Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). He is also a professor on leave at the Universidad del Pacífico, and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany.
DENNIS TREACY (Committee and STS Roundtable Member) is Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Treacy oversees and directs the company’s sustainability and corporate affairs programs, including corporate communications and government relations. Since his arrival at Smithfield, he has helped enhance Smithfield’s environmental, community and sustainability policies and initiatives to become a meat industry leader in Corporate Social Responsibility programs. Mr. Treacy has more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, having previously served as: Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Manager of Government Affairs, Browning-Ferris Industries; Assistant Attorney General of Natural Resources, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia; and Advisor for regulatory and policy issues at the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and West Virginia Assistant Attorney General, Environmental and Energy Division. Mr. Treacy received his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mr. Treacy is a member of the Virginia State Bar and West Virginia State Bar. He serves or has served as a member on dozens of statewide and national boards and commissions.
LAURIAN UNNEVEHR (Committee Member) is Director of the Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Laurian has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters on topics in consumer demand and food policy as well as numerous other publications and outreach reports. She is recognized for original contributions in measuring the consumer benefits from agricultural research, the changing structure of U.S. food demand, and the cost-benefit trade-offs in food health regulation. With coauthors, she has received the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) awards for Quality of Communication and for Publication of Enduring Quality, recognizing contributions in food policy and food demand. Laurian was inducted as a fellow of AAEA in July 2009. Prior to coming to ERS to lead the Food Economics Division, Laurian was on the faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1985 to 2008. Laurian received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University and her B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis.
PAUL VLEK (Committee Member), a Soil Scientist, is Professor and Director of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, a federally funded multidisciplinary research and teaching institute concerning sustainable development issues. Prior to accepting this post, he was a Professor and Director at the Institute of Agronomy in the Tropics at Georg-August University in Goettingen. Dr. Vlek is Editor-in-Chief of “Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems,” and Editor of “Applied Botany” and “Basic and Applied Ecology.” Dr. Vlek’s research interests include the world’s soil resources, agricultural use of land, and the evidence of ongoing degradation and desertification of the soil in many food-producing regions.