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Lincoln awards recognise outstanding work
Dr Michael Nelson graduated BAgSc in 1951 and MAgSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics in 1953. He was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which took him to the USA where he completed a PhD in Agricultural Economics at Oregon State University.  Lincoln University alumni Stephen Goldson and Michael Nelson received the Bledisloe Medal and Alumni International Medal respectively at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony in Lincoln Event Centre on 2 May.

Professor Goldson graduated PhD in Entomology from Lincoln in 1979 and this led directly to a career as a research entomologist with MAF’s Agricultural Research Division. In 2002 he was appointed a Professorial Fellow at Lincoln University and the following year he became Deputy Director of the then newly formed Bio-Protection Research Centre, a Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) at Lincoln University. Between 2004 and 2007 he was also Chief Science Strategist for AgResearch. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours List he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Professor Goldson will deliver the traditional annual Bledisloe Medallist’s address to alumni later this year.

Dr Nelson dedicated a 45-year career to rural development and natural resources management in Latin America. From 1957 to 1988 he worked as an economist, senior economist and programme director in organisations including Stanford Research Institute in the USA, Honduras and Argentina, Resources for the Future in Chile, Ford Foundation in Mexico and the World Bank in Washington DC. For six years he headed the Division of Natural Resources at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America in Chile.

Dr Arthur Domike, a Fellow at the American University School of International Service, Washington DC once said of Dr Nelson that there are “few, if any, New Zealanders who can match his record for dedicated service to economic development and the reduction of poverty in Latin America”.

Dr Nelson now lives back in New Zealand, in Wanaka.