Professor receives national award for science


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 3, 2013) —Channapatna S. Prakash, a professor in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, received the prestigious Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award at a recent research symposium in Jacksonville, Fla. The award is named in honor of Richard D. Morrison, a Tuskegee alumnus and President Emeritus of Alabama A&M University and Frank E. Evans, Colorado congressman. Morrison and Evans provided leadership in seeking research and extension funds for the 1890 institutions under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The award is the highest honor given to an 1890 scientist by the Association of 1890 Research Directors.

Prakash, who has been on faculty at Tuskegee University since 1989, was cited for his outstanding research work with sweet potatoes and peanuts, his teaching career, and also for his public service in enhancing societal understanding of agricultural biotechnology. Prakash has received many honors including being named by Progressive Farmer magazine as ‘Man of the Year’ ‘for service to Alabama Agriculture’ and recognized as one of a dozen ‘pioneers, visionaries and innovators behind the progress and promise of plant biotechnology’ by the Council for Biotechnology Information. He has served on the advisory committee on agricultural biotechnology for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and on the overseas advisory committee on biotechnology for the government of India. He has delivered lectures in more than 80 countries and is frequently sought by media for his views on biotechnology.

Walter Hill, the college’s dean and Tuskegee’s vice provost, said that the award underscores the outstanding science being done at Tuskegee University in the food and agriculture area.

“We are very pleased with this recognition as Dr. Prakash was chosen by a panel of experts from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from among the eighteen 1890 institutions across the country,” Hill said.

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