Manjeet S. Chinnan University of Georgia professorManjeet S. Chinnan will receive the prestigious D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service for international agriculture Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga.Chinnan is a professor of food science and technology and inbiological and agricultural engineering in the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is an internationallyrecognized authority on processing, handling and storing peanuts,cereal legumes, fruits and vegetables.He has published more than 80 research publications and hasearned more than $6.5 million in research grants and contracts.International LeaderHis leadership in networking with international scientistsin the Caribbean and Central America led to a 10-year projectwith postharvest handling of peanuts. The group continues to developprojects in Bulgaria, the Philippines and Ghana.Chinnan developed a simple instrument to measure the hardnessof blackeye peas and other legumes. The hard-to-cook conditionin most beans and peas subjected to extended storage is a criticalproblem in the canning industry.The device, designed and developed for easy use in the qualityassurance laboratories in food processing companies in Georgia,allows for more precise processing control and reduces energycosts.Because of his contribution to the Nigerian USAID project,Chinnan and team members were awarded the 1991 Institute of FoodTechnologists International Award. The award recognizes contributionresulting in an international exchange of ideas in food technology,a better international understanding in the field and a successfultransfer of food technology to a developing nation.Other WinnersThe annual Brooks awards are presented to UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research,extension and international agriculture. The awards include aframed certificate and a $5,000 cash award.Other honorees this year are: Eddie McGriff, county extensionprogramming; Michael Dirr, teaching; Steve L. Brown, extension;and John Ruter, research.Before the awards ceremony, William F. Kirk, vice presidentof DuPont Biosolutions Enterprise, will deliver the D.W. BrooksLecture: “The 21st Century — An Agribusiness Odyssey.”The lecture and awards are named for the late D.W. Brooks,founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., and founderof Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. Brooks was an advisoron agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents.