Issue: 814

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Sept. 2, 2014  No. 814

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COLLEGE NEWS
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DEDICATION HELD FOR HANSEN AGRICULTURE STUDENT LEARNING CENTER
More than 300 people attended the dedication program for the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on Aug. 29. “The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center is not only unique to Iowa State, but also to nearly all of the Midwest,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “The modern, state-of-the-art facility creates a nearly unmatched learning environment for all students who are pursuing careers in agriculture and related fields.” More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/dedication-held-isus-jeff-and...

CALS BBQ BREAKFAST ATTRACTS 400 ALUMS, FRIENDS
The CALS Barbecue Breakfast for alumni, friends, faculty and staff was held Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Hansen Center. About 400 people attended the pre-football game event. Dean Wintersteen provided a welcome and a college update. Hannah Darr, junior in global resource systems, and Sarah Delhotal, senior in agricultural and life sciences education, spoke about their experiences in the new Hansen Center and provided a preview of the 2014 ISU Bacon Expo, which they are helping to organize. More: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.864061396967959.1073741882.162...

CALS FRESHMAN/TRANSFER BARBECUE WELCOMES MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS
The CALS Student Council hosted more than 500 students at the CALS Freshman/Transfer Barbecue on Aug. 28 at the Farm Bureau Pavilion in Kildee Hall. More than 20 different clubs were on hand to welcome the students as well. More: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.861792230528209.1073741881.162...

BABCOCK AND HANNA RECOGNIZED FOR APPLIED RESEARCH
Bruce Babcock and Mark Hanna received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s fall convocation on Aug. 28. Babcock, Cargill Endowed Chair of Energy Economics and director of the Biobased Industry Center, was recognized for his work in agricultural economics. Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, was recognized for his research to find practical solutions to challenges faced by crop producers. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/awards-applied-research-prese...

FEEDING THE WORLD SEMINAR SERIES BEGINS SEPT. 4
The fall 2014 seminar series, “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress,” begins Sept. 4 at 3:40 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. Manjit Misra, director of the ISU Seed Science Center and co-director of the Global Food Security Consortium, will present “The Role of Seeds in Feeding the World.” The annual seminar series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture and the Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture. More:  http://www.global.ag.iastate.edu/Fall2014Seminars.html

RESEARCHERS USE HAIL MACHINE TO STUDY CROP DAMAGE
ISU researchers have designed a hail simulation machine to study the effects of fungicide on hail-damaged crops. Adam Sisson, extension program specialist, and Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology, discuss the study in a News Service video. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/video/view/o/edit/id/cWHTyeuiJok

HEATON FEATURED AT BIORENEWABLES FIELD DAY SEPT. 10
Emily Heaton, agronomy, will be a featured speaker at a Sept. 10 biorenewables field day near Iowa City hosted by the University of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms. Heaton and landowner Dan Black will discuss a Miscanthus pilot project that is part of the University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/fil...

ISU STUDENTS TAKE PART IN NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT
A group of 24 ISU students will soon participate in a research initiative along with 64 universities from around the globe that will study the issue of antibiotic resistance. The Small World Initiative is sponsored by the Yale University Center for Scientific Teaching. Claudia Lemper, faculty lecturer in the ISU microbiology program, said the initiative is also an attempt to get students involved in their own research and keeping students in their science majors. More: http://amestrib.com/news/isu-students-take-part-national-research-project

AG BUSINESS WINS OUTSTANDING CLUB FOR EIGHTH TIME
The ISU Agricultural Business Club won two major awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association conference in Minneapolis in July. The club was named National Outstanding Chapter for the eighth time in the last nine years. The students also won the Creative Club Award. Jacob Stapp, a May 2014 business economics graduate, placed third in the undergraduate paper competition. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/ag-business-wins-outstanding-...

TWO IOWANS TO RECEIVE SPENCER AWARD
Steve Berger and Leigh Adcock have been selected to receive the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Berger is a farmer in southeast Iowa. Adcock is outgoing director of the Iowa-based grassroots Women, Food and Agriculture Network. The Spencer Award is administered by the Leopold Center. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/08-28-2014/two-iowans-receive-2014-s...

CUMMINGS COMPLETES I-LEAD PROGRAM
Carly Cummings, program assistant with the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, was one of 21 members of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development Class 6 that recently graduated and completed their two year leadership journey. Integral parts of the I-LEAD program include gaining an understanding of agriculture, making decisions as a group and developing leadership style. More: http://www.iowacorn.org/index.cfm/30321/32426/21_iowans_graduate_from_io...

CARD AWARDED GRANT FOR LAKES SURVEY
The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development was awarded a $130,750 grant by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to renew a study that helped shed light on the use of recreational lakes. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/center-agricultural-and-rural...

CALS STUDENT NAMED OUTSTANDING INTERN BY HELENA
Elodie Jones, senior in agriculture business, was named the 2014 Outstanding Intern in the Midwest Division by the Helena Chemical Company. Jones worked as a summer sales and marketing intern for the Eastern Dakotas wholesale branch in Fargo, ND.

CALS TRAVEL COURSES OFFER UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
CALS hosted 413 students on 20 different study abroad trips in 19 countries during the last academic year. The trips involved 49 faculty or staff program directors from 12 departments. These trips included travel courses as well as semester and year-long programs. They also included service learning and internship experiences. More: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.857325607641538.1073741878.162...

SERVICES PENDING FOR ISU EXTENSION POULTRY VETERINARIAN
Darrell Trampel, extension poultry veterinarian and professor in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, died on Sunday. Services are pending with Adams Funeral Home. Trampel worked closely with the egg and turkey industries in the state and the veterinarians who served them.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Sept. 11: Errington Lecture on Yellowstone Wolves to be rescheduled, http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/33005
Sept. 11-12: Critical Thinking Symposium, https://iastate.app.box.com/criticalthinkingsymposium
Sept. 18: New Graduate Student and Post-doc Welcome, 5-7:30, Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall. RSVP to Ruth MacDonald by Sept. 15 (ruthmacd@iastate.edu).

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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NIH ANNOUNCES NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORTS
The National Institutes of Health has announced new requirements for annual progress reports. Beginning Oct. 1, reports must include a section to describe how the Individual Development Plans are used to identify and promote the career goals of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers associated with the award. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-113.html

CAYUSE 424 TRAINING SEMINARS IN SEPTEMBER
The Cayuse 424 product support team has scheduled seminars for September. The webinars are sent to everyone who registers, which allows access at a later date for individuals who cannot participate at the stated times. More: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/node/198

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/

Sept. 24 (RFA questions due Sept. 3): USAID Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Health (USAID/W4H); $18.7 million over five years, 15 percent cost share. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263308

Oct. 1: Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award Borlaug Global Rust Initiative; funding to attend workshop and training at CIMMYT. More: http://globalrust.org/awards/award-wit

Oct. 1 (notice of intent): INSPIRES Land-Cover/Land-Use Change: Multi-Source Land Imaging Science; $250,000. More: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init...{0EAB0FDD-E9C9-B63C-0199-C67632FAD896}&path=open

Oct. 13 (letter of intent): NIH Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-257.html

Oct. 14 (RFA questions due Sept. 5): USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda; $23.5 million over five years, 5 percent cost share. More:  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263228

Oct. 20 (letter of intent): NIH Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (R25); $150,000. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-15-006.html

Nov. 3: USAID Support to Agricultural Research and Development Program - Haiti; $13.73 million over five years. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263331

Nov 7: USFWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants; $75,000, one-to-one match required. More: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Small/index.shtm

Jan. 5, 2015 (letter of intent): NIH Understanding Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth to 24 months) That Influence Obesity Development (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-323.html

Jan. 30, 2015 (pre-proposal): NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology; $90,000 per year over five years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13544

Sept. 28, 2015 (concept papers continuously accepted during open period): DOE Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science; $500,000. More: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaIda8bdd9ec-2cb7-4349-8184-4dde00c77663

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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THE NEW HOME FOR ABE DEPARTMENT: A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering moved into its new home over the summer. Sukup Hall houses educational and research laboratories. Sukup is pronounced “Sue-cup.” Elings Hall houses technology ready classrooms, student services and space for faculty and graduate students. Elings is pronounced with a long E sound, “Ee-lings.” The two buildings are connected by an 8,000-square-foot atrium — the Sukup Atrium — to the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, which opened in fall 2010.

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INFOGRAZING
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GRADUATE FACULTY TO USE ELECTRONIC FORMS FOR PROGRAM STUDY COMMITTEES
An electronic form for Program of Study Committees will be implemented in September. The Program of Study Committee (POSC) Worksheet is available on the Graduate College Forms page. This form can be used during discussions and meetings regarding content of the POSC. Training videos for students, faculty and staff, as well as additional training sessions will be available in September.  A Graduate College POSC Powerpoint is currently available on the Graduate College website.
http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/common/forms/student_forms.php
http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS, SEPT. 11-12
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, will deliver four workshops for faculty and administrators on career development.   

  • Sept. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Union Gallery, “Re-Thinking Mentoring: discussion for academic administrators”
  • Sept. 11, 5 to 7 p.m., Memorial Union Gallery, “Mentoring 101: workshop on the issues facing under-represented faculty and faculty of color”
  • Sept. 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room, “Mentoring 101: workshop on issues facing assistant professors”
  • Sept. 12, 2 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union Pioneer Room, “Writing Your Next Chapter: workshop targeting mid-career development (e.g., associate professors)”

To register, sign up via AccessPlus (“Employee” tab, then click on “UHR Training”). More: http://www.provost.iastate.edu/files/uploads/news/NCFDD%20workshops.pdf

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INTERNAL VOICES
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PATTILLO: FROM FOOD SAFETY STANDPOINT, TANKS WIN
An Iowa fish farm was featured in the Aug. 31 issue of USA Today. Iowa First’s fish farming business will soon be raising barramundi hatched by an Australian company in tanks, rather than bass that came from pond hatcheries. Allen Pattillo, natural resource ecology and management, says the tank model eliminates the unknowns that surround pond farms, including growth rate. “Ponds are subject to the environment – whatever’s in the groundwater, chemical overspray, weather. With this method you get complete control over every factor,” said Pattillo. More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/31/cousins-ready-to-sc...

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