Issue: 224

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COLLEGE NEWS

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SIGN-UP DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR GRANT WRITING SEMINAR

Those wishing to attend the Nov. 20 seminar to be led by Mark Bailey, national program leader of USDA’s CSREES economic and community systems unit, have until Friday, Nov. 15, to reserve a spot. The seminar on USDA and CSREES competitive grants funding opportunities and successful grant writing 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.

TOPEL RETIREMENT RECEPTION NEXT MONDAY

A retirement reception for David Topel is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Kildee Hall atrium. A brief program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Topel was dean of the college and director for the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station for 12 years. On Feb. 1, 2000, he stepped down and returned to the animal science department as professor of the Marion E. and Audrey H. Ensminger Endowment for Animal Science.

INTERNET AUCTION TO BENEFIT SCHOLARSHIP FUND

An Internet auction has been set up to raise money for the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship. Numerous items have been donated for this sale, including art, antiques, cattle dogs, show rabbits and sports items autographed by Iowa State athletes. All proceeds will support the scholarship. The auction will run from Nov. 10 to 24. Items donated to the auction may be viewed and bid upon at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/ansci/alisonciancio/

DEC. 1 DEADLINE FOR HOLIDAY CHEESE AND SUMMER SAUSAGE ORDERS

The Block and Bridle Club offers holiday gift boxes this season, with summer sausage made on-site in the Meat Lab. The cheese is from Cheese Maker of Plain, Wis. Orders may be placed in the club office at 120 Kildee or use order forms on the Web at: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/Images/bbsale.html

FORUM TO LOOK AT PROPOSALS FOR PLANT PRODUCTION OF PHARMACEUTICALS

A public forum on proposed federal guidelines for the production of pharmaceuticals in bioengineered plants will be held at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 21. The forum will be in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union and is free and open to the public. Crops that have been genetically engineered to produce pharmaceuticals are being researched and field-tested in Iowa. The Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture have released a draft document for public comment titled: "Guidance for Industry: Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices Derived from Bioengineered Plants for Use in Humans and Animals" (http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/091202b.htm). The public is invited to comment on the proposed guidelines during an open discussion that will continue until 3 p.m.

NOV. 12 PROGRAM TO DISCUSS RURAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

A discussion of new rural development opportunities for Iowa communities will be conducted tomorrow, Nov. 12, as part of the fall meeting of the Iowa Rural Development Council. A three-hour program will be offered at 13 locations on the Iowa Communications Network. The program is jointly sponsored by the Iowa Rural Development Council, the Iowa Community Vitality Center, Iowa State University Extension to Communities and the Rural Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/nov02/nov0203.html

PROVOST FINALISTS BEGIN VISITS THIS WEEK

Finalists for the vice president for academic affairs and provost post will begin visiting campus this week. The finalists are: Nancy Smith Barrett, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Terry King, dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, Manhattan; and Gary Krahenbuhl, senior vice president at Arizona State University, Tempe. Candidate public forums will begin with King’s at 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Krahenbuhl’s forum will be 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in 298 Carver Hall and Smith Barrett’s will be 1:30-3 p.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union.

ADDITIONS MAKE ISU GARDENS A YEAR-ROUND ATTRACTION

The first formal horticulture garden at Iowa State University was created in 1914. But that one-acre spot located in an industrial area was a far cry from the 14-acre Reiman Gardens that now sits south of Jack Trice Stadium. Reiman Gardens was created through a 1993 donation by Roy Reiman, a 1957 ISU graduate in agricultural journalism, and his wife, Bobbi. A new 26,000-square-foot facility that includes a butterfly room, botanical displays, auditorium, cafe, gift shop and five greenhouses opened Nov. 5. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=2002...

ISU FACULTY SWEEP ASA AWARDS

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has awarded ISU agronomy faculty all three of its Educational Materials awards in the software category. The materials were developed for the Crop Adviser Institute, which provides interactive course materials to more than 14,000 certified crop advisers in North America. The awards will be presented at the ASA annual meeting today, Nov. 11, in Indianapolis. Award winners were: first place (tie), Water Storage in Soil by Rick Cruse; first place (tie), Soil Test Results by Rogerio Borges; and third place, Growing Degree Days by Dennis Todey and Deb Muenchrath.

SENIOR’S APPALOOSA PLACES 11th IN COMPETITION

An update on a story from last week about Megan Angell and her horse, Skips Coktail Bar. They competed Nov. 5 at the Appaloosa World Show in Fort Worth in the hackamore/snafflebit reining competition. Angell says the competition was tough so she was happy with her horse’s showing. Angell will graduate in December with a degree in agricultural systems technology. She also earned a degree in agricultural studies in 2000 from Iowa State. After graduation, she hopes to get a job with a company that designs and builds horse barns. She’ll also keep riding Skips Coktail Bar, and will move to competitions sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Angell says the best horses in the NRHA appear in the Olympics -- and that’s where she hopes she and her horse will compete someday.

ISU AG METEOROLOGY WEB NETWORK RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

The National Weather Association has presented the Larry R. Johnson Special Award to the Iowa State Department of Agronomy, Des Moines television station KCCI and the Des Moines office of the National Weather Service. The three groups worked to bring together diverse datasets and school-based weather stations on an Internet homepage with real-time access to the weather-forecasting community. The network, called Mesonet, has improved severe weather warnings and developed an archive of weather data useful in research. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/mezonet.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

Nov. 11: 2002 Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture, "Conservation Challenges for A New Century: Where do we go from here?", Michael Dombeck, 8 p.m., 1414 Molecular Biology, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/aecl/erringtn.htm

Nov. 12: Ag Comm Workshop, noon, Room 8, Curtiss Hall, light lunch is available, RSVP by contacting Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu

Nov. 13-14: Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, Little Amana, http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash/MidwestAgHealthSafetyForun02.htm

Nov. 15: Promotion and tenure materials due in 138 Curtiss

Nov. 15: Application deadline for academic internship program with Monterrey Tec in Mexico, contact: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu

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

Nov. 18: Summer internship informational meeting, 5 p.m., Room 9 Curtiss Hall, contact: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu

Nov. 20: Competitive grants funding session, by Mark Bailey, national program leader of USDA’s CSREES economic and community systems unit, 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

Nov. 20: Iowa Organic Conference, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag

Nov. 29: Wallace and Andre Awards nominations due in 134 Curtiss

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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WHERE TO GO FOR PUBLIC RECORDS INFORMATION

Iowa State University is subject to Iowa Public Records Law meaning that, in general, its documents are public information. There are many exceptions, including trade secrets and student records. All the exceptions and their explanations are covered on a web site (http://www.iastate.edu/~ouc/public_records.htm) developed by the Office of University Counsel. It contains guidelines intended to help Iowa State University units respond to public record requests. Included are explanations of public records law, the rights of those requesting information, what records are subject to disclosure and tips on complying with requests.

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INFOGRAZING

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NEW WEB SITE PROVIDES FOOD SAFETY ANSWERS

An open house/demonstration of Iowa State University Extension’s new "Ask a Food Safety Expert" project is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14. This USDA-sponsored, national project is a new web site designed to provide current, science-based answers to commonly asked food safety questions. A project overview begins at 12:15 p.m. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Staff will be available until 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide more information.

PUBLICATION SAYS ISU CAREER SERVICES DOES THE JOB

The latest edition of Kaplan's college guide puts Iowa State’s career services among the 35 best in the country. The list was based on a scientific survey of high school guidance counselors throughout the country. "At Iowa State, we recognize that internships and other on-the-job experiences are a most important part of undergraduate education and a stepping stone to the job," said Beverly Madden, director of career services. The Kaplan guide is titled "The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges."

U.S. ORGANIC FARMLAND ON THE RISE

USDA Economics Research Service recently released a report that shows that the U.S. farmland acreage dedicated to organic production as increased from approximately 1.4 million acres to 2.4 million acres. The report, titled "Recent Growth Patterns in the U.S. Organic Foods Market," may be found at: http://www.ers.usda.gov. According to the report, the organic industry is growing between 20 to 25 percent annually. U.S. sales of organic foods reached approximately $7.8 billion in 2000, with global sales exceeding $17.5 billion.

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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LINCOLN TOOK A BROAD VIEW OF AGRICULTURE

"I know of nothing so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything that is at once new and valuable -- nothing so lightens and sweetens toil as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery. And how vast, and how varied a field is agriculture, for such discovery."

--Abraham Lincoln

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MARGINALIA

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SLIM ODDS OF DYING FROM FOOD.

According to the National Safety Council, the odds of Americans dying from consuming food and poisonous plants were one in 90,082,667, based on the most recent statistics. Lifetime odds were one in 1,174,481. "In most states, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than of dying from bad food," observed a recent Lean Trimmings item that reported these findings. The most recent data, compiled from 1998 statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Next issue: Nov. 18 Deadline: Nov. 15

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AG ONLINE

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EDITORS

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