March-April 2013

International Women's Day Event March 7
Oxfam and The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines will present "Women and a Well-Fed World: Facing the Challenge - Gaining Ground" on March 7, 2013, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Speakers will include Denise O'Brien, organic farmer and founder of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network and Muthoni Muriu, Regional Program Director of Oxfam America. The event is free and will be held at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street in Des Moines.

2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program
The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2013.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit  or contact us at

CALS Faculty/Staff Awards
W. Allen Miller, professor of Plant Pathology & Microbiology and joint member of the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, was awarded a Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg for 2013.  The Gutenberg Chair award provides funds for laboratory expenses that Professor Miller will incur while performing his research as a Fulbright Research Scholar in the laboratory of Véronique Ziegler-Graff at the Institute for Plant Molecular Biology (IBMP) at the University of Strasbourg.  Miller is investigating the “molecular keys” that plant viruses use to unlock and take over the protein synthesis machinery of the host plant.  Miller also collaborates with the lab of Gilbert Eriani in the Center for Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Here Miller is investigating interactions with host proteins by plant viral RNA that provides the “molecular keys” to the cell.  This research could lead to new and powerful ways to produce pharmaceutical or industrial proteins in plants, and also suggest new ways to control economically important diseases caused by plant viruses.  The work may have relevance to cancer in humans, as well.  Dr. Miller is on Faculty Professional Development Assignment from September, 2012 through June, 2013.

Difei Shen, Program Coordinator in Global Programs, has been recognized for her outstanding service as a CALS Learning Community Coordinator. Dr. Shen received a monetary award for future professional development activities for her leadership efforts.

Upcoming Conference - University of La Molina, Peru
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru is pleased to announce "Innovation of University Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources in Andean Countries" to be held October 15-17, 2013. The conference will focus on key issues regarding the innovation of higher education in the domains of agriculture and natural resources, specifically curriculum analysis and development, the design of powerful learning environments, construction of assessment tools aligned with the curriculum, accreditation of programs and professional development of university teaching staff. For more information

CALS Spring Travel Courses
116 students will participate in Spring Break travel courses, covering 6 countries and include 18 ISU faculty/staff as group leaders.

Country Course Title Department(s) Group Leader(s) Number of Students
China Preparing Current and Future Food and Agricultural Professionals for the U.S. and Chinese - Led Global Economy Global Programs
Denise Bjelland
Difei Shen
Costa Rica Integrated Pest Management of Tropical Crops Plant Pathology
Mark Gleason
Donald Lewis
Barb Osborn
Costa Rica Soils, Crops, Water of Costa Rica Agronomy
Env Sciences
Lee Burras
Catherine Delong
Mary Tiedeman
Ecuador Helping Local Farmers Develop a Tree Nursery in the Land of the Incas NREM Richard Schultz
Julie Blanchong
Greece Creating a Plan to Market a Greek Product in the U.S. Economics Kevin Kimle
Stacey Noe
South Korea Animal Science Study Tour in South Korea Animal Science Steven Lonergan
Jodi Sterle
Shelley Taylor
Spain Agricultural Production, Business, Trade in Spain Agronomy
Thomas Loynachan
Ebby Luvaga
Sergio Lence

International Visitors to CALS

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
January 16 - November 30, 2013 China (Zheijiang International Studies University) Haiying Song Economics
Helen Jensen
February 1 - April 30, 2013 Spain (National Institute of Ag Research) Laura Rodriguez Bragado Agronomy
Doug Karlen
February 1 - April 30, 2013

Spain (National Institute or Ag Research)

Jose Maria Lomba Blanco

Plant Pathology
Thomas Harrington

February 15 - August 31, 2013

Brazil (Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sol)

Renan Costa Beber Vieira

John Kovar

March 8 - June 6, 2013 Brazil (Universidade Estadual Paulista) Camila de Almeida Melo Agronomy
Daniel Olk
April 8 - June 14, 2013 Philippines (Borlaug Fellowship Program) Dindo Agustin Tabanao Agronomy
Jianming Yu
April 14 -30, 2013 Kazakhstan (Eurasian National University)

M. Kuttymuratov
A. Baizakhov

Richard Schultz


Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Thailand, Italy, Uganda, invited presentation at international conference; FAO; CSRL
  • Denise Bjelland, CALS Global Programs, China, lead student travel course
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Ecuador, lead student travel course
  • Lee Burras, Agronomy, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Chile, Indonesia, advisory committee; project collaboration
  • Michael Castellano, Agronomy, Israel, invited presentation/lectures
  • Song Xi Chen, Statistics, China, participate in international conference
  • Joel Coats, Entomology, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Kenya, project follow-up
  • Aurelio Curbelo-Ruiz, CALS Admin, Puerto Rico, student recruitment
  • Catherine Delong, Agronomy, Costa Rica co-lead student travel course
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Serbia, Costa Rica, project development; co-lead student travel course
  • David Grewell, ABE, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science, Kenya, project follow-up
  • Erin Hodgson, Entomology, Costa Rica, participate in international conference
  • Chad Ingels, Sociology, Costa Rica, participate in international conference
  • Larry Johnson, CCUR, Canada, attend international conference
  • Susan Johnson, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Kevin Kimle, Economics, Greece, co-lead student travel course
  • Kendall Lamkey, Agronomy, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Spain, co-lead student travel course
  • Andrew Lenssen, Agronomy, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Donald Lewis, Entomology, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Thomas Loynachan, Agronomy, Spain, co-lead student travel course
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Spain, co-lead student travel course
  • William Meeker, Statistics, The Netherlands, invited presentation at international conference
  • Steve Mickelson, ABE, Belgium, discuss future collaboration
  • Mark Mullaney, Plant Pathology, South Africa, participate in international conference
  • Michael Muszynski, GDCB, Mexico, research
  • John Nason, EEOB, Mexico, research
  • Stacey Noe, Economics, Greece, co-lead student travel course
  • Barb Osborn, Horticulture, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • William Osterholz, Agronomy, Israel, participate in international conference
  • Jill Pruetz, Anthropology, Senegal, The Netherlands, research; participate in international conference
  • Kurt Rosentrater, ABE, South Africa, invited presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Uganda, China, participate in international conferences
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Ecuador, co-lead student travel course
  • Difei Shen, CALS Global Programs, China, co-lead travel course
  • Jodi Sterle, Animal Science, South Korea, co-lead student travel course
  • Diane Moody Spurlock, Animal Science, The Netherlands, research meeting
  • Shelley Taylor, CALS Global Programs, South Korea, co-lead student travel course
  • Mary Tiedeman, Agronomy, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Diveena Vijayendran, Entomology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Suza Walter, Agronomy, Zimbabwe, project collaboration
  • Mark Westgate, Agronomy, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Wendy Wintersteen, CALS Admin, India, project collaboration
  • Hu Zhiliang, Animal Science, China, project collaboration; attend international conference
  • Du Zhiqiang, Animal Science, Singapore, participate in international conference


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