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Dr. Gebisa Ejeta Awarded National Medal of Science

Today, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Joe Biden at the White House. The award is the highest recognition the nation bestows upon scientists.

According to the White House, Ejeta was honored for outstanding contributions to the science of plant genetics. By developing sorghum strains that withstand droughts and parasites, he has improved food security for millions. His advocacy for science, policy and institutions as key to economic development "has lifted the fortunes of farmers and strengthens the souls of nations."

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