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Two UGA Plant Pathologists Honored at 2016 D. W. Brooks Awards Reception

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted the 2016 D. W. Brooks Lecture and Awards in Athens. Roger Thurow, senior fellow on global food and agriculture for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, presented a lecture entitled “1,000 Days to Change the World: Stories from the Fight to End Early Childhood Malnutrition”. Following the lecture, two plant pathology faculty were among those honored for their contributions to agriculture.


Dr. Tim Brenneman was awarded the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research for his work in the area of peanut and pecan disease management. Dr. Brenneman joins past recipients from Plant Pathology, Albert Culbreath (2012), Richard Hussey (1991) and Cedric Kuhn (1989), in receiving this prestigious award. He is well known for utilizing an integrated approach working closely with plant breeders, entomologists, and agronomist to find disease management solutions while minimizing the amount of fungicides used. Tim has worked closely with the U.S. Feed the Future Peanut Mycotoxin and Innovation Lab in the development of programs for the peanut crops in Haiti and Africa. He is also known for helping to discover Georgia’s edible pecan truffles found in the state’s pecan groves.




seminar-ron-walcottAlso, recognized for his contributions to agriculture in the area of diversity was Dr. Ron Walcott by being awarded the D.W. Brooks Award for Diversity –Faculty, joining past Plant Pathology recipients Unesee Hargett, Jr. (2012, Staff), Scott Gold (2010, Faculty), Kisha Shelton (2010, Staff), and Alfredo Matinez-Espinoza (2009, Faculty). Ron served as the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences first Associate Dean for Diversity. During his time in that position he worked diligently to increased the number of minority students by 50%. He also helped bring in more than $150,000 in grants and scholarships to continue the trend in building a more diverse CAES student body.





To learn more about the D. W. Brooks Awards, please visit the D. W. Brooks Lecture & Awards Memorial and History