Issue: 345

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STUDENT AFFAIRS PRESENTS AWARD TO DEAN
Dean Catherine Woteki last week received a Faculty Recognition Award from the Division of Student Affairs. She was honored for her contribution to student affairs and Iowa State students, specifically her work as chair of the Veishea Task Force. The award was presented April 20.

NREM CHAIR CANDIDATES BEGIN INTERVIEWS
Four applicants will be interviewed beginning this week for the natural resource ecology and management chair position. Kurt Pregitzer, professor at the School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences and director of the Ecosystem Science Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich. will visit campus April 27 to 29. David Engle, Regents professor at the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. will visit campus May 1 to 3. Joe Colletti, professor and interim chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management will interview May 3 to 6. John Volin, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences and director of Environmental Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, Fla. will visit campus May 18 to 20. Robert Martin, chair of agricultural education and studies, is leading the search committee.

HALLAM RECEIVES DEPARTMENT CHAIR AWARD
Arne Hallam, chair of the economics department, was presented the Outstanding Achievement in Department Leadership by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The honor recognizes a chair who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in advancing the department’s faculty, staff, students and programs. Hallam was cited for supporting learning teams, increasing the research ranking of the department and aggressively recruiting top faculty. The College of Agriculture co-administers the department.

COLLEGE SOPHOMORE TO HELP COORDINATE VEISHEA
Agricultural business sophomore Eric Peterson was elected to help chair the next Veishea celebration. He joins co-chair Jessica Lecy, a senior in food science and human nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Science. They will begin their duties at the end of this semester.

MEDIA FROM MEXICO TO TOUR CAMPUS AND PORK OPERATIONS
A group of Mexican media representatives was scheduled to visit Iowa State today, April 25, as part of a tour to promote U.S. pork. The U.S. Meat Export Federation is leading the media team to learn more about pork safety, nutrition and quality. The Mexican media will view a pork farm, a livestock production facility and supermarket. U.S. pork exports set records in volume and value last year. Mexico was the top destination for U.S. pork and pork variety meat with exports valued at $567 million. The Iowa Soybean Promotion Board is supporting the tour with check-off funds.

SUMMER COURSE TO EXAMINE INTERPLAY OF DIET, GENETICS AND HEALTH
Nutrigenomics will be the subject of the Nutritional Science Council Summer Lectureship. Graduate students are encouraged to register for credit and others are invited to participate in the class. Jim Kaput, senior molecular biologist in the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics, University of California at Davis, will be the instructor. Classes are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. May 11 and 12 and 10 a.m. to noon May 13 in 1352 Gilman. The class is sponsored by the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition and by the Nutritional Sciences Council. Contact Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@iastate.edu.

NEW NONTRADITIONAL COURSE COMBINES RELIGION AND AGRICULTURE
A new course titled World Religions and Agricultural Sustainability was offered for the first time this semester. The course is dual-listed in agriculture systems technology and religion and is taught by Ramesh Kanwar, agriculture and biosystems engineering, and Whitney Sanford, philosophy and religious studies. "Religion and culture shape the way we look at agriculture and how humans live on the earth. It made sense to show students how religion and culture affect agricultural systems and how ethics on this subject are different in different cultures," Sanford said. Contacts: Kanwar, 4-1434 or rskanwar@iastate.edu and Sanford 4-6018 or wsanford@iastate.edu.

EXPERIMENT STATION ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TO RETIRE
A retirement reception for Mary Winter, associate dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and professor of human development and family studies, will be 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 5 in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. Winter has been an assistant director of the Experiment Station for several years.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST JOINS IOWA STATE FACULTY
A new faculty member with expertise in animal behavior has joined the animal science department. For the past three years, Anna Johnson has been the director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/ajohnson.html

RESEARCHERS FOLLOW BOBCAT MOTHERS AND THEIR SPRING KITTENS
Starting this week, researchers from Iowa State and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will monitor the comings and goings of eight bobcat mothers in south central Iowa. The bobcats have been captured, studied and fitted with radio collars. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2005/apr/bobcat.shtml

IOWA STATE CROPS TEAM PLACES SECOND AT NATIONAL COMPETITION
The Iowa State crops team placed second overall April 15 at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture crops contest in Norfolk, Neb. The team of agronomy undergraduates placed first in the crop knowledge and lab portions of the contest, second in agriculture math and third in plant and seed identification. The crops contest consists of a series of written, problem-solving and identification exams. The Iowa Crop Improvement Association supports the team. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/cropwin.html

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE AND AIR QUALITY WEB PAGE OFFER RESOURCES
ISU Extension's Animal Agriculture and Air Quality Web page was recently revised to provide more links to information regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Consent Agreement for livestock producers. The revised site also provides more resources such as fact sheets for producers managing air quality from livestock production systems. The Web address is http://www.extension.iastate.edu/airquality/

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 25: Think Tank on Animal Agriculture, 6 p.m., Cardinal Room, Memorial Union
May 9-12: Introduction to Learning-Centered College Classrooms workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 233 Science II, contact: Steve Jungst at 4-1587 or sejungst@iastate.edu.
May 15: Application deadline for Hooked on Science workshop on June 16-17, contact: Lani McKinney, 4-4432 or mckinney@iastate.edu, http://www.fcs.iastate.edu/fshn/Summer05Application.pdf
May 16: Tailoring Lignocellulosic Feedstocks for Bioenergy and Biobased Products Conference, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/ccur/lignocellulose/home.htm
May 18: 78th Annual Conference on Soil Management and Land Valuation, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2005/apr05/apr0516.html
June 23: Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days begin, Southeast farm, 1:30 p.m., http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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READ VISIONS MAGAZINE -- AND CONSIDER RECYCLING
The spring edition of the Visions magazine, the Alumni Association’s publication, focuses on Iowa's agriculture base and the College of Agriculture. The theme "The good life: Rediscovering Iowa" covers a variety of topics related to agriculture and includes an article by Dean Catherine Woteki, "The stuff of Life." Please share your Visions magazine with others or, if you plan to toss it, send it to Ag Communications, 304 Curtiss.

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INFOGRAZING
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NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGES AND TEACHERS OF AGRICULTURE MEETING IN JUNE
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) invites members to attend the NACTA Conference at the Ohio State University Wooster campus. It will be held June 15 to 17 and has the theme “Experiential and Student-centered Learning.” Contact: Mark Headings, nacta@osu.edu. More at: http://www.shislercenter.ohio-state.edu/nacta/

RESEARCH IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Office of Biotechnology directory Research in Biotechnology 2005 is available online. The site contains a description of the research interests of ISU biotechnology faculty and their contact information. The site provides information on services and facilities available on campus. To receive free printed copies of the document, contact: biotech@iastate.edu. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/Current_Research/tablecontents.html

NSF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY PROPOSALS SOUGHT
The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals for Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) by the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). LTREB awards are designed to provide the funding to maintain ongoing, long-term research projects for a period of a decade or longer and differ from the NSF’s Long-term Ecological Research. LTREB projects are submitted at semi-annual target dates, evaluated by panels assembled in appropriate clusters (Population and Evolutionary Processes, Ecological Biology or Ecosystem Science) and are initiated by one or a few investigators. The full proposal deadline is July 18. More: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05583

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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HAPPINESS HAS TO BE CAUGHT
“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
--Benjamin Franklin

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MARGINALIA
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MICROSOFT'S GRAMMAR CHECKER GETS CORRECTED
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Sandeep Krishnamurthy, associate professor of marketing and e-commerce at the University of Washington, has asked Microsoft to correct its grammar checker. He has many examples of the checker’s failed attempts to correct the English language on his Web site (http://faculty.washington.edu/sandeep/check/). Krishnamurthy said Microsoft’s checker may be helpful for above-average writers, but believes it hurts below-average writers' efforts to improve their writing skill. He suggested Microsoft modify the tool to allow users to select the level of help they need, from basic to advanced. Microsoft said in a statement that the tool is not intended to find or identify all errors, but is designed "to catch the kinds of errors that ordinary users make in normal writing situations." (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15)

Next issue: May 2

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AG ONLINE
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