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Five Finalists named for CAES Dean and Director

Five finalists for the position of dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will visit the UGA campus in Athens in December to meet with members of the university community. The position was opened when Dean Scott Angle stepped down after a decade of service to accept a position as president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center. To learn more about the finalists, click here.

UGA Researcher Conducts Study on Kitchen Utensil Contamination

Marilyn Erickson, UGA Griffin food scientistA UGA study led by food scientist Marilyn Erickson has found that both kitchen knives and graters can cause additional cross-contamination of pathogens from one produce item to another if the utensils weren't washed. Marilyn has been researching produce for the past 10 years. Her past work has mainly focused on the fate of bacteria on produce when it’s introduced to plants in the field during farming. Read more.

UGA Griffin Welcomes New Leadership

Brian Vermeer, Alfredo Martinez and Lew HunnicuttOn November 2, the UGA Griffin campus welcomed Dr. Lew Hunnicutt as Assistant Provost and Campus Director. He spent his first day in Athens, and his first full day on the Griffin campus on Tuesday was spent getting acquainted with staff and faculty. Prior to coming to UGA, Dr.Hunnicutt was vice president of extended services for two campuses of Frank Phillips College in the Texas Panhandle. The Assistant Provost and Campus Director of UGA-Griffin is a new position, and Dr. Hunnicutt will oversee all research, extension and instructional programs on the campus. He will report dually to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to support instructional missions of the campus and to the dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to support the research and extension missions of the college.

The UGA Griffin campus gave Dr. Hunnicutt a warm welcoeme - see photos from the reception on our Facebook page.

Scarecrows in the Garden

UGA Griffin scarecrowOn Sunday, October 25, the UGA Griffin Research and Education Garden hosted a Scarecrows in the Garden Celebration. There were plenty of family activities including pumpkin painting, face painting, games, and storytelling. Check out the gallery published online by the Griffin Daily News.

UGA Griffin to Host GA-EPPC Annual Meeting

On November 18, UGA Griffin will host the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council at 9:00 a.m. This annual meeting will share information on protecting native plants from invasive plants. To learn how to register for this event and obtain more information, see here.

Pike County STEM Academy Tour

Pike County STEM students tour UGA Griffin labsPike County STEM Academy students visited UGA Griffin last week for an extensive tour. About 40 students toured state of the art laboratories and met with world renowned faculty in areas including: food science, plant pathology, and insect genetics. The tour is part of the preliminary preparation for a planned collaboration between the school and university, slated to begin in the fall of 2016. For more photos, see our Facebook page.

Oral History Project

Fairmont Oral History ProjectThe Fairmont Community Oral History Project is a collaboration between the Griffin Branch NAACP and the Richard B. Russell Library and Griffin Campus Library of the University of Georgia. The seed was planted in the meetings of the Educational Prosperity Initiative which is also chaired by the president of the Griffin Branch NAACP, Jewel Walker-Harps. Thanks are extended to our collaborators: Griffin Housing Authority; Spalding County Collaborative; Fairmont Alumni Association; University of Georgia—Athens and Griffin campuses; and the Educational Prosperity Initiative, which is an affiliate of the Spalding County Collaborative and others. You can hear some of the interviews and read the transcripts here.

Pictured above (L-R) are Jewell Walker-Harps, Art Cain (Continuing Education), librarian John Cruickshank, and Be-Atrice Cunningham, Project Manager for the Assistant Dean's Office.

If you wish to participate in this project and in an ongoing oral history of the UGA Griffin campus, please contact UGA Griffin librarian John Cruickshank at

Dr. Mike Doyle Honored

Dr. Mike Doyle, director UGA Food SafetyThe University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has selected Michael Doyle, Regents Professor of Food Microbiology and director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety, for the Honorary Recognition Award. Doyle has an international reputation in the food science community for being an expert in food safety issues. He is responsible for several important developments in the food industry, is highly sought after for his expertise and has improved the safety of the world’s food supply. Read more about Dr. Doyle here.

Retirees Return for Annual Social Brunch

Attendees at UGA Griffin's 2015 Retiree Social BrunchRetirees returned to the campus on September 18 for the annual Retiree Social Brunch. The program included campus updates concerning retiree benefits, building demolition, the new Turfgrass and FoodPIC facilities (including a chocolate sensory test), and the oral history project.

Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day at UGA Griffin

Participants at an Agroforestry & Wildlife Filed Day sessionOn September 17, UGA Griffin Field Services held its biennial Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day. The weather was perfect, and the nearly 500 in attendance enjoyed a BBQ chicken lunch plate and educational sessions on conservation, forestry, small equipment, and wildlife management.



CAES Dean Scott Angle Accepts Position at IFDC

Governor Sonny Perdue and Dean J.Scott AngleThe UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences honored outgoing Dean Dr. Scott Angle during a series of farewell receptions held Sept. 10 in Tifton, Sept. 15 in Griffin and Sept. 16 in Athens. Thanks to Dr. Angle for his 10 years of service and well wishes in his new role as president & CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Angle is pictured here with former Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, at the UGA Griffin reception.

Lew Hunnicutt Named Assistant Provost and UGA-Griffin Director

Lew K. Hunnicutt, an administrator who oversees two campuses of Frank Phillips College in Texas, has been named assistant provost and campus director at the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus.

For more information or to view multimedia associated with this story, click here.

UGA Griffin Turfgrass Program Highlighted

The Georgia Farm Bureau recently filmed a segment on the UGA Griffin turf science program. Watch the segment here.

Turfgrass Facilities Groundbreaking

Turfgrass Facilities groundbreaking

State, industry and University of Georgia officials took shovel to soil on June 24 as they officially broke ground on three new turfgrass research and education facilities. The largest of the facilities will be located at UGA Griffin.  UGA campuses in Athens and Tifton will house additional structures.

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences supports Georgia’s $7.8 billion turfgrass industry with 10 faculty members who focus primarily on turf along with an additional eight researchers who have involvement in turf-related projects. UGA turf scientists conduct research, educate industry professionals and train students in support of all of the state’s turf-related industries.

The Griffin facility—which will house seven turfgrass scientists, their staff, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scientists and graduate students—will include modern laboratories, offices, conference and classroom space and a greenhouse complex.

Success Grows HERE

The innovative work we’re doing in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is paving the way for the future. At the forefront are world-renowned UGA faculty members, leading our research, teaching our students and providing expertise to our citizens.

Please take a look at this short video snapshot of a few faces of our success and their innovations that will help us feed the world.

New Textbook Co-authored by UGA Griffin Professor

Dr. Monique LeclercFootprints in Micrometeorology and Ecology, a textbook coauthored bFootprings in Micrometerology and Ecology booky UGA Griffin Campus Professor Monique LeClerc, is now available through Springer Publishing. It is the first textbook on the subject of footprints and covers how to interpret meteorological measurements made at a given level over a surface with regard to characteristic properties such as roughness, albedo, heat, moisture, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Learn more here. The book can be ordered at

Historical Photo Archive

The UGA Griffin library has a large collection of old photographs of the Griffin Experiment Station dating back to the 1800’s. We invite you to look at our new photo archive here. If you have any information on any of the photographs (names, activities, location, etc.) please enter it in the comments box immediately below the photograph. This will help us identify people and gather as much information as possible about the photographs. If you have any photographs of your own we encourage you to share them with us and the world through our collection.  

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. 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.

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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:

  • Education
  • Food safety and quality enhancement
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • Crop and pest management
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Urban agriculture
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