November-December 2007

Fall Seminar Series - Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?

"North Korea: Energy, Farm Policy and Famine" presented by Randall Ireson, Former Development Assistance Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee, will be the focus of the fourth and final installment of the Fall 2007 Seminar Series on November 8, 12 - 1 p.m., in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Agriculture, Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. For more information:

ISU Council on International Programs Grants Program for 2007-08

Iowa State University is engaged globally in learning, discovery and engagement. To support this important institutional priority the ISU Council on International Programs is issuing a Call for Proposals of up to $5000 for internationalization/globalization grants to be spent by June 30, 2008. The purpose of this solicitation is to fund individual and group projects led by faculty and staff to enhance the infusion of international perspectives into the learning, discovery, and/or engagement activities of the university. Deadline: November 15, 2007. For more information:

USDA-FAS Paid Internships

International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP)
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, one of the 4 U.S. government foreign service agencies, places approximately 10 students each semester (spring, summer and fall) with excellent analysis, marketing, writing, language and organizational skills and experience to work on international agricultural trade policy issues, commodity and market analysis and organizing trade events in their overseas offices for a 10-16 week PAID INTERNSHIP. U.S. citizen students who are majoring in a business or science related agricultural field, i.e. Ag Econ, Econ, Finance, Business or Marketing, International Studies or Relations, Law or in a Biotechnology Program are eligible. Online registration for the summer 2008 semester closes on November 15, 2007 and the fall 2008 application deadline is April 3, 2008. For more information about IAIP: For further information:

Career Internship Program (CIP)
The USDA-FAS Career Intern Program (CIP) is designed to prepare exceptional men and women who have professional experiences in agriculture and/or business, a college degree, and competencies for careers in public service with FAS. Interns will participate in a 2-year program that is designed to fine-tune their skills and abilities. During the 2-year internship, interns work as full-time employees with substantial training and rotation opportunities. Upon successful completion, interns are offered permanent career positions.
Please check the FAS CIP site on a regular basis for news of the next deadline
Some entry level positions are announced on USAjobs at

For more information on all FAS intern programs:
For additional information, contact Nikia Sizer, acting CIP Coordinator, (202) 401-0176 or

VEF Visiting Scholar Program

The Vietnam Education Foundation is pleased to announce the VEF Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) 2008 for Vietnamese nationals who already hold a doctorate in a field of science, technology, engineering, or math. For this year, VEF will fund 10 visiting scholars for periods of time ranging from 5 months to 1 year (12 months). Online applications will be available at and ONLY from 8:00 a.m., December 15, 2007, to 8:00 a.m., February 12, 2008 (Vietnam time zone). For more information:

International Science and Education Competitive Grants Program

An RFA for the International Science and Education (ISE) competitive grants program has been issued. The ISE supports research, extension, and teaching activities that will enhance the capabilities of American colleges and universities to conduct international collaborative research, extension and teaching. ISE projects are expected to enhance the international content of curricula; ensure that faculty work beyond the U.S. and bring lessons learned back home; promote international research partnerships; enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the U.S.; and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

The RFA can be found on the CSREES website at: The closing date for this program is January 17, 2008. For more information, please contact Patty Fulton or 202-690-3852.

Ag Study Abroad BBQ

More than 150 CALS students attended the annual Agriculture Study Abroad BBQ hosted by the Agriculture Study Abroad office at Kildee Pavilion on October. 15. In addition to free food, students also talked to group leaders of some of the spring and summer travel courses to learn more about international opportunities provided through the college.

Spring Travel Courses

7 spring travel courses are being sponsored by the Agriculture Study Abroad office.

  • Ecuador – Analysis of Ecuador - Analysis of Food and Agricultural System – Agronomy

  • Mexico - Food, Fiber, Folklore, and Flamingos

  • Australia - Agricultural Production and Business

  • Costa Rica - Natural History of Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica - Field Research Experience in a Costa Rican Rainforest

  • Honduras - International Field Trips in Biology: Caribbean Marine Biology

  • Mexico - Undergraduate Field Research Experience in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico

***Only Costa Rica (Field Research Experience in a Costa Rican Rainforest) is still open to applications.

President of Blue Sky Landscape Group Visits ISU

The president of Hangzhou Blue Sky Landscape Group, China, Mr. Chen Xiangqiang, visited ISU October 22-24. Blue Sky Landscape Group has been working closely with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the past 3 years, especially in the area of student programs. They have been providing unique experiences for ISU students who participate in short-term travel courses to China. The college recently began a pilot internship program with the Blue Sky Landscape Group this year.

Winners of Photo Contest!

The winners for the 6th Agriculture Study Abroad Photo Contest have been selected. They are Megan Filbert for the “Culture” category, Nicholas Schmidt for the “Artistic and Technical Quality” category, and Shane Edelen for the “ISU Around the World” category . More information can be found at

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
September 1 – December 21  Brazil (Uberlandia Federal University)

Marcos Da Silva

Antonio Mallarino
September 12 - 19

 Panama (OTEIMA Technological University)

Sarah Ferguson Agronomy
Russ Mullen
November 3 – December 8  Serbia (Pesticide & Environmental Research Institute) Brankica Tanovic

Plant Pathology
Mark Gleason

November 5-8  Brazil (Federal University of Vicosa)
 Brazil (Federal University of Lavras)
 Brazil (Federal University of Campina Grande)
 Brazil (State University of Sao Paolo, Piricicaba)

2 visitors
1 visitor
1 visitor
2 visitors

Hongwei Xin
December 4 - 7  Brazil
(IFAA) 95 participants GAP
Eduarda Becerra

 Where Are Faculty/Staff Traveling???

  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, France, project collaboration
  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, Brazil, participate in international conference
  • John Beghin, Economics, Australia, project collaboration
  • Denise Bjelland, GAP, China, travel course site visit
  • Robert Burns, ABE, Germany, research
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Mali, project collaboration
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Scotland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Arka Ghosh, Statistics, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science, Mali, project collaboration
  • Brian Hornbuckle, Agronomy, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, India, Thailand, project collaboration; invited presentation/lectures
  • Ken Moore, Agronomy, Australia, participate in international conference
  • Aubrey Mendonca, FSHN, Romania, participate in international conference
  • Matthew Oneal, Entomology, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, France, Kenya, participate in international conferences
  • Dick Schultz, NREM, China, travel course site visit
  • Yongzhau Shao, Statistics, Australia, Canada, research; outside examiner for Ph.D. thesis
  • Robert Stephenson, Statistics, Ireland, attend international conference
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, France, participate in international conference

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