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Ph.D. student Maria Huertas-Diaz counts plaque assays in professor Biao He's lab at the College of Veterinary Medicine. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA) CAES News
Record Research Spending
For the first time in its history, the University of Georgia surpassed a half-billion dollars in research and development spending in fiscal year 2022. With total expenditures of $545.6 million — representing a jump of more than 10% from the previous year — UGA did not simply exceed the half-billion mark, it rocketed past it.
From the stock trailer to the consumer’s plate, students at the UGA Meat Science Technology Center learn by doing. CAES News
Meat Science Technology Center
In academia, “experiential learning” has become a buzzword, but the concept has been around a lot longer than the catchphrase. In simplest terms, it means hands-on learning, and the faculty and staff at the University of Georgia Meat Science Technology Center are masters of the craft.
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International Research Scholars
Each year, hundreds of international researchers — from master’s degree students to academic faculty — apply to come to the University of Georgia to work in a wide range of academic fields. In the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, dozens of international research scholars are working with faculty on important research that furthers the mission of the college while benefiting visiting scholars and their home institutions.
Although she has done extensive work in GMO advocacy, Van Eenennaam’s own research centers on a different topic entirely: genome editing. (Photo by Dennis McDaniel) CAES News
D.W. Brooks Lecture
Genetic improvement, particularly improvements related to animal production, has been one of the most transformational agricultural advancements in our history. The breeding of healthier, more productive livestock has been achieved through genetic selection over the course of time, both through natural genetic selection and through increased use of artificial insemination.
Pedro Fontes is an assistant professor in beef cattle reproductive physiology in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA) CAES News
Pedro Fontes
With dual roles in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension, Pedro Fontes engages with stakeholders and producers, as well as his students, to teach them about beef cattle reproduction and current technological advancements in the field.
The Meat Dawgs won the national championship on October 30. CAES News
Meat Dawgs National Champions
The Meat Dawgs, the University of Georgia’s meat judging team, won the national title at the National High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Friona, Texas, on Oct. 30, cementing a successful return of the team after 10 years.
The members of the Meat Dawgs stand with their awards after the American Royal competition. CAES News
Meat Dawgs
The Meat Dawgs, the University of Georgia’s meat judging team, continued their high-performance streak with a second place win at the American Royal meat judging competition on Oct. 16 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Undergraduate researcher and animal biology major Morgan Cunningham examines MRI images of a pig brain. (Photo by Dennis McDaniel) CAES News
Regenerative Bioscience Center
While current medicine can slow down the progression of many diseases, the relatively new field of regenerative biology uses stem cells and advanced therapies to treat or reverse the course of disease and injuries. The Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia has become a leader in this field.
Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam is the keynote speaker for the 2022 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards to be held Nov. 8. (Photo courtesy of UC Davis) CAES News
2022 D.W. Brooks
Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam, a University of California Cooperative Extension biotechnology specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, is the keynote speaker for the 2022 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards, to be held Nov. 8 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.
Franklin West (left) and Steven Stice of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have received $1.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to study potential treatments for traumatic brain injury. CAES News
NIH Funds TBI Research
Two faculty members in UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, Steven Stice and Franklin West, have been awarded multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $1.1 million to study potential treatments for traumatic brain injury. Stice and West will collaborate with MRI expert Qun Zhao to evaluate the brain’s functional organization and neural repair of networks following traumatic brain injury.