Issue: 376

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEAN FINALISTS CAMPUS VISITS BEGIN TODAY
Five finalists have been named in the search for the next dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State. All five will be on campus sometime during this week and next, and will participate in an open forum and a diversity forum. See complete details at: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/nov/dean.shtml

PLANT SCIENTIST USES METABOLOMICS TO UNLOCK GENE FUNCTIONS
An Iowa State plant scientist is leading a national research team that will develop a new tool to decipher the functions of plant genes. The National Science Foundation recently awarded $1 million to fund the project, which is led by Basil Nikolau, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology and director of the Center for Designer Crops and the W.M. Keck Metabolomics Research Laboratory. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/nov/metabolomics.shtml

DEC. 6 BUDGET FORUM TO ASSESS NEW MODEL
The College of Agriculture Curriculum Committee invites faculty and staff to a Dec. 6 forum to share ideas and concerns regarding the impacts of a new Iowa State budget model on teaching and learning. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 13 Curtiss Hall. Background on the new budget model is available at: http://www.iastate.edu/~budgetmodel/

STUDENTS SHARE SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE EXPERIENCE
Students will present conclusions from their Science With Practice experiences from 1:20 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Rooms 9 and 13 Curtiss Hall. This fall 19 students representing 13 different majors participated in the program. Staff and faculty are invited to listen to research presentations about the insect zoo, water pathogens, nutrient management, just to name a few. Refreshments will be served from 3-3:20 p.m. For more information contact Karen Burdick at 4-6123 or kburdick@iastate.edu.

STUDENTS AND FACULTY NEEDED FOR SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE PROGRAM
Science with Practice is a pilot project supported by the Dean's office and the Agricultural Endowment Board. The purpose of the project is to help students learn while they earn both credits and a paycheck. Students learn about research activities while working at research laboratories, farms, greenhouses, offices and other units. The program also assists faculty and staff by offering matching money for student wages. The program enhances the communications and learning experience for both students and faculty. Two informational meetings will be held Thursday, Dec.1 and Friday, Dec. 2, at noon in Curtiss Hall in room 8. Please RSVP to Karen Burdick at 294-6123 or kburdick@iastate.edu. For more information about the program contact Chuck Steiner at 294-0447, csteiner@iastate.edu or Mike Retallick at 294-4810, msr@iastate.edu.

POINSETTIAS PROVIDED FOR HOMEBOUND OR THOSE IN CRISIS
The College’s Faculty/Staff Awareness Program for at least 20 years has been providing poinsettias for current and former faculty, professional and scientific and merit staff who are homebound because of health or are experiencing trauma at holiday time. About 20 plants are given each year, according to Arlen Patrick at the horticulture department greenhouse that is reimbursed by the program. Department chairs and center directors are asked for the names of those with major health or trauma problems.

MARKET CALCULATOR CREATED TO HELP IOWA PRODUCE GROWERS
A new tool, the Iowa Produce Market Potential Calculator, has been developed by the Center for Transportation Research and Education and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to show markets that could be created if Iowa consumers ate more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The calculator has an Iowa map that shows both statewide and county-by-county supply and demand for each of the 37 fruit and vegetable crops that can be grown in Iowa. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/calculator/home.htm

CORN NITROGEN RATE CALCULATOR IS ONLINE
Corn producers can calculate the economic return to nitrogen application with different nitrogen and corn prices using a new regional Web-based tool located at the ISU Extension Agronomy Web site. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/nov/122201.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 29: Lecture, "Is Humanity Sustainable," William Rees, professor and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 7 p.m., 207 Marston Hall
Dec. 1: Deadline to participate in Iowa Center for Botanical Supplement Research competitive renewal, contact: Diane Birt, center director, at dbirt@iastate.edu
Dec. 2: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 3 to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building
Dec. 3: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building
Dec. 4: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, noon to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building
Dec. 6: College of Agriculture budget forum, noon, Room 13 Curtiss Hall, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~budgetmodel/
Dec. 7: Deadline to order Block and Bridle gift sets of cheese and sausage, order forms are available at 120 Kildee Hall, contact: ssc@iastate.edu or 4-1865.
Dec. 8: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture marketing workshop, 8:30 a.m., Gateway Conference Center and Hotel
Dec. 9: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 3 to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building
Dec. 10: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building
Dec. 11: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, noon to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' Maintenance Building

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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COMMUNICATING TO RECRUIT STUDENTS
Despite all the research over the years, few things remain as mysterious as the thinking process of a college-bound teenager. In an attempt to cut through some of the mystery, Wilkes University undertook an in-depth study of how students make their college decision. One of the areas explored was communications, and the Pennsylvania school shared its findings and opinions with colleagues at the recent American Marketing Association Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education:
- Weekly contact is too much, monthly contact is too little, students told Wilkes.
- That contact must be relevant. It's good to send a prospective English major an article about a professor winning a national poetry award, but don't send it to your finance majors.
- Fee waivers, giveaways and unconventional types of communication are well received by students.
- Students like to be contacted in a variety of ways, including direct mail, email and phone calls.
- Phone calls were important to a number of students because they reinforced the perception that someone at the college cares. (Target X, Email Minute, November 2005)

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INFOGRAZING
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BORLAUG AWARDED NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE
Norman Borlaug's work in agriculture and targeting food production for the world's hungriest, poorest nations, has earned him the National Medal of Science. The medal is the highest award given to scientists in the United States. More: http://agnews.tamu.edu/dailynews/sto ries/AGPR/Nov1605a.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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IOWA STATE’S RESEARCH REPUTATION TOP NOTCH
“We understand Iowa State University’s reputation as a top-notch agricultural research school in the United States, and part of their research includes turkey research.”
--Joel Brandenburger, National Turkey Federation, quoted in a Des Moines Register article on Thanksgiving Day about researchers studying turkeys.

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MARGINALIA
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS CONTAIN ODD ITEMS
When the Chronicle of Higher Education contacted college and university archivists and librarians about the oddest items in their special collections, it got a response from Luther College in Decorah. The examples of unusual artifacts that ran in the Oct. 28 issue, included Luther’s Christmas cookie molded, decorated and baked by late master potter Marguerite Wildenhain in 1970. Johs Hopkins University’s Institute of the History of Medicine keeps hair in a frame from the cow Edward Jenner used to develop the smallpox vaccine. The Royal Astronomical Society in England has a log cut from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. More at: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i10/10a00601.htm

Next issue: Dec. 5

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AG ONLINE
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