Time flies, especially when you’re studying a subject you love in the heart of Italy.For University of Georgia graduate student Logan Moore, who has spent the last 18 months conducting research and pursuing his master’s degree in sustainable agriculture, his time at the University of Padova, or Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD), has come to an end and his degrees are complete.As of Thursday, July 19, Moore became the first graduate of a new dual master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UNIPD in Italy. He now holds master’s degrees from both universities.The dual master’s degree program was the first of its kind for CAES and for UGA, both of which have long supported international study but didn’t have a dual master’s degree program until 2016.“The dual masters degree in Sustainable Agriculture is the first of its kind for UGA and will be a model for other programs to come,” said Suzanne Barbour, the dean of the graduate school at UGA. “During our visit to UNIPD, we met with department heads and other administrators to discuss additional avenues for collaboration. I envision that we will have many such programs available in the future thank to this pioneering effort in the department of Crop and Soil Sciences.”UGA administrators and faculty joined Moore in Italy to celebrate his graduation.The UGA delegation included Barbour; Brian Watkins, director of international partnerships with the UGA Office of International Education; Paul Klute, director of the Office of Institutional Research; Miguel Cabrera, professor and graduate coordinator in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Gerald Henry, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Dorcas Franklin, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; and Jennifer Klute, graduate studies program coordinator for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.The program was based on a longtime precision agriculture collaboration between Georgia agricultural scientists and European scientists called the “TransAtlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium.” Spearheaded by George Vellidis, UGA Tifton campus academic director and professor of crop and soil sciences, the consortium supported joint research projects and provided an exchange program for undergraduate students.In 2015, those partnerships led to a memorandum of understanding between UGA and UNIPD, both leaders in precision and sustainable agriculture research.“Logan’s experience at University of Padova has set an example for countless students who are interested in developing both their global competencies and their understanding of precision and sustainable agriculture,” Vellidis said. “Scientists who are able to work across borders will be crucial to solving the problem of feeding the world’s growing population.”Moore, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems from UGA-Tifton in spring 2016, studied control methods for the invasive crop pest, the brown marmorated stink bug. He began his coursework at UGA and moved to Italy in May 2017 with his wife, Casey.Two Italian students who pursued their first year of coursework at UNIPD came to UGA around the same time. Stefano Gobbo and Saumuele Lamon, are working with CAES Professor of Horticulture Peggy Ozias-Akin and will graduate in December 2018.As Moore, Gobbo and Di Genova plan for life after grad school, a second class of dual degree program students starts their training.UGA graduates Aaron Bruce and Brendan Fatzinger are currently studying at UNIPD and will graduate in December 2018 and June 2019, respectively. A fourth UGA graduate, Carson Dann, will join them in September.Italian graduate student Samuele Ceolin, who is working at the UGA Athens campus with Professor David Radcliffe of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, plans to graduate in May 2019. As does Dario Di Genova, who is working with Assistant Professor Jonathan Oliver in the Department of Plant Pathology.For more information about the opportunities for international study provided by CAES, visit www.caes.uga.edu/students/study-abroad.
At the Essex home of Lindsey and Matt Wignall, Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday called for a year-long extension of a tax credit that allowed the Wignalls and hundreds of thousands of other middle class families to buy their first home. Welch outlined his support for the First-time Homebuyer Credit Extension Act (H.R. 1993), which would extend a popular and successful program that provides an $8,000 tax credit to families buying their first home. The program has been credited with stabilizing the housing market, creating construction jobs and helping countless families achieve homeownership.Welch called for the extension alongside the Wignall family and Dustin Partlow and Sierra Ouellette – a Burlington couple hoping to take advantage of the credit before it expires November 30. Like families across the country, Partlow and Ouellette are worried they will be unable to afford a new home without the credit.“In this time of economic uncertainty, the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit has given countless Vermont families support to achieve the dream of homeownership. This tremendously successful program has provided middle class families a much-needed boost while creating construction jobs and boosting the broader economy,” Welch said. “Extending it will ease the uncertainty facing families in the midst of buying a home, and it will help ward off an untimely slump in the housing market.”The First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit – created in July 2008 with the passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act – originally capped the credit at $7,500 and required it to be paid back in 15 years. With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009, the credit was increased to $8,000 and the repayment requirement was waived.H.R. 1993 would extend the credit from November 30, 2009 through December 30, 2010. The bill would also retroactively waive the repayment requirement for those who took advantage of the credit in 2008.According to the Internal Revenue Service, 1.4 million Americans have made use of the credit. Mark Zandy, chief economist for Moody’s Economy.com, said roughly 375,000 of those home purchases would not have taken place without the tax credit.At Tuesday’s event in Essex, a homebuilder, a real estate professional and a banking official discussed the effect the credit has had on creating jobs, restoring the housing market and stimulating the economy. Chris Snyder, executive vice president of Snyder Homes, Leslee McKenzie, president and owner of Hickock and Boardman Real Estate, and Chris D’Elia, President of the Vermont Bankers Association, all spoke in support of extending the tax credit. Source: Welch’s office. 10.6.2009# # #
Analyst Chris Collinsworth had this to say about the missed call. “You have to remember that the officials are seeing the action in real time” or something to that effect. Well officials are paid to call the game in “real time” aren’t they? Isn’t that how the game is played? There can be no excuses. If an official’s reflexes or eyesight are lacking or questionable, that official should be replaced. But to suggest that a play is too fast for the naked eye and may not be able to be adjudicated properly, then human judgment should not be relied upon. The players should determine the outcome of the game, not bogus calls or non calls.There was something else I noticed after the game. The Elvis Pressley sneer that Brady usually wears looked sorta kinda teary. This was a game about redemption and evolution not only for the Giants but for all of the teams that had been embarrassed by the ego and mean spirited nature of the Patriots. Remember the year that Brady said that he wanted to “kill” the opposition, not physically but destroy their spirit. It also came to a point that for some reason, Bill Belichick seemed to think that he was untouchable. In spite of the serious charges of cheating and penalties that were levied against them in the past, the spinsters still keep blowing smoke about the so-called New England dynasty. But I find this a bit odd. The Patriots won three Super Bowls prior to the uncovering of the ‘Spygate’ illegal videotaping scandal in 2007. Belichick won the 2007 Coach of the Year award anyway, proving that anything goes in the NFL as long as you’re winning. All seems to be fair in war, love, and cheating. And do not forget the “Phantom” fumble and the invocation of the infamous “Tuck Rule” in the divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Raiders on a cold night in Foxborough, on January 19, 2002. Technically that botched call was one of the stolen moments the NFL will never get back. You can place a fat asterisk next to that game because eight days later on January 27, they illegally recorded practice footage of the Steelers prior to the AFC Championship game which the Patriots won advancing to Super Bowl XXXVI. If the non fumble call did not happen against the Raiders, they would have never made it to their first Super Bowl. The only Super Bowl that they competed in “post-Spygate” before XLVI was XLII and they lost that one as well to the Giants. New England won Super Bowls XXXIX and XXXVIII against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers, respectively before the Patriots cheating methods were exposed. It has already been proven that New England illegally filmed a St. Louis Rams walk through prior to defeating the Rams in XXXVI. Hey, before ‘Spygate’, three Super Bowl victories, after “gate”, zilch, zero, nada, none.All other cheating incidents in sports were treated a bit differently. Remember the Black Sox scandal from the year 1919. What about baseball legend and manager Pete Rose betting on his own team? The beautiful track and field star Marion Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals and even jailed because of her alleged use of illegal steroids. MLB pitcher Joe Niekro pitched for over two decades and at times was suspected of altering the baseball. In 1987, Niekro was pitching for the Minnesota Twins when the opposing team accused him of doctoring the ball. Umpires made him empty his pockets and an emory board and a piece of sandpaper fell to the mound. He was suspended for ten games. One of the earliest college basketball point shaving scandals involved the 1951 City College of New York basketball team. The scandal entrapped over thirty players and was funded by organized crime. I can’t get over it. See boys and girls the New England Patriots cheated to be on the “edge of glory” but with their dark and sinister methods they will always just be on the “edge of night.”Game notes: During the half-time show my stepdaughter asked me how old was Madonna? I guessed that she was in her late forties. She jumped on her iPhone and informed me that the “material girl” happened to be fifty-three. Damn, she is still super fine!(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show’ streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.) Super Bowl XLVI between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis was a knuckle scraper and a “gusher” of a legendary football game. The Giants blocked the entrance to the yellow brick road of immortality for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom “terrific” Brady by defeating the squad from Beantown 21-17. Forget the score, there is a rotten smelling fish in the butcher shop. The only black eye regarding the game was the “missed” call on the Patriots, an obvious pass interference non call that very well could’ve altered the course of the game and NFL history.