Issue: 586

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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JAN. 26 CALS-LAS OPEN FORUM CANCELLED<br>
The third CALS-LAS budget open forum scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26 has been cancelled. Both CALS and LAS will take the next step and schedule separate meetings for faculty and staff to discuss the budget in the individual colleges. Before those occur, there will hopefully be more information to share as details emerge from the Governor&#146;s Office, the state legislature and the university administration. Please continue to let Dean Wintersteen know your thoughts and suggestions. The presentation and summary of comments from the Jan. 14 open forum are posted on the CALS Budget Updates page, <a href="/budget/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/budget/</a>.<br>
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TWO CALS STUDENTS RECEIVE WALLACE E. BARRON AWARD<br>
The 2010 Wallace E. Barron Award Recipients include Tyler Bauman, a senior in animal science, and Nicole Cortum, a senior in public service and administration in agriculture. They are two of four students who will be recognized at an ISU Alumni Association Board of Director&#146;s lunch on Feb. 26 and at a reception at the Knoll on April 25. The Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award was established in 1968 to recognize outstanding ISU seniors. The award is in memory of Barron, who received his B.S. in 1928 in agricultural economics. After graduation, he served in various offices at Iowa State until 1970. He was editor of the Alumnus from 1935 until 1968. <br>
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CALS SPRING CAREER DAY SET FOR FEB. 3<br>
CALS will host its third annual spring Ag Career Day Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. Mike Gaul, career services, expects about 90 companies and organizations to participate. The Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club is hosting a chili lunch for recruiters, faculty and students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall rotunda. More: <a href="http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/817/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/817/</a> <br>
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FORMER SECRETARY OF AG SCHAFER TO SPEAK FEB. 9<br>
Ed Schafer, former governor of North Dakota and 29th secretary of agriculture, will present &#147;Innovation in Global Agriculture in the 21st Century,&#148; Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. Schafer&#146;s visit is sponsored by the CALS Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. More: <a href="/news/releases/816/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/816/</a> <br>
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CONGRESSMAN BRALEY VISIT TO BIOCENTURY RESEARCH FARM<br>
Congressman Bruce Braley was scheduled to visit the BioCentury Research Farm today, Jan. 25, to learn about ISU&#146;s work in biofuels and to describe legislation he will soon introduce on &#147;country of original labeling&#148; of biofuels. Braley is interested in highlighting the importance of domestic investments in the growing biofuels industry. <br>
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NIKOLAU TO SPEAK ON ADVANCED HYDROCARBON BIOFUEL<br>
Basil Nikolau, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, will present &#147;Do Plant Surfaces Offer a Basis for the Development of an Advanced Hydrocarbon Biofuel?&#148; at the Feb. 1 Horticulture Seminar, 4 p.m., 118 Horticulture Bldg.<br>
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RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR SEED SCIENCE CENTER STAFF MEMBER <br>
A retirement reception for Seed Science Center staff member Sandra Hegna will be held Friday, Jan. 29, noon to 1 p.m. in the Seed Science Building. Hegna, a seed analyst, has been employed by the Iowa State Seed Laboratory for 37 years. <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
Feb. 12: CALS Spring Convocation, 4:10 to 5:30 p.m., Curtiss Hall Auditorium.<br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<br>
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ISU OFFICE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REQUESTS SUGGESTIONS FOR ROUNDTABLE TOPICS<br>
The ISU Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer will sponsor an informational lunch in early March to discuss topics related to intellectual property protection, commercialization and procedural processes. To help prepare for roundtable discussions to be conducted at the event, OIPTT is requesting that researchers submit suggestions for topics. Details about the lunch will be released once plans have been finalized. Contact Nita Lovejoy (nlovejoy@iastate.edu) with suggestions for topics or for more information.<br>
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EUROPEAN UNION VISITORS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 1<br>
The European Union Visitors Program provides travel and per diem costs for young professionals with career-related interests in the EU to spend five to eight days in Brussels, Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg to gain first-hand knowledge of the EU's goals, policies and peoples, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts. Each EUVP visitor follows an individualized program tailored to their professional interests and meets specialists in fields of their choice. The program is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Commission and the European Parliament. U.S. applicants should apply directly to the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C. More: <a href="http://www.eurunion.org/eu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=292...">http://www.eurunion.org/eu/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&am...
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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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Feb. 22: NSF Human Origins (HOMINID) &#150; Moving in New Directions; two new awards, $500,000 per year for up to five years; $1 million total anticipated funding for 2010. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5320&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39">http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5320&amp;WT.mc_id=USNSF_...
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March 8: Department of Education Grant Competition for the Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange Program; two awards, $700,000 to $1.98 million per award, $2.68 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51233">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51233</a> <br>
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March 18: NCRCRD Small Grants Program: Multistate Rural Development Research or Extension Projects; small grants up to $20,000 and early career grants up to $5,000 for travel. More: <a href="http://ncrcrd.org/Grants.aspx">http://ncrcrd.org/Grants.aspx</a> <br>
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March 22: Integrated Pest Management: Crops at Risk, Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program, and Methyl Bromide Transitions Competitive Grants Programs; funding levels vary by type of grant, with anticipated totals of $1.3 million for CAR, $4.2 million for RAMP, and $2.95 million for MGBT. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51286">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51286</a> <br>
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March 29 (letter of intent): Systems Biology, HIV/AIDS, and Substance Abuse (R01); five to eight awards, $750,000 (direct costs) per year for up to five years, $4.5 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51294">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51294</a> <br>
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March 29: ARRA OS Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition: Enhanced Registries for Quality Improvement and Comparative Effectiveness Research (R01); two awards, $2 million to $4 million per year for up to three years, $24 million total anticipated funding over three years. More: <a href="http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=51280">http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&amp;oppId=51280</a><br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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NUTRITION AND WELLNESS RESEARCH CENTER SYMPOSIUM MAY 17-18<br>
The fourth annual Nutrition and Wellness Research Center symposium will be held May 17-18 at the Alliant Energy&#151;Lee Liu Auditorium at ISU. This year&#146;s symposium cuts across a variety of disciplines to focus on methodological and statistical challenges faced in conducting health and obesity related research. More: <a href="http://www.nwrc.iastate.edu/symposia.php">http://www.nwrc.iastate.edu/symposia.php</a> <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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LIEBMAN ON THE MANY SIDES OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE<br>
&#147;Iowa exemplifies where land and communities are inextricably linked through farming. Iowa is almost unique as a place where fertile soil, favorable climate, mechanical innovation, advanced genetics, and skilled farmers all converge. The results of this convergence are huge yields of crops and livestock and a massive agricultural economy.&#148; Matt Liebman, Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture and professor of agronomy, in the fall 2009 issue of Catholic Rural Life Magazine. Read the full article, &#147;Sustainable Agriculture: Balancing Agricultural Production with Resource Conservation, Environmental Quality and Compassion,&#148; at <a href="http://www.ncrlc.com/magazine-webpages/crl_fall2009.html">http://www.ncrlc.com/magazine-webpages/crl_fall2009.html</a>. <br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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AMERICA'S HEARTLAND SHOW INTERVIEWS ALUM FEATURED IN STORIES MAGAZINE<br>
Joe Steffes, a 2001 graduate in agricultural business and owner of Iowa Foam Insulation in Nevada, will be featured on &#147;America&#146;s Heartland&#148; on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. on RFD-TV. Steffes demonstrated the application of his company&#146;s soy-foam insulation for a Public Broadcasting System crew in July at the new chemistry building on campus. America's Heartland is also airing on PBS stations across the country, check local listings for air dates and times. Watch the episode at <a href="http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_521/index.htm">http://www.americasheartland.org/episodes/episode_521/index.htm</a>. A pdf of STORIES magazine can be downloaded at <a href="http://www.iaae.iastate.edu/stories/archives/2009fall/">http://www.iaae.iastate.edu/stories/archives/2009fall/</a>.<br>
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HANSEN COORDINATES FFA FUNDRAISER<br>
Dan Hansen, a senior in agricultural and life sciences education at ISU and past president of Iowa FFA, is coordinating a seed fundraiser program for the Iowa FFA Foundation. Almost $4 million worth of seed has been donated by Stine Seed for Iowa FFA chapters to sell, with 95 percent of the proceeds going to help finish the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. &#147;To be able to raise money through this fundraiser and complete this building would be absolutely tremendous. That&#146;s why we&#146;re asking farmers to help us out,&#148; said Hansen. &#147;They be assisting us in completing a 15-year dream of the FFA Enrichment Center.&#148; More: <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100122/ALTOONA01/100119018/-1...">http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100122/ALTOONA01/100119018/-1... <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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