Issue: 779

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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 16, 2013  No. 779

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COLLEGE NEWS
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STUDENT BIORENEWABLES POSTER SYMPOSIUM TODAY
A collaborative undergraduate and graduate student Biorenewables Poster Symposium will be held today, Dec. 16, 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Howe Hall Atrium. Tom Brumm and Jacqulyn Baughman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, are the instructors.

COLLEGE CONVOCATION TO HONOR GRADUATES SATURDAY
Faculty and staff are invited to help recognize the nearly 300 CALS students who will graduate Saturday, Dec. 21. The college convocation program, starting at 9:30 a.m. in C.Y. Stephens, will honor the students individually. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments served in the upper lobby. The Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council will present awards to seniors:  Lea Hoefer, global resource systems and political science, for outstanding senior; Sarah G'Lynn Edwards, dairy science, for outstanding ambassador of agriculture; Qiaoyi Tong, agricultural business, economics and international agriculture, for academic achievement; Adriana Dubbelde, agricultural business, for leadership excellence; and Stephen Mayne, agricultural studies, for distinguished service. Hoefer also will be the CALS’ student marshal at the university commencement, escorted by Gail Nonnecke, university professor.

NEW WEB BANNER FEATURES SASES STUDENT PRESIDENT
Bailey Morrell, a senior in agricultural studies with minors in agronomy and agricultural business, became the 2014 Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences national president at the Tampa national meeting in November. SASES is a compilation of undergraduate agronomy and soil science clubs from across the nation. The SASES program is a part of three professional societies: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America. More:
https://www.cals.iastate.edu/features/2013/isu-student-2014-president-st...

MEET TWO CALS STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH STEM MAJORS
There are 4,911 women majoring in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines at Iowa State this fall. Among the female STEM seniors graduating this week, four are profiled in an ISU news release. Included are Allison Kimmer, animal science, and Tara Moellers, agricultural biochemistry. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/12/stemwomen-grads

RESEARCHERS FIND NEW MEANS OF PROTECTING PLANTS
Bryony Bonning, entomology, and Allen Miller, plant pathology and microbiology, have designed a new way to allow plants to protect themselves from aphids, pests that can drastically reduce crop yields, without the use of costly pesticides. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/12/09/aphidvirus

JANZEN NAMED SP@ISU FACULTY LEADER
Fred Janzen, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, will serve as a Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU Faculty Leader for 2013-2015. SP@ISU Faculty Leaders serve as role models and support networking initiatives among faculty and staff to build a culture of broader impacts at Iowa State.

CAREER SERVICES RELEASES SUMMER INTERNSHIP SURVEY
CALS Career Services has released results of its 2013 summer internship survey, with more than 850 student responses. Individual departments can receive major-specific data by contacting Mike Gaul (mikegaul@iastate.edu) or Lois Benning (lbenning@iastate.edu).

PESEK RECEIVES IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION AWARD
John Pesek, emeritus professor of agronomy and a distinguished professor in agriculture and life sciences, received the Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer Award at the Dec. 12 ceremony in Ankeny. For more than 20 years Pesek has worked with ISA members and staff, offering research advice, support and recommendations. His insight and knowledge has led to the investment of millions of checkoff dollars into production agricultural research. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/whatnew/release/276

CARD OFFERS NEW AGRICULTURAL POLICY PUBLICATION
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development has released its first issue of the Agricultural Policy Review, a new outreach publication focused on agricultural policy on a local and global scale. The publication focuses on topics such as biorenewables, crop and livestock production, nutrition and international trade. The Agricultural Policy Review is issued three times a year. Readers can view it at http://www.card.iastate.edu/ag_policy_review/ or sign up and receive it in their inbox.

CALS FACULTY APPROVE NEW MINOR
In a vote that closed Dec. 10, CALS faculty approved a proposed new minor titled “Learning and Leadership Sciences.” The overarching goal of the proposed minor is to significantly increase the number of ISU graduates who consistently engage in productive thinking, enabling them to lead in their professions and contribute to society and their communities. To accomplish this goal, the CALS Curriculum Committee proposes developing and delivering innovative, experiential learning and leadership-focused courses for students. The faculty senate and then the provosts will now consider the proposed minor.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM COMPLETES SEASON
The Iowa State Livestock Judging Team completed its season finishing fifth overall at the National Contest last month, held in conjunction with the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. The team also finished third in cattle and fifth in the reasons divisions among a field of 33 universities. The team was led by Willie Weis, junior in animal science, who placed fifth overall and was named high individual in reasons. He’s one of just four contestants to win reasons at the North American and the American Royal in the past 25 years, and the first to do so from Iowa State. Other team members are Brett Johnson, senior in agricultural studies; Brent Boland, senior in animal science; Tyler Krug, senior in agricultural systems technology; Rich Nichols, senior in animal science; and Brad Johnson, senior in animal science.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR HANK HARRIS, JAN. 10
A reception honoring Hank Harris, professor of animal science, will be held Jan. 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Atrium. Harris is retiring after 33 years of service at ISU. A brief program will begin at 4 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: COLLEGE SPRING AWARDS PROGRAM, MARCH 12
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Awards Program, honoring “Best in the College” faculty and staff achievements (formerly spring convocation) is scheduled for March 12, 4:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. A reception will follow.

SAVE THE DATE: EGG INDUSTRY ISSUES FORUM, APRIL 15-16
The 2014 Egg Industry Issues Forum has been scheduled for April 15-16 in Indianapolis. Online registration will open mid-January. More: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/Forum.dwt

AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE: NEXT ISSUE JAN. 6
Ag and Life Sciences Online will take the next two weeks off for the holidays. It will resume Monday, Jan. 6. Happy holidays!

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
April 29-May1: Global Food Security Consortium Spring Symposium, Ames.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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REMINDER: OSPA PROPOSAL GUIDELINES BEFORE AND DURING 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.

RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH COURSE
A course on Responsible Conduct of Research is being offered during the 2014 spring semester for post-docs, Ph.D.-level P&S research staff and NTER faculty. The course meets NSF, NIH and USDA NIFA requirements for RCR training. The course will be taught by Guru Rao and will meet on Mondays, 2 to 2:50 p.m. in 1102 Molecular Biology Building. There is no registration fee, but enrollment is limited and early sign-up is encouraged. To sign up, send an e-mail to Guru Rao, gururao@iastate.edu, indicating your interest, your funding source and the name of the professor with whom you are working. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/169

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/

Jan. 17 (letter of intent): USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants; $25,000 to $1 million. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/biotechnologyriskassessment.cfm

Jan. 21: State Dept. - Global Innovation through Science and Technology Initiative. More: https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?...

Jan 21: CAPE Behavioral Health Information Pilot Communities; webinar on Dec. 19. More: http://healthbench.info/communities.html

Feb 3 (letter of intent): NIH Computational Analyses Exploiting Reference Epigenomic Maps (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-14-001.html?

Feb. 4, May 25, Sept 25: NIH Biomedical Technology Research Resource (P41). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-021.html?

Feb. 6 (letter of intent): Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium (U24). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-14-031.html?

March 10, Nov. 14: NSF Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC). More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503224

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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ACKNOWLEDGE PUBLIC FUNDING IN PUBLICATIONS
USDA-NIFA now asks in experiment station project reports if NIFA funding support is acknowledged for each publication listed. They have noted: “…proper acknowledgement of your public funding in published manuscripts, presentations and press releases is critical for the success of our agency’s programs. Please use the following language to acknowledge NIFA support in your manuscripts as appropriate: This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number #...” CALS has several boilerplate sentences to suggest. For more information contact Cathy Good, cgood@iastate.edu, 4-4544.

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INFOGRAZING
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ISU FACT BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE
The 2013-2014 ISU Fact Book is available online via the Institutional Research website. In an effort to better serve the campus community, reduce cost and keep pace with an ever changing data-driven environment, the printed Fact Book has been discontinued in favor of an online only version. More: http://www.ir.iastate.edu/factbk.html

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INTERNAL VOICES
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SIEVERS: FARMERS SEE RESULTS IN FULL FIELD TEST
Josh Sievers, superintendent at the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland, talks with Farm News about how farmers assist the research farm’s work. “The goal is to recruit a group of farmers and take ideas from the research farm and ideas that farmers have, and put them to field scale tests,” Sievers said. “That way they can see the results in a full field test the same as they see them in a 50-foot plot. It makes the results more credible to the farmer.” More: http://www.farm-news.com/page/content.detail/id/509586/From-test-plots-t...

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MARGINALIA
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ANTARCTICA SETS RECORD FOR COLDEST TEMPERATURE
A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees in East Antarctica. Then on July 31 on this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees. More: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cold-dis-comfort-antarctica-set-record-13...

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