Issue: 303

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COLLEGE NEWS
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TWO DEAN POSITIONS CONSOLIDATED
The College of Agriculture is consolidating leadership for its academic and international programs into one senior-level position. Beginning July 1, David Acker will begin a six-month transition into the new position of associate dean for academic and global programs. The new position combines Acker's current responsibilities as assistant dean for national and global programs with Eric Hoiberg's duties as associate dean for academic programs. Hoiberg is retiring after 30 years as an Iowa State sociology faculty member and administrator. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/hoiberg.html

AG AND BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING TO MERGE WITH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The agricultural and biosystems engineering department, jointly administered by the colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, will merge July 1 with the industrial education and technology department in the College of Education. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, last week approved the combination. Ramesh Kanwar, professor and chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, will chair the combined program. "Both departments focus on the application and integration of technology," Kanwar said. "There is a synergy among the faculty that will strengthen teaching, outreach and research opportunities. We share a common philosophy in not only educational goals but also in instructional methods." More: http://www.educ.iastate.edu/announce/releases/2004/jun/iedt-abe-qa.html

AG & BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING TEAM DESIGNS, BUILDS TRACTOR FOR CONTEST
A team of Iowa State students recently placed seventh at the 2004 American Society of Agricultural Engineers National 1/4 Scale Tractor Design Competition. The Cyclone Power Pullers’ overall ranking was based on the tractor’s pulling performance, Web site judging, written report, oral presentation and tractor inspection. Each team was given an engine, set of tires and one year to get a tractor ready. The team’s Web site (http://www.abe.iastate.edu/cyclonepowerpullers/) scored first, and its tractor placed third in the pulling contest. Thirty teams competed in the event. Stuart Birrell was the adviser.

RETIRING AG AND BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING FACULTY PROFILED ON WEB
Profiles highlighting the careers of four of the professors retiring this month from agricultural and biosystems engineering are on the College of Agriculture Web site. The faculty featured have been valuable resources to the state of Iowa for research, extension and education on water quality and air quality. A farewell open house for the five retiring faculty will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Reiman Gardens. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/ageng.html

RICARDO SALVADOR WILL LEAD ISU HONORS PROGRAM
Ricardo Salvador, associate professor of agronomy, has been named interim faculty director of the ISU Honors Program, effective July 1. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2004/jun/salvador.shtml

ISU EXPERTS BELIEVE SOYBEAN RUST WON'T ARRIVE THIS YEAR
An Iowa State plant disease expert says it is unlikely soybean rust will reach the continental United States and impact soybean production this year. X.B. Yang, professor of plant pathology, has studied the disease since 1989. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rust2.html

ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFERED JUNE 29
As part of a multi-state event, ISU Extension will be offering a program to increase awareness of soybean rust issues in Iowa. The presentation will be available at nine locations around the state on June 29. Personnel from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the USDA Risk Management Agency and X.B. Yang, ISU professor of plant pathology, are the presenters. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/jun04/jun0419.html

HANDLING OF SPECIALTY CROPS STUDIED BY ISU ECONOMISTS
Increasingly, traits that add value to corn and beans are being introduced into several feed and food markets. These products must be kept segregated from the commodity corn and soybeans typically handled in the same marketing channels. Two economics professors have been studying issues that arise in the handling of specialty crops. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-06-17&f...

NEW TOOL TO LINK SOUTHWEST IOWA FARMERS AND CONSUMERS
Southwest Iowa farmers and consumers have a new tool to help connect to each other through a free service offered by Iowa State. The directory is available for southwest Iowa's small and mid-size farmers seeking to expand their markets and increase profitability. Consumers can search the website to find farmers in their area selling home-grown produce, meats, dairy and craft items. The Southwest Iowa Family Farms Directory was developed by the Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. It can be accessed on the Web at http://www.wallacechair.iastate.edu/endeavors/swiowa.html.

WEED SCIENCE FIELD DAY THURSDAY
ISU Extension is sponsoring a Weed Science Field Day at the ISU Curtiss Farm June 24. This event will offer an opportunity to review experiments and demonstrations of new herbicide technology and application tactics. The field day will start at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from Micheal Owen, extension weed scientist. Then the plots will be open for self-guided tours. There is a $10 fee to cover refreshments and the plot book. There is no pre-registration. For information, contact Owen, 4-1923 or mdowen@iastate.edu.

NEW FARM SIMULATION PROGRAM PREMIERES AT JULY 2 FIELD DAY
Video games let you build your own city, and a new Internet-based simulation program under development at Iowa State lets you build your own farm. I-FARM, a database-driven farming systems simulation model, will be demonstrated July 2 in Harlan. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/farmprg.html

ISU MCNAY RESEARCH FARM TO SELL FALL-CALVING HERD JULY 15
Iowa State University's McNay Research and Demonstration Farm will sell 134 fall-calving cows at an auction July 15 in Russell. The herd is being sold to make room for cattle arriving from the Rhodes research farm. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/cowsale.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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, contact: 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 28: deadline for abstracts for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference to be held Sept. 16-19, Scheman Building, more at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html
July 30: Allee Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 11 a.m., Newell, details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 23: Registration deadline for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference to be held Sept. 16-19, Scheman Building, more at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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‘APPARENTLY’ CAN CAUSE CONFUSION
Apparently (apparent) -- means obviously, clearly, plainly evident, but also means seemingly or ostensibly as well as observably. You know the meaning that you intend, but readers may not. Ambiguity results. Use obvious(ly), clear(ly), seeming(ly), evident(ly), observable or observably, etc., as needed to remove doubt. (Word Usage In Scientific Writing, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/checklist.html)

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INFOGRAZING
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PIONEER FELLOWSHIPS OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS
The Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics invites applications from Iowa State graduate students for Pioneer Fellowships in computational molecular biology and bioinformatics. The fellowships include tuition and benefits, and a stipend of $20,000 for a period of one year. The fellowship year corresponds to the academic year so support for awards made this summer will begin Aug. 23. Pioneer Fellows intern at Pioneer for eight weeks during the summer of their year of support. More: http://www.bcb.iastate.edu/PioneerFellowship/index.html.

CAST PAPER EXAMINES XENOTRANSPLANTATION ISSUES
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has released a report titled "Animal Organ Donors: Human Health Applications." The paper examines concerns and benefits of xenotransplantation, using animals as organ and tissue donors. Topics include applications for xenotransplantation, impacts on human health, barriers to use, and ethical consideration. More at: http://www.cast-science.org

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INTERNAL VOICES
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BARBECUE SAUCE CAN SWEETEN PORK PROFITS
"Put it (a pork shoulder) into a good barbecue sauce and you can get $4 a pound."
-- John Mabry, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, quoted in a June 13 Washington Post story about the Virginia Barbecue Fest. Mabry said barbecue is one way to stretch the profits of processors and retailers giving the example of a producer who sells a pork shoulder to a retailer for 79 cents a pound on average.

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MARGINALIA
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WEB SITE REENACTS THE JOURNEY OF CORN TO ASIA
A Web site detailing corn's migration from Mexico's Aztec civilization to Asia has been prepared by U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service chemist Anne Desjardins and technical information specialist Susan McCarthy. The Web site (http://www.nal.usda.gov/research/maize/introduction.shtml) covers corn's travels, starting with the crop's only known center of domestication in "Mesoamerica," a region comprising south-central Mexico and adjacent areas of Central America. Desjardins' interest in corn's Asian beginnings developed while working in Nepalese villages as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1972. "As I ate my maize [porridge], I wondered how an American crop had become a staple food in a remote region of the Himalayas," she writes in the Web site's introduction. "My neighbors were convinced that their maize, or makai, was 'local'... ."

Next issue: June 28

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AG ONLINE
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