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January 8, 2010

Happy New Year to everyone:

I hope you all had a pleasant holiday and returned rested and renewed. I wish the best for everyone in the coming year.

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins:

Dr Ozias-Akins has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." Peggy will be honored at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego Feb. 20. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and being named a Fellow is one of its most prestigious honors, a tradition that started in 1874. Peggy is being recognized for her contributions to the field of agricultural biotechnology.

Vidalia onion grant:

A team of UGA Tifton Campus researchers has landed a large USDA grant to conduct research to detect infections and rot that hide deep within onions right after harvest and then while in storage. Dr. Changying (Charlie) Li of Biological and Agricultural Engineering will oversee the grant, which also includes Drs. Ron Gitaitis, Gary Hawkins and Dan MacLean of UGA Tifton, as well as UGA Athens scientists and others around the country. Congratulations to the team for their success.

Water technology grant:

A team of UGA scientists, including Dr. John Ruter of the UGA Tifton Campus, are the recipients of a USDA grant to study ways to improve water use efficiency. The goal is to save water, increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of ornamental plant production. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty will use the grant to study affordable soil moisture sensors that can be used easily in greenhouses and nurseries. Congratulations to this team for their successful proposal. Read the news release.

Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference:

I am currently at this Savannah conference which is a very large annual meeting. The UGA Tifton Campus is very well represented by a large number of our scientists making presentations to the participants.

Save the Date:

  • Safety Training - February 23-25

Upcoming Events:

  • SE Fruit & Vegetable Conference - January 7-10 - Savannah, Ga.
  • Second Soil Fumigant Training - January 12 - 9-11am - NESPAL Seminar Room
  • Winter School (via Wimba Sessions) - January 19-22
  • GA Cotton Conference - January 27 - TCCC
  • Tifton Ag Forecast Breakfast - January 28 - 7:00 AM - TCCC
  • Meetings w/REC Superintendents - January 28 - 9:30am until
  • Dean's Wimba Session - February 1 - 11:00 AM