The Fall 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast is now available on YouTube, and may be accessed here.
Topics include: Types of NSF Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, Award Management, the Merit Review Process, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and more.
The U.S. Treasury informed ISU Community Vitality Center Director, Mark Edelman that Iowa Community Capital has met the requirements for certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
A buckeye tree donated in memory of ag bus alumnus Ryan Hrubes (2010) by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences was planted near Curtiss Hall in October.
A revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration has been issued. These FAQs accompany the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1), and are effective for proposals submitted or due, and awards made on or after, Jan. 30, 2017.
David Swenson, associate scientist, was interviewed by Maddy Arnold, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about Coralville’s high tax increment finance usage.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor, hosted a press conference on Dec. 13, 2016, on the results of the 2016 Iowa Land Value Survey, which showed a 5.9% decline in per acre value since November, 2015. Land values have declined 17.5% since a historic high in 2013.
Sébastien Pouliot, associate professor, will give an Agricultural Economics Workshop at the library at the University of California, Davis on Jan. 26. 2017, from 4:10 to 5:30 pm. The title of his lecture will be, "Estimating Willingness to Pay for E85 in the United States."
NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Submission deadline: March 6, 2017
The Office of the Vice President for Research, in coordination with the Graduate College, offers a one-credit course each semester for graduate students who need to (or want to) complete training in the responsible conduct of research. Not only does this course satisfy both NSF, USDA-NIFA, and NIH training requirements for grants that students may be working on, but it also provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding various topics.
Wallace Huffman, professor, talked with Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News about current prospects for mechanical versus immigrant labor harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables.
David Swenson, associate scientist, spoke with Patrick McGroarty, Wall Street Journal reporter, about the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the potential consequences for farmers and Iowa’s rural economy.
Spaces are still available for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession's 5th Annual Mentoring Breakfasts for Junior Faculty to be held at the 2017 AEA/ASSA Meetings in Chicago.
Economics seniors Taylor Finn (on left in photo) and Olivia Reicks participated in the Fall Honors Poster Presentation at the Great Hall, Memorial Union on Nov. 30.
John Beghin, professor and Marlin Cole Professor in international agricultural economics, has submitted his formal resignation effective Dec. 31, 2016. He has accepted the department head position at North Carolina State University.
David Swenson, associate scientist, gave a presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago conference on The Downturn in Agriculture: Implications for the Midwest and the Future of Farming on Nov. 29, 2016.
You are invited to celebrate the joys of the holidays at the Department of Economics Holiday Party on Tues., December 6th.
The festivities will take place in 368A Heady, starting at noon and lasting until 2:00 p.m. Come one, come all!
The following classrooms have been scheduled to be used as study rooms during Dead Week, Dec. 5-9, from 5:10 -11 p.m. These classrooms are for studying during that week only, on a drop-in basis. Most of the rooms will hold 30+. There is a total of 10 classrooms:
- Black 1028
- Black 1034
- Carver 0002
- Carver 0202
- Food Sc 2311
- Food Sc 2319
- Heady 0160
- Heady 0162
- Town 0250
- Town 0270
OSPA will be closed during winter break from December 23th, 2016 through January 2rd, 2017.
Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and farm management specialist, spoke with Von Ketelsen from KCIM 1380 AM and KICK 106.7 FM about Iowa farmland value trends and the upcoming press conference on Dec. 13, 2016.
Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants are intended to support the initial stages of innovative, high-risk and high-reward projects that have an interdisciplinary focus and have strong potential for external (competitive) funding. These stages may include performing preliminary work and facilitating collaboration. It is expected that a competitive proposal for a sizable project will be submitted to an external funding agency within a year of the completion of the Research Seed Grant period.
This program funds larger interdisciplinary research groups for up to 3 years. Groups are expected to define an integrated interdisciplinary research effort distinguished by intellectual excellence and driven by a clear vision of fundamental advances, new discoveries, or technological developments having state, national, and global economic and societal impact. Further, the area of scholarship should likely be such that more than one agency may support the work.
Fifteen Iowa college freshmen majoring in agricultural business have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships through a collaboration with Landus Cooperative and the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Economics.
The Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program will offer awards to support the initial stages of new interdisciplinary research that has strong potential to attract external funding. Funding is provided by President Leath and a gift from Mary G. Miller to create an endowment honoring her mother, Mary N. Miller.
Tenure-eligible faculty, senior lecturers, and senior clinicians at all stages of their career can apply for the 2-year, $30,000-$50,000 per-year awards.