November-December 2017

Did You Know. . .

The CALS Global Programs website has a section devoted to international career opportunities?   See vacancies at FAO, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State here!

NIFA/USAID's Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Grants

PEER is currently accepting pre-proposals with a deadline of January 12, 2018.  PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply to USAID for funds to support research and capacity-building activities that will be conducted in partnership with U.S. Government-funded scientists. These developing country scientists seek out partners that are currently active NIFA grantees.  In order for a PEER pre-proposal to be eligible for review, the NIFA-supported partner’s award must remain active for at least 12 months after the expected start date of the PEER project (which may start no earlier than September 1, 2018) to ensure that both sides have resources available to support their collaboration.  For more program information, visit NIFA-PEER and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine or contact Patty Fulton

Women in Agriculture from Nigeria

Eight agricultural professional women from Nigeria visited Iowa State’s Global Programs and Economics Departments September 21-27, 2017, as part of the USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program.  Each year, since the program’s inception in 1984, around 600 Cochran fellows from dozens of middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies have come to the United States. Fellows work with U.S. universities, government agencies and private companies to receive hands-on training in agricultural and agribusiness topics.  Read more about the group's visit and activities here

Makerere University Professor visits Iowa State University

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Global Programs along with Gail Nonnecke recently hosted Professor Donald Kugonza from Makerere University in Uganda.  Donald is visiting Iowa State University as an affiliation of the Iowa State University and Makerere University Service Learning, School Garden Program.  The bi-national program includes Iowa State and Makerere University students and faculty, who work with Iowa State University-Uganda Program staff in the Kamuli District of Uganda for six weeks each summer.  Read more . . .

CALS Global Programs Visitor Services

On October 18, 2017, Global Programs hosted a 12-member delegation from the United Kingdom through the UK Science & Innovation Network.  The group attended an introduction presentation by Shelley Taylor, Director of Study Abroad in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and then listened to a presentation on research and funding options through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences by Roxanne Clemens, Research Coordinator for the college. The group than had a chance to tour the Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) led by Kevin Keener, Director for the center.  The group also took some time to visit the BioCentury Research Farm with a tour led by Andy Suby, Associate Scientist for CCUR, prior to their departure to the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.  Even though the visit to Iowa State University was short, the group felt that all of the presentations and tours were highly informative and productive for the group.

Also on October 18, Global Programs hosted a group of 8 Chinese Government Officials and Chamber of Commerce Members. The group listened to a short introduction on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as an overview of the Global Programs Department led by Shelley Taylor, Director of CALS Study Abroad. The group also had an interest in learning more about the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and their previous work in “identifying and developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources."  This discussion was led by Mark Rasmussen, Director for the center.  The group was also interested in learning more about organic farming and participated in a presentation and tour of the Iowa State University Horticulture Farm directed by Ajay Nair, Associate Professor; Joe Hannan, Field Specialist; and Nick Howell, Director of the ISU Horticulture Research Station.

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates Country/Affiliation Visitor(s) Department/

December 4-5, 2017 International Farmers Aid Association
(Brazil, South Korea and Japan)
46 international interns Global Programs
Shelley Taylor

Ugandan Interns Visit CALSBridget Namuwonge

CALS Global Programs, along with Gail Nonnecke and Ajay Nair, recently hosted two visiting scholars from Makerere University (MAK) in Uganda.  Bridget Namuwonge is a visiting intern originally from the central part of Uganda visiting Iowa State University (ISU) with an interest in agricultural business and management.  Shillah Kwikiiriza is a short-term scholar from the southern part of Uganda with an interest in agriculture.

Bridget and Shillah started their connection with ISU as service learners through the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods ISU- Uganda Program in the Kamuli District of Uganda. The service learning program brings together undergraduate students from ISU and MAK for six weeks of intercultural immersion.   Read more about Bridget and Shillah's time at ISU.

Q & A with CALS Exchange Students

Ian Atkinson

Home University:  University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Major/field of study:  Animal and Crop Production

Hometown:  Old Leighlin

Why did you choose to study abroad?
The main reason I chose to study abroad was because I always wanted to experience college life in a different country.

Why did you choose Iowa State University?
I talked to students who went on study abroad previously and they recommended ISU to me.

So far, what is your favorite thing about Ames/ISU?
My favorite thing about ISU so far has been the food and meeting people from so many different countries.


Matheo Senegas

Home University:  Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais - Beauvais, France

Major/field of study:  Agriculture Specials

Hometown:  Bordeaux

Why did you choose to study abroad?
The things I like the most in studying abroad is being able to discover new things that might surprise me and being able to travel across a new country.


International Blogger

Follow along with CALS student, Anne Dinges as she spends her fall semester at the American Farm School, Perrotis College, in Thessaloniki, Greece!

CALS Study Abroad Fair

The annual CALS Study Abroad Fair took place on Thursday, October 26 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Kildee Hall Pavilion. Students were able to talk to program directors about upcoming study abroad opportunities, vote for their favorite photo in the photo contest, enter their names into a drawing for a $100 travel voucher, and enjoy homemade ice cream provided by the Dairy Science Club.  The following photos were voted as People’s Choice winners in the CALS Study Abroad Photo Contest:

First Place:  Katelyn Fritz (Guatemala)

Second Place:  Jace Hadish (Uganda)



Third Place (tie):  Reed Burres (Argentina)

Third Place (tie):  Mikayla Dolch (Australia)

CALS Study Abroad Programs Currently Accepting Applications

Globe Food and Agriculture- Brazil
Application Deadline:  Sunday, December 17, 2017

Enhancing Students Global Experience: Agriculture in Costa Rica
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cathedrals, Castles, Culture and Cuisine-Sustainable, Safe, and Nutritious Food in France
Application Deadline:  Friday, December 1, 2017

Food, Culture and Agriculture in Thailand and China
Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Rome: Dean's Global Food and Agriculture Leadership Program
Application Deadline:   Friday, December 1, 2017

Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017




Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



  • David Acker, CALS Admin, China, Greece, partner collaboration
  • Dong Ahn, Animal Science, China, Korea, invited presentation at international conference, project collaboration
  • Jeffrey Askey, ABE, United Kingdom, participate in international conference
  • Madan Bhattacharyya, Agronomy, India, invited presentations at international conferences
  • Erin Bowers, ABE, Rwanda, project collaboration
  • Steven Bradbury, NREM, United Kingdom, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Shweta Chopra, ABE, India, research
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, Argentina, student travel course site visit
  • Matthew Darr, ABE, United Kingdom, participate in international travel course
  • Stephen Dinsmore, NREM, Peru, invited presentation at international conference
  • Akra Ghosh, Statistics, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • Cynthia Haynes, Horticulture, Ecuador, co-lead student travel course
  • Rameshwar Kanwar, ABE, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jae-Kwang Kim, Statistics, Canada, workshop presentation
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ebby Luvaga, Economics, Nigeria, invited presentation at international conference
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Ghana, research
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Sweden, Ph.D. defense participation
  • Sharanappa Navi, Plant Pathology, India, invited presentation at international conference
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, U.S. Virgin Islands, program development
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Honduras, research
  • Walker Pett, Anthropology, Sweden, present workshop
  • Alison Robertson, Plant Pathology, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, South Africa, Spain, Slovenia, Canada, presentations at international conferences, advisory panel
  • Vivekananda Roy, Statistics, India, participate in international conference
  • Farzad Sabzikar, Statistics, Germany, invited presentation/lectures
  • Denny Schrock, Horticulture, Ecuador, co-lead student travel course
  • Yuh Yuan Shyy, Seed Science, China, Taiwan, project collaboration, meetings and presentations
  • Walter Suza, Agronomy, Tanzania, project collaboration
  • Donna Winham, FSHN, Guatemala, research
  • Curtis Youngs, Animal Science, China, Peru, participate in international conference, research, teach short course


November, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017  Food, Culture and Agriculture in Thailand and China Informational Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Application Deadline:  Creating a School Garden:  Service Learning in Uganda

December, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017 Application Deadline:  Cathedrals, Castles, Culture, and Cuisine:  Sustainable, Safe and Nutrition Food in France

Friday, December 1, 2017 Application Deadline:  For the Love of Italy and Food

Friday, December 1, 2017 Application Deadline:  Food, Culture and Agriculture in Thailand and China

Friday December 15, 2017 Application Deadline:  Service Learning in Tanzania:  Sustainable Development and Gender Equality


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