Issue: 604

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
June 1, 2010 No. 604

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ALUM RETURNS TO COORDINATE EXTENSION GARDENING PROGRAM
Jennifer Bousselot became the Iowa Master Gardener coordinator in April and spent her first month addressing two major needs of current Iowa Master Gardeners "“ regular channels of communication with other Master Gardeners and more information and training on horticulture topics. Bousselot has a bachelor's degree in plant health and protection and a master's degree in sustainable agriculture from ISU. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/052601.htm

JOHNSON RECEIVES AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS' SOCIETY AWARD
Lawrence Johnson, food science and human nutrition, has been presented the Alton E. Bailey Award by the United States section of the American Oil Chemists' Society. The award recognizes outstanding research and service in the field of lipids and associated products. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/861/

TRACTOR PULL TEAM UNVEILS NEW DESIGN FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
ISU's Power Pullers team will participate in an annual, international ? scale tractor pull competition June 5-6 in Peoria, Il, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. This year's tractor, "CydeWinder," has been completely redesigned in hopes of improving on last year's fourth-place finish. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/powerpullers

IOWA LEARNING FARM HOSTS FIELD DAY, JUNE 8
The Iowa Learning Farm will sponsor a field day at Brian Hoffman's farm in rural Laurens on June 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The field day includes a complimentary lunch and features farmer discussion of no-till and strip-tillage management practices. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/pdf%20files/Iowa_Learning_Farm_Fiel...

CONTINUED BIOSECURITY VITAL IN TODAY'S PORK INDUSTRY
The annual World Pork Expo will be held June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Thousands of producers and industry professionals from around the world are expected to be in attendance. In preparation for these visitors to Iowa, James McKean, associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, said biosecurity is more important than ever. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/may/152701.htm

2010 FARM FIELD DAYS BEGIN JUNE 16
The 2010 field day schedule for the ISU Research and Demonstration Farms is available. Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. They also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. This year's schedule includes the 75th anniversary celebration at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/863/

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is taking applications for "Green Talents "“ The International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development." The competition will give 15 young scientists the opportunity to meet and exchange views with today's leading experts in Germany. The winners will participate in a 10-day international science forum, and during the following year will be invited to return to Germany for an additional research stay. Application deadline is June 20. More: http://www.greentalents.de/

FORESTRY ALUM SUPERVISES IOWA STATE FORESTS
Jeff Goerndt, an Afton native, grew up watching his dad, a forester for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and ended up following in his footsteps. He studied forestry at ISU, worked for 10 years in Stephens State Forest in southern Iowa and was hired two years ago to supervise all the state forests. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20105300304

RESEARCH FARMS PLANT NEW ORCHARD IN MAY
The Research and Demonstration Farms have 14 students employed across the system representing eight majors. Some current activities include:
* Allee Demonstration Farm (Newell) "“ Host to two animal breeding and genetic scientists from India on April 22.
* Dairy Farm (Ames) "“ A ranch-style house was moved April 23 from the Uthe Farm near Slater to a new foundation on the ISU Dairy Farm south of campus. The house was a gift from the Committee for Agriculture Development. It was installed on a new basement and will serve as the dairy farm residence.
* Horticulture Research Station (Ames) "“ More than 300 apple trees were planted during May as a new research orchard. The trees will be trained to a trellis system.
* McNay Research Farm (Chariton) "“ Calving is nearly complete with 251 calves.
* Muscatine Island Research Farm (Fruitland) "“ Preparations are underway for the 75th anniversary field day on June 29.

ISU BRED HORSE WINS STAKES RACE
"She's Better Loud," a 3-year-old filly bred by ISU, won Monday's Bob Bryant Stakes for Iowa-bred fillies. She becomes the second stakes winner bred by Iowa State. The university breeds four to 12 mares per year and then sells the offspring. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20106010351

LEOPOLD CENTER PROJECT STUDIES SOIL QUALITY
The next generation of farming in Iowa could include growing crops or harvesting residue that can be used for energy production. But how do these cropping systems affect soil quality, and could the right combination of crops actually improve Iowa's fertile soil? Tom Sauer, USDA-ARS, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, is working on a soil quality project supported by the Leopold Center to answer this question. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2010/052510_soilquality...

ANIMAL SCIENTISTS TAKE ENSMINGER SCHOOL TO SPAIN
Five faculty from CALS addressed issues of technology, feeding, genetics, water and waste, animal behavior and training future animal scientists at the Ensminger international animal industry conference held May 19-21 in Lleida, Spain. The event was organized by Iowa State and the University of Lleida. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/862/

FROM A WATER BUFFALO FARM TO THE PARTHENON - A STUDENT SHARES HER EXPERIENCES
Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, a senior in agricultural business, is featured on the CALS web page. Burns-Thompson spent 10 days in Greece with the Greece Agricultural Entrepreneurship Study Abroad class. She visited a water buffalo farm, an algae farm, a pistachio farm, a fruit cooperative and learned about ancient Greece. To view student profiles, go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu and refresh the page to see different stories. If you know students you think should be featured, contact Barb McBreen at barbmc@istate.edu, 4-0707.

ABE ALUMNI NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE
The 2010 issue of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering alumni newsletter is available online at: http://www.abe.iastate.edu/alumni/alumni-newsletters.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 2: Bob Jolly retirement reception, 2:30 to 4 p.m., 368A Heady Hall.
June 10-11: Enhance Your Iowa Plate Conference, http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/mar/Iowaplate

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

June 25 (letter of inquiry): Grand Challenges: Insecticide Discovery Research Opportunity (Foundation for the National Institutes of Health) "“ New Insecticides for Malaria Control: Discovery Research for the Identification of New Chemical Entities for Vector Control of Malaria; $500,000 total per year for three years, $6 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.fnih.org/work/grants/vctr

June 28 (letter of intent): NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (R25); $250,000 total direct costs annually for up to five years, 10 new awards per year, $3 million total anticipated funding per year in FY 2011-2013. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54757

July 8: DoD Genetic Studies of Food Allergies Idea Award; two awards, $900,000 total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=53050

Sept. 1 (letter of intent): Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (P30); three new and/or competing continuation awards, $400,000 direct costs annually for five years, $1.8 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54804

June 28 (preapplication): Genomic Science and Technology for Energy and the Environment; 25 awards, $250,000 to $750,000 total direct costs annually for up to three years, $10 million total anticipated funding for FY 2011 awards. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54706

Sept 22: Black Carbon's Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality; part of the EPA Science to Achieve Results program, six regular awards up to $900,000 and three early career awards up to $450,000, $7 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=Y5zlL2rJCGd6MQdbPs1v...

Sept. 28 (letter of intent): NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology (P50); two awards, $2 million direct costs per year for five years, $7 million total anticipated costs per year. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-200.html

Oct. 5: The Central Processing of Taste Information (R01); awards up to five years, variable amounts. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-201.html

Oct. 15 (preproposal): SEVEN Foundation's Third Annual Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty; two awards, $100,000 each for 12months. More: http://www.sevenfund.org/enterprise-solutions-poverty/index.php

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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IMPROVED ACCESS TO LYNDA.COM
A 2009 Computation Advisory Committee grant funded a 3-year site license for Lynda.com, an online, on-demand video tutorial/training service to all ISU faculty, staff and students. The site license became active in September, and through work by ITS staff, Lynda.com tutorials are available via a much easier method. Access Lynda.com under "sign-ons" in the right-hand column, http://www.it.iastate.edu/

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INFOGRAZING
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LIVE UNITED FOOD DRIVE, JUNE 1-10
The second annual "Live United" food drive will take place from June 1-10. Items collected will be taken to various food pantries in Story County. If you would like to participate there will be boxes located in Curtiss Hall "“ one on the ground floor rotunda and a second one on the first floor rotunda outside the college administration offices.

"GREEN YOUR SCENE" SUMMER CLEANOUT DETAILS SET
A June housecleaning and recycling effort on campus will target three kinds of products: office electronics, paint and non-white paper. More: http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/0527/green.php

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY DEDICATED TO ISU FACULTY AND STAFF
A Memorial Day ceremony dedicated to the memory of all ISU faculty and staff members and spouses resting at the ISU Cemetery and elsewhere was held May 31 at the ISU Alumni Center. More than 90 were interred since May 2009, as known to the ISU Retirees Association, including Lee Kolmer, College of Agriculture; Louis Thompson, agronomy; Charles Meyer, economics; Patricia Keith, sociology; and Ruth Dahlberg Smith, food and nutrition. For a PDF of the program contact Julie Stewart, jstewart@iastate.edu

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INTERNAL VOICES
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HOGBERG ON TRAINING ANIMAL SCIENTISTS FOR THE FUTURE
"Training the next generation of animal science professionals will require students to have a global perspective. We must double food production in the next 40 years to keep up with population demand. And we must do that in a way that minimizes environmental impact, improves food safety and uses appropriate animal welfare standards." Maynard Hogberg, chair of the animal science department, on the latest Ensminger international animal industry conference in Lleida, Spain. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/862/

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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VILSACK SAYS PAST APPROACHES TO GLOBAL HUNGER NOT ENOUGH
"Statistics tell us past approaches to global hunger "“ which focused efforts on providing food aid "“ are not enough. In the short term, we must still provide food to those who need it most. But in the longer term, we need a comprehensive approach focused on developing sustainable solutions to eliminate food insecurity. Our goals should be to increase the availability of food by helping people and countries produce what they need, to make food accessible to those who need it, and to teach people to use it properly so that they receive the nutrition they need from it"¦" Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, keynote remarks on USDA's role in Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, at the Global Affairs Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security, May 20, Chicago. More: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0...

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MARGINALIA
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WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?
As the graduates cross the stage at commencement each spring, what's crossing the minds of college presidents?
* ""¦I find myself praying for rain"”not a downpour, just enough of a brief shower to justify the obscene cost of the tent that we are all sitting under." Colin S. Diver, Reed College
* "I sometimes focus on feet, women's shoes, specifically. I guesstimate the chances that I can catch Student A if she falls off her platforms. I denounce the invention of flip-flops"¦" Donna M. Carroll, Dominican University
* "At the top of the list is footwear, since we have a number of students who stumble on the stairs to the stage, especially women who lose a high-heel shoe or flip-flop and trip forward. Next on the list is loose bracelets, since one has to beware of those with sharp trinkets that end up between the student's palm and mine." Graham B. Spanier, Pennsylvania State University (ISU Sociology alum)
* "Over the years, a tradition has developed of a voluntary betting pool to which members of the platform party contribute one dollar apiece. The winner of the pool is the person who comes closest to predicting the time elapsed from when the first member of the platform party sets foot on the stage to when the first member leaves the stage at the end of the ceremonies "¦ Proper decorum is maintained, but embedded therein is a sporting chance." Bobby Fong, Butler University
* "As I sit at commencement, I think how fortunate I am to be the person responsible for shaking all the hands of the graduates "¦ of course, I'm also thinking about how eager I am to get to my hand sanitizer as soon as the ceremony is finished." Joe Gow, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, http://chronicle.com/article/What-Are-They-Thinking-/65556/?sid=at&utm_s...

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