Issue: 311

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COLLEGE NEWS
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CORRECTION ON ANNIVERSARY FIELD DAY DATE
The Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm’s 50th anniversary celebration will continue Aug. 25 at the farm near Doon. The date was wrong in the last issue of Ag Online.

ABE FACULTY GATHER AWARDS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETING
Several faculty members in agricultural & biosystems engineering were honored at the 2004 Annual International Conference of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in Ottawa, Canada. Carl Bern, University Professor, was presented the Massey-Ferguson Education Medal for outstanding teaching of agricultural engineering. Dwaine Bundy, professor emeritus, was presented the Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award for advancing the knowledge and science of agricultural structures and the environment. Professor emeritus Stewart Melvin received the Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award for his contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering. The Cyrus Hall McCormick Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal was given to Graeme Quick, former adjunct professor, for his development of new concepts, products or processes. An ASAE Superior Paper Award was presented to agricultural engineering field specialist Kapil Arora, associate professor Steve Mickelson and University Professor emeritus Jim Baker for a paper on using buffer strips in reducing pesticide transport.

AG BUSINESS CLUB NAMED OUTSTANDING CHAPTER
The Ag Business Club received the Outstanding Chapter Award and the Creative Club Award at the American Agricultural Economics Association annual meetings held Aug. 1-4 in Denver. This was the sixth year the club has been named the Outstanding Chapter. The club won the Creative Club Award for the second straight year for a retreat leaders planned that included a visit to an agribusiness.

IOWA VIROLOGY SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN AMES
The College of Agriculture is one of the sponsors of the Third Biennial All-Iowa Virology Symposium to be held Oct. 22-23 at Reiman Gardens. The symposium provides a forum to highlight virology research in Iowa and to enhance links between virologists. Research in Iowa virology labs will be featured with special emphasis on graduate student and postdoctoral study. Deadline for online registration is Sept. 24. More at: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/iowavirology/

DESIGN ADVANCES FERTILIZER APPLICATION TECHNOLOGY
A fertilizer application system designed at Iowa State was named a top new technology of 2004 by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Called the Impellicone, the system has the potential to reduce the amount of ammonia used on crops. The technology was designed by Mark Hanna, ISU extension agricultural engineer, and Paul Boyd, a former graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2004/aug/hanna.shtml

TWENTY YEARS OF AGRICULTURAL AND TRADE POLICY RESEARCH
In 1984, the U.S. Congress decided it needed help developing the next farm bill. A special appropriation led to the establishment of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. Twenty years later, this joint effort between Iowa State and the University of Missouri-Columbia continues to provide vital information to public policymakers. Details in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-08-12&f...

NEW ISU SCHOLARSHIP HONORS AGRICREDIT OFFICIAL
A new scholarship in the College of Agriculture will honor a long-time company executive at Agricredit Acceptance LLC, of Johnston. The Dennis Fedosa/Agricredit Scholarship for Excellence in Agricultural Business will be awarded each year to an undergraduate student majoring in agricultural business in the Department of Economics. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/agricredit.html

SEMINARS TO INTRODUCE NEW ISU FACULTY MEMBER IN AG LAW
ISU’s new expert in agricultural law, Roger McEowen, agricultural education and studies, will present a series of "get acquainted" seminars around the state. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/aug04/aug0410.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 23: Registration deadline for the 13th annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference Sept. 16-19, Scheman Building, more at: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/sp433.html
Aug. 24: On-Farm Conservation and Water Quality Field Day, 9 a.m., near Ames
Aug. 24: Deadline for the Leopold Center's Marketing and Food Systems Initiative Request for Preproposals, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/marketingRFP_070...
Aug. 24: On-Farm Conservation and Water Quality Field Day Swine Nutrition Farm, 9 a.m., near Ames, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 24: Western Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Castana, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 25: Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm 50th anniversary celebration, 9 a.m., near Doon
Aug. 26-28: Farm & Field Fest, near Boone, http://www.farmshows.com/Iowa/index.shtm
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Farm Progress Show, near Alleman, http://www.farmprogressshow.com/ME2/Audiences/default.asp
Sept. 8: Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., near Lewis, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 9: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 15: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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DESIGNING POSTERS THAT ATTRACT ATTENTION
When well designed, posters are not simply journal papers pasted onto boards. A web page featuring tips on poster design (http://www.writing.eng.vt.edu/posters.html) suggests the first step is to quickly orient the audience passing by to what the work is so they can make a decision on whether to stop and read. The Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students site offers more communication tips at: http://writing.eng.vt.edu

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INFOGRAZING
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ISU FOUNDATION WEB SITE REDESIGNED
Among new features of the redesigned ISU Foundation Web site is a faculty and staff section for using the reporting system and accessing forms. More: http://www.foundation.iastate.edu

USDA LISTENING SESSION NATIONAL ANIMAL ID PROGRAM
The USDA will hold listening sessions on campus to discuss the development, structure and implementation of a national animal identification program for livestock. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will begin implementing a national system that will trace diseased or potentially diseased animals. The local listening session will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 26, in Suite 4, Scheman Building, Rooms 220 & 230. More: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/nais/nais.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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LEADING THE NEXT TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION
“The challenge for the United States is to orchestrate its academic, governmental and industrial research into a new and improved engine of innovation that will ensure that we lead the next technological revolution."
-- Charles B. Duke, vice president of the Xerox Wilson Center for Research and Technology, addressing what he called “the globalization of science and technology as well as business and industry” as the information era matures. (The Industrial Physicist, August/September 2004, http://www.aip.org/tip/INPHFA/vol-10/iss-4/p29.html)

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MARGINALIA
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COMPUTER GAME TEACHES BETTER NUTRITION
A computer game developed by behavioral nutrition researchers helps elementary school students consume more fruits and vegetables, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported. The computer game, called "Squire's Quest," resulted in a one-serving increase in fourth graders’ fruit and vegetable consumption in only five weeks, according to a study in the Houston Independent School District. The Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston did the research. It is operated by Baylor College of Medicine, in cooperation with Texas Children's Hospital and the Agricultural Research Service. More:
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/aug04/game0804.htm

Next issue: Aug. 23
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AG ONLINE
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