Issue: 592

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COLLEGE NEWS <br>
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DEAN UPDATES COLLEGE ON FY11 BUDGET<br>
On March 3, Dean Wendy Wintersteen provided CALS faculty and staff with an update on the FY11 budget that begins on July 1. Although much remains uncertain, we know the starting point is planning to make permanent the $24.5 million mid-year reversion to the university last fall. The memo can be found on the CALS Budget Updates Web site, <a href="/budget/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/budget/</a> <br>
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OUTREACH TEAM AWARD RENAMED TO HONOR GERALD MILLER<br>
USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Committee for Shared Leadership in Water Resources has renamed its Outreach Team Award as the Gerald A. Miller Outreach Team Award during the awards ceremony at the 2010 National Water Conference held last month at Hilton Head Island, SC. The first outreach team to receive the newly named award was the Heartland Regional Water Coordination project team for Animal Manure Management. &nbsp;The Animal Manure Management team members recognized were: John Lawrence and Joe Lally, Iowa State University; Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University; and Richard Koelsch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. <br>
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CALS OFFERS GRANTS FOR NEW COURSE DEVELOPMENT<br>
The dean&#146;s office is requesting proposals for developing new courses to meet growing interest in life sciences, global issues and the food and agricultural system. The RFP is designed to encourage faculty innovation in developing new, high quality courses on current subjects with broad appeal, and to increase the number of Student Credit Hours generated in CALS by offering new courses attractive to large groups of students. <br>
Three grants of up to $7,500 each are available on a one-time basis to support the cost of developing a 3-4 credit course. Proposals are due March 31 and should be submitted electronically to David Acker, dacker@iastate.edu. More: <a href="/features/downloads10/Course_RFP_CALS_2010.pdf">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/downloads10/Course_RFP_CALS_2010.pdf<...
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MONSANTO EMPLOYEE FUND DRIVE TO BENEFIT CALS SCHOLARSHIPS<br>
Monsanto and ISU have partnered to establish the Monsanto Agricultural Scholars Fund to furnish scholarships for undergraduate students in CALS. An employee goal has been established and Monsanto will match contributions designated to the program. Once the goal is obtained, the fund will be able to award up to 20 scholarships of $1,000 annually over five years. More: <a href="/news/releases/824/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/824/</a> <br>
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FOOD SCIENCE AND HUMAN NUTRITION DAY IS MARCH 9<br>
More than 200 prospective students, parents and teachers are registered for Food Science and Human Nutrition Day on Tuesday, March 9. The visit day provides a look at all the majors offered through FSHN, career opportunities and a tour of the facilities ISU faculty and students use for product development and research. This year&#146;s keynote speaker is FSHN alum (food science) and Iowa Beef Industry Council Executive Director Nancy Degner. More: <a href="http://www.hs.iastate.edu/future/deptdays/fshn.php">http://www.hs.iastate.edu/future/deptdays/fshn.php</a> <br>
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CALS STUDENT COUNCIL HOSTS NATIONAL AG DAY BARBECUE MARCH 9<br>
The CALS Student Council will host a National Ag Day barbecue on Tuesday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall. It is open to all students, faculty and staff free of charge. Lindsey Crawford, CALS student council president, says the National Ag Day celebration is a time to educate students about the importance of agriculture. <br>
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THREE CALS STUDENTS ELECTED TO GOVERNMENT OF THE STUDENT BODY<br>
Nate Dobbels, senior in agricultural and life sciences education, will serve as Government of the Student Body vice president for the 2010-11 academic year, following elections held March 4. Dakota Hoben and Scott Henry, juniors in agricultural business, were elected to represent the college. More: <a href="http://www.iowastatedaily.com/articles/2010/03/04/news/doc4b906a0739edf2...">http://www.iowastatedaily.com/articles/2010/03/04/news/doc4b906a0739edf2... <br>
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LEOPOLD CENTER OFFERS SMALL FARM ENERGY DEMO GRANTS<br>
Iowa farmers with small to midsize operations may apply for grants to demonstrate energy efficiency and conservation measures or how they are using renewable energy from their farm to meet energy needs. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/030310_energygrant">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/030310_energygrant... <br>
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PRODUCTS MADE FROM PLANTS FOCUS OF IOWA STATE WORKSHOP<br>
ISU will host the Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop May 11 to bring together researchers and companies developing products from plant components. The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Crops Utilization Research, the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team, the Bioeconomy Initiative, the Institute for Physical Research and Technology and the Center for Industrial Research and Service. More: <a href="/news/releases/823/">http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/823/</a> <br>
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ARBUCKLE EXAMINES ISSUES RELATED TO FARMLAND OWNERSHIP<br>
J. Gordon Arbuckle, sociology, has studied rented land in Iowa, and provides recommendations for extension and outreach activities to help ensure that any effects of non-operator landownership are either neutral or beneficial to farm operators, farmland owners, rural communities and the land itself. &#147;Rented Land in Iowa: Social and Environmental Dimensions&#148; is an Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll report. More: <a href="http://www.soc.iastate.edu/extension/farmpoll/PMR1006.pdf">http://www.soc.iastate.edu/extension/farmpoll/PMR1006.pdf</a><br>
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STUDENT REGENT TOURS ISU MEAT LAB AND FARMS<br>
Greta Johnson, a senior in political science and a member of the Iowa Board of Regents, took part in a farm tour on March 5. Conducted by Maynard Hogberg, animal science, the tour consisted of the ISU Meat Lab, the horse farm, beef nutrition farm, swine nutrition farm, Zumwalt Station, sheep farm, swine teaching farm, beef teaching farm, poultry farm, dairy farm and the composting facility. Johnson&#146;s term on the Board of Regents runs through 2015. <br>
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TAETS RECEIVES OUTSTANDING AG BUSINESS ALUMNI AWARD<br>
Joseph Taets, corporate officer and vice president with Archer Daniels Midland Company, received the 2009 Agricultural Business Outstanding Alumni Award by the Ag Business Club at its banquet on March 6. Following graduation from ISU in 1988, Taets accepted a position with ADM and has served the company in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. He currently works out of corporate offices in Decatur, Ill.<br>
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WORKSHOP ATTRACTS 120 TO LEARN ABOUT COVER CROP PRACTICES<br>
The Leopold Center hosted the annual workshop of the Midwest Cover Crops Council on March 3, with more than 120 people from 13 states and provinces in attendance. More: <a href="http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/030510_covercrops....">http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/030510_covercrops.... <br>
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DEADLINES AND REMINDERS<br>
April 19: CALS Student Computer Fee Proposals due, <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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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 26 (letter of intent): Production of Human Proteins to Be Used for Generating Affinity Reagents (U01); one award, $1 million per year for three years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-007.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-007.html</a> <br>
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March 27 (letter of intent): Advancing Regulatory Science through Novel Research and Science-Based Technologies (U01); two or three awards, $1.25 million per year for three years. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-006.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-006.html</a> <br>
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March 30: 2010 Alternatives Research Grant Program (alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing and education); $40,000. More: <a href="http://www.ardf-online.org/altGrant.html">http://www.ardf-online.org/altGrant.html</a> <br>
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April 1 (letter of intent): Large Scale Production of Perturbagen-Induced Cellular Signatures (U54); one or two awards, $900,000 direct costs in FY2010 and $1.65 million in each of FY2011 and FY2012 for three-year projects. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-003.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-10-003.html</a> <br>
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April 15: NSF-Supported Researcher Access to Microsoft&#146;s Azure Services Platform; supplemental funding and EAGER proposals. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10027/nsf10027.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10027/nsf10027.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179</a> <br>
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April 19 (initial proposals): &nbsp;EPA Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) Partnership Grants; $250,000 per project for Agricultural IPM and Community IPM; $300,000 per IPM for Infectious Diseases project; and, $100,000 per Ecosystem Modeling to Evaluate Benefits of IPM project; $900,000 total anticipated funding in FY2010. More: <a href="http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/proposals/2010-opp-pria2-rfp-0303.pdf">http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/proposals/2010-opp-pria2-rfp-0303.p... <br>
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April 30 (letter of intent): Ethics in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Online Resource Center (Ethics Resource); one award, $5 million for five years. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10547/nsf10547.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_29&WT....">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10547/nsf10547.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_29&amp...
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May 7 (preliminary proposals): Interdisciplinary Program on Application Software toward Exascale Computing for Global Scale Issues; eight to 10 awards, $150,000 per &nbsp;year for two to three years. More: <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10025/nsf10025.pdf">http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10025/nsf10025.pdf</a> <br>
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May 21: IDALS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program; $20,000, ISU researchers must submit proposals through an eligible applicant. More: <a href="http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialty...">http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialty... <br>
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July 5 (letter of intent): NIAMS Accelerating Research Translation in Musculoskeletal and Skin Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Competitive Revision Award (R01); one to three awards, $600,000 direct costs over two years, $1 million total anticipated funding in FY2011. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-11-004.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-11-004.html</a> <br>
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Aug. 2 (letter of intent): Cross Organ Mechanism-Associated Phenotypes for Genetic Analyses of Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Diseases Research Centers (U01); up to eight research centers, $1.6 million in direct costs over four years, $25 million total anticipated funding. More: <a href="http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-005.html">http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-005.html</a> <br>
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK<br>
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OVER VS. MORE THAN<br>
Over refers to spatial relationships: The plane flew over the city.<br>
More than is preferred with numerals: Their salaries went up more than $20 a week. <br>
(The Associated Press Stylebook)<br>
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INFOGRAZING<br>
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IAPB WORLD CONGRESS TO MEET IN ST. LOUIS THIS JUNE<br>
The 12th World Congress for the International Association for Plant Biotechnology is scheduled for June 6-11 in St. Louis. IAPB congresses are held at four-year intervals and attract scientists from fields of plant and agricultural biotechnology from around the world. Speaker abstracts will be accepted through March 15. Students and post-docs may also apply for financial aid and travel awards through March 15. More: <a href="http://www.iapb2010.org/">http://www.iapb2010.org/</a> <br>
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ISU ADVANCE WORKSHOP ON PATHWAYS TO ADVANCEMENT<br>
ISU ADVANCE and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost are compiling resources and information regarding pathways to advancement, especially advancement from associate to full professor. A workshop on March 29, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, Memorial Union, will cover research conducted by Annette O&#146;Connor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, the 2009-10 ISU ADVANCE faculty fellow, as well as a panel of three full professors (both male and female) to discuss their experiences with promotion. More: <a href="http://www.advance.iastate.edu/events/events.shtml">http://www.advance.iastate.edu/events/events.shtml</a> <br>
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SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010-2011 ISU ALUMNI CALENDAR DUE APRIL 2<br>
Submissions to be included in the 2010-2011 ISU Calendar of Events are due April 2 to Carol Thorson at the Alumni Center, cthorson@iastate.edu, 4-9402 fax, 420 Beach Ave. Due to space limitations, not all events will be included, but every attempt will be made to cover a wide range of campus activities. The calendar will be available in July, with inclusive dates being August 2, 2010 through July 31, 2011.<br>
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RFP RELEASED FOR ISU PUBLICATION SUBVENTION GRANTS PROGRAM<br>
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has issued a request for proposals for funding to publish meritorious scholarly writings and other original works through the Publication Subvention Grants Program. Publication can use any appropriate medium, such as books, CDs, DVDs or the internet. Proposals are due April 9, and individual grants cannot exceed $20,000. Contact Sonja Klocker (skklock@iastate.edu, 4-6344) for more information.<br>
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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE<br>
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EDITOR<br>
Julie Stewart, jstewart@iastate.edu<br>
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