Issue: 294

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COLLEGE NEWS
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CANDIDATES FOR AGRICULTURAL LAW POSITION TO VISIT CAMPUS
Three candidates for a faculty position in agricultural law will visit campus beginning this week. Each of the candidates will present seminars, and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Eric Hoiberg, associate dean for academic programs, is heading the search. The candidates and their seminars are:
-- Theodore Feitshans, lecturer and extension specialist, agricultural and environmental law, North Carolina State University. Seminar at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 20, in 1951 Food Sciences Building
-- Roger McEowen, associate professor, agricultural economics and extension specialist in agricultural law and policy, Kansas State University. Seminar at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, in 1951 Food Sciences Building
-- Terence Centner, professor, agricultural and applied economics, University of Georgia. Seminar at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, in 1951 Food Sciences Building.

GERMAN ELECTED OFFICIALS MEET WITH COLLEGE LEADERS
Seven members of Germany's Bundestag, the federal assembly of elected representatives, met today with college and university faculty and staff. They are members of the Bundestag’s agriculture, consumer and environmental committee and are gathering information on how to promote food safety and security. David Acker, assistant dean of national and global programs, arranged and hosted the meeting. The group also toured the USDA National Animal Disease Center.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ATTEND BIOSECURITY INVESTIGATION WORKSHOP
A BioSecurity Investigations (BSI) workshop will be held on campus Wednesday, April 21. Formerly known as "Science in Agriculture Day" for high school students, the BSI workshop will focus on protecting humans, livestock, natural resources, crops and food supplies from both intentional and unintentional interference from biological organisms. From 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m., about 210 students are expected to participate along with teachers and parents. The college’s programs and departments include: agricultural and biosystems engineering; agronomy; animal science; entomology; microbiology program; biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology; food science and human nutrition; horticulture; natural resource ecology and management; economics; plant pathology; and the meat lab. Contact: Leah Hansen, 4-8653 or lhansen@iastate.edu.

AGRICULTURE STUDENTS RECEIVE ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIPS
Seven College of Agriculture students were among the 10 ISU students enrolled in entrepreneurial programs who will receive $1,000 scholarships from the John and Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Fund. The College students receiving scholarships were: Wade Lewis Boehm, Orient, junior, agricultural education; Chad Daniel, Glidden, junior, agricultural engineering; David Dorhout, Cedar Falls, senior, entomology; Kyle Meyer, Holstein, junior, agricultural systems technology; Jeffrey Moellers, Arlington, senior, agricultural systems technology and construction engineering; Benjamin Schlesser, Le Mars, junior, agricultural engineering; and Ben Stover, Muscatine, junior, horticulture-turf grass management. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/apr/pjscholars.shtml

AWARDS PRESENTED BY ISU AGRICULTURE HONOR SOCIETY
Awards were presented April 13 to College of Agriculture faculty, alumni and students by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Associate Dean Eric Hoiberg received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award of Merit, the highest award the society gives. Learn about all the award recipients at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/gsdawards.html

WHITE CO-CHAIRS NATIONAL COMMITTEE; NAMED AOCS FELLOW
Pam White, food science and human nutrition (and interim dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences), recently received two honors. First, she was appointed vice chair of the Committee on Food Chemicals Codex of the Food and Nutrition Board in the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science. She will serve through 2006 and has been a committee member since 2000. The committee works to define the quality of food-grade chemicals based on the elements of safety and good manufacturing practices. White’s second honor was her election as a fellow of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. She will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting next month.

ISU STUDY SHOWS IOWA'S ETHANOL INDUSTRY IS BOOMING
A recent Iowa State study shows Iowa’s ethanol industry is booming, and there are high expectations for the future. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-04-15&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 22: Changing Americans’ Risky Diets, Issues in Agriculture Lecture, Catherine Woteki, 7 p.m., Hughes Auditorium, Reiman Gardens
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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USING LIKE OR AS
Use “like” as a preposition to compare nouns and pronouns. It requires an object: Jim blocks like a pro. The conjunction “as” is the correct word to introduce clauses: Jim blocks the linebacker as he should. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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METABOLOMICS TOPIC OF PLANT SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
The Plant Sciences Institute’s sixth Plant Science Symposium will focus on plant metabolomics, which relates to the analysis of metabolites created by genetic expression. The third Plant Metabolomics Congress will explore development of new analytical technologies and bioinformatics tools for applying metabolomics in plant biology and the potential applications of metabolomics in improving plant biology, with applications in crop biology. Deadline for general registration is May 3 and the deadline for Iowa State faculty, staff and students is May 10. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University and the Plant Sciences Institute. More details: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html

RUTGERS SPEAKER APRIL 21 AT PLANT SCIENCES SEMINAR
Pal Maliga, professor with the Waksman Institute at Rutgers University, will address “Site-Specific Recombinases to Probe Plastid Gene Function and for Engineering the Plastid Genome of Higher Plants.” The seminar sponsored by the Plant Sciences Institute will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, in 3140 Agronomy.

CSREES NEW AGENCY WEB SITE
The USDA- CSREES has a new Web site (http://www.csrees.usda.gov/) that is organized by 11 areas: agricultural and food biosecurity; agricultural systems; animals and animal products; biotechnology and genomics; economics and commerce; families, youth, and communities; food, nutrition, and health; natural resources and environment; pest management; plants and plant products; and technology and engineering.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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IS IT NATURE OR HAVE WE MADE IT?
"Most Americans celebrate nature as the world of original things. And nature may indeed be the world we have not made -- the world of plants, animals, trees and mountains -- but the boundaries between this world of nature and the world of artifice, the world of things we have made, are no longer very clear. Are the cows and crops we breed, the fields we cultivate, the genes we splice natural or unnatural? Are they nature or artifice? We seek the purity of our absence, but everywhere we find our own fingerprints. It is ultimately our own bodies and our labor that blur the boundaries between the artificial and the natural. Even now we tamper with the genetic stuff of our own and other creatures' bodies, altering the design of species. We cannot come to terms with nature without coming to terms with our own work, our own bodies, our own bodily labor.”
-- Richard White, "Do you work for a living," in Uncommon Ground (W.W. Norton & Co., 1996)

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MARGINALIA
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SO YOU THINK YOUR WEEK WAS BUSY? REPORT FROM ISU'S ARMSTRONG FARM
If you need any more evidence that spring has sprung, look no further than ISU's Research and Demonstration Farms. Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the farms, shared the following report on last week's activities at the Armstrong Farm near Lewis, prepared April 17 by farm superintendent Bernie Havlovic:
- Applied urea nitrogen rates to nitrogen trial, incorporated in fertilizer
- Planted corn plots in nitrogen trial
- Spring-tilled tillage plots in tillage study
- Staked out and planted corn in tillage study
- Spring-tilled tillage treatments in tillage x fertility P&K studies
- Applied NH3 nitrogen to P&K fertility corn plots
- Planted 70 percent of bulk corn
- Examined site for this year's specialty soybean trial
- Tilled up garden area and applied compost rates
- Planted potato trial in demo garden
- Weighed backgrounded steers for Neely-Kinyon grazing trial
- Completed grape pruning, applied nitrogen treatments and herbicides in vineyard studies

Next issue: April 26

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AG ONLINE
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