Issue: 278

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NEARLY 200 UNDERGRADUATES PREPARE FOR SATURDAY
About 180 college undergraduates are scheduled to receive their diplomas Saturday, Dec. 20. Faculty and staff are invited to the College of Agriculture’s Graduation Convocation to help recognize their achievements. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Refreshments will be available in the lobby beginning at 8:30 a.m. Leslie Mason, an animal science major from Pattonsburg, Mo., will speak. The Agriculture Student Council will present awards to: Luke Grantz, an agricultural studies major from Goose Lake, for academic achievement; Cory Bailey, an agricultural business and accounting major from Creston, for distinguished service; Leslie Wichersham, an animal science major from Caledonia, Ohio, for leadership excellence; and Amanda Dight, an agricultural business major from Osage, for outstanding senior.

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.

MANY COLLEGE OFFICES TO HAVE LIMITED STAFF DURING BREAK
The College’s administrative offices will be minimally staffed during break through Jan. 2. Also, Ag Online will take two weeks off for the holidays. The next issue will be sent Jan. 5. Have a good break.

OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS CLOSED DURING BREAK
The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. Researchers working on grant proposals are urged to take this into account when preparing materials for the office.

LEOPOLD CENTER EXTENDS RFP DEADLINE
The Leopold Center has extended the deadline for concept papers requesting funds from its Ecological Systems and Research Initiative to Dec. 31. The initiative issued a request for preproposals for projects leading to the development of ecologically friendly farming systems that are more resilient and less costly to farmers, communities and the environment. More at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/ecology_112003.html. Contact: Jeri Neal, 4-5610 or wink@iastate.edu.

ISU RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT TO STUDY FARM SAFETY
Iowa State has been awarded a $766,500, three-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to study farm-related injuries to children and to create safety-training materials. The grant is the result of a collaborative effort between Iowa State's College of Education and the College of Agriculture. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2003/dec/farmsafety.shtml

FOUR-YEAR STUDY OF LAKE USE UNDERWAY AT ISU
Iowans like lakes. That’s the simple conclusion drawn from a recent survey of how Iowans use and value lakes. Researchers from the economics department and the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development are conducting the project. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2003-12-11&f...

ISU RECEIVES USDA GRANT FOR LIVESTOCK EMISSIONS RESEARCH
An Iowa State scientist has been awarded a grant to study dietary strategies to reduce emissions from animal feeding operations. The four-year project is funded through a USDA National Research Initiative and will be directed by Wendy Powers, associate professor of animal science. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/dec03/dec0312.html

ONLINE COURSE HELPS FARMERS WITH FINANCIAL DECISIONS
Iowa farmers can learn to enhance the financial health of their operation by taking an online financial decision-making course from ISU Extension. The course helps farmers, ag educators and ag service providers develop and analyze financial statements, understand and practice good cash management principles, and relate financial analysis to production records. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/dec03/dec0311.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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WERE YOU CONVINCED OR PERSUADED?
A hint on whether to use “convince” or “persuade”: You may be convinced “that” something or “of” something. You must be persuaded to “do” something.
Right: The robbers persuaded him to open the vault.
Wrong: The robbers convinced him to open the vault.
Right: The robbers convinced him that it was the right thing to do.
Wrong: The robbers persuaded him that it was the right thing to do.
Source: The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002

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INFOGRAZING
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PRACTICAL FARMERS OF IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE JAN. 9-10
An evening reception and benefit concert Jan. 9 featuring North Dakota farmer/singer-songwriter Chuck Suchy and Iowa folksinger Bonnie Koloc will be part of the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference. The conference will take place at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Workshops will include production, marketing and farm safety topics. The annual all-Iowa meal will include presentation of the PFI 2003 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award to George Beran, Iowa State emeritus distinguished professor of veterinary medicine. The deadline to register for the reduced rate is Dec. 17 and Jan. 5 for mail-in registration. More at: http://www.pfi.iastate.edu/Calendar/upcoming_events.htm. Contact Sandra Trca-Black, (515) 232-5661, extension 101 or sandra@practicalfarmers.org.

AGRICOLA UPDATED FOR ONLINE SEARCHING
The National Agricultural Library has upgraded its Web-based AGRICOLA catalog for the materials in its collection. The new version provides improved access with many new search and retrieval capabilities and daily updates to more than 4 million bibliographic records. Access to the new AGRICOLA online public catalog is through http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/.

PROJECTS SOUGHT TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
The National Wildlife Federation's Species Recovery Fund invites applications on improving on-the-ground conditions for endangered species. Grant awards will range from $3,000 to $7,000. Key criteria are the degree to which the project will improve on-the-ground conditions of listed species and the degree to which the project will involve people that have not previously been involved with species and habitat conservation. Deadline for grant applications is Feb. 16, 2004. More at: http://www.nwf.org/keepthewildalive/speciesrecoveryfund.cfm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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LAND-GRANTS, THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT, ENDANGERED
“Other countries, with different cultures, have tried to adopt the land-grant concept. Hardly any have succeeded, preferring to conduct agricultural investigations in research institutes, isolated from the teaching responsibilities housed in ministries of education and separate from extension activities located in ministries of agriculture -- and deemed unworthy of attention by ‘real’ scholars. I am concerned that the United States may be heading toward a similarly unproductive arrangement. … Unless we speak up now and convince legislators and administrators at land-grant colleges that the current trends will be disastrous in the long run, the great American experiment of combining research, teaching, and extension for the public good -- so successful in the past -- will become only a memory.”
--Henry Fribourg, professor emeritus of forage-crops ecology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec. 12)

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MARGINALIA
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WINTER WARM-UP MIGHT FIGHT AGING
A mug of hot chocolate has more disease-fighting antioxidants per cup than the same serving of red wine or tea, according to Cornell University research. Its antioxidants are nearly two times stronger than red wine, two to three times stronger than green tea and four to five times stronger than black tea, reports Science Daily. Antioxidants are widely believed to fight cancer, heart disease and aging. For some reason, when cocoa is heated, more antioxidants are released than when it's cold.

Next issue: Jan. 5

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AG ONLINE
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