Issue: 293

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COLLEGE NEWS
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TUESDAY IS THE COLLEGE’S DAY AT VEISHEA
Veishea will celebrate the College of Agriculture Tuesday, April 13, with activities in front of Curtiss Hall. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. a barbecue, mechanical bull riding, climbing wall and faculty cook-off are planned. A special Veishea issue of Ag Online will be sent Thursday, April 15.

DEAN WOTEKI TO TALK ABOUT AMERICAN DIET APRIL 22
Dean Catherine Woteki will be the next speaker in the Issues in Agriculture Lecture Series, part of the Seasons of Agriculture celebration at Reiman Gardens. The title of Dean Woteki’s talk is “Changing Americans’ Risky Diets.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hughes Auditorium.

PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING WORKSHOP SERIES BEGINS APRIL 16
College of Agriculture faculty and staff are invited to attend a series of problem-based learning workshops sponsored by the Department of Agronomy and funded by a Center for Teaching Excellence TEACH Grant. Mark Ryan, the William J. Rucker Professor of Wildlife Conservation and Chair of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at the University of Missouri, will facilitate the first workshop on April 16. The second, which will be facilitated by representatives from industry on April 30, will seek a better understanding of the professional context in which alumni are applying problem-solving skills. Both workshops will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. in 3140 Agronomy. Preregistration is requested by the day before each workshop. To register, contact: Michelle Cook 4-0513 or mcook@iastate.edu.

LIFE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIRS VISIT WASHINGTON, D.C.
Chairs of three College departments involved in biological studies visited Washington, D.C., last month to learn about potential funding opportunities related to the life and environmental sciences. Alan Myers of the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department, Martin Spalding of the genetic development and cell biology department, and Jonathan Wendel of the ecological evolution and organismal biology department were accompanied by Elena Polush, external grants program coordinator. They met with representatives of the USDA-CSREES, National Council for Science and the Environment, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

COLLEGE CONTACTS FOR ALUMNI IN KOREA SOUGHT
The College of Agriculture is updating its address list of Korean alumni in preparation for a visit to Korea in May. If you have contact information on former students, contact David Acker, 4-8454 or dacker@iastate.edu.

NEW WETLANDS ESTABLISHED ON ISU RESEARCH FARM
The federal Conservation Reserve Program helps remove environmentally sensitive land from production. Since 2001, farmers have had the option of enrolling in the CRP’s “farmable wetlands” program, turning marginal cropland into small wetlands. Last year, 21 acres of an ISU research farm in Boone County were enrolled in the program. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-04-08&f...

GLOBAL WEATHER HEADED TOWARD MORE EXTREMES
Hope you don't see another blizzard-filled winter or hot, mosquito-laden summer for a while? Don't hold your breath, warns an Iowa State expert on atmospheric science and agricultural meteorology. ISU professor Gene Takle predicts the continuing increases in global temperatures will result in more extreme weather conditions 30 to 40 years down the road. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/warming.html

EXTENSION AWARDED GRANT FOR PROJECT WITH MEXICO
ISU Extension will help develop a university-based extension service in Mexico, thanks to a $300,000 federal grant. Extension will partner with the University of Colima in Colima, Mexico. The three-year project will promote economic growth and improve quality of life for rural people of Colima through a broad-based university outreach program. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/apr04/apr0408.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 13: AgComm workshop, Assessing Documents and Testing Communication Materials for Usability, noon, Room 9 Curtiss Hall, RSVP Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
April 15: Sigma Alpha basket online auction bidding deadline, noon, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/SAauction/
April 22: Protecting Our Food Supply: Food Safety and Security Workshop, Adventureland Inn, Altoona, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/404/safety.htm
April 22: Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products risk assessment symposium, Comfort Suites, more: http://www.seeds.iastate.edu/info.htm
April 29: Connect with Iowa, College of Agriculture faculty visit to Manning
April 30: Deadline for registering for the College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Pig Symposium June 4-6, contact: Janean Berhow, 4-3837 or jaberhow@iastate.edu, more at: http://www.vetmed.iastate.edu/petpigsymposium2004
May 11-13: Science and policy workshop, Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative, contact: Clare Hinrichs, 4-5154 or hinrichs@iastate.edu

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COMMUNICATION KIOSK
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INFOGRAZING
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BELGIAN RESEARCHER TO GIVE PLANT SCIENCES LECTURE
Marc Van Montagu, professor at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries at Gent University, will be the next speaker in the Plant Sciences Lecture Series. The title of his lecture is “Agrobacterium knows about environment and biodiversity.” Montagu is known for his discovery, with researcher J. Schell, of the gene-transfer mechanism between Agrobacterium and plants. The lecture will begin at 3:10 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 1414 Molecular Biology.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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HUMANS AND THEIR CROPS EVOLVED TOGETHER
“… When you look at co-evolution: it's not just human genes at work here. It's wheat genes and corn genes -- and how they have an influence on us. They took advantage of our ability to travel, our inventiveness, our ability to use tools, to live in a broad number of environments and our huge need for carbohydrates. Because of our brains' ability, we were able to spread not only our genes, but wheat's genes as well. That's why I make the argument that you have to look at this in terms of wheat domesticating us, too. That co-evolutionary process between humans and our primary food crops is what created the agriculture we see today.”
--Richard Manning, author of “Against the Grain,” in an interview with the Atlantic Monthly (http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/interviews/int2004-04-01.htm)

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MARGINALIA
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BBC AIRS PIG VERSION OF ‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’
"The Legend of the Tamworth Two," which recounts the exploits of two pigs that escaped from a British slaughterhouse in 1998, was scheduled to be broadcast by BBC Television today (April 12). The pigs gained international attention after burrowing under a fence and swimming across an icy river to freedom in the English town of Malmesbury. Japanese and American networks flew in to cover the weeklong chase. Tabloid newspapers offered rewards. TV helicopters hovered over the rural community. The Vegetarian Society begged Britons to save them. The pigs were finally recaptured and bought by the Daily Mail newspaper, becoming a tourist attraction at an animal sanctuary. (Reuters, April 12)

Next issue: April 19

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AG ONLINE
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