Rutgers Presents Food Innovation Seminar at UGA Griffin Campus
Donna Schaffner, Associate Director, Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Training at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in New Jersey, recently held a seminar on the University of Georgia-Griffin campus which focused on insights of a successful food innovation center. Ms. Schaffner made her presentation to UGA-Griffin researchers and scientists and local community and economic development leaders. Center Director Dr. Dick Phillips anticipates the FoodPIC Center building to be operational late in 2015.
Pike County STEM Students Tour
UGA Griffin recently hosted 60 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students from Pike County High School. They learned about enrollment at UGA, about the Young Scholars Program, toured three labs and were given a college-level lecture on psychopharmacology.
The UGA Griffin campus recently hosted a team of students and faculty from UGA’s College of Environment and Design, along with several Spalding/Griffin leaders, to study potential design improvements for the old Griffin Vocational School, the Fairmont Homes public housing complex and the surrounding neighborhood.
UGA President Jere Morehead visits Griffin Campus
Faculty and staff on the UGA Griffin Campus had an opportunity to meet new UGA president, Jere Morehead on October 17, and attend a short question and answer session with him.
New entomologist joins UGA Griffin
Brendan Hunt, a newly-hired entomologist and the newest faculty member at UGA Griffin, is conducting research that could lead to new methods to reduce the number of fire ants inflicting pain on humans and taking over lawns and pastures across Georgia. He also teaches undergraduate classes on the campus. read more
Dr. Clint Waltz receives D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Extension
On Oct. 1, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized its staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the college’s teaching, research and extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks awards. Clint Waltz, turf grass extension specialist at UGA-Griffin, was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Extension. Waltz joined the UGA Turfgrass Team in September 2001 and conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management, especially evaluating how various turfgrass species respond to the environmental stresses of the Southeast. He has published in scientific journals and trade magazines, regularly presents to turfgrass professionals and homeowners and manages the UGA turfgrass website.
UGA Griffin Campus weekly radio show
Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. join us for the weekly UGA Griffin Campus radio show on WKEU (1450 AM or 88.9 FM) to hear the latest on the UGA Griffin Campus. Next week's show (December 10) will feature Dr. Jerry Johnson of Crop and Soil Sciences. Please visit WKEU and click on "listen live" to listen to the weekly show live or click on "on demand" to listen to previous shows.
Ag Advocacy is here!
Remember that article on Yahoo! Education that listed agriculture as the number one useless major? A group of students at Texas A&M started an advocacy group called “Farmers Fight." Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative that hopes to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with these university students, Farmers Fight encourage consumers to ask where their food comes from, and give students, faculty, public officials, farmers and ranchers an opportunity to become “agvocates” for the agriculture community. Watch this video to see the Texas A&M students promoting agriculture.
About the Griffin Campus
The Griffin Campus, one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, addresses today's needs for research, extension and outreach, and teaching. The programs on the Griffin Campus focus on several areas including:
- Food safety and quality enhancement
- Biotechnology and genetics
- Crop and pest management
- Environment and natural resources
- Urban agriculture