Issue: 416

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FREE PASSPORTS FOR FIRST-TIME STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS
September is National Passport Month. In honor of the month, Agriculture Study Abroad will provide free passports to students who decide to participate in study abroad for the first time. The first 100 College of Agriculture first-time student travelers who apply to study abroad during this academic year will receive a free passport. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution to support the goals and ideals of National Passport Month. Contact Jodi Cornell, jcornell@iastate.edu, 111 Curtiss Hall.

AGCOMM WORKSHOP SET FOR SEPT. 7
New faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend the AgComm Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in Room 8 Curtiss. It will provide an introduction of how the College is working to incorporate communication skills into agriculture courses. There will be a brief overview of the AgComm program and sharing ideas instructors can use in teaching college courses. RSVP to Cheryl Abrams, 4-5872 or cabrams@iastate.edu.

DISTANCE EDUCATION SUBJECT OF VISITING PROFESSOR'S TRIP
Leon Higley, entomology professor at the University of Nebraska, will discuss distance education topics at a College of Agriculture public forum from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 19, in 1951 Food Sciences. Higley was invited by the Asynchronous Learning Academy (ALA), a group of Iowa State faculty involved in teaching courses at a distance. Higley will meet with ALA faculty and also will speak with department chairs about getting faculty involved with distance education. Contact: Carrie Brus, 4-1862 or cbrus@iastate.edu.

RECRUITMENT EFFORTS MARK SUCCESSFUL FARM PROGRESS SHOW
Despite muddy conditions early on, the Farm Progress Show was a success. Faculty, staff and 16 students were shuttled daily to the grounds to share information about the college with high school students, parents and grandparents. The College of Agriculture gave away six $500 scholarships to prospective students. More than 600 high school students signed up for the scholarship drawing and requested information about the college. Elaine Edwards, extension communication and marketing services, and Barb McBreen, agriculture communications, received a $2,000 P&S Recruitment and Retention Grant to support the efforts of College of Agriculture students at the show. Also, Kelcy Schroder, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education with a communications option and communication studies, was a student blogger for the AgWired website. Her work is part of the Monsanto Future Ag Journalist Fellowship program. Her reports can be viewed at http://www.agwired.com/?s=kelcy&submit=Search

NEW MEMBERS SELECTED FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
Adam Bogdanove, associate professor of plant pathology, Donald Sakaguchi, associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology and associate professor of biomedical sciences, and Michael Spurlock, associate professor of food science and human nutrition and animal science, have been selected to serve three-year terms on ISU's Biotechnology Council. The council makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on program activities supporting biotechnology education, research and outreach. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/news/Aug_29_2006.html

ECONOMIST EXAMINES ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CORN-ETHANOL
Ethanol will continue to be good for the Iowa economy, although some projections look too good to be true. David Swenson, an associate scientist and lecturer in economics and community and regional planning, takes a closer look on the economic impact of ethanol. Details:
http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/sep/ethanolecon.shtml

U.S. NEWS RECOGNIZES AG ENGINEERING PROGRAM
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering recently was recognized by U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges" as sixth among the top 12 agricultural engineering programs in the country. The ranking is based on the opinions of deans and senior engineering faculty nationwide.

OLDEST ISU RESEARCH FARM CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY SEPT. 8
The Northern Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sept. 8. The North Iowa Experimental Association, which owns the farm, and Iowa State will host a day-long field day and open house at the farm located on the south edge of Kanawha. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/nrf75.html

IOWA STATE CORN/SOY PLASTICS TO BE MADE INTO HOG FEEDERS
Richard Larock, University Professor of chemistry, is developing plastics made from corn and soybean oils that will be used to build hog feeders. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/news/2006/sep/bioplastic.shtml

HOLZ-CLAUSE NAMED INTERIM ASSOCIATE VP OF EXTENSION
Michael Ouart, who served as associate vice president of ISU Extension since 2003, has been named vice provost for university extension and director of cooperative extension at University of Missouri at Columbia. Mary Holz-Clause, manager of ISU Extension's Value Added Agriculture program and director of the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, has been appointed interim associate vice president and interim associate director of Iowa Cooperative Extension. Learn more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2006/aug/122901.htm

DEADLINE & REMINDERS
Sept. 5: Fall Convocation, 3:30 p.m., Food Science Courtyard
Sept. 5: New student barbecue, 5:30-7 p.m., Kildee Pavilion
Sept. 6: Market Your Study Abroad Experience workshop, 6:30 p.m., 142 Curtiss
Sept. 7: Farm Estate and Business Planning Seminar, Quality Inn & Suites, Ames, 8:30 a.m., more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/mcseminars.html
Sept. 8: Potluck lunch for Barb Osborn family, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Horticulture Hall atrium, Contact: Kim Gaul, 4-3718 or kimgaul@iastate.edu
Sept. 8: Northern Research and Demonstration Farm anniversary celebration, 10:30 a.m., near Kanawha
Sept. 14: Iowa Real Estate and Insurance Seminar, Quality Inn & Suites, Ames, 9 a.m., more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/mcseminars.html
Sept. 14: McNay Research and Demonstration Farm anniversary celebration, 10 a.m., http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news/2006releases/McNay50.html
Sept. 14: 15th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/%7Egfst/homepg.html
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT YOU EAT AND WHAT YOU DESERVE
Be careful using “deserts” and “desserts.” The first are deserved, as in "your just deserts." The second eaten, as in "you may chose from many desserts." (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)

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INFOGRAZING
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CHANGE FONTS TO AID ONLINE READING
Computer users often experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and neck or shoulder pain, according to the American Optometric Association. The solution is to pay more attention to the legibility of online text, says Web designer Jonathan Follett. He urges Web designers to use fonts designed especially for Web use, such as Verdana and Georgia. He also recommends larger font sizes -- a whopping 18 points for online use. "Aesthetically, (it) may look a little unsophisticated at first, but you may be surprised how much more relaxing it is to read," he says. (Digital Web, Aug. 14, http://www.digital-web.com/articles/vision_quest/)

REPORT LOOKS AT NEXT DECADE OF AG BIOTECH
The Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) has prepared a report forecasting the next 10 years of agricultural biotechnology. The committee was established in 2003 to examine "the long-term impacts of biotechnology" on the U.S. food and agriculture system and the USDA, and to provide the USDA with guidance. The report says some of the GM plant varieties developed over the next few years will likely emerge from the developing world. The 20-page report is available at: http://www.usda.gov/documents/final_main_report-v6.pdf

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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LENO REFERS TO ETHANOL RESEARCH IN MONOLOGUE
“Professors at Iowa State University say they are trying to find a way to turn fuel ethanol into alcohol that people can drink. Well, that makes sense. Because as you know, we have this huge oversupply of gasoline and such a small liquor supply!”
--Jay Leno, Tonight Show monologue, Aug. 29 (referring to an agricultural and biosystems engineering research project, http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2006/aug/ethanol.shtml)

Next issue: Sept. 11

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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