Issue: 324

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ISU EXPERTS RESPOND TO ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST CASE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed last week that Asian Soybean Rust has been found in Louisiana, the first known incidence of the disease in North America. Asian soybean rust is an aggressive fungal disease that can reduce soybean yield substantially. X.B. Yang, Iowa State plant pathologist, has studied soybean rust since 1989 and is a member of a USDA soybean rust detection assessment team that examined the infected fields. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rustreact.html. For an ISU website with soybean rust information: http://www.soybeanrust.info

SOYBEAN RUST CONTROL SEMINAR TUESDAY
Alvaro Almeida, research leader for Asian soybean rust at EMBRAPA the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp., will present “Soybean Rust Control Strategies of EMBRAPA Soya.” The seminar is set for 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in 127 Curtiss Hall. Almeida's visit to Iowa State is sponsored by the ISU Plant Sciences Institute's Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses and the seminar is sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board.

IOWA GROWERS SUPPORT NEW ISU RESEARCH ON SOYBEAN RUST
With financial commitment from the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, Iowa State will fund new research on soybean rust, a potentially devastating fungal disease that was found for the first time in North America last week. Earlier this year, representatives of Iowa State and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board began developing plans for a new research initiative on the disease. As part of the new effort, Iowa State will create two new faculty positions in the colleges of agriculture and liberal arts and sciences, as well as a postdoctoral scientist position. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rustresearch.html

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN IN ITS FINAL WEEK
Those who have not sent in their United Way envelopes are encouraged to do so this week. This is the final week of the 2004 ISU United Way Campaign. Contributions so far stand at about 88 percent of the final goal of $265,000. The College of Agriculture has raised $46,513, about 78 percent of its goal.

STUDENTS BUY CHANCES TO BE ERIC HOIBERG FOR A DAY
The Collegiate FFA Club will raffle chances to be a “Dean for a Day.” Tickets will be sold this week and the week after Thanksgiving break for a chance to serve as Associate Dean Eric Hoiberg on Dec. 6. The winning student will get to park in Hoiberg’s spot behind Curtiss Hall and attend meetings with him. Hoiberg will accompany the student to classes. The fundraiser will benefit the future FFA Foundation Enrichment Center, a leadership training center scheduled to be constructed near Altoona next year.

ISU BIOETHICS INSTITUTE SET FOR MAY
The 2005 Bioethics Institute will be held on the Iowa State campus from May 23-27. The institute is an intensive course designed to help faculty and extension personnel introduce ethics and ethics-related material into their teaching and outreach activities. It is free for ISU faculty and extension personnel. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2005. Participants will receive a $425 stipend to help incorporate ethics into their teaching and research. The Bioethics Institute is supported by major grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council. It is organized by Iowa State, in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~ethics/Institute_Page.html

AGRONOMY HALL NAMED AN IOWA BUILDING OF THE CENTURY
The Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects designated Agronomy Hall as one of the top 50 Iowa buildings in a juried exhibition, “A Century of Iowa Architecture.” The exhibition is part of the centennial celebration for the chapter. Iowa State’s C.Y. Stephens Auditorium was named “Building of the Century” out of more than 300 nominated buildings and the 1986 Agronomy Hall expansion and remodeling by Bussard/Dikis Associates was in the top 50. More: http://www.aiaiowa.org/asp/programs/special_events.asp?ID=425

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. 16: Ag Comm Workshop on presentations, noon, Room 8, Curtiss Hall, RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu
Nov. 17: Growing Home program seminar, 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Gold Room, Memorial Union, contact: Rich Pirog, Leopold Center, 4-1854 or rspirog@iastate.edu
Nov. 19: Alison Ciancio Memorial Auction concludes, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/departments/ansci/alisonciancio/
Nov. 29: Mostly Entomological auction concludes, more: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/auction.
Nov. 30: Deadline to order holiday hams for Christmas, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/homepage_pdfs/Holiday_Hams_04.pdf
Dec. 1-2: Integrated Crop Management Conference, Stephens Auditorium, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2004/nov04/nov0404.html
Dec. 10: Richard Willham portrait unveiling, 3 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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AN AMOUNT DIFFERS FROM THE NUMBER
“Amount” is used with mass nouns, for example: a decrease in the amount of pollution. “Number” is used with count nouns, for example: a growing number of dissidents. (Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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RURAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE SET FOR DEC. 4
A one-day statewide conference for rural businesses, "Solutions for Managing Business Risk," will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Gerdin Business Building. The conference is part of the Grow Your Small Market Farm Business Network, an Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program based in Des Moines. Registration is $50 and includes lunch. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/releases/2004/nov/smallbizconf.shtml

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MARGINALIA
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TURKEY DINNER IN A BOTTLE
Seattle, Wash.-based Jones Soda Co. has released a limited edition holiday pack of five, new seasonal flavors: Green Bean Casserole Soda, Mashed Potato & Butter Soda, Fruitcake Soda, Cranberry Soda and Turkey & Gravy Soda. The limited edition holiday pack was introduced in select stores through the Jones Soda distributor network and select Target stores last week. Each pack will retail for $15.95 with proceeds benefiting Toy for Tots. (Associated Press)

Next issue: Nov. 22
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AG ONLINE
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