Issue: 234

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NASA FOOD CENTER TO REMEMBER SHUTTLE CREW
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, the College of Agriculture’s NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center will place a wreath in the Memorial Union to commemorate the seven astronauts who died Saturday in the Space Shuttle Columbia. Laurel Clark, one of the seven, was interviewed last year by the center’s staff about food preferences in space. Clark was born in Ames and lived here for two years. Excerpts from the interview appear in the center’s October 2002 newsletter: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/ftcsc/media/oct2002.pdf. (See “External Voices” below.)

BIOLOGY RESTRUCTURING PLAN SENT TO FACULTY SENATE
A proposal to restructure several life sciences departments has been forwarded to the Faculty Senate. Two years of discussions have focused on how the colleges of agriculture and liberal arts and sciences could structure their shared life science departments to promote excellence in teaching and research. The discussions have involved the departments of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology (BBMB); botany; microbiology; and zoology and genetics. The Department of Natural Resources, Ecology and Management, created last year from the merger of animal ecology and forestry, was also involved in the reorganization discussions. The proposed changes would establish the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology and the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, while BBMB would remain as a department. The departments of botany, microbiology and zoology & genetics would be eliminated, and faculty transferred to other departments. After action by the Faculty Senate, approval would be required by the provost, president and Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SESSION SET FOR FEB. 17
College of Agriculture and Experiment Station faculty are invited to an intellectual property meeting on Feb. 17. Ken Kirkland, director, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (ISURF), and Nita Lovejoy, associate director, will discuss current numbers of invention disclosures received by ISURF and the importance of protecting intellectual property. Pizza and drinks will be provided at the luncheon meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. RSVPs to Vicki Gray, vgray@iastate.edu, by Feb. 12.

PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER TEST OF FRANKFURTERS
Researchers conducting a consumer acceptance test of frankfurters are looking for test subjects. Ken Prusa and Cynthia Shriver, food science and human nutrition, are looking for subjects who are willing to provide demographic/product usage data and to rate how much they like five samples of frankfurters. The test will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Testing will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 in 1126 Human Nutritional Sciences Building. Participants will receive $5. Individuals who have been trained as sensory panelists are not eligible. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Those interested in participating, should e-mail Shriver at shriverc@iastate.edu before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, and state a convenient time for the test. Appointments are made on the hour and half-hour, including the noon hour.

HELP FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCERS
Iowa livestock and poultry producers face a lengthening list of state and federal regulations. An educational package available from MidWest Plan Service at Iowa State University can help producers evaluate their operations and comply with environmental regulations. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship curriculum consists of 26 lessons that address four categories of manure management issues. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-01-30&f...

RELATIONSHIP OF SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPENDITURES AND SIZE STUDIED
An Iowa State University study shows that Iowa school districts with fewer than 750 students generally spend more per student than larger districts. Of the 374 Iowa school districts in 2000-2001, 208 had enrollments below 750. The study was done by ISU economists Dan Otto and Mark Imerman. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news//2003releases/school.html

RESEARCH RELEASED ON LIVESTOCK REVENUE INSURANCE PROGRAMS
ISU Extension economists recently studied two livestock revenue insurance programs that were introduced in Iowa last July. One is designed to protect livestock producers from declining hog prices by guaranteeing a specified price level. The other is designed to protect producers from both declining hog prices and rising feed prices. Bottom line? None of the products offered a positive net return to risk management or a profitable price during the insurance period. The report is available at: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/outreach/agriculture/livestock/LivestockInsu...

2002 SWINE RESEARCH REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE
ISU’s 2002 Swine Research Report features articles on research in five categories. The new report is available at no charge through the Iowa Pork Industry Center Web site at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ipic/reports/02swinereports/swine02.html. A CD-ROM that contains the 2002 Swine Research Report, along with reports from 1998-2001, costs $10. For more information: Barb Magnuson, 4-2240.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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
Feb. 28: Deadline for Gamma Sigma Delta awards, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/awards_forms.html
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
March 31: Deadline for 2003 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture nominations, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu
April 22: Science in Agriculture Day

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SCIENTIFIC WRITING WORD USAGE TIPS
The Ag Communications web site features a word usage list that is helpful when writing a scientific paper. The listing includes some of the troublesome words, terms and expressions most frequently found in Experiment Station journal paper and bulletin manuscripts. To view the list: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/checklist.html

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INFOGRAZING
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LEARNING COMMUNITIES PRESENTATION SET FOR FEB. 13
Learning communities will be the focus of a campus-wide presentation Feb. 13. The presentation will be made by Pat Hutchings, vice president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Barbara Leigh Smith, co-director of the National Learning Communities Project at Evergreen State College. They are visiting consultants on faculty development and involvement in learning communities. Their presentation is
titled, "Learning Communities: What's at Stake?" The session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon in 2432 Food Science.

GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN IOWA
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has funds available to support Iowa producers interested in exploring sustainable agriculture. Details can be found on SARE's Web site at http://www.sare.org/. Applications are available beginning today (Feb. 3). The deadline is March 28. For more information: Jerry DeWitt, 4-1923.

LIFE IN IOWA INTERN FUNDING REQUESTS DUE FEB. 14
Life in Iowa and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture are funding mini-grants that will support summer student internships in marketing and local food systems, environment and community development. Producers, businesses, organizations or communities who are interested in hosting a Life in Iowa intern this summer are invited to apply for the mini-grants. Funding requests must be received by Feb. 14. Contact Shellie Orngard, 4-6998, sorngard@iastate.edu. For more information about the program: http://www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/lifeiniowa.htm

FDA PUBLISHES BIOTERRORISM PROPOSALS
The Food and Drug Administration has placed on display two of the proposed rules that will implement sections of the food provisions of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. Copies of the proposed regulations for the “Registration of Food Facilities” and “Prior Notice of Imported Food Shipments” can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

NIH OFFERS GRANT SEMINARS
National Institutes of Health offers two regional seminars in program funding and grants administration each year. The two-day seminars provide information about the NIH funding process, from opportunity identification and application preparation through post award administration. Presentations are targeted towards researchers new to NIH, research administrators, post docs and trainees. The first seminar will be April 24-25 in Palo Alto, Calif. Registration and other information are available at: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/ORA/training/nihconf03/index.html. The second seminar will be held June 11-12 in Baltimore, Md. Registration and other information is available at: http://www.ord.umaryland.edu/nih/.

WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING CONFERENCE APRIL 3-5
Registration is open for a national conference on writing and critical thinking April 3-5 in Jackson, Wy. The conference is for educators interested in teaching writing and critical thinking across all disciplines in food and agricultural sciences. More information: http://uwadmnWeb.uwyo.edu/AgWrite/index.htm.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT’S PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE
“If you count absolutely on being an astronaut, or a doctor, or anything else, and you do everything in your life based on getting toward that goal, and then you don’t get there, you will be sorely disappointed. So I would say to pick something that you love doing, and do that the very best that you can. Then if things work out the way that you dreamed or planned, then that’s wonderful, and if they don’t, you still had a great time along the way.” Laurel Clark, in an interview that appeared in the October 2002 NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center newsletter. Clark was one of the seven astronauts who died in the Columbia space shuttle on Saturday.

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MARGINALIA
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RESEARCHERS STUDY ADDICTIVE ASPECT OF DIET
Some scientists are questioning whether a high-fat diet could be addictive. The New Scientist magazine reported that researchers who have been testing the biological effects of fast food are discovering that they can trigger hormonal changes in the body that could make it difficult to control eating. As people put on weight, they become more resistant to the hormone leptin, which is strongly linked to weight and appetite, and a brain peptide called galanin that stimulates eating. Leptin releases signals to the part of the brain that coordinates eating behavior. (Reuters, Jan. 29)

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