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Oct. 15, 2004

UI Engineering Freshman Wins National Award

Rachael Collier of Burlington, Iowa, a freshman majoring in chemical and biochemical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been named a co-recipient of the 2004 Ahmanson Intern Award by the World Food Prize Foundation of Des Moines, presented during the Oct. 14-16 World Food Prize International Symposium in Des Moines.

Held in conjunction with the United Nations World Food Day, the event offers numerous activities celebrating Iowa's rich humanitarian legacy and the 90th birthday of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. It includes the awarding of the $250,000 World Food Prize, the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Collier, a student in the laboratory of Professor Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair of Engineering, received her award for work in the field of integrated pest management. In particular, the award is for work she conducted with a virus designed to help save the Peruvian potato crop by substituting biological controls for pesticides while she was visiting Peru on a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. Before coming to the UI and while a student at Mediapolis High School, Collier won several awards for her scientific research in the Annual Regional Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held at the UI.

The annual Ahmanson Intern Award, inaugurated in 2001, is named in honor of Roberta Ahmanson for her generous endowment of the Youth Institute program, her dedication to education and Iowa youth, and her support for her home state of Iowa. The World Food Prize International Symposium is sponsored by The John Ruan Foundation.

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