Texas Tech to Host World Food Laureate



DATE: Jan. 27, 2011

CONTACT: Lori Cortez, lori.e.cortez@ttu.edu

(806) 742-2136

Texas Tech to Host World Food Laureate

WHAT:           Department of Plant and Soil Science’s Distinguished Lecture Series

WHEN:           3 p.m. Monday (Jan. 31)

WHERE:         Matador Room, Student Union Building, Tech Texas campus

EVENT:          Texas Tech will host Gebisa Ejeta, a professor of Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, for the presentation, “Feeding More with Less: Humanity’s Grand Challenge of the 21st Century.”

In 2009, Ejeta received the World Food Prize, an international award recognizing individuals who advance human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. He won the prize for his research, which led to increased availability of sorghum in Africa.

Sorghum is one of the world’s top cereal grains.

Ejeta was raised in west-central Ethipoia and earned his bachelor’s in plant sciences from Alemaya College, a town in east-central Ethiopia. He went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degree in plant breeding and genetics from Purdue University.

The lecture will be the inaugural event for the series and is free and open to the public.

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CONTACT: Norman Martin, unit coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2802 or norman.martin@ttu.edu.