Harrison was named the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Engagement Award, while Lewis received the 2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
Harrison and Lewis were among a group of four outstanding individuals recognized at the APLU Annual Meeting in New Orleans in November. The annual honors are presented to national leaders working to advance human sciences in higher education, per a release from the APLU.
The awards are aimed at supporting the development and stewardship of academic excellence in human sciences; advocating for visibility and leveraging resources to support human sciences research, extension and teaching programs; and educating leaders regarding the capacity of the human sciences to solve human problems.
The honors are part of the broader BoHS mission of promoting the intellectual integrity and stature of the human sciences at APLU-member institutions.
Harrison - Outstanding Engagement Award
The award recognizes a campus-based or a state-level faculty member with exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application, and evaluation of outreach, extension, and public service programs.
Harrison was instrumental in developing food safety education for child care providers, school nutrition personnel, farmers, as well as youth and adult audiences.
She led the development of the curriculum for a youth food safety education program. The curriculum is used not only in Georgia, but across the country and even internationally.
The USDA’s Food Safety Discovery Zone, which travels to schools and fairs to educate children on food safety, uses her work as part of their program.
Lewis - 2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
The award recognizes a faculty member in the human sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor to undergraduate students.
An internationally renowned scientist, Lewis’ human research focuses on the impact of nutrition on skeletal health. In addition to mentoring graduate students, Lewis for decades has placed a priority on mentoring undergraduate students conducting research in his laboratory, investing significant time as well as financial resources.
Lewis meets regularly with each student, includes them in weekly laboratory meetings and provides his students the opportunity to share progress on their work with the larger group.
His mentees have become successful in a wide array of human science-related professions, such as university faculty, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, research dietitians, and pharmaceutical research scientists.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.8 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $44.9 billion in university-based research.
This article was adapted from a press release issued by the APLU.
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