By Hugo Alexander Morán Chávez| November 7, 2017
On November 7, 2017, in Athens GA, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences held its annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards. This Lecture and Award Ceremony is held every fall to recognize outstanding CAES faculty and bring in internationally acclaimed scientists, professors, and lecturers. About 400 people attended the event, including CAES students, faculty, and friends of the college.
Sam Perdue, CAES Dean, and Director took the podium to share with the audience the legacy of David William Brooks, who devoted his entire life and career to the improvement of lives through innovations in agriculture. Sam Perdue described his heritage as pivotal to formed and mentored several generations of Georgia agricultural leaders and educators.
After sharing with the audience about David William Brooks legacy, Dean Sam Perdue recognized outstanding CAES faculty in the areas of teaching, research, and extension. The Award categories were: Distinguished professor, Excellence in Research, Excellence in Public Service Extension, Excellence in Extension, and Excellence in Teaching.
The 2017 award winners were:
- W. Brooks Distinguished professor: Ignacy Misztal, Professor at the Department of Animal & Dairy Science
- W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research: Katrien Devos, Professor at the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
- W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension: Wade Parker, Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Development Coordinator, Southeast District, UGA Cooperative Extension
- W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension, Calvin Perry, Superintendent, C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park
- W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching: Maria Navarro, Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, Education & Communication
After the award recognition, Nina Fedoroff took the podium to talk about Genetic Modified Organisms: “The GMO Wars” and what can we do when scientists and citizens deeply disagree.” In her lecture, she shared with the audience the results of 50 years of research of GMOs and how after all these years, scientists and citizens still disagree on whether GMOs are safe compared to conventional or organic products.
After the lecture, a reception followed by refreshments and a local band delighted the audience with their great music.