DASNR International Programs Newsletter

OSU DASNR International Programs Newsletter

    The International Program is constantly hosting international visitors, planning international courses, and involved in officials visiting from international colleges all over the globe. Stay up-to-date with what is going on in our office and within DASNR by regularly checking our Newsletter page.

Spring 2014



    China Ag University Dean of International College, Associate Dean of International College, and Director of CAU-OSU program visited OSU to discuss joint degree program with the Department of Agricultural Economics.


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     Dr. Salim Hiziroglu visited the Department of Plant Production, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from May 19 through May 24, 2014. Meetings with Dr. Abdullah M. Alhamdan. Professor and Chair of Food Process Engineering, Dr. Hussain M.H. Sorour, Professor and Chair of Dates Industry and Technology, and Dr. Said Hegazy was held. Five main items, namely producing publications from the results of ongoing research projects at high impact international journals, possible research collaboration, visiting scientists and students exchange between Oklahoma State University and King Saud University were discussed during these meetings. A presentation entitled “Manufacture of Value-Added Composite Panels from Underutilized Wood and Non-Wood Resources” was given to the faculty members and graduate students of the College of Food and Agricultural Sciences followed by a general discussion session related to composite panel research.



  Mandi Gross and Dr.Tim Browser of Food and Ag Products Center hosted this group of visitors from Sun-Yat Sen University for a tour of their facilities. 




     Dr. Chuck Willoughby gave a tour of the Food and Ag Product Center to a group of visitors from Brazil which included Mr. Rodrigo DE ARAUJO TEIXEIRA manager, Innovation Promotion, Innovation Division, Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry; Dr. Tiago ALMEIDA ORTEGA co-founder and Optical Design Specialist, AgriOS Agricultural Optronics System; Dr. Fabio STACKE SILVA regulation Specialist and Research and Development Manager, National Agency for Electric Energy (ANEEL). Their purpose and objectives while in Oklahoma and while visiting Oklahoma State University was to learn about innovation development, business application, and market process in the United States.



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     Dr. Arzu Yazgi is a Visiting Scholar from the Department of Agricultural Machinery, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. She was awarded a grant by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) for six months. Dr. Yazgi has been working with Dr. Randy Taylor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) since February 1, 2014.  They have been working on various research projects related to precision corn planting and measuring grain flow under laboratory and field conditions. As a team they went to Kansas and Colorado for field trials, attended No-till Conference in Norman and Wheat Field Day in Lahoma. Dr. Yazgi toured AGCO Company in Hesston, KS and SST Software Inc. in Stillwater. She gave a presentation entitled “Optimization of the Seed Spacing Uniformity Performance of a Precision Planter” in the BAE departmental graduate seminar series. In addition to these academic activities she has also been observing typical land grant university system and environment in the USA. Dr. Yazgi will be going back to Turkey at the end of July 2014.




    Dr. Hailin Zhang presented to a group of 22 visiting students from Sun Yat-Sen University  Oklahoma's agriculture and OSU's agricultural projects. 





Fall 2013


Federal Grant Allows CASNR to Globalize

     OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources received a $513,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to lead a project directed to assist upcoming entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. The project is constructed so two groups travel to America, first in May 2014 and second in October 2014, each group staying in the U.S. for five weeks. A follow-up of the students in each group will be conducted from a group of Americans, the majority of which will be faculty and graduate students from OSU. The main focus of this project is economic empowerment for merging entrepreneurs from the African countries identified above. The project exchange is designed to be both professional as well as cultural.



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     Dr. Hailin Zhang of the Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences hosted two visitors from Yangzhou Bureau of Agriculture, China. Several decision-support programs for fertilizer application and soil quality assessment developed by the visitors have been widely used in China. During their stay from Nov. 17 to 21, Mr. Yueping Zhang and Dr. Weiming Li toured the Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory, Stillwater Agronomy Farm, SST Software in Stillwater, and Marty Williams' Farm in Noble County. They learned US agricultural extension system first hand and were impressed by DASNR's teaching, research and extension achievements.





     Mr. Tassew Nigussie from Haramaya University in Ethiopia came to OSU in December to complete part of dissertation research in the Departments of Plant and Soil Sciences and Geography. He is learning to operate ICP Spectrometer under the direction of Dr. Hailin Zhang.





     OSU hosted 18 senior administrators from Southwest Jiaotong University Aug. 24 through Sept 6. The purpose of their visit is to learn about the best practices of university governance and student-centered services at OSU through a previously established program. The program is tailored to help internationalize their Engineering curriculum and enhance the growth of students. It consists of the academic courses of Engineering and English writing; also including career education/development, leadership development and communication skills. This is the third consecutive year for the program.



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     Visitors from Thailand came to OSU department of agricultural education, communications and leadership in July. These students were enrolled in Dr. Keys’ research methods class where they created research proposals. Their visit to America was educational, professional and personal.  OSU agricultural education graduate students hosted the Thailand students during various classroom activities and tours focusing on Oklahoma’s agriculture industry.





     A delegation of 24 faculty members from Southwest Jiatong University visited Oklahoma State University Oct. 4, 2013. The visitors had a brief orientation on agriculture in Oklahoma followed by a tour. Kim Toscano, host of the weekly Oklahoma Gardening television program on OETA, was the tour guide for the SWJU visiting faculty.





      Drs. Azize Toper-Kaygin, Bulent Kaygin and Huseyin Koc are three Visiting Professors arrived on July 17, 2013 from Turkey at Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Dr.Toper-Kaygin is   Professor and Vice-President of at Bartin University.  Her husband, Dr. Kaygin is also Associate Professor at the same University. Dr. Koc is a Professor at the Department of Forest Industrial Engineering, Istanbul University. Visitors have been observing typical land grant university environment in the USA also have been working on a part of experimental research project related to effect of steam treatment on surface quality of Eastern redcedar during their stay on our campus. Dr. Koc will be going back to Turkey on September 15, 2013 while Drs. Toper-Kaygin and Kaygin will be going back to Bartin University on October 15, 2013. Their visits to Oklahoma State University are funded by Higher Education Council of Turkey.





     Kevin Talley, the President of Tana Exploration Company, and Jeff Rogers visited OSU Dec. 3. Visitors met with OSU President Burns Hargis; David Henneberry, Associate Vice President, International Studies & Outreach; Adele Tongco, DASNR International Programs; and various other prestigious OSU faculty members. The group discussed an interest in an academic partnership between Child Legacy International and Oklahoma State University for agriculture development and advancement in Malawi. Specifically, in planning and implementing processes and procedures to create a cooperative and train villagers to grow various crops such as corn, tobacco, tomatoes and various other agriculture crops for the country’s agriculture industry.





    Dr. Emilia Salca is a Fulbright Scholar from Faculty of Wood Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania who is visiting the OSU department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) from Nov. 25 through March 1. She will be working on part of experiments of a study related to modification of different wood species during her stay on our campus. Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Transilvania University of Brasov and Oklahoma State University in 2009. She is 32nd international visitor hosted in wood products area in NREM by Dr. Salim Hiziroglu.



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