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Jen Receives Leadership Award from Scientific Group

Ed Loyd (202) 720-4632
Terry Van Doren (202) 720-5923

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WASHINGTON, May 2, 2005 – Agriculture Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics Joseph Jen today received the 2004 Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) Leadership Citation at the organization’s council meeting. CSSP presented the award to Jen for his leadership and vision concerning agriculture and agricultural research.

“It is a great honor to receive this citation,” Jen said. “The award not only showcases the hard work my USDA colleagues and I devoted to promoting Agricultural Sciences, but also shows that the entire science community recognizes the crucial role of agriculture to the nation. To the latter, we are truly grateful.”

The CSSP cited Jen for his accomplishments, including success in improving scientific peer review and increased quality of intramural and extramural research funded by USDA. They applauded Jen’s work for achieving significant budgetary support for the National Research Initiative, for leading the National Science and Technology Council’s Animal and Plant Genomics Interagency Working Group to important goals, overseeing sequencing of agriculturally significant genomes and leadership toward increased food production and nutritional value.

The CSSP represents more than 1.5 million scientists in over 150 disciplines and is a national center of science leadership development and science policy formation.