Issue: 225

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COLLEGE NEWS

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COLLEGE AWARD SUBMISSIONS DUE TODAY

The deadline for college and university awards is today, Nov. 18. Last week’s Ag Online incorrectly listed the deadline for the Wallace and Andre awards, which is also today. The college deadline dates are earlier than the provost's to allow for a review. Nominations are to be delivered to the contact listed on the college award web page at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html.

NEW FOOD SAFETY INSTITUTE CREATED AT IOWA STATE

A new Institute for Food Safety and Security is dedicated to protecting Iowa’s, and the nation’s, investment in agriculture. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the creation of the institute Nov. 14. Faculty and researchers from the colleges of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, liberal arts and sciences and veterinary medicine will be affiliated with the institute. “The institute will serve the needs of farmers, producers, food preparers and consumers to control serious food-borne infectious diseases, to prevent contamination of food and water by toxins and to protect plants and animals from the threat of cataclysmic disease,” said Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture and interim director of the institute. More at: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2002/nov/foodsafety.shtml

MEAT AND POULTRY MAGAZINE RANKS ISU SECOND

For the second straight year, Iowa State’s meat and poultry program has been rated number two in the nation by Meat & Poultry magazine. The ranking appears in the November issue of the magazine. It identifies "which institutions are doing the most to provide the meat and poultry industry with savvy graduates and useful research information," said managing editor, Joel Crews. The magazine credited the Iowa State program's high rating to the excellence of its extension short courses for industry and its food safety research. More at: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2002/nov/meatpoultry.shtml

DEWITT TO RETURN TO FACULTY POSITION

Jerry DeWitt, interim extension program director of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be returning to his faculty position in entomology early next year. DeWitt said he hopes to work more closely with the integrated pest management program, sustainable agriculture and urban agriculture programs. DeWitt has served as program director since January 2000.

PRESENTATION ON BIOTECH BENEFITS AND CONTROLS THIS WEEK

The Leopold Center is sponsoring a presentation on who benefits from and controls biotechnology Wednesday, Nov. 20. The session is set from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ensminger International Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. Charles Benbrook, a former director of National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture, will be the speaker. In 1998, Benbrook developed the Ag BioTech InfoNet, one of the Internet's most extensive independent sources of technical, policy and economic information on biotechnology. For more information: Jeri Neal, 4-5610 or wink@iastate.edu.

HORTICULTURE TO CELEBRATE HOUSE ON NATIONAL REGISTRY

The house built in 1888 by J.L. Budd, former chair of the horticulture department, was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The department will celebrate the honor on Thursday, Nov. 21, with the Youth and Shelter Services Inc., the current owner of the house. A presentation on Budd will be led by historian William Colgan Page and George Belitsos, CEO of Youth and Shelter Services. The event will begin at 4:10 p.m. in 118 Horticulture Hall with a reception at 5 p.m. Budd’s daughter, Etta, was a Simpson College art instructor when she invited George Washington Carver to attend Iowa State.

THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE SET FOR NOV. 25

Allen Trenkle, animal science, will discuss the integration of commercial ethanol production in the Iowa livestock industry Monday, Nov. 25, in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Social time begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and discussion at 7 p.m. RSVP to Julie Roberts, jrober@iastate.edu, on or before noon Friday, Nov. 22. Cost of a buffet dinner will be $12, which is payable at the door.

BRENTON CENTER SEMINAR FOCUSES ON DIGITAL CAMERAS

Tom Hillson, computer services manager for the college, will lead the discussion about what to look for when purchasing a digital camera. The session is set for 12:10 to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Room 8, Curtiss Hall. Space is limited. Call Neena Bentley, 4-1862, to reserve a spot.

CHEESE AND SAUSAGE SALES START TUESDAY

The Block & Bridle Club will be selling summer sausage, made at ISU, and cheese this week in the Lush Auditorium foyer and the Memorial Union west lobby near the revolving door. Sales are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20, at both locations and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Lush Auditorium. Items and prices are on the web: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/Images/bbsale.html

CHRISTMAS TREES AND FIREWOOD ON SALE STARTING DEC. 1

Christmas trees and firewood will be on sale at Reiman Gardens starting Sunday, Dec. 1, as fundraisers by two student clubs. The prices for fresh-cut, Iowa-grown white and Scotch pine will be $20 for trees five feet or less and $25 for those taller than five feet. The price of Balsam fir trees will be $40 for those six to seven foot and $45 for taller trees. In conjunction with this year's tree sales, the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters will be selling bundles of firewood for $5. Dates and times are:

Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15, noon to 6 p.m.

HORTICULTURE CLUB TO SELL POINSETTIAS IN DECEMBER

The Horticulture Club’s annual poinsettia sale will be noon to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside the University Book Store, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11-13 in Curtiss and Beardshear halls. Several varieties will be offered, including “Winter Rose.”

AG EDUCATION AT IOWA STATE GOES GLOBAL

Five departments are cooperating with three international universities and a domestic institution to offer the new course, “Global Seminar: Environment & Sustainable Food Systems.” The course uses a case-study approach to focus on global issues and to discuss them using videoconferencing with students from Denmark, Columbia, India and North Carolina State University. The departments of agricultural education and studies, agronomy, anthropology and food science and human nutrition and the sustainable agriculture program are the ISU cooperators. The course is open to graduate students and qualified undergraduates. For more information: Deb Muenchrath 4-7232 or mnchrath@iastate.edu, or Richard Carter, 4-6950 or ricarter@iastate.edu.

SPECIAL LEOPOLD LETTER UPDATES BUDGET CHALLENGES

A special edition of the Leopold Center newsletter summarizes its response to legislative budget cuts. The Leopold Letter also highlights a few of the center's accomplishments and outlines the center's mission and three new program areas. It on the center’s web site at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/newsletter/2002-specialeolette...

THE GOAL: IMPROVED MANURE MANAGEMENT

A group formed five years ago is dedicated to making sure that when talk turns to manure, there’s one place people can go for the facts. The Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) was established under the leadership of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in cooperation with ISU Extension and the College of Agriculture. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://ww1.ag.iastate.edu/cgi-bin2/aginfo/agaction/agaction.pl?date=14-N...

NEW COURSES IN EXTENSION AG MANAGEMENT E-SCHOOL

ISU Extension has established a new series of online courses called the Agricultural Management e-School (AMES). This outreach institute offers management education to Midwest farmers, educators and service providers who are unable to access the information they need through more traditional education programs and materials. The courses are completely online and take advantage of a wide array of learning materials, reference publications and decision aids developed by extension faculty and field specialists. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2002/nov02/nov0210.html

COLLEGE PARTICIPATES IN CAMPUS GIS DAY

A "GIS Day" will begin 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Durham Center to help people understand the growing importance of GIS or geographic information systems. The event, titled "Are You Spatial," corresponds to the global event held each year during the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week. It will include demonstrations, a map gallery, an open house and presentations focused on GIS applications in natural resources, engineering, planning and weather forecasting. A keynote presentation at 11 a.m. in 171 Durham will be given by agronomy’s Daryl Herzmann, representing the Iowa Environmental Mesonet; Andy Kula, National Weather Service; and John McLaughlin, KCCI-TV, Des Moines. For the full schedule of GIS Day, see: http://www.gis.iastate.edu/gisday02/home.htm.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS

Nov. 18: David Topel retirement reception, 3 to 5 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium, brief program at 3:30 p.m.

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: Public forum for vice president for academic affairs and provost candidate Nancy Smith Barrett, 1:30-3 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union

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

Nov. 21: Public forum, "Guidance for Industry: Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices Derived from Bioengineered Plants for Use in Humans and Animals," Dr. Keith Webber, FDA, and Patricia Foley, USDA, 12:10 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union, 4-9818

Nov. 22: Deadline to schedule courses offered off-campus next summer, contact department chair, departmental coordinator or contact Richard Carter at ricarter@iastate.edu

Dec. 1: Deadline for ordering cheese and sausage gift packages from Block and Bridle Club, 120 Kildee or use order form at: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/Images/bbsale.html

Dec. 17: President and provost visit the college, 1 to 5 p.m.

Dec. 21: College convocation for graduates, 9:30 a.m., C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

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WHAT TO DO IF A REPORTER CALLS?

Information you can offer the public through the media is valuable, but you may be wary of talking with journalists for fear of being misquoted or misinterpreted. In a journalist's world, some unwritten rules exist. For example, reporters constantly face impending deadlines, so it's important for to promptly return their calls. Also, journalism is a competitive business, so it's advisable not to discuss one reporter's work with other members of the media. Let us know when you do an interview or get a call from the media. University News Service keeps track of media contacts with ISU faculty and staff. Call Ag Communications at 294-5616 to report your interview and provide an idea of when and how your comments will be used. Find tips on how to work with the media at:

http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/spokesindex.html

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INFOGRAZING

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PFI FOUNDERS WIN RESEARCH INNOVATION AWARD

Richard and Sharon Thompson, founders of the on-farm research and networking organization Practical Farmers of Iowa, received the third annual Seventh Generation Award from the American Society of Agronomy on Nov. 13. The award is cosponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The award highlights innovators in agriculture research whose work furthers sustainable food and farming systems that are practical, productive and environmentally sound. It is named after the philosophy and tradition of the Iroquois people and other North American tribes to plan current activities with seven generations of beneficiaries in mind.

SEVERAL NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PROGRAMS SEEK APPLICATIONS

The NSF’s Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program contains two components: Ethics and Values Studies, and Research on Science and Technology. Deadlines are Feb. 1 for the spring funding cycle and Aug. 1 for the fall funding cycle. The program's home page is: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sdest/

A broader participation of girls and young women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education is the goal of the NSF’s Gender Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (GDSE) program. High school, undergraduate, teacher and faculty development, and educational technologies is one area of emphasis. Anyone interested in applying to either of these program are requested to submit a letter of interest to the Vice Provost for Research Office by Tuesday, Nov. 26. Letters must be hand-delivered to 2610 Beardshear Hall or faxed to 4-6100. Guidelines can be obtained at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03502/nsf03502.htm.

Research proposals on social dimensions of scientific and engineering activities related to Biocomplexity and the Environment, Information Technology and Nanotechnology are being sought. More on the information technology announcement is at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?ods_key=nsf02168; the nanotechnology announcement is at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02148/nsf02148.htm; and the biocomplexity announcement is at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02167/nsf02167.htm.

NSF BUDGET BILL COULD DOUBLE FUNDING

A bill more than doubling the National Science Foundation’s budget over five years awaits President Bush’s approval. The bill authorizes an increase of 105 percent or $5.0 billion for the NSF from $4.8 billion in FY 2002 to $9.8 billion in FY 2007. Authorization for funding in FY 2006 and FY 2007 would be contingent on NSF's "successful progress" toward meeting management goals as determined by Congress and the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Included in the final NSF authorization bill is a provision for funding the Plant Genome and Gene Expression Research and Development Act (H.R 2051), which requires the NSF Director to award grants to nonprofit organizations or institutions of higher education with experience in plant biotechnology research to establish plant genome and gene expression research centers. More at: http://NCSEonline.org/Updates

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EXTERNAL VOICES

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TELEVISION IMPACTS MEALTIME

"It took television only one long generation to destroy the family dinner table; where, when, and how someone ate came to be determined by what there was to watch. ... No sooner had the television set become a common-place in American homes than the parents began to be apprehensive about its effects. 'We never eat together anymore' became a common lament, sounded often by parents who must have sensed that something valuable -- they may not have been quite sure what -- was going away or being lost. As the children grew into teenagers it became rarer and yet more rare to see them in the house at mealtimes; and then the very concept of mealtime began to lose its force. What is mealtime now, in America? It's become a meaningless concept." --Larry McMurtry, from "Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections at Sixty and Beyond" (1999)

Next issue: Nov. 25 Deadline: Nov. 22

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AG ONLINE

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