Issue: 277

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FACULTY/STAFF FORUM ON EXPERIMENT STATION PRIORITIES DEC. 10
College of Agriculture faculty and staff are invited to an open forum with Dean Woteki on Dec. 10 to share their thoughts on future Experiment Station research priorities. The forum begins at 4:10 p.m. in the Gallery, Memorial Union. A report providing a snapshot of current Experiment Station research areas, “Identifying Priorities for Iowa’s Future,” is on the Web, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/icn03, with a link for submitting comments. Copies of the report will be available at the forum.

COLLEGE TO HOST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 17
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a College of Agriculture Holiday Open House Dec. 17. It will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. Refreshments will be available.

GRANT PROPOSALS SOUGHT BY CENTER FOR INTEGRATED ANIMAL GENOMICS
The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG) requests proposals by Feb. 2, 2004 to support scholarship in integrated genomics. Funds are available through three CIAG programs that foster faculty development and collaborative research: the Genomics Scholar Program, which is designed to strengthen collaborative efforts of CIAG faculty with scientists outside ISU; Seminars in Integrated Genomics, that supports symposia and workshops in areas of animal, microbial and comparative genomics; and the Integrated Genomics Competitive Grants Program, supporting innovative interdisciplinary research and development of nationally competitive research programs. Full-time tenured, tenure-track ISU faculty members and P&S employees at the rank of P17 or above may apply for funds. More information: http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/programs.html.

ISU RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO EXPAND ODOR RESEARCH
Researchers at Iowa State University soon will receive a USDA National Research Initiative grant of nearly $480,000 to investigate odor dispersion from swine facilities. Steve Hoff, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the project has three objectives. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2003releases/odor.html

PLANT PATHOLOGIST ON NATIONAL BIOTERRORISM PANEL
Forrest Nutter Jr., plant pathology, is serving on a Threat Assessment Panel for crop biosecurity that is sponsored by the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center and the Department of Homeland Security. The mission of the panel is to assess the relative priority of biological threat agents affecting humans, animals and plants to support national defense and homeland biosecurity objectives.

NEW WEB SITE HELPS STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT FOOD IN SPACE
Young people with an interest in food and space travel now have a new source of information from the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture. A new page on the center’s Web site is designed specifically for kids. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-12-04&f...

CLUB’S CHRISTMAS TREES ARE GONE, BUT POINSETTIAS STILL AVAILABLE
The Forestry Club and the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters have sold all the trees, wreathes and firewood they had on hand. So this weekend’s scheduled sale at the Reiman Gardens is cancelled. However, the Hort Club still has poinsettias. There are many plants left including red, pink, white and novelty varieties. They are available for a discounted price by contacting Jason Haegele at jhaegele@iastate.edu.

BIOTERRORISM SEMINAR TO DEAL WITH LEGAL SYSTEM
Tim Gottwald, research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present the last seminar in the “Issues Related to Crop Bioterrorism and Food Security” series. He will discuss the legal aspects of controlling citrus canker. The session will begin at 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in 210 Bessey.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Dec. 10: Faculty/staff forum to share thoughts on College of Agriculture research priorities, 4:10 p.m., Gallery, Memorial Union
Dec. 20: College convocation for graduates, 9:30 a.m., C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
Jan. 7: Deadline for proposals to present workshops at the 2004 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 29 to July 1, 2004, contact: Brenda Allen, bsallen@iastate.edu or 4-1567

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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GOOGLE NEEDS A CAPITAL
When using "Google" as a verb as in Googled, Googling, etc. it should always be capitalized, unless you are writing about a certain type of tricky bowling in a cricket match.
From The Chicago Manual of Style online Questions and Answers forum Nov. 20: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/cmosfaq/cmosfaq.html

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INFOGRAZING
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REPORT COVERS FDA'S FOOD COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its food counterterrorism activities. It describes FDA's overall role in counterterrorism activities and its 10-point plan for ensuring the safety and security of the nation's food supply. The report: http://www.fda.gov/ola/2003/counterterrorism1119.html.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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KERR’S VIEW OF A UNIVERSITY’S ‘PARAMOUNT TASKS’
“Looking ahead, it seems to me that at least four paramount tasks present themselves to the university in our society. One is to continue to stimulate the quest for knowledge. Another is to transmit our knowledge to future generations. A third is to enable us to remain masters of our knowledge, to prevent the complete fragmentation of our view of ourselves, our society and our universe. The fourth and perhaps most exacting is to assess the values which our knowledge should enable us to serve.”
--Clark Kerr, former president of the University of California, who died Dec. 1

Next issue: Dec. 15

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