Issue: 346

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COLLEGE NEWS
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SATURDAY’S COLLEGE CONVOCATION TO HONOR GRADUATES
Faculty and staff are invited to honor spring and summer graduates Saturday, May 7, at the College Graduation Convocation. About 424 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas. Robin Niehaus, agricultural business, will give the address to fellow graduates and guests. The Agricultural Student Council will present students awards: Academic Achievement Award to Conrad Spangler, dairy science; Distinguished Service to Angela Fredericks, public service and administration; Leadership Excellence to Tara Jo Brass, agricultural business; and Outstanding Senior to Kent Peterson, agricultural business and economics. The convocation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium with refreshments starting at 8 a.m. in the lobby.

COLLEGE PLANS TO BUILD MODERN DAIRY FACILITY
Plans to build a state-of-the-art dairy education and research facility south of Ames are moving forward. The Committee for Agricultural Development, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the university, has finalized the purchase of farmland where the university will build the new facility. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/dairyfarm.html

IMPROVING THE TENDERNESS OF BEEF
Researchers at Iowa State have discovered that feeding some compounds to feeder cattle shows promise as a way to improve meat tenderness. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel//2005/apr05/apr0523.html

NEW ELMS ON TRIAL AT HORTICULTURE STATION
For decades, plant breeders have been seeking elms that can fight off Dutch elm disease. Fourteen elm cultivars, resistant to the disease, are being planted this spring at 19 locations throughout the country. In Iowa, the National Elm Trial trees are being planted at the Iowa State Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/newsrel/2005/may05/may0501.html

SUPPLIES COLLECTED AND SENT TO IOWA TROOPS
The campus drive for supplies for Iowa National Guard troops stationed in Iraq was a huge success. The Public Service and Administration in Agriculture Club, Collegiate FFA, Agriculture Education Club and the AgEdS 315 class collected 100 boxes full of daily luxury items. More than 700 pounds of snacks, hygiene products and entertainment items are on the way to Iowa soldiers.

EXTENSION FEATURES FARM INCOME TAX SCHOOL AND MORE
The Iowa Farm Income Tax School, coordinated by Roger McEowen, agricultural education and studies, is one of the stories with College of Agriculture connections appearing in the spring edition of the Extension Connections newsletter. Other stories include bioeconomy research done by the Center for Crops Utilization Research and ISU’s role in the Iowa Soybean Rust Team. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Connection/

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 5: retirement reception for Mary Winter, Experiment Station assistant director, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union Cardinal Room
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 11-13: Nutritional Science Council Summer Lectureship on nutrigenomics, 1352 Gilman, contact: Don Beitz, 4-5626 or dcbeitz@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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BILLION, TRILLION DEFINITIONS NOT UNIVERSAL
The meanings for billion and trillion may vary in other countries. In the United States, a billion is a one followed by nine zeros. In Great Britain, Canada and Germany, a billion is a thousand times more than that -- a million millions, or what Americans call a trillion. Also, in Great Britain a trillion is what Americans would call a quintillion (a one followed by 18 zeros). The American definitions are gaining acceptance, but writers should remember the historical geographic distinctions. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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ABE’S AIR QUALITY LAB SERVICES EXPAND
The Atmospheric Air Quality Laboratory, part of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has new research services available. The lab serves as a focal point for collaborative research and training in the area of air quality engineering and livestock odor, but the same instrumentation is used in research projects related to plant sciences, entomology, food sciences and environmental and chemical engineering. For example, the lab has been used to identify compounds causing a cardboard-like smell from an irradiated apple cider. Contact: Jacek Koziel, koziel@iastate.edu. More: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/odor/AAQL.html

BIOMASS COULD OFFSET A THIRD OF NATION’S OIL NEED
Biomass sources supply more than 3 percent of the nation’s energy and a new report estimates it could replace up to 30 percent of the U.S. petroleum consumption for transportation. In a joint feasibility study for the departments of agriculture and energy, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory presents a national strategy in which a billion dry tons of biomass -- any organic matter that is available on a renewable or recurring basis -- would replace about a third of the nation’s petroleum consumption for transportation. The report is available at: http://feedstockreview.ornl.gov/pdf/billion_ton_vision.pdf

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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TURN AGAIN TO THE EARTH
“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.”
- Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

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MARGINALIA
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REGISTER POLL: MANY IOWANS STILL CONNECTED TO FARMS
Half of Iowa’s residents say they’ve lived on a farm and seven of every 10 say they have a close relative who farms or has farmed, according to today’s, May 2, edition of the Des Moines Register. Twenty-nine percent said they actively farm now or did in the past. Two-thirds of Iowans polled said they visited a farm in the past year. The younger the respondent, the fewer ties they had to the land. More: http://www.dmregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050501/BUSINESS01...

Next issue: May 9

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AG ONLINE
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