- Ag Career Day on Nov. 11 the largest ever
- Job search available on Ag Career Web site
- Ag inventors receive royalties for their work
- Calling all ag inventors: Learn about R&D 100
- New swine facility completed at Ag450 Farm
- ISU and Land O'Lakes host Lithuanian dairy officials
- Sign up for external funding workshop
- ICN meetings to promote ProAg off-campus programs
- Time to schedule spring classes in Brenton Center
- Students to speak on Honduras, Slovakia, Thailand
- Deadline Nov. 21 for study-abroad scholarships
- Deadlines & Reminders
- Encourage scholarships winners to write thank yous
- Conference to plan future of Iowa water quality
- Manure management conference in Ames in February
- Irradiation: Making a safe food supply even safer
- Disarmed salmonella could fight cancer
C O L L E G E N E W S
AG CAREER DAY ON NOV. 11 THE LARGEST EVER
Almost 170 agricultural employers are expected at Agriculture
Career Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the
Memorial Union. That's a record number. About 130 will have summer
internships available. Ag Career Day, believed to be the largest
of its kind in the nation, attracts 2,000 students, alumni and
other visitors. It began in the mid-'70s with 17 employers in
Curtiss Hall. For more information: Roger Bruene, 4-4725.
JOB SEARCH AVAILABLE ON AG CAREER WEB SITE
Ag Career Services has an online Job Index Search at its Web site.
Students can search by type of job, education and job area. The
site also has links to Internet career information and resume
tips. You'll also find information on Ag Career Day, including
a list of employers expected. Check it out: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/student/placement/
AG INVENTORS RECEIVE ROYALTIES ON THEIR WORK
In fiscal year 1997, the ISU Research Foundation distributed $91,121
in invention royalties to the Experiment Station and College of
Agriculture departments and programs. Among the royalty-yielding
inventions were soybean varieties, cholesterol-reducing technologies,
ultrasound software, an orchardgrass variety, technology for transporting
chicks and a mastitis treatment for dairy cows. ISURF also distributed
$66,441 directly to ag patent-holders, and $173,081 from licensing
activities to inventors' research programs. ISURF also provided
$52,555 in technology transfer assistance to ag researchers.
CALLING ALL AG INVENTORS: LEARN ABOUT R&D 100 AWARDS
An information session on submitting R&D 100 award nominations
will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, in 115 Office & Lab.
R&D Magazine annually honors the 100 most technologically
significant products, materials, processes and software. Since
1984, ISU inventors have received 19 of the awards. Winners have
included Nick Christians, horticulture, and the team of Walt Fehr,
agronomy, and Earl Hammond, food science and human nutrition.
To sign up for the session: Anita Rollins, IPRT, 4-1113 or email@example.com,
or Brian Meyer, Ag Information, 4-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW SWINE FACILITY COMPLETED AT AG450 FARM
More than 125 faculty, staff and students (including President
Jischke) attended Thursday's open house for a new swine finishing
building at the Ag450 Farm. Students were involved in the planning,
design, financing and construction of the project. The main contractor,
Hog Slat of Humboldt, donated $24,000 worth of equipment. The
building is part of the students' long-term plan for upgrading
the farm's livestock facilities. The farm has been run by students
since 1943. The first livestock included chickens, bred gilts
and a team of mules.
ISU AND LAND O'LAKES HOST LITHUANIAN DAIRY OFFICIALS
A group of Lithuanian farmers, processors and government officials
visited Iowa this past week to learn about American dairy policy.
The group was hosted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural
Development, the Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information
Center and Land O'Lakes, Inc. The goal was to help the Lithuanians
evaluate options available to them as they privatize and restructure
their dairy industry. The exchange builds on ISU's previous collaborations
with other sectors of the Lithuanian economy.
SIGN UP FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING WORKSHOP
Last-minute registrations will be accepted through Monday morning,
Nov. 10, for "How to Obtain External Funding for Your Research
Program," the Successful Grantsmanship seminar. It will be
held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center. Contact
Carla Persaud, 4-9376 or email@example.com.
ICN MEETINGS TO PROMOTE AG OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS
Nine meetings on the Iowa Communications Network will introduce
upcoming course offerings in the Professional Agriculture (ProAg)
off-campus degree programs. The 7-8:30 p.m. meetings will be held
between Nov. 17 and Dec. 4, reaching 36 sites. Extension field
staff are helping to promote the meetings and will be hosts at
the ICN sites. ProAg offers bachelor of science and master of
agriculture programs. For more information: Harold Crawford, 4-7725.
TIME TO SCHEDULE SPRING CLASSES IN BRENTON CENTER
Now's the time to schedule spring-semester classes in the Brenton
Center. Agriculture faculty have the first chance. Requests from
ag faculty should be received by Nov. 19. After Dec. 1, other
ISU faculty can request the facility. For more information: Wade
Miller, 4-0895 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ann Mundt, 4-9732 or
STUDENTS TO SPEAK ON HONDURAS, SLOVAKIA, THAILAND TRIPS
The following international agriculture seminars will be held
from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 8, Brenton Center: Tuesday, Nov. 11,
Stacy Bastian will speak about Zamorano in Honduras. Tuesday,
Nov. 18, Sarah Daniels will speak about the Slovak Agricultural
University in Slovakia. Thursday, Nov. 20, students who participated
in an exchange with Kasetsart University in Thailand will speak.
For more information: 4-3972.
DEADLINE NOV. 21 FOR STUDY-ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS
The application deadline is Nov. 21 for ISU Ag Foundation scholarships
for students wishing to participate in study-abroad programs.
For more information: Eduarda Becerra, 4-3972.
DEADLINES & REMINDERS
Nov. 10: Successful Grantsmanship: How to Obtain External Funding
for Your Research Program, 4-9376.
Nov. 11: Ag Career Day, Memorial Union.
Nov. 12-15: National FFA Convention, Kansas City.
Nov. 19: Deadline, scheduling spring ag classes in Brenton Center,
Nov. 20: Iowa's Water Quality conference, (515) 237-5573.
Nov. 21: Deadline, Ag Foundation study-abroad scholarships, 4-3972.
C O M M U N I C A T I O N S K I O S K
ENCOURAGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TO WRITE THANK YOUS
Students' thank-you notes to scholarship donors make a huge difference
in how donors feel about their gifts, according to Candi Kelly,
college development officer. Donors like to know they are helping
a real person, she said. Because many scholarships are for specific
programs, donors are interested in recipients' career plans. Likewise,
writing a thank-you is important for students because it helps
them recognize a scholarship comes from real people, not just
a bank, Kelly said. Departments can forward the notes when privacy
issues or anonymous gifts are involved, she added.
I N F O G R A Z I N G
CONFERENCE TO PLAN FUTURE OF IOWA WATER QUALITY
A Nov. 20 conference in Des Moines will be the culmination of
year-long process to develop a water-quality action plan for Iowa's
future. "Iowa's Water Quality: Shaping Our Future Together"
is sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council, with support from
other groups including the Leopold Center. For more information:
Susan Heathcote, (515) 237-5573.
MANURE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN AMES IN FEBRUARY
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is planning a manure management
conference, "Managing Manure in Harmony with the Environment
and the Society," in Ames, Feb. 10-12, 1998. For more information:
Bob Ball, USDA-NRCS, (573) 876-0900 or email@example.com.
E X T E R N A L V O I C E S
IRRADIATION: MAKING A SAFE FOOD SUPPLY EVEN SAFER
"If we are serious about avoiding future cases of foodborne
illnesses and deaths, it is time for all consumers to stop responding
to the scaremongers. We must listen to scientists who are unanimous
in their conclusion that food irradiation, not more government
regulation, will make America's already-safe food supply even
safer." Elizabeth Whelan, president, American Council on
Science and Health, (Progressive Farmer, October)
M A R G I N A L I A
DISARMED SALMONELLA COULD FIGHT CANCER
Yale University researchers have used genetic engineering to change
the salmonella bacterium so it can get inside cells without causing
harm to the patient. The "safe salmonella" strain targeted
tumors, invaded them and slowed their growth. Tests on mice with
cancer show the tumors were affected but the animals were not
poisoned by salmonella. (Reuters, Oct. 16)