September-October 2017

Did you know . . .

The CALS Global Programs website has a section devoted to all aspects of international travel?   Get current information on per diem rates, travel warnings, visa applications and much more here!

2017 Feeding the World Seminar Series

The 2017 Feeding the World seminar series will continue on Thursday, September 7, 3:40 to 5 p.m. in 1204 Kildee Hall (Ensminger Room).  Dr. Max Rothschild, C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and M.E. Ensminger International Chair, Department of Animal Science will present “Role of Livestock in Alleviating Hunger in the Developing World”  See the full series schedule here

CALS Visitor Update

Madjaliwa Nzamwita (April 18 - July 23)
The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering recently hosted Madjaliwa Nzamwita from Rwanda as part of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.  Madjaliwa applied to the Borlaug Fellowship as a Food Scientist working at the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and currently specializes in post-harvest and nutrition. Learn more about Madjaliwa’s visit.

Olaniyi Akinkunmi Eluwole (August 4 - September 16)
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Global Programs Department, is hosting Olaniyi Akinkunmi Eluwole from Nigeria. Olaniyi was named to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and is being mentored by Dr. Ebby Luvaga, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Click here to learn more.

The Seed Science Center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosted a group of 12 Seed Science Visitors from the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Science (JAAS) in Jilin, China.  The group visited from August 7 - 25 and was able to learn about agriculture and seed science in Iowa by attending site visits that included the ISU Horticulture Farm, Pioneer, Stine Seeds, USDA Plant Introduction Station and the Soybean Promotion Board. The group was also able to listen to several lectures from faculty and staff while at ISU.

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates Country/
Visitor(s) Department/
September 7-October 31, 2017 Uganda
Makerere University
Bridget Namuwonge
Shillah Kwikiiriza
Gail Nonnecke
September 12-21, 2017 Nigeria
Cochran Fellowship Program
9 visiting scholars Economics
Ebby Luvaga
September 21 - December 20 Kenya
Borlaug Fellowship Program
Esther Kimani Plant Pathology
Gary Munkvold
October 7 - 30, 2017 Uganda
Makerere University
Donald Kugonza Horticulture
Gail Nonnecke
TBA Uganda
Makerere University
Geoffrey Ssekyanzi ABE
Tom Brumm

Fall 2017 Study Abroad Programs Prepare for Adventure in November

Soils, Agriculture and the Environment of Uruguay

Dr. Lee Burras, professor in Agronomy, will be leading ten students on a study abroad program to Uruguay.  The group will study the soils, agriculture and environment across Uruguay via a series of visits to farms, forests, rivers and parks.  The focus of the course is to develop an understanding and appreciation of South America's northern Pampas and the Universidad de la Republica, as well as Uruguay's unique and vibrant agricultural culture and economy.  

Ecology, Culture and Horticulture of the Ecuadorian Andes

Horticulture faculty, Denny Schrock and Cynthia Haynes, will be leading a group of nine students to Ecuador to study the natural ecosystems and horticulture of the Ecuadorian Andes.  The group will focus on high altitude ecosystems, commercial horticultural production systems for export, public gardens, and production and preservation of native food and medicinal crops.  The rich human history of Ecuador will be interwoven with contemporary issues in society and horticulture.

Ecology of South Africa

Dr. William Graves, Dean of Graduate College, will be leading a group of seven graduate students to South Africa to explore the ecosystems, wildlife, and vegetation along with the country's rich human history.  The in-country experience will begin near Johannesburg and include the Pilansberg Nature Reserve.  After a scenic train ride south, the group will explore botanical research facilities, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, and agroecosystems in Cape Town and the surrounding region.

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities

Agricultural Production, Business and Trade in Argentina

March 8 – March 19, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Students will analyze production agriculture (a typical farm or ranch), business, and trade in Argentina and compare them with respect to the U.S. Pre-departure orientation will familiarize students with the history, culture, politics, geography, soils, agriculture, economy, and trade of Argentina.

Program Directors
Ebby Luvaga
Sergio Lence
Marshall McDaniel

Natural History of Madagascar

March 7 – March 18, 2018

Application Deadline
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Students will be introduced to the natural history of Madagascar with an emphasis on tropical rainforest and arid spiny forest habitats.  This will require short visits to two contrasting regions of the country which will provide students with an opportunity to:

  1. Contrast competing use of forest resources
  2. Learn how the forests are managed
  3. Experience the incredible biodiversity of Madagascar with a particular emphasis on lemurs, birds, plants, and people. Ultimately, students will place Madagascar biology in the context of evolutionary time, and will examine human impacts and exploitation of natural resources that contrast with a growing ecotourism industry.

Program Directors
Steve Dinsmore
Peter Wolter

BREXIT:  The British Vote to Exit from the EU . . .History and Possible Outcomes

March 8 – March 18, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

This Edinburgh & London program during Spring Break 2018 will offer an opportunity to explore the history and government in both Scotland and Great Britain.  The 10 days spent in Edinburgh and London will involve travel to both the Scottish and the British Parliaments and visits to National Museums and other historical sites in Britain, from Roman to modern day.  The ultimate goal of the time in Britain is to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of the British culture and the experience of traveling abroad.

Program Directors
Terry Alexander
Amy Brandau

Caribbean Marine Biology, Roatan Island, Honduras

March 11 – March 18, 2018

Application Deadline
Sunday, October 15, 2017

This program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef biology.  The field trip portion of the course will involve on-site lectures at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) by local experts and extensive diving/snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats on the world's second largest barrier reef system.

Program Directors
Don Sakaguchi
Jeanne Serb

Exploring Peru:  Natural Resources and Local Communities

May 6 – 22, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Peruvian ecosystems boast some of the highest botanical and avian biodiversity in the world.  Culturally, Peru is well-known for its indigenous Andean Culture and is home to the famous 15th-century Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Through this study abroad program, students will:

  1. Learn about Peruvian environment, its diverse ecosystems, flora and fauna
  2. Visit Machu Picchu, trek the INCA trail to Sun Gate and Huayna Picchu
  3. Visit cultural sites, work with agricultural producers and learn about natural resources

Program Directors
Richard Schultz
Emily Zimmerman

Grain and Feed Production, Food Processing and Utilization in Argentina

May 5 – May 19, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Students participating in this Study Abroad course will gain in-depth knowledge about grain and feed production, processing and utilization in Argentina within the context of the global food system. Visits and lecture topics will include modern grain and oilseed processing facilities, state-of-the-art flour and feed mills, grain and seed handling and storage facilities, industry and government research institutes (INTA), a leading agriculture university (Universidad Mar del Plata at Balcarce), the Argentine Board of Trade (Rosario), leading grain industry equipment suppliers, and cultural sites (with a focus on Buenos Aires).

Program Directors
Jenny Macken
Sam Cook
Dirk Maier

Soils and Crops of Costa Rica

March 7 – March 17, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Students will tour locations throughout central and northwestern Costa Rica in order to observe tropical soils, tropical crops and their environmental impacts. At each site, in-depth discussions will be led by a combination of Costa Rican experts and the ISU faculty.  

Program Director
Lee Burras

EARTH Service Learning Program, U.S. Virgin Islands: Semester Long

Spring Semester

January 17 – April 27, 2018

Application Deadline
Friday, October 20, 2017

Summer Semester

May 14 – June 29, 2018

Application Deadline
Friday, January 12, 2018

Fall Semester

September 5 – December 7, 2018

Application Deadline
Friday, March 30, 2018

Undergraduate students will learn about the culture of the people of the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands’ agriculture and ecosystems, while assisting with teaching about food and agriculture, including horticulture, soil science, culinary science, nutrition, environmental science, and sustainability, at a pre-K-12 school.  Program activities for school children help them learn how to grow, prepare, and appreciate the many facets of agriculture and food and the environment.  ISU students will have the opportunity to assist with EARTH program outreach and development and explore the U.S. Virgin Islands’ ecosystems and National Park during scheduled activities and free time.

Program Directors
Gail Nonnecke
David Minner
Hannah Darr

Creating a School Garden: Service Learning in Uganda

May 28 – July 12, 2018

Application Deadline
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This service learning internship allows Iowa State students to work in Uganda developing a school garden for an elementary school in Kamuli District.  This project is in partnership with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences' Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program (CSRL) and Makerere University.  Students will develop the garden and work with the teachers in grades 1 through 7 to deliver curriculum in agriculture, science and nutrition using the garden.  Students will also participate in one or more binational team projects that support the overall goals of the school gardens program.

Program Directors
Julie Blanchong
Tom Brumm
Kevin Duerfeldt
Dorothy Masinde
Gail Nonnecke
Richard Schultz

Information about our upcoming travel courses can be found at



 Where are CALS Faculty/Staff Traveling?




  • Denise Bjelland, CALS Global Programs, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Joel Coats, Entomology, Canada, Spain, present research results; serve on advisory panel; invited presentation at international conference
  • Jodi Cornell, CALS Global Programs, Ukraine, Argentina, project collaboration; student travel course site visit
  • Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, Tanzania, participate in international meeting
  • Stephen Dinsmore, NREM, Czech Republic, invited presentation at international conference
  • Philip Gassman, CARD, China, participate in international conference; project collaboration
  • Dileepkumar Guntuku, Seed Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Wallace Huffman, Italy, Argentina, participate in international conference; collaborative research; invited lectures
  • Russell Jurenka, Entomology, Japan, invited presentation at international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, Sri Lanka, project collaboration; invited presentation at international conference
  • Kevin Keener, FSHN, China, invited presentation/lectures
  • Suan Lamont, Animal Science, United Kingdom, Tanzania, present research results; participate in international conference
  • Sergio Lence, Economics, Italy, participate in international conference
  • Andrew Lenssen, Agronomy, Burkina Faso, present research results
  • Elisabeth Lonergan, Animal Science, Ireland, participate in international conference
  • Steven Lonergan, Animal Science, Ireland, participate in international conference
  • Thomas Maier, Plant Pathology, Scotland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Michael Owen, Agronomy, Italy, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Uganda, project follow-up
  • Farzad Sabzikar, Statistics, Germany, participate in international conference
  • Lisa Schulte-Moore, NREM, Canada, present seminar; invited presentation at international conference
  • Lin Shen, Seed Science, Ghana, project collaboration
  • Rodrigo Tarte, Animal Science, Ireland, invited presentation at international conference
  • Zhiyou Wen, FSHN, China, project collaboration
  • Hongwei Xin, ABE, Belgium, external examiner-Ph.D. defense exam
  • Jianming Yu, Agronomy, Germany, participate in international conference






September, 2017

Thursday, September 14    ISU Study Abroad Fair

October, 2017

Sunday, October 1  Application Deadline:  Natural History of Madagascar

Wednesday, October 4   College of Human Sciences Study Abroad Fair

Sunday, October 15  Application Deadline:  Caribbean Marine Biology, Roatan Island, Honduras

Tuesday, October 17   CALS Career Fair

Wednesday, October 18   World Food Prize Borlaug Dialog: “The Road Out of Poverty”
Friday, October 20

Monday, October 23  Exploring Peru: Natural Resources & Local Communities Informational Meeting

Thursday, October 26  Creating a school garden service learning in Uganda Informational Seminar

Thursday, October 26  Exploring Peru: Natural Resources & Local Communities Informational Meeting

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