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By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFive innovative leaders at the University of Georgia were honored in the name of another innovator Oct. 3 in Athens, Ga., when the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences had its annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.Brooks, founder of Gold Kist Inc. and Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies, was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. Although he died in 1999, his promotion of agriculture lives on through those honored each year.The 2006 winners are Allan M. Armitage, teaching; Joseph F. Frank, research; John P. Beasley, extension; Sandra F. McKinney, public service extension programs; and Anna V.A. Resurreccion, international agriculture. Each will receive $5,000.The awards program included the annual Brooks lecture. Pedro Sanchez spoke on the African Green Revolution and the Millennium Villages Project. Sanchez is director of the Center for Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment and senior research scholar and director of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.Armitage has evaluated garden plants in Montreal, Quebec; East Lansing, Mich.; and now Athens, Ga. Lately, his research focuses on using woody shrubs for the greenhouse and retail industry.The author of 11 books, Armitage is best known for his classroom and reference text, “Herbaceous Garden Perennials, a Treatise of Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes.” His interest in new crops for the garden, greenhouse and field has taken him to gardens worldwide. He also directs the UGA Horticulture Gardens, which are supported by growers and plant breeders internationally.Frank, a CAES food science and microbiology professor, teaches food microbiology courses in the department of food science and technology. From 1999 to 2001, he served as interim head of the department.His research covers the microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods and the role of bacterial cultures in dairy product quality. His research accomplishments include showing how biofilm growth affects Listeria monocytogenes survival in food processing environments, developing ways to observe viable pathogenic bacteria on food tissues treated with antimicrobials, and finding that capsule-producing lactic acid bacteria can improve the texture of low-fat dairy products.Beasley, a UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist, is based at the CAES Tifton campus. His applied research program focuses on peanut management and economically competitive production systems.His priority is to develop educational programs and deliver peanut production information to county Extension agents and Georgia peanut growers. He works closely with other faculty on the UGA peanut team to develop and deliver information that makes Georgia farms more productive and profitable.McKinney, the UGA Extension coordinator for Crisp County, has excelled in Extension 4-H youth development. Her innovative educational programs have garnered state, national and international recognition.Under McKinney’s direction, Crisp County 4-H was one of five youth groups in the world to receive the Albert Schweitzer International Youth Group of the Year Award for their environmental work in waste management, beautification and education. Another Crisp project, “Taking the Sting Out of the Mosquito Threat,” was the only 4-H project in the nation selected to appear on a video showcasing exceptional after-school programming.Resurreccion, a professor of food science and technology, has distinguished herself through international research and exceptional creativity. She has helped globalize the CAES peanut processing and utilization research program.Resurreccion developed a research program on ways to measure and quantify consumer preferences and the sensory quality of food. She uses this information to design, develop and optimize food products for global markets. She’s also a principal investigator or co-investigator on five U.S. Agency for International Development Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt and Bulgaria. read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe American Red Cross is still urging donors to help restock shelves to overcome a blood shortage. Due to winter weather conditions there is still a huge shortage in many parts of the country, including Michigan.Since December 1st, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to the winter weather.Resulting in more than 10,500 blood donations going uncollected.“The Red Cross typically sees blood donations decline during the winter months, November, December and on into January and February. Blood donations will often take a back seat. When you cup hold that from severe weather, we here in Michigan are certainly familiar with we often see blood drives being cancelled due to a lot of snow maybe icy conditions that sort of thing. And then we get into the January, February and now we start to deal with flu season and our donors know that if they aren’t feeling well, or maybe have some symptoms that they wait and donate when they feel better. So you got a cup hold of all those things together and we see ourselves with a decline in donations,” Todd Kulman said.If you would like to help end the blood shortage there are some upcoming blood drives coming to the area.Upcoming Blood Donation Sites:Alcona:Lincoln 2/15/17: 12pm- 5:45pm, Lincoln Senior Center, 207 S. Church StreetAlpena:2/2/17: 10am-3:45pm, MidMichigan Medical Center, 1501 W. Chisholm2/8/17: 11:30 am-5:15pm, First United Methodist Church, 167 RipleyPresque Isle:Onaway 1/24/17: 12pm-5:45pm, Onaway VFW Post, 3685 N. Veterans DrivePosen 1/26/17: 1pm-6:45pm, St. Casimir School Gym, 10075 M-65 North AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: American Red Cross, MICHIGAN, red cross, The American Red CrossContinue ReadingPrevious Bay Athletic Club Inspires Community Through 10th Annual Fitness Inspired GalaNext Friends Together Holds 1st Bowling Party to Kick-Off 2017 Five 4 Friends Campaign read more