ASIA program

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaBrutus stood patiently as yet another student pulled on a glove up to her shoulder. The steer has gotten used to people sticking their hands through the fistula, or tube, in his side, reaching into his stomach and squeezing a handful of his lunch.The steer is doing his part to help attract students into animal and dairy sciences at the University of Georgia.Recently, 54 high school students gloved up and reached through Brutus’ side as a part of the two-day Animal Science in Action program designed to spark students’ interests in agriculture.”The best way to get kids is to recruit early,” said Steve Nickerson, ADS department head in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.ADS is already one of the UGA college’s largest departments, with 165 undergraduates on the CAES Athens and Tifton campuses. Nickerson said their short-term goal is to enroll 200 students.”One percent of the whole U.S. population feeds the rest of the country,” Nickerson said. “What’s going to happen in 10 to 20 years? We’ve got to recruit more kids into production agriculture in order to feed the growing population in the future.”The job demand is high for animal and dairy science students who don’t become veterinarians. Four to five jobs are waiting for each of them at graduation, Nickerson said.Nickerson estimates that 20 percent of the Animal Science in Action students eventually enroll at UGA under his department. Another 20 percent ends up elsewhere in the CAES.The program is open to high school rising juniors and seniors and mostly draws students from Georgia. This year, however, one girl flew from New York, and another drove up from Florida to attend.With more jobs than applicants, the outlook is good for students with ADS degrees. “There is a need now in the animal and dairy industry for all the graduates they can get,” said ADS professor William Graves.But what really attracts students to the increasingly popular recruiting program is its hands-on approach, Graves said. And vaccinating a piglet and sticking an arm into a fistulated cow is about as hands-on as it gets.Good news for the industry and the department is that enrollment in the two-day Animal Science in Action camp was up in 2006. In fact, for the first time ever, Graves had to coordinate two buses full of students.Even better is that the department “has been advising a lot of freshmen this summer,” Graves said. “We’re very excited about that.”The hands-on part of the department helps attract students to our programs,” he said. So does the veterinary college, which pulls many of its students from the CAES animal and dairy science program.”We seem to place our kids very well within the industry,” Graves said. “A lot of them end up in the vet school or in graduate school.”The department is also dealing with the fact that “so many people nowadays don’t know where milk comes from,” Nickerson said. From tours for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program high school applicants to Animal Science in Action, the department is educating people on knowledge that was commonplace 100 years ago.Recently, ADS had a Beef 101 class for 26 chefs and others who work in the restaurant industry to educate them on where the beef they serve comes from.”Many of them had never touched a cow,” Nickerson said. “It gave them an appreciation of where a cut comes from.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Martinez hails Barry influence

first_img “I think we have enough experience to do that but obviously Gareth has been very influential and it seems he has been at Everton for a long time – that is how comfortable he looks with the team.” Martinez watched City get taken apart by European champions Bayern Munich in midweek with some admiration. However, he does not think it will have any effect on their game against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “Bayern are European champions for a reason and they have gone to the next level now,” he said. “For anyone who plays against Bayern it is going to be the biggest football test at club level and you have to admire the way they are playing. “They are taking possession football into a new degree and I thought they were magnificent. “There is never a good or bad time because when you play a top side you know they are going to be ready on the day, they have a really good squad and can make changes and refresh it if they need to. “We know we will have to be at our best but we will embrace that challenge, and we look forward to facing Man City in their own backyard because, in my eyes, they are title challengers this season. “We need to look to ourselves. Only the best can be a good enough performance against Manchester City.” The fixture is the first time Martinez has faced City since beating them in the FA Cup final with his Wigan underdogs, but he does not expect to reference that game in his pre-match planning. “In many ways it is very different because you have a different manager with different ideas and different players. But then, in the same way, you have a lot of the important players who have been at the club for a long while and that means there will be similarities,” he said. “It is a completely different way of playing and, in that respect, it is going to be a different side.” Barry has slotted seamlessly into the Toffees’ midfield since his loan move late in the transfer window, but he is ineligible to play against his parent club at the the Etihad Stadium. It is a match when the former England international’s vast experience would have been in demand, but Martinez is keen to focus on the positives and how the Barry effect has filtered out to the rest of the squad, particularly the impressionable youngsters. “There has been a lot of talk about his 500 appearances in the Premier League (chalked up in Monday’s win over Newcastle) which is an incredible stat and shows the experience he has,” said the Spaniard. “But the way he is as a human being is an incredible influence for players like James McCarthy, Ross Barkley up to a point – players who can look up to someone who has been through many experiences and can give some sort of calm influence. “On the pitch I thought James McCarthy developed a good chemistry with Gareth. “In the second half against West Ham he did that straight away and he grew even bigger against Newcastle. “Players like James and Ross are going to get stronger and better and learn so quickly from someone like Gareth – he adds to the development of our youngsters, which is invaluable really. “I was always aware (of his ineligibility against City) so we need to accept it will be a period when he can recover, have a breather and get ready for the next game. “What matters is not that you are going to miss with Gareth, it is the opposite: (it is) what he is bringing already and the influence he has had in the dressing room and the games and how excited we are to have him for the rest of the season. “It will be a great opportunity for someone else and I think as a team you welcome those opportunities. The calming presence of Gareth Barry may be missing against Manchester City but his influence has already rubbed off on team-mates, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Press Associationlast_img read more

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