Issue: 802

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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 9, 2014  No. 802

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COLLEGE NEWS
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REGENTS APPROVE SOYBEAN RESEARCH CENTER AT ISU
Last week, the Iowa Board of Regents approved the formation of the Iowa Soybean Research Center at ISU. The center will be a partnership between ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association. In addition to research and disseminating information, the center will facilitate collaboration between public and private entities aimed at meeting the needs of Iowa soybean farmers. Greg Tylka, plant pathology and microbiology, will serve as center director. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-soybean-research-center-...

POLL LOOKS AT FARMERS’ NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
A new Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll report 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 management. It was developed primarily to support the efforts of ISU Extension and Outreach and other agricultural stakeholders as they strive to help farmers meet nutrient loss reduction targets set in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, said J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., co-director of the annual poll. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/farm-poll-room-improvement-nutr...

ISU EFFICIENCY EXPERTS HELPING FARMERS SAVE MONEY
From limiting tillage to shifting tractors into a higher gear, Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Dana Schweitzer, ISU Farm Energy, are showing farmers how to save through energy efficiency. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/06/05/farmefficiency

CASE STUDY DOCUMENTS CHANGES IN NORTHAST IOWA FARMS
A new report from the Leopold Center shows how farmers in northeast Iowa have adapted to change over the past 80 years. Last summer, French researcher Alice Topaloff conducted a historical analysis of northeast Iowa’s food systems as part of her internship for the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/05-27-2014/case-study-northeast-iowa...

LONERGAN, HUFF-LONERGAN NAMED FELLOWS, WILL RECEIVE SERVICE AWARDS
Steven Lonergan and Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, animal science, have been named American Meat Science Association Fellows and recipients of the 2014 AMSA Signal Service Award. The service award was established in 1956 to recognize devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and the association. Lonergan and Huff-Lonergan will be honored at the awards banquet during the AMSA 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference on June 17 in Madison, Wis.

TAKLE RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE FROM LUTHER COLLEGE
Eugene Takle, director of the climate science program and professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric science at ISU, received an honorary degree at Luther College’s commencement ceremony on May 25. Takle holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, class of 1966. More: https://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=548075

SPRING FIELD DAY AT NORTHEAST RESEARCH FARM, JUNE 24
The annual spring field day at ISU’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua will be held June 24, 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be five presentations at the Borlaug Learning Center and on-farm tours. The field day is free and open to the public. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-researc...

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
June 25: Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/LCPCObrochure14.pdf
June 26: Iowa Swine Day, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Scheman, https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-swine-day-discuss-topics...

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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JUNE CAYUSE 424 TRAINING WEBINARS
Two Cayuse training webinars are offered in June. “Getting Started with Cayuse 424” will be held on June 10. “Subawards in Cayuse 424 and Subawards.com” will be held on June 12. The webinars will be sent to everyone who registers, even if they do not attend. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/195

USAID RFI FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PROJECT
USAID/Indonesia is requesting information for the Climate Change Adaptation Project. This program will be designed to support the reduction in risk associated with natural disasters and climate change in Indonesia. Feedback is wanted on project approach including opportunities and things to avoid. Responses are due July 3.  More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256528

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/

July 1 and monthly through April 1, 2016 (letter of intent): NIH Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21); $275,000 over two years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-136.html

July 7: USDA NIFA Alfalfa and Forage Research Program; $165,000. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afrp.html

July 16: USDA NIFA Renewable Resources Extension Act- National Focus Fund Projects; forest and rangeland issues, $100,000 over two years. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/nationalfocusfundsprojects.cfm 

July 23: CDC Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas; eligible Iowa counties are Cherokee County and Fayette County, $350,000 to $1.6 million. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256491

Aug. 1: NIH Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20); $500,000, one application per institution. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-251.html

Aug. 11 and Aug. 20 (letter of intent): NSF Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE); $750,000 over five years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383

Sept. 2 (letter of intent):  NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation; requirements for PI eligibility, $200,000 for 18 months. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504790&org=NSF&sel_org=N...

Sept. 8: ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Grants; early career investigators, $25,000 possible second year renewal. More: http://www.nutritioncare.org/Research_Programs/Research_Grants/

Sept. 30 (letter of intent): USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational Program – Exploratory Research; $100,000 for one year. More: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html

Nov. 13: NSF-USDA-NASA-NIH National Robotics Initiative. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503641

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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DESPITE AND IN SPITE OF
The June 5 issue of the MacMillan Dictionary Blog discusses the preposition despite. Despite and in spite have the same meaning, but despite is used more frequently. Never use “of” after despite (e.g., recycling is a good way to manage waste despite its cost—not “despite of” its cost). Despite is frequently followed by a verb ending in “-ing” (e.g., he made the team and despite playing mostly on the third and fourth lines he managed to score nine goals). More: http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/language-tip-of-the-week-despite

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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FOOD BLOGGER: ISU DAIRY FARM A FAVORITE DESTINATION
When “Iowa Girl Eats” Kristin Porter thinks dairy, the influential blogger knows that milk is just the tip of the iceberg. “I’ve always loved cooking with dairy products, whether its cheeses for sauces or milk for soups,” Porter says. “One of my favorite destinations last year was visiting the Iowa State University dairy farm. I met the young people running that operation, caring for the cows and working to produce milk. It’s been fun to take that knowledge to the next level as I dig into dairy and its nutritious benefits and fun foodie connections,” she adds. “It makes me look at milk in a whole new light.” More: http://iowafoodandfamily.com/news/2014/dairy-s-versatility-makes-unlimit...

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MARGINALIA
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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY REMEMBERS EMPLOYEES, RETIREES
ISU employees, retirees and spouses who died during the past year were remembered at the university’s annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 26. Those remembered with links to CALS included:

  • James Almquist – ISU Extension and Outreach, animal science and sociology
  • Garren Benson – agronomy
  • Nelda Christian – spouse of Lauren Christian, animal science
  • Dolores DoBell – International Agriculture Programs
  • Wesley Ebert – economics
  • Kenneth Frey – agronomy
  • Mary Kay Hogan – food science and human nutrition
  • James McKean – Iowa Pork Industry Center
  • David Metzler – biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • Raymond Nicholson – agronomy
  • Joanne Nystrom – ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Richard Robson – animal science/biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • Wilbert Russell – agronomy
  • Frederick Smith – genetics, development and cell biology
  • David Sundberg – agronomy
  • Joseph Viles – genetics, development and cell biology
  • Thomas Wickersham – animal science
  • Jean Zmolek – spouse of William Zmolek, animal science

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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EDITOR
Julie Stewart
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