Issue: 268

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COLLEGE NEWS
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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.

STUDENTS BEHIND CORN MAZE
College of Agriculture students Joe and Debra Kearney are the husband-wife team behind the corn maze between Ames and Nevada on Highway 30. The maze’s design is the Iowa State Cyclone and the University of Iowa Hawkeye facing off and covers 17 acres in the corn field. Debra’s family has run a maze near Knoxville for four years and the couple decided to expand the operation to Ames. Joe is a senior in ag studies and Debra is a senior in ag education, and they are expecting their first child any day. The corn maze will be open through Nov. 1 from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The maze also will be “haunted” for Halloween visitors on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and Nov. 1. More at: http://www.dandfarms.com.

COLLEGE FACULTY PART OF IOWA WATER SUMMIT PREPARATIONS
Three College of Agriculture faculty members are on work groups set up to make water quality recommendations for the Governor’s Iowa Water Summit. The summit will be held Nov. 24 at the Scheman Center to establish a roadmap that can eliminate impaired waters in Iowa. Fred Kirschenman, Leopold Center, is a member of the Nutrients work group; Bill Crumpton, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is on the Non-point Source Reduction work group; and John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is on the Impaired Waters Restoration work group. Eight regional water quality meetings begin Tuesday, Oct. 7, to seek local comment on water quality issues in preparation for the summit.

AG ENGINEER GETS NEWCOMER AWARD
Brian Steward, assistant professor in agricultural & biosystems engineering, was recognized as the 2003 Newcomer Engineer of the Year by the Iowa Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Steward teaches fluid power engineering and technology and dynamic systems modeling and controls. He is developing the ISU Fluid Power Laboratory that will provide more hands-on, learner-centered fluid power education.

ISU OFFERS TRAINING FOR NEW SWINE WELFARE PROGRAM
A new program is offering America's pork producers a way to assess, document and evaluate the care and welfare of their animals, and to address any concerns in a timely and scientifically sound manner. In August, Iowa State offered the first-ever training and certification program for individuals who want to assist producers with these on-farm assessments. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-10-02&f...

SEARCH BEGINS FOR NEW ISU VETERINARY MEDICINE DEAN
A 21-member committee is beginning the search for the new dean of Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. The search committee is headed by College of Agriculture Dean Catherine Woteki. The successful candidate will succeed Norman Cheville, who recently announced that he would retire at the end of the current academic year. Details:
http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/oct/vmdeansearch.shtml

NEW BOOK ABOUT RURAL IOWA TO BE UNVEILED OCT. 11
A new book, “Renewing the Countryside—Iowa,” is a collection of 38 stories and eight essays highlighting those who have found a way to make a living in the countryside while supporting their communities and protecting the environment. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State is one of the key sponsors of the book. The book will be introduced to the public Saturday, Oct. 11 at Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers Market. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/news/rtc_100303.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 6-10: Ag Week at Iowa State, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agonline/agonline.php?date=2003-10-03&f...
Oct. 7: President Gregory Geoffroy and Provost Benjamin Allen open forum, 3 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Sciences Building

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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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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ARE YOU AVERSE TO USING ADVERSE?
Adverse means unfavorable: He predicted adverse weather. Averse means reluctant, opposed: She is averse to change.
--The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002.

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INFOGRAZING
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IOWA ENERGY CENTER SEEKS PREPROPOSALS
The Iowa Energy Center requests preproposals for research and demonstration projects to begin July 1, 2004. The preproposal deadline is Nov. 3. Preproposals are sought for projects in several areas including biomass, industry, transportation, buildings and education. More at: http://www.energy.iastate.edu/funding/gp-research.html.

WATER SUSTAINABILITY THEME OF NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The National Council for Science and the Environment's fourth National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Water for a Sustainable and Secure Future will be held Jan. 29-30 in Washington, D.C. The conference will seek to develop science-based strategies for achieving water sustainability. More at: http://www.NCSEonline.org.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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THE GREATEST HUMAN CREATION IS THE WORD
"True, a chimpanzee could not begin to design a car. But, come to think of it, neither could I. Nor could you or any other person working in intellectual isolation -- without the help of books, conversations, directions, documents, explanations, and traditions -- design a car. Or even a bicycle. Or a pair of shoes. Or a mousetrap. Apes work in intellectual isolation because they lack language. We have language, and therefore our creations and inventions and technologies become collective efforts and cultural products. With your brain alone, with my brain alone (minus language and a language-based tradition), we would consider ourselves very lucky indeed to think of cracking nuts between a stone hammer and a stone anvil. Our greatest human creation is not the tool but the word, not the technology that we so treasure and depend on but the language that has allowed us to talk about it. Language, not technology, is the most compelling artifact of the human intellect."
-- Dale Peterson, "Eating Apes" (University of California Press, May 2003)

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MARGINALIA
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AG GRADUATE PURSUES PASSION FOR MUSIC
Tony Bohnenkamp graduated with a turf management degree in 1996. He worked one year in the field and then began pursuing his passion for music. Bohnenkamp started working as a drummer for the rock group called The Nadas. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary last month by recording a DVD in Ames. Bohnenkamp said he is enjoying his musical career but is thankful for his degree in horticulture. "I've always wanted to be a professional musician. I joined the group in 1996 because I liked the music, they were nice guys and it was the perfect opportunity, plus, I have a great degree to fall back on." The Nadas started a nationwide tour last month in St. Louis.

Next issue: Oct. 13

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AG ONLINE
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