Issue: 322

$10 MILLION WILL ENDOW SUSTAINABLE RURAL LIVELIHOODS PROGRAM
Gifts totaling $10 million will support a College of Agriculture program that helps developing nations address rural hunger and poverty. The gifts are from Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky, Oak Brook, Ill., and the Gerald A. and Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation, Inc., Aurora, Ill. The gifts were announced Friday at the ISU Foundation Governors’ luncheon. The gifts will support the Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (SRL) program. The program fosters collaborations with partners in developing nations to find sustainable solutions that improve the agriculture, nutrition, health and economic opportunities of rural communities. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/nov/srl.shtml

MONSANTO GIFT ESTABLISHES GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
A $150,000 gift from Monsanto Company will establish a fellowship to train graduate students studying seed science at Iowa State. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/monsantogift.html

WATER QUALITY GRANT FLOWS TO IOWA STATE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant to Iowa State to develop educational programs linked to performance-based water quality programs. The $269,000 grant is one of 10 totaling more than $3.8 million the USDA awarded for research, education and extension projects to improve the quantity and quality of water resources across the country. Gerald Miller, associate dean for extension program and outreach, is the principal investigator and Lois Wright Morton, sociology, is the co-PI. The project will be implemented in northeast Iowa. Funding will be used to provide research and educational materials and programs, coordination of university-based water-quality and monitoring programs, and to develop an information network focused on environmental pathogens. The National Integrated Water Quality Program is administered through the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/water

HOIBERG HONORED AT FFA CONVENTION
The Honorary American FFA Degree was presented to Eric Hoiberg last Friday at the 77th National FFA Convention in Louisville. The award is presented to those who advance agricultural education and FFA. Hoiberg is the associate dean of academic programs in the College of Agriculture. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska. Hoiberg came to Iowa State as an assistant professor of sociology in 1974 and became associate dean in 1995. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/ffaaward.html

AGRONOMY RESEARCHER CONTROLS EROSION IN AFRICA
An ISU agronomy professor is using erosion control methods to restore the Sahel and Niger River in West Africa. Andrew Manu, associate professor of soil science, will present his findings this week at the 2004 international annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America in Seattle. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/oct/manu.shtml

COEXISTENCE OF GM AND ORGANIC CROPS EXPLORED
Iowa State University's Bioethics Program will host a symposium on the coexistence of biotechnology and organic agriculture from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Gallery, Memorial Union. The symposium is free and open to the public. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/oct/crops.shtml

ISU RELEASES ORGANIC TRANSITION RESEARCH RESULTS
In a long-term study at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm in southwest Iowa, identical non-GMO hybrid varieties of corn and soybeans are being grown using conventional and organic methods. Kathleen Delate, associate professor, agronomy and horticulture, and Cynthia Cambardella, USDA-ARS soil scientist, are comparing yields, pest status and soil quality during the transition from conventional to organic production. Results were published in the September-October edition of the Agronomy Journal. The article is available at: http://agron.scijournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/96/5/1288

HOLIDAY SAUSAGE AND CHEESE SALE BEGINS
The Block & Bridle Club has started its annual sale of summer sausage and cheese gift boxes for the holidays. Five gift boxes are being offered and will be available for pick up beginning today, Nov. 1. For details on packages offered and ordering information: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/04_sausage_n_cheese.html

NUTRITION CLUB LOOKING FOR A FEW, GOOD RECIPES
The Nutrition Club in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences invites every college to help out with its cookbook fundraiser. The cookbook will include recipes from faculty and staff from each of Iowa State’s colleges. The College of Agriculture has been asked to submit recipes for the "brunch" section of the cookbook. You may submit up to three recipes. Email nutritionclub@hotmail.com to request a submission form. The deadline to submit recipes is Nov. 12. Orders for the cookbooks will be taken the week before Thanksgiving break. Proceeds will go to a local charity. The pre-ordered cookbooks will be distributed Nov. 29 to Dec. 10. Contacts: Becky Kleve at bkleve@iastate.edu, or Muffie Keonin at mkeonin@iastate.edu.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 1: Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/
Nov. 1: Deadline to order holiday hams for Thanksgiving, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/homepage_pdfs/Holiday_Hams_04.pdf
Nov. 15: Grant deadlines for Center for Integrated Animal Genomics Research Infrastructure Program and the Research Support Program, more: http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/programs
Nov. 30: Deadline to order holiday hams for Christmas, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/homepage_pdfs/Holiday_Hams_04.pdf

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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REFLECTIONS ON MYSELF AND OTHER REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS
The words "myself," "himself," "herself," "ourselves" and "themselves" are reflexive pronouns. Reflexive use is not often addressed in grammar books. Elaine Schneider, a freelance writer, teacher and curriculum author for Group Publishing, offers these guidelines. Reflexive use reinforces the subject. For instance, the sentence "I myself have done the very same thing" is correct. "I" is the subject. The word "myself" reinforces that you are talking about no one else other than the "I" that is the subject. It also is correct to use the reflexive in third person, as in the sentence "The boss herself told me I could do that." Again, there is a subject that is reinforced. Consider the sentence "Paula, Tim and myself went to the show." Since "Paula, Tim, and myself" comprise the subject, they must be in nominative case. Therefore, the sentence should read, "Paula, Tim and I went to the show." If the author of the sentence wishes to add emphasis to the "I," then the sentence can read, "Paula, Tim and I myself went to the show." (Lesson Tutor, May 2003, http://www.lessontutor.com/eesReflexive.html)

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INFOGRAZING
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BIOETHICS GRANT APPLICATIONS SOUGHT
The Iowa State Bioethics Program requests applications for its small grants program. Grants provide up to $8,000 in summer support for applicants who are working on bioethics-related research or writing. Completed applications are due Dec. 13. Contact: Clark Wolf, 4-3068 or jwcwolf@iastate.edu

SYLLABUS WORKSHOP SET FOR NOV. 9
A Center for Learning and Teaching workshop set for Nov. 9 will help in planning and creating the syllabus for next term’s teaching. “Your Spring ’05 Syllabus” will cover elements of a learner-centered syllabus, tools for thinking about student learning, translating department student-learning outcomes to specific course activities, and the syllabus as a tool for course and classroom management. The workshop will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Register by Nov. 4 by contacting Marlys Carlson, 4-5357 or celt@iastate.edu.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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KELLER ON THE AMOUNT OF SADNESS IN THE WORLD
"Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours."
--Helen Keller (1880-1968)

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MARGINALIA
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PROGRAM HELPS CHILDREN UNDERSTAND DAIRY INDUSTRY
"Iowa's Dairy Story" has been shared with 3,000 grade school students since 2002. Mark Hotvedt, director of the Northeast Iowa Community-based Dairy Foundation, reported reaching that milestone on Oct. 23. The program reaches third, fourth and fifth grade students who learn about the dairy industry and how dairy products reach their tables. Students from 36 schools in 12 counties have learned from the program. The curriculum for "Iowa's Dairy Story," which was developed by Iowa State University Extension, and the daylong field trip to the foundation's dairy center at Calmar has helped students understand the importance of dairy foods in the diet. The Foundation and its partners, ISU Extension and the Northeast Iowa Community College, have developed the dairy center to combine a working dairy farm with teaching, research and hands-on learning.

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AG ONLINE
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