Issue: 540

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE CONVOCATION TODAY AT 4 P.M.
The College's spring convocation will begin at 4 p.m., Feb. 16, in 127 Curtiss Hall (Curtiss auditorium). The College will present its annual awards to faculty and staff. Last year's retirees and those who have received awards during 2008 also will be recognized. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. outside the auditorium.

COLLEGE TO HOST INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR BIOMASS INITIATIVE
The College will host an informational and organizational meeting about developing proposals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Department of Energy Biomass Research and Development Initiative, which has a pre-application deadline of March 6. Faculty interested in the initiative are invited to a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. RSVP to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Wednesday, Feb. 18, if you plan to attend. Come prepared to share a one-minute statement of your project idea or ideas. For those interested but unable to attend an e-mail with a brief outline (2 paragraphs or less) of your project idea prior to the meeting to Joe Colletti, senior associate dean, colletti@iastate.edu. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/biomassresearchanddevelopmentinitiative.cfm

UNDERWOOD TO DISCUSS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT RESEARCH FARM
College alumnus Roger Underwood will speak at the Wallace Foundation's annual meeting March 5. Underwood, co-founder of Becker-Underwood who earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business in 1980, will speak about entrepreneurship. David Swenson, economics, will discuss an economic impact study and Karen Dabson, Rural Policy Research Institute, will speak at the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Wallace Learning Center at the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.

IOWA LEARNING FARM TO DEMONSTRATE PLANTER CONVERSION
ISU's Iowa Learning Farm will host a planter clinic at Iowa Lakes Community College March 4 to demonstrate how to convert to a no-till planter. The clinic will include a presentation by local Natural Resources Conservation Service staff about the benefits of no-till and residue management, a demonstration by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and a panel discussion with farmers who practice no-till. It is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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
March 1: Early-bird registration deadline for April 8 Egg Industry Issues Forum, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/
March 27: Agriculture Weekend Experience applications deadline, contact: Laura Rosenbohm, 4-4319 or laurar@iastate.edu

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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BEWARE THE "WHEREWOLF"
Be on your guard, lest you be bitten by the evil "wherewolf," whose pervasive invasion of the written and spoken word is bent on destroying the logic of the English language. This monster has been taking over the bodies of such noble words as when, that and all its friendly cousins such as whereabouts, whereas, whereat, whereby, wherein, whereupon, even the obscure wherefore. You will find the monster lurking in such expressions as:
- February is the month where my son has a birthday.
- Have you ever been in a predicament where you had to do this?
If you did not wince at the illogic of those sentences, you may be under the influence of this usurper. Study and repeat the following:
- February is the month when my son has a birthday. (time)
- Have you ever been in a predicament in which you had to do this? (a
situation, state of being)
Take up your English grammar books and beat back the "wherewolf." Read more about this dreadful beast in an ACE Grammar Hint: http://www.aceweb.org/sigs/writing/grammar10-12-2007.php

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INFOGRAZING
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FACULTY SURVEYED ON DISTANCE-EDUCATION EFFECTIVENESS
Two recent surveys about distance-learning programs have been conducted by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on preliminary results of the surveys, which polled faculty members and administrators separately about their opinions of distance-learning programs. They were released Feb. 9 at the American Council on Education's conference. The survey found that while a majority of faculty members acknowledge that distance instruction offers students increased accessibility and flexibility, developing and teaching online courses can be burdensome. Thirty percent felt that online courses provided superior or equivalent learning outcomes when compared with face-to-face classes. Some 70 percent felt that learning outcomes were inferior, but among faculty members who have taught online courses, that figure drops to 48 percent. Full survey results are scheduled for release in April. (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 10, http://chronicle.com/free/2009/02/11232n.htm?utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en)

EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS ITEM
Next week National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2009 will be observed on campus. Several events have been scheduled including, the showing of a documentary about beauty at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union, and a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the union by Leigh Cohn, who writes about body image. More: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~stdtcouns/

SEISMIC SHIFT IN INTERNET AGE
More than half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online, according to surveys taken from 2006-2008. Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the "Net Generation," internet users in their 20s do not dominate every aspect of online life. Generation X is the most likely group to bank, shop and look for health information online. Boomers are just as likely as Generation Y to make travel reservations online. And even Silent Generation internet users are competitive when it comes to email. More: http://pewinternet.org/PPF/r/275/report_display.asp

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MARGINALIA
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BUTCHERING 101 IN NEW YORK CITY
“Welcome to Pig Butchering 101, where for the next two hours [Tom] Mylan will work his way through the meat map: trotters first, then a loin off the backbone, followed by the Boston butt and picnic butt . . . At last he reaches the belly of the pig, and for the first time all night he uses the word 'bacon.' The demonstration ends with a table piled high with a pyramid of pork.”
--Newsweek article about the “New Carnivore” movement that includes butchering demonstrations in New York City (Head to Hoof, Newsweek, Jan. 28, http://www.newsweek.com/id/182035/page/1)

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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