Issue: 372

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COLLEGE NEWS
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AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE APPROACHING
Nov. 15 is the deadline for applying for most College of Agriculture and university awards. The College reviews and ranks all university award nominations except the Presidential Service Award and seven university Professional and Scientific awards. Information and forms for award nominations are located at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.html

AG WEEK T-SHIRTS BEING REORDERED
The Ag Student Council's "We bust ours to feed yours" T-shirts, which were sold out for Ag Week, are being reordered. To reserve your gray, short-sleeved 2005 Ag Week T-shirt, contact Andrew Knaack at aknaack@iastate.edu with your shirt size and quantity before Friday, Nov. 4. T-shirts are $10.

NSF PROGRAM DIRECTOR TO GIVE SPEECH NOV. 9
Daniel Householder, National Science Foundation Program Director and former chair of Iowa State’s industrial technology department, will make the next agricultural & biosystems engineering Centennial Distinguished Speaker Series presentation. His speech, “Technologists in a Flat World,” will be an exploration of the implications of the contemporary social changes described in Thomas Friedman's best seller, "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century." It will begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in 101 Industrial Education II with a reception preceding the seminar at 3:30 p.m.

KIRSCHENMANN NAMED DISTINGUISHED FELLOW; DEWITT TO BECOME INTERIM DIRECTOR OF LEOPOLD CENTER
Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has accepted a new leadership role as a distinguished fellow of the center. Jerry DeWitt, coordinator of ISU Extension's sustainable agriculture program and its pest management and environment program, has been named interim director of the Leopold Center. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/leopold.html

ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL
Iowa State's Chapter of Alpha Zeta, the Wilson Chapter, began its Centennial Week celebration Friday, Oct., 28 with the singing of the Alpha Zeta song on the steps of Curtiss Hall. The week will wrap up with the Annual Initiation Ceremony and Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 6. The initiation will be at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union. The banquet will be at The Cottage on Broad in Story City at 5:30 p.m. Trent Loos, agricultural broadcaster, will be the featured speaker. All Alpha Zeta members, alumni, guests and the public are invited for this event. Tickets are available in 301 Kildee. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/clubs/alphazeta/az_wilson.html

IOWA STATE TO CELEBRATE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER LEGACY
The contributions and career of Iowa State graduate and faculty member George Washington Carver will be celebrated this week with an exhibit, lectures, story-telling and a play. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/oct/carver.shtml

HARL PRESENTS AT FARM POLICY CONFERENCE
Neil Harl, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and emeritus professor of economics, presented two papers Sunday and today, Oct. 30 and 31, at the 21st Century Farm Policy Conference in Fargo, N.D. "Competitiveness in the Production of Agricultural Commodities: What Not to Consider," and "Policy Issues Meriting Discussion in Connection With the 2007 Farm Bill," were the titles of the presentations.

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CLUB HONORED AT NATIONAL MEETING
The Agricultural Education Club placed second in the quiz bowl contest at last week’s 2005 National Collegiate Agricultural Education Conference/ATA Conclave in Louisville, Ky. The club also received the A. W. Nolan Memorial Leadership Award recognizing as a Gold organization for the pursuit of national leadership and professional development opportunities for their members.

ISU FACULTY MEMBERS PART OF EXTENSION INITIATIVE
Cornelia Flora, director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and Palle Pedersen, agronomy, are part of a new eXtension Initiative program. The eXtension Initiative is an effort led by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to advance the science and practice of engagement and outreach of land-grant colleges and universities to the people of the states they serve. Flora and Pedersen are members of Communities of Practice that will begin developing educational materials and seek the participation of all who are interested in its topics. Flora is involved with the Building Local Economies of the Future: Entrepreneurship, Education and Information Systems for Rural People and Places and Pedersen is part of the Corn and Soybean Production group.

THREE FINALISTS NAMED IN EXTENSION VICE PROVOST SEARCH
Three finalists have been named in the search for the next vice provost for extension at Iowa State. Each finalist will visit campus for two days in November, and speak and answer questions at an open forum. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/oct/extvp.shtml

ISU LEADS FIRST-IN-THE-NATION POULTRY AIR MONITORING
On Oct. 1, agricultural engineers at Iowa State began collecting air emissions data from two commercial broiler houses in Kentucky. The team traveled to Kentucky to set up the monitoring equipment. But most days they follow the project on their computer screens in Ames. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/poultry.html

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION IN SEED INDUSTRY STUDIED
Effective intellectual property protection is needed to encourage private agricultural seed companies to invest in research and development. Yet protection standards that are too high would restrict benefits to society. Those are two conclusions of an economic study conducted by Iowa State researchers. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/ipstudy.html

MODELING A BETTER ENERGY SYSTEM
Iowa State researchers are building computer models to answer a myriad of questions surrounding our nation’s energy system. The project started in September and is supported by a three-year grant of $608,000 from the National Science Foundation. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/oct/energy.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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
Nov. 14: Fifth Annual Iowa Organic Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/oct/031201.htm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WHAT IS RSS?
RSS is a family of XML file formats for Web syndication used by (amongst other things) news websites and weblogs. The technology behind RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly. To use this technology, site owners create or obtain specialized software (such as a content management system) which, in the machine-readable XML format, presents new articles in a list, giving a line or two of each article and a link to the full article or post. Unlike subscriptions to pulp-based newspapers and magazines, most RSS subscriptions are free. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28file_format%29 (Wikipedia)

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INFOGRAZING
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CAST ISSUES BIOTECH COMMENTARY
A commentary titled "Crop Biotechnology and the Future of Food: A Scientific Assessment,” has been released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). The commentary weighs hypothetical hazards voiced by critics against available scientific evidence and experience with transgenic crops. The full text of the commentary (QTA 2005-2) may be accessed without charge on the CAST website at: http://www.cast-science.org

COUNTRY LIFE TV PROGRAM BEGINS SATURDAY
“Living the Country Life” television program will debut on RFD-TV this week. The show will be launched by Living the Country Life magazine, produced by Des Moines-based Successful Farming magazine. The 30-minute show will air beginning Nov. 5 and continue four times weekly through April 2006. The show will feature segments on outdoor living, gardening, animals, tools and small machinery. More: http://www.hsconnect.com/news/story/1016202005_new12news10405.asp

RURAL OREGON BLANKETED BY WI-FI
The world's biggest Wi-Fi hot spot is 700 square miles of rural Oregon. Fred Ziari is an entrepreneur who built the wireless network at his own expense for $5 million. The network is free to the general public, but Ziari's recovering his investment through contracts with more than 30 city and county agencies, as well as a few large local agribusinesses. Ziari says each client pays not only for the Internet access, but also for specialized applications tailored to the needs of the agency. (AP/Washington Post, Oct. 16)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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THE MOST IMPORTANT WEAPONS
"The weapons with which we have gained our most important victories, which should be handed down from father to son, are not the sword and the lance, but the bushwhack, the turf-cutter, the spade and the bog-hoe."
--Henry David Thoreau

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MARGINALIA
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WHITE PUMPKINS PROVE POPULAR
Pumpkins that look like they’ve seen a ghost are in demand this Halloween, according to the Associated Press. The albino pumpkins are called Ghost pumpkins, Snowballs, Luminas or Caspers. The pumpkins still have orange flesh beneath the white rind. Gensler Gardens, a family farm near Rockford, Ill. decided to grow 6,000 white pumpkins this year because the 1,000 last year proved such a hit. But more than a week before Halloween, all 6,000 had been sold, and the Genslers will probably grow 20,000 next year, Scott Gensler said. (Associated Press, Oct. 26)

Next issue: Nov. 7

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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