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Jauhar Honored by NDSU Equity and Diversity, Multicultural Programs

NDSU adjunct professor Dr. Prem Jauhar was honored this spring with awards given by the Division of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, and by the Office of Multicultural Programs.
Jauhar Honored by NDSU Equity and Diversity, Multicultural Programs

Prem Jauhar

A Department of Plant Sciences adjunct professor has received dual honors from NDSU this year. Dr. Prem Jauhar, research geneticist in cereal crops research at the USDA-ARS Northern Crops Science Lab, was honored this spring by the NDSU Division of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, and by the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Jauhar was awarded the Vice President’s Green and Golden Globe Diversity Award during the fifth annual NDSU Green and Golden Globe Diversity Awards Ceremony in April. Created by the NDSU Division of Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, the award “acknowledges efforts of students, faculty and staff from across the university who create a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment where all people can learn and work.” (http://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/12597/)

“I felt truly honored, in fact more humbled than honored, by my recognition by President Bresciani at the last Golden Globe Awards Ceremony,” shared Jauhar.

The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) recognized Jauhar and his wife, Raj, for their support of multicultural students and programs at NDSU by dedicating the OMP Study Center in the Memorial Union to the Jauhars. Family members and students attended the unveiling of the Dr. Prem and Raj Jauhar Study Center sign at a ceremony in April. (http://www.ndsu.edu/multicultural/student_support/)

“I was pleasantly surprised when the Study Room in the Office of Multicultural Programs was dedicated to us. We are pleased that this dedication will remain forever,” Jauhar said.

At the end of July, Jauhar will retire from the USDA-ARS, where he worked for 30 years. During that time, he also served as an adjunct professor in the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences. Over the span of his career, Jauhar released three durum genetic stocks, produced numerous research accomplishments, was a prolific author of domestic and international publications, and delivered invited lectures in 18 countries over four continents.

Jauhar has received many awards, honors and professional recognitions. He has served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Heredity, an international journal of genetics, since 1990. He was elected a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America in 1995, the American Society of Agronomy in 1996, the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002, and the National Academy of Sciences of India in 2013. Fellow is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual. In 2009, All-India Society of Cytology and Genetics honored him with the First Archana Sharma Memorial Award for "Outstanding Contributions in the Genetic Control of Chromosome Behaviour." In 2010, Jauhar was named an “Outstanding Community Member” during the NDSU Golden Globe Awards ceremony.

Jauhar also finds time to care for and serve humankind. Particularly close to his heart is helping students. He has created four scholarships and an educational fund for “academically brilliant and financially needy students.” Many students have been helped through this assistance. “It is my greatest honor and goal in life to help students,” he says.

After his retirement, the Jauhars plan to move to Long Island, New York, to be closer to their children. Jauhar intends to devote his time to “social work and serving the suffering humanity in whatever way I can.”

Source, Editor and Photos: Prem Jauhar, prem.jauhar@ndsu.edu
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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