Nutritional sciences associate professor and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension food specialist Barbara Brown, Ph.D., recently received the National Awards for Family Life and Human Development State Specialists 2018 Career Impact Award. The awards, given annually in partnership with NIFA’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, honor research-based programming that is effective in improving people's quality of life and well-being. The Career Impact Award is presented to Extension specialists who have made important contributions to the work of Cooperative Extension and who provide clear evidence of programs and impacts.
A 38-year veteran of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Brown’s impact has been felt not only in Oklahoma and the United States, but around the world, as well. She has taken part in USAID’s Farmer to Farmer program in Ecuador, Mozambique, Haiti and Nicaragua, as well as shared her knowledge in Spain, Italy and Canada. “Cooking with Barb” is a regular segment on Oklahoma Gardening where she demonstrates to viewers the benefits of fresh produce.