AFS’s Alexandra Calle receives Institute for Inclusive Excellence honor
By: Norman Martin
Alexandra Calle, a research assistant professor with Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, has been named a 2019-2020 Fellow, an honor through the university's Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center (TLPDC) and the Institute for Inclusive Excellence.
The Institute for Inclusive Excellence is a partnership between Tech's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, and the Center for Global Communication. Initiated in 2009, it provides faculty with an opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the academic value of diversity, as well as providing an opportunity for participants to consider inclusive programs and best practices in the classroom and the university.
In notifying Calle of her selection, TLPDC Executive Director Suzanne Tapp noted, "We truly appreciate your advocacy of diversity and equity at Texas Tech University."
An expert in food microbiology and food safety systems, Calle joined Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 2017. The Colombian native's research focuses on investigating applications and measures to reduce foodborne pathogens during the production, harvesting, and processing of food.
Calle is currently involved in research, teaching and outreach. She's affiliated with the International Center for Food Industry Excellence. She teaches food microbiology and food safety for undergraduate and graduate students and is heavily involved with the food industry, in projects and training related to applied food microbiology. Her scholarship is focused in applied food microbiology and food safety internationally.
Her efforts have been oriented to foodborne pathogen reduction, prevalence studies to understand food microbial contamination at different stages of the food production chain in different countries, and detection methods for bacterial pathogens. She recognizes that strategies for prevention and control of foodborne diseases should be targeted according to each country's reality.
Factors such as ecology of microbial targets, food safety legislation, industry culture, and markets should holistically be considered. Her research efforts have been granted by USDA, CDC, and private industries. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Breedlove Foods in Lubbock, a non-profit food processor that has helped fight hunger in more than 70 countries.
Separately, Calle is an organizer and speaker for the Meat School, an internationally recognized workshop developed at Texas Tech University. She has been an invited speaker to numerous international conferences as an expert in food microbiology and food safety.
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or email@example.com
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