URBANA, Ill. – Lulu Rodriguez, professor and director of the agricultural communications program at the University of Illinois, received an Excellence in Research Award on June 15. It was presented by the international organization, Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), at an annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rodriguez was recognized for being among the most active and productive communications researchers in the subject areas of food, natural resources, renewable energy, rural development, and others related to agriculture. Through her research she is contributing to understanding the effects of science and risk communication interventions on public knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. A companion research stream involves evaluating and improving media performance in communicating science and risk.
Her studies address questions central to some of today’s most vigorous debates and public issues, domestically and globally. For example, rural women in Uganda are benefitting from her research, which is helping lay the groundwork for empowering these vital agricultural producers and improving the lives of rural families.
She was also recognized for strengthening the research base of the agricultural communications program while enhancing student participation in research. The program she leads has been offered jointly by the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and College of Media since 1962.