- New grants for international
- International ag award nominees
- Student job opportunities at
Ag Career Day, Nov. 7
- Other ISU Ag Week activities,
- Station Project Proposal Workshop
- Brenton Center dedication set
- Swine proposal would involve
- Odor meeting draws reporters
- Four receive Ag Alumni Society
- Yes, George, there is an ISU
known for its ag research
- Gramm visits CCUR, calls for
- A few recent college activities,
by the numbers
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Pedantic? Who, me?
- Future of the Ph.D. examined
- 'Assure needy of not only food,
- 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
STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT AG CAREER DAY,
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,
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
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
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
Number attending Reiman Gardens dedication:
Number attending International Livestock
Odor Conference: 520
Countries represented at odor conference:
Number attending college's Parent and Family
Weekend reception: 133
Number attending Ag Alumni Society's Tent-A-Gate:
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
Nov. 11 -- Brenton Center dedication
Nov. 9 -- Leopold Center proposals due,
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
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
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)