Issue: 745

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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 15, 2013 No. 745

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COLLEGE NEWS
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VEISHEA TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP, SPIRIT OF SERVICE
Veishea cochairs and CALS students Hillary Morris and Rachel Owen carry on the college's tradition of leadership in the largest student run celebration in the nation. Half of Veishea's 2013 leadership is from the college. Meet Morris and Owen in a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6ULq4h0JY4) and hear what students believe makes Veishea special and why CALS students play such an active role.

U.S.-CHINA COMMISSION HEARING AT ISU, APRIL 25
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a public hearing on China's agriculture policy and U.S. access to China's market at ISU on April 25, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall Auditorium (Room 127). Each year the commission holds a field hearing outside Washington, D.C. This year the commission chose ISU based on its strengths in agriculture, economics and relationships with China and East Asia. The hearing is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Public comments will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1086/

GREENHOUSES NAMED FOR CHARLES HALL
A ceremony was held April 12 for Charles V. Hall and the horticulture greenhouses now named in his honor. Hall is an emeritus professor and served as chair of the Department of Horticulture from 1974 to 1990. The new greenhouses are important to Hall who stressed the value of such facilities throughout his career. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1087/

DUFFY HONORED BY AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL EDITORS
Mike Duffy, economics, will be presented the Distinguished Service Award this summer by the American Agricultural Editors' Association. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1085/

CROPS TEAM WINS FIRST PLACE AWARDS
The ISU Crops Team had two team wins and an individual first place ranking at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Crops Contest held in Lubbock, Texas, April 2-6. The Iowa State team won first place in both the crops contest and the Ag Knowledge Bowl in the four-year division. The team also had five of the six top individual scores in the crops contest, including the four highest scoring individuals. Members of the crops contest team were agronomy students Sam Groenenboom, Gary Gregg, Elliot Reicks, Michael Paulsmeyer and Linda Brown. Members of the ag knowledge quiz bowl team were Brown, Groenenboom, Paulsmeyer, Gregg and Cody Schneider. Erik Christian, agronomy, coaches the team. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1088/

MEATS JUDGING TEAM TAKES FIRST AT REGIONAL COMPETITION
The Meats Judging Team won the championship at the Southeastern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest on April 6. Team members were Austin Ehlers, junior in animal science; Jacob Fox, senior in agricultural and life sciences education; Kirk Hatfield, senior in animal science; Nate Sego, senior in animal science; Kara Christensen, sophomore in animal science; and Thomas Buresh, junior in animal science. Sherry Olsen, animal science, coaches the team.

DAIRY CHALLENGE TEAM TAKES SECOND AT NATIONAL COMPETITION
The Dairy Challenge Team took second place at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge on April 6 in Indiana. Team members were Jordan Hanson, senior in dairy science; Matt Henkes, senior in dairy science; Jordan Hunt, senior in agricultural business; and Derek Nolan, senior in dairy science. Lee Kilmer, animal science, coaches the team.

REGISTER FOR SEED SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM TODAY (APRIL 15)
The Seed Science Center is launching a new symposium series on April 23-24 supported by a generous contribution from the family of Leroy Everson, former director of the ISU Seed Laboratory. The symposium will examine changes in seed science and technology that have occurred in the 30 years since Everson last served as seed laboratory director. ISU faculty and staff receive complimentary registration, but must register by close of business today, April 15. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/04/09/eversonsymposium

CALS STUDENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, APRIL 16
ISU undergraduates will share their research and creative endeavors during the seventh annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression on Tuesday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Participating from CALS are: Sean Lundy and Brian Castro, seniors in nutrition and global resources systems, will discuss their field research in Panama on the "Impact of Dairy Goat Milk on Childhood Undernutrition." Ted MacDonald, horticulture, advised their work. Heather Sanders, junior in animal ecology, will present "Preparing for the Advance of White Noise Syndrome in Iowa." Julie Blanchong, natural resource ecology and management, advised her project. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/04/09/undergrad-research

PRAIRIE STRIPS STUDY YIELDS OPTIONS TO IMPROVE CONSERVATION
Prairie strips placed within fields offer a way for row-crop producers to meet environmental goals while still satisfying demands for food, feed and fuel. Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, and other ISU scientists have been conducting the study, known as STRIPs (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairies), at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Jasper County since 2005. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1084/

FOOD SAFETY TOPIC OF SCIENCE CAFÉ, APRIL 25
Jim Dickson, animal science, will present "Food Safety and Why You Should Care" at Sigma Xi's Science Café on April 25, 6:30 p.m. at Lucullan's Italian Grill (street level). Dinner is optional and begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase.

GRS LEARNING COMMUNITY HOSTS AUCTION TO BENEFIT UGANDA
The Global Resource Systems Learning Community is hosting a celebrity auction on April 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Proceeds will go to a student service learning program called "Establish & Grow," which works to fight food insecurity and malnutrition in the Kamuli District in Uganda (http://www.ag.iastate.edu/students/service_learning/establish_and_grow/). More: Elly Arganbright, ellya@iastate.edu.

COMMODITY LEADERS TO SPEAK AT NEXT THINK TANK, APRIL 29
Leaders of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Midwest Dairy Association, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Turkey Federation and the Iowa Egg Council will discuss the challenges facing their specific commodities at the monthly Think Tank on Animal Agriculture on April 29 at the Iowa Cattleman's Association Building. The evening will begin with a social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7 p.m. Register your attendance with Jane Linn, jlinn@iastate.edu, before noon on April 24. The cost of the Hickory Park Buffet is $10, payable at the door.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 15: RSVP deadline for reception for community college colleagues, Barb Osborn, baosborn@iastate.edu
April 19: Reception for "History of Dairying" mural, 4-6 p.m., http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/04/02/foodsciencecourtyard
April 24: Retirement reception for Jan and Cornelia Flora, sociology, 2 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union Campanile Room
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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PREPROPOSALS FOR NSF WIDER PROGRAM DUE APRIL 22
The NSF Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms is intended to transform institutions of higher education into supportive environments for STEM faculty members to substantially increase their use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. This is a limited submission funding opportunity, and the VPRED's office is requesting that interested individuals submit their preproposals by April 22. Contact: Sandra Norvell, snorvell@iastate.edu

BECKMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM CONCEPT PAPERS DUE APRIL 22
The Beckman Scholars Program makes awards to help stimulate undergraduate student research activities centered in chemistry, biochemistry, and biological and medical sciences. Undergraduate research activities will be conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Each award will fund up to six Beckman Scholars at $19,300 per student. An institution may submit one proposal for this award. Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit a concept paper to Sandra Norvell, snorvell@iastate.edu, by April 22. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/147

APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR BIOTECH EVENTS DUE APRIL 30
The Office of Biotechnology is accepting requests for funds to support biotechnology-related conferences, symposia and workshops that are held on campus or in Ames and are organized by faculty members or jointly by a faculty sponsor and graduate students. Applications are due April 30 for proposed events that will occur between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/news/130409.html

NATIONAL PORK BOARD SPRING 2013 RESEARCH PROPOSALS DUE MAY 21
The National Pork Board is soliciting research proposals dealing with swine nutrition, animal welfare, human nutrition, pork safety (pre-harvest), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus, and foreign animal disease. Proposals are due May 21. More: http://www.pork.org/Research/499/ResearchRFP.aspx#.UWM2Vjf-J6a

UPCOMING CAYUSE WEBINARS
Cayuse will host three 30-minute webinars in April. Each webinar will be offered twice. Getting Started with Cayuse 424 will be offered April 16 and April 23. Developing, Importing, Exporting and Managing Subcontracts in Cayuse 424 will be offered April 17 and April 24. Detailed Budgeting in Cayuse 424 will be offered April 18 and April 25. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/148

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 19: DOE Request for Information: Engineered High Energy Crops; not a funding opportunity. More: http://goo.gl/iUPme

May 13 (letter of intent): DOI US Fish and Wildlife Service Multistate Conservation Grant Program. More: http://goo.gl/g8qND

May 19 (letter of intent): NIH Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology (U01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-184.html

June 6: American Society of Plant Biologists 213 Education Foundation Grant; $50,000. More: http://efg.aspb.org/index.cfm?page=instructions

June 8 (letter of intent): NIH Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science (P50); four awards, $2 million per year for 10 years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-198.html

June 10: USAID Mekong Partnership for the Environmental Project (MPE); $13 million, four years. More: http://goo.gl/1G3BG

June 18 (letter of intent): NIH Methods of Infectious Disease Agent Study Research Projects. More: (U01) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-14-007.html, (U24) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-14-008.html

July 2 (letter of intent): NIH Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry (STTR) (R41); small business lead with research institution subcontractor, $225,000, one year. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-14-002.html

July 15 (pre-proposal): U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program; 100% cost share. More: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac

Sept. 18 (letter of intent): NIH Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study Centers of Excellence (U54); $2 million per year for five years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-14-009.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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USING NUMERALS IN DECIMAL UNITS
Use a period and numerals to indicate decimal amounts. Decimalization should not exceed two places in textual material unless there are special circumstances. For amounts less than 1, use the numeral zero before the decimal point: 0.03. When the decimal is 1 or less, the type of measurement should be singular: 0.35 meter, 0.55 cubic foot, 0.75 kilometer.
(The Associated Press Stylebook, 47th ed., 2012)

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ANDERSON: HIGH SCHOOL AG MECHANICS LABS NEED FACELIFT
On April 13, ISU's Agricultural Education Club and collegiate FFA chapter visited Glidden Ralston school district to install new equipment in their agricultural mechanics department. Ryan Anderson, agricultural education and studies and club advisor, came up with the idea. "As I was going out and observing a couple of new teachers in high schools throughout the state, I started to recognize that they had inherited an agricultural mechanics laboratory that had either been neglected or abused," Anderson said. The project was funded by donations from industry and private individuals. More: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_9389e4ba-a27b-11e2-bf80-001a4...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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IOWA WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION: WIND ENERGY IS RELIABLE
The national goal is to generate 20 percent of our power from the wind by 2030. Iowa has surpassed this goal, the first state in the U.S. to do so.  Harold Prior, executive director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, says new figures show Iowa generated 24.5 percent of its power last year from the wind. "There were a lot of detractors that felt wind was too intermittent a resource, it was too undependable to be able to provide 20 percent of the nation's electrical generation," Prior said. "Iowa's a very strong test case, along with some other upper Midwest states, showing you can operate very reliably with 20 percent or even more." More: http://bit.ly/Yfntw0

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