Issue: 631

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Dec. 13, 2010 No. 631

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FARMLAND VALUES NEWS CONFERENCE, DEC. 15
A news conference to announce the results of the 2010 Iowa Farmland Value Survey conducted by ISU is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. at the Extension 4-H Youth Building. Michael Duffy, economics, who directs the survey, will announce the 2010 findings. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/dec/120802.htm

KLING APPOINTED TO INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE BOARD
Catherine Kling, economics, will begin serving a three-year term Jan. 1 on the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute. IFPRI is an international agricultural research organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a mission of providing policy solutions that reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition worldwide. The 16-member board is selected from nominations and is responsible for setting policies and overseeing and evaluating the institute's management.

FIRST EDITION OF AG ENTREPRENEURSHIP NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The first edition of StartUPS Magazine from the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative is now available online. The newsletter profiles a few of the exciting developments at the AgEI, as well as the people who make it happen. The newsletter illustrates the strides made this past year as well as the foundation being built for future generations of success. More: http://www.entrepreneurship.ag.iastate.edu/docs/FINAL_AgEntrepre.Mag.F20...

GLOBAL RESOURCE SYSTEMS STUDENT COLLECTING TOYS FOR CHILDREN
As part of the Nonprofit Protégé Program, Rachel Owen, sophomore in Global Resource Systems, shadowed the director of Beloit Residential Services in Ames to learn how nonprofits are managed. Now she's giving back by collecting toy-filled stockings for the children who reside there. This fall, Owen and 11 other students participated in the program coordinated by the Student Activities Center. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/dec/RachelOwenStocking

POLLAK TO RECEIVE OSU DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Linda Pollak, agronomy, and research geneticist with USDA-ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, will receive the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Pollak graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in horticulture.

CALS EXCEEDS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN GOALS
CALS is at 100.51 percent of its goal for this year's United Way campaign, raising $62,014. Extra fund raising events accounted for $2,370, including the online auction, a book sale, EEOB's dessert sale, BBMB's "guess the number of chocolates," and Animal Science's penny war between faculty/staff and students. Another way to support the 2010 United Way campaign is to shop at Borders now through Dec. 15. For every sale, 5 percent of the total will go to the United Way of Story County when customers present a voucher with their purchase. Vouchers can be printed from http://www.uwstory.org/index.php?bShow=64&cat=1

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Dec. 13: Deadline for PQA Plus Advisors certification training, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2010/dec/150601.htm
Dec. 16: Tom Hillson retirement reception, 2 to 4 p.m., 142 Curtiss.

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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REMINDER: 2010 OSPA DUE DATES FOR GOLDSHEETS DURING WINTER BREAK
Dec. 20"“21, open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 22, open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 23"“31, closed
Jan. 3"“7, regular schedule 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During Dec. 27- 30, the OSPA main phone line (4-5225) will be monitored and researchers can e-mail grants@iastate.edu regarding awards and ospa-proposals@iastate.edu regarding proposals. Contact OSPA if GoldSheet routing has not been initiated for proposals with budgets more than $2 million and deadlines from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. Routing of GoldSheets for proposals with budgets under $2 million and deadlines from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4 should be initiated in time to ensure receipt at OSPA by Dec. 15. Typically, routing should begin three to four days before Dec. 15. However, GoldSheets may not route in a timely manner due to the closing of various university divisions and PIs are advised to monitor their GoldSheets in the Liquid Office system to ensure they route to OSPA by the dates noted.

REMINDER: NEW GUIDELINES FOR NSF APPLICATIONS EFFECTIVE JAN. 18
The Grants.gov Application Guide for preparation and submission of NSF applications (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/grantsgovguide0111.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF...) and the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2011, http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11001 are in effect for proposals submitted or due on or after Jan. 18, 2011.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION CAMPUS ECOLOGY STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS
NWF Campus Ecology Fellowships allow undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain experience in the conservation field and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts. Awards range from $500 to $1,000. Deadline for applications is Jan. 15. More: http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/Campus-Solutions/Get-Involved/Apply-fo...

PREPROPOSALS FOR NSF RET IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development is requesting preproposals for the Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science program. The program supports active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The program features two mechanisms for support: RET supplements to ongoing ENG or CISE awards and new RET site awards. Preproposals are due to Dorothy Pimlott, dpimlott@iastate.edu, by Jan. 10, for internal review. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5736&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF....

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FROM BIOBASED INDUSTRY CENTER
The ISU Biobased Industry Center is requesting proposals for projects with high potential to yield research results that will drive policy evaluation and development relative to energy, bioproducts, and reducing carbon and greenhouse gas impacts. Awards typically range up to $50,000 and are funded on an annual basis beginning July 1. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 25. Contact: Ryan Smith, rgsmith@iastate.edu.

KUMHO PETROCHEMICAL INITIATIVE GRANT PROGRAM
The new Kumho Petrochemical Initiative is accepting proposals for a five-year, $1 million grant program supported by Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd. of Korea. The program supports research in the areas of green material, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), bio oils and biorenewable chemicals. Up to $200,000 will be available starting in April 2011. Average awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $100,000 (including 48% indirect costs) for two to three years, with annual review to determine renewal. Contact: Bong Wie, bongwie@iastate.edu.

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

Dec. 20: Desert Tortoise Monitoring and Sampling; two awards, $100,000 total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=59039

Dec. 22 (preproposal): North Central Sun Grant Center Competitive Grants Program; 20 percent non-federal cost share, $300,000 total funding. More: http://ncsungrant.sdstate.org/GrantsandFundingOpportunities.cfm

Jan. 4 (letter of intent): Identification of Biomarkers for Early Detection of Environmentally-Induced Mitochondrial Dysfunction (R01); six to eight awards, $2.5 million total anticipated funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-11-007.html

Jan. 5 (letter of intent): Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Improve Health-Related Behaviors (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-063.html

Feb. 5: Mitochondria in Cancer Epidemiology, Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-073.html.

Jan. 7: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13403&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&....

Feb. 1: USDA-FS Wood Education Resource Center Cost Share Demonstration Projects; 10 to 15 awards, $10,000 to $80,000, two years. More: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/grants.shtm

Feb. 11: Conservation Innovation Grants Fiscal Year 2011 Greenhouse Gas Announcement for Program Funding; technology transfer only, 50 percent matching funds required. More: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/cig/pdf_files/CIG_FY_2011_Announcemen...

Feb. 14 (idea submission): Dell Social Innovation Competition (undergraduate and graduate students); $50,000 grand prize and $10,000 Tomberg Prize in Environmental Sustainability. More: http://www.dellsocialinnovationcompetition.com/

March 1: Society in Science "“The Branco Weiss Fellowship (young researchers); support for five years. More: http://www.society-in-science.org/?CFID=10560470&CFTOKEN=18475161

March 3: Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Aging; $150,000 per year for up to four years. More: http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/adsp.jsp?key=emf_applications

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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EXPLICIT VS. IMPLICIT
If something is "explicit," it is deliberately spelled out, as in the writing of a contract or the text of a statute. If it is "implicit," it is not specifically stated but either is suggested in the wording or is necessary to effectuate the purpose. Avoid "implicit" to mean completed or unmitigated. The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003.

NOTE: OED ONLINE AVAILABLE FREE THROUGH PARKS LIBRARY
In the Dec. 6 issue of Ag and Life Sciences Online, the new online version of the Oxford English Dictionary was announced. Thank you to Parks Library for notifying us that this is available on the e-Library. Users can access the library's subscription for free.

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INFOGRAZING
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DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE PUBLISHES YEAR IN REVIEW
The Dean of Students Office estimates more than 70,000 individual contacts with students each year. The 2009-2010 Year in Review demonstrates the range, significance and impact of their departments. More: http://yearinreview.dso.iastate.edu/

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM, FEB. 21-22
Online registration is open for ISU's third annual symposium on sustainability, Feb. 21-22, in the Memorial Union. Registration is free for all members of the university community and includes a Tuesday lunch that features local and organic foods. The event is intended to share information about successful initiatives on campus and identify other needs -- as well as collaborative options for addressing them. More: http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/1209/symp.php

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INTERNAL VOICES
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CULINARY SCIENCE STUDENT CREATES AND PUBLISHES HOLIDAY RECIPE
"This internship with August Home really brought everything together for me, in terms of applying classroom and lab skills, using knowledge from my first internship and then being able to use it to create a new dish." Madalyn Schuman, culinary science senior, created a holiday recipe that has been shared with more than 400,000 people this season. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/dec/StudentRecipe

MEISINGER ON THE NEED FOR DIVERSE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS
"There is a place and a need for both industrialized agriculture and small niche production of fruit, vegetables and meat. We should work to improve all of agriculture for the benefit of all of mankind." David Meisinger, U.S Pork Center of Excellence at ISU, writing in an op-ed in The Des Moines Register. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20101210/OPINION01/12100329/-1/

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MARGINALIA
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ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT PHOTOGRAPHS DEAD INSECTS
The entomology department has held various competitions, themed around insects and demanding a bit of creativity, for the last several fall semesters. The task this year? Create a scene or scenes that include one or multiple dead insects, and get it photographed. The inspiration is a series of humorous dead fly photos by Swedish photographer Magnus Murh that received international attention in the last year. Winning entries will be announced at the department's holiday gathering Dec. 17. More: http://www.iastate.edu/Inside/2010/1209/ent.php

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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