Issue: 295

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AG ONLINE
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COLLEGE NEWS
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NEW SOYBEAN VARIETIES SUBJECT OF MARKET TO MARKET STORY
A feature about the low-linolenic acid soybean varieties developed at Iowa State will be aired by Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30. The new varieties were developed by College of Agriculture faculty members Walter Fehr, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, and Earl Hammond, emeritus University Professor of food science and human nutrition. Oil from the new soybeans doesn’t require hydrogenation reducing the amount of trans fatty acids in foods. The segment will be repeated at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2.

FACULTY ASKED TO PRESENT AT CHEMICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
The College of Agriculture is a sponsor of the 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) to be held July 18-22 at the Scheman Building. The College will host a symposium from 1:30 to 4 p.m., July 21 on “Applications of Chemistry in Agriculture." Faculty members are needed to give a 15- to 20-minute presentation at the symposium. The presentation can be about research or to highlight opportunities for chemists in your discipline. Tours of departments or research facilities also needed. For more information on BCCE: http:www.chem.iastate.edu/bcce. Contact: Terri Boylston, 4-0077 or tboylsto@iastate.edu.

REVIEW HELPS ESTABLISH RESEARCH PRIORITIES
Help keep farmers profitable. Reduce environmental impacts of agriculture. Improve food safety and human nutrition. Provide analysis for public policy decisions. According to Iowans, those are some of the most important things the College of Agriculture should be doing. A summary of the review conducted last fall of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station is here: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/review.html

LAMONT NAMED DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
Susan Lamont has been named a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. Lamont, professor of animal science, leads a world-class research program aimed at improving animal health and food safety. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, plus numerous book chapters, and is widely invited to speak about her research program. Lamont served as chair of the Iowa State animal science department from 2001 to 2003. The title of Distinguished Professor, first awarded in 1956, is the highest academic honor bestowed by Iowa State University. It recognizes a faculty member for exemplary performance in at least two of the following areas: teaching and advising; research, scholarship or artistic creativity; and extension, university service or professional practice.

MEETINGS SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY FOR AG LAW CANDIDATE
The seminar of ag law candidate Roger McEowen, associate professor, agricultural economics and extension specialist in agricultural law and policy, Kansas State University, will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, in 1951 Food Sciences Building. There will be a faculty meeting with him from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in 229 Curtiss Hall. McEowen is the second candidate to visit campus.

CANTRELL TO LEAVE INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Ronald Cantrell, former chair of ISU’s agronomy department, will leave as director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the end of the year. Cantrell is stepping down for health and family reasons, according to a statement. He took the position of director general in September 1998 and led IRRI through major challenges including a cut in its funding and the debate over biotechnology. Cantrell was at Iowa State from 1990 to 1998.

UGANDA FIRST COUNTRY TO BE ASSISTED BY NEW ISU PROGRAM
An Iowa State initiative to help ease hunger and poverty in developing countries was launched last year. This January, work began in the program’s first partner country — Uganda. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-04-22&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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 4: Ag law candidate seminar for Terence Centner, professor, agricultural and applied economics, University of Georgia, 8:30 a.m., in 1951 Food Sciences Building
May 8: College convocation for new graduates, 9 a.m., C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
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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INFOGRAZING
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METABOLIC SYNDROME TOPIC OF VIDEOCONFERENCE THURSDAY
The Current Issues in Nutrition (CIN) Videoconference to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, is about Metabolic Syndrome: Prevention and Treatment Challenges. Paul Flakoll, director of Iowa State’s Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition, is scheduled to make opening remarks. The speakers and topics are listed at: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/404/nutrition.htm) listing of speakers and topics.

SARE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has announced the 2005 call for proposals for its research and education program. The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 15. Details at: http://www.sare.org/ncrsare/cfp.htm.

COLLEGES HELP STUDENT LEARN TO BE ENTREPRENEURS
Colleges and universities are addressing the needs of entrepreneurs, offering courses in practical skills in launching and running a small business. St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., offers entrepreneurship courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs, with the graduate programs covering planning, venture financing, start-up, and managing and growing a business. At the University of Michigan, students study everything from starting small businesses such as restaurants to technologies with intellectual property. (AP/Detroit Free Press April 12, http://www.freep.com/news/education/small12_20040412.htm)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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PLAY TO STAY YOUNG
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
--George Bernard Shaw

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MARGINALIA
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Susan Lamont has been named the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture in animal science. Others named to this honor since 1970 are:
1970 - Kenneth Frey, agronomy
1976 - Neil Harl, economics
1978 - Albert Freeman, animal science
1979 - Richard Willham, animal science
1981 - John Pesek, agronomy
1982 - C. Phillip Baumel, economics
1983 - Allen Trenkle, animal science
1986 - Jerry Sell, animal science
1989 - Donald C. Beitz, animal science /bbmb
1990 - Stanley R. Johnson, economics
1991 - Arnel Hallauer, agronomy
1992 - Lloyd L. Anderson, animal science
1996 - Walter Fehr, agronomy
1999 - Max Rothschild, animal science
2000 - Herbert Fromm, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
2001 - Cornelia Flora, sociology
2002 - Wallace Huffman, sociology

MAY DAY VS. MAYDAY
May Day is May 1, often observed as a festive or political holiday. Mayday is the international distress signal, from the French m'aider, meaning "help me." (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

Next issue: May 3

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