Issue: 542

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COLLEGE NEWS
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IOWA STATE CAREER EXPERTS SAY JOBS ARE STILL THERE
Mike Gaul, CALS Career Services director, and other Iowa State career counselors say they continue to see consistent entry-level employment opportunities for grads. More: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2009/feb/careers09.shtml

BOEHLJE LECTURE VIDEO AND PRESENTATION ONLINE
The 2009 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Lecture, delivered by alumnus Michael Boehlje Feb. 19, is on the Web. Boehlje is an agricultural economist at Purdue University. He presented a speech titled, “The Landscape of Agriculture Today and Tomorrow.” The video of his lecture and his slide presentation are online at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/videos/?video=15

CALS UNDERGRAD'S RESEARCH FEATURED AT CAPITOL
Eric Kilburg, junior in animal ecology, is one of 23 Iowa State undergraduates who will join students from the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa to present their research to state legislators and others during the fourth annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 9. at the State Capitol. Kilburg will display his work with diurnal resting habitat selection of the white-tailed jackrabbit in an intensive agricultural setting. His research mentor is W. Sue Fairbanks, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management.

CORRECTION: KRULL RECOGNIZED FOR 45 YEARS OF SERVICE
Ardella Krull, animal science, was recognized last month for 45 years of service at Iowa State's 25-year Club. Her length of service was incorrect in last week's Ag and Life Science Online.

GAMMA SIGMA DELTA NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 16
Award and membership nominations for 2009 Gamma Sigma Delta are due by 5 p.m. March 16 in Room 201 Curtiss Hall. Nominations are sought for: Mission Award in Teaching, Research, Extension and International Programs; Alumni Award of Merit; and Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture. Nomination forms are available at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/awards.php. Contact Steve Padgitt, scpadgit@iastate.edu or 292-7870 (on award nominations), and Barb Osborn, baosborn@iastate.edu or 4-5624 (on membership).

BLOCK AND BRIDLE CLUB HOLDS CAKE AUCTION THIS WEEK
The Block and Bridle Club's annual cake auction is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion. The donated cakes will be on display at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the club's scholarship funds.

ALUMS TO BE HONORED BY DAIRY SCIENCE CLUB
Two College alums are scheduled to be honored Sunday at the Dairy Science Club's annual banquet. This year's honorees include Roger Lenius of Waverly as distinguished graduate. He is a field representative for Swiss Valley Farms and earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science in 1971. Mark Kerndt of Waukon will be named an honorary member. He earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science in 1983. The banquet will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 8, with social time in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union with the dinner at noon in the Sun Room. Reservations for dinner are $22 each, by contacting Ilene Carlson, 123 Kildee Hall.

IOWA CROP PERFORMANCE TESTS FOR CORN CELEBRATES 90 YEARS
This year the Iowa Crop Performance Test-Corn is celebrating 90 seasons of continuous testing. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=733

OUT-MIGRATION STALLS WHILE INCOME NUMBERS DROP, SAYS RESEARCH
Iowa State sociology researchers found that over the last few years, Iowa has had roughly the same number of people move into the state as move out. But lately, the people moving out have taken with them higher paying jobs. More: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2009/feb/peterscensus.shtml

CHOLESTEROL-REDUCING DRUGS MAY LESSEN BRAIN FUNCTION
Research by an Iowa State scientist in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology suggests that cholesterol-reducing drugs known as statins may lessen brain function. More: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2009/feb/shin.shtml

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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SET YOUR CLOCK AHEAD SUNDAY TO BEGIN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
“Daylight saving time,” not “savings” time, starts Sunday. There is no hyphen. When linking the term with the name of a time zone, use only the word daylight, as in: Eastern Daylight Time, Pacific Daylight Time, etc. Lowercase daylight saving time in all uses and daylight time whenever it stands alone. A federal law specifies that, beginning in 2007, daylight time applies from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March until 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that do not specifically exempt themselves. (The Associated Press Stylebook, 42nd edition, 2007)

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INFOGRAZING
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UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE RECIPE CONTEST SEEKS ENTRIES
An Iowa State employee recipe contest seeks entries through March 23. Each employee can enter one recipe that is easy to prepare with common and nutritious ingredients. One winner will be picked for each category: appetizers/snacks, soups/salads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Prizes are Hy-Vee gift cards. Winning recipes will be shared. The Nutrition Clinic in conjunction with the student group Wellness Works is sponsoring the contest. Recipes may be sent to isurecipe@yahoo.com

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS GROUPS SCHEDULED FOR STUDENTS
Six sustainability focus groups are scheduled for students to help Iowa State develop its sustainability policy. After completing these focus groups in March, the ISU Council on Sustainability will analyze and compile information for the President's Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change, which is creating a policy in accordance with the Board of Regents and State of Iowa sustainability initiatives. More: http://sustainability.iastate.edu/sustainability/activities.asp

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ENROLLMENT INCREASING
"I had this sense that environmental issues got a lot more press -- or maybe more effective press -- in the last four to five years."
--William Crumpton of ISU's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, in the New York Times blog Green Inc. about the increase in students enrolled in environmental studies and environmental science. (New York Times, Feb. 24, http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/environmental-studies-enrol...)

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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JFK'S DEFINITION OF EDUCATION
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
--John F. Kennedy, 35th president, 1917-1963

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MARGINALIA
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NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK STARTS MARCH 15
On March 12, the Agriculture Council of America will host two events in the nation's Capitol to kick off National Agriculture Week. The celebration is a nationwide effort to recognize the importance and contribution of agriculture in the lives of Americans. This is the 36th anniversary of National Ag Day (March 20), which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country and is part of National Ag Week (March 15-21). More: http://www.agday.org/

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
Ed Adcock, edadcock@iastate.edu
Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/

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