July - August 2007

Foreign Travel Grants for FY 2007-08

Foreign Travel Grant applications for FY 2007-2008 (the original plus 8 copies) are due at noon in the Faculty Senate Office, 103 Laboratory of Mechanics, on the dates indicated below. Foreign Travel applications can be found at the following website: http://www.facsen.iastate.edu/Foreigntravel/foreigntravel.htm. These dates give each applicant two opportunities to apply, though applications before travel are encouraged.

Travel Starting Date Due Date
16 August 2007 - 13 May 2008 5 October 2007
17 January 2008 - 15 August 2008 25 January 2008
16 May 2008 - 16 January 2009 4 April 2008

Exchange Visitor Form for Visiting Scholars (DS-2019 Forms) - Reminder

DS-2019 (Exchange Visitor Forms for Visiting Scholars) forms no longer need to be signed by the Dean of Agriculture or by Global Agriculture Programs. They may be forwarded directly to ISS from the departments.

Korean Student Group Visiting ISU

ISU is hosting 19 Korean students and 2 professors from Yeungnam University, South Korea. During their 2-week visit, July 4 – July 16, they will explore and study issues in US agriculture and natural resource management. They will also learn about the culture through participating in different cultural activities. This is the third group to come to ISU as part of a student exchange program between ISU and Yeungnam University. Each university sends a group of students to the other for a program on alternating years. ISU students will travel to YU during summer 2008. The hosts of this Korean delegation are Dr. Richard Schultz and Dean Joe Colletti. For more information on this visit, please contact Shelley Taylor, 515-294-5393, sztaylor@iastate.edu.

Chinese Students Finished Their Study Abroad Program at ISU Successfully

A Chinese delegation made up of 11 Chinese students and 1 professor from Zhejiang University have successfully finished their study abroad program at ISU. During their 2-week visit, April 30 – May 14, they explored and studied issues in the following four areas: sustainable agriculture, agriculture entrepreneurship, biorenewables and agriculture forestry, and food system. They also learned about the culture through participating in different cultural activities as well as interacting extensively with ISU students. This program is a part of a student exchange program between ISU and Zhejiang University. From May 16-June 9, an ISU student group traveled to China to work with the same Chinese students conducting case studies in the 4 areas mentioned above in rural China. The hosts of this Chinese delegation were Dr. Robert Jolly, Dr. Richard Schultz, Dr. Difei Shen, and Denise Bjelland.

108 ISU Students Studying Abroad Through 9 Travel Courses this Summer

108 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students studied/are studying abroad through 9 travel courses in 9 countries this summer. The travel courses are:

Country Department Focus Group Leaders Dates Participants
China Economics
NREM
Made in China: Iowa Students Experience Globalization

Dick Schultz
Robert Jolly
Denise Bjelland
Difei Shen

May 15 - June 9, 2007 13 students/4 group leaders
Costa Rica NREM
FSHN
Ecological & food systems interaction James Pease
Cheryll Reitmeier
May 6 - 19, 2007 11 students/2 group leaders
Ghana Agronomy Exploring ecosystem exploitation, degradation and its restitution in southern and northern Ghana Andrew Manu May 8 - 28, 2007 10 students/1 group leader
India Horticulture
FSHN
ABE
Integrated agriculture and food systems: improving rural livelihoods Grace Marquis
Steve Freeman
May 15 - June 15, 2007 4 students/2 group leaders
Tanzania Biology Natural history of the Serengeti Marlin Rice May 7 - 26, 2007 17 students/1 group leader
The Netherlands ABE Comparison of technology between the US & The Netherlands Melody Carroll May 5 - 19, 2007 12 students/1 group leader
Panama Agronomy Challenges to sustainable development: developing global perspectives Russ Mullen
Ann Hawkins
May 7 - June 4, 2007 9 students/2 group leaders
Uganda Agronomy
Horticulture
Service learning in Uganda: creating a school garden Gail Nonnecke
Lee Burras
June 1 - July 2, 2007 6 students/ 2 group leaders
Ukraine Agronomy
Animal Science, Horticulture
Vet Medicine
Agricultural production, processing, and marketing in Ukraine Doug Kenealy
Richard Gladon
Lance Gibson
Jodi Cornell
May 5 - 21, 2007 26 students/4 group leaders

Internships

The ISU Agriculture Study Abroad office assists in the administration of internships for both outgoing ISU students and incoming students from our partner universities abroad.

2007 Borlaug Summer Interns

Two ISU students are participating in the 2007 Borlaug Intern Program. Emily Arentson, a senior in Biochemistry/Nutrition, will study in Bangalore, India from May 27 – July 25, 2007 and Chad Niederhuth. a senior in Agronomy, will study in Pretoria, South Africa from June 2 – July 29, 2007.

The following international students are interns at ISU this summer and fall.

Name University/Country Area of Study
Jacinto Valderrama Diaz University of Lleida/Spain Agronomy Engineering
Neus B. Martinez Micaelo University of Lleida/Spain Agronomy Engineering
Vilma Mateos-Remigio Mexico NREM (working with Heidi Asbjornsen)
Juan Andres Carvajal Amador EARTH University/Costa Rica Trebesch Farm (southern Minnesota)
Laura Patricia Oporta Gonzalez EARTH University/Costa Rica Werner Farm (northeast Iowa)

Interested in Leading a Study Abroad Program in Summer 2008?

Thinking about sharing your international experiences with students? Interested in adding an international component to one of your courses or creating a new study abroad program for students but don’t know how to start? We can help! Come and meet with Shelley Taylor or Jodi Cornell in the Agriculture Study Abroad office to discuss your ideas. Program applications for Summer 2008 are due October 1. Now is a great time to start planning for your program for next summer or beyond. We can assist in the creation and development of new courses, handle logistics and provide advice for any travel course involving College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students. For more information or questions please contact Shelley Taylor, 515-294-5393, sztaylor@iastate.edu or Jodi Cornell, 515-294-1851, jcornell@iastate.edu.

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture

Dates of Visit

Country

Visitor(s) Department/Contact
June 20 - August 19  Egypt (Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute) Dr. Shireen Assem Agronomy
Kan Wang
June 24 - July 5

 Armenia

10 visitors CIAF
Ron Prescott
July 15 - January 15, 2008  Pakistan (University of Agriculture-Faisalabad) Javeed Dar

ABE
Ramesh Kanwar

August 15 - October 16  India (Karnataka State Forestry Department)

6 visitors

NREM
Richard Schultz

 Where Are Faculty/Staff Traveling???

  • David Acker, Ag Admin, Uganda, Rome, partner meetings, invited by FAO to review Education for Rural People Program
  • Bruce Babcock, Econ, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Thomas Baum, Plant Pathology, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Eduarda Becerra, Global Ag Programs, Romania, Borlaug Fellowship Program
  • Don Beitz, Animal Science, Germany, participate in international conference
  • John Beghin, Economics, Australia, participate in international conference
  • Christopher Blume, Entomology, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Bryony Bonning, Entomology, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Charles Burras, Agronomy, Uganda, teach course with other ISU staff
  • Nick Christians, Horticulture, China, Colombia, participate and present invited paper at international conferences
  • Joseph Cortes, Seed Science, England, discuss development of database on biosafety
  • James Dickson, Animal Science, Russia, research
  • Steven Fales, Agronomy, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Shui-Zhang Fei, Horticulture, Romania, Borlaug Fellowship Program
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Bolivia, participate in international conference
  • Jan Flora, Sociology, Bolivia, participate in international conference
  • Frank Fuller, CARD, China, project collaboration
  • Arka Ghosh, Statistics, England, invited presentation at international conference
  • Tarek Abdel Hewezi, Plant Pathology, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Russell Jurenka, Entomology, Israel, invited presentation at international conference
  • Dennis Lavrov, EEOB, Nova Scotia, participate in international conference
  • Huarong Li, Entomology, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Peng Liu, Statistics, China, participate in international conference
  • Elisabeth Lonergan, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Ghana, participate in international conference; prepare for future ag travel course
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Scotland, Azores Islands, present invited papers and attend committee meetings
  • David Minner, Horticulture, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Manjit Misra, Seed Science, England, discuss development of database on biosafety
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Forrest Nutter, Plant Pathology, Brazil, research
  • Dennis Olson, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Joseph Sebranek, Animal Science, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Anoop Sindhu, Plant Pathology, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Diane Moody Spurlock, Animal Science, Scotland, research
  • Michael Spurlock, FSHN, Scotland, participate in international conference
  • Steven Whitham, Plant Pathology, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Lester Wilson, FSHN, Romania, Borlaug Fellowship Program
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Virgin Islands, participate in international conference
  • Tun-Hsiang Yu, CARD, China, project collaboration
  • Cindy Long Yu, Statistics, Denmark, participate in international conference

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