ISU PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND SOYFOODS EVENT FOR FREE
Iowa State faculty, staff and students are invited to take advantage of free registration for the "Soyfoods: From Field to Table" conference, Aug. 13-14 in Kildee Hall. Contact Lester Wilson, 4-3889 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals are not included with this registration. The conference will include presentations on soybean breeding, food safety, processing and regulatory issues, soy health research and new product development. For more information: http://www.iasoybeans.com/field2table
NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR FUNDING INTEGRATIVE PROJECTS
A new National Science Foundation program called Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) will be discussed at a noon meeting on Friday, Aug. 16, in 115 Office and Lab Building. Parag Chitnis, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, and one of the program’s designers, will present the session. FIBR encourages investigators to identify major understudied or unanswered questions in biology and develop innovative approaches to address them by integrating biology, math, physical sciences, engineering, social sciences and information sciences. The program may be of interest to those involved with the Plant Sciences Institute. Details about the program can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf02154. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.
NEW BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCT BASED ON ISU RESEARCH
Last week an Illinois company announced plans to market a biodegradable, soy-based pellet than can be used as a marker for segregating bulk commodity grains. The soy pellet is based on technology developed by Jay-lin Jane, professor of food science and human nutrition. The company, Soy Works Corporation, Woodridge, Ill., holds an exclusive license to ISU patents on soy-based biodegradable plastics. In June, Soy Works received a U.S. patent on its new marker product. The colored soy-based pellets can be blended with grain to help grain handlers preserve the identity of crops destined for specific uses. The pellets can be screened out or left in the grain to be safely consumed by livestock. The company may introduce the marker system during the fall harvest.
SECOND STRAIGHT HONOR FOR ISU AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERS
For the second year in a row, an ISU faculty member has won the American Society of Agricultural Engineering’s New Holland Young Researcher of the Year Award. Bill Batchelor, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received at the ASAE national meeting in Chicago in July. The award is given for the best research record influencing the livestock and poultry industry by a researcher less than 40 years old. The 2001 award went to Hongwei Xin in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
TWO ABE STUDENT GROUPS NAMED BEST IN NATION
The ISU student branch of American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the Agricultural Systems Technology Club were both judged the best student clubs in the nation at the ASAE annual meeting last month. Agricultural and biosystems engineering students also won awards in a national student paper competition sponsored by ASAE. Nick Krueger placed first, Tim Van Pelt was first runner-up and Nathan Isaac was second runner-up. The ISU team of Justin Bonnema, Vince Stout and Patrick Murphy placed second in the Environmental Student Design Competition.
ECONOMICS FACULTY AND STUDENTS DO WELL IN COMPETITIONS
The Iowa State undergraduate team placed third out of 38 Quiz Bowl teams at last month’s American Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting. The quiz bowl tests undergraduates’ knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, ag business, management and resource policy. The Quiz Bowl was led by Daniel Monchuk. Several faculty members came away with honors: Ronald Deiter was presented the distinguished undergraduate teaching award for those with 10 or more years experience; Robert Wisner was cited for the distinguished extension program – individual honor; Bruce Babcock was among three authors of a paper judged outstanding journal article and one of three authors for another paper that was given a quality of research discovery award; and GianCarlo Moschini was presented the outstanding published research award. William Edwards was elected as secretary-treasurer of the association’s extension section.
SEBRANEK NAMED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL MEAT SCIENCE GROUP
Joe Sebranek, animal science, was elected president for 2002-2003 of the American Meat Science Association at the the 55th Reciprocal Meat Conference, the annual meeting of the American Meat Science Association held last month. Three other ISU animal scientists received honors at the meeting: F.C. Parrish received the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Meritorious Service Award. Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan and Steven Lonergan both received Distinguished Achievement Awards.
POWERS RECEIVES DAIRY SCIENCE SCHOLAR AWARD
Wendy Powers, animal science, received the American Dairy Science Association Foundation Scholar Award in Production at the annual American Society of Animal Science professional meetings in July. The award recognizes young scholars and their potential in research and educational leadership. Powers directs the Nutritional Management Lab in the National Swine Research and Information Center.
EARTH'S RISING TEMPERATURE MERITS STUDY, DISCUSSION
An Iowa State researcher is convinced global warming is a fact. “There is no scientific evidence to suggest that global average temperatures will remain constant or decline,” says Eugene Takle, a professor in the departments of agronomy geological and atmospheric sciences. “The issue is not whether warming will occur, but rather what other changes are likely to occur and what can be done about it.” Learn more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...
SYMPOSIUM: HELP CREATE BIOBASED ECONOMY FOR IOWA
One-fourth of the world’s most productive land is located in Iowa. This rich soil could help the world move from the current petroleum-based economy to a biobased economy. The “Biobased Products and BioEnergy Symposium” Sept. 4 will provide information on how that can happen. Details at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/aug02/aug0238.html
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 15: Proposal 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. 15: Application deadline, research partnerships for risk management development and implementation, USDA, Risk Management Agency, http://fr.cos.com/cgi-bin/getRec?id=20020701a21
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. 28: Block & Bridle Club freshman/transfer student barbecue, 6:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Livestock Pavilion
Aug. 30: Deadline for notifying vice provost for research of NSF nanoscale proposals, letters of interest must be hand-delivered to 2610 Beardshear Hall or faxed to 294-6100, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02148/nsf02148.htm
Aug. 30:Proposal deadline, USDA Small Business Innovation Research program, http://www.reeusda.gov/sbir/
Sept. 2: Preproposal deadline, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant program, http://www.sare.org/ncrsare/cfp.htm
NRI GRANTS PROGRAM MAKES DEADLINE CHANGES
Starting Oct. 1, all National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program deadlines will become "received by" dates instead of the previous "postmarked by" dates. Also, all program deadlines will move forward to Oct. 1, Nov. 1, Dec. 1 or Jan. 15. More information on deadlines is available at: http://www.reeusda.gov/nri
WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES BIOTECH PLANT POLICY
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released a policy proposal on early safety testing of biotechnology-derived plants. The new policy is intended to help assure consumers on the safety of the food supply, as well as to facilitate trade. The proposed policy, which is open for comment until Sept. 30, is available at: http://www.ostp.gov/html/redregbio.html.
WEB SURFERS MORE WILLING TO PAY FOR INFORMATION
An Online Publishers Association survey found that last year consumers spent nearly double in online purchases what they had spent the year earlier. People were most willing to pay money for business and financial information, because that kind of information impacts their livelihood. The survey found a more general trend toward increased willingness to pay for online content. See http://www.online-publishers.org/opa_paid_content_report_final.pdf
A LITTLE ABOUT THE TITTLE AND OTHER LANGUAGE NOTES
Notes on language from the ____ issue of ByLine magazine:
Longest one-syllable word in English language: screeched
Only English word that ends in the letters "mt”: dreamt
What the symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called: octathorpe
What the dot over the letter "i" is called: tittle
The word with more definitions than any other word in the English language: set
Only word in English that begins and ends with "und”: underground
Only four words in English end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, hazardous
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