Issue: 267

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEAN ENCOURAGES COLLEGE PARTICIPATION AT TODAY’S CONVOCATION
Dean Catherine Woteki encourages faculty and staff to attend the university’s Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 29, in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. College of Agriculture faculty and staff will receive several awards, as President Geoffroy will present university awards formerly presented during the spring. Also to be recognized will be new holders of endowed faculty chairs, faculty and staff recipients of the Regents excellence awards and recipients of awards for staff and faculty from the ISU Alumni Association.

OPEN FORUM SET FOR PRESIDENT’S OCT. 7 VISIT
President Gregory Geoffroy and Provost Benjamin Allen will visit the College of Agriculture on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Faculty and staff are invited to an open forum at 3 p.m. in the CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Sciences Building.

CROP PATHOGENS TOPIC OF BIOTERRORISM COLLOQUIUM
This week’s Crop Bioterrorism and Food Security Colloquium speaker will be Douglas Luster, research leader at the USDA/ARS foreign disease-weed science research unit. Luster is scheduled to present “Rating Crop Pathogen Threats -- An Analytical Hierarchy Approach.” The session is set for 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in 210 Bessey Hall.

BIOTECHNOLOGY THEME OF FOOD SCIENCE/HUMAN NUTRITION OPEN HOUSE
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition hosts an open house on Friday, Oct. 3. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in the lobby located outside 1041 Food Sciences Building. The program begins at 2 p.m., titled, “What is the Potential Impact of Biotechnology on Food and Nutrition for the Health and Economy of Iowa?” Dean Catherine Woteki is scheduled to speak on the safety aspects of biotechnology to the producer and consumer. A panel discussion on the food industry perspective on biotechnology is set for 3:45 p.m. followed by tours, a poster session, social hour and a picnic in the LeBaron Hall courtyard. Register with Lani McKinney at mckinney@iastate.edu or online at http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/fshn/openhouse/openhouse_registration.htm. More at: http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/fshn/openhouse/default.htm.

BIOTECH CAREER DAY SET FOR OCT. 15
Several companies and organizations involved in biotechnology will be represented at the Oct. 15 Biotechnology Career Day. It is scheduled from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. in the Molecular Biology Building Atrium. Contact Lora Bierbaum, 4-8700 or lora@iastate.edu. More at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~biocareerday/.

PLANT PATHOLOGIST BRIEFS SENATE COMMITTEE
X.B. Yang, Iowa State plant pathologist, speaks today, Sept. 29, before a U.S. Senate committee on climate change impacts on crop pests and diseases. The Congressional briefing for the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry was organized by Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and Global Environment. The briefing was titled, The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture and What Can Farmers Do About It. More at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/yang.html.

ANIMAL SCIENCE FACULTY HELP SPONSOR HUNGARIAN CONFERENCE
Iowa State University and the M.E. Ensminger Endowment, along with Saint Stephen University in Hungary, are organizing an international conference with the theme: Opportunities and Challenges for the Animal Industry In the 21st Century. The conference is set for Oct. 15-17 at Saint Stephen University in Gyöngyös, Hungary and is modeled after animal science conferences Ensminger held around the world for more than 50 years. David Topel, who holds the M.E. Ensminger Endowed Chair, and Dennis Marple, animal science professor, are helping organize the conference. Other Iowa State animal science faculty members scheduled to present at the conference are: Colin Scanes, Max Rothschild and Gene Freeman.

CORN POLLEN DRIFT TO BE FOCUS OF FIELD DAY
A Corn Pollen Drift Field Day will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at the Allee Research And Demonstration Farm. The results of a research project examining the distances corn pollen traveled to breed neighboring corn will be presented. Mark Westgate, agronomy, will discuss corn physiology related to pollination and unintended crossbreeding. Members of the Agronomy Club will map the plot and collect ears to determine cross-pollination percentage. More at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/sep03/sep0317.html.

COLLEGE STAFF RECEIVES GRANTS FOR RECRUITMENT, RETENTION PROJECTS
Making students and teachers aware of the opportunities in agriculture will be the focus of two grants awarded to staff members in the College of Agriculture. The two projects were awarded $3,200 in grants by the Professional and Scientific Council retention and recruitment committee, the grants are funded by through the president's office. Vanessa Stoffel, student services, received $2,000 to develop the BioSecurity Investigation (BSI) workshop. BSI is a multi-disciplinary workshop that will help students and teachers understand the interconnectedness between agriculture and the sciences and will be held on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. Barb McManus, Agriculture Communications Service, and Rod Fischer, the Brenton Center, received $1,200 to produce a video and DVD showcasing the wide-range of career opportunities in agriculture. Nineteen proposals were submitted to the committee and the 10 selected received awards totaling $29,970.

EPA ADMINISTRATOR TO DELIVER SHIVVERS LECTURE
The 2003 Shivvers Lecture is titled “EPA's Perspective on Agriculture and Its Relation to Water Quality in Iowa.” It will be presented Nov. 3 by Jim Gulliford, Region 7 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The lecture will be at 4:10 p.m. with a reception at 3:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Gamma Sigma Delta, the agriculture honorary society, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Contact: Mike Duffy, 4-6160 or mduffy@iastate.edu.

ISU STUDENT-MANAGED FARM TO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS
The first student-managed farm in the nation was established at Iowa State University and will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an open house, Saturday, Oct. 4. All students majoring in agricultural education and studies (AGEDS) must take AGEDS 450, Farm Management and Operation. The Ag450 farm south of Ames serves as a classroom laboratory for this capstone course. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-09-25&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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
October 11: 26th Annual ISU Meat Judging competition
Oct. 15: Second Norman Borlaug Lecture, M.S. Swaminathan to speak, 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Oct. 16: World Food Day satellite teleconference, "Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 1155 Administrative Services Building, contact: Joyce Greving, 4-3079 or jagrevin@iastate.edu
Oct. 16-17: World Food Prize International Symposium, Des Moines, more at: http://www.worldfoodprize.com
Nov. 17: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/1103/organic.htm
Oct. 21: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/ag%20career%20day.html
Oct. 25-26: Horticulture Club apple sales, Reiman Gardens
Nov. 19: How to Work with the Leopold Center and its New Initiatives, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 2050 Agronomy
Nov. 21: Deadline for nominating faculty and staff for College and ISU Foundation awards, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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SHIFT IN CONSUMERS TO EAT BEEF
“You can speculate on how much of it is attributable to Atkins (diet). But I do think there's been some kind of underlying shift among consumers about beef versus some other products they consume, a recognition on their part that it's OK to eat beef.”
--James Mintert, Kansas State University professor of agricultural economics, in an article about higher cattle prices (Kansas City Star, Sept. 28)

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MARGINALIA
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LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SNIT AND A SMOOT
What began as a mathematics professor’s collection of notes describing the relationship between various English and metric units has grown by leaps (a traditional Welsh unit of distance equal to 6 feet 9 inches or 2.0574 meters) and bounds (no entry yet). Russell Rowlett, director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, developed a web-based collection of measurements. “How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement” (http://www.unc.edu/%7Erowlett/units/index.html) defines units ranging from amphora (a historic unit of volume) to zoll (the traditional German inch, equal to 1/12 fuss). Also included are indexes of interest, such as bushel weights (U.S.), drought severity (U.S.) and the Fujita scale (tornados, U.S.) And if you notice a measurement missing, there is a way to submit it.

Next issue: Oct. 6

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