Issue: 754

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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 17, 2013 No. 754

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COLLEGE NEWS
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LATE-JUNE FIELD DAYS TO FOCUS ON CROPS
Crop production concerns arising from the cold and wet conditions this spring will be among the topics covered during late-June field days at ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/news/releases/1104/

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PUBLICATIONS GO AROUND THE WORLD
Iowa farmers and crop advisors are scouting corn and soybean fields with ISU Extension and Outreach field guides in hand. There are currently five field guides, three compendiums and 12 scouting cards. The Extension online store has distributed the publications to all 99 Iowa counties, 375 Iowa cities, 49 states and 23 countries on five continents. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/integrated-pest-management-publications-go-field-and-around-world

HORTICULTURE STUDENTS HELP MAINTAIN GREEN ROOF
Horticulture Club members have been maintaining the green roof on top of the Memorial Union during the 2012/2013 school year. Planted during the spring of 2012, it is one of five green roofs on top of campus buildings at ISU. Placed on the second story on the east side of the Memorial Union, the green roof can be viewed from the Multicultural Center hallway. A television is mounted at the end of the hallway with a slideshow of horticulture students planting the green roof and the work involved. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/features/2013/green-roof/
 
DRONE TECHNOLOGY EXPLORED AT ISU RESEARCH FARM
Successful Farming Advanced Technology editor Laurie Bedord takes an in-depth look at drone technology and what it could mean for the future of precision agriculture in a special edition of The Machinery Show. Parts of the show were filmed at ISU’s Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms in Boone. More: http://www.agriculture.com/successful-farming/machinery-show/drone-technology-on-machinery-show_540-ar31838

JUNE WEBINAR ADDRESSES WATER QUALITY SOLUTIONS
The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar is Wednesday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. Lois Wright Morton, sociology, will present "Linking and Integrating Water Quality Planning for Action." More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/iowa-learning-farms-june-webinar-offers-views-water-quality-solutions

ANDERSON RECEIVES DIETETIC EDUCATION AWARD
Jean Anderson, food science and human nutrition, has received the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Excellence in Practice: Dietetic Education Award. This award recognizes an outstanding registered dietitian who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in dietetic education. Anderson will be presented the award at the academy’s annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in October.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 26: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/lauren-christian-pork-chop-open-planned-june-26
June 27: Iowa Swine Day, http://www.aep.iastate.edu/iowaswineday/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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LEOPOLD CENTER ISSUES 2013 REQUEST FOR PREPROPOSALS
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is accepting preproposals for grants to fund innovative ideas for research and for projects that include demonstration, educational, planning, capacity building or outreach efforts. Preproposals in the areas of soil health, identifying and managing vulnerabilities to agriculture, or food hubs are of particular interest, and a systems approach to an identified problem or situation is preferred. Preproposals are due July 19. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/grants/rfp
 
USAID INVITES EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR INNOVATION PROGRAM
The USAID Partnering for Innovation program is accepting expressions of interest for grants to advance technology-centered partnerships for investment and commercial distribution of agricultural technology across the developing world. The program seeks modern, off-the-shelf technologies that will increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers, especially women. Two types of grants will be funded. Pilot technology grants support early, field-based proof of concepts that attract private-sector investment for initial marketing or distribution. Commercialization partnership grants support development of longer-term partnerships to scale up technologies. An informational webinar will be held on July 2. Expressions of interest are due by July 31. More: http://www.partneringforinnovation.org/eoi/
 
USAID E-CONSULTATION, JUNE 18-21
The U.S. Agency for International Development invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the e-consultation, Examining Sustainable Intensification Research Priorities. This e-forum will bring together agricultural research and development professionals to examine the capacity of U.S. Title XII universities in sustainable intensification research, with a view toward long-term sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture production in Feed the Future focus countries. Registration is required. More: http://agrilinks.org/agexchange/e-consultation-examining-sustainable-intensification-research-priorities

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 1 (letter of intent): NIH Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreement Program to Expand and Validate Testing Methods for Food Contaminants in Animal Diagnostic Specimens (U18); nine awards, $99,000 per award. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-244.html

July 10: USFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperatives - Addressing National Science, Conservation Information and Related Decision Support Needs; five awards, $25,000 to $250,000 per award. More: http://goo.gl/5VZ56

July 11: DOD NDEP/DOTC-STEM Professional Development Grant. More: http://goo.gl/1p3C9

July 15: USAID Establishment of an Academic Partnership in Business Management and Environmental Sciences with Karakoram International University in Gilgit, Pakistan; one award, $750,000 to $1 million. More: http://goo.gl/nzkBz

July 29: EPA School Integrated Pest Management Grants; three to five awards, $250,000 per project. More: http://goo.gl/yZKma

Aug. 12 (concept papers, first round): USAID Ghana Innovate for Health; 18 awards, $250,000 to $3.5 million per award. More: http://goo.gl/ovf4u

Sept. 10: EPA Sustainability and Variability in Human Response to Chemical Exposure; four awards, $800,000 per award. More: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_star_chemical_exposure.html

Dec. 3 (notice of intent): NASA Soil Moisture Active-Passive Mission Science Team. More: http://goo.gl/mhm2c

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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TOP THREE ACTIONS TO TAKE EARLY IN A CRISIS
The web has made it difficult for colleges to control its own message. In the age of the Internet and social media, the "truth" about a campus incident--that is, the narrative that everyone believes is the true account of what happened--often is not a factual rendering of what occurred. There are, however, some measures that campus officials can take to avoid losing control. Most communications experts agree on the top three most important actions to take early in a crisis: respond quickly, respond clearly and admit you don't know. More: http://chronicle.com/article/Its-Not-What-You-Say-Its/139679/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en
 
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INFOGRAZING
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WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
Lenoir is a small town in western North Carolina. It has 18,000 people, a Wal-Mart, a Waffle House and an annual parade famous for people carrying pans of blackberry cobbler. Is it a rural place? It depends. The U.S. government has at least 15 official definitions of the word “rural,” two of which apply only to Puerto Rico and parts of Hawaii. All of these definitions matter; they’re used by various agencies to parcel out $37 billion-plus in federal money for rural development. From the Washington Post story: http://wapo.st/18h5TPY

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INTERNAL VOICES
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TIMMS: DAIRY PRODUCES MILK AND RESEARCH
ISU’s dairy farm produces more than just milk, they also provide valuable research. In a story for Channel 5 News, Leo Timms, animal science, said there are currently about 25 research projects at the dairy farm. “We’re trying to provide ideas and solutions for people around the world that deal with keeping animals healthy, comfortable, productive…making for safe quality products.” More: http://www.woi-tv.com/story/22605671/isu-dairy-produces-milk-and-research

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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CALS ALUM: I WAS ALWAYS GOING TO COME BACK
Katie Adams, a 2013 dairy science graduate, is returning to the family farm in Fayette County. “I was always going to come back,” Adams said. The northeast Iowa family is using technology to increase efficiency and bring the next generation into the dairy operation. More: http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/news/dairy/robotic-milkers-provide-opportunity-for-growth/article_1687dda2-d38e-11e2-9b2f-001a4bcf887a.html

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MARGINALIA
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OUTDOOR PIANOS --IMPROMPTU CONCERTS IN NEW YORK CITY
This is the third consecutive year of Sing for Hope Pianos, a project that has placed 88 keyboards in outdoor locations in all five boroughs of New York City. Each piano, mostly old uprights with some well-worn grands mixed in, has been painted and decorated by an artist. The instruments are courtesy of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to foster interaction between artists and communities and to make the arts accessible to the public. Anthony Tommasini, the New York Times chief classical music critic, took a tour of the project. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/arts/music/the-sing-for-hope-pianos-project.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130610

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