Young Scholars

first_imgThis year, 60 students from across the state and two from outside of Georgia joined the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars research program and broke new ground in the agricultural sciences.For more than two decades, the CAES Young Scholars Program has paired the college’s researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of study that forms the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.During the Young Scholars Program, students are paid to work as research assistants in laboratories across the college to complete real research projects alongside faculty mentors.“Each year, we are pleased with the level of research students are able to accomplish in six weeks,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “Many Young Scholars alumni who got their initial exposure to science in this program currently work in labs across this campus and in industry.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories on UGA’s Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses during the six-week program. They assisted in research projects led by UGA faculty and, at the end of the program, presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as co-authors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.Ten graduating Young Scholars will have the opportunity to continue their research work when they enroll at CAES in fall 2019.Former Young Scholar Kristen Dunning, now a sophomore studying agricultural communications and horticulture at CAES, told this year’s Young Scholars that her time doing research at UGA helped change her college goals and refine her career plans.“This college encompasses everything I want to do and more, and my heart is truly rooted in it,” said Dunning, who wants to work with a company that makes natural beauty products after graduation. “If nothing else, I hope this year’s students walk away with knowledge about agriculture, and I hope they decide to attend the University of Georgia and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES, urged the Young Scholars gathered for the program’s closing ceremony on July 12 to find career paths that spark passion in their lives.“I hope that whatever dream you have, you will strive to reach it,” Pardue told the students and their parents. “And even if you fall a little short, it is in that effort that I think you will find a great sense of accomplishment and achievement. Life is too short to do things that you are not passionate about, that you’re not enthusiastic about. And I hope this experience here has given you a glimpse of what that may be.”The precursor to the Young Scholars Program began at UGA-Griffin in 1989. The program was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college. Since then, the program has expanded to include scientists at UGA-Athens and UGA-Tifton.Students selected for the program are truly ready to engage in real-world research. Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers while studying at UGA through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the program, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu or email David at vdavid@uga.edu. The application period for next year’s program will begin this fall.This year’s Young Scholars:UGA-AthensRon Adams, Shiloh High SchoolEmma Grace Brewer, Camden County High SchoolKyle Brown, Marietta High SchoolCatrina Chamberlain, Woodland High SchoolKhyathi Chava, Eagles Landing High SchoolAynslee Conner, Morgan County High SchoolMikaela Dallas, Oconee County High SchoolDanielle Davis, Academy of Holy AngelsJoan Deitsch, homeschoolAshlyn Donaldson, Eagles Landing Christian AcademyColes Ehlers, Clarke Central High SchoolMikayla Frierson, Buford High SchoolAnia Funny, Union Grove High SchoolSteviana Griffin, Dutchtown High SchoolHenry Huang, Tift County High SchoolAbhinav Iyer, Denmark High SchoolMorgan Lee, Druid Hills High SchoolOlivia Lee, Open Bible Christian High SchoolMatthew Li, Stephenson High SchoolMarin Lonnee, Oconee County High SchoolElizabeth McDonald, Athens Christian SchoolHaley McMillan, Archer High SchoolAdonis Merritt, Newton College and Career AcademyChristian Ona, Oconee County High SchoolCollin Pannell, North Oconee High SchoolPaul Patterson, North Oconee High SchoolShaan Prasad, North Oconee High SchoolAlexis Rooks, Oconee County High SchoolCarson Smith, Eastside High SchoolJ. Mason Taylor, Northview High SchoolUGA-GriffinJada Brunson, Luella High SchoolAustin Clark, Strong Rock Christian SchoolAndrew Collins, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolSamuel Cross, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolJulianna Dalrymple, Eagles Landing High SchoolTamara English, Dutchtown High SchoolEdward Huang, Whitewater High SchoolRachel Ibbetson, Haralson County High SchoolStella Johnson, Flint River AcademyMatthew Kim, Mill Creek High SchoolToni Miller, Griffin High SchoolNyla Neal, Dutchtown High SchoolMadison Riggins, Pike County High SchoolReid Robertson, McIntosh County High SchoolParker Scott, Rock Springs Christian AcademyEmily Shi, McIntosh High SchoolMackenzie Thames, CrossPointe Christian AcademyJolie Turner, Pike County High SchoolUGA-TiftonSam Aultman, Tift County High SchoolCody Beasley, Citizens Christian AcademyAudrey Conner, Tift County High SchoolJordan Daniels, Tift County High SchoolJacob Davis, Westover Comprehensive High SchoolClifton Edwards, Pelham High SchoolAshleigh Hurst, Cairo High SchoolAbbigail Toews, Tift County High SchoolAudrey Young, Tiftarea AcademyLydia Connell, Tiftarea AcademyKirsten Flinn, Tift County High SchoolPorter Hill, Deerfield-Windsor SchoolWalt Sanders, Tift County High SchoolLuis Torres, Tift County High Schoollast_img read more

Kinder Morgan filings have Trans Mountain Pipeline costing Canadian government an additional $1.5 billion

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Canadian Press service:Kinder Morgan Canada documents say expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline could cost the federal government an additional $1.9 billion (US$1.5 billion) beyond the company’s original construction estimate, and will take another year to complete.The figure is included in documents Kinder Morgan Canada filed Tuesday with the United States Security and Exchange Commission related to the company’s plan to sell the pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Kinder Morgan has long said it would cost $7.4 billion to build a second pipeline parallel to the first in order to triple its capacity, but the financial documents present a number of different construction cost scenarios, with the highest one being $9.3 billion.The documents also suggest construction won’t be complete until December 2021 — a full year beyond its previous projection of December 2020.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been reluctant to talk about how much more it will cost to build the pipeline while the deal is being finalized.Robyn Allan, an independent economist and former CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, said Kinder Morgan wouldn’t evaluate the fairness of the sale based on numbers that have no bearing on reality.Allan, who said she has expertise on a number of multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, believes that, in the end, $9.3 billion will seem like a steal compared to the final price tag.“This is the least it’s going to cost,” said Allan.Allan said the only detailed information Canadians have about the particulars of the sale is due to investor laws in the United States and Canada that require Kinder Morgan to file documents outlining the specifics of the deal. Since taxpayers are the shareholders of the project now, she said Canadians deserve the same level of disclosure from Ottawa and they aren’t getting it.More: Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline could go $1.9B higher, Kinder Morgan says Kinder Morgan filings have Trans Mountain Pipeline costing Canadian government an additional $1.5 billionlast_img read more

A financial literacy legacy

first_imgJohn D. Unangst, President & CEO of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) and conceptualist of The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program is fondly remembered as a visionary leader. John’s idea to initiate conversation with Berenstain Enterprises was the planted seed that continues to sprout. He knew such an exclusive relationship with such iconic children’s characters had unlimited potential for credit unions and that the relationship would be a marked differentiator for our industry.The proof is in the numbers. Teachers FCU, Smithtown, NY, added 3,800 Cub Accounts with deposits of $4.7MM since adopting The Berenstain Bears in Q4 2016. They accomplished this with no formal advertising. Instead, they relied on fliers passed out at school visits, after school programs, and community events—which is exactly how John envisioned “leading with education.”At FMFCU, the requests for financial education increase regularly. By all accounts, the CU’s relationship with the infamous Berenstain characters largely drives the increase across all age demographics. In 2017, FMFCU educators visited more than 5,400 students in grades K – 3 and hosted more than one hundred field trips attended by more than 4,300 children under the age of ten. On average, these numbers have increased by more than ten percent each year since FMFCU began building The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program in 2013.“The Berenstain Bears have made our credit union more visible in the community and among school districts in our footprint,” said Rick Durante, VP of Education. “Since 2013, we’ve added three student-operated high school branches, bringing our total to ten. We’ve also added several school districts as SEGs because of the classroom financial education courses we offer.”Other credit unions using the program have had similar success stories. Synergy Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, TX, saw the number of new youth accounts triple during their first year of partnering with The Bears. Prior to adopting The Berenstain Bears, youth account openings were flat at O Bee Credit Union, Tumwater, WA. In less than a year, O Bee saw a 100% increase in new youth accounts. In their second year, O Bee added 1,100 new accounts and dedicated an employee to manage the program. PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, Muncie, IN, is entering its second year in the program and has enjoyed remarkable PR, membership growth, and household engagement. At least five loans could be directly traced to relationships formed with parents or relatives of Cub Account holders.While John was proud to hear about these and many other success stories, he was always cognizant of the need to keep this program growing in scope so that every U.S. citizen would have the ability to join a Berenstain Bears affiliated credit union near them, and that the program would exceed their needs and expectations.Just before the New Year, John convened a meeting in Washington, D.C. with The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program advisory board. The purpose was to discuss methods for enhancing the program to further promote reading and financial literacy, while promoting the benefits of credit union membership. As a result, the decision was made to offer the credit union edition of the 1983 classic The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money to all credit unions rather than just to those participating in The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program.“Through our interactions with hundreds of credit unions, we learned that many were using this classic title in their financial literacy efforts just as FMFCU did prior to the exclusive credit union relationship with Berenstain Enterprises,” Durante said. “So it just made sense that any credit unions using this title have the credit union edition, in which all bank references and graphics are replaced with credit union.”John’s untimely passing in January devastated FMFCU and the credit union industry but his vision will continue to be the driving force behind Credit Union Network for Financial Literacy’s mission to enhance financial education and bolster credit union membership within the communities we serve. 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

Syracuse outlasts Wisconsin, 77-74, in 1st game of Paradise Jam

first_img Published on November 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Suzanne Gilreath’s 3-point attempt with two seconds left in the game could’ve sent the contest to overtime. Instead, the shot missed and Digna Strautmane pulled down her sixth rebound to clinch Syracuse’s win.“We just got stops,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We were amazing in the fourth quarter.”A game that had 11 lead changes ended with the Orange (4-0) outlasting Wisconsin (2-2), 77-74, in the first game of the three-day Paradise Jam Tournament in Washington D.C. Before Thursday, the two teams had never squared off. Syracuse secured its first 4-0 start in two years after being upset last season by Drexel. SU was led by its two early-season standouts, Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, and an unexpected contributor in Raven Fox.Mangakahia and Drummond did most of their damage in the first half. The point guard nearly had a double-double at half with 10 points and nine assists. She finished with season-highs in both, 19 and 14. Drummond finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.Fox, a Bladensburg, Maryland native, tallied eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 10 first-half minutes. She added a 3-pointer in the second half and posted a season-high in points and minutes (21).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Raven was tough,” Hillsman said. “She did a really good job on being aggressive. She was very athletic for us and did some good stuff.”The junior transfer from Gulf Coast State College provided much-needed depth. She accounted for more than 50 percent of SU’s bench points.  Both Strautmane and Drummond were in foul trouble and had limited second-half minutes. Drummond was sidelined for most of the fourth quarter with four fouls. She entered the game with three minutes remaining and fouled out with 41 seconds to go.The teams were close in many statistical categories. SU posted a 42 percent field goal percentage, Wisconsin shot 46 percent. The Orange had 12 turnovers, the Badgers had 15. The one difference came at the free-throw line. Syracuse went 14-for-15 from the stripe, while Wisconsin was 14-for-22.The game grinded to a halt in the third quarter. The teams combined for 25 points and only three baskets were made in the final 4 minutes of play. In a back-and-forth final frame, SU did enough to stay undefeated.“Our team really played a tough second half,” Hillsman said. “We got down in half court and we put our pressure on them.”Syracuse faces Vanderbilt on Friday for the second game of the weekend set. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more