September-October 2016

CALS Heritage Livestock Tour Open to Alumni and Friends 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is hosting an educational travel tour of the United Kingdom and Scotland for alumni and friends June 14-24, 2017.  Led by animal scientists Maynard Hogberg and Jodi Sterle, guests will engage with experts, producers, researchers and caretakers as they explore the historical roots of a variety of purebred livestock.  Space is limited.  View the complete brochure and reserve your spot today.


Animal Science Professor Represents ISU at National Agriculture Conference

Curt Youngs, Professor of Animal Science, represented Iowa State University at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) Borlaug Fellowship Program Mentors’ Workshop held June 2-3 in Spokane, Washington.  Iowa State University was one of the three universities that helped launch the USDA FAS Borlaug Fellowship Program founded in 2004 in honor of Nobel Prize recipient and Iowa native Norman Borlaug.  The purpose of the Borlaug Fellowship Program is to bring to the US for advanced training young scientists, researchers or policymakers from developing countries who possess great potential to transform agriculture in their home countries.  Youngs, who since 2007 has mentored four Borlaug Fellows (from Peru, Kosovo, Ethiopia, and Algeria), was invited to share with USDA FAS personnel and 25 other mentors from across the US best practices as a mentor for Borlaug Fellows. 

Passport Photos - Study Abroad Center

Photos for passport and visa applications are now available at the Study Abroad Center for any ISU student who is going on a study abroad program.

ISU students can walk in between 2-4 pm, Monday through Friday to have their photo taken.  A $12 charge (for 2 photos) will be placed on the student’s U-bill.

Student Interns/Visiting Scholars at ISU

Mr. Gilbert Asasira is a visiting scholar from Makerere University, Uganda with an aspiration to be an excellent innovative extension officer who can work with the rural communities to improve food productivity, availability and utilization and promote sustainable agricultural production techniques.  His goal is to increase the household incomes of the farming communities through efficient and effective utilization of the indigenous knowledge and skills as well as the through the maximum utilization of the limited available resources.  During Mr. Asasira’s stay at ISU (September 9 – October 31),  he will be working with his Iowa State University faculty mentor Dr. Ajay Nair, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and learn about field and tunnel projects and about commercial, sustainable vegetable production systems as well as best practices of filed research.

Ms. Lillian Nabwiire is a returning visiting scholar from Makerere University, with a desire to acquire as much knowledge as possible in the areas of food science and nutrition, which will enable her to engage in addressing global food and nutrition security especially in a developing country like Uganda.  She would like to become a key player in contributing towards sustainable availability of safe and nutritious food for the people of Uganda.  Ms.Nabwiire will be visiting ISU from September 9 – December 30.

Dr. Gail Nonnecke and Dr. David Minner, Professors in the Department of Horticulture will serve as Ms. Nabwiire’s mentors during her visit to ISU and St. John U.S Virgin Islands as part of the EARTH program.  Ms.Nabwiire will work with Gifft Hill School culinary teachers and staff in U.S.Virgin Islands which will allow her to practice hands-on food and agricultural systems on an island with limited resources.  Ms.Nabwiire, under the mentorship of Dr. Minner, will also examine the effectiveness of the EARTH school garden program activities for use in Ugandan school garden program activities.  She will develop a crop schedule for EARTH school garden program and will create an assessment of the nutritional value of the EARTH school lunch program.

Mr. Samuel Kiprotich is a visiting scholar from Makerere University, Uganda who is studying Food Science and Technology.  His previous experience with the Makerere University Food Technology Incubation Centre as a food processing and quality assurance manager ignited his passion for innovative solutions to achieving global food security and providing for a safe food system.  Mr. Kiprotich has worked closely with the Iowa State University – Uganda Program with their agricultural, nutritional, and youth entrepreneurship programs.  During Mr. Kipritoch’s stay at ISU from September 9 – October 31,  he will be working with faculty mentors in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition working in food microbiology and food safety – Drs. Angela Shaw, Aubrey Mendonca and Byron Brehm-Stecher.

CALS Global Programs Hosts South Korean Delegation

CALS Global Programs hosted 17 students and one professor from Yeungnam University in South Korea as part of the Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Midwest study abroad program.  During their 10-day stay, the group toured Iowa State facilities like Bioeconomy Institute, BioCentury Research Farm, Reiman Gardens, Seed Science Center and more.  off campus tours included Fareway distribution center, John Deere factory in Ankeny, C & M Acres Alpaca Farm in Maxwell, Iowa and more.  The group also enjoyed canoeing down the Des Moines river with the crew from ISU Recreation Services and evening of bowling with ISU study abroad student ambassadors.  The group's visit is a result of a long-standing exchange agreement between ISU and Yeungnam.  CALS has hosted a group every other summer since 2003.

CALS Global Programs to Host Group from India

Global Programs will be hosting students and faculty from University of Agricultural Studies, Dharwad India through the study abroad program Agricultural and Food Systems of Iowa. This program will showcase agriculture and nutrition programs at Iowa state university and will include filed trips to places of academic and cultural interests.

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates   Country
Visitor(s) Department
August 14-19 China
National Seed Assn
2 visiting scholars Seed Science Ctr
Yuh Shyy
August 17 South Africa
Mpumalanga Univ
6 visiting scholars CALS Admin
David Acker
September 16
December 15
Borlaug Program
Jacinta Nyaika FSHN
Buddhi Lamsal
September 18-30 Indonesia
Cochran Program
6 visiting scholars ABE
Dirk Maier
September 25
October 15
Uganda Johnson Abaho
Dennis Lutwana
Gideon Nadiope
Denise Bjelland
September 30
October 14
Cochran Program
8 visiting scholars ABE
Dirk Maier




 Where Are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?



  • Gordon Arbuckle, Sociology, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Emily Berg, Statistics, Italy, FAO project follow-up
  • Carl Bern, ABE, Kuala Lumpur, invited presentation at international conference
  • Lori Biederman, EEOB, Germany, research
  • Julie Blanchong, NREM, Japan, invited presentation at international conference
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, United Kingdom, invited presentation/lectures
  • Erik Christian, Agronomy, Australia, lead student travel course
  • Nick Christians, Horticulture, Cuba, agronomic tour
  • Sylvia Cianzio, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, Japan, participate in international conference
  • Joe Cortes, Seed Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Hannah Darr, Horticulture, US Virgin Islands, project collaboration
  • Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Karin Dorman, Statistics, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Im Jongho, Statistics, Italy, FAO project follow-up
  • Mark Kaiser, Statistics, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Kevin Keener, FSHN, Ireland; Russia, project collaboration
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Ghana, project collabortion
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, Poland, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Ranjan Maitra, Statistics, Spain, invited presentation at international conference
  • Andrew Manu, Agronomy, Ghana, project follow-up
  • Dorothy Masinde, Horticulture, Armenia, participate in international forum
  • William Meeker, Statistics, Netherlands, present workshop
  • Melissa Monson, Animal Science, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, US Virgin Islands, project collaboration
  • John Patience, Animal Science, Canada; China, invited presentations at international conferences
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, India; Northern Ireland; China, project collaboration, international conference, invited lectures
  • Richard Schultz, NREM, Japan, participate in international conference
  • Angela Shaw, FSHN, Ethiopia, Borlaug fellow follow-up
  • Walter Suza, Agronomy, Kenya, international forum
  • Katherine Taylor, ABE, Canada, research
  • Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science, United Kingdom, invited presentation/lectures; research collaboration
  • Kan Wang, Agronomy, Taiwan; United Kingdom, participate in international conferences
  • Roger Wise, Plant Pathology, Germany, project collaboration
  • Jibin Zhang, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Zhu Zhengyuan, Statistics, Italy, FAO project follow-up


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