Issue: 219

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COLLEGE NEWS

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DEAN WOTEKI SPEAKS TO REGIONAL MANNRS OFFICERS

Dean Cathie Woteki welcomed Region V officers of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) last weekend. She spoke about the important role student organizations play in creating leadership skills. The dean also participated in a role-playing session that helped officers understand the group's constitution. MANNRS has 70 chapters in six different regions. Region V has nine chapters located in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Two ISU students hold regional leadership positions. LaTrice Swain, agronomy, is regional vice president for graduate students and Manila Lovanh, animal ecology, is regional vice president for undergraduate students.

NORMAN BORLAUG TO SPEAK OCT. 15

Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world, will present the first annual Borlaug Lecture at 8 p.m., Oct. 15. His presentation, “Feeding a World of Ten Billion People: Our 21st Century Challenge,” will be held in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/sep/borlaug.shtml

WORLD FOOD PRIZE CEREMONY TICKETS DEADLINE OCT. 10

Those wishing to attend the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony Oct. 24 are asked to request tickets by Thursday, Oct. 10. The event will feature the presentation of the $250,000 World Food Prize to Pedro Sanchez and performances by Ray Charles and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are free, but limited. To request tickets, download the form: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/TicketForm.doc

WIFE OF WORLD FOOD PRIZE WINNER TO LECTURE ON CAMPUS

Cheryl Palm, visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak on campus Oct. 23 at the Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture. Palm is the wife of Pedro Sanchez, who will receive the 2002 World Food Prize on Oct. 24. Palm will speak on “Strengthening Linkages between Researchers, Extensionists and Farmers: An example from Western Kenya.” It will begin at 3 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. For more information: Lorna Butler, 4-6066 or lmbutler@iastate.edu.

PANEL TO COVER AG OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD

International travel opportunities will be examined on Thursday, Oct. 10, at a panel discussion sponsored by the International Agriculture Club. The panel includes Russ Mullen, agronomy, who coordinates the Panama travel course and is the club adviser; Jennifer Hoyer and Jacqueline Venner, students who have traveled abroad; and a Cargill Inc. representative, who will discuss international opportunities within agribusiness. Refreshments will be served after the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Ensminger International Room, Kildee Hall. For more information: Stephanie Vinton, 231-4212 or svinton@iastate.edu, and A.J. Blair, 292-8431 of ajblair@iastate.edu.

CONTESTANTS TO CHECK CUTS AND CARCASSES

The 25th Iowa State Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest will be held Saturday at the Meat Lab. More than 70 contestants from 11 universities plan to be on campus to compete. The competition helps students demonstrate their skills and understanding about meat quality. Matt Gardner, a meat judging coach and graduate assistant, said the competition exposes students to different aspects of the meat industry. It also helps students develop critical thinking, time management and decision making skills. The judging will begin at 7 a.m. and awards will be presented that evening at the Gateway Center.

COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM SESSION SET FOR OCT. 15

Using case studies and scenarios in technical courses will be the topic of the next Ag Comm workshop on Oct. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in 8 Curtiss. A light lunch will be available. RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu. If you have questions, contact Robert Martin, 4-0896 or drmartin@iastate.edu.

CONFERENCE TO DEAL WITH RETAINING WOMEN SCIENTISTS

Twelve regional universities will be sending teams of women engineers and scientists to Iowa State Oct. 17-20 for the National Science Foundation-sponsored conference, “Retaining Women in Early Academic Science, Math, Engineering and Technology Careers.” Diane Debinski, natural resource ecology and management, will be part of a panel discussion on retention strategies and Deborah Muenchrath, agronomy, will moderate a panel on mentoring. The conference will be at the Gateway Center. The conference website is: http://www.iastate.edu/~wsprogram/smet/homepage.htm

USDA ADMINISTRATOR TO SPEAK ON GRANT WRITING

Mark Bailey, national program leader of USDA’s CSREES economic and community systems unit, will lead a seminar Nov. 20 on USDA and CSREES competitive grants funding opportunities and successful grant writing. The session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 179 Scheman. RSVP Elena Polush, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu, by Nov. 11. Bailey also will be available to talk with faculty and PIs who have CSREES awards; staff; and graduate students about specific interests. Contact Polush to schedule a meeting.

DIGITAL TV SUBJECT OF NEXT BRENTON CENTER SEMINAR

Learn more about the transition from analog to digital television Oct. 21 at the Brenton Center’s professional development seminar. Bill Hayes, chief engineer at Iowa Public Television, will talk about the change in the way television will be viewed from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 8 Curtiss. Due to limited seating, call Neena Bentley, 4-1862 or nbentley@iastate.edu.

POTENTIAL NEW MARKET FOR IOWA TREES EXPLORED

ISU researchers developed a way to turn what used to be considered wood waste into high-quality wood products. Jeld-Wen, an international wood products company, uses this method to manufacture an outer layer for doors. All the raw material for Jeld-Wen's Iowa plant currently comes from outside the state, but company officials hope to change that. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

NEW AIR QUALITY RESEARCH GETS UNDERWAY

New ISU research may help answer questions about the relationship between swine production and air quality. Setting limits on ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and odor emissions from livestock facilities is under discussion in the state. One project will study both dietary and waste management strategies that might reduce ammonia levels in swine production facilities. A second research project is gathering new information on emissions from Iowa swine facilities. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/swineair.html

ISU TO DEVELOP BIOBASED PRODUCTS EVALUATION PROGRAM

Iowa State has entered into a cooperative agreement with the USDA to develop a national program for biobased products evaluation, labeling and outreach. The program will be funded at a level of $900,000 per year and will be coordinated by the Center for Industrial Research and Service. Biobased products are made from renewable materials grown in farm fields, coastal waters and managed forests. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2002/oct/eval.shtml

ALFALFA PERFORMANCE DATA AVAILABLE ONLINE

Results of the 2002 Iowa Crop Performance Test for alfalfa are now available on the Internet. The Web site is http://www.agron.iastate.edu/icia/. The alfalfa test included approximately 60 entries of commercial and experimental varieties conducted at Ames and Nashua. Additionally, a leafhopper tolerance trial was conducted at Ames. Performance data provided with the results include yield in tons per acre, fall dormancy ratings, disease resistances and grazing tolerance. The alfalfa test is coordinated by the Iowa Crop Improvement Association, headquartered in the agronomy department.

ISU EXTENSION STAFF TO DISCUSS BIOTECHNOLOGY

ISU Extension staff members will have the chance to enhance their knowledge of biotechnology at a workshop next month. Employees from all areas of ISU Extension -- agriculture, families, communities and are invited to attend the Extension Biotechnology Workshop, Nov. 6-8. The event will be held at the Biotechnology Outreach Education Center on campus. It will address consumer and producer issues, agriculture sustainability, ethics, genetically modified testing and current research issues. For more information: Mike Zeller, 4-5949 or mzeller@iastate.edu. For registration information: Lori Miller, 4-9818 or lorimill@iastate.edu. Registration is due Oct. 25.

TEACHING FARM PIGS WIN, WIN, WIN

Over the past few months, the ISU Swine Teaching Farm has won awards at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, the Iowa State Fair and the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn. At the World Pork Expo in June, the teaching farm received awards for premier breeder, champion Berkshire gilt and champion Berkshire boar, as well as second, third and fourth place in that category. At the Iowa State Fair, the farm won champion female and first-place boar. Two students also won awards. Adam Conover, sophomore in animal science, won champion boar and Brice Conover, senior in animal science, won reserve champion boar. At the National Barrow Show in September, the farm won champion Berkshire boar and first-place lightweight crossbred trucklot, and the ISU Judging Team won the intercollegiate judging contest. For more information: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/news/swine2002.html.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

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

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, (319) 643-5301

Nov. 18: Deadline for award submissions, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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MORE EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

The Business Software web page, http://businesssoft.about.com/library/weekly/aa081502a.htm, provides the following guidelines for improving PowerPoint presentations:

1. Keep the message of each slide clear and concise.

2. Treat each slide like a paragraph in a story.

3. Keep your presentation short and sweet.

4. Don’t use too many bright colors.

5. Keep the focus on information.

6. Avoid too much movement or animation that might distract the audience from your point.

7. Use consistent backgrounds.

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INFOGRAZING

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PARTNERSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE NOV. 19

The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development has set Nov. 19 as the deadline for applications for partnerships between higher-education institutions and those in USAID-assisted countries. The association seeks applications in leadership and administrative transformation; workforce development and community colleges; agriculture and the environment; HIV/AIDS and human and institutional capacity development; teacher training; and Islamic schools. The association expects to make more than 30 awards at up to $125,000 each. More information: http://www.aascu.org/alo

USDA’S NRCS SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON CONSERVATION PRACTICES

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service requests public comments by Nov. 1 on its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. Electronic copies are posted at: http://www.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/practice--stds.html

NRCS SEEKS NOMINEES FOR AG AIR QUALITY TASK FORCE

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service seeks nominations to serve on the agency's Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality. Deadline is Nov. 12. More information: http://fargo.nserl.purdue.edu/faca/

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT MEETING

Iowa State recently joined the National Council for Science and the Environment through its University Affiliate Program, which includes complimentary registration for up to five persons at the council’s National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. The conference’s theme is "Education for a Sustainable, Secure Future." It is scheduled for Jan. 30-31 in Washington, D.C. More info at: http://cnie.org/NCSEconference/2003conference/

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INTERNAL VOICES

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SCHOLARSHIPS HELP ELIMINATE ROADBLOCKS

On Sept. 28, Dean Woteki and the College of Agriculture hosted a reception for donors in the Scheman Building following the ISU-Nebraska football game. President Geoffroy, Dean Woteki and ISU Foundation Interim President Peg Armstrong-Gustafson spoke to the group of 115, acknowledging the generosity of donors. Also speaking was Kellie Ladlie, a junior in public service and administration in agriculture. The following is an excerpt from her remarks: "As an incoming freshman, I came to Iowa State in search of opportunities leading towards a brighter future. I set goals, met amazing people and directed my career path into the industry of life: agriculture. Along this path of discovery, as other students can relate, I encountered many twists and turns, roadblocks and even signs that read 'dead-end straight ahead.' Fortunately, in the College of Agriculture you don’t have to look to far to find someone who is willing to help you make positive decisions for your future. Whether it’s the guidance you receive from your academic adviser, words of encouragement from a faculty member or new opportunities made possible by supportive donors like you, investing in people. By rewarding scholarships to students who possess the desire to become their best and show it through their dedication in challenging themselves to reach their potential. This is just one way your support financially has helped eliminate those roadblocks and allow students like myself the chance to focus on our academic studies. Support from alumni, donors and friends like you have a positive impact on every aspect of Iowa State. And never is that magnitude as evident as when it touches and transforms the lives of ISU students."

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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EMOTION PLAYS A ROLE IN GUIDING OUR DECISIONS

"A commonly expressed dichotomy is that animals are driven by their passions whereas humans are guided by reason. We are rational, coolheaded and thoughtful. They are irrational, hotheaded instinctual beasts. Whereas we follow the dictum 'I think, therefore I am,' they adhere to 'I feel, therefore I act.' The division between the emotions and rationality represents a vestige of Cartesian thinking. As the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio pointed out …, our emotions often play a critical role in guiding our decisions. When we attack a problem, we often consult our emotions, using them as guides. Although it is clear that our emotions can cloud and overpower our rational minds, we are more often than not making decisions that depend on an understanding of what we feel.” Marc Hauser, Harvard University psychologist and neurologist, in "Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think," 2001.

Next issue: Oct. 14 Deadline: Oct. 11

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AG ONLINE

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