Issue: 753

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
June 10, 2013 No. 753

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ISU PROGRAM IN UGANDA
On June 7, eight ISU undergraduate students departed for a six-week program to work with Ugandan university students to create a bi-national team that assists children and communities in rural Uganda. CALS has offered the Service Learning in the Uganda program since 2006 in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, which collaborates with communities in developing countries to stabilize family food and income resources to improve human health. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1102/

CALS RECEIVES GRAND CHALLENGES EXPLORATIONS GRANT
CALS received a grant for $100,000 from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Margaret Smith, Value Added Agriculture Program extension specialist, and Tom Brumm, agriculture and biosystems engineering, will use the grant to research the use of hand-operated seed cleaners for Ugandan farmers. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1103/

NORTH CAROLINA A&T RESEARCHER VISITS ISU, JUNE 12-14
Mulumebet (Millie) Worku, a professor at North Carolina A&T University, will visit the Department of Animal Science on June 12-14. She will present a seminar on gene expression studies in the neutrophil at 11 a.m. on June 13 in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall, followed by a reception in the Kildee atrium. Worku was named the North Carolina A&T 2011 Outstanding Senior Researcher. Contact Sue Lamont (sjlamont@iastate.edu) if you would like to meet with Worku.

SPECIALITY CROP FIELD DAYS, JUNE 18-19
ISU Research and Demonstration Farms will host two specialty crop field days this month. The Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm in Fruitland will host a field day on June 18 at 5:30 p.m. on field and horticultural crops. The Brayton Memorial Research Forest near Delhi will host a field day on June 19 at 12:30 p.m. on maintaining timbered areas. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1101/

LAUREN CHRISTIAN GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR JUNE 26
The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will take place on June 26 this year, the day before ISU's annual Iowa Swine Day on June 27. The 18-hole best ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception and awards program. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/registrations-rolling-lauren-ch...

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR IOWA SWINE DAY, JUNE 27
Registration is now open for Iowa Swine Day, to be held June 27, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Scheman Building. Conference partners include the Department of Animal Science, the Iowa Pork Industry Center and ISU Extension and Outreach. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/registration-now-open-iowa-swin...

COMMUNICATING A NEW VISION FOR IOWA AGRICULTURE
This summer, Lisa Schulte Moore, natural resource ecology and management, embarks on a fellowship with the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. She is seeking to articulate a vision of what Iowa agriculture could look like in 50 years. Schulte Moore was one of 20 scientists from 17 institutions chosen for the fellowship. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2013/communicating-new-vision-iowa-ag...

CALS COMMUNICATIONS STAFF RECEIVE AWARDS
The Association for Communication Excellence has selected Melea Reicks Licht as recipient of the 2013 Award of Excellence in Publishing and Graphic Design. Licht is director of Alumni Relations for CALS and editor of STORIES, the College's alumni magazine. CALS communications staff received six additional awards in the 2013 ACE Critique and Awards program, which will be presented at the ACE annual meeting this week, June 11-14, in Indianapolis.
* Gold Award, Marketing and Media Relations "“ Melea Licht (for the Butter Cy campaign)
* Gold Award, Graphic Design "“ Melea Licht and PUSH Branding & Design (for STORIES, The Student Experience issue)
* Gold Award, Photography "“ Melea Licht, McClanahan Studios, PUSH Branding & Design (for the two covers of STORIES, The Student Experience issue)
* Honorable Mention, Graphic Design (Exhibits) "“ Barb McBreen and Scott Helms (for Monsanto Student Wing)
* Honorable Mention, Writing "“ Barb McBreen (for "Finding Freedom through Education" in STORIES, The Student Experience issue)
* Honorable Mention, Publishing (Magazines and Periodicals) "“ Melea Licht, Brian Meyer, Ed Adcock, Barb McBreen, Julie Stewart (for STORIES)

A TRIP TO THE DAIRY FARM
More than 1,000 visitors were able to see the nearly 900 head of cattle, from calves to full-grown milking cows, at the fifth annual Dairy Month Open House at the ISU Dairy Farm. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/video/view/id/PhKW0OySmww

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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/

July 8: DHHS Development of Sustainable Influenza Vaccine Production Capacity in Under Resourced Nations in Support of the Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccines; one award, $9 million. More: http://goo.gl/6F5PU

July 9: CAFTA-DR Public Participation in Environmental Protection; one award, $446,000, applicants must have experience working on public participation in Central American countries. More: http://goo.gl/lRLqG

July 10: USDA NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program; $440,000 to $750,000 for up to four years, six to nine awards. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/waterquality.cfm

July 12: CAFTA/DR Public Participation in Compliance with Wildlife Laws; one award, $200,000, applicants must have experience working on public participation in Central American countries. More: http://goo.gl/lTWx8

July 15: HCD Connect - Human-Centered Design Microgrants; $5,000 planning grant or $10,000 implementation grant. More: http://hcdconnect.org/grants

July 31 (pre-application): DOD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award; three years, $525,000 direct costs. More: http://goo.gl/BFfBw

Aug. 15 (letter of interest): USAID Development Innovation Ventures; $100,000 to $15 million. More: http://www.usaid.gov/div/apply

Sept. 25: NIH Resource-Related Research Projects (R24); one to two awards. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-242.html

June 6 (concept papers accepted continuously): USAID Peru - Climate Change Adaptation Program (GPAP); three to eight awards, can exceed $1 million, 100 percent cost share required for some budgets. More: http://goo.gl/kz5K3

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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USE "ONE USDA" BRANDING INITIATIVE WHEN ACKNOWLEDGING NIFA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wishes to strengthen its brand by eliminating agency-level branding. The "One USDA Speaking with One Voice" branding initiative requires that only the USDA logo be used to identify all 17 agencies. Communications staff at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a USDA agency, are asking that partners, grantees and other collaborators adopt the "One USDA" branding initiative when acknowledging NIFA in any and all materials"”printed or digital. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/about/offices/nifa_logo.html

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INFOGRAZING
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PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE FOR RESEARCH AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Four Iowa State research teams will receive up to $4.5 million over three years to pursue competitive grants to fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research efforts of national and international importance. The grants are part of the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research, a program launched by President Steven Leath to support research efforts that could lead to major advances, discoveries and technologies. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/06/06/researchawards

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INTERNAL VOICES
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ELMORE: WEATHER FORECASTERS HAVEN'T RULED OUT DROUGHT
It's decision time for many Midwest corn farmers stuck in one of the wettest springs ever: plant late in ground that's been too wet, replant corn in muddy fields or collect crop insurance. Roger Elmore, agronomy, told the Associated Press, "The weather forecasters I talk to are still up in the air about what's going to happen but they still haven't yet ruled out a drought. It would be about the worst thing that could happen. If it's wet through June then turns out dry in July, we're going to be in trouble." More: http://www.abc6.com/story/22499745/farmers-face-tough-decisions-from-del...

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