Issue: 304

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NEW CHAIR FOR FOOD SCIENCE AND HUMAN NUTRITION
Ruth MacDonald has been named chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. MacDonald, a registered dietician, will begin on Aug. 1. She has been chair of the food science department at the University of Missouri in Columbia since 2002, having joined the faculty in 1987. MacDonald has conducted research to identify factors in food that reduce the incidence or progression of cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Her bachelor’s degree is from Western Maryland College. She will replace Diane Birt, who will continue her teaching and research duties in the department.

TOLLEFSON NAMED NEW CHAIR OF ENTOMOLOGY
Jon Tollefson, a professor in the Department of Entomology will become chair of the department on July 1. Tollefson’s appointment will be for five years. He has been at Iowa State since 1975, the same year he earned a doctorate in entomology from Iowa State. Tollefson has specialized in research on the management of the corn rootworm in addition to his teaching duties. He takes over for Joel Coats, who completes a five-year appointment as chair on June 30. Coats will return to the faculty.

KELLY TO LEAVE NREM FOR VIRGINIA TECH
J. Michael Kelly, chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, will become the dean of Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources, effective Sept. 1. Kelly joined Iowa State’s Department of Forestry as professor and department chair in 1995, a position he held until 2002 when the department merged with the Department of Animal Ecology. He became chair of the new NREM department. An interim department chair will be named soon. More: http://www.vt.edu/news/showitem.php?id=1088021107

SUMMER LECTURESHIP ON GLOBAL FOOD NEEDS
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend “Meeting Future Global Food Needs,” a summer lectureship in food science and human nutrition this week. Speakers include Helen Jensen, economics; Norman Borlaug, Nobel laureate and Iowa native; Kristen Hessler, ISU Biotechnology Office; Hank Fitzhugh, founding director, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; and Chris Dowswell, Sasakawa Africa Association. Class times are 10 a.m. to noon, June 28 to July 2 in 1352 Gilman. Borlaug will speak Tuesday, June 29; Dowswell on Wednesday, June 30; Jensen on Thursday, July 1; and Hessler on Friday, July 2. A reception for the Meeting Future Global Food Needs summer lectureship speakers will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the LeBaron Hall lounge and courtyard. For more information: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu. The class is sponsored by the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition and the ISU Nutritional Sciences Council.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR EXERCISE AND SUPPLEMENT STUDY
A new study by the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition and the health and human performance department will examine the effects of protein and energy supplementation following resistance exercise in men and women 50 to 65 years old. Participants will complete three individualized strength-training sessions a week for 12 weeks. Following each training session, participants will consume one of three drinks: a protein supplement, an energy supplement or a placebo. The primary aim is to determine whether a protein or energy supplement will increase muscle mass and strength, while decreasing body fat. If you are interested in participating, contact Katie Mikus, 4-1216 or ktmikus@iastate.edu.

ALUMNUS NAMED ACTING PRESIDENT OF PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Johnson Bia, an ISU alumnus in agricultural education, has been named the acting president for Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus in Tucson, Ariz. Pima is the eighth largest multicampus community college in the nation, with more than 82,000 students. Bia currently is the dean of Workforce and Business Development at the community campus and has more than 12 years of administrative experience at PCC. He earned his doctorate in agricultural education at Iowa State in 1986. Prior to coming to PCC, Bia was the executive director of Rural Business Development Corp., a subsidiary of Portable Practical Educational Preparation. He also served as the state director of Department of Labor, Title IV, Section 402, Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker program; as president and director of instruction at Crownpoint Institute of Technology in New Mexico; and as director of human resources for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

PAPERS SOUGHT FOR SWINE HOUSING SYMPOSIUM
Abstracts are due Aug. 6 for an international scientific symposium on alternative swine housing systems set for Sept. 15 in the Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall. The format of the symposium will include oral presentations, moderated discussions on emerging research issues and a poster session. It is being held in conjunction with a producer-oriented conference, “Hoop Barns and Bedded Systems for Livestock Systems,” on Sept. 14. Details on both events are available at: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/ABLS/. Proposals should include: title of the paper; presentation format; session, welfare and behavior, production and product or environment; presenter name and contact information; contact person if different than speaker; and abstract of no more than 200 words. Abstracts should be submitted to Tom Richard at tlr@iastate.edu . Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 15Registration for the symposium is free, although pre-registration is required by Sept. 10. Send names and affiliations of all attendees by mail, email or fax to Beth Weiser, program assistant, agricultural and biosystems engineering, 208 Davidson, weiser@iastate.edu or 4-2255 (fax).

ISU STUDENTS FIND COMMON GROUND IN SOUTH KOREA
Seven Iowa State students recently spent three weeks in South Korea, earning credits on a study abroad trip that focused on natural resources and agriculture. The trip was part of an exchange agreement between the ISU College of Agriculture and Yeungnam University’s College of Natural Resources. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-06-24&f...

SOYBEAN RUST TRAINING SESSIONS PLANNED FOR CROP PROFESSIONALS
The Iowa Soybean Rust Team will offer training sessions in July for the state’s 1,500 certified crop advisers, certified professional agronomists and independent crop consultants. Although it is unlikely the disease will appear in Iowa in 2004, plans are being made to prepare for the possible arrival of the disease. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rust3.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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POST OFFICE CAN BE LOWERCASE
The term post office may be used but is no longer capitalized because the governmental agency is now the U.S. Postal Service. Use lowercase in referring to a specific office: I went to the post office.
The Associated Press Stylebook, 2002

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INFOGRAZING
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FOURTH OF JULY PROGRAM AT FARM HOUSE MUSEUM
An Independence Day Celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Farm House Museum. Games, music, performances by the Onion Creek Cloggers and tours of the Farm House Museum will be available. Hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade will be available for purchase.

CYTATION AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE JULY 1
Cytation Awards acknowledge P&S employees whose performance has been above and beyond the call of duty. Through the awards, President Geoffroy personally thanks awardees for their contributions to Iowa State. Nomination forms are online: http://www.pscouncil.iastate.edu/CYtation.html

SMALL FARM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS SOUGHT
Oct. 5 is the deadline for proposals for the National Research Initiative’s Enhancing the Prosperity of Small Farms and Rural Agricultural Communities program. The program fosters interdisciplinary studies to improve our understanding of the interactions between the economic, social, biological and environmental components important to small farms and rural economic development. Applicants should propose integrated research, education and extension projects that address small farms and/or rural agricultural communities. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?fonum=1200

THE SCIENCE OF AG: FIELD DAY AT ISU NORTHEAST FARM
“Superintendent Ken Pecinovsky keeps a watchful eye on the outdoor laboratory of corn and soybean plots, garden vegetables and grape vines.” Read more on the Mason City Globe-Gazette’s coverage of a recent field day at ISU’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua:
http://www.globegazette.com/archives/archive_template.php?content=http:/...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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SCIENCE NEITHER BORING NOR OBJECTIVE
“The scientific community speaks about its work in a cool and disinterested manner. To present an exciting profile would be unprofessional. Any excess of emotion would suggest a lack of neutrality and therefore a tendency to read what they want in the facts rather than reporting what they see. Scientific objectivity must therefore appear to be boring. … Scientists are well aware that their work is neither boring nor objective. If it were, very few discoveries would be made.”
-- John Ralston Saul, "The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense" (1994, Free Press)

PROFESSORS IN THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
For Robert Thompson, being a professor at Syracuse University means teaching, researching and averaging 30 interviews per week with reporters. For John Allen Williams, the scholar's life means keeping a jacket and tie in his Loyola University Chicago office at all times, just in case television news crews need a quick quote. Such is the life for scholars in today's competitive environment among colleges and universities. As schools vie to attract top students, top faculty and top-dollar gifts, they count on their bookish professors to leave the library and enter the studio, where their insights on the day's news might help put their institutions on the map. "It lends a certain credibility when they see you on television," says Mr. Williams, an expert in military affairs. "It may boost student enrollment in my courses." See the full story in the Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0625/p11s01-legn.html.

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MARGINALIA
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JITTER-FREE COFFEE PLANT DISCOVERED
Brazilian scientists have discovered a naturally decaffeinated coffee plant. Decaffeinated coffee accounts for about 10 percent of world consumption but key flavors are sacrificed when the caffeine is removed. The decaf plant, which is from Ethiopia, has not been grown commercially, but researchers plan to test productivity with a goal of developing a crop and also will try to transfer its low caffeine trait by crossing it with highly productive commercial varieties. If the decaffeinated coffee is commercially productive, naturally decaffeinated coffee could be on the market in five or six years. If it isn't, coffee from a cross with other varieties could take up to 15 years. (Reuters, June 24)

Next issue: July 6
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AG ONLINE
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