Baenziger's Nebraska Lecture is Nov. 1

P. Stephen Baenziger
P. Stephen Baenziger

UNL small grains breeder P. Stephen Baenziger will present "The Joy of Applied Science While Feeding the World" at the fall Nebraska Lecture, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 the Nebraska Union auditorium. The presentation will be streamed live at

An internationally known plant breeder and geneticist, Baenziger will discuss the challenges of feeding the world, the possibilities for expanding food production and the role of science in addressing these challenges. A reception will follow this public lecture.

Recognition of the challenge ahead in feeding the world has led to a new respect for agriculture, which many have been unwilling to recognize as real science, Baenziger said. Agriculture is humanity’s "first science" and the one that made progress possible.

"I think you’re going to see some of the very best minds coming to agriculture," he said.

Baenziger is the first faculty member to hold the Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair, an endowed professorship provided through a partnership between NUtech Ventures and Bayer CropScience. He leads UNL's highly regarded wheat breeding program and research to develop cutting-edge wheat breeding technologies and varieties.

In addition to the live webcast, an archived video will be available about a week after the event. Follow and discuss the lecture via Twitter using the hashtag #neblecture.

The Nebraska Lectures, which feature distinguished UNL faculty, are designed for general audiences and provide insights about some of the university’s leading research, scholarly and creative activity. Baenziger’s lecture is sponsored by the UNL Research Council, Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

— Ashley Washburn, Research and Economic Development

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