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July2005 Vol. 16, No. 7




UF/IFAS International Programs Office of the Vice President for Agriculture & Natural Resources Gainesville, Florida 32611

From the director
Newsletter, web changes
By Roger Natzke
After 17 \ear> of
faithful ser ice of -.: ,
seeking out and
Sriting articles for
our International Fo- '
cus ne" letter. Larry -A.
Schnell ill be lea ing our Inlerna-
tional Programs group. In addition to
the fine newsletter he produced he
took responsibility for buildin_2 and
updating our webiite. Thanks Larr\.
we \\ ill mis-, ou.
As Larrm leaves. Don Poucher and
his assistant. Linda E ans,. ill join
the team. Don brings a lot of e\peri-
ence in marketing, which w ill be an
asset to our efforts. \Ve look forward
to %working w ith them.
Recently% I attended the CIP iCom-
Inision on International Programs un-
der NASULGCI summer meeting in
w which new\ concepts in global educa-
tion %were discussed. The Bologna Pro-
cess was initiated in the European
Union and expanded to a number of its
neighbor,, The objective was to -tan-
dardize the education ,svtems to allow
more mobilit) for student,. The new
system will go from primary through
grade 13. then three \ears for the
bachelor's decree and two \ears for
the master of science degree. and three
\ear, for the doctoral degree.
American uni\ersitie% are suffering
from a decline in the number of inter-
See International students, p. 2

Multidisciplinary education is the key

to preparing for an international career
A s students and faculty seek element. As technology becomes in-
greater international creasingly complex, graduate students
L involvement in their education tend to focus on very narrow topics or

and their work, professor
emeritus Peter Hildebrand has
some important advice be
With a distinguished career in
international agriculture that
involves 15 years of full-time
work abroad and work in 35
countries, Hildebrand has seen
the many problems facing F
smallholderr farming families in fI
the developing world. His experience
has left him with a general conclusion:
any solution or program must involve
a variety of disciplines from the social
sciences to the physical sciences.
This point of view explains why
this summer, Hildebrand, although re-
tired, is overseeing the work of many
multidisciplinary graduate students do-
ing their research abroad. Fifteen of
his 17 graduate students are working
abroad, mostly gathering data for their
graduate research. Latin America, Af-
rica, the Pacific and the Caribbean are
the training grounds for these students,
who are pursuing topics in pest man-
agement, wildlife conservation, politi-
cal ecology, ornamental forest prod-
ucts, homegardens, organic food pro-
duction and others.
The topics are disparate, but a com-
mon thread unites them the human


eter Hildebrand, right, in Portugal with a
former student, Victor Cabrera.
on single crops for their research, and
their exposure to the many disciplines
required to understand smallholder
farmers, their environmental, social
and economic context is limited or
nonexistent, Hildebrand said. The hu-
man element is lost in the technology.
A dozen of Hildebrand's students
are getting their degrees in the School
of Natural Resources and the Environ-
ment, a school within UF/IFAS that
requires multidisciplinary back-
grounds for graduate degrees.
"That program is unique and excit-
ing because it provides a substantial
yet broad-based degree that allows
graduates to have a more holistic view
See International Education, p. 2
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Telephone: 352 392-1965 FAX: 352 392-7127 Website:

July 2005

Vol. 16, No. 7

Students study comparative culture and history in Ireland

A summer study abroad program in
the Republic of Ireland initiated
this year provides College of Agricul-
tural and Life Sciences students with
an opportunity learn the culture and
history of Ireland in the context of
family, youth and community scienc-
Mark Brennan, community devel-
opment assistant professor in family,
youth and community sciences, orga-
nized the four-credit course Summer
Study Program in Ireland, based at the
Athlone Institute of Technology. The
course involved initial preparation at

the University of Florida, followed by
study at Athlone Institute of Technolo-
gy June 10-July 2.
The class continued '
on the UF campus.
Eight students, ac-
companied by Bren-
nan and Jane Allen,
Clay County exten-
sion director, traveled
to the Republic of i
Ireland, where they |;.";
stayed in student ..
housing, attended Students visit I
classes and lectures, during their stu

and visited sites of historical and cul-
tural significance.

historical sites
'dies in Ireland.

To incorporate
family and communi-
ty sciences topics into
the class, students
compared cultural
practices and contem-
porary issues in the
Republic of Ireland to
those in Florida. Nat-
ural resource conser-
vation in a rapid pop-
ulation growth is an
See Ireland, p. 3

International education, from p. 1
of the situation of the people they are
working with," Hildebrand said. Hilde-
brand's career at UF/IFAS embodied
this view in his working with students
in general and specifically in his lead-
ership in the Farming Systems Pro-
gram, which he began developing in
1979. His mandate was to create a
world-class, multidisciplinary Farming
Systems Program, with teaching, re-
search and extension. Farming systems
professionals are trained leaders in ag-
ricultural and sustainable development
activities globally, where they work in

International students, from p. 1
national students enrolling. This drop
is due in part to the greater difficult.
in obtaining %isas. Howeer impacting
the situation more is the fact that other
countries are carr ing out major pub-
licit\ campaigns 10 lure the students to
their campusess. It seems that other na-
tion, are beginning to realize the ma-
jor economic impact of intei national
students. In an attempt to revere the
decline, the State Unilersity S stern of
Nev, York initiated an alliance \ ith
most major until ersities in Turke\. The
t o groups deo eloped a common cur-
riculum for a number of majors so stu-
dent, can enroll in any of the partici-
pating institutions and sw itch uni Leri-

forests, farms, rural communities,
commerce, governmental and nongov-
ernmental organizations, international
organizations and multinational com-
panies. Their training provides people
skills and participatory techniques.
Farming systems is a natural com-
ponent of the School of Natural Re-
sources and the Environment.
"With the SNRE degree, we are
unique in preparing students to go into
the developing world to be productive
in resolving problems of food insecuri-
ty and poverty particularly in urban ar-
eas," he said. The research of Hilde-

ties at an) point in their program.
The New York State system allowed
for 350 Turkish students and ended
up with a long ''ailting list despite a
per year cost ot $20,000, paid b\ the
student. It is clear that other uni' ersi-
ties are recognizing that we can no
longer operate %' ith the attitude that
""We are a good American university\
so ihe\ \ ill come." If 'we want to at-
tract the brightest and the best. new'
strategies are needed.

Roger Natzke is senior associate dean
and director of International Programs

Roger Natzke, J

brand's students this summer mirrors
his commitment to multidisciplinary
education. He chairs the graduate
committee of the following five stu-
dents in the School of Natural Re-
sources and the Environment:
* Alfredo Rios, a Peruvian, is in Peru
working on the impact of human popu-
lation densities on pest management in
* Britt Coles is exploring the impact of
different political ecologies on human
communities and wildlife in natural
reserves in southern Africa.
* David Wilsey is looking into the po-
tential for sustainable marketing of
xate, a palm product used in ornamen-
tals. His work in nontimber forest
products is being conducted in Guate-
mala, Mexico and Belize.
* Vanessa Harper is in Cuba studying
the impact of biodiversity on home
gardens. She is likely the first UF stu-
dent to conduct primary research in
* Harry Pellish is conducting research
in Kenya and Ecuador on sustainable
organic production in highland areas.

Peter Hildebrand,


UF/IFAS Plant Medicine Program seeks international students

UF/IFAS's unique doctoral program in
plant medicine is recruiting students
Bob McGovern, director of the
Plant Medicine Program, visited Asian
universities and agencies in June and

King Mongkut's University, Thon-
buri, Thailand; Kasetsart University,
the Agricultural Research and Devel-
opment Agency, and the Department
of Agriculture, Bangkok, Thailand;
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai,

July to promote
the program, the
only one to pre-
pare doctoral stu- -.
dents to work as
practitioners in the
treatment of plant
McGovern gave
presentations to
students and facul-
t an l- Bob McGovern, fourth from left, with
ty in plant pathol- faculty from Nong Lam University.
ogy departments

at four universities during his 16-day
trip to Viet Nam, Thailand and Sin-
gapore to promote the program to po-
tential graduate students. He also met
with representatives of regulatory
agencies to discuss the program.
McGovern visited Nong Lam Uni-
versity, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam;

Opportunities in student
Food and resource economics pro-
fessor Roy Carriker's visit to the
Southwest University in the People's
Republic of China has opened doors to
a student and faculty exchange.
Carriker visited the Southwest Uni-
versity in Beibei, near Chongqing, this
summer and taught a course College of
Economics and Management graduate
course in natural resource economics.
At the request of the host university, he
presented seminars on higher education
in the United States.
During the visit, Carriker began dis-
cussions on establishing a cooperative
agreement that provides for a recipro-
cal student exchange program and for
an exchange of visiting faculty. Carrik-
er will be UF's program manager. Stu-
dents who are selected to participate in
July 2005

Thailand; and the
Food and Veterinary
Administration in
Singapore. While
many nations have a
pool of research sci-
entists trained at
UF/IFAS and other
research universities
in plant pathology,
practitioners in plant
diseases are scarce.
Researchers work

on long-term solutions to plant diseas-
es, while practitioners from the UF/
IFAS program are trained to diagnose
and treat plant pest and disease prob-
lems. The multidisciplinary program
emphasizes prevention, diagnosis and
management of plant pests and dis-

International students would be an
asset to the Plant Medicine Program
because they bring experience with ex-
otic pests and diseases, McGovern
said. After graduation these students
become part of a network of practitio-
ners providing information to UF/
IFAS about pests and diseases in the
country of origin.
"This is very appropriate degree for
a developing country because of the
broad-based nature of the training,"
said McGovern. The program parallels
medical doctorates and veterinary doc-
torates by concentrating on practitio-
ner skills rather than research.
During his visit, McGovern intro-
duced the Certificate in Plant Pest
Risk Assessment and Management,
which begins in January. The program
prepares students to lead and conduct
plant risk assessment and manage-
SBob Mcgovern, J

and faculty exchange emerge after visit to China

the exchange program will spend two
semesters at Southwest University
while earning course credit at UF.
Students who do not already speak
Chinese will begin to learn the lan-
guage as a part of their course work at
Southwest University.
The program is part of a coopera-
tive agreement in preparation de-

Ireland, from p. 2
issue common to Florida and Ireland.
Over the past 10 to 20 years, Ireland
has experienced growth prompted by
economic expansion that parallels Flor-
ida's. The economic boom has generat-
ed a change in family structure, with
young people leaving home earlier to
seek employment and independence.
Students visited prehistoric sites, an-

signed to encourage cooperation and
collaboration among faculty of the two
universities. The Chinese university
would like a UF/IFAS visiting profes-
sor to teach international trade and an-
other to teach agribusiness manage-
ment. Contact
SRoy Carriker,

cient villages and medieval castles
guided by a university historian. Con-
temporary sites included the Gate The-
atre, the Supreme Court, Trinity Col-
lege, and the National Museum.
Brennan hopes the program be-
comes an annual opportunity.
Mark Brennan,

Office of International Programs
University of Florida
Office of the Vice President for Agriculture
and Natural Resources
P.O. Box 110282
Gainesville, FL 32611-0282

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UF/IFAS faculty teach course in the Czech Republic this summer

Faculty from the UF/IFAS College
of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
taught the course Integrated Analysis
of Forested Watersheds with faculty
from the Czech Agricultural Universi-
ty in Prague this summer.
Eric Jokela, Forest Resources and
Conservation, was the lead faculty
member in the five-week course. He
was assisted through short-term visits
by UF/IFAS faculty Mary Collins, soil
and water science, George Tanner,
wildlife ecology and conservation,
Ken Portier, statistics, Dan Neary,
USDA Forest Service, Janaki Alavala-
pati, forest resources and conservation,
and Dorota Haman, agricultural and
biological engineering. Faculty from
the Czech University assisted.
The course is designed to enrich the
curricula with international experi-
ence. It is an interdisciplinary exercise
that allows for multiresource analysis
for integrated decision-making.

UF students from wildlife ecology
and conservation, soil and water sci-
ence, School of Forest Resources and
Conservation and the School of Natu-
ral Resources and Environment partic-
ipated, along with Czech students and
a student from Northern Arizona Uni-
versity. Wayne Smith, interim dean
for academic programs, College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, attend-
ed inaugural ceremonies.
The course emphasizes field sam-

piling, data analysis and case studies. It
is enriched by weekend trips to neigh-
boring countries where students ob-
serve different approaches to natural
resources management decision-mak-
ing and policy implementation. Week-
ends include cultural and historical ac-
tivities. The course is partially spon-
sored by a USDA Challenge Grant.
Wayne Smith, J

Doctoral student studies in Africa on World Bank scholarship

Asako Takimoto, a doctoral student
under the supervision of UF/IFAS
distinguished professor P.K. Nair, has
been awarded a Japan/World Bank
Graduate Scholarship.
Asako, who started the program at
UF two years ago as a Fulbright
scholar, arrived in Mali, West Africa,
in July to do her field research in
collaboration with Bocary Kaya at the

World Agroforestry Centre's Sahel
Programme. Kaya received a doctoral
degree from UF/IFAS under the
guidance of Nair. Takimoto's research
focuses on the carbon sequestration
potential of agroforestry systems in
sub-Saharan Africa.
P.K. Nair,
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