Issue: 689

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Feb. 27, 2012 No. 689

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEAN WINTERSTEEN TO CHAIR SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR NEW PROVOST
Dean Wendy Wintersteen will chair the 17-member committee to search for ISU's next provost. Last week Elizabeth Hoffman, who has served as executive vice president and provost since 2006, announced she had asked President Leath to begin a search to fill her position. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/feb/provostsearch
 
DIVERSITY PROGRAMS OFFICER INTERVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 2
Four candidates will be interviewing in March for the CALS Diversity Programs Officer position. Candidate information and open seminar dates are available online. The first open seminar for Johnny Jones will be Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m. in 13 Curtiss Hall. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/Diversity_Officer/

eCARLY: SCOTT HENRY ON RECEIVING ALL-UNIVERSITY SENIOR AWARD
Carly Martin, student intern in the CALS Communications Service, talks with Scott Henry, recipient of the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. Henry, who is majoring in agricultural business and international agriculture and finance, is one of four CALS students who were presented the award by the ISU Alumni Association on Feb. 24. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/Scott_Henry/

AG ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE CONNECTS BUSINESSES TO STUDENTS
The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative has created a program offering businesses access to exclusive workshops, strategic leadership roundtables and interaction with CALS students. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/998/

EXAMINING HISTORY OF IOWA'S LAKES HELP SET GOALS FOR FUTURE
A recent three-year study by an ISU research team led by John Downing examined changes in sedimentation rates and sediment composition in 34 Iowa lakes from as long ago as 150 years. According to Downing, the idea that all of Iowa's lakes were uniformly pristine before the land was cleared is not true. And while our lakes have changed pretty dramatically, we can now look at what types of practices need to be put in place to improve the lakes. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/feb/DowningDNR

CALS ALUM TO PRESENT HERTZ LECTURE, MARCH 5
Joe Taets (`88, agricultural business), senior vice president and president of the Agricultural Services business unit at Archer Daniels Midland Company, will present the 2012 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Taets will present "Setting the Global Table: Strategies for Feeding and Fueling a Growing World." More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/999/

MARCH LUNCH AND LEARN: THINKSPACE
The Brenton Center's next Lunch and Learn, scheduled for March 6 at noon in 8 Curtiss Hall, will provide an overview of ThinkSpace, a new online case study tool that helps students develop valuable problem-solving skills. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, horticulture and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, will present. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. To attend, contact Amy Pilcher, apilcher@iastate.edu, 4-1862.

WORKSHOP LOOKS AT GLOBAL INFLUENCES ON AGRICULTURE IN IOWA
ISU Extension and Outreach will hold the workshop "Mega Trends in Agriculture" on March 28 in Rockwell City. Speakers Kris Kohl, Extension agricultural engineer; Chad Hart, Extension economist and grain marketing specialist; and Tom Olsen, Extension farm management specialist, will update farmers with current research so they can position themselves for the next decade. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/workshop-looks-global-influence...

EGG INDUSTRY ISSUES FORUM, APRIL 10-11
The Egg Industry Center will hold the fourth annual Egg Industry Issues Forum on April 10-11 in Denver, Colo. The forum is held to increase awareness on the latest developments and priority issues concerning the U.S. egg industry. The forum will address topics on food safety, animal welfare, feed prices, poultry housing systems and environmental quality. Presenting from ISU will be Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and a professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science; Chad Hart, economics; Michelle Soupir, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and Mike Persia, animal science. More: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/Forum.dwt

POLICY TOOL CAN HELP IOWANS INVEST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
Research funded by the Leopold Center explores a public policy option for creating a more resilient power grid in Iowa through small-scale distributed energy projects. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/02-20-2012/policy-tool-can-help-iowa...

FOREMAN RECEIVES P&S CYTATION AWARD
Beth Foreman, CALS Student Services specialist, received a P&S CYtation Award at the 2012 spring open forum on Feb. 8. This award recognized Foreman's work with the CALS Ambassadors, student advising and research related to recruitment and retention.

FORMER FSHN FACULTY MEMBER DIES
Harry Snyder, former faculty member in food science and human nutrition, died Feb. 21. He was 82. He was a professor emeritus from ISU and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

HOYT AND SHEPHERD ADDED TO ECONOMICS HALL OF HONOR
Portraits of former faculty members Elizabeth Hoyt (1925-1975) and Geoffrey Shepherd (1927-1969) have been added to the Department of Economics Hall of Honor. Hoyt is best known for her contributions to the development of the Consumer Price Index, and the sizable donation she made to ISU upon her death. Shepherd was a prolific writer and top contributor to the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (formerly the Journal of Farm Economics), and he played a key role in reshaping the department after the oleo-butter controversy and the departure of department chair T. W. Schultz in 1943. Biographical information about each of these individuals accompanies their portraits. The Department of Economics Hall of Honor is located on the third floor of Heady Hall.

SLIDE SHOW FEATURES COLLEGE AWARD RECIPIENTS
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences held its spring awards ceremony on Feb. 16 recognizing faculty and staff. View some of the award recipients in a slide show at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/Spring_Awards/.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
March 5: Gamma Sigma Delta award nominations due, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/gsd/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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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/

March 1: USDA - U.S. Forest Service 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program, 25 percent cost share, $250,000 per project. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=130235

March 15, Sept. 15 (concept papers): USAID APS for Food Security, Nutrition, Biodiversity and Conservation "“ Uganda. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=141854

March 26 (concept paper): ARPA-E Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy; cost share required, seven to nine awards, $250,000 to $10 million. More: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/

March 26: NSF Assembling the Tree of Life. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5129&WT.mc_ev=click

April 2: USAID, Government of Norway, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID - Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development (Round II). More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=145553

April 5: NIH Development of Novel and Emerging Technologies for the Accurate Detection and Diagnosis of Polymicrobial Infections in Biomedical Laboratory Animal Models (SBIR [R43/R44]). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-340.html

April 9: EPA Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water. More: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/smallsystemsrfa.cfm

April 10, Oct. 17: NIH Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13); $30,000 direct costs per year, up to three years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-102.html

April 13: HRSA Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=146213

April 18: DOE Advancements in Sustainable Algal Production; $500,000 to $15 million, cost share for some programs. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=146233

April 25 (letter of intent): DOE Bridging Research Interactions through Collaborative Development Grants in Energy. More: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#338aaba1-7e1c-4c5c-bee7-d5d2490ffd88   

May 22: NSF Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12538/nsf12538.pdf

Aug. 22: NASA Remote Sensing of Water Quality. More: http://goo.gl/I5uU6 

Dec. 5: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=119673

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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FIVE STEPS TO CREATIVE THINKING
Creativity expert Michael Michalko says creative people think about the different ways to look at a problem rather than taking the same old approach. In his book "Cracking Creativity," Michalko identifies five steps to thinking creatively:
* Defer judgment. Get your juices flowing, but wait to decide which ideas are worth developing.
* Generate lots of ideas. Most of your ideas may end up being discarded, but all it takes is one or two good ones to make a difference.
* List ideas as they arise. A good idea can disappear the minute you get distracted by your daily routines. Keep a written record of your ideas and ruminations.
* Keep on tweaking. Elaborate and improve on the ideas you and your coworkers have generated. Look for novel combinations, surprises and new perspectives.
* Do something different. Good ideas need time to incubate. Tap into your subconscious. Take a walk. Visit an art gallery. Then return to thinking about the problem and see what new ideas emerge.

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INFOGRAZING
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CHIEF SCIENTIST AT BP TO SPEAK ON ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY, FEB. 27
Ellen Williams, chief scientist at BP, will present "Energy Sustainability in a Changing World" tonight, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk is part of the Women in STEM Speaker Series and the Live Green! Sustainability Lecture Series. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/feb/Lectures/Williams

EMPOWERING THE ACADEMY FOR THE DIGITAL AGE
The ComETS 2012 Symposium will be held on March 22, noon to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union. This year's symposium will be on mobile computing and mobile-enabled computing strategies. "Empowering the Academy for the Digital Age" is the focus of the keynote address by George Saltsman, executive director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at Abilene Christian University. More: http://comets.iastate.edu/symposium/2012/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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HAROLD CRAWFORD: VETERAN OF WWII AND TEACHING
"Dad and I were milking on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when we heard Pearl Harbor was bombed. Dad was looking at a nearby farm to buy. While we were driving to that farm, Mother asked, `Do you think this is the right time for us to buy a farm?' I remember Dad saying, kind of under his breath, `Harold might not be around to help. He'll be going into the service.' We never did look at the farm." Harold Crawford, retired professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. This profile of Crawford is the first of two pieces. More: http://farmprogress.com/wallaces-farmer/library.aspx/greatest/generation...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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CHINESE DELEGATION: IOWA GOODWILL HAS STAYING POWER
"Iowa is often described as a fly-over state, but this past week it was the place to be. Chinese Vice President Jinping Xi put Iowa on the map, all because of his fond memories of our state from a visit many years ago. Some might have wondered what all the fuss was about. For one thing, Iowa is the largest soybean producing state, and China is our largest export customer"¦ But I think the greater lesson learned last week was that goodwill has staying power"¦ On the home front, more non-ag Americans learned about the importance of agriculture to international relationships during the Chinese delegation's visit here, and gained a greater understanding of Iowa's role in developing and maintaining those relationships." Karen Simon, director of communications for the Iowa Soybean Association. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/KSimon/

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