September-October 2014

2014 Feeding the World Seminar Series

The international seminar series, “Feeding the World: Are We Making Progress?” will begin September 4 at 3:40 p.m. in the Ensminger Room, 1204 Kildee Hall. The first seminar will feature Dr. Manjit Misra, Director, ISU Seed Science Center. His seminar topic is "The Role of Seeds in Feeding the World" 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.


International Visitors to CALS

Dates of Visit   Country Visitor(s) Department
August 10-23, 2014  South Africa
 Univ KwaZulu-Natal
John Derera Agronomy
Asheesh Singhr
August 12-23, 2014  Uganda
 Makerere Univ
Phinehas Tukamuhabwa Agronomy
Asheesh Singh
August 27, 2014  India
 New Delhi
5 visiting scholars CALS Admin
David Acker
September 1, 2014
September 1, 2015
 Nanjing Agric Univ
Chaozhi Zhu Animal Science
Joseph Sebranek
September 5, 2014  Germany
 German Bundestag
9 visiting scholars CALS Admin
David Acker
September 7-
November 15, 2014
 Borlaug  Fellow
Mohammed Benaissa Animal Science
Curt Youngs
September 9, 2014-
July 31, 2015
 Nasu Ag Service
 Kanto, Inc.
Shoki Hirano Animal Science
Kenneth Stalder
September 15-
November 21, 2014
 Borlaug Fellow
Esther Nampeera Horticulture
Gail Nonnecke
October 13-15, 2014  Ethiopia
 OXFAM America
Extension specialists
Women farmers
University admin
Ministry of ag officials
Global Programs
Denise Bjelland
Ag Extension
Chris Mondak
October 19-31, 2014  Ghana
3 visiting scholars Seed Science
Manjit Misra


Study Abroad Summer Wrap-Up

CALS Study Abroad hosted 3 student groups during the summer:

22 students from Yeungnam University, South Korea for 2 weeks in July
18 students from the University of Costa Rica for 2 weeks in July
54 students from 19 different countries attended the IAAS World Congress from July 13-30

During the 2013-14 academic year, CALS Study Abroad sent 413 students abroad on travel courses, to study for semester and year-long programs and to complete service learning and internships abroad. This number includes CALS students abroad on any program and any student on our CALS programs. CALS offered 20 travel courses to 19 different countries this year which involved 49 program directors from 12 departments.

During the coming year, we anticipate programs on all 7 continents. For more information on these programs, please visit


Group Leader Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions are being finalized to assist faculty/staff leading travel courses in the coming year. Sessions focus primarily on the financial aspects of leading a student travel course. Tentative dates/times for orientation sessions are October 21 (10-11:30); October 23 (10-11:30); October 27 (1:30-3); October 29 (9-10:30). Any faculty/staff leading a travel course in the coming year will be contacted regarding their availability soon!




Where are Faculty and Staff Traveling?




  • ​​Nuria Cristina Acevedo, FSHN, France, discuss future collaboration
  • Thomas Brumm, ABE, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Mexico, teach short course
  • Dianne Cook, Statistics, Australia, present workshop
  • Matthew Darr, ABE, Brazil, research
  • Diane Debinski, EEOB, Finland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Steve Freeman, ABE, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Nell Gabiam, Anthropology, Netherlands, invited presentation at international conference
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, China, present workshop
  • Mary Harris, NREM, Belgium, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jennifer Jandt, EEOB, Australia, participate in international conference
  • Jay-lin Jane-Topel, FSHN, Taiwan, China, Czech Republic, participate in international conferences; present seminar; research
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Ghana, research
  • Andrew Lenssen, Agronomy, Uganda, student research
  • Xianran Li, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Tanzania, project collaboration
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Peru, invited presentation at international conference
  • Kurt Rosentrater, ABE, New Zealand, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ann Russell, NREM, Costa Rica, research
  • Patrick Schnable, Agronomy, Mexico, invited presentation at international conference
  • Angela Shaw, FSHN, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, follow up with Borlaug fellow; participate in international conference, research
  • Heather Simmons, Seed Science Center, France, participate in international conference
  • Josanne Six, CALS Admin, Uganda, CSRL accounting
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, United Kingdom, participate in international conference
  • Nick Vergara-Lopes-Serao, Animal Science, Canada, participate in international conference
  • X.B. Yang, Plant Pathology, Brazil, invited presentation at international conference; project collaboration
  • Yanhai Yin, GDCB, Canada, invited presentation at international conference


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