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On Cultivating Curiosity, we get down and dirty with the experts on all the ways science and agriculture touch our lives, from what we eat to how we live. Listen in for episodes about a hot new coastal commodity, a day in the life of a pollinator, how to live more sustainably through urban farming and so much more.

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On Cultivating Curiosity, we get down and dirty with the experts on all the ways science and agriculture touch our lives, from what we eat to how we live. Listen in for episodes about a hot new coastal commodity, a day in the life of a pollinator, how to live more sustainably through urban farming and so much more.

    Creating a culture of entrepreneurship: FABricate

    Creating a culture of entrepreneurship: FABricate

    We spoke with Chris Rhodes, director of industry partnerships and project-based learning at CAES, and UGA students Chris Ayers and Jeffery Whitmire about FABricate, an entrepreneurial pitch contest. Participants get the chance to expand their leadership and business skills while developing a new food product or agricultural, environmental or sustainable business. 
    Resources:
    Learn more about FABricate
    Read more about Keith Kelly's long-standing partnership with CAES
    Successful FABricate business examples:
    Chiktopia
    Gently Soap
    Automat

    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 34 min
    Transforming medicine with biotechnology

    Transforming medicine with biotechnology

    We spoke with Dr. Franklin West, professor in the CAES Department of Animal and Dairy Science, executive committee member of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) and leading expert in stem cell biology research. From stem cell reprogramming to therapies for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and stroke, learn how RBC researchers are advancing healthy living through bioscience.

    Resources:
    Learn more about the new regenerative bioscience major offered by CAES at UGA.
    A link to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning stem cell research
    Read the news story about stroke therapy.
    Learn more about the recent NIH grant for TBI research.


    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 30 min
    Digging into the economics of agriculture

    Digging into the economics of agriculture

    We spoke with Cesar Escalante, a professor in the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. From equity challenges in agricultural lending and the effect of immigration on agriculture to the impact of a changing economy on our food supply, dig into the economics of agriculture with us.

    Resources:

    Listen to the FINRA Foundation's podcast episode on the 2022 Ketchum Prize.
    Visit the UGA CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics website

    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 33 min
    Serving up the facts: food science and safety

    Serving up the facts: food science and safety

    We spoke with Manpreet Singh, professor and department head of the CAES Department of Food Science and Technology. From debunking some common food safety misconceptions to exploring the local, national and international impact of the department, this episode is a literal smorgasbord of information!

    Resources:

    UGA Cooperative Extension's website
    More about UGA-Griffin
    More about UGA-Tifton
    The FoodPIC
    UGA's Center for Food Safety
    The Innovation Gateway at UGA

    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 40 min
    A campus in bloom: the UGA Trial Gardens

    A campus in bloom: the UGA Trial Gardens

    Nestled on the south campus in Athens, the UGA Trial Gardens offer a stunning environment for students, researchers and the public.

    We talked to John Ruter, professor and director of the Trial Gardens and Trial Gardens manager Sandy Begani about what visitors might find in the garden, what a plant trial entails and more.

    Resources:

    The UGA Trial Gardens' website
    Dr. John Ruter's information
    Dr. Pam Knox's information
    Some of the flowers found in the garden, including the rex begonias and double impatiens
    See how our experts are breeding better plants.
    Contact the gardens to volunteer
    Learn more about the Great Georgia Pollinator Census
    Visit the Trial Gardens - click to view a map: 1030 W Green Street Athens, GA 30602

    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 36 min
    An up-and-coming coastal commodity

    An up-and-coming coastal commodity

    When you hear the word agriculture, seaweed might not be the first thing that comes to mind.
    But Allison Fortner, a University of Georgia doctoral student pursuing a degree in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, is doing her part to help raise the profile of this important marine species.

    Resources:

    Learn more about the international agriculture certificate at CAES.
    Learn more about the Safe Seaweed Coalition.
    Some articles to explore about the research being done with cattle and seafood:
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-022-03293-0
    https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/12/2432/htm
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.597430/full
    https://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2021/03/feeding-cows-a-few-ounces-of-seaweed-daily-could-sharply-reduce-their-contribution-to-climate-change/
    https://time.com/6119791/seaweed-cows-methane-emissions/

    Edited by Carly Mirabile
    Produced by Jordan Powers, Emily Davenport, Carly Mirabile
    Music and sound effects by Mason McClintock, an Athens-based singer, songwriter and storyteller who creates innovative soul-pop music that transcends traditional genre boundaries. Hailing from small-town Southeast Georgia, Mason's influences range from the purest pop to the most powerful gospel. Mason is a former Georgia 4-H'er and current University of Georgia student. Listen to his music on Spotify. 

    • 36 min

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