Issue: 314

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE UNITS PRESENTED AWARDS FOR COMMUNICATION PROJECTS
Five units in the College of Agriculture won communication awards at the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) meeting in Mobile, Alabama. Agriculture Communications Service won first place for strategic plan documents; Agriculture Development won first for donor recognition event materials and third place for donor acknowledgement cards; the Department of Agronomy placed second for its departmental newsletter; Brenton Center placed second for creating the ag development website; and the Department of Horticulture placed third for its departmental newsletter. NAADA is a professional association that serves alumni, development and student professionals who expand the human and financial resource base of the nation's colleges of agriculture. NAADA’s members come from the agricultural colleges and alumni organizations within the 1862, 1890 and 1994 land-grant institutions, plus institutions holding membership in NASULGC having agricultural, forestry and natural resources programs. Iowa State will host NAADA's 30th anniversary conference in Des Moines.

SYMPOSIUM SEPT. 8 ON AGROECOLOGY/WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE
Faculty are invited to participate in a poster symposium on Sept. 8 to learn more about the establishment of a new College of Agriculture initiative in agroecology and water quality. The session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Scheman Building. The initiative will focus primarily on agroecological/production zone mapping; development of a potential crops database for Iowa; multiple use/multiple function of Iowa's lands; temporal and spatial management in agriculture; and watershed design. Faculty members interested in participating in the symposium should contact Rick Cruse, 4-7850 or rmc@iastate.edu. Participants will be asked to bring an existing poster that illustrates their expertise, interests or recent research.

UNITED WAY CAMPUS CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY
Dean Catherine Woteki officially kicked off Iowa State’s United Way campaign today as the chair of the campus effort. The goal for the campus campaign is $265,000. The College of Agriculture’s goal is $60,000. Staci Turnbull, graduate student in agricultural education and studies, spoke at the kick-off breakfast about how United Way helped her family when her husband, Clint, an agronomy grad student, was serving in Iraq. The campaign is scheduled to conclude on Oct. 15. More at: http://www.iastate.edu/uw/

AG COMM MEETING FOR NEW FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS
The first Ag Comm workshop of the year will be an introduction for few faculty and instructors. Faculty, instructors, staff and graduate assistants are invited to participate in the workshops that deal with incorporating communication activities into course work. The session will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Room 8 Curtiss Hall. A light meal will be provided. RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu. If you have questions, contact: Robert Martin, 4-0896 or drmartin@iastate.edu

WEB SITES LIST UPCOMING SEMINARS
If you want to check on seminars across the College, these department, center and institute Web sites list information about ones they sponsor:
-Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - http://www.abe.iastate.edu/events.asp
-Agronomy - http://www.agron.iastate.edu/agron/news/calender.html
-Animal Science - http://www.ans.iastate.edu/ABG/658seminar.html
-Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology - http://www.bb.iastate.edu/EventsFolder/SeminarsFolder/SeminarsFrameset.html
-Center for Agricultural and Rural Development - http://www.card.iastate.edu/about/events/
-Economics - http://www.econ.iastate.edu/department/seminar/defaultSeminars.asp
-Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology - http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/seminars/EEOBSeminar.htm
-Entomology - http://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/seminar/
-Food Safety and Human Nutrition - http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/fshn/grad/seminar.htm
-Horticulture – http://www.hort.iastate.edu/seminars/index.php
-Plant Pathology - http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/seminars_newsletters/fall_2004_seminar_...
-Plant Sciences Institute - http://www.plantsciences.iastate.edu/upcoming.php
-Statistics - http://www.stat.iastate.edu/general/seminar_series/seminars.html

ECOLOGIST AND AUTHOR DAVID ORR TO SPEAK AT ISU SEPT. 10
Environmental educator and author David Orr will present Iowa State's P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10 in the Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. Orr's talk, "Patriotism, Politics and the Environment in an Age of Terror," is drawn from his recent book of the same title. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/sep/elwoodlect.shtml

IOWA PORK INDUSTRY CENTER HAS NEW WEB ADDRESS
The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) has a new Internet address (http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/). IPIC director John Mabry said the new URL is shorter and should be easier to remember. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/aug04/aug0429.html

PAWPAW TREE RESEARCH MAY LEAD TO NEW IOWA CROP
Patrick O’Malley is an Iowa State University Extension field specialist in commercial horticulture. He’s working on a long-term project to evaluate the potential for an Iowa pawpaw tree fruit crop. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-09-02&f...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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. 14: Conference on Raising Livestock in Hoops, Gateway Center, more: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/ABLS/
Sept. 15, International scientific symposium on alternative swine housing systems, Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall, contact: Mark Honeyman, 4-4621 or honeyman@iastate.edu
Sept. 15: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 24: Deadline for online registration, Third Biennial All-Iowa Virology Symposium, Oct. 22-23, Reiman Gardens, more: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/iowavirology/
Sept. 25: Fun run and walk to benefit Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship, 9:30 a.m., more: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/alisonciancio/hoofin_it.html
Oct. 5: Sue Lamont portrait unveiling, 3 p.m., Kildee Hall

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TO BE OR NOT TO BE
The construction “to be” is frequently unnecessary, as in, "The differences were [found] [to be] significant." (Word Usage In Scientific Writing, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/checklist.html)

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INFOGRAZING
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SOYBEAN RESEARCH PREPROPOSALS DUE NOV. 15
The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) is seeking research preproposals for fiscal year 2005. The board is requesting preproposals that will develop solutions to problems experienced by soybean producers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Preproposals will be considered that address: production, diseases and soybean insects and nematodes. A clear description of the anticipated deliverables that can be developed during the two- to three-year project is needed for preproposals of new research. The ability to leverage NCSRP funding with other sources of funding will be an important component of all successful preproposals. Preproposals will be accepted until Nov. 15 at the North Central Soybean Research Program office, 4554 114th St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322-5410. Proposal application forms are available from Elena Polush, program coordinator for external grants, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu.

SEND COMMENTS ON STRATEGIC PLAN DRAFT BY SEPT. 17
Faculty and staff are encouraged to comment on the first draft of the university's 2005-10 strategic plan, found at http://www.iastate.edu/~newplan/drafts/firstdraft.shtml. Send comments by Sept. 17 to strategicplan@iastate.edu.

EXTENSION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE SEPT. 26-29
Purdue University will host the 2004 National Extension Technology Conference Sept 26-29. The event of extension professionals who use technology to better serve their constituents will include tours of the latest applications of imaging technology and hand-held devices, in-field demonstrations of applied extension research combined with computers and sensors. More: http://www2.agriculture.purdue.edu/netc2004

USDA AND HHS ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON DIETARY GUIDELINES
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture (USDA) seek public comments on the 2005 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to provide written comments by Sept. 27, or provide oral comments at a public meeting on Sept. 21. The report is available at: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines, at which written comments can be submitted.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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ARMED WITH WEAPONS OF REASON
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
--Marcus Aurelius

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MARGINALIA
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HURRICANE OR TYPHOON: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Both are warm-core tropical cyclones in which the minimum sustained surface wind is 74 mph or more. Hurricanes are spawned east of the international date line. Typhoons develop west of the line. They are known as cyclones in the Indian Ocean. When a hurricane or typhoon loses strength, usually after landfall, it is reduced to tropical storm status. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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AG ONLINE
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