Issue: 281

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COLLEGE NEWS
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TOP-RANKED COWS DRAW INTEREST FROM CATTLE BUYERS
The Iowa State Angus cows that ranked in the top 10 in the nation sold Friday, Jan. 16, at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver for $29,500. The three cows were ranked first, third and eighth in the nation by the American Angus Association based on their genetic potential to produce high quality beef. Iowa State ultrasound technology helped researchers make breeding selections based on the amount of intramuscular fat, better known as marbling. At the auction, four embryos from the eighth-ranked cow were also sold for $1,450 each. Sale proceeds will go to the Research and Demonstration Farms and animal science department to be used for research.

FLAKOLL TO SPEAK ON ANIMAL NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTH
Paul Flakoll, director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, will speak Monday, Jan. 26, at the next Think Tank on Animal Agriculture. His topic will be “Animal Nutrients to Promote Human Health.” The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union, following social time from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Contact Julie Roberts at jrober@iastate.edu by noon Jan. 23 to reserve a place. The cost of the dinner is $13, payable at the door.

OBESITY PRESENTATION NEXT MONDAY
“Widening The Lens On Obesity: Science and Policy From a Systems Perspective” is the title of a presentation Monday, Jan. 26, by Kate Clancy, managing director of the Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy at Winrock International. It will begin at 4 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. The speech is part of the Science and Policy Seminar Series, supported by the Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative through an endowment to the agronomy department. Supporting departments include agronomy, economics, plant pathology, political science, sociology and the office of biotechnology. Contact: Ann Finan, 4-8012 or afinan@iastate.edu.

BIRT WILL GIVE PRESIDENTIAL UNIVERSITY LECTURE
Diane Birt, professor and chair of the food science and human nutrition department and director of the Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements, will present the spring 2004 Presidential University Lecture. Birt's lecture, "Is Cancer Preventable?," will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jan/birt.shtml

ISU LIFE SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ETHICS
Many life scientists do research that is the focus of public debate. A course offered each spring at Iowa State helps the scientists of tomorrow prepare for that debate. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action” at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-01-15&f...

33RD ANNUAL COW-CALF CONFERENCE IS FEB. 28
Timely market outlooks, new management techniques and humane livestock handling practices will be part of the agenda at the 33rd Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Feb. 28 in Ottumwa. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jan04/jan0406.html

ISU OFFERS MARKET GOAT EDUCATION PROGRAM
The goat meat industry is one of the fastest growing agriculture industries in the country. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics indicate that goat meat imports have quadrupled in the last 10 years and goat numbers harvested for meat have risen to over 600,000 annually in the United States. Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board are co-sponsoring an educational program on the topic Feb. 3. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jan04/jan0409.html

ANEX TO SERVE ON NRC COMMITTEE
Rob Anex in agricultural and biosystems engineering has been invited by the National Research Council to serve on the Committee on Science and Technology in Armenia. This committee was formed to analyze the current status and future development potential of Armenia’s science and technology base, including human and infrastructural resources and research and educational capabilities.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Jan. 24: Alternative agriculture workshop, McNay Research and Demonstration Farm. ISU Extension, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2003/dec03/dec0325.html
Jan. 27: College Convocation, 3 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Jan. 29: Issues in Agriculture Lecture, “Career Opportunities in Agriculture,” Mike Gaul, career services director, 7 p.m., Hughes Auditorium, Reiman Gardens
Feb. 2: Miller Faculty Fellowship Proposals due in 138 Curtiss
Feb. 14-21: National FFA Week
Feb. 27: University Professional & Scientific Award nominations due
March 1-2: Agriculture and The Environment Water Quality Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/aged/Water/default.htm
Feb. 27: Proposal deadline to college for computer projects sought by Computation Advisory Committee, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~cac_info/CAC_RFP_Rev1.htm

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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TIPS FOR REMEMBERING NAMES
Chris Witt of Witt Communications (http://www.wittcom.com) recommends four steps to improve your ability to remember names:
1. Commit. Begin by making a conscious decision to remember people's names.
2. Concentrate. You can only remember what you observe. If you are distracted or not paying attention, you won't register the person's name. Listen to the name and get a clear, detailed impression of the person.
3. Repeat. Repetition helps engrave the name in your memory. Use the name immediately. Repeat it silently to yourself. Comment on the name, if possible. Use it occasionally in the conversation, without overdoing it. Use it when leaving. Write it down later.
4. Associate. Try to make an association between the person's face and an image the name suggests.

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INFOGRAZING
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PEW INITIATIVE RELEASE AG BIOTECHNOLOGY REPORT
The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology has released a report, titled: "University-Industry Relationships: Framing the Issues for Academic Research in Agricultural Biotechnology." It looks at the advantages and disadvantages to universities and academic scientists who engage in relationships with industry. More at: http://pewagbiotech.org/research/UIR.pdf

USDA FOOD SAFETY AGENDA AVAILABLE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its "Unified Food Safety Research Agenda," outlining research needs for meat, poultry and egg products. The USDA also released a list of additional research needs specific to meat, poultry and egg products that the Food Safety and Inspection Service will encourage nongovernmental entities to address. More: http://www.usda.gov/news/releases/2003/11/0391.htm.

FOOD TRACEABILITY SUBJECT OF USDA REPORT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service recently released a report titled "Traceability in the U.S. Food Supply." Details at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Traceability/

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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THE GRADUAL UNFOLDING OF SCIENCE
"There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. 'If I have seen further than other men,' said Isaac Newton, 'it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.' And to learn that which goes before does not detract from the beauty of a scientific discovery but, rather, adds to it; just as the gradual unfolding of a flower, as seen by time-lapse photography, is more wonderful than the mature flower itself, caught in stasis."
- Isaac Asimov, "Adding a Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science" (Doubleday, 1964)

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MARGINALIA
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THE REAL WORLD: PLANS OF THE FALL SEMESTER GRADUATES
At the December convocation for graduating seniors, new graduates from the College of Agriculture reported on their work, career or educational plans. Here’s a sampling:
-Associate accountant with Cargill
-Agronomist with Swiss Valley Farms in Cascade
-Agronomist
-Animal caretaker for the National Animal Disease Center
-Cow-calf consultant with Cargill in Sioux City
-Dietetic internship
-Farm in eastern Iowa
-Farm with my father
-Graduate school at Iowa State University in agronomy
-Graduate school at the University of Arkansas
-Graduate student at Iowa State in meat science
-Graduate work in animal science
-Graduate work in genetics
-Graduate work at Ohio State University in meat science
-Graduate work in prairie restoration at Iowa State
-Home Depot in Ankeny
-Laboratory technician at USDA center for Veterinary Biologics in Ames
-MBA-sports administration
-Pioneer Hi-Bred at the Reinbeck seed production facility
-Plan to manage a swine farm
-Pursuing a career in thoroughbred racing industry
-Research and development technician with Fort Dodge animal health
-Seed manager
-Soil conservationist
-Supply management specialist
-Technician for Appanoose County Soil and Water conservation Service
-Vet school at Colorado State University
-Working as a camp counselor
-Working at the W.B. Ranch in Whitney, Texas
-Water monitoring lab at the National Soil Tilth Laboratory
-USDA Agriculture Research Service
-Working in precision agriculture and agronomy management in north central Iowa
-Working for Midwest Insurance Consultants in Nevada

Next issue: Jan. 26

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AG ONLINE
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