Issue: 216

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COLLEGE NEWS

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CARGILL GIFT WILL ADVANCE CROP MODELING IN COLLEGE

On Thursday, Cargill Inc. presented more than $16 million worth of software to the colleges of agriculture and engineering. The contributions will position Iowa State as a leader in the application and impact of technology in agriculture and manufacturing engineering. Cargill presented the College of Agriculture with its Crop Inventory, Forecasting and Analysis (CIFA) software system. When fully developed, CIFA will allow researchers to generate, in less than a day, crop-yield forecasts that currently take several months to complete. CIFA also will advance research in ways of optimizing agriculture production, understanding global climate change and minimizing risk. Cargill also provided $115,000 in funding assistance to help the university with start-up costs, and filed patent applications on each of the software systems to ensure longevity of the technology for Iowa State. More information: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2002/sep/cargill.shtml

COLLEGE ENROLLMENT DOWN FOR FALL

The College of Agriculture has 3,316 students enrolled this fall semester. Last fall the college had 3,457 students. This fall the college has highest graduate student enrollment in six years -- 692. However, it also has the lowest undergraduate enrollment in the past six years -- 2,624. Iowa State’s graduate enrollment also increased from a year ago, while undergraduate enrollment fell. Total ISU enrollment is a record 27,898 compared with 27,823 last fall. Here are fall enrollment figures for the College of Agriculture over the past six years:

2002: 3,316

2001: 3,457

2000: 3,384

1999: 3,519

1998: 3,538

1997: 3,454

CUTRONA NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ISBR

Carolyn Cutrona has been named interim director of the Institute of Social and Behavioral Research. Director Ron Simons resigned for a position at the University of Georgia. Cutrona has been the institute’s associate director since August 2000. She received her clinical psychology doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a faculty member in ISU’s psychology department since 1992. An external search is underway.

BIRT, GEOFFROY ON TALK OF IOWA

Diane Birt, chair of the food science and human nutrition department, joins President Gregory Geoffroy on the Tuesday, Sept. 17, edition of WOI Radio's "Talk of Iowa." Birt is leading a newly funded study of herbal diet supplements. The call-in program airs from 10 to 11 a.m. on WOI-AM 640.

ENGINEERING PLANTS FOR ENHANCED NUTRITION IS FOCUS OF TALK

Dean DellaPenna, a plant biochemist at Michigan State University, will speak on "Engineering Plants for Enhanced Nutrition: A Role for Nutritional Genomics," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in 171-179 Scheman. DellaPenna's talk is the keynote address for the 2002 fall seminar series, "Plant Products and Human Health," sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization of Plant Physiologists and the interdepartmental plant physiology major in cooperation with the food science and human nutrition department and the Plant Sciences Institute. For information: Heidi Kratsch, 4-9940.

PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL AG ENGINEERS TO SPEAK THURSDAY

Lyle Stephens, president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, will present a seminar on maintaining membership in a professsional society at 10 a.m. Thursday in 110 Davidson. The event, which is open to all faculty, staff and students, is sponsored by three student organizations in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Stephens is a senior engineer with Deere & Co.

FAMILIES INVITED TO COLLEGE RECEPTION

The College of Agriculture will host a Parents and Family Weekend reception for new students and their families from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20, in 220-240 Scheman. Representatives from each department will attend the reception to meet with families. Refreshments will be served prior to a short program, which will include door prizes. Contact Jan Ostermann or Vanessa Stoffel, 4-2766.

FARM AID LINEUP INCLUDES KIRSCHENMANN

Leopold Center director Fred Kirschenmann will discuss threats facing family farmers on Friday, Sept. 20, during Farm Aid 2002 events near Pittsburgh. He will participate in a panel discussion, “Challenges and Choices: The Future of Our Food and Farms.” The benefit concert is Sept. 21. Since 1985 the annual concert has raised more than $24 million for family farm advocacy programs.

FIRST THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE SET FOR SEPT. 23

West Nile virus and its effects on livestock will be the topic of the Think Tank on Animal Agriculture meeting on Monday, Sept. 23. Entomologist Wayne Rowley will be joined by Russell Currier, state environmental epidemiologist, and Mary Gilchrist, Iowa Diagnostic Testing Laboratory, for the discussion in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. The discussion begins at 7 p.m., after dinner at 6:30 p.m. Social time begins at 6 p.m. RSVP on or before noon Friday, Sept. 20, by contacting Julie Roberts, jrober@iastate.edu. Cost of the buffet dinner is $12, payable at the door.

STUDENT ORGANIC FARM WELCOMES PUBLIC TO MEETING, FARM TOUR SEPT. 26

The Student Organic Farm invites Ames residents and ISU students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the farm at an informational meeting and farm tour at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 in Room 244, Memorial Union. Following a program a brief farm tour will be available. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Brian Keehner, 4-3858 or stufarm@iastate.edu.

BIORENEWABLE RESOURCES GARNER ATTENTION AT ISU

There's a new word floating around Iowa these days. A bioeconomy is an economy where the basic building blocks for producing industrial and consumer goods, chemicals, fuels and bioenergy come from crops, plants and animal wastes. Because of its broad agricultural base, Iowa is seen as the perfect spot for a bioeconomy. And Iowa State is playing a key role in its development. Details in Agriculture in Action: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

PLANT PATHOLOGIST WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Thomas Baum, associate professor of plant pathology, will receive the 2002 Julius-Kuehn award today (Sept. 16) at the opening ceremony of the 53rd German Plant Protection Conference in Bonn. The German Phytopathological Society awards the Julius-Kuehn Prize every two years to a scientist under 40 years of age for exceptional research in phytopathology. Baum was selected for his work in the molecular plant nematology. Baum also will present a plenary-session talk about his research.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

Sept. 18: USDA/CSREES Grants Workshop, Roseville, Minn., more info: Elena Polush, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu, http://www.maes.umn.edu

Sept. 20: “American Dreamer,” a play based on the life of Henry A. Wallace, 7 p.m., Fisher Theater, free, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/play.html

Sept. 20-22: Family Weekend

Sept. 21: Family reception, 9:30-11 a.m., 220-240 Scheman Building

Sept. 24: Ag Comm Workshop on Facilitation of the Evaluation Process, noon to 1:30 p.m. (light lunch provided), Room 8, Curtiss Hall, RSVP to Cheryl Abrams 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu

Sept. 24-26: Farm Progress Show, near Alleman, http://www.farmprogressshow.com

Oct. 4: From Discovery to Corporate Structure seminar series on tech transfer, 4 p.m., 1414 MBB, more information: Lisa Lorenzen, 4-0926 or llorenze@iastate.edu

Oct. 15: Food Safety Consortium Symposium, 8 a.m. to noon, Kansas State University, http://www.uark.edu/depts/fsc/index.html

Oct. 15: First Norman Borlaug Lecture, "World Hunger," Borlaug was the winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Price, 8:00 p.m., free, Sun Room, Memorial Union, 59934

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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FISHING FOR A WILDLIFE PHOTO?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides free images of wildlife, plants and scenic views on its Web site. When you select a photo, you can view the file size, format, resolution, creator, source, contributor and location. The site carries more than 2,000 images in its public domain collection. To search the photos: http://images.fws.gov (Writing That Works, August 2002)

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INFOGRAZING

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SESSIONS ON RESEARCH FUNDING AND TECH TRANSFER

University sessions on research funding, industry collaboration and technology transfer are set for Sept. 26 and Oct. 7. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies sponsors the sessions that are called orientation for new faculty, but are open to anyone. They will cover how to seek internal seed funding, external research funding, compliance issues, management of intellectual property and dealing with industry. The identical sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 26, in 302 Catt, with a reception at 3:30 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 7, in the Gallery, Memorial Union, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Registration is not necessary.

ABSTRACTS SOUGHT FOR 2003 ICAST MEETING

The 2003 International Conference on Agricultural Science and Technology has set Oct. 15 as the deadline for abstracts of papers. The meeting will be held April 13-16, 2003, in Houston. The theme is “Toward a Sustainable Global Future.” Learn more: http://www.2003ICAST.org

NSF GRANTSMANSHIP WORKSHOP IN MINNESOTA ANNOUNCED

The University of Minnesota will host a National Science Foundation grants workshop in St. Paul on Feb. 12, 2003. An overview of NSF purpose, statutory mandates, organizational structure, budget and areas of special emphasis will be covered along with effective grantsmanship, proposal preparation and its online Fastlane communication system. Attending will be NSF program managers from biological sciences, geosciences, social, behavioral & economic sciences, and computer & information science & engineering. Registration forms and a tentative agenda will soon be online.

CONFERENCE LINKS EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

The National Council for Science and the Environment will host the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment Jan. 30-31 in Washington, D.C. Scientists, educators and policymakers from around the world will discuss how education can contribute to a sustainable and secure future. For more information: http://NCSEonline.org

Next issue: Sept. 23 Deadline: Sept. 20

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AG ONLINE

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EDITORS

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