Issue: 297

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COLLEGE NEWS
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KOREAN CONNECTIONS, PART I
Dean Catherine Woteki and others from the College of Agriculture left Iowa Sunday for a one-week working visit to Korea. Woteki was invited by officials at Seoul National University and Yeungnam University to visit and make presentations. Also on the trip are Eric Hoiberg, associate dean, David Acker, assistant dean, and Max Rothschild, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, animal science. Rothschild will present several seminars during the trip. The group also will spend time at Korea University in Seoul, host two College of Agriculture alumni events and finalize an agreement that may help increase the number of Korean undergraduate students in the college.

KOREAN CONNECTIONS, PART II
While in Korea, College of Agriculture administrators will spend a day with a study-abroad group led by Joe Colletti and Richard Schultz, natural resources ecology and management. Seven ISU students are participating in the three-week trip, May 14 to June 5. Students from Yeungnam University in Taegu and their families will host the ISU students in their homes. There are a significant number of College of Agriculture graduates living and working in Korea. Many of the alumni will spend time with the ISU students as they visit rice fields, a livestock operation, a company that markets edible plants, ginseng production areas, a horticultural farm, forests and other natural areas, historical sites and more.

KOREAN CONNECTIONS, PART III: ABE PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED
Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named an honorary scientist by the Republic of Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA). The RDA is responsible for agricultural research and extension in Korea. The RDA has more than 1,140 research scientists working on projects. Xin will be sharing his expertise in the area of animal environment control, especially focusing on poultry.

SESSIONS OPEN FOR SCIENCE/PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
The campus community is invited to attend selected sessions of the conference "Land Grant University Science and Public Policy: Enhancing the Connections" on Tuesday through Thursday, May 11 to 13, in the Gallery, Memorial Union. The conference session titled “Workshop on the Art and Science of Writing Policy Briefs” is reserved for those participating in three days. The rest of the conference is open for faculty, staff and students interested in specific sessions. Details: http://www.agron.iastate.edu/initiatives/GASPI/spsindex.html. Contact: Ann Finan, afinan@iastate.edu, or Clare Hinrichs, hinrichs@iastate.edu.

ABE FACULTY MEMBER SPEAKS BEFORE SENATE AG COMMITTEE
Tom Richard, agricultural and biosystems engineering, gave a presentation last Thursday at a session on biomass use in energy production before the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Richard spoke on a panel discussing the development of biomass feedstocks. Richard, who has researched the conversion of corn stover and manure to produce energy, spoke of the potential diversification of Iowa crops by using cover crops and perennials for bio-based production. Richard’s presentation is available at: http://agriculture.senate.gov/Hearings/hearings.cfm?hearingId=1161

ANIMAL SCIENTISTS HONORED BY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY
The American Society of Animal Science will honor two Iowa State animal scientists at its July awards ceremony in St. Louis. Marshall Jurgens has been named a fellow and Colin Scanes has been named the recipient of the ASAS 2004 Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award.

AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTED AT P&S FORUM
Last Thursday, the Professional and Scientific Council held a roundtable forum featuring successful programs from recruitment and retention grant recipients. Two College of Agriculture staff members -- Derrick Exner, agronomy, and Nina Grant, minority program coordinator in the College of Agriculture -- described lessons they’d learned and how their programs benefited from the grants. Exner presented information about efforts to recruit minority students through a mentoring and experiential learning project in Perry. Grant talked about her efforts to recruit minority interns from Iowa. P&S employees can submit proposals every August. Since 1994 the President's office has provided a total of $265,000 in grants.

EXOTIC FOOD + SKITS + AWARDS = FUN FOR ISU STUDENTS
The tradition began in the 1930s, although the exact date is a bit fuzzy. Students majoring in forestry at Iowa State would contribute wild game they had bagged for an annual spring banquet. Fast forward to 2004. The tradition continued April 24 with the natural resource ecology and management department’s recognition banquet. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-05-06&f...

FUNGUS NAMED AFTER LONGTIME IOWA STATE PROFESSOR
A recently discovered Iowa truffle has been named after Lois Tiffany, emeritus Distinguished Professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology. Rosanne Healy, a biologist in the department of genetics, development and cell biology, discovered the new species and says it's the first of this type reported in the world. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/04/may/mushroom.shtml

SEVERAL FACTORS WILL SWAY SUMMER CORN MARKETS
An Iowa State economist says the past winter's burgeoning corn prices may continue into the summer. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/may04/may0402.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 11-13: Science and policy workshop, Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative, contact: Clare Hinrichs, 4-5154 or hinrichs@iastate.edu
June 25: Tree Steward Conference, all day, campus, more: http://www.forestry.iastate.edu/one_steward/steward_one.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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USING THE AMPERSAND (&)
Use the ampersand when it is part of a company's formal name: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The ampersand should not otherwise be used in place of “and.” (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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AQUACULTURE: ANOTHER AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION?
Using roaming robots, the University of New Hampshire has created the first fish farm on the open ocean. The development holds the potential of ocean ranches that will be vast, fully automated and mobile. Researcher Jim McVey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, "There are risks, absolutely there are. But we have the chance to set in motion a second agricultural revolution in our lifetimes. Plus, as a bonus, we can help save the oceans. I honestly can't think of anything more exciting than that." (Wired, May 2004, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.05/fish.html?pg=1&topic=fish&topic...(none)

CHILDREN’S FARM INJURIES DROP IN STUDY
A new study from the Bassett Research Institute and its affiliate, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, is the first to test whether guidelines for preventing child injuries on the farm are effective. In 1999, the center had issued a set of guidelines to help adults assign safe and appropriate farm jobs to children. Injuries were reduced by nearly one-half after parents received the guidelines compared with a control group, the new study found. Yet 54 percent of the injuries that occurred were not reflected in the guidelines. "It's not to say the guidelines don't work, but there's a whole slew of other injuries occurring that have nothing to do with the guidelines," an institute researcher said.
(Health Day News, May 4, http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=97&ncid=97&e=7&u=/hsn/20...)

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MARGINALIA
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CAREER PLANS OF SPRING AGRICULUTRE GRADUATES
Here are a few selected career, educational or other plans reported by College of Agriculture graduating seniors at Saturday’s college convocation:
- Agri-specialist, Ecolab
- Working for John Deere Ag Management Solutions, Urbandale
- Agricultural education instructor in Caledonia, Minn.
- Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps
- Sales associate, Sunny Fresh Foods, Monticello, Minn.
- Farming in Radcliffe and manager of shipping and receiving for Innovative Lighting
- Soil conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Working for Racoon Valley Bank
- Operation management position with ADM, Clarkfield, Minn.
- Working at the Audubon Manning veterinary clinic
- Working on a master's degree in plant breeding at ISU
- Agronomy production specialist, Agriliance
- Research assistant, Garst Seed Co., Slater
- Pursue nutritional science master's and doctorate degrees
- Graduate school in medicinal chemistry, University of Iowa
- Diagnostic virology lab technician, USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory
- Graduate research on bison behavior in Nebraska
- Park ranger, Webster County Conservation
- Mission trip to South Africa and Botswana this summer
- Working at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, S.C.
- Sales at John Morrell, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Graduate studies in human genetics
- Zookeeper
- Graduate school in soil fertility, University of Wisconsin
- Return to family farm near Seneca
- Agronomist, Pinnacle
- Working for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Hedrick
- Officer in the U.S. Army
- Credit manager, Wells Fargo, Phoenix
- Sales position with Elanco Animal Health
- Working for ABS Global in northeast Iowa
- Sales and marketing at AGCO Corp., Atlanta
- District sales manager, Golden Harvest Seeds
- Farm underwriter trainee, Allied Insurance, Des Moines
- Broker's assistant, Advance Trading, Bloomington, Ill.
- Production supervisor, Syngenta Seeds, Lone Tree
- Assisting in the management of a custom hay-baling business, selling alfalfa seed and farming
- Loan officer, Farm Service Agency
- Sales trainee, Ag Partners, Emmetsburg
- Take time off, relax and enjoy life

Next issue: May 17

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