Issue: 735

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Feb. 4, 2013 No. 735

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COLLEGE NEWS
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NEW ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY NAMED
An agricultural educator from Tennessee has been named the new CALS assistant dean for diversity. Theressa Cooper, former director of Academic Success Programs and Outreach Initiatives at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, began Feb. 1. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1069/

YU NAMED PIONEER CHAIR IN MAIZE BREEDING
Jianming Yu, a former associate professor at Kansas State University, joined the agronomy department Jan. 1 as the Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding. Yu will work with both undergraduate and graduate education in agronomy and as a faculty member in the plant-breeding major. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1070/

ORGANIZATIONS SET TO RECRUIT AT CALS CAREER DAY, FEB. 6
More than 100 organizations will be on the ISU campus Feb. 6 to recruit at the CALS spring job fair. Ag Career Day is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1067/

SCHULTE MOORE NAMED STANFORD LEOPOLD LEADERSHIP FELLOW
Lisa Schulte Moore, national resource ecology and management, has received a fellowship from the 2013 Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. The fellowship provides leadership and communications training to help researchers engage public and private industry leaders about decisions regarding sustainability and the environment. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1072/

AGRONOMIST CONTRIBUTES TO EXPERIMENTAL TEACHING METHOD
Steven Cannon, a USDA collaborator in agronomy, is contributing to the development of groundbreaking new techniques to teach undergraduate students complex scientific concepts related to genetics. A paper published Jan. 25 in the journal Science, details the use of complex data sets in the classroom to help students understand how genetic structures work. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/01/29/geneticsdataset

CALS IMPACT AWARD HONORS RETIRING CAST CEO, JOHN BONNER
John Bonner, retiring executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, was presented the college's Impact Award for Extraordinary Partnership at a reception Jan. 23 on the ISU campus. Bonner served as head of the Ames-based organization since 2005. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1071/

IRISH INSTITUTE GROUP TO TOUR BIOCENTURY RESEARCH FARM, FEB. 12
The Irish Institute at Boston College will be hosting a delegation from Ireland and Northern Ireland on a Renewable Energies in Agriculture: Biomass program. They will be in Iowa and visiting the BioCentury Research Farm on Feb. 12. Andy Suby, biomass processing facility manager, and Larry Johnson, director of the BioCentury Research Farm, will give a tour to discuss ISU's involvement in furthering progress in all areas of the biomass to products supply chain, which include:
* Various biomass feedstocks (stover, forage crops and woody material).
* Advanced cropping and harvesting techniques and equipment as it relates to the biomass supply chain.
* Logistics and storage practices.
* Biomass preparation.
* Biomass conversion to products such as fuels, chemicals, biochar and other value-added products.
* The current state of the biomass supply chain and what could be ahead.

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT SPONSORS PANEL FOR CAREER WOMEN, FEB. 18
"I Wish Someone Had Told Me That: Women Pursuing Professional Careers" is the topic of a panel discussion on Feb. 18, 2 to 3 p.m. in 368A Heady Hall. The panel discussion is for graduate students and post docs or young professionals who are pursuing a career in academics, research or other professional venue. Three women with various academic backgrounds and careers will share how they handled the pressures and problems of balancing a career and family. Sponsored by the Graduate College and the Department of Economics. More: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/news/news.php?id=037

COLLEGIATE FFA's FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, FEB. 19
The agricultural education and studies department and Collegiate FFA chapter are celebrating National FFA Week with a free pancake breakfast on Feb. 19, 7 to 9 a.m. in the Kildee Pavilion. Celebrity chefs will be serving pancakes and sausage. The event is open to all ISU students, faculty and staff. Dean for the Day tickets will also be available for $1 or seven for $5. More: cffabreakfast@iastate.edu

SAVE THE DATE: SEED SCIENCE CENTER SYMPOSIUM APRIL 24
The Seed Science Center is hosting a new symposium series titled the Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium on April 24 at the Gateway Conference Center. LeRoy Everson was the former director of ISU's Seed Laboratory and a professor of plant pathology. He died in 2005. This year's theme is "Seeding the Future: Emerging Policy and Science." More: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/bigmap/home.html

TIME TO PLAN FOR WATER OUTAGE OR SHORTAGE IS NOW
In his monthly newsletter, John Lawrence, associate dean for Extension Programs and Outreach and director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, encourages staff to help farmers prepare for the day the water stops flowing. In addition to drought predictions, Lawrence says families, farms and communities may have well problems. The time to be planning for a water outage or shortage is now, not after you are out of water. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/staff/news/ANR%20News%20February%202...

LEOPOLD CENTER AWARDS 15 GRANTS FOR WORK IN 2013
The Leopold Center has awarded grants for 15 research and demonstration projects that will begin work in 2013. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/01-28-2013/15-new-competitive-grants...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Feb. 13 and 26: CALS schedules training, REEport to replace CRIS reporting system, 1 to 3 p.m., CCUR theater (1951 Food Sciences Building), Cathy Good, cgood@iastate.edu, 4-4544.
Feb. 14: Retirement reception for Jean Tilley, 2 to 4 p.m., 331 Palmer Building.
Feb. 23: Beef and Basketball Event, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/beef-and-basketball-combines-in...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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BAILEY RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 1
Established as an estate gift from Carl A. and Grace A. Bailey, the Bailey Research Career Development Award is intended to foster research that is innovative, increases knowledge and has practical applications. Any full-time tenured associate professor or professor may apply. One award of $50,000 per year for two or three years will be awarded. Applications should be submitted electronically to Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) by March 1. More: http://www.vpresearch.iastate.edu/en/funding/bailey_award/

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/

Proposals accepted continuously: Air Force Broad Agency Announcement; $200,000-$400,000 per year, up to five years. More: http://goo.gl/0P91J

March 4 (RCN SEES Track): NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN); 15 to 25 awards, $750,000 up to five years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691

March 4 (pre-application): DOE Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Role of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycling; $1 million per year, up to three years. More: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants/announcements.asp?stat=1

March 16: NIH School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R21); $275,000 over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-098.html

April 5: EPA FY 2013 Pollution Prevention Information Network Grant Program; 50 percent cost share, eight awards, $130,000 per award. More: http://goo.gl/uPYa3

April 29: NSF Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering 2013; 25 to 30 awards, $175,000 over two years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503160

March 1-June 3: NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grant. More: http://goo.gl/pYuLg

June 5: NIH School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-100.html

June 16: NIH School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes (R03); $50,000 per year, up to two years. More: http://goo.gl/AP036

Sept. 10: NSF Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC). More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503452

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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WITH ENUMERATIONS, AVOID THE "LY" FORMS
In enumerations, use first, second, third, and so on. Avoid the "“ly forms.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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CLIMATE CHANGE TOPIC OF HILTON CHAIR LECTURE, FEB. 12
Author and environmental affairs expert Paul Wapner will present his second lecture at ISU's 2012-13 Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in Human Sciences on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. He will discuss how people on the front lines of climate change are making sense of their experience and the choices societies face for enduring climate hardship. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/02/04/lectures-wapner2

WOMEN AND DIVERSITY GRANT PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 1
Proposals are due March 1 for the Women's and Diversity Grants Program, which is designed to support initiatives that will enrich the experiences of women and diverse faculty, staff and students at ISU. Up to $50,000 in funding is available in support of women's and diversity initiatives. ISU faculty or staff, as individuals or as teams, may submit proposals. More: http://www.provost.iastate.edu/what-we-do/diversity/pfo/grants

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INTERNAL VOICES
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HAYES: BENEFITS OF ENDOWED POSITION
Dermot Hayes, economics, has held the Pioneer Chair in Agribusiness for 14 years. "Pioneer has an interest in giving back to the community, and one way to do that is to endow chairs," said Hayes in a Jan. 25 article in Iowa Farmer Today. "They are very interested in integrating business and agriculture, so I have responsibilities in both areas." More: http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/news/crop/endowments-provide-benefits-bey...

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MARGINALIA
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SUPERBOWL COMMERCIAL DECLARES 2013 YEAR OF THE FARMER
In a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, Ram Trucks dedicates 2013 to celebrating the American farmer. FFA teamed up with Ram in this effort. Watch the video online, and Ram will make a donation to FFA (up to $1 million). More: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/keepplowing/

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