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Invasion of the ear snatchers CAES News
Pod people: Invasion of the ear snatchers
In honor of International Podcast Day on Sept. 30, we are highlighting a few shows out of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension. You will find Cultivating Curiosity, All About the Pod and Two Agents & the FACS wherever you get your podcasts.
Women’s Leadership Fellows CAES News
Ten faculty members named Women’s Leadership Fellows
The University of Georgia has named 10 faculty and academic leaders to the university’s 2023-2024 class of Women’s Leadership Fellows. UGA established this program in 2015 as part of its Women’s Leadership Initiative to provide a select group of current faculty and administrators with an opportunity to develop leadership skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education.
According to Georgia Organics, “Land Steward award winners not only foster a better environment through the soil, but through their larger community through leadership, education, and outreach.” CAES News
Growing interest in regenerative agriculture is driving research to restore the Earth
Increasing populations and changing climate conditions will require both innovative and ancient growing methods to feed the world. Regenerative agriculture, a movement both burgeoning and broad, is underpinned by the public’s growing awareness of how land stewardship and agricultural production contribute to the fate of our planet.
A group of business-minded craft brewers attended a three-day brewing workshop in August that incorporated visits to local Athens breweries, including South Main Brewing, led by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Food Science and Technology (EFST) process specialist Kaitlyn Casulli (center front in red shirt). CAES News
UGA Extension food scientist hosts new brewing workshop
A new workshop brewed up by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food science and technology process specialist Kaitlyn Casulli opened the tap on insider knowledge for craft brewers seeking to start a business. Casulli, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Food Science and Technology, is a craft beer aficionado with a mind for business.
Mentorship and access facilitate plant breeding student’s dream to help nourish a continent. CAES News
Mentorship and access facilitate plant breeding student’s dream to nourish a continent
At 8 years old, Danielle Essandoh unearthed a fascination with agriculture and never looked back. Her grandfather, a peanut farmer, welcomed her help around the family farm, and Essandoh embraced farm life with enthusiasm. Today, as a doctoral student in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at the University of Georgia, Essandoh remains driven by her desire to help people sustain themselves.
Mel Garber sits beside his wife, Barbara Bankston. CAES News
UGA Cognitive Aging Research and Education Center helps patients, families navigate challenges of dementia
Mel Garber remembers the phone call clearly. “How do we turn off the fireplace again?” His wife, Barbara Bankston, was on the other end of the line. She’d turned that fireplace on and off a thousand times. It’s a gas fireplace, so all you have to do is turn the knob, Mel told her. Maybe it was a one-time slip of the mind, he thought. They were getting older.
Virtual CAES service-learning course encourages a conservation mindset and meaningful engagement with community partners CAES News
CAES service-learning course encourages a conservation mindset
“I had no idea that any of this was out there.” This is the refrain that Bodie Pennisi and Kris Braman hear over and over when students at the University of Georgia enroll in the online course they developed to enlighten students to the wide world of biodiversity, pollinators and their role in protecting both. Co-taught by Pennisi, a professor in the Department of Horticulture, and Braman, head of the Department of Entomology, the official title of the course is “Discover the Wonderful World of Plants and Pollinators and Your Place in It.”
UGA Extension director Laura Perry Johnson (left) and N.C. State Extension director Rich Bonnano smile after accepting their honors at the annual Southern Region Program Leadership Network conference in August. CAES News
Extension advances reach in Southern region
Members of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network, Association of Extension Administrators and the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, including those from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, convened in Orlando, Florida, for the annual conference. This year, Laura Perry Johnson received the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors’ Award for Excellence in Leadership, a career-long service award for those who lead Extension programs across the Southeast.
Dalan Animal Health moved to the Delta Innovation Hub on UGA’s campus in the fall of 2022. The company has shipped 500 doses of the world’s first honeybee vaccine, which it developed, to partners in California, potentially protecting as many as 25 million bees. (Photo courtesy of Dalan Animal Health) CAES News
Delta Innovation Hub provides new hive for creators of world’s first honey bee vaccine
In the fall of 2022, Annette Kleiser was looking for a new professional home. Her company, Dalan Animal Health, was developing the world’s first honeybee vaccine and needed a top research university that offered excellent veterinary and agriculture schools, honey bee research and an established animal health ecosystem. The University of Georgia was just what the doctor ordered.

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