Bridgeport(CT), May 28: Dr. Kalidas Shetty is the only NRI scientist of Mangalorean origin, is among five recipients of the first Jefferson Science Fellowship announced by Secretary of State Colin Powell on wednesday 26th of May 2004. Dr. Kalidas Shetty, associate professor of food science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst was feted by the State Department in Washington DC.
Powell heralded the creation of the JSF program, named for the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was both ambassador and scientist. The program will gather U.S. scientists, diplomats and policymakers to work on issues of international importance.
"The dynamic spirit of science and its search for new ideas has animated America since its earliest days," Powell said in his speech, adding, "The US itself was an experiment in political science, an unprecedented experiment in liberty and in self-government."
He noted how Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were both scientists as well as diplomats and that America needs a strong partnership between the two disciplines so that diseases, weapons of mass destruction and alleviating poverty could be dealt with and overcome.
The fellowship programme, Powell said, "gives the State Department the opportunity to benefit from the counsel and expertise of tenured academic scientists," but the scientists too will benefit from observing the day-to-day working of American foreign policy, an experience they will take back to the classroom.
Dr. Shetty is a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and He also Holds M.S in Bacteriology from the University of Idaho. Dr. Shetty had his postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Agro-Biological Research, Japan, and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Dr Shetty is also an affiliate faculty with NASA Space Food Technology Commercial Space Center at Iowa State University, Breast Cancer Research Cluster, Bay State Health System, Springfield, MA, Molecular and Cellular Biology- UMASS, Plant Biology- UMASS and Environmental Science- UMASS.
He holds at least four patents and has been editor of several reputed agricultural publications. Research in his laboratory focuses on molecular physiology of secondary metabolite synthesis in plants.
Dr Shetty was Awarded 8 gold medals for academic excellence at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. He has also received Science and Technology Post-doctoral Fellowship Of Japan Government 1990-1991.
Dr Shetty is very proud to say that he is a Mangalorean. Dr Shetty is the eldest among four sons of Dr. Ninjoor Ramanna Shetty of Udupi and Ganga Shetty of Eliyar near Konaje. Dr Shetty was born in Jayapura near Chikmagalur while his father Dr. N. R. Shetty was working as a Doctor there. His parents are now retired and live at Konaje. Dr Shetty has 3 brothers Jnaneshwar Shetty, Mangaldas Shetty and Yogeshwar Shetty.
Dr. Shetty is married to Geetha Shetty and together they have 2 sons Varun and Vishal. Dr. Shetty lives at Springfield, MA.
Dr Shetty studied in Bishop Cotton High School in Bangalore and finished his PUC in MGM college, Udupi. He pursued his Bachelors degree from the University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore. Dr. Shetty is very polite and soft natured person. Speaking to our correspondent Dr Shetty said "I am really not any high profile person but now i am overwhelmed and overloaded with emails and phone calls from the media and press persons".
When asked how do you feel when you receive this prestigious fellowship Dr. Shetty said "I am grateful and honored to be awarded this fellowship inspired by the great American thinkers and leaders such as Jefferson and Franklin as well as in modern time Dr. Norman Borlaug. This fellowship at the State Department gives us the opportunity to give something back to the world at-large. Inspiration from Science and Technology as well as a sense of pragmatism and a global perspective from such thinkers provided some of the critical foundations for modern America. This has inspired many generations since and this foundation acted as a magnet to attract diverse talents and perspective for the development of America and the world. This inpiration will be critically important to build the present and future."
Mangalorean.Com Congratulates Dr. Kalidas Shetty and Wish him more success in his future endeavors.
By: Our Correspondent, USA