Issue: 475

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ROAD SCHOLAR TRADITION REVIVED
College faculty were among about 30 new faculty and staff accompanying President Gregory Geoffroy on an ISU Road Scholar Tour Oct. 25. The group visited a State Center farm, toured the high school and hear a presentation on diversity in Marshalltown, lunched on a riverboat, explored an ethanol plant in Iowa Falls, toured North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and socialized with ISU alumni in Mason City. ISU Extension staff provided area overviews during the bus rides and hosted the group at each stop. College faculty on the trip were: J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr. and Carmen Bain, sociology; William Beavis, George F. Sprague Endowed Chair; Brad Bosworth, animal science; Tae Hyun Kim, agricultural and biosystems engineering and natural resource ecology and management; and Thomas Lübberstedt, Kenneth J. Frey Endowed Chair.

KING CORN DOCUMENTARY INCLUDES ISU FACULTY
Allen Trenkle, emeritus Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, and Ricardo Salvador, former agronomy faculty member who is now with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, are among those interviewed in “King Corn,” a 90-minute documentary which will be screened Nov. 7 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in the LeBaron Auditorium. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from Yale University, move to the small town of Greene in north central Iowa to grow an acre of corn and follow it through the food system. After the screening, Ellis and director Aaron Woolf will discuss the film, its findings and implications.

NORTH KOREA SUBJECT OF FEEDING THE WORLD SEMINAR
Randall Ireson, former development assistance coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee, will present the fourth seminar in the “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?” fall series. His presentation will be “North Korea: Energy, Farm Policy and Famine.” It is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/global/Fall2007NKorea.htm

LEOPOLD CENTER FEATURED IN 150 POINTS OF PRIDE
As part of Iowa State's sesquicentennial celebration, 150 points of pride related to the College are being posted online to coincide with 150 days of the 2007-2008 academic year. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is featured this week, with items on its first director, issue teams, sustainable agriculture education and the annual Spencer Award. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/coa150/points_of_pride.php

SOIL JUDGING TEAM PLACES SECOND AT REGIONAL COMPETITION
The Iowa State Soil Judging Team placed second overall in the 2007 regional Soil Judging Contest held near Griswold. Seven universities with 40 individual contestants participated in the contest hosted by Iowa State University Sept. 21 - Oct. 5. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=374\

COATS SELECTED FELLOW OF ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
When Joel Coats is named a fellow of the Entomological Society of America at its annual meeting this December, he won't be alone. Several of his former students will be there to help him enjoy the honor. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/oct/coats.shtml

REIMANS' GIFT TO KEEP BUTTERFLY WING OPEN UNTIL DEC. 31
A gift from Roy and Bobbi Reiman will keep the Reiman Gardens' Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing open until Dec. 31. Earlier, the Gardens had announced the butterfly wing would be closed Nov. 1 to April 1, 2008 to help balance the operating budget. More: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/oct/reiman.shtml

ISU HOSTS IOWA ORGANIC CONFERENCE NOV. 19
The seventh annual Iowa Organic Conference will be Nov. 19 at the Scheman Building. The conference will include multiple sessions on organic livestock production taught by farmers who have successfully managed their animal systems and local foods including marketing options for beginning growers. A trade show of 30 vendors featuring organic products and services will be held during the conference. More: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/

WRITING AND CITING TOPIC OF SEMINAR
Nancy Grudens-Schuck, agricultural education and studies, will be giving the departmental seminar Wednesday, Oct. 31, titled, “Glory, Honor and Clarity: How (and Why) to Write and Cite Like a Scholar.” It will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 8, Curtiss Hall.

AST CLUB ANNUAL SNOWBLOWER SERVICE DAYS NOV. 9 AND 10
The Agricultural Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snowblower service days on Nov. 9 and 10. Service costs $25 and includes changing the oil, sparkplug, putting in fresh gas, grease and cleaning the air filter. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 10. Snowblowers may be dropped off in the Davidson Hall Courtyard during the service hours until 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Pickup and delivery in Ames is available for a $10 fee. Contact: Jake Miller at (515) 450-0011 or Sylvia Anderson 4-1434 by 4 p.m. Nov. 8 to sign up for delivery. Questions: jkmiller@iastate.edu

GRADUATE MEAT SCIENCE CLUB SELLING HAMS
The Graduate Student Meat Science Club is selling semi-boneless hams for the holidays. The vacuum-packed hams are $3.25 a pound and sold as whole (12-15 pounds) or half (7-9 pounds) portions to give a long refrigerated shelf life. Orders may be placed by calling 4-1548 or 4-8294, emailing kds@iastate.edu or by filling out an order form at the Meat Lab Sales Counter. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 9. Hams will be available to pick up at the Meat Lab Sales counter, located on the north wall of the Animal Science Atrium. Pick up times are from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 for Thanksgiving hams, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 for Christmas hams.

WINNERS OF UNITED WAY DRAWING ANNOUNCED
The College collected more than 20 boxes of nonperishable food items for the Mid-Iowa Action Council (MICA) food pantry of Ames, along with cash donations of $130 for MICA and $65 for United Way of Story County. Donors were eligible for a chance to win one of five items donated by the Athletic Department and Reiman Gardens. The winners were: Ann Bugler, Brenton Center, two passes to Reiman Gardens; Donna Nelson, animal science, Roy Reiman's autobiography; Joel Coats, entomology, two men's basketball tickets; Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, two men's basketball tickets; Linda Schultz, College administration, autographed basketball. The fundraising events done this fall for the United Way Campaign netted $500 for the September pizza sale and $429 for the October bake sales.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 30: F. Wendell Miller Lecture, Cynthia Lloyd, director of the Policy Research Division at the Population Council, 8 p.m., Sun Room and South Ballroom, Memorial Union
Oct. 31: ISU ADVANCE workshop on unintentional bias, 9 a.m. to noon, Sun Room, Memorial Union, more: http://www.advance.iastate.edu/events_10-31-07.shtml
Nov. 5-6: Bio-based Industry Outlook Conference, more: http://www.bioeconomyconference.org
Nov. 14: ISU ADVANCE Networking Event, “Making a Career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math): Three Women's Stories,” brown-bag lunch, noon to 1 p.m., 240 Bessey
Nov. 20: Deadline for award nominations for the College and most University awards, more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.php

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TENT CONTRACT IN PLACE FOR CAMPUS EVENTS
Exhibits and Displays of Des Moines (EDI) has been awarded the contract for campus tent rentals. All campus departments should use EDI for tent rental and set up on campus property. Other vendors may only be used if EDI is contacted and cannot supply a tent. This contract ensures that proper procedures are followed when tents are assembled on campus property. The contract also includes a provision for the rental of chairs, tables, staging and other event related supplies. Contact: Cory Harms at clharms@iastate.edu or Jodi Renze at jodir@iastate.edu.

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INFOGRAZING
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TODAY IS DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR REIMAN GARDENS BOTANY LUNCH
Reiman Gardens is continuing a tradition of educating the public about the importance of plants with a monthly Botany Lunch. Each month a new menu will focus on a theme. The theme for November is foods inspired by Iowa State's colors and the lunch is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon. The cost is $22 for CoHort members and $25 for general public and includes Gardens' admission. Register by today, Oct. 29, at 4-2710. Foods created by Hazel's kitchen chef will be accompanied by educational information on the plants featured in the menu and a short informative program. The practice began in the 1920s when Iowa State botanist Louis Pammel hosted a botany dinner. Pammel's menu was printed with the botanical names of the foods served and their places of national origin so Pammel's friends could see how botany was present in their every day lives, even in foods. More: http://www.reimangardens.com/index.cfm

DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE FIELDS SUBJECT OF LECTURE
James Johnson Jr., dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University, will deliver the lecture, “Diversity in the Worlds of Math, Science and Engineering,” Tuesday, Oct. 30. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Alliant Energy Li Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall with a reception following in the building's lobby. The event is sponsored by Diversity and Graduate Student Affairs in the College of Engineering.

GIFT IDEAS NEEDED FOR INSIDE IOWA STATE
Erin Rosacker, of University Relations, is looking for ideas for Inside Iowa State's annual holiday campus gift guide. They could include gift certificates, memberships or single-day specialty sales. Space is limited, so a short description, the price range and a number to call for more information are needed. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 9. She also would like high-resolution color jpg photos, or a chance to borrow the selected items for a studio shot within the next two weeks. Contact Rosacker: edavison@iastate.edu or 4-8870.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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AG CAREER DAY PLEASES RECRUITER
“I have just completed a nine-campus recruiting blitz in the upper Midwest on behalf of Channel Bio Corp. Your event was by far the best-run career fair of all those I've attended. More important is the fact that the quality of students exceeded my expectation. I cannot thank you enough for your outstanding effort. I look forward to continuing our companies' relationship with ISU for many years to come.”
--Rodd Whitney, business development manager, Channel Bio Corp. in a e-mail to Ag Career Day organizers

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MARGINALIA
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HISTORICAL HOME OF CHARLES F. CURTISS RENOVATED AND FOR SALE
The childhood home of Charles F. Curtiss was recently renovated and is for sale. Curtiss became the first dean of agriculture serving from 1902 until 1932. Curtiss was born in 1863 at Nora, Ill. and grew up on a farm 10 miles north of the Iowa State campus. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State College in 1887 and joined the faculty in 1891. He received his master's degree from Iowa State College in 1894, one of three granted before the turn of the century. C. L. Burlingham, a student of Curtiss said at a Saddle and Sirloin Club dinner in 1925: "Dean Curtiss instilled in us the dignity of agriculture. He taught us to spell Agriculture with a capital 'A'." More about the home: http://www.58495190th.com/. For more info about Curtiss: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/faculty/curtiss/curtiss.html

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
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