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April 9, 2019

Seminar by Segenet Kelemu, 2019 College of Agriculture Alumni Fellow

Submitted by Megan Kennelly

Segenet Kelemu, 2019 College of Agriculture Alumni Fellow, will present a seminar at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in 1014 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center. The title of her presentation is, "Transformative Technologies for Pest Management."

Kelemu is the director general and CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. She is the fourth chief executive officer and the first woman to lead the centre. Kelemu returned from the diaspora in 2007 to contribute to Africa's development after more than 25 years in the United States and Latin America, applying cutting-edge science that saw her garner numerous professional and state honors for an exceptional career as a scientist.

In 2018, she was recognized by Bill Gates as one of five "Heroes in the Field" who are using their talents to fight poverty, hunger and disease, and providing opportunities for the next generation.

Kelemu earned a doctorate in plant pathology from K-State in 1989.

Read more about Kelemu at k-state.com/about/awards/fellows-ag.php.

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