Issue: 575

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COLLEGE NEWS
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AGRICULTURE PAVILION PROJECT RECEIVES JUMP-START FROM WALTER GIFT
A state-of-the-art agriculture pavilion for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has received a major gift from Marvin and Janice Walter of Ames. The Ames couple have pledged $1.5 million toward the construction of a new $7 million facility. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=795

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LOUIS THOMPSON OCT. 24
A memorial service for Louis M. Thompson will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Auditorium. Thompson, a professor of agronomy and an associate dean for the College for 25 years, died on July 24. He was 95. Participating in the service are Owen Newlin, Duane Acker, Roger Mitchell, Roger Underwood, Dean Wendy Wintersteen and Kenneth Larson.

AMBASSADOR MANATT TO PRESENT DEAL LECTURE AT ISU OCT. 27
Charles Manatt, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will present the 2009 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture Oct. 27 at Iowa State University. Ambassador Manatt will present “Preparing Leaders to Meet Future Global Challenges” at 7 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Details: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=791

BIODIVERSITY IS TOPIC FOR PESEK COLLOQUIUM OCT. 27-28
The ninth John Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture will be Oct. 27-28. Shahid Naeem, professor of ecology and chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, will be the featured speaker. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=792

ALUMNI HONORS AND AWARDS PRESENTED OCT. 16
The ISU Alumni Association and the College conferred some of their top awards upon alumni and friends at the annual Honors & Awards Ceremony Oct. 16.
--Alumni Medal to Donald Jordahl, bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1958.
--Floyd Andre Award to Dwight Hughes Jr., bachelor's degree in horticulture in 1970.
--Henry A. Wallace Award to David Wright, bachelor's and master's degrees in agronomy in 1982 and 1986.
--George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award, Jerry DeWitt and Charles Sukup, bachelor's and master's degrees in ag engineering in 1976 and 1982. More: http://www.isualum.org/en/awards/honors_awards/#college

ENTOMOLOGISTS REDUCING IMPACT OF SOYBEAN APHIDS
With soybean harvest underway across Iowa, growers are studying yields and discussing whether their crop is smaller than normal because of a relatively new pest - the soybean aphid. Entomologists Matthew O'Neal and Erin Hodgson are working to reduce the impact of this invasive bug on Iowa soybean fields. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/news_detail.php?var1=793

STUDY MEASURES SIGNIFICANCE OF AGRICULTURE TO IOWA ECONOMY
Agriculture is still a dominant player in Iowa's economy, according to Dan Otto, an extension economist who helped prepare a recently-completed economic analysis sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. Production agriculture and ag-related industries directly and indirectly employ one of every six Iowans, or 17 percent of the state's workforce, based on 2007 Census of Agriculture data. They also are responsible for adding $72.1 billion to the state's economy, or 27 percent of the state's total. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/161501.htm

PLANT PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT PROPOSES NAME CHANGE
The Department of Plant Pathology is pursuing a name change to Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. This name best describes the ongoing research and teaching efforts in the department, according to Thomas Baum, chair. An open forum to discuss the proposed name change is scheduled for Oct. 30, 2 to 3 p.m. in 210 Bessey Hall.

ISU/UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
Iowa State's United Way campaign is now at 53.29% of its goal. The College has collected $35,762, which is 61 percent of it's goal. Return your envelopes by Friday, Oct. 23, in order to be included in the drawing for the five pairs of tickets from the Iowa State Center. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/uw09 or contact Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu).

IOWA LEARNING FARM HOSTS STRIP-TILL FIELD DAY OCT. 28
The Iowa Learning Farm will host a strip-till field day at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg on Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The field day will allow farmers to see strip-tillage equipment in action from several suppliers and hear from educators and experienced farmers who have been practicing strip-tillage. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is recommended. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/events.html

DRAINAGE RESEARCH FORUM IN AMES NOV. 10
The 10th Annual Drainage Research Forum is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Scheman Building. The program will feature results and updates on drainage research and implementation projects by university and agency research leaders from Iowa and Minnesota. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/061301.htm

WENDEL PLENARY SPEAKER FOR ECOLOGICAL GENOMICS SYMPOSIUM
Jonathan Wendel, chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, will be the plenary speaker for the Ecological Genomics Symposium Nov. 13-15 in Kansas City. Wendel will discuss how polyploidy affects gene expression in cotton. More: http://missouriruralist.com/story.aspx?s=32288&c=9

PQA PLUS ADVISER TRAINING PROGRAM NOV. 19
Veterinarians and others in Iowa's pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisers under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program. The certification process requires attendance at a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at ISU will hold one such training Nov. 19, in the Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/151401.htm

INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE DEC. 2-3
The ISU Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 2-3 on campus. Attendees can choose from 34 workshops that offer the latest information on crop production and protection technology in Iowa and surrounding states. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/061502.htm

ISU ALUMNI JOINS AAAS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY FELLOWS
Ryan Atwell, a recent ISU graduate with a doctorate from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, is among the newest group of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows. The fellows are a group of scientists and engineers who spend a year working in congressional offices or federal agencies learning about science policy. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/Atwell

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 20: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union. http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2009/oct/MerriganLecture
Oct. 21: Anderson/Dyas Prairie Dedication, 3 p.m., one-half mile south of the intersection of 260th St. and 520th St. (State Ave.).
Dec. 1: 2009 Bio eConference, http://www.bioeconomyconference.org/

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES FOCUS OF WORKSHOP OCT. 20
Social and Behavioral Sciences are the focus of a workshop to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oak Room, Memorial Union. The program will cover information about competitive grants from NSF, NIH and USDA, and include presentations about ISU's Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Center for Statistical Survey Methodology, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, Statistical Laboratory, and Nutrition and Wellness Research Center. The workshop is part of the faculty orientation and development series sponsored by the Office of the VPR/ED. Lunch will be served, and all interested faculty and staff are welcome to attend. To register, contact Laurie Engleen, lengleen@iastate.edu.

FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu

Nov. 12 (letter of intent): Comparing Design Approaches for Sequencing Disease-Associated Regions found in Genome-Wide Association Studies (U01); three to six awards, $150,000 for one year, $750,000 total anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-09-014.html
Nov. 13: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows; six grants up to $165,000 each to mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists. More: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20904
Dec. 1 (preproposal): Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc. 2011 Competitions - Bioenergy and the Environment; one or two years, $20,000 to $183,000. Contact Roxanne (rclemens@iastate.edu) for the Request for Preproposals.
Dec. 1: Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program; 20 awards, $25,000 to $115,000 per award, $1.4 million total anticipated funding. More: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-23898.pdf
Dec. 11 (white paper): Dept. of Navy, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative; $1.5 million per year, $222 million anticipated total funding. More: http://www.onr.navy.mil/02/baa/docs/10-002.pdf
Jan. 7: Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants; four awards, up to $425,000 per year for three years, $1.7 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_star_biotech.html
Jan. 20: Innovations in Engineering Education, Curriculum and Infrastructure: Area 1 - Innovations in Teaching and Learning; 10 awards, up to $400,000, $8.5 million total anticipated funding for Areas 1, 2 and 3. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10502/nsf10502.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25
Mar. 31: Engineering Education, Curriculum and Infrastructure: Area 2 - Translation of Engineering Education Research into our Classrooms and Area 3 - Implementation of Programs for Students Supported by the GI Bill; 25 to 30 awards, up to $150,000 for single-university projects and $250,000 for multi-university projects, $8.5 million total anticipated funding for Areas 1, 2 and 3. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10502/nsf10502.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25
Due date depends on core program receiving submission: Environment, Society and the Economy (SBE and GEO interdisciplinary research). More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503387

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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EXPLAINING SCIENCE WITH SUBSTANCE AND STYLE
On Oct. 15 the NPR program Talk of the Nation interviewed Randy Olson, a marine biology professor turned filmmaker, about his new book Don't Be Such A Scientist. Olson explains why it's important for every scientist to communicate clearly about the importance of their research to the public. He says scientists sometimes have a hard time communicating new research in a way that makes an audience care. To read excerpts of the book or listen to the interview go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113832764.
(NPR Talk of the Nation, Oct. 19)

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INFOGRAZING
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ADVANCE WORKSHOP ON FLEXIBLE FACULTY CAREERS NOV. 4
A new handbook for Chairs and Deans detailing ISU guidelines and policies for flexibility in faculty careers will be presented at a workshop Nov. 4, 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union. Please RSVP for this Advance Workshop by Oct. 30 to advance@iastate.edu.

RECORDS ILLUSTRATE SOIL CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN IOWA
The Special Collections Department of the ISU library holds the papers of Wallis R. Tonsfeldt, an Iowa soil conservationist, which document the Little Sioux River Basin Watershed and Flood Prevention Project, one of 11 watersheds authorized in 1946. The photographs and their descriptions depict specific erosion problems and actions taken in a particular area not often found in the other documents of the collection. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100431

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INTERNAL VOICES
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BEAVIS ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCHERS
“Clearly, we need a new expanded commitment to inspiring and training the next generation so that they will be prepared to address our imminent food, water and energy shortages. It remains an open question of whether our current culture will pay attention to the quiet role model of one man [Norman Borlaug], raised near the small community of Cresco, Iowa, but with a global passion for humanity.” William Beavis, interim director of the Plant Sciences Institute and professor of agronomy, wrote in a commentary in the Oct. 10 Des Moines Register. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009910100309

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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WORLD FOOD PRIZE LAUREATE PRAISES ISU AS `MECCA OF PLANT BREEDING'
“I'll stick my neck out and say that Iowa State University is really the mecca of plant breeding,” said Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize winner and speaker at the eighth annual Norman Borlaug Lecture held Oct. 12. Ejeta said he was honored to be selected as this year's lecturer because of Iowa State's high standing in the world of plant breeding. (Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 13, Food Prize Winner: Share Research, http://www.omaha.com/article/20091013/NEWS01/710149934)

JOHN DEERE DEPENDS ON ISU GRADUATES
John Deere hires more engineers from Iowa State than from any other university, according to Tony Kajewski, continuing improvement engineering manager at John Deere Waterloo Tractorworks in Waterloo, Iowa. “The graduates and the research that come out of this department are very important to John Deere and the state of Iowa,” Kajewski said, at a ceremony on Oct. 5 on the ISU campus. John Deere donated a new 8R Series tractor for the teaching and research programs of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. (Wallaces Farmer, Oct. 13, Students to Get Hands-On Experience with High Tech Tractor, http://wallacesfarmer.com/story.aspx?s=32298&c=14)

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MARGINALIA
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MARRIAGE, FROM THE GROUND UP
What happens when the son of one soil scientist marries the daughter of another soil scientist? While some couples choose to light a unity candle, Sarah Rice and Shea McGinnity chose to blend the state soils from their childhood homes and meaningful sites. The earthly blend is now on display in a glass carafe in their apartment home. And an enthusiastic father of the bride also has some in reserve for planting a tree when the newlyweds purchase their first home. Read more from a KSU College of Ag news release: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/Rice_wedding101609.aspx

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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