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Mike Martin Named Honorary Professor By Czech University of Agriculture

Don Poucher, (352) 392-0437
Mike Martin, (352) 392-1971

GAINESVILLE—During his recent trip the Czech Republic, Mike Martin, University of Florida vice president for agriculture and natural resources, was named Honorary Professor by the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague.

The award from the Czech University’s scientific council was presented to Martin for his work in promoting a new cooperative program between the two institutions. A memorandum of understanding was signed at UF last year by officials from both universities to increase the exchange of students, faculty and research.

Czech University of Agriculture Rector Josef Kozak and other officials visited the UF in December 1999 to conclude the agreement and meet with faculty in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The agreement was signed by Kozak, Martin and UF President Chuck Young.

Prior to the signing ceremony in Gainesville, Kozak presented a seminar on agricultural research at the Czech University to faculty in the UF’s soil and water science department.

Martin said representatives from both universities will look for research topics of common interest as well as opportunities for the exchange of faculty and graduate students. He said both universities will benefit from the exchange, and researchers from abroad may help solve Florida problems.

“We look forward to working with officials from the Czech University of Agriculture and to further discussions on topics of mutual interest,” Martin said. “Clearly, building bridges between UF and colleagues from the Czech University will strengthen our commitment to globalization and serve as a springboard for collaborative research.”