AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Sept. 7, 2010 No. 618
CALS CONVOCATION TODAY, SEPT. 7
The CALS Fall Convocation will be today, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union.
OPEN FORUM SEPT. 8 FOR PRESIDENT'S AND PROVOST'S VISIT
President Gregory Geoffroy and Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman will visit the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Wednesday, Sept. 8. Faculty and staff are invited to an open forum at 4:10 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall auditorium, 127 Curtiss.
CALS SEEKS INTERNAL APPLICANT FOR EQUITY ADVISOR
CALS seeks internal applicants for the position of Equity Advisor. The position is open to tenured faculty in the College as a one-year renewable term at one-third time. Proposed start date is Oct. 15. To guarantee consideration for this position, apply by Sept. 29. More: Joe Colletti, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-1823.
ABSTRACTS FOR NORMAN BORLAUG POSTER COMPETITION DUE SEPT. 17
Abstracts are due Sept. 17 for the Ninth Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for graduate and undergraduate students. The topic is world food issues. Winners will be named on Oct. 11 after the Normal Borlaug Lecture, 8 p.m. in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. More: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/news/borlaug.php
COMPUTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE SPECIAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals are due Oct. 1 for a special fall 2010 call for large project proposals from the Computation Advisory Committee. The goal is to fund one or two projects that will maximize impact on the student experience through the use of technology at ISU. Funding is expected in the range of $200,000 to $400,000 per project over the period of the award. More: http://www.it.iastate.edu/cac/proposals/2010-fall/cfp.pdf
TWO ISU RESEARCHERS RECEIVE NSF RAPID RESPONSE GRANT
Finding greener methods to clean up the Gulf oil spill is the focus of a National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant awarded to Buddhi Lamsal, food science and human nutrition, and Charles Glatz, chemical and biological engineering. The two ISU researchers are collaborating with scientists and engineers from Modular Genetics, Inc., Columbia University and Louisiana State University. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/884/
ISU-DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY FEATURED AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW
Machinery to clean and collect corn cobs for cellulosic ethanol production and other uses based on initial research by an ISU engineer was highlighted at the John Deere exhibit at this year's Farm Progress Show. Stuart Birrell, agricultural and biosystems engineering, started development on the system five years ago. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/aug/birrell
VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW
The 2010 Farm Progress Show was held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Central Iowa Expo grounds located just east of Boone. An interactive educational display in ISU's hoop building featured a "working together to care for our land" theme that focused on the soil. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences agronomy department, ISU Extension and the College of Design developed the display. View the slide show at www.ag.iastate.edu http://www.ag.iastate.edu.
JOHN HILL PRESENTS BEAN POD MOTTLE VIRUS WEBCAST
Focus on Soybean has launched a new webcast with John Hill on bean pod mottle virus. Focus on Soybean is part of a national plant health web site called the Plant Management Network. Iowa State is a partner, so anyone with an Iowa State e-mail address has access to the network. Hill's webcast is open to the public until the end of this month. The presentation focuses on the causes, diagnosis and management of the disease, with an emphasis on control. To view it go to http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/BPMV/ or go to the Focus on Soybean page at http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/fos
CENTER EXPLAINS VERASUN SITUATION
The Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at ISU offers answers to questions about the Verasun bankruptcy and attempts to recover money from corn suppliers. More: http://www.calt.iastate.edu/verasunbank.html
NEW STUDENT BARBECUE INTRODUCES CALS STUDENT CLUBS
The CALS Student Council hosted a barbecue on Aug. 31 to give new students the opportunity to join one of its student clubs. The club activities give students a chance to learn leadership, organizational and networking skills. To view an audio slide show go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2010/New_Student_BBQ/
STUDENTS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS AT LATINO FESTIVAL
Pioneer Hi-Bred International awarded $7,000 in scholarships from the Pioneer Latino Fund to five Iowa State students on Sept. 4. The awards were presented during the 2010 Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines. The students included Audrey Pinto, a senior in microbiology from Puerto Rico and Sandra Rosado, a senior in biochemistry from Puerto Rico. Carlos Tenesaca, from Ecuador; James Delgado from Texas and Laila Puntel from Argentina, are all graduate students in agronomy.
AG STUDY ABROAD HIRES STUDENT TRAVEL CONSULTANTS
The Ag Study Abroad office has hired eight Student Travel Consultants through the Culture Corps Grant. Sarah Hamilton and Caitlin Stewart are College of Design majors working exclusively on the development of promotional materials. The remaining six are returning study abroad students who will help promote and recruit for CALS study abroad programs: Nolan Currie (GRS), Ashlee Hespen (PSA), Briana McNeal (GRS), Michael Misra (GRS), Tiara Sandoval (Animal Science and International Ag), and Wren Westin (Kinesiology and Health).
CALS HOSTS EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM BRAZIL AND IRELAND
Four exchange students from the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil and one exchange student from the University College Dublin in Ireland are spending the fall semester studying at ISU. The Brazilian students are studying in ag and biosystems engineering and the Irish student is taking classes in animal science and agronomy. CALS has exchange agreements with both institutions.
FORMER ABE EXTENSION SPECIALIST MOVES TO FERTILIZER INSTITUTE
Lara Moody, former extension program specialist with the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has taken the new position of director of Stewardship Programs with the Fertilizer Institute. Moody will be responsible for developing and directing the institute's stakeholder outreach programs to promote nutrient stewardship at the field level. At Iowa State, Moody coordinated and managed projects for the Agricultural Waste Management Team. More: http://www.tfi.org/mediacenter/2010/Lara.pdf
GDCB SEMINAR TODAY, SEPT. 7
The Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology continues its fall semester seminar series today, Sept. 7, at 4:10 p.m. in 1414 Molecular Biology Building. Jeff Ross-Ibarra, University of California-Davis, will be speaking on "Population genetic approaches to studying maize: a haplotype map and a second look at maize origins." The fall seminar schedule can be found at http://www.gdcb.iastate.edu/News/seminars/gdcb_seminars.php
SIXTH ALL-IOWA VIROLOGY SYMPOSIUM, NOV. 12-13
The sixth biennial All-Iowa Virology Symposium will be held Nov. 12-13 in Iowa City. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is Sept. 24. This event is free to participants. More: http://www.ent.iastate.edu/iowavirology/2010/about
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 8: "Feeding the World" seminar, 12 p.m., Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee, http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/Fall2010Seminars.html
Sept. 9-12: RNA in Motion: 19th Annual Growth Factor and Signal Transduction Conference, Ames, http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/homepg.html
NIFA FELLOWSHIPS GRANT PROGRAM: REQUESTS FOR FUNDING MATCH
AND ONE-YEAR EXTENSIONS FOR EDUCATION GRANTS DUE SEPT. 17
NIFA Fellowships Grant applications for which a one-to-one funding match will be requested from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will require review and approval prior to submission of the proposal to OSPA. In addition, CALS will provide funding for a one-year extension for a limited number of education proposals. Applicants who wish to request the one-year extension are encouraged to develop educational programs that increase access, retention, and/or participation for under-represented groups in scientific endeavors. Depending on the number of applicants requesting matching funds or the one-year extension, a review process may be required to select the submissions to receive a funding commitment from CALS. All applicants requesting CALS funds should submit a draft of their proposal narrative and budget to Carla Persaud (email@example.com) by 5 p.m. on Sept. 17.
WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPING THE BROADER IMPACT COMPONENT OF NSF PROPOSALS SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 29
Drs. Sharron Quisenberry, Adin Mann, and Bonnie Bowen will present the NSF-funded program, "Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU." This workshop will review the NSF Broader Impact criteria with examples from proposals that have had their broader impact plan well received by NSF reviewers. The presentation will include suggestions on how faculty members' broader impact work can be made a scholarly activity that becomes well integrated into their research enterprise. Various ISU programs that focus on broader impact activities will be presented. The workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 12:00-1:30 PM in the Gold Room, Memorial Union. Advance registration is not required.
NSF MRI PROPROPOSALS DUE SEPT. 13
Preproposals for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program and the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program are due at the college of the lead principal investigator by close of business on Monday, Sept. 13. Faculty split between colleges may submit to only one college. Investigators should follow the guidelines for internal review distributed by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPR/ED). Colleges will forward selected preproposals to the Office of the VPR/ED for final selection by a review committee. NSF has not yet announced these competitions. The goal of an early internal selection process is to give researchers the maximum time possible to prepare a proposal. Preproposals for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10529/nsf10529.htm
OSPA OFFERS CAYUSE TRAINING SESSION SEPT. 22
A training session about using Cayuse will be held on Sept. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A one-hour live webinar will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Following the live training session, the webinar session will be available for viewing on the Cayuse website. OSPA recommends that participants be registered in Cayuse prior to take the training session. Contact OSPA at email@example.com to register in Cayuse and for instructions on registering for the webinar.
FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 27: USAID Integrated Nutrition Program/Nepal; one award, $46 million, 10% cost share. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=56568
Oct. 1 and Feb. 15: Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events; supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political and economic sciences. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13353
Oct. 1: Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS); awards of $100,000 to $400,000 per year for three to five years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5300&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&W...
Oct. 3 (letter of intent): Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Species (R01); award size and duration will vary. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-276.html
Oct. 6: NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; for outstanding and sustained mentoring of underrepresented students, 16 awards, $25,000 per award, $400,000 total anticipated funding. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10520/nsf10520.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25#
Oct. 25 and Nov. 1: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program Fellowship Awards; $20,000 for 12 months. More: http://leap.ucdavis.edu/
Dec. 3: Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I; must subcontract with a small business, 250 awards, $37.5 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10607/nsf10607.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179
COMPLIANCE TRAINING SET FOR SEPT. 8
The Office for Responsible Research is holding an information session titled "Introduction to Research Compliance at ISU" on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3:10 p.m. in 1106 Pearson Hall. This "big picture" presentation will provide an overview of the research compliance process at ISU and familiarize new PIs with important compliance aspects. Those interested in attending should register by sending an email to Connie Regenold, email@example.com.
CATT CENTER ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2011 CALENDAR
Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 17 for the 2011 "Women Impacting ISU" calendar. Since 2007, the calendar has highlighted the accomplishments and achievements of 12 ISU women"”current students, faculty and staff. Selections are based on nominees' achievements in administration, teaching, research and service, as well as their involvement in campus activities. More: http://www.las.iastate.edu/CattCenter/
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION EMPHASIZED IN CAST NEWSLETTER
Considering the crucial position food production holds in the world, agricultural education is more important than ever. It is also more complicated. The one-room schools and on-the-farm learning have been replaced with advanced curriculum and students who might be as comfortable giving a multi-media presentation as they are operating a 24-row planter. Agricultural education is a focus of this Friday Notes, a weekly newsletter provided by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Find out what educational resources CAST can offer, check out the website at http://www.cast-science.org/ or view a video site at http://www.schooltube.com/user/CAST.
BIRRELL ON GETTING TECHNOLOGY OUT TO THE FARMERS
"It is great to know that this is getting out to farmers. We didn't just work on it and then put the technology away in the library somewhere. People are going to use it." Stuart Birrell, agricultural and biosystems engineering, regarding ISU-developed technology that was featured at the John Deere exhibit at the Farm Progress show. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/aug/birrell
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