Issue: 30

COLLEGE NEWS

- New grants for international

ag activities

- International ag award nominees

sought

- Student job opportunities at

Ag Career Day, Nov. 7

- Other ISU Ag Week activities,

Nov. 5-10

- Station Project Proposal Workshop

Nov. 8

- Brenton Center dedication set

Nov. 11

- Swine proposal would involve

research, outreach

- Odor meeting draws reporters

(like flies?)

- Four receive Ag Alumni Society

awards

- Yes, George, there is an ISU

known for its ag research

- Gramm visits CCUR, calls for

more R&D

- A few recent college activities,

by the numbers

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Pedantic? Who, me?

INFOGRAZING

- Future of the Ph.D. examined

in "Science"

EXTERNAL VOICES

- 'Assure needy of not only food,

but dignity'

MARGINALIA

- Oh Lord, won't you buy me a

natural Mercedes Benz

C O L L E G E N E W S

NEW GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL AG ACTIVITIES

The Dean of Agriculture's International

Agricultural Competitiveness and Sustainability Grants will award

about 15 grants averaging $2,000 each to support international

activities in curriculum development, research exchanges and faculty/staff

development. About half of the awards will be directed to projects

for Ukraine and Russia. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit

proposals. Applications will be available Nov. 15; deadline will

be Jan. 31, 1996. For more information: International Agriculture

Programs, 104 Curtiss, 294-8454.

INTERNATIONAL AG AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT

A new award will recognize outstanding performance

by a College of Agriculture faculty member in promoting the globalization

of research, extension or instruction programs at ISU. The Excellence

in International Agriculture Award recipient will receive $1,000.

Nomination deadline: Feb. 1, 1996. For more information: David

Acker, director, International Agriculture Programs, 294-8454

or dacker@iastate.edu.

STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT AG CAREER DAY,

NOV. 7

Make a note to remind job-seeking students

to attend Agriculture Career Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m. to

3:30 p.m., Memorial Union. More than 125 employers will be there;

90 will be seeking summer hires. For more information: Roger Bruene,

294-4725.

OTHER ISU AG WEEK ACTIVITIES, NOV. 5-10

Besides Ag Career Day, student activities

during Ag Week at ISU, Nov. 5-10, will include:

- Sunday, Nov. 5: Chili supper, second floor

commons, Agronomy Hall, 6 p.m.

- Monday, Nov. 6: Mock interviews, 2050

Agronomy (sign up outside 120 Curtiss)

- Wednesday, Nov. 8: Collegiate Farm Bureau

symposium on Iowa livestock legislation, Great Hall, Memorial

Union, 7 p.m.

STATION PROJECT PROPOSAL WORKSHOP NOV. 8

An Experiment Station Project Proposal Workshop

will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon to 2 p.m., 229 Curtiss. Susan

Lamont and Shirley Riney will discuss administrative procedures,

proposal preparation, CRIS forms, common problems and other topics.

Faculty or staff involved in any stage of station proposal preparation

are encouraged to attend. Bring a sack lunch -- beverages and

dessert are provided. RSVP by Nov. 6 to Carla Persaud, 294-9376

or cpersaud@iastate.edu.

BRENTON CENTER DEDICATION SET NOV. 11

Faculty and staff are invited to the dedication

of the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology

Transfer, 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, Room 13, Curtiss Hall. On

the program will be President Martin Jischke; Dean David Topel;

Richard Carter, head of agricultural education and studies; Colby

Entriken, president, Ag Student Council; and donor Bob Brenton.

A tour and demonstration of center facilities will follow.

SWINE PROPOSAL WOULD INVOLVE RESEARCH, OUTREACH

State legislative leaders recently proposed

a multiyear, $9-million program in which ISU would tackle odor

and other environmental problems in the swine industry. The proposal

would combine basic and applied research with Extension and outreach

programs, including on-farm demonstrations. ISU would cooperate

with producers, communities, farm and commodity groups, community

colleges, agribusinesses and others. The proposal was developed

with input from the College of Agriculture.

ODOR MEETING DRAWS REPORTERS (LIKE FLIES?)

Where else would you have been if you've

a nose for news? At ISU's International Livestock Odor Conference

last week, 29 representatives of the news media attended, and

another dozen called for interviews with conference participants.

Media included 9 newspapers, 15 radio stations, 3 TV stations,

6 magazines and the Associated Press. The conference co-chairs

were Hank Harris, chair, microbiology, immunology & preventive

medicine, and Stewart Melvin, head, ag & biosystems engineering.

FOUR RECEIVE AG ALUMNI SOCIETY AWARDS

The College of Agriculture Alumni Society

has recognized four alumni for outstanding service to agriculture.

Innovators in Agriculture Award: Roger Underwood, Ames (Ag Business

'80). Meritorious Award in Agriculture: C.J. Gauger, Ames, (Ag

Education '39 and '55, and a retired ISU professor). Professional

Agribusiness Award: Thomas Lyon, Shawano, WI (Dairy Science '62).

Production Agriculture Award: James Meyer, Odebolt (Ag Education

'57, Ag Studies '65).

YES, GEORGE, THERE IS AN ISU KNOWN FOR ITS

AG RESEARCH

A staff member with "George" magazine,

the new publication from John F. Kennedy, Jr., contacted ISU recently

to confirm that "many presidential candidates criss-cross

the state prior to the caucuses and stop at places like Iowa State

University, known for its agricultural research." A story

on Iowa's caucuses is slated to appear in "George."

GRAMM VISITS CCUR, CALLS FOR MORE R&D

On Oct. 20, presidential candidate Phil

Gramm toured the Center for Crops Utilization Research. The Texas

senator made a pitch for additional funds for agricultural research

and development. Five news reporters attended, including one from

the Toledo, Ohio, Blade.

A FEW RECENT COLLEGE ACTIVITIES, BY THE

NUMBERS

Number attending Reiman Gardens dedication:

800

Number attending International Livestock

Odor Conference: 520

Countries represented at odor conference:

11

Number attending college's Parent and Family

Weekend reception: 133

Number attending Ag Alumni Society's Tent-A-Gate:

200

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Nov.- Ag Week at ISU

Nov. 7 -- Ag Career Day, Memorial Union

Nov. 8 -- Experiment Station Project Proposal

Workshop, 229 Curtiss

Nov. 8 -- Culture and Agriculture in Omsk,

Russia, 225 Curtiss

Nov.- National FFA Convention, Kansas

City

Nov. 11 -- Brenton Center dedication

Nov. 9 -- Leopold Center proposals due,

209 Curtiss

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

PEDANTIC? WHO, ME?

A mission statement from an unnamed department

at an unnamed institution of higher learning: The [department]

is devoted to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge that can be applied

to the human environment interface as an integrated problem focus

within a diverse world.

I N F O G R A Z I N G

FUTURE OF THE PH.D. EXAMINED IN "SCIENCE"

An Oct. 6 special edition of Science explores

the future of the Ph.D., including the debate over reducing the

number of Ph.D. students; university changes to accommodate changing

Ph.D. career paths; interviews with industry research directors;

visits with new Ph.D.s in new jobs; discussions with grad students

who are getting confusing messages; and interviews with 26 "particularly

promising students."

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

'ASSURE NEEDY OF NOT ONLY FOOD, BUT DIGNITY'

"The World Food Prize recognizes above

all the plight of the needy and the efforts being made to assure

them of not only food, but also dignity and a chance to move beyond

the daily insecurity of not knowing if their families will enjoy

the next meal." -- Hans Herren, the 1995 World Food Prize

Laureate, honored for his work in controlling a pest endangering

cassava, a staple crop of millions of Africans.

M A R G I N A L I A

OH LORD, WON'T YOU BUY ME A NATURAL MERCEDES

BENZ

The Mercedes E-class automobiles are made

with nature's bounty in mind, using a combination of flax and

sisal in the door backing panels, coconut fibers and animal hair

in the front seat cushions, and cotton fiber sound insulation.

The short flax fibers used in the door panels -- light-weight

and resistant to impacts -- are the leftovers after longer fibers

are sorted out for use in clothing and bed linen manufacturing.

(Popular Science, November)

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