March-April 2016

Meet Vincent Avornyo

Vincent Avornyo is pursuing his PhD at Iowa State University as part of a larger project funded by USAID’s Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture Technology Transfer Project. . . more

World Food Prize:  Women and Agriculture March 29

"Women and Agriculture: The Road to Global Security," will be a special event at our Hall of Laureates on March 29 from 6 to 8pm.  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst will keynote this event, which also features Ms. Olga Tumax, a smallholder farmer from Guatemala.  Please RSVP here:

Introducing Trip Lingo

ISU Purchasing has recently partnered with TripLingo providing ISU faculty, staff and students with full free access to their award-winning app for international travelers. The app includes:

  • A phrasebook with formal, casual, slang and "crazy" options
  • Instant voice translation as well as access to a live translator
  • A culture guide for common situations
  • The ability to make free international phone calls using Wi-Fi 
  • Critical safety information (emergency numbers, advice, medical phrases)


It's easy to get started- just download the app and login with your email address.  Search "triplingo" on the appstore or use these links to download the app:

iOS: | Android: 

Should you have any questions, simply reach out to for assistance. 

Fulbright Award Competition Now Open

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now accepting award applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The program offers teaching, research and combination awards in more than 125 countries.  Higher education faculty and administrators are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for most awards in August 1. . . more

ISU Students Learning Abroad Over Spring Break

History of Economic Thought in Scotland
Barbara Ching, Terry Alexander, Amy Brandau
Students will learn the history and stories of the University of Edinburgh, and how it is entwined with the city of Edinburgh and the Scottish Enlightenment, which profoundly affected thinking in America.  Emphasis will be on art, architecture, literature

Analysis/Management of Agricultural Systems for Conservation of Natural Resources in Panama
Russ Mullen
A study of principles and strategies for managing natural resources under economic activity and preserving the biodiversity of the area.  Agricultural systems ranging from indigenous systems to highly technical systems will be analyzed from sea level systems to mountain systems.  Systems will be analyzed with wildlife conservation biologists for wildlife conflict issues and impact on conservation.  Students will spend a 8-day, intensive field experience at the Batipa Field Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Management.

Soils and Crops of Costa Rica
Lee Burras, Ethan Dahlhauser
Students 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.

Caribbean Marine Biology, Roatan Island, Honduras
Don Sakaguchi, Jeanne Serb
This program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef biology. The field trip portion of the course will involve on-site lectures at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) by local experts and extensive diving/snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats on the world's second largest barrier reef system.

Occupational Safety in Scotland
Steve Freeman
Students will visit comparable work settings in Iowa and Scotland to gain an understanding of occupational safety climate culture, and regulatory environment in the United States and United Kingdom.  The group will be able to compare and contrast US and UK safety education and industry implementation and be exposed to historical and cultural sites and activities allowing for an opportunity for a more well-rounded view of the two cultures.

Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Spain
Sergio Lence, Ebby Luvaga, Tom Loynachan
The focus of this program of study is to compare agricultural production, business, and trade in Spain and the United States.  While in Spain, ISU students will visit farms, agricultural businesses, important sites in Madrid and Barcelona, and will interact with the faculty and students of the University of Lleida's School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering in Lleida, Catalonia. 

Educating Youth Through Horticulture in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Cynthia Haynes
Students will tour St. John to experience its unique culture and landscape.  Environmental issues and gardening concerns will be the focus of the trip.  As a service-learning component, students will educate elementary students in St. John on a gardening related subject.  This course/experience will be a hybrid program that connects an existing class with a service-learning project.

Natural History of Costa Rica
Stephen Dinsmore, James Adelman
Students will become informed about the contexts - ecological, social, and political - in which the natural resources exist and the challenges they face. The group will have an opportunity, during the travel portion of the course, to see some of them first-hand and will also have an opportunity to become "experts" on one species or group of species and present that to the class.

Service Learning in Uganda
Richard Schultz, Julie Blanchong
This study abroad program will be a service learning trip to Uganda focused on agroforestry enabling students to directly contribute to improving the quality of life of the people of Kamuli, particularly the children. Students will spend several days working at a primary school in the Kamuli District to establish a tree nursery and woodlot. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Murchison Falls National Park and visit the source of the Nile River.




Where Are Faculty and Staff Traveling?






  • James Adelman, NREM, Costa Rica, lead student travel course
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Austria, invited presentation at international conference
  • Eduarda Becerra, Global Programs-CALS, Spain, accompany student travel course
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Lee Burras, Agronomy, Costa Rica, lead student travel course
  • Joseph Cortes, Seed Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Ethan Dahlhauser, Agronomy, Costa Rica, lead student travel course
  • Kathleen Delate, Agronomy, Canada, invited presentation/lectures
  • Stephen Dinsmore, NREM, Costa Rica, lead student travel course
  • Steven Freeman, ABE, Scotland, lead student travel course
  • Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, U.S. Virgin Islands, lead student travel course
  • Jennifer Hicks, Agronomy, Chile, project collaboration
  • Matthew Hill, Anthropology, Germany, research
  • Robert Horton, Agronomy, Israel, participate in international conference
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Spain, lead student travel course
  • Nicole Lindsey, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, winter nursery
  • Tom Loynachan, Agronomy, Spain, lead student travel course
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Spain, lead student travel course
  • Dirk Maier, ABE, Ghana, research grant
  • Dorothy Masinde, Horticulture, Uganda, Tanzania, workshop participation; project collaboration
  • Lois Wright Morton, Sociology, Vietnam, research
  • Russ Mullen, Agronomy, Panama, lead student travel course
  • Sharanappa Navi, Plant Pathology, India, research; invited speaker at international conference
  • John Pleasants, EEOB, Mexico, monarch research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Cuba, Uganda, present seminar; research
  • Donald Sakaguchi, GDCB, Honduras, lead student travel course
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Uganda, lead student travel course
  • Jeanne Serb, EEOB, Honduras, lead student travel course
  • Yuh Yuan Shyy, Seed Science, Kenya, participate in international conference; project follow-up
  • Asheesh Singh, Agronomy, Chile, winter nursery
  • Geetu Tuteja, GDCB, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Maximilian Viatori, Anthropology, Peru, research
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Poland, participate in international conference


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