Issue: 209

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COLLEGE NEWS

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NEW GRANT: STUDYING ECHINACEA AND ST. JOHN'S WORT

Two of the nation's top-selling herbal dietary supplement ingredients will undergo scientific scrutiny in a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) project for research on dietary botanical supplements. A $6 million, five-year grant from NIH's National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and Office of Dietary Supplements links Iowa State and University of Iowa scientists in multidisciplinary research on Echinacea and St. John's wort. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jul/birt.shtml

NEW CENTER: SEEKING TO IMPROVE RURAL COMMUNITIES

A new center has begun work as a catalyst for innovative ideas for improving Iowa's rural communities. The Community Vitality Center, administered by ISU Extension, received $268,800 in federal funding this year. The center's board was selected from nominees from across the state based on diversity of interest and geography. The board held its organizational meeting on June 21 and approved six community-based projects related to entrepreneurship and improving performance of rural services. Mark Edelman, economics, serves as interim director of the center. The board chair is Mark Hamilton, publisher, Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, and the vice-chair is Beth Danowsky, director, Iowa Rural Development Council. Steven Padgitt, director of ISU Extension to Communities, Joann Phillips of Panora and Rick Morain of Jefferson also serve on the executive committee.

SPOTS LEFT FOR GRANT WORKSHOP

There are spots left for the 2002 USDA/CSREES Grants Workshop Sept. 18 in Roseville, Minn. The college is sponsoring faculty and staff for this one-day workshop that is designed for researchers and research administrators. The meeting will provide an up-to-date review of CSREES-sponsored competitive grants programs, including the National Research Initiative program. If you are interested, contact Elena Polouchkina, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu.

TWO STUDENT GROUPS HEAD ABROAD NEXT MONTH

Travel courses will take students to Australia and Germany in August. Bill Batchelor and Stu Melvin, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will lead 22 students to Germany for a computer applications and systems modeling course to be taught by Batchelor at Hohenheim University. Paula Teig and Chuck Steiner, agricultural education and studies, will take 15 students to Australia to learn about entrepreneurship in agriculture while visiting universities and businesses in Melbourne and Sydney.

ISU TEAM LOOKS AT BEEF PRODUCTION "DOWN UNDER"

A team of Iowa State University faculty recently traveled to Australia and New Zealand to study their beef production and marketing quality assurance systems. John Lawrence, economics professor and director of the Iowa Beef Center, says they wanted to learn why the beef industries in Australia and New Zealand evolved as they have, and if there are lessons to be learned for the U.S. market. Read more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

EXPLORING WAYS TO CLEAN UP AGRICHEMICAL SPILLS

Entomology faculty and graduate students are developing safer, cheaper ways to find and clean-up agricultural chemical spills. Researchers are looking at the use of "biological endpoints" as environmental markers of chemical spills. Biological endpoints identify chemicals that could be potentially harmful to biological systems. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/jul/coats.shtml

AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE RESEARCHERS TO MEET AUG. 13

Progress on water quality linked to agricultural drainage will be reported at an August forum of Iowa and Minnesota researchers. The third annual Minnesota-Iowa Drainage Research Forum, to be held Aug. 13 in Fairmont, Minn., will feature reports on ongoing research and will foster collaboration between the two states in addressing agricultural drainage issues. The forum will include presentations by ISU researchers James Baker and John Sawyer, as well as Dan Jaynes of the USDA National Soil Tilth Laboratory at ISU and Dean Lemke of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/drainage.html

SPENCER AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AUG. 8 AT IOWA STATE FAIR

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will present one of the state's largest awards in sustainable agriculture to an Iowa dairy farmer during the 2002 Iowa State Fair. David Petersen of Blue Grass will be the first recipient of a newly established Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. The award was created to recognize farmers, researchers and educators who have made a significant contribution toward the stability of mainstream family farms in Iowa. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/spencerhonor.html

IOWA FORESTRY GROUPS OFFER TREES-ON-ACREAGES CONFERENCE

A “Trees on Acreages” conference will be held Aug. 31 in Waterloo for acreage owners interested in knowing more about the management and care of trees on their property. The meeting is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Woodland Owners Association. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/jul02/jul0210.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

July 30: Seed corn quality evaluation conference, Seed Science Center, http://www.seeds.iastate.edu/

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

July 31: Seed corn conditioning conference, Seed Science Center, http://www.seeds.iastate.edu/

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. 5: Proposals deadline, USDA-CSREES, Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Grants Program, http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/rfamulti.htm

Aug. 5: Abstracts deadline, 12th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference Sept. 19-22, http://molebio.iastate.edu/~gfst/maing02.html

Aug. 12: Applications deadline, Teaching/Learning Grant Writing Workshop Series, 4-8493

Aug. 15: Proposals deadline, Market Mechanism and Incentives for Environmental Management, National Center for Environmental Research, EPA, more info: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/current/02marketmech.html

Aug. 26: Registration deadline, 12th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference Sept. 19-22, Scheman Building, http://molebio.iastate.edu/~gfst/maing02.html

Aug. 30:Proposals deadline, USDA Small Business Innovation Research program, http://www.reeusda.gov/sbir/

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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THREE THOUGHTS ON ONLINE PUBLISHING

1. The Web is a distinct medium that accommodates content from other media, but isn't a dumping ground for articles or videos.

2. The Internet is more than the Web. Sometimes a website isn't your best tool. Some projects work better using e-mail, chat groups or other means.

3. Electrons will not replace ink, at least in the immediate future. Many people prefer the feel and portability of paper. That may change as the Web continues to define itself. Dan Brown, president of db interactive Inc. in Washington D.C., believes that print will survive the Web just as radio survived television and newspapers survived both. (Writing That Works, June)

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INFOGRAZING

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CURRICULUM ADDRESSES MANURE MANAGEMENT

Jeff Lorimor, agricultural and biosystems engineering, co-authored five of the 26 lessons offered in the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum released last fall. Lorimor co-authored the module that addressed air quality issues. The curriculum, produced through the MidWest Plan Service at ISU, was developed, reviewed and tested by more than 30 manure-management experts from land-grant universities, the EPA and USDA. Each lesson contains a one- to two-hour presentation and includes assessment tools to assist producers. The curriculum is available on CD or in print. For more information: http://www.lpes.org.

ORGANIC FARMING WEBSITE UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Iowa State is collaborating with Ohio State University, North Carolina State University and Tufts University on a website for Organic Farming Research Foundation's Scientific Congress on Organic Agricultural Research (SCOAR) to collect scientific information on organic farming. The goal is to launch a public website later this year offering small and mid-sized farms a national research and education network for organic agriculture. SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) and USDA's National Agricultural Library are represented on the working group to develop the organic farming information site, which is being developed with funds from a 2000 IFAFS (Initiative for Future Food and Agricultural Systems) grant. Details on the grant may be found at: http://www.reeusda.gov/ifafs/ifafssum7.htm.

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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EDISON ON THE REQUIREMENTS FOR INVENTIONS

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

- Thomas Edison

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MARGINALIA

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STAFF MEMBER CHOOSES A GOOD CAUSE FOR FIRST MARATHON

Last spring Marce Zeman heard about a marathon to be held next January at Disney World in Florida that would benefit the fight against diabetes. Zeman, a clerk in animal science who has been running four years, decided this good cause would be her choice for running her first marathon. She says diabetes has been a problem for her family and she feels this is one way she can help. Zeman, who has worked at Iowa State for 15 years, is raising funds for the marathon through donations, beanie-bear sales, a book sale and the sale of Pampered Chef items. For more information: Zeman, 4-4730 or mazeman@iastate.edu.

Next issue: Aug. 5 Deadline: Aug. 2

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AG ONLINE

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