Issue: 660

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
July 18, 2011 No. 660

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COLLEGE NEWS
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IOWA LAKES MAY HAVE CLEANER WATER AFTER ISU STUDY
This time of year, many lakes around Iowa start to develop blue-green algae that can impair recreation and harm drinking water. John Downing, ecology, evolution and organismal biology and agricultural and biosystems engineering, is installing buoys to monitor 16 lakes around the state. He is examining why the algae invade the lakes and what can be done about it. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/jul/Downing

UPDATED SOYBEAN APHID FIELD GUIDE RELEASED
ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association have released a second edition of the Soybean Aphid Field Guide, which includes a more comprehensive management program. Authors Erin Hodgson and Matt O'Neal, entomology, encourage growers to use multiple tools to protect soybean yield against the soybean aphid. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/whatnew/release/104

GARDEN FIELD DAYS BEGIN JULY 26
ISU Research and Demonstration Farms will host gardeners looking for planting ideas at field days beginning July 26. This year's field days are devoted to children and cats, featuring several flowers and vegetables named after storybook characters. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/949/

MILLER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AAAE, RECEIVES RESEARCH AWARD
Greg Miller, agricultural education and studies and curriculum and instruction, was elected president of the American Association for Agricultural Education at its annual meeting earlier this summer. Miller also received the National Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes an individual AAAE member for outstanding research accomplishments that have significantly impacted the knowledge base and/or professional practice in agricultural education broadly defined.

MANU RECEIVES SOIL SCIENCE EDUCATION AWARD
Andrew Manu, agronomy, will receive the 2011 Soil Science Education Award from the Soil Science Society of America. The award recognizes innovative or unique approaches that encourage learning; demonstrate ability to communicate clearly and motivate change in the audience; and have received recognition for their accomplishments from peers or students. More: http://www.agron.iastate.edu/newsletter/, issue 4:27.

ANIMAL SCIENCE FACULTY AND STUDENT HONORED AT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Faculty and a student from the animal science department were honored at the annual American Society of Animal Science meeting held last week:
* Dorian Garrick, Animal Industry Service Award
* Mike Spurlock, Animal Growth and Development Award
* Erika Downey (graduate research assistant), Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award
* Anna Johnson, Early Career Award
The American Dairy Science Association also presented the following awards at the joint annual meeting:
* Dorian Garrick, J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding
* Don Beitz, Award of Honor
* Leo Timms, ADSA Fellow

SUMMER ISSUE OF LEOPOLD LETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE
The summer 2011 issue of the Leopold Letter, the quarterly newsletter published by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, is available online at: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/pubs/nwl/2011/2011-2leoletter/index.htm

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
July 19: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, Veenker Memorial Golf Course, ipic@iastate.edu
Aug. 10: CELT/CALS "“ A Quick Refresher to your Online Course for CALS Faculty, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 240 Bessey. Register through AccessPlus.
Sept. 15: Deadline for spring 2012 distance education course development awards, http://www.brenton.iastate.edu/grantrfp.html
Sept. 21: CALS Fall Convocation, 4 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room.

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH - FALL 2011 COURSE FOR GRAD STUDENTS
A one-credit course, Professional Practices in Science and Engineering - Responsible Conduct of Research, will be offered for graduate students during fall semester. The course is approved to meet NSF and NIH requirements for RCR training and is cross-listed as 565A in AGRON, BCB, HORT, VMPM and MICRO. Section 1 will emphasize RCR in the life sciences (Instructor: Mark Gleason, mgleason@iastate.edu; Tuesdays, 11 - 11:50 a.m., 208 Curtiss Hall). Section 2 will emphasize RCR for engineering (Instructor: Chuck Glatz, cglatz@iastate.edu; Wednesdays, 11 - 11:50 a.m., 1120 Sweeney Hall). Both sections are appropriate for graduate students in any science, social science or engineering discipline. More: http://www.compliance.iastate.edu/rcr/training/
 
RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH - FALL 2011 SEMINAR FOR POSTDOCS
Professional Practices in Science and Engineering - Responsible Conduct of Research will be offered as a non-credit seminar for postdoctoral scientists during fall semester. Cross-listed as 565F in AGRON, BCB, HORT, VMPM and MICRO, this seminar is approved to meet NSF and NIH requirements for RCR training in any science or engineering discipline. Participants will receive a signed certificate of completion. Instructor: Judy Vance, jmvance@iastate.edu; Wednesdays, 4:10 - 5 p.m., 1322 Hoover Hall. More: http://www.compliance.iastate.edu/rcr/training/
 
IOWA ENERGY CENTER CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Iowa Energy Center is seeking proposals for grants in Technology Demonstrations and Energy Education Programming, with a focus on demonstration and education initiatives that will help multiple audiences in Iowa assess energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Grants up to $25,000 each will be awarded with a required cost share of 20 percent. Deadlines for proposals are Aug. 31 and Nov. 30, 2011, and Feb. 29 and May 31, 2012. More: http://www.energy.iastate.edu/Funding/gp-tech.htm
 
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/

 July 30: Assisting the Integrated Food Safety System's National Food/Feed Training Program (U54). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-11-028.html
 
Aug. 8: USDA APHIS Emerald Ash Borer Program; $50,000 to $125,000, 25 percent cost share required. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=105593
 
Aug. 12 (preproposals): Informal Science Education. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5361&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&W...
 
Aug. 15 (preproposals):  Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/rfp/2011.html
 
Aug. 15: Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II; one award, $15 million. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=105673
 
Aug. 19: Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers (RFA); $712,000 for regional center. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/integratedpestmanagementcenters.cfm
 
Aug. 26: Improving Public Participation and Environmental Decision-Making in Participating Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement Countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala) Announcement Grant; one $50,000 award per country, $50,000 each. More: http://www.epa.gov/international/grants/
 
Sept. 1: USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I; primary employment of project director must be small business concern. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/sbir_rfa.html
 
Sept. 6: 2011 Promise Neighborhoods Program. More: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html
 
Sept. 21 (letter of intent): Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Students in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-12-002.html
 
Sept. 22: Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (K12). More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=105733
 
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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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EIGHT STATE NAMES NOT ABBREVIATED IN TEXT OR DATELINES
Spell out the names of the 50 U.S. states when they stand alone in textual material. Use abbreviations in conjunction with the name of a city, county, town, village or military base in text and in most datelines. Use the two-letter Postal Service abbreviations only with full addresses, including ZIP code. The names of eight states are never abbreviated in text or datelines: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. To help remember, spell out the names of the two states that are not part of the contiguous United States and of the continental states that are five letters or fewer.
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 45th ed., 2010)

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INFOGRAZING
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VISIONS: SERVING STUDENTS WHO SERVE
The summer 2011 issue of VISIONS profiles a few of the courageous men and women who have served their country in conflicts ranging from the world wars to the war on terrorism, and looks at the services Iowa State provides to its current student veterans. More: http://visions.isualum.org/summer11/freestory.htm

NORTH AMERICAN MANURE HANDLING EXPO JULY 20
The 2011 North American Manure Expo will be held Wednesday, July 20, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Norfolk, Neb. The Expo will include commercial field demonstrations, hands-on product and safety education, educational sessions and commercial vendor displays. More: http://manureexpo.com/Home_S7YU.php

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ELMORE ON RESEARCH INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE GLOBAL MAIZE SUPPLIES
"Two to five tons. It's just information and a little bit of technology. That's all it took." Roger Elmore, agronomy, helped farmers in Haiti increase their yields from two tons per hectare to five tons a few years ago. He cited this experience on how small investments could provide big gains when commenting on a $170 million global maize initiative for Voice of America. The new initiative, led by the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, aims to benefit 40 million small-holder farm families in the developing world by 2020. More: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Effort-to-Boost-Global-Maize-...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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AG STUDIES STUDENT SAVES FAMILY $10,000 ON SEED COSTS
"It's kind of scary" to see the knowledge and skills farmers need to survive today, says Howard Augustine, 76, whose grandson Ryan, 21 and a senior majoring in agricultural studies at ISU, is preparing to take over the 150-year-old family farm near Rose Hill, Iowa. The family has been slow to adopt new technology to cut seed costs, but Ryan has shown his dad how to use GPS technology to prevent the planter from seeding the same area twice, which has saved $10,000 on seed costs this year. More: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142405270230340610457644377007...

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