Issue: 380

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COLLEGE NEWS
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PILOT PROGRAM OFFERS AGRONOMY CLASS, SCHOLARSHIPS
In an Iowa State University College of Agriculture pilot project, 12 juniors and seniors at the Chicago High School of Agriculture Sciences enrolled in a fall semester online agronomy course to learn about crop production and soil management principles. Those who complete the course with an A or B and then enroll in agriculture full-time at Iowa State will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/chicagoprg.html

POSTVILLE DAIRY VETERINARIAN NAMED UNIVERSITY VETERINARIAN
Dr. Bruce Leuschen, Postville, will join Iowa State as the university veterinarian March 1, 2006. Leuschen will provide care and services to Iowa State's livestock farms. He also will help teach dairy production medicine courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture's animal science department. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2005/dec/dairyvet.shtml

IOWA STATE STUDENT TO TRAVEL TO CHINA FOR DAIRY INTERNSHIP
This holiday season just got a little more hectic for an Iowa State student. Lorilee Schultz, a senior in agriculture business and economics from Ogden, is getting ready to travel to the People’s Republic of China on an International Agricultural Internship Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2005releases/schultz.html

ALUM HONORED BY IOWA CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Beth Ellen Doran, ISU Extension beef field specialist, has been named the 2005 Woman of the Year by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association. Doran earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in animal science in 1983. She has been with extension for more than 20 years and serves 10 counties in northwest Iowa. Doran has been active in the beef industry for more than 40 years.

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, 3 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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INSURE, ENSURE AND ASSURE
To make sure that something happens or doesn't happen is to “ensure.” “Insure” is a variant of that meaning, but careful writers use it only in the sense of insurance policies. You “assure” other people that something will or won't happen. Example: As I left for the post office, I assured my wife that I would ensure that the package was insured. (The Elephants of Style, 2004)

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INFOGRAZING
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4-H WORKSHOP IDEAS DUE JAN. 6
"Feel the Pulse" is the theme for the 2006 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference to be held June 27-29 on the ISU campus. Faculty are encouraged to submit workshop topics that will showcase the university and help recruitment efforts. Workshop proposals are due Jan. 6. Contact Brenda Allen, bsallen@iastate.edu or 4-1567. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference/index.htm.

IOWA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE SEEKS AWARD NOMINATIONS
The Iowa Academy of Science seeks nominations for the Distinguished Iowa Science Teaching, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Iowa Scientist and Distinguished Fellow awards, which are bestowed annually by the academy. The awards are presented in April during the President’s Banquet at the academy’s annual meeting. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 3. More: http://www.iacad.org/recognize.html

AMES LAB SEEKS SEED-FUNDING PROPOSALS
Ames Laboratory seeks proposals for seed funding for new interdisciplinary collaborations with junior faculty in academic departments at Iowa State. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation should fit broadly within the Ames Laboratory mission. Projects within any area of biology, agriculture, physical science or engineering are eligible for funding. Projects that connect physical sciences or engineering, within the Ames Laboratory, with biology are especially welcome. Proposals are due Jan. 26. More: http://www.ameslab.gov/final/Programs/Scientific.htm

IOWA STATE AND AG RESEARCH SERVICE DEVELOP MAIZE WEBSITE
If you need some detailed data on the genetics and genomics of maize, then Iowa State and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have the website for you. The Maize Genetics and Genomics Database, also known as the MaizeGDB, offers information on the traits, genetic sequences and other related features of maize, including those aspects having to do with breeding and crop improvement. Iowa State researcher Volker Brendel, genetics, development & cell biology, worked on the team that developed MaizeGDB along with staff from the ARS' Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit in Ames and a geneticist at ARS' Plant Genetics Research Unit in Columbia, Mo. More: http://www.maizegdb.org/

Next issue: Jan. 3

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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