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Creighton Student Receives Award at World Food Conference

Creighton Student Receives Award at World Food Conference

Creighton University sophomore Zachary Stewart, of Harlan, Iowa, received the John Chrystal Award during the 2008 World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2008 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stewart was recognized for the Chrystal Award for his outstanding work as a 2007 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan Intern in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Thomas Odhiambo International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). He spent the summer studying malaria, its vectors, and how it affects Africa’s food security.

ICIPE was established in the 1970’s to provide sites in the tropics to conduct research for managing pests and disease vectors. The John Chrystal Award was established in 2001 in the spirit of John Chrystal's commitment to enriching Iowa's relationship with the world and his belief that everyone is entitled to a sense of dignity and adequate food. The award is presented annually to the Intern who most strongly reflects Mr. Chrystal’s commitment.

Former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern, who were named the 2008 Food Prize Laureates, received the 2008 World Food Prize for their international school-feeding program that has encouraged a global commitment to school feeding and enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world’s poorest children.