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A new feature in Ag Online will recognize those who have been successful at winning competitive grants from external sources. The listing begins with sponsored funding secured starting with the new fiscal year on July 1. A cumulative listing will be on the Web at:

COA Sponsored Funding Awards (July 1- 19, 2002)

D. Lee Alekel (PI), food science & human nutrition, Kenneth J. Koehler, statistics, Bone Response to Soy Isoflavones in Women, National Institutes of Health, $133,638

Thomas C. Baker, entomology, Mechanism of Detection of Chemical Signals by Parasitic Wasps, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), $34,683 (continuation)

William D. Batchelor (PI), agricultural & biosystems engineering, Mark Westgate, Michael D. Owen, and Robert Jr. Horton, agronomy, Brian Meyer, agricultural communications, Gary P. Munkvold and Gregory L. Tylka, Plant Pathology, Managing Interactive Stresses to Increase Soybean Yields, Soybean Research and Development Council, $246,936

William D. Batchelor, agricultural & biosystems engineering, Using Remotely Sensed Data to Diagnose Soybean Yield Limiting Factors, University of Missouri, $43,584 (subcontract)

Diane Feickert Birt, food science & human nutrition, Flavor Analysis, Proliant Inc., $200

Nick E. Christians, horticulture, Turfgrasss Research, Dow Agro Sciences, $800

Jerald Ray DeWitt (PI), extension to agriculture, Gerald Arey Miller and Angela Rieck-Hinz, agronomy, Manure Applicator Certification Training, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, $137,014 (renewal)

William M. Edwards (PI), economics, Tim Eggers, Heidi Carter, and Kathryn Rasmussen, extension to agriculture, Financial Decision Making for Women Managing Farm Budgets, University of Nebraska, $2,000

Cornelia B. Flora, sociology, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Core Funding, Department of Agriculture, $182,976 (continuation)

J. Arne Hallam, economics, USAID Linkage Program-Partnership in Developing Course Materials for Policy Research Capacity Strengthening, International Food Policy Research Institute, $19,500

Mark H. Hanna, agricultural & biosystems engineering, Pulse-Width Modulation of Anhydrous Ammonia, Capstan Ag Systems, Inc., $2,516 (subcontract)

Delbert Linn Harris (PI), Nancy Boury, and Gregory J. Phillips, microbiology, Bacteriophage and Enzybiotic Development for Reduction of Salmonella in Swine, Biotechnology Research Development Corporation, $99,956

John Hemmingson Hill, plant pathology, Plant Health Initiative, Iowa Soybean Association, $7,000

Brent Hueth, economics, Contract Design and Organizational Efficiency in U.S. Hog Production, University of Wisconsin-Madison, $10,042 (subcontract)

Jean-Luc Jannink (PI), E. Charles Brummer, and Fred Iutzi, agronomy, Identifying and Overcoming Competition-Based Tradeoffs in Grass-Legume Intercrops, The Land Institute, $5,887

Bert Lynn Jones, agricultural education & studies, International Experiential Learning in Agriculture (ISU-ITESM/Mexico), Department of Agriculture, $93,935

Rameshwar S. Kanwar (PI), Jeffery C. Lorimor, and Hongwei Xin, agricultural & biosystems engineering, Impact of Poultry Manure Applications on Phosphorus NO3N and Bacteria Concentrations in Surface Runoff and Subsurface Drainage Water, Iowa Egg Council, $37,000 (renewal)

Rolf R. Koford, natural resource ecology and management, A Landscape Approach to Grassland Bird Conservation in Minnesota – Iowa State University Subcontract to Support MS Student, University of Montana, $38,515

Monlin Kuo, forestry, Use of Plant-Produced Industrial Enzymes, Prodigene, $10,000

Michael Lee, agronomy, Production of Value Added Corn Through Expression of Novel Proteins in the Grain, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, $29,600

Matt Liebman (PI), Robert G. Hartzler, F. Menalled, and Adam Davis, agronomy, Philip Dixon, statistics, Understanding Weed Dynamics in Contrasting Crop Rotation Systems: Combining a Pulse/Chase Field Experiment and Matrix Models, Department of Agriculture, $265,000

Jeffery C. Lorimor, agricultural & biosystems engineering, Runoff and Leaching Losses, Stockpiled Turkey Litter, Iowa Turkey Federation, $35,318

Manjit Kumar Misra (PI), agricultural & biosystems engineering, Michael Turner, Seed Science Center, Support to the National Seed Program in Vietnam, RUDECO, $17,200

Gary P. Munkvold, plant pathology, Enhanced Management of Gray Leaf Spot Through Disease Prediction, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., $5,000

Alan M. Myers, biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology, Mutational Analysis of Photosystem I Function, National Science Foundation, $91,963 (renewal)

John J. Obrycki (PI) and Laura Jesse, entomology, Mapping the Distribution of Selected Invasive Species in Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, $20,380

Steven C. Padgitt, extension to communities, Organizational Development Assistance for School Districts, Great River Area Education Agency, $34,149 (renewal)

Steven C. Padgitt, sociology, Sociological Studies for Areawide Management of Corn Pests, Department of Agriculture, $3,000 (renewal)

W. Powers-Schilling (PI), animal science, Characterization of VOCs and Particulates, Swine Finishing Facilities and Relationship of These Compounds to Human Health, National Pork Board, $75,911

W. Powers-Schilling (PI), animal science, Jeffery C. Lorimor and Hongwei Xin, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Direct Measurement of Dietary & Management Strategy Impacts on Ammonia Volatilization, National Pork Board, $25,500

Marlin E. Rice, entomology, Evaluation of Transgenic Bt Corn for Control of Black Cutworm, Agrigenetics Co., $4,380

Timothy S. Stahly, animal science, Optimization of Soybean Meal for Swine – Impact of Soy Bioactive Compounds on Muscle Growth and Disease Resistance in Pigs, Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board, $50,000 (continuation)

Henry Glenn Taber, horticulture, Unrestricted Funding for Research, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, $3,542

Jon J. Tollefson (PI) and Jim Oleson, entomology, Flight of Male and Virgin Female Western Corn Rootworm Adults, Monsanto Company, $10,000

Gregory L. Tylka (PI) and Charlotte R. Bronson, plant pathology, Role of Brown Stem Rot and Soybean Cyst Nematode in Soybean Health and Productivity in the North Central Region, University of Illinois, $47,821 (subcontract)

Daniel F. Voytas, zoology & genetics, Target Specificity of the Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5, National Institutes of Health, $245,280

Doyle Edward Wilson, animal science, National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, Cornell University, $49,000 (subcontract)

Roger P. Wise (PI) and Steven Whitham, plant pathology, James Reecy and Chris K. Tuggle, animal science, Acquisition of Affymetrix GeneChip Microarray Instrumentation, National Science Foundation, $250,000

Bing X. Yang, plant pathology, Evaluation of U.S. and Exotic Soybean Germplasm for Resistance to Soybean Rust and Disease Management Strategies, Department of Agriculture, ARS, $53,650

Bing X. Yang, plant pathology, Limiting Losses to White Mold in the North Central Region, University of Illinois, $4,750


The upcoming Teaching/Learning Grant Writing Workshop Series still has room for participants. The six-part fall workshop series is designed to help faculty write grants for projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The application deadline is Friday. 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 Polush, 4-8493 or, or see


Four College of Agriculture grads are among 24 to be highlighted at Iowa State’s exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, beginning Thursday. The university's main exhibit in the Varied Industries Building will feature life-size cutouts of the Iowa Staters accompanied by brief summaries of their contributions to Iowa. Their stories were culled from among 68,000 living alumni in 894 communities and all 99 Iowa counties. ISU Extension will be back in the northeast corner of the Grandstand featuring an exhibit spotlighting part of a major initiative on rural health that addresses mental, financial and physical health. As part of the 4-H centennial celebration this year, fair visitors can sign an oversize birthday card at the extension exhibit. It will be presented to 4-H leaders on the last day of the fair. Details:


Iowa State University is recruiting volunteers to help state and federal officials learn the extent to which invasive plant species are impacting Iowa woodlands. Invasive plant species are plants that are not native to an ecosystem and can cause economic or environmental damage. The two-year monitoring project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action…Notes from ISU” at:


The newly created Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University will provide students with "a more comprehensive program in natural resources stewardship. The department, while maintaining our strengths in forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, will be able to train students and conduct research in a more holistic manner," said department head Mike Kelly. A merger of the departments of forestry and animal ecology in the College of Agriculture created the new department. Details:


A new project designed to generate economic development opportunities linked to sustainably raised Iowa foods has won a $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. The project, “Value Chains for A Sustainable Agriculture,” will be coordinated by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in cooperation with Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), Iowa State University Extension and the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more:


Iowa State University Extension's Iowa Concern Hotline has a new Web site: It features frequently asked questions (FAQs), one-on-one live chats, links to additional resources and e-mail-an-expert links. Users can access information on legal issues, financial concerns, dealing with disasters, stress, health, overcoming adversity and parenting issues. A grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to ISU Extension to Families for Rural Outreach funded the site's development. The Iowa Concern Hotline's toll-free number, (800) 447-1985, remains active. Counselors are available 24 hours a day.


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

Aug. 15: Proposal deadline, Market Mechanism and Incentives for Environmental Management, National Center for Environmental Research, EPA, more info:

Aug. 15: Application deadline, research partnerships for risk management development and implementation, USDA, Risk Management Agency,

Aug. 26: Registration deadline, 12th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference Sept. 19-22, Scheman Building,

Aug. 30:Proposal deadline, USDA Small Business Innovation Research program,

Sept. 2: Preproposal deadline, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant program,





Kathy Henning, author of A Guide to Writing Tight for the Web and Wireless Internet, said she doesn't start cutting copy until her second or third revision after she's satisfied with the message. She follows these steps:

1. Read the copy onscreen and delete as many words as possible.

2. Print what's left and read it on paper, crossing out every unnecessary word.

3. Look at the revised text onscreen, and cut more words.

4. Print it again and cross out more words.

5. Look at every remaining word and ask whether it's essential.

6. Cut and check until the deadline or all possible cuts have been made.

7. Ask someone else to read the text and suggest cuts.

Writing That Works, July 2002. Henning's web page is:





The National Science Foundation is offering grants for collaborative research and education programs in the emerging areas of nanoscale science and technology. Biosystems at the nanoscale; nanoscale processes in the environment; multi-scale, multi-phenomena modeling and simulation at the nanoscale; manufacturing processes at the nanoscale; and studies on the societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering are among the areas to be studied. Program guidelines are at: The Vice Provost for Research office asks to be notified by Aug. 30, if anyone is interested in submitting a proposal to any of the programs. Letters of interest must be hand-delivered to 2610 Beardshear Hall or faxed to 294-6100. E-mail communications will not be accepted. Principal investigators will be asked to make a short presentation as part of the internal competition procedure. Please contact the Vice Provost for Research office if you would like help in putting together an interdisciplinary research team.


The 9/11 tragedy prompted people to have second thoughts about where they want to live, even if that residence is not in New York City or Washington, D.C. In a National Science Foundation-supported project, Ohio State University researchers found that the terrorist events led people to become more interested in living in low-density suburbs or other communities away from the central city. Preliminary results indicate that the tragedy prompted a strengthening of social ties within neighborhoods and reduced a desire to move.





“Sagaponack is a beautiful place but, for farmers like us, a territory under siege. It has become part of something called the ‘Hamptons.’ And we, way out on the end of Long Island, have watched, a little dumbfounded, as our open spaces have given way to the infrastructure of an international resort. … My inclination to remain in Sagg as a farmer and not a real estate agent, despite the fragility of agriculture here, is because I’ve found farming to be the profession with the most potential for me. Since that first summer of hauling pipe, when I thought maybe the work would keep me physically strong, the solitude keep me independent, and the variability keep me inspired, time has strengthened those sentiments. The rewards of this work are not easily explained; they come when I straighten up from hoeing or look back into the truck as it fills with potatoes and know that I have played some part in the abundance.” Marilee Foster, Dirt Under My Nails: An American Farmer and Her Changing Land (2002)





The mess created by millions of mayflies in McGregor, Iowa is being viewed as a good thing. The New York Times reported today that the insects’ abundance appears to signal a cleaner Mississippi River. Efforts to reduce pollution in the river is being seen as the reason for more mayflies living their one day of adulthood. They live the rest of their lives on the bottom of the river providing food for fish, which also seem to be benefiting with larger numbers. The greater numbers of mayflies have required snowplows to scrape them from bridges and power washers to clean sidewalks. Read more at: (free registration required)