Issue: 724

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Oct. 29, 2012 No. 724

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ECOLOGIST TO SPEAK AT PESEK COLLOQUIUM, OCT. 29
Agriculture's place in Earth's ecology will be the focus of the 2012 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Erle Ellis, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, will present "Agriculture in the Anthropocene: Growing a Sustainable Human Ecology." More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1052/

OCT. 30 ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY INTERVIEW TO BE RESCHEDULED
The open seminar date for the third candidate interviewing for the CALS Assistant Dean for Diversity position has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. The open seminar for Ruth Washington was scheduled for Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Details will be sent out once the interview has been rescheduled. Candidate information is available online. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2012/Diversity_Officer/

CORN NITROGEN RATE CALCULATOR AVAILABLE ONLINE
ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship have highlighted the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. The online tool is rapidly updated to allow for changing hybrid genetics, rotation and climatic conditions. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/corn-nitrogen-rate-calculator-h...

HEATON TO PRESENT ANR AT NOON, NOV. 2
Emily Heaton, agronomy, will be the featured speaker at the ANR at Noon session on Friday, Nov. 2, at 12 p.m. Heaton will discuss dedicated biomass crops for Iowa. To connect: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/anr

ORDERS FOR HOLIDAY HAMS DUE NOV. 9 AND DEC. 7
The Meat Science Club is selling semi-boneless hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Club members trim and prepare each semi-boneless ham for the curing, smoking and cooking process. They are injected with salt, sugar, spices and cure for flavor, smoked for more than two hours with natural hardwood smoke and vacuum packaged for a long refrigerated shelf life. Whole hams (12-15 pounds) are $3.50 a pound and half hams (7-9 pounds) are $4 a pound. Place an order by calling 4-8294, emailing ISU.Meat.Science.Club@gmail.com or by filling out an order form at the Meat Lab Sales Counter or in 2371 Kildee Hall. The deadline for Thanksgiving hams is Nov. 9 and the deadline for Christmas hams is Dec. 7, or until sold out. Hams will be available to pick up at the Meat Lab Sales counter, located at the north corner of the Kildee Hall atrium. Pick up times are Nov. 13 and 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving hams and Dec. 11 and 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Christmas hams.  

CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS THE FUTURE OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
The 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference, to be held Nov. 18-19 at the University of Iowa, will feature the latest research on the future of organic agriculture. Sponsors include ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Iowa Office of Sustainability, New Pioneer Food Cooperative and the Leopold Center. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/10-23-2012/conference-address-future...

TWO AED UNITS AVAILABLE IN CURTISS HALL
The College has purchased two automatic external defibrillators units for Curtiss Hall. The units are currently located in 133 and 304 Curtiss and will be placed in permanent cabinets next to the elevators when construction is finished in that area. Ten staff members received AED training on Oct. 25. If you don't have training, the AED unit has audio instructions that will talk you through the process. The trainer stated that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be administered immediately in an emergency situation. Contact Barb McBreen at 4-0707 or barbmc@iastate.edu if you have questions.

FRASCH JOINS IOWA CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Ryan Frasch has joined the Iowa Crop Improvement Association as an agricultural specialist working with Foundation Corn and Crop Testing. Frasch has a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. ICIA is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa.

IOWA SEED AND BIOSAFETY NEWSLETTER ONLINE
The fall 2012 issue of the Iowa Seed & Biosafety Newsletter is available online at http://www.seeds.iastate.edu/images/fall2012.pdf. The newsletter is published by the Seed Science Center and the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.

STUDENT TEAM COMPETES AT ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS
The ISU Horse Judging team competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on Oct. 17. The team finished seventh overall out of 22 teams. Members are Liz Beatty, senior in animal science; Monica Madsen, senior in agronomy; Liz Sample, junior in animal science; Bree Schwarte, senior in elementary education; and Heather Smith, senior in animal science. Their final contest will be at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity held in Oklahoma City in November.

BLOCK AND BRIDLE CLUB HOST SHOWMANSHIP CONTEST
More than 100 ISU students participated in the Little North American Showmanship Contest hosted by the Block and Bridle Club on Oct. 20. Students were required to attend eight of 16 practice sessions prior to the event, where they learned how to show, prepare and handle the different species, including dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep and horses.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 2-3: Snow Blower Service Days, Agriculture Systems Technology Club, astservicedays@gmail.com, (515) 708-8672.
Nov. 28-29: Integrated Crop Management Conference, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/integrated-crop-management-conf...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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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/

Nov. 1 (letter of intent): NOAA/NASA/DOD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation Research in Satellite Data Assimilation for Numerical Environmental Prediction; three to five awards, $90,000 to $150,000. More: http://goo.gl/65FNB

Nov. 19 (letter of intent): NOS/NOAA FY 2013 Coastal Resilience Networks. More: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=204493

Dec. 12: USAID Center for Advance Studies-Pakistan. More: http://goo.gl/CO2xC

Dec. 17 (preproposals): USFWS FY 2013 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Restoration and Research proposals; 25 percent cost share. More: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/fisheries/glfwra-grants.html

Dec. 17: USFWS FY 2013 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Regional Projects. More: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/fisheries/glfwra-grants.html

Dec. 26 (letter of intent): NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Courses (R25); $50,000 direct costs for three years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-012.html

Sept. 9: NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501084

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INFOGRAZING
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OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE PROGRAM SWITCHES TO NEW DATABASE SYSTEM
On Nov. 1, the ISU Occupational Medicine Program will switch to a new database system that will allow for the electronic distribution of medical recall letters and notices. The new database will also allow for electronic recordkeeping and will assist in patient scheduling. New or updated hazard inventory forms will need to be sent electronically so they can be attached to profiles in the database. And all medical and training notifications will be emailed to employees and copied to supervisors. More: http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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KIMLE: STUDENTS TEAM WITH CO-OPS TO DEVELOP NEW BUSINESSES
The Iowa Alliance for Cooperative Business Development and the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative have developed an experience-based learning program for ISU students, giving them the opportunity to work with Iowa's rural cooperatives. "The thought behind our program is that managers at rural cooperatives have business development projects that often are difficult to move off the back burner," said Kevin Kimle, director of the AgEI. "Some of those projects can be moved forward by students and faculty, teamed with managers from cooperatives." More, pg. 27-28 in "Rural Cooperatives" magazine, a USDA publication: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/rdCoopMagSep-OctCoopmag.pdf

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MARGINALIA
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AG BUSINESS STUDENT PART OF WINNING BIG 12 CROSS COUNTRY TEAM  
The Cyclone Women's Cross Country team won the Big 12 Championship team title Saturday in Austin, Texas. This is the second year in a row the Iowa State team has won the women's conference championship. Bethany Olson, a senior in agricultural business and international agriculture, is a member of this year's winning cross-country team and also was a member last year. Olson will be featured in the upcoming STORIES magazine. For more on the team's performance go to: www.cyclones.com.

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