Issue: 527

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COLLEGE NEWS
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USDA HONORS NREM'S SCHULTZ FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Richard Schultz, natural resource ecology and management, received one of six USDA regional awards for teaching excellence on Nov. 9. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=693

CARTER TO SPEAK AT WILLIAM DEAL LEADERSHIP LECTURE NOV. 14
The William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture will be presented by Richard Carter, emeritus professor of agricultural education, at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, Ensminger Room of Kildee Hall. “Charting the Course: Leadership in the 21st Century,” is the title of Carter's presentation. A reception will be held at 10 a.m. The Deal family will tour the Ag 450 Farm and Ag Mechanics Lab in the afternoon. The lecture is sponsored by the agricultural education and studies department.

CSRL WILL HAVE DISPLAY AT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER LECTURE
The College's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods plans to have a display at Tuesday's lecture by James Orbinski, former president of Doctors Without Borders. Orbinski, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, will speak on “Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century,” Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. He is a research scientist and associate professor of family and community medicine and political science at St. Michael's Hospital at the University of Toronto and the author of “An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the 21st Century.”

FARM BUREAU'S LANG TO ADDRESS THINK TANK ON NOV. 17
The Think Tank on Animal Agriculture will meet Nov. 17 to hear from Craig Lang, College alum, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The meeting will begin with social time at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Memorial Union. Register by e-mailing Ardella Krull, amkrull@iastate.edu, on or before noon on Friday, Nov. 14. Cost of the buffet will be $20, which is payable at the door.

MEAT SCIENCE CLUB: NOV. 14 DEADLINE FOR ORDERING HAMS
The Graduate Student Meat Science Club is taking orders for semi-boneless hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Club members prepare the hams as a fundraiser. Hams are $3.50 a pound and sold as whole (12 to 15 pounds) or half (7 to 9 pounds) portions. The deadline for ordering is Friday, Nov. 14, by calling 4-1548, e-mailing club president Gary Sullivan at gsulliva@iastate.edu or by filling out an order form at the Meats Lab Sales Counter or in 214 Meats Lab.

FORESTRY CLUB: WREATH AND TREE SALE BEGINS NOV. 29
The Forestry Club's Christmas tree and wreath sale will take place at the Reiman Gardens parking area starting on Nov. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 and on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13; from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and on Dec. 7 and 14; from 3 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5; and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 12.

RECRUITMENT & RETENTION GRANT AWARDED TO COLLEGE
The College has been awarded two of 12 grants to support retention and recruitment efforts. Aurelio Curbelo, multicultural liaison officer, proposed a project that would provide a team of multicultural liaison officers to engage in an educational awareness tour across Iowa to inform minority high school students about the importance of achieving a college education at ISU. Catherine Adams, Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, will lead a project to develop 30 hours of video into success stories for potential donors, partners and students. The Professional and Scientific Council's Retention and Recruitment Committee supported the projects for the 2008-09 academic year. More: http://www.pscouncil.iastate.edu/RR/RandRgrants08.html

MANRRS CHAPTER HOSTS REGIONAL WORKSHOP
Iowa State's MANRRS Chapter hosted a regional workshop in Ames Nov. 7 and 8 with the theme, “Expanding Our Horizons, Embracing the Challenge and Preparing for the Future.” Events included a networking tour of the Pioneer Hi-Bred International research facilities in Johnston; a keynote speech by Dean Oestreich, Pioneer's chairman; a presentation about the legacy of George Washington Carver; workshops; and a career fair event. The College helped sponsor the workshop with Pioneer, Cargill, Hormel Foods, Deere & Co. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ISU STUDENT A 2008 PORK INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Trever Shipley, animal science sophomore, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship through the 2008 Pork Industry Scholarships program sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and PIC. He's the only ISU recipient and the only winner in the area of breeding and genetics out of 19 winners from 14 colleges throughout the nation.

IOWA BEEF CENTER HAS COOL INFORMATION
Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is about a month old, and Iowa Beef Center's COOL Web site has information for those with questions. The Iowa Beef Center and the Iowa Pork Industry Center hosted a webcast on USDA's mandatory country-of-origin labeling in August. The webcast archive is available at: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/COOL_webcast.html

PERENNIAL PRAIRIE STRIPS HELP REDUCE SEDIMENT LOSS
Preliminary data shows perennial prairie strips planted at critical points in fields of corn and soybean can minimize soil erosion. Matt Helmers, assistant professor and extension agricultural engineer, said the research has shown significant reductions in sediment loss with systems that have 10 and 20 percent perennial vegetation. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2008/111008_prairie.html

NEW GROUP WORKS TO BUILD CAPACITY FOR LOCAL FRUITS, VEGETABLES
Local foods were among the fastest growing segments of the U.S. food industry in 2008. Working across the supply chain, a new ISU-based group is helping farmers, distributors and retailers of fruits and vegetables plan for those future markets. Details: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2008/111008_fruitveg.html

TURTLES ALTER NESTING DATES DUE TO TEMPERATURE CHANGE
Turtles nesting along the Mississippi River and other areas are altering their nesting dates in response to rising temperatures, says Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. Learn more: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2008/nov/janzen.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 11: Veterans Day ceremony, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Gold Star Hall, Memorial Union
Nov. 18: George Washington Carver sculpture dedication, noon, Seed Science Building south entrance
Nov. 18: College deadline for university award nominations, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agcoll/awards.php
Dec. 10-11: Iowa State Integrated Crop Management Conference and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Agribusiness Expo, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2008/oct/061501.htm
Dec. 12: Block and Bridle Club sausage and cheese sale order deadline, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/clubs/bbclub/?pg=15

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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AVOID THE USE OF 'KIND OF'
“Kind of” should not be used as a substitute for “rather” (before adjectives and verbs), or except in familiar style, for “something like” (before nouns). Restrict it to its literal sense: "Amber is a kind of fossil resin;" or "I dislike that kind of notoriety." The same holds true of “sort of.” (The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr., http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk3.html)

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INFOGRAZING
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FACULTY SEARCHES SUBJECT OF ADVANCE WORKSHOP
ISU ADVANCE has scheduled a workshop on faculty search resources_ from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 3, in 3512 Memorial Union. This is a lunchtime workshop and discussion of the Resources for Faculty Searches CD and web site prepared by ISU ADVANCE. Feel free to bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. RSVP to Nicol Jones, advance@iastate.edu or 4-6151.

GOLD STAR HALL CEREMONY A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ISU'S KATHY SVEC
The walls of the Gold Star Hall - the "memorial" in Memorial Union - are engraved with the names of former students who died while on active combat duty in the U.S. Armed Services. And Kathy Svec is quietly passionate about ensuring all who should be memorialized are. More: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2008/nov/svec.shtml

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INTERNAL VOICES
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PIROG ON RENEWED INTEREST IN ROOT CELLARS
“I've been doing local food work for a long time. And I'm seeing an increase in articles in various sustainable ag newsletters about root cellaring.”
--Rich Pirog, associate director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, who conducted a survey on consumer anxieties over higher fuel and food prices; 34 percent of respondents said that they were likely to raise more of their own vegetables, and another 37 percent said they were likely to can or freeze more of their food. (New York Times, Nov. 5, Food Storage as Grandma Knew It, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/garden/06root.html?pagewanted=1&tntema...)

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MARGINALIA
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LAND-GRANT COLLEGES' ASSOCIATION HAS A NEW NAME
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, or APLU, is the new name of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, also known as NASULGC. The new name takes effect in April, the group announced today at its annual meeting. The organization also unveiled a new motto: “Advancing Research, Learning and Engagement.” The public-university association was formed in 1887 and has 218 institutional members, including Iowa State. (Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 10)

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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