RACE/WALK TO BENEFIT CIANCIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A 5K/10K race and 5K walk with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, to raise funds for the Alison Ciancio Memorial Scholarship. Proceeds from the event will go to the Alison Ciancio Memorial Foundation, which grants scholarships to students in the Dairy Science Club who demonstrate a commitment to helping others through involvement in community outreach activities. The 10K race starts at 9 a.m.; the 5K race starts at 9:15 a.m.; and the 5K walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the ISU Cross Country Course. Pancakes will be served from 10 to 11:30 a.m. More: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/events/alisonciancio/alisontree/hoofin_it.html
ABE CENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES BEGINS THURSDAY
The Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Centennial Distinguished Speaker Series begins Thursday, Sept. 8, with a presentation by Michael Dyrenfurth, the director of international programs in the College of Technology at Purdue University. He will address “Technology and Technological Education: International/National Perspectives & Provocations.” Dyrenfurth specializes in technology education and teacher education, technological literacy, program and curriculum evaluation, international vocational technical education and leadership development. He served as the graduate coordinator for the Department of Industrial Education & Technology at Iowa State prior to going to Purdue. The presentation will be 4 to 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union with an open forum to follow.
ASSOCIATE DEAN TO MODERATE UNITED NATIONS MEETING PANEL
David Acker, associate dean of academic and global program, will moderate a workshop at the United Nation's 58th Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations meeting scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 7 to 8, at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Friday workshop is titled "Challenges and Opportunities in Combating Poverty." It is sponsored by Rural Reconstruction Nepal and the International Volunteerism Organization for Women Education and Development (VIDES International) and will focus on the challenges and opportunities of education for rural people and the role of power and politics in combating poverty. A webcast and discussion forum will be available online. More: http://unngodpiconference.org/
AGEDS DEPARTMENT COMES TO AID OF ILL ALUM
The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies has donated autographed basketballs and a football to a fundraiser for one of its alums who is suffering from leukemia. Jay Jung, who graduated in 2003 in agricultural education, worked for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for about two years when he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The Floyd native has been receiving treatments at Mayo Clinic. A fundraiser organized by his aunt on Aug. 27 netted an estimated $20,000. The department purchased the balls and Mike Gaul, career services, helped get them autographed by former Cyclone basketball player Fred Hoiberg, the women’s basketball team and quarterback Bret Meyer.
SEBRANEK PRESENTED RESEARCH AWARD
Joseph Sebranek, animal science and food science and human nutrition, was presented the Distinguished Research Award at the American Meat Science Association’s 58th Annual Reciprocal Meat Conference. The award recognizes members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and was presented last month. Sebranek’s research has included studies on meat curing, cryogenic freezing, packaging systems, equipment design, irradiation and food safety.
PROFESSOR TO HELP OVERSEE WILD IOWA ESSAY PROJECT
Nancy Grudens-Schuck, agricultural education and studies, has been appointed to the Wild Iowa Essay Project Committee of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The committee administers and judges an annual creative writing contest focused on the natural environmental in Iowa, culminating in the Iowa Wildness Symposium, a conference on creative writing about wilderness and ecology held at Iowa State in the spring.
ROBERT LAWSON HONORED BY AOSCA
This summer, Robert Lawson was selected as an honorary member of the Association of Seed Certifying Agencies. Lawson served 28 years with the Iowa Crop Improvement Association, including 13 years as secretary-treasurer. He retired in 2003. The Iowa Crop Improvement Association, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the College, the Department of Agronomy, ISU Extension and the ISU Seed Laboratory, has provided Iowa with quality, unbiased seed production services since 1920 and is Iowa's official seed certifying agency.
ENERGY HEROES LOCATED IN COLLEGE BUILDINGS
Occupants of several college buildings on campus helped the university save more than $1.2 million on its energy bill in FY05. Of the 47 buildings monitored by Facilities, Planning and Management, 20 used less electricity in FY05 compared to their average use over the previous three years. Occupants of Agronomy Hall, the Molecular Biology building, the Memorial Union and Town Engineering collectively saved $111,826. Occupants of Curtiss Hall, the Food Sciences building, Applied Science, Marston Hall and State Gym each saved at least $5,000 on their electric bills in FY05 and combined for a $40,534 savings.
PUTTING WRITING TO WORK: AGCOMM WORKSHOP SEPT. 20
The AgComm theme for the academic year is “Putting Writing to Work: In the Classroom and On the Job.” The first writing session will be held Sept. 20, noon to 1:15 p.m., in 8 Curtiss, with the topic of reflecting on learning through writing. A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or email@example.com. Contact: Robert Martin, 4-0896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALUM’S SEMINAR TO MARK 125 YEARS OF ISU INSECT EDUCATION
The Department of Entomology will observe 125 years of insect science instruction at Iowa State with a special seminar. Tom Turpin, ISU alumnus and professor of entomology at Purdue University, will present "The Pedagogy of Hexapodology: Teaching about Insects," at 4:10 p.m., Sept. 19, in E-164 Lagomarcino. Turpin's introductory entomology class is one of Purdue's most popular courses. He is the nationally known creator of Purdue's Bug Bowl, which draws more than 12,000 visitors each year. Turpin also writes a bi-monthly column, "On Six Legs," that appears in more than 40 newspapers. A reception will precede the seminar. For more information: 4-7400.
ALUM HELPS KEEP NYC FARMERS’ MARKETS RUNNING SMOOTHLY
A recent story in the New York Times about metropolitan farmers’ markets quoted College of Agriculture alumna Rachel Faber Machacha, who serves as the farm inspection coordinator for the city’s 54 Greenmarkets. Her job is to visit farms to verify that what producers submit to Greenmarket as their annual crop plan is what they are actually growing, according to the article. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 2002.
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TOPIC OF SEMINARS
The office of the Henry A Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture will host representatives from Winrock International and Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Costa Rica (CATIE) on Sept. 12 and 13. Winrock and CATIE will be discussing their programs and international opportunities for students from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in 1204 Kildee Hall (Ensminger Room). CATIE will present a seminar, titled "Changing Paradigms in the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors in Latin America," from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 13, in 1204 Kildee Hall (Ensminger Room).
WORLD FOOD POSTER COMPETITION DEADLINE SEPT. 30
World food issues is the topic of the fourth annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for graduate and undergraduate students. The colleges of agriculture and human sciences have provided the prize money of $50, $75 and $100 for both undergraduate and graduate student competitions. Winners will be announced after the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Oct. 17. Students are encouraged to enter poster abstracts by submitting the poster title and an abstract or 250-word summary to Patricia Murphy, email@example.com, by Friday, Sept. 30.
CIAG SEEKS RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Center for Integrated Animal Genomics seeks proposals for research grant opportunities through its Research Infrastructure Grant Program and Research Support Grant Program. The programs will provide funding for infrastructure and personnel needed for innovative and significant research. CIAG-affiliated faculty outside the College of Agriculture may apply for these programs as long as the proposed use of funds meets the desired objectives. The application deadline for both grant programs is Oct. 7. More: http://www.ciag.iastate.edu.
$2 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY PLANT DISEASE DEFENSES
Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Science Foundation to study disease defenses in agricultural crops. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/nsfgrant.html
KATRINA DISRUPTS GRAIN MARKETS AND SHIPMENTS
Hurricane Katrina’s attack on the southeastern United States is having an impact on the grain prices and delivery in Iowa, according to Robert Wisner, Iowa State economist. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/sep/070203.htm
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE GRANTS AVAILABLE
With the support of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, ISU Extension is offering three mini-grants for research and travel related to sustainable agriculture. The funds may be used during 2005 and 2006. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2005. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/aug/033101.htm
SYMPOSIUM ON COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEPT. 28
Promoting business networking and entrepreneurship in rural communities will be the focus of a symposium Sept. 28 at the Scheman Building. The symposium is designed to help community leaders, economic developers, businesses, policymakers, educators and researchers find ways to enhance rural communities. http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/socsymp.html
VOTES SOUGHT FOR ‘KEEP IT CLEAN’ BILLBOARD
The Iowa Food Safety Task Force is marking September's designation as National Food Safety Month by asking consumers to vote on their choice of five billboard messages. Unwashed hands are a leading cause of food borne illness and the billboard campaign will help carry that message to the public. Vote for your favorite message at http://www.iowafoodsafety.org. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/sep/120201.htm
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 7: AgComm Orientation Workshop, noon, Room 8, Curtiss, RSVP by Sept. 6 to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/seminars.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. 22: 22nd annual Iowa Real Estate and Insurance Seminar, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/seminars.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
NEED AG PHOTOS? TRY CSREES’ SITE
Need a photograph for an upcoming power point presentation, publication or newsletter? Log on to the CSREES Image Gallery at http://www.csrees.umd.edu/. The gallery has more than 5,000 high resolution photographs and continues to grow. Most were taken by Edwin Remsberg, a photographer from the University of Maryland, but new images from recent Partners Video Magazine productions will soon be added. All images are the property of CSREES and can be used by CSREES partners. Contact: Remsberg, email@example.com.
BLOOMING BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SEPT. 16-18 AT REIMAN GARDENS
Reiman Gardens this month is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The celebration includes the Best Blooming Birthday Cake in the Conservatory and sales of a 10-year commemorative book. The birthday party begins Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free admission for ISU faculty and staff. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 there will be free admission, with a free-will donation to United Way of Story County. A barbecue dinner and social is set for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $35 per person. There will be a welcome from Gardens’ Director Teresa McLaughlin and comments from President Geoffroy and alumni Roy Reiman and Dwight Hughes Jr. beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by desserts, beverages cash bar and musical entertainment until 9 p.m. On Sept. 18 will be Family Day at the Gardens with children’s games and activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for CoHort members with regular admission for guests.
CELT SCHEDULES FALL WORKSHOPS
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has begun its fall semester schedule of Professional Development Sessions and Teaching and Learning Technology Workshops. Coming up this week are a TA workshop on Thursday, Sept. 8, a WebCT orientation and WebCT course development workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and a session on creating web pages for instruction on Friday, Sept. 9. See the entire schedule at the center website: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/events/fall2005.html
WORKING LATE? HUNGRY ON CAMPUS AFTER 5?
ISU Dining has several campus locations open Monday through Thursday evenings that serve dinner or are open for grabbing a quick bite. Operations’ evening hours for Monday through Thursday this fall semester are: Memorial Union Food Court, open until 7 p.m.; Hawthorn Market & Cafe, open until 11 p.m.; Clyde's Sports Club, open until 8 p.m.; Design Cafe, open until 6:30 p.m.; and Courtyard Cafe, open until 6 p.m. Check the web for more details: http://www.dining.iastate.edu/.
KATRINA POINTS UP NEGLECT OF VITAL RIVER SYSTEM
"It's not just a lack of preparedness . . . I think we've got to see this as a serious problem of the long-term neglect of an environmental system on which our nation depends. All the grain that's grown in Iowa and Illinois, and the huge industrial output of the Midwest has to come down the Mississippi River, and there has to be a port to handle it, to keep a functioning economy in the United States of America."
--Andrew Young, New Orleans native and former ambassador to the United Nations, speaking on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. (New York Times, Sept. 3)
COMPUTER USE ON FARMS UP SLIGHTLY FROM 2003
Of more than 32,400 farms of all kinds and types surveyed by the USDA’s National Statistics Service, 55 percent own or lease a computer -- up from 54 percent in 2003 -- and 31 percent use it in their operations. About 51 percent have Internet access, compared to 48 percent in 2003. Sixty-nine percent access the Internet through dial-up. Not surprisingly, farms that made the most money had more Internet access and used their computers more than smaller farms. About 77 percent of farms with sales and government subsidies of $250,000 or more said they owned or leased a computer and 72 percent had Internet access. Of farms with revenues of at least $10,000 but still made under $100,000, 51 percent owned or leased a computer and 47 percent had Internet access. (AP story in Iowa Farmer Today, Aug. 6)
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