September-October 2007

World Food Prize

The 2007 World Food Prize International Symposium will be held October 17-19, 2007, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. The theme of this year's symposium will be "Biofuels and Biofood: The Global Challenges of Emerging Technologies." The 2007 World Food Prize Laureate is Dr. Phillip E. Nelson of Purdue University. For complete information on all events:

To register online:

For registration questions: or 515-245-3783

World Food Day - Monday, October 16, 2007

The links between climate change, hunger and poverty will be the focus of the 2007 World Food Day teleconference which airs on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Three international leaders will discuss the crosscutting issues of global climate change and the potentially disastrous consequences, especially for millions of poor and chronically undernourished people. Guest panelists include:

Suzanne Hunt, independent consultant working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Global Bioenergy Partnership,
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, research scientist and leader of the Climate Impacts Group at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and
Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, Stanford University professor for interdisciplinary environmental studies and editor of Climate Change, an interdisciplinary journal

In addition, there will be an uplink from the World Food Prize ceremonies.

The teleconference can be viewed in Room 1020 Extension and 4-H Building. If you are interested in attending this satellite, please register by contacting:

Joyce Greving
Assistant EFNEP/FNP Coordinator
ISU Families Extension
101 MacKay
Phone: 294-3079

Additional information about World Food Day can be found on their web site at:

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

"Ghana - Enhancing Child Nutrition through Animal Resource Food Management (ENAM): An Animal Scientist's Perspective on the Role of Animal-Source Foods in Diets of Young Children in Rural Ghana" presented by Dr. Elizabeth Lonergan, Associate Professor of Animal Science at ISU, will be the focus of the second installment of the Fall 2007 Seminar Series on September 20, 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:

Funding Opportunities

2007-08 Dean of Agriculture's International Research Grants Program for faculty and staff. The guidelines and criteria for proposals can be found at:
Deadline: October 12, 2007
Contact Shelley Taylor, 4-5393,, for information.

2007-08 International Funding for Graduate Students and Postdocs. The guidelines and criteria for proposals can be found at:
Deadline: October 12, 2007
Contact Shelley Taylor, 4-5393,, for information.

Funding Opportunities - BARD

BARD (Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund) is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists. Projects focus on increasing agricultural productivity, particularly in hot and dry climates, and emphasize plant and animal health, food quality and safety, and environmental issues. Researchers affiliated with public or not-for-profit, private entities are eligible to apply for funding. BARD also supports international workshops. BARD offers fellowships for graduate students, postdoctoral research and senior research scientists. Program dates for submission are as follows:

BARD Research Proposals: September 6, 2007
Senior Research Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Graduate Student Fellowships: January 15, 2008
Workshops: February 1, 2008

Please visit for complete information.

Peanut CRSPS Call for Proposals

The Peanut CRSP is pleased to release the first of the call for proposals for the2007-2012 period. Deadline for proposal submission is September 30, 2007. The full proposal is available for download at:

Exchange Visitor Form for Visiting Scholars (DS-2019 Forms) - Reminder

DS-2019 (Exchange Visitor Forms for Visiting Scholars) forms no longer need to be signed by the Dean of Agriculture or by Global Agriculture Programs. They may be forwarded directly to ISS from the departments.

Student Travel Consultant (STC) Program Provides Support for Students Considering Studying Abroad

Funded through the Culture Corps Grant through the International Students and Scholars Office and the Vice President for Student Affairs, STC students are returned study abroad students who work with the Agriculture Study Abroad office to promote study abroad. Speaking from first-hand experiences, STC students are able to advise other students within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who are interested in studying abroad. They are also able to walk other students through the process of picking a program, applying and preparing for a study abroad experience, and help design promotional materials for international programs. The following students work as STC students for Fall 2007: Elly Sukup, Public Service & Administration in Ag & International Ag; Sarah Asberry, Biology; Franny Clary, Nutritional Science; Doug Bjelland, Animal Science; Rebecca Hume, Agronomy; Andy DeVries, Graphic Design; Anna Farrand, Graphic Design.

Market Your Study Abroad Experience: A Career Workshop

On Wednesday, September 12, the Ag Study Abroad Office will host a workshop to assist returning study abroad students in making themselves more marketable through the utilization of their international experiences. Specific objectives include helping students learn how to identify the useful skills gained from their study abroad experiences, how to showcase those skills during an interview or on a resume, and how to share international experiences with others. Guest speakers are Mike Gaul, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services, and ISU students who have already utilized their study abroad experiences in their career pursuits. This career workshop was first offered Fall 2006. For more information, please contact Difei Shen at

"There and Back" --- Reflections of ISU World Adventurers

The Agriculture Study Abroad office is hosting its 6th Photo Contest, There and Back: Reflections of ISU World Adventures to highlight the stories, memories, and experiences of Summer 2007 world travelers. Any College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) student who has studied abroad or non-CALS student who has participated in an Agriculture Study Abroad program in Summer 2007 is eligible to take part in this photo contest. Photos can be entered into 3 categories, ISU around the world, scenic view, and cultural experience. The deadline for students to submit photos is October 17 (Wednesday). For more information, please contact Franny Clary at

Incoming Exchange Students and Interns

International Exchange Students at ISU, Fall 2007
  Name University/Country  
  Rafael Costa Silva Federal University at Campina Grande, Brazil  
  Caio Vinicius Leite University of Vicosa, Brazil  
  Mateus Marques Bueno University of Vicosa, Brazil  
  Gabriel Araujo Silva Ferraz University of Lavras, Brazil  
  Christoph Schunko University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences, Austria  
International Interns at ISU, Fall 2007
  Name University/Country  
  Juan Andres Carvajal Amador EARTH, Costa Rica  
  Laura Patricia Oporta Gonzalez EARTH, Costa Rica  
  Neus Martinez Micaelo University of Lleida, Spain (continuation of summer internship)  
  Jacinto Valderrama Diaz University of Lleida, Spain (continuation of summer internship)  

Application Deadlines for Two Winter Travel Course

The application deadline for two winter travel courses is fast approaching:

Ecuador: Analysis of Food and Agricultural Systems in Ecuador, September 21
Mexico: Food, Fiber, Folklore, and Flamingos, October 1

For more information about these two programs, as well as Spring and Summer Programs, please visit our website at

International Visitors to the College of Agriculture

Dates of Visit


Visitor(s) Department/Contact
August 15 - 18  Ghana (University of Ghana)

B.K. Ahunu
Samuel Kwame Offei

David Acker
August 20


48 seed distributors and farmers GAP
Eduarda Becerra
August 19 - 22  Poland (Polish National Television) 2 media personnel
1 interpreter

Denise Bjelland

August 21 - 31  Bulgaria (Trakia University) Professor Ivan Stankov
Dr. Tchonka Miteva
Ramesh Kanwar
August 31 - October 31  India (Karnataka Forestry Department) 6 government officials NREM
Richard Schultz
September 1 - May 31  Pakistan (NWFP Agricultural University) Tahir Sarwar ABE
Ramesh Kanwar
September 3 - November 30  Philippines (Philippine Carabao Center) 3 participants Animal Science
Max Rothschild
October 23  Azerbaijan H.E. Yashar Aliyev GAP
David Acker

Where Are Faculty/Staff Traveling?

  • Dean Adams, EEOB, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Denmark, research
  • Diane Bassham, Zoo/Gen, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jean Batzer, Plant Pathology, China, project collaboration
  • Thomas Bobik, Biochem/Biophys, Sweden, present workshop
  • Byron Brehm-Stecher, FSHN, Romania, participate in international conference
  • Robert Burns, ABE, Denmark, Germany, research
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Angola, South Africa, training, workshops
  • James Dickson, Animal Science, Romania, invited presentation at international conference
  • Cornelia Flora, Sociology, Canada, invited presentations at international conferences
  • Jan Flora. Sociology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, China, present workshop
  • William Graves, Horticulture, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Adela Ida Harries, Seed Science, South Africa, training
  • Brian Hornbuckle, Agronomy, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Robert Horton, China, Agronomy, research
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, Thailand, project collaboration
  • Jacek Koziel, ABE, Poland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Elliot Krafsur, Entomology, England, project collaboration
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • David Minner, Horticulture, Sweden, invited presentation at international conference
  • Aubrey Mondonca, FSHN, Romania, invited presentation at international conference
  • Forrest Nutter, Plant Pathology, Germany, invited presentation at international conference
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Scotland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Gregory Palas, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
  • James Reecy, Animal Science, England, research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Eduard Van Ouwerkerk, ABE, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Horticulture, The Netherlands, student travel course site visit
  • Lester Wilson, FSHN, Romania, coordinate workshop
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Germany, research

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