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A Lifetime of Achievement

Sachs to receive the Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Award.

Carolyn SachsThe Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society chose Penn State faculty member Carolyn Sachs to receive its 2015 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Award.

Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women’s studies, and head of the Department of Women’s Studies, received the award at the society’s annual meeting and conference in Pittsburgh in June.

The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions during their careers toward realizing the goals of the society through research, teaching, extension, public service, and/or public policy.

Sachs’s research examines issues of gender and agriculture, and gender and environmental issues. Her current work includes an exploration of the new women agricultural entrepreneurs and their opportunities and barriers to success; a comparative international project on gender and climate change in India in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and a study of gendered work in the food system from farm to table.

Her extension and outreach interests include working with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network to provide hands-on agricultural, entrepreneurship, and leadership training. Sachs also serves on an expert panel to the United Nations on gender, water, and sanitation.

—Chuck Gill