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Dale E. Bauman Lecture

Dean Kathryn Boor presented plaque to Dr. Dale BaumanThe Dale E. Bauman Lecture was created in 2017 by the Faculty of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University to recognize and honor the remarkable career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Professor Emeritus Dale E. Bauman to animal biology, food science, and nutritional biochemistry. Initial endowment has been funded from gifts of individual faculty members to inaugurate this exciting lecture series, which aims to provide insightful and provocative information for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students across the Cornell University community.

2019 Lecture

Preparing Students to Address the Challenge of Global Food Security

Dr. Karen Plaut, Glenn W. Sample Dean at Purdue University College of Agriculture

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

3:30 p.m. - Refreshments
4:00 p.m. - Presentation

About the Speaker

Dr. Karen Plaut was named the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture in May of 2018. She joined the Purdue College of Agriculture in 2010 as Associate Dean for Research, then Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs. Dr. Plaut is responsible for administering academic programs in the College of Agriculture, the Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and a number of state regulatory services. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Plaut is also Professor of Animal Sciences and has an active research program in mammary gland biology. Her lab is currently studying the role of circadian timing system in dry period mammary development, ketotic index, and milk production in transition dairy cattle.

Dr. Plaut received a B.S. in animal science from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University.  She completed postdoctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute at NIH.  Before coming to Purdue, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University, serving as Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at both institutions.  She also spent a few years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station. She is a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. BANR is the major program unit of the National Academies responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

About the Lecture

Global Food Security is not just a problem in developing countries.  Over 40 million individuals in the US are food insecure and over 2 million live in New York State.  This includes 14% of the residents in Tompkins County. The problem of food security is a multi-faceted problem that must engage the heart and the mind.  As Colleges of Agriculture in land grant institutions, we need to think about ways to engage our students in these larger global challenges.  We will discuss some of the issues surrounding global hunger and ways to engage students starting with high school through their undergraduate and graduate program.  This talk will not just be about global hunger but the need to engage our students in important topics so that they become the leaders for tomorrow.

Previous Lectures

2018 lecture - Dr. Robert Easter, University of Illinois