Alexa Lamm Announced as 2020 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner

Press Release: May 12, 2020…Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa

“Dr. Lamm is an outstanding researcher who exemplifies the skills, dedication, and success this award is designed to recognize.”

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) announces that the 2020 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Alexa Lamm, an Associate Professor of Science Communication at the University of Georgia. With a long list of accomplishments as a scientist, educator, and writer, Dr. Lamm is recognized nationally and internationally as an acclaimed research scholar. Colleagues and associates praise her intelligence and hard work, and they note that she is a “skilled translator”—Lamm has a way of making tech and science accessible for all, from policymakers to the general public.

As a leader in the field of social science research, Lamm examines the impacts of communication and educational practices, especially as they relate to technology that advances agricultural production while maintaining a sustainable environment. Much of her work explores how people make decisions about water conservation, water protection, and water policy.

Lamm has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, garnered millions of dollars in extramural funding, and presented her findings hundreds of times using traditional and non-traditional media methods. Currently serving as the Executive Editor of the Journal for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Lamm has conducted educational programs in more than 32 countries. Along with her leadership roles and publications, she has made numerous appearances on radio and television, been actively involved with social media, and communicated in various ways with consumers, farmers, local leaders, and students in the classroom.

Earlier in her career, Lamm produced impressive results at Colorado State University and the University of Florida. Along with her many other duties, she now teaches several science communication courses at the University of Georgia and served as the Graduate Coordinator in their Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication while launching a new doctoral program. Lamm won the National Researcher Award from the American Association of Agricultural Education in 2019, and she has received recognition and awards in many areas including extension, agricultural leadership, education, and communication.

Lamm now joins ten other respected and talented science communicators in receiving an award that honors the legacy of Norman Borlaug. As one of her colleagues said, “Dr. Lamm is an outstanding researcher who exemplifies the skills, dedication, and success this award is designed to recognize.”

An award presentation will occur during World Food Prize Symposium week in October, 2020. The Borlaug CAST Communication Award honors the legacies of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and Dr. Charles A. Black, the first president of CAST.

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