Issue: 566

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COLLEGE NEWS
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COLLEGE CONVOCATION SET FOR SEPT. 16
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Convocation will be held Sept. 16 at 4:15 p.m. in Curtiss Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall. The program includes brief comments from Dean Wendy Wintersteen and the introduction of the College's new faculty and staff since last fall. A brief reception will follow.

COLLEGE FACULTY AWARDED GROW IOWA VALUES FUND GRANTS
Several College faculty received competitive grants through the Grow Iowa Values Fund for seven new Iowa State research projects. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved $679,663 in grants to support development of technologies with commercial potential and to support the growth of companies using those technologies. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2009/aug/growiowa

DISTANCE EDUCATION BRINGS STUDENTS TO CAMPUS ELECTRONICALLY
The Master's of Science in Agronomy program, that has been successful for more than a decade, was featured in a News Service release about distance education. The program is only offered through distance education. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2009/aug/distanceed

NEW DISTANCE EDUCATION WEB SITE HAS SEVERAL FEATURES
The College's new Distance Education web site (http://www.agde.iastate.edu) has information for students and faculty. Features for faculty include: examples of innovative ways instructors are using new educational technology with their students; ways to contact support staff, including live chat with the help desk; access materials through the “Instructor Resources” area, including “Best Practices in Online Teaching” and a “Getting Started Checklist.” Students can view upcoming online courses and existing distance education programs; contact support staff, including live chat; access a “Useful Forms” page and searchable FAQs; and read testimonials of other distance learners who have taken courses in the College. Contact: Todd Vens, 4-5948 or trvens@iastate.edu.

CALS CARVER INTERNS LEARN APPRECIATION FOR REPTILES
Handling lizards or turtles may send a chill down your spine, but it was all in a day's work for two summer interns in the George Washington Carver Internship Program this summer. Michelle Chapman, senior in animal science at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and Manuel Colomba, a high school junior at Guamani Private School in Puerto Rico, worked with Fred Janzen, professor in ecology, evolution and organismal biology, to better understand reptiles. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2009/Two_Interns_Find_a_new_Appreciat...

CALS CARVER INTERN ANALYZES COTTON GENOME
Jaime Swartz, a junior double majoring in applied math and industrial engineering at Northwestern University, spent her summer doing a computational analysis on the cotton genome. Swartz, a native of West Des Moines, was a participant in the eight- week long George Washington Carver Internship Program. For more:
http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2009/Intern_Researches_the_Genome_of_...

WIMBA'S DISTANCE EDUCATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS
Several faculty and staff pilot-tested Wimba Live Classroom and Wimba Voice in their distance education and face-to-face classes during fiscal year 2009. Live Classroom and Pronto are available to all WebCT course sections offered at Iowa State. Feedback was positive and uses ranged from web meetings, face-to-face distance education classes, student meeting space for projects and faculty office hours for distance education students. Contact: Gaylan Scofield, 4-0045 or ggs@iastate.edu. More: http://www.brenton.iastate.edu/newsletter/fall09-1.pdf

HIGH TUNNEL WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED FOR FALL AND WINTER
Commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners considering commercial production and traditional farmers seeking to diversify may be interested in upcoming workshops devoted to high tunnel production. They are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Two in-depth workshops are being offered this fall and winter. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/aug/hightunnelworkshop170501.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Aug. 18-20: Laboratory safety orientation for graduate students, 8:30 a.m.-noon, http://www.ehs.iastate.edu or 4-5359
Aug. 21: North Central Plant Introduction Station tour of fields and facilities, 8:30-10 a.m., contact Cindy Clark at lucinda.clark@ars.usda.gov by Aug. 17
Sept. 2: Borlaug Learning Center dedication at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua, 4:30 p.m., free meal will be served after 5 p.m. dedication ceremony

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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
Aug. 24 (concept paper): Searle Scholars Program (assistant professors in second year - biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences); 15 grants, $100,000 per year for three years. Submissions limited to two from ISU. Contact: Dorothy Pimlott (dpimlott@iastate.edu). More: http://www.searlescholars.net/
Sept. 22 (letter of intent): Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Students in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (R01); six to eight awards, $2.4 million anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-10-008.html
Sept. 29, Jan. 28: Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03); 25 to 35 awards of $150,000 (direct costs) over three years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-222.html
Oct. 19 (letter of intent): The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child Health and Development (R03); $50,000 per year for two years, $500,000 anticipated funding. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=49032
Oct. 26 (letter of intent): Beta Cell Biology Consortium (U01); six to 10 awards of $400,000 to $1,500,000 (direct costs), $12 million anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-09-011.html
Nov. 2 (letter of intent): Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation (U01, U19) (pre-clinical porcine to non-human primate models); two to four new or renewal awards, $2.5 million anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-09-035.html
Dec. 30: NIH Post-doctoral Fellowships in Bioethics (Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center). More: http://www.bioethics.nih.gov/education/post-doc.shtml
Jan. 15: NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Bioethics (Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center). More: http://www.bioethics.nih.gov/education/pre-doc.shtml

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION WORKSHOP OCT. 8 IN IOWA CITY
The National Science Foundation and the University of Iowa are holding a one-day informational workshop Oct. 8. Presentations will include an overview of the agency, the proposal and merit review process, cross-disciplinary programs, Iowa EPSCoR and breakout sessions with representatives from the seven NSF directorates and Office of International Science and Engineering. The workshop is primarily for researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to NSF, but others are welcome. Participants must register directly with NSF by Sept. 30. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is providing transportation to Iowa City for ISU participants. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu, by Sept. 30 for registration information and to sign up for transportation.

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WHEN TO USE BETWEEN, AMONG OR AMID?
Between indicates one-to-one relationships, "between you and me." Among indicates undefined or collective relationships, "honor among thieves." Between has long been recognized as being perfectly appropriate for more than two objects if multiple one-to-one relationships are understood from the context, "trade between members of the European Union." Amid is used with mass nouns, "amid talk of war," among with plurals of count nouns, "among the children." Avoid amidst and amongst. (The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003.)

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INFOGRAZING
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VILSACK'S RURAL FORUM SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY AT FAIR
A Community Forum with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be in Des Moines Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Iowa State Fair. Vilsack is leading the Obama Administration's Rural Tour, which is an opportunity to discuss the efforts by the administration to rebuild and revitalize rural America. It is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Penningroth Center in the Cattle Barn at the fairgrounds. While the Community Forum is open to the public, you will need to purchase a ticket to the State Fair to get into the fairgrounds. More: http://www.ruraltour.gov

IOWA LEARNING FARM HOSTS SIOUX COUNTY FIELD DAY
The Iowa Learning Farm will host a field day at the Nate Ronsiek farm near Hawarden Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. The field day will focus on no-tillage conservation farming for optimum results. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/events.html

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INTERNAL VOICES
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LASLEY ON FARMERS PASSING ON THEIR LAND
"It's your mooring in life. The land represents more than a business. It's your home. ... For some people, it's very difficult to sell. It's almost like selling part of themselves."
Paul Lasley, sociology department chair, commenting in an Associated Press story about beginning farmers teaming up with retiring ones and mentioned Iowa State's Beginning Farmer Center (Associated Press, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iV1ZLSnFf02IfQ-u8kOMte...)

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MARGINALIA
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AMES ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE THE SIMPLE LIFE
AARP Magazine lists Ames as one of the top five places to live in the United States that offers a rich culture, great food and low stress. The ranking included: 1. Tucson; 2. Greenville; 3. Montpelier, Vermont; 4. Logan, Utah; and 5. Ames. Sarah Mahooney, in the September/October AARP Magazine, describes Ames as a gracious town with broad lawns, pretty parks with a rural flavor and an urban charm. More: http://www.aarpmagazine.org:80/lifestyle/the_simple_life.html?generalSta...

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
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