Issue: 480

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COLLEGE NEWS
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AGRONOMY FACULTY NAMED FELLOWS; STUDENT HONORED
The Crop Science Society of America has named Silvia Cianzo, agronomy, a fellow. The award was presented at the group's annual meeting last month. The society also presented agronomy senior Catherine Swoboda with a Golden Opportunity Scholarship. She will receive a year-long mentoring at the annual meetings. At the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting, USDA-ARS soil scientist and agronomy professor-collaborator David Laird was named a fellow.

ISU LIVESTOCK ODOR PROPOSAL APPROVED BY COMMITTEE
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was involved in the development of a proposal to reduce livestock odors that received unanimous, bi-partisan approval last week from the interim Livestock Odor Study Committee of the Iowa Legislature. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=382

RESEARCH: POULTRY DIETS CAN CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF DDGS
ISU researchers are studying the use of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as a feed ingredient. A recent project showed laying hen diets can be formulated with high amounts of corn DDGS without adversely affecting egg production and egg quality. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=384

IOWA STATE RELEASES PIG GENETIC MARKER TECHNOLOGY
Genetic markers for growth, leanness and meat quality discovered at Iowa State have been made available to pork producers in the United States through a new licensing agreement. Learn more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=383

SEMINAR ON HOGS AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT WEDNESDAY
Jan Flora, sociology, will present a College seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 5, titled “Hog CAFOs and Sustainability: Local Development and Water Quality in Iowa.” The seminar will focus on a recent paper examining the relation between growth in confinement hogs and changes in social, human and financial capital for Iowa's counties. It also assesses the relationship between the number of hogs and water quality. The seminar will begin at 1:10 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall.

150 POINTS: BLUE CHEESE, DAIRY LEADERS, A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
The College has a proud and distinguished history. As part of Iowa State's sesquicentennial celebration, 150 points of pride related to the College are being posted weekly. This week, blue cheese, Martin Mortensen, Verner Nielsen, Clifford Stephens and James H. Hilton are highlighted. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/coa150/points_of_pride.php

MARKETING STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES SEMINAR THURSDAY
“Helping Students Market Their Study Abroad Experiences” is the title of a seminar on Thursday, Dec. 6, by Difei Shen and Jodi Cornell of Global Agriculture Programs. The seminar will begin at noon in Room 8 Curtiss Hall.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Dec. 4: Surplus equipment sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ankeny Dairy Farm
Dec. 5: Science With Practice poster presentations, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Kildee Hall atrium
Dec. 7: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area
Dec. 8: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area
Dec. 9: Forestry Club Christmas tree sale, noon to 6 p.m., Reiman Gardens' parking area
Dec. 15: College Convocation, 9:30 a.m., C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SEEK FEEDBACK WHEN REDESIGNING WEBSITE
Web expert Karine Joly offered a series of tips for a successful redesign in the December issue of University Business. Joly, who authors the popular collegewebeditor blog, calls on a number of higher education web professionals for their recommendations. Some of the best include:
- Invite feedback, but avoid redesign by committee.
- Keep your eye on the real target. A college website must target prospective students and those who influence their decisions, such as parents and high school counselors.
- Don't obsess over the look and feel while neglecting the content.
- Your new site is only the foundation of a web marketing strategy. It's just a first step, to be followed continually with new content and features that align with your school's overall marketing strategies. More : http://www.universitybusiness.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=636 and http://collegewebeditor.com (Target X: An Email Minute, Nov. 30)

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INFOGRAZING
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NSF ADMINISTRATOR ON CAMPUS DEC. 12
Deborah Crawford, National Science Foundation deputy assistant director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering program, will give a presentation Dec. 12 titled, “The Evolving Role of Computing at the Science and Engineering Frontier: Transformative Research --Thinking Big and Being Bold.” It will begin at 11 a.m. in the Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. There will be time after the presentation for a question-and-answer session. Immediately following Crawford's discussion will be a presentation by faculty members of the ISU Research Computing Council about the ISU cyberinfrastructure as an object and enabler of innovative research.

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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JEFFERSON ON TEACHING AGRICULTURE
"The class principally defective is that of agriculture. It is the first in utility, and ought to be the first in respect. The same artificial means which have been used to produce a competition in learning, may be equally successful in restoring agriculture to its primary dignity in the eyes of men. It is a science of the very first order. It counts among it handmaids of the most respectable sciences, such as Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, Mechanics, Mathematics generally, Natural History, Botany. In every College and University, a professorship of agriculture, and the class of its students, might be honored as the first.”
--Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia, in an 1803 letter to David Williams (http://www.monticello.org/reports/quotes/agriculture.html)

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MARGINALIA
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WINNERS DECLARED IN ABE DEVICE IDENTIFICATION CONTEST
Charles Schwab, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Hans van Leeuwen, civil, construction & environmental engineering; Thomas Isenhart, natural resource ecology and management; and Stephen Barnhart, agronomy, correctly identified the device listed in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department newsletter. It was found earlier this semester in Industrial Education II and inspired a contest to identify it. The answer: a measuring device to estimate the board feet of logs or rough-cut lumber. More: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/news-events-amp-seminars/weekly-newsletter/ab...

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
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