January-February 2015

Fulbright Postdoc Scholar Award-Brazil (all disciplines)

Open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral/terminal degree—typically within the five previous years. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted PhDs to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Deadline is January 15, 2015. More information: Fulbright Scholar-Brazil

Mullen Selected for Fulbright Specialist Project

Russ Mullen, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, was selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Panama at Oteima University, David, Panama in 2014.  The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Mullen was one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who traveled abroad this year through the program.  Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards were selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.  Mullen initiated foundational work and conducted on-site visits with university personnel to establish the Batipa Field Institute for research and educational programs in conservation and sustainability.  The new institute is located in an ecologically diverse area in the Chiriquí province that contains agricultural activities, a wildlife preserve, marine and mangrove ecologies, and a rich diversity of biological species.  For his current and past work with the university, Mullen was awarded, Profesor Internacional Destacado, Oteima University, Panamá, in special ceremonies in August by the university’s Board of Directors.

Ukrainian Delegation Visits ISU

A delegation from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULES) visited ISU November 8 – 13, 2014. The delegation consisted of the newly-appointed Rector, Stanislav Nikolaienko, as well as Vice-Rector, Sergii Kvasha, and the Director, Vadym Kondratiuk, and Vice-Director, Inna Kurbatova, of the Animal Science Institute at NULES.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has had a relationship with NULES (formerly the National Agrarian University of Ukraine) for more than 20 years.  Rector Nikolaienko is the first rector appointed since the partnership began in the early 1990's.  His inaugural international trip as Rector of NULES was to ISU. 

While visiting ISU, the delegation signed an updated MOU and visited with CALS administration, the Animal Science department and facilities, the ISU Dairy Farm and the new ABE facilities in Elings and Sukup Halls.

CALS Students Participate in 2015 Exchange Programs

The following CALS students will participate in exchange programs during spring semester, 2015.

Rachel Boylan, Senior in Global Resource Systems & Bio Systems Engineering, Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil
Jake Helgerson, Junior in Agronomy & Global Resource Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Lynn Koenigsfeld, Senior in Agriculture Business, Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, France
Katrina Knudsen, Senior in Horticulture, University College Dublin, Ireland
Julia Schwager, Junior in Forestry, University College Dublin, Ireland
Jessica Lensing, Junior in Animal Science, University College Dublin, Ireland


CALS Study Abroad in Antarctica!

Stephen Dinsmore and Julie Blanchong (NREM) led a group of 12 students to Antarctica December 4-19, 2014. During their  trip, the group explored icebergs, mountains and wildlife such as whales, penguins, seals, and a variety of seabirds. Check out Stephen Dinsmore's amazing photos!






 Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling??



  • Rajeev Arora, Horticulture, Germany, professional development; research
  • Madan Bhattacharyya, Agronomy, India, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Dianne Cook, Statistics, Colombia, professional development
  • Norman Ellinwood, Animal Science, France, student travel course site visit
  • Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, follow up on EARTH student; strategic planning meeting
  • Jeff Iles, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, strategic planning - EARTH project
  • Michael Kaiser, Animal Science, Ghana, Tanzania, research
  • Dorothy Masinde, Horticulture, Kenya, research
  • Daren Mueller, Plant Pathology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, strategic planning - EARTH project
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, France, Canada, workshop participation; invited presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Uganda, CSRL; International Research Livestock Center
  • Paul White, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Curtis Youngs, Animal Science, Ethiopia, research


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