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News story about
Grusak's research (Nov. 1999)
Michael Grusak Is a "Scientist of the
Year" By Alfredo
February 12, 2003
BELTSVILLE, Md., Feb. 12Michael A. Grusak, a plant
physiologist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been named the agencys
Southern Plains Area Senior Research Scientist of 2002." ARS is the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency. The agencys Southern Plains Area includes
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
Grusak, who works at the ARS
Children's Nutrition Research Center
in Houston, Texas, is being honored for his efforts to enhance the nutritional
quality of food crops and for leadership in promoting interdisciplinary
research between plant and human nutrition scientists.
Edward B. Knipling, ARS Acting Administrator, will present a
plaque to Grusak at a 1 p.m. ceremony today at the agency's Henry A. Wallace
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
here. Grusak and other award winners will also receive cash awards and
additional research funding.
Grusak is recognized internationally for his scientific
contributions in the field of plant iron nutrition. He has focused his
attention on how the absorption and handling of this essential micronutrient is
regulated by plants, and how this regulation can be modified to enhance the
iron content of edible tissues.
Improving iron content in plant foods is currently a goal of
many national and international research teams, because iron deficiency anemia
is estimated to afflict one-third of the world's population. This represents
approximately 2 billion people, including certain U.S. population groups.
Grusak is credited with 55 publications, including 36 as first
author. Forty-three of those publications have been published during his nearly
14-year career as an ARS scientist. Grusak has also been awarded eight
competitive grants in the past three years for research in plant nutritional
physiology and human nutrition science.
Grusak received his B.S. in biology from Bates College in
Lewiston, Maine, in 1979. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D in botany, both from the
University of California, Davis, in 1982 and 1985 respectively.