January-February 2010

Ag Policy Conference, January 19-20, 2010
Evolving Agricultural Policies in a Changing World, a review of OECD agricultural policy work with emphasis on domestic policies in North America, is the focus of this no-fee agricultural policy conference co-hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) and organized jointly with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Please register no later than January 11, 2010.

2010 Jefferson Science Fellows Program
The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2010 Jefferson Science Fellows program (JSF). Now in its 7th year, the JSF program establishes a model for engaging the American academic science, technology, and engineering communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and may periodically travel to U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. Following their year in Washington, Fellows will continue to serve as a resource to the State Department for short-term projects. JSF awards are open to tenured academic scientists, technologists and engineers from U.S. institutions of higher learning.  Nominees/applicants must be U.S. citizens and will be required to obtain a security clearance.

The nomination/application deadline is January 15, 2010

2010 APLU Conference
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Professional Development in Agricultural and Life Sciences . . .Challenges for the Next Decade is the focus of the 2010 Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)/Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) conference addressing doctoral and postdoctoral professional development in Agricutlural and Life Sciences to be held at Ghent University, Belgium, April 7-9, 2010. Online registration is now open.

Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010
Pre-registration for GCARD 2010, Enhancing Development Impact from Research: Building on Demand is now open. The conference will be held March 28-31, 2010, in Montpellier, France.

Vietnam Education Foundation 2010 U.S. Faculty Scholar Program
The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is pleased to announce the 2010 U.S. Faculty Scholar Program for U.S. professors to teach in the fields supported by VEF at the Vietnamese universities during the Academic Year 2010-2011. The online application will be opened from January 1, 2010 to March 1, 2010. For more information, http://home.vef.gov/news.php?id=236

Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security - February 22, 2010
On February 22, 2010, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will convene a symposium in Washington, D.C. to review progress on the Administration’s global food security strategy and provide critical thinking on how best to overcome potential obstacles to success. The day-long event will discuss progress on U.S. and international food security commitments, examine strategies for how to sustain support for these activities, and provide constructive thinking on implementation challenges. Formal invitations and a working agenda are forthcoming.

Call for Proposals - Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China
The United States-China Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) is a bilateral exchange program designed to enhance cooperation, capacity building, and trade in agriculture via science and technology. SCEP began as a presidential initiative and is now part of the United States-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. Priority areas for the program include food security, climate change, alternative energy, food safety, animal and plant health, agricultural biotechnology, food and non-food product development, sustainable plant and animal production, and natural resources management.

Students Enjoy Winter Break in Ghana
Through an agronomy course taught by Dr. Andrew Manu, students spent almost 3 weeks during winter break exploring the Ecological Zones and Natural Resource Management in Ghana. Students spent time exploring the components of the different ecosystems of Ghana from the costal savannah in the south to the guinea savanna in the north across the semi-deciduous forest. They studied the services these resource areas provide, how the local population exploits these services and how the exploitation processes affect the natural resource base. Students studied the role of indigenous technologies used to promote sustainable agricultural production in each ecosystem. Students also had the chance to experience efforts to promote eco tourism through appropriate natural resources management.

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
November 10, 2009 - November 9, 2010  China Enheng Wang

Rick Cruse

January 11 - December 31, 2010  Egypt Salma Abdel Salam Food Science
Aubrey Mendonca

Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, Ag Admin, Kenya, participate in international meetings
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Japan, participate in international conference
  • Heidi Asbjornsen, NREM, Mexico, research
  • Jeffrey Berger , Animal Science, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Denise Bjelland, Global Ag Programs, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Volker Brendel, GDCB, England, participate in international conference
  • Robert Burns, ABE, Mexico, Canada , invited presentation at international conference
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Chile, invited presentation at international conference
  • Nick Christians, Horticulture, Italy, site visit for future student travel course
  • Dorian Garrick, Animal Science, New Zealand, project collaboration
  • Aaron Gassmann, Entomology, Thailand, participate in international conference; meet with researchers
  • Arka Ghosh, Statistics, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • David Hannapel, Horticulture, China, present seminar; discuss collaboration
  • Robert Horton, Agronomy, China, project collaboration
  • Russell Jurenka, Entomology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Amy Leigh Kaleita-Forbes, ABE, Puerto Rico, participate in international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, Thailand, project collaboration
  • Jacek Koziel, ABE, Finland, research
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Ghana, lead student travel course
  • William Meeker, Statistics, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Gary Munkvold, Plant Pathology, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • Sharanappa Navi, Plant Pathology, India, participate in international conference
  • James Reecy, Animal Science, India, participate in international conference
  • Isabel Reinert, CSRL, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Steve Rodermel, GDCB, Canada, invited presentation; lectures
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Kazakhstan, Greece, Turkey, research; site visits for future collaboration
  • Douglas Stokke, NREM, China, project collaboration
  • Sterling Taylor, Agronomy, Mexico, present seminar
  • Kan Wang, Agronomy, Bulgaria, project collaboration
  • Mark Westgate, Agronomy/CSRL, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Eve Wurtele, GDCB, India, teach
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, China, invited presentation at international conference

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