Issue: 737

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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. 18, 2013 No. 737

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COLLEGE NEWS
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CALS STUDENTS TO RECEIVE ALL-UNIVERSITY SENIOR AWARD
CALS students represent two of the five recipients of this year's Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. CALS recipients for 2013 are: Joseph Hora, agricultural studies, and Bethany Olson, agricultural business. The students will be honored during the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22. The award recognizes outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni.

MILLER AWARDED GUTENBERG CHAIR AT UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURG
W. Allen Miller, professor of plant pathology and microbiology and the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, was awarded a Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg for 2013. The award provides funds for laboratory expenses while Miller is performing his research as a Fulbright Research Scholar in the laboratory of Véronique Ziegler-Graff at the Institute for Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Strasbourg.  Miller is at the institute on an ISU Faculty Professional Development Assignment from Sept. 2012 through June 2013. He is investigating the "molecular keys" that plant viruses use to unlock and take over the protein synthesis machinery of the host plant.  

ROWLING RECEIVES EXPERIMENTAL ANIMAL NUTRITION AWARD
Matt Rowling, food science and human nutrition, is the recipient of the 2013 Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition. The award is given for meritorious research in nutrition accomplished by an investigator within 10 years of postgraduate training. Rowling will receive the award at the ASN Awards Ceremony April 21 during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2013.

NEW ISU WEATHER STATIONS TO MONITOR SOIL MOISTURE
Farmers will be able to check soil moisture levels around the state when the Department of Agronomy upgrades weather stations at several research and demonstration farms. With drought conditions continuing across Iowa, Elwynn Taylor, agronomy, said the stations offer a risk management tool for crop producers. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1073/

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT A SPONSOR FOR PANEL ON CAREER WOMEN, FEB. 18
"I Wish Someone Had Told Me That: Women Pursuing Professional Careers" is the topic of a panel discussion today, 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 Tuesday, 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

CURTISS HALL DISPLAY: CAN YOU SPARE AN OLD iPHONE?
The college is looking for used, nonworking iPhones to help illustrate the ScoutPro App in one of the new display areas in Curtiss Hall on ground floor. CALS students in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative developed the app. If anyone is interested in contributing, please contact Barb McBreen at barbmc@iastate.edu or 4-0707 by March 1.

IOWA WATER CONFERENCE AT SCHEMAN, MARCH 4-5
The 2013 Iowa Water Conference will be held March 4-5 at Scheman Continuing Education Building in Ames. The conference is a collaborative effort featuring participating conferences of Ag and the Environment, Floodplain Management, Stormwater and Water Monitoring. The goal of this partnership is to create greater awareness of Iowa urban and agricultural water issues through sustainable watershed management. The conference is hosted by the Iowa Water Center at ISU. More: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iwc/

ROY J. CARVER CHARITABLE TRUST PROFESSORSHIPS HONORED MARCH 6
Guru Rao and Amy Andreotti, inaugural recipients of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Professorships in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, will be honored at an event on March 6 at 3 p.m. in the Molecular Biology Building Atrium. President Steven Leath, CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen and LAS Dean Beate Schmittmann will be among the speakers.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM HAS CLEAN SWEEP AT IOWA BEEF EXPO
The Livestock Judging team had a clean sweep at the Iowa Beef Expo on Feb. 10 in Des Moines. The team outdistanced the field by 44 points and also took home high team in reason and placing honors. Students placing in the individual events include: Willie Weis, junior in animal science, place second overall and first in reasons; Tyler Krug, senior in agricultural systems technology, placed third overall and second in placings; and Jon Heaton, junior in agricultural studies, placed third in reasons. Jon DeClerck, animal science, coaches the livestock judging team.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
March 5: EPA Region 7 Administrator to speak on nonpoint source pollution, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Great Hall, http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/29819
April 4-5: Heat Stress Symposium, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/dept/HeatStressSymposium.pdf
April 24: Seed Science Center Symposium, Gateway Conference Center, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/bigmap/home.html
April 25: U.S.-China Trade Commission Hearing, http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/29936

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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/

March 1: American Seed Research Foundation; research opportunities in fundamental seed biology, seed technology, seed production and seed health, up to $35,000 per year for up to three years. More: http://www.seedresearch.org/index.html

March 4: (Request for Information) USAID Land Use Change and Disease Emergence. More: http://goo.gl/o9fHv

March 12: USDA FAS Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with People's Republic of China. More: http://goo.gl/Fd007

May 1 (letter of intent): USDA NIFA AFRI "“ Carbon Cycle Science; $200,000 to $1 million. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/carboncyclescienceafri.cfm

May 25: NIH Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R24). More:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-113.html

June 5: NIH Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-114.html

June 16: NIH Improvement of Animal Models for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (R21); up to $275,000 over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-115.html

June 16: NIH Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R21); $275,000 direct costs over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-149.html

Oct. 8: NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology; 15 awards. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503622

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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COMMAS WITH PARENTHETICAL ELEMENTS
If only a slight break is intended, commas should be used to set off a parenthetical element inserted into a sentence as an explanation or comment. If a stronger break is needed or if there are commas within the parenthetical element, em dashes or parentheses should be used.
* All the test participants, in spite of our initial fears, recovered.
* The most provocative, if not the most important, part of the statement came last.
* The influence of three impressionists"”Monet, Sisley and Degas"”is obvious in her work.
* Our final sample (collected under difficult conditions) contained an impurity.
* Wexford's analysis (see chapter 3) is more to the point.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM SET FOR FEB. 25-26
The university community is invited to attend the Sustainability Symposium on Feb. 25-26 in the Memorial Union. "At the symposium, we'll see what our colleagues and students are doing to make this university more sustainable," said Merry Rankin, director of sustainability. "And we'll come away with some ideas on how we can continue to build a greener Iowa State." More: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2013/02/07/sustain

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INTERNAL VOICES
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CALS STUDENT: BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN JOB OFFERS
The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 13 reported agriculture majors are in high demand ("Farm Boom Sows Jobs Bounty"). Andrew Filipi, a senior in CALS majoring in animal science and international agriculture, was able to choose between two job offers six months before graduation. "I felt really blessed to be able to choose," said Filipi. "It's a huge weight off my shoulders." More: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142412788732490600457829226320...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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ALUM CREDITS AG BUSINESS CLUB FOR NETWORKING SKILLS
For David Peterson, a Blue Grass, Iowa, dairy producer, leadership opportunities in the ISU Ag Business Club taught networking skills that are invaluable to the genetic seedstock side of his business. "I've had the opportunity to merchandize genetics locally and globally. That requires networking, and the seeds for that skill were planted by activities like the club." More: http://www.agweb.com/article/ag_business_club_long_term_benefits/

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MARGINALIA
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MILESTONE LOOMS FOR FARM-RAISED FISH
Sometime this year, the majority of the fish eaten will be farm-raised rather than wild-caught. In the last 20 years, the production of fish through aquaculture has grown exponentially, while marine fish catches have leveled off. In 2013 the lines will cross, and the majority of the fish will come from aquaculture rather than oceans. More: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/a-milestone-looms-for-farm-rai...

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