Issue: 323

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING WITH ADMINISTRATION
A newly formed Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture is meeting today to learn about the College. The board is made up of 33 people from across the nation with 25 council members participating in these meetings. Department chairs addressed the advisory board at a dinner Sunday. Roger Underwood, CEO of Becker-Underwood in Ames, is the council chair. Council members represent areas reflecting the breadth of the College’s curricula, fields in which graduates work and sectors served by the College’s research and extension programs. It will include members of the Dean’s Executive Council, which represents the Iowa commodity boards and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

PORK ROAST CONSUMER STUDY LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS
The food science and human nutrition department seeks participants for a consumer study of pork roasts. To participate, you need to typically consume fresh pork (chops, roasts, ribs, ground) three times a month or more. Participants will be asked to provide demographic and product usage data and to taste two samples of pork. They will be asked about the appearance of the samples as well as their flavor and textural attributes. The one-time test will take approximately 15 minutes. Testing will be conducted in 1126 Human Nutritional Sciences Building from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Those interested in participating should email Cynthia Shriver (shriverc@iastate.edu) with a preferred date and time by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

AG COMM WORKSHOP NOV. 16 ON PRESENTATIONS
The next Ag Comm Workshop is about developing presentations. Faculty, instructors and graduate assistants are welcome. It is scheduled for noon Nov. 16 in Room 8, Curtiss Hall. A light lunch will be available. RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu. Contact: Robert Martin, 4-0896 or drmartin@iastate.edu.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM SECOND AT AMERICAN ROYAL
The Livestock Judging Team placed second at the American Royal Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held Oct. 23 in Kansas City. The team also finished second in cattle, fifth in oral reasons, eighth in swine and ninth in sheep. High scoring individuals on the team were Matt Schneider, who was first in cattle, fifth overall and 13th in oral reasons; Pete Burmeister, 15th in swine, 17th in cattle, and 18th overall; Rob Rudolphi, 16th in oral reasons; and Justin Fix, 16th in cattle. The team also includes Dustin Snakenberg, Kristin Keel, Ben Drescher, Adam Conover, Kim Etzel, Dawn Clingan and Sam Ruble. Clint Schwab is the coach.

ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT STUDENTS
The entomology department will hold an online "Mostly Entomological" auction today, Nov. 8, through Nov. 29 to raise money for undergraduate entomology students. There are 75 items to be auctioned including pictures, jewelry and toys. More: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/auction.

THIRD ANNUAL ALISON CIANCIO MEMORIAL AUCTION UNDERWAY
An Internet auction runs through noon Nov. 19 to generate money for the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship. Ciancio was a sophomore, majoring in animal science and active in the Dairy Science Club, who was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 2002. The Dairy Science Club has established a memorial fund in Alison's memory to finance a scholarship that is awarded each year. The auction features a variety of donated items that can be viewed at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/ansci/alisonciancio/.

DRUMLINE REMEMBERS BAND MEMBER SERVING IN IRAQ
The Iowa State marching band drumline is honoring a former member serving in Iraq. Adam Storey is a Des Moines resident who was a forestry major his freshman year and a cymbal player in the band. He is a reservist in the Marine Corps and has been stationed in Iraq for the past two months. The drumline members have decorated their cymbal bags with flags to honor Storey. More: http://www.las.iastate.edu/newnews/cymbals1101.shtml

WILLHAM PORTRAIT UNVEILING NEXT MONTH
A ceremony to unveil a copy of the Saddle and Sirloin portrait of Richard Willham will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Kildee atrium. Willham, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was named the recipient of the 2004 Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award. His portrait is scheduled to be unveiled at an award ceremony and banquet Nov. 14 in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

GROWING HOME PROGRAMS SUBJECT OF NOV. 17 SEMINAR
"Growing Home," a set of programs designed to help Iowa's small and midsize farmers as well as lead to long-term economic development in rural communities, will be the focus of a Nov 17 seminar. Duncan Hilchey, senior extension associate for the Community Food and Agriculture Program at Cornell University, will present from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Room, Memorial Union. The seminar is part of the ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture's weekly colloquium. Contact: Rich Pirog, Leopold Center, 4-1854 or rspirog@iastate.edu.

INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE DEC. 1-2
The 16th Annual Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 1-2 at the Iowa State Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1 in Stephens Auditorium and the conference concludes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. The conference targets those involved in crop production and protection in Iowa and the surrounding states. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/nov04/nov0404.html

ISU PAPPAJOHN CENTER TO HOLD NOV. 10 ENTREPRENEUR FORUM
Two ISU College of Agriculture alumni and central Iowa entrepreneurs will speak on "Entrepreneurism on the Edge -- Are You Scared Yet?" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Peg Armstrong-Gustafson is the owner and founder of Amson Technology, a commercial real estate, technology investment and business-consulting firm based in West Des Moines. She has a bachelor's degree in animal science. Craig Hiemstra is developing new strategic business relationships and consulting for Phasient Technologies in Ames. He has a bachelor's degree in agricultural business. The event is free and open to the public. Participants may bring their lunch. For more information: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/nov/entreforum.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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CAN OR COULD?
“Can” means "to be able to" and expresses certainty: "I can be there in five minutes." “Could” is better for a sense of certainty or a conditional statement: "Could you stop at the cleaners today?" (Chicago Manual of Style, 2003 15th Edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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CELT FACULTY FORUM NOV. 17
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has scheduled a faculty forum to discuss how courses might be made both rigorous and student-centered, and how students can be more intensively involved with their education. The Faculty Forum on Academic Challenge will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Campanile Room, Memorial Union. Register with Marlys Carlson, 4-5357 or celt@iastate.edu.

NEW RURAL PUBLICATION AVAILABLE
“Building Better Rural Places” is a comprehensive guide to more than 75 federal programs supporting innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry; sustainable land and resource management; value-added and diversified enterprises; and community and economic development. The guide is available at: http://www.attra.org/guide.

AGRICULTURAL ANTI-TERRORISM TRAINING OFFERED
The Animal Agriculture Alliance and the Law Enforcement Academic Research Network will offer an agricultural anti-terrorism course. The hands-on training is titled "Practical Anti-Terrorism Training for Food, Agriculture and Animal Industries: A Common Sense Approach." It is scheduled for Dec. 6 to 8 in Atlanta and March 8 to 10 in Fayetteville, Ark. More: http://www.animalagalliance.org/main/home.cfm?Section=Main&Category=Conf...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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COLLEGE OF AG IS HOME
“People still question me about why I am in the College of Agriculture, and I just smile and patiently explain to them that Ag is my home and it affects everyone.”
-- Grant Thompson, horticulture and landscape architecture junior, speaking at Saturday’s event for donors of College of Agriculture scholarships

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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TESTING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THOUGHT
"History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought."
--Étienne Gilson (1884-1978) French historian of medieval philosophy

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MARGINALIA
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THINGS GROW BETTER WITH COKE
Indian farmers have come up with what they think is the real thing to keep crops free of bugs, according to an article in The Guardian. Instead of paying for patented pesticides, they are reportedly spraying their cotton and chili fields with Coca-Cola. In the past month there have been reports of hundreds of farmers turning to Coke, or other soft drinks, in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh states. Farmers favor the cola sprays because they are safe to handle, do not need to be diluted and, mainly, are cheap. A spokesman for Coca-Cola said there is no scientific basis for using Coke as a pesticide. However, a leading Indian agriculture analyst said farmers have traditionally used sugary solutions to attract red ants to feed on insect larvae.

Next issue: Nov. 15
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AG ONLINE
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