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CAES Celebrates 2022 DW Brooks Award Winners |

ATHENS – Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam, a University of California Cooperative Extension Biotechnology Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, is the keynote speaker at the DW Brooks Conference and Awards 2022, to be held November 8 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel.

His lecture, titled “Science Friction: Can effective communication save genome editing from the fate of GMOs?” will highlight the importance of science communication as a driver of innovative change in our lives.

Genome editing, the process of introducing targeted changes into the genome for human health and agricultural applications, has the potential to significantly change the way we approach problems in today’s world, but only with thoughtful public communication can this transformational technology survive the public court. opinion.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Van Eenennaam for the 2022 DW Brooks Lecture and Awards,” said Nick Place, Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “She has established a strong international reputation not only as an accomplished researcher, but also as an outstanding advocate for quality science communication. As agriculture and the environment rapidly evolve to embrace advanced technologies, our ability to share the importance of these new tools with the public is critical to successfully implementing them properly. »

The DW Brooks Conference and Awards, a UGA signature conference and a CAES signature event, serve to highlight the latest innovations in agricultural and environmental science. The DW Brooks Awards, presented at the annual event, recognize outstanding faculty who have excelled in service of the land-grant mission at CAES.

2022 DW Brooks Award Winners

The 2022 DW Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension will be awarded to Pam Knox, an agricultural climatologist with UGA Cooperative Extension who specializes in the impacts of weather and climate variability on agriculture. Knox is director of the UGA Weather Network, managing a group of 88 automated weather stations across the state that provide weather and climate data to farmers, utilities, extension workers and individuals. The network also helps support the National Weather Service by providing real-time weather information on dangerous weather outbreaks to support public safety initiatives.

Within the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Knox provides outreach and education services about climate and its effects on crops and livestock in the southeastern United States. In this capacity, it provides weather and climate data and analysis to academic scientists and user groups in the region.

The 2022 DW Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in International Agricultural and Environmental Science will be awarded to Samuel Aggrey, Richard B. Russell Professor and Professor in the Department of Poultry Science. Aggrey’s research includes model development for genomic selection, nutrigenomics, molecular and cellular bases of stressors (heat and coccidia) and poultry breeding.

Aggrey is co-editor of the book “Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology” and lead editor of the book “Advances in Poultry Genetics and Genomics”. He teaches undergraduate poultry farming and graduate courses in population and quantitative genetics and breeding strategies. He also co-teach an international course on quantitative genetics and genomics at the International Livestock Research Institute Biosciences East Africa and the African Animal Husbandry Network. Aggrey has consulted for the poultry industry, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PROJ-X and the National Research Institute of Kuwait, among others, on projects related to animal improvement.

The 2022 DW Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension will be awarded to Rachel Stewart, Family and Consumer Science Officer and County Coordinator for UGA Cooperative Extension in Tattnall County. A senior public service associate for UGA, Stewart is known for her extensive programming efforts in child safety and injury prevention, focusing on child passengers and teenage drivers.

Her research study, “Child Passenger Safety with Culturally Diverse Audiences,” was published in the Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2019. Stewart is widely known for improving the science work efforts of professors of county extension, receiving invitations to speak at three national professional conferences.

The 2022 DW Brooks Award for Research Excellence will be awarded to Peggy Ozias-Akins, Distinguished Research Professor at UGA and DW Brooks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticulture at UGA-Tifton Campus. From 2012 to 2022, she served as Director of the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, which includes faculty and affiliates from UGA’s Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses.

His research focuses on apomictic reproduction in grasses and the molecular genetics of peanut. His research group cloned the first parthenogenesis gene from plants that naturally reproduce asexually without fertilization and demonstrated its function in multiple grasses, including pearl millet, rice and corn.

The 2022 DW Brooks Award for Teaching Excellence will be presented to Kylee Jo Duberstein, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, who teaches in the Equine Science program. She joined the UGA faculty in 2007 and, in addition to teaching, she conducts applied research in the areas of horse nutrition and management. Duberstein teaches courses such as “Equine Nutrition” and “Horse Anatomy and Biomechanics” to a variety of students, including those in pre-vet and animal industry-focused majors.

She leads the department’s applied and practical equine science program through introductory courses in horse handling and riding, as well as an advanced course in horse behavior and training open to students in majors. from the UGA campus. She also directs an extensive undergraduate and graduate research program focused on applied equine nutrition and applied animal biomechanics. As part of his equine nutrition research program, Duberstein conducts studies in forage selection and pasture management for horses, with a recent focus on the management of horses with metabolic disorders.

The DW Brooks Lecture and Achievement Awards are named after a Georgian whose contributions to agriculture are respected around the world. Each year, CAES hosts the conference and awards in honor of the late DW Brooks, CAES alumnus and founder of Gold Kist Inc. A lifelong learner and leader, Brooks has dedicated his career to improving lives through innovations in agriculture, and CAES honors these leaders. in his memory.

To learn more about Brooks, visit Additional information about the 2022 DW Brooks Conference and Awards can be found on the event website.