Issue: 233

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AG ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture Newsletter
Iowa State University
Jan. 27, 2003 No. 233

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DIVERSITY ENHANCEMENT FACULTY EVALUATION MATERIAL ON WEB
The College of Agriculture is committed to providing opportunities for U.S. citizens of underrepresented groups and strengthening multicultural understanding among students, staff and faculty. Beginning this year, faculty members have the opportunity to describe their efforts and goals to enhance diversity in their annual evaluations. The College’s Faculty Diversity Committee describes examples of how diversity can be enhanced in teaching, research and outreach at the College's diversity website: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/diversity/faceval.html.

JOHN DEERE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS ISU PROJECTS
The John Deere Foundation recently made a $150,000 gift to support several projects in the colleges of engineering, agriculture and business. The funding is for scholarships for minorities and women in science and engineering, faculty development and technologies that allow students to gain hands-on experience. Since 1993 the John Deere Foundation has provided Iowa State with scholarship funding to assist in recruiting some of the best and brightest women and minority scholars. Deere & Co. reaps the benefits of providing these scholarships by providing the profession with a diverse workforce. Deere has hired more employees from Iowa State University than any other university worldwide. This past year, Iowa State provided the largest number of summer interns to John Deere among all universities.

COLLEGE HOSTS RECOGNITION EVENT FOR CAST ESSAY WINNERS
Ian Michel, a sixth grader from Riverside, has been named the Iowa winner in the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's essay contest. Michel and three other winners from Iowa's Congressional districts were honored Friday on campus in an event hosted by the College of Agriculture. The nationwide contest, on the topic "Boundless Science for Bountiful Agriculture," attracted more than 800 entries from middle-school students, including 35 from Iowa. CAST sponsored the contest to educate and excite young people about science in agriculture. At the event, Associate Dean Eric Hoiberg presented medals to the four students, who read their winning essays. A special guest was Iowa Congressman Tom Latham. Senior Carol Fassbinder, genetics, was the guest speaker (see "Internal Voices"). Also making remarks were Vice Provost Stan Johnson, Vice President Thomas Hill and CAST Managing Scientific Editor Linda Chimenti. The four honorees and members of their families also toured the Molecular Biology Building.

MENZEL ON TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT WITH USDA
Bruce Menzel, professor of natural resource ecology and management, has begun a one-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with CSREES' Natural Resources and Environment unit as national program leader for wildlife ecology. His e-mail address is: bmenzel@reeusda.gov

SUMMER SAUSAGE AND CHEESE SALES THIS WEEK
Block & Bridle Club summer sausage and cheese will be on sale this week for reduced prices. Club members will be selling both items out of the B&B office in 120 Kildee. Sausage will be $4 per stick and cheese will be $3 per block.

GAMMA SIGMA DELTA AWARD DEADLINE FEB. 28
The deadline for Gamma Sigma Delta awards has been moved to Feb. 28. Award application material is on the group’s website: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/awards_forms.html. Awards are Alumni Award of Merit, Mission Award and the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award of Merit.

SPENCER AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 31
The Leopold Center is seeking nominations for the 2003 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Nominations are due March 31. The $1,000 award recognizes a farmer, researcher or educator who has made a significant contribution toward the stability of mainstream family farms in Iowa. For award guidelines and a nomination form, contact Laura Miller, Leopold Center, 4-3711 or look on the center's website: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu.

NEW REPORT OUTLINES ROLE OF AGRICULTURE IN IOWA'S ECONOMY
Iowa's farm, food and agriculture-affiliated industries account for 24.3 percent of the state's total industrial output. That's one of many statistics in a new report from the Iowa State University economics department that details the role of agriculture in Iowa's economy. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/agrole.html

HOOP BARN SWINE PRODUCTION RESEARCH CONTINUES
As profit margins narrow, pork producers are looking for ways to cut costs while providing a healthy environment for their animals. Since the mid-1990s, hoop barns have become increasingly popular. A 2001 survey showed there are 2,100 hoop barns in Iowa used for swine production by more than 770 producers. The tent-like, low-cost buildings are versatile and easy to assemble. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-01-23&f...

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CROP NUTRIENTS ISSUED
ISU Extension soil fertility specialists have updated the phosphorus and potassium soil test interpretations and nutrient recommendations for Iowa. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/jan03/jan0313.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Jan. 27: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, 6 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union
Jan. 28: AgComm workshop, noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 8, Brenton Center
Jan. 28: Collaborative Research and Education Opportunities in the Squaw Creek Watershed Forum, 3:15 to 5 p.m., Room 1951 Food Science Building, RSVP by calling Cheryl Abrams at 4-5872
Jan. 31: Deadline to sign up for Science in Agriculture Day workshops, contact Beth Foreman at 4-4548 or bforeman@iastate.edu
Feb. 1: Miller Faculty Fellowship Proposals due in 138 Curtiss (13 copies)
Feb. 3: Application deadline Center for Integrated Animal Genomics Genomics Scholar and Fellows Program, http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/programs.html
Feb. 4: Concentration in Agriculture conference, Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building, http://www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/203/concentrate.htm
Feb. 17: Application deadline Center for Integrated Animal Genomics Genomics Symposia and Workshops Program, http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/programs.html
Feb. 17-19: Seed Science Center’s 25th Annual Seed Technology Conference, http://www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/203/seed.htm
Feb. 18: Beginning Spanish short course for faculty and staff, 4:30-6 p.m. through April 10, contact: Eduarda Becerra at 294-3972, ebecerra@iastate.edu
Feb. 25: Visual Thinking Process in Design: From the Viewpoint of a Person with Autism, Temple Grandin, associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
March 1: Deadline for proposals to college Computation Advisory Committee, more info: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cac_info/proposals/Call%20for%20proposals...
March 7: Agriculture and the Environment: Research and Technology Update for Water and Air Quality, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Scheman Building, http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/water_quality/MainWQ/wqm.htm
March 25: Application deadline Center for Integrated Animal Genomics Competitive Grants Program, http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/programs.html
April 22: Science in Agriculture Day

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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RESPONDING TO GOVERNMENT RFPS LIKE APPLYING FOR JOB
Responding to requests for proposals (RFPs) from the government is similar to responding to an advertisement for a job, says Daniel Gottlieb, president of Gottlieb Associates in Washington, D.C. The RFP tells you what the government wants and you have to prove you can do it for the right price. In the January issue of Writing that Works, Gottlieb lists these suggestions for potential grant writers:
1. Read the RFP carefully.
2. Pay attention to the statement of the work, format and how the agency evaluates elements of experience, personnel and technical resources.
3. Cover everything asked for in the RFP.
4. Talk about benefits rather than features.
5. Delete hyperbole, such as "unique" and "the best."
6. Write and organize well to make reading easier because reviewers have little time.
7. And finally, if you want to sell products or services to the federal government, write what it wants to hear.

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INFOGRAZING
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PROPOSAL WRITING TRAINING SESSION FEB. 14 AND 21
Karen Piconi of Persuade and Publish International will conduct training Feb. 14 and 21 on proposal writing titled "Writing for Success: How to Design, Develop and Write a Compelling Proposal/Grant.” The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the EDS Building, ISU Research Park. The cost is $250 a person. Partial financial support to attend the workshop will be available from the vice provost for research for faculty and staff who are eligible to serve as principal investigators for externally-funded projects. Space is limited. Interested faculty and staff first must reserve a place at the workshop by calling Karen Piconi at (515) 232-2195. After registration is confirmed, individuals then can apply for financial support from the vice provost for research by completing the application that is available on line at: http://grants-svr.admin.iastate.edu/vpr/guidelines/grantsmanship.html. Contact about the application for financial support: Sreeparna Mitra, 4-1538 or mitra@iastate.edu.

ONLINE HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES SESSIONS SET
Higher education online copyright issues and student use of the internet to cheat and plagiarize will be covered in two satellite workshops partially sponsored by ISURF. Copyright Issues Online is set for 1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 20. Cheating and Plagiarism Using the Internet is scheduled for 1:30-3 p.m. April 3. Both will be in 1200 Communications Building. There is no fee for participating. Contact: Don Rieck, Instructional Technology Center, at 4-6080 or donrieck@iastate.edu.

BIOTECH RISK ASSESSMENT GRANT PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 5
USDA’s CSREES has set a March 5 deadline for proposals seeking grant funding from the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program. More information is available at: http://www.reeusda.gov/crgam/biotechrisk/biotech.htm

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INTERNAL VOICES
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SCIENCE IN WHICH THE WORLD IS YOUR CANVAS
". . . I became very interested in science. Now when I say science, I do not mean that I was a total science nerd and that I always locked myself in my room instead of going outside to play, and that all my science classes, lectures and textbooks enthralled me. I found many of them downright boring. But the really fun, creative stuff was to take a real existing problem, like crop yields or diminishing habitats for animals, and think about it and try to fix it. That type of science is like doing a work of art without the canvas. The world is your canvas. It can be anything that helps anyone or anything. The simpler the better." From remarks made last Friday by Carol Fassbinder, a senior in genetics, who spoke to winners in the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology essay contest. The event was hosted by the College of Agriculture. (See item in "College News".)

Next issue: Feb. 4 Deadline: Jan. 31

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MARGINALIA
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IT PAYS TO GO TO SCHOOL
How much is a college degree worth? Iowa Workforce Development reported that Iowans with baccalaureate or graduate degrees earned a mean hourly wage for 2001 of $21.85, compared with $16.43 for those with postsecondary degrees, $12.63 for those with high school diplomas and $9.95 for those with education less than a high school diploma. The March 2002 issue of American Demographics reported U.S. Census Bureau figures that indicate the average household with a couple of bachelor’s degree holders makes about $84,000. Graduate degrees swell the household income to $104,000. A high school diploma is worth $45,000 and those without a high school diploma earned $29,400.

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