Issue: 704

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
June 11, 2012 No. 704

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COLLEGE NEWS
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AMBASSADOR INVITES ACKER TO PRESENT LECTURE IN GREECE
David Acker, associate dean for academic and global programs and Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture, was invited to present a public lecture in Athens, Greece, on the topic of Sustainability in our Global Food and Agriculture System. The lecture is co-sponsored by the American embassy (Athens) and the American Farm School. This month marks the 40th year of Acker's work with Greek institutions, including a term as a Fulbright Scholar. Acker's visit to Athens will include a lunch in his honor hosted by the American ambassador and a visit to the Agricultural University of Athens.

ORAZEM EARNS NOBEL LAUREATES' APPROVAL OF EDUCATION PLAN
Peter Orazem, economics, authored four of the top 15 strategies cited by a panel of leading economists, including four Nobel laureates, at the global Copenhagen Consensus 2012 last month. Orazem's recommendations were on how to improve education in the developing world. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/jun/Copenhagen

ROTHSCHILD RETURNS FROM JEFFERSON SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP
Max Rothschild, animal science, is finishing up a year working on international development in the federal government. He was one of 13 scientists chosen as a Jefferson Science Fellow last year, and the first ISU faculty member ever selected. Based out of Washington, D.C., his post took him to Malta, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Jordan. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/Rothschild_Fellowship/

TAKLE ADDRESSES USDA ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Gene Takle, agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences, told USDA officials how farmers are adapting to climate changes at a seminar on June 7 in Washington, D.C. USDA's Climate Change Program Office organized the seminar. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/jun/USDAclimatechange

CLIMATE AND CORN CROPPING SYSTEMS PROJECT BEGINS SECOND YEAR
An ISU-led regional project has begun its second year of research examining long-term impacts of climate on Midwestern corn crops. During its first year, the project established a research network of 26 field sites and a team of extension educators to work with more than 200 farmers. Lois Wright Morton, sociology, is the project director. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1020/

BBMB NAMED IN HONOR OF ROY J. CARVER CHARITABLE TRUST
At a meeting in Iowa City on June 6, the Board of Regents State of Iowa approved a name change for the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, effective immediately. The new name will be the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, in recognition of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust's latest gift to the department. More: http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=13113

CALS COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE RECEIVES ACE AWARDS
The CALS Communications office will receive five awards in the 2012 Association for Communications Excellence Critique and Awards program, which will be presented at the ACE annual meeting, June 11-14, in Annapolis, Md. All awards relate to STORIES, the colleges' alumni magazine.
* Outstanding Professional Skill Award, Graphic Design "“ Melea Licht, Bob Elbert and PUSH Design
* Gold Award, Graphic Design, STORIES, Fall 2011 (Recipe for Success issue) "“ Melea Licht, Bob Elbert and PUSH Design
* Gold Award, Graphic Design "“ Best Cover, STORIES, Spring 2011 (Entrepreneurship issue, Kevin Kimle photo) "“ Melea Licht
* Silver Award, Photo Series, STORIES, Fall 2011 (Recipe for Success issue) "“ Melea Licht and Bob Elbert
* Bronze Award, Writing, "Growing Successful Managers," STORIES, Fall 2011 (Recipe for Success issue) "“ Barbara McBreen

REGISTER SOON FOR IOWA SWINE DAY
June 15 is the final day to register for the Iowa Swine Day program at ISU. The daylong educational opportunity designed specifically for pork producers is set for June 28 on the ISU campus, and features practical information on a variety of topics that can be applied on the farm. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/register-soon-iowa-swine-day-io...

RESEARCH FARM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY, JUNE 21
The ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville will be celebrating its 25th anniversary beginning at noon on June 21 with free lunch and a program. Dean Wendy Wintersteen, Associate Dean John Lawrence and Cathann Kress, vice president for Extension and Outreach, will present remarks. The Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association established the farm in 1987 with the purchase of a 198-acre tract of land. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1019/

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 26: Doug Kenealy retirement reception, 2 to 4 p.m., Kildee Hall Atrium (program at 2:30 p.m.)
July 10: Deadline to register for the 2012 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/registration-now-open-2012-laur...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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APPLICATIONS FOR STEM REGIONAL ADVISORY BOARDS DUE JUNE 22
Applications are being accepted for membership on the advisory boards of the six regional science, technology, engineering and math network hubs established by the Governor's STEM Regional Advisory Council. The Governor's STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in STEM education and promote STEM economic development. Applications are due June 22. More: http://goo.gl/a4JCY

POLICY REMINDER: NIH FY 2012 COST OF LIVING/INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENTS
The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration reminds researchers that NIH competing and non-competing awards will be issued without cost of living/inflationary adjustments in FY 2012. FY 2012 awards that have already been issued will be revised to adjust the award level and future year commitments. OSPA is advising researchers to prepare budgets without increases in out years. PI effort may need to be adjusted downward if actual salary increases during the proposed project period. Contact: Asrun Kristmundsdottir, ayk@iastate.edu. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/131

WHERE DO I FIND . . .
Research grants for small businesses?  http://www.sba.gov/content/research-grants-small-businesses

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 8: USAID South Sudan Cattle Program; one award, $2 million. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=175055

July 9: Dept. of Commerce, Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge; $2.3 million per award. More: http://manufacturing.gov/accelerator/index.html

July 9: U.S. Small Business Administration Federal and State Technology Partnership Program; $50,000 to $100,000, one applicant per state. More: http://goo.gl/LqGxN

July 17: USAID Modernizing Agricultural Education and Training Systems Program, one award, $6.25 million. More: http://goo.gl/NJnMH

Aug. 6: Rural Cooperative Development Grant; 30 awards, $175,000 per award, cost share required. More: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_RCDG.html

Aug. 7: NIH Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20); 12 to 14 awards, $500,000 per award. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=175455

Aug. 15: Air Force FY 2013 Young Investigator Research Program; 30 awards, $120,000 per year for three years. More: http://goo.gl/Mz7mO

Aug. 17 (letter of intent): AHRQ National Research Service Awards Institutional Research Training Grants (T32). More: http://goo.gl/b04JP

Sept. 7 (letter of intent): "OMICS" Technologies For Predictive Modeling of Infectious Diseases (U19); four awards, $13 million total program funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-027.html

Feb. 15: NIH Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (R01). More: http://goo.gl/Q8uao

June 4 (applications evaluated on rolling basis): USFWS Cooperative Landscape Conservation and Adaptive Science; 250 awards, $1,000 to $1 million per award. More: http://goo.gl/fFAWA

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SIMPLE FRACTIONS
Simple fractions are spelled out. For the sake of readability and to lend an appearance of consistency, they are hyphenated in noun, adjective and adverb forms.
* She has read three-fourths of the book.
* Four-fifths of the students are boycotting the class.
* I do not want all of your material: two-thirds is quite enough.
* A two-thirds majority is required.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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PREVIEW ISU'S SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL EXHIBIT, JUNE 12
What weighs nearly a ton, gleams bright with 130 LED panels of images and ideas, plays games, tells stories, solves problems, interacts, interprets and sometimes sounds very much like Simon Estes speaking Abraham Lincoln's words? It's ISU's exhibit "Transforming Communities: Design in Action." Before being shipped to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., the university community is invited to a preview on Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the lower level of the King Pavilion, College of Design. More: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2012/06/07/smithsonian

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR CORN STARCH STUDY
Healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 to 45 are needed for a study designed to determine the ability of new slowly digestible corn starches on physiological responses and beneficial gut microbiota in fecal mixtures. Volunteers will be compensated $255. If you know of any students who might be interested in participating, feel free in sending them this information. For more information, contact Esther Haugabrooks at haugabem@iastate.edu. 

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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BARTA ON THE PARALLELS BETWEEN FARMING AND ATHLETICS
"The economics of farming are very compelling and I find it fascinating to learn what farmers do to be successful. There are many parallels between success in farming and athletics. You need teamwork, great people and a commitment to excellence. That was certainly evident at the farms we visited and the farmers we met." Gary Barta, University of Iowa athletics director and member of the Iowa Sports Foundation Board of Directors, at a Hamilton County farm. The Iowa Food & Family Project, presenting sponsor of the Iowa Games, and the Iowa Turkey Federation, co-sponsored the farm visits for the ISF Board. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/whatnew/release/162

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MARGINALIA
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FFA MEMBERS WANT TO STAY IN IOWA, SURVEY SHOWS
A survey of nearly 200 Iowa FFA members found an increasing majority of them want to farm and live in Iowa. The survey found 94 percent want to pursue an agriculture-related career, and they have a positive outlook about agriculture and the opportunities it can provide. More: http://www.iowafarmbureau.com/article.aspx?articleID=61705

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