Issue: 591

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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GERALD MILLER NAMED INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTENSION<br>
Gerald Miller has been appointed interim vice president for extension and outreach, effective June 1. Miller will replace Jack Payne, who has accepted a position as senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/millerinterim">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/millerinterim</a> <br>
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CALS REPORTS UNDERGRADUATE PLACEMENT RATE OF 98.5 PERCENT<br>
Overall placement rate for CALS undergraduates from fall 2008 through summer 2009 is 98.5 percent. Placement includes students that have assumed employment, further education or military obligations. Of the 98.5 percent, 72.6 percent were employed (of which 91.3 percent assumed professional or major-related positions), and 25.9 percent were furthering their education. College and departmental summaries are available at: <a href="http://www.career.ag.iastate.edu/files/placement-summary-2008-09.pdf">http://www.career.ag.iastate.edu/files/placement-summary-2008-09.pdf</a>...
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CALS STUDENT COMPUTER FEE PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 19<br>
A call for proposals has been released for the CALS Student Computer Fee. Proposals are being sought that address the college&#146;s need for computer-based instructional support. Total funds in the College Pool for competitive proposals are anticipated to be approximately $60,000 for 2010-2011. Proposals may originate from students, faculty or staff and must be connected to a CALS administrative unit. Proposals are due April 19. More: <a href="http://www.anslab.iastate.edu/tac/09-10/2010%20COA%20RFP.pdf">http://www.anslab.iastate.edu/tac/09-10/2010%20COA%20RFP.pdf</a><br>
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KANWAR TO ADVISE CORNELL FOUNDATION ON WATER QUALITY FOR INDIA<br>
Ramesh Kanwar, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and chair of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has been named to the external executive committee of Cornell University&#146;s Tata Foundation Trust Fund. Kanwar was asked to serve as an international expert in water quality research. In 2008 Cornell received a $50 million endowment from the Tata Education and Development Trust, a philanthropic entity of India's Tata Group. Funds from the endowment help advance nutrition and agriculture in India and provide educational opportunities for India students.<br>
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ONLINE TOOL HELPS FARMERS EARN MORE, WASTE LESS<br>
Ed van Ouwerkerk, agricultural and biosystems engineering, has developed software to help farmers make better-informed operational decisions. The I-FARM program allows farmers to input various aspects of their operation along with the location of their farm. The computer software then predicts and compares farming outcomes. More: <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/ifarmtools">http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/feb/ifarmtools</a> <br>
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NELSON IN BBMB RECEIVES CARVER TRUST GRANT<br>
Scott Nelson, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has been awarded a $356,000 grant to study the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and repair from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, based in Muscatine, Iowa. His study could lead to increased effectiveness of cancer treatments. More: <a href="http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9913">http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=991... <br>
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LEOPOLD CENTER FUNDS 19 GRANTS FOR 2010 <br>
The Leopold Center has awarded grants for 19 new projects covering a wide range of activities to help farmers take advantage of new opportunities related to local foods and renewable energy, and encourage a transition to alternative systems that protect the environment while using fewer outside inputs. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/022410_newgrants.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/022410_newgrants.h... <br>
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EGG INDUSTRY CENTER HOSTS FORUM ON MARCH 26<br>
The Egg Industry Center is hosting the Second Annual Egg Industry Issues Forum on March 26 in Chicago. Scientists, leaders and professionals will share their knowledge and vision about some of the current and emerging issues facing the egg industry. Deadline for early-bird registration is March 12. More: <a href="http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/?pg=forum">http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/?pg=forum</a> <br>
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ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE<br>
The latest ISU Department of Entomology newsletter for alumni and friends is available online at: <a href="http://www.ent.iastate.edu/alumni/newsletter/alumni-jan2010.pdf">http://www.ent.iastate.edu/alumni/newsletter/alumni-jan2010.pdf</a><br>
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MEAT LAB SALES ROOM HAS REOPENED<br>
The Meat Lab Sales Room has reopened. Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at 164 Meat Laboratory, Atrium of Kildee Hall. More: <a href="http://www.ans.iastate.edu/section/meat/sales1.html">http://www.ans.iastate.edu/section/meat/sales1.html</a> <br>
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SCHULTZ HONORED BY ARBORICULTURE SOCIETY CHAPTER<br>
Dick Schultz, natural resource ecology and management, was presented the President&#146;s Award Feb. 18 by the Midwestern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. The President&#146;s award recognizes an individual who has provided a significant impact in the field of arboriculture during the previous two years. More: <a href="/news/releases/822/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/822/</a> <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
March 4: Block and Bridle Cake Auction, 7 p.m., Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall<br>
March 6: Ames Reads Leopold, 1 to 5 p.m., Ames Public Library, <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/021710_amesreads.html">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/021710_amesreads.h... <br>
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EXTERNAL FUNDING<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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March 22: Assembling the Tree of Life; three to six awards, $3 million for up to five years, $12 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10513/nsf10513.pdf">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10513/nsf10513.pdf</a> <br>
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March 26: Erma Byrd Scholarship Program; areas of study related to industrial health and safety, 120 awards, $5,000 (bachelor's degree student); $10,000 (graduate student), up to 24 months, $833,750 total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-1/022410b....">http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-1/022410b.... <br>
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April 12: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program; $100,000 to $400,000 for up to three years, $2.7 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ap/ap044/DBGen.htm <br>
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April 15: FDA Small Scientific Conference Program (R13/U13); advance permission to submit an application must be requested, size and duration of awards will vary. More: <a href="http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-08-003.html">http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-08-003.html</a> <br>
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April 25 (letter of intent): Research Dissemination and Implementation Grants (R18); award size and duration will vary. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-114.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-114.html</a> <br>
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May 5: Grants for Research in Glomerular Diseases (R01); size and duration of awards will vary. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-113.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-113.html</a> <br>
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May 20: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education; two to five awards, $400,000 for two years, $1 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10541/nsf10541.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10541/nsf10541.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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May 20: NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops; 50 awards, $60,000 over two years, $1.5 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04035/nsf04035.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04035/nsf04035.htm</a> <br>
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May 26 (Type 1 Proposals): Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement; 70 &#150; 75 Type 1 awards, $200,000 to $250,000 for two to three years. Type 2 and Type 3 proposals are due January 14, 2011. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10544/nsf10544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10544/nsf10544.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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June 5: Biobehavioral Methods to Improve Outcomes Research (R01); budgets over $500,000 require prior approval, up to five years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-125.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-125.html</a> <br>
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June 24 (preliminary proposals): Informal Science Education; 40 awards, $25 million for new awards in 2010 and 2011. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09553/nsf09553.htm">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09553/nsf09553.htm</a> <br>
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July 20-22: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program; 425 awards, $500,000 for five years, $80 million total anticipated funding per year. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08557/nsf08557.htm?govDel=USNSF_25">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08557/nsf08557.htm?govDel=USNSF_25</a> <br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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CLAIM AMES &#150; CENSUS FORMS TO ARRIVE SOON<br>
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. In March, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the U.S. The census form consists of 10 questions and a postage-paid return envelope is provided. Students living in ISU residence halls are expected to get their forms the week of April 5. More: <a href="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/index.php">http://2010.census.gov/2010census/index.php</a> <br>
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NEW CAST PAPER ON AG PRODUCTIVITY STRATEGIES<br>
The latest issue paper from the Council for Agricultural and Science Technology takes a look at the challenges facing U.S. and global agriculture in this century. The 16-page paper, &#147;Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges,&#148; includes a preface from the late Norman Borlaug, and is written as an update of CAST Paper No. 1 that originally was written by Dr. Borlaug in 1973. The paper is available for free download from the CAST Web site: <a href="http://www.cast-science.org/displayProductDetails.asp?idProduct=168">http://www.cast-science.org/displayProductDetails.asp?idProduct=168</a> <br>
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NONPROFIT PROT&Eacute;G&Eacute; PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR FALL 2010 SEMESTER<br>
The Student Activities Center will sponsor the Nonprofit Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program during the fall 2010 semester. ISU students will work with an administrator of a local nonprofit organization. They will have opportunities to attend board meetings, experience staff and committee meetings, visit with potential financial donors, and witness the world of being a nonprofit leader. Applications are due March 12. More: <a href="http://www.sac.iastate.edu/index.cfm?nodeID=19809&audienceID=1">http://www.sac.iastate.edu/index.cfm?nodeID=19809&amp;audienceID=1</a> <br>
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&#147;STASH THE TRASH&#148; VEISHEA SERVICE DAY ON MARCH 27<br>
A Stash the Trash VEISHEA Service Day will be held March 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (various shifts). Stash the Trash is a community-wide beautification project. Local residents and ISU students work together to remove litter and other debris from neighborhoods, roadways and parks. More: <a href="http://www.veishea.iastate.edu/index.cfm?nodeID=21957&audienceID=1">http://www.veishea.iastate.edu/index.cfm?nodeID=21957&amp;audienceID=1</a> <br>
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INTERNAL VOICES<br>
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AGRI-NEWS FEATURES REFLECTIONS FROM RETIRED ISU EXTENSION STAFF <br>
Agri-News is publishing a series of stories about ISU Extension employees who have served in northern Iowa and retired at the end of January. Those featured to date are: Dale Thoreson, Bev Peters, Dan Burkhart, George Cummins, Neil Wubben, Dennis DeWitt and Holle Smith. More: <a href="http://www.agrinews.com/iowa/news/cat-2.html">http://www.agrinews.com/iowa/news/cat-2.html</a> <br>
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EXTERNAL VOICES<br>
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BLANCHE LINCOLN RECOGNIZED FOR ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF LAND-GRANTS<br>
&#147;As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am committed to helping our land-grant university system continue to find solutions that move American agriculture forward&#133;&#148; U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, on receiving the 2010 Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) Congressional Champion&#146;s Award. More: <a href="http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1499">http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1499</a> <br>
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MARGINALIA<br>
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WHAT&#146;S FOR DINNER?<br>
From meat and potatoes in the early 1900s to deli-prepared rotisserie chicken and Asian pasta salad today, the answer to the age-old question, &#147;What&#146;s for dinner?&#148; has shifted in response to a variety of events. The USDA Economic Research Service&#146;s food availability data span 100 years, allowing researchers, marketers and policymakers to examine historical consumption trends and shifts in food demand. It provides a window into how the U.S. food supply responds to political, social and economic forces, along with ever-evolving technological advancements. More: <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/March10/Features/TrackingACentury.htm">http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/March10/Features/TrackingACentury.htm... <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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