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October 29, 2018

Next Raising your International Profile seminar features Vara Prasad on Nov. 1

Submitted by Mary K. Pyle

The Office of International Programs presents Vara Prasad on Thursday, Nov. 1, for the next Raising your International Profile seminar.

The presentation will take place at noon in Room 305 of the K-State Student Union.

Prasad is a university distinguished professor of agronomy and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification. The crop physiology and ecology program has state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment to provide the best learning experience for students, researchers and visiting scientists. He has several on-going international research programs in Africa — Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Kenya — and Asia — India and Philippines — focusing on soil, water, nutrient and crop management practices, and stress tolerance for improving crop productivity. Prasad has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he currently serves on editorial boards of international journals including Crop Science, Agronomy Journal and Journal of Crop Improvement.

This series, created by Marcellus Caldas, assistant provost for international faculty collaboration and educational programs in the Office of International Programs, compliments the existing Vernon Larson Lectures to better inform our community of the many international initiatives undertaken by our university.

The final presentation of the semester will be Wednesday, Nov. 14. Ken Williams, director of licensing and director of business development, food and ag products sector at the K-State Institute for Commercialization. The K-State Institute for Commercialization is dedicated to the start up and expansion of technology-based, high-growth enterprises and enabling the commercialization of university and underutilized corporate intellectual property.

"This series is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about Kansas State-related organizations and associations who extend our university reach beyond the classroom and create partnerships outside of our campus," Caldas said.