Mehlhorn to direct pilot program at UTM
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 10:22 pm
The Office of International Science and Education Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that the University of Tennessee at Martin has been awarded $99,999 for a Global Agriculture Leadership Incubator Project (GALIP). With additional funds provided by UT Martin, the total project amount is $134,999.
Dr. Joseph Mehlhorn, professor of agricultural economics, will serve as project director of this pilot model for internationalizing the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources curriculum. Mehlhorn worked with Andrew Brown, assistant director for international initiatives, UT Martin Center for Global Studies and International Education, and Dr. Bonnie Daniel, senior research associate, UT Martin Office of Research, Grants and Contracts, to develop the proposal. Brown will serve as evaluator of the project.
“The GALIP grant program will allow UT Martin students and faculty to gain valuable experience in international agriculture trade issues,” said Mehlhorn. “In today’s global agriculture marketplace, it is essential to have an understanding of social, economic and technological factors facing consumers and producers in other countries.
“This is a chance of a lifetime for our students to experience another culture and learn another language,” he added. “This will enable UT Martin students to be more marketable for international jobs in agriculture. The program will also allow faculty members to better incorporate international issues into the curriculum.”
Published in The Messenger 10.21.08