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The 2018 Agro-Forestry & Wildlife Field Day was held Thursday, Sept. 20 at University of Georgia Griffin Campus Westbrook Research Farm on Ellis Road.

The event, which began in 1987 and is currently held every three years, is an opportunity for property owners and students to learn from and ask questions of experts in a variety of topics related to forestry and wildlife.

George Granade, Research Station Superintendent at UGA-Griffin, helped organize the event.

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Renovation of a 1913 mule barn on the University of Georgia Griffin campus is complete, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Oct. 4 signifying its new purpose as the Dundee Cafe.

Made possible by a $1 million gift from the Dundee Community Association, the cafe will serve students, employees and visitors as well as keep the memory of Dundee Mills and the historic mule barn alive through historical photos and exhibits.

“The University of Georgia is tremendously grateful to the Dundee Mills Community Association for this generous gift, which has allowed us to create a vibrant hub on the Griffin campus and further strengthen the connections between UGA-Griffin and the surrounding community,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

The mule barn was constructed in 1913 after the previous structure burned to the ground following a lightning strike. The replacement barn was constructed using the slip form concrete method to demonstrate what was then a new construction technique.

During the same time period, across the street from the campus, Dundee Mills produced towels and other textiles. It was the area’s largest employer for nearly a century, when Griffin was known as a textile town.

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  • Young Scholars Program
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Pipette, check. Lab coat, check. A sense of scientific curiosity, double check.

It’s not your typical gear list for summer camp, but it covers just what Georgia high school students needed while they participated in this summer’s University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars Program.

For almost three decades, the CAES Young Scholars Program has paired the college’s researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of study that forms the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.

During the Young Scholars Program, students are paid to work as research assistants in laboratories across the college to complete real research projects alongside their faculty mentors.

This year’s 59 Young Scholars represent more than 35 high schools from across the state.

“Each year, we are pleased with the level of research students are able to accomplish in six weeks,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “Many Young Scholars alumni who got their initial exposure to science in this program currently work in labs across this campus and in industry.”

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It is hard to believe that Young Scholars is in the home stretch already! Our students have been finishing up their research and projects which they will present on July 10th. On Tuesday they were able to attend the campus wide Watermelon Social and on Thursday we featured students Lauren Moyer and Meghan Rogers on the radio with their mentor Dr. Kirk Kealey and Lauren Hatcher. Then on Friday, we held our final Fun Friday with the Young Scholars and what a fun day it was! The students started the day by touring FoodPIC with Dr. Kealey and his crew where they had a chocolate tasting and toured the facility. Then had a Business Etiquette workshop with Dawn Tyus, Project Director of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SATTC) at Morehouse School of Medicine before having a Meet-N-Eat lunch networking social with the programs mentors where they could practice the skills they had just learned. After lunch, former Young Scholar Breanna Coursey who is now the Director of Student and Employer Engagement for CAES UGA/Athens, spoke to the group about the transition from high school to college. It was a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

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Christy Sutton has been an educator for 10 years, and has spent the last five years teaching second grade mathematics at Lee County Primary School. She serves as the school’s mathematics team leader and is a member of the school’s leadership team. Christy has presented numerous times at the Georgia Mathematics Conference. Through the implementation of hands-on activities and a focus on student discourse, Christy’s goal is for all students to be confident in their mathematical abilities. She believes every student has the right and ability to learn mathematics, and strives for students to realize their potential in becoming mathematicians. For the past four years, Christy has spent time working with projects for Georgia’s Department of Education. She has helped rewrite the Georgia Frameworks, revise the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), and participated in creating webinars. Most recently, she helped create videos for second grade teachers titled "GSE Mathematics Standards in the Classroom." Christy earned an A.S. in early childhood education from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, a B.S., summa cum laude, in early childhood education from Georgia College and State University, and a M.E. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia. She is certified in early childhood education, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and middle grades mathematics.

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
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  • Food Science and Technology
  • Griffin Campus
  • Horticulture
  • Turfgrass and Weed Science
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The 2018 Young Scholars Program kicked off on Monday, June 4th at the University of Georgia Griffin Campus with 20 students participating in the six-week internship program. High school students from the region were selected from a pool of 86 applicants to participate in YSP where they will spend the summer working alongside world-renowned research scientists at UGA Griffin.

This year we have eight returning young scholars: Austin Duncan, Tamara English, Mary Grace Johnson, Maddox Jordan, Sheilendria Rawls, Jolie Ryff, Martha Sikora and Sarah Smyly. Joining YSP for the first time are: William Anong, Samuel Cross, Joshua Duffey, Taaseen Khan, Yuheon Lee, Lauren Moyer, Meghan Rogers, Emily Shi, Melanie Wagner, Robert “Lee” Wall, Dean Watson and Caroline Zhang. The students will spend Monday through Thursday working with their mentors and on Fridays they will have exploratory site visits to various areas on campus and work-shops from insightful presenters about college/life skills.

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University of Georgia horticulturists Rachel Itle and Dario Chavez recently traveled to Australia to collect seeds from wild raspberries and peaches to bring back to the UGA Griffin campus. As scientists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Itle and Chavez research Georgia-grown fruit.

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It is not often that students get to work with world-renowned research scientists before they enter college, however for six seniors from Pike County High School that is exactly what happened for the 2017-2018 school year. The students are the second class of Pike County High School’s STEM Academy to complete the STEM Internship Program on the University of Georgia Griffin Campus.

Through the program, the students worked alongside UGA research scientists to become better prepared for post-secondary education and future careers in STEM fields.

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  • Crop and Soil Sciences
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More than 40 years ago, a young man from Arkansas decided to become an agriculture major because "it was the beginning of the Green Revolution, and agriculture had a bright future." Today that man, University of Georgia professor Paul Raymer, has served Georgia agriculture as a variety tester, a soybean specialist, a canola breeder and a turfgrass breeder.  Read the full article here.

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The UGA FoodPIC team (Dr. Kirk Kealey, Dr. Dick Phillips, Lauren Hatcher, Bobby Goss, and Gana Otgonbayar) were heavily involved in the 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest in Atlanta on March 20. This UGA sponsored contest solicits product submissions from food entrepreneurs and companies across Georgia. This year's event had 125 submissions.