Issue: 302

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NEW LEADERS FOR AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES EXTENSION PROGRAM
Iowa State University Extension and the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine are consolidating two administrative positions to better integrate extension programs in agriculture and natural resources. Gerald Miller will become director of the ISU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program as of July 1. Miller also will maintain his current responsibilities as the College of Agriculture's associate dean for extension programs and outreach. Paul Brown will be the assistant director for the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program. Brown has served as the area extension education director in northeast Iowa for six years. Prior to that he served as an extension field specialist in farm management.

COLLEGE INVENTORS HONORED FOR DISCOVERIES
College of Agriculture inventors were honored last month by the university and Iowa State University Research Foundation. Food science and human nutrition researchers Jay-Lin Jane, Kris Spence, Shuhuan Wang, Su She Zhang, Perminus Mungara and Jinwen Zhang were recognized for developing SoyPlus, a plastics resin made from soybeans. Walter Fehr, agronomy, and Earl Hammond, food science and human nutrition, were recognized for developing 1 percent linolenic soybean oil, which is low in trans fats. Max Rothschild, animal science, also was recognized for winning a 2002 R&D 100 award for his discovery with former graduate student Kwan-Suk Kim of the PT1 gene test for pig appetite regulation, and being named the 2002 Iowa Inventor of the Year.

ISENHART TO BE PRESENTED RESEARCH AWARD
Thomas Isenhart, natural resource ecology and management, has been named a recipient of the 2003 Best Research Award by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The award will be presented at the society’s awards luncheon next month in St. Paul, Minn.

STEM CELL BIOLOGY FOCUS OF IOWA STATE CONFERENCE
The deadline for abstracts for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference at Iowa State is July 28. The Symposium on Stem Cell Biology: Development and Plasticity will be held Sept. 16-19. It is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Biotechnology. The conference will take place at the Scheman Building. The Iowa State registration deadline is Aug. 23. More at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html

SOYBEAN APHIDS DISCOVERED IN EASTERN IOWA
Soybean aphids have been found in several places in eastern Iowa. Marlin Rice, Iowa State University extension entomologist, says farmers shouldn’t panic, but they do need to check their fields. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jun04/jun0406.html

ISU VOLUNTEERS HELP RESEARCHERS IMPROVE MEAT QUALITY
Each year, faculty, staff and students at Iowa State are asked to volunteer for good causes. Sometimes the request is to participate in a food test conducted in the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition’s sensory evaluation unit. Details in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-06-10&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 17: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., Crawfordsville, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 23: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 24: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., Nashua, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 24: McNay Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 5:30 p.m., Chariton, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 25: Tree Steward Conference, all day, campus, more: http://www.forestry.iastate.edu/one_steward/steward_one.htm
June 25: Farewell open house for Stu Melvin, Dwaine Bundy, Jim Baker, Jeff Lorimor and Graeme Quick, agricultural biosystems and engineering department faculty, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Reiman Gardens, RSVP by June 14 to Sue Ziegenbusch, 4-1434 or sziegenb@iastate.edu
June 28: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 29: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 30: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
June 30: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9 a.m., Sutherland, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
June 30: Reception for the Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship speakers, 5 to 7 p.m., LeBaron Hall lounge and courtyard
July 2: Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship, 10 a.m. to noon, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu
July 12: Horticulture Station fruit and vegetable field day, TBA, Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 13: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/may04/may0406.html
July 20: Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 5 p.m., Fruitland, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 22: Horticulture Station turfgrass field day, 9 a.m., Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 23: Horticulture Station aquaculture field day, 6 p.m., Gilbert, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
July 30: Allee Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 11 a.m., Newell, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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USING CONTINUAL AND CONTINUOUS CORRECTLY
Continual means a steady repetition, over and over again: The merger has been the source of continual litigation. Continuous means uninterrupted, steady, unbroken: All she saw ahead of here was a continuous stretch of desert. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002)

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INFOGRAZING
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXTENSION’S DES MOINES ARTS FESTIVAL DISPLAYS
Iowa State Extension is still looking for volunteers to staff its exhibits and activities at the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 25-27. Displays will include gardening, 4-H, health and fitness, science and technology and quilts. The Polk County extension web site has the list of activities volunteers can help with (http://www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/4h/artfestival/) and a link to sign up.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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DIRECT EXPERIENCE IS VALUABLE
"Knowledge gained through experience of plants and animals is not an inferior substitute for proper scientific knowledge; it is the real thing. Direct experience is the only way to build up an understanding that is not only intellectual but intuitive and practical, involving the senses and the heart as well as the rational mind. Scientific investigations can illuminate and enrich this direct practical knowledge, but they are no substitute for it; indeed, they depend on it themselves."
-- Rupert Sheldrake, British biologist "The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God" (Park Street Press; Reprint edition 1994)

Next issue: June 21

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AG ONLINE
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