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Tracy Kahn is Fellow of California Agricultural Leadership Program


Curator of UCR Citrus Variety Collection Chosen for Prestigious California Agricultural Leadership Program

Tracy Kahn is the second person from UC Riverside to be appointed fellow of the Program

(September 24, 2003)

Tracy Kahn, curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, has been chosen as a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Tracy Kahn, curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, has been chosen as a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside is proud to announce that Tracy Kahn has been chosen as a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Kahn is senior museum scientist and lecturer in the department of botany and plant sciences. Last year, Cynthia Giorgio, assistant dean of Programs and Development for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, was elected fellow.

“I am excited about participating in the California Agricultural Leadership Program,” said Kahn. “I anticipate that this new experience will provide me with a much greater perspective of agriculture and the world at large.”

Kahn serves also as curator of the UC Riverside Citrus Variety Collection, one of the world's most diverse living collections of citrus and related types with approximately 900 different varieties. In addition, she conducts extension activities and research to evaluate the commercial potential of new citrus varieties within the department of botany and plant sciences.

Each spring season, at the Orange Blossom festival held in Riverside, Kahn helps coordinate UC Riverside's citrus display, which offers tastes of 40 different types of citrus to over 20,000 people attending the popular festival.

This fall, Kahn is participating in a University/Eastside Community Collaborative Cesar Chavez Celebration Though the Arts project administered though UC Riverside’s Office of Governmental and Community Relations. The project provides 35 sixth graders the opportunity to participate in a service learning project focusing on local citrus heritage and Riverside's labor history.

Kahn also serves as a board member for the California Citrus State Historic Park Non-Profit Management Corporation, which works in collaboration with State Park personnel and docents to provide for the management, care, and development of the 377-acre park.

Kahn graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in botany and from UC Riverside with a doctorate degree in botany. She has been an employee at UC Riverside for 22 years. In 2000, she received a UCR Staff Who Make a Difference Award from the UCR Staff Assembly in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the University.

The California Agricultural Leadership Program is an intensive two-year leadership development course that focuses on developing the skills necessary for reinforcing the awareness of the critical issues facing California agriculture, and the leadership skills to help resolve some of those issues. The broad goal of the Program is to develop leaders who have a broader vision and cultural understanding of the world, their community and their industry. The program consists of fourteen seminars offered in conjunction with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California Davis and Santa Clara University. Additionally, the program includes two educational travel studies, a two-week trip within the United States and a three-week international trip.
Dr. Tracy Kahn teaching students about UCR's citrus heritage and ongoing research.

Dr. Tracy Kahn teaching students about UCR's citrus heritage and ongoing research.

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