Farmer receives research honor at ICC's Global Vision Awards program
By: Norman Martin
Michael Farmer, an environmental and natural resource economist with Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, was selected to receive a Faculty International Scholarship Award today (May 1) during a Global Vision Awards Ceremony at the university's International Cultural Center's Hall of Nations. The honor recognizes a Tech tenure-track faculty member for excellence and sustained international scholarship.
The award, presented by the university's Office of International Affairs, was part of the group's annual awards program where faculty, staff and students are awarded for their efforts in helping Texas Tech to become a globally connected, higher education institution.
Farmer, an associate professor in both Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management and Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has worked primarily on the relationship between water allocation and land use. His focus has been to sharpen numerical and statistical approaches appropriate to evaluating ecological and environmental impacts.
One of his international projects centered on small agricultural producers in Malaysian Borneo. The effort required a large interdisciplinary effort that examined ecologically-responsible uses of Montane tropical cloud forests. He has also served as an advisor on one of the largest inter-state water-use disputes in the nation, and worked in China on water allocation planning. In addition, he has facilitated economic regional development visioning among small rural landholders in Africa and South East Asia.
Other CASNR individuals and organizations were recognized, including:
- Student International Research Award, Keelyn Hanlon, a Department of Animal and Food Sciences doctoral student from Petaluma, California.The award recognizes international scholarship by a graduate student at Texas Tech and is based on this spring's Graduate School Poster Competition. Hanlon's poster on food safety research investigated pathogen presence in sheep and goats, small ruminants that are of particular importance within the global community as they provide both food and fiber.
- Campus Internationalization Award, International Center for Food Industry Excellence. The honor recognizes a college, department or office within the Texas Tech University System that has made significant contributions toward internationalization. ICFIE, based in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, provides innovation, research and technology transfer. It provides expertise in beef cattle, nutrition, food safety, meat and poultry processing and product development.
CASNR has strong history of international-related accomplishments. Last year the college was also the winner of the Campus Internationalization Award. Program officials noted that the college's diversity has grown substantively in the last two decades, and today one of every five students in CASNR's graduate programs is from a foreign country.
CASNR's faculty have engaged with others around the world in research, study abroad opportunities, outreach and program development. Faculty members also have sought out international grants to support their work abroad and have been rewarded with international recognition for their efforts.
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