Issue: 718

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Sept. 17, 2012 No. 718

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COLLEGE NEWS
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KLING TO RESEARCH WATER SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE
Catherine Kling, interim director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, is part of a $4.3 million Water Sustainability and Climate grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a sustainability study framework that will help understand and predict processes and places in the landscape that are most vulnerable to change. Kling joins researchers from six other universities led by the University of Minnesota. More:  http://www.card.iastate.edu/about/news/show_brief.aspx?id=46

FEEDING THE WORLD SEMINAR SERIES BEGINS SEPT. 19
The fall 2012 seminar series, "Feeding the World: Are we Making Progress," begins Sept. 19, 12 to 1 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. Topics this semester will address livestock and animal health, guiding principles in international agricultural development and the student service-learning project in Uganda. The seminar series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture, Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. More: http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/Fall2012Seminars.html

JIM FARRELL TO PRESENT DEAL LECTURE, SEPT. 20
Jim Farrell, president and CEO of Farmers National Co., will present the 2012 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. He will present "The Changing Role of Leaders in a Bullish Farmland Market." William K. Deal, an ISU alum with a degree in agricultural education, established the lecture series to help prepare future leaders and innovators in agriculture. The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies organizes the lecture. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1043/

ACKER MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA
CALS Associate Dean David Acker was invited by the President of the Republic of Guinea Alpha Conde, to meet one-on-one in the presidential palace to discuss agricultural development options for his country. President Conde was elected in 2010 in the first democratic election in his country's history, and is working to bring transparency to the development process. The Republic of Guinea is one of the 20 poorest countries in the world but has vast potential in agriculture and mineral reserves. Acker was invited to the Republic of Guinea to speak at the Guinean Economic Forum held in Conakry on Sept. 14-15. He spoke on Lessons Learned in Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Employment.

ANIMAL SCIENCE FACULTY PRESENT AT LEMAN SWINE CONFERENCE
Ken Stalder, John Patience and Jason Ross, animal science, will present at the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul this week. The conference is an annual educational event for the global swine industry attracting participants from more than 20 countries. It is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry.

SEPT. 19 WEBINAR DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE SUSTAINABILITY
The Iowa Learning Farms' September webinar is this Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Matt Liebman, agronomy, will share his presentation from the 2012 Iowa Water Conference, "Keys to Agricultural Sustainaibility and Resilience: A Scientist's Perspective." More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/iowa-learning-farms-webinar-dis...

NORMAN BORLAUG POSTER COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS DUE SEPT. 19
Abstracts are due Sept. 19 for the Eleventh Annual Normal Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for graduate and undergraduate students. The topic is world food issues. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 28. The posters will be judged and displayed on Oct. 15 prior to the 2012 Norman Borlaug Lecture. For details on what to include in the abstract contact James Hollis, jhollis@iastate.edu.

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES SEMINAR, SEPT. 21
A Biomedical Sciences Seminar will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 4:10 p.m. in 1414 Molecular Biology Building. Shiu-Lok Hu, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and head of AIDS-Related Research Divisions at the Washington National Primate Research Center, will speak on, "Prime-boost immunization against HIV/AIDS: Lessons from non-human primate models." The seminar is co-sponsored by the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology.

CALS BOOK SALE FOR UNITED WAY, SEPT. 26-27 
Two separate book sales sponsored by the college will take place on Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 111 Curtiss Hall and Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Molecular Biology building. Donations of paperback and hardcover books, comic books and DVDs will be accepted at 111 Curtiss Hall and 1210 or 2102 Molecular Biology building until the sale dates. All proceeds go to the 2011 ISU United Way Campaign. Contact Carla Persaud with questions, cpersaud@iastate.edu , 4-1823.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS, SEPT. 27
Two ADVANCE workshops will be held on Sept. 27: "The Importance of Mentoring Relationships" and "Improving Work-Life Satisfaction." RSVPs to attend the workshops are due to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Sept. 20. Details can be found at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/aginfo/advance/. The workshops are sponsored by a grant from the ISU Women's and Diversity Grant program, and the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
 
ANNUAL FORESTRY FIELD DAY SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 2
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are again joining forces to present the Annual Forestry Field Day in Lee County on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will get under way with registration and a tree identification walking tour, both taking place at the Ron and Carol Fullenkamp Tree Farm near West Point. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/annual-forestry-field-day-sched...

NEW GUIDE OFFERS OVERVIEW OF IOWA FOOD MARKETING RULES
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Local Food and Farm Initiative have developed a new guide, "Iowa Food Marketing Regulations: A Guide for Small-Scale Producers." The guide offers an overview of various licenses required for selling food in Iowa and state regulations that govern those sales, and directs readers to the appropriate agency or official who can answer specific questions about an operation or how to begin the process of obtaining each license. More:  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/new-guide-offers-overview-iowa-...

BAAS RECEIVES NATIONAL BARROW SHOW AWARD
Tom Baas, animal science, received the National Barrow Show Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Barrow Show (Hormel Foods) and the National Association of Swine Records in Austin, Minn., Sept. 8-12.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM STARTS SEASON STRONG
The ISU Livestock Judging Team finished third among 14 teams at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn., Sept. 8-12. The team placed first in the questions division and second in the reasons division. Hunter Shoemaker, junior in agricultural studies, received the High Individual award.

ISU CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT UNITED WAY HAS BEGUN
The ISU campaign to support the United Way of Story County has begun. ISU's goal is $325,000 and CALS goal is $62,500. The college is collecting items for the third annual United Way online auction. Contact Carla Persaud at cpersaud@iastate.edu or 4-1823 with a description of your items. The college-sponsored auction will run Oct. 10-17, with proceeds going to the 2012 ISU United Way Campaign.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 27: Errington Memorial Lecture, 8 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall, http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/errington/current.php

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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IOWA NASA EPSCOR 2012-2013 COMPETITION
The Iowa NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) announces the annual Iowa competition to select two research proposals for the FY 2013 National NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice competition. All Iowa researchers are eligible. The maximum request per proposal is $750,000 expended over a three-year period. Concept papers are due Oct. 8. More: http://www.iaspacegrant.org/nasa-epscor

WORKSHOP ON FINDING FUNDING FROM FOUNDATIONS
The ISU Library will hold a workshop to demonstrate resources for finding grants from nongovernment, nonprofit sources. Rebecca Jackson of the ISU Library will demonstrate how to find funding opportunities using the Foundation Database, and Donna Van Pelt of the ISU Foundation will provide information about applying. The workshop will be held Oct. 23 and again on Oct. 25. Pre-registration is required. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100686

NSF AGEP "OFFICE HOURS" WEBINARS
The National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate will hold "office hours" via webinar for investigators preparing proposals in response to the AGEP solicitation NSF 12-554. During these office hour sessions, NSF staff will cover frequently asked questions about preparing AGEP proposals and key components in proposal preparation and answer questions. Sessions will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. All three types of AGEP proposals are due Oct. 30. More: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=124763&WT.mc_ev=click

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/

Oct. 1:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Pilot/Feasibility Projects; up to $15,000 per project. More: http://goo.gl/qCHDf

Oct. 29 (letter of intent):  NIH Prevention of HIV Transmission/Acquisition Through a Better Understanding of Reproductive Health (RO1); $350,000 direct costs per year over five years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-13-008.html

Nov. 7:  NIH Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program-U01; $350,000 direct costs per year for five years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-13-010.html

Nov. 16 (letter of intent):  NIH Basic Social and Behavioral Research on Culture, Health and Wellbeing (R24); five to seven awards, $125,000 to $150,000 per year direct costs over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-12-002.html

Nov. 20 (letter of intent):  NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation FY 2013 (STTR); 25 awards, $225,000 per award over 12 months. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12592/nsf12592.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Dec. 11: EPA 10th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_p3.html

Dec. 17: NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12602/nsf12602.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Jan. 27 (letter of intent): NIH Advancing Clinical Research in Primary Glomerular Diseases (UM1). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-12-014.html

Feb. 16:  NIH Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (R21); $275,000 direct costs over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-284.html 

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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BEGINNING A SENTENCE WITH "HOWEVER"
"However" has been used as a conjunction since the fourteenth century. Like other conjunctions, it can be used at the beginning of a sentence. But however is more ponderous and has less impact than the simple "but." However is more effectively used within a sentence to emphasize the word or phrase that precedes it. (The job seemed exciting at first. Soon, however, it turned out to be exceedingly dull.)
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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LIBRARY ACQUIRES ELSEVIER BIOFUEL DATABASE
The ISU Library has acquired the Elsevier Biofuel database, a comprehensive online platform that covers scientific, industrial and commercial biofuel information sources. Through the Elsevier Biofuel database, users have access to relevant full-text content from 1,000 journals, 2,000 eBooks and 15 years of patent backfiles. A workshop is being offered on Oct. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100688

EXPERIMENT STATION BULLETINS ADDED TO DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
ISU Digital Collections has recently added the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station Research Bulletin covering 1911-1967 (bulletin nos. 1-555). The IAHEES has been in existence since 1888 to fulfill the requirements of a Congressional charge for land-grant universities to advance science and work with the citizens of Iowa. Disciplines include agriculture, dairy, soil chemistry, bacteriology, agronomy, entomology, botany, farm crops, animal husbandry and rural sociology. More: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/news-article/2025/100692

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INTERNAL VOICES
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COLLETTI: MORE COMPLICATED THAN ROCKET SCIENCE
From ensuring the sustainability of our water resources, to breeding crops tolerant to changing climactic conditions, to preparing for the increased food demands of nine billion people by 2050, finding solutions to the biggest agricultural challenges we face will require a new level of scientific innovation, coordination and long-term planning. As CALS senior associate dean Joe Colletti recently put it, ag science is not rocket science "“ it's more complicated than rocket science! Colletti spoke at an event at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames on Sept. 10 where the USDA announced the formation of a Long-Term Agro-ecosystem Research network to pursue these goals. More: http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/09/11/more-complicated-than-rocket-science/

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MARGINALIA
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TWENTY MORE "NILES" NEEDED TO FEED GROWING POPULATION
The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said last week. Factors such as climate change would strain freshwater supplies and nations including China and India were likely to face shortages within two decades, they said, calling on the U.N. Security Council to get more involved. More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/10/us-water-idUSBRE88913W20120910 

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