State nurseries in Nebraska and Minnesota have closed. DNR has been authorized to sell seedlings outside the State of Iowa for the first time. In order to expand sales to other states we must improve our ordering and inventory management system and associated processes. The DNR has increased our seedling plantings to accommodate growth in sales but we must have a system that helps us deliver on the growth in sales.
“The IowaState University ADVANCE program is […] designed to create an infrastructure at ISU for transforming structures, cultures, and practices in ways that enable and support recruitment and retention of a diverse, highly qualified and cohesive faculty. This infrastructure is designed to include “top down” university policies and procedures as well as “bottom up” initiatives involving departmental work climate and strategies for improving recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty” (Bird and Hamrick 2008).
I am in support of the three new majors the IowaState School of Education is proposing. As was the case for our double degrees, these new majors (one undergraduate and two graduate) ensure students are acknowledged for having completed teacher preparation coursework aligned with these proposed new majors through the School of Education. This documentation recognizes teaching as a profession while also acknowledging the importance of content expertise for those preparing to enter the teaching profession.
The Affiliation program allows the local FFA alumni affiliate to recruit members with the understanding that a vast majority of their local dues will stay at the local level. Example: In previous years, annual members would pay $10 for national dues and $5 for state dues with a minimum of at least 10 members to be considered an active affiliate. For affiliates that would collect $25 annual dues from 10 annual members, they would keep $100 for their local affiliate, $50 for the Iowa FFA Alumni Association and $100 for the National FFA Alumni Association. This would still be true for the new Affiliation program if you continue to have only 10 (ten) members. If the local affiliate would conduct a membership drive and raise their membership to 20 (twenty) members, the local alumni affiliate would keep $350 for local needs, $50 for state and $100 for the National FFA Alumni Affiliation program.
The lack of community capacity may be the most challenging goal. The Olmstead Plan cites wide-ranging issues such as provider staff training to address the needs of individuals with challenging behaviors, under-developed supportive employment services, lack of accessible housing and transportation, and the lack of systems of care and flexible funding to address the needs of children and families. Within the large rural population, Iowa has seen the shortage of mental health professionals and excessive “windshield time” for provider staff limit available supports and services. Lack of services for individuals in crisis has contributed to Iowa’s high rate of mental health commitments. Redesign legislation, as well as other on-going initiatives, are intended to address these issues. Such initiatives will need to continue to ensure growth of the HCBS system through enhanced federal funding and an increased percentage of state funding towards aging and disability networks while simultaneously decreasing the percentage of institutional-based expenditures. These efforts will assist in securing infrastructure of the HCBS system.
Dealing with domestic abuse within different cultures can be challenging, especially if the abused wife does not have any family, friends, and university association. Often times the abused wife is at the mercy of their partner, which makes safety planning difficult. Each incident is unique and different; however the resources are the same. When staff members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (ISU police) was asked by the researcher how they deal with cases of domestic violence among the international community at ISU, they responded that one of the first steps that ISU Police initiate during a domestic abuse incident is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It is usually during the initial response when they discover whether or not an interpreter will be needed. If so, they have resources available that will utilize. A couple of those resources include the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at ISU and the Iowa Council for International Understanding.
Clinical and histological ﬁndings of an outbreak of PDNS-like disease on a commercial sow farm. During June 2015, a commercial swine operation in North Carolina experienced a 10.2% increase in the sow mortality rate and a 0.6% decrease in the conception rate compared to historical farm averages because of an outbreak of PDNS. Clinically, affected sows were anorexic and presented multifocal papules, mac- ules, and superﬁcial dermatitis (Fig. 1a). Tissue samples were submitted to the IowaState University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISUVDL) for diagnostic testing. His- tologically, skin lesions were characterized by acute necrotic dermatitis and epidermitis associated with lymphoplasmacytic perivascular cuffs. The kidneys displayed dilated cortical tubules and attenuation and regeneration of the tubular lining epithelium, and large clusters of lymphocytes and macrophages diffusely inﬁltrated the cortical inter- stitium and glomeruli. The farm experienced an increase of 1.19 aborted mummiﬁed fetuses per litter above the historical average abortion rate. The aborted litters con- tained mummiﬁed fetuses of various gestational ages, consistent with those previously described in PCV2-associated abortion (Fig. 1b) (29). While the gross and histological lesions observed in sows, as well as the presence of abortions, were consistent with PCVAD, all sow tissue samples, including kidney, lymph node, lung, and skin samples, tested negative by IHC analysis and qPCR for PCV2, PRRSV, and inﬂuenza A virus (IAV). In addition, fetal tissues were negative for PCV2, PRRSV, and PPV by qPCR.
microscopes. Without their assistance much of this study could not have been conducted. We are also grateful to officers and organizers of the 2008 Association of Firearms and Tool mark Examiners Training Seminar held in Honolulu, especially Jim Hamby, Cindy Saito and Curtis Kubo, for helping us with the booth and getting volunteers for the study. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the assistance of all the AFTE members who took the time to participate in our study. This work was supported by the National Institute of Justice under contract 2004-U-R- 088, and was performed in part at Ames Laboratory, which is operated under contract No. W- 7405-Eng-82 by IowaState University with the US Department of Energy.
The highway dataset provides the dimensions and operating characteristics of the network to HERS-ST. Similar to the HPMS reporting standards, HERS-ST has 98 attribute fields for every record within a dataset. Several data modification tasks were needed to conduct accurate run analyses in HERS-ST with Iowa HPMS data. Loading errors with the Iowa HPMS dataset were an initial issue. The first dataset obtained from the Iowa DOT Office of Systems Planning was a series of 37,000 sample sections of less than one mile in length throughout the state. This dataset was not well refined, contained numerous data errors, and produced spurious results when a HERS-ST run analysis was executed.
Furthermore, guest speakers from IOWATER, a citizen volunteer water monitoring program, presented the students with local water quality data to give them insight into the state of the local creek. Sierra Club volunteers, trained by IOWATER, sampled the local creak since 2001, and their findings were presented to the students. The speakers also spoke broadly about the state of watersheds throughout Iowa. They illustrated the impacts of changing rural and urban land use, which have decreased infiltration potential of the landscape, and increased surface runoff of water and sediment that enter local waterways.
Lighten Up Iowa is a unique, low-cost initiative using friendly team competition (2-10 people) to promote physical activity and improved dietary habits. Individuals are encouraged to form a team at work, with family, in community/civic organizations, or in spiritual communities. This builds upon a local support system within a community to maximize individual success. Engaging individuals as teams, Lighten Up Iowa is able to affect individual behavior, as well as the culture of worksites or existing community organizations. Healthy competition among teams is a motivating factor, although the ultimate goal is for every team member to be a winner. Each of the program sponsors takes an active role in promotion and recruitment for Lighten Up Iowa. The IDPH promotes the program through their state and local level health departments and ISUE through each of its 99 county offices and 14 regionally located Nutrition and Health Field Specialists. Local staff has access to posters, fliers, registration materials, press releases, newspaper story ideas, and a slide show presentation for community presentations at local civic, service, philanthropic, and spiritual organizations. Iowa Games promotes the
G. Drachuck for assistance with the specific-heat measure- ments. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. The Ames Laboratory is operated for the US Department of En- ergy by IowaState University under Contract No. DEAC02- 07CH11358. E.G. and L.X. were funded, in part, by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s EPiQS Initiative through Grant No. GBMF4411. L.X. was funded, in part, by the W. M. Keck Foundation.
This work was inspired by Professor Victor Lin, whose presence at IowaState University is greatly missed. The authors thank Dr. Adri van Duin for valuable discussions on the use and implementation of ReaxFF and its parameters into GAMESS and Dr. Bosiljka Njegic for valuable discussions on certain computa- tional aspects. This research was supported at the Ames Labora- tory by the U.S. Department of Energy, Oﬃce of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract DE-AC02-07CH11358.