Issue: 370

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NATION’S LARGEST AG CAREER DAY HELPS KEEP GRADUATES IN IOWA
Iowa State’s College of Agriculture is helping to supply the state’s and nation’s demand for employees and keep graduates in Iowa during its annual Ag Career Day Oct. 25 at the Memorial Union. The Ag Career Day is on track to be the largest ever held at Iowa State. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/acd05.html

AG COUNCIL SCHEDULES AG WEEK ACTIVITIES OCT. 24-29
The Agriculture Student Council invites faculty and staff to its 2005 Ag Week activities Oct. 24-29. Monday, Oct. 24, starts with a faculty breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m., in the Curtiss Hall rotunda. Wear an Ag Week T-shirt to the kick-off barbecue on central campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday to receive a meal discount. Ag Week T-shirts will be on sale for $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in front of Curtiss Hall. Ag Career Day, the nation’s largest agriculture career fair, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Memorial Union. On Oct. 26, the Dairy Science Club hosts an Ag Week Halloween dance at The Zone in downtown Ames. Ag Week’s main event on Oct. 27 includes a barbecue, Ag Olympics, mechanical bull rides, a chili cook-off and hayrack rides around central campus. The Ag Council is finalizing details for a comedian on Friday evening in the Curtiss Hall rotunda. Wrapping up the 2005 Ag Week on Sunday, Oct. 29, is the Block and Bridle Club’s Little North American showmanship contest. The events are open to the public.

BORLAUG TO ATTEND LECTURE AND POSTER COMPETITION TONIGHT
Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug will attend tonight’s (Monday) lecture named in his honor. He is expected to arrive at the reception at about 7:30 p.m. prior to the lecture. The former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will speak at 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. William Foege, an epidemiologist who worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, will present "Science and Its Application" as part of the Norman Borlaug lecture series. There also will be the fourth annual Borlaug Student Poster Competition from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom.

AG ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK
The first Agricultural Entrepreneurship Institute will be held this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, at the Scheman Building. The institute is part of the College of Agriculture’s Entrepreneurship Initiative that was established through a $1.5 million gift from Roger and Connie Underwood of Ames. About 50 faculty, staff, students and Iowa entrepreneurs will attend the institute, which will include speakers, group discussions, panels and presentation of case studies. The initiative encourages innovative and entrepreneurial thinking among students in the College of Agriculture. Contacts: Bob Jolly, economics, 4-6267 or Steve Nissen, animal science, 6-5967.

BIOLOGY IS COLLEGE’S NEWEST MAJOR
Biology is the newest major offered by the College of Agriculture. With the long-time biology program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the addition of the College of Agriculture program brings the total of biology students at ISU to more than 400. The College of Agriculture major has 36 students in its first semester. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/agbio.html

GOT ANNOUNCEMENTS? BRENTON CENTER WANTS THEM
The Brenton Center invites College of Agriculture announcements to run on two plasma television screens on the ground floor of the Curtiss Hall rotunda. This display system is a valuable resource to announce events such as student club meetings, notices of new course offerings, speakers or lecturers coming to campus, and career services or student services information. There is no charge. Announcements can be supplied in these formats: PowerPoint slides, still photographs, Flash movies, web page addresses, Quicktime and AVI movies. E-mail your announcements to: agchat@iastate.edu. Contacts: Rod Fischer, videoguy@iastate.edu or 4-9970 and Gaylan Scofield, ggs@iastate.edu or 4-0045.

DENISON FFA TOPS IN SOIL JUDGING CONTEST
The Denison FFA Chapter beat out 25 other high school teams to win the 2005 FFA State Soil Judging Contest on Sunday, Oct. 16. The second- through fifth-place teams were Emmetsburg, Paullina, Orient and Montezuma. The top five teams are eligible to represent Iowa at the International Land Judging Contest next May in Oklahoma. The contest was coordinated by the College of Agriculture’s Gerald Miller, associate dean for extension and outreach programs, and Alan Spencer, Iowa Department of Education. Iowa State faculty and staff who helped with the contest included Jon Sandor, Tom Fenton, Angela Rieck-Hinz and Erik Christian, agronomy; Richard Pope, entomology; and Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension. Sponsors included the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, the Professional Soil Classifiers of Iowa, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Districts of Iowa, the College of Agriculture and ISU Extension.

BABCOCK TO SPEAK AT FARM POLICY CONFERENCE
Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, will be a featured speaker Oct. 31 at the 21st Century Farm Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Conference in Fargo, N.D. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University. Babcock will take part in a session on policy alternatives.

AGRICULTURE ALUM TO SPEAK AT BUSINESS COLLEGE LECTURE
On Nov. 10, the College of Business’ Stafford Lecture Series on Banking features Mark Drabenstott, vice president and director of the Center for the Study of Rural America with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. The lecture is titled, "Competing in the New Global Economic Race." Drabenstott earned master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Iowa State in 1980 and 1981. More: http://www.bus.iastate.edu/Outreach/Stafford/default.asp

ISU ORGANIC PROGRAM HOSTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOV. 14
Iowa State's Organic Agriculture Program will host the Fifth Annual Iowa Organic Conference on Nov. 14 at the Scheman Building. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/oct/031201.htm

SYMPOSIUM FEATURES PLANTS, GARDEN DESIGNS
ISU Extension's Herbaceous Perennial Weekend will be at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha on Nov.11 and at the Scheman Building in Ames on Nov. 12. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/oct/041201.htm

GRANT TO IOWA BEEF CENTER TO FOCUS ON RISK MANAGEMENT
The Iowa Beef Center has received a USDA grant to create a program to work with producers to develop risk-management solutions. The Cow-Calf Risk Strategies series will begin in January and run throughout 2006 with workshops, a correspondence course, a Web cast, presentations, a Web site and articles in regional publications. More details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/oct/121301.htm

RISK ASSESSMENT TOPIC OF STATISTICS WORKSHOP
The Department of Statistics, in cooperation with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, is sponsoring a workshop next week entitled, "Overarching Issues in Risk Assessment." The workshop will be Oct. 27-29 at the Gateway Center. More: http://www.niss.org/affiliates/riskanalysis200510/riskanalysis200510-hom.... Contact: Alicia Carriquiry, alicia@iastate.edu or 4-3440.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 19: 2005 Shivvers Memorial Lecture, Laura Jackson, University of Northern Iowa biology professor, 7 p.m., College of Business auditorium, 1148 Gerdin, more: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2005/jackson_092005.htm
Oct. 22-23: Horticulture Club apple, cider and pumpkin sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Reiman Gardens entrance bridge
Oct. 25: Ag Career Day, Great Hall and Campanile Room, Memorial Union, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/careerservices/ag%20career%20day.html
Nov. 4: Insuring Iowa's Agriculture: Managing Risks and Improving Profits, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/online.htm
Nov. 4: College of Agriculture Development Office brown bag, following Ag Cabinet meeting, Room 141 Curtiss Hall
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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EPIDEMIC, ENDEMIC OR PANDEMIC?
An epidemic disease breaks out, spreads through a limited area, such as a state, then subsides (i.e., an epidemic outbreak of measles; a measles epidemic). An endemic disease is perennially present within a region or population (i.e., malaria is endemic in parts of Africa). Note that endemic describes a disease, not a region; it is incorrect to say “this region is endemic for a disease.” A pandemic disease is prevalent over a large area such as a nation, continen, or the world (i.e., the 1919 flu pandemic). (The Chicago Manual of Style, 2003, 15th edition)

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INFOGRAZING
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COMMENTS SOUGHT ON CSREES APPLICATION MATERIALS
The USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the plans to revise its Application Kit for Research and Extension Programs and is seeking public comments. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 2. Questions and comments: Jason Hitchcock, jhitchcock@csrees.usda.gov. More: http://www.smartpdf.com/register/2005/Oct/03/57552A.pdf.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR USDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The USDA Agricultural Research Service seeks nominations for the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 14. More: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo...

FOREIGN EXPERIENCE OPEN TO UNDERGRADS, GRAD STUDENTS
The International Research & Exchanges Board is recruiting for its Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program and Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. It is open to U.S. citizens with expertise working with students from Eurasia, Europe, the Near East or Asia, and working with universities, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, international development agencies, governmental agencies, and/or private sector. Apply by Oct. 31 to resumes@irex.org. More: http://www.irex.org/programs/ugrad/index.asp and http://www.irex.org/programs/muskie/application.asp.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION WANTS MORE RESEARCH SPENDING
The European Commission has called for increased research spending at universities and other research organizations, saying that Europe is lagging behind the United States and Japan. According to the proposal, spending on research should climb to 3 percent of GDP by 2010, up from 1.9 percent in 2003. The report noted that U.S. spending was 2.59 percent and that Japan spent 3.15 percent of GDP. The proposal, which must be approved by European governments, would provide more money to academic research projects and to partnerships between industry and universities. (San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 12 http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/12883018.htm)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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ISU’S BEEF STICKS APPRECIATED BY KATRINA SURVIVORS
The following e-mail message was sent late in September to ISU animal science professor Joe Sebranek from Kenneth McMillin, a professor of animal science at Louisiana State University, after a shipment of 3,000 beef sticks prepared by ISU graduate students was delivered to Louisiana and Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief. “...The sticks just arrived. Thank you to you and the graduate students [Angela Laury and Sherry Olsen] and also to Randy [Petersohn, manager of the ISU Meats Lab]! They'll be sent to the westward parishes when our specialists go tomorrow or Saturday. Our plan is to give a packet of 20 or 30 to guard or reserve units when they're out on their rescue roles because they've been putting in 14 and 18 hour days. They'll also be able to share with the people that they are still rescuing and evacuating, but the numbers of those citizens who are still stranded or need rescuing are dwindling. All of us very much appreciate the beef sticks and the thoughtfulness behind the efforts is simply unbelievable. While it's somewhat sad that it takes times like these for America to pull together in the same direction, it also is heartening that such a diverse group of citizens can join together for common causes."

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MARGINALIA
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CLEAN BEES ARE HEALTHY BEES
Varroa mites are the bee industry's most serious threat, having destroyed up to 70 percent of hives in some parts of the United States. The parasites can withstand most management controls and so USDA Agricultural Research Service researchers have been searching for a nonchemical solution. They discovered a group of bees that controlled the mites on their own. These bees seem to be able to sniff out and find young, developing varroa mites. Over time, the bees are able to have a significant impact on the overall number of mites infesting a colony. (ARS, http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/oct05/hive1005.htm)

Next issue: Oct. 24

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AG ONLINE
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