2013 International Educator of the Year Award

Campus Winner– Senior Faculty

Dr. David Wood, Professor of Pediatrics, UF College of Medicine (Jacksonville)
For over twenty years Dr. Wood’s research and advocacy efforts have focused on improving health systems for underserved children and adults.  Since October of 2011, Dr. Wood has been the Director of the Program in Global Health Education of the University of Florida, College of Medicine. Under his leadership there has been a significant expansion and improvement in the quantity and quality of the global health educational experiences for medical students and other health sciences students.  He oversees and manages the 6 service learning trips that occur annually and which are sponsored by the College of Medicine, sending over 150 medical students and other health sciences students each year to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti and Thailand.  In addition, the Global Health Track has promoted medical student participation in research in international settings.  As a result of this program, last summer 11 medical students worked on international health research projects.

Campus Winner- Junior Faculty

Dr. Senthold Asseng, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Dr. Asseng  is a recognized  leader in crop modeling,  climate  variability, climate  change and adaptation  research  focusing  on policy support  for global food security. Dr. Asseng has worked as part of international research teams in Germany, Australia, the U.S. and The Netherlands. Since 2011, Dr. Asseng is co-leading the Global Wheat Research Initiative of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), an initiative comprising an international team of crop model developers, experimentalists and crop physiologists from 15 countries. Since 2011, Dr. Asseng  has contributed  to the Global  Futures  project funded by the Melinda  and Bill Gates Foundation  working  with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)  in Washington  DC, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico  and Kenya, the International Center  for Agricultural  Research  in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria/Jordan, and the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru. His extensive international network and accomplishments have had a worldwide impact and greatly contributed to the internationalization of the Institute of Agriculture and Food Science- IFAS.

Campus Winner- Staff Award

Ms. Allysa Peyton, Harn Museum Curatorial Associate for Asian Art
Allysa expertly serves the University of Florida (UF) in her position as Curatorial Associate for Asian Art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Over the course of her first three years with the Asian Art Department, Allysa has come to embrace and expand the international aspects of this curatorial position by contributing to exhibitions, publications, teaching UF courses, symposia, intern supervision, and service to the UF and Gainesville communities. International awareness, especially with respect to artistic creativity in Asian art, has been greatly improved through her roles in mentoring and supervising Harn Museum student interns, teaching Honors classes, assisting visiting research scholars from Asia, and providing UF class tours of the Harn's Asian collections.