Issue: 777

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
December 2, 2013  No. 777

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COLLEGE NEWS
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TODAY: FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/RECOGNITION WORKSHOP
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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. Participants will have time for informal conversations with the award recipients. The workshop is today, Dec. 2, 3:30-5 p.m., 13 Curtiss Hall (Brenton Center).

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 Friday, 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

UPDATED ISU CORN FIELD GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
New and larger color photographs, updated information on plant diseases and crop production, and environmental criteria to help identify diseases are included in the second edition of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Corn Field Guide, now available for purchase online. Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology, assisted with the revisions. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/revisions-corn-field-guide-redu...

WENDEL PUBLISHED IN OXFORD JOURNAL
Jonathan Wendel, chair of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has an article published in the most recent issue of Oxford Journals’ Genome Biology and Evolution, titled “Composition and Expression of Conserved MicroRNA Genes in Diploid Cotton Species.” More: http://gbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/11/26/gbe.evt196.abstra...

CUMMINGS PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL AG TRADE MISSION TO CHINA
Carly Cummings, program assistant with the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, is a member of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development program that is preparing for an international agricultural trade mission to China. The class will be spending 10 days meeting with government officials, customers, industry experts and farmers to discuss export market development for four of Iowa’s main agriculture commodities (corn, soybeans, pork and beef). Class members will be blogging about their experience. More: http://www.iowacorn.org/index.cfm/30321/26773/iowans_participate_in_inte...

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: HORT CLUB SELLING POINSETTIAS
The Horticulture Club will be selling poinsettias this week. Prices range from $7 to $30.
* Dec. 3 – Horticulture Hall, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Dec. 4 – Curtiss Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Dec. 5 – Beardshear Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Dec. 6 – Memorial Union, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Dec. 7 – Reiman Gardens, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The annual sale provides students hands-on experience in growing one of the most popular seasonal crops in the ornamental horticulture industry.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: FORESTRY CLUB SELLING CHRISTMAS TREES
The Forestry Club is holding their annual Christmas tree fundraiser at the Reiman Gardens’ Maintenance Building Parking Lot. Sales are: Friday, Dec. 6 and 13, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, 12 to 6 p.m. Proceeds go towards club activities and student development.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: FARM TOY SHOW DEC. 7
The Agricultural Education and Collegiate FFA Chapter are hosting the 2nd Annual Farm Toy Show on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny. Vendors from Iowa and bordering states will be showcasing and selling their farm toys. This year the club has added a consignment portion to the show where people are able to sell their farm toys without having to buy a table and work at a booth; club members handle this instead. More: Bre Branderhorst, isucffa@gmail.com 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: BLOCK AND BRIDLE 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. 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.
 
STUDENT ACTIVITIES: AG COMMUNICATORS SELLING CALENDARS, COOKBOOKS
“Our Iowa” calendars and cookbooks are being sold by the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow for $10 a piece through Dec. 13. Items may be purchased in 206 Curtiss Hall. Proceeds go towards club activities and sending members to the National ACT Convention.

SCHULZ PARTICIPATES IN MEAT MISSION TO JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA
Lee Schulz, economics, participated in an Iowa meat mission to Japan and South Korea on Nov. 9-16. The mission was sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Pork Producers Association. In Japan, Schulz participated in meetings with officials of Japanese meat companies that conduct business in Iowa. The delegation received a briefing from officials at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Tokyo. They toured retail stories to see the merchandising of U.S. pork and beef and ate U.S. pork and beef served in traditional Japanese restaurants. In South Korea, Schulz participated in two meat industry seminars and provided an economic update on corn, soybeans, beef and pork to nearly 300 meat industry representatives in Seoul and Pusan. The delegation received a briefing from officials at the U.S. Embassy and USMEF officials in Seoul, met with the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, toured supermarkets, ate U.S. pork and beef served at traditional Korean barbecue restaurants, and toured a modern container port in Pusan through which U.S. pork and beef enters South Korea.

DEAN WINTERSTEEN SPEAKS AT ALPHA ZETA BANQUET
CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen spoke about the future of agriculture at Iowa State at the Alpha Zeta banquet on Nov. 17. Forty-one new initiate members were recognized as well as the Outstanding Junior (David Drendel, agricultural business), the Outstanding Senior (Rebecca Ahlers, agronomy) and the Tallest Corn Award (Bethany Olson, senior in agricultural business) recipients. More: http://wilsonalphazeta.weebly.com/

LIEBMAN RECEIVES SPENCER AWARD
Matt Liebman, agronomy, will receive the 2013 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture on Dec. 5 at the quarterly meeting of the Leopold Center Advisory Board. Liebman is the first academic agricultural researcher to receive the Spencer Award. His nationally recognized cropping systems research at the ISU Marsden Farm compares a two-year conventional corn-soybean rotation to longer rotations with alfalfa, small grains and a red clover cover crop. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/11-19-2013/isu-agronomy-professor-re...

EDWARDS, HART RECEIVE AWARDS FROM ASFMRA
William Edwards, emeritus professor in economics, was presented the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award at the 84th annual meeting of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in Reno, Nevada. The national award recognizes outstanding individual service to agriculture, other than directly in the farm management and rural appraisal professions. Edwards was also awarded the Gold Quill Award along with Chad Hart, economics. They co-authored the article
“Sharing Financial Risk through Flexible Farm Lease Agreements,” which was published in the 2013 ASFMRA Journal. More: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/about-department/announce/news/47-2013-edwar...

CURBELO PRESENTS KEYNOTE AT IINSPIRE CONFERENCE
Aurelio Curbelo, director of the CALS Multicultural Programs Office, presented the keynote address at the IINSPIRE Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation conference on Nov. 8 in Waterloo. He spoke on building global academic opportunities for multicultural students in higher education in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Crystal Jones, junior in genetics, received third place in the student research poster category. More: http://www.iinspirelsamp.iastate.edu/conference-info_13-14.php

ISU SURPASSES UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN GOAL
The college has raised $69,929 for the ISU United Way Campaign. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $342,186, an increase of $7,186 of its $335,000 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 Sunday, 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.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
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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TODAY: FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/RECOGNITION WORKSHOP
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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. Participants will have time for informal conversations with the award recipients. The workshop is today, Dec. 2, 3:30-5 p.m., 13 Curtiss Hall (Brenton Center).

NSF RELEASES FEBRUARY 2014 PROPOSAL AND AWARD GUIDELINES
The National Science Foundation has posted document NSF 14-1, which includes a revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, revised Award and Administrative Guide, and summary of significant changes for each. The new guides are effective for proposals submitted or due on or after Feb. 24, 2014. The guidelines in NSF 13-1 apply for proposals submitted prior to Feb. 24. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf14001/index.jsp?WT.mc_id...

NSF SCHEDULES WEBINAR ON CORE RESEARCH PROPOSALS
NSF has scheduled a webinar to inform researchers about opportunities to submit proposals to the Education and Human Resources Core Research program. ECR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development and broadening participation in STEM. ECR program officers will outline the elements of ECR proposals and answer commonly asked questions. The webinar is offered four times between Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. More: http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129720&WT.mc_ev=click

OSPA GUIDELINES FOR WINTER BREAK
The Office of Sponsored Programs administration will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Deadlines for Goldsheets and proposal submission guidelines are available at http://ospa.iastate.edu/news/ospa-news.php?id=12.

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. 16 (letter of intent): DOE SBIR/STTR FY 2014 Phase I Release 2; PI must be small business. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248308

Dec. 19 (preapplications): USDA, DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247994

Jan. 7: NIH Animal and Biological Material Resource Centers (P40). More:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248093

Jan. 17: USAID Broad Agency Announcement, Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development. More:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247853

Jan. 28 (letter of intent): NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (R01); one application per college within a university. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-13-014.html

Feb. 7 (letter of intent): NIH International Collaborations in Infectious Diseases Research. (U01): http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248454; (U19): http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248456

Feb. 11: NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers. More: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14512/nsf14512.htm?WT.mc_ev=click

Feb. 28, June 27: NIH NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03).  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-007.html

March 15, June 17: Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504672&WT.mc_ev=click

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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SOCIAL MEDIA SHOWCASES FACULTY RESEARCH, TEACHING
Encouraging faculty to tweet, blog and use other forms of social media is an excellent way to promote their teaching and research while also increasing the visibility of their institution, say communication experts. Read the full story in a Nov. 5 blog post by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education: http://blog.case.org/2013/11/05/how-to-showcase-superstar-faculty/

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INTERNAL VOICES
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DUFFY: ON TRANSITION OF FARMS FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER
An Ohio State University economist is challenging the idea of the aging farmer crisis. In the Nov. 30 issue of The Washington Post, Mike Duffy, economics, said, “I think what he said is absolutely right. I think the conclusion he’s drawing though is not necessarily the correct one.” Duffy believes it’s essential to pay attention to the transition of farms from one generation to another, saying the catch is enabling those young farmers with programs and policies that help people with few assets and little access to land to get a chance to farm. More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economist-challenges-idea-of-agin...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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OP-ED: GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY DETERMINES AGRICULTURE’S SUSTAINABILITY
Stephen Porder, as associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, wrote about sustainable food production in the opinion pages of the Nov. 24 issue of The New York Times. “Despite what you might hear at your local farmers’ market or Whole Foods, not all big farms are bad. Nor are all small organic farms sustainable. They may produce high-quality food, but if they don’t produce a lot of calories per acre, they are doing little to help increase the global food supply,” Porder said. “How we increase this supply over the next few decades will determine agriculture’s sustainability… Getting it right will require us to carefully assess the consequences of where and how we farm.” More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/opinion/iowa-in-the-amazon.html?pagewa...

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MARGINALIA
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CALS FACULTY PART OF ‘TEAM BEEF’ RUN AT LIVING HISTORY FARMS
The 35th annual Living History Farms Off-Road Race was held Nov. 23. Runners from across the country endured the single digit weather to run the 7-mile race. This year, more than 20 Team Beef runners sported shirts with the message ‘Beef. Fuel for the Finish,’ said Nancy Degner, executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Team Beef is composed of Iowa State University faculty and students with majors in animal science, as well as other cattle farmers and friends of the beef industry who are passionate about beef. Participating in this year’s race was Jack Dekkers, Aileen Keating and Lance Baumgard, animal science, and Keri Jacobs, economics. More than 75 Iowa beef industry volunteers served hot beef stew to thousands of runners.

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