Issue: 772

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
October 21, 2013  No. 772

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COLLEGE NEWS
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IOWA STATE STUDENTS BRING HOME THE BACON
If you didn't attend Saturday's Iowa State University Bacon Expo you can view a short video on the CALS web page. Dining services prepared more than 1,200 lbs. of bacon and more than 1,000 attendees gathered in the Scheman Center courtyard to sample bacon treats. The student organizers donated 100 lbs. of cooked bacon to Food at First in Ames, a food pantry that also provides a daily meal. For more numbers go to https://www.cals.iastate.edu/features/2013/bacon-expo-success.

WINNING POSTERS SUBMITTED FOR NORMAN BORLAUG LECTURE
Preceding the Norman Borlaug Lecture held Oct. 14 were student posters submitted by undergraduate and graduate students addressing world food issues. In the undergraduate section, first place went to Catum Whitfield, senior in agricultural engineering, for Hermetic Storage Techniques of Maize and Bean Grain at Nakanyonyi and Namasagali Primary schools, Uganda. Second place went to Julie Perreault, junior in global resource systems, for Improving Health and Sanitation to Increase Food Utilization at Namasagali Primary School, Kamuli District of Uganda. Third place went to Hannah Darr, junior in global resource systems, for Increasing Efficiency and Sustainability of a Locally Produced Food Based Feeding Program at Namasagali Primary School in Uganda. In the graduate section, first place went to Seth Armah, food science and human nutrition, for Effect of High Phytate Diet on Biomarkers of Iron Status in Females 18-35 Years. Second place went to Rashid Suleiman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, for Flint Corn Resistance to Maize Weevil Infestation. Third place went to Alyssa Beavers, food science and human nutrition, for Low Phytate Maize Produced Through Recurrent Selection.

CAREER DAY DRAWS NEARLY 2,500 STUDENTS

Mike Gaul, director of CALS career services, reports that 225 companies were represented at this year's career fair, held last Tuesday, Oct. 15. There were 2,490 student visitors (a 33 percent increase from 2012) representing 92 ISU majors and 19 other schools. Interview activity on Wednesday through Friday consisted of 1,015 individual interviews. In addition, approximately 80 recruiters joined faculty and staff for a reception in the Harl Commons after Career Day on Tuesday.

FEEDING THE WORLD SEMINAR SERIES CONTINUES OCT. 24
The fall 2013 seminar series, "Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress," continues Oct. 24 at 3:40 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. John Bowman, senior agricultural advisor for the Bureau for Food Security in the Agriculture Research and Policy Office, U.S. Agency for International Development, will present "The Role of Horticulture in Food Security." The annual seminar series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture and the Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture. More: http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/Fall2013Seminars.html

ISU STUDENTS TALK ABOUT HOW WILL WE FEED 9.6 BILLION PEOPLE
In a YouTube video, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Robert Fraley and ISU students talk about the challenges of feeding the world in 2050. Students are Easton Lovelace, senior in agricultural engineering; Trisha Nielsen, junior in horticulture; Hannah Darr, junior in global resource systems; and Marianne Emery, graduate in agronomy. These students completed the 2013 Service Learning, School Garden Study Abroad Program in Uganda. The service learning program partners eight ISU students with Makerere University students from Uganda to create a bi-national team which completes projects in the Kamuli District, where the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has its programs. The students shared the lessons they learned and results of their bi-national projects at the Borlaug poster session of the Borlaug Lecture on Oct. 14. More: .be

PETERSON EDITOR OF PLANT TRANSPOSABLE ELEMENTS PUBLICATION
Tom Peterson, genetics, development and cell biology, is editor of a publication just released by Springer, "Plant Transposable Elements: Methods and Protocols." Transposable elements have played a major role in shaping plant genome structure and gene expression. In this book, expert researchers in the field detail many of the methods that are now commonly used to study transposons. Chapter authors from ISU are: Peterson; Phil Becraft, GDCB; Pat Schnable, agronomy; Roger Wise, plant pathology and microbiology; and Peter Peterson, agronomy. More: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-1-62703-567-5

ANIMAL SCIENTIST HELPS COORDINATE SWINE GENOME PROGRAM
Chris Tuggle, animal science, has been named co-coordinator of the U.S. Swine Genome Coordination Program. Tuggle will coordinate the program with Cathy Ernst, a professor of animal science at Michigan State University. The program facilitates of sharing of genomic tools and sequence information to understand the mechanism affecting genetic traits; arranges the distribution of animals and genomic data; and helps develop bioinformatics resources to aid researchers around the nation. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-animal-scientist-h...

CALS STUDENT EARNS A CONGRESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Brian Castro earned an opportunity this past summer that allowed him to advocate for his hometown community. Castro, a senior in global resource systems and nutritional science in CALS, grew up in southern Chicago. When Castro heard about an opportunity to intern within the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, he knew it was a perfect fit for him because he would be able to help individuals in his hometown. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/features/2013/cals-student-earns-congressio...

LASLEY, DUFFY TO KEYNOTE AG SAFETY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE
The 12th annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference will be held Nov. 19-20 at the Gateway Center in Ames. The theme is "Many Faces of Agriculture" and will look at agricultural safety and health issues across the broad diversity of farm configurations, production methods and end products. The keynote address,  "Today's Farmers: Who Are They and How Do They Farm?" will be presented by Mike Duffy, economics, and Paul Lasley, sociology. More: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash/events/MRASH/2013/index.html

SAVE THE DATE: SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE POSTER PRESENTATION, DEC. 11
A poster presentation and reception for this semester's Science With Practice participants will be held Dec. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Atrium. Science With Practice is an experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture sponsored by CALS and the ISU Agricultural Endowment.

HORTICULTURE STATION SELLING APPLES
The ISU Horticulture Station is selling fresh picked apples for $2 a pound. Available apples are Golden Delicious and Chieftain. Both are good eating, baking and canning apples. They will be delivered to a central location on campus Oct. 29, 30 and 31. Time and location will be determined by orders received. Payment will be made at pick-up location. Contact Sally Medford at smedford@iastate.edu for an order form.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE AG AMBASSADOR AVAILABLE TO PRESENT ON AG TOPICS
Katie Johnson, a sophomore in agricultural education and studies (ag communications option), was recently selected as a 2013 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador. The National FFA organization selects 20 FFA members from across the country to represent the team. Johnson is the first to be selected from Iowa State. The ambassadors have undergone specialized training to learn facilitation and presentation techniques. Johnson is available to speak to clubs, organizations and classrooms on biotechnology and GMOs, sustainability, organic vs. conventional agriculture, agricultural transportation, feeding the world, food safety and being an advocate for agriculture. For more information, contact Johnson at kjohns@iastate.edu.

MEAT SCIENCE CLUB HOLDS 11th ANNUAL HOLIDAY HAM FUNDRAISER

The Meat Science Club is selling semi-boneless hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Club members trim and prepare each semi-boneless ham for the curing, smoking and cooking process. They are injected with salt, sugar, spices and cure for flavor, smoked for more than two hours with natural hardwood smoke and vacuum packaged for a long refrigerated shelf life. Whole hams (12-15 pounds) are $3.50 a pound and half hams (7-9 pounds) are $4 a pound. Place an order by emailing isu.meat.science.club@gmail.com or by filling out an order form at the Meat Lab Sales Counter or in 2371 Kildee Hall. Hams will be available to pick up at the Meat Lab Sales counter, located at the north corner of the Kildee Hall atrium. Pick up times are Nov. 19 and 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving hams and Dec. 17 and 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. for Christmas hams.

END OF GROWING SEASON IS OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT COVER CROPS
As vegetable growers and commodity farmers reach the end of the growing season and harvest their crops, faculty at ISU, including Ajay Nair, horticulture, are pushing for greater awareness of cover crops to conserve soil and hold nutrients in place through the fall and winter. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/16/covercrop2013

CALS PROGRESS ON UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
It is the end of the sixth week of the ISU United Way Campaign and the college has raised $47,668, which is 76.3 percent of its goal of $62,500. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $240,193, which is 72 percent of ISU’s goal. The ISU campaign ends October 31. The fourth annual CALS United Way online auction ended on Oct.16. A record $2,159 was raised.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 31: Deadline for students to submit an essay to David Acker (dacker@iastate.edu) 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, kjfuller@iastate.edu.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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CALS-COB COLLABORATION MEET AND GREET
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Business will hold a meet-and-greet event to promote interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty members in the two colleges. Mini-presentations by selected faculty from both colleges will emphasize externally funded research that might benefit from faculty collaborations. Following the presentations, participants are invited to a reception to engage in informal conversations about mutual research interests. The event will be held Nov. 1, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Krieger Boardroom, Gerdin Business Building, followed by the reception from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bergstrom Commons. Please notify Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Oct. 30 if you plan to attend.

NIH GUIDANCE ON RESUMPTION OF EXTRAMURAL FUNDING ACTIVITIES
On Oct. 18, NIH issued Notice No. NOT-OD-14-003, Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations. The notice includes revised due dates for proposal submissions. The notice also provides information about applications submitted during the government shutdown, rescheduling of peer review meetings, and other activities and deadlines affected by the shutdown. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-003.html

NSF GUIDANCE FOLLOWING RESUMPTION OF OPERATIONS
On Oct. 18, NSF issued the document Grant and Cooperative Agreement Related Policy and Systems Issues Following the Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation. The document states that NSF will provide revised due dates for funding opportunities with deadlines or target dates occurring between Oct. 1 and 25. New funding opportunities will be issued based on schedules determined by the cognizant NSF Directorates and Program Directors. Other topics covered in the document include the proposal review process, issuance of new grants and cooperative agreements, and post-award administration. More: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp

ACADEMIC ADVISING INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Academic Advising Innovation Grant Program is designed to support initiatives that will enrich the academic advising experiences of undergraduate students and enhance the ability of academic advisers to meet the needs of a growing diverse undergraduate student population. Individual grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded. Larger grants may be considered for proposals that include partnerships between academic affairs and other campus units and that actively support advising at an institutional level.  The funding can be used to support programs at the departmental, college or university level. Applications are due Dec. 2. More: http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/advisers/

DATA MANAGEMENT BROWN BAG WORKSHOP
University Library, SP@ISU, Iowa NSF EPSCoR, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development are sponsoring a data management workshop on Nov. 5, 12 to 1 p.m., 192 Parks Library. Participants will learn why a well-developed data management plan could improve funding chances. Topics will include expectations of funding agencies, best practices for data management and tools for preparing a DMP. Refreshments to accompany your brown bag lunch will be provided. More information and registration: www.eventbrite.com/event/8881810735

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/

Various dates: DOI Joint Fire Science Program Primary Announcement; seven task statements. More: 
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=243735

Oct. 31 (deadline extended): Technical Assistance and Support for Improved Protection of Drinking Water Sources. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=240546

Dec. 1: National e-Commerce Extension Initiative; $15,000. More: http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/files/ecommerce_proposal_guidelines.pdf

Dec. 2: 2014 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience. More: http://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org/newsroom/upcoming-deadlines/2013-mc...

Jan. 6:  2014 McKnight Scholar Awards. More: http://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org/newsroom/upcoming-deadlines/2013-mc...

Feb. 5: NIH Modeling Social Behavior (R01). More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=244493

Feb. 20 (letter of intent): NIH Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-375.html

April 13 (letter of intent): NIH NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Centers (P41). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-376.html

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INFOGRAZING
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USDA CANCELS OCTOBER CROP REPORT, FIRST MISS IN 147 YEARS
The U.S. government canceled its monthly report on grain and cotton production on Thursday for the first time since reporting began in 1866 and said it will not estimate U.S. or world crop production until early November. Cancellation of the October report means the first harvest-time estimate of U.S. crops will be Nov. 8 The production report and companion data on crops worldwide are the U.S. Agriculture Department's premier reports. They attract a worldwide audience and frequently move commodity prices -- and with the gap of an additional month, potentially more so than usual. More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-usa-fiscal-cropreports-idUS...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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AG DEANS: PIONEERS OF BIOENGINEERING DESERVE RECOGNITION
Wendy Wintersteen, dean, and eight other agriculture college deans, addressed the World Food Prize and all approaches needed to fight world hunger in an op-ed piece that ran in the Minnesota Star Tribune on Oct. 16. (The piece also ran online in the Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131017/OPINION01/310170036/10....) "The colleges of agriculture at our public universities were established to investigate, teach and encourage discussion of complex disciplines and perspectives related to food production. While the prizewinners may not currently work at universities, all three received training from public institutions, and all three have continued to collaborate with scientists at universities and to have an impact on the public and private sectors. They are shining examples of how important it is to consider difficult scientific questions and to continue to grow our public-private collaborations." More: http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/227904771.html

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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FOX NEWS REPORTS ON ISU BACON EXPO
Fox News reported on the inaugural Iowa State Bacon Expo that was held Saturday, a bacon fest put together by a group of students from ISU. Howard Hill, president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, said that support for the Bacon Expo was important because it served as a stage to highlight the importance of the pork producing industry for Iowa, one of the country’s largest bacon producers. “It’s an opportunity to help explain different agricultural practices that we use today,” said Hill. More: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/21/iowa-state-brings-home-bacon/

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MARGINALIA
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CALS STUDENT'S FAMILY FULFILLS DREAM WITH MOVE TO IOWA
A compelling mix of ISU's dairy science program, a historic barn west of Ogden and plain old-fashioned "Iowa nice" was all it took for the Hodges-Tinner family of Hickinson, Wash., to pick up and move to Iowa. Greg, Margot, Erich, five horses and one beloved Brown Swiss cow are among the newest Cyclones in the Hawkeye state. Their love affair with all things Iowa started in 2009 during Erich's freshman year in dairy science and animal science at Iowa State. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/10/16/hodges-family

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