Issue: 776

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
November 18, 2013  No. 776

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COLLEGE NEWS
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VIDEO: WORDS OF THANKS FROM CALS
From our successful students, to our supportive alumni, to new and renovated facilities, we have so many reasons to give thanks. To you and yours, from all of us at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, best wishes during this season of gratitude and celebration – https://www.cals.iastate.edu/features/2013/thank-you-college-agriculture...

XIN NAMED IOWA EGG COUNCIL ENDOWED PROFESSOR
Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science, has been named the inaugural Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-air-qua...
 
SOIL CONSERVATION FOCUS OF NOVEMBER WEBINAR
The Iowa Learning Farms' monthly webinar will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11:30 a.m. Jerry Hatfield, laboratory director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will present "Soil Conservation: The Foundation for Efficient Agriculture." More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/soil-conservation-focus-iowa-le...
 
LEARN ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, DEC. 6
Faculty interested in applying to become a 2014 George Washington Carver faculty mentor can find out more information at the George Washington Carver Internship Program Lunch and Learn on Dec. 6, 12 to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Theressa Cooper (tncooper@iastate.edu) by Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/diversity/gwc
 
CALS SELECTIONS IN 2013 WOMEN IMPACTING ISU CALENDAR
Five women representing CALS students, departments or programs will be honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the eighth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar. Selected for the 2014 calendar include Alexandra Gustafson, a senior in environmental science and political science; Afifah Abdul Rahim, senior in animal science; Alicia Carriquiry, distinguished professor of statistics; Gloria Jones-Johnson, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program and professor of sociology; and Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. More than 1,000 copies of the calendar will be distributed free after a reception on Jan. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. More: http://cattcenter.las.iastate.edu/voices-newsletter/center-announces-12-...
 
DAIRY PRODUCTS EVALUATION TEAM PLACES FOURTH AT NATIONALS
The ISU Dairy Products Evaluation Team participated in the 92nd Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest at the International Dairy Show in Chicago earlier this month. The four members of the team are Blake Jorgenson, senior in food science and human nutrition, Matthew Watson, senior in food science and human nutrition, Sarah Delhotal, junior in dairy science and agricultural communications, and Angelica Gutierrez, graduate student in food science. In team awards, they won first place in yogurt judging and third place in cheddar cheese, to place fourth in the nation. The team earned the right to keep the yogurt championship trophy due to three first place wins (2010, 2012 and 2013).  Individually, Jorgenson placed first in cheddar cheese judging, second in milk and third in yogurt for an overall third place win among all undergraduates. Watson placed first in yogurt judging for a fourth place overall. Gutierrez placed first in cottage cheese, milk and yogurt judging, second in cheddar cheese and third in butter and ice cream for an overall first place win in the nation for graduate student evaluation of dairy products.
 
CALS STUDENT FEATURED IN IOWA CORN CAMPAIGN
Brent Drey, a junior in agricultural studies, is one of four Iowa farmers featured in a new multimedia, statewide campaign by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Television advertisements focus on ethanol/economic development, products from corn to ethanol process and conservation practices on the farm. The campaign will also include online, print and radio messages. More: http://www.iowacorn.org/index.cfm/30321/26555/iowa_corn_farmers_featured...
 
BLOCK AND BRIDLE CLUB SELLING SUMMER SAUSAGE AND CHEESE
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. Orders will be accepted through Dec. 11 for Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery. On-site sales will be offered at Vet Med, Curtiss Hall, Kildee Hall, Bessey Hall, Beardshear Hall and the University Book Store (dates to be announced). The summer sausage is made on campus in the Meat Lab and the cheese (one pound blocks of Colby jack, cheddar and pepper jack) is from Wisconsin. Money raised will be used for club trips, and shows and sales hosted by the club. More: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/clubs/bbclub/?pg=15. For more information: isussandc@gmail.com.
 
POULTRY INTEREST GROUP SELLING TURKEYS
The Poultry Science Class raised 27 turkeys as a class management project. The Poultry Interest Group of the Block and Bridle Club is having them processed and will be selling them for $2 a pound as a fundraiser for their trip to the International Poultry Expo in January. The whole turkeys will weigh between 17-22 pounds. Projected pick-up date is Nov. 26 or 27 at Kildee Hall. To place an order, contact ISUPoultryInterestGroup@gmail.com.
 
CALS STUDENT: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SPOILED BY YOUR HOMETOWN
CALS agricultural and life sciences education student Nicole Patterson's blog post has gone viral. Sharing her thoughts on what it means to be "spoiled" by your small town seems to have struck a cord, and was recently picked up by Huffington Post. More: http://farmgirlfactsoflife.com/2013/11/10/why-small-town-iowa-kids-are-s...
 
CALS SURPASSES GOAL ON UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
The college raised $63,724 for ISU United Way Campaign, an increase of $1,224 over its $62,500 goal. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $324,517, which is 96.9 percent of ISU’s goal. Go to http://www.uw.iastate.edu/13/goals.php for details. Pledges are still being accepted. If you have sent in your pledge you should have received a coupon for four tickets to the ISU women’s basketball game on Dec. 8. If you are not using those tickets you can send them to Carla Persaud at 138 Curtiss Hall and they will be given to a local organization.

AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE: NEXT ISSUE SET FOR DEC. 2
Ag and Life Sciences Online will break next week for Thanksgiving. It will resume Monday, Dec. 2. Happy Thanksgiving!

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 19: Food Dialogues, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Scheman Building, http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/the-food-dialogues%C2%AE-iowa
Nov. 25: Surplus Equipment Auction, ISU Curtiss Farm, Tim Goode, (641) 751-0280.?
Dec. 11: Science With Practice Poster Presentation, 2-3:30 p.m., Kildee Hall Atrium

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/RECOGNITION WORKSHOP
CALS will hold a Faculty Professional Development/Recognition Workshop to familiarize interested faculty members with three professional development award opportunities. A recipient of the Jefferson Fellowship (Max Rothschild), NSF CAREER Award (Maria Salas-Fernandez) and Fulbright Scholar program (Brian Steward) will each make a 15-minute presentation with Q&A about their experiences in applying for and winning their award. Following the presentations, participants will have time for informal conversations with these award recipients. The workshop will be held on Dec. 2, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 13 Curtiss Hall (Brenton Center). Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Carla Persaud (cpersaud@iastate.edu) by Wednesday, Nov. 27, if you plan to attend. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/169

DES MOINES IS A PRIORITY AREA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS GRANTS
Des Moines is a geographic priority for the Wells Fargo - National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant program. The program’s mission is to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. Awards typically range from $35,000 to $100,000. Projects that meet or exceed a one-to-one match ratio will be more competitive. Proposals are due Dec. 16. More: http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/2014rfp.aspx

AG INNOVATION PRIZE SEEKS MENTORS, STUDENT AMBASSADORS, STUDENT ENTRIES
The newly formed Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances seeks student teams to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems that will improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population. An initial submission of 2 pages and 10 slides is due by Feb. 28. The top 25 teams will compete for a $100,000 grand prize, four - $25,000 runner-up prizes and a $15,000 audience choice prize to launch their idea. Student ambassadors will receive $1,000 to assist in raising local awareness of the contest opportunity on their campus. The program also seeks professionals to serve as mentors to the top 25 teams and as judges in the competition. More: http://www.agprize.com/

REMINDER: BARD SEMINAR - OPERATIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Edo Chalutz, executive director of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, will present the seminar, “BARD, the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund – Operations, Achievements and Funding Opportunities.” BARD funds projects in several CALS disciplines. The seminar will be Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to noon, 1951 Food Sciences Building (CCUR Technology Transfer Theater). More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/170

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/

Dec. 13 (concept papers): Ethiopia USAID-Addis Ababa – Food Security and Nutrition under the Feed the Future Strategy; U.S. entities must partner with an Ethiopian PI. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247713

Jan. 7: DOD DARPA - Defense Sciences Office Young Faculty Award; up to $500,000. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247637

Jan. 15 (preproposal): Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative; supports research consortia. More: http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/gulf-mexico-research-initiative-announ...

Jan. 30 (preproposal): NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14507/nsf14507.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Feb. 5, Feb. 12: NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14505/nsf14505.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Oct. 10: NSF Smart and Connected Health – Exploratory Proposals. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504739 

Oct. 17: NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation - Broadening Participation in STEM Education Research Proposals. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13646

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INFOGRAZING
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THANKSGIVING DINNER COSTS LESS THAN LAST YEAR
The cost of a classic Thanksgiving dinner is down from last year, according to numbers released by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The average cost of a feast for a family of 10 is $49.04 in 2013, down 44 cents from the $49.48 average in 2012. The AFBF survey, an informal study conducted annually since 1986, used a shopping list of turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. More: http://agri-pulse.com/Farm-Bureau-2013s-Turkey-Day-less-expensive-111420...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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POLITO SPEAKS TO VETERANS AND FAMILIES: USE YOUR ISU EDUCATION TO COMPLETE YOUR TOOLBOX
Tom Polito, director of Student Services for CALS, was the guest speaker for the inaugural ISU Community Supper Honoring Veterans and Their Families, held Nov. 13 in the Great Hall, Memorial Union. More than 280 people attended the event, which was organized by the ISU Veterans Center, ISU Student Veterans of America and ISU We Cypport Our Troops to honor veterans, military personnel and their families. Polito served in the Navy Reserve from 1971 to 1977, with active duty service from 1972 to 1974. This is an excerpt from his address: "One of my responsibilities as director of student services is to welcome new students at orientation.  I always stress to them the importance of building their toolboxes while at ISU -- to anticipate the skills and knowledge they need in the future and to acquire as much of that as they can while here. However, when I work with veterans, I find that one of your unique characteristics is that you come to us with valuable tools already in your toolbox.  Through your service, you have demonstrated commitment and loyalty. You know the value of preparation and planning. You understand the importance of competent leadership and you can quickly recognize a leader from a pretender. You have experienced the success of a team and you know the consequences if a team member doesn’t contribute or pull their weight. These are not abstract concepts for you.  You have lived them and they are engrained in you. You now come to ISU to complete your toolbox, to get the discipline specific knowledge you need for your chosen profession . . . You are enrolled in a great university. Use it to the max to prepare yourself for the next challenges you will face because there are no shortage of challenges -- climate change, the need to develop renewable energy sources, the predicted population growth from 7 billion to 9 billion in your lifetime and our need to feed those 9 billion are just a few."

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MARGINALIA
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PRAISE IN 1918 FOR THE AMES COLLEGE, ‘THE GREATEST AND MOST FAMOUS OF AG SCHOOLS’
Below is an excerpt from the March 10, 1918, issue of the Burlington Hawkeye. "Floyd Laughlin of Osage has been chosen county agent for Allamakee County. He has been farming in Mitchell County and is a graduate of the Ames college. It appears the height of wisdom to choose Iowans who have been schooled at the great college for these positions. Not because they are Iowans, but because they are more familiar with Iowa conditions than others possibly could be, and because they have been trained in the best agricultural school in the world. Iowa wants the very best men for county agents who can be discovered. And where would better men be found for such duty than among the graduates of the greatest and most famous of agricultural schools." Laughlin received a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry from the Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts in 1910.

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