New Faculty Tour

first_imgAgriculture — Georgia’s top industry — was featured prominently this week at stops on the University of Georgia Griffin and Tifton campuses during the university’s annual New Faculty Tour.The tour, which introduces new UGA faculty members to economic mainstays throughout the state during a five-day trip, visited the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) at UGA-Griffin on Wednesday. On Thursday, the tour stopped at UGA-Tifton, where faculty visited the energy-efficient Future Farmstead home and learned about peanut breeding and dairy research.“We are very happy the New Faculty Tour made a stop at the Griffin campus this year,” said Lew Hunnicutt, assistant provost and UGA-Griffin director. “They had a great tour and a great meal, and I think they left impressed with what we offer at the Griffin campus.”FoodPIC Director Kirk Kealey led the group through the center, where UGA faculty members help food entrepreneurs with product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing. FoodPIC personnel have worked on improved drying technologies for Georgia’s rabbiteye blueberries, frozen desserts made with Georgia-grown fruits and a grain-based milk beverage that’s now being produced in California.Kealey also reflected on his time on the New Faculty Tour two years ago.“It was the best week I could’ve spent getting to know what happens in Georgia and who the economic leaders in our state are,” Kealey said. “I know this week will benefit these new faculty the same way it did for me.”In terms of Georgia agricultural production, which totaled $13.8 billion in farm gate value in 2015, UGA-Tifton is an important stop on the tour every year, said Joe West, assistant dean for UGA-Tifton.“What makes Georgia agriculture unique is its diversity,” West said. “Multiple commodities dominate the agricultural landscape, and I’m glad we are able to showcase a few of those.”At UGA-Tifton, the group toured the Future Farmstead, an energy-efficient home, and learned about the technology behind it from UGA scientist Craig Kvien. UGA precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis talked to the tour group about water resource management, specifically irrigation efficiency. Corley Holbrook, U.S. Department of Agriculture supervisory research geneticist, and Juliet Chu, UGA research professional, discussed how genetics can increase peanut yields.As is the case every year, a visit to the campus dairy was the highlight of Thursday morning. Tour participants fed the calves and learned about dairy research from UGA animal and dairy scientists John Bernard and Sha Tao.“It is important for these new faculty members to learn about the importance of agriculture to the state and the many ways the University of Georgia is helping Georgia farmers sustain their operations,” said UGA Interim Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Laura Meadows. “Most of the faculty members on the tour are new to Georgia, many are new to the South, and they need to understand the major drivers of the economy here.”The UGA-Tifton and UGA-Griffin stops are two of almost 20 Georgia locations that the tour will visit by week’s end. Other stops included the Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega and Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville on Monday; the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta on Tuesday; and the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins and Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth on Wednesday.Following the stop in Tifton, the New Faculty Tour schedule included visits to the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross; Gulfstream Aerospace, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah; Georgia Ports Authority in Garden City; and Washington County, where new faculty learned about the Archway Partnership, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the kaolin industry.The UGA New Faculty Tour started in 1977. In 40 years, more than 1,400 UGA faculty have gone on the tour, which has been held for all but seven years since its inception. Tours were canceled in 1991, 2003, 2004, and from 2009 to 2012 due to budget constraints.The tour is coordinated by the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and is made possible by major support from the UGA Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. The tour also receives support from the UGA Alumni Association and numerous other units and university supporters.last_img read more

PFA to Protest Racist Tweets on Iheanacho

first_imgKelechi Iheanacho Racist abuse towards Kelechi Iheanacho that was allowed to stay on Twitter for more than 12 hours will be included in a dossier the Professional Footballers’ Association is going to present to social media bosses this month.Leicester striker Iheanacho was subjected to vile abuse following his late miss against his former club Manchester City, whose 1-0 win left them in pole position for the Premier League title.Several racist messages were posted between 9.45pm and 10pm and they remained online on Tuesday night, with Twitter having not removed them. One branding the Nigeria international a ‘f***ing n*****’ had attracted more than 150 retweets and likes. The PFA is aware and will be raising the comments when they sit down with social media companies at a scheduled meeting to discuss online racism.The players’ union wants to outline the severity of the issue, while they will also present a collection of racist messages that have been sent to Sports Minister Mims Davies.It was abuse such as that directed to Iheanacho after Monday night’s match which prompted Premier League players to stage a 24-hour social media boycott last month.That campaign, led by the PFA and under the hashtag #Enough, aimed to bring players together to demand social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram do more to tackle the problem.It was supported throughout football, with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among those who backed the protest.A Twitter spokesperson said: “We do not comment on individual cases for privacy reasons. Our abusive behaviour policy strictly prohibits any attempts to harass, intimidate or silence another person’s voice and we take strong enforcement action where violations are found.“The health of the conversation online is our singular priority. To reach this, we’ve introduced more than 30 changes in the last 18 months to achieve a healthier Twitter.“We are now suspending 3 times more abusive accounts within 24 hours of receiving a report compared to this time last year. We’ll continue building on this progress, improving our action rates and ensuring the health of the conversation is prioritised.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jerome Champagne bids to replace Fifa president Sepp Blatter

first_imgFormer Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne has launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as the world governing body’s president.The Frenchman, who has been backed by Pele, announced his intentions to become football’s most powerful man at a news conference in London on Monday.”We need a different Fifa,” he said. “More democratic, more respected, which behaves better and which does more.”Fifa’s presidency election will be held in Zurich in June 2015.Champagne, 55, worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005 before leaving Fifa in 2010.Since then he has been working as an international soccer consultant in troubled regions including Kosovo, Palestine and Israel and Cyprus. Blatter, who will be 78 in March, has been president since 1998. The Swiss has not yet said whether he will stand for a fifth term of office.Brazil legend Pele, a three-time World Cup winner, said he is supporting Champagne’s campaign.”I cannot stay away from a debate which is so important for the future of football and thus, I support Jerome Champagne and his vision,” he said in a videotape message shown at the news conference.Uefa president Michel Platini has also been discussed as a possible candidate, although the ex-France midfielder has not yet declared his intentions.last_img read more