Issue: 355

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AG ONLINE
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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEAN WOTEKI TO LEAVE COLLEGE THIS MONTH
Dean Catherine Woteki announced her resignation today. She will be leaving July 31 to become Global Director of Scientific Affairs at Mars Inc. of McLean, Va. “I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as dean of agriculture at Iowa State, and I will miss the faculty, staff, students and the Ames community. But this is an exciting opportunity for me, and it will allow me to be closer to family in the Washington, D.C. area,” she said. A message to College faculty and staff today was part of the announcement: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/deanresigns.html. More: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/releases/2005/jul/woteki.shtml

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS INCREASE BY 10 PERCENT
College of Agriculture admissions for the fall semester are up for the first time in several years. The June 1 admissions increased 10 percent compared with admissions the same time the previous year. University admissions as of June 1 were down .5 percent.

MEMBER OF COLLEGE ADVISORY COUNCILS DIES IN FARM ACCIDENT
Scott Maschmann, a member of the Dean’s Executive Council and the College of Agriculture Advisory Council, died July 2 from injuries received in a tractor accident while working on his farm near Victor. Maschmann, 38, was a district director for the Iowa Cattlemen’ Association. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at St. James Lutheran Church in Victor. Maschmann has been a member of the advisory councils since 2004.

ESTERS NAMED TEACHING AWARD WINNER
Levon Esters, agricultural education and studies, was selected as the Iowa State recipient of the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Organization (NACTA). This award recognizes meritorious performance in college teaching in agriculture. The award was presented last week at the annual meeting of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

KIRSCHENMANN TO DISCUSS WHITEROCK AREA ON WOI
Leopold Center director Fred Kirschenmann will be a guest on WOI Radio's Talk of Iowa program Wednesday, July 6, to discuss the Whiterock conservation area in west central Iowa. Kirschenmann chairs the nonprofit organization, which eventually will manage 5,000 acres along the Middle Raccoon River as a nature preserve and site for environmental education and sustainable agriculture research and demonstrations. The project was announced in January, when the first 1,290 acres were donated for it through the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) by Mary Garst of Coon Rapids and her five daughters. Represented on the Whiterock board are the Leopold Center, INHF and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Mark Ackelson from the INHF and Rachel Garst also will be guests on the program, which airs 9-10 a.m. on AM 640.

NEW MEMBERS ON CENTER FOR INTEGRATED ANIMAL GENOMICS COMMITTEE
The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics (CIAG) has two new members on its supervisory committee. Drena Dobbs, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, will represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Chris Minion, professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, will represent the College of Veterinary Medicine. Both will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. They replace Dan Nettleton, statistics, and CIAG Co-Director Susan Carpenter, who completed their three-year terms on the committee.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
July 6-8: Agricultural policy summit, "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill," more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/aps.html
July 7: Welcome reception for John Bonner, new executive vice president of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall
July 11: Tod Murphy, CEO and founder of The Farmers Diner, speech, 3-5 p.m., Pioneer Room, Memorial Union, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2005/diner_062405.htm
July 12: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/may/151101.htm
July 13-15: International Symposium on Genetics of Animal Health, Scheman Center, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/events/gah/GAH2005.html
Aug. 1: Deadline for Leopold Center pre-proposals in ecology, policy and marketing and food systems, 5 p.m., http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/rfp/2005.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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THE THING ABOUT BLING
“Bling” is being used as a slang phrase to describe jewelry that attracts attention, according to the Cambridge dictionary Web site. The phrase "bling bling," is an adjective used to describe jewelry, but also is used to describe the person who wears the jewelry. The Urban Dictionary Web site describes it as Jamaican slang that was adopted by rappers and inserted into popular culture. The term "Bling Bling" refers to the imaginary "sound" that is produced from light reflected by a diamond.

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INFOGRAZING
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MASTER’S PROGRAM ON LINE
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) has announced the new Community Development On-line Master’s Degree Program. Two three-credit courses will be offered this fall: Community and Natural Resource Management, and Introduction to Native Communities. Iowa State is one of three of the six participating universities approved to offer these courses along with South Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska. Other participating universities to offer courses in later semesters include Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the University of Missouri. More: http://www.ncrcrd.iastate.edu/distancedegree/index.htm. Contact: Susan Fey, 4-6250 or susanfey@iastate.edu.

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MARGINALIA
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HOG ODOR RESEARCH FINDS HELP FROM HORSERADISH
The fiery horseradish has been found to cool the odor from hog manure. When Penn State University chemist Jerzy Dec and his colleagues added a mixture of ground horseradish and hydrogen peroxide to 50 gallons of manure from Penn State's Swine Center, a panel of six trained odor evaluators concluded that the smell of the treated manure was half as intense as untreated manure. His horseradish study appeared in the June 29 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Researchers will be working on how to scale up this laboratory experiment so that it might be used by hog producers. Dec, senior research associate at Penn State's Institutes of the Environment, said the process is simple enough and horseradish is cheap enough that it should be able to help the industry deal with its growing odor problem. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 6, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05157/516317.stm)

Next issue: July 11

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