Issue: 325

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COLLEGE NEWS
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EQUINE PROGRAM RECOGNIZED WITH LEGACY AWARD
The American Quarter Horse Association has presented its 2004 Legacy Award to Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science equine program. The Legacy Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have bred and registered quarter horses for 50 consecutive years. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/equine.html

ISU EXPERT LOOKS AT HURRICANES AS ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST CARRIER
This year's unusually active hurricane season may have provided the conduit for Asian soybean rust to land in the United States, says an Iowa State expert on the disease. X.B. Yang, Iowa State plant pathologist, said the unusual weather increased precipitation, which may have provided a vehicle for spores from Colombia to rain down on soybean plants in the southern United States. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/rusticanes.html

IOWA STATE JOINS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM
Iowa State is part of a national effort to improve undergraduate science education by addressing complex civic challenges in society. A team of six faculty members and one graduate student is working on developing three courses that will focus on improving students’ environmental literacy. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/sencer.html

FLORA RECOGNIZED FOR WORK ON RURAL SOCIAL ISSUES
Cornelia Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture in sociology and director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, has received two recent honors for her leadership in addressing important rural social issues. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2004releases/flora.html

EXTENSION OFFERS FOOD SAFETY TIPS FOR THANKSGIVING
With the holiday season approaching, ISU Extension offers tips and online resources for safely handling food at the "Ask a Food Safety Expert" Web site: http://www.foodsafetyanswers.org. The site contains more than 600 frequently asked food safety questions that cover purchasing, leftovers and everything in between.

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS LECTURE POSTPONED
The Miller Lecture, “Modes of Learning and Adoption of Biotechnology Bundles,” has been postponed. It was to be given Nov. 29 by Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri.

4-H CONFERENCE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DUE JAN. 5
ISU Extension is seeking workshop proposals for the 2004-2005 State 4-H Council to be held June 28-30, 2005, on the ISU campus. One of the goals for the conference is to showcase the university and help in recruitment efforts. About 1,000 high school students from across Iowa attend the conference, making it an opportunity for departments to share what they have available for potential students and make connections with future careers. The deadline for proposal submissions is Jan. 5. The recruitment letter and proposal form are posted at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference2005.htm. Contact Brenda Allen, bsallen@iastate.edu or 4-1567.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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INFOGRAZING
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TELECONFERENCE ON CRITICAL THINKING DEC. 1
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will take part in a live satellite downlink "Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Across the Curriculum," featuring education researcher Diane Halpern, on Dec. 1. The session will be from 1:30-3 p.m. in 1230 Communications Building. Register by contacting the center at 4-5357 or celt@iastate.edu.

NEW FONT SIZE NEEDED FOR RESEARCH DOCUMENTS
The University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Office of Research Compliance have a new policy regarding document font size. Investigators are asked to use a font size of 12 points whenever possible and that font size of at least 11 points will be required to obtain IRB approval. This policy will be effective Dec. 17. Informed consent documents received after Dec. 17 using a font size smaller than 11 points will be returned to the investigator. Investigators also are reminded that a font size larger than 12 points may be more applicable for studies involving participants who may have visual impairment. Investigators also are asked to leave a minimum of a one-inch top margin in informed consent documents and advertisements to allow for placement of the IRB approval stamp.

BIOETHICS PROGRAM SUMMER GRANTS DEADLINE APPROACHES
The Bioethics Program summer grants, that will provide up to $8,000 for faculty working on bioethics related research, has an application deadline of Dec. 15. Information about Bioethics grant programs can be found at: http://www.iastate.edu/%7Eethics/research.html. The application for the summer support grant can be found here at: http://www.iastate.edu/%7Eethics/GrantF04.doc

GOOGLE GETS INTO SCHOLARLY SEARCHING
Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) is the web search company's new collaboration with a number of scientific and academic publishers. The beta version is intended as a first stop for researchers looking for scholarly literature like peer-reviewed papers, books, abstracts and technical reports. Google executives declined to say how many additional documents and books had been indexed and made searchable through the service. (New York Times, Nov. 18)

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MARGINALIA
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THANKSGIVING DINNER SURVEY REGISTERS REDUCTION
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal survey of the price of basic items on the Thanksgiving dinner table found a bargain. The average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $35.68, a 60-cent decrease from last year's survey average of $36.28. The survey shopping list includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray including carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and beverages of coffee and milk, in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. The survey was first conducted in 1986 when the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal was $28.74. The average prices over the last 18 years have increased about 1.3 percent per year.

Next issue: Nov. 29
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AG ONLINE
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