WIU School of Ag Professor Emeritus Carlson Service to U.S.D.A. Recognized
March 18, 2016
MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University School of Agriculture Professor Emeritus John Carlson has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Last year, Carlson, who retired from Western in 2012 after 32 years of service, served as a member of the U.S.D.A.'s FY 2015 National Needs Graduate Fellowship Peer Review Panel.
In a letter of recognition, Ray Ali, national program leader, explained the panel is designed to support fellowship programs that engage outstanding master's and doctoral degree students in targeted expertise areas that address the nation's critical agricultural needs.
"The Peer Review Panel was responsible for reviewing and evaluating the proposals submitted for the FY 2015 competition," Ali noted. "Dr. Carlson's expertise and efforts contributed greatly to the quality of the review process."
Carlson began teaching at Western in 1980 in the area of animal science and started the Illinois ram test program at WIU. He has also been involved in the boar and bull testing programs. After being involved in numerous international agricultural development projects, Carlson began teaching courses in international agriculture and agricultural communications in 2003 and has led more than 200 students on study abroad programs to Russia, China, Costa Rica and Australia.
During his time at Western, he received the University's "Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus" award and delivered numerous invited international presentations. In Fall 2012, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.
Carlson earned his bachelor's degree in animal science and ag journalism from Iowa State University and his master's and Ph. D. degrees in animal breeding from Iowa State University.