Issue: 379

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COLLEGE NEWS
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WINTERSTEEN NAMED COLLEGE DEAN
Wendy Wintersteen has been named dean of the College of Agriculture, effective Jan. 1. Wintersteen was selected from a field of five finalists identified through a nationwide search. “Dr. Wintersteen has been an exceptional faculty member and administrator in our College of Agriculture, and she will make an outstanding dean,” said President Gregory Geoffroy. “She is very knowledgeable about agriculture, and she has excellent relationships with people throughout the agricultural community.” Wintersteen has served as interim dean of the College and interim director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station since August 2005. She succeeds Catherine Woteki, who left Iowa State last July to become global director of scientific affairs for Mars Inc. Prior to becoming interim dean, Wintersteen was senior associate dean of the college and associate director of the experiment station from 2000 to 2005. She joined Iowa State in 1988 after earning a doctorate in entomology. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/dec/agdean.shtml

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PAUL FLAKOLL WEDNESDAY
Paul Flakoll, director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition and a professor in food science and human nutrition, lost his battle with cancer Saturday night. His visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Adams Funeral Home. His funeral will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2228 Lincoln Way.

AG COUNCIL SLATE SET FOR COMING YEAR
The College of Agriculture Student Council recently elected new leadership for 2006: Johanna Fithian, a junior in animal science (pre-vet), is president; Heath McPherson, junior in animal science, vice president; Emily Hoffmann, junior in horticulture, secretary; and Dan Dreher, junior in agricultural education, treasurer. The new council and officers will meet for the first time in January.

SPANISH LANGUAGE SHORT COURSE FOR BEGINNERS OFFERED
A Spanish short course will be offered this spring for faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture who are interested in a language survival course. The program will provide skills needed to conduct teaching, research and/or extension activities involving Spanish speakers. To register, send a check or intramural form (payable to Global Agriculture Programs) with your name, department, phone number and e-mail address not later than Jan. 13 to: Eduarda Becerra/GAP, 104 Curtiss Hall.

TWO NEW WATER QUALITY PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING
Two new research projects at Iowa State have been funded as part of more than $14 million in grants nationwide to address water supply and water quality issues. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/waterq.html

FAPRI ANALYZES GLOBAL EFFECTS OF U.S. PROPOSAL FOR WTO
In October, the U.S. Trade Representative released a proposal for agricultural trade reform in the ongoing World Trade Organization negotiations. The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute released its analysis Dec. 15 of the impacts of this proposal on U.S. and world agriculture. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/fapri2.html

IOWA FARMLAND VALUE REACHES NEW PEAK
The average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa increased $285 to an all-time high of $2,914 in 2005, according to an annual survey conducted by Iowa State. This is the third year in a row with a new record high, according to Mike Duffy, ISU Extension farm economist who conducts the survey. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/dec/061205.htm

ONLINE VIDEO ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON WINE, GRAPE PRODUCTION
New videos on the wine industry are online at the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center Web site to help producers answer frequently asked questions on establishing a winery or vineyard on their operation. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/dec/071701.htm

IOWA GROWERS SEEK NEW IDEAS IN COSTA RICA
A team of Iowa State faculty recently launched a three-year program to broaden agriculture-related exchanges between Iowans and Costa Ricans. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program will help take 45 Iowa growers, extension specialists, faculty and students to Costa Rica. About 15 Costa Rican growers, educators and students will spend time in Iowa. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2005/dec/071601.htm

ISU GRADUATE STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR
The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders presented its 2005 Graduate Student Award to Iowa State graduate student Brandon Wardyn, Farwell, Neb. The honor, which includes a $2,500 cash award, was given at the American Seed Trade Association's Corn and Sorghum and Soybean Seed Research Conference in Chicago, Dec. 7-9. Wardyn received his doctorate in plant breeding and genetics Saturday. He conducted research in the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding, a center of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State. Wardyn
will work as a corn breeder at AgReliant Genetics, Kearney, Neb.

LEOPOLD CENTER GRASS-FINISHED BEEF WORKSHOP JAN. 13
Forages, management of herd genetics and new technologies that can improve the quality of grass-finished beef will be the focus of a Jan. 13 workshop sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Branded beef consultant Allen Williams will present, "Tune-up for Grass-Based Production and Marketing" from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines. The workshop is part of the 2006 Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) winter conference and workshop program. Cost of the workshop is $20 if the registration is postmarked before Dec. 30, $25 afterwards (a $5 discount is offered for PFI members). For registration information, contact Julie Carlson at PFI, (515) 232-5661 ext 101, or Julie@practicalfarmers.org.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Jan. 5-6: "Visions for Animal Agriculture and the Environment," national symposium focusing on animal agriculture and the environment, Kansas City, more: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/Airy_home.htm
Jan. 18: College of Agriculture Convocation, Sun Room, Memorial Union, 3 p.m.

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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CAREEN AND CAREER: A MEANDERING HISTORY
In England in 1534, “career” referred to the protective walls on either sides of race tracks. In 1672, since horses galloped along the career, the gallop itself was called a career. In 1764, career was applied to the running of the horse, a short gallop at full speed, whether in a race or not. It was not until 1803 that career was applied to a person's profession in life. Career seems to have been replaced in large measure by “careen,” a notable turn of events when you consider that, since 1591, careen has described a ship laid over on one side, usually for repair and for cleaning the bottom of barnacles. In 1600, careen added the cleaning and repairing of the ship itself. In 1763, careen began to describe the heeling of a ship while sailing. In the 20th century, writers began using careen to describe the high speed forward motion of vehicles, probably because career had two meanings, a person's career and the galloping of a horse, which people don't use much any more because automobiles replaced the horse and buggy. In the latter part of the 20th century -- careen took on its new duties officially. Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, continues to define careen as "lurching from side to side," of course, but adds, "especially while moving rapidly." (Grammar Tip by Perret Starr, Texas A&M University, for the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences, Dec. 16)

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INFOGRAZING
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JUDGES NEEDED FOR FFA COMPETITION
Volunteers are needed to serve as judges Feb. 11 for Iowa FFA proficiency and national chapter contests in Des Moines. Sign up for judging the National Chapter Award program by visiting: http://www.agiowa.org/id55.html and the Proficiency Award program (judges in over 30 specialized areas are needed): http://www.agiowa.org/id54.html. Judging will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grimes State Office Building. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Alan Spencer, Iowa FFA Association, alan.spencer@iowa.gov, (515) 281-4706.

WINTER BIOETHICS RETREAT JAN. 6
The retreat will focus on the proper boundaries of political influence on science. The morning session will cover ethics and politics surrounding women's health (domestic and international). The afternoon session will look at the topic more generally and include a panel of ISU researchers. More: http://www.bioethics.iastate.edu/retreat.html

CIMMYT OFFERS COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
The corporate communications unit of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks an intern to help with writing, editing and public relations. Located outside Mexico City, CIMMYT is a non-profit, international research organization that develops improved maize and wheat and cropping systems for farmers in developing countries. More: http://www.aceweb.org/membersh/internship.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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IF WE HAD NO WINTER . . .
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
--Anne Bradstreet (British poet, 1612-1672)

Next issue: Dec. 27

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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