AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Sept. 29, 2014 No. 818
ISU DEDICATES ELINGS HALL AND SUKUP HALL
More than 450 people attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for ISU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The two facilities – built with more than $14 million in privately raised funds and over $60 million in state funds – provide more than 100,000 square feet of modern research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices, offering a state-of-the-art learning and innovation environment. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/isu-dedicates-elings-hall-and.... For highlights of the dedication: https://. For a virtual tour: https://
KIRSCHENMANN RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center, received the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement on Sept. 19 in Legau, Germany. The award is co-sponsored by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements with 800 member organizations in 120 countries. More: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/09-24-2014/kirschenmann-receives-int...
CAREER DAY ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBER OF RECRUITERS
CALS will host the nation’s largest agricultural career fair of its kind on Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Agricultural Career Day is expected to bring more than 250 employers, a record number recruiting for jobs in agriculture and natural resources. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/agriculture-career-day-attrac...
“TELLING OUR STORY” CELEBRATED DURING CALS WEEK
This week, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council is celebrating “Telling Our Story” for 2014 CALS week, Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. Schedule is as follows:
- Monday – Pizza on central campus, Mr. CALS Competition at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
- Tuesday – Pork burgers on central campus, Hunger Fight at Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion, quiz bowl at 4 to 6 p.m. at Hansen Center, tractor show at 4 to 7 p.m. at Hansen Center, Deal Lecture at 7 p.m. at Curtiss Auditorium.
- Wednesday – Brats on central campus, Ag Olympics at 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Hansen Center with Mike Pearson.
- Thursday – Hamburgers on central campus, David Nail concert at 8 to 11 p.m. at Hansen Center.
- Friday – Pizza breakfast on central campus.
CALS WEEK: MR. CALS COMPETITION, SEPT. 29
Sigma Alpha, the professional agriculture sorority, is hosting the second annual Mr. CALS Competition today, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. Representatives from 23 CALS clubs, associations and fraternities will take part in the competition, which includes evening wear, dress your major and questions from the judges. Ticket prices are $5 at the door, or $3 at the door with a canned food item. Proceeds will go to the Emergency Residence Program.
CALS WEEK: PREPARE MEALS FOR HUNGRY, SEPT. 30
The ISU Block and Bridle Club is hosting a Hunger Fight on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kildee Hall Farm Bureau Pavilion. More than 300 volunteers will package 40,000 meals to be distributed across the state and internationally. The event is part of CALS week. Contact Lexi Marek at email@example.com or Shelby Patten at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. More: http://amestrib.com/news/isu-students-prepare-meals-cals-week
CALS WEEK: NORTHEY TO PRESENT DEAL LECTURE, SEPT. 30
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will present the 2014 William K. Deal Endowed Leadership Lecture on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Dolezal Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall. The lecture is organized by the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/secretary-agriculture-bill-no...
AGEDS FACULTY RECEIVE EDUCATION AWARDS
Tom Paulsen and Ryan Anderson, agricultural education and studies, received awards from the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education at its annual conference in Ankeny on Sept. 26. Paulsen was named the postsecondary teacher of the year. Anderson received the career guidance award.
ISU UNVEILS AG BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS
Undergraduate and graduate students from 15 land-grant universities will have the opportunity to compete for $15,000 in cash awards through the new Agricultural Business Plan Competition developed by ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and sponsored by Stine Seed and Summit Group. Submissions are due Nov. 15. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-state-university-unveils...
SEMINAR ON INSECT PERSPECTIVE ON SURVIVING ANTARCTICA, SEPT. 29
The Department of Entomology and the Presidential Distinguished Scholar Seminar program will present a lecture on Sept. 29 at 4:10 p.m. in E164 Lagomarcino Hall. David Denlinger, distinguished university professor in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present “Surviving Antarctica: An Insect Perspective.”
LECTURE ON COMMUNICATING SCIENCE THROUGH FILM, SEPT. 30
The Pesek-Pierre Colloquium will be held Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia and soil microbiologist Kate Scow will speak on the craft and discipline of science communication. More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/32474
BEAL LECTURE FEATURES BERKELEY SOCIOLOGIST, OCT. 1
The George M. Beal Distinguished Lectureship in Rural Sociology will be held Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Claude Fischer, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Rural Life, Rural Iowa and the Making of the American Character.” More: http://www.event.iastate.edu/event/32875/?sy=2014&sm=10&sd=01&featured=1...
POSTER COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT. 1
ISU graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit a poster abstract addressing world food issues for presentation at the 13th annual Norman Borlaug Poster Competition on Oct. 13. Submit poster title and an abstract or summary (250 word limit) to Breanna Wetzler (email@example.com) by Oct. 1. More: http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/p-news/borlaug-poster-competition/
PHENOMICS WORKSHOP SERIES CONTINUES OCT. 3
The Plant Sciences Institute weekly interdisciplinary phenomics workshop series continues Friday, Oct. 3, 12 to 2 p.m. in 3140 Agronomy Hall. The goal is to promote interaction among faculty in diverse disciplines and help forge new collaborations that will lead to the submission of successful grant proposals, ground-breaking research and the formation of new companies. More: http://plantsciences.iastate.edu/news__events/iences.iastate.edu/news__e...
BROWN BAG EVENT FOCUSES ON PROMOTION PORTFOLIO, OCT. 8
A brown bag event on writing and compiling a promotion portfolio will be held Oct. 8, 12 to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The session is targeted toward associate professors and their mentors, although assistant professors and their mentors would also benefit from the presentation. CALS Senior Associate Dean Joe Colletti and Associate Dean for Academic and Global Programs David Acker will be speaking. Bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. For more information contact Elisabeth Lonergan, ADVANCE Faculty Fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTENSION HOSTS SERIES OF HIGH TUNNEL WORKSHOPS
ISU Extension and Outreach will host a series of meetings this fall for growers producing crops in high tunnels. Three meeting sites will offer the beginning “High Tunnel 101” workshop to current commercial fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying their producing. A second set of workshops, “Advance High Tunnel Tomato Production,” will be offered for growers already using a high tunnel structure in their production systems. More: Joe Hannan, email@example.com, (515) 993-4281.
LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM FINISHES THIRD AT AKSARBEN
The ISU Livestock Judging Team finished third out of 11 teams at the Arksarben Stock Show on Sept. 28. Tim Johnson, senior in animal science, finished third overall. Austin Lane, senior in animal science, finished first in sheep.
ESTABLISHING THE IOWA SOYBEAN RESEARCH CENTER
Work continues to establish the Iowa Soybean Research Center at ISU. Greg Tylka, who will serve as center director, said a search is underway for a staff person to run the center's offices in the agronomy building. "We are starting from scratch," Tylka said. He hopes to have the center's staff hired by the end of the year. More: http://www.iowafarmertoday.com/news/crop/isu-industry-unite-on-soybean-r.... For more information on the creation of the center, see a CALS news release published in June, https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/iowa-soybean-research-center-...
ISU UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Into the third week of the ISU United Way Campaign the college has raised $31,759, which is 43.8 percent of the CALS goal of $72,500. Overall, ISU pledges and gifts total $165,641, which is 46.6 percent of ISU’s goal. The campaign ends October 15. More: http://unitedway.las.iastate.edu/.
DONATE ITEMS FOR CALS UNITED WAY ONLINE AUCTION
CALS is collecting items through Oct. 2 for the fifth annual United Way online auction. Contact Carla Persaud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4-1823 with a description of your items. To view the auction go to https://www.ag.iastate.edu/auction/viewAuction.php?auctionID=3. Bidding starts Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. and ends Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.
CALS UNITED WAY BOOK SALE
The CALS annual book sale will take place on Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at two locations: in the first floor rotunda of Curtiss Hall and the atrium of the Molecular Biology building. All proceeds go to the 2014 ISU United Way Campaign. Donated items will be accepted up to the day of the sale at each location. Contact Carla Persaud at email@example.com or 4-1823 with questions.
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Oct. 10: ISU Bacon Expo tickets on sale through MidwesTex.com.
PRINCE SULTAN BIN ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WATER
The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water is accepting nominations for the seventh bi-annual awards. The program aims to recognize the efforts that scientists, inventors and research organizations around the world are making in water-related fields. One prize in each of five topic areas are awarded ranging from $133,000 to $266,000. Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2015. More: http://www.psipw.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=313&It...
2015-16 MILLER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The 2015-16 Miller Faculty Fellowship Program will provide up to $15,000 per award for faculty members to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning. Any ISU faculty member may apply for a fellowship. Applications are due by Dec. 8. More: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/for-faculty/miller-faculty-fellowships/
FUNDING INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINE REMINDERS
Dates listed are application deadlines. Contact: Roxanne Clemens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information is posted at CALS Funding Resources, http://www.ag.iastate.edu/research/fundingResources/
Oct. 20 (letter of intent): USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Cooperative Agreement; $2.5 million. More: http://www.fns.usda.gov/usda-rural-child-poverty-nutrition-center-cooper...
Nov. 5: NSF Environmental Engineering; $110,000 per year up to three years. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501029
Nov. 7: VentureWell Faculty Grants; focus on technology entrepreneurship, up to $50,000. More: http://venturewell.org/facultygrants/
Nov. 11: EPA Cooperative Training Partnership in Environmental Health Sciences Research; $2 million. More: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2015/2015-nheerl.html
Nov. 14: USFWS Webless Migratory Game Birds; one-third matching funds required. More: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/NewReportsPublications/Research/WMGBMR...
Nov. 16 (letter of intent): NIH Nuclear Organization and Function Interdisciplinary Consortium (U54). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-14-006.html
Nov. 16 (letter of intent): NIH 4D Nucleome Network Organization Hub (U01); $22 million. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-14-010.html
Nov. 16 (letter of intent): NIH 4D Nucleome Network Data Coordination and Integration Center (U01); $2.5 million per year up to five years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-14-011.html
Dec. 15 (letter of intent): American Federation for Aging Research research grants for junior faculty; $100,000. More: http://www.afar.org/research/funding/afar-research-grants/
Jan. 15: NIH FDA Scientific Conference Grant Program (R13/U13); $50,000. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-237.html
Feb. 1: Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program; fellowships in rice and wheat breeding. More: http://www.monsanto.com/improvingagriculture/pages/beachell-borlaug-prog...
MICKELSON: ADVANTAGES TO BEING IN ONE BUILDING
Steve Mickelson, chair of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department, talked with the Des Moines Register on Sept. 23 about the newly constructed $75 million facility on the west end of campus. The department had previously operated in a half-dozen facilities spread across campus. “It was difficult to do collaborative research, even in our own department, we were so far apart,” Mickelson said. “There’s a great advantage to being in one building. Now faculty can interact on a daily basis and talk about the research, talk about Extension, talk about teaching.” More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2014/09/24/stev...
ORIGIN OF THE TERM “CREEP FEEDER” IN LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
Mark Honeyman, animal science and coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms, recently helped answer a question sent to the Communications Service. The question concerned the origin of the term “creep feeder,” and whether it was an acronym. Honeyman said that in the book In Feeds and Feeding, 20th Edition, 1941, by F. B. Morrison, "A 'creep' is an enclosure in a corner of a pasture with openings of such a size that the pigs (or other young nursing stock) can run in and out while the sows (or other lactating adult stock) are excluded." A similar definition is the third definition of the noun creep in Webster's Third Unabridged New International Dictionary, 1966. Feed is offered to the young stock at the exclusion of the lactating adult stock. The feed is creep feed. The practice is creep feeding. The creep or pen presumably is named for the act of the young stock "creeping" or crawling into it without their mothers. Later feeders were built that performed the same function and they were called creep feeders.
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