November-December 2013

Fulbright Lunch & Learn, November 6

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the November Fulbright Lunch & Learn Seminar entitled "Journalism, Social Media and the Flowering of Democracy in Burma/Myanmar" November 6 from 12:10-1:00 pm in the MU Cardinal Room. The seminar will be presented by Steve Coon, ISU Professor Emeritus in Journalism. Dr. Coon was a Fulbright scholar in Myanmar (Burma) during 2013. This new series provides an informal setting for ISU faculty and students to learn more about the Fulbright Fellowship Program from Fulbright alumni and current Fulbright-sponsored grantees from around the world and to socialize with one another following the half-hour presentations. Please feel free to invite colleagues and students with an interest in learning about the Fulbright program.


Core Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop, November 8

Dom Caristi, a Fulbright Ambassador from Ball State University (formerly from ISU), will be on campus to discuss the Core Fulbright Scholar Program in the MU Gallery Room, November 8, 10:30-11:45 am and 3:00-4:15 pm. Individual faculty and professionals may drop in and visit with the Fulbright Program representative from 1:30-2:45. There is no charge for the workshop. To reserve a seat, contact Jaime Watson by November 6.


Global Innovation Initiative Call for Proposals

The Global Innovation Initiative grant competition is now open.  Grants will be awarded to interdisciplinary higher education partnerships focusing on globally significant issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Two parallel competitions opened on October 28, 2013, in the UK and US.  UK-led partnerships may apply through the British Council for grants ranging from £100,000 - £150,000.  US-led partnerships may apply for grants ranging from $150,000 - $250,000 through the Institute of International Education. The grant competition closes on December 16, 2013. For further information, visit the Global Innovation Initiative website.


Chateaubriand Fellowship 2014-15 Call for Proposals Now Open

The Chateaubriand Fellowship program, organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Washington DC, finances the stay in France of American Ph.D. students for a period ranging from 4 - 9 months, as part of a co-supervised research project, and possibly the joint supervision of their thesis leading to a dual Ph.D. diploma. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014, for fellowships starting between September 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. Application is available at For more information, contact the OST in Washington, DC at


Normal E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP)

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) is seeking applications for fellowship grant opportunities for students from sub-Saharan Africa.   The deadline is December 1, 2013, for fellowships starting April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative -- FEED THE FUTURE.  The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (and related disciplines, as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. Funds are available for 1 year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015) and cannot exceed $20,000. For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application, please visit


Required Procedure for International Visitors

Iowa State University encourages the international exchange of faculty, staff, scholars, and ideas to develop and strengthen our position in the global environment.   As the pace of global interaction increases, please note that all internationals invited to campus by a member of the university community must check in with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) within 3 days of arrival in the United States.    Check-in sessions should be reserved in advance through the ISSO Website:

All international visitors hosted by the university must enroll in health insurance meeting U.S. Government and university coverage requirements.   Hosting units must complete an Export Control Worksheet on behalf of all internationals they invite to campus and except for brief diplomatic visits lasting less than 30 days, a Participation Agreement is required for all nonemployee, nonstudent international visitors.   Required forms can be found here:


If you have questions about international visitors, please contact Deb Vance at


International Visitors to CALS

  Country Dates of Visit Visitor(s) Department/Contact
(Federal University of Vicosa)
November 15, 2013 -
November 18, 2014
Roberto Precci Lopes ABE
Brian Steward

South Korea

December 1-4, 2013 IFAA
30 interns
CALS Global Programs
Denise Bjelland
Costa Rica
(University of Costa Rica)
January - March, 2014 Adriana Araya An Sci
Joe Sebranek
(Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
March 1, 2014 -
March 31, 2015
Alessandra Lanubile Plant Pathology
Gary Munkvold


Where are CALS Faculty and Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Ukraine, participate in international conference
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Belgium, invited presentation at international conference
  • Thomas Baum, Plant Pathology, Chile, invited presentation at international conference
  • Song Xi Chen, Statistics, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jessica Colpoys, Animal Science, Canada, contest judge
  • Greg Courtney, Entomology, Chile, research
  • Christopher Currey, Horticulture, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Matthew Darr, ABE, Germany, professional development
  • Philip Gassman, CARD, China, research
  • David Grewell, ABE, Germany, attend international meeting
  • Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, project collaboration
  • Matthew Hill, Anthropology, The Netherlands, research
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, India, project collaboration
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Scotland, research, Ph.D. defense
  • Buddhi Lamsal, FSHN, Nepal, Thailand, research, student travel course site visit
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Germany, research
  • Robert McNaull, ABE, Germany, research
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Brazil, Uganda, Tanzania, invited presentation at international conference, project collaboration
  • Ann Russell, NREM, Costa Rica, research
  • Joseph Sebranek, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Brian Steward, ABE, Germany, professional development
  • Keith Webster, ABE, Germany, research
  • Steven Whitham, Plant Pathology, China, invited presentation at international conference


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