Pezzoli recipient of the Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives

Posted on December 3, 2015 by MFeiock


(Inya Kiderra and Kim McDonald, UCSD) 

Pezzoli receives Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives

Ten University of California faculty were honored today (Nov. 19) for demonstrating outstanding leadership on President Janet Napolitano’s systemwide initiatives, which range from increasing student access and diversity, enhancing campus entrepreneurialism, achieving carbon neutrality, promulgating healthy and sustainable food systems around the world, and furthering UC’s engagement with Mexico.

Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., from the University of California (UC) San Diego, received an Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives from Janet Napolitano, J.D., president of the UC system. From across the UC campuses, 10 faculty members were honored for demonstrating outstanding leadership on system-wide initiatives.

The award honors Pezzoli's leadership on the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI), where he leads a subcommittee on urban agriculture and food disparities. He is actively involved with community youth development workshops focused on urban agriculture and health. He also leads the Communication, Literacy and Education for Agricultural Research (CLEAR) project, a partnership with UC Davis that is helping prepare the next generation of science communicators in food and agriculture.

Pezzoli leads the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core of UC San Diego's Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. The Center works closely with the UC GFI by helping address issues of toxicity and risk assessment in areas, such as brownfield sites, where people living in low-income communities grow food on contaminated land. This year, Napolitano visited a field site in southeast San Diego where local residents and their SRP and GFI partners are building a community garden, food forest, neighborhood food security network, and environmental health learning center.

Learn about more UCSD Superfund Initivites led by Dr. Keith Pezzoli



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