Issue: 539

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COLLEGE NEWS
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MOSCHINI NAMED CHAIR OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
GianCarlo Moschini, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Science and Technology Policy and economics professor, became chair of the economics department Feb. 1. Moschini joined the Iowa State economics faculty in 1987. He will serve as chair through June 30, 2012. Moschini replaces Arne Hallam, an economics professor who stepped down as department chair to become an interim associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which co-administers the economics department with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

WINTERSTEEN ONE OF TWO ALUMS NAMED HONORARY MASTER PORK PRODUCERS
Dean Wendy Wintersteen was named an Honorary Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The award is presented each year to two recipients for their outstanding and distinguished service to the betterment and success of Iowa's pork industry. College alumnus Mark Fischer, international marketing manager for meat, livestock and genetics for the Iowa Department of Economic Development, was the other award recipient. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1978. Wintersteen earned a doctorate degree in entomology in 1988. They received the award during the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress Banquet. More: http://iowaporkcongress.org/mediadetail.php?Bxw6AVZuTXdwTRI~

WINTERSTEEN SERVES ON THE FARM FOUNDATION BOARD
Dean Wendy Wintersteen has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Farm Foundation. The Farm Foundation works as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing information to foster deeper understanding of issues shaping the future of agriculture, the food system and rural communities. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=722

WESTGATE NAMED DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL LIVELIHOODS
Mark Westgate, agronomy, has been named director of Iowa State's Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. Westgate is internationally recognized for his research on the effects of drought stress on major crops. He joined Iowa State's agronomy faculty in 1998. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=723

COLLEGE STUDENTS NAMED PORK PRINCESS AND YOUTH AMBASSADOR
Jessica Droppert of Hudson is the 2009 Iowa Pork Princess. She is a freshman studying animal science. Droppert was one of 10 county pork queens competing for the 2009 IPPA crowns. Brandon Ledger will serve as the 2009 Iowa Premier Pork Youth Ambassador. The Stockport resident is a sophomore in animal science. They were named Jan. 28, at the Iowa Pork Congress banquet in Des Moines.

DAIRY INDUSTRY TOPIC OF THINK TANK
Dorian Garrick and Diane Spurlock, animal science, will lead a discussion about efficiency of the dairy industry in the U.S. at the Feb. 16 Think Tank on Animal Agriculture. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of Memorial Union with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 12. Cost of the buffet dinner will be $20. To register, contact Ardella Krull at amkrull@iastate.edu.

BOEHLJE TO PRESENT COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FEB. 19
Michael Boehlje will present the 2009 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Lecture Feb. 19. He will present, “The Landscape of Agriculture Today and Tomorrow” at 7:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

AGRICULTURE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE OFFERED TWICE THIS SEMESTER
The Agriculture Weekend Experience (AWE) will be offered April 3 to 5 and April 24 to 26. The program is funded by the agricultural endowment board as an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to gain first-hand experience on a working farm in Iowa. AWE is free for students majoring in the College who do not have a farming background. Applications are due March 27 in communications service, 304 Curtiss. Applications can be found at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/agendowment/awe.php or by contacting AWE coordinator Laura Rosenbohm at 4-4319 or laurar@iastate.edu.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM EIGHTH AT DENVER COMPETITION
The Livestock Judging Team finished eighth out of 23 teams at the National Western Livestock Judging Contest last month. Josh Zuck, animal science junior, was eighth high individual overall. Melissa Reed, animal science senior, finished tenth in the carload division. Team members included Cody Schminke, Kenny Benson, Emily Weber, Charlie Hill, Isaiah Spath, Kelly Sheets, Joe Brady, Lindsey Crawford, Charlie Fitzgerald and Danny Jenkins. The team is coached by Jeff Thayne and assisted by Morgan Core, an undergraduate student.

RUBLE HONORED BY IOWA JUNIOR SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Marshall Ruble, animal science, was named the 2009 Outstanding Youth Supporter for the Iowa Junior Simmental Association. The recognition was presented at the Simmental Banquet on Feb. 8.

ANIMAL SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT DELIVERS TOP PRESENTATION
Stacey Roberts won the students' competition of technical presentations at the International Scientific Forum during the International Poultry and Feed Expo. She is a doctoral candidate co-advised by Kristjan Bregendahl, animal science, and Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering.

NEW WORKING GROUP REQUESTS PROPOSALS
The Fruit and Vegetable Working Group, coordinated by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension, requests proposals for research ideas. The new group is working across the supply chain to make Iowa-grown fruit and vegetables more readily available is looking for innovative ideas for research and development projects in 2009. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/2009RFP_FVWG.pdf

EGG INDUSTRY CENTER TO HOST ISSUES FORUM
The 2009 Egg Industry Issues Forum, set for April 8, is open for registration at the Iowa State Egg Industry Center web site (http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/). The early-bird registration deadline is March 1. See the attached program for the April 8th Forum. The event will be hosted by the Egg Industry Center at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

TOP INVENTOR TO BE PICKED AT COW-CALF CONFERENCE
Attendees at the 2009 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Feb. 28 will select “Iowa's Next Top Inventor” from finalists Roman DeBrower of Marengo and Cody Shay of Creston. The competition is being held by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Farmer Today with the Iowa Corn Growers Association as a sponsor. It sought inventions that most effectively stored, handled or dispensed wet distillers grains, a byproduct from the production of ethanol. The Iowa Beef Center also is holding a Dairy Beef Feeding meeting in Oelwein Feb. 26. More: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org

THREE STUDY ABROAD SUMMER PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICANTS
Three College summer 2009 study abroad programs are still open to applicants: China: From the Three Gorges Dam to the Mega Cities of China; India: Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems: Improving Rural Livelihoods; and Panama: Developing International Perspectives of Sustainable Development through Arts and Science. Interested students may contact the Ag Study Abroad office or access: http://isuabroad.iastate.edu for program applications.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Feb. 16: College's Spring convocation, 4 p.m., 127 Curtiss Hall (Curtiss auditorium)
Feb. 19: Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Lecture, Michael Boehlje, distinguished professor at Purdue University, 7:30 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union
Feb. 25: Staniforth Lecture, 4:15 p.m., 2050 Agronomy

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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HOW WELL DO YOU SPELL?
That question is worth asking, according to Paula Larocque, author of "The Book on Writing." In an article in the January/February 2009 issue of the Quill magazine, Larocque said software spellcheckers are not perfect. She said even good writers use the possessive pronoun "its" with an apostrophe or the contraction "it's" without one. The article also lists the most commonly misspelled words and a quiz. Take the quiz and read more tips at: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/spj/quill_20090102/

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INFOGRAZING
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PROPOSALS DUE TODAY FOR IOWA 4-H YOUTH CONFERENCE
Today, Feb. 9, is the deadline for workshop proposals for the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, scheduled June 30 to July 2. More than 1,000 teenagers are expected on campus for three days of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet and community service activities. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference/index.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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ONE VIEW OF FOOD SAFETY REORGANIZATION PROPOSAL
“A decentralized and restructured Food and Drug Administration staffed with genuine regulators could become especially vigilant protectors of United States (and global) consumers if it were empowered by Congress to conduct testing for the chronic (rather than only acute) impact of trace adulterants in our food; investigate systematically the raw materials that fuel industrial food (glutens, powders, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.), making all results public; and base all policy decisions and changes on hard science (something it failed to do when it arbitrarily changed melamine standards last November) while making it available online.”
James E. McWilliams, an associate professor of history at Texas State University, considering “Do We Need a Department of Food?” (New York Times, Feb. 8, http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/do-we-need-a-departmen...)

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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