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Spring 2014

UGA Extension Director Beverly Sparks retires

 Georgia 4-H Club members honored Beverly Sparks, director of UGA Extension, at their 4-H Council meeting in June. Sparks, the first female leader of UGA Extension, is set to retire June 30. The 4-H club members presented Sparks with a portrait that will hang along side those of other past 4-H and UGA Extension leaders at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.

Read more about Dr. Beverly Sparks.

New Global Programs Director

Amrit N. Bart has been named assistant dean for international affairs in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the college's Office of Global Programs.

Read more about Amrit Bart and his new role at CAES.

UGA's Focus on Faculty

Peggy Ozias-Akins, professor in the College of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences and director of UGA's Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, works to inspire students to be inquisitive and seek reliable information to guide their thinking.

Read more about Peggy Ozias-Akins and her work.

Craven Hudson joins Georgia 4-H

The son of a former Extension home demonstration agent, Craven Hudson grew up in 4-H. Now he’s set to help lead Georgia’s 4-H program as its new associate state leader.

Read more about Craven Hudson.

New UGA Irrigation Specialist

The University of Georgia's Extension irrigation specialist is cautious when discussing the future of irrigation and its impact on farmers statewide. Wesley Porter's job is to educate both Georgia and Alabama farmers on the best way to manage the precious resource.

Read more about Wesley Porter.

UGA Extension invites you to celebrate 100 years

The UGA Extension centennial website is a living and interactive site celebrating 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act. It shares both the historical milestones of the organization as well as personal anecdotes from Georgians. We are seeking submissions from those who have been impacted by UGA Extension to be reviewed and published on the home page. Be sure to visit the website throughout the year to see new submissions. For questions regarding stories and project content, please contact Josh Paine.

Read more about Georgia Extension's centennial.


Awards and Honors

UGA CAES Information TeamI-Team recognized — Congratulations to UGA's Information Team, Janet Sylvia, Diane Bales, Jeff Buckley, Willie Chance, Keith Fielder, Janet Hollingsworth, Michelle Lewis, Mark Risse, Todd Hurt, Faith Peppers, Amanda Tedrow, Steve Walker, Maria Bowie and Chris Adcock, for receiving the Outstanding Institutional/Innovation Team award at the 2014 National eXtension Conference.

Urban Entomology Award — The Entomological Society of America's Southeastern Branch presented University of Georgia entomologist Nancy Hinkle with its 2014 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology. Hinkle primarily works with insect pests that affect the poultry industry.

Read more about Nancy Hinkle and her work.


Navarro wins Russell Award — Maria Navarro, an associate professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication, was recently awarded the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Read more about Maria Navarro and the 2014 Russell Award.


Granade recognized for Distinguished Service — George Granade, Director of Field Services of the UGA Griffin Campus, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Research Center Administrators Society, a national non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of agricultural research station managers, directors, university, college and USDA administrators. The award is given for service, leadership, and outstanding contributions to RCAS over an extended period of time.


Griffin Campus Classified Staff Awards — The 25th Annual Classified Staff Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 26 in the Stuckey Auditorium. State Representative Tom McCall, Chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, was the guest speaker. Following the keynote address, the 2014 Employees of the Year were announced as follows: Sherrod Baden, Horticulture; Tami Boyle, Center for Urban Agriculture; and Jason Hogan, Field Research Services.


Tifton Campus presents Awards — Tifton campus personnel celebrated their own May 5, 2014 at the annual Tifton Campus Awards Ceremony. Employees were honored with awards of excellence, presented with certificates of service, and recognized for individual and campus-wide accomplishments. Visit the Tifton Campus Annual Awards and Recognitions website.


Doyle named National Academy of Inventors Fellow — The National Academy of Inventors named Michael Doyle, University of Georgia Regent's Professor of Food Microbiology and director of UGA's Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga., to the 2013 class of NAI Fellows.

Read more about Doyle and his research.


Around Our Campuses

GRIFFIN: Visiting scientists from China — Pictured are visiting scientists and an exchange graduate student from China. Miss Chunling Zhang will be studying at UGA-Griffin for two years and is from the China Agricultural University. Dr. Aijun Hu, an associate professor in the College of Food Engineering and Biotechnology at Tianjin University of Science and Technology, and Dr. Jianlong Fang from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention are both conducting research with Dr. Yen-Con Hung, food science professor at the UGA Campus Griffin. Dr. Hu presented an overview of his research in Sonochemistry in Food. His research more specifically involves the use of ultrasound to enhance the safety and quality of fresh produce.  

TIFTON: Tift Building Renovation — The Tift Building was built in 1922, four years after the Coastal Plain Experiment Station was founded in Tift County. Renovation of the Tift Building, which has been vacant for years, is scheduled to begin in May. Once renovated, it will house administrative offices as well as offices for key support personnel and new scientific positions. Read more about the Tift Building.

TIFTON: President Morehead visits UGA Tifton Campus — University of Georgia President Jere Morehead made his first visit to the UGA Tifton Campus on Wednesday, April 2. During Morehead's stop inTifton, the president took a brief tour of the campus and its facilities and meet with faculty, staff and students at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Read more about Morehead's visit to Tifton.