Issue: 743

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
April 1, 2013 No. 743

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COLLEGE NEWS
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HORTICULTURE CLUB MEMBERS WIN HONORABLE MENTION
Horticulture Club members Cally Bengston, junior in animal science, Kelsi Gensley, sophomore in animal science, and Caitlin Hochwender, freshman in horticulture, won honorable mention at Brunnier in Bloom, the museum's annual pairing of art and flowers. The event showcases the talents of central Iowa floral designers and garden clubs as they are challenged to create arrangements inspired by works of art in the museum's collection. The Horticulture Club's flower arrangement, titled "The Face of Agriculture," was inspired by the piece of art "In Our Bones" by Sheryl Ellinwood. More: http://www.museums.iastate.edu/BIB2013.html

FSHN STUDENTS PLACE THIRD WITH HEART-HEALTHY PRODUCT
A group of food science and human nutrition students placed third in the Institute of Food Technologists Heart-Healthy Product Development Competition this spring. Yee Lung Lai, Lisa Schmidt, Blake Jorgenson and Beatrice Jie, all undergraduates in FSHN, created a bit-sized, heart-healthy cheesecake snack with flavor and nutrients. Team adviser is Stephanie Clark, food science and human nutrition. More: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/2013/03/27/smheart-bites-places-3rd/

ANIMAL SCIENCE TO HOST HEAT STRESS SYMPOSIUM, APRIL 4-5
The Department of Animal Science will hold a Heat Stress Symposium on Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall (Room 1204). "Effects of Heat Stress on Post-Absorptive Metabolism" will feature speakers from Creighton University, University of Iowa, University of Kansas Medical Center and Virginia Tech, and ISU speakers in animal science, genetics, development and cell biology, and agricultural and biosystems engineering. Registration is free, but you are asked to submit RSVPs to jsj387@iastate.edu. The event's sponsors are the Department of Animal Science, the Office of Biotechnology, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Norman Jacobson Endowment. More: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/dept/HeatStressSymposium.pdf

LAWNMOWER SERVICE DAYS, APRIL 5-6
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual Lawnmower Service Days on Friday, April 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Industrial Education II building, west of the ISU horse barns. Cost for routine maintenance is $35 for a push mower and $50 for a riding mower. (Major repairs not provided.) Pick-up and delivery are available for Ames only; $15 for push mowers and $20 for riding mowers. More: astservicedays@gmail.com, (515) 708-8672.

JANZEN'S PAINTED TURTLE RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN GENOME BIOLOGY
Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has co-authored a paper published in the March 28 issue of Genome Biology. Titled "The western painted turtle genome, a model for the evolution of extreme physiological adaptations in a slowly evolving lineage," the research may offer important insights into the management of a number of human health disorders. More: http://genomebiology.com/2013/14/3/R28/abstract

STUDENT SERVICES SPECIALIST JOINS CALS
Charles Turner has joined the CALS Student Services office as a student services specialist. He will be coordinating the scheduling of classes and registration for CALS undergraduates; implementing university policies, procedures and academic standards; and assisting the college's honors program including maintaining honors students' degree audits. Turner can be reached at cfturner@iastate.edu, 4-8653.

APPLICATIONS FOR BACONFEST COMMITTEE DUE APRIL 5
Applications are being accepted to be on the committee to help plan the first student-led Baconfest. ISU's BaconFest 2013 will include sampling of bacon from the most extensive variety of bacon purveyors in one place, live music and bacon education. For more information and a copy of the committee application, contact Jake Swanson, president of the Agriculture Student Council, jswanson@iastate.edu.

INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TO SPEAK AT ISU, APRIL 7
Hans Herren, president of the Millennium Institute, will present the 2013 Shivvers Memorial Lecture, "Changing Course in Global Agriculture," on Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. An internationally recognized scientist and World Food Prize recipient, Herren will speak about opportunities and challenges for advancing integrated sustainable development. Herren's presentation is co-sponsored by the Leopold Center. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/03/21/lectures-herren

RHETORIC AND SCIENCE TOPIC OF UPCOMING LECTURE, APRIL 8
The agronomy department and the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture are co-sponsoring a lecture titled "Rhetoric and Science: Two Cultures or One?" on April 8 at 7 p.m. in 101 Carver Hall. David Zarefsky, professor emeritus and former dean of the School of Communication at Northwestern University, will discuss how debates over policy can resemble the scientific method. More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/29993

REGISTER BY APRIL 8 FOR TALL GRASS PRAIRIE WORKSHOP
Faculty are invited to enhance their teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the second Tall Grass Prairie Project on May 16-17. The Tall Grass Prairie Project is modeled after well-established projects at colleges across the nation, aimed at bringing an innovative approach to curricular change and provide faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience. Registration deadline is April 8. The project is being co-led by John Miranowski, economics, and Cinzia Cervato, geological and atmospheric sciences. More: http://www.las.iastate.edu/2013-tall-grass_workshop/

LOOMIS LECTURE AND PLANT BIOLOGY MINI-SYMPOSIUM, APRIL 11-12
The 2013 Walter and Helen Parke Loomis Distinguished Lecture and Plant Biology Mini-Symposium will be held April 11-12 in Scheman Building. This year's topic is plant imaging and modeling. Patrick Hussey, a professor at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, will present the Walter and Helen Parke Loomis Distinguished Lecture on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The mini-symposium will consist of nine speakers on April 12, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More: http://www.ipb.iastate.edu/system/files/LoomisFlyer2013.pdf

REGISTER BY APRIL 12 FOR SEED AND BIOSAFETY SYMPOSIUM
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." Register online before April 12. Registration for ISU faculty and staff is complimentary. More: http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/bigmap/home.html

RECEPTION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLEAGUES, APRIL 22
The CALS annual reception for colleagues in agriculture and life sciences from Iowa community colleges and several Iowa private colleges will be held April 22, directly after the close of the State FFA Convention Career Show (at approximately 5 or 5:30 p.m.) in room 299 Scheman Building. Please RSVP to Barb Osborn (baosborn@iastate.edu) by April 15.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR THE FLORAS, APRIL 24
A retirement reception honoring Jan and Cornelia Flora, sociology, will be held April 24, 2 to 4 p.m. (remarks at 2:15) in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. The Floras have been at ISU since 1994. More: http://www.soc.iastate.edu/newsletter/flora.html

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 16-17: Egg Industry Issues Forum, St. Louis, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/Forum.dwt
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/

April 5: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Rivers CESU; laboratory culture of diverse species of freshwater mussels; $39,950. More: http://goo.gl/gcyxC

April 29: Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program Grant. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=228093

May 1: USAID Livestock Climate Change CRSP - Understanding Microbiomes to Improve Animal Health and Nutrition (Uganda, Nepal); $400,000, 25 percent cost share. More: http://lcccrsp.org/funding/callforproposals/

May 1: The Ceres Trust 2013 Graduate Student Organic Research Grants; 10 awards of $10,000 each, one year. More: http://www.cerestrust.org/

May 9: Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Enhanced Resilience; economic well-being, governance, nutrition and health, 10 percent cost share, one award of $72 million over five years. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=228496

June 18 (letter of intent): Drug Target Development and Validation for Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens (R21/R33). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-13-019.html

Sept. 25: The Ceres Trust 2013 Organic Research Initiative Grants; RFP to be posted on or before June 1, ten awards of $60,000 each for three years. More: http://www.cerestrust.org/

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SAY WHAT YOU MEAN
Rudolf Flesch, author of "Say What You Mean" and "On Business Communications," writes about 60 words that should be avoided when writing. A shortened version of his "blacklist," with the author's preferred word in brackets: desire (want), facilitate (make), indicate (say), prohibit (forbid), request (ask for), sufficient (enough), transpire (happen). The full list is available on page 2 of the following document from the University Writing Center at Indiana University: http://www.iupui.edu/~uwc/pdf/Jargon%20and%20Overworked%20Phrases-1.pdf

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INFOGRAZING
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YALE ECONOMIST TO SPEAK ON GLOBAL POVERTY, APRIL 4
Yale University economist Dean Karlan will speak on "Pragmatic Optimism: How Behavioral Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty" on Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Karlan is co-author of "More Than Good Intentions: Improving the Ways the World's Poor Borrow, Save, Farm, Learn and Stay Healthy." More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/29340

GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS FORUM AVAILABLE BY WEBCAST, APRIL 9
On April 9, the University of California, through its Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will host the Global Food Systems Forum to address how to sustainably feed eight billion people by 2025. The discussion will bring together people from a dynamic range of disciplines, including farmers, researchers, policymakers, economists, environmentalists and geopolitical experts. The public can view the event live by webcast. More: http://food2025.ucanr.edu/

FACULTY INVITED TO APPLY FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Academies invite applications from small teams of faculty to attend the National Academies Midwest Summer Institute on exploring new models of instruction for the undergraduate classroom, July 8"“12, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The institute focuses primarily on biology. Interested participants should contact Dawn Bratsch-Prince (deprince@iastate.edu) in the provost's office. More: http://nasummerinstitutes.org/midwest/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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CALS STUDENT: BACONFEST TO SHOWCASE ISU
Jake Swanson, a junior in global resource systems and president of the CALS Student Council, is planning an ISU BaconFest on Oct. 11 in conjunction with the college (see College News). "We have one of the best agricultural schools in the world, and I think an event like BaconFest is really a great opportunity to showcase that," said Swanson. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201303280405...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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LASHIER: EXHIBIT ALLOWS YOU TO EXPERIENCE AGRICULTURE
The new agriculture exhibit at the Iowa Hall of Pride in downtown Des Moines ""¦helps people experience modern agriculture in a Star Wars technology way," said Jack Lashier, director of the Iowa Hall of Pride, in a March 22 article for Farm News. Filled with dozens of hands-on, interactive displays, the agriculture exhibit shows visitors how a corn plant grows from a small kernel to a mature plant, how a bushel of corn measures up, what the inside of a grain bin looks like, and how it feels to ride along in a tractor with global positioning system technology. More: http://www.farm-news.com/page/content.detail/id/508989/There-s-pride-in-...

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MARGINALIA
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IOWA PIG FARMER BIG HIT ON TV
Carl Blake runs Rustik Rooster Farms in northeast Iowa, where he breeds Iowa Swabian Hall pigs. Blake's pigs are cross-bred from Chinese pigs that he purchased from ISU and Russian wild pigs. Top chefs seek out his pork for its richly flavored meat, marbled with plenty of fat. He talked about his operation on Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show, in an interview that aired Wednesday night. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130329/NEWS/303290061?source=...

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