Issue: 758

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
July 15, 2013  No. 758

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COLLEGE NEWS
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WEB BANNER FEATURES INTERN WHO IS WATCHING THE FARM BILL DEBATE
Sean Lundy is spending eight weeks in Washington D.C. listening and learning about the workings of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and gaining a better understanding about the process and discussion that goes into the Farm Bill. To view go to https://www.cals.iastate.edu/. If you know faculty, staff, students or events that would make great features on the CALS web page contact the communications office at 4-5616 or at jstewart@iastate.edu.

FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAMS FINISHES SECOND IN COMPETITION
The Food Product Develop Team finished second in the Dairy Research Institute’s New Product Competition with “DayBreakers,” an item similar to gulabjamun, a fried Indian food providing a sweet morning option that is easy to prepare and a good source of dairy protein and calcium. Winners were announced at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Indianapolis on July 9. More: http://www.usdairy.com/DairyResearchInstitute/Pages/Dairy-Product-Innova...

ISU TO ASSESS CARBON CONTENT OF LAND IT OWNS AND MANAGES
ISU has begun an environmental assessment to determine the amount of carbon in the soil of the land that it and its affiliated organizations own and manage. "Through this project, Iowa State is pairing its historic mission of helping the Iowa farmer with its expanding global mission of benefiting the environment as a whole, as well as evaluating its global environmental impact," said Catherine DeLong, a graduate student in agronomy who is working on the study. Lee Burras, agronomy, is supervising DeLong's study. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-assess-...

FARMERS REMINDED TO HANDLE UNPLANTED TREATED SEEDS PROPERLY
Iowa farmers are reminded to properly handle treated seeds that were unable to be planted this year due to the historically wet spring weather. Seeds treated with a pesticide to protect them from pests or disease cannot enter the grain supply, so it is important that treated seed be stored for planting next year or disposed of properly. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/farmers-reminded-handle-unpla...

RESEARCHERS EXAMINE GENETIC CAUSE OF DOG DISORDER
Max Rothschild, animal science, hopes a recent American Kennel Club podcast helps raise interest in his research for the organization. He and his colleagues have been working on the genetic component of canine cryptorchidism, a disorder in which one or both testicles fail to descend after birth. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-researc...

CALS HOSTS GROUP FROM KYRGYZSTAN
CALS hosted a group of 10 parliamentary and executive branch staff from Kyrgyzstan on July 14. Associate Dean David Acker spoke with them about the structure of higher education in Iowa, and Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center, spoke with them about women in politics.

DICKSON TO RECEIVE LABORATORY AWARD
James Dickson, animal science, will receive the Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award from the International Association for Food Protection at its annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on July 28-31. The award recognizes Dickson for outstanding contributions in the laboratory and recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety. More: http://bit.ly/14GhbZt

FACULTY AND STUDENTS RECEIVE ASAS/ADSA AWARDS
The Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association was held July 8-12 in Indianapolis. CALS faculty and students received the following awards:
• ASAS Meat Research Award – Dong Ahn, animal science
• ASAS Fellow – Don Loy, animal science
• ASAS Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award – Sarah Pearce, graduate student in animal science
• ASAS Board of Directors – Elisabeth Lonergan, animal science
• ADSA Hoards Dairyman Youth Development Award – Lee Kilmer, animal science
• ADSA NMPF Graduate Student Paper Presentation in Dairy Production – Lucas Krueger, first place, graduate student in nutritional sciences
• ADSA DRI Graduate Student Paper presentation in Dairy Foods Research – Justin Banach, third place, graduate student in food science and human nutrition
• ADSA Schreiber Foods Graduate Student Poster Presentation in Dairy Foods Research – Gerui Li, third place, graduate student in food science and human nutrition
• ADSA ISU Food Product Development Team for their product “DayBreakers,” second place ($5,000)
• ADSA Undergraduate competition in original research – Erich Hodges, second place, senior in dairy science
• ADSA Genevieve Christen Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award – Jordan Hanson
• ADSA Board of Directors – Leo Timms, animal science

CALS STUDENT ELECTED AJSA PRESIDENT
Ashley Vogel, junior in agricultural and life sciences education, was elected 2013-14 president of the American Junior Shorthorn Association board of directors at the national conference in Des Moines, June 24-29. More: http://www.tristateneighbor.com/news/regional/american-junior-shorthorn-...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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ISU HOSTING NSF WORKSHOP, JULY 17-19
ISU is hosting the workshop “Energy, Transportation and Water Infrastructures: Policy and Social Perspectives,” on July 17-19 at the Memorial Union. The workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and ISU organizations, brings together leaders from the social sciences; researchers who have explored energy, transportation and water from the engineering perspective; current and former representatives of regulatory bodies and agencies at the national and local level; and industry leaders working to provide sustainable, resilient and robust infrastructure at a reasonable cost. Register for the workshop at https://www.igert.windenergy.iastate.edu/events/etwi-psp/

NIFA WEB-BASED LISTENING SESSION FOR NEW WATER CHALLENGE AREA
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture will hold a web-based listening session on July 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. to solicit stakeholder input on a new water issues challenge area. The listening session will be hosted using Adobe Connect at http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/afri-water/. Audio conference call capabilities are also available (888-858-2144, participant code 1512861#). Persons wishing to present oral comments during the listening session are asked to pre-register by contacting Terri Joya (tjoya@nifa.usda.gov, 202-401-1282). Other participants may provide comments if time permits. Written comments can be submitted as instructed in http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-08/html/2013-16204.htm. The new challenge area will be issued through the NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative in FY 2014.

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/

Aug. 5: USDA Forest Service - Multi-Agency Wood-To-Energy Initiative; university cannot be lead PI, one-to-one match, $250,000 per award. More: http://goo.gl/SrooE

Aug. 12: NIST Advanced Materials Center of Excellence; $5 million for five years, $50 million if renewed. More: http://www.nist.gov/coe/advmat/upload/coe-advmat-ffo.pdf

Aug. 14 (letter of intent): NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - Program Projects (P01) (investigator-initiated projects). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-266.html

Oct. 1: Tree Fund – John Z Duling Grant and Jack Kimmel International Grant; awards up to $10,000 for each program. More: http://www.treefund.org/grants/research-grants

Oct. 5: NIH Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-264.html

Oct. 7 (letter of intent): NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR-TT). More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790

Oct. 16: NIH Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-14-014.html

Oct. 25: NIH Synergizing Omic and Symptom Science (R15). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-264.html

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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PRESENTING DATA TO DECISION-MAKERS
In a Harvard Business Review blog, Tom Davenport talks about visually presented data. He argues that commonality is more important than creativity to upgrade the use of data to drive decision-making and action. Davenport refers to Procter & Gamble, which has institutionalized data visualization as a primary tool of management. The purpose is not to dazzle managers with coolness and creativity. The goal is to help them understand quickly what’s going on and to decide what to do about it. If decision-makers have to spend too much time with the data figuring out what has happened, they may never get to why it happened or how to address the issue. More: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/how_p_and_g_presents_data.html

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INFOGRAZING
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UNITED WAY OF STORY COUNTY DAY OF CARING, FORMS DUE JULY 26

The United Way of Story County Day of Caring is Sept. 6. To volunteer as a group or individually fill out the “business Day of Caring form” at http://www.uwstory.org/Day_of_Caring.php. Forms must be submitted by July 26. More: Carla Persaud, cpersaud@iastate.edu, 4-1823.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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COMPANIES NEED AG STUDENTS
U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs. Students enrolled in CALS increased from 2,448 in 2005 to 3,900 during the 2012-2013 school year. In an article for the July 13 issue of the Des Moines Register, Amanada Lorack, a senior in agricultural business, said, "It's important to the economy and everyday life, and I'd love to be a part of it." More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130714/BUSINESS01/307140035?s...

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MARGINALIA
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CORNELL SCIENTIST STRIVES TO CREATE PERFECT BROCCOLI
Broccoli hates too much heat, which is why 90 percent of it sold in the U.S. comes from temperate California. The heads are fine if you live there, but for the rest of us they require a long truck ride and then some waiting time in a warehouse, tarnishing the appeal of a vegetable that health experts can't praise enough. The July 9 issue of The New York Times reports on a plant scientist at Cornell University and a team of fellow researchers that have created a new version of broccoli that can thrive in hot, steamy summers like those in New York, South Carolina or Iowa, and that is easy and inexpensive enough to grow in large volumes. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/dining/a-scientist-helps-to-reinvent-b...

RAINBOW OVER BEARDSHEAR – WEB BANNER AND WALLPAPER
A rainbow over Beardshear was the perfect photo opportunity on July 9. The photo was taken by Barb McBreen from the third floor of Curtiss Hall and can be downloaded as a wallpaper page. Go to the CALS web site https://www.cals.iastate.edu/ and click read more on the Curtiss Hall banner page. If you know faculty, staff, students or events that would make great features on the CALS web page contact the communications office at 4-5616 or at jstewart@iastate.edu.

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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Julie Stewart
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