Issue: 762

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
August 12, 2013  No. 762

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COLLEGE NEWS
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ISU, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY TO LEAD NEW ARTHROPOD CENTER
The National Science Foundation has funded an industry-university cooperative research center that will explore new strategies for managing insect pests that devastate crops and harm human health. Led by ISU and the University of Kentucky, the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies will be established, pending approval from the Iowa Board of Regents, with $800,000 over five years from the NSF. Bryony Bonning, entomology, will be the center’s director. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/isu-university-kentucky-lead-...

NATIONAL REPORTERS TOUR BIOCENTURY RESEARCH FARM
National reporters and photographers visited ISU’s BioCentury Research Farm near Boone as part of a four-day tour of Iowa. Other stops included ethanol-fueled race cars at Iowa Speedway and next-stage ethanol plants in Emmetsburg and Shenandoah. The tour was intended to give journalists a chance to see corn production and the facilities making biofuels. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130811/BUSINESS/308110026/-1/...

ISU ECONOMISTS HAVE CAUTIOUS MESSAGE FOR FARMERS
ISU economists are cautioning farmers to be prepared for a potential downturn in the values of commodities and land. John Lawrence, director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach and associate dean for Extension Programs and Outreach, said four ISU economists give an analysis of the current state of Iowa agriculture in a series of papers on the Ag Decision Maker website. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-economi...

CALS CONNECTIONS TO THE IOWA STATE FAIR
There are many college connections to the Iowa State Fair, which runs Aug. 8-18. See how faculty, staff, students and alumni are involved, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=627098570664244&set=a.1663512500.... See Marginalia at the end of this newsletter for more information on Joe Sebranek’s involvement with judging.

FIELD DAY ON COVER CROPS AND CORN TO BE HELD AUG. 30
The ISU Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm in rural Boone is hosting a field day on Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to noon with lunch following the program. The event will focus on cover crops and corn production. Following lunch, the ISU BioCentury Research Farm will offer tours of the facility and Iowa Learning Farms will demonstrate the Conservation Station. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/field-day-iowa-state-universi...

CAMTASIA RELAY SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR CALS FACULTY AND STAFF
Camtasia Relay is an easy-to-use, cross-platform software program that allows users to capture a presentation including the image on the screen, the audio and webcam video. Common uses of Relay include recording lectures, presentations, guest presenters, student presentations and tutorials. Relay is available to CALS faculty and staff, but it is necessary to request a Relay account prior to using the program. To set up an account, contact Todd Vens, trvens@iastate.edu. More: http://agonline.iastate.edu/instructors/tutorials.php

PAULSON AND RETALLICK RECEIVE CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION AWARDS
Tom Paulsen, agricultural education and studies, received the 2013 Career Guidance Award from the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education. Mike Retallick received the Outstanding Early Career Agricultural Educator Award. The awards were presented at the IACTE conference July 22-23 in Ankeny.

HAYNES LEADS TOUR AT MUSCATINE ISLAND FARM
More than 100 people toured the ISU Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm on Aug. 8. Each year the Department of Horticulture conducts tours at the six research gardens it maintains in Iowa, giving visitors a closer look at new horticultural methods and the results of carefully tended plots. Cynthia Haynes, horticulture and director of the university’s Master Gardener program, led much of the tour. More: http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/oh-how-this-garden-does-grow/arti...

ISU MARE WINS AT PRAIRIE MEADOW’S IOWA CLASSIC
At Prairie Meadow’s Iowa Classic night on Aug. 3, a two-year-old mare born at Iowa State won her second race in two starts. Haforuhaforme, the filly by Bravo Bull out of Indian Heiress, was a favorite for the Iowa Sorority and captured the win. Her earnings are $73,054, putting her in the running for the 2013 Iowa 2-Year-Old Filly of the Year.

EQUINE FARM TO HAVE YEARLING HORSES FOR SALE THIS FALL
The Animal Science 493 class has been fitting and training ISU-owned yearlings for horse sales this fall. Descriptions and updated photos are on the horse barn’s sale page at http://www.ans.iastate.edu/centers/equine/?pg=sale. Links to videos made in class will be posted as they are completed. Students will present the ISU horses for sale at the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Sale in Des Moines, the Reichert Yearling Stakes Sale in Fort Worth and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

RETIRED ANIMAL SCIENCE AND BBMB PROFESSOR DIES
Richard Robson, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Science and the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, died Aug. 4. He was 71. Over four decades at ISU, Robson and his lab published more than 200 research articles. Robson led the Muscle Biology Group for many years. More: http://amestrib.com/sections/obituaries/dr-richard-morris-robson-dec-9-1...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 10: CALS Convocation, 4:10 p.m., Harl Commons in Curtiss Hall

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR NSF MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION
The NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. An MRI proposal must be for either acquisition or development of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument. Cost-sharing of 30 percent is required. Submissions are limited to three per institution. Interested faculty should submit a pre-proposal to the Associate Dean for Research in the college of their primary appointment (for CALS, submit to colletti@iastate.edu) by Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/157

INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR SEARLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed (appointment began on or after July 1, 2012) as assistant professors in a tenure-track appointment in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences. Applicants must be selected by their institution. Pre-proposals for internal review should be submitted to Chitra Rajan (rajanc@iastate.edu) no later than Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/155

INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND
Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. Pre-proposals should be submitted to Chitra Rajan (rajanc@iastate.edu) no later than Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/156

BECKMAN YOUNG INVESTIGATORS PROGRAM
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program provides research support to promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that open new avenues of research in science. Applicants should not have completed more than three full years in a tenure-track or comparable independent research appointment. Letters of intent require institutional signatures and submission online and in hard copy. The ISU Foundation will coordinate signatures and submissions unless otherwise requested. Please send completed applications to Donna Van Pelt (dvanpelt@foundation.iastate.edu) by Sept. 18. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/158

OSPA REMINDER TO USE CURRENT BUDGET TEMPLATES
OSPA reminds all faculty and staff to use the most current budget templates on OSPA’s Forms and Templates website, http://www.ospa.iastate.edu/forms/#budget. Older versions of budget templates create problems with the BA Upload. Contact: Barbara Neese (bmneese@iastate.edu, 294-0897)

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. 25 (letter of intent): NIH National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications (P01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-321.html

Sept. 26: USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grants Phase I; various topics, applicants must qualify as small business. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm

Oct. 15 (letter of intent): NIH Genomics of Gene Regulation (U01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-13-012.html 

Oct. 16: NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-303.html

Oct. 16: NIH Small Grants on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (R03). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-13-314.html

Nov. 4-8: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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PSI ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM
The Plant Sciences Institute is accepting applications for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 communications program. Financial support is provided for seminars, symposia, lectures and workshops that enable communication among ISU faculty and students about research involving plant science. More: http://plantsciences.iastate.edu/plant_science_research/communication-pr...

CALS DESK DIRECTORY UPDATED AND AVAILABLE ONLINE
The CALS desk directory has been updated and is available online. Please email changes or corrections to jstewart@iastate.edu. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/files/misc/9898/calsdirectory.pdf

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INFOGRAZING
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MEET C6, THE SUPERHERO OF BIORENEWABLES, AT THE STATE FAIR
Learn about Iowa’s bioeconomy and the importance of biorenewable energy at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17. Iowa EPSCoR’s Superhero C6 will teach students about new carbon in an interactive online game and in a series of educational posters. Participating students will be entered to win an iPad mini. More: iowaepscor.org/news/2013/C6-state-fair-promo

CORNELL AND APPLE GROWERS RELEASE NEW APPLE VARIETIES
Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station have developed two new apple varieties in partnership with the New York Apple Growers—SnapDragon and RubyFrost. The two varieties have been a decade in the making, and how they’ve gone to market is a first for the Cornell apple breeding program and the New York apple industry. More: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/08/snapdragon-and-rubyfrost-are...

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH TRAINING FOR POST-DOCS
A training seminar on responsible conduct of research for post-doctoral associates will meet Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in 1071 Black Engineering Building beginning Aug. 27. The semester-long seminar, Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, is approved to meet NSF, NIH and USDA-NIFA requirements for RCR training for post-docs supported on NSF and certain NIH and USDA funds. The seminar is appropriate for postdocs in the life sciences, engineering and social sciences.  Enrollment is limited. For more information or to sign up for the course, contact Judy Vance, jmvance@iastate.edu.

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INTERNAL VOICES
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LASLEY AND HOGBERG: ERRATIC WEATHER UNDERSCORES NEED FOR SUSTAINABILITY
“Steps toward a more diversified agriculture are likely to become more urgent as weather patterns become more erratic and volatile,” said Paul Lasley, chair of the sociology department, and Maynard Hogberg, chair of the animal science department. Lasley and Hogberg shared their views on the need for sustainable practices in agriculture in an opinion article for the Des Moines Register on Aug. 11. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308110043...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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JENKINS: WHAT’S A BLOG POST WORTH?
In the Aug. 8 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rob Jenkens, an associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College, discusses blog posts. However widely read or disseminated they may be, what are they truly worth in the academic universe? “My argument is not that learned monographs have no value (of course they do, whether widely read or not), or that blog posts are somehow superior as scholarship (of course they’re not), but simply that we might be selling online publications short if we assume they’re worthless purely because they’re online,” he said. More: http://chronicle.com/blogs/onhiring/whats-a-blog-post-worth/40591?cid=at...

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MARGINALIA
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ISU’s SEBRANEK A STATE FAIR FOOD JUDGE MORE THAN 25 YEARS (AND STILL WAITING TO JUDGE PIE)
Joseph Sebranek has served as a food judge at the Iowa State Fair for more than 25 years. He's typically judged several food categories each year. He has been assigned to judge many meat-related recipes and products such as bacon dessert (new this year), chicken sausage, ostrich products (entrée, salad or appetizer), meatballs, “best of the wurst,”sausage cook-off, meatloaf, chicken wings, barbecue sauces and more. "I don’t really have a favorite when it comes to meat items, I like ’em all," said Sebranek. "But I have been lobbying Arlette Hollister, the state fair food superintendent, for several years to let me judge pies, but so far that has been an unsuccessful effort. I suspect there is a waiting list for that!" Sebranek is a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Morrison Chair in Meat Science and professor in animal science and food science and human nutrition.

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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