Issue: 636

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Jan. 31, 2011 No. 636

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COLLEGE NEWS
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CALS SEEKING ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS
CALS is seeking internal applicants for the position of assistant dean for diversity and graduate programs. The assistant dean will play a key leadership role in ensuring excellence in the college's diversity programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due March 1. More: https://www.iastatejobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_cs...

CORRECTION: LAMONT NAMED CALS EQUITY ADVISER
Susan Lamont has been named CALS equity adviser. In last week's issue of Ag and Life Sciences Online her department was identified incorrectly. Lamont is with the animal science department. More: http://www.advance.iastate.edu/about/slamont.shtml

STUDENT FOOD PANTRY OPENS TOMORROW IN FOOD SCIENCE BUILDING
As part of a class assignment, students in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Transfer and Major Change Learning Community were asked to think about ways to help support food assistance needs in the community. The result was planning an on-campus food pantry, by students, for students. The SHOP (Students Helping Our Peers) will open on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 3 to 6 p.m. in 2616 Food Science Building. More: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/news/theshop.php

DONATION BOXES FOR THE SHOP IN CURTISS HALL
The Anthropology Learning Community is supporting the new student run food pantry on campus, Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP), by hosting an International Food Drive. Through Feb. 14, boxes will be available on the first, second and third floors of Curtiss Hall for non-perishable donations. More: Jennifer Lambert, jlambert@iastate.edu

SPRING AG CAREER DAY SET FOR FEB. 2
The spring version of Ag Career Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Memorial Union. The job fair is open to Iowa State students, alumni and the general public. Mike Gaul, director of career services for CALS, expects 80 to 85 companies and organization to recruit at the annual event. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/907/

DIRECTOR OF U.S. CENSUS BUREAU TO SPEAK FEB. 3
Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will be presenting the Wayne A. Fuller Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Howe Hall Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium. Groves will be speaking on the 23rd census and the role of statistics. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/jan/Groves

SPRING CONVOCATION SET FOR FEB. 7
The CALS Spring Convocation will be held Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The program includes brief comments from Dean Wintersteen and college award presentations. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

NEW GENERATION OF STUDENTS FLOCK TO MEAT AND POULTRY SCIENCE
ISU's animal science department is featured in the Dec. 2010 issue of meatingplace, a monthly business magazine for North American beef, pork and poultry processors. In "Class Act: A new generation of students flock to meat and poultry science," Maynard Hogberg, animal science, discusses increased enrollment and the meat science minor.

HONEYMAN NAMED ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF BIOCENTURY FARM
Mark Honeyman, animal science and coordinator of ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, has been named associate director of the BioCentury Research Farm. He will consult with BCRF Director Larry Johnson on farm activities, integrate biomass field research within the operations of the BCRF and help ensure compatibility of BCRF activities with other ISU research farms.

BE SOCIAL: LIKE AND FOLLOW THE COLLEGE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
Join the college's growing fan base on Facebook and Twitter. Millions use the social networking sites daily to share information including photographs, videos and web links. The services are free, but users are required to create a log-in and profile on each site. Like the college on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/IowaStateU.AgLifeSciences and follow it on twitter at: http://twitter.com/iastate_cals.

CALS ALUM SPEAKS AT EPA INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Environmental Protection Agency officials hosted an informal information session with College faculty, staff and administrators Thursday. Steven Bradbury, director of the Office of Pesticide Programs, is touring the nation for a series of listening sessions with stakeholders. Regional EPA officials joined in the discussion. Among the issues discussed were Integrated Crop Management programs, and air and water quality. Bradbury earned master's and doctorate degrees in entomology in 1981 and 1985 from ISU.

IMMAG UPDATES NOW AVAILABLE ON TWITTER
The current news page on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group's website is updated weekly and is now available on Twitter. More: http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/newsupd.html

HARGROVE, AG EDUCATION ALUM, DIES JAN. 22
Tom Hargrove, an agricultural journalist who spent 11 months held hostage by Columbian rebels, died Jan. 22 of heart failure. He was 66. The Texas native was working as director of communications for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in 1994 when he was captured at a roadblock by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym FARC. He kept a diary during his captivity, which became the book "Long March to Freedom" and was the basis for the movie "Proof of Life." He earned degrees in agricultural science and journalism from Texas A&M University in 1966, and a master's in agricultural journalism in 1968 and a doctorate in agricultural education in 1977 from Iowa State. (See External Voices) More: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7396117.html?utm_source...

ANIMAL SCIENCE FACULTY, STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS AT 2011 IOWA PORK CONGRESS
* Tom Baas, animal science, named 2010 Iowa Honorary Master Pork Producer.
* Cheyenne McNichols, a senior in animal science, named 2011 Iowa Pork Queen.
* Chelsey Branderhorst, a sophomore in animal science, named 2011 Iowa Pork Princess.
* Derek Brown, a junior in animal science, named 2011 Iowa Premier Pork Youth Ambassador.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM CAPTURES HIGH TEAM HONORS
The ISU Livestock Judging Team captured high team honors at the Sioux Empire Farm Show over the weekend. The ISU team also was named high team in the Reasons, Cattle and Swine divisions. The show consisted of 18 teams representing universities from across the country.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE HEIFER AND BULL SALE A SUCCESS
The annual ISU Tradition of Excellence Heifer and Bull Sale held Saturday in the Farm Bureau Pavilion attracted 300 buyers, students, faculty and staff. The student-run sale also was viewed via the internet in 12 states with internet bidders from eight states. The high-selling female brought $6,600, a new record for the sale.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Feb. 1: Application deadline for "Soy You Think You Can Cook" competition, http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/news/soyyouthinkyoucancook.php
Feb. 6: Gene Takle presents annual Shivvers Memorial Lecture, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2011/011911_climate.html
Feb. 7: CALS Faculty Development Seminar on FSHN Student Outcomes, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union Cardinal Room.
Feb. 12: Beginning Farmers Conference, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2011/jan/431001.htm
Feb. 15: ISU Aphid Research Symposium, Dai Nguyen, dna112@iastate.edu
Feb. 23: Proposals due for ISU On-Farm Research and Demonstration Grant Program, http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2011/010711_onfarmgrant...
March 7-8: Iowa Water Conference, http://www.iowawaterconference.org/
April 1: Application deadline for CALS P&S Exceptional Performance Pay requests, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/facultystaff/policy/
April 6-7: Egg Industry Issues Forum, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/?pg=2011forum
April 19-20: BIGMAP Food and Fuel Symposium, Gateway Conference Center

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN LIVESTOCK-CLIMATE CHANGE
The International Fellowship in Graduate Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change provides opportunities that prepare graduate students for interdisciplinary careers within the vision and objectives of the Livestock Climate-Change USAID Collaborative Research Support Program. Fellows are expected to become specialists who can contribute to research in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Nepal or Tajikistan, and must be students from these countries. The program provides two years of support for masters study and three years of support for a doctorate program. Proposals are due March 31. More: http://lcccrsp.org/funding-opportunities/

EPA FY 2011 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT STUDIES STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS
The EPA FY 2011 National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program will award 15 to 20 fellowships, primarily at Research Triangle Park, N.C. Topic areas are environmental policy, regulation and law; environmental management and administration; environmental science; and public relations and communications. Fellowships are available to any associate, undergraduate or advanced student who meets program requirements. Applications are due March 4. More: http://www.epa.gov/education/students.html

GRANTS TO ENHANCE IOWA SWINE INDUSTRY
Attorney General Tom Miller announced the availability of grant funds totaling $100,000 for projects that will enhance and advance swine production in Iowa. Topic areas include the environment, profitability, contract feeding, independent producers and market information. Proposals are due Feb. 28. This is the fifth year of a 10-year program funded by Smithfield Foods Inc. More: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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

March 1: Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R01) and (R21). More: (R01) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-104.html and (R21) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-105.html

March 10: Robert Woods Johnson Healthy Eating Research; Round 6, Rapid Response, and New Connections grants, $2.35 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www.healthyeatingresearch.org/component/content/article/273

March 11 (letter of intent): Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers; 20 to 30 awards, $20,000 million total anticipated funding for new projects. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11525/nsf11525.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

April 5: Office of Postsecondary Education: American Overseas Research Centers Program; 12 awards, $80,000 to $130,000 per year, $1.4 million total anticipated funding for new programs. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=66333

April 5: PHS 2011-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications-Parent SBIR [R43/R44]. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-096.html

April 5: PHS 2011-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-097.html

April 18: EPA Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_extremeevent.html

April 28: A Cooperative Institute for the Pacific Islands Region (ecosystems and climate); one award, $19 million. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=67034

April 29: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research on Education; eight to 10 awards, $400,000 for two years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11526/nsf11526.htm

May 5: EPA Developing High-Throughput Assays for Predictive Modeling of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicity Modulated Through the Endocrine System or Pertinent Pathways in Humans and Species Relevant to Ecological Risk Assessment Grant; nine awards, one early career. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_comptox.html

May 18: AFRI Childhood Obesity Program; 17 awards, up to $2.5 million over five years. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/africhildhoodobesityprevention.cfm

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TRIMBLE RELEASES THIRD EDITION OF WRITING WITH STYLE
"I wanted to write a "˜nontextbook textbook'"¦a book that emphasized, and explained, how veteran writers actually think; a book with all the water squished out but with all the life left in; a book that students might reasonably find themselves actually reading cover to cover." John Trimble, professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, on his third edition of "Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing." More: http://chronicle.com/article/A-Classic-Nontextbook-on/126034/?sid=at&utm...

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INFOGRAZING
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VET MED RAMSEY LECTURE TO FOCUS ON MICROBIAL ENDOCRINOLOGY
Mark Lyte, founder of the field of microbial endocrinology, will present a seminar, "Microbial Endocrinology: Why the Intersection of Microbiology, Endocrinology and Food Science Matters to Animal Health," on Feb. 16, noon to 1 p.m. in 1226 Vet Med. as part of the spring 2011 Ramsey Lecture Series. The lecture will be preceded by a research poster session at 11:15 a.m. in the college's Fish Tank Lobby. More: Tracy Raef, traef@iastate.edu

NSF CAREER AWARDS WORKSHOP FEB. 24
The Office of the VPR/Ed and Strengthening the Professoriate at Iowa State will hold an NSF CAREER Awards workshop for ISU grant awardees and junior faculty, postdocs and advanced graduate students interested in learning more about the CAREER program and how to submit a successful grant proposal. Provost Hoffman will provide opening remarks at noon and award recipients Michael Kessler and Aaron Sadow will discuss their experiences. The workshop will be held Feb. 24, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Lunch is provided. Please contact Laurie Engleen, lengleen@iastate.edu, 4-6344, to sign up.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CLIMATE SCIENCE COLLOQUIM MARCH 31-APRIL 2
The National Academy of Sciences will hold the colloquium, Fostering Advances in Interdisciplinary Climate Science, on March 31 to April 2 in Washington, D.C. The colloquium will examine the history of innovative interdisciplinary scientific advances, how novel interdisciplinary scientific ideas are best recognized and nurtured, and how we can better support interdisciplinary climate science. The colloquium includes the 11th Annual Sackler Lecture by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. More: http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Sackler_climate_science

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INTERNAL VOICES
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DELATE ON ORGANIC VEGETABLE GROWING PRACTICES
"We are hoping to provide organic producers with science-based information that they can use to make wise decisions affecting the sustainability of their operations. And we think much of this data can be used for conventional crops as well." Kathleen Delate, agronomy and horticulture, is examining which organic vegetable growing practices are best for the soil, water, yields and nutrition. She will share her research findings through field days and workshops around Iowa during 2011. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2011/jan/162701.htm

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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HARGROVE ON BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN COLOMBIA
"The CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) research center and main experiment farm are near Palmira, about a 50-minute drive from our home in southern Cali. I was 10 minutes away from home and driving fast at 7:30 in the morning of 23 September 1994, embarrassed because I'd arrive late for work at CIAT"¦At an intersection I had to decide which of two main routes to take to CIAT. One is a nerve-wracking drive through the heavy traffic of suburban Cali. The other route takes a bit longer, but is through the beautiful Colombian countryside. I thought I remembered one of the rules for a better life that Robert Fulghum used: "Always take the scenic route." I turned right off the Pan-American Highway and took the scenic route to work. That was the last decision I'd make for almost a year." Tom Hargrove writing in the introduction of "Long March to Freedom," his account of being held hostage in Columbia for 11 months. Hargrove, a CALS alum, died Jan. 22 of heart failure. More: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7396117.html?utm_source...

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