Issue: 738

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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. 25, 2013 No. 738

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COLLEGE NEWS
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EGG INDUSTRY IMPROVES EFFICIENCY, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
The U.S. egg industry is operating at much greater efficiency while leaving a smaller environmental footprint than it did 50 years ago, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at ISU. Improved genetics, disease prevention, nutrition and production methods allow the egg industry to feed more people while producing less waste and requiring fewer resources, said Hongwei Xin, agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the ISU-based Egg Industry Center. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/02/21/eggefficiency

COLLEGE VIDEO FEATURED IN IOWA HALL OF PRIDE
A new agricultural exhibit in the Iowa Hall of Pride features CALS and includes video interviews with current students about majors, career options and college experiences. The kiosk also includes an ISU video titled "Follow Your Dreams." More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1074/

ACKER AND DIXON-FOX TALK ABOUT HARL COMMONS CONSTRUCTION
In no small feat of engineering, Harl Commons is being carved out of the east side of Curtiss Hall, with support from Neil and Darlene Harl. David Acker, associate dean for Academic and Global Programs, and Kerry Dixon-Fox, project manager for Facilities, Planning and Management, talk about the renovation in the Winter 2013 issue of "forward," the magazine of the ISU Foundation. More: http://www.foundation.iastate.edu/s/1463/index_2col.aspx?sid=1463&gid=1&...

PLANNING GROUP TO DEVELOP NEW BIOPLASTICS CENTER
The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team has received a National Science Foundation planning grant to develop a center that will focus on bioplastics and biocomposites. The grant is from the NSF's Industry/University Cooperative Research Program that helps build partnerships between industry, universities and government. David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering and chairman of the BBRT, will direct the new center. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1075/

THINK TANK ON ANIMAL AGRICULTURE TODAY, FEB. 25
Keith Boldman, DuPont Pioneer, will discuss Development of Drought-Tolerant Corn Hybrids at the monthly Think Tank on Animal Agriculture at Lucullan's Italian Grill in Ames. The event begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and the presentation at 6:30. More: Peg Uthe, pluthe@iastate.edu, 4-4524.

CALS SCHEDULES TRAINING: REEport TO REPLACE CRIS REPORTING SYSTEM, FEB. 26?
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be providing online REEport training for project investigators and administrative staff on Feb. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. The CCUR theater (1951 Food Sciences Building) has been reserved by the college for a group viewing, with time after for questions and discussion. There is also a REEport User Manual available online at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/business/pdfs/reeport_user_manual.pdf. REEport is NIFA's singular competitive grant (non-formula) and formula grant project reporting system, building on and replacing the existing Current Research Information System (CRIS) web forms system. The changeover is scheduled for April 2. Contact Cathy Good, cgood@iastate.edu, 4-4544, with questions.

NEW COW-CALF SPECIALIST TO WORK WITH BEEF INDUSTRY
Patrick Gunn has joined the animal science department faculty as the new cow-calf specialist. His appointment is 60 percent extension, 25 percent applied research and 15 percent teaching. Gunn's primary research focus is on nutrition and reproduction, including interaction between the two areas. More: http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/news/PatrickGunn2013.html

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/

STANIFORTH MEMORIAL LECTURE, MARCH 5
The 2013 David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture will be March 5 at 4:10 p.m. in Room 2050 Agronomy Hall. Frank Forcella, a research agronomist with the USDA-ARS, North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris, Minn., will present "Weeds, Crops and Health." A reception will immediately follow the lecture in the Agronomy Commons. More: http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/30091/?s=d&featured=1&sy=2013&sm=03&s...

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.

PROFESSORS CAN STREAM NOBEL PEACE PRIZE PANEL INTO CLASSROOMS
The 25th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place in Minneapolis on March 8-10. If professors or clubs would like to have the "Food Security = World Security" panel on March 8, 1:30 to 3 p.m., streamed into classrooms, contact Mike Gaul (mikegaul@iastate.edu) or Ron Deiter (rdeiter@iastate.edu). This international event will bring together business, civic and thought leaders to address the global issues of food security and its direct relationship to world security. More: http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org/

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.

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 22 (pre-proposal): USDA NRCS 2013 Conservation Innovation Grants; 50 percent cost share, apply or demonstrate proven technology, $1 million per award. More: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financia...

March 25: USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program; eight Leader with Associate Awards, $8 million per award over five years. More: http://goo.gl/rfriW

March 29 (notice of intent): NASA ROSES 2013, Terrestrial Ecology; 10 to 20 awards. More: http://goo.gl/DLwVi

April 1: EPA Removal Emergency Response Program; one award, $300,000. More:
http://goo.gl/NGPDq

April 8: USDA Hazardous Fuels "“ Woody Biomass Utilization Grant; 20 percent cost share. More: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/units/tmu/tmuatwork.shtml 

April 12 (concept paper): DOE Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment. More: http://goo.gl/8Aa9w

April 15: EPA Research Training Program for College and University Students; includes student research at EPA lab in Cincinnati, Ohio. More: http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/EPA-ORD-NRMRL-CI-12-03.html

April 22: DOE Advanced Gasification Technologies Development and Gasification Scoping Studies for Innovative Initiatives; cost share required, five awards, $750,000 to $12 million. More: http://goo.gl/MvZm2

Sept. 17: NSF Nano-Biosensing; $100,000 average award. More: http://goo.gl/m2adt

Oct. 1: NSF Nanomanufacturing (NM). More: http://goo.gl/uE5Is

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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CALS COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE MOVES TO 141 CURTISS HALL
The CALS Communications Service offices have temporarily moved to 141 Curtiss Hall, as part of the building's renovation. Email and phone numbers remain the same. Staff includes Brian Meyer, Ed Adcock, Barb McBreen, Melea Reicks Licht and Julie Stewart.

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INFOGRAZING
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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CLASS DESIGNS TRACTOR ROLLOVER SAFETY PRODUCT
A research and outreach collaboration led by the Department of Industrial Design has resulted in a product that could save hundreds of farmers lives in Iowa alone. They have developed a prototype of a device that addresses one aspect of tractor rollover fatalities: response time. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/02/22/tractor-rollover

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MARGINALIA
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IOWA HALL OF PRIDE NARRATED BY NINE-YEAR-OLD ARIA PILCHER
The Iowa State portion of an exhibit about agriculture in the Iowa Hall of Pride includes video interviews with current students about their majors, career options and college experiences. The kiosk also includes an Iowa State video titled "Follow Your Dreams." The video is narrated by nine-year-old Aria Pilcher, who is the daughter of Amy and Josh Pilcher. Aria is a 4th grader who is active in choir, orchestra and Ames Community Theater. Her narration helps convey the message that agriculture is all about life. The video illustrates the broad range of opportunities related to agriculture from food, natural resources and many other areas. To view the video go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/iowastatecals

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