Issue: 801

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
June 2, 2014  No. 801

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COLLEGE NEWS
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WINTERSTEEN NAMED TO BOARD OF BINATIONAL AG ORGANIZATION
CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen has been named to the board of directors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. Wintersteen, appointed to the position by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, is one of three Americans serving the organization’s board. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/isu-agriculture-dean-named-bo...

CALS STUDENTS MEET WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR IN ROME
Nine students in the Dean’s Global Agriculture and Food Leadership Program met with David Lane, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, as part of their summer trip. The program offers students a unique, client-based international experience in analyzing and evaluating complex international issues in the areas of food security, world hunger, sustainable resource development and policy. Steve Lonergan, animal science and one of the faculty leaders of the Rome program, and Joe Colletti, CALS senior associate dean, were present as well.

STOKKE ENLISTS NREM STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH TEXTBOOK
Author and ISU senior lecturer Douglas Stokke enlisted three of his natural resource ecology and management undergraduate students to assist him with the publication of “Introduction to Wood and Natural Fiber Composites.” Gabbi Frerichs, senior in environmental science and forestry, served as editorial assistant. Alexa Dostart, senior in forestry, created numerous original drawings for the book. And Crystal Krapfl, sophomore in forestry, helped formulate important tables and literature citations. More: http://www.iastate.edu/stories/2014/05/chapter

IOWA SWINE DAY TO DISCUSS TOPICS OF INTEREST TO PORK PRODUCERS
The pork industry’s response to federal action phasing out some antibiotics used to promote growth in hog production will be discussed June 26 at the third annual Iowa Swine Day at ISU. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-swine-day-discuss-topics...

ANALYSIS OF CENSUS DATA SHOWS IOWA COMMUNITIES SHRINKING
 An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found more than 60 percent of cities lost population since 2010. Liesl Eathington, economics and assistant scientist for the Iowa Community Indicators Program at ISU, says this is a continuation of past trends. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/05/27/iowapopulation

CALS FACULTY ON COVER OF “CROPS AND SOILS”
The May-June issue “Crops and Soils” magazine features Amy Toth, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, Matt O’Neal, entomology, and Mary Harris, natural resource ecology and management, for its cover story on bee health. “Crops and Soils,” a magazine for certified crop advisers, agronomists and soil scientists, is published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. The article is available at:  https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/cns/articles/47/3/4

REPORT RELEASED ON FARMER’S NITROGEN MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
ISU’s Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll has released a new report that presents data on the types of nitrogen management practices that Iowa farmers are using, the methods they use to determine fertilization rates and the information sources they look to for advice on nutrient managements. “Iowa Farmer’s Nitrogen Management Practices and Perspectives” was prepared by J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., sociology, and Hanna Rosman, a graduate research assistant. More: http://www.soc.iastate.edu/extension/ifrlp/PDF/PM3066.pdf

BAKER RECEIVES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
David Baker, farm transition specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach and the Beginning Farmer Center, has been awarded the Achievement Award for exemplary performance in working with the next generation of agricultural producers from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for the State of Iowa. More: http://www.nacaa.com/awards/apps/display_award.php?id=5724-16153

PERIODICAL CICADAS TO BLANKET CENTRAL IOWA WOODLANDS
ISU entomologist Donald Lewis is encouraging central Iowans to enjoy their front-row seats as countless periodical cicadas emerge from the ground to blanket wooded areas, an event that occurs once every 17 years. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/05/30/2014cicada
 
STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN FILMMAKING CHALLENGE
ISU students are invited to compete in the 2014 Pesek/Pierre Student Filmmaking Challenge by creating two-minute videos that draw attention to under-appreciated issues related to sustainability, including food, soil and other natural resources. The contest closes on Sept. 15. More: http://agron.iastate.edu/pesek_pierre_challenge/

BEAVIS TO SPEAK AT PLANT GENOMICS CONGRESS
Bill Beavis, agronomy, will speak at the second Plant Genomics Congress in St. Louis on Sept. 11-12. The conference will examine the latest next generation sequencing platforms and technologies suitable for progressing plant based research as well as tools to enable successful analysis. More: http://www.globalengage.co.uk/plantgenomicsusa.html

COLLEGE TO SPONSOR CPR/AED TRAINING
CALS faculty and staff are invited to attend a free CPR/AED training on Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to noon, in 3164 Gerdin Business Building. There is room for 12 to 15 people. Reserve your attendance with Trina Zimmer, trina@iastate.edu, 4-2518.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 6: ISU Dairy Farm Open House, 6-11 a.m., https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-dairy-farm-hosts-s...
June 25: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/LCPCObrochure14.pdf

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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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/

June 30: USAID Community-based Resilience Programming in the Arid Lands of Kenya; multiple awards. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256373

July 7 (letter of intent): NIH Oncology Models Forum (U24). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-239.html

July 14 (pre-proposal): USDA NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256049

July 15 (letter of intent): NIH Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25); $100,000. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-14-004.html

July 16 (pre-application): DOD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Investigator-Initiated Research Award; $525 direct costs over three years. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=255969

July 16: Morris Animal Foundation Large Animal Studies (horses, llamas/alpacas); established investigator, first award, pilot study. More: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/researchers/

July 21-23: NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program; $400,000 to $500,000 over five years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

Aug. 1: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health - Pilot/Feasibility Projects; $15,000. More: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/gpcah//pilot-grants/

August 1: NSF Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis; $200,000. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13403

Aug. 19: NSF International Research Experiences for Students; $250,000 over three years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&org=NSF&sel_org=NS...

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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AG LIBRARY THESAURUS AVAILABLE AS LINKED OPEN DATA
The National Agricultural Library’s Agricultural Thesaurus is now available as Linked Open Data. The thesaurus and glossary are online vocabulary tools of agricultural terms in English and Spanish and are cooperatively produced by the National Agricultural Library, USDA and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture as well as other Latin American agricultural institutions belonging to the Agriculture Information and Documentation Service of the Americas. More: http://agclass.nal.usda.gov/agt/agt.shtml

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INTERNAL VOICES
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OWEN: DON’T IGNORE SPREAD OF YIELD-REDUCING WEED
ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Soybean Association are working together to provide information to keep Palmer Amaranth, a tough yield-robbing weed, from spreading in Iowa. “We’re at a point that we can really restrict how quickly it spreads,” said Mike Owen, agronomy. “If we ignore it, in the next 10 years it could be infesting half the (row crop) acres in Iowa. More: http://www.iasoybeans.com/news/2014/05/23/farmers-urged-fight-palmer-ama...

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