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AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture
The AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture addresses timely topics such as the role that food, agriculture, and natural resources play in providing for a secure food supply and a sustainable economy.
In 2008, the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF) made a gift to AAAS to endow a Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture at AAAS in honor of Professor Riley's legacy as a "whole picture" person with a vision for enhancing agriculture through scientific knowledge.
Working in collaboration with the RMF and the World Food Prize Foundation (WFPF) — an organization whose fundamental goal is to support efforts toward an adequate supply and availability of nutritious food for the burgeoning world population in the 21st century —the AAAS Riley Lecture is an important opportunity to explore the environmental and societal challenges facing our planet through the lens of agricultural innovation and its applications in a global context.
"…to promote a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture as the most basic human endeavor and... to enhance agriculture through increased scientific knowledge."
Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation
Charles Valentine Riley Examining an Insect. Undated | Charles Valentine Riley Collection. Special Collections , National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
About Charles Valentine Riley
Charles Valentine Riley was a prominent 19th century entomologist. In 1878, he was appointed to the post of Entomologist to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was chosen to be the first Curator of Insects for the Smithsonian Institution in 1885. Professor Riley became a member of AAAS in 1868, was elected a Fellow in 1874, and then went on to be the Vice President for the biology section in 1888.
The impact of his work of more than a century ago is still being felt today, not only in the fields of entomology and agriculture but also in other natural sciences. Professor Riley's vision and ability to see the role of agriculture in the productive use of the landscape, as an artistry upon which all society depends, is perhaps his greatest legacy.
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The Lecture is sponsored by the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation; the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, Forest Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Mars Incorporated; and Iowa State University.
Together with our partners, AAAS is pleased to announce the 2016 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecturer
Dr. Randy Woodson
Chancellor of North Carolina State University
Dr. Randy Woodson was appointed the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University on April 1, 2010. He brought to NC State more than 25 years of experience as an internationally renowned plant scientist and academic leader. At NC State, Dr. Woodson has solidified the spirit of the land-grant university and its hallmarks of commitment and service by spearheading efforts to increase college access.
Dr. Woodson arrived at NC State from Purdue University, where he served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. He also served as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, associate dean of agriculture and director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs at Purdue. Over his decades-long career in higher education, Dr. Woodson has contributed a substantial body of knowledge to the field of plant science, which has been published in more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. His research has covered topics such as plant genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology and sustainable bioproducts development, spanning the gap between the detailed science of plant physiology and the practical application of this knowledge in the field of horticulture. His research has been featured in stories published in BusinessWeek, The Futurist and Discover.
Lecture Information:May 23, 2016 4:00 pm (registration to begin at 3:30 pm) AAAS Auditorium 1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005
Further details will be announced as they are confirmed.
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