Issue: 275

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COLLEGE NEWS
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EXPERIMENT STATION REVIEW DOCUMENT ON THE WEB
A review of Experiment Station research programs, their impacts, funding and related extension programs was printed last week for the ICN session hosted Thursday by Dean Woteki. Twenty sites around the state carried the ICN meeting to seek public input on research and extension priorities. A Dec. 10 forum is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. in the Gallery, Memorial Union, to seek comments from faculty and staff. The publication titled, “Identifying Priorities for Iowa’s Future,” is available as a series of web pages or as a PDF at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/icn03. The site is set up for making comments with an on-line form.

SUMMARY OF AIR QUALITY RESEARCH AND EXTENSION
A summary of Iowa State research and extension efforts related to odor and gas emissions from livestock operations was sent last week to leaders of Iowa farm and commodity groups. Funding from farm and commodity groups, industry and state and federal government agencies helped finance much of the work. The summary is available online as a pdf document. To download it, click on the link on the College of Agriculture's home page: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/.

CHRISTMAS TREES, WREATHS AND FIREWOOD ON SALE STARTING NOV. 29
Christmas trees and firewood will be on sale at Reiman Gardens starting Saturday, Nov. 29, as fundraisers by two student clubs. The Forestry Club has cut trees and wreaths for sale. The prices for fresh-cut, Iowa-grown white and Scotch pine will be $20 for trees five feet or less and $25 for those taller than five feet. The price of Balsam fir trees will be $40 for those six to seven foot and $45 for taller trees. Balsam fir wreaths (24 inches) will be $15. The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters will be selling bundles of firewood for $5. Sale dates and times are: Saturday, Nov. 29, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30, noon to 6 p.m.; Dec. 5, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 7, noon to 6 p.m.; Dec. 12, 3 pm to 6 p.m.; Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dec. 14, noon to 6 p.m. Contact: Joe Colletti, 4-4912 or colletti@iastate.edu, or the NREM department at 4-1458.

GM FOOD RESEARCH SEMINAR SET FOR DEC. 1
Hungarian-born biochemist Arpad Pusztai will speak at an ISU seminar, titled "Scientific advances in understanding the human health effects of GM foods." Pusztai will present results of his research on dietary lectins (carbohydrate-reactive proteins). Pusztai’s study of the nutritional and developmental impacts of a transgenic potato has raised public and scientific inquiry in Europe. The seminar is sponsored by the Leopold Center and the ISU Bioethics Program. It will be 3:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, in the Gallery, Memorial Union. A reception will follow.

ROTHSCHILD LECTURE ON THE WEB
Max Rothschild, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Animal Science, delivered the first Presidential University Lecture Nov. 13. The lecture, titled “From a Sow’s Ear to a Silk Purse: The Promise of Genomics,” is available online at: http://www.genome.iastate.edu/~max/2003lecture/.

KNACK FOR CLEANLINESS REAPS SATISFIED CLIENTS
Mark Reuber has high standards for cleanliness. He's got to, as manager of the Crop Products Pilot Plant in the Center for Crops Utilization Research. A profile of Rueber is included in the current issue of Inside Iowa State. Read the story online: http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2003/1121/reuber.shtml.

PROTECTING THE U.S. FOOD SUPPLY FROM TERRORISM
The approaching holidays means friends and family gathering around favorite foods. Not much thought is given to whether that food could have been altered in a terrorist attack. But the possibility exists. That’s why officials at Iowa State are working with other universities and state and federal government agencies to ensure the safety of our food. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-11-20&f....

DWOJAK GIFT TO ENHANCE UKRAINIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Stefan and Kateryna Dwojak, long-time supporters of the exchange program between Ukraine and Iowa State University, have pledged $350,000 to continue their support. The gift was announced at a College of Agriculture donor recognition event on Nov. 15. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/dwojakgift.html.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Dec. 3: Spanish study-abroad summer program informational meeting, noon to 1 p.m., 9 Curtiss, contact: Eduarda Becerra, 4- 3972 or ebecerra@iastate.edu
Dec. 4: Promotion and Tenure Workshop Series, 3:10 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall
Dec. 10: Faculty/staff forum to share thoughts on College of Agriculture research priorities, 4:10 p.m., Gallery, Memorial Union

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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TRAVELING THE MIDWEST THIS THANKSGIVING
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the Midwest includes 12 states in the North Central region. The area is divided into the East North Central states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin; and the West North Central region of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Midwest is the acceptable reference for Middle West. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL INTEGRATED FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE
Applications for the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative are due by Dec. 19. The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service’s initiative supports food safety grants that integrate applied research, education and extension to solve priority food safety problems. The initiative addresses many food safety concerns, from on-farm production, post-harvest processing and distribution to food selection, preparation and consumption. Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded for up to three years. More at: http://www.reeusda.gov/pas/programs/foodsafety/

USDA LAUNCHES RESEARCH AGENDA ON FOOD SAFETY
A unified food safety research agenda to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food safety programs was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agenda is an initiative to enhance food safety and improve food inspection systems. The USDA also released a list of additional research needs specific to meat, poultry and egg products that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will encourage nongovernmental entities to address. The government research agenda will complement these efforts by industry and academia. The complete USDA unified food safety research agenda is available at: http://www.reeusda.gov/ree/. The research priorities specific to meat, poultry and egg products are at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov.

Next issue: Dec. 1

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AG ONLINE
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