Issue: 260

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COLLEGE NEWS
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AG ENGINEERING STUDENT CLUBS NAMED BEST IN THE NATION
Two Iowa State agricultural engineering student clubs were named best in the nation at the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) international conference held July 27-30 in Las Vegas. This is the second year in a row the ASAE Club has received the honor and the fifth year in a row that the Agricultural Systems Technology Club has won. ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering students also took first and second place in the student paper competition and won first place in the student environmental design competition.

CHAIRS OF TWO NEW DEPARTMENTS NAMED
The two new departments in biological sciences will be led by Jonathan Wendel and Martin Spalding. Wendel, a faculty member since 1986, was named the chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Spalding, a faculty member since 1984, was named the chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. The new departments are co-administered by the colleges of agriculture and liberal arts and sciences, and are part of a reorganization to strengthen research and education in basic life sciences. http://www.las.iastate.edu/newnews/bioreorg2.shtml

KOEHLER NAMED HEAD OF STATISTICS AND STATISTICAL LABORATORY
Kenneth Koehler, University Professor of statistics, has been named chair of the department of statistics and the director of the Statistical Laboratory. Koehler has served as interim for both positions for the past year. He replaces Dean Isaacson, professor of statistics, who served as the head of the department for18 years and will continue as a faculty member in the department. Koehler has been an ISU faculty member since 1977. He is an American Statistical Association Fellow and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. http://www.las.iastate.edu/newnews/koehler.shtml

HARDIN COUNTY FAMILY HONORED AT IOWA STATE FAIR
Diane, David and Dresden Petty of Eldora received the Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday at the Governor's Charity Steer Show. The Petty family owns and operates the Iowa River Ranch, a cattle and crop operation running along eight miles of the Iowa River from Eldora to Union. Dresden Petty is a junior at ISU majoring in agricultural education and animal science. The award was started two years ago in honor of Norman and Margaretha Spencer from Sioux City and is coordinated through the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Elaine Spencer, the Spencer's daughter from Seattle, Washington, said the award was developed to show her parents' lifelong commitment to Iowa State University's land grant mission and to sustainable agriculture. "[My father] believed that it was each farmer's obligation to leave his land more productive than he found it, so that the land could continue to serve the needs of each succeeding generation ... The Petty family's work has epitomized that belief." http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/newsletter/2003-2leoletter/Petty.html

JUNE AWARDS BRING IN $6 MILLION
Sponsored funding from external sources brought in a little more than $6 million to the College of Agriculture and Agriculture Experiment Station in June. Awards from foundations amounted to $3.1 million of the $6,001,765 total. Fifteen awards from five federal agencies accounted for $2.3 million. Awards also came from commodity groups, businesses, universities and the state. A list of awards is on the Web at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/grantslist.html

AMARANTH INSTITUTE MEETING TO BE HELD THIS WEEK
The 2003 Amaranth Institute meeting will be Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14 and 15 at the Comfort Suites in Ames. The meeting will focus on farming and technology transfer. Amaranth is a crop that has grain, vegetable and ornamental uses. The Amaranth Institute is a nonprofit organization involved in amaranth production, science and marketing. Contact David Brenner, Plant Introduction Station, at 4-6786, dbrenner@iastate.edu or http://www.ars-grin.gov/nc7/Special_Events/Amar%20Inst%20Mtg%202003.htm.

ISU AGRICULTURE GRADUATES FEATURED AT IOWA STATE FAIR
Five recent Iowa State College of Agriculture graduates who have been hired by Iowa employers are among 21 young people featured as life-size cutouts at the university’s exhibit during the Iowa State Fair that runs through Sunday. Learn why they decided to stay in Iowa in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-08-07&f...

USDA FOOD SAFETY MOBILE TO VISIT IOWA STATE FAIR
The USDA Food Safety Mobile will be at the Iowa State Fair. The 35-foot recreational-style vehicle will park in front of the 4-H Exhibits Building Aug. 14-17. The Food Safety Mobile's visit is part of a country-wide tour and will offer a preview for ISU Extension's National Food Safety Education Month activities in September.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 14: Agriculture Drainage Well field day, 9 a.m., near West Bend
Aug. 15: University summer hours end
Aug. 16: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm specialty field day on grapes, 8:30 a.m., near Nashua
Aug. 28: Fourth Annual Farms Food & the Future Conference, Scheman Building, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/803/farms.htm
Sept. 15-16: Iowa Food Security Conference, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, West Des Moines, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/903/security.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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ISU'S COMMITMENT TO NONDISCRIMINATION
Each year, Iowa State reaffirms its policy on nondiscrimination and affirmative action. As an institution, we are committed to these principles, and our decisions and actions should reflect that commitment. Take a minute to review the policy online at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~aao/reaffirmation.html. The ISU Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is available to answer questions about nondiscrimination and affirmative action and compliance with this policy. For more information: 4-7612.

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INFOGRAZING
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VET MED’S SCHOLARS RESEARCH DAY AUG. 15
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a poster session at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Scholars Research Day. Twenty-nine veterinary students will present research projects at the annual event Aug. 15. The students will present and explain their research from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Meadow Room of the Gateway Hotel.

MORRILL ON THE PURPOSE OF LAND-GRANT UNIVERSITIES
In 1862, the original land-grant legislation, the Morrill Act, was signed into law and provided public lands for colleges in agriculture and the mechanic arts. Iowa was the first state to accept the conditions of the act. In 1875, Justin Smith Morrill, who sponsored the legislation, summarized what the Morrill Act meant: “These colleges were founded on the idea that a higher and broader education should be placed in every State within the reach of those who may choose industrial vocations where the wealth of nations is produced. The design was to open the door to a liberal education for this large class, and to offer not only sound literary instruction but something more applicable to the productive employments of life. The colleges were founded on a sure foundation accessible to every one where all sciences needful for the practical vocations of life may be taught, and where agriculture, the basis of present and future prosperity, may find troops of loyal and earnest friends studying its familiar and recondite economies and at last elevating it to the highest standards of intellectual attainment.”

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INTERNAL VOICE
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COMMITMENT TO NONDISCRIMINATION OF HIGHEST PRIORITY
"Iowa State University is committed to developing and implementing a program of nondiscrimination and affirmative action, a responsibility the university accepts willingly because it is the right and just thing to do. Because an educational institution exposes the youth of Iowa and of the nation to a multitude of ideas that strongly influence their future development, it is an area of our society where removing barriers is critical . . . Iowa State University's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action is of the highest priority and is to be adhered to as such. It applies to all university-sponsored programs and activities as well as those that are conducted in cooperation with the university." President Gregory Geoffroy, in the reaffirmation of ISU's Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy, http://www.public.iastate.edu/~aao/reaffirmation.html.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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RESTORING A PRAIRIE LIKE RESTORING AN OCEAN
“There's no getting back to the prairies, of course. The time for preserving a larger share of them slipped away even as modern agriculture was coming into its stride. The great figure in preserving Iowa's prairies was Ada Hayden [an Iowa State faculty member], and she died in 1950, after canvassing the state for remnants worth setting aside. And though the prairie restoration movement has gathered force over the past decade, restoring a prairie is a little like restoring an ocean. It takes more than the right collection of species and the best of intentions. It means regenerating the elemental forces of nature, unleashing a biological synergy that dwarfs what we usually mean when we use that word.” Iowa native Verlyn Klinkenborg writing in the Aug. 7 New York Times.

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MARGINALIA
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FLEA DISPLACED AS WORLD’S BEST JUMPER
British researchers say experiments show the spittle bug -- a tiny, green insect that sucks the juice from alfalfa and clover -- can leap more than two feet in the air. That's more than twice as high as the flea, and equal to a man jumping over the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Associated Press reported. During take-off, the spittle bug accelerates at more than 400 times the force of gravity compared to 135 times of a flea. The spittle bug is found worldwide, and is prevalent along the Pacific Coast and east of the Mississippi River. While feeding, the spittle bug covers itself in bubbles of white, foamy saliva to protect from the sun and its enemies. "There's always someone out there who's bigger, faster, meaner, tougher and can do things better," commented Iowa State entomologist Ken Holscher for the AP story. "Maybe the flea has been replaced by something a little bit better."

Next issue: August 18

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AG ONLINE
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EDITORS
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