Finalists Named for New Dean of Agricultural Research Division | Nebraska today

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has selected four finalists in its search for Dean of the Division of Agricultural Research and Director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station. Candidates will visit Nebraska and participate in public presentations and forums between August 8 and August 19.

The finalists, listed by date of public presentation, follow. A full biography of each nominee, along with details of their public presentations as pitches are finalized, will be available here.

Manjit Misra, Director of the Seed Science Center, Founding Director of the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Products, Chair of Seed Science, Technology and Systems, and Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University

Appointed Chairman of WE National Genetic Resources Advisory Board to the Department of Agriculture for two terms by the Secretary of Agriculture, Misra has served on more than 60 local, national and international boards and committees. These include the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Biotechnology of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Seed Research Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the ‘Iowa Seed Association. He has also received numerous leadership awards, including Distinguished Service Awards from the American Seed Trade Association.

  • Public presentation: August 8, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Forum: Collaborations and partnerships: August 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Forum: Innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: August 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Forum: Culture, Climate and Inclusive Excellence: August 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Mindy Brashears, Associate Vice President for Research, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Public Health and Director of the International Food Industry Center of Excellence at Texas Tech University

Brashears is a well-published researcher whose work focuses on mitigation strategies in pre-harvest production and post-harvest processing environments to improve food safety and public health. She also studies the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in food and animal systems. It is mainly interested in meat, poultry and vegetable products. She is also passionate about food security and leads international research teams in South and Central America and the Caribbean to improve food security in these sectors and build sustainable agricultural systems in developing regions.

  • Public presentation: August 11, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Forum: Collaborations and partnerships: August 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Forum: Innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: August 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

  • Forum: Culture, Climate and Inclusive Excellence: August 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Tala Awada, Associate Dean and Director, Division of Agricultural Research and Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Awada provides leadership and supports the strategic and operational mission of the Agricultural Research Division. In her role, she also oversees the division’s global research mission and supports team building and mentorship activities across IANRas well as Nebraska’s research, extension, and education centers.

Awada is also a professor of plant ecophysiology in the School of Natural Resources and co-leads with the Agricultural Research Service of USDA the site of the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network in Nebraska, one of 18 ARSUSDA sites in the country. She is a Fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.

  • Public presentation: August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Forum: Collaborations and partnerships: August 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Forum: Innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: August 17, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

  • Forum: Culture, Climate and Inclusive Excellence: August 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Derek McLean, Principal Scientific Advisor, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health

McLean is an experienced scientist and a leader in academia, industry and government. He is currently Senior Scientific Advisor to the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health. Its role is to guide and confirm that research funding aligns with the priority areas established by NIH. In this role, he supports research that impacts people’s health and well-being and strengthens efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Prior to NIHMcLean served as Senior Director of Collaborative Research for Phibro Animal Health Corporation, where he led a global research program to develop and demonstrate the value of products that improve animal health.

  • Public presentation: August 18, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Forum: Collaborations and partnerships: August 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Forum: Innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems: August 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

  • Forum: Culture, Climate and Inclusive Excellence: August 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The Agricultural Research Division is the main research arm of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Division scientists work to improve the quality of life for Nebraska residents and others across the country and around the world, making important contributions to agriculture, food industries, the environment, community development and human well-being. Research takes place in fields, feedlots, the natural environment, homes, yards, gardens, cities and towns.

The successful candidate as the next dean will replace Archie Clutter, who will retire at the end of 2022 after holding the position for more than 10 years. Under Clutter’s leadership, fellowships and expenses have grown steadily, culminating in fiscal year 2021, when the division received a record $64 million in externally sponsored scholarships. At the same time, the division has seen the construction of state-of-the-art research facilities and the development of interdisciplinary research teams created to more holistically address complex issues related to food, water, climate and climate. ‘environment. Learn more about the Agricultural Research Division.

Lana T. Arthur