Issue: 331

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE PRESENTS AWARDS TO FACULTY, STAFF
The College of Agriculture presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation last week. Dean Catherine Woteki highlighted the College’s accomplishments and presented goals for the coming year. Her presentation, which includes the award winners, is available in a PDF at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/05convocation.pdf

AG COMM WORKSHOP TO COVER PRESENTATION EVALUATIONS
The first Ag Comm workshop of the semester will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 25. The focus of the workshop will be the evaluation of individual and group oral presentations. Professor Maggie Laware of the English department will lead the discussion. There will be a light lunch available. RSVP Cheryl Abrams at cabrams@iastate.edu.

BIOSECURITY GRANT TO DEVELOP WEB-BASED SYSTEM
Forrest Nutter, plant pathology, is leading a team that has been awarded a $900,000 grant by the USDA-NRI Animal and Plant Biosecurity program. "Safeguarding American agriculture from new and emerging diseases and pests: a GIS and web-based disease monitoring, forecasting and information delivery system” is the title of the grant that seeks to develop a Web system for detecting, identifying, mapping, monitoring and predicting the spread of plant pathogens and pests that threaten agriculture. It builds on the National Plant Diagnostic Network and is focused on new and emerging plant diseases, such as Asian soybean rust. Other investigators on the project are Mark Gleason, plant pathology; Kevin Kane, academic information technologies; Elwynn Taylor, agronomy; John Basart, engineering; and Will Baldwin, Kansas State University.

ALUM, RENOWNED NEMATOLOGIST, DIES
Alumnus Burton Yoskiaki Endo, 78, died Jan. 5 of lymphoma at a medical center in the Washington, D.C. area. The Annapolis resident was a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture at Beltsville and an expert on nematodes. He graduated from Iowa State in 1951 with an undergraduate degree in horticulture and plant pathology. Endo spent more than 40 years investigating nematodes. In 2002, he received the Henry A. Wallace Award from the College of Agriculture. More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8153-2005Jan13.html

HORTICULTURE MAJOR TO TAKE PART IN TSUNAMI RELIEF
Colin Madden, a horticulture junior, is one of two Iowa State students who plan to drop out of school for a semester to help with the tsunami disaster relief effort. According or a report by KCCI, Madden and his friend Nick Jensen along with two University of Northern Iowa friends are going to help in the relief effort. A casual conversation, turned into a three-month mission that will take the college students to Thailand. Madden and Jensen said they do not have a firm date of when they might be coming home, but they say it could be April or May. More: http://www.theiowachannel.com/education/4078812/detail.html

EMERITUS PROFESSOR NAMED OUTSTANDING ADVISER
Richard Smith, agricultural and biosystems engineering emeritus professor, has been recognized as Tau Beta Pi's 2004 National Outstanding Adviser. Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Smith has been involved with the Iowa Alpha chapter since 1990.

SCHWAB RECOGNIZED FOR FARM SAFETY WORK
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has named Charles Schwab, agricultural and biosystems engineering, the 2004 recipient of its Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award. Schwab is an extension safety specialist at Iowa State and last year was elected president of the National Institute for Farm Safety. Schwab teaches agricultural safety classes to future agricultural leaders and has mentored several students through engineering projects geared at teaching farm safety. Schwab designed a "Tug of War" grain demonstration and educational package that allows kids and adults an opportunity to see firsthand the strength needed to pull someone buried in grain. More at: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ICASH/programs/HallOfFame/Schwab.html

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN RAISED NEARLY $247,000
The College of Agriculture met 82 percent of its goal in the university’s United Way campaign raising $49,229. Dean Catherine Woteki chaired the campaign, which raised $246,695.28, 93 percent of the $265,000 goal. The final tally for all the university’s units involved is on the Web at: http://www.iastate.edu/uw/2004/goals.html

ISU EXPERT LEADS REPORT ON AGRICULTURAL TRADE REFORMS
A World Bank report points to agricultural trade protection as a continuing problem in ongoing global trade negotiations, especially for developing countries. John Beghin, an agricultural trade expert at Iowa State, was recently enlisted by the World Bank to bring top analysts together to sort through the effects of protections and policy reforms in agricultural markets. The resulting report, Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries, was released last week. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/worldbank.html

CENTER FOR INTEGRATED ANIMAL GENOMICS SEEKS GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics invites grant applications for funding through its Spring Grant Program. Applications are being accepted for the Competitive Research Grants Program, Genomics Scholar/Fellows Program, and Genomics Symposia and Workshops Program. These grants further CIAG’s goals of encouraging collaboration among researchers, enhancing research competitiveness and promoting cutting edge research in genomics areas. The application deadline for these programs is March 1. Details about these grant programs can be found at: http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/program_spring.html

EQUINE FACILITIES FOCUS OF MIDWEST PLAN SERVICE BOOK
A new book on building facilities to house, show, breed and raise horses is available from MWPS (MidWest Plan Service). The "Horse Facilities Handbook (MWPS-60)" offers the latest facts about planning and constructing facilities for all phases of equine management. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/horsebook.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Jan. 24: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, “Johne's Disease and Milk: Do Consumers Need to Worry,” 7 p.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. RSVP by emailing Julie Roberts, jrober@iastate.edu.

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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LESS IS MORE
Writing well means using words precisely, according to William Strunk Jr. In his book "The Elements of Style," Strunk emphasizes that sentences should contain no unnecessary words and paragraphs no unnecessary sentences. That doesn't mean every sentence should be short or that writers should avoid detail, but it does mean that every word should tell the story. Examples of cutting needless words include: instead of "the question as to whether" use "whether," instead of "there is no doubt but that" use "no doubt or doubtless," and instead of "he is a man who" use "he."

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INFOGRAZING
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INTEGRATED WATER QUALITY PROPOSALS SOUGHT
March 15 is the deadline for proposals for CSREES’ Integrated Water Quality Program. The program request for applications has been posted on the Web at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/05_water_quality.pdf

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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TREACHEROUS DOUBTS
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
--Shakespeare, 'Measure for Measure'

Next issue: Jan. 24
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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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