Issue: 411

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COLLEGE NEWS
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PROJECT TESTS REMOTE SENSING TO MEASURE EARTH'S WATER CYCLE
A team of Iowa State and University of Iowa researchers is beginning a new project to perfect the use of remote sensing technology to monitor the water cycle. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/remotesensing.html

RESEARCHER TO HELP SOYBEAN PRODUCERS FIGHT FUNGAL DISEASES
A newly hired Iowa State scientist will work with soybean producers to fight fungal diseases. Leonor Leandro, assistant professor of plant pathology, was hired in May. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/Leandro.html

MCNAY RESEARCH FARM TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The McNay Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sept. 14. The public is invited to attend the celebration starting at 10 a.m. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/McNay50.html

IOWA STATE RESEARCHERS CONVERT FARM WASTE TO BIO-OIL
Iowa State researchers are working to take wastes from Iowa farms -- manure and corn stalks -- and turn them into a bio-oil that could be used for boiler fuel and perhaps transportation fuel. Details: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/jul/biodrying.shtml

WORLD FOOD PRIZE WINNER SWAMINATHAN TO SPEAK AUG. 3
Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, recipient of the first World Food Prize for his scientific leadership in the “green revolution,” will present a seminar at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in Room 1148, Gerdin Building. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/jul/foodprize.shtml

ESTERS TO DISCUSS AGRICULTURAL RECRUITING AT HIGH SCHOOLS
Levon Esters, agricultural education and studies, will speak on the topic of high school recruiting next week at the 2006 US Ag HR Roundtable in St. Louis. Esters will provide a brief look at the pipeline of talent into agriculture programs at universities and colleges; ideas on how employers and universities can work together to reach the high school population and methods that urban agricultural education programs use to attract and recruit students. The meeting is sponsored by AgCareers.com for human resource professionals from agribusiness corporations and career services staff at land grant universities.

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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KEEPING IT REAL, AND SIMPLE
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a web format for sharing headlines and other Web content. It could be considered a distributable "What's New" for your site. Originated by UserLand in 1997 and subsequently used by Netscape to fill channels for Netcenter, RSS has evolved into a popular means of sharing content between sites. RSS solves problems webmasters commonly face, such as increasing traffic, and gathering and distributing news. RSS also can be the basis for additional content distribution services. More: http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/xml/rss/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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CONFIDENCE IN THE EXPERTISE AT IOWA STATE
Iowa State University generated $280 million in grants, contracts and cooperative agreements during fiscal year 2006, including $171 million for research projects. "Iowa State faculty and staff continue to attract significant external support to the university's mission of creating, sharing and applying knowledge. These funds reflect confidence in the expertise at Iowa State. They enhance the university's academic programs. And they advance the university's work to strengthen the economy of Iowa."
--President Gregory Geoffroy, http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/jul/funding.shtml

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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COLLEGES PROVIDE FUNDS FOR STUDENTS WITH UNPAID INTERNSHIPS
“It would have been impossible to participate in internships in New York City in the arts and in theater, where most of the internships are unpaid, if you don’t have money.”
-- Nicholas Roybal, theater major at Connecticut College, which provided a $3,000 stipend as part of its summer program subsidizing internships for juniors. (New York Times, July 19, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/19/nyregion/19interns.html)

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MARGINALIA
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COLLEGE PROFESSORS TO BE FEATURED AT FAIR
Horticulture professor Nick Christians' natural herbicide and animal science professor Steve Nissen's muscle therapies will be on display at ISU’s Iowa State Fair booth featuring professors and alumni who have helped boost the Iowa economy with their inventions. The university’s exhibit will be in the northeast corner of the Varied Industries Building for the fair, which runs Aug. 10-20 in Des Moines. This year the exhibit's theme, suggested by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, is: "Iowa State University: A leader in energizing Iowa's economy." The ISU Extension fair exhibit moves into the air-conditioned and newly reconfigured 4-H Exhibits Building bringing a display on avian flu awareness, a hand-washing demonstration and four "Eat to Compete" work stations aimed at young athletes and their nutrition needs. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/jul/iowa.shtml

Next issue: Aug. 7

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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