Recognition and Appreciation to Professor Barbara J. Stoecker
A recognition and appreciation program was held on February 9, 2023 to honor Professor Barbara J. Stoecker for establishing and overseeing the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) capacity-building partnership with Oklahoma State University in the United States of America. The higher officials of the Institute, Deputy Director General Dr.Getachew Tollera, Dr. Masresha Tesema, director of the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate, and the directorate’s staff, were all present during the recognition for Professor Barbara J. Stoecker.
At Oklahoma State University, Professor Barbara J. Stoecker holds dual roles as a renowned scholar and teacher. A strategic partnership is established between Oklahoma State University and the higher education institutions in Ethiopia as a result of King Haile Selassie’s 1953 visit to the University. Professor Barbara J. Stocker has been accepting students from EPHI, Hawassa and Addis Ababa universities to travel and study at Oklahoma State University as a result of this partnership and the signed agreement between the institutes in both nations. Due to this partnership, students from Ethiopia have the opportunity to attend Oklahoma State University as Oklahoma residents and receive a top-notch education. Thanks to Professor Barbara J. Stoecker, this collaboration is still going strong today.
As a result of this collaboration, three nutritionists from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate have got opportunities to pursue their Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University, where they have been supervised by Professor Barbara J. Stoecker. This recognition and appreciation program is for Professor Barbara J. Stoecker, a seasoned expert who has been providing professional assistance to our prestigious institute in numerous nutrition-related fields. Dr. Mesay Hailu, EPHI’s Director General, Dr. Getachew Tollera, EPHI’s Deputy Director General, and other top management expressed their gratitude and acknowledged her support.
February 9, 2023
Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia