September-October 2013

Feeding the World Seminar Series Begins September 5

The international seminar series, “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?” will begin September 5 at 3:40 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The first seminar will feature Dr. Gerald Klonglan, Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University. His seminar topic is "Rural Development in Tanzania" The seminar series is sponsored by the M.E. Ensminger International Chair in Animal Science and the Raymond and Mary Baker Chair in Global Agriculture. Dates and topics for the fall series can be found at


Borlaug Fellows Graduate Research Grants

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate a strong scientific foundation and leadership potential, propose a well-coordinated research plan that clearly articulates concepts and objectives that are innovative and feasible, and demonstrate a commitment to international development. Emphasis will be placed on projects that are interdisciplinary, but students approaching an issue through a single discipline will also be considered. For more information:


Many Opportunities for CALS Students to Study Abroad

There are many exciting new programs being developed for students in CALS. Faculty have proposed new programs for the 2013-14 academic year to Thailand, Brazil, Italy/France and Peru. Please watch our web site for more information as these programs develop.


ISU Students Conduct Research in Tanzania

Two undergraduates, Dylan Clark (Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science) and Deepak Premkumar (Economics and Global Resource Systems) conducted research in Tanzania during the summer of 2012. They are presenting that research at the European Space Agency’s Living Planet Symposium in Edinburgh this September. The conference website is


Courses Abroad: Faculty-Led Travel Courses

The CALS Study Abroad office provides administrative help to CALS faculty interested in developing and implementing an ISU course with an international field trip. We can help faculty with the nearly endless list of administrative tasks associated with faculty-led travel courses. We can take care of the administrative details so you can focus on the class! Services include, but are not limited to, accounting, logistical travel support, meeting university requirements, communicating with international partners, liaison with students, and liaison with other university offices. If you are interested in leading a travel course, please stop by and see us in 0018 Curtiss or contact Shelley Taylor; 515-294-5393.


International Visitors to CALS

  Country Dates of Visit Visitor(s) Department/Contact
(Kon Khaen University)
September 1, 2013 - August 1, 2014 Ruttanachira Ruttanaprasert ABE
Ramesh Kanwar
(Borlaug Fellowship Program)
September 16 - November 22, 2013 Dindo Tabanao Agronomy
Jianming Yu


Where are CALS Faculty and Staff Traveling?

  • David Acker, CALS Admin, China, participate in international conference
  • Raymond Arritt, Agronomy, Peru, chair workshop
  • Madan Bhattacharyya, Agronomy, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Anna Butters-Johnson, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Canada, Hong Kong, participate in international conferences
  • Nick Christians, Horticulture, France (Monte Carlo), participate in international conference
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs-CALS, Ukraine, student travel course site visit
  • Rick Cruse, Agronomy, China, research
  • Philip Dixon, Statistics, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kevin Duerfeldt, Horticulture, Virgin Islands, intern orientation
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Serbia, student travel course site visit
  • Jay Harmon, ABE, Netherlands, Ireland, professional development
  • Sherilyn Hoyer, Animal Science, Netherlands, research
  • Jay-lin Jane-Topel, FSHN, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Colin Johnson, Animal Science, Netherlands, research
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Italy, Germany, participate in international meetings; Ph.D. defense
  • Donald Lewis, Entomology, Serbia, student travel course site visit
  • Xun Li, Plant Pathology, China, invited presentation at international conference
  • Sijun Liu, Entomology, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • John Mabry, Animal Science, Netherlands, research
  • John MacDonald, Horticulture, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Canada, present workshop
  • Wyatt Miller, Plant Pathology, France, invited presentation at international conference
  • Sharanappa Navi, Plant Pathology, China, research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, China, invited lecturer
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, Taiwan, participate in international conference
  • Mack Shelley, Statistics, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Yuh Yuan Shyy, Seed Science, China, project collaboration
  • Kenneth Stalder, Animal Science, Norway, research
  • Tong Wang, FSHN, China, student travel course site visit
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Belgium, invited presentation at international conference
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, China, participate in international conference, project collaboration


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