Sharon Shoemaker receives 2021 CAES Award of Distinction

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Sharon Shoemaker

A big congratulations to FST Academic Administrator Emerita Sharon Shoemaker for receiving the 2021 College of Agriculture and Environmental Science's Award of Distinction for the "Exceptional Staff" category!  

From the 2021 Award of Distinction Recipients webpage

Sharon Shoemaker, Ph.D., has spent most of her career as a research biochemist focused on agricultural food innovations, and she is a pioneer in cellulase strain and enzyme development used in biomass conversions.

She is the founding executive director of the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research and a founding co-editor-in-chief of the Nature Partner Journal: Science of Food. She is being honored among staff with a CA&ES Award of Distinction.

Shoemaker earned a master’s degree in food science and technology and a doctor’s degree in biochemistry and nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1991, she joined the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, where she later became an academic administrator.

Shoemaker has worked to address critical issues and advance solutions in food and agriculture by identifying and bringing together diverse expertise and related technologies. Her global network fostered new and novel ideas from partnerships developed through conferences, workshops, and other “people-to-people” scientific formats.

For the past 35 years, Shoemaker’s association with China has helped her and her husband develop global exchange programs for students from Chinese universities and UC Davis.

“She has strengthened the ties between academia and the agricultural and environmental industries and has helped identify solutions to contemporary issues. Her work has brought global recognition and honor to UC Davis.” – John C. and Christine M. Bruhn, Cooperative Extension Specialist Emeritus from the Department of Food Science and Technology

For anyone who would like to join in the award dinner presentation / outdoor reception celebrating the Award of Distinction recipients, it is being held October 29th at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, starting at 5:30 pm.  Registration is here: