Brouder honored with Spirit of Land-Grant Mission Award
By KEITH ROBINSON
Sylvie Brouder’s accomplishments as a researcher and educator earned the Purdue agronomy professor the 2010 Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award.
The award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty member in the College of Agriculture, College of Health and Human Sciences or School of Veterinary Medicine whose work integrates the university’s land-grant mission of discovery, Extension and learning.
Photo by Tom Campbell
Sylvie Brouder is dwarfed by 10-foot-tall Miscanthus grass growing last summer. Brouder is working with an interdisciplinary research team to understand the production and environmental implications of biofuels.
“This award is important because it recognizes all three aspects of the land-grant mission,” Brouder said. “Sometimes we raise up just one of the three, either discovery, Extension or learning. But this award recognizes all three aspects. And I think they are all three inherently linked together.”
Brouder integrates all three elements of the land-grant mission to enhance environmental stewardship and optimize farm productivity. Brouder’s applied research has led to the development of nutrient management guides and technologies that improve greenhouse gas emissions and water quality by helping to balance the amount of carbon and nitrogen in soil, plants, water and air.
“I think environmental stewardship research is recognized as being more important now than ever before. The questions we are addressing have always been there,” Brouder said. “But society is now recognizing them more as they relate to global issues of energy and food security.”
Brouder has developed an upper-level course on plant mineral nutrition and has received both industry and federal funding for graduate education.
Brouder has published 36 papers in refereed journal articles, 32 Extension publications and 40 technical reports and has been invited to speak at 54 national and international conferences. She also has been involved in 46 integrated grants and contracts accounting for more than $5.8 million in funding.
“Dr. Brouder has gained a national and international reputation for her work in agro-ecology, and her ability to bring research through to application will allow her work to have long-term benefits for the environment and agricultural production in Indiana, the nation and the world,” said Karen Plaut, associate dean of agriculture and director of agricultural research programs.
Brouder earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1985 and a PhD from the University of California in 1993. She received $10,000 to support her program and a $1,500 cash award.
Contact Brouder at email@example.com