Recent Visits

Vice- Dean of International Programs, University of Zagreb, Croatia Visit

April 3rd-7th, 2017

NC State University received the visit of Dr. Renata Bažok, Professor of Entomology and Vice-Dean of International Programs at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia. During her visit, Dr. Bažok met with various members of the CALS faculty to discuss future collaborations between NC State and the University of Zagreb.



Zhejiang University International Campus Representative Visit

January 30th, 2017

NC State University was visited by the Vice President and Dean of the International Campus of Zhejiang University, Professor Yibin Yang. Professor Yang met with various NC State faculty members and representatives to discuss new opportunities for collaboration as part of a long-standing strategic partnership with NC State. This partnership has involved research collaboration, joint publications and student mobility, and we look forward to seeing what new collaborations await.  



Coordinator of Research from the Universidad Agraria La Molina, Peru Visits

November 28th-December 2nd, 2016

NCSU was delighted to host Dr. Eduardo Fuentes, Coordinator of Research fro the Universidad Agraria La Molina in Lima Peru. Dr. Fuentes visitied NCSU as part of an existing 3 year Silvopastoral Project in collaboration with Dr. Miguel S. Castillo from the Forage and Grassland Program at NC State. The Silvopastoral project investigates ecosystem services from 10 silvopastoral systems in the Amazonas region of Peru and was funded through a competitive grant process by the Government of Peru, World Bank, and Inter-American Bank of Development.

Dr. Fuentes was also able to meet with Jose Cisneros, Director of CALS International Programs and several other faculty at the NCSU campus to develop mechanisms for furture collaboration for both institutions. 



Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture Chief Audu Ogbeh Visits NC State

September 19, 2016

Midway through the month of September, NC State received a visit from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria, Chief Audu Ogbeh. During his visit he met with Jose Cisneros, Director of CALS International Programs, and a local delegation of Nigerians at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. They discussed the important role of agriculture in Nigeria's future as well as opportunities for collaboration with NC State. We hope that this is the first of many visits from Chief Ogbeh and there will be opportunities to work together in the future.

Chief Ogbeh conducting a roundtable discussion with a local delegation of Nigerians.



Biosciences Eastern Central Africa (BecA) Director, Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng, Visits NC State

August 8-9, 2016

Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of Biosciences Eastern Central Africa International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) in Kenya, visited NC State for two days in August. During the visit, Dr. Djikeng met with a number of NC State and CALS faculty and staff to discuss and finalize an MOU between the two institutions. Dr. Djikeng also toured the campus with his family, which included a visit to the Howling Cow dairy plant.

Steve Lommel, Dean Linton, Provost Warwick Arden, Appolinaire Djikeng, Vice Provost Bailian Li, David Dixon, José Cisneros, José Ascencio-Ibanez, Jean Ristaino, and Linda Hanley-Bowdoin met in the Chancellor's Conference Room in Holladay Hall to discuss the memorandum of understanding between BecA and NCSU.


Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng and his family met with Gary Cartwright, Director of NCSU's Dairy Enterprise System, and toured the Howling Cow dairy plant.



Visit from Nagoya University in Japan

August 2-3, 2016

A delegation from Nagoya University visited NC State during August. During the visit, members of their Botany, Bioagricultural Sciences, and Applied Molecular Biosciences departments met with NC State faculty in corresponding areas of expertise. Additionally, the group met with Provost Warwick Arden, Vice Provost Duane Larick, and Vice Provost Bailian Li to further discuss avenues for collaboration and partnership. Closing out the visit, Dr. Takashi Yoshimura from Nagoya University's Department of Bioagricultural Sciences gave a seminar titled “Towards understanding the mechanism of seasonal reproduction: an interdisciplinary approach" in Scott Hall.

Yasuyuki Kitaura, Takashi Yoshimura, José Cisneros, Yoshiharu Shimomura, Tatsuo Omata, Masatsugu Toyota, Katsuhiro Shiratake, and Tomohisa Koyama outside of Kilgore Hall.


Takashi Yoshimura giving his seminar in Scott Hall.


Lunch with Vice Provost Bailian Li, Duane Larick, and Provost Warwick Arden.




Dr. Srinivasappa from The College of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India visits NC State

July 22 & 27, 2016

Dr. Srinivasappa in Kilgore Hall with Horiculture Department Head Wayne Buhler.



Visit from Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) - Brazil

June 7-9, 2016

NC State received a visit from a delegation from Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) in Brazil during the summer of 2016. One of the main goals of the visit was to discuss future opportunities for collaboration including student exchange and the possibility of a double degree program between universities. During the brief visit, delegates learned about undergraduate and graduate programs in CALS, and toured related facilities on campus, including the Phytotron.

Airton Rodrigues Pinto Jr., Cynthia Franca Wolanski Bordin, and Márcio Coraiola of PUCPR outside of the NCSU Phytotron with director Carole Saravitz.



Visit from Pamela Anderson of the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD)

March 23-25, 2016

Pamela Anderson, of the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) and Director General Emeritus of the International Potato Center, visited NC State in March. She was the keynote speaker at Global Food Security Symposium. The symposium focused on emerging plant disease threats and gathering experts from various fields such as genetics, biology, epidemiology, climate change, metadata analysis, geospatial analytics, and global development policy.

José Ascencio-Ibanez, Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, George Kennedy, and Pamela Anderson meeting in Patterson Hall.


Jean Ristaino with Pamela Anderson, of the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) and Director General Emeritus of the International Potato Center.



Visitors From Nagoya University

March 15-16, 2016

Delegates from Nagoya University in Japan visited NC State in March. The visitors had meetings with CALS faculty in their relevant areas of expertise including biotechnology, bioengineering, and poultry science. One of the delegates, Dr. Matsuda, conducted a seminar on the Avian Bioscience Research Center at Nagoya University and the ongoing projects there. The group also met with Dean Linton to discuss future opportunities for exchange and research collaborations between the two universities.

Nobuhiro Iwakura, Naoko Inoue, Yoichi Matsuda, Hideo Nakano, Yoshiharu Shimomura, José Cisneros, Mikio Nakazono, Jun Murase, Daigo Takemoto, and Tomohisa Koyama outside of Kilgore Hall.


Dr. Matsuda, Director of the Avian Bioscience Research Center, conducting his seminar in Scott Hall.


Dean Linton meeting with Yoshimaru Shimomura, Vice-Dean of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, as well as Naoko Inoue, Mikio Nakazono, Tomohisa Koyama, and Nobuhiro Iwakura.


Nobuhiro Iwakura, Naoko Inoue, Dean Linton, Steve Lommel, Yoshiharu Shimomura, Mikio Nakazono, and Tomohisa Koyama.



Dr. Godfrey Asea, Director of the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Namulonge, Uganda, Visits NC State

March 8-10, 2016

Dr. Godfrey Asea visited NC State to discuss potential long-term collaborations between the university and the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Uganda. The visit also served as an opportunity to learn about NC State's research programs. While on campus he visited the university's Horticultural Crops Research Station and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's Central Crops Research Station. He also met with with Dr. Sandy Stewart, director of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as Dr. David Monks, Dr. Rebecca Boston, and Dr. Reid Evans of North Carolina Agricultural Research Services (NCARS).

José Cisneros, Godfrey Asea, Sandy Stewart, Craig Yencho, Bernard Yada, David Monks, Roger Crickenberger, Rebecca Boston, and Reid Evans.


Meeting in Patterson Hall with Rebecca Boston, Reid Evans, Sandy Stewart, Craig Yencho, Godfrey Asea, and Bernard Yada.


The possiblity of future collaborations between NC State and the National Crops Research Institute in Uganda is currently being explored.



Edo Chalutz, Executive Director of US - Israel Binational Agriculture Research and Development (BARD), Visits NC State

February 11, 2016

NC State received a visit from Edo Chalutz, the executive director of the US - Israel Binational Agriculture Research and Development (BARD) fund, in February. BARD is a competitive funding program run by Israeli and American scientists that aims to solve agricultural problems through applied research. In its 35 years of existence, BARD has funded over 1,300 projects with a combined total of over $300 million.

Edo Chalutz showing pack pride with Dean Linton and CALS Global Initiatives Director José Cisneros.


Seminar in the Mountains Ballroom at Talley Student Union on how to participate with BARD.



Visit from PREMEX, Colombia

January 29, 2016

The Colombian agriculture company PREMEX visited NC State on January 29, 2016. The company is currently adding an additional office in the Triangle. While in town, members of the company had the opportunity to tour the Lake Wheeler Field Lab and visit some of the lab sites.

The group eats breakfast at the State Farmer's Market Restaurant with Dr. Deborah Thompson, Dr. Reid Evans, and PhD candidate Yvonne Matos.


The Feed Mill was of great interest to the group due to PREMEX's involvement in the feed production industry.


The group had the opportunity to learn about aquaponics in one of the greenhouses at the Lake Wheeler Field Lab.



Representative from University of Lavras, Brazil

January, 2016

In January of 2016, NC State received a visit from a representative of the University of Lavras in Brazil. The University of Lavras is considered to be one of the top Universities in Brazil.

Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme, representative of the University of Lavras in Brazil, outside of Patterson Hall with Dean Linton, Steve Lommel, David Dixon, and José Cisneros.