HORT STUDENTS TOPS IN TURF IN THE NATION -- AGAIN!
A group of Iowa State horticulture students specializing in turfgrass management took top honors last week at the 12th Annual Turf Bowl Competition. A first-place finish by the team of Clint Crill, Travis Dykstra, Shane Brockhoff and Jacob Kocak extended ISU's winning streak to five in a row and seven of the last eight contests. Twenty turfgrass students participated in the contest that included 83 teams from across the nation. It is sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America.
BREAKFAST TUESDAY TO KICKOFF FFA WEEK
The ISU Collegiate FFA Club invites College faculty, staff and students to a free breakfast to help kickoff National FFA Week. The breakfast will be 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Kildee Pavilion. Celebrity chefs will include Joe Colletti, senior associate dean, and David Acker, associate dean, academic and global programs. From 7:30 to 8 a.m., President Geoffroy is scheduled to flip pancakes. On the menu are pancakes, eggs and ham. Beverages will include juice, milk and coffee.
COLLEGE FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEEK'S WILDNESS SYMPOSIUM
ISU's Creative Writing program will hold a free public symposium on "Wildness, Wilderness and the Creative Imagination" in the Memorial Union starting today (Monday) though Wednesday, Feb. 20-22. All events are open to the public. Several College of Agriculture faculty are participating in panel discussions during the symposium. Patrick Schnable, agronomy, will be a panelist to discuss methodologies of discovery. Joe Cordray, animal science, will be a panelist to discuss harvesting of animals. Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center, will be a panelist to discuss environmental ethics and obligations between generations. Jim Pease, natural resource ecology and management, is a panelist for a discussion on feral zones in urban landscapes. The conference also will include a tribute to Aldo Leopold, the Iowa native who is the namesake of the Leopold Center. For more information: http://engl.iastate.edu/programs/creative_writing/events/wildness.
MISSOURI NAMES AG BUILDING FOR G.W. CARVER
The building that houses the Missouri Department of Agriculture has been renamed the George Washington Carver State Office Building. “Dr. George Washington Carver overcame tremendous adversity early in his life to become one of American history's pioneering scientists,” Gov. Matt Blunt said. “Today we recognize him as a Missouri native and as a great scientist, humanitarian and educator.” The renaming by Blunt’s executive order is temporary. A bill making it permanent will be taken up by the Missouri House of Representatives. Carver was born a slave near Diamond Grove in the early 1860s. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State.
AG WEEKEND EXPERIENCE: STUDENTS VISIT IOWA FARMS
Students are invited to learn about production agriculture in Iowa during the second Ag Weekend Experience (AWE). Farm families from western and northern Iowa will welcome nonfarm students to learn about marketing, production, finance and environmental aspects of agriculture while taking a hands-on approach to every day farm operations. The western Iowa option is April 7 to 9 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon), and the northern Iowa trip is April 8 to 9 (Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon). Each option offers very similar activities for students, including tours of ethanol plants and dairy operations. Applications are available from Alicia Clancy, ag communications service, firstname.lastname@example.org or 4-4319. Registrations are due March 10.
THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE: BIRD FLU
The Think Tank on Animal Agriculture on Feb. 27 will hear from Darrell Trampel, extension poultry veterinarian and poultry diagnostician. He will present “Bird Flu: The Rest of the Story,” and will discuss some of the history, cultural connections, and economic ramifications associated with the current outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia, Europe and Africa. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with social time at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. Register by e-mailing Julie Roberts at email@example.com by Friday, Feb. 24.
AGRICULTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE MARCH 7
The March 7 Agriculture and the Environment Conference will focus on how land users can refine management strategies to decrease environmental risk and improve economic efficiency. The program features two plenary sessions and 12 workshops. The morning plenary session will include research review presentations that address nitrogen, tillage and manure management as related to surface and subsurface water quality. The afternoon plenary session provides an update of studies being conducted as part of the Iowa Learning Farm Project. The conference starts at 8:55 a.m. at the Scheman Building. Posters are welcome and may still be submitted. More: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&...
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING TO BE RESCHEDULED
The statewide public hearing to discuss the future of agricultural education in Iowa that was scheduled to take place Feb. 16 was cancelled because of stormy weather. It will be rescheduled.
SEMINAR LOOKS AT JOBS AFTER GRADUATE SCHOOL
Agronomy graduate students are hosting a seminar on preparing for jobs. The seminar will be at 4:10 p.m., March 2, in Agronomy 2050. It will be a panel discussion with speakers from both industry and the university focused on the life after graduate school and what to expect in terms of job openings, job interviews and job expectations. The seminar is open to anyone. Panelists will be Paul Carter and Gary Munkvold, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.; David Engle, natural resource ecology and management; Jerry Hatfield, National Soil Tilth Lab; and Alan Walker, Monsanto.
ISU SCIENTISTS HELP LAUNCH NEW PLANT GENOME JOURNAL
Two Iowa State researchers are serving on the editorial board that is launching a new scientific publication devoted to molecular biology and crop improvement. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/journal.html
2006 PIERRE LECTURE IN SOIL SCIENCE MARCH 1
The impacts of nuclear waste from the Cold War will be discussed by an expert in the biogeochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments and natural water on March 1 at Iowa State. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/pierre06.html
LEOPOLD CENTER FUNDS MARKETING PROJECTS FOR FARMERS
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded 13 grants for new projects that will help beginning and transitioning farmers explore and test strategies for entering new markets. The projects were selected in a competitive process sponsored by the Leopold Center's Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2006/grants_021606.htm
PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH LINKAGE GRANT PROGRAM
The Experiment Station is again sponsoring a competitive grants program to strengthen the research linkages of ISU faculty and their counterparts at Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Tuskegee University; Tribal Colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Up to $1,000 per grant is available to support travel and subsistence expenses of College of Agriculture faculty to either travel to or to host a faculty member from these institutions for the purpose of enhancing research, teaching, or extension collaboration. Two-way exchanges are encouraged. Activities could include preparation of proposals for federal funding, such as NRI, NIH, and USDA grants; planning collaborative research projects, delivering research seminars and recruitment activities. A list of eligible land-grant institutions and application instruction are available from Mary M. de Baca, firstname.lastname@example.org or 4-8574. Applications are accepted by March 15.
COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF MAKE 25-YEAR CLUB
Several College faculty and staff who have served Iowa State for 25 years and 35 years were honored last week at the annual 25-Year Club banquet. The new members of the 25-Year Club are: Wade Miller, agricultural education and studies; Arden Campbell, Ricardo Salvador and Michael Thompson, agronomy; Jess Robinson, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development; Patricia Stephenson, retired from Center International Agricultural Finance; Mark Honeyman, animal science; Paul Weigel and Ralph White, research and demonstration farms; and Monlin Kuo and James Pease, natural resource ecology and management. Members of the club who have been at Iowa State for 35 years are: Barbara Kalsem, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Gloria Lantz, animal science; and Delwin Koch, Iowa Crop Improvement Association/Committee for Agricultural Development. All faculty, staff and extension personnel who have completed 25 years of consecutive service to Iowa State are recognized at the spring banquet. Members of the club who have served the university for 35 years also are recognized.
KANWAR INVITED TO REVIEW GEORGIAN RESEARCH PROPOSALS
Ramesh Kanwar has been invited to serve on a panel of reviewers for the newly established Georgian National Science Foundation. The foundation is one of the reforms commissioned to switch the state funding of scientific research to the grant-based financing. Kanwar will be a peer reviewer of research projects. The evaluation process will be conducted in May and June. Georgia may be the first country in the "newly independent state" countries to establish such a funding agency to promote science and technology.
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
March 1: Nomination deadline for Gamma Sigma Delta awards and membership, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/
March 20: Application deadline, Center for Integrated Animal Genomics Competitive Research Grants Program, more: http://www.ciag.iastate.edu/SpringGrantsProgram.html
April 6: John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. seminar, Benton Center, Scheman Building
April 18: Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) Symposium, Gateway Center, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/bigmap/home.html
ENTITLED DOESN'T REFER TO A TITLE
Entitle means a right to do or have something. Do not use it to mean titled. Correct: She was entitled to the promotion. Correct: The book was titled "Gone With the Wind." (The Associated Press Stylebook, 39th edition, 2004)
TIME TO SIGN UP FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
Registration is open for the P&S staff Professional Improvement Day program March 28 at the Gateway Center. More: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/pid/home.html
ORGANIC FARMING CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND
The Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference will be held in La Crosse, Wis. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25. The Conference is hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, a nonprofit organization that provides trainings, resources and education to producers and others on organic and sustainable agriculture. More: http://www.mosesorganic.org/umofc/intro06.htm
BIOETHICS INSTITUTE REGISTRATION OPEN
The 2006 Bioethics Institute will have sessions of interest to animal and plant scientists June 5-9 at Reiman Gardens. It will be hosted by the Bioethics Program at Iowa State. Participation in the Institute is free for ISU faculty and extension personnel. One of the plenary speakers will be Temple Grandin, animal scientist at Colorado State University. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~ethics/Institute2006.htm
BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR MARCH 6 TO 10
The ISU Spring Blood Drive is scheduled for March 6-10 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 to 9 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10.
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES SOUGHT
Volunteer judges are sought for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa, March 24 to 25 in Hilton Coliseum. To volunteer, complete the online registration at http://www.sstfi.iastate.edu/judges.shtml. Contact: Vicki Speake, email@example.com.
THE ORACLE OF OMAHA ON SEEING INTO THE FUTURE
“The rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
-- Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
KIMCHI DRAFTED TO FIGHT BIRD FLU
South Korean firm LG Electronics plans to start marketing an air conditioner with a filter made using an enzyme from the pungent national dish kimchi that is aimed at protecting against the bird flu virus. Reuters reports that LG, which is the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioners, intends to start marketing the air conditioners in China and Southeast Asia soon. The appliances would not transmit the unmistakeable kimchi smell through rooms. Kimchi, typically made from pickled radish or cabbage packed with garlic, ginger and hot peppers, is renowned for its supposed health benefits -- as well as its powerful odor. LG spokeswoman Park Se cited four studies from Korean and foreign institutions that showed the filter eliminated the deadly H5N1 virus. (Reuters, Feb. 15)
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