Issue: 265

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FALL ENROLLMENT NUMBERS FOR THE COLLEGE
Fewer undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in the College of Agriculture this fall compared to a year ago. Undergraduate enrollment dropped 255 students to 2,369 from 2,624 last fall. There are 680 graduate students, 12 fewer than last fall. Except for Family and Consumer Sciences, all ISU colleges registered a decline in undergraduate enrollment. The College of Agriculture was the only college that did not gain in graduate enrollment. College undergraduate enrollment has been up and down in recent years with 2,817 in 1997, 2,907 in 1998, 2,888 in 1999, 2,758 in 2000 and 2,807 in 2001. By gender, undergraduates in the college are about 42.5 percent female and 57.5 percent male.

COLLEGE GROUP MAKES COMMUNITY VISIT TO JEFFERSON
Dean Catherine Woteki and a group of faculty members are touring agricultural locations in the Jefferson area today. The group began by visiting the grain and swine farm of Steve Fisher east of Jefferson. Also on the itinerary was Deal's Orchard, West Central Cooperative and MicroSoy Corp. soybean processing operation. Dean Woteki was scheduled to speak at the noon Jefferson Rotary Club meeting. A number of local business and farm leaders were invited to meet with the Iowa State group following the Rotary meeting. This is the latest in a series of community visits the dean has made since coming to Iowa State.

AUTHOR TO KICK OFF NEW CENTER’S SPEAKER SERIES
The Leopold Center is one of the sponsors of "An Evening with Annie Proulx" at 8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 15, in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. This is the inaugural event of the new Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at Iowa State, which kicks off with a yearlong speaker series examining the role of the arts in the environment. Proulx received the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1994 for her novel “The Shipping News.” ISU English professor and author Mary Swander will read from Proulx's work. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Campanile Room.

AG ENGINEERING CLUB APPRECIATION TRACTOR PULL SATURDAY
The 1/4 Scale Tractor Team will be holding a sponsorship and faculty appreciation pull from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the ISU Ag Engineering Research Farm. The center is located six miles west of Ames on Highway 30 at U Avenue on the south side across the road from the United Community School District campus. Those attending are asked to meet in front of the ag engineering shop at the research center promptly at 9 a.m. to catch rides to the track. If you plan to attend, contact Matthew Schechinger at mschechi@iastate.edu before Tuesday.

ISU SENIOR SELECTED AS ALPHA ZETA SCHOLAR
The Alpha Zeta Foundation selected ISU senior Chad Steinkamp as a 2003 National Alpha Zeta Scholar. The agricultural business major from Adams, Minn., has a 3.38 GPA and is active in the Wilson Chapter of Alpha Zeta. Steinkamp was selected as one of eight National Alpha Zeta Scholars from more than 3,000 Alpha Zeta members. The Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, established in 1897, is the nation’s oldest professional, honorary agriculture fraternity.

ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT MATERIALS WIN AWARDS
The natural resource ecology and management and horticulture departments and the college’s development office were presented awards this summer for materials developed for alumni and donors. The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association, which includes all colleges of agriculture of the NASULGC schools, presented the awards at its annual meeting. The natural resource ecology and management department received first place for its alumni newsletter; the horticulture department placed third. This was the third year in a row that an ISU department has placed first in the category. The development office received second-place awards for donor event materials and donor stewardship materials.

ISU LOOKS AT HIGH SCHOOL AG EDUCATION IMPACTS
It may surprise many that the number of Iowa high school students enrolled in agricultural education programs has nearly doubled in the last 12 years. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-09-11&f...

SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION COULD PAY FOR FARMERS
It is generally accepted that the earth's carbon cycle was more or less in balance until the late 1880s, but that carbon dioxide levels have increased over the last century. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU soil management specialist in agronomy, said soil conservation practices can improve carbon sequestration by capturing and storing carbon dioxide, possibly creating a future market for farmers to help manage the earth's carbon sequestration. Al-Kaisi said Iowa producers should be engaged in discussing the issue. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/sep03/sep0309.html

PRISONS: A DISAPPOINTING DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR SMALL TOWNS
Small towns that attracted state prisons during the 1990s haven't realized the economic gains they had hoped to attain, according to a national study conducted by ISU. "In the 1990s small-town leaders wanted to attract new prisons to increase jobs, businesses, housing and population. This study was an attempt to learn if prisons were providing the economic benefit those towns expected," said Terry Besser, ISU sociologist. Learn more:
http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/sept/besser.shtml

CUTRONA NAMED NEW DIRECTOR FOR INSTITUTE
Carolyn Cutrona, professor of psychology at Iowa State, has been named director of ISU's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research. Cutrona has been affiliated with the institute since joining ISU in 1992. After serving as associate director of the institute for two years, she became interim director last year. Details:
http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/sept/cutrona.shtml

ISU'S INSECT HORROR FILM FESTIVAL IS SEPT. 18
It's a twist on the traditional dinner and a movie. The Insect Horror Film Festival at Iowa State will feature bug snacks and an insect zoo, along with a film. The festival will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. The film, "Eight Legged Freaks," will be shown at 7:30 p.m. The Iowa State Entomology Club sponsors the festival, which is free and open to the public. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/sept/insectfilm.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 15: Deadline for registering for ISU Extension’s annual conference on Sept. 29-30, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 15-16: Iowa Food Security Conference, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, West Des Moines, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/903/security.htm
Sept. 17: Ag Comm workshop on plagiarism, noon, light lunch, 8 Curtiss, RSVP Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
Sept. 18: Northwest Iowa Manure Application Field Day, near Doon, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/events.html
Sept. 21-27: National Farm Safety and Health Week
Sept. 21-22: Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Scheman Building, http://www.card.iastate.edu/about_card/events/heartland_workshop/home200...
Sept. 22: International Opportunities Fair, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Memorial Union
Sept. 22: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, Maynard Hogberg to speak, 6 p.m., $12 for dinner, RSVP to Julie Roberts, 4-2353 or jrober@iastate.edu
Sept. 29-30: ISU Extension’s annual conference, Iowa State Center, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/anconf/2003/
Sept. 29: University Convocation, 3 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Oct. 4: AG450 Farm’s 60th anniversary celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. open house with a short program at 2 p.m. and a lunch following the program, more: http://www.ag450farm.iastate.edu
Oct. 6-10: Ag Week at Iowa State
Oct. 8: Graduate and Professional School Days, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~career_info/gpd2003.html
Oct. 15: Second Norman Borlaug Lecture, M.S. Swaminathan to speak, 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Nov. 17: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/1103/organic.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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ALTERNATING CURRENT? ALTERNATE OR ALTERNATIVE
A news article said a utility "plans to freeze its electric rates for five years, and by 2003 will allow all its customers to buy power from alternate sources." The writer should have used "alternative," meaning providing a choice among options. "Alternate" means by turns or every other, as in "alternate Sundays." (In a narrow sense, where substitution is involved, it can be used to denote choice of a sort, as in "alternate juror" or "Alternate Route 22.") Language Corner, Columbia Journalism Review, http://www.cjr.org/tools/lc/alt.asp

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INFOGRAZING
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WORLD FOOD PRIZE EVENTS OCT. 16-17
The 2003 World Food Prize International Symposium, “Defeating Hunger and Famine,” will be held Oct. 16-17 at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Hotel. The 2003 Laureate Ceremony honoring World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini, which is by special invitation, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 16, in the Iowa State Capitol Building. More at: http://www.worldfoodprize.com

WORLD FOOD DAY TELECONFERENCE SET FOR OCT. 16
The 20th Annual World Food Day satellite teleconference, "Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril," will be downlinked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 16, in Room 1155 Administrative Services Building. To register, contact Joyce Greving, 4-3079 or jagrevin@iastate.edu, by Oct. 10.

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MARGINALIA
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SCIENTISTS LENGTHEN HUMAN’S MEAT-EATING HISTORY
Humans may have been meat-eaters for longer than originally thought, according to University of Arkansas researcher Peter Ungar. He has reported that a new analysis of fossil teeth indicates that humans evolved beyond their vegetarian roots and became meat-eaters at the dawn of the genus Homo, around 2.5 million years ago. More at: http://www.sloandietworkshop.org and http://www.cast.uark.edu/local/icaes/index.html.

Next issue: Sept. 22

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AG ONLINE
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