2017 ESS/SAES/ARD Fall Meeting: A Question of Balance


Joe Broder
Josef M. Broder, Ph.D. serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics. As Associate Dean, he provides administrative and budgetary leadership to academic affairs and student affairs programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served two previous terms as Interim Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2005 and again in 2015-16. He is a Distinguished University Professor, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He received the National Award of Excellence for College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, Higher Education Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1993. Dr. Broder is best known for his extensive publications on interactive teaching, undergraduate affairs and the economics of education. Dr. Broder is a founding and charter member of the University of Georgia Teaching Academy and serves as Executive Committee Chair. In addition, he serves a Director and Audit Committee Chair of the University of Georgia Research Foundation (since 2006). He also served as Trustee and Treasurer of the University of Georgia Real Estate. Foundation (2007-2015). He served as Chair of the AG*IDEA Executive Board and the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet.
Dr. Broder received his BSA in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia and his Masters and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. Dr. Broder’s family emigrated from Switzerland to operate a dairy farm in Stockbridge, GA. He is one of eight children, seven of whom graduated from the University of Georgia and six from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Guido Cervone
Guido Cervone serves as Associate professor of GeoInformatics in the Department of Geography and Institute for CyberScience and Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cervone holds a Ph.D. in Computational Sciences and Informatics, with focus in Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Mining. He also holds a M.S. and a B.S. in Computer Science. Dr. Cervone’s research sits at the intersection of geospatial science, atmospheric science and computer science, and it focuses on the development and application of computational algorithms for the analysis of spatio-temporal remote sensing, numerical modeling and social media Big Data related to environmental hazards and renewable energy.
Dr. Cervone is an affiliated scientist with the Research Application Laboratory (RAL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and adjunct professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. In 2013 he received the ``Medaglia di Rappresentanza'' from the President of the Italian Republic for work related to the Fukushima crisis. He has authored two edited books, over 70 fully refereed articles relative to data mining, remote sensing and environmental hazards. Dr. Cervone co-chaired several workshops on remote sensing, data mining and GeoInformatics. In 2010, he was awarded a US patent for an anomaly detection algorithm.
Jimmy Cheek
Jimmy G. Cheek, PhD. is Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He became the seventh chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on February 1, 2009 and stepped down from that position in February 15, 2017 upon the arrival of Chancellor Beverly Davenport. Prior to coming to Tennessee, he spend 34 years at the University of Florida where he was a faculty member in Agricultural Education and Communication, associate dean and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Senior Vice President for Agricultural and Natural Resources. Dr. Cheek earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors and his doctorate from Texas A&M University. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in 2012. He is a native of Texas, he is married to Ileen Cheek, and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Parag Chitnis
Parag Chitnis serves as Deputy Director at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of USDA. Dr. Chitnis leads NIFA’s Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS), which invests $670M for research and extension activities in plant, animal, and agricultural systems. Prior to joining NIFA, he was the Director for the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, Dr. Chitnis co-managed or led 10-year investments in Arabidopsis 2010, a functional genomics program on a reference plant, which supported bioinformatics efforts and databases on Arabidopsis. He also co-managed the grant competition that led to creation of iPlant, the premier cyberinfrastructure virtual center for genomic and biological applications. In his academic career, Dr. Chitnis was a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University, and was an assistant professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. At Iowa State University, Dr. Chitnis was a founding member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program and advised several graduate students in this major. As a researcher at these universities, he received more than $7 million in research and training grants from federal and private sources including funding from NIFA, NSF, and NIH. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed or invited publications in the areas of plant biochemistry, photosynthesis and proteomics. He has mentored over 50 undergraduate students, MS and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and AAAS fellows.Dr. Chitnis has a B.S. in botany/plant breeding from the Konkan Agricultural University in India, an M.S. in genetics/biochemistry from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Jane Greenberg
Jane Greenberg is the Alice B. Kroeger Professor and Director of the Metadata Research Center (http://cci.drexel.edu/mrc/) at the College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University. Her research activities focus on metadata, knowledge organization/semantics, linked data, data science, and information economics. She serves on the advisory board of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) and the steering committee for the NSF Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH). She is a principal investigator (PI) on the NSF Spoke initiative, ‘A Licensing Model and Ecosystem for Data Sharing,’ and the lead PI the Metadata Capital Initiative (MetaDataCAPT’L) and the Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering (HIVE) linked data project. She is also a co-PI for Drexel’s NSF Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (NSF-I/UCRC), Center for Visualization and Decision Informatics (CVDI). Her research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, IMLS, Microsoft Research, National Library of Medicine, Library of Congress, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, among other organizational and private sponsors. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and leadership; most recently she was recognized as a 2016 ELATE at Drexel® Fellow, a 2014 Data Science Fellow at the National Consortium for Data Science, and, in 2012, she held a Chair of Excellence at the University of Carolos III, Madrid.
Latoya Hicks
Latoya Hicks is an Equal Opportunity Specialist on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Equal Opportunity Staff (EOS) and responsible for the administration, planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the overall NIFA Equal Opportunity Programs, and providing operational accountability and compliance assurances for the Agency. As such, she serves as team lead, plans, and participates in the EEO/Civil Rights (CR) Compliance Reviews conducted by the EOS of Research and Extension operations. She also provides EEO/CR consulting support and diversity and inclusion training, as needed, to land-grant partners and other institutional recipients. Latoya serves as NIFA's Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager and manages NIFA’s Limited English Proficiency program. Latoya served several years in the United States Army and among her many duties, she was assigned to the Division of Human Resources. She has several years of private industry and Federal Government service and joined NIFA’s EOS in February 2016 from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Latoya holds BS and MBA degrees. Her certifications include Advance Mediation, Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional (Sr. CAAP).
Patreese Ingram
Dr. Patreese Ingram is Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs and a Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. She provides leadership for coordinating and enhancing multicultural initiatives in the College and helping to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. In addition to serving on the leadership team for the College, Ingram provides diversity-focused professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and extension educators across the state of Pennsylvania. During her 20 years of service in the College, Ingram has been an invited speaker at regional, national and international settings.
Michael Martin
Michael Martin, PhD. is President of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Martin is Chancellor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Colorado State University System, where he presided over three campuses from 2012 to 2015. He has more than four decades of experience in public higher-education institutions across the nation, including the University of Florida. Martin was Chancellor at Louisiana State University from 2008 to 2012, President at New Mexico State University from 2004 to 2008 and Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida from 1998 to 2004. Between 1992 and 1998, Martin held several posts at the University of Minnesota, including Vice President for Agriculture Policy, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture and Professor in the Department of Applied Economics. From 1977 to 1992, he served in a number of academic and administrative roles at Oregon State University. Previous faculty appointments included the University of Hawaii, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Mankato State College (now Minnesota State University). Martin earned a Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1977 and Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Business/Economics degrees at Mankato State College in 1971 and 1969, respectively. He has published research extensively and specializes in topics such as marketing, international trade and public policy related to economics, transportation and business logistics.
Pamala Morris
Dr. Pamala V. Morris is an Assistant Dean/Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. As faculty, her primary areas of focus and scholarship are:
• Developing intercultural competence grounded in intersectional theory, which provides a critical lens for bringing awareness and enhancing capacity of institutions to engage in social justice discourse and practice.
• Investigating resistance to learning in the face of cultural discomfort/disequilibrium.
• Employing service-learning pedagogy viewed through the lens of cultural diversity/social justice issues.

She provides leadership in the area of diversity and social justice. Dr. Morris works collaboratively across 11 academic departments to achieve key diversity initiatives. Dr. Morris developed, coordinates and instructs, two courses created to fulfill the multicultural awareness electives in the College of Agriculture to provide an opportunity for students to understand their place and others in a multicultural, multiethnic, and multinational country. Dr. Morris, in 2015, was the Inaugural recipient of Purdue University’s “Transformations Leadership in Diversity” Award in recognition of her accomplishments in making transformative change both, within her college, and the field of social justice. Dr. Morris was recognized, in June 2015, by NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) for excellence in teaching. She was awarded the National Award for Diversity in 2002 by USDA for the significant impact her diligent work in diversity, international programs and service-learning has made in many Indiana communities.
Peter Schuerman
Dr. Peter Schuerman is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of California, Merced. His business development program is based on the theme of partnering to create investment opportunities, through research alliances, through starting new ventures, and through working with the local community to attract new opportunities. In 2015 he launched the UC Merced Venture Lab, a program dedicated to unleashing an army of entrepreneurs throughout the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. The Venture Lab ties together multiple networks of mentors, incubators, innovators, legal assistance, and business consulting, to create entrepreneurial success and investable start-up companies, to turn society's problems into business opportunities. Dr. Schuerman is the founding member and architect of UC Berkeley’s Industry Alliances Office, an office which nearly tripled industry support in its first year. He reinvented the licensing and intellectual property management program in The Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization, leading again to unprecedented revenues from both licensing and industry alliances. He subsequently served as Director of Innovation Management for Texas A&M AgriLife Research, one of the members of The Texas A&M University System. Dr.Schuerman’s work focuses on optimizing the way that universities partner with businesses. He got his start at the University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing, and subsequently joined the Office of Technology Transfer at Rice University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis, and is a USDA Postdoctoral Fellow.His blog on realizing the potential of technology transfer can be found at www.negotiatethefuture.com
Bob Shulstad
Robert N. Shulstad, PhD. is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of Georgia. Prior to his current position, Dr. Shulstad was a Professor at the University of Arkansas from 1973 to 1982 and Head of their Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology department from 1982 to 1987. In 1987 he became Head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia until 1997. Dr. Shulstad also served as Director of Office of Environmental Sciences in 1999 before becoming Assistant Dean for Research and Director of Environmental Sciences in 2000. Dr. Shulstad earned his BS and MS in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1973. He has served as an Editor of the Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Chair of Southern and National Associations of Agricultural Economics Department Heads, Chair of the Council for Environmental Deans and Directors, and Director of Council on Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. Dr. Shulstad was SAAESD chair in 2010/11 and ESCOP chair in 2014/15. Dr. Shulstad’s research was in the areas of production economics and water resource management and he has taught courses in microeconomics, environmental economics and management, agribusiness finance, land appraisal, and research methods.
Tim Wuchter
Tim Wuchter is the Director of Foundation Relations at Michigan State University where he has primary responsibility for managing as well as broadening and deepening the university’s relationships with the major national-level foundations. He has worked in MSU’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Office since 1999. He previously served as Executive Director of External Relations at Finlandia University and prior to that as Communications Director for the North American office a major, privately-held Swiss manufacturer of processing systems for the newspaper and printing industry. He holds a BA and MA in English from Moravian College and Lehigh University, respectively.