Issue: 236

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COLLEGE NEWS
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SCIENCE AND POLICY SEMINAR TO TACKLE FOOD SAFETY AND HACCP
Catherine Woteki, James Dickson and Helen Jensen will make up a panel that discusses “Food Safety: How Has Science Shaped the Development of HACCP Regulations and Policy?” The session is set for 3:30 p.m., March 7, in the Gallery, Memorial Union.

THINK TANK: IMPROVING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN IOWA
The next Think Tank on Animal Agriculture will address how ISU faculty and the Iowa Department of Economic Development can work together to improve the state’s economic health. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m. in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. RSVP by noon Friday, Feb. 21, to jrober@iastate.edu. Cost of the buffet dinner will be $12, payable at the door.

KILDEE HALL AMONG BUILDINGS NAMED ENERGY HEROES
The occupants of Kildee Hall used 20 percent less electricity in January 2003 compared with the January benchmark electric bill, according to Facilities, Planning and Management. And Kildee personnel have already saved at least $12,000 on electric bills this fiscal year. FP&M monitors 38 buildings for energy use. Bessey Hall also was cited for saving energy as one of six benchmark buildings that have collectively saved $225,110 so far this fiscal year. Read more: http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/utilities/energyefficiency/docs/hero.pdf

BASKETBALL SIGNED BY MEN'S TEAM OFFERED IN RAFFLE
The Dairy Science Club is raffling a basketball signed by the ISU men's basketball team. Proceeds will support the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased in 123 Kildee. Tickets will be available through March 5. The drawing will be held at noon, March 6, in 121 Kildee. You don't need to be present to win. The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone if they’re not present at the drawing.

FOOD DEMAND IN CHINA TO BE DISCUSSED AT FEB. 19 SESSION
The next “Understanding China” workshop will look at how food demand in China is changing in response to rising incomes, urbanization and the growth of a more integrated food retail industry. The session also will look at the role of food safety and food security. It is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in 150-154 Scheman. The speaker is Cheng Fang, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. He also has worked at ISU’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. There is no registration for the free workshop. Refreshments will be available. Graduate students are encouraged to attend.

SELLING CATTLE FOR MORE WHILE SPENDING LESS
The number of cattle marketed through a system that pays more for higher quality carcasses is increasing dramatically. Known as grid marketing, packers reward better grading cattle and discount poorer quality cattle. John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center, has conducted research on economic aspects of this practice. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action”: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-02-13&f...

JOHNSON IN LINE TO LEAD AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS' SOCIETY
Larry Johnson has been elected vice president of the American Oil Chemists' Society. Johnson is a professor of food science and human nutrition and director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research. The international society has 4,500 members who work with fats, oils and related materials used for both edible and nonedible purposes. Johnson will become president next year.

HELLMICH PRESENTED USDA RESEARCH AWARD
Richard Hellmich, ISU collaborator in entomology at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Corn Insects and Crops Genetics Research Unit, was named an Area Senior Research Scientist by the USDA division. The award was presented for his research on effects of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn on monarch butterflies and ways to manage pest resistance to Bt. He and other ARS scientists were recognized in an awards ceremony last week at the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Each winner received a plaque, a cash award and additional research funding.

MODEL SWINE VENTILATION ROOM TRAVELS TO FOUR STATES
A model swine ventilation training room on wheels is making the rounds in four states, thanks to the cooperative work of Iowa State faculty and staff. Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and ISU Extension field specialists Kris Kohl, Dave Stender and Jerry Weiss are part of the multistate team that developed the portable room for hands-on demonstration and practice of properly ventilating swine buildings. The program is cosponsored by ISU, University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University and University of Minnesota. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/feb03/feb0308.html

UPDATE ON AG ONLINE 2003 AWARDS ISSUE
The following additions and corrections are an update to last week’s Ag Online Awards Issue:
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Carl Bern, University Professor
Agronomy
Kendall Lamkey, Fellow, Crop Science Society of America
Deb Muenchrath, Excellence in Educational Materials Award, American Society of Agronomy (incorrectly listed as Fellow, Crop Science Society of America)
Animal Science
Steven Lonergan, incorrectly listed as National President for FarmHouse Fraternity
Sociology
Fred Lorenz, University Professor
Willis Goudy, University Professor Emeritus of Sociology

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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: Ag Comm workshop, noon, 8 Curtiss, RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
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 21: National Ag Day
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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WRITING PLAIN ENGLISH
In the late 1990s U.S. government workers began striving to write new documents in plain English, as well as revising older documents still in use. The basic principles they use are:
1. Use reader-oriented writing.
2. Use natural expression; write as you would speak.
3. Make your document visually appealing.
Volunteers also set up the Plain English Network, http://www.plainlanguage.gov, which offers links to various examples. The documents contain useful ideas for corporate as well as government writing. (Writing that Works, April 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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TERRORISM ALERT REACHES COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Jerry Stewart, director of ISU’s Department of Public Service, warned the campus community to be alert to suspicious activity in light of an FBI statement that universities may be targeted by terrorists. Stewart said there is no specific information regarding threats to ISU or other Iowa institutions. Anyone having information or concerns about suspicious activity should contact Gene Deisinger, ISU’s representative on the Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, 4-4529.

GRANT-WRITING SERVICES AT ISU GETS NEW WEBSITE
A new website features a comprehensive list of training programs and support services for grant writing at Iowa State. The site is intended to assist principal investigators in developing competitive proposals for federal and state agencies, foundations and industry. Information is available at:
http://grants-svr.admin.iastate.edu/Funding/GrantSupport.html

FDA POSTS PROPOSED BIOTERRORISM REGULATIONS
The Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting Jan. 29 on proposed regulations on the registration of food facilities and prior notice of imported food shipments. Information from the meeting is posted at http://www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html. Copies of proposed regulations and other related material also are provided. The comment period for the proposals ends April 4.

PLANT SCIENCES INSTITUTE SETS MARCH 14 FOR PROPOSALS
The Plant Sciences Institute’s spring 2003 competition for institute grants has a March 14 deadline for proposals. The guidelines are available online, http://www.plantsciences.iastate.edu/funding.html. For more information: Deanne Brill, 4-5255 or dbrill@iastate.edu.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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AN ENDURING CHALLENGE TO STUDENTS (AND OTHERS)
"Your work here is to study . . . nature in her manifold aspects," said W.H. Burke to 18 class members in the first agricultural journalism course taught at the University of Illinois in the spring of 1907. "But when you go out to engage in your life work . . . remember always and everywhere that the most important thing on earth is human nature; and human nature should be our chief study and the service of man our highest earthly aim." Burke was a guest lecturer in the new course. He edited The Strawberry, which was published in Three Rivers, Mich. (Agricultural Communications Documentation Center News, February)

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MARGINALIA
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NEW CORN FIBER TOUTED AS WAY TO REDUCE PETROCHEMICAL USE
Cargill Dow, a joint venture between Cargill Inc. and Dow Chemical Co., will market a new corn fiber under the brand Ingeo (which means “ingredients from the earth”). The company has patented a corn resin that can be spun into fiber for use as fabric, packaging and other products. The company says it’s the first synthetic fiber derived completely from raw materials that can be grown every year. The biodegradable fiber is seen reducing the reliance on petrochemicals. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 6, http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/3636533.html)

Next issue: Feb. 24 Deadline: Feb. 21

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AG ONLINE
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