Issue: 676

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Nov. 7, 2011 No. 676

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STRATEGIC PLAN TO GUIDE CALS THROUGH 2016
The mission of the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is to educate future leaders, conduct mission-oriented basic and applied research and share new knowledge for the betterment of Iowa and the world. To fulfill this mission, the College's new strategic plan includes priorities and goals that will guide CALS for the next five years. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/about/strategicPlan2016.php

KLING NAMED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF CARD
Catherine Kling, economics, has been named interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. Kling has served as the division head of CARD's Resource and Environmental Policy Division. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/985/

ISU HIRES NEW EXTENSION FOOD SAFETY SPECIALIST
Angela Laury, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and the new ISU Extension food safety specialist, works with Iowa producers and manufacturers to promote food safety. Laury has a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in meat science from ISU. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/984/

ISU RECEIVES GRANT TO DEVELOP COLD CLIMATE WINES
ISU will receive more than $500,000 as part of a $2.5 million grant to help colder-weather states like Iowa examine the best growing conditions for new cold-hardy wine grape varieties, modify the higher grape acidity and showcase wine's aroma, and build tourism networks to draw visitors to tasting rooms where the majority of sales take place. Murli Dharmadhikari, food science and human nutrition, and director of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, will oversee fruit chemistry, winemaking trials and serve as liaison to the project advisory council team. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2011/nov/winegrant

NEW WEB BANNER: AG BUSINESS STUDENT CLIMBS THE ENTREPRENUERIAL LADDER
Andy Edson, a junior in agricultural business, tackles the business of farming while juggling a full class load. Go to http://www.ag.iastate.edu to view his profile and other students. If you know of students who have an interesting story, please contact Barb McBreen at barbmc@iastate.edu, 4-0707.

WEED IDENTIFICATION GUIDE AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY
The Weed Identification Field Guide, authored in 2010 by ISU Extension specialists, is now available electronically as an e-book and, for the first time, downloadable on iPad. The publication is distributed by the Iowa Soybean Association and ISU Extension. Pioneer Hi-Bred has sponsored the capability for users to download the electronic versions for no charge. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/whatnew/release/130

CALS CLEARANCE BOOK SALE FOR UNITED WAY, NOV. 8
New books have arrived and will be part of the CALS clearance book sale on Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. All proceeds will go to the 2011 ISU United Way Campaign. Books will be sold for 50 cents each or 3 books for $1. 

ORDERS FOR HOLIDAY HAMS DUE FRIDAY, NOV. 11
The Meat Science Club is selling high quality semi-boneless hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Club members trim and prepare each semi-boneless ham for the curing, smoking and cooking process. They are injected with salt, sugar, spices and cure for flavor, smoked for more than two hours with natural hardwood smoke and vacuum packaged for a long refrigerated shelf life.  Hams are produced in the Meat Laboratory, a USDA-inspected facility. Hams are $3.50 a pound and sold as whole (12-15 pounds) or half (7-9 pounds) portions. Place an order by calling 4-8294, emailing ISU.Meat.Science.Club@gmail.com or by filling out an order form at the Meat Lab Sales Counter or in 2371 Kildee Hall. The deadline for ordering hams is Nov. 11. Hams will be available to pick up at the Meat Lab Sales counter, located at the north corner of the Kildee Hall atrium. Pick up times are Nov. 15 and 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving hams and Dec. 13 and 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Christmas hams.  

SNOW BLOWER SERVICE DAYS, NOV. 11-12
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snow blower service days Nov. 11 (1 to 6 p.m.) and 12 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) on the north side of Industrial Education II (west of horse barns). The $25 cost includes oil, spark plug, grease and a half tank of gas, but not mechanical repairs. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15; call (515) 208-8672 or send an email request to astservicedays@gmail.com by 2 p.m. Nov. 10 to request this service.

HUFFMAN TO SPEAK AT THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, NOV. 14
Wallace Huffman, economics, will discuss "Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research" at the monthly Think Tank on Animal Agriculture on Nov. 14 at The Pazzesco, 6008 Lincoln Way. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the presentation at 7. Register your attendance with Jane Linn at jlinn@iastate.edu before noon on Friday, Nov. 11, and indicate your meal choice of chicken Parmesan, spaghetti with meatballs or penne and sausage in a pesto cream sauce. The cost of the meal is $18, payable at the door. 

BRENTON CENTER LUNCH AND LEARN, NOV. 16
The Brenton Center's next Lunch and Learn will be Nov. 16 at noon in room 8 Curtiss Hall. Jeff Wolt and A.J. Kenny, agronomy, will discuss how they used Wikipedia in a risk assessment course, having students draft new Wikipedia entries that address elements of risk assessment problem formulation. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Contact Amy Pilcher at apilcher@iastate.edu or 4-1862, if you plan to attend.

FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT WEBINAR, DEC. 9
A webinar to introduce the Food Safety Modernization Act will be held Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. Topics will include general background on the act, implementation dates of specific rulings, description of fees assessment for failure to comply, and guidance on preparation of a food safety plan. More: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/fsma/

DAIRY JUDGING TEAM PLACES SECOND OVERALL IN LIVESTOCK EXPOSITION
The Dairy Judging Team participated in the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. The ISU team placed second overall, second in reasons and third in Guernseys, Holsteins and Jerseys, with 16 teams competing. Individual placings included Jordan Hanson, a senior in dairy science, first in Holsteins, second overall and third in Jerseys; and Matt Henkes, a junior in dairy science, second in Ayshires. The team was coached by Lee Kilmer, animal science.

JENSEN TO SERVE ON BUSINESS DEAN SEARCH COMMITTEE
Helen Jensen, economics, is one of 15 members serving on the search committee that will find a successor to Business dean Labh Hira. Hira plans to step down as dean on June 30. More: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/2011/1103/dean.php

CALS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UPDATE
As of Nov. 2, CALS has raised $55,928, or 90 percent of its goal. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $287,297, which is 89.78 percent of the goal. You may still send in your pledge forms. If you have misplaced your form you can go to www.uw.iastate.edu/ and print out a new form. Questions, contact Carla Persaud at cpersaud@iastate.edu, 4-1823.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 18: ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/producers-invited-isu-beef-nutr...
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Integrated Crop Management Conference, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/integrated-crop-management-conf...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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2012-2013 MILLER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is soliciting proposals for the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Fellowships provide opportunities for faculty to enhance scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Faculty members can propose to develop new approaches to teaching existing undergraduate courses or new courses that will enrich the undergraduate experience. Two to three $15,000 fellowships will be awarded, with up to 12 months to meet project goals. Proposals from CALS faculty are due to Wendy Wintersteen (wwinters@iastate.edu) and CELT Faculty Intern Jan Thompson (jrrt@iastate.edu) by Feb. 1. Colleges will prioritize and forward proposals to CELT for final selection. More: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/grants_awards/fellowships/miller/

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/

Nov. 15: Organic Farming Research Foundation; $15,000 per year. More: http://ofrf.org/grants/apply.html

Nov. 28 (letter of intent): SU2C-PCF Prostate Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant; multidisciplinary, $10 million over three years. More: http://www.aacr.org/home/public--media/aacr-in-the-news.aspx?d=2521

Dec. 2: NSF Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation FY-2012. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504700&WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 5: NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504673&WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 6: Interface between Computer Science and Economics & Social Sciences. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503549&WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 12: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers; 30 to 40 grants, up to $800,000 per award. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=129933

Dec. 15: Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and American Federation for Aging Research, Research into Biology of Aging; two awards, $200,000 each. More: http://www.afar.org/research/funding/big

Dec. 19: USAID Community Nutrition and Health Care Project, Guatemala; one award, $32 million. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=129754

Dec. 20 (letter of intent): DOE 2012 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer. More: http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/fy12phase1_release2...

Jan. 5: Dept. of Homeland Security Small Business Innovation Research Program. More: https://www.fbo.gov/download/023/023c14f3a21b67b078c853a76c276c5d/FY12_1...

Jan. 11: NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships; Master's and Ph.D. training grants in STEM disciplines. More: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?metho...

Jan. 13: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5741

Feb. 1: Clinical Studies of Safety and Effectiveness of Orphan Products Research Project Grant (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-11-001.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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APPROVE vs. APPROVE OF
"Approve" alone connotes office sanction (the finance committee approved the proposed budget). "Approve of" suggests favor (she approved of her sister's new hairstyle).
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., 2003.

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INFOGRAZING
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NOTEWORTHY UPCOMING ISU LECTURES 
Evolution, civility, energy, climate and genetics are among the topics that speakers on campus will address the weeks of Nov. 7 and Nov. 14. For full details, see http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/. Upcoming titles:
* Only a Theory? Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul - Kenneth R. Miller; Monday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room
* Civility in a Troubled Economy - Jim Leach, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m., Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design
* The Health and Environmental Effects of Using Coal as Fuel - Maureen McCue, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Memorial Union South Ballroom
* Christian Responses to Climate Change - Penny Greer, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room
* Who Owns Your Genes? - Chris Hansen, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall
* Energizing America: Facts for Addressing Energy Policy - John Felmy, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Sun Room

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MARGINALIA
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AMEMIYA GETS DEGREE
Grace Amemiya, the wife of Minoru Amemiya, a professor of agronomy who retired in 1988 and died in 2000, was recently featured in a story on CBS about honorary degrees conferred upon students of Japanese ancestry from the 1940s. The students were forced to leave the University of California Berkley following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, and were sent to internment camps. The full story can be seen on the CBS website: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5974819n

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