Issue: 306

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FACULTY NEEDED FOR CHEMICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
The College of Agriculture will play a part in the 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education on campus July 18 to 22. The conference is open to middle school science teachers, secondary school chemistry teachers and college chemistry instructors from across the nation. The college will host a symposium, Applications of Chemistry in Agriculture, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. July 21 and will have an information booth to promote the college. Faculty members are needed to give a 15- to 20-minute presentation at the symposium. The presentation can be about your research or to highlight opportunities for chemists in your discipline. Tours of your department or research facility also are of interest for the participants. Contact Terri Boylston, 4-0077 or tboylsto@iastate.edu, if you would like to speak at the symposium or provide a tour. For more information see the BCCE website: http://www.chem.iastate.edu/bcce/.

ISU HOSTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPEN HOUSE JULY 14
Iowa State is hosting an open house Wednesday for economic development professionals and company representatives to explore how they can partner with the university to strengthen Iowa's economy. Tours of campus facilities include biotechnology instrumentation and laboratories, the business and research incubator of the Plant Sciences Institute, and the pilot processing facilities in the Center for Crops Utilization Research. One of the guest speakers will be Max Rothschild, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and animal science professor, who will talk about the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics and how ISU animal science research impacts daily life. A complete schedule of the day's events is at http://www.industry.iastate.edu/openhouse/.

SCIENTIST TO PRESENT SEMINAR ON IRAQI WETLANDS THURSDAY
Hamid Ahmed, a marine biologist and a visiting professor at Basrah University in Iraq, will speak in Ames Thursday, July 15, on restoring the fragile wetlands of southern Iraq. Ahmed is an Iraqi expatriate who has lived in England since 1991. He is visiting with several faculty and staff members at Iowa State to explore the potential of assembling an international group of scientists and students to collaborate with Iraqi universities and institutions to help restore the region's ecology, agriculture, culture and economy. Ahmed's presentation, "Restoring the Mesopotamian Marshes and the Prospects for Renewal in Southern Iraq," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Department of Entomology, International Studies Program and other ISU programs.

NEW DEVELOPMENT OFFICER JOINS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
Kim Peter has joined the College of Agriculture development team as senior director of development. Peter will work with prospective major gift donors whose support will benefit programs across the college. She was director of development for NBA Ramsey Home in Des Moines and previously served as the director of development for the Des Moines Symphony. She is a graduate of Dordt College and is studying for a master’s degree in public administration at Drake University. Her office will be in 310 Curtiss Hall. Contact her at 4-1118 or kimpeter@iastate.edu.

ISU INITIATES ENTREPRENEURSHIP GRANT AWARDS
Chuck Steiner, instructor-in-charge of the Ag450 Farm, has received a grant to produce a video of a successful ISU-alum entrepreneur and curriculum materials that will be incorporated into the Ag450 Farm course in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies. The $5,000 grant is part of a program that will offer new entrepreneurship courses this fall to expand opportunities for ISU students who want to be their own boss. The new courses are funded by a $30,000 grant from the Kaufmann Foundation and managed by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Other courses will be offered through the colleges of Business, Design, Engineering and Family and Consumer Sciences. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/jun/pjc.shtml

CARD TEAM PRODUCES TOP WATER QUALITY POSTER
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development’s Resource and Environmental Policy team received an award for a poster at the 2004 EPA Science Forum held in Washington, D.C. Kevin Egan, Joseph Herriges and Catherine Kling, economics, and John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, were awarded first place and best of show for their poster "Valuing Water Quality in Midwestern Lake Ecosystems."

GARREAU RECEIVES AGSTATE HONOR
Jackie Garreau, secretary at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, was given an award of appreciation by the Iowa AgSTATE group "for her outstanding efforts and dedicated service to Iowa's agricultural industry." A plaque was awarded to Garreau and former CARD assistant director Keith Heffernan at an AgSTATE meeting on June 16. AgSTATE is a think tank made up of representatives from all sectors of Iowa agriculture formed in 1997.

HART PRESENTS AT WORLD BANK MEETING
Chad Hart, scientist at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, gave a presentation at the World Bank meeting last month in Washington, D.C. The meeting was the "Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Agenda: A Preliminary Research Meeting," and Hart discussed ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) agricultural negotiations, specifically looking at domestic agricultural support issues.

NEW ISU FORENSIC SCIENCE PROGRAM BUILDS ON TV EXPOSURE
The fall network schedule includes three versions of the popular “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” television show, with forensic scientists ferreting out physical evidence to solve crimes. A new academic program in forensic science gives Iowa State University students a behind-the-scenes view. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-07-08&f...

CONFERENCE ON RAISING LIVESTOCK IN HOOPS SET FOR SEPT. 14
A conference focusing on using hoop barns and bedded systems for producing livestock will take place Sept. 14, organized by Iowa State University. Iowa State researchers have been studying hoops for livestock production for nine years. Participants will have the opportunity to step inside a virtual hoop structure developed at Iowa State as a tool for housing design. Speakers from Australia, Canada, England, The Netherlands and Ukraine will share how hoops and bedded systems are used in those countries. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/hoopcon.html

HORTICULTURE STATION HOSTS SPECIALTY FIELD DAYS
The Iowa State University Horticulture Station will host turfgrass, aquaculture and demonstration garden field days July 12 through Aug. 10 at the Horticulture Station. For instance, the recently completed ISU Aquatic Research Facility will be the focus of the Aquaculture Field Day at 6:30 p.m. July 23. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/hortfd.html

LEOPOLD CENTER SEEKS IDEAS FOR NEW PROJECTS
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is seeking ideas for marketing and food systems projects that will to lead to rural economic development rooted in environmental and community stewardship. The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is August 24. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2004/rfp_070904.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
July 13: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/may04/may0406.html
July 14: Seminar on Value Chain Relationships That Sustain Farmers, 6:30 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
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. 6: Abstracts due for an international scientific symposium on alternative swine housing systems, which is set for Sept. 15,
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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LESSER OR FEWER?
"Less" refers to quantity; "fewer" to number. For example: Fewer than 10 people called. She had less than $10 in her purse. (Word Usage in Scientific Writing, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/checklist.html)

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INFOGRAZING
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ANIMAL WASTE TECHNOLOGY PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The Small Business Innovation Research Program has created a competitive grant opportunity to develop technologies and environmentally sound approaches for improved management of animal waste. Proposals are sought that will reduce the adverse impact of animal waste on the environment and people, and improve the economics of animal production by optimizing waste management technologies and creating value-added products derived from animal waste. More at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/sbir_rfa.html.

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MARGINALIA
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BEER WITH GM CORN BREWED FOR EUROPEANS
Biotech beer is being drafted as a genetically modified product aimed at the Europeans. A consortium of the world's largest biotech companies led by Monsanto Co. has helped fund a Swedish brewer's new light lager that's produced with the usual hops and barley and a little genetically engineered corn. The Associated Press reported that brew master Kenth Persson hopes to profit from the buzz his biotech brew is generating, while biotech companies hope it can gently sway consumers as European regulators slowly reopen the continent to genetically altered foods. The brewer won't say how many bottles have been sold since the beer was unveiled earlier this year in Denmark and Sweden. But he says 4,000 bottles are on their way to stores and pubs in Germany and he's in talks with stores in the United Kingdom. (Associated Press, July 9)

Next issue: July 19
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AG ONLINE
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