November-December 2009

Feeding the World Seminar Series
Mark your calendars to attend the international seminar series entitled Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress? The next seminar, scheduled for November 17, from 12-1 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall, will feature invited speaker Dr. Jeffrey Lansdale, Chief of Party for the USAID/MIDEH Project. His seminar topic is “Dona Maria: A Glance at Rural Development Challenges from a Honduran Perspective.”

This seminar series is in its third consecutive year and 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.

Call for Papers: APLU-ICA Conference
The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2010 APLU-ICA Conference is November 30, 2009. The conference will be held April 7-9, 2010 in Gent (Belgium).

12 CALS Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs in 2009-10 Academic Year

Term Country Focus Department Group Leader(s)
Winter Break Ghana Ecological Zones and Natural Resource Management Agronomy Andrew Manu
Spring Break Costa Rica Soils and Crops of Costa Rica Agronomy
Environmental Science
Randy Killorn
Lee Burras
  Costa Rica Natural History of Costa Rica NREM Steve Dinsmore
Jim Pease
  Spain Agriculture Production, Business and Trade in Spain Economics
Ebby Luvaga
Sergio Lence
Tom Loynachan
Summer Brazil Agricultural Technology and Automation Adoption in Brazil ABE Brian Steward
Tom Brumm
Mathew Darr
  China/Korea   NREM
Global Agriculture Programs
Richard Schultz
Denise Bjelland
Difei Shen
  Greece Agricultural Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Greece Economics/Entrepreneurship

Kevin Kimle
Stacey Noe

  India Service Learning in India: Food, Nutrition, Entrepreneurship and Self Help Groups FSHN
Manju Reddy
Steven Freeman
Gail Nonnecke
  Italy Dean's Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program: Rome Global Resource Systems
Animal Science
Joe Colletti
Steven Lonergan
Shelley Taylor
  Italy Horticulture in Italy Horticulture Nick Christians
Barb Olson
  Peru International Nutrition in Peru FSHN Grace Marquis
Cheryll Reitmeier
  Uganda Service Learning in Uganda: Creating a School Garden


Gail Nonnecke
Richard Schultz
Tom Brumm

4 CALS Students Participate in Exchange Programs in 2009-10
Madeline Tomka, Agronomy, is studying at BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences), Vienna, Austria, through spring 2010.

Christine Weber, Microbiology, is studying at BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences), Vienna, Austria, this semester.

Samantha Morine, PSA, and Dana Jensen , Agriculture and Life Science Education and GRS, will study at The Royal Agriculture College, Cirencester, England, for the 2009-10 academic year.

6 Student Travel Consultants Hired by the Ag Study Abroad Office
Funded by the Culture Corps Grant (sponsored by International Students and Scholars Office and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs), the Ag Study Abroad office hired 6 CALS students to work as student travel consultants for the 2009-10 academic year. They are:

Ashlee Hespen – Public Service and Administration in Agriculture
Tiara Sandoval – Animal Sciences
Angela Danielle Upah – Dietetics
Michael Misra – Global Resource Systems
Angela Schmitz – Graphic Design
Nolan Currie – Industrial Technology

Scholarships for Studying Abroad
The CALS Study Abroad Office distributes support for study abroad participation through 7 scholarships for undergraduates. Scholarships are based on many factors but there is enough variety within those scholarships to award money to every student who applies. For a list of scholarships and eligibility requirements, please see In addition, CALS offers a passport reimbursement program for the first 50 first-time travelers who apply for study abroad programs. Students can also receive scholarship support for study abroad through many CALS departments and through the university Study Abroad Center. We don’t want money to be the reason a student does not study abroad!

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
October 3 - November 17, 2009  Bulgaria (Borlaug Fellow Program) Kaloyan Kostov

Kan Wang

October 3 - 17, 2009  Bulgaria (Borlaug Fellow Program) Georgi Chobanov Veterinary Medicine
Eldon Uhlenhopp
October 10 - 17, 2009  Uganda (Makerere University) 3 faculty members CSRL
Mark Westgate
October 10 - 17, 2009  Uganda (VEDCO) Kizito Henry CSRL
Mark Westgate
November 3 - December 17, 2009  Vietnam (Borlaug Fellow Program) Thuy Nguyen Seed Science Center
Susana Goggi
December 7 - 9, 2009  Brazil
IFAA - 35 trainees

Global Ag Programs
Eduarda Becerra

Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, Ag Admin, Indonesia, participate in international meetings
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Australia, invited presentation at international conference
  • Heidi Asbjornsen, NREM, Mexico, research
  • Bruce Babcock, Economics, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Thailand, Venezuela, invited presentation at international conference
  • William Clarke, EEOB, Canada, research
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science Center, Zambia, Costa Rica, project collaboration and follow-up
  • Matthew Darr, ABE, Germany, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, Scotland, participate in international conference
  • Kathleen Delate, Agronomy, Serbia, Canada, project collaboration, invited presentation at international conference
  • Paul Domoto, Horticulture, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mary Emery, Sociology, Nepal, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jacinto Fabiosa, CARD, Egypt, project collaboration
  • Steven Fales, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, student recruitment
  • Rohan Fernando, Animal Science, Scotland, research
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Paraguay, Uganda, Canada, research and project collaboration
  • Dorian Garrick, Animal Science, Scotland, Korea, invited presentation at international conferences
  • Arka Ghosh, Statistics, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • William Graves, Horticulture, Mexico, research
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science Center, Zambia, Costa Rica, project collaboration and follow-up
  • Emily Heaton, Agronomy, New Zealand, invited presentation at international conference
  • Colin Johnson, Animal Science, Ireland, project collaboration
  • Susan Johnson, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Stephanie Jung, FSHN, India, project collaboration
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, Statistics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, France, participate in international conference
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Germany, participate in international conference
  • John Mabry, Animal Science, Ireland, Japan, project collaboration
  • Daniel Morrical, Animal Science, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Palle Pedersen, Agronomy, Costa Rica, Brazil, teach; participate in international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Spain, Uganda, participate in international conference, Ensminger School site visit, project follow up
  • Peter Sherman, Statistics, Austria, invited presentation at international conference
  • Yuh Yuan Shyy, Seed Science Center, China, Zambia, invited presentation at international conference; project collaboration
  • Mike Stahr, Seed Science Center, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Douglas Stokke, NREM, China, project collaboration
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, France, England, participate in international conference; project collaboration
  • Brenda Volker, GDCB, England, participate in international conference
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, China, participate in international conference

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