Issue: 513

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Aug. 4, 2008 No. 513

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ISU AG BUSINESS CLUB UPHOLDS TOP NATIONAL STANDINGS
The Iowa State University Agricultural Business Club has been named the National Outstanding Chapter and received the National Creative Club Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) for the third consecutive year. The club received the 2008 awards at the annual meeting of the student section of AAEA July 27-29 in Orlando. In addition to the club's awards, member Joel Ahrendsen, a junior in agricultural business from Oxford Junction, was elected north central vice president of the student section of AAEA. The club is an undergraduate student organization advised by economics professors Ronald Deiter and William Edwards. Since 1992, the club has received the National Outstanding Chapter Award nine times and has been awarded the National Creative Club Award six times since its creation in 2000. For more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=664

CHECK OUT LATEST "STORIES" FROM THE COLLEGE ONLINE
You soon will be receiving the latest issue of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni magazine, STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences, in your campus mailbox. The publication features college news; student, faculty and alumni profiles; and feature stories on the college's water quality programs. The online edition includes Web extras, like links to related video and personal essays, selected content from the magazine and a complete pdf of the publication: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories. Please send feedback to stories@iastate.edu.

COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT TO BE HELD SATURDAY
The University Commencement Ceremony will be held Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Hilton Coliseum and 51 undergraduates will graduate from the college. Takiyah Abdulmalik, a graduating senior in food science, will carry the college's flag as the student marshal. She is a native from Maryland and will begin work on her doctorate degree in food science at Virginia Tech this fall. She will be escorted by Harold "Sande" McNabb, emeritus professor of natural resource ecology and management.

KLING NAMED TO TWO NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Catherine Kling, economics, and head of the Resource and Environmental Policy Division in the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, has been appointed to two committees of the National Research Council of The National Academies. She will join the Committee on Health, Environmental and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption. She also will be a member of the Committee on Improving Principles and Guidelines for Water Resources Planning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

IOWA STATE AT THE 2008 FARM PROGRESS SHOW
"Providing Opportunities for Iowa's Future" is the theme of Iowa State's exhibit at the 2008 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 26-28. The exhibit will feature about 30 displays that showcase research and programs offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and University Extension. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2008/jul/422901.htm

HONGWEI XIN NAMED ASABE FELLOW
Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow for his leadership and contributions in teaching, research and outreach. Xin is a recognized worldwide as an authority on animal environmental issues. His research has helped alleviate transportation stress and loss of poultry breeding stock during oversees shipments. His research also has contributed to the updating of ventilation designs for animal feeding operations. During his 24-year membership with ASABE, he has provided leadership as an associate editor and program chair in the structures and environment area.

FORESTRY SENIORS GET LOGGING EXPERIENCE IN INTERNSHIP
A "FEMA" trailer without a toilet and running water has been home this summer for two Iowa State University forestry interns. Jarett Cook, from Barnes City, and Lucas Monson, from Boone, both seniors in forestry, are living in the Brayton Forest in Delaware County. The internship involves "dropping" and "bucking" trees, trapping animals and preserving the land. To say Cook and Monson are "only forestry students" is an understatement, lumberjacks is more accurate. Working in the forest requires them to have logging experience and the knowledge to determine tree species and diseases. For more: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=663

REIMAN TO RETURN TO NAMESAKE GARDENS FOR LECTURE
College alumnus Roy Reiman will present "Ideas & Innovations: Entrepreneur," a brown-bag lecture at Reiman Gardens at noon, Aug. 14. Reiman, publisher of "Our Iowa," has had a successful career in magazine publishing and will talk about the challenges and rewards as an entrepreneur in the industry. The event costs $10 for CoHorts' members and $13 for the public. You can bring your own lunch or reserve a box lunch by calling 4-2710 by Aug. 11 to pre-register.

2007-08 LEOPOLD CENTER RESEARCH RESULTS NOW ONLINE
Summaries of 25 research projects that completed their work appear in the 2008 Center Progress Report, recently published by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Summaries are condensed from final reports submitted by principal investigators from each research project. Learn more: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2008/072908_cpr.html

ALL IOWA VIROLOGY SYMPOSIUM SEPT. 19-20
The fifth Biennial All Iowa Virology Symposium will be held at the Memorial Union Sept. 19-20. Research in Iowa virology labs will be highlighted with emphasis on graduate student and postdoctoral research. The symposium also will feature plenary lectures by prominent virologists from outside the state. There is no charge for participation, but online registration is required. Sponsors include the Department of Plant Pathology, the Center for Integrated Animal Genomics and other ISU and University of Iowa units. More: http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/iowavirology

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 7-17: Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, http://www.iowastatefair.com/
Aug. 7: Northern Iowa Research Farm Demonstration Home Garden Field Day in Kanawha, 6:30 p.m., http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php
Aug. 26-28: Farm Progress Show, near Boone, http://www.farmprogressshow.com/

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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STEPS TO EASY READING BROCHURES
Use a personal tone in writing brochures. People often respond better to "we," "our" and "your" than to the impersonal third person. Figure out what you want to say and divide it into the opening, three or four major points and the closing. Write subheads to separate the major points. Think of the subheads as fish hooks to grab the readers' interest. If they see one point that interests them, they may take the bait and read on. Use bulleted or numbered lists whenever you can. They work. If you use a numbered list, you may want to use a number in the title, such as "10 Best Ways to Write a Brochure." One advantage of numbered lists is that people don't skip around but tend to read the brochure straight through. Don't neglect the closing. Tell the readers what to do next -- call, go to your Web site, come to see you or send for a free newsletter. Never assume they'll know what to do next. (Writing That Works, July 22, 2008)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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WHEAT THREAT AN EXAMPLE OF ERODING U.S. AG RESEARCH
A deadly wheat fungus known as stem rust is shriveling crops from Africa to the Middle East, threatening the breadbasket of Pakistan and India, and could eventually reach the United States, according to a July 30 USA Today article. The potential threat to food supplies and the economy is enormous, yet Congress and the White House did not react to pleas from scientists for millions of dollars to develop resistant wheat varieties. The article points out that U.S. spending for agricultural research has been largely flat for a decade. The U.S government, a longtime leader in financing research aimed at increasing world harvests, is lagging behind as the world stares down the most serious food crisis in a generation and the United Nations calls for doubling food production by 2030. "The agriculture-research system "¦ has eroded very significantly over the past few decades and was, and is, unable to respond adequately to a threat such as (stem rust)," says Ronnie Coffman, chair, Cornell Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. Learn more: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-07-30-food-research-g...

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MARGINALIA
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NPR FEATURES CALS ALUM AND CURRENT STUDENT IN SERIES
National Public Radio is running a series on life on American farms. On a farm near Ankeny, Craig and LaVon Griffieon raise corn, soybeans, beef, pork and poultry. They've also raised four children: Autumn, Nick, Phillip and Julia, who range in age from 15 to 25. The kids are the sixth generation to live on the land. Autumn graduated from Iowa State with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education and studies. After school, she married Laramie Ogden and moved to Colorado for three years. Last spring, she moved back to the Griffieon farm with her husband. The article talks about how she is trying to find her niche and add another family to the farm. Nick, a senior in agricultural education and studies, talks about his experience raising chickens on the farm. To read more and to listen to the radio story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyid=93068980

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