Issue: 666

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Aug. 29, 2011 No. 666

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COLLEGE NEWS
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IMPRESSIVE SALARIES FOR RECENT GRADS
CALS Career Services has released its annual agriculture salary summary for December 2010 and May 2011 graduates earning bachelor's degrees. The report includes nearly 1,200 data points from 15 universities across the country. Mike Gaul, career services director, said technology-related majors and food science continue to head the list of impressive salaries, followed closely by agribusiness and agronomy. The report is the largest ever compiled by the collaborating universities. More: http://www.career.ag.iastate.edu/files/Salary%20Survey%202011a%20-%20Reg...

NEWLIN RECEIVES FIRST IOWA CORN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Owen Newlin, retired senior vice president of Pioneer H-Bred International, received the first Iowa Corn Lifetime Achievement award on Aug. 27 at the Iowa Corn Growers Association annual meeting. Newlin is a CALS alum. He earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy and a master's degree in crop production. More: http://www.iowacorn.org/index.cfm?nodeID=30321&audienceID=1&action=displ.... Newlin was featured in the college's alumni magazine, STORIES, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories/2010/05/seed-industry-retiree-witness-...

SIX ISU INTERNS TALK ABOUT THEIR SUMMER AT MAXYIELD COOPERATIVE
Six CALS students talk about their summer internship program at MaxYield Cooperative in northwest Iowa in the company's August/September newsletter (beginning on page 6). More: http://www.maxyieldcooperative.com/UserFiles/Magazine/Magazine.aspx
* Britney Heim, senior in agricultural and life sciences education.
* Tanner Bohman, senior in agricultural studies.
* Jacob Bowers, senior in agricultural and life sciences education.
* Nolan Hauge, sophomore in agricultural studies.
* Tory Metzger, senior in agricultural business.
* Kody Trampel, senior in agricultural studies.

ABE FACULTY AND STUDENTS EARN AWARDS AT ANNUAL MEETING
Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering, received the Henry Giese Structures award and was named an ASABE fellow at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annual international meeting, Aug. 7-10 in Louisville, Ky. Several undergraduate students were recognized as well:
* Allen Vanderwiel awarded ASABE Foundation Scholarship.
* Kent Thoreson elected president of the International Preprofessional Community officer team.
* Fountain Wars "“ second place and additional awards equaling $150 for the most innovative design, most attractive fountain and best use of biomaterial.
* ASABE Student Club "“ Student Mile Award.
* ASABE Student Club and Agricultural Systems Technology Student Club "“ second place for Association of Equipment Manufacturers report.

CELT AND BLACKBOARD SEMINAR TODAY, AUG. 29
The Department of Horticulture and the Department of Agricultural Education are hosting a seminar today, Aug. 29, at 4:10 p.m. in 118 Horticulture Hall. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, horticulture, and Tigon Woline, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, will present "Update on CELT and Blackboard."

FIELD DAY FOCUSES ON WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, SEPT. 8
Iowa Learning Farms is hosting a field day at Hickory Grove Lake, near Colo, on Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The field day will focus on a water quality improvement project of the lake. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/iowa-learning-farms-hosts-hicko...

STUDENTS USING TWITTER SUBJECT OF LUNCH AND LEARN, SEPT. 14
"Twitter as a Medium of Student Engagement and Collaboration" will be the topic of the Brenton Center's Lunch and Learn on Sept. 14, 12 p.m. in 8 Curtiss Hall. Tom Paulsen, agricultural education and studies, will present. During the spring 2011 semester, 21 students in AGEDS 417, Supervised Teaching in Agriculture and Life Sciences, used Twitter. Agricultural education and studies faculty facilitated the discussion and shared resources with the student teachers throughout their 14-week experience. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. If you plan to attend, please email Amy Pilcher at apilcher@iastate.edu or 4-1862.

eCARLY: STUDENT SHARES ABOUT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE
Trisha Collins talks to Carly Martin, the student intern in the CALS Communications Service, about her study-abroad experience this summer. Collins, a sophomore in animal science/pre-vet, spent the summer in Ethiopia doing research through the World Food Prize Foundation. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2011/Outside_the_Classroom/

eCARLY: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER INTERN SHARES RESEARCH
Gabrielle Washington talks to Carly Martin, the student intern in the CALS Communications Service, about her summer in Iowa as part of the George Washington Carver Internship program. Washington is a senior in agriculture at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2011/Gabby/

HORTICULTURE FARM PROVIDES APPLES FOR STUDENTS
On the first two days of classes, 4,500 Red Free apples provided by the Horticulture Station were handed out to students. ISU Dining has been using apples from the Horticulture Farm for many years. Once later stage apples are ready for harvest, ISU Dining will purchase 100 percent of their apple needs locally between the Horticulture Farm and other local growers. An apple a day will help you get an `A' this semester, according to associate deans Joe Colletti and David Acker. Last week they passed out apples from ISU's Horticulture Farm to welcome students back to campus. See a photo: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2011/Welcome_Back_Students/

NEW MEMBERS SELECTED FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
Byron Brehm-Stecher, food science and human nutrition, and Erik Vollbrecht, genetics, development and cell biology, have been selected to serve three-year terms on ISU's Biotechnology Council. The council makes recommendations to the Office of Biotechnology on program activities supporting biotechnology research, education and outreach. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/news/082311.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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.
Sept. 23: BioCentury Research Farm open house, 1 to 4 p.m., http://www.ccur.iastate.edu/emails/bcrf_evite.html

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EXTERNAL FUNDING
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INTERNAL COMPETITION: PREPROPOSALS FOR NSF SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH NETWORKS
The National Science Foundation will fund up to four Sustainability Research Networks that engage and explore fundamental theoretical issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering and education to increase our understanding of the sustainability challenge of maintaining and improving the quality of life for the nation within a healthy Earth system. The office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is holding an internal competition to select up to three preliminary proposals for submission to NSF. Preproposals should be sent via email to Dorothy Pimlott (dpimlott@iastate.edu) by close of business on Sept. 19. More:  http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/92
 
INTERNAL COMPETITION: PREPROPOSALS FOR BECKMAN YOUNG INVESTIGATORS PROGRAM
The Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the ISU Foundation's Corporate and Foundation Relations office are accepting two page-concept papers to consider for submission to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation - Beckman Young Investigators Program. Grants are normally in the range of $750,000 over a four-year period. The BYI program is open to persons with tenure-track appointments in academic and nonprofit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences. Concept papers should be submitted to Dorothy Pimlott via email (dpimlott@iastate.edu) by close of business on Sept. 8. The selected candidate will be asked to work closely with the ISU Foundation's Development Communications office to prepare the Letter of Intent for submission to the Beckman Foundation. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/93
 
OSPA OFFERS ON-LINE MTA AND NDA SERVICES
Beginning Sept. 1, principal investigators and grant coordinators can request assistance from OSPA on-line to draft material transfer agreements or confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements. The site can also be used to request a review of an MTA or NDA sent from an outside party. Individuals can access the MTA/NDA request page at http://apps.ospa.iastate.edu/, or "Request an MTA or CDA" from the OSPA home page http://ospa.iastate.edu/. Contact: Brian Muff, bmuff@iastate.edu or OSPA-Industry@iastate.edu.
 
SEPTEMBER CAYUSE WEBINARS
Cayuse Inc. will host two webinars in September: "Getting Started with Cayuse 424" and "Developing, Importing, Exporting and Managing Subcontracts in Cayuse 424." Each webinar will be held at two different times. For those who have used Cayuse to prepare a proposal, the sessions will be a good review; for those who have not used Cayuse, the sessions will provide valuable information for getting started. The webinars are provided at no charge and are open to anyone with an ISU net ID.  More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/90
 
REMINDER: 2011 FALL GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP SERIES, SEPT. 19-23
The VPR/ED's office will hold a series of grant writing workshops, to be led by Joe and Lynn Jelinski of Sunshine Consultants, Int'l. A general session, "Fundamentals of Grant Writing Seminar: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal," will be held Sept. 19 and is open to all. Workshops on preparing proposals for NSF (Sept. 20) and NIH (Sept. 21) and one-on-one sessions with the Jelinskis (Sept. 22-23) require sign-up. Contact: Roxy Clemens, rclemens@iastate.edu.  More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/81
 
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/

Sept. 26 (letter of intent): Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-12-031.html

Sept. 30 (letter of intent): Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation. More:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11571/nsf11571.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

Oct. 5: Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Genomic Research Regular Research Program (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-250.html, (R21, due Oct. 16) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-251.html

Oct. 14 (letter of intent): Research Answers to National Cancer Institute's Provocative Questions (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-11-011.html

Oct. 15 (letter of intent): Economic Research on Incentives for Efficient Use of Preventive Services (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-012.html

Nov. 22: Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development; average annual budget of $200,000 to $400,000 per institutions, average of three institutions, three-year projects. More: http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503285

Dec. 2: NSF Small Business Innovation Research Phase I FY 2012; PI must be small business entity. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=117398

Dec. 5: NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=117400

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SIMPLE SPEECHES ARE GREAT SPEECHES
Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube. One "Forbes" staff writer notes that Jobs' speech is a veritable clinic for all managers who have to speak before a crowded room. More: http://case.informz.net/admin31/content/template.asp?sid=24810&ptid=542&...

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INFOGRAZING
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HONORS PROGRAM SEEKS MENTORS
The University Honors program is seeking faculty and other researchers to mentor first-year honors students during spring semester. Those interested in the program should complete the mentor information form by Sept. 16. Contact Dana Schumacher, 4-0172, for more information.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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JOHNSON ON THE BIOCENTURY RESEARCH FARM OPEN HOUSE
"We want to showcase the research and development activities at the BioCentury Research Farm. Much has been accomplished in the two years since our dedication and we want to educate our faculty, students, industry partners and stakeholders about what the BioCentury Research Farm is contributing to the bioeconomy and Iowa's future." Larry Johnson, director of the BioCentury Research Farm and Center for Crops Utilization Research, on the BCRF open house scheduled for Sept. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. More: http://www.ccur.iastate.edu/news/newsletters/2011/jul_aug/openhouse.html

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MARGINALIA
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ORANGE GOO AT ALASKAN VILLAGE ARE FUNGAL SPORES
The orange goo that took over the shore of a remote Alaskan village is actually a mass of fungal spores "“ not microscopic eggs, as scientists at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration first believed. But researchers are not yet sure whether this particular type of rust fungus is one of the 7,800 species of rust fungi that have already been identified. For one thing, its spores have unusual spines covering their surface. More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/18/139760343/orange-goo-at-a...

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