Issue: 823

...................................................
AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
...................................................

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Nov. 3, 2014  No. 823

...................................................
COLLEGE NEWS
...................................................

YOUNGS RECEIVES NATIONAL USDA TEACHING AWARD
Curtis Youngs, animal science, received the USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Regional Excellence in Teaching Award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting in Orlando on Nov. 2. Youngs, at ISU since 1989, was recognized for his 28-year career of excellence in instruction, including the development of courses that examine the biological and ethical aspects of modern animal reproductive biotechnologies. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/animal-science-professor-earn...

ISU HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE IN WATER CONSERVATION RESEARCH
ISU is part of a team of 20 land-grant universities that received the 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting in Orlando on Nov. 3. The award recognized the universities’ exceptional collaboration on a multistate research project that helps farmers better use micro-irrigation systems to sustainably irrigate their land, especially during droughts and water shortages. Amy Kaleita, agricultural and biosystems engineering, represented the ISU team. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/isu-part-team-honored-excelle...

DEBINSKI CO-AUTHORS REPORT ON VALUE OF FIELD STATIONS
Diane Debinski, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, is co-author of a report released by the National Academy of Sciences, “Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories in the 21st Century.” For more than a century, field stations have been important entryways for scientists to study and make important discoveries about the natural world. The report focuses on the capability of field stations to address societal needs today and in the future. More: http://dels.nas.edu/Report/Enhancing-Value-Sustainability/18806

50th ERRINGTON LECTURE ON YELLOWSTONE WOLVES
The 50th anniversary Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture is scheduled for today, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Douglas Smith, senior wildlife biologist with the National Park Service, will speak on “Twenty Years of Yellowstone Wolves: Reintroduction to Recovery.” The lecture is co-sponsored by CALS and the departments of agronomy; ecology, evolution and organismal biology; and natural resource ecology and management. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/10/23/lectures-smith.

RESEARCHERS TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE ARTS
Toni Wang and Linxing Yao, food science and human nutrition, will present “Soywax in the Ancient Technique of Encaustic Painting” during the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities national conference, Nov. 5-8 at ISU. a2ru is a partnership of 31 institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines. More: http://a2ru.org/events/2014-a2ru-national-conference-iowa-state-university/

SNOW BLOWER SERVICE DAYS, NOV. 7-8
The Agriculture Systems Technology Club will hold its annual snow blower service days Nov. 7 (1 to 6 p.m.) and 8 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Sukup Hall on the west side of campus. The $25 cost includes oil, spark plug, grease and a half tank of gas. Pickup and delivery (Ames only) is available for $15; call (515) 708-8672 or send an email to astservicedays@gmail.com by 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 to request this service.

ISU BACON EXPO THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 8
The second annual ISU Bacon Expo is Saturday, Nov. 8, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. The event celebrates bacon and educates the public on the importance of agricultural education. More: https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/releases/bacon-expo-tickets-sale-oct-10

BLOCK AND BRIDLE CLUB SELLING SUMMER SAUSAGE AND CHEESE
An online form is available for the Block and Bridle Club’s annual holiday summer sausage and cheese sale. Orders will be accepted through Dec. 12 for Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery. The summer sausage is made on campus in the Meat Lab and the cheese (Colby jack, cheddar and mild pepper jack) is from Wisconsin. Money raised will be used for club trips, and shows and sales hosted by the club. Order form: http://www.ans.iastate.edu/clubs/bbclub/. For more information: isussandc@gmail.com.

NAMA CLUB SELLING GOURMET POPCORN
ISU’s National Agri-Marketing Association student club is selling gourmet popcorn. Orders will be accepted through Dec. 1 for Dec. 15-23 delivery. The popcorn is produced by a new business started by a CALS undergraduate student. Garrett Ley, sophomore in agricultural business from Polk City, has been selling his specialty popcorn at farmers markets around central Iowa. NAMA Gourmet Popcorn is available in 6 oz. for $3 or 10 oz. for $5. Flavors include: caramel, cheddar, caramel and cheddar mix, caramel apple, cinnamon, Holiday Mix and Iowa State Mix. For on campus orders: http://www.agei.cals.iastate.edu/nama-popcorn. Off campus orders can be sent to snoe@iastate.edu. More: Zak Kerr, NAMA president, zkerr@iastate.edu.

RESEARCHER FOCUSES ON TRADITIONAL, NATIVE FOODS
Donna Winham, food science and human nutrition, is ISU’s newest expert in global nutrition. Winham joined the faculty in June. Her research focuses on health disparities caused by inequitable food distribution and cultural practices. More: http://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/2014/10/27/donna-winham/

RESEARCHER STUDIES SAFETY OF FOOD PACKAGING
Keith Vorst, a new associate professor in food science and human nutrition, studies how the chemicals and compounds released into packaged foods are changing the human body. He is also working with USDA on a study about the potential damage caused by the transportation of food. More: http://www.hs.iastate.edu/news/2014/10/06/iowa-state-professor-studies-f...

SAVE THE DATE: SCIENCE WITH PRACTICE POSTER PRESENTATION, DEC. 10
This semester’s Science With Practice poster presentation and reception will be Dec. 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kildee Atrium. Science With Practice is a CALS experiential learning and work program for undergraduate students in agriculture. More: http://www.ageds.iastate.edu/SWP/

REGION V MANRRS CONFERENCE HOSTED AT ISU
CALS and the ISU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences student organization hosted the Region V MANRRS Conference on Oct. 17-18. Participants consisted of 85 people from nine universities and two high school MANRRS chapters. The program included workshops, mock interviews, a career fair and tour of the Horticultural Research Farm. Industry representatives were present from Monsanto, John Deere, Pioneer, Land O’ Lakes, USDA APHIS-VS and Farm Credit Services.

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Nov. 19: General Sekouba Konate, former transition president of Guinea, to speak at ISU, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/34170

...................................................
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
...................................................

INTERNAL COMPETITION: NIH OUTSTANDING NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST AWARD
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is requesting expressions of interest for the NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (R01) program. Submissions are limited to one per college. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent graduate degree, have faculty appointments that are tenure track or equivalent, and be NIH-defined as Early Stage Investigators. Individuals whose primary appointment is in CALS should email Joe Colletti (colletti@iastate.edu) by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 5, to indicate interest. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-15-003.html

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS: U.S.-ISRAEL BINATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND
The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund is accepting applications for the Vaadia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship, Senior Research Fellowship and Graduate Student Fellowship programs. BARD is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists. The application deadline for all three fellowships is Jan. 15. More: http://www.bard-isus.com/Deadlines.aspx

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM OFFICER TO VISIT CAMPUS NOV. 13
Andy Reiss, a Fulbright Scholar Program officer, will be on campus on Nov. 13 to offer a presentation to faculty on the Fulbright Scholar Program. He will also offer a drop-session to allow for individual questions. These AAU-recognized awards are suitable for faculty in all disciplines. Two identical presentations will be held in the Memorial Union Gold Room from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The drop-in Q&A session will be held in Room 3540 Memorial Union from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. No registration is required.

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/

Nov. 13 (letter of interest): NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5); two applications per institution, if interested message Sue Shipitalo (sueship@iastate.edu). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-14-004.html

Dec. 2 (notice of intent): NASA ROSES 2014: Climate Indicators and Data Products for Future National Climate Assessments. More: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init...{A9FB3106-32E2-4A77-4A7C-14BD5EF86752}&path=open

Dec. 2 (letter of intent): NIH Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure (R01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-024.html

Dec. 15 (nominations): Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize; $500,000 prize for original discoveries in genetic function, regulation, transmission or variation or in genomic organization. More: http://gruber.yale.edu/gruber-prizes

Dec. 24 (letter of intent): NIH National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications (P01). More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-023.html

...................................................
COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
...................................................

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENCE STORY – NOVELTY
Nearly all journalists – especially science reporters – are looking for what’s new and surprising. But reporters and other nonscientists often need help figuring out what is truly new, since they are not attuned to the history and progression of a particular field and incremental advances. Scientists need to explain how the work advances on previous knowledge and why it matters. (Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter, 2010, pg. 43)

...................................................
INTERNAL VOICES
...................................................

MASINDE: IOWA STATE IS A GLOBAL UNIVERSITY
Dorothy Masinde, associate director for nutrition education with ISU’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, said ISU students need to understand that Iowa State is a global university. The Oct. 31 issue of the Iowa State Daily included an article on CSRL’s work in the Kamuli District of Uganda. “Iowa State is not just about being in Ames,” Masinde said. “It’s about making changes globally. We’re actually saving lives.” More: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/academics/article_a0b48228-5f88-11e4-...

HURBURGH: FINDING SPACE FOR GRAIN WILL BE A CHALLENGE
In the Oct. 27 issue of The Des Moines Register, Charles Hurburgh, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said he expects to see a record amount of corn piled across Iowa. “We won’t have enough storage space in Iowa to put all the corn and soybeans in,” said Hurburgh, who leads ISU’s Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. “We’ve outgrown our capacity.” More: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2014/10/25/harv...

........................................................
AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
........................................................

EDITOR
Julie Stewart
jstewart@iastate.edu, (515) 294-5616
https://www.cals.iastate.edu/news/agonline

SUBSCRIBE
Ag and Life Sciences Online, the newsletter for faculty and staff in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is e-mailed every Monday. To subscribe, send your name, title, organization, email address and the message "Ag and Life Sciences Online subscribe" to jstewart@iastate.edu. To unsubscribe, send your name and email address to "Ag and Life Sciences Online unsubscribe."

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IowaStateU.AgLifeSciences
Twitter: http://twitter.com/iastate_cals

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall (515) 294-7612.

Share