Issue: 82

COLLEGE NEWS

- 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

awards

- 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

trips

- Deadline Nov. 21 for study-abroad scholarships

- Deadlines & Reminders

COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK

- Encourage scholarships winners to write thank yous

INFOGRAZING

- Conference to plan future of Iowa water quality

- Manure management conference in Ames in February

EXTERNAL VOICES

- Irradiation: Making a safe food supply even safer

MARGINALIA

- 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 arollins@iastate.edu,

or Brian Meyer, Ag Information, 4-0706 or bmeyer@iastate.edu.

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 cpersaud@iastate.edu.

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 wwmiller@iastate.edu, or Ann Mundt, 4-9732 or

amundt@iastate.edu.

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,

4-0895.

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 bobb@mo.nrcs.usda.gov.

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)

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