Visiting Scholars

Auburn University Agriculture & Nursing Host Visiting Fulbright Scholar from University of the West Indies

Dr. Neela Badrie, a Fulbright scholar and  senior lecturer/researcher from the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is at Auburn University, Auburn, AL to collaborate on research.  She was the recipient of the 2009 Fulbright Awards for University Lecturers and Research Scholars from the Caribbean and Central America region in the field of agriculture.  The Fulbright grant is awarded based on academic, professional leadership and leadership potential. Dr. Badrie has been a prolific researcher with many refereed publications, regional and international presentations and chapters in books. She is serving as associate editor and reviewer of many international refereed journals.   She has been the recipient of many outstanding awards.  The areas of research and teaching areas are on food safety and quality with emphasis on food microbiology, tropical food processing (industrial food product development) sensory evaluation of foods, nutrition and consumer studies. She is the first female to graduate with a Ph.D in Food Science from the Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and Trinidad and Tobago.  

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.  It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright experience is expected to be of intrinsic value to the scholar, the recipient’s home institution, its faculty and its students, as well as to the U.S. host institution. Fulbrighters are considered ‘cultural ambassadors’ to their host countries and are expected to become active and involved members of their communities upon returning home.

About the Collaborative Research at Auburn University

The collaborative research at Auburn University, Auburn is focused on ‘Consumer Awareness, Perception Knowledge and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in the Blackbelt, Alabama: Functional Properties ’ and ‘Quality Evaluation and Antioxidant Properties of Fruit Juices’. The researchers at Auburn University are:  Dr. Curtis Jolly, a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, College of Agriculture, Dr. Floyd Woods, an Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks, a Full Professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing.  The market for functional foods in the United States is estimated at $10 billion. Consumer knowledge regarding enhanced health effects of consumption of functional foods is limited. Belief in the health On July 22nd, 2009 Dr. Badrie presented on the  topic ‘Some Food Safety Challenges affecting Exports from Small  Caribbean Economies’ at the School of Agriculture.

About the University of the West Indies

The University of the West Indies is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean with over 40,000 students and with main campuses in Cave Hill Barbados, Mona Jamaica and St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago, and Centers in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

Last Updated: 3/22/2013