http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/aug02/020801a.asp.

COSTA RICAN AGRICULTURE STUDENTS VISIT CAMPUS

Fifteen students from the University of Costa Rica at San Jose are visiting Iowa State July 16-25. The group includes graduate students and fifth-year undergraduates in agronomy, plant pathology and entomology, plus two faculty members. They are visiting ISU labs, especially those working in plant molecular biology; ISU field sites; and private farms and greenhouses. This is the second year the Costa Rican university has brought a group of students to ISU. Mark Gleason, plant pathology, reciprocates every other year by taking a group of graduate students to Costa Rica to learn about tropical agriculture. The next ISU trip will be during spring break 2003.

MAKE A PROPOSAL FOR A SUMMER 2003 TRAVEL COURSE

October 1 is the deadline for proposals for summer 2003 travel courses. Faculty who are interested in leading a group of students abroad should fill out an application that can be downloaded by clicking http://www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/DownloadableForms/programApproval.DOC. For more information: Shelley Taylor, 4-5393 or sztaylor@iastate.edu.

AG EXCHANGE STUDENTS MAKE THE GRADE

Three exchange students in the College of Agriculture made the Dean's List during the spring semester. Coralie Daire of the Superior Institute of Agriculture, Beauvais, France, and Fernando Soberon and Maria Fagoso-Zepeda of Monterrey Tech University, Queretaro, Mexico, all attained a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

July 30: Farms, Food and the Future Conference, “Adding Value: Challenges and Opportunities,” Scheman Building, 9 a.m.

Aug. 1: Home Demonstration Garden field day, Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Crawfordsville, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 3: Home Demonstration Garden field day, Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Nashua, 4 p.m.

Aug. 12: Deadline, applications for Teaching/Learning Grant Writing Workshop Series, 4-8493

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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NEW LINK FOR COMMUNICATING RESEARCH WITH DONORS

In the last issue of Ag Online, the web link for the report "How to State the Value of Your Research" caused problems for some readers. The report can be downloaded at a different link: http://www.nasulgc.org/publications/Agriculture/ValueRsch1.pdf

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INFOGRAZING

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COMMENTS DUE ON MICROBIAL PATHOGEN MODELING IN HACCP

Comments are due July 29 to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service regarding microbial pathogen computer modeling in HACCP plans. The pathogen modeling is software that estimates the growth or decline of foodborne microbes in food samples in production. The draft of the notice is posted at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/Issuances.htm.

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR OECD TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS

Applications are due Oct. 31 for the Organization for Economic and Cooperation Development (OECD)’s travel fellowships. OECD sponsors travel fellowships for young Ph.D. scientists in 26 member countries. Fellowships are awarded under the Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. Details are available at http://www.oecd.org/agr/prog/. For more information: Jim Schepers, 41513 or jschepers1@unl.edu.

MANURE MANAGEMENT FIELD DAYS BEGIN IN AUGUST

ISU Extension and the Division of Soil Conservation have manure management field days scheduled in August and September. The field days include manure handling at beef feedlots in northwest Iowa, a manure digester for energy production, and evaluating manure nitrogen and phosphorus for crop production. A list of dates, contacts and directions can be found on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group website, http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/info/02fielddays.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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BLOUNT, JR. ON UBIQUITOUS BARBECUE SAUCE

Hot and sweet and red and greasy,

I could eat a gallon easy:

Barbecue sauce!

Lay it on, hoss.

Brush it on chicken, slosh it on pork,

Eat it with fingers, not with a fork.

I could eat barbecued turtle or squash --

I could eat tar paper cooked and awash

In barbecue sauce.

I’d eat Spanish moss

With barbecue sauce.

- Roy Blount, Jr., an excerpt from “Song to Barbecue Sauce,” from “One Fell Soup,” 1982

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MARGINALIA

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LADYBUGS AND GENTLE MANTISES, WE GIVE YOU A NEW CROP

The appearance of soybean aphids in Clay County has attracted hungry ladybugs, according to Katie Thompson, an Iowa correspondent for agriculture.com. A LOT of ladybugs. So many that they have been found inside her home, including in her fax machine. Cleaning them up gave Thompson the idea of collecting them for sale. After calculating the per bushel price for ladybug, she muses about a new crop for Iowa in her column at http://email.agriculture.com/cgi-bin1/flo?y=eP6O044bA0TM0FJbw0A8

Next issue: July 29 Deadline: July 26

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AG ONLINE

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