Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Professor of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Public Service and Outreach Fellowship. Bodie is stationed at the Griffin campus and is heavily involved in the landscape industry and urban pollinator work. Her fellowship revolves around an approved project that was competitive and reviewed by the committee that selects PSO fellowships. Her project is titled “Empowering the New Landscape Entrepreneur: Increasing Business Training and Peer Engagement.” We congratulate Dr. Pennisi on this outstanding recognition!
UGA Horticulture Department
Congratulations to Dr. John Ruter, our Armitage Endowed Professor and Director of the UGA Trial Gardens. Dr. John Ruter’s research has been recently featured on the cover of HortScience, a journal of the American Society for Hort Science. The research involves the Formosan Sweetgum, Liquidambar formosana. Dr. Ruter and his graduate student, Kaitlin Barrios published this paper about the selection ‘Formosan Gold’ which as an outstanding cultivar trialed in Tifton, GA. Here is a link to the publication:
Congratulations to UGA Hort students Geoffrey Weaver, Connor Ryan and Kaitlin Barrios whom took 3 out of the 5 competition awards during the Bryson James Student Research Competition. Here is the press release from Nursery Management magazine:
Atlanta, Ga. – Five students from two universities were presented cash awards totaling $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition. The competition took place during the 62nd SNA Research Conference, and the awards were presented on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.
The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, Tenn., a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for more than 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.
First place winners of $500 each included:
Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Modeling energy-efficient lighting strategies for petunia and impatiens using chlorophyll fluorescence and historical weather data
Connor Ryan, University of Georgia (M.S.)
Title: Susceptability of Sarcococca Taxa to Boxwood Blight Caused by Calonextria pseudonaviculata
Second place winners of $300 each included:
Md Niamul Kibir, Tennessee State University (Ph.D.)
Title: Effect of fungicides and biorational products on Phytophthora root rot of hydrangea cultivars
Matthew Brown, Tennessee State University (M.S.)
Title: Evaluation of fungicides and biofungicides for control of Phytophthora cinnamomi on flood-stressed flowering dogwoods
Third place winners of $200 each included:
Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Mutagenesis of Illicium parviflorum for Novel Phenotypes
In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.
Outstanding representation Hort Dawgs!
Photo courtesy SNA. 2018 Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards Winners pictured from left to right: Geoffrey Weaver, Md Niamul Kibir, Kaitlin Barrios, Connor Ryan, and Matthew Brown
Professor and Department Head, Horticulture Position Announced.
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of professor and head of the Department of Horticulture. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position. The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research and Extension programs while playing a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs. Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership; student recruitment; faculty performance evaluations; the coordination of promotion and tenure procedures; program planning and implementation; budget management; and management of physical facilities, including both laboratory and field facilities. The individual will also work effectively with faculty, representing the department among university and agency administrators, industry clientele, and state and federal personnel. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over field units supporting research, teaching and outreach.
• A doctorate in horticulture, plant biology or related
biological sciences, with demonstrated excellence in
teaching, research and/or extension.
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank
• Higher education administrative experience.
• Evidence of creative and innovative leadership.
• Demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Applications received by February 1, 2018, will be assured
full consideration; however, screening will continue until the
position is filled. Applicants should submit documentation
electronically at facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253.
To apply, submit: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s
qualifications for the position and a statement of leadership
philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of
publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact
information including email addresses. References will
not be contacted without further communication with the
applicant. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and a
comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Department of Horticulture
Research, teaching and Extension faculty (32), students
(30 graduate, 61 undergraduate and 21 organic agriculture
certificate program) and staff (45) are located on the
Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses. Through research and
Extension, the department supports Georgia’s large and
diverse horticulture industry, which has a farmgate value of
$1.4 billion. Departmental programs include plant breeding,
genetics and genomics; plant physiology; postharvest biology;
plant production management; resource management; and
native plant conservation. Faculty members work on a vast
array of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal
plants, endangered native species and row crops.
Outstanding graduate programs leading to either master’s or
doctoral degrees are supported by a large graduate faculty
with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary
expertise. The department hosts a large Extension program
focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers
and the public in Georgia and worldwide.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.
Here is the link to the Application Site… https://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253
JOB PROSPECTUS: PROFESSOR AND
DEPARTMENT HEAD, HORTICULTURE
For more information, visit caes.uga.edu/departments/horticulture.html.
Nominations are encouraged and accepted. All nominations and inquiries should be directed to Search Committee
Chair and Department of Entomology Head Kris Braman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 542-2816.
Gray Simpson has been chosen by the faculty to be the departmental Outstanding Senior. Gray has distinguished himself by receiving several noteworthy awards: Greenhouse Product News Intern of the Year, American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship at Metrolina Greenhouses, Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship, and the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Garden Club of Georgia. He is the Horticulture Vice President and has efficiently grown plants for sale and coordinated the efforts of numerous student to hold a very successful Plant Sale. He also was the Production Coordinator for the Pi Alpha Xi Poinsettia sale. Congratulations Gray, and Well done!
Congratulations are in order for Miss Landon Barker, UGA Horticulture Major and President elect of Tau Chapter Pi Alpha Xi, whom has been accepted into the summer internship program at the Magnolia Gardens just outside Charleston, South Carolina! If you have not ever visited this historic garden, you must! Truly one of the more fascinating and beautiful places to visit in the South. Many thanks to Tom and Mary Ann Johnson for bringing one of our students into their program. Landon will be working along side students from Versailles, France this summer. Can’t wait to see this adventure’s photos! Go Hort Dawgs!
Dr. Ruter and his graduate student Zhitong Li spent the week of Oct. 10-18, 2015 visiting gardens and institutions in China for his ornamental breeding and tea-oil projects. While there Dr. Ruter gave a presentation at the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden on “Ornamental Breeding and Evaluation Programs at the University of Georgia” and two presentations at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Hunan Province and the Subtropical Forestry Research Institute in Zhejiang Province entitled “Development of tea-oil camellia as a new crop for the United States”. While there they also spent time visiting with faculty, staff, and growers to get the latest information on tea-oil production in China.
Dr. Harry Mills, retired professor from our department has just published the 4th edition of his Plant Analysis Handbook. This is an extremely useful reference that provides the nutritional norms for most horticultural crop foliage. It is the industry standard in most sub-fields of horticulture. For more information, please click on the PDF File attached.
The 2015 Georgia – Florida Green Industry Update.
This in-person, hands-on program will provide the latest on emerging problems, new IPM tools and up-to-date information on all the issues important to nursery/greenhouse growers, landscape professionals and other Green Industry personnel—all while providing GA and FL Pesticide and ISA CEU’s to keep you current with your professional licenses. Note: This program offers 4 hours of GA pesticide re-certification credits in category 24 – Ornamentals & Turf and category 21 – Plant Agriculture for persons having commercial or private pesticide licenses in Georgia. It will also offer up to 4.25 ISA Southern Chapter credits (Certified Arborist – 4.25; Utility Specialist – 1; Municipal Specialist – 4.25; BCMA Science – 2.25; BCMA Management – 2).
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding by 4:15 p.m.
Speakers and topics:
- Gary Knox (University of Florida/IFAS) – Update on Crapemyrtle Bark Scale
- Jean Williams-Woodward (University of Georgia) – Countdown on the newest diseases affecting landscape and nursery plants
- Paul Pugliese (UGA Extension) – The Effects of Phenoxy Herbicides on Landscape Trees and Shrubs
- Paul Thomas (University of Georgia) – Strategies for Optimal Winter Annual Installations
- Will Hudson (University of Georgia) – Managing insects and mites with newer pesticides
- Matthew Chappell (University of Georgia) – Selecting Shade Trees for the Coastal Plain
Date and Location:
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, GA 31419
Registration cost is $100.00 and includes lunch. Register at this link: http://t.uga.edu/1Od
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