Our own industrious colleague, David Berle, associate professor of horticulture and director of the UGArden, has been named the 2017 Service-Learning Practitioner of the Year by the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. This award recognizes Berle’s sustained record of engaging students in community-based learning through service-learning projects and courses, as well as his development and leadership of the student-run UGArden, and his role in supporting the institutionalization of service-learning at UGA. Berle was recognized with a plaque and cash award at the Summit in Greensboro, NC in March. If you are visiting campus for graduation or campus orientation visits, stop by the UGArden to see the amazing things happening there. 2500 South Milledge Ave, Athens, GA. just past the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia.
Photo: David Berle (R) accepting the award from Gulf-South Summit awards chair Kristin Harper.(L).
Shuyang, collecting data in the greenhouse
PhD student Shuyang Zhen’s research on the effects of far-red light on photosynthetic efficiency is highlighted on the website of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Shuyang presented some of her research on this topic at the 2016 ISHS lighting symposium in East Lansing, MI, where she won the student competition. Her work has shown that plants can use light from LEDs more efficiently if the light is supplemented with far-red light and has important practical applications for the design of grow lights. She works in the horticultural physiology lab under the guidance of Dr. Marc van Iersel. Great work done by a great student!
One of the most enjoyable tasks I undertake every semester since 2000 is to interview our exiting undergraduate students. We should all take pride in the quality of our graduates; they are quite impressive. Part of the interview is spent collecting information on our students—where they come from, why they came—and part is spent gaining student insight into our departmental strengths and weaknesses. Below is a PDF document summary of the data collected from the interviews and the second link is a graphic of the statewide distribution. Data Summary 2016 (002), Graduate_origin_2016.
More than 20 UGA students, including 9 from the Horticulture Dept., attended the 20th annual Georgia Organics Conference held in Atlanta from Feb 17-18th. Undergraduate and graduate students presented research posters, attended educational sessions and participated in talks ranging from ‘Seed Varieties for Organic Growers’, ‘Management of Disease and Pests in Squash Production’ and ‘Cool Season Vegetables Under High Tunnels’. Scholarships were provided by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Hartel Family and Horticulture Professors Berle, Knauft and O’Connell.
Students in attendance included: Taylor Cotton*, Emma Courson, Lindsay Davies*, Noelle Joy Fuller, Theekshana Jayalath*, Teri Raskusin, Sara Schwartz, Suzanne Stone and Jean O’Hara Yost *recently graduated
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joe Broder congratulates fourth-year horticulture student Jesse Lafian, whose smart irrigation business, Reservoir, won the grand prize in CAES’s inaugural FABricate entrepreneurship competition.
Jesse Lafian, a senior undergraduate in the horticulture department, won the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Fabricate entrepreneurship competition. Jesse has been working a novel type of soil moisture sensor that can help farmers and landscapers track the irrigation needs of their plants. The ultimate goal is to integrate the soil moisture sensor with an irrigation controller, so that plants can be irrigated automatically when needed. He plans to bring this product to market through his company Reservoir, LLC.
Dr. Marc van Iersel has served as one of Jesse’s mentor and the horticultural physiology lab has helped him with testing prototypes of the irrigation controller.
Great job, Jesse!
For the full story, see this link.
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!
John M. Ruter, Allan Armitage Endowed Professor of Horticulture and Director of the Trial Gardens at UGA was recognized as a Fellow by the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Southern Region of North America, during the society’s recent meeting in Virginia Beach. VA.
This annual recognition is given to an individual each year that has made outstanding contributions to plant propagation and the nursery industry in the southeastern region.
IPPS is a global network of professionals with an interest in plant production, including horticultural research and education, with the aim to improve the knowledge, skills, productivity and professionalism of its members. IPPS has 1600 members over eight geographical regions around the world, spread over four continents.