Issue: 710

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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 23, 2012 No. 710

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DROUGHT-RELATED ADVICE AND SERVICES
Resources for dealing with drought are available from the ISU Extension and Outreach website, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters. Several webinars are also available:
* July 20 "“ horticulture (archived at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/july-20-webinar-looks-horticult...)
* July 25, 1 to 3 p.m. "“ crop and livestock, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/webinar-examines-livestock-and-...
* mid-August "“ risk/prevalence of grain quality concerns
* post-harvest "“ financial reality

FACULTY PRESENTED NACTA TEACHING AWARDS
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture last month honored two CALS faculty members for their teaching ability. Curt Youngs, animal science, was presented the Central Region Outstanding Teacher Award. Mike Retallick, agricultural education and studies, was presented the Teacher Fellow Award. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1026/

ANIMAL SCIENTISTS RECEIVE ASAS AWARDS
Four animal scientists and a Ph.D. student were honored by the American Society of Animal Science at the society's annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on July 16.
* Rohan Fernando, Rockefeller Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics, for contributing basic or applied research in breeding and genetics with any class of large or small animals, http://www.asas.org/takingstock/?p=4466
* John Mabry, Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award, for contributing to animal agriculture programs in developing countries, http://www.asas.org/takingstock/?p=4462
* John Patience, Industry Service Award, for making significant contributions to animal production, http://www.asas.org/takingstock/?p=4172
* Curt Youngs, Teaching Fellow, for continued dedication and contribution to the teaching of Animal Science, http://adsa.asas.org/midwest/page.asp?pageID=631&autotry=true&ULnotkn=true
* Cassandra Jones, Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award, for continued excellence as a student and researcher, http://www.asas.org/takingstock/?p=4131
 
NEED FACULTY TEXTBOOKS
One of the displays in the new student services wing will feature textbooks written by the college's faculty. We need 75 books. If you have a textbook you've written please contact Barb McBreen at barbmc@iastate.edu, 4-0707 or drop it off in 304 Curtiss.

HOME DEMONSTRATION GARDEN FIELD DAYS
This year's Home Demonstration Garden field days begin Tuesday, July 24, and run through Aug. 11 at ISU Research and Demonstration Farms throughout Iowa. Themes include compact, space-saving plants; foliage plants; sweet corn; and several other new varieties of flowers and vegetables. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/field-days-promise-sweating-garden

CALS SECURES LICENSE FOR QUALTRICS SURVEYS
CALS has secured a one-year license to use Qualtrics Surveys, which allows users to embed question logic within the survey. The survey flow is controlled by how respondents answer the questions. This service is available to faculty, staff and students currently enrolled each semester. Information on how to use Qualtrics Surveys and Qualtrics Support can be found on the following login page: http://survey.ag.iastate.edu

HUYSER JOINS ISU EXTENSION AND OUTREACH
Dan Huyser ('87 animal science, '98 ag engineering) joined ISU Extension and Outreach in May as an Extension agricultural engineering program specialist at the Borlaug Learning Center on the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. Huyser had worked at the Land O'Lakes Answer Farm near Fort Dodge for 11 years. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/success-stories-extension-exper...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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...
Aug. 13-15: Plastics Workshops, Memorial Union and Food Sciences Building, http://www.biocom.iastate.edu/workshop/index.html

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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NEW FRINGE BENEFITS RATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1
The FY 2013 fringe benefits rate information and updated budget templates are available on the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration website. The updated templates should be used immediately; however, budgets already in progress using FY 2012 rates do not need to be revised. Contact Asrun Kristmundsdottir, ayk@iastate.edu, with questions or for more information. More: http://www.ospa.iastate.edu/policies/benefits.html and http://www.ospa.iastate.edu/forms/#budget

Proposals accepted anytime:  NSF Catalyzing New International Collaborations; 30-40 awards, $2 million total available funding, submit proposals at least nine months before proposed activity. More: http://goo.gl/1hTky

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. 13:  EPA FY 2012 and FY 2013 National Wetland Program Development Grants; 25 percent non-federal cost share required, $1 million total available funding. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=182973

Aug. 17 (preapplication): DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science; 12 to 18 awards, up to $350,000 per award. More: http://goo.gl/p1Ou7 

Aug. 31: USAID Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction; one or more awards, $8 million total funding. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=185653

Sept. 6 (preapplication): DOE Early Career Research Program; 30 to 50 awards, $750,000 over five years. More: http://goo.gl/HzvxC 

Sept. 7 (preliminary proposal):  NSF Nitrogen: Improving on Nature (NITROGEN); 5 to 10 awards, $8 million total available funding. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504773

Oct. 1:  NIH NIAID Broad Agency Announcement - Development of Therapeutics Medical Countermeasures for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. More: http://goo.gl/G5LCY

Oct. 12 (letter of intent): Understanding the Functions of Uncharacterized Genes in Infectious Disease Pathogens (U19); three to five awards, $7.1 million total funding. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-12-028.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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HELP ME UNDERSTAND MY COPY EDITOR, PART II
The Chronicle of Higher Education bloggers Carol Saller and Lucy Ferriss share the second part of their dialogue on the productive but sometimes perplexing relationship between writers and their copy editors. Topics include the use of italics, capitalizing trademarks and copy editors as fact checkers. More: http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/07/13/help-me-understand-my...

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INFOGRAZING
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CARILLON CONCERT JULY 24?
The ISU music department's summer carillon concert series continues Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Sue Bergren, who plays the Millenium Carillon in Naperville, Ill., will be performing. More: http://www.music.iastate.edu/carillon/SummerSeries/2012/Summer2012.php

FOOD CREATION BRINGS FARMING TO LIFE AT IOWA STATE FAIR
Pallets of canned, boxed and packaged food items will be used to build a sculpture in the "Back to the Farmer" exhibit, presented by the Iowa Food & Family Project. It will feature the work of the American Institute of Architects -- Iowa Chapter and can be seen in the south atrium of the Varied Industrieds Building at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 9-19. More: http://iowafoodandfamily.com/news/must-see-food-creation-bring-farming-l...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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MINNER ON HOW TO SAVE YOUR LAWN FROM DROUGHT
"I do see some people over irrigating. They panic because it's so hot and dry"¦Really about an inch of water a week is all you need," said David Minner, horticulture, in a recent interview for KCCI. View the interview: http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/Expert-advice-about-how-to-save-yo...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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CALS ENROLLMENT MAY HELP ISU SURPASS UI
ISU's enrollment may surpass the University of Iowa's this fall, due in part to the strength of Iowa's agriculture sector. In a front-page article in the Des Moines Register on July 12, it was reported this fall could mark the first time since 1979 that more undergraduate and graduate students attend ISU than Iowa. CALS enrollment has increased 46 percent the past six years. This fall, the college expects to surpass 3,623 students, an enrollment record set in fall 1977. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120712/NEWS02/307120051/ISU-I...

CALS ALUM ON QUALITY OF PROGRAMS AT ISU
"The solid agricultural economy is certainly part of the story behind Iowa State University's enrollment success. But some of the credit should go to ISU itself for quality of programs that are making it the go-to place for students aspiring to be future problem-solvers in food and agriculture, energy and environment," said Jim Christensen ('80 farm operation), Royal, in a letter to the editor in the July 23 Des Moines Register. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120723/OPINION04/307230027/0/...|head&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

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MARGINALIA
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WEED DATING FOR SINGLES
For one night a year, a farm in northwest Boise, Idaho, turns into a respite for singles who are tired of the same old dating scene. The farm is among a handful across the country offering an unconventional form of speed dating. The women are assigned to a specific row and told how to identify a weed versus a vegetable or fruit, and then instructed to pass that information along to the men, who rotate from each row every three minutes. More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sw-idaho-farm-hosts-weed-dating-singl...

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