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2012.10.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Agricultural Scholar, World Food Prize Recipient to Speak at Mammel Hall

Omaha - An expert in sustainable food security and climate change will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., on Friday, Oct. 19.

M.S. Swaminathan, Ph.D., will hold a public lecture, with reception to follow, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Mammel Hall Auditorium. The event is a collaboration between UNO’s College of Business Administration, the University of Nebraska and the India Association of Nebraska.

Swaminathan, considered the father of India’s green revolution, is known worldwide for his food conservation efforts. He was the inaugural recipient of the World Food Prize, which is the equivalent to the Nobel Prize in agriculture, in 1987 and was named one the “20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century” by Time magazine. He has also served as the principal secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture for the government of India.

As part of his visit, Swaminathan will receive the Key to the City from Mayor Jim Suttle and the Centennial Medallion from UNO Chancellor John Christensen.

During his lecture, Swaminathan will address worldwide climate issues, including drought and global warming, and how these changes impact food production and availability.

The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

For more information on the public lecture, contact Phani Tej Adidam, chair of marketing and management, at 402.554.3887 or by email at padidam@unomaha.edu.


Photo Courtesy of S. Mahinsha and The Hindu

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