Award for Global Engagement

2015 Recipient

Randall Singer
Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Randall Singer has made a significant global impact on food safety and production through his research, teaching, and outreach over his 12 years as a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

His impact is far reaching, having taught courses on the Ecology of Infectious Disease at the Universidad de ConcepciĆ³n and the Universidad Austral de Chile, and also as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service Project in Romania. Professor Singer has participated as a member of the U.S. delegation to the CODEX Alimentarius Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. A body within the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health, CODEX is charged with developing guidance on standards that govern global food and agriculture practices and trade.

Through a USDA grant, Professor Singer developed and established research and education networks in the Americas. He created the project “Food Safety, Food Production, and the Global Food Supply” with the goal of developing the skills required to address the safety of a global food supply. In collaboration with the Chilean Ministry of Health, the program provides three-week externships for veterinary students. Since its inception, 36 students from nine different veterinary schools have participated. Another initiative funded through the USDA grant was the development of the Institute of Public Health and Food Safety in the Americas, an innovative program that has educated 78 participants from Latin America and the U.S. on international public and environmental health.

Food safety continues to be a national and international priority in public health and agriculture. Global programs provide collaborative research, innovative education opportunities, and agriculture and food safety capacity building. Professor Singer’s efforts have created opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training, fostered cultural awareness, and created global research networks that ensure long-term impact and success for students and colleagues in the U.S. and Latin America.

Professor Al Beitz sharing remarks about Randall Singer at the award ceremony