Issue: 584

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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CALS AND LAS HOLD NEXT BUDGET OPEN FORUM THURSDAY<br>
CALS and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold the second of three budget open forums this Thursday, Jan. 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union. The forums are for faculty and staff to discuss the budget situation and how to move forward. The third open forum is scheduled for Jan. 26. A CALS Budget Updates page is available with information from the Dec. 15 open forum. There is a link to send your ideas and comments on the CALS budget. More: <a href="/budget/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/budget/</a> <br>
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MILLER TOURS IRAQI AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES <br>
Gerald Miller, associate dean of extension and outreach, joined six agriculture college deans from across the country in early December for a Defense Department-sponsored tour of Iraqi agricultural colleges. The Iraqi government has approved funding 10,000 scholarships for students pursuing advanced degrees in foreign countries, with more than 1,000 scholarships allocated for agricultural study. More: <a href="/news/releases/813/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/813/</a> <br>
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FALL 2009 ISSUE OF STORIES IS AVAILABLE<br>
The fall issue of STORIES is your opportunity to hear about a wide variety of stories related to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This issue discusses College research and programs related to living green, plus provides stories on faculty, staff, alumni and students. College faculty, staff, alumni and friends will be receiving a print copy of STORIES in the mail. If you didn&#146;t receive a copy and would like to, e-mail stories@iastate.edu. The online version is available at: <a href="/stories">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories</a>.<br>
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LOOK AND LISTEN TO STUDENT RESEARCH RESULTS<br>
Stop, look and listen to what students learned in the Science With Practice program at a poster presentation in December. Undergraduate students were interviewed about their research topics, which ranged from ants to raptors, but the students shared one result &#150; Science With Practice works. The program allows students to learn while they earn credits and a paycheck. This fall 28 students participated in the program. To view photos and listen to students go to: <a href="/features/2010/Science_With_Practice/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2010/Science_With_Practice/</a>. The Iowa State University Agricultural Endowment and CALS fund Science With Practice. For more information go to: <a href="http://www.ageds.iastate.edu/SWP/index.htm">http://www.ageds.iastate.edu/SWP/index.htm</a><br>
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BRUMM APPOINTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ONLINE LEARNING<br>
Thomas Brumm, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been appointed interim director of online learning in the College of Engineering. An open search to name the permanent director will be held over the coming months. <br>
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RETIREMENT RECEPTIONS FOR ANIMAL SCIENCE STAFF, EXTENSION STAFF<br>
A retirement reception for animal science staff will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (brief program at 4 p.m.) in the Kildee Atrium. The following staff will be honored: Randy Petersohn, Al Christian, Rod Berryman and Dan Johnson. Also, Dale Thoreson, extension dairy, beef and forage specialist, is retiring after 37 years of service with ISU Extension. An open house will be held Jan. 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at St. James Lutheran Church, 421 N. Main St., Allison. For more information: Pat Derdzinski or Brenda Dix, (319) 267-2707. <br>
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NACTA INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWED<br>
The institutional membership for North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture has been renewed for 2010. This allows individual members to join at a reduced rate. For more information on the institutional membership, contact David Acker, dacker@iastate.edu. The NACTA Journal is published electronically at <a href="http://www.nactateachers.org/">http://www.nactateachers.org/</a>.<br>
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GRADUATE COURSE ON WORKING WITH INDUSTRY<br>
A graduate course, &#147;Intellectual Property and Industry Interactions&#148; (Course 565B &#150; Agronomy, Animal Science, Horticulture, Plant Pathology) will focus on ethical and legal issues facing life scientists and engineers involved in research interactions with industry. The one-half credit course meets for two hours a week for four weeks. Meeting times and dates are arranged. More: Lisa Lorenzen, 4-0926. <br>
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ISU TOUR REQUESTS FOR FARM PROGRESS SHOW<br>
The 2010 Farm Progress Show is scheduled for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 near Boone. All ISU-related tours requested by visitors to the Farm Progress Show need to be referred to Julie Weeks, jweeks@iastate.edu, (515) 956-4600 or Jody Larson, jilarson@iastate.edu, (515) 956-3203 with Conference Planning and Management/Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. They will coordinate all requests.<br>
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STUDENTS ENJOY WINTER BREAK IN GHANA<br>
Through an agronomy course taught by Andrew Manu, students spent almost three weeks during winter break exploring the components of the different ecosystems of Ghana. Students studied the role of indigenous technologies used to promote sustainable agricultural production in each ecosystem. Students also had the chance to experience efforts to promote ecotourism through appropriate natural resources management.<br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE: NEXT ISSUE JAN. 19<br>
The next issue of Ag and Life Sciences Online will be published Tuesday, Jan. 19, due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, Jan. 18. <br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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CHANGES TO NIH APPLICATIONS EFFECTIVE JAN. 25<br>
Applications intended for due dates on or after Jan. 25, require the use of new forms and instructions. The changes apply to all competing applications (new, renewal and resubmission or revision). See the &#147;Details on Application Changes&#148; link at <a href="http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/restructured_applications.html">http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/restructured_applications.html</a>. Other resources at the site include a video overview, FAQs, and Training and Communications Resources.<br>
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GRANTS.GOV MAINTENANCE OUTAGE FEB. 6-9<br>
Grants.gov will be off-line from 00:01 a.m. ET on Feb. 6 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 9, to implement a major upgrade to the system. The entire Grants.gov system will be unavailable during that time. Agencies with previously posted closing deadlines on Feb. 6&#150;9 are taking steps to ensure applicants are able to apply for these posted opportunities. Grants.gov personnel ask that PIs note the outage period and any agency instructions for grant opportunities, and plan accordingly when applying for grants in the early February time period.<br>
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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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Due date not specified (grants notice, not an RFP): Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; 1,000 expected awards, $60 million total anticipated funding, contact local coordinator regarding project ideas. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=50991">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=50991</a><br>
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Feb. 1 and August 1: Science, Technology and Society; 40 awards, $90 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08553/nsf08553.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08553/nsf08553.htm</a> <br>
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Feb. 10: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program; 25 awards, typically $25,000 to $135,000 per award, one-to-one match required, $1.3 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FSMIP">http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/FSMIP</a> <br>
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March 3: Special Research Grants Program &#150; Pest Management Alternatives Program; six to eight awards, $100,000 to $200,000 per award, $1.4 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/pestmanagementalternatives.cfm">http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/pestmanagementalternatives.cfm</a> <br>
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March 17: Research Education Grants for Statistical Training in the Genetics of Addiction (R25); funding amounts not specified for 2010. More: <a href="http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-081.html">http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-081.html</a> <br>
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March 23 and Oct. 6: NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; 16 awards each round, $25,000 per award, $400,000 total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10520/nsf10520.htm#?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10520/nsf10520.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25#</a...
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April 8: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education: Special Focus Competition &#150; European Union-United States Atlantis Program for 2010; 25 awards, $35,000 to $108,000 average first-year award depending on type of grant, $2 million for new programs, $47.4 million total requested funding. Applications must meet the absolute priority of supporting the formation of educational consortia between the EU and U.S. institutions, but meeting the invitational priority does not give an application a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. More: <a href="http://www.ed.gov/programs/fipseec/applicant.html">http://www.ed.gov/programs/fipseec/applicant.html</a><br>
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK<br>
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WORD USAGE IN SCIENTIFIC WRITING<br>
For a list of the correct usage of some troublesome words, terms and expressions frequently found in journal papers and bulletin manuscripts, go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/word_usage.php. Some terms and expressions are worn-out cliches and have outlived their usefulness; other expressions and terms, though not incorrect, are not precise. In reporting and recording research, it's important to be accurate and precise. Avoid the ambiguous and &quot;faddish.&quot; <br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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CELT SPRING 2010 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE<br>
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Spring 2010 Programming Schedule is now online at <a href="http://www.celt.iastate.edu/pdfs-docs/CELTspring2010events.pdf">http://www.celt.iastate.edu/pdfs-docs/CELTspring2010events.pdf</a>. <br>
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BE A SPIRIT DANCER AT DANCE MARATHON ON JAN. 23<br>
The 2010 Dance Marathon is scheduled for Jan. 23. Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy at ISU, raises money for University of Iowa Children&#146;s Hospital through the Children&#146;s Miracle Network. The Spirit Dancer Program extends the opportunity to participate in Dance Marathon to faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students and other interested participants. More: <a href="http://www.dm.stuorg.iastate.edu">http://www.dm.stuorg.iastate.edu</a> <br>
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AG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE FEB. 1<br>
Students looking for help funding college expenses may apply for a Westchester Foundation scholarship by Feb. 1. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors accepted for enrollment or students already enrolled in a course of study related to agriculture or agribusiness. The Westchester Foundation was established by ISU alum Murray Wise. More: <a href="http://www.westchester-group.com/">http://www.westchester-group.com/</a> <br>
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VILSACK TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK FORUM FEB. 18<br>
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Agricultural Outlook Forum to be held Feb. 18-19 in Arlington, Va. Titled &#147;Sustainable Agriculture: The Key to Health and Prosperity,&#148; it will focus on a broad range of topical issues related to rural communities, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, conservation, and food safety and security. More: <a href="http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/">http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/</a> <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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DHARMADHIKARI ON IOWA&#146;S WINEMAKING BOOM<br>
&#147;This is reflected in the increased sales and increases in the number of awards that Iowa wines are winning in various competitions. This is a new industry and we have barely scratched the surface in terms of the industry&#146;s potential growth.&#148; Merli Dharmadhikari, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, on Iowa&#146;s winemaking boom. Chicago Tribune, Dec. 20, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-exchange-iowawine,0,4277312...">http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-exchange-iowawine,0,4277312.... <br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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HART AND STARLEAF TO SPEAK AT &#147;THIRD DEGREE&#148; PROGRAM<br>
Our Iowa magazine, published by ISU alum Roy Reiman, is hosting &#147;The Third Degree&#148; program at Reiman Gardens, Feb. 3. Chad Hart and Dennis Starleaf, economics, will be speaking on &#147;The Future of Farming in Iowa&#148; and &#147;Getting a Grip on Today&#146;s Economy,&#148; respectively. The one-day program includes lectures, a tour of the men&#146;s football locker room and the new Alumni Center, a graduation dinner, and tickets to a basketball game at Hilton. More: <a href="http://www.ouriowamagazine.com/en/the_third_degree/">http://www.ouriowamagazine.com/en/the_third_degree/</a> <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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