Issue: 38

COLLEGE NEWS

- Precision agriculture the focus of issue team

- Projects sought for collaboration with College of

Engineering

- ISU-NCSU consortium to study waste, odor problems

- Teaching with Technology seminar in Brenton Center

- Experiment Station offers minority assistantships

- Summer study in Uzbekistan for grad students

- Ukraine internship available for juniors, seniors

- Animal science dept.'s centennial approaching

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Spontaneity a rarity in speech making

INFOGRAZING

- National Forum for Agriculture site on the Web

- Virtual university slated for 1997

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Talking sustainable agriculture

MARGINALIA

- How many College of Ag grads are there in the U.S.?

C O L L E G E N E W S

PRECISION AGRICULTURE THE FOCUS OF ISSUE TEAM

The College of Agriculture is working to establish a Precision

Agriculture Issue Team. Precision agriculture, or site-specific

farming, involves the use of new technologies to better manage

crops and soil. The technologies include Global Positioning Systems

(GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Variable Rate

Technologies (VRT). The issue team would develop multidisciplinary

research and extension projects. For more information: Ron Cantrell,

4-1360 or rcantrel@iastate.edu.

PROJECTS SOUGHT FOR COLLABORATION WITH COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Faculty interested in collaborating on research projects with

faculty in the College of Engineering are asked to contact Colin

Scanes by March 8. He is asking that brief (one paragraph preferred)

descriptions of possible collaborative projects be sent to him

at 123 Curtiss or cscanes@iastate.edu.

ISU-NCSU CONSORTIUM TO STUDY WASTE, ODOR PROBLEMS

ISU and North Carolina State University have established a Waste

Management Research Consortium. Each university is contributing

$75,000 to support collaborative projects that address livestock

waste and odor problems. Consortium research priorities include:

odor measurement technology; technology demonstration; alternative

swine production systems; animal nutrition; trade and exports;

and value-added products from waste. Proposal deadline: April

15. For more information: Colin Scanes, 4-1823 or cscanes@iastate.edu.

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR IN BRENTON CENTER

College of Agriculture faculty and staff are invited to a "Teaching

with Technology" seminar in the Brenton Center, 8-10 a.m.,

March 15, in Room 9, Curtiss Hall. Center faculty and staff will

explain what technology is available, how to use educational technology

and how to reserve teaching space in the center. To register:

Jeanette Drewry, 4-1862 or drewry@iastate.edu. Space is limited.

EXPERIMENT STATION OFFERS MINORITY ASSISTANTSHIPS

The Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station is

providing graduate research assistantships to newly recruited

minority students. This quarter-time support must be matched by

departmental or investigator funds. For more information: Susan

Lamont, 4-3629 or 4-4763.

SUMMER STUDY IN UZBEKISTAN FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Full-time graduate students who wish to spend the 1996 summer

semester studying agriculture at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation

and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers in Uzbekistan should

contact Joe Dale, International Agriculture Programs, 4-5509 or

4-3972.

UKRAINE INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE FOR JUNIORS, SENIORS

Juniors or seniors majoring in ag systems technology or agronomy,

or who have practical farm experience, have an opportunity to

participate in a summer internship in Ukraine. For more information:

Victor Udin, International Agriculture Programs, 4-8971.

ANIMAL SCIENCE DEPT.'S CENTENNIAL APPROACHING

The Department of Animal Science's centennial will be observed

on March 24 with the theme "A Heritage of Leadership."

A luncheon and program at the Iowa State Center will highlight

the department's contributions to the livestock industry. There

also will be an evening reunion and barbecue. For registration

information, call 4-5961.

DEADLINES & REMINDERS

Feb. 23: Preregistration deadline - Successful Grantsmanship workshop

(see next item). Carla Persaud, 4-9376, or Kathy Kuehl, 4-1242.

Feb. 26: From Theory to Measurement: Hypothesis Development and

Experimental Design, a Successful Grantsmanship workshop, 7-9

p.m., Campanile Room

Feb. 29: Application deadline - Beginning-level Spanish language/Latin

American culture class, March 19-May 9. Mary de Baca, 4-1851.

Feb. 29: The Land Grant University System in 2020: How Must ISU

Adapt to Remain Relevant? - Colin Scanes, College of Agriculture,

4:10 p.m., 2050 Agronomy (sustainable agriculture seminar)

March 1: Instructional Development Grant Proposals due, 121 Curtiss.

March 7: The Importance of Livestock to Iowa Agriculture in 2020

- Jim

Kliebenstein, economics, 4:10 p.m., 2050 Agronomy (sustainable

agriculture seminar)

C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K

SPONTANEITY IS A RARITY IN SPEECH MAKING

Here's a mistake that speakers often make: Thinking that spontaneous

remarks are better than any prepared speech. Spontaneity is one

of the rarest things on earth. Mark Twain said it takes three

weeks to prepare a good ad-lib speech. A speech needs to be outlined,

then written, then re-written and then practiced before it will

be a good one. (From a list of "20 Mistakes Speakers Make

-- And How to Avoid Them." For a copy, e-mail Susan Anderson,

Ag Information, sander@iastate.edu.)

I N F O G R A Z I N G

NATIONAL FORUM FOR AGRICULTURE SITE ON THE WEB

The program for this year's National Forum for Agriculture, March

4-5, can be found at this World Wide Web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/card/forum.html

The forum is organized by CARD and the Food and Ag Committee of

the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.

VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY SLATED FOR 1997

The Western Governors' Association is rapidly pulling together

plans for a western virtual university. They expect to begin admitting

students by the summer of 1997. The Education Management Group,

a Simon & Schuster subsidiary that develops interactive courses

for secondary schools and colleges, has donated $150,000 to the

planning effort. (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 16)

E X T E R N A L V O I C E S

TALKING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

The December 1995 issue of National Geographic included "A

Farming Revolution: Sustainable Agriculture," written by

Verlyn Klinkenborg, who grew up in northwest Iowa. The article

took him two and a half years to write. "I spent the first

year and a half just researching . . . traveling around and talking

to people. I was surprised to find that so many people were talking

the same language when it comes to sustainable agriculture. It

seems like everyone is talking about it and everyone is researching

it. I talked to some seemingly very conservative individuals at

some very conservative universities and they were talking sustainable

agriculture." (Farm News, Jan. 5)

M A R G I N A L I A

HOW MANY COLLEGE OF AG GRADS ARE THERE IN THE U.S?

According to the ISU Alumni Association, there are currently 29,401

College of Agriculture graduates in the United States. Of that

number, 13,312 live in Iowa.

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