2021 and 2020 Outstanding Global Engagement Award Finalists

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2021 Outstanding Global Engagement Award Finalist

Brian Jackson, associate professor in Horticultural Science, was a finalist for the 2021 Outstanding Global Engagement Award. The Outstanding Global Engagement Award encourages and recognizes exceptional accomplishment in globally engaged teaching, research, extension, and/or engagement and economic development. Finalists have a well-established and ongoing record of international activities while working at NC State, going above and beyond regular job responsibilities. Jackson believes that through travel and engagement he can “bring the world into his classroom.” Since many students enrolled in horticulture have not traveled abroad prior to attending NC State, Dr. Jackson broadens his students’ perspective by illustrating cultural differences among horticulture operations across the globe.

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2020 Outstanding Global Engagement Award Finalists

Miguel Castillo, Associate Professor in Crop and Soil Sciences, created and leads the Forage and Grassland Management Program which has hosted students and scholars from 8 countries with the goal of generating information and technologies to improve the field. Castillo has succeeded both at the local and international level as an early-career faculty and he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at NC State in 2019. One example of his level of productivity and engagement internationally is his project about silvopastures, which he developed with colleagues in Peru allowing an exchange of students and faculty to engage in research, scholarly publications, and the development of a simulation software model. Castillo has spoken at international conferences and trained others through guest-lectures and extension workshops abroad.

Bill Hoffmann, Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, has expertise in Brazilian savannas which led to broader collaborations with researchers working in other savannas across the globe. He emphasizes the urgent need to protect and manage savanna ecosystems for the good of the planet. Recently, Dr. Hoffmann co-organized a New Phytologist Symposium with researchers from Ghana and the United Kingdom. Dr. Hoffmann insisted on holding this first symposium in Africa to make it accessible to students and researchers from the region to ensure they benefited from the presentations. Dr. Hoffmann has mentored several graduate students and undergraduates to work in Brazil on collaborative research projects. These experiences for NC State students have provided an extraordinary competitive advantage as they progress to the next stages in their ecology and environmental sciences careers.

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