This 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 [email protected] 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 School
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted to review Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC’s terms for the two-turbine research and development floating wind project off of Monhegan Island, Maine.During the deliberation, the Maine PUC identified additional questions they would like answered before they move forward with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) decision, the University of Maine (UMaine), the leading developer behind the 12MW floating wind project, said.‘‘UMaine is extremely committed to this project, and we are confident that we can answer the PUC’s questions to establish a PPA that allows the project to move forward as soon as possible. The PUC will issue an order in the next several weeks that includes specific requests for additional information,” UMaine said.In January 2018, the Maine PUC delayed its decision on a power purchase contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company to allow more time for public comment on the agreement.The Maine Aqua Ventus project, also known as New England Aqua Ventus I, will deploy two 6MW turbines on VolturnUS, the floating concrete semi-submersible hull designed by UMaine, south of Monhegan Island. Once installed in 2020, the turbines are expected to produce energy for the duration of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).The objective of the pilot is to demonstrate the technology at full scale, allowing floating farms to be built out-of-sight across the US and the world in the 2020s.”It’s clear that the US offshore wind industry is very real, but fixed foundation turbines are limited to shallow water depth. Most of Maine’s offshore wind resource, and nearly 60% of the U.S. offshore wind resource is located in deepwater where only floating turbines can be used. It’s clear that floating offshore wind is the next frontier, and Maine’s floating turbine technology can still put our state in the driver’s seat,” UMaine said.Apart from UMaine, the Maine Aqua Ventus consortium includes Cianbro Corporation and DCNS.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team opens its 2017 season at the Loyola Intercollegiate on Saturday through Monday at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. Competition will get underway at 7:45 a.m. MST on all three days. The Bulldogs had a strong fall season with all five of their top five scorers averaging under 78 per round. Junior Drew Ison led the squad in all five tournaments and carded 11 rounds of 75 or less. Fellow junior Matt Lavery recorded an average round of 76.6 and finished the fall season with a season-low 54-hole score of 226 (74-76-76) at the ODU/Outer Banks Invitational. Freshman Chase Wicklund scored an average round of 77 over 15 rounds, while sophomores Jack Kennedy and Tommi Avant averaged 77.6 and 77.9 per round, respectively. Following the Loyola Intercollegiate, Drake heads to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 6-7 for the Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate, hosted by Loyola (Md.). Print Friendly Version Live Results Story Links The 54-hole event hosted by Loyola (Md.) features 16 teams including; Air Force, Arkansas State, Connecticut, DePaul, Drake, Eastern Michigan, Elon, Missouri State, Murray State, Northern Illinois, Seton Hall, SIUE, St. John’s, UT-Martin and Utah Valley.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 04: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 4, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP’s absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.“This is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that. All that said, we made enough plays to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefNot quite enough.Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back. Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of buckets from beyond the arc.After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.“We switched and I don’t think we necessarily should have switched but credit to him, he made a hell of a shot over a 7-footer at the buzzer,” Kuzma said. “It’s always a tough way to lose.”James was held out with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. He was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. But the Lakers struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth in six games.Walton blamed the loss on his team’s failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James’ absence.“Those type of things are what cost us the game, not not having him at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton said.Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s.“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”BALL MISSING AT THE ENDBall was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping. Ball said after the game he was fine and expects to play against the Clippers on Friday.COMEBACK KIDSThe Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.TIP-INS Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. … Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter but none in the second. … Kuzma scored 12 points in the second quarter. … Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. … Sacramento made its first six shots then missed nine of the next 12. … No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise.UP NEXTLakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.Kings: Host Portland on Jan. 1. 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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.“It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15).The Prime Minister said Seprod’s new venture is significant, as it puts the country “on a good footing for (continued) growth,” adding that he is pleased to see that level of investment in downtown Kingston.“What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said.The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government continues to support the private sector by creating a stable and predictable environment where businesses can take the calculated risks required to invest and earn a profit from their investments.“The Government has created an environment where entrepreneurs can take calculated risks (on investment), and we want to see more entrepreneurs, more businesses, whether it is in manufacturing or agriculture (taking more risks), and we are making sure that the environment is one which (facilitates this),” he said.Mr. Holness said he is pleased that the investment, which also represents a milestone in Jamaica’s reindustrialisation, will assist with economic growth through import substitution.He thanked the Seprod Group for continuing to demonstrate confidence in Jamaica, assuring that the Government will continue to play its role in facilitating the private sector in creating growth.The multigrain milling facility, which involves a partnership with Seaboard Corporation, will produce the company’s new Gold Seal Flour brand and corn products.The Seprod Group manufactures and distributes edible oils and fats, dairy and fruit beverages, corn products, flour, sugar, baked snacks and other household consumer products. Story Highlights “It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15). “What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United can break into the top four earlier than he anticipated considering their current run of form.United were 11 points adrift the top four when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but having recorded six wins and a draw, the Red Devils find themselves within touching distance of the Champions League places.Despite the tough test ahead with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain packed into a 12-day period, the former United striker is optimistic his players would live to the billing.“I feel it’s very [well] equipped,” Solskjaer said via Sky of the squad’s strength heading into February.“We’ve had now six weeks together. We’ve found out what strengths, weaknesses we’ve got.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we’ve risen to most of the challenges, maybe, of course, the setback of the two Burnley goals we conceded, maybe they will make us move to the next level because I think we’ve given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four maybe earlier than we thought.“It’s not too many games, there’s still a week between every single one of them but it’s tough opposition. Definitely.“You start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well is also a tough one.“Then you’ve got the three big ones you can call it, with PSG, Chelsea, and Liverpool after each other. Then a very hard one, when you think you’ve done with those three, with Palace away. So it’s a tough month – but we’re ready.“I’ve got a big squad, it’s only Marcos Rojo now who’s out for a period, the rest are fit and available.”
The Monster Records & Associates (MRA) –a fictional music records company, having realised that its biggest asset is in fact its data, embarked on a digital transformation with the aim to offer its product and offerings completely online and via APIs. This article is an excerpt taken from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, written by Andy Bell, Sander Rensen, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins. In this post we are is going to take you through an interesting MRA case study who adopted an API design-first approach for building its APIs. We will go through the process and steps performed by MRA for this implementation. The Problem Scenario MRA had embarked on a digital transformation journey with the objective to become a digital organisation capable of offering tailored (à la carte) offerings to artists such as handling of an artist’s online presence to on-demand distribution of an artist’s digital media to Music Streaming Services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Deezer to name a few. Having fully acknowledged that their most valuable asset is in fact their media data, MRA wanted to materialise in such assets and determined that the quickest and most effective way to achieve this was by exposing a public API capable of providing access, on-demand, to MRA’s Media Catalogue assets such as artists, songs and albums. Figure 1: MRA’s Media Catalogue API The idea being, once such assets became accessible via an API, streaming services could, on-demand and 24×7, explore MRA’s repertoire, purchase rights-to-use and start streaming. In addition, the API could also open the door to a brand new global audience: millions of app developers constantly innovating. If only a fraction of such a huge audience leveraged MRA’s Media Catalogue API, it would still represent a considerable success for MRA. However, as with everything, there is a challenge to realise such vision. MRA like many other organizations, had a level of experience with systems integrations and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). One of the lessons learnt from SOA however was that the cycles for designing, building, prototyping, and testing SOAP-based Web Services could be quite lengthy and expensive. An API differentiates from a service in that the former represents the RESTful interface a consumer application interacts with, whereas the latter is the actual implementation (the code) behind an API. A HTTP endpoint exposed by a service is defined as an unmanaged API. When a service endpoint is accessed via an API Gateway where policies such as app-key validation, authentication/authorization and other policies are enforced, then it becomes a managed API. The book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, refers to managed APIs as simply APIs and unmanaged APIs as simply service endpoints. Especially when it came to capturing and accommodating the feedback from Client Application Developers (API consumers), MRA had very bad experiences as in the majority of occasions they came to realize very late in the software lifecycle that the Web Service developed did not meet the expectations of its consumers. Figure 2: feedback-loops in traditional web service design Refactoring web services in this approach wasn’t just time consuming but also an expensive exercise as both the Service design (WSDL) and code had to be refactored and re-tested in order to accommodate the feedback received and before application developers could try a service again. Naturally service designers and developers avoided as much as possible making changes, thus challenging feedback received from application developers, which in turn created friction amongst both teams but in some occasions meant application developers finding alternative routes to solve their needs rather than using the web service. This was the worst possible scenario as it meant that the investments made in implementing a web service could’ve been wasted. API design-first process Learning from experiences and acknowledging the challenges that such waterfall like process imposed to a digital transformation initiative, MRA were quite keen to adopt a more agile, interactive but also quicker way to deliver modern RESTful based APIs. The idea was clear. By engaging application developers (API consumers) in the initial stages of the design process, feedback would be captured and reflected back in the interface design (API) early as well. Not only this would shorten feedback loops, but ensure that once the underlying services are implemented, it would expose an interface already endorsed and tested by its consumers, as opposed to risk building a service that won’t satisfy the client expectations and needs late in the process. Figure 3: API design-first approach vs traditional service design The implication of this approach though, is that the tooling and notation to define the API, had to be both simple, yet rich in capability such as the task of designing and mocking API endpoints is quick and easy, given that if the process becomes cumbersome it would defeat its purpose. We elaborate on the different steps undertaken by MRA when designing its Media Catalogue API using Apiary and related tools in the book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Here are the steps: Defining the API type Defining the API’s domain semantics Creating the API definition with its main resources Trying the API mock Defining MSON Data Structures Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint Defining the API type: A fundamental step when designing any API is to first define what the type is. This is important as it will determine the guiding principles to consider when doing the design. We have three types of APIs: Single-Purpose APIs: These are APIs that serve a unique and specific purpose, typically derived from an unambiguous need associated with a user journey or use case. Multi-Purpose APIs: These APIs are more generic in nature and are meant to satisfy not just one but multiple use cases and scenarios. They are not bound (coupled) to a specific user journey or system of engagement (for example, a mobile app) therefore ideal for reuse enterprise-wide. MRA’s Media Catalogue API: MRA’s Media Catalogue API was specifically targeted at two main audiences: Music Streaming Services and Application Developers in general. Therefore, the API had to be both Public and Multi-Purpose. Defining the API’s domain semantics: This step elaborates proper understanding of the API’s bounded context, Media Catalogue. To do so, entities, key attributes, and relationships within the bounded context itself were identified and also defined using semantics appropriate for the purpose of the API. Creating the API definition with its main resources: This step shows how to create an API and define its main resources, parameters, and sample payloads.It involves steps followed by MRA when creating the Media Catalogue API definition and its associated API mock. Trying the API mock: This part describes how Apiary’s automatically generated API mocks can be used to satisfy one of the most important steps in API design-first: try an API early in the lifecycle, before the API is actually implemented. This is a critical step as collecting feedback from API consumers early can potentially save numerous hours in code refactoring later in the project. Defining MSON Data Structures: The Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON) is a plain-text syntax for the description and validation of Data Structures in API Blueprint. It provides a way to represent objects (for example, an artist) in a human-readable plain text form. This part involves steps to define the Artist, Album and Song objects using the MSON notation. Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub: API Blueprints can be pushed into GitHub repositories, so they can be version controlled but most importantly it can follow a similar GitHub cycle as any other code asset. This step is also required in order to configure Dredd to validate API endpoints against API blueprint definitions. Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS: Although Apiary provides an API mock URL that can be can be accessed directly, it is recommended that instead, the API mock is published and accessed via the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint: The last step of the API design-first process is to configure Dredd to continuously validate that an API endpoint exposed through the API Gateway is always compliant with its corresponding API Blueprint definition. The idea is to ensure that Client Application code is not broken once an API Policy is changed to point to a Backend Service once it has been built and deployed. We discussed the API design-first approach for building its APIs. MRA’s business scenario demanded the need for more efficient and leaner process for implementing APIs. We saw how an API design-first process could effectively help organizations such as MRA gain greater speed, agility, and efficiencies. Here’s a summary of the basic steps to realize such process. Choose your API type: We introduced the conceptual concepts such as Single Purpose and Multi-Purpose APIs to decide on what type of API to adopt. Define your APIs: The need for creating an API definition and an API mock in Apiary based on API Blueprints and the Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON). Create & publish API: Creation and publication of an API using the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Continuously test: Finally, the configuration of Dredd to verify API endpoints compliance with the API definition. You just enjoyed an excerpt from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Services. Grab the latest edition of this book to work with the newest Oracle APIs, and interface with an increasingly complex array of services your clients want. 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