Issue: 556

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COLLEGE NEWS
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RESEARCH VIDEO GIVES YOU THE DIRT ON TOPSOIL
Robert Horton developed the heat pulse probe, which measures variations in soil temperature by depth and time. Horton, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in agronomy, said scientists need a better understanding about the top six inches of soil that is the base of a food chain supporting more than six billion people. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/videos/?id=7

SPRING 2009 ISSUE OF STORIES IS AVAILABLE
The spring issue of STORIES is your opportunity to hear about a wide variety of stories related to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The issue discusses the impact of soil quality, plus provides stories on faculty, staff, alumni and students in the College. Alumni and friends in the Midwest will be receiving a print copy of STORIES in the mail. If you didn't receive a copy of STORIES, e-mail stories@iastate.edu. The online version is available at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories

RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION FARM FIELD DAYS SCHEDULED
Field days at the Research and Demonstration Farms will begin June 18 with two events at the Northeast and Rhodes locations. Among the highlights this year will be the first All-Horticulture Field Day Aug. 6 near Ames at the Horticulture Research Station. The Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm will hold a field day Aug. 27 west of Ames. There are eight demonstration garden field days scheduled for July and August. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php

STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN UN COMMISSION
Sam Bird, a sophomore majoring in global resource systems, recently took part in the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. A story about his experience helping to develop a document for policy-making related to sustainable development is linked to the College homepage. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2009/United_Nations/

COLLEGE ALUM TO HEAD USDA UNIT AT ISU
Alumnus Craig Abel has been chosen as the new research leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, effective July 20. He will also serve as a collaborator affiliated with Iowa State's entomology and agronomy departments Abel received his bachelor's degree in animal science and his master's and doctorate in entomology, all from Iowa State in 1987 and 1993. He was previously research leader of the USDA-ARS Southern Insect Management Research Unit.

BOOK ADVOCATES EDUCATION TO REDUCE GLOBAL POVERTY, HUNGER
Reducing and eliminating global hunger must include education as a top priority, according to David Acker, co-author of a new book, “Education for Rural People: The Role of Education, Training and Capacity Development in Poverty Reduction and Food Security.” More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=760

ISU DAIRY FARM SITE FOR DAIRY MONTH CELEBRATION JUNE 12
The Iowa State Dairy Farm will be the site for a Dairy Month celebration on June 12 from 5 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours of the milking parlor, barns and a discovery center area for children. Details:
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=761

KIMLE NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE AG ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE Kevin Kimle, founder of E-Markets and Decision Commodities, will become director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative on July 1. In addition to his new role, Kimle also will serve as the Rastetter Endowed Chair in Agricultural Entrepreneurship in the Department of Economics. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=762

JUDGING TEAM TAKES TOP HONORS IN DAIRY CONTEST
An Iowa State team won the college division in the 79th Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging contest in May. The contest involves looking at photos of various breeds of dairy cows and submitting written forms based on those photos. The Iowa State team won with an average score of 458.8 (out of 500) to beat a team from Ohio State University that averaged 458.0. Iowa State had three teams enter the contest. All participants were in the AnS 335 - Dairy Cattle Selection and Judging class this past semester. Lee Kilmer, animal science professor, says the winning team received a $100 cash prize. To celebrate, he used the money to buy pizzas for the entire class.

STUDENT TEAM FOURTH IN TRACTOR DESIGN CONTEST
Iowa State's student team finished fourth in the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The team also was presented an individual award for serviceability given for demonstrating outstanding effort in one of the design subcategories. The team from the University of Illinois won the contest. Each student team designed, built and demonstrated a utility or recreational pulling tractor. A panel of industry experts judged each for innovation, maneuverability, sound level, serviceability, ergonomics, safety and manufacturability, and teams then demonstrated performance in a multi-stage tractor pull.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 9-10: Agricultural and Food Traceability Conference, Renaissance Savery Hotel, Des Moines, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/traceability/home.html
June 21-23: North Central Division American Phytopathological Society meeting, Reiman Gardens, http://www.apsnet.org/members/div/northcentral/

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu
--June 8 (letter of intent due June 25): Recovery Act NIST Construction Grant Program; eight to 12 projects, $10-$15 million each. Limited submission - contact Dorothy Pimlott (dpimlott@iastate.edu) by June 8 if interested in this funding opportunity. More: http://www.nist.gov/recovery/construction_ffo.html
--July 6: Projects Leading to Design and Development of Sustainable Farmer or Community Seed Storage Models in Africa; four projects, $1 million available. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=nJ5nKnyd28ZBLJCG4TCr...
--July 15: National Integrated Water Quality Program; $60,000 to $666,000, $12 million available. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/waterqualityicgp.cfm
--July 15: Renewable Resources Extension Act - National Focus Fund Projects; $85,000 to $170,000, three awards, $350,000 available. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId...
--Sept. 5 (opening date): Biomarkers for Early Detection of Hematopoietic Malignancies (R01); funding will vary by project. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-197.html
--Sept. 16 (opening date): Biomarkers for Early Detection of Hematopoietic Malignancies (R21); $275,000 over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-198.html
--Oct. 2: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (Postdoctoral); $181,000 over two years, up to 18 awards. More: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20741

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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GLOSSARY OF CLIMATE CHANGE TERMS
Just as the science of climate change evolves, so does the way we describe it. A new glossary from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture defines terms like “milankovitch cycles” and “eutrophication.” Understanding Common Terms Used in Discussions about Climate Change and Agriculture is the name of the resource. The glossary was written by Rich Pirog, Leopold Center associate director, and Rebecca Rasmussen, a graduate student. To view:
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/glossary.pdf or request a print version at 4-3711 or leocenter@iastate.edu.

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INFOGRAZING
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SYSTEMS BIOLOGY TOPIC OF SYMPOSIUM
The 18th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Symposium will be on Systems Biology: Integrative, Comparative and Multi-Scale Modeling. It will explore how biological processes, such as genetic variation and protein interactions, operate at molecular, cellular and organismal levels. The symposium will be held June 11-14 at the Scheman Continuing Education Building.

NO-TILL FIELD DAY SET FOR JUNE 17
The Iowa Learning Farm and the Winneshiek Soil and Water Conservation District will co-host a no-till field day near Decorah June 17. Extension agricultural engineers Mark Hanna and Matt Helmers will be among the speakers. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/events.html

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INTERNAL VOICES
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IF AGRICULTURE ISN'T SUSTAINABLE, THEN HUMANKIND ISN'T SUSTAINABLE
“The dialogue and interaction between major groups and people interested in sustainable development is important. You take away a lot of ideas and meet many experts. If agriculture isn't sustainable, then humankind isn't sustainable because people need to eat.”
--Sam Bird, global resource systems student who recently took part in the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (see item in College News).

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MARGINALIA
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BERKSHIRE REPORT PROVES TO BE POPULAR PUBLICATION
The Iowa Pork Industry Center's newsletter reports the Berkshire Swine Marketing and Production report has proven to be a crowd pleaser. Since it was posted on the IPIC Web site nearly three years ago, it has remained one of, if not the most downloaded files on the site. The report was prepared by ISU Extension swine field specialist Larry McMullen as part of a grant from the Pork Niche Market Working Group. The report describes the Berkshire breed, its history, trade and breed associations and niche programs developed for the breed. Want your own copy? Go here to download: http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/Berkshire.Production.Marketing.R...

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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