Griffin Campus

UGA Food Science Student Wins USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship

Posted on
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Peter G. Chiarelli has been awarded an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative predoctoral fellowship from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his research on Georgia-caught cannonball jellyfish.

Chiarelli, a doctoral candidate in the University of Georgia’s Department of Food Science and Technology, is spearheading efforts to create a domestic market for collagen peptide powders derived from cannonball jellyfish.

“As far as I am aware, we are still the only ones in the United States working with jellyfish … This is our field,” Chiarelli said.

The collagen peptide powder has a wide range of prospective uses, and Chiarelli is testing the use of the raw material in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements.

Kevin Mis Solval, food science and technology associate professor and Chiarelli’s advisor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, encouraged Chiarelli to apply for this fellowship and guided him through the application process after noticing his great passion for this research project.

Celebrating Our Student Community Garden!

Posted on
Friday, July 14, 2023

We are delighted to highlight the exceptional efforts of our talented students at the University of Georgia Griffin Campus through their remarkable Student Community Garden. This vibrant oasis, nurtured by our students from seed to harvest, is a testament to their dedication, creativity, and passion for sustainable living.

Within the garden's flourishing landscape, you'll find a beautiful array of tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and more, all thriving under the warm sun. The fruits of their labor are not only visually captivating but also a result of their commitment to organic farming practices and locally sourced produce.

Beyond its natural beauty, our Student Community Garden fosters community engagement and camaraderie. It serves as a collaborative space where students come together to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and cultivate lasting friendships. The garden has become a hub of learning, promoting awareness about conservation and the importance of sustainable food sources.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to every student involved in this extraordinary project. Their hard work has transformed our campus into a flourishing sanctuary of self-sufficiency and environmental consciousness. We invite you to witness their remarkable work firsthand and join us in supporting their journey toward a greener, healthier future for our community.

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Orkin establishes urban entomology professorship

Posted on
Monday, April 24, 2023

$500,000 endowment will support UGA Extension entomologist Daniel Suiter as Orkin Professor of Urban Entomology

Dan SuiterUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist and well-known expert in addressing the needs of pest control operators, has been named the Orkin Professor of Urban Entomology at the University of Georgia.

Orkin, an industry leader in pest control services and protection, has created the endowment to help strengthen the entomology program in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).

By supporting the CAES Department of Entomology, Orkin is supporting science that delivers transformative research to the world and helping to ensure that UGA faculty in urban entomology are leaders in their field. Orkin’s professorship paves the way for new research partnerships that advance the pest control industry, create new businesses and generate new jobs.

The surprising impact of sunlight on food safety

Posted on
Monday, February 13, 2023

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 600 million cases of foodborne illness every year. One way harmful pathogens can enter the food supply is through irrigation water, but researchers are using precision agriculture to create a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to combat the bacteria that makes us sick. And the tool they are using is available to everyone — the sun.

In recent years, researchers have begun to examine the effects of light on microorganisms. Antimicrobial blue light is used in hospital settings to reduce pathogens, and current research is underway at the University of Georgia to determine the viability of its use in food production.

UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Professor Govindaraj Dev Kumar, who has been involved with those studies, is also the lead researcher on a recent study to determine sunlight’s ability to affect the survival of certain bacteria in water.

UGA Griffin Fitness Center - Virtual 3D Tour

Posted on
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Coming to UGA Griffin Campus may seem intimidating at first, but we are here to support you and give you real-life insight into what Griffin Campus is like to help make you feel more at home! Please enjoy this VR space of our Newly Renovated Fitness Center on the University of Georgia Griffin Campus!

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UGA Griffin holds Fall Graduation Celebration and Brick Ceremony

Posted on
Monday, January 9, 2023

On December 15, the University of Georgia Griffin campus held its’ Fall Graduation Celebration and Brick Ceremony for the 19 members of the Class of 2022. These students join nearly 700 other graduates who have completed their degrees at UGA Griffin since 2005.

Each student graduating from UGA Griffin is honored with a lasting mark on campus-a brick featuring their name and class year. The bricks are placed in the walkways around the Student Learning Center and will mark their time on the UGA Griffin campus for generations to come. This aspect is unique to the local campus and the brick laying ceremony is held directly after the graduation celebration in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

David Buntin, Interim Assistant Provost and Campus Director for UGA Griffin, opened up the commencement ceremony in the Stuckey Auditorium by praising the students for their perseverance the last two years throughout all the changes brough on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The last few semesters have been challenging with restrictions on our instruction and events, but you all persevered and were able to graduate,” said Buntin. “We are very pleased to celebrate your graduation with you and hold this Griffin campus ceremony today.”

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UGA to offer high school students paid research internships this summer through Young Scholars Program

Posted on
Monday, November 21, 2022

For high school students interested in agriculture, food and environmental sciences, the University of Georgia offers the opportunity to have hands-on learning with world-renowned research scientists through the Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP is a six-week long paid summer internship organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences which hopes to broaden students interests in various fields of study. Students can apply to be part of the program at three UGA campuses: Athens, Griffin and Tifton, with applications being accepted now through January 31, 2023.

While in the program, students are assigned to work with a researcher and their staff on campus. They learn about the research that is ongoing in that department, how to use lab equipment and work in the field, as well as completing their own research project under the guidance of their mentor. On the UGA Griffin Campus, students spend Fridays with fellow young scholars where they attend site visits of many departments, participate in college and career related workshops and play interactive games to give them a chance to know each other.

YSP concludes each year with a pre-collegiate conference at the University of Georgia campus in Athens. Students have the chance to interact with other YSP students from the Athens and Tifton campuses, stay in the dorms, learn about the UGA admissions process and take part in behind the scenes tours of various university departments.

Marie Fort Garden Club scholarship recipient announced

Srijana Thapa Magar, a PhD candidate in horticulture on the University of Georgia Griffin campus, was recently named the recipient of the Marie Fort Garden Club Scholarship for 2022. The local club has presented the $1,000 scholarship annually since 2014 to a UGA-Griffin student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They awarded the scholarship during a club meeting in October.

“Our membership has supported this project each year,” said Diane Lamb, President of the Marie Fort Garden Club. “We work with the scholarship committee each year and support their recommendation. We feel that each year we have given the scholarship to a very deserving student.  If our scholarship can make a difference in a student’s life, we feel like we have accomplished what we set out to do. In a small way we can support and encourage a student in reaching their academic goal.”

Thapa Magar was thrilled when she received the news she was this year’s recipient and knew exactly how the scholarship would help in her college career.

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First Joro spider in Spalding County spotted at UGA-Griffin

Posted on
Monday, October 31, 2022

Since first making their appearance in Georgia in 2014, Joro spiders have steadily expanded their range in Georgia, and now — just in time for Halloween — the spooky-looking species has reached the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden on the UGA Griffin campus.

Native to Japan and China, Joro spiders are believed to have made the trek overseas by hitching a ride in a shipping container. The striking arachnid spotted at UGA-Griffin is thought to be the first documented sighting of the species in Spalding County. So far, sightings have been limited to the northern region of the state. Spalding County is located about 40 miles north of the Georgia fall line, which separates the Piedmont region of the state from the Coastal Plain.

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