Issue: 242

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COLLEGE NEWS
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VEISHEA COLLEGE DAY RESCHEDULED
VEISHEA activities honoring the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine have been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 8. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. The planned cookout will take place, but the games will not be held. There will be tables set up for clubs’ displays. The snowstorm forced the cancellation of the events originally set for today.

EXTERNAL GRANTS BRING IN NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEBRUARY
Nearly $4 million in sponsored funding was brought in by college researchers in February. More than half of the total came from four awards from foundations that amounted to $2.38 million. The second highest amount ($887,563) came from colleges and universities that made eight awards. Businesses awarded $448,191 and commodity groups contributed $103,338. All federal awards were from the USDA and totaled $87,546. You can see a list of all 33 awards at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/grantslist.html

DEAN TO TAKE PART IN EXTENSION CENTENNIAL KICKOFF
Dean Catherine Woteki is scheduled to join President Gregory Geoffroy and Vice Provost for Extension Stan Johnson University Extension for tonight’s kickoff of the 100 Year Inaugural Celebration of ISU Extension in Iowa. The yearlong celebration will begin in Hull with a reception and dinner. In 1903, Iowa State’s Perry Holden and the Sioux County Farmers Institute established the nation's first county cooperative experimental farm after a farmer from Hull asked Holden whether the university's research was applicable in northwest Iowa. (See a quote of Holden’s below in Internal Voices.) More: http://www.iastate.edu/news/today/03/mar/extension.html

DEAN TO ADDRESS SIOUXLAND ALUMNI BANQUET
Dean Catherine Woteki will be the guest speaker Tuesday evening, April 8, in Sioux City at the ISU Siouxland Alumni Association banquet. Earlier in the day, Woteki and Susan Lamont, animal science department chair, will visit a large dairy operation and Wells’ Blue Bunny at LeMars. They also will visit SureBeam Corp. in Sioux City. The visit to Sioux City and LeMars is one in a series of community visits designed to help Woteki learn about Iowa and its citizens.

AG ENGINEERING SEMINAR SET
“Nanobiotechnology, Bioproducts and Sustainability: Where is Agriculture Going?” is the title of a seminar scheduled for April 14 by the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. Norman Scott, professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University and member of the National Academy of Engineering, will be the speaker. It will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in 1140 Howe Hall. Refreshments will be served.

WEST NILE VIRUS TOPIC OF SEMINAR
The College of Veterinary Medicine will sponsor an April 15 seminar on West Nile virus. Darrell Trampel, professor and extension poultry veterinarian, will present “West Nile Virus: Poultry, Humans and Horses.” It will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 1226 Vet Med.

SUMMER WORK NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNS
Need help this summer? Global Agriculture Programs is seeking work for international agriculture students wanting to participate in an internship program at ISU. Most applicants are available for two months during the summer. Contact Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN THE NETHERLANDS
Two Dutch agriculture students from Dronten Professional Agricultural University who participating in a dairy science internship at ISU, will give an overview of their program with ISU Extension and describe internship programs available for Iowa State agriculture students at their university. Their presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m., April 15, in 9 Curtiss. Contact Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu.

ISU AGRICULTURE STUDENT CHASES STORMS FOR FUN
Rather than taking cover when a tornado approaches, one Iowa State University graduate student takes chase. Meet Chris Anderson, who will graduate with a doctorate in agricultural meteorology next year, in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-04-03&f...

PLANTING INTENTIONS, GRAIN STOCKS SHOW TIGHTER CORN SUPPLY
The USDA’s March 31 reports on this year’s planting intentions and grain stocks showed a tighter corn supply and weaker soybean price prospects over the next year than previously anticipated, according to Robert Wisner, ISU Extension economist. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/apr03/apr0302.html

CUSTOM RATE SURVEY FOR IOWA NATURAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE
A new ISU Extension publication summarizes the results of a survey of contractors who provide services related to natural resource conservation. Operations include tillage and planting of native grasses, trees and wildlife plots, controlling weeds, cutting trees and brush and moving dirt. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/apr03/apr0303.html

IOWA-BASED COMPANY MAKES SOYFOODS FOR SPACE
Astronauts soon will have the opportunity to enjoy chili in space, thanks to an Iowa-based company. Soy Creations, a division of Triple “F” Inc., has developed a freeze-dried chili with meat made from soy protein. Triple “F” Inc. joined the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center at Iowa State last March as a corporate partner and has spent the last year developing soy-based food products suitable for space. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/nasa.html

ISU PROFESSOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH
D. Lee Alekel, associate professor of nutrition at Iowa State, is the recipient of the 2003 Mead Johnson Award for research in nutrition from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. The award honors a single outstanding piece of nutrition research or a series of papers on the same subject accomplished within 10 years of postgraduate training. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2003/apr/alekel.shtml

ISU AG ENGINEER STUDIES INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CONTROL RUNOFF
An Iowa State agricultural engineer is conducting research on innovative techniques livestock producers can use to comply with new federal regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the new rules governing concentrated animal feeding operations under the nation’s Clean Water Act. A bright spot in the new rules is the opportunity to establish what are called “voluntary alternative performance standards based on innovative technologies.” That’s where Jeffery Lorimor’s work enters the picture. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/cafo2.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 7-8: Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, Ames
April 8: Ag Comm workshop, Successful Practices in Ag Communications II: Examples from the Field, Room 8, Curtiss Hall, RSVP to cabrams@iastate.edu
April 11: Extended deadline for abstracts, Plant Sciences Institute Symposium on Transposition, Recombination and Application to Plant Genomics to be held June 5-8, more information: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433p.html
April 14: Shivvers Lecture, Impact of Local Food Systems in Central Iowa: Concept, Use and Supply, 4-5:30 p.m., Gallery, Memorial Union
April 15: Forum to offer comments on College Strategic Plan draft, 4 p.m., CCUR Theatre (1951 Food Sciences), refreshments, see plan at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/StrategicPlan.pdf
April 21: International Symposium, Rivers of Life: Water, People and Global Development, http://www.las.iastate.edu/students/international/symposiumhome.html
April 22: Science in Agriculture Day
April 24: Overweight Issues in Childhood videoconference, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/403/nutrition.htm
May 12: Iowa State registration deadline, Plant Sciences Institute Symposium on Transposition, Recombination and Application to Plant Genomics to be held June 5-8, more information: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433p.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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ENGAGING EMPLOYEES FOR BETTER PRODUCTIVITY
Managers need to keep communication channels open to satisfy staff, especially now, when productivity can stall because war and economic concerns. Roger D'Aprix's book “Communicating for Productivity” outlines six steps to help managers.
1. Be clear about responsibilities.
2. Give good feedback.
3. Care. Really care.
4. Paint the big picture.
5. Firm up how you communicate your organization's ideals and aspirations.
6. Empower the employee. Employees should have a better picture of their role in the organization, a feeling they can talk to their managers and the reassurance that they will be listened to.
Source: Strategic Communication Management, Vol. 1, Issue 6. For more: http://www.melcrum.com

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INFOGRAZING
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CASE SEEKS BEST U.S. PROFESSORS
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education is seeking nominations for its 2003 U.S. Professors of the Year program. Nominators may submit their materials online, http://www.case.org, and enter "POY" in the CASE code box. Entries are due April 25. The four national winners receive a $5,000 cash prize and an invitation to an awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in November. State-level winners also will be announced.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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HOLDEN’S VIEW OF IOWA STATE’S MISSION
"I follow the principle that all people in the state are in reality students of the college; therefore, we must go to them and help them where they are, under their own conditions, with their own problems." Perry Holden, who helped create ISU Extension 100 years ago (see item above on centennial celebration).

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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THE BIODIVERSITY SITUATION, IN A NUTSHELL
"Our relations with the rest of life can be put in a nutshell: Scientists have found the biosphere to be richer in diversity than ever before conceived. And that biodiversity, which took over three billion years to evolve, is being eroded at an accelerating rate by human activity. The loss will inflict a heavy price in wealth and security and spirit." Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, from an address delivered at the Second National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment in 2001.

Next issue: April 14 Deadline: April 11

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AG ONLINE
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