Four from AESE receive 2013 Rural Sociological Society Awards

Posted: August 5, 2013

Two faculty members and two rural sociology graduate students from the AESE department were presented with awards at the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) 2013 Awards Ceremony, held August 8, in New York City.

Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and his co-authors are the recipients of the 2013 Fred Buttel Scholarly Achievement Award from the rural Sociological Society for the article, Glenna, L., R. Welsh, D. Ervin, W.B. Lacy, and D. Biscotti. 2011. "Commercial Science, Scientists' Values, and University Biotechnology Research Agendas" published in Research Policy. This article is a major contribution to the literature on agricultural science and technology, a central dimension of Fred Buttel's contribution to rural sociology.

Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and head of women's studies, received the 2013 Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society. The award honors RSS members who have made superior career contributions to the field of rural sociology through research, teaching, extension, public service and/or public policy. Carolyn is internationally respected for her pioneering scholarship on women and agriculture and was one of the foundational scholars working on women and agriculture in the U.S. She has done pioneering work on civic agriculture, making women's agriculture visible in the U.S. through her published work and presentations.

Dara Bloom, rural sociology PhD student, received the 2013 Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper award from the Rural Sociological Society. Bloom's winning paper is titled "Standards for Development: Food Safety and Sustainability in Walmart's Honduran Supply Chains," one part of her PhD research in rural sociology. Dara's dissertation examines how development agencies facilitate the implementation of supermarkets' private food safety standards, and what affect these standards may have in determining the content of agricultural development outreach activities, as well as what is considered "sustainable" in this context.

John Eshleman's, rural sociology PhD student, $2500 doctoral dissertation award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) will support research activities associated with his dissertation project, "Directions in Movement: A Current and Historical Analysis of Alternative Agrifood Movements."