Issue: 218

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COLLEGE NEWS

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DEADLINES FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS MOVED BACK

College faculty and staff have more time to submit nominations for college and university awards. Changes at the university level have pushed the deadline back to Nov. 18 to have packets ready for college review. Check the college awards web page (http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html) for a list of awards, nomination forms and instructions.

ILLUSTRATOR INTRO STARTS AT 12:10

An introduction to Adobe Illustrator 10, a cross-platform drawing program is set for 12:20 today (Sept. 30) in 8 Curtiss. Using Illustrator instead of presentation or word-processing software to create diagrams will be covered, along with examples of the program’s practicality. Call Neena Bentley, 4-1862, to reserve a spot.

INNATE IMMUNITY IN PLANTS FOCUS OF TODAY’S SEMINAR

Xinnian Dong of Duke University will lead a seminar today (Sept. 30) about her work in the area of systemic acquired resistance, or "innate immunity,” in plants. Dong's lab has done groundbreaking work using Arabidopsis as a model. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. in 1414 Molecular Biology. More info: http://www.biology.duke.edu/research_by_area/dcmb/dong.html

BULBS FEATURED IN HORT CLUB FUNDRAISING SALE

The Horticulture Club will sell spring bulbs this week in Curtiss and Beardshear halls. Tulip, daffodil, crocus and hyacinth bulbs in a variety of colors will be offered for its annual fall sale. They can be planted anytime after October. Get your bulbs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

NAMED CHAIRS, PROFESSORSHIPS HONORED BY PRESIDENT

At last week's university convocation, President Geoffroy recognized faculty members holding named chairs and professorships, and presented them with medallions. Among those honored were: Dermot Hayes, economics, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness; Sergio Lence, economics, Marlin Cole Professorship of International Agricultural Economics; Matt Liebman, agronomy, Pioneer Agronomy Professorship; GianCarlo Moschini, economics, Pioneer Chair in Science and Technology Policy; Tom Peterson, zoology and genetics, Pioneer Chair in Molecular Biology of Maize; and Volker Brendel, zoology and genetics, Karl and Anne Bergdahl Professorship. Also recognized was Donald Duvick, agronomy, for his recent election as a member of the National Academy of Science.

LINKING CORN, ETHANOL AND CATTLE

Iowa is the center of a large and rapidly growing corn processing industry. Plants in the state produce ethanol, corn oil and corn sweeteners, using both wet mill and dry mill processes. Iowa State researchers say these plants also produce large quantities of byproducts that can be successfully used by beef producers as a relatively inexpensive feed alternative. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

REPLACING IOWA'S SALES TAX COULD SAVE MORE THAN $100 MILLION

Replacing Iowa's sales tax with an equivalent income-based tax would increase tax revenue for the state without increasing the overall tax burden on Iowans, says a team of Iowa State economists. The economists who prepared the tax policy analysis are Harvey Lapan, university professor of economics; GianCarlo Moschini, Pioneer chair in science and technology policy; and economics student Brad Caruth. Their paper, "Are All Taxes Equally Bad? How Replacing Iowa's Sales Tax Could Save Iowans More Than $100 Million per Year," was published this month by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/sep/lapanmoschini.shtml

NEW TOOL AVAILABLE FOR HARVESTING IDENTITY-PRESERVED GRAIN

New seed technologies and special grain production opportunities are giving Midwest corn and soybean producers the chance to produce consistent, high-quality grains and oilseeds. These products often earn higher prices resulting in more income for growers. With those premiums come requirements that strict identity preservation practices be used when growing and harvesting these crops. ISU Extension and the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative have developed the "Combine Clean-out Procedures for Identity-preserved Grain" video, a new tool to help farmers protect the identity of specialty crops during the harvesting process. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/sep02/sep0232.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

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. 7: Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Advanced Studies research and tech transfer orientation 5 to 7 p.m., Gallery, Memorial Union, with a reception at 4:30 p.m.

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

Oct. 15: "World Hunger," Norman Borlaug Lecture, Borlaug was the winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Price, 8 p.m., free, Sun Room, Memorial Union, 4-9934

Oct. 22: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union

Oct. 24: World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony, 7:30 p.m., Stephens Auditorium

Oct. 24-25: World Food Prize International Symposium, "From the Middle East to the Middle West: Managing Freshwater Shortages and Regional Water Security," Des Moines

Oct. 26: “Four Iowans who fed the world,” symposium, noon, Herbert Hoover Library, West Branch, more info: (319) 643-5301

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INFOGRAZING

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E-NEWSLETTER CONTAINS WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS

The Center for Teaching Excellence has started a brief weekly E-newsletter containing timely teaching tips, suggestions and announcements related to teaching and learning at Iowa State. It is e-mailed each Thursday during the academic semester. To subscribe, send an email to pamela@iastate.edu or call 4-4512.

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE GRANT WORKSHOP OCT. 10

A workshop for developing grant proposals for international exchanges set for Oct. 10 is open ISU faculty and graduate students. It is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. in N047 Lagomarcino. Register or get more information at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nkerli/CIP2002/Announcement.htm

COMMENT DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR EPA SCIENTIFIC PANEL

Oct. 28 is the deadline for submitting public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on nominees to the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. More information, including names of the nominees, is available at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&...

NSF YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD DEADLINE DEC. 31

The Alan T. Waterman Award is presented to outstanding young scientists by the National Science Foundation. Dec. 31 is the deadline for nominations. Forms and more info at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf02164

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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CLEANSING THE TOXINS OF URBAN LIFE

"City people have a hard time handling the silences when they first come out to the country. After a certain period of solitude, I myself experiencing an aloneness that is sometimes disturbing, but the country eventually cleanses my spirit and purges my body of the sounds, fumes and toxins of urban life. I think cities feed psychological stress and tension in many ways, including an overload of electrical forces and energy. When you go to a country cabin without electricity, you will be surprised at how tensions fall away. … The dark solitude of the country reunites you with the universe of the stars. The woods and hills restore in you something primal in yourself." (actor James Earl Jones, "Voices and Silences," 1994 book)

Next issue: Oct. 7 Deadline: Oct. 4

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AG ONLINE

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