Issue: 602

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
May 17, 2010 No. 602

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COLLEGE NEWS
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RECOMMENDATIONS ON PROTECTING ASH TREES
Treatment options to protect ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer are available, but careful and thoughtful analysis is needed to circumvent spread of false information and excessive and needless use of insecticides. Forest, horticulture and insect specialists with ISU Extension have developed a guide that outlines management options against EAB. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/161402.htm

NEW RESOURCES IMPROVE ON-FARM CROP PRODUCTION RESEARCH
ISU's Crop Adviser Institute has developed two educational modules covering research design and data collection for crop production research, designed for newcomers to on-farm research as well as extension specialists, crop advisors, agribusinesses and growers. The Corn and Soybean Initiative and the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center funded the original project. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/858/

CALS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BEGINS SUMMER HOURS
CALS Administrative Offices will be open summer hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10 through August 13, 2010.

IOWA GRAIN QUALITY INITIATIVE SEMINAR, MAY 24
An Iowa Grain Quality Initiative seminar will be held on May 24, 3:30 p.m. in 1559 Food Science Building. Don Bruns, precision ag specialist with Raven Industries, will be speaking on the firm's Sling Shot Program. RSVP to Howard Shepherd at howard@iastate.edu.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR BOB JOLLY, JUNE 2
A retirement reception will be held for Bob Jolly, economics, on June 2, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 368A Heady Hall.

DOWNING TO SPEAK AT ITALIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AG ECONOMICS
John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology and agricultural and biosystems engineering, will be giving a keynote address at the Italian National Institute of Agricultural Economics (the equivalent of the USDA Economic Research Service) on May 24. He will be speaking on "Sediment deposition in agricultural reservoirs; potential implications for the global carbon budget." His research has shown that small, impounded waters in agricultural regions are some of the most active sites for carbon sequestration in the biosphere.

AGRONOMISTS PLACE IN NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION
ISU Extension field agronomists Mark Licht and Joel DeJong each placed as regional finalists in the National Association of County Agricultural Agents' 2010 Communications Awards Program, a national competition. Licht was among three finalists for NACAA's north central region in the fact sheet category. DeJong was among two north central region finalists in the individual newsletter category. Contact Mark Licht, lichtma@iastate.edu, or Joel DeJong, jldejong@iastate.edu, for more information.

FOOD SAFETY CONSORTIUM NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The Spring 2010 edition of The Food Safety Consortium Newsletter is now online. More: http://www.uark.edu/depts/fsc/news-htm/news.spring10.htm

STUDENTS FROM SPAIN INTERESTED IN ISU INTERNSHIPS
Students from the University of Lleida, Spain, are interested in coming to ISU to work as interns again this summer. Their availability is generally mid-June to late-August. Contact Jodi Cornell, 4-1851 or jcornell@iastate.edu, for student summaries (CVs and statements of interests).

SAVE THE DATE: RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM TO BE SEPT. 15
A symposium titled "Health Research: Plants, Animals and People" is being planned for Sept. 15. The goal is to foster transdisciplinary collaboration in the health sciences that may lead to multi-investigator federal grant proposals and eventually training grants. To be involved in the planning and presentation of these sessions, contact:
* Regulation of Cell Processes "“ Allen Miller, plant pathology, wamiller@iastate.edu
* Animal and Plant Diseases Impacting Humans "“ Sue Fairbanks, natural resource ecology and management, suef@iastate.edu
* Prevention Sciences, Behavior and Wellness "“ Diane Birt, food science and human nutrition, dbirt@iastate.edu, or Fred Lorenz, statistics, folorenz@iastate.edu
* Environmental Impact on Health "“ Jim Bloedel, biomedical sciences, jbloedel@iastate.edu

SEVEN LEOPOLD CENTER RESEARCH REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE
Information has been collected on seven completed projects in the Leopold Center's initiatives in marketing, ecology and policy. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/topics.html

GRADUATE STUDENT ELECTED TO NATIONAL ASAS BOARD
Cassandra Jones, animal science, has been elected to the National American Society of Animal Science Board. Jones is a Ph.D. graduate student in applied swine nutrition.

LAUREN CHRISTIAN PORK CHOP OPEN PLANNED FOR JULY 20
The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 20 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. This annual event benefits the Lauren L. Christian Endowment, which provides financial support for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and continued swine and pork educational opportunities through ISU. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/151101.htm

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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OSPA SUMMER HOURS
OSPA will be observing summer hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through August 13.

FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu

June 12: NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22); three to five new awards, salary and research expenses. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-195.html

June 14: Critical Agricultural Materials (development and demonstration of biobased polymers); one or two projects, up to three years, $1 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/criticalagriculturalmaterials.cfm

June 14 (letter of intent): Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Systems Biology of Developmental Biology & Birth Defects (T32). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-193.html

June 15: Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program; one award, $1.4 million, new applications only. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/farmbusinessmanagementandbenchmarkingprogram...

June 21: Critical Issues: Emerging and New Plant and Animal Pests and Diseases; one-time seed funding, NIFA intends to solicit proposals several times during FY 2010 and FY 2011 to address specific new or emerging issues, $30,000 to $90,000 for up to two years, $370,000 total anticipated funding in FY 2010, 80% of applications funded last fiscal year. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/criticalissuesplantandanimalpestsanddiseas...

June 29 and October 29: Assay Development for High Throughput Molecular Screening (R21); 30 awards, $100,000 direct costs for one year, $6 million total anticipated funding for FY 2011. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-182.html

June 30 (preproposal): National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Pulling Together Initiative - invasive plant species control. More: http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=charter_programs_list&TEMPLA...

July 7: Rangeland Research Program; three awards, $350,000 to $500,000 per award, $919,000 total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54250

July 13: DOE and USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative; two awards in FY 2011, seven awards in FY 2012, $3 million to $7 million per award, $33 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=mdwQLkqp1HT67cVVnPqHQ2...

July 15: Feed Safety and BSE/Ruminant Feed Ban Support Project (U18); 12 grants, $250,000 total costs, $3 million total anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-10-002.html

August 27: Instrument Development for Biological Research; 10 to 12 Type A awards, two to five Type B awards, $3 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10563/nsf10563.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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LOWERCASE SEASON
Lowercase spring, summer, fall, winter and derivatives such as springtime unless part of a formal name: Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Winter Olympics, Summer Olympics.
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 39th ed., 2004)

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INFOGRAZING
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ELECTRONIC JOURNALS ADDED TO E-LIBRARY
The ISU Library has activated twenty new electronic journal titles. Examples include Annals of Applied Statistics, HortScience and Tree Physiology. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100505

IOWA COOPERATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH RECORDS AVAILABLE IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Records of the Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are housed in the Parks Library's Special Collections Department. It was the nation's first Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and was established at Iowa State due primarily to the efforts of J.N. "Ding" Darling, political cartoonist for The Des Moines Register. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100508

FARM, FIELD AND FIRESIDE OFFERS DIGITAL FACSIMILES OF U.S. FARM NEWSPAPERS
Together with the introduction of rural mail delivery, the telephone and the automobile, farm newspapers played a key role in the modernization of rural America. The Farm, Field and Fireside collection contains historically significant U.S. farm weeklies published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There is no charge to use the repository. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100506

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INTERNAL VOICES
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DISCUSSION ON PROS AND CONS OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR AGRICULTURE IRRELEVANT
"Much has been written about the pros and cons of government support for agriculture, and whether agriculture and society are helped or hurt by this support. I think that this discussion is intellectually useful and interesting, but Congress has shown that this discussion is largely irrelevant. Support for agriculture is not going away. So what needs to be done in the next farm bill is to design support mechanisms that accomplish what they are designed to accomplish, do so in a cost effective way, and do so without unintended consequences on the agricultural sector, the environment, or on our trading partners." Bruce Babcock, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, in a statement before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture during a hearing to review U.S. agricultural policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill, on May 13. More: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/statements.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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PAINE ON WHAT WILL BE IMMORTAL
"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." Albert Bigelow Paine, 1861-1937, author of the authorized biography of Mark Twain (1912) and editor of Twain's letters (1917).

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MARGINALIA
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SIX STORIES ABOVE QUEENS, A FINE SPOT FOR A LITTLE FARMING
The stretch of Northern Boulevard near 36th Street in Long Island City, Queens, is about as far from bucolic as it gets. Six stories up, on the roof of an old building, an ambitious farm is taking shape, called Brooklyn Grange. It will grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and leafy greens. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/nyregion/14farm.html?th&emc=th

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