Issue: 652

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
May 23, 2011 No. 652

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
Students attending the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City during the first two weeks of May included CALS seniors Sam Bird, global resource systems; Sagar Chawla, biology; Madeline Tomka, agronomy; and Claire Wandro, global resource systems. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/937/

BAUMGARD LEADS RESEARCH ON SWINE HEAT STRESS'
Lance Baumgard, animal science, is leading a research project to understand the physiological impacts of heat stress on pigs. The $2.5 million research project is funded for five years by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/938/

OLSENS CREATE NAMED PROFESSORSHIP IN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Charles and Jane Olsen of Leawood, Kan., have established a named professorship in the College of Engineering through a gift commitment of $625,000. The position will be used to retain and recognize an outstanding faculty member in ag and biosystems engineering with research and teaching emphasis in the areas of sustainability, clean water and the environment. More: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2011/05/05/olsens-create-named-profe...

GREEN ROOF INSTALLED BY STUDENTS
The ISU Horticulture Club and Landscape Club installed a 378 square foot green roof on part of the horticulture building during finals week. The project was funded by a grant from the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association. Jennifer Bousselot, a lecturer in horticulture, coordinated the project as a teaching tool for students. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2011/Green_Roof/

14 CALS FACULTY ON PROMOTION, TENURE LIST FOR 2011
Fourteen CALS faculty have been honored with promotion and/or tenure.
More: http://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty/advancement/docs/pt-2011.html

AGRITOURISM WEBSITE HAS NEW LOOK
The Visit Iowa Farms website has unveiled a new look. According to Ray Hansen, director of ISU Extension's Value Added Agriculture Program, the goal is to stimulate the agritourism industry in Iowa. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/search-new-website-visit-iowa-f...

NEW ON THE HOMEPAGE: STUDENT LEARNS HOW U.N. OPERATES
Sam Bird, a senior in global resource systems from Ames, has attended the last three meetings of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. He says each time has been a learning experience about how the United Nations operates and its political relationships throughout the world. Go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu to view his and other students' profiles. If you know of a student to highlight on the web page contact Barb McBreen at 4-0707 or barbmc@iastate.edu.

115 CALS STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD THIS SUMMER
One hundred and fifteen students are studying abroad through CALS programs this summer. Of the 115 students, 99 will study abroad in 15 countries through 12 CALS travel courses, and 16 will participate in internships in 10 countries. More: http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/newsletter/newsMay_June11.html

UNITED WAY FOOD DRIVE ENDS WEDNESDAY
The third annual United Way LIVE UNITED Food Drive ends Wednesday, May 25. United Way of Story County hopes to raise 10,000 pounds of food. In addition, Monsanto will donate $1 for every pound of food donated, up to $10,000. CALS will be collecting non-perishable items through May 25 at the following collection points:
* 30 Curtiss Hall
* Curtiss Hall Rotunda, first floor
* 101 East Hall
* 2312 Food Sciences Building
* 260 Heady Hall
* 220 MacKay Hall
* 124 Science II
* 1210 Molecular Biology Building

ISU POWER PULLERS TEAM TO COMPETE, JUNE 2-5
ISU's Power Pullers will see how they measure up at the 14th Annual International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, to be held June 2-5 in Peoria, Ill. This year's tractor is named Cy's Revenge. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/may/powerpullers2011

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR LLOYD ANDERSON, JUNE 20
A retirement reception for Lloyd Anderson, distinguished professor in animal science, will be held June 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Kildee Hall atrium. A program will begin at 3 p.m. Submit a letter for Anderson's memory book at 2356 Kildee Hall or jlinn@iastate.edu.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR JERRY MILLER, JUNE 27
A retirement reception is being held to celebrate Vice President for Extension and Outreach Jerry Miller's years of service to Iowa State University and ISU Extension on June 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Reiman Gardens. Remarks at 4 p.m. A memory book is being compiled. Please send your notes and letters to Linda Brinkmeyer by June 20, llbrink@iastate.edu.

LAUREN CHRISTIAN PORK CHOP OPEN, JULY 19
The annual Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be July 19 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. The tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Lauren Christian Endowment at ISU, helping provide scholarship and fellowship funds for undergraduate and graduate animal science students. Cost is $85 per person or $340 per four-person team, and includes lunch, refreshments and the evening picnic meal. More: ipic@iastate.edu

ONLINE AIR QUALITY TOOL CAN HELP PRODUCERS LOWER EMISSIONS
Angela Rieck-Hinz, agronomy, helped design a tool that can help livestock producers lower air emissions and increase their air emissions knowledge. The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool is a method for determining where air-quality improvement opportunities exist on farms. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/online-air-quality-tool-can-hel...

CALS STUDENTS STUDY AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CALIFORNIA
Thirty CALS undergraduate students participated in an agricultural study trip to California on May 9-15. The College's Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative sponsored the travel course, "Ag Entrepreneurship and Production in California." More: http://www.entrepreneurship.ag.iastate.edu/undergrads.html

MATHUR MANAGER OF SOIL AND PLANT ANALYSIS LAB
Renuka Mathur has joined the agronomy department as manager for the Soil and Plant Analysis Lab. More: May 16 newsletter, http://www.agron.iastate.edu/newsletter/

BEKKUM ELECTED TO WISCONSIN RETIRED EDUCATORS' ASSOCIATION
Emeritus professor in ag and biosystems engineering Victor Bekkum (bachelor's, master's and doctorate in ag education) has been elected president elect of the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association, a 15,000 member organization with 70 local units. In this role, Bekkum will also serve as president elect of the WREA Foundation with projects including student scholarships, teacher of the year grants and Challenge Grant Award funding for innovative school programs.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
May 26: Patricia Murphy retirement reception, 3 to 6 p.m., Food Sciences Building Courtyard.

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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
Additional information is posted at CALS Funding Resources, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/

June 10 (letter of intent): The Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, A Coordinated Initiative to Advance Regional Competitiveness; funding from 16 agencies, matching funds required. More: http://www.eda.gov/PDF/JobsAccelerator_FFO.pdf

June 15 (letter of intent): Advancing Regulatory Science Through Development of Innovative Methodologies in the Area of Antimicrobial Development (FDA) (U01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-11-026.html

June 23: USAID Biodiversity Understanding in Infrastructure and Landscape Development Grant; one award, $1.2 million. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=95173

June 27: USDA-NIFA National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Grant; $9.5 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=94513

July 6: EPA Region 07 Wetland Program Development Grants; three to six awards, $100,000 to $150,000 each, 25 percent matching funds. More: http://www.epa.gov/region7/grants_funding/r7_grant_opportunities.htm

July 15: USDA-NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program, up to $750,000 per project. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/waterqualityicgp.cfm

Aug. 5: New Technology for Proteomics and Glycomics. SBIR [R43/R44] http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-215.html and STTR [R41/R42] http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-214.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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FOOD GUIDELINES SECTION ADDED TO AP STYLEBOOK
A new Food Guidelines section has been added to the Associated Press Stylebook Online, with more than 400 names and terms. Among the 140 new entries is "farmstead," generally used to describe a cheese produced solely from the milk of one farm. Usage guidelines include the following:
* Most food names are lowercase: apples, cheese, peanut butter.
* Capitalize brand names and trademarks: Roquefort cheese, Tabasco sauce.
* Most proper nouns or adjectives are capitalized when they occur in a food name: Boston brown bread, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, Waldorf salad.
* Lowercase is used, however, when the food does not depend on the proper noun or adjective for its meaning: french fries.
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 45th ed., 2010)

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INFOGRAZING
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BERTINI HONORED WITH BORLAUG CAST COMMUNICATION AWARD
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology will present the prestigious 2011 Borlaug CAST Communication Award to Catherine Bertini, who has communicated the importance of agriculture and science through the many humanitarian programs she has organized in the U.S. and throughout the world. More: http://www.cast-science.org/

MEMORIAL UNION POST OFFICE CLOSING FOR THE SUMMER
The Memorial Union Post Office will be closed May 30 through July 31. Post office box service will be maintained daily.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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HELMERS ON USING PRAIRIE GRASS STRIPS TO REDUCE EROSION
"The potential for increased rainfall events or increased intensity of rainfall makes it even more critical that we protect our soil." Matt Helmers, ag and biosystems engineering, is leading research at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in central Iowa. Helmers and his team have planted strips of prairie grass in parts of the fields to see if the long roots that remain in the ground year-round help hold soil in place. More: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/565/stripped-down-how-ecosystems-c...

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