November-December 2012

Feeding the World Seminar November 9
The international seminar series, “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?” will continue November 9 at 12 p.m. in the Pioneer Room, ISU Memorial Union with "Guiding Principles in International Agricultural Development: The Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Model," a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Paul Lasley. The 2012 seminar series will conclude on December 5 at 12 p.m. in the Ensminger Room (1204 Kildee Hall) with a student presentation "Educating Youth to Feed the Future: A Sustainable Approach through Agriculture in Rural Uganda." The seminar 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.

STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship
The Chateaubriand Fellowship program is designed for doctoral students enrolled in American universities who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory for a 4 - 9 month period. The Office of Science and Technology provides a stipend of up to 1,400 €/month (depending on other sources of funding) and covers the cost of travel and student health insurance. Priority is given to candidates working toward a “double degree” with their host institution. All Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and Health disciplines are eligible. The required level of French remains at the discretion of the host laboratory. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2013, for a stay which can begin from September 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014.

More information and registration:

2013 Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship Extension
Biodiversity International announces an extension to the 2013Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship. Two fellowships (up to $20,000 U.S. each) will be available for 2013 to carry out research from 3-12 months on a wide range of topics related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries. The fellowships are supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc, United States and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia. Deadline for applications is November 18, 2012. The call, application form and guidelines:

Zhejiang University Delegation Visit
Global Programs, along with the Department of Economics, hosted 4 professors from Zhejiang University (China) from October 4-8. During their stay at ISU, the Zhejiang delegation met with professors and staff from the Economics Department, visited the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives, and several Ames-area cooperatives and farms.

Fall/Winter Break Travel Courses

Country Course Title Department Group Leader(s) Number of
New Zealand
Fall, 2012
Agricultural Systems of New Zealand Agronomy
Animal Science
Mary Wiedenhoeft
Leo Timms
Winter Break
Experience Ethiopia: The Land of Lucy NREM Yalem Teshome
Richard Schultz
Winter Break
Tropical Agriculture Production, International Business, and Trade in Panama Agronomy
Global Programs
Russ Mullen
Ebby Luvaga
Eduarda Becerra

Proposals for Fall 2013 Study Abroad Programs due January 14, 2013
Proposal deadline for ISU courses with an international travel course component taking place during Fall, 2013, will be January 14. This includes any course with the international travel component over fall or winter break of 2013. Proposals can be downloaded from - click on the “forms” link for the proposal part 1 (program description) and part 2 (proposal budget). Please contact Shelley Taylor with any questions.

Intern from EARTH University
Gema Blandon, a student at EARTH University in Costa Rica, is conducting her third year required internship at Iowa State University. Gema arrived in early September and will stay until mid-December. She is supervised in her internship by Dr. Mike Owen, Professor of Agronomy.

Five ISU Students Attend Conference in Sweden
Stephanie Adam and Genna Tesdall, Global Resource Systems, Brian Castro, Nutritional Sciences, Kerri Kistler, Animal Science, and Ronald Tigner, Agronomy, have been selected to attend an international student conference in Sweden over winter break. The student-run conference is organized by the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS) based in Belgium.  The theme of the conference is “How Do We Treat Our Meat” with a focus on animal welfare in meat production. ISU students will represent the United States during this European meeting and have an opportunity to attend seminars and visit farms related to the conference theme.

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
September 5 - October 10 Spain (University of Lleida) Dr. Joan Estany Animal Science
Max Rothschild
October 4 - 8 China (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Dianzi University) Dr. Huang, Dr. Guo
Dr. Xu, Dr. Gu
Global Programs
Difei Shen
November 8, 2012 - October 30, 2013

China (Fujian Ag and Forestry University)

Can Chen

Richard Schultz

November 21, 2012 - July 21, 2013

Thailand (Kasetsart University)

Pakkawat Detchewa

Jay-lin Jane

December 1, 2012 - November 30, 2013 China (Zhejiang University)

Dr. Yaiying Song

Helen Jensen

December 2 -5 Brazil
South Korea
23 interns
2 translators
Global Programs
Denise Bjelland

Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • Eduarda Becerra, Global Programs, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • Madan Bhattacharyya, Agronomy, Hong Kong, invited presentation at international conference
  • David Brenner, Plant Intro Station, Mexico, teaching (USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program)
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Argentina, project collaboration
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, Argentina, student travel course site visit
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Nigeria, Peru, project follow-up and collaboration
  • Gregory Courtney, Entomology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Jack Dekker, Agronomy, Italy, research
  • Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, France, research
  • James Dickson, Animal Science, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Steve Freeman, ABE, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Nell Gabiam, Anthropology, England, participate in international conference
  • Tom Glanville, ABE, South Korea, invited presentation at international conference
  • Christopher Hansen, Seed Science, Peru, project proposal
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science, Kenya, Peru, project follow-up and collaboration
  • Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, project follow-up
    Jay-lin Jane-Topel, FSHN, China, invited lecturer; seminar
  • Susan Johnson, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Xun Li, Plant Pathology, China, research
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • John Mabry, Animal Science, France, research
  • John MacDonald, Horticulture, Argentina, student travel course site visit
  • Steve Mickelson, ABE, Georgia, project collaboration
  • Kirk Moloney, EEOB, Germany, research
  • Russ Mullen, Agronomy, Panama, co-lead student travel course
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Honduras, teach short course
  • Ann Russell, NREM, United Arab Emirates, research
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Ethiopia, co-lead student travel course
  • Brian Steward, ABE, China, invited lecturer
  • Eugene Takle, Agronomy, Qatar, invited presentation at international conference
  • Lie Tang, ABE, China, invited lecturer
  • Yalem Teshome, Anthropology, Ethiopia, co-lead student travel course
  • Leo Timms, Animal Science, New Zealand, co-lead student travel course
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, Sweden, graduate committee
  • Mary Wiedenhoeft, Agronomy, New Zealand, co-lead student travel course
  • Eve Wurtele, GDCB, India, participate in international conference
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, China, project collaboration

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