Issue: 521

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COLLEGE NEWS
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EXTENSION TO PRESENT IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT SESSIONS
The second Iowa Hunger Summit is set for Oct. 14 at the Des Moines Marriott. ISU Extension will present two sessions: “Food Insecurity: Rising Fuel Costs and Rising Food Prices” and “Reflecting on Iowa's Changing Face of Family Hunger.” The summit, which is free and open to the public, is part of the World Food Prize events. It begins at 9 a.m. More: http://www.iowahungersummit.org/event/index.htm

SURVEY SHOWS HOW CONCERNS SWAY CONSUMER VIEWS
Rising fuel and food prices, coupled with increased concern about environmental impacts and safety of the food supply, are changing the perceptions of American consumers, according to a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2008/092908_prices.html

SELF HELP INTERNATIONAL HEAD TO SPEAK ON HUNGER ISSUES
Merry Fredrick, executive director of Self Help International, will be the speaker for the second seminar in the international seminar series: “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?” It is scheduled for Oct. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The title of her presentation is “Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks in Third World Development.” The seminar series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture, Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/global/Fall2008SelfHelp.htm

IOWA STATE CO-SPONSORS FOOD PROCESSING SYMPOSIUM
Iowa State and Stork Townsend Inc. of Des Moines will co-sponsor a New Product Development Symposium Oct. 7 and 8 at the company's location. Joe Cordray, animal science, has helped organize the event. New trends in food science, technology and marketing will be covered in classroom sessions and product demonstrations. Stork Townsend designs, manufactures and markets meat-processing equipment.

ISU SPEAKERS HELP KICK OFF CARVER SYMPOSIUM
An inaugural George Washington Carver symposium will take place on Oct. 17 and 18 at the George Washington Carver Monument in Diamond, Mo. and at Missouri State University. Its goal is to advance scholarship, promote inquiry and encourage discussion about relevant historical, scientific and social issues. Iowa State speakers include Sande McNabb, plant pathology professor emeritus; Gerald Klonglan, former associate dean and sociology professor emeritus; and Mary de Baca, diversity programs. More: http://carversfriends.org/

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 1: “Together - An African Success” documentary premiere, 5 p.m., Curtiss Hall Auditorium
Oct. 2-3: 46th annual Cyclone Stampede Rodeo, 7 p.m., Iowa State Rodeo Arena
Oct. 13: 2008 Norman Borlaug Lecture, Sir Gordon Conway, The Global Agricultural Crisis of the 21st Century, 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union
Oct 15-21: Ag Week
Oct. 21: Ag Career Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TO DO EFFICIENT WEB SEARCHES
Lee and Sachi Le Fever have produced several short videos designed to explain technical concepts in plain English. The husband-and-wife team are based in Seattle and produce The Common Craft Show, which uses short and simple videos to explain complex ideas. A video on how to do web searches efficiently can be found at http://www.commoncraft.com/web-search-strategies. (The Common Craft Show, Sept. 23, 2008)

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INFOGRAZING
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WORLD FOOD DAY TELECONFERENCE ON CAMPUS OCT. 16
The 25th annual World Food Day teleconference, “Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet,” will examine global warming issues Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Three experts from different backgrounds will discuss the issues and consider ways to encourage collaborative efforts by concerned citizens. There also will be a live uplink from the World Food Prize ceremonies. The teleconference can be viewed in Room 1141 Extension and 4-H Youth Building. Register by contacting: Joyce Greving, 4-3079 or jagrevin@iastate.edu. More: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org

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MARGINALIA
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WENDEL HELPS EXPLAIN PLANT GENOME SECRETS
Jonathan Wendel, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is one of the scientists who host “Secrets of Plant Genomes: Revealed!,” an NSF funded project in science outreach and education. Wendel's work with cotton is introduced in videos along with research on potatoes and corn. The website seeks to make the study of plants exciting and relevant by showing how learning more about plants can improve our everyday lives. More: http://www.plantgenomesecrets.org/

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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