Issue: 582

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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CALS AND LAS TO HOLD BUDGET OPEN FORUMS BEGINNING DEC. 15<br>
CALS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will jointly hold three forums for faculty and staff to discuss the budget situation and how to move forward. The first forum will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. Two other forums will be scheduled in January.<br>
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FARMLAND VALUES NEWS CONFERENCE DEC. 16<br>
Michael Duffy, economics, will announce the findings of the 2009 Iowa Land Value Survey at a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. at the Extension 4-H Youth Building. The handout materials and a live stream of the news conference will be available from <a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/landvalue/">http://www.extension.iastate.edu/landvalue/</a>. <br>
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SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE OPEN HOUSE RESCHEDULED FOR DEC. 16<br>
The open house and reception for Science With Practice participants has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Atrium. Science With Practice provides opportunities for students in CALS to learn and work experientially with faculty and staff in laboratories, farms, greenhouses and other units. <br>
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RESEARCH ON BACTERIAL RICE DISEASES FEATURED IN SCIENCE<br>
The Dec. 11 issue of &#147;Science&#148; features research by Adam Bogdanove, plant pathology, and a group of researchers from ISU and Kansas State University. The researchers are looking at two bacterial diseases of rice and why some types of rice are naturally resistant to the bacteria. A photo by Bogdanove and Jack Horner, genetics, development and cell biology, was chosen for the cover, http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol326/issue5959/cover.dtl. More: <a href="http://www.public.iastate.edu/%7enscentral/news/2009/apr/bogdanove.shtml">http://www.public.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2009/apr/bogdanove.shtml</a> <br>
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NEW STUDENT PROFILES ON THE CALS WEB PAGE<br>
Ashlee Hespen and Chris Dean are featured on the rotation of students found on the College's homepage. Hespen, a sophomore in public service and administration in agriculture from Conrad, is a 2008 Hixson Scholar traveling to Bulgaria to study abroad during the spring semester. Chris Dean, a junior in agronomy from Linn Grove, spent last summer interning at the Green Plains Grain cooperative in Everly. The profiles offer an opportunity for the College to highlight its students and let prospective students view what recent graduates and current students are doing. To view the student profiles, go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu and refresh the page to view different stories. If you have students you think would be great Web profiles, contact Barb McBreen at barbmc@iastate.edu, 4-0707.<br>
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SOIL AND WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS DEC. 22<br>
The Iowa Learning Farm and ISU Extension are sponsoring two soil and water quality improvement workshops in northwest Iowa on Dec. 22; Rockwell City in the morning and Cherokee in the afternoon. Field agronomists Mark Licht and Joel DeJong are presenting, along with Lois Wright Morton, sociology, and Mark Hanna, agricultural engineering. Three soil and water continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers will be offered for those who attend one of these events. More: <a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/calhoun/news/soilandwaterworkshop.htm">http://www.extension.iastate.edu/calhoun/news/soilandwaterworkshop.htm</a> <br>
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CALS FACULTY, STAFF SELECTED FOR EMERGING LEADERS ACADEMY<br>
Twenty-two faculty and P&amp;S employees have been selected to participate in the 2010 class of Iowa State's Emerging Leaders Academy, including Robert Burns, agricultural and biosystems engineering, Ann Perera, Plant Sciences Institute, JoAnne Powell-Coffman, genetics development and cell biology, and Janette Thompson, natural resource ecology and management. More: <a href="http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2009/1210/ela.php">http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2009/1210/ela.php</a> <br>
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FRESHMEN PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY TOUR<br>
Mike Gaul, career services, and 21 CALS freshmen traveled to Chicago on Nov. 23-24 for the Growmark Freshmen Professional Development Industry Tour. Goals included exploring a diverse array of career opportunities available to students within the College and establishing networking skills with industry leaders. Tour stops included the Chicago Board of Trade, McDonald's headquarters, Lincoln Park Zoo, Grainco FS rail terminal, Rhea &amp; Kaiser advertising, and AECOM environmental management services. The students also participated in an etiquette dinner at the Wildfire restaurant in Oak Brook. This trip was made possible by a gift from Growmark's Glenn Webb Education Fund. Gaul has confirmation that funding will also be provided for another tour in 2010. <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
Dec. 15: Nominations due for Live Green Excellence Awards, <a href="http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/symposium/">http://www.livegreen.iastate.edu/symposium/</a> <br>
Dec. 16: Retirement reception for Research Farm staff members, 3-5 p.m., Campanile Room, Memorial Union. <br>
Dec. 16: Proposals due for On-Farm Research and Demonstration Grant Program, <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/103009_onfarm.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/103009_onfarm.html...
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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CALS LISTS PROPOSAL DUE DATES AND OSPA OFFICE HOURS DURING WINTER BREAK <br>
Because many campus units will be operating with reduced hours and/or staff during the winter break, PIs may need to plan for additional lead time to help ensure timely preparation of budgets, routing of gold sheets, and proposal submission. To help in the planning process, CALS has compiled a list of due dates for competitive funding opportunities from several federal funding agencies. The list and winter break schedule for the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration can be downloaded at <a href="http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/files/Proposal_Due_Dates_Winter_Break_200...">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/files/Proposal_Due_Dates_Winter_Break_200...
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FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS<br>
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu<br>
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Jan. 4 (mandatory preapplication due): Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement-USDA, DOE; $200,000 to $500,000, $6 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/plantfeedstock.cfm">http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/plantfeedstock.cfm</a><br>
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Jan. 9: NSF Population and Community Ecology. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503414">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503414</a> <br>
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Jan. 9: NSF Ecosystem Science. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12822">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12822</a> <br>
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Jan. 9: Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12825">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12825</a><br>
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Jan. 9: Evolutionary Processes. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503421">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503421</a> <br>
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Jan. 12: Research Initiation Grants to Broaden Participation in Biology; 15 to 25 awards, $175,000 total costs with up to an additional $25,000 for equipment, up to $5 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09501/nsf09501.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09501/nsf09501.htm</a> <br>
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Jan. 15 - Feb. 15, depending on area: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; 200 to 300 grants, $2.5 million total anticipated annual funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06605/nsf06605.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06605/nsf06605.htm</a> <br>
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Jan. 19 (letter of intent): Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers; 25 to 40 awards, $35 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09506/nsf09506.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09506/nsf09506.htm</a> <br>
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Feb. 5: School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R01); projects not to exceed five years, size awards will vary. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-052.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-052.html#</a> <br>
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Feb. 11: Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences; six to nine awards, group awards up to $240,000 total for three years, institutional awards up to $1 million total for five years. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12207&org=NSF&sel_org=NS...">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12207&amp;org=NSF&amp;se... <br>
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Feb. 16: School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R21); $275,000 (direct costs) over two years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-053.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-053.html</a> <br>
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK<br>
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WORKING BY E-MAIL WITH NEWS REPORTERS<br>
If you correspond with a reporter via e-mail, everything you write is attributable information and may be published. E-mail is valuable in communicating with journalists, particularly in setting an interview or sharing supporting materials. It can help you be more responsive and accessible to reporters. But e-mail communication alone should rarely be used in place of a face-to-face or phone interview. E-mail lacks facial expression, body language, tone of voice and interactivity. (Source: ISU News Service)<br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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PLEASANTS PRESENTS BIOTECHNOLOGY SEMINAR DEC. 17<br>
John Pleasants, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, will speak on the effects of GMO corn and soybeans on monarch butterfly populations at a seminar on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3:45 p.m. in 210 Bessey Hall. More: <a href="http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/seminars/SeminarFall-2009.html">http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/seminars/SeminarFall-2009.html</a> <br>
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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOSTS POST-COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION DEC. 19<br>
The ISU Alumni Association will host a post-commencement reception on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. The event will begin immediately following the commencement exercises, which run from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. More: <a href="http://www.isualum.org/en/students/2009_commencement_reception/">http://www.isualum.org/en/students/2009_commencement_reception/</a> <br>
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RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS ON CORN AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY<br>
The ISU library has a collection of recently published books related to corn, including &#147;Handbook of Maize: Genetics and Genomics,&#148; &#147;Molecular Genetic Approaches to Maize Improvement,&#148; and &#147;Handbook of Maize: Its Biology.&#148; The DVD &#147;Corn&#148; is also available. This program was originally broadcast in 2008 as a segment of the History Channel program &#147;Modern Marvels.&#148; More: <a href="http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100455">http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100455</a> <br>
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CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURAL AND CULINARY TOUR SET FEB. 7-13<br>
A farm to table agricultural and culinary study tour in California is scheduled for Feb. 7-13, presented by Linder &amp; Associates and Harvest Travel International in partnership with Community Minded Partners and Culinary One Investments Group. Stops include a day at the World Agricultural Exposition in Tulare County, a behind the scenes tour of The Culinary Institute of America, a special presentation by &#147;A Million Cooks&#148; and &#147;A Million Corks,&#148; an overview of California's food, wine and agricultural industry, farm tours and discussions with California agricultural leaders, and tour and wine tastings at Lodi area and Napa Valley wineries. For more information contact ISU agricultural business alumnus Mark Linder, mark.p.linder@gmail.com, (916) 799-8345. <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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CALS STUDENTS SHARE FAVORITE QUOTATIONS<br>
Throughout the year, students send College administrators, faculty and staff e-mail and sometimes add a favorite quotation to their signatures. They reflect their passions, ideals, and commitment-and sometimes their sense of humor. Following is a selection from 2009:<br>
* &#147;I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.&#148; Leonardo Da Vinci (Chelsea Onken, sophomore, animal science) <br>
* &#147;I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.&#148; Edward Everett Hale (Kelly Lintz, sophomore, animal science) <br>
* &#147;This leads to the further reflection, that no other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture. I know of nothing so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything which is at once new and valuable-nothing which so lightens and sweetens toil, as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery. And how vast, and how varied a field is agriculture, for such discovery.&#148; Abraham Lincoln (Allyson Ladd, sophomore, public service and administration in agriculture)<br>
* &#147;Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.&#148; Harriet Tubman (Amanda Snodgrass, senior, horticulture)<br>
* &#147;Fix in your mind to overcome all obstacles. When you truly determine this, the dawn will start to appear.&#148; Lincoln Patz (Angie Stone, junior, animal science)<br>
* &#147;Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.&#148; John Wayne (Dan Hansen, senior, agricultural and life sciences education)<br>
* &#147;Don't let schooling interfere with your education.&#148; Mark Twain (Jacob Hunter, junior, agricultural and life sciences education)<br>
* &#147;It's better to aim for the stars and miss, then to aim for a cow pie and hit straight on.&#148; Unknown (Benjamin Zelle, freshman, agricultural business)<br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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DISPLAYS RECYCLED INTO QUILTS FOR FAMILIES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES<br>
Cloth &#147;College of Agriculture&#148; displays developed before the College adopted its new name were sent to ISU surplus and purchased by Barbara McBreen, CALS Communications Service, and Christine Hobbs, Engineering Communications and Marketing, to donate to St. Petri Evangelical Lutheran Church in Story City. (Iowa State items cannot be donated to charity organizations without first being sent to Facilities Planning and Management surplus.) The eight surplus displays provided about 50 yards of material for quilts to send overseas. The quilts will be sent to Lutheran World Relief warehouse in Minneapolis and then to a distribution center in New York. The church group pieces together more than 100 quilts each year. Gloria Severson, a member of the St. Petri quilting group, says they send quilts to two children's homes and distribute some locally each year.<br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE<br>
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EDITOR<br>
Julie Stewart, jstewart@iastate.edu<br>
Phone: (515) 294-5616 Web site: <a href="/aginfo/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/</a><br>
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