Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Dr. Brenda Martin, chair of the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was recently selected to participate in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Visiting Scholars Program, hosted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at its headquarters in Washington D.C. The program seeks to expand collaboration between NIFA and its land-grant university partners.
During the program, Dr. Martin will learn about NIFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and connect with partnering federal agencies and national organizations to accomplish key initiatives of NIFA and the land-grant system. Program activities are intended to connect federal and national partners to expand opportunities and resources in FCS, as well as foster a greater understanding of the land-grant university system from the federal perspective.
Dr. Martin will be responsible for providing NIFA with a scope of work, final presentation and report at the end of the visit. Upon her return to UAPB, she will share the information she learned with faculty and students of the Department of Human Sciences.
Eligible applicants to the program were required to be administrators or faculty members with a teaching, research or Extension appointment in family and consumer sciences, rural sociology or a related discipline at one of the nation’s land-grant universities. Each year, the program provides opportunities for FCS faculty and administrators to enhance their professional growth while working with federal-level colleagues.