Issue: 824

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AG AND LIFE SCIENCES ONLINE
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Newsletter
Iowa State University
Nov. 10, 2014  No. 824

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COLLEGE NEWS
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CALS CO-SPONSORS LECTURE ON BIG DATA
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University’s Internet Institute, will present “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Co-sponsors include CALS and the departments of agronomy, animal science, economics, sociology and statistics. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/11/03/lectures-schonberger

SPECIAL ISSUE OF JOURNAL FEATURES ISU SUSTAINABLE CORN CONTRIBUTORS
This week a special issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation was released online at http://www.jswconline.org/content/current. Titled "Climate Change and Agriculture," it features several commentary pieces and peer-reviewed articles by ISU faculty and graduate students who participate in the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project, commonly known as the Sustainable Corn Project. This is a collaborative project among 10 Midwestern land-grant universities and an agricultural research station and supported by USDA-NIFA. 

ISU TO HONOR FALLEN MILITARY IN GOLD STAR HALL CEREMONY
Iowa State will honor five fallen servicemen at the Gold Star Hall Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 3:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Three of the five honorees attended the College of Agriculture. Donald Lee Sparks graduated in 1968 with a degree in farm operations management. He was initially listed MIA in South Vietnam in June 1969. He was later declared a POW and is believed to have died in captivity. Charles Douglas King was enrolled as a forestry major before being drafted into the U.S. Air Force in 1966. He was a pararescueman during the Vietnam War. He went missing in action on Dec. 25, 1968, while attempting to rescue the body of a pilot in Laos. Maurice Raskin, a pre-veterinary major, enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941. He was killed in action during a mission over Italy in 1943. More: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/11/05/goldstar2014

RETALLICK AND LEWIS WIN ONLINE TEACHING AWARDS
Michael Retallick, agricultural education and studies, has been named 2014 Teacher of the Year for ISU AgOnline by the Brenton Center for Agricultural Instruction and Technology Transfer. Retallick was nominated for the award by students from his online courses. Donald Lewis, entomology, received the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region Excellence in Teaching Award. Lewis began teaching online classes in 2009. Nov. 10-14 is National Distance Learning Week. More: https://agonline.iastate.edu/national-distance-learning-week

“RESILIENT AGRICULTURE” MAGAZINE RECEIVES AWARD
The magazine “Resilient Agriculture,” its editor and authors have received a 2014 Extension Educational Materials Award Certificate of Excellence in the category of publications over 16 pages, from the American Society of Agronomy. The magazine is published by the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project, commonly known as the Sustainable Corn Project. Lois Wright Morton, sociology, is director of the $20 million USDA NIFA-funded research project. Lynn Laws, sociology, is the magazine’s editor.

POWELL RECEIVES NATIONAL COMMUNICATOR AWARD
Amy Powell, animal science, received the National Communicator Award for Outstanding Educational Piece presented at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents held Oct. 26-30 in Minneapolis. The curriculum was created by a team she led in Tennessee and is intended for 4th grade 4-H club meetings.

FSHN STUDENT RECEIVES FOOD SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP
Zongyu Zhang, graduate student in food science and technology, received a one-year, $3,000 academic scholarship from the Food Marketing Institute Foundation at the Safe Quality Food International Conference in Orlando, Fla. More: http://www.fmi.org/Foundation/Scholarships

PIERSON NAMED COORDINATOR AT FEEL
Warren Pierson is the new coordinator at ISU’s Field Extension Education Laboratory. He began his position Nov. 1 and is responsible for organizing educational events at FEEL, which holds demonstration plots used by ISU faculty and ISU Extension and Outreach staff. More: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/iowa-state-graduate-named-coord...

RASMUSSEN TO SPEAK AT THINK TANK’S NOV. 24 MEETING
Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center, will discuss “Change at the Leopold Center” at the monthly Think Tank venue on Nov. 24 at The Wildflower Hall. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the presentation at 7. Register your attendance by noon on Nov. 21 with Jane at jlinn@iastate.edu. The cost is $20, payable at the door.

LECTURE BY FORMER TRANSITION PRESIDENT OF GUINEA CANCELLED
The Nov. 19 lecture featuring General Sekouba Konate has been cancelled. General Konate, former Transition President of the Republic of Guinea, is now the High Representative of the African Union for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force. His presentation, “Democratic Transition in Republic of Guinea and the African Union’s Role in Africa’s Security,” will be rescheduled for a later date. CALS is a co-sponsor of the lecture. More: http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/34170

CALS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UPDATES
As of Nov. 6, the college has raised $59,078 (based on 12 percent participation), which is 81.5 percent of its goal of $72,500. Overall, ISU has surpassed its goal by 5 percent with pledges and gifts totaling $370,539. Pledges are still being accepted. 

DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Dec. 1: Deadline for orders of gourmet popcorn through the National Agri-Marketing Association student club, http://www.agei.cals.iastate.edu/nama-popcorn.
Dec. 10: Science With Practice poster presentation and reception, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kildee Atrium.
Dec. 12: Deadline for orders of Block and Bridle Club’s summer sausage and cheese, http://www.ans.iastate.edu/clubs/bbclub/.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
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ISU COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS GRANTS 2015
The ISU Council on International Programs has issued a Call for Proposals for projects that focus on ISU’s student learning mission area and the student global experience. Grants of up to $5,000 each will provide support for the development of new study abroad programs. The selection criteria include increasing the number of students who study abroad, expanded student impact and sustainability of the program beyond the grant period, innovative programs/activities, and use of CIP funds to leverage matching funds from the proposer’s unit.  It is anticipated that CIP will fund 12 to 15 grants. Proposals are due to Dec. 1. Contact: Penni Bryant (pabryant@iastate.edu).

NCRCRD COMPETITION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT SEED GRANTS
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is accepting proposals for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of land-grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the 12-state North Central region. Priority areas include innovation diffusion for rural development, sustainable communities, leadership development and entrepreneurial communities. Awards are expected to range from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Interested individuals may ask questions via conference call on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. and Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. Proposals are due Jan. 28. More: http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/grants

USAID-NSF STUDENT RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FELLOWSHIPS
The U.S. Agency for International Development offers students the opportunity to conduct research in collaboration with hosting organizations in countries throughout the developing world including Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Senegal and South Africa. Successful applicants will receive up to $24,000 for placement of two to 12 months. The fellowships are open to individuals funded through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. More: http://www.usaid.gov/RIFellowships/fellowship-opportunities

USAID REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – LAOS
USAID has issued a Request for Information to obtain information about interest, capabilities and market information related to the proposed activity titled “Improving Childhood Nutrition and Community Sanitation in Key Vulnerable Areas in Laos.” Responses are due Nov. 25. More: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269369

BORLAUG LEAP PROGRAM FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
The Borlaug LEAP offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. The LEAP program supports engaging a mentor at a U.S. university and at a CGIAR center to support and enhance thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards of up to $20,000 for a maximum of one year and the funds are administered as a grant to the U.S. university mentor. Applications are due Dec. 2. More: http://borlaugleap.org/ 

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/

Continuous submission (letter of inquiry): CS Fund and Warsh Mott Legacy (CSF/WML) Grants; social justice in emerging technologies, food sovereignty. More: http://www.csfund.org/programareas.html

Dec. 9 (letter of intent): NIH/EPA Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research (P50); up to $1 million per year up to five years. More: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-14-010.html

Jan. 8 (pre-proposal): DOD-DOE-EPA Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Core Solicitation; seed projects $150,000 for one year. More: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations

Jan. 15: Beckman Center History of Science Fellowships; $3,000 to $60,000, biochemistry, food chemistry, pharmaceuticals. More: http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp5165-beckman-center-announces-...

Feb. 9: NSF Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; $20,000 direct costs. More: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505092

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COMMUNICATIONS KIOSK
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NEED VIDEO – CALL THE BRENTON CENTER
The college’s Brenton Center for Technology Transfer has professional video services available. Daniel Ossian and Eric Krueger can help departments fulfill their video needs. For more information contact Gaylan Scoffield at 4-0045, ggs@iastate.edu. A demo reel is available to view a few of the services available through the Brenton Center at http://vimeo.com/user20353817/review/110824241/1a59c0bd54. 

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INFOGRAZING
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NEW RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH TRAINING BEGINS NOV. 25
On Nov. 25, the current discipline-specific online Responsible Conduct of Research training courses will be replaced with a single course called the “RCR Basic Course.” This change applies to RCR training for research supported by the National Science Foundation or USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Anyone who has started completing the currently-offered RCR courses must finish by Nov. 24. If not, individuals will need to start over with the new RCR Basic Course. Contact Connie Regenold in the Office for Responsible Research with questions, cregenol@iastate.edu, 4-1516. More: http://www.compliance.iastate.edu/rcr/training/

DUPONT PIONEER’S BIOTECHNOLOGY EFFORTS TOPIC OF NOV. 19 SEMINAR
Neal Gutterson, vice president of agricultural biotechnology at DuPont Pioneer, will present a seminar on Nov. 19, 4 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. Gutterson will provide an overview of DuPont Pioneer’s biotechnology efforts, highlighting several areas of research and development geared toward future products and capabilities. A pre-seminar reception will be held from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Ensminger Room. More: http://plantsciences.iastate.edu/news__events/upcoming-events/?seminar__...

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MARGINALIA
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MODERN FARMER: READ IT AND REAP
Each issue of “Modern Farmer” has an austere portrait of an animal of the cover. The quarterly publication appeared in the spring of 2013 and won a National Magazine Award after three issues. Founder and editor Ann Marie Gardner has called her idea a “farming magazine for media professionals.” Gardner and the magazine are featured in the Nov. 10 issue of The New Yorker. More: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/10/read-reap

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Julie Stewart
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