Recent CAES News

Abnormally dry conditions this summer have kept Georgia's mosquito populations mercifully low, but that's no reason for Georgians to let down their guard, especially this season. CAES News
There are 63 species of mosquito in Georgia — and they are still biting
Cooler weather may be upon us, but as we open windows and head outside, it is important to remember that we are still in mosquito season. Recent rains have filled all of the containers, cracks and crevices that can hold water around our homes and neighborhoods. While working around my yard, I have found mosquito larvae in the bird bath, a garbage can lid and in the rim of a recycling container.
The Joro Watch team is pursuing a number of approaches to Joro spider research, looking into their impact on native species — like pollinators and native spiders — habitat, lifecycle and management. To help facilitate more conclusive research, UGA experts ask that the public help gather critical data by monitoring spider populations in the environment. (Photo by Carly Mirabile) CAES News
Joro Watch engages citizen-scientists to study future of Joro spiders
They have been described as palm-sized, parachuting creatures with the potential to spread up the East Coast. Now dozens of webs are appearing in trees, on fences and in gardens around the Southeast, and social media and message boards are buzzing with Joro spider sightings. Discussions of eradication methods ranging from chemical sprays to “Joro sticks” are rampant. Joro season is here.
Franklin West (left) and Steven Stice of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have received $1.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to study potential treatments for traumatic brain injury. CAES News
Regenerative Bioscience team receives NIH support for TBI research
Two faculty members in UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, Steven Stice and Franklin West, have been awarded multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $1.1 million to study potential treatments for traumatic brain injury. Stice and West will collaborate with MRI expert Qun Zhao to evaluate the brain’s functional organization and neural repair of networks following traumatic brain injury.

Upcoming CAES Events

UGA Center for Food Safety Webinar Series       From Asia to America: Lessons learned in food safety and preservation Guest speaker: Carla Schwan, UGA Assistant Professor and Extension Food Safety SpecialistDate: Friday, Oct 14Time: 11 a.m. ET In Person in Melton Building Conference room or Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96960698174   Hosted by Dr. Francisco Diez, Director of CFS Dr. Carla Schwan: An assistant professor and Extension food safety specialist, in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Georgia, Dr. Carla Schwan serves as the director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Schwan has dedicated both her academic pursuits and professional career towards addressing complex domestic and international public health issues; particularly, foodborne illness, antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens, and global food security. Schwan’s recent work focused on the development of microbial baselines, characterization of Salmonella enterica, antimicrobial resistance, and virulence factors through whole genome sequencing informal markets in Cambodia, and outreach and food safety training targeting food safety inspectors in Bangladesh. Previous research projects include identifying optimal intervention strategies to control Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in meat products and using gram-positive bacteria and yeast to validate baking processes to control Salmonella in hamburger bun manufacturing and support FSMA regulatory compliance. Schwan has enjoyed several community-facing positions consisting of national and international teaching, Extension/outreach, and public service. She has authored multiple technical reports and scientific articles and presented research at notable industry, academic, and scientific meetings. Schwan finds joy in teaching and researching the complexities of food safety and microbiology, a field she has been dedicated to for the last decade. Schwan brings an instinct for complex problem solving, interdisciplinary leadership, and a passion to work in the fields of food safety, antibiotic resistance, microbiology, and public health.  
Oct 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM From Asia to America: Lessons learned in food safety and preservation https://zoom.us/j/96960698174
The D.W. Brooks Awards recognize faculty who make outstanding contributions to the college's critical mission areas.  Speaker Dr. Alison Van EenennaamProfessor of Cooperative Extension, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis Lecture Title Science Friction: Can effective communication save genome editing from the fate of GMOs?
Nov 08
3:30PM - 5:00PM DW Brooks Lecture and Awards Georgia Center For Continuing Education, ATHENS, GA
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Dec 07
All Day CAES Athens Campus Holiday Luncheon
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