News & Events
Newsletter: Summer 2013
CAES Hosts SHOU Delegation for Summer English Intensive Program
From July 12th to August 1st, a delegation from Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) visited the UGA campus in Athens to participate in English language training. The group, comprised of faculty and students in the areas of Food Science and Pharmacy, also attended technical lectures given by UGA faculty and toured the UGA laboratory facilities. The custom English language program was organized by the UGA Intensive English Program.
Above: SHOU Delegation Meets with CAES Dean - Scott Angle, CAES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Joe Broder, CAES Assistant Director of Global Programs - Vicki McMaken and IEP Coordinator - Karen Braxley
CAES Team Visits UGA Costa Rica to Evaluate Sustainability
During July 2013, Dory Franklin, Associate Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences; Juan Carlos Diaz Perez, Associate Professor, Horticulture; Wayne Parrott, Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Dennis Hancock, Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences visited the UGA Costa Rica campus in San Luis. The group was asked to assess opportunities for developing programming in sustainable agriculture. The group also evaluated the sustainability of the dairy pastures and garden at the campus. A report outlining suggestions for improvements and investments will be presented this fall.
International Agriculture Certificate Students Abroad
Above: Keneisha Harrington in Costa Rica
Above: Alyson Wells working the
organic farm in Costa Rica
Above: Charnae Ross during her
summer program in China
International Agriculture Certificate Alumna Update
Above: Victoria LeBeaux and
Dr. Kanemasu in 2006
MS Candidate Thompson Conducts Program Evaluation in Haiti
Will Thompson, M.S. Candidate, Agricultural & Applied Economics, spent the summer in Haiti working on a program evaluation for Global Health Action, an Atlanta-based NGO that provides subsistence farmers with improved goats, training in animal husbandry, and access to veterinary care. Will and his team surveyed over 160 program beneficiaries in the countryside around Léogâne, Haiti, collecting information that will allow GHA to improve and refine their goat program. In addition, Will and his major professor, Nicholas Magnan, Assistant Professor, plan to use the survey data as the basis for a paper on barriers to success and sustainability of interventions into rural poverty.
Fonsah Participates in Faculty Exchange Program in France
During June 2013, Ensendugue Greg Fonsah, Associate Professor and Extension Economist, traveled to Franc to participate in an EU-US Atlantis Program faculty exchange to Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais. He also visited ENSAT, the National Institute of Agronomy. At LaSalle, Dr. Fonsah presented a seminar titled “The Future of American Agriculture: A Focus on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry” and worked with Professors Abalo Chango and Lucian Ceapraz as they discussed, evaluated and developed the Interdisciplinary Sciences and Management department’s curriculum to meet the needs of the students and emerging academic and job markets respectively. The UGA and LaSalle professors also discussed the possibilities of setting up an online teaching of an economic, marketing, trade of policy courses between UGA and LaSalle Beauvais. Dr. Fonsah’s visit to ENSAT furthered the collaboration between the two institutions, which already have an existing International Cooperative Agreement and a Student Exchange addendum. Fonsah met with Jean Kallerhorff, the International Program Director and Professor Hervé Remignon, Vice President of International Affairs. Fonsah also presented a seminar titled “Agricultural Extension Specialists: Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Fresh Produce Industry” to researchers of both ENSAT and INRA (Institut National de Research d’Agronomie de Toulouse.)
MS Candidate Barcellos Conducts Research in Brazil
Diego Barcellos, M.S. Candidate, Crop & Soil Sciences, conducted a field experiment in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as part of his master's project this summer. The research site is industrial with contaminated soil. Barcellos proposes phytoremediation, using trees to remediate the pollutants. Trees were planted at the site a year ago and in July of this year Barcellos collected soil, root, leaf and groundwater samples to evaluate any reduction of pollutants promoted by the trees. As the winner of the 2012 CAES Graduate Travel Grant, Barcellos used his award funds to travel to Florianopolis, Brazil to attend the International Union of Soil Science Conference where he presented a poster related to his master’s project.
Above: Diego Barcellos in Brazil among the trees
Parrott Hosts Ecuadorian Students for Summer Internships
During July 2013, Army Polytechnic School (ESPE) Quito, Ecuador students Eve Quiroz and Jare Dominique, conducted internships in the lab of Wayne Parrott, Professor. The interns worked on basic aspects of plant genetic modification; specifically in plant tissue culture, plasmid isolation, the use of Agrobacterium, DNA isolation and PCR. The goal of the internship was to impart knowledge and skills the interns could use to repeat and extend their research upon their return to Ecuador.
Above: Eve and Jare in the Plant Breeding & Genomics lab
Douce Presents Seminars in France and Switzerland
From May 28th – June 5th , Keith Douce, Co-Director, University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health traveled to France and Switzerland where he met with leadership of The European and Mediterranean Plant Pest Organization (EPPO) in Paris, France; The Forest Entomology Section of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Station de Zoologie Forestière, Orléans, France; and The Forestry and Ornamental Pest Research Unit, and other CABI project leaders and associates located at the CABI Europe Delemont, Switzerland station. At all locations, Dr. Douce presented an introductory seminar and discussed ideas for collaboration that could lead to improved information systems and more effective sharing of information about non-native/invasive species of concern to North American and European agricultural, natural and forested systems.
Alali Wins 2013 International Young Researcher Award
Congratulations to Walid Alali, Assistant Professor, who has been recognized by the International Association of Food Protection as the recipient of the 2013 Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award.
For more information please read the full article in Georgia Faces.
Above: Walid Alali, University of Georgia food scientist (image credit: Stanley Leary)
Kerr Hosts Intern from Lleida, Spain for Summer Research Internship
During July and August, Billy Carballo, a student from the University of Lleida in Spain interned with William Kerr, Professor, on the project: Development and Evaluation of Avocado Oil Processing. During his internship, Billy researched the use of food processing waste streams to recover valuable food ingredients with the goal of finding new outlets for waste and fruit vegetables and developing valuable ingredients from these commodities. Billy was introduced to valuable food processing operations and research from the context of a US research university while interning at UGA.
Above: Billy Carballo of Lleida, Spain
Ingram and Waldorf Conduct Agricultural Training Activities in Uganda
Agricultural and Natural Resource agents Sam Ingram and Bob Waldorf of Jackson County and Banks County, respectively, traveled to Mukono, Uganda with the support of United Christian Solutions. In Uganda, the agents set up a half-day conference to educate 12 farmers from the six major regions in the country about the basic principles of agriculture. Some of the topics that agents Ingram and Waldorf presented during the conference included composting, pesticide handling and safety, disease and insect identification and management, farm income management, seed planting and spacing, and soil science. After the conference, Ingram and Waldorf traveled to the conference participant’s farms to provide hands-on assistance with the practices that were taught during the seminars and to get a better understanding of the conditions and resources at the participants’ farms.
Above: Graduation Day-Uganda
4-H Youth Explore the Culture and Ecosystems of the Caribbean
In July, four UGA Faculty members and twelve 4-H youth spent 8 days and 7 nights in Puerto Rico as part of the 4-H Global Citizenship and Environmental Experience (GCEE). This event provides youth from all over the state with an opportunity to explore a variety of tropical ecosystems while learning about Caribbean culture. The program also teaches 4-H’ers life skills including budgeting, planning, and group decision making.
During the 8-day excursion, participants traveled and met with 4-H counterparts from the University of Puerto Rico, College of Agricultural Sciences. They learned about the various ecosystems of Puerto Rico as they visited El Yunque Rain Forest, the mountains of Maricao, swam in the bio-luminescent bay in La Parguera and kayaked in the Mangroves in Vieques. The 4-H’ers learned about sustainable agriculture during a tour of a coffee plantation and processing operation. Through interactions with locals and members of Puerto Rico, 4-H’ers learned about the Caribbean culture and what it feels like to not speak the local language.
The leadership team included: Jeff Buckley, State 4-H Specialist, Bo Ryles, Professor, Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, Amanda Parnell, Putnam County 4-H Agent and Cherry Hovatter, Spalding County 4-H Agent.
Above: 4H Team in Puerto Rico
Some highlights from evaluation data show that:
- 100% of the youth participants stated that they learned about the Caribbean culture and have a new appreciation for what it’s like to not speak the local language.
- 75% of participants stated that the trip increased their knowledge and understanding of sustainable agriculture practices.
- 88% of participants stated that the trip provided opportunities to give input and make meaningful decisions, which is an indicator of a high quality Positive Youth Development Program.
Above: 4H Team touring in Puerto Rico