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September 11, 1998

Pioneer Hi-Bred endows fourth chair

by Steve Jones

Gifts totaling $1 million from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. will establish a new economics faculty chair and research program.

The Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Chair in Science and Technology Policy will serve the needs of Iowa and United States agriculture in a global environment, said David Topel, dean of the College of Agriculture.

The research program will be located at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. A national search for a researcher to fill the faculty chair will begin immediately.

The chair holder will investigate issues such as public vs. private ownership of intellectual properties and the impact of new technologies in agriculture.

The gift and establishment of the chair were announced Sept. 4 at CARD's annual fall policy conference.

"Leadership from this position will benefit ISU's research and extension programs and the companies in Iowa and the Midwest that have led the development of modern agriculture sectors worldwide," Topel said. "This program also will produce results that guide public and private investments in agricultural science and technology."

The chair in science and technology policy is the fourth academic position at ISU endowed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Others are the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship (Agriculture), the Pioneer Hi-Bred Chair in Agribusiness (Business) and the Pioneer Hi-Bred Chair in Molecular Biology.

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