Issue: 706

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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 25, 2012 No. 706

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STORIES: THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The latest issue of the College's alumni magazine, STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences, is available online: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/stories. This issue focuses on the student experience and features one of two special edition covers, each featuring a different CALS student. Both active in college activities and CALS Ambassadors, Adam Bierbaum ("˜12 agronomy) and Kayla Reiter, senior in agricultural business, help illustrate the different aspects of today's student experience. Please send feedback to stories@iastate.edu.

FEATURE STORY HIGHLIGHTS JANZEN AND TURTLE CAMP
Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, hosted Des Moines Register reporter Mike Kilen on a Mississippi River island north of Clinton, where his Turtle Camp students monitor the largest known group of nesting painted turtles in North America. Since finding the painted turtle nests 25 years ago while studying for his doctorate in Chicago, the turtles have been a major focus for Janzen. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120623/LIFE/306230011/0/sport...

CALS CONNECTIONS TO AFRICA
Posted in May, CALS Connections to Africa is the first of a series on "CALS Across the Continents." Learn more about students, faculty and programs focused on Africa, including the work of the Center for Sustainable Rural livelihoods, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/africa/. The site also includes information on the college's past involvement in a proposed Tanzanian project, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/africa/tanzania.php.

IOWA SWINE DAY SET FOR JUNE 28
The Iowa Swine Day program at ISU, a 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.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/

WORKSHOP HELPS INSTRUCTORS TEACH ABOUT ENERGY AND AG
Teachers from around the country learned about renewable energy relating to agriculture last week at a workshop at ISU. Thomas Paulsen, agricultural education and studies and workshop coordinator, said participants took part in a number of hands-on activities, visited a local wind energy generating station and toured biofuels research facilities. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1022/

RESEARCH FARM MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Nearly 300 people attended the 25th anniversary celebration of ISU's Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm on June 21. Founded in 1987 during the depths of the farm crisis, the farm is a cooperative venture between ISU and the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association. More: http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/research-farm-marks-th-anniversar...

LONERGAN RECEIVES AMSA DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD
Steve Lonergan, animal science, received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from the American Meat Science Association at its 65th Reciprocal Meat Conference on June 19. The award recognizes members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry.

SPURLOCK AND HARRIS ACCEPT APPOINTMENTS TO IACUC
Diane Spurlock and Hank Harris, animal science, have accepted appointments with ISU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The IACUC oversees and evaluates all aspects of ISU's animal care and use program.

CALS EARNS AWARDS AT NAADA CONFERENCE
CALS earned several awards at the National Agriculture Alumni and Development Association's annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky, June 16-20:
* 1st place "“ Publication "“ Alumni Magazine, STORIES, Melea Reicks Licht, CALS Communications Service
* 1st place "“ Multimedia "“ Specialty/Give-A-Ways, FFA Convention "Cootie Catchers," Andy Zehr, CALS Student Services
* 2nd place "“ Events/Program, Nonresident Student Barbeque, CALS Ambassadors
* 2nd place "“ Multimedia "“ Posters/Flyers/Ads, CALS campus visit materials, Calee Himes, CALS Student Services
* 2nd place "“ Society Programming, Ambassador to Donor Thank You Postcard, CALS Ambassadors

ISU HOSTS FFA CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT AT AG 450 FARM
The Iowa FFA Career Development Event of Agricultural Mechanics competition on June 7 drew about 120 participants from 27 high schools to the Ag 450 Farm. Iowa FFA officers talk about the event in a video by CALS Communications Service student intern Laura Underwood. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/video/v/FFA_leaders_to_CALS_students

UNITED WAY OF STORY COUNTY DAY OF CARING, FORMS DUE JULY 2
The United Way of Story County Day of Caring is Sept. 7. To participate visit the UWSC webside (http://www.uwstory.org), click on News and Events, and then on the Business Day of Caring form.  Forms must be submitted by July 2. More: Carla Persaud, cpersaud@iastate.edu, 4-1823.

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...
July 23: Fruit and Vegetable Field Day, ISU Horticulture Research Station, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/fruit-and-vegetable-field-day-j...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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WHERE DO I FIND"¦
Research grants for water projects? http://wqic.nal.usda.gov/tools-and-guides/funding

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/

June 29 (letter of intent): NIH Building the Capacity of State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Food Regulatory Agencies to Undertake Examinations, Inspections and Investigations and other Related Food Safety Activities (U18); $100,000 per award; universities can be collaborators. More:  http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=177973

July 6: DOI Geological Survey Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Rivers CESU; research on reconstruction of pallid sturgeon structure, one award, $101,700.  More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=177499

July 12: EDA 2012 i6 Challenge; six awards, $1 million per award. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=175993

July 20: Dept. of Education: Upward Bound Math and Science Program. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178373

Aug. 6: USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grants; $50,000 per award. More: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_RBOG.html

Aug. 12: NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13/U13). More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178213

Sept. 6: USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase I; $100,000 per award; universities can subcontract. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/13_SBIR.pdf

Sept. 8: A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation Nutrition Research Grants; $25,000. More: http://www.nutritioncare.org/wcontent.aspx?id=784

Sept. 12: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&from=fund

Sept. 12 (letter of intent): NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research; 40 to 47 awards, $14.2 million total anticipated funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=177714

Oct. 5: NIH Identifying Non-coding RNA Targets for Early Detection of Cancer (R01). More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=178173

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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ACCEPTABLE TO USE "SUCH" WITH MASS OR PLURAL NOUN
The word "such," when used to replace this or that "“ as in "such building was later condemned" "“ is symptomatic of legalese. "Such" is actually no more precise than the, this, that, these or those. It is perfectly acceptable, however, to use "such" with a mass noun or plural noun when the meaning is "of that type" or "of this kind" (such impudence galled the rest of the family) (such vitriolic exchanges became commonplace in the following years).
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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CARILLON CONCERT JUNE 26
The music department's summer carillon concert series continues Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. Robert Grogen, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will be performing. More: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2012/05/24/concert

STUDENTS KEY TO ISU'S SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL EXHIBIT
Seven Iowa State University students played essential roles in the creation of Iowa State's exhibit for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 27-July 1 and July 4-8, in Washington, D.C. The students helped refine the exhibit concept, build the model, research the hardware, program the games, design the custom control system, write the software, build the web browser and much more. Created by a team from the College of Design and ISU Extension and Outreach, the exhibit highlights the role of design in the land grant mission. Iowa State was one of 17 land-grant universities selected to participate in the festival's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of land grants. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2012/06/22/smithsonianstudents

MORRILL LAND-GRANT ACT ANNIVERSARY, JULY 2
On July 2, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Morrill Land-Grant Act into law, which set aside land in each state to perpetually endow a college to teach subjects in the agricultural and mechanic arts. The Act helped fund educational institutions by granting federally controlled land to the states to create "land-grant" colleges. Many know the basics of the Morrill Act, but visit the ISU Library's website to learn more about the full extent of its impact. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100663

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INTERNAL VOICES
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GAUL ON YOUNG FARMERS REVERSING IOWA'S AGING TREND
With an overall 98 percent placement rate, ISU officials said 10 to 15 percent of agriculture graduates last year intended to farm, either immediately or in the future. "I'm surprised those numbers are as high as they are with the rising cost of land...and job opportunities available. I take my hat off to (prospective farmers). It's about doing something that they really love." Mike Gaul, director of CALS career services. More: http://siouxcityjournal.com/ap/state/young-farmers-could-reverse-iowa-s-...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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PAYING BY THE HONOR SYSTEM AT FARM STANDS
Honor boxes are a point of nostalgic pride and practicality for a number of small farmers across the U.S. "A lot of people leave more than we request, along with notes that say they really value what we're doing here. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive. The way I see it, my customers are putting a lot of trust in me that my products are handled right, that they're safe and of high quality. Why shouldn't I trust my customers, too?" Barb Clerici, who sells fresh produce and eggs via the honor system at a farm stand on the edge of her ranch in California's Napa Valley. More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/11/154750001/the-psychology-of-...

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MARGINALIA
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BALLPARKS PREDICTED TO SERVE 20.5 MILLION HOT DOGS
Americans are frank about their top concession at the ballpark as the hot dog remains the favorite food for fans from Fenway to San Francisco Bay. According to the National Hog Dog and Sausage Council's 2012 report on major league ballparks, Americans will consume 20.5 million hot dogs this season, enough to round the bases 28,489 times. More: http://www.hot-dog.org/ht/display/ReleaseDetails/i/76907/pid/37839

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