March-April 2015

Foreign Travel Grants

Applications for Foreign Travel Grants for the travel period May 16, 2015 through January 16, 2016 are due in the CALS Dean's office March 18, 2015.  No late applications will be received without the approval of the CALS Professional Development Committee Chair. 

Please use the Iowa State University Foreign Travel Grant Application Rules & Guidelines, dated 7/14 and the Iowa State University Foreign Travel Grant Application, dated 7/14, both of which can be found at

Call for Applications - Borlaug Fellows Graduate Research Grant

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. For more information

Make Sure You Are Insured for Upcoming Travel

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is the contracted carrier for international health, emergency medical and security evacuation services for ISU faculty, staff and students. CISI is strongly recommended to ISU international business travelers (faculty, staff, graduate students, post docs, etc.). The cost of coverage is funded centrally, but faculty need to sign up for coverage through their departmental verifier in Access Plus. For more information on CISI, please visit

International Visitors to the College of Ag & Life Sciences

Dates of Visit   Country Visitors Department/Contact
March 5, 2015 -
March 9, 2016
 Fuijan Ag/Forestry Univ
Lin Han
Tao Hong
Richard Schultz

International Students Coming to ISU for Research

ISU faculty can host international students for research and internships. For more information on how to host international students, please contact Shelley Taylor, Visitors to ISU this semester include:

Facundo Curin, Universidad Nacional del Noroeste de la Porvincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina, student intern hosted by Maria Salas-Fernandez, Agronomy, March 2015-March 2016

Michael Hess, Hohenheim University, Germany, research scholar hosted by John Miranowski, Economics, March-August, 2015

Juan Sebastian Panelo, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, student intern hosted by Maria Salas-Fernandez, Agronomy, March, 2015-March, 2016

Rodrigo Repke, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil, research scholar hosted by Antonio Mallarino, Agronomy, April-December, 2015

ISU Students Learning Abroad Over Spring Break

Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Argentina, Agronomy and Economics
Sergio Lence, Thomas Loynachan and Ebby Luvaga
The course objective is to enhance students' understanding of production and competition in agricultural world markets. Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business, and trade in Argentina and compare them with respect to the U.S.

Business Study Trip in Brazil: Creating a Market Analysis of the Egg Products Market, Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative, Economics
Kevin Kimle, Stacey Noe, Carly Cummings
The overarching objective for this course is for students to begin to transfer the knowledge they have gained through their education to an international business development project.  Interactions with the partnering U.S. business, Brazilian businesses, government entities, and production farming operations, will expose students to key industry trends within the egg products market.  Students will then apply this knowledge to their final deliverable, a marketing analysis and logistic model for the egg products market within Brazil.

Soils, Crops and Water of Costa Rica, Agronomy
Lee Burras, Ziying Wang, Ethan Dahlhauser
On this trip, students will visit locations throughout central and northwestern Costa Rica in order to observe tropical soils, tropical crops and their environmental impacts. At each site in-depth discussions will be led by a combination of Costa Rican experts and the ISU faculty. 

Costa Rica: Integrated Management of Tropical Crops, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Horticulture
Barb Clawson, Mark Gleason, Erin Hodgson and Donald Lewis
This course will offer an introduction to production of a wide variety of tropical crops (coffee, banana, pineapple, mango, sugar cane, cut flowers, vegetables, papaya, etc.) from the perspective of Costa Rica.  The class also explores Costa Rican ecology, history, and culture.  Close cooperation with University of Costa Rica faculty allow many unique opportunities during the class visit.

Panama 2015






23 CALS students participated in a study abroad program in Panama from December 26, 2014 to January 8, 2015. This travel course was designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience another culture and to understand agricultural and economic interrelationships in Panama within the context of the global economy. Students were introduced to tropical agriculture, international business and trade in Panama from a comparative point of view with the United States. They also visited an indigenous community in the rainforest and took a partial boat ride through the Panama Canal.




Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Thailand, Germany, Uganda, Netherlands, participate in international conferences, workshops, project collaboration
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, Brazil, research
  • Jessica Barb, Agronomy, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Nepal, student travel course site visit
  • Lee Burras, Agronomy, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Chiliang Chen, Plant Pathology, China, project collaboration
  • Barb Clawson, Horticulture, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Joel Coats, Entomology, Canada, invited presentation/lectures; future project collaboration
  • Dianne Cook, Statistics, Canada, invited presentations/lectures; attend workshop
  • Jodi Cornell, CALS Global Programs, Costa Rica, safety audit
  • Carly Cummings, Economics, Brazil, co-lead student travel course
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Matthew Hill, Anthropology, Germany, research
  • Erin Hodgson, Entomology, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Kevin Kimle, Economics, Brazil, co-lead student travel course
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Argentina, co-lead student travel course
  • Donald Lewis, Entomology, Costa Rica, co-lead student travel course
  • Tom Loynachan, Agronomy, Argentina, co-lead student travel course
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, South Africa, Zambia, project collaboration
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Argentina, co-lead student travel course
  • Manjit Misra, Seed Science, Zimbabwe, participate in international conference; future projects
  • Gary Munkvold, Plant Pathology, Zimbabwe, participate in international conference; future projects
  • Daniel Nettleton, Statistics, Chile, invited presentation/lectures
  • Stacey Noe, Economics, Brazil, co-lead student travel course
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, Portugal, EARTH Strategic Planning; assist ISU students in international competition
  • John Patience, Animal Science, Canada, project collaboration
  • Jill Pruetz, Anthropology, Senegal, research; meetings
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Nepal, student travel course site visit
  • Brian Scott, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Asheesh Singh, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Walter Suza, Agronomy, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Shelley Taylor, CALS Global Programs, Virgin Islands, Uganda, EARTH Strategic Planning; stakeholders visit
  • Stephen Vardeman, Statistics, Belgium, participate in international conference
  • Maximillian Viatori, Anthropology, Peru, research
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Canada, invited presentation at international conference


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