Issue: 316

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FACULTY FORUM ON COLLEGE CURRICULUM SEPT. 27
College of Agriculture faculty are invited to participate in a series of forums on curriculum. The first forum will be a brown bag from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in 142 Curtiss. Associate Deans Eric Hoiberg and David Acker will lead the discussion. Questions to be discussed will include: Where are the promising growth areas for students; what will the job market demand of students in five years; what new skills do they need; and what's the relationship between student recruitment and curriculum? Additional forums on curriculum will be 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 1, both in 142 Curtiss.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM TOPS IN NATIONAL BARROW SHOW
The Livestock Judging Team took top honors at the National Barrow Show last week in Austin, Minn. The team finished first ahead of 14 competing schools. Individual team members included: Matt Schneider who ranked eighth overall and fourth in oral reasons; Pete Burmeister, 14th overall; Justin Fix and Rob Rudolphi, tied for 16th overall; Adam Conover, 19th overall and first in placings. The team was coached by Clint Schwab. The department also won the Grand Champion Truckload award for a group of six pigs from the Bilsland Farm.

USDA SEARCHES FOR TALENT ON CAMPUS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and nine of its agencies will participate in a USDA/Iowa State Talent Search Event on campus Sept. 29 and 30. There will be 45 USDA representatives taking part in a career fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Kildee Hall atrium. The recruiters also will be guest lecturers in 24 classes, visit five clubs and conduct interviews for jobs and internships. And several faculty members will be presenting lectures to the USDA reps on special projects related to the event, such as minority recruitment. On Sept 29, there will be a presentation on “Navigating the Federal Employment Process” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 13 Curtiss Hall. An itinerary for the event is available at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/USDA_Itinerary.doc.

REGENTS FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS GO TO JANE AND SCHULTZ
Jay-lin Jane, food science and human nutrition, and Richard Schultz, natural resource ecology and management, were honored last week with faculty excellence awards by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Jane was cited for her research on starch structure and on development of value-added products using grain starch. She has published more than 110 articles in peer-review journals, and has given invited lectures around the world. Schultz was honored for his teaching and research. He is known for his fundamental work on riparian barriers, restoration ecology and agroforestry and has helped establish Iowa State as a leader in restoration ecology research.

MINI SEMINAR SERIES BEGINS TUESDAY ON FOOD AND CROP SECURITY
A four-part seminar series on food and crop biosecurity issues will begin Tuesday, Sept. 21, co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture, the Plant Sciences Institute and plant pathology. Jim Dickson, animal science, will begin the series with a presentation titled, “Food Biosecurity.” On Sept. 28, Jim Stack, director of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network, will present “Information Security vs. Freedom of Information in the Era of Increased Agricultural Biosecurity.” Charles Hurburgh, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will present “Security, Certification And Product Traceability In The Grain Handling Industry” on Oct. 5. John Niederhauser, World Food Prize Laureate, will present, “International Agricultural Development: A Personal History,” on Oct. 12. All the seminars will be at 4:10 p.m. in 210 Bessey. Contact: Forrest Nutter, 4-8737 or fwn@iastate.edu.

STUDENTS TO LEARN ETIQUETTE POINTERS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS
An etiquette dinner for College of Agriculture students will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 19, in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Seniors can sign up from Sept. 27 through Oct. 4. The 42 seats will be filled on a first-come basis. Charles Dobbs, assistant to President Geoffroy, will be the guest speaker. Representatives from Durlam and Durlam Clothing will give tips on how to dress for job interviews. The free dinner is sponsored by Ag Career Services and Sigma Alpha. Contact: Lois Benning, 4-475 or stop in at 141 Curtiss.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT TO PROVIDE BUSINESS ANALYSIS TOOLS
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development last week presented a grant worth $299,943 to Iowa State for the Iowa Alliance for Cooperative Business Development. A similar grant from USDA helped create the alliance last year. The alliance provides producer-owned businesses with business analysis tools, producer resource sharing information, technical assistance for business development and business management training. The project expects to create business development tools for producer-owned businesses in the biodiesel, dairy and specialty protein corn processing industries. More at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/coops/

STUDENTS HELP KEEP IOWA STATE RESEARCH FARMS RUNNING
Iowa State’s Research and Demonstration Farms connect university researchers with Iowa’s farmers, consumers and communities. The farms also connect Iowa State’s undergraduates with agricultural research and extension. Since 1996, the ISU Agricultural Endowment has supported 51 student interns on ISU’s farms. Learn more in “Agriculture in Action:” http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/agaction/agaction.php?date=2004-09-16&f...

CARD WEB TOOL CALCULATES PREMIUMS FOR LIVESTOCK INSURANCE
Iowa crop insurance agents and pork producers have a new tool to help them make decisions about insuring against revenue losses. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University has posted a calculator on the CARD Web site developed to give estimates on premiums for different levels of Livestock Gross Margin insurance coverage on swine. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/lgm.html

PASTURE FORAGE CAN LEAD TO HEALTHIER MILK AND BEEF
Certain feeding methods for cattle can result in healthier beef and milk. Recent field research at Iowa State has shown that pastured cows produce more healthful products than those finished on conserved forages. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/sep04/sep0408.html

STONE TO APPEAR IN WAL-MART DOCUMENTARY
Ken Stone, professor emeritus of economics, was recently interviewed for a two-part CNBC documentary, called "The Age of Wal-Mart." Stone’s interview will be shown in both parts, which are scheduled to appear at 7 pm. Oct 11 and 12.

BEGINNING SPANISH COURSE STARTS SEPT. 28
A beginning Spanish course will be offered this semester for College of Agriculture faculty and staff. The course will be taught from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 28 to Nov. 18 in 111 East Hall. To register, please send a check or intramural in the amount of $50 (payable to Global Agriculture Programs) with your name, department, phone number and e-mail address by Sept. 27 to Eduarda Becerra, 104 Curtiss.

WATCH FOR AG ONLINE SURVEY TO BE SENT THIS WEEK
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 19 to 25: National Farm Safety and Health Week
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
Sept. 27: Deadline for entering Third Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition in conjunction with the 2004 Norman Borlaug Lecture on Oct. 13, submit the poster title and a short abstract or summary to Patricia Murphy, pmurphy@iastate.edu
Oct. 5: Sue Lamont portrait unveiling, 3 p.m., Kildee Hall
Oct. 13: 2004 Borlaug Lecture, Catherine Bertini, 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and United Nations under-secretary-general for management, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Oct. 15: Deadline, Dean of Agriculture's International Research Grants Program and 2004-05 International Funding for Graduate Students and Postdocs, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/global/isu_funding_01.htm and http://www.ag.iastate.edu/global/isu_funding_03.htm, respectively. Contact Shelley Taylor, 4-5393 or sztaylor@iastate.edu

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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COLLEGE UPDATES ON THE WEB
The directory of College administrators and office staff has been updated and is available on the Web as a PDF at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/directory.pdf. College deadlines for award submissions (http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html), the College organization chart (http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/orgchart.pdf) and committee assignments (http://www.ag.iastate.edu/committee.html) also have been updated.

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INFOGRAZING
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FALL CONVOCATION SEPT. 27
Faculty and staff will be honored and President Gregory Geoffroy will discuss the coming academic year during fall convocation that starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

BATTELLE REPORT SUBJECT OF FORUM
James Bloedel, vice provost for research, will give an overview of the Battelle Report at an open forum on Tuesday, Sept. 21. It begins at 4 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The report on Iowa's biosciences potential was commissioned by the Iowa Department of Economic Development and is available at: http://www.iowasmartidea.com/pdf/IowaStrategicReport704.pdf.

NEW WEB SITE ON YARDS AND GARDENS
ISU Extension has a new Web site called "Yard and Garden Online." Featured this week is late summer and early fall planting. More: http://yardandgarden.extension.iastate.edu.

AGING TOPIC OF HILTON ENDOWED CHAIR PRESENTATION
John Krout, the 2004-05 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair and director of the Gerontology Center at Ithaca College, will present a seminar Sept. 30 titled, Aging in Rural America. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. at Gateway Conference Center. A reception follows the presentation. No Rsvp is necessary. Contact: Maurice MacDonald, 4-1983.

CONFERENCE ON PASTURE-BASED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
“Animals in the Food System,” a conference to consider pasture-based alternatives and challenges for research, outreach and development, will be held Nov. 3 to 5 at Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners. The conference is sponsored by Michigan State with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. More: http://www.carrs.msu.edu/Conferences/AITFS

MAIZE GENOME SEQUENCING PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The National Plant Genome Initiative, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture request proposals for their joint Maize Genome Sequencing Project. It is estimated that $30 million over three years will be made available, depending on the quality of proposals and availability of funds. Proposals are due Feb. 18, 2005. More at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04614.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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NEWTON ON PLAYING NEAR THE GREAT OCEAN OF TRUTH
"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
- Isaac Newton

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MARGINALIA
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THE BEETLES ARE BACK
Ken Holscher, associate professor of entomology at ISU, has advised Iowans to get ready for another infestation of Asian lady beetles. He’s not sure if it will be as bad as last year because the cool, wet summer has kept down the numbers of aphids, the lady beetles’ primary prey. When farmers harvest soybean fields the beetles move on, often winding up in houses. They can pinch skin with their mouth parts, but are harmless, Holscher said. (Associated Press, Sept. 19)

Next issue: Sept. 27
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AG ONLINE
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