Issue: 805

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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 30, 2014  No. 805

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COLLEGE NEWS
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FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR CURBELO, JUNE 30
A farewell reception will be held for Aurelio Curbelo, multicultural liaison officer for the CALS Office of Multicultural Programs, on Monday, June 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 142 Curtiss Hall. Curbelo is moving to Indiana where he will be director of the Latino Cultural Center at Purdue University.

FSHN STUDENTS PLACE SECOND IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Flight Bites, a snack created by five ISU food science and human nutrition students, came in second place in a national competition hosted by Disney Consumer Products and the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association. Flight Bites are a bite-sized snack made of fruit and grain that’s based on the Disney movie “Planes.” More: http://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/2014/06/23/flight-bites/

DELATE SPENDS SABBATICAL IN ITALY
Kathleen Delate, agronomy and horticulture, spent five months in spring 2014 on sabbatical in Italy. She worked in a lab dedicated to organic agriculture production seeking information to benefit Iowa farmers. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/organic-ag-specialist-sabbatica...

PRAIRIE STRIPS INSTALLATION FIELD DAY JULY 10
Iowa Learning Farms and the STRIPs research group will host a prairie strips installation field day at the farm of Gary Guthrie near Nevada from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Featured topics include the process and cost of implementing prairie strips in cash crop fields and the benefits prairie strips have on increasing soil health and biodiversity as well as nutrient reduction. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/story-county-prairie-strips-ins...

IOWA LEARNING FARMS TEAM IS MOVING
The Iowa Learning Farms program has been housed with the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering since 2011. On June 30, the ILF team will move to new office in 1340 Elings Hall, one of two new buildings surrounding the Biorenewables Research Laboratory on the west side of campus. Individual emails and phone numbers will remain the same.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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USDA NIFA PARTNERSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM
NIFA invites all land-grant universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2014 NIFA Partnership Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission. Nominations may be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members. Each institution may submit up to two nominations, including research, education and extension functions. Two nominations per institution are allowed. Interested individuals are asked to contact Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) by June 30 to express interest. Nominations are due July 15. More: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/partner_awards.html

DOE RFI: WIND ENERGY BAT AND EAGLE IMPACT MINIMIZATION TECHNOLOGIES
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued a Request for Information from the public regarding a potential funding opportunity to advance the readiness of technologies intended to reduce mortality of bats, eagles or other wildlife at operational wind turbines or wind facilities. EERE in particular seeks input on the current state of wildlife impact mitigation and minimization technologies, conditions under which technology vendors or developers would consider participating in a campaign to field test and validate their technologies, and the conditions under which wind farm owner/operators would consider hosting field testing and validation activities at their operational facilities.  More: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaIdbed0762b-b528-4557-8a5c-61035283e24e

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 8: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Rivers CESU; $65,625. More:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258583

July 14 (letter of intent): NOAA Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Management; $1.8 million for research in U.S. Northeast, $50,000 workshops all regions. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258494

July 15 (notice of intent): Corporation for National and Community Service - Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success; 100 percent cost share. More: http://goo.gl/qlHouK

Sept. 15: NSF Sensors, Dynamics and Control. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505099&WT.mc_ev=click

Sept. 19 (letter of intent): NIH Development of Novel Therapeutics for Select Pathogens (R21/R33). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-14-026.html

Sept. 23: DHS Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead; $20 million over five years. More: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258673

Sept. 23: DHS Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Partner; three awards, up to $500,000 per award over two years. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258674

Oct 1 (partnership concept papers): USAID Middle East Water Security Initiative in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen; $250,000 to $500,000. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258564

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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INCLUDE A TEACHING BOOK ON YOUR SUMMER READING LIST
James Lang, professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., encourages readers to spend some time this summer with at least one book about improving your college classroom. In an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, he offers the top 10 books on teaching and learning in higher education that he has encountered over the course of his teaching career. More: http://chronicle.com/article/Top-10-Books-on-Teaching/147015/?cid=at&utm...

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INFOGRAZING
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VETERINARY RESEARCHER PUSHES FOR MORE SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS
Wider agricultural application of a research-based review process called systematic review could lead to more transparent decision making in animal medicine and food safety, according to Annette O'Connor, ISU department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine. A staple of decision making in human medicine for decades, systematic review is a way of synthesizing all the research on a given question. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/06/25/systematicreview

PROTEIN FACILITY INSTALLS NEW SCANNER
The Protein Facility, part of ISU’s Office of Biotechnology, has installed a new multimode laser scanner for imaging and analyzing proteins, DNA and other biomolecular samples. Following appropriate training, members of the campus community are welcome to use the Typhoon FLA 9500 scanner during normal facility hours. More: http://www.biotech.iastate.edu/protein-facility-installs-new-typhoon-sca...

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INTERNAL VOICES
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SIEVERS: FARMERS LOOKING FOR RESEARCH-BASED INFORMATION
On June 20, 50 plus visitors arrived at the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm in Sutherland as part of the “Farm to Fork” tour sponsored by ISU. “The one thing about agriculture is that it is constantly changing,” said Josh Sievers, superintendent of the Northwest Farm. “As a result, farmers always want to know what the latest is…They are looking at research-based information in their quest for learning in order to make changes viable in their respective operations.” More: http://www.farm-news.com/page/content.detail/id/520216/Agenda-full-for-I...

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EXTERNAL VOICES
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MUNSON: “PRECIOUS ARTIFACT” ON LOAN TO ODEBOLT
"Three ears of field corn more than a century old make for an unusual display in the middle of a bank lobby, even in Iowa. But these three ears proudly showcased at First State Bank (in Odebolt) happen to be sealed inside glass tubes as part of an imposing, 200-pound bronze trophy that stands more than 3 feet tall," reports Kyle Munson in a June 27 article for the Des Moines Register. "This 110-year-old trophy, topped by a globe that takes pains to pinpoint Iowa, is a rare, precious artifact of what is believed to be the largest farm in state history." The Cook Corn Trophy is on loan from the Dean's Gallery in Agriculture and Life Sciences in Curtiss Hall. More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2014/06/27...

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