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CAES’ new Poultry Science Building will give researchers and students a high-tech new roost. CAES News
Georgia's Golden Egg
In 1958, a carpenter named LC Powers built himself and his wife, Ruby Nell, a broiler house on their family’s land in northeast Georgia. The chicken house could hold 10,000 chicks, but there was barely enough electricity to power a few light bulbs in the open-sided building. The Powers’ great-granddaughter, Kylie Bruce, recounted her great-grandparents’ story at the groundbreaking for a new, technologically advanced Poultry Science Building.
Although she has done extensive work in GMO advocacy, Van Eenennaam’s own research centers on a different topic entirely: genome editing. (Photo by Dennis McDaniel) CAES News
D.W. Brooks Lecture
Genetic improvement, particularly improvements related to animal production, has been one of the most transformational agricultural advancements in our history. The breeding of healthier, more productive livestock has been achieved through genetic selection over the course of time, both through natural genetic selection and through increased use of artificial insemination.
Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam is the keynote speaker for the 2022 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards to be held Nov. 8. (Photo courtesy of UC Davis) CAES News
2022 D.W. Brooks
Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam, a University of California Cooperative Extension biotechnology specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, is the keynote speaker for the 2022 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards, to be held Nov. 8 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.
“Heat stress can be a major issue for the poultry industry and can cause bird death. The DOA (dead-on-arrival) rate has gone down significantly because this has become an industry focus over time,” said Professor Harshavardhan Thippareddi, also the interim associate dean of research for UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA) CAES News
Poultry Transportation
Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Georgia, and poultry is the largest sector of that industry, with nearly 1.4 billion broiler chickens produced each year on thousands of farms around the state. University of Georgia researchers are using multiphysics computational simulations to create a machine learning model to evaluate bird comfort during loading, transportation and holding prior to processing.
Leah Whitmoyer, a junior at the University of Georgia, is spending the fall 2022 semester studying at the University of Jordan as a Boren Scholar. In this photo, she visits Assalt, Jordan, a city near Amman. (Submitted photo) CAES News
Obama-Chesky Scholarship
Leah Whitmoyer of Tucker, Georgia, a third-year student in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of 100 college students from across the nation to be selected for the inaugural cohort of the Voyager Scholarship, the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service.
Juvenile chickens resting on litter (wood chips) CAES News
Poultry Litter
When many of us hear about bacteria, we associate it with illness. But certain bacteria can be helpful in preventing disease, not causing it. For example, consuming probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, to improve gut health has risen in popularity in recent years, both for human and animal wellness.
The 79th annual 4-H State Congress, held July 18-22 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, included the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action contests and recognized youth development professionals, supporters and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. CAES News
State 4-H Congress
Last month, top 4-H’ers from around the state gathered in Atlanta to celebrate the 79th annual 4-H State Congress, an event packed with competition and recognition. State Congress, which took place from July 18-22, includes the state-level Project Achievement and Leadership in Action contests and acknowledges youth development professionals, supporters and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia. 
Doctoral student Taylor Miller checks on one of more than 50 bluebird boxes at the UGA Golf Course for a study tracking baby bluebirds' immune response to pre-hatch stress. CAES News
Stress and Immunity
Many studies have shown that prenatal stress in mothers can be linked to adverse outcomes in the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral well-being of children. Now a study at the University of Georgia is examining how pre-hatch exposure to the stress-associated hormone corticosterone influences immune function in baby bluebirds.
Students are illuminated in red light during spring 2022 undergraduate Commencement at Sanford Stadium. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith/UGA) CAES News
$257M Fundraising Record
University of Georgia alumni and friends gave back to UGA at unprecedented levels over the past fiscal year, breaking the university’s fundraising record with over $257.4 million in donations. “It has been an exceptional year for our university, and the generous contributions provided by UGA alumni and friends have been a major factor in our success,” said President Jere W. Morehead.