Issue: 450

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COLLEGE NEWS
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LAUREN CHRISTIAN SWINE RESEARCH CENTER TO BE DEDICATED TUESDAY
The Lauren Christian Swine Research Center at the Iowa State Bilsland Memorial Farm near Madrid will be dedicated on Tuesday, May 8. The public is invited to the dedication, which begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be an open house and tour of the new Baird Swine Breeding and Gestation Facility. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=322

BABCOCK TESTIFIES BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE
In Congressional testimony last week, Bruce Babcock, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, offered information on how federal crop insurance policy could be reformed to benefit both farmers and taxpayers. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=324

WALLACE ENDOWED CHAIR PUBLIC FORUMS CONTINUE
Public forums of the remaining candidates for the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture continue today, May 7. The forums include: William Hargrove, Kansas State University, 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. today, May 7, Room 202 Carver Hall; and Frederick Magdoff, University of Vermont, 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, Room 202 Carver Hall. Candidate CV's are posted on the Wallace Chair homepage at: http://www.wallacechair.iastate.edu/. There will be approximately 30 to 45 minutes for questions and answers. Candidates Catherine Kling, economics, and Matt Liebman, agronomy held public forums last week.

BRENTON CENTER SUPPORTS RECRUITMENT WITH PODCASTS
The Brenton Center is providing College departments a free service to create recruitment podcasts for websites. This technology will help departments communicate with high school students and project a quality image to prospective students. More: http://www.brenton.iastate.edu/newsletter/NewsletterS07-3.pdf

GRAD STUDENT IN THE NEWS FOR RIPARIAN RESEARCH
The Ames Tribune covered Ashley Wendt, a grad student in the natural resource ecology and management department, who flew along a stretch of Squaw Creek last week as part of her master's thesis project. The helicopter ride videotaped the scenery and used Global Positioning System to examine the riverbed in search of possible resource concerns. More: http://www.midiowanews.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=18297016&BRD=2700&PAG=4...

NIH RENEWS FUNDING FOR BOTANICAL SUPPLEMENT RESEARCH CENTER
A five-year-old research center dedicated to understanding and improving Echinacea and Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) has received $4.4 million in continuation funding from the National Institutes of Health. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/may/botanical.shtml

STUDENT HAS IOWA STATE CONNECTION TO TWO PAST PRESIDENTS
A fifth-generation Iowa State University student graduated Saturday enhancing a family legacy at the school. That legacy includes Travis Knapp's great-great-great grandfather Seaman Knapp, the first dean of the College of Agriculture and president of Iowa State University from 1883-1884. Learn more: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/may/bloodline.shtml

DEADLINES & REMINDERS
May 10: ISU ADVANCE retreat, “First Steps Toward Institutional Transformation: A Focus on ACTION,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scheman Building, contact: Susan Masters, 4-6151 or susanma@iastate.edu
May 21-23: Spring Research Conference on Statistics in Industry and Technology, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/src/home.html
June 24-28: Ninth International Pollination Symposium, Scheman Building, more: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/plantbee/home.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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LOOK UP AGRICULTURAL TERMS IN THE USDA ONLINE THESAURUS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library and Agricultural Thesaurus is an online tool that can be used to search for agricultural and biological terms and can be downloaded in many formats. The thesaurus is organized to help find terms in a specific discipline or subject area. The thesaurus includes definitions for more than 2,400 concepts, in both English and Spanish. For more go to: http://agclass.nal.usda.gov/agt/agt.shtml

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INFOGRAZING
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INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP MAY 16-18
The North Central Region Academic Programs workshop will be held in Lincoln, Neb. May 16-18 with the theme Student Learning ... Strategies for Assessment, Outcomes and Program Improvement. More: http://cariregistration.unl.edu/CourseStatus.awp?~~07DEANLN0516

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INTERNAL VOICES
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NUMEROUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS TO CELEBRATE
“As the College of Agriculture Iowa State University Class of 2007, we have numerous accomplishments and achievements to celebrate, too many to mention. We may honestly reflect on our college years with a great deal of pride - pride in being a part of the rich, wonderful history of the College of Agriculture at Iowa, pride in ourselves and pride in our future in a rapidly growing industry - an industry that has and will continue to grow by leaps and bounds.”
--Nathaniel Johansen, graduating senior in agricultural business, and speaker at Saturday's College Convocation

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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HOPEFUL ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE.
“Why do I continue to interview? It's very moving meeting all these bright young people who won't get into Harvard. Recent news articles make it sound unbearably tragic. Several Ivies, including Harvard, rejected a record number of applicants this year. Actually, meeting the soon-to-be rejected makes me hopeful about young people. They are far more accomplished than I was at their age and without a doubt will do superbly wherever they go.”
--Michael Winerip, who interviews applicants for his alma mater, Harvard University (Young, Gifted, and Not Getting Into Harvard, New York Times, April 29)

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MARGINALIA
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GRADUATING SENIORS TELL THEIR PLANS
Graduating seniors attending the College convocation Saturday wrote their plans and comments on cards to be read as they were recognized. Theses are some of the comments:
- plans on working for Bunge in Arkansas -- and maybe running for governor
- working for Nestle Purina doing quality assurance management
- starting a business in partnership with a fellow student
- returning home to the family farm
- working as an industrial engineer
- employed as an associate bank examiner at Farm Credit Administration
- working as a commodity merchandiser with Bartlett Grain, Council Bluffs
- working for Rain and Hail Insurance Service, Johnston, as insurance specialist
- employed at G.D. Griener Tax and Accounting, Ames
- working as an account manager trainee position with Pioneer Hi-Bred, Mankato, Minn.
- employed by Ag Works, Eldridge
- salesperson for Debruce Grain, Corning
- will attend Creighton Law School focusing on corporate/business law
- will study dentistry at University of Iowa this fall
- sales trainee position with Monsanto, Platteville, Wis.
- sales rep in the beef cattle industry with Elanco Animal Health
- employed as farm manager with Hertz Farm Management, Waterloo
- entering Drake University Law School
- ag loan officer with Northeast Security Bank, Fredericksburg
- business analyst for Summit Farms, Iowa Falls
- working in marketing department at Kinze Manufacturing
- working as a milling sales rep for ConAgra, Omaha
- planning to attend medical school in the fall
- will be an intern at TransOva Genetics
- agronomist with Linn Coop Oil Co., Newhall
- summer intern for Iowa Pork Producers, then overseas mission work for one year
- continue farming and starting a farm management business
- working for Holden's Foundation Seed, Williamsburg
- entering College of Veterinary Medicine, ISU
- joining U.S. Army Medical Service Corps
- will be an equine trainer for Junior Blind of America in California, helping the blind and visually impaired achieve independence
- will attend auctioneer's school
- going to graduate school in microbial genetics
- will study science communications at USC Health Sciences Campus, Los Angeles
- will attend graduate school in entomology at ISU
- entering Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport
- will work in grounds department at Prairie Meadows, Des Moines
- working as assistant designer for Iowa Outdoor Products, Urbandale
- groundskeeper at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club, Ankeny
- will be fire effects monitor in the Black Hills, S.D.
- interning at International Exotic Feline Sanctuary
- will be a zookeeper at Blank Park Zoo
- will work for Forest Service in Oregon
- will be interpreter at Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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AG ONLINE
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EDITOR
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