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Library Issues Forum: Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, "Role of Land-grant Universities in Addressing Food as a Public Health Issue"

Date(s): January 8, 2013
Time(s): 7 p.m.
Location: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Orientation Theater

The presentation will focus on the societal challenges, particularly food security, and how it has become a public health issue, and the roles land-grant universities have to play in addressing the same. These include not only the discoveries needed in breeding and genetics, but also food safety and nutrition, along with the development of effective educational programs to mitigate issues related to metabolic disorders, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, stroke and dementia, along with hunger.

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. As part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers.

Previously, Dr. Ramaswamy served as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agriculture Sciences, director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and head of Kansas State University’s Department of Entomology, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor and was named the Presidential Outstanding Department Head. He also served on the faculty of Mississippi State University and as a research associate at Michigan State University.

A reception will follow. Through a generous sponsorship from AT&T the event is offered free of charge, but reservations are strongly recommended. Register online at bush41library.eventbrite.com or for more information call (979) 691-4014 or email to reservations.bush@nara.gov.

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