UF/IFAS York Distinguished LectureUF/IFAS York Distinguished Lecture

Lecture Archive

Fall 2015

Fall 2015 York Lecturer: Naomi Oreskes
Dr. Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science. Dr. Oreskes is a Harvard University Professor of the History of Science. Her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science. She has won numerous prizes for her work, and has lectured widely in diverse venues ranging from the Madison, Wisconsin, Civics Club to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

November 2, 2015

“Why We Should Trust Science (Most of the Time): Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science ”

2015 York Lecture Recording

Fall 2014

Fall 2014 York Lecturer: Alison Van Eenennaam
Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. The mission of her extension program is “to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems”.

November 13, 2014

“GMO Technology: What do the Facts Say?”

2014 York Lecture Recording

Fall 2013

Fall 2013 York Lecturer: Michael Mann
Dr. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” talked about the story behind the Hockey Stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when special interests attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science.

November 19, 2013

“The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines”

2013 York Lecture Recording

Spring 2012

Spring 2012 York Lecturer: Senator Bob Graham
Senator Bob Graham is the former two–term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This is combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature for a total of 38 years of public service. As Governor and Senator, Bob Graham was a centrist, committed to bringing his colleagues together behind programs that served the broadest public interest. He was recognized by the people of Florida when he received an 83% approval ranking as he concluded eight years as Governor. Bob Graham retired from public service in January 2005, following his Presidential campaign in 2004.

April 3, 2012

“What Would E.T. York Do?: How will land-grant institutions navigate the next 150 years?”

2012 York Lecture Recording

Spring 2011

Spring 2011 York Lecturer: Dr. Gebisa Ejeta
Dr. Ejeta is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. Among his many awards, Gebisa Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize; and a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia.

February 22, 2011

“The New Global Food Security Agenda: It Will Test Our Will!”

2011 York Lecture Recording

Spring 2010

Spring 2010 York Lecturer: Adam Putnam
Congressman representing Florida’s 12th District since 2001. Has led improvements in diverse areas including agriculture, children, small business and social security. Holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from IFAS’ Department of Food and Resource Economics.

April 12, 2010

“Green-Lighting the 21st Century Land Grant Mission”

2010 York Lecture Recording

Transcript of 2010 York Lecture

Fall 2008

Fall 2008 York Lecturer: Lonnie Ingram 
Distinguished Professor, UF/IFAS Microbiology and Cell Science Department, University of Florida; Director, Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels at the University of Florida

September 30, 2008

“Cellulosic Ethanol — Ethanol from the Inedible Portion of Plants ”

Spring 2008

Spring 2008 York Lecturer: Per Pinstrup-Andersen
H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship,
Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University; &
Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen

February 26, 2008

“Research and Policy Priorities for the Global Food System”

Fall 2007

Fall 2007 York Lecturer: Fuller W. Bazer
Associate Vice President for Research, Regents Fellow, Distinguished Professor, and O.D. Butler Chair, Texas A&M Department of Animal Science

October 4, 2007

“Animal Sciences in the Era of Systems Biology”

Spring 2007

Spring 2007 York Lecturer: M. Peter McPherson
President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

May 11, 2007

“Future of Africa and the Role of Land-Grant Universities in Developing Countries”

Spring 2006

Spring 2006 York Lecturer: Dr. David B. Allison
University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor of Biostatistics, Head of the Statistical Genetics Section, and Director of the NIH-Funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center

February 22, 2006

“Environmental Interactions with Genetics that Influence Obesity”

Spring 2005

Spring 2005 York Lecturer: Dr. Chelston W.D. Brathwaite
Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

March 30, 2005

“Agriculture and Rural Life in the Americas in the 21st Century”

Spring 2004

Spring 2004 York Lecturer: Patrick R. Smith
Nobel-Prize and Pulitzer-Prize Nominated Florida History Author

March 18, 2004

“Florida…A Land Remembered”

Fall 2003

Fall 2003 York Lecturer: Dr. Pedro A. Sanchez
Director of Tropical Agriculture and Senior Research Scholar at the Earth Institute of Columbia University
2002 World Food Prize Laureate

November 13, 2003

“Ending Hunger in Africa: What Needs to be Done”

Fall 2001

Fall 2001 York Lecturer: Dr. Vernon W. Ruttan
Regents Professor in the Department of Economics and Applied Economics University of Minnesota

“Constraints on Growth in Agricultural Production”

Spring 2001

Spring 2001 York Lecturer: Dr. Monkombu S. Swaminathan
UNESCO-Cousteau Professor in Ecotechnology and Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

March 12, 2001

“Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Vision of the 21st Century”

Year 2000

Year 2000 York Lecturer: Dr. Donald L. Plucknett
President and Principal Scientist, Agricultural Research and Development International

March 23, 2000

Agricultural Research at 2000: Can the Remarkable Agricultural Transformation Achieved in the 20th Century Continue?

Summer 1998

Summer 1998 York Lecturer: Dr. Robert Costanza
Director, Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Maryland

June 8, 1998

“Ecological Economics and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services”

Spring 1998

Spring 1998 York Lecturer: Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren

Chief Executive and Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya

February 24, 1998

“Insect Sciences for Sustainable Development: A Revisited Agenda”

Spring 1996

Spring 1996 York Lecturer: Dr. David O. Hall
Professor of Biology, King’s College, University of London

March 5, 1996

“Biomass Energy: Clean Technology for Environment and Development”

Spring 1995

Spring 1995 York Lecturer: Dr. Daniel Hillel
Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology, University of Massachusetts

March 28, 1995

“The Struggle for Water and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East”

Fall 1994

Fall 1994 York Lecturer: Dr. E.T. York
Chancellor Emeritus of Florida’s State University System and Distinguished Service Professor, University of Florida

November 29, 1994

“Problems of Global Hunger and Malnutrition–Was Malthus Right After All?”

Spring 1991

Spring 1991 York Lecturer: Dr. John L. Monteith
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),
Hyderabad, India

April 3, 1991

“Food in a Changing World”

Fall 1989

Second Fall 1989 York Lecturer: Dr. William H. Patrick, Jr.
Boyd Professor of Marine Sciences Laboratory for Wetland Soils and Sediments, Louisiana State University

November 15, 1989

“From Wastelands to Wetlands”

Fall 1989

Fall 1989 York Lecturer: Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw
Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 19, 1989

“Individual, Social and Political Malnutrition”

Fall 1987

Fall 1987 York Lecturer: Dr. Robert L. Metcalf
Professor of Entomology, University of Illinois

September 22, 1987

“Benefit Risk Considerations in the Use of Pesticides”

Spring 1987

Spring 1987 York Lecturer: Dr. A. Carl Leopold
Distinguished Scientist, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research

March 10, 1987

“Life in the Dry State: The Physiology of Seeds”

Fall 1986

Fall 1986 York Lecturer: Dr. Laurence R. Jahn
Vice President, The Wildlife Management Institute

November 5, 1986

“Integrated Natural Resources Management: Why?”

Spring 1986

Spring 1986 York Lecturer: Dr. Luther G. Tweeten
Regents Professor of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

March 11, 1986

“Sector as Personality: The Case of Farm Protest Movements”

Year 1970

Inaugural York Lecturer: Dr. Norman E. Borlaug
Senior Scientist Emeritus, Rockefeller Foundation
1970 Nobel Laureate

September 11, 1985

“World Hunger: What to Do?”