Issue: 326

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COLLEGE NEWS
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MAGAZINE RANKS ISU MEAT AND POULTRY PROGRAMS TOPS
Meat & Poultry magazine has named Iowa State’s meat and poultry programs the top in the United States. For the past three years the editorial staff of Meat & Poultry has ranked the nation’s leading universities serving the industry based on their undergraduate and graduate programs. This is the first year Iowa State was judged the best after coming in second to Texas A&M University each of the other years. “The strength of their "value-added" programs is what garnered Iowa State Univ., Ames, and Texas A&M Univ., College Station, the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in the ranking respectively. In addition, their focus on operationally-specific programs like animal handling, and their ability to respond with programs focusing on timely issues like Listeria control and bovine spongiform encephalopathy education solidified our decisions,” stated the article reviewing the ranking. Details: http://www.meatpoultry.com/articlearchives/archive_article.asp?ArticleID...

HORT CLUB SELLS POINSETTIAS THIS WEEK
The Horticulture Club Poinsettia Sale will begin Wednesday, Dec. 1. That day from 3 to 7:30 p.m. the club will be selling plants outside the University Book Store. On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3, the sale will be located on the ground floor of Beardshear Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of poinsettias will be available with prices ranging from $7 to $10.

‘ALIEN CORN’ PANEL DISCUSSION FRIDAY
A panel discussion about how intercultural communication factors into global issues of corn production and distribution will take place Friday, Dec. 3. It will begin at noon in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. The panel will reflect on the lecture “Alien Corn: Agriculture and Intercultural Communication,” to be delivered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, with presenter Ron Scollon, professor of sociolinguistics at Georgetown University. On the panel will be members of Iowa State’s bioethics outreach, English, sustainable agriculture and sociology programs.

FOOD SCIENCE CLUB TO HOST COLLEGE BOWL
The Food Science Club will host the North Central College Bowl Competition and spring meeting this year. Volunteers are needed to help get plans under way. Contact Mark Love, mhlove@iastate.edu, or Jasmine Kuan, enimsaj@iastate.edu, if you are interested in helping. The club is holding a fundraiser to support activities, such as College Bowl. Cookie mix gift jars are for sale and cost $5 a jar. Mixes include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin spice, walnut brownies and snicker doodles. Contact: Aubrey Scott, aubrey9@iastate.edu.

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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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENUMERABLE AND INNUMERABLE
Enumerable and innumerable are nearly opposite and near-homonyms. Enumerable means "able to be counted.” Innumerable means "too many to count." (Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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ANNUAL CORN REPORT RELEASED
The Corn Refiners Association has released its 2004 Corn Annual Report, “Corn - Part of a Healthy Diet.” It is available at the organization’s website in PDF format at: http://www.corn.org/CRAR2004.PDF. The report contains facts, figures and articles about the corn refining industry. Topics addressed in the report include, among others, obesity, food safety, biotechnology, the sweetener dispute in Mexico and U.S. farm policy.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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AN ECOLOGY OF EATING
“There is an ecology of eating. Like any good ecosystem, our diet should be diverse, dynamic and interrelated. In 1984 Americans were spending roughly 8 percent of their disposable income on health care and about 15 percent on food. Today, those numbers are essentially reversed. An ever-more reductionist diet -- protein this year, carbohydrates next year -- ignores plant and animal systems loaded with genetic complexity, and the benefits that complexity passes down to us.”
--Dan Barber, chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and creative director of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (New York Times, Nov. 23)

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MARGINALIA
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SPINACH POWERS LAPTOP BATTERIES
Scientists at MIT, the University of Tennessee, the U.S. Naval Research Lab and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are taking an idea from Popeye. They've discovered a way to harness the energy that spinach uses during photosynthesis to convert light to energy, and have applied it to extending the life of batteries in cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices. Previous efforts to extract electrical power from photosynthesis have resulted in currents that lasted a few hours, but this latest experiment, which used protein extracted from liquefied spinach, produced a current that lasted three weeks. Scientists chose spinach for its high chlorophyll content and its low cost. (New York Times/International Herald Tribune, Nov. 13)

Next issue: Dec. 6
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AG ONLINE
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