Issue: 436

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE'S ENDOWED CHAIRS AND PROFESSORS HONORED WITH MEDALLION CEREMONY
David Acker, associate dean of academic and global programs, has been named the first Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture in the College of Agriculture. Acker and three other endowed chairs were honored in a medallion ceremony on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union along with three endowed professorships. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=298

ISU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE PRESENTS AWARDS TO FACULTY, STAFF
The College of Agriculture presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation Jan. 24 in the Great Hall at the Memorial Union. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=299

ISU ADVANCE RECEPTION ON FEB. 5
A reception Feb. 5 will celebrate the ISU ADVANCE Program. Remarks are scheduled at 5:15 p.m. by President Gregory Geoffroy, Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman and ADVANCE Principal Investigator and ISU Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement & Diversity Susan Carlson. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Beardshear Hall Rotunda. The ADVANCE program, which involves the College of Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering, is a five-year effort sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support research, development and implementation of programs that enhance the recruitment, retention and promotion of women scientists and engineers at Iowa State. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/jan/advance.shtml

HUFFMAN THE LEAD AUTHOR OF ARTICLE ON FEDERAL AG RESEARCH FUNDING
Wallace Huffman, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture in economics, was the lead author of an article on federal funding for agricultural research that appeared in a recent Choices magazine, a publication of the American Agricultural Economics Association. Major changes have been proposed on how the federal government funds state agricultural experiment station research. The article examines who wins and who loses from such changes based on differences in who sets the research agenda, the types of research discoveries that would be favored, distributional effects it would have across the states and regions, the payoff to society and sustainability of future funding. The article can be found at: http://www.choicesmagazine.org/2006-4/grabbag/2006-4-13.htm

IRRADIATION A POPULAR TELEVISION NEWS TOPIC
A film crew from NBC's Today Show visited the Linear Accelerator Facility last week to interview Dennis Olson, animal science, and tape video for the program scheduled for today, Jan. 29. Olson also was interviewed by NBC Dateline earlier this month at the Sadex Food Irradiation facility in Sioux City. That segment is scheduled to be broadcast on Feb. 11.

TRANS FAT AND SOYBEANS ON THE RADIO
Last Friday, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program carried Scott Horsley's story on trans fats and low-linolenic soybeans, featuring interviews with Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor Walt Fehr and ISU Dining's Carol Peterson and Erica Beirman. The text story, “To Cut Out Trans Fats, You'll Need a Better Soybean” is online: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7032259.

COUNSELING OFFICE OPENS FOR COLLEGE OF AG STUDENTS
A College of Agriculture counseling center opened at the beginning of the semester in 123E Kildee Hall. Marty Martinez, staff psychologist with the Iowa State student counseling service, will counsel students on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays or by appointment. Martinez also is available to train advisers, faculty and students about warning signs that may indicate that a student is having a problem. For more information, 4-6021 or 4-7870.

HORT STUDENT TEAMS SUCCESSFUL IN SPORTS TURF CONTEST
Iowa State horticulture student teams captured second place and fifth place at the Sports Turf Managers Association Student Challenge at the organization's annual meeting earlier this month in San Antonio. ISU Turf Club members made up the two teams competing in a field of 26. A team fielded by the University of Tennessee won the competition and was coached by a recent ISU alum, Adam Thoms. Dave Minner, horticulture professor, and Mike Andresen, athletic department, are the teams' advisers.

RESEARCH EXCHANGE VISITS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE FEB. 15
The Experiment Station is sponsoring a competitive grants program again spring semester to strengthen the research linkages of ISU faculty and their counterparts at Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges (1890 Institutions) and Tuskegee University; Tribal Colleges (1994 Institutions); 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. Applications are accepted spring semester by Feb. 15 and fall semester by Oct. 15. The exchange, either a visit to another institution or at ISU, is to be completed by June 15. Contact: Mary M. de Baca, mmdb@iastate.edu or 4-8574.

NOBEL LAUREATE PRUSINER TO TALK ABOUT PRIONS IN APRIL
Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner, who discovered prions, the causative agents of mad cow and other diseases, will deliver a lecture on campus in April. Prusiner, a neuroscientist at the University of California-San Francisco, will speak as part of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology's annual Interdepartmental Genetics workshop. Prusiner's speech is titled, "Prion Biology and Diseases," and will be held at 4:15 p.m., April 2 , in 1210 LeBaron. The lecture is open to the public.

ABE TO DELIVER NATIONAL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT COURSE
The agricultural and biosystems engineering department will offer a national comprehensive nutrient management planning development course Feb. 26-28 at the Arlington Hilton in Arlington, Texas. The training prepares consultants for certification as Technical Service Providers. The three-day course trains individuals in the development of comprehensive nutrient management plans. More information can be found at:
http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/cnmp/home.html.

IOWA STATE STUDIES LONG-TERM USE OF POULTRY MANURE
Nine years of research data at Iowa State shows poultry manure is an effective fertilizer that, when applied properly, also is environmentally friendly. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=296

CHIPOTLE CALENDAR SALES TO SUPPORT LEOPOLD CENTER
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., a Denver-based restaurant chain, is selling calendars to support the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2007/calendar_012207.htm

DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Jan. 30: Retirement reception for Lorna Michael Butler, Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture and Professor of sociology and anthropology, 3 to 5 p.m., short program at 4 p.m., Agronomy Hall Commons
Jan. 31: Application deadline, Borlaug Summer Internship program, contact: Shelley Taylor, Agriculture Study Abroad Program, 4-5393, sztaylor@iastate.edu
Feb. 3: Beginning Farmers Conference, Scheman Building, more: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc
Feb. 23: Administrative deadline for Computation Advisory Committee proposals, more: http://www.iastate.edu/~cac/
April 1: Last day of Reiman Gardens Conservatory display “Stream of Passion: Plant Lovers of ISU,” College of Agriculture faculty and staff and their children under age 17 receive free admission to the display by identifying themselves as College employees at the front desk of Reiman Gardens, spouses and friends are $5 each.
April 5: College promotion and tenure workshop, 3:30 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Science
April 10: College promotion and tenure workshop, 3:10 p.m., CCUR Theater, 1951 Food Science

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IMPLY AND INFER
The writer or speaker who “implies” hints or suggests; the reader or listener who “infers” deduces. Writers and speakers often use infer as if it were synonymous with imply, but careful writers distinguish between the two words. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003)

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INFOGRAZING
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IOWA TURKEY FEDERATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The Iowa Turkey Federation has created a website at: http://www.iowaturkey.org/. New information will be added weekly as the website continues to be developed.

CELT SESSIONS SET FOR FEBRUARY
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has several Teaching and Learning Technology Workshops and Professional Development Sessions scheduled for next month. These sessions, designed to support and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning, are open to all university instructors unless otherwise indicated. If location is not listed, register to receive location information. Register online for CELT workshops via AccessPlus (Employee > HRS Training > Courses). More: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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DAIRY SCIENCE CLUB: HELPING MAKE SOMEBODY'S LIFE BETTER
“As a club, we do this because we feel it's important for us to go out in the community and unite the campus and the city of Ames. We like to help out with this program because it's something we plan from start to finish. We like to show the city that there are good college students who want to help make somebody's life better, even if it's only for the short time that they are there to eat the meal.”
--Meagan Sheehan, junior in dairy science (see item on Dairy Science Club in “Marginalia” section)

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MARGINALIA
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DAIRY SCIENCE CLUB HELPS FEED THE HUNGRY
For more than two years, ISU's Dairy Science Club has helped feed the hungry by volunteering at the Food at First program at the First United Methodist Church in Ames. Food at First provides meals throughout the week for people who are unable to meet their basic needs of food and shelter. Once a month, on Thursday evenings after the club's monthly meeting, the students participate in this community service project. The Dairy Science Club members plan the meal, shop for food, prepare the meal in the church kitchen, serve it and clean up afterward. About 15 to 20 club members help out to feed about 50 people a night. That's not all. Each spring the club holds a dance and collects money to donate to local charities. Over the past two years, the club has donated more than $2,700 to Food at First and $1,000 more to other charities. (See item in “Internal Voices” section.)

Next issue: Feb. 5

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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