AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
October 14, 2013 No. 771
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: CALS FACULTY TO DEBATE PROS AND CONS OF GMOs TODAY
The Des Moines Register will present a free panel discussion on the pros and cons of genetically modified crops to coincide with the start of World Food Prize activities. The event will be held today, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Cowles-Kruidenier Auditorium at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines. Panelists from CALS are Ruth MacDonald, food science and human nutrition, Gary Munkvold, plant pathology and microbiology, and Micheal Owen, agronomy. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131006/NEWS/310060066/1024/BU...|head&nclick_check=1
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: NORMAN BORLAUG LECTURE OCT. 14
CALS is a co-sponsor of the annual Norman Borlaug Lecture to be held today, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Marc Van Montagu, Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley, joint recipients of the 2013 World Food Prize for their research and achievements in agricultural biotechnology, will present “Scientific Discovery and the Fight to End Global Hunger.” A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students. More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/30381
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT OCT. 15
The Iowa Hunger Summit, “Iowans United in Fighting Hunger – At Home and Abroad,” will be held tomorrow, Oct. 15, at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines. The event features a hunger luncheon at noon and seminars by various groups involved in fighting hunger. Hank Harris, animal science, Max Rothschild, animal science, and John Thomson, veterinary medicine, will be part of a panel presenting One Health: Healthy Animals, Healthy People, Healthy Planet. More: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/events/iowa_hunger_summit/
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY CONSORTIUM OCT. 16
The leaders of the Global Food Security Consortium, a new initiative at Iowa State University, will discuss the consortium’s goals Wednesday, Oct. 16, during the World Food Prize events. The consortium brings an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and innovative approach to world hunger and poverty through focused research in five major areas: germplasm and seed systems; climate-resilient healthy crops; climate-resilient healthy animals; post-harvest and utilization; and policies, regulations and trade. Manjit Misra, director of the Seed Science Center, will serve as chair of the consortium and Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, will be co-chair. More: http://www.globalfoodsecurity.iastate.edu/
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: PARTNERING FOR AFRICA’S NEXT DECADE OF AG DEVELOPMENT, OCT. 16
As part of the World Food Prize celebration this week, CALS is a co-sponsor of “Partnering for Africa’s Next Decade of Agricultural Development: Listening to Farmers, Supporting Scientists,” to be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Participating from agronomy are Andrew Manu and Kendall Lamkey. Sponsors are CRDF Global and The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora. More: http://www.crdfglobal.org/news-and-events/upcoming-events/2013/10/11/wor...
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY LECTURE OCT. 17
The fall 2013 seminar series, “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress,” continues this Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3:40 p.m. in 1951 Food Science. Ruth Oniang’o, chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food and Nutritional Science in Nairobi, Kenya, will present “Sub-Saharan Africa Needs Food Science and Related Disciplines NOW.” The lecture is sponsored by CALS, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the World Food Prize. More: http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/Fall2013Seminars.html
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: NIFA DIRECTOR TO PRESENT LECTURE OCT. 18
Sonny Ramaswamy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will present the lecture, “Setting the Table for a Hotter, Flatter, More Crowded Earth. The lecture will be held on Oct. 18, 3:10 to 4 p.m. in Room 127 Curtiss Hall, the Leonard and Evelyn Dolezal Auditorium. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
WORLD FOOD PRIZE: WINNER MENTORED ISU AGRONOMY PROFESSOR
ISU agronomy professor Kan Wang has kept up a weekly correspondence with World Food Prize winner Marc Van Montagu since studying with him, leading to her doctorate in 1987. Van Montagu will share the 2013 World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley for their discovery of a bacterium that introduced the opportunity of genetic modification. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/world-food-prize-winner-mento...
LARGEST CALS CAREER DAY SET FOR OCT. 15
CALS is holding its largest job fair ever on Tuesday, Oct. 15. More than 230 companies and organizations will participate in the career day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The job fair provides an opportunity for all ISU students to meet with recruiters on internships and full-time positions available with agribusinesses, commodity groups and governmental agencies. Mike Gaul, director of CALS Career Services, said, “The growth of this event and the number of new companies in attendance is a testament to the quality of students and programs associated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.” More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/ag-career-day-job-fair-set-oc...
OXFORD ECONOMIST TO DISCUSS MIGRATION AT OCT. 15 LECTURE
Paul Collier, professor of economics and public policy and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, will discuss his latest book – an analysis of immigration and its impacts – in a talk at ISU on Tuesday, Oct. 15. His presentation, “How Migration is Changing Our World,” will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Co-sponsors of the lecture include CALS and the Department of Economics. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/01/lecture-collier
ISU BUILDING R&D PROGRAM FOR BIOPLASTICS
Iowa State's Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team is working toward two long-term goals: helping bioplastics capture at least 20 percent of the plastics market and transferring bioplastic technologies from the university to Iowa startup companies. David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering and chairman of the research team, said the team has been around from 1995 and has grown to 21 members from 12 departments and four colleges. It operates within the Center for Crops Utilization Research. Its researchers have won $6.5 million in research grants over the past five years. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/07/bioplastics
ISU REVISES NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Advances in soil-testing research has led ISU Extension agronomists to revise recommendations for phosphorus, potassium and lime. Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, agronomy, have updated the extension publication “A General Guide for Crop Nutrient and Limestone Recommendations in Iowa” (PM 1688). It is available online for free at: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=5232. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-extensi...
GRAIN STORAGE MORE IMPORTANT FOR THIS YEAR’S HARVEST
Uneven quality and maturity in this year’s corn harvest means grain storage management will take on even greater importance than in previous years, said Charles Hurburgh, agricultural and biosystems engineering. Without good grain storage practices this fall, farmers will find the corn they harvested contaminated with unusual amounts of mold in the spring. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/08/grainstorage
CALS ONLINE COURSE, CERTIFICATE AND PROGRAM INITIATIVE
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in collaboration with the Brenton Center, invites CALS faculty to submit proposals that further enrich the use of innovative learning technology for online courses, certificates and programs. Particularly preferred are courses designed for large numbers of undergraduate students or the reconstruction of on-campus courses into online courses that helps alleviate space issues or opens the course to off-campus students. Other types of courses will be considered, including upper division undergraduate and graduate courses that may lead to new online certificates or programs. Departments will be required to match $1 for every $2 awarded. Submit proposals to David Acker (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, Oct. 15. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/165
SUSTAINABLE AG STUDENTS OFFER TWO FOOD DAY LECTURES
ISU’s Sustainable Agriculture Student Association is co-sponsoring two lectures in celebration of Food Day 2013. The first lecture, “Food, Land and Small Planet Producers: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappe, Harriet Nakabaale and Kijoolu Kaliya,” will be held Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Ames United Church of Christ. The second lecture, “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America,” will be presented by Wenonah Hauter on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.
CANDIDATE OPEN FORUMS FOR PSI DIRECTOR, OCT. 17-18
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has announced open forums for the director of the Plant Sciences Institute. At these forums, candidates will present their vision for how to move forward plant sciences at ISU. Both forums will be held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee; Pat Schnable, agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology, on Thursday, Oct. 17; and Basil Nikolau, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, on Friday, Oct. 18.
GOURMET PIG BREEDER TO SPEAK AT ISU, OCT. 18
Pig farmer, tech start-up entrepreneur and computer consultant Carl Blake is on a quest to breed the country’s tastiest pig by following a 19th century German formula. He will share his experiences in a talk at ISU on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery. Blake’s talk, “In Pursuit of the Perfect Pig,” is part of the National Affairs Series on Innovation and is free and open to the public. The talk is co-sponsored by the Bacon Expo and the Culinary Science Club. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/02/lecture-blake
RETALLICK NAMED OUTSTANDING ALUMNI
Mike Retallick, agricultural education and studies, was one of five recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards for the 2012-13 academic year from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. Retallick earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1993 from UW-Platteville. More: http://www3.uwplatt.edu/news/outstanding-alumni-selected-uw-platteville-...
PORK MONTH STORY IDEAS AVAILABLE FROM IPIC
The Iowa Pork Industry Center has provided story ideas to be used in October for 2013 Pork Month, or anytime. More: http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/PorkMonth2013.pdf
ISU UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UPDATE
It is the end of the fifth week of the ISU United Way Campaign and the college has raised $46,078, which is 73.7 percent of its goal of $62,500. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $216,069, which is 65 percent of ISU’s goal. The ISU campaign ends Oct. 3.
CALS UNITED WAY ONLINE AUCTION
The fourth annual CALS United Way online auction is open for bids and ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.16. See https://www.ag.iastate.edu/auction/viewAuction.php?auctionID=2 to view and bid on more than 60 auction items.
CALS UNITED WAY BOOK SALE RESULTS
Last week’s leftover book sale held in Curtiss Hall raised $80. This brings the total raised from the combined sales to $612. Thanks to all who donated and purchased items. Remaining books were taken to Goodwill.
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 31: Deadline for students to submit an essay to David Acker (email@example.com) for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/diversityprogram_combined.pdf
Nov. 13: Fine Dining Class present “At Home in Paris,” 6:30 p.m., Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, $30, Katie Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERNAL COMPETITION: DOE ENERGY FRONTIER RESEARCH CENTERS
The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting pre-proposals for the Energy Frontier Research Centers program. The mission of the program, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, is to support fundamental research to understand, predict and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic and molecular levels. The intent of projects is to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and support DOE's mission emphases in energy, the environment and national security. Interested faculty should submit a pre-proposal to Chitra Rajan (email@example.com) by Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/168
BIG 12 FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
ISU collaborates in the Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program to stimulate scholarly initiatives among the Big 12 universities. The program awards funds of up to $2,500 each for faculty members to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Faculty visits will ordinarily be for two weeks, but longer visits are possible. Eligible faculty are those who are tenured, tenure-track, adjunct faculty who have been in their positions for at least six years, senior clinicians or senior lecturers. Fellowships are awarded in three annual competitions. The two remaining deadlines for FY 2013-14 are Jan. 17 and April 4. More:
NEW FACULTY LUNCH WITH VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, STAFF
New faculty members are invited to an informal luncheon with Vice President David Oliver to learn more about ISU research service units and support staff. Faculty will gain information on how to identify funding opportunities and learn about ISU’s proposal submission processes and other programs and services. Advance registration is requested. Contact: Laurie Engleen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration: http://vprednewfaculty.eventbrite.com/
WORKSHOP: FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR CORE PROGRAM
Dom Caristi, a Fulbright Ambassador from Ball State University and former ISU faculty member, will present a workshop for faculty and professionals on the Core Fulbright Scholar Program. The workshop will be held Nov. 8, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery. Individuals may drop by to visit from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Space is limited; please RSVP to Jaime Watson (email@example.com) by Nov. 6.
WORKSHOP: FINDING NON-GOVERNMENT RESEARCH GRANTS
The Parks Library is offering the workshop, “Finding Funding: How to Find Non-Government Grants for Your Research.” Rebecca Jackson, ISU Library, will show how to find nonprofit organizations that fund research. Donna Van Pelt, ISU Foundation, will present information about applying for nonprofit foundation grants. The workshop will be held Oct. 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Room 134, Parks Library. Pre-registration required. More: http://isulib.pingg.com/FindFunding1024
FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information is posted at CALS Funding Resources, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/
Nov. 4: Animal and Biological Material Resource Centers (P40). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-001.html
Nov. 19: National Pork Board General Call 2014. More: http://www.pork.org/Research/499/ResearchRFP.aspx#.UlbzshC1ewF
Dec. 1 (concept papers): Gerber Foundation – Pediatric Nutrition Grants; $300,000. More: http://www.gerberfoundation.org/
Dec. 2: Annie’s Homegrown – Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship. More: http://www.annies.com/our-practices/farming/agricultural-scholarships/ap...
Dec. 31: East-West Center, Honolulu - POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program; policy topics relating to South Korea. More: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/research/visiting-fellow-programs/posco-vi...
Feb. 12, 2014: NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-197.html
May 23, 2014: Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Sites and Supplements. More: (website unavailable until government shutdown ends) http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517
AG PRIZE LOOKING FOR STUDENTS TO TRANSFORM GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS
The Agricultural Innovation Prize, developed to boost the agricultural innovation ecosystem, was launched from Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2. It strives to connect various sectors and disciplines in an effort to better address the challenges of the 21st century, and identify ways to achieve food security while keeping us within sound environmental boundaries. The Ag Prize seeks students who are interested in transforming global food systems into one that facilitates sufficiency and resilience. More: http://www.agprize.com/
TURKEY FARM AND PROCESSING PLANT TOUR BY TEMPLE GRANDIN
The National Turkey Federation and the American Meat Institute released a video presentation of a turkey farm and processing plant hosted by leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University. More:
EDELMAN: COMMUNITY ADVISORY PANEL FIRST OF ITS KIND
Considered the first of its kind in Iowa, the community advisory panel for the DuPont cellulosic biofuel facility held its first meeting last Tuesday at the SCORE Pavilion in Nevada. The group is comprised of 35 community leaders, local producers and representatives of DuPont. The purpose of the panel is to promote ongoing dialogue between the surrounding community and DuPont throughout the construction process and continuing after the facility is up and running in 2014. Mark Edelman, professor of economics, director of the Community Vitality Center and facilitator of the panel, said involving stakeholders in the meetings will allow DuPont to address concerns as they arise. “I’m glad it’s here, and I’m glad we can all contribute,” Edelman said. More: http://amestrib.com/sections/news/ames-and-story-county/dupont-advisory-...
EIGHT STUDENTS TAKE PART IN AGRICULTURE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE
The 2013 Agriculture Weekend Experience, sponsored by CALS and ISU Agricultural Endowment, took eight CALS students to stay on family farms in the State Center area on Oct. 11 to 13. Participants originate from Germany, Austria, Argentina, China, Texas, Wisconsin and Iowa; they are studying agricultural engineering, agricultural business, agronomy, animal science, agriculture systems technology and agricultural studies. On the way to the host farms, students toured the facilities at Lincolnway Energy, LLC ethanol plant and Couser Cattle Company's feedlot. Students were then taken to the State Center farmers' market where two of our participants were dropped off with their host family, Larry and Lynne Pfantz. The Pfantz's regularly attend farmers' markets with the produce and bedding plants grown on their farm. The next stop was at Ron and Dona Veren's farm, where three of our participants were staying. Between learning about the harvesting operation on Veren's corn and soybean farm, these three ladies also received on a tour of Blood Dairy, LLC. The final destination for the last three participants was to go to the Market off Main in Albion, Iowa, operated by Christy and Jeff Hibbs. The Hibbs own this store that specializes in selling local foods, including the beef raised on the Hibbs' livestock and crop farm.
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