Issue: 606

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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 14, 2010 No. 606

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DOWNING PRESIDENT-ELECT OF AQUATIC SCIENCE GROUP
John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been selected president-elect of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. ASLO is the world's largest professional scientific organization dedicated to the study of aquatic systems, covering the full spectrum from freshwater to the marine sciences. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/865/

JONES RECEIVES IOWA PORK FOUNDATION GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Cassandra Jones, doctoral candidate in applied swine nutrition, will receive the 2010 Iowa Pork Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which is designed to provide support to a CALS master's or doctorate student conducting thesis or dissertation research related to the pork industry. The Iowa Pork Foundation will make the award during the fall semester.

FOOD SCIENCE AND HUMAN NUTRITION INSTRUCTORS RECEIVES STTAR AWARDS
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching announced the first recipients of the Superior Teaching and Technology Application Recognition (STTAR) Course Awards. Eunice Bassler received a cumulative rating of "exemplary" for nutrition counseling and education methods (FSHN 466-566). Janet Johnson (FSHN 340, foundations of dietetic practice) and Rose Martin (FSHN 167 XW, introduction to human nutrition) earned a cumulative rating of "effective." More: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/elearning/?page_id=3597

DAIRY FARM CELEBRATION, JUNE 25
The ISU Dairy Farm will be the site of a Dairy Month celebration on June 25 from 6 to 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and will include tours of the milking parlor, barns and a discovery center for children, which opens at 7 a.m. Free samples of milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream will be available courtesy of Iowa's dairy processors. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/866/

TWO ALUMS NAMED TO U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL
Two ISU alums were named to leadership positions when the U.S. Soybean Export Council seated its newly restructured board of directors in June. Roy Bardole (1965, farm operation), a soybean grower from Rippey, was elected chairman of the board, and Kirk Leeds (1983, political science), CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, is the new secretary. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/whatnew/isa061010.html

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE ANNOUNCES AWARD RECIPIENTS
Randy Shoemaker, ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit in Ames, was recognized as an "area senior research scientist" for outstanding research in soybean genetics and genomics. Other ARS award winners include the ARS H1N1 Flu Virus Research Team, which includes Amy Vincent, Kelly Lager, Kay Faabert and Marcus Kehrli of the ARS Virus and Prion Research Unit in Ames.

RECORD BREAKING SALES AT WORLD PORK EXPO
At the World Pork Expo last week, ISU received the champion boar award and sold the champion boar for $50,000. ISU also had the champion gilt which sold for $5,100 and the second in class gilt which was a littermate to the champion gilt and sold for $10,500 "“ both record-breaking sales.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 17: Iowa Learning Farm Field Day, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/pdf%20files/Iowa_Learning_Farm_Fiel...
June 24: ISU Weed Science Field Day, Curtiss Farm on South State Street, 8:30 a.m., Mike Owen, mdowen@iastate.edu, 4-5936.

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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USDA SEEKS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN MEXICO
The USDA is seeking technical specialists in the following five areas: environmental management systems in the public sector; soil and watershed management; public use/protected area planning and management; forest governance finance in REDD; and value chains for timber products. Projects require travel to Mexico during July, August or September 2010, depending on individual project guidelines. Deadline for applications on all projects is June 25 at noon. Contact Roxanne Clemens (rclemens@iastate.edu) to receive project notices and statements of work.

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

No deadline: Fiscal Year 2010 Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Programs; award amounts vary by program. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=50883

No deadline: Morris Foundation Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund; $5,000 to $50,000. http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/for-grant-seekers/

July 9: Upgrading of Biomass Fast Pyrolysis (Bio-oi): three to four awards, $1.5 to $3.5 million per award for up to three years, $3 million for new awards in FY 2010 plus $8 million for FY 2011 "“ 2012. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54858

July 17: Lesser Long-Nosed Bat Survey; one award, $69,000. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=55134

July 19: University Research Program (improve quantitative and qualitative research skills and academic writing); one award, one to two years, $150,000 to $250,000. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=55068

Aug. 26 Program (registration deadline): Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowships and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems); three-year awards. More: http://www.hfsp.org/how/appl_form.php

Sept. 1: American Educational Research Association Research Grants; 15 awards per year, $20,000 for one year, $35,000 for two years. More: http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/res_training/res_grants/RGFly.html

Sept. 5 (letter of intent): High-Throughput-Enabled Structural Biology Research (U01); $250,000 to $1.5 million direct costs per year for two to five years totaling up to $2.5 million total costs. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-214.html

Sept. 10 (medium projects): CISE Cross-Cutting Programs; medium projects are $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget for up to four years. Large Projects of $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 total budget for up to five years are due Nov. 28, and small projects of up to $500,000 are due Dec. 17. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10575/nsf10575.htm

Sept. 15 (medium projects): Computing and Communication Foundations: Core Programs; $500,001 to $1.2 million, up to four years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10572/nsf10572.htm

Sept. 20: NSF International Research and Education: Planning Visits and Workshops; 50 awards per year, $60,000 over two years for workshops, $1.5 million total anticipated funding. Proposals for planning visits up to $20,000 and accepted any time. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04035/nsf04035.htm

Sept. 25: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35); awards up to five years and renewable, size will vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-037.html

Oct. 1: Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowships for Graduate Students in Wildlife Ecology and Related Areas; M.S. and Ph.D. students, scholarships and travel. More: http://www.welderwildlife.org/

Oct. 5: Bioengineering Research Grants (01); awards up to five years, size and duration of each award will also vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-009.html

Oct. 5: Development of Assays for High-Throughput Screening for Use in Probe and Pre-therapeutic Discover (R01); size and duration of awards will vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-213.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WEATHER TERMS
The following are based on definitions used by the National Weather Service.
* coastal waters "“ the waters within about 20 miles of the coast, including bays, harbors and sounds
* dust storm "“ visibility of one-half mile or less due to dust, wind speeds of 30 mph or more
* high wind "“ normally indicates that sustained winds of 39 mph or greater are expected to persist for one hour or longer
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 39th ed., 2004)

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INFOGRAZING
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES
Mike Gaul, career services, was project consultant on a recent report by Purdue University and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, stating that the agricultural, food and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings for individuals with baccalaureate or higher degrees in food, renewable energy and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015. More: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/usda/employment/pages/default.aspx

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE, JULY 7
A call for abstracts has been released for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, Nov. 17-18 in Iowa City. The conference will provide cutting edge research, education and outreach information on rural and agricultural safety and health. Abstracts will be accepted until July 7. More: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash/programs/MRASH/2010/Call-for-Ab...

IOWA WOMEN IN AG CONFERENCE, JULY 27
The Fourth Annual Iowa Women in Ag Conference will be July 27 at Kinze Manufacturing Inc. at Williamsburg. Speakers and topics will help women sharpen their financial, legal and communication skills. More: http://www.iowawomeninag.org/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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DOWNING ON AQUATIC SCIENCE GROUP
"The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography is especially notable now because of major environmental issues in the Gulf of Mexico. ASLO members are the principal source of independent scientific expertise on understanding and repairing damage in the Gulf, as we supply experts and information to government through our Washington policy office." John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was announced as president-elect of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography at the organization's summer meeting in June.

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MARGINALIA
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FSHN STUDENT BECOMES SOMMELIER
In May, Paul Gospodarczyk, Des Moines Area Community College enology instructor and student of Lester Wilson, food science and human nutrition, successfully passed the certified sommelier examination in Chicago. Passing this exam made Gospodarczyk one of four certified sommeliers in central Iowa. The exam consists of three parts: blind wine tasting and identification, theory examination and service of sparkling wine. The blind tasting consisted of a red and white wine and participants were required to identify the grape varietal, world region of production and approximate age range. The theory part covered the world wine-producing regions, grape varietals, classification systems and notable wineries. The champagne service part evaluated knowledge of cocktails, principles of food-wine pairing, ability to properly open and serve a sparkling wine (no noise when the cork is removed), and attaining equal fill levels in the champagne flutes with one pour.

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