Issue: 749

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
May 13, 2013 No. 749

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COLLEGE NEWS
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GRADUATING CALS AMBASSADORS RECOGNIZED BY CABINET
Graduating seniors of the CALS Ambassadors were recognized May 10 at the college cabinet meeting. They are:
* Daweyn Albertsen, animal science, Red Hills Farms specializing in Red Angus breeding stock, Lafayette, Tenn.
* Wes Christiansen, agricultural studies, Farmers National, north central Iowa.
* Brooke Darrington, agricultural studies, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Council Bluffs.
* Rachel Emig, agricultural education, agriculture sciences teacher at Independence Community Schools.
* Amanda Folkmann, animal science/pre-vet, attending ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.
* Alyssa Foster, agricultural and life sciences education, pursuing a career in agriculture science teaching.
* Jordan Hanson, dairy science/agricultural business, credit development associate for CoBank, Denver, Colo.
* Jill Heinrich, genetics, graduate school in genetics, ISU.
* Beth Irlbeck, public service and administration in agriculture, Irlbeck Family Farm.
* Nathan Johnston, agricultural business, sales business marketing development for Union Pacific, Omaha, Neb.
* Kim Jordan, agricultural education, project assistant for sustainable corn research project, ISU.
* Jordan Krueger, agronomy, seed production agronomist with Syngenta Seeds, Carroll.
* Todd Ramaeker, agricultural studies, John Deere, Waterloo.
* Kelly Reynaga, food science, quality supervisor trainee for Kerry Ingredients, Blue Earth, Minn.
* Tanner Whipple, agricultural studies, district sales manager for Wyffels Hybrids, north central Iowa.

IOWA FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS TWO CALS PROGRAMS
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has provided $150,000 to support two programs"”one ne encourages budding entrepreneurs to return to rural Iowa and another supports the expansion of swine welfare training. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1093/

ALGAL PRODUCTION FACILITY OPEN HOUSE, MAY 16
The BioCentury Research Farm will host an open house to showcase its new Algal Production Facility on May 16, 3 to 5 p.m. This is ISU's first pilot-scale facility that is equipped to grow large amounts of algae biomass. More: http://www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu/openhouse/

HUMAN HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE, MAY 16-17
An international conference to be held Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, in the Molecular Biology Building will focus on protein-centric scientific developments that enhance human health and performance. The conference honors Steven Nissen, animal science, who helped to develop the product known commercially as Revigor, which helps rebuild muscle strength and promotes healing after surgery or an accident. The ISU Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences and the ISU Nutritional Sciences Council are organizing the conference. Sponsors include the Department of Animal Science, the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/05/08/nissensymposium

PLANT BIOLOGY SPECIAL SEMINAR TO BE HELD FRIDAY, MAY 17
The plant biology major is hosting a special seminar on Friday, May 17, 2:10 to 3 p.m. in 2050 Agronomy. Luis Herrera-Estrella, director of the National Laboratory for Genomics of Biodiversity in Mexico and foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S., will speak on "Biodiversity: From Genomics to Biotechnology." This month marks the 30th anniversary of the first successful introduction of a foreign gene into a plant.

HOGBERG TO RETIRE AS CHAIR OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
Maynard Hogberg will retire as chair of the Department of Animal Science once a search is completed for his replacement. Hogberg became department chair in 2003, after serving as chair of the animal science department at Michigan State University for 18 years. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1095/

ISU STUDENTS UNLOCK ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF ARONIA BERRIES
Two years ago, the Midwest Aronia Association began supplying ISU's Food Product Development Team with berries to use in their products. Two of the resulting products have placed in national competitions. Stephanie Clark, food science and human nutrition, is the team coach. More: http://www.hs.iastate.edu/2013/05/13/aronia/

FARMING PRACTICES CAN HELP MINIMIZE EFFECTS ON BEES
Farmers being observant with seed treatments at planting and pesticide applications during the growing season could minimize ill effects on bee populations, according to Matt O'Neal and Erin Hodgson, entomology. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1096/

CAUSE OF SEASONAL INFERTILITY IN SOWS STUDIED
ISU animal scientists are searching for reasons and solutions for seasonal infertility in sows, including what may be the first scientific study of insulin's possible role in the problem. Aileen Keating and Jason Ross, animal science, estimate that seasonal infertility costs Iowa pork producers about $60 million a year. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1097/

Q&A WITH CRAIG CHASE ON LOCAL FOODS
Kelsey Lohff, student intern in the CALS Communications Service, talks with Craig Chase, interim program leader for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. Chase is also the coordinator of the statewide Local Food and Farm Program, and shares some of the accomplishments of the initiative so far. Created by the Iowa Legislature in 2011, the Local Food and Farm Programs' initiative is to increase the availability of Iowa-grown products. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2013/balancing-the-world-of-sustainab...

FARM TO EXPAND FARMER-ASSISTED RESEARCH CONCEPT
A pilot program that helps farmers conduct research in their own fields has been so popular that it is expanding across the state. ISU FARM, which stands for Farmer Assisted Research and Management, was the brainchild of the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association, the owner of the farm in O'Brien County that ISU operates for research and demonstration. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1094/

WEBINAR ON WATER RESOURCE RESTORATION THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. Tony Toigo, loan program coordinator with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Patti Cale-Finnegan, state revolving fund coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources, will discuss water resource restoration sponsored projects. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/webinar-features-state-revolvin...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 26: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/LCPCO2013brochure.pdf
June 27: Iowa Swine Day, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/registration-now-open-iowa-swin...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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USDA NIFA REQUIRES TRAINING FOR RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has instituted a new requirement for training for Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research. The RCR training is required for all project directors, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students and staff participating in research projects funded by NIFA. Documentation of training is subject to NIFA review upon request. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to enroll in the ISU course GR ST 565. Responsible Conduct of Research in Science and Engineering. Faculty, staff and undergraduate students can use the on-line Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative program, which automatically provides ISU with the necessary documentation of completed training. More: http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp (USDA/NIFA -4/13) and http://www.compliance.iastate.edu/rcr/training/

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 FALL GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP SET FOR OCT. 3
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has announced an all-day grant writing workshop to be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The workshop will be presented by Dr. John D. Robertson. Dr. Robertson was trained by Dr. David Morrison, who has presented several grant writing workshops at ISU. The structure, content and format of the Oct. 3 workshop will be the same as that of past Morrison workshops. More information and online registration will be available later in the summer.

NIH ENDS SNAP PROGRESS REPORTS
The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that federal agencies implement a federal-wide research performance progress report for submission of required annual or other interim performance reporting on research grant and cooperative agreement awards to standardize recipient reporting on federally-funded research projects. As a result, the National Institutes of Health is directing grantees to use the RPPR for streamlined noncompeting award process reports due on or after May 15. SNAP no longer exists as a process, though some documents and systems may still use the term. The eSNAP option will be removed from the eRA Commons progress reporting module. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/

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/

May 28: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - Emerging Markets Program; most awards less than $500,000, one year, cost share required. More: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/em-markets.asp

May 28: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - Quality Samples Program; $75,000, cost share encouraged. More: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/QSP.asp

May 28: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program; $500,000 over five years, cost share encouraged. More: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/tasc/default.asp

June 10: DOD Navy Heterogeneous UxS Teams Broad Agency Announcement; unmanned air and ground systems $20,000, use of botanical DNA materials as anti-counterfeit markers $40,000. More: http://goo.gl/jWjMy

June 14: USDA NIFA Supplemental and Alternative Crop Program - Canola Research; three to five awards, $210,000 over five years. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/supplementalandalternativecrops.cfm

June 21: USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation; one or more awards, up to $3.8 million, four years, 5 percent cost share required. More: http://goo.gl/5QOO6

June 24: MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T34); one application per institution. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-205.html

June 24: National Innovative Partnerships for Addressing Obesity through Environmental Supports for Nutrition and Physical Activity; $150,000 over three years. More: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=233793

Aug. 5: NIH Improvement of Animal Models and Development of Technologies for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (SBIR)(R43/R44); universities may collaborate. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-223.html

Aug. 5: NIH Improvement of Animal Models and Development of Technologies for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine (STTR)(R41/R42); universities may collaborate. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-224.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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IF vs. WHETHER
While "if" is conditional, "whether" introduces an alternative, often in the context of an indirect question. Use whether in two circumstances: to introduce a noun clause and when using if would produce ambiguity. For example: "call me to let me know if you can come" means that you should call only if you're coming; "call to let me know whether you can come" means that you should call regardless of your answer.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010

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INFOGRAZING
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UNITED WAY FOOD DRIVE BEGINS TODAY, MAY 13 
The fifth annual United Way LIVE UNITED Food Drive starts today, May 13. Non-perishable items will be collected through May 23. Collection boxes can be found at the Curtiss Hall Rotunda on ground and first floor, 2312 Food Sciences Building, 220 MacKay Hall, 251 Bessey Hall, 1210 Molecular Biology Building, 2200 Gerdin Building, and 104 Marston. More: Carla Persaud, cpersaud@iastate.edu, 4-1823. More: http://www.uwstory.org/LIVE_UNITED_Food_Drive.php

NSF VISUALIZATION COMPETITION DEADLINE SEPT. 30
The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, created by the National Science Foundation and the journal "Science," is designed to communicate science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes through photography, illustration, posters and graphics, games and apps, and video. Entries are now being accepted for this year's competition. More: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/challenge.jsp

SIMMONS RECEIVES CAST COMMUNICATION AWARD
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology announced that Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, is the recipient of the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Simmons was honored for his understanding of scientific data, his enthusiasm for agricultural innovations, and his support for the organizations and companies working on food security in a hungry world. More: http://www.cast-science.org/news/?the_2013_borlaug_cast_communication_aw...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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COMMENCEMENT: CALS' GRADUATES SHARE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
At the CALS convocation on May 11, 530 students graduated. Several used the opportunity to share plans for the future or some final thoughts. Examples include:
* Fisheries technician for the U.S. Forest Service.
* Working for ScoutPro, a student-founded company.
* Returning to the family farm to pursue his life goal of farming with his father.
* Several will be teaching agricultural education at high schools in Iowa.
* Several have been accepted to veterinary school at ISU and other universities.
* Will be a swine production specialist with Christensen Farms.
* Working at the Keokuk County Extension Office.
* Research and development food technologist for Kerry Ingredients.
* "Do not give a hungry person fish, but give him ways of catching fish. Thanks ISU for giving me the tools."
* Marine mammal intern at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
* Reporting to Vance Air Force Base for undergraduate pilot training.
* Working for Syngenta Seeds as a seed production agronomist.
* Accepted horticulture internship at Disney World in Orlando.
* Working for an Irish food ingredient company in Wisconsin.

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MARGINALIA
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LINCOLN HIGHWAY CELEBRATION STARTS THIS WEEK IN TAMA
There is a lonely bridge over a small stream on the eastern edge of Tama that holds a degree of historic significance out of proportion to the minor amount of traffic it carries. This bridge is the lone original bridge along the 5,000-mile route of America's first transcontinental superhighway. The Lincoln Highway, which opened in 1913 and is celebrating its centennial this year, stretches from Central Park in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Tama is hosting the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival May 16-18 with a parade, food vendors, live entertainment and other activities. More: http://www.postbulletin.com/life/travel/iowa-s-lincoln-highway-celebrate...

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