Issue: 708

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
July 9, 2012 No. 708

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COLLEGE NEWS
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MYERS JOINS ISU AS NEW SWINE FARMS MANAGER
Jacob Myers ("˜05 animal science) joined ISU on April 25 as the new swine farms manager. His goals for the farms include increasing biosecurity, increasing production through more efficient use of available space, and expanding opportunities for students to be involved in production practices and decisions. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/new-isu-swine-farms-manager-see...

SOUPIR MEMBER OF SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR ENGINEERING DEAN
Michelle Soupir, agricultural and biosystems engineering, is a member of the search committee to select the next Dean of Engineering. The search committee begins its work this summer.

NEW NAME: GLOBAL PROGRAMS
"Global Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences" is the new name for Global Agriculture Programs and Agriculture Study Abroad. The name reflects the integration of these two offices and coincides with their co-location in the new Monsanto Student Services Wing in Curtiss Hall. The new name also aligns the unit with the name of the college. Global Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is located in 0018 Curtiss Hall. The latest issue of Global Update is available online at http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/newsletter/newsJuly-Aug12.html

STUDENT RESEARCHES METHOD TO REPEL BEETLES
Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers to humans "“ and Japanese beetles, too. Taylor Goetzinger is interning at the Horticulture Research Station. Goetzinger talks about her research on a method to repel the beetles with Laura Underwood, CALS Communications Service student intern. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/One_for_the_Roses/

ISU TO HOST PLASTICS WORKSHOPS, AUG. 13-15
ISU will host three days of learning, networking and doing business in the plastics and bioplastics industry on Aug. 13-15 at the Memorial Union and the Food Sciences Building. Speakers include: Lawrence Johnson, food science and human nutrition and director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm; David Grewell and Shankar Srinivasan, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and William Graves, James Schrader and Kenneth McCabe, horticulture. More: http://www.biocom.iastate.edu/workshop/index.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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SURVEY TO COLLECT DATA FOR NEW WASTE GLASS DIVERSION INITIATIVE
The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Planning and Management, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, has launched the ISU Waste Glass Diversion Initiative. A first step for the initiative is to collect data on the types, volumes and locations of glass waste. Interested individuals are invited to complete a short on-line survey by July 23. Contact: Merry Rankin, mrankin@iastate.edu. Survey: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22G3NQTA4M8
 
I6 GRANT COMPETITION TO COMMERCIALIZE ISU BIORENEWABLE INNOVATIONS
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is accepting applications for the i6 Proof of Concept Initiative grants competition. The program is designed to support the early identification, promotion and development of ISU biorenewable innovations with commercial potential, and to help more ISU technology reach the marketplace as the foundation for new Iowa companies and/or the growth of existing Iowa companies. Funding per project is anticipated to be $50,000, with the possibility of a second $50,000 award. Applications will be accepted until January 2013, or until all the available funds have been awarded. Contact: Peter Keeling, pkeeling@iastate.edu. More: http://goo.gl/c2eYV

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/

Aug. 1:  USDA Aligning and Elevating University-Based Low-Income Nutrition Education: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education; one award, $50,000. More: http://goo.gl/8J4WY

Aug. 1-Feb. 15:  NSF SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; 200 to 300 awards, $2.5 million total funding. More: http://goo.gl/cCynB

Aug. 3:  USDA Critical Agricultural Materials Competitive Grants Program; one or two awards, $1 million total funding. More: http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/criticalagmaterials.cfm

Aug. 21 (letter of intent):  NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01); $15 million total funding. More: http://goo.gl/nHzIF

Aug. 29:  USDA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program; $20,000 to $600,000 per award, $990,000 total funding. More: http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/multiculturalscholars.cfm

Sept. 4 (preliminary proposal):  NSF International Collaborations in Organismal Biology Between U.S. and Israeli Investigators (ICOB); 10 to 40 awards, $2.5 million total funding. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12577/nsf12577.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 10 (letter of intent): NIH Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54); up to 18 awards, $110 million total funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TR-12-006.html

Jan. 10 (preliminary proposal): NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology; at least six years of previous data required, six to eight awards, $3 million total funding. More: http://goo.gl/PWy8G

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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FOREWORD vs. PREFACE
A "foreword" (not forward) is a brief essay of endorsement that is written by someone other than the book's author. An introductory essay about the book written by the book's author is called a "preface" and is usually shorter and more personal than the book's introduction, which gives an overview of the book's content.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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SIXTH ANNUAL IOWA WOMEN IN AG CONFERENCE, AUG. 7
"Women Navigating the Future," the sixth annual conference sponsored by Iowa Women in Agriculture, is scheduled for Aug. 7 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The event will feature topics that include beginning marketing and agriculture finance, estate/succession planning and emerging technologies and social media. More: http://www.iowawomeninag.org/

OBESITY DOCUMENTARY SERIES AVAILABLE
The HBO/Institute of Medicine's "Weight of the Nation" is available for check out in 220 MacKay Hall. The four-part documentary series features case studies, interviews with leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. Other short videos and English and Spanish discussion guides are also found in the screening kit. If these films are to be used for a larger screening event, contact Diane Birt (dbirt@iastate.edu, 4-9873) with information on the event and approximate audience size to report to the Institute of Medicine.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ACKER ON THE FIRST PHASE OF CURTISS HALL RENOVATION
After 100 years of serving thousands of students studying agriculture and life sciences, Curtiss Hall needed a makeover to keep up with the demands of the 21st century. The project is meant to update the century-old building while still preserving its architectural integrity, improving safety, bringing the building up to code and increasing energy efficiency. The main priority, however, is to create a welcoming environment for students. "To me, our responsibility was to get the building ready for the next 100 years," said David Acker, associate dean for academic and global programs for CALS. More: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_8b91a6fa-c232-11e1-8ee4-0019b...

PAULSEN ON FARMERS IMPROVING BUSINESS RELATIONS SKILLS
Aspiring young farmers may need to focus on improving their business relations skills. "We need partners today. You may have to work with landlords, some of whom don't understanding farming. Can you communicate your business plans and goals to the landlord, even if she's an 80-year-old widow or he's an accountant working on the East Coast?" said Tom Paulsen, agricultural education and studies. More: https://www.pioneer.com/home/site/us/template.CONTENT/news-commentary/gr...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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SWOBODA ON FINISHING BORLAUG'S WORK
"Dr. Borlaug often spoke about the critical roles that science, technology and policy play in eradicating hunger. Towards the end of his life, he identified the importance of education and inspiring young people to continue this important work. The next generation holds the potential and responsibility to finish what Dr. Borlaug started," said Catherine Swoboda ("˜08 BS agronomy, "˜10 MS crop production and physiology), director, World Food Prize Iowa Education Programs. More: http://www.iowafoodandfamily.com/at-the-table

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