Survey to Help Shape Indiana’s Future Agbioscience Workforce

first_img Survey to Help Shape Indiana’s Future Agbioscience Workforce Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A recent survey sent to food and agriculture sector businesses about their hiring and talent pool challenges is part of an AgriNovus Indiana strategy. AgriNovus Indiana President and CEO Mitch Frazier says they have a commitment to the success of the Indiana agbiosciences economy.“And key to that is understanding and ensuring we have the workforce here in Indiana to meet those demands,” he explained. “So understanding the challenges our agbiosciences businesses have in hiring gives us a really terrific view into what programs we need to create at AgriNovus and across the state to make sure we’re filling that pipeline so our Hoosier agbioscience businesses can grow here.”He tells HAT they cast a wide net across the industry to learn from them “who they’re hiring, who are some of those folks that they traditionally hire at a fast rate and where are some of those challenges they have in hiring. What gaps do that have? Where are they finding obstacles in hiring the folks they need to fuel their business growth? We will use that data then to shape programs all the way back to high school.”Frazier says a lot of career decisions are taking shape in high school, so it’s important to be a part of that curriculum.“We need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to create this educational environment where young people can understand that it’s not just plant science or just agriculture. It’s data science. It’s analytics. It’s engineering and it’s economics.”And does AgriNovus have what it takes to make an impact in Hoosier high schools? Frazier says absolutely.“We have an entire team dedicated to talent development at AgriNovus Indiana, and I am confident we have the relationships as well, not just with our team, but across the state with state leaders as well as education leaders at school districts all across the state to make sure the data we have shapes programs they operate, and together we can link arms and fuel agbioscience growth here in Indiana.”Agbioscience growth is one of the keys to being able to feed a growing population with less resources, preserving the planet in the process.Businesses who have the survey are asked to return it by the deadline a week from now, Friday, July 24, 2020. If you are in the industry and would like to complete the survey, request it by contacting AgriNovus Indiana. By Andy Eubank – Jul 16, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Survey to Help Shape Indiana’s Future Agbioscience Workforce Previous articleUSDA Meals to You Partnership Delivers Nearly 30 Million MealsNext articleSurvey to Help Shape Indiana’s Future Agbioscience Workforce on the HAT Friday Podcast Andy Eubank SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Neuroscience club to host First Annual Notre Dame ALS Walk

first_imgLittle more than a year after videos of people soaking themselves with ice water flooded Facebook feeds for the “ALS ice-bucket challenge,” the Neuroscience Club will hold the first annual Notre Dame ALS Walk on Saturday, in conjunction with the College of Science.All proceeds from the walk will support ALS programs and research, social service chair of the Neuroscience Club junior Chris Ferari said.Janice Chung | The Observer Ferari, who helped promote and organize the event, said the goal of the walk is to raise awareness for the disease on campus and “make people aware that we want this to be something we’re going to do every year.”“[We want] to get it on everyone’s radar and say, ‘This is something that we want to continue to do. ALS isn’t going away, so we want to continue to raise awareness past just this year,’” he said.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the New York Yankees baseball player diagnosed with the disease in 1939, is a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord,” according to the ALS Association’s website.The website says patients living with ALS have an average life expectancy of about two to five years following diagnosis.Sean Kassen, the director for academic advancement in the College of Science, said the rarity and severity of ALS make walks like the upcoming one at Notre Dame important in raising awareness and generating interest in research for the disease, which is sometimes overlooked in favor of more prevalent diseases.“ALS is a tough disease to get. It is a scary disease. It is a devastating disease; there is no cure,” Kassen said. “And still there’s not a lot of research that is out there on the direct causes, and hence the potential way to cure it.“ … ALS is a [disease] that largely I would still say people don’t understand, and by doing a walk like this it brings it front and center. It brings more awareness first and foremost.”Besides raising awareness, Ferari said he hopes the walk will encourage ALS research at Notre Dame, where there are currently few people actively involved in ALS or ALS-related research.Among the few at Notre Dame whose research is relevant to ALS is biochemistry Ph.D. candidate Tiffany Snow. Snow currently studies the NMDA receptor in the brain, which she said has been associated with Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol dependence, strokes and ALS.“The receptor I’m working on, very little is known about how it’s behaving and why it behaves in certain ways, and especially – what’s more interesting – how and why it behaves under neurological stress or some sort of disorder,” Snow said.“This receptor – because it’s in a lot of neurons in the brain and a lot of important areas of the brain – when something goes wrong in it, it’s seen in a lot of different disorders,” she said.To support her research, Snow received an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.“I think while it might seem inconsequential to look at a certain receptor – just one receptor or maybe one part of that receptor – it’s looking at the little things like that that will answer bigger questions that will affect thousands and tens of thousands of people, potentially, in a lifetime,” Snow said.Although this weekend’s walk is the first of its kind to occur on campus, it is not the first ALS walk to have a Notre Dame connection.Les McCarthy, a Notre Dame parent and member of the Notre Dame Club of Mid-Hudson Valley, helped organize a walk through the Mid-Hudson Valley club in 2009 following the loss of one of its members, Notre Dame Ph.D. class of 1970 alumnus Gus Raspitha, to the disease.“When we lost him in the spring of 2009, we decided we really should do something to raise awareness,” McCarthy said. “So our club held this first walk Nov. 15 of ’09, of which there were 55 of us walking.”The Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS has taken place every fall since its inception in 2009, and during that time it has grown from 55 individual walkers raising nearly $5,000 in 2009 to 147 walk teams raising more than $346,000 in 2014. In total, the walk has raised more than $1 million to benefit support services, awareness and research for ALS.Since they began the Hudson Valley ALS walk, members of the Notre Dame Club of Mid-Hudson Valley have been in contact with various people at Notre Dame about the prospect of holding an on-campus walk, Kassen said.“They’ve been very big supporters of our efforts here with rare disease research, and [McCarthy] has always suggested that we try to do an ALS walk,” Kassen said. “And so once this new [neuroscience] club came up we talked together … I knew this is something he was very passionate about, and so we came to the conclusion that we potentially could do this [event]. And that’s when I presented the idea to the Neuroscience Club.”From there, the Neuroscience Club undertook organizing the walk, which Ferari said he hopes will become the club’s “signature event.”This weekend’s walk will span a distance of 2.7 miles, with a stop at the Grotto for a short prayer. Registration is $10 per person, and snacks and coffee will be available to participants before the walk.Ferari said participants are also encouraged to wear costumes in the spirit of Halloween.So far, Kassen said, the event has generated significant interest.“Every time you do an event for the first time, a lot of it is you’re trying to get people to show up, you’re going to learn sort of on the fly, you have to do all your due diligence ahead of time, you have to make sure all the paperwork is done appropriately and that the correct people at the University know about it,” Kassen said. “ … To me, [the walk] has already been a win. People are already signing up and they want to attend.”Looking toward the future, McCarthy said he hopes the walk will have a real impact in stimulating advances in the field of ALS research.“Where will this take us on campus?” he asked. “Only time will tell, but if history teaches us anything, it could be the start of something big. It’s my desire that the luck and the skill of the Irish just might be what can make a significant contribution to solving this mystery.”Tags: ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, neuroscience clublast_img read more

Vermont State Parks announces renewable energy innovation challenge

first_imgAt the Sunward solar manufacturing facility in Winooski today, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and Governor Jim Douglas kicked off a new initiative offering Vermont companies the opportunity to demonstrate their newest renewable energy and energy conservation products in the Vermont State Park system.The new initiative—dubbed the Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge—is an opportunity for Vermont’s energy companies to connect with park visitors, and benefit from the Vermont State Parks brand, while making a contribution to an important state resource.Sunward, one of Vermont’s premier solar hot water companies, will be the first official innovation partner.  All told, the company will donate a solar hot water system with an 80 gallon storage tank and a timber frame ground mount option, with a total retail value of approximately $11,000.“As you well know, Vermont is on the forefront of the green economy and a leader in the pursuit of 21st Century solutions that grow the economy and create good jobs,” said Governor Jim Douglas.  “Vermont has always been a home for innovation. This initiative continues that tradition.”Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jason Gibbs said the Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge combines Vermont’s ongoing investments in growing the green economy and workforce development with the state’s reputation as a leader in natural resource management.   “The Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to build a partnership that further encourages growth in this economic sector and inspires innovation in Vermont’s green industry,” Gibbs said.   Sunward president and CEO Joe Perrotto said his company is delighted to be the first official partner in this initiative.  “Using Vermont State Parks as venues for demonstration offers companies a comparative advantage in the production and marketing of their products that they can’t get from other demonstration sites,” Perrotto said.  “It is also a great way for companies to make a contribution to one of our state’s most valuable, and most popular, assets.”BENEFITS OF THE PARTNERSHIPCommissioner Gibbs said companies with demonstration projects in any one of Vermont’s 52 state parks will benefit from:· The power of the State of Vermont’s and Vermont State Park brands;· On site branding opportunities and passive access to park visitors;· Earned media; and· Access to the park(s) for demonstration and promotion of the product to prospective customers, as well as for video and photography. HOW DO COMPANIES APPLY?Companies interested in applying to have their products showcased in a Vermont State Park must send a product summary and proposal to [email protected](link sends e-mail) or by snail mail to:Vermont State Parks Innovation ChallengeC/O Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation103 South Main St.Waterbury, VT 05671-0601ABOUT SUNWARD SOLARSunward is a US company, headquartered in Vermont, and is an affiliate of Country Home Products. For over 25 years, Country Home Products has been designing and manufacturing hard-working, long-lasting, purpose-built tools to help people get the most enjoyment from the places they call home.Sunward™ is a company that was started to fill a void. Homeowners were desperately looking for more efficient, planet-friendly and cost-saving ways to deal with their energy. And solar hot water made perfect sense. Yet, no company had connected the dots for homeowners. Until Sunward.  For more information, visit is external)###Jason GibbsCommissionerDepartment of Forests, Parks and Recreationlast_img read more

Dzeko reaches landmark in City win

first_imgEdin Dzeko’s 50th Manchester City goal proved enough to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and send the Blues top of the Barclays Premier League. The Bosnian steered home Jesus Navas’ cut-back midway through the second period to give City their 10th successive victory at the Etihad Stadium. Yet, after magical performances earlier in the campaign, this fell into the ‘win ugly’ category. Palace worked with an impressive intensity throughout and City were indebted to superb saves from Joe Hart to deny Jason Puncheon and Joel Ward either side of Dzeko’s 10th of the season in all competitions, but his first in the Premier League for eight weeks. On statistics alone, Palace might as well not have bothered turning up. The Eagles had not beaten City away from home since 1990 and their manager, Tony Pulis, had lost on all five of his visits to the stadium, not even managing so much as a goal. In addition, there was the Blues’ incredible sequence of results on home soil. The Boxing Day win over Liverpool had been their ninth win in as many matches, a sequence that had yielded an incredible 37 goals. Yet despite this gloomy backdrop, Palace still managed to become only the second team since Hull on August 31 to prevent City from establishing superiority by half-time. There was no secret. The visitors owed their mini-triumph to good, old-fashioned graft and a little bit of luck. Filling their own box any time City got close – which was fairly frequently – they managed to keep chances at a minimum. Press Association James Milner flashed a couple of efforts narrowly wide and David Silva was not far away from finding the net from an impossibly acute angle. However, it was not until Fernandinho ventured forward late in that opening period that Julian Speroni’s goal came under severe threat. The Brazilian lashed a shot over after a brilliant piece of skill had created the opportunity. He then saw his powerful header touched over by Speroni before having another effort blocked amid a melee inside the Palace area during which Dzeko had spurned a clear sight on goal by preferring to check inside onto his right foot. It was not exactly comfortable for the visitors, but then Pulis can hardly have anticipated a smooth ride for his team. Yet they were sufficiently confident to push forward themselves when the chance arose, and Yannick Bolasie ensured Dedryck Boyata was kept on his toes as the City man started a league game for the Blues for the first time since May 2011. Nevertheless, Hart did not have a shot to save. The England keeper still picked up a nasty gash under his eye though as a result of a full-bloodied challenge with Cameron Jerome that saw the Palace forward hobble off. Hart was called into action straight after the restart though as Puncheon unleashed a fierce shot from 25 yards, which the keeper turned behind in impressive fashion. Substitute Marouane Chamakh was not too far away from turning the corner home from his near post station and Manuel Pellegrini wasted little time in introducing Samir Nasri and Alvaro Negredo. Palace’s confidence was growing though and Hart was little more than a spectator as Puncheon curled a shot that would not have been kept out had it been slightly more accurate. Such was the verve with which Palace had started the second-half that Dzeko’s goal came as something of a surprise. Damien Delaney thought he had cleared the immediate danger when he got his head to Silva’s teasing cross. But Navas hunted the ball down to the by-line, then picked out Dzeko with a superb cut-back that invited the first-time finish from the Bosnian. Palace responded admirably. Ward’s dipping volley was heading for the bottom corner until Hart got a fingertip to it. Ward then got his head on the far-post corner, but from close range failed to keep the attempt on target. Pellegrini’s decision to shelve the intention to introduce Yaya Toure and instead bring on the more defensive Aleksander Kolarov said it all as City scrambled to victory. last_img read more

Davis, UNC react to investigation, players dismissed

Comments Coming into the 2010 season, North Carolina was expected to be a legitimate contender for a BCS bowl berth. Then came the suspension of six players before the season. And on Monday, three of those suspensions were cemented for the length of the season, perhaps cementing the fate of UNC’s season as well. Two UNC players, Robert Quinn and Greg Little, were ruled permanently ineligible, and another, Marvin Austin, was dismissed from the program Monday. Wide receiver Little, defensive end Quinn and defensive tackle Austin had all been suspended for the Tar Heels’ first five games following an NCAA investigation into the players’ interactions with agents in the offseason. The final decision to dismiss the players was made this week. ‘What should be a day of focus on who is playing and how they played in the recent game, I’m afraid is just the opposite,’ UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour said in a press conference Monday. ‘I apologize for the university for that. It is my responsibility to bring all these issues to a close, and I can assure you the university staff is doing everything to make that happen.’ The NCAA declared Little and Quinn ineligible due to violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the facts submitted by the university, the value of the illegal benefits totaled approximately $4,952 for Little and $5,642 for Quinn. Little accepted diamond earrings and travel accommodations for trips to the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and two trips to Miami, among other things. Quinn accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel accommodations for a trip to Miami, among other things. Unethical conduct charges were also found against Little and Quinn for providing false and misleading information during the NCAA’s investigation in three separate interviews.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The university dismissed Austin from the team for the same reasons Little and Quinn were declared ineligible. Baddour said the amount of benefits in Austin’s case was more than the amount the other players received. Head coach Butch Davis said Monday he was upset with the players’ decision-making. ‘I am very sad and disappointed that these individuals made these extraordinarily poor choices,’ Davis said. ‘Not only did they jeopardize themselves and their lives, they have certainly jeopardized this team and this university. I know that they are very remorseful about that, but it does not diminish that these actions were poor choices in these kids’ lives.’ This controversy has surrounded the school since July, when the first interviews were conducted, and has continued to hang over the program into the season. Austin was suspended indefinitely from the team on Sept. 1, and Little, Quinn and three other players were declared ineligible Sept. 3 for the Tar Heels’ season opener the next day. Little, Quinn and Austin were all expected to be key contributors this year. All three were full-time starters in 2009. Little hauled in 62 catches and five touchdowns last season as a junior. Quinn registered 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks and finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year voting. Austin totaled 42 tackles and four sacks. North Carolina (3-2) entered the season ranked No. 18 in the nation, but dropped its first two games to No. 9 LSU and Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels have won their last three games since then. Although Davis did say he was disappointed with the players’ choices, the head coach did feel he was partially at fault. ‘As head football coach, it is clearly my responsibility to be in charge of the football program,’ he said. ‘To help educate the players and to help educate their parents. To make sure everyone understands what the rules and stipulations of extra benefits and inappropriate relationships build. ‘I know that these situations, as head football coach, I have to do a much better job.’ But Davis also added these incidents should not be viewed as representative of the school and promised to make sure that did not occur. ‘I can promise you that moving forward, we are going to do everything we can to restore the confidence of everybody that loves this university,’ Davis said. ‘This is a terrific school with a great reputation. It’s got a great academic reputation, a great athletic reputation. I give you my word and promise as head football coach that I will work every day to restore that confidence.’ Big man on campus QB Taylor Martinez Freshman No. 5 Nebraska Last Week’s Stats: 5-of-7, 128 yards, 1 TD, 15 carries, 241 yards, 4 TDs Martinez only threw seven passes, but that’s all the Cornhuskers needed from their quarterback against Kansas State on Thursday. The freshman set the Nebraska single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback and scored four times on the ground en route to a 48-13 thrashing of the Wildcats. Martinez scored the only touchdowns of the first half to give the Huskers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) a 17-3 lead at the break. Then, on the third play of the second half, Martinez gashed Kansas State (4-1, 1-1) through the middle of the defense for an 80-yard touchdown scamper. The first-year starter also added a 79-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed later in the third. Team of the week No. 10 South Carolina Last Week’s Result: W, 35-21 vs. No. 8 Alabama On Saturday, South Carolina handed the Crimson Tide its first loss since 2008, with a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort. The win was the Gamecocks’ first ever win over a No. 1 team. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 SEC) pounced on Alabama (5-1, 2-1) early, jumping out to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Tide was able to close to within 28-21 with 14:51 left in the game, but a failed fake field goal attempt and South Carolina’s ensuing 74-yard touchdown drive put the game out of reach. The Gamecocks’ 35 points were the most given up by Alabama since LSU dropped 41 on the Tide in 2007. Receiver Alshon Jeffery caught two of Stephen Garcia’s three touchdown passes, while freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns, along with the other receiving touchdown. South Carolina’s defense also held Alabama’s talented backfield duo of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to just 64 yards on 17 carries. [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm read more

Alpena County family grieves over missing daughter, police still searching

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A family is still grieving over the disappearance of their daughter. A close friend filed a missing person’s report of an Alpena County woman on June 12, 2012. Michigan State Police held a press conference Thursday to give a statement to the public, nearly seven years to the day after anyone saw or heard from Lisa Marie Knight.“Lisa was just a happy person, she just loved life,” said Lisa’s father Marc Knight. “She liked horses. She dearly loved her children.” Lisa has four children. The eldest is 20 and the youngest is 8-years-old.“We don’t have any peace,” said Marc. “We haven’t had peace since Lisa went missing.”Michigan State Police held their first press conference about Lisa Knight’s disappearance Thursday morning.Detective sergeant Steve Harshberger said, “Lisa was known to be alive at the residence of her ex–husband Lloyd Frey in Ossineke. That would have been on the evening of June 8, 2012.”Investigators haven’t found a shred of evidence indicating Lisa is alive.“We firmly believe at this point that she is deceased,” said Harshberger.Police see this case as an open sore. “Sometimes the community can kind of forget it and we don’t want that to happen,” said lieutenant Travis House.Lisa’s parents, Jean and Marc Knight, are still searching for answers and hope their daughter returns home.“We have to believe that there are people out there who know something,” said Marc. A break in the case would mean Marc could once again find peace, knowing his daughter can be laid to rest.The anniversary of Lisa Knight’s disappearance is Saturday, June 8.Police will award $1,000 dollars to anyone with a lead to the resolution of this case. You can send a tip to Crime Stoppers 1-800-422-5245 or the Michigan State Police Alpena Post.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Living: longest day fundraiserNext Fire at Lafarge causes no structural damage to buildinglast_img read more