- Come to the World Food Prize award ceremony Oct. 16
- Other World Food Prize activities with links to ISU
- Ukrainian ag president to speak Oct. 15
- Exhibit shows ag contributions of Ukrainian immigrants
- Record number of employers expected for Ag Career
- Open house for new ventilation research lab
- New professional development fund for ag merit staff
- New college awards for teamwork and research
- Students share international experiences in seminars
- More than 8,000 visit ISU research farms this year
- Hort Club apple sale at Reiman Gardens through Oct.
- Autumn Festival raises funds for children's garden
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Surplus problem nouns clog sentence environment
- World Food Day downlink Oct. 16
- Local resource conservation meeting Oct. 14
- Penalties for everything but unsafe food
- She forgot that the fields have ears
C O L L E G E N E W S
COME TO THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY OCT. 16
There's still room in vans reserved for ISU faculty and staff
who wish to attend the 1997 World Food Prize award ceremony on
Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Des Moines Civic Center. The 4 p.m.
award ceremony, which is open to the public, will include an acceptance
address by the winners, who will be named Oct. 14 in Washington,
DC; a performance by singer Simon Estes; and remarks by American
Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Norman Borlaug. To reserve a van seat, call 4-0706 by 10 a.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 15.
OTHER WORLD FOOD PRIZE ACTIVITIES WITH LINKS TO ISU
On Friday, Oct. 17, students from 27 Iowa high schools will tour
agricultural sites on campus as part of the World Food Prize Youth
Institute. On Saturday, Oct. 18, a group of 30 African graduate
students will be on campus following their participation in Friday's
World Food Prize Symposium on food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
UKRAINIAN AG UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TO SPEAK OCT. 15
Dmytro Melnichuk, president of the National Agricultural University
in Kiev, will speak on the reform of agricultural education in
Ukraine at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Gold Room, Memorial
Union. For more information: 4-8454.
EXHIBIT SHOWS AG CONTRIBUTIONS OF UKRAINIAN IMMIGRANTS
Coinciding with Dmytro Melnichik's visit (see above) is an exhibit
on the contributions that Ukrainian immigrants have made to American
agriculture. The exhibit, produced by the Embassy of Ukraine and
the USDA's National Agricultural Library, may be viewed in the
Memorial Union's Browsing Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.
- 6 p.m. For more information: 4-8454.
RECORD NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS EXPECTED FOR AG CAREER DAY
A record number of businesses and government agencies are expected
at Ag Career Day on Nov. 11. Roger Bruene, Career Services director,
said the strong economy has created an employment market that
is as strong as he's seen in 20 years. Last year 145 employers
recruited college students for full-time positions, summer employment
and internships. Ag Career Day will be held 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
in the Great Hall, South Ballroom, Sun Room and Oak Room in the
Memorial Union. For more information: 4-4725.
OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW VENTILATION RESEARCH LAB
An open house and demonstration will be held 2-5 p.m., Oct. 24,
for the Air Dispersion Laboratory, a new facility on the Agronomy
and Ag & Biosystems Engineering Research Farm. The lab simulates
livestock production conditions, providing companies with the
means to evaluate entire ventilation systems. Research may help
to develop systems that save energy, and that create a healthier,
more productive and more comfortable environment for animals.
To get to the lab, take U.S. 30 west of Ames to V Avenue, turn
left and go a quarter mile south. For more information: Steve
Hoff, 4-6180, or Jay Harmon, 4-0554.
NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR AG MERIT STAFF
The College of Agriculture has created a $5,000 fund for merit
employees who wish to attend professional development programs.
Departments are asked to match the requested amount. For more
information, contact your DEO or director, or call 4-2518.
NEW COLLEGE AWARDS FOR TEAMWORK AND RESEARCH
Two new College of Agriculture honors will be awarded this academic
year. The College of Agriculture Team Award recognizes a team
of faculty/staff that has made a significant contribution to research,
extension or teaching The College of Agriculture Outstanding Achievement
in Research Award recognizes achievement in research, scholarship
or creative activity. A packet of nomination forms for 1997-98
College of Agriculture and university awards is available in departmental
and area extension offices. Many have a Nov. 3 deadline. For more
information, see the packet or call 4-6614.
STUDENTS SHARE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN SEMINARS
The International Agriculture Seminar Series focuses on international
trips that will take place during 1997-98. The next seminar is
on Costa Rica, and will be held noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 28, in Room
8, Brenton Center, Curtiss Hall. Students who traveled to the
countries in previous years will share their experiences. For
more information: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972.
MORE THAN 8,000 VISIT ISU RESEARCH FARMS THIS YEAR
ISU's Research and Demonstration Farms attracted 8,365 visitors
during 1997. That number includes field day attendance and visitors
during other times. One final field day will be held in November
at the McNay farm. The Armstrong/Neely-Kinyon farms in southwest
Iowa had the most visitors -- 2,251.
HORT CLUB APPLE SALE AT REIMAN GARDENS THROUGH OCT. 26
The Horticulture Club's apple sale at Reiman Gardens continues
through Oct. 26 on Fridays, 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
AUTUMN FESTIVAL RAISES FUNDS FOR CHILDREN'S
About $13,000 was raised at last month's Reiman Gardens Autumn
Festival. The funds will be used to help develop the new children's
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Oct. 15: Dmytro Melnichuk, National Agricultural University, Ukraine,
presentation, 3 p.m., Gold Room, Memorial Union.
Oct. 16: World Food Prize award ceremony, Des Moines, 4-0706.
Oct. 16: Exhibit, Ukrainian Americans' contributions to agriculture,
Browsing Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct. 16: World Food Day downlink, 116 Pearson, 4-5906.
Oct. 17: Deadline, Dean of Agriculture's International Research
Oct. 28: International Ag Seminar Series on Costa Rica, 8 Curtiss,
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
SURPLUS PROBLEM NOUNS CLOG SENTENCE ENVIRONMENT
Some nouns are frequently added to phrases without adding any
meaning or precision, says Edmond Weiss in "Writing Remedies:
Practical Exercises for Technical Writing." Weiss says the
most serious offenders to watch for are: approach, area, concept,
condition, environment, location, problem, situation and type.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
WORLD FOOD DAY DOWNLINK ON OCT. 16
A satellite downlink of the 14th annual World Food Day event from
Washington, DC, will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,
in 116 Pearson. Participants may phone in questions during the
session, which will focus on progress since last year's Rome summit
on food security. To register, contact Kim Greder, 4-5906, or
LOCAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION MEETING OCT. 14
The Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold a public
meeting Oct. 14 to explore interest in forming a Resource Conservation
and Development (RC&D) office in Story and surrounding counties.
The RC&D program helps communities improve their economic
well-being and quality of life through the wise use and development
of natural resources. Currently, Iowa has 10 RC&D councils
covering 56 counties. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the State
Bank Meeting Room, 1025 6th Street, Nevada. For more information:
Erwin Klaas, email@example.com.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
PENALTIES FOR EVERYTHING BUT UNSAFE FOOD
"This enforcement gap gets downright absurd. We can use fines
to protect farmers and ranchers from unfair trading practices.
Abuse a circus elephant, sell a cat without a license, market
a potato that's too small, keep bad records on watermelons, fail
to report to the onion committee -- fine, fine, fine, fine, fine.
Yet if you produce unsafe food -- the only one of these items
that puts people's lives at stake -- there is no civil penalty."
USDA Secretary Dan Glickman, asking the Senate Agriculture Committee
to beef up the agency's meat inspection enforcement powers. (New
York Times, Oct. 9)
M A R G I N A L I A
SHE FORGOT THAT THE FIELDS HAVE EARS
Photojournalist Tina Hager spent a summer focusing on what she
considers the most American -- and photogenic -- vegetable there
is: corn. While most folks are quite willing to have fun with
their favorite grain, some take corn very seriously. No one was
more intense about corn than the cops in Creston, Iowa. "I
was in a field doing a macro picture of a stalk, and a policeman
stopped me," Hager said. "Then I was interrogated by
several police. They probably thought I was some sort of international
corn spy." (Life, September)