Issue: 361

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS MOVE, PHONE NUMBERS CHANGE
Interim Dean Wendy Wintersteen has moved into the dean's office in 138 Curtiss and can be reached at 4-2518. Her e-mail is agdean@iastate.edu or wwinters@iastate.edu. Interim Senior Associate Dean Joe Colletti has moved into the senior associate dean’s office in 138 Curtiss and can be reached at 4-1823. His e-mail is agexecdean@iastate.edu or colletti@iastate.edu,

FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS NEEDED FOR SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE
Linking students with faculty to provide research and learning opportunities is the purpose of the College of Agriculture’s Science with Practice program. Last spring 15 undergraduate students participated in the pilot program and worked in research labs, farms, greenhouses and other units. The program is similar to an internship with defined learning objectives, while fulfilling employment needs of faculty and staff. An informational meeting on the program will be held on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. in 8 Curtiss. Faculty, staff and students interested in this fall's program should contact Charles Steiner, csteiner@iastate.edu or 4-0047 or Michael Retallick, msr@iastate.edu or 4-4810. For more information: http://www.ageds.iastate.edu/academics/undergrad/scipractice/science.htm.

COLLEGE TO SUPPORT GRANTSMANSHIP PARTICIPANTS
The College of Agriculture will support up to three faculty members to attend the Sept. 7 USDA-CSREES Grantsmanship Workshop in Washington, D.C. Interested faculty should contact Elena Polush, 4-8493 or elenap@iastate.edu. For more information: http://www.conted.vt.edu/usdagrant/. Another workshop is scheduled for Sept. 28 in Moscow, Idaho. More at: http://arc.wsu.edu/USDAgrantwksp/.

AGRONOMY ALUM NAMED VP OF RESEARCH AT SDSU
Kevin Kephart, an ISU alumnus in agronomy, has been named vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at South Dakota State University, effective Sept. 1. He earned his doctorate in crop production and physiology from Iowa State in 1987. Kephart has served as associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU for nearly seven years. “Dr. Kephart brings a great many strengths to this position,” said SDSU President Peggy Gordon Miller. “We are particularly pleased that someone with real experience in developing the bioeconomy was willing to lead research here at South Dakota State.”

SEGMENT FOR AMERICAN HORSE TV SHOT AT HORSE BARNS
America’s Horse Television, dedicated to the American Quarter Horse, visited ISU’s Horse Barns on Aug. 11 to shoot a segment for an upcoming episode. The TV segment will discuss the history and current status of ISU’s breeding program. Animal Science Chair Maynard Hogberg, faculty member Peggy Miller, emeritus professor James Kiser and Horse Barns manager Angela Chandler were interviewed, as well as four undergraduate students and two graduate students. Last year, ISU was awarded the American Quarter Horse Association’s Legacy Award, one of only two university equine programs to receive the honor. An air date for the program has not been announced.

ASTRONAUT AND ISU GRADUATE AT STATE FAIR AUG. 16
The Iowa Soybean Association and ISU’s NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center will host astronaut Clayton Anderson at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday, Aug. 16. He’ll participate in a “Soybeans in Space” program and sign autographs. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/astronaut.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 16: Dry Manure Application Field Day, near Clarion, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/jul/071405.htm
Aug. 23: Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 10 a.m., near Lewis, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 24: Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 2 p.m., near Greenfield, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Aug. 23-24: Manure Management Clinic, Field Extension Education Laboratory near Ames, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/jul/070603.htm
Aug. 25: Western Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1 p.m., near Castana, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 1: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 9:30 a.m., near Kanawha, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 6: McNay Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 4:30 p.m., near Chariton, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 8: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 12: Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm field day on high tunnels, 4:30 p.m., near Lewis, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 12-14: "A Conference to Reinvigorate Public Breeding of Seeds and Animals for a Healthy 21st Century Agriculture," Gateway Center, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2005/seeds_072705.htm
Sept. 13: Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 3 p.m., near Fruitland, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 14: Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 1:30 p.m., near Crawfordsville, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 15: Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm field day, 6 p.m., near Rhodes, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html
Sept. 26-28: Workshop on hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and other water quality issues, campus, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/aug/070301.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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CAREFUL COMPARISONS
To "compare with" is to discern both similarities and differences between things. To "compare to" is to note primarily similarities between things. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
New ISU faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Ames Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event hosted by ISU from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Reiman Gardens. The event is an excellent opportunity to introduce new faculty and staff to the Ames community.

CLIMATE CHANGE TOPIC OF ISU BIOETHICS SYMPOSIUM AUG. 19
"After Kyoto: Ethics and Global Climate Change" is the theme of the 2005 ISU summer bioethics program symposium to be held Friday, Aug. 19, at the Scheman building. The program, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Speakers include Diane Debinski of ecology, evolution and organismal biology; Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; and Sunday Tim, agricultural and biosystems engineering. To register, call Katy Reeder, 4-2566. For more information, use the Upcoming Events link at http://www.iastate.edu/~ethics.

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SEEKS RESEARCH POSTERS
Since 1992, the American Farm Bureau Federation has invited scientists representing 56 universities to present more than 460 poster papers on their research at its national conventions. The poster papers provide an opportunity for scientists to display their research and discuss their ideas with more than 5,000 farmers and ranchers. In 2006, the Farm Bureau will meet Jan. 8-9 in Nashville. If you'd like more information, contact Joe Colletti, 4-1823. The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 15.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE
Nearly 100 fellowships will be awarded for research in environmental fields of study through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The program provides educational support for full-time masters and doctoral level students who plan to pursue environmental careers with a focus on developing future leaders in environmental science, education, assessment and restoration efforts. The application deadline is Oct.18. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow

USDA-NSF MICROBIAL OBSERVATORY PROPOSALS SOUGHT
USDA CSREES and the National Science Foundation are supporting Microbial Observatories projects related to agroecosystems. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 27. Details: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/fundview.cfm?fonum=1460.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ISU STUDENT PROVIDES INPUT FOR FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS
Last Thursday, Alicia Clancy, an ISU senior in journalism and public service and administration in agriculture, spoke before 400 people attending a USDA forum on the Farm Bill at the Iowa State Fair. Clancy represented the state's 125,000 4-H members. Here’s an excerpt from her remarks: “With a wealth of 4-H and internship experiences in agriculture public relations, I know that I will be able to find a great job. I also know that I don't have to count on production ag alone to support my livelihood. But some 4-Hers do make production ag a goal. They plan on working side by side with their parents to support an extended family. Many times, these young people need second jobs to support themselves . . . It is a difficult choice for many young people with a bright potential in the ag industry. Congress, the USDA and this administration can help link my goals and those of others who might not be able to return to production agriculture. So today, I ask you: Continue to educate American consumers about where their food comes from. Support trade that keeps American products competitive. Help create markets for niche, value-added and diversified products. Support entrepreneurial ventures for ag-related businesses. Revive rural communities and build a communication infrastructure. Encourage youth to pursue agricultural sciences that will advance the industry. Continue to support young Americans in agriculture by funding 4-H in the 2007 Farm Bill.”

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MARGINALIA
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NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS PRODUCE CHEF-SCIENTISTS
Rapidly changing technology and the demand for tastier, more nutritious and safer foods are driving a new educational trend that many in the food industry predict will result in new flavors and food products that reach consumers faster. Culinology blends the science and technology long associated with food production and preservation research with the cooking or culinary artistry of chefs who strive to create the quality taste, texture and visual appeal that consumers look for in food. "It should help jump-start product development," said Harry Crane of Kraft Foodservice. Julie Larson Bricher of Food Safety Magazine also sees advantages. "It's difficult to see a downside to any endeavor that has a scientific underpinning and can lead to safer and more wholesome food," she said. "Culinologists who work in restaurants and institutions will not only have the chef's eye for presentation but the scientific knowledge that can prevent contamination in food handling." The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha started their culinology degree partnership in 2001. Clemson University has a four-year program. The University of Cincinnati is partnering with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to become the third school to offer a culinology degree. (Associated Press, Aug. 12)

Next issue: Aug. 22

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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