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On Nov. 1, a group of incarcerated youth and staff from the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) visited different Harvard University centers and Schools. “We wanted DYS youth and staff to know that a university education is accessible, and within their reach.” said Pedro De Abreu, a fellow at Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House, who organized the visit.The youth first visited the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, where they met with the center’s faculty, staff, and students. Executive Director Abby Wolf commented, “We were delighted to welcome the young men from DYS to the Hutchins Center. Our hope is that the youth left more curious than they were when they came in, and that that curiosity will help them as they forge their future paths. Most importantly, we hope they left feeling that there are many paths to take to exploring what interests them.”DYS youth and staff along with Abby Wolf, Executive Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Photo courtesy of Pedro De Abreu.The visit to the Hutchins Center was followed by a visit to the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School where Managing Director David Harris, Legal Fellow Katy Naples-Mitchell, and two Juris Doctorate Harvard Law School students welcomed the DYS youth and staff. Harris said “We were glad to spend some time with the young men from DYS, who reminded us of why we do the work we do. They were thoughtful, articulate, and full of promise — despite the obstacles they have faced and continue to face. We were just as pleased to have the DYS staff with us, whose interest in the young men’s future was truly encouraging. We look forward to being able to welcome them and others back to campus, and thank Phillips Brooks House for creating the opportunity. It is the kind of connection between the University and the community at large we seek to expand.”Harvard Graduate School of Design’s John J. Aslanian took the DYS youth and staff on a tour of the GSD and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. student Kaitlyn P. Becker, showed the DYS youth and staff the cutting-edge underwater robotics work from her laboratory.“I wish I had someone there to guide me when I was younger; I am studying sociology so I can one day become a counselor in my community and help others,” shared one of the DYS youth.“This visit was about access, vision, and inspiration. We tailored the visit around their interests; we wanted the youth to feel that they belong in an environment such as this. We were so happy to see the youth engage in critical discussions on race and the justice system, as we were so happy to see them being offered opportunities to stay involved,” said De Abreu, who also plans to start a foundation that serves incarcerated youth’s educational and professional needs. Read Full Story
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTax season is also strawberry season in Georgia, and this year, growers expect a bountiful supply.”It looks to be a great year for strawberries, due to the mild, dry conditions we’ve had,” said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Depending on what part of the state you live in, harvests are either under way or soon to be.”Pick red or mostly redUnlike blueberries, which are primarily grown in the south Georgia, strawberries are grown statewide, Krewer said. When you pick your own berries, he said, get the ones that are red or mostly red.”A berry with a green tip will ripen, but the sweetest berries are those that are fully red at picking,” he said. “Push back the leaves of the plant to reveal the succulent berries that are tucked into the canopy.”Strawberry grower Sheila Rice of Ashburn, Ga., challenges consumers to put Georgia berries to the test. “If you’re used to berries from the grocery store, visit a you-pick farm and compare the berries,” she said.”There’s nothing like the taste of a fresh strawberry picked right out of the field,” she said. “Nothing against California, but the ones in the grocery store have to be picked so early that the taste really suffers.”Sixty-plus farms across GeorgiaRice said strawberries from you-pick farms are averaging $1.25 a pound this season. She suggests you pick extra berries and store some of the harvest in your home freezer.”You just wash them, slice them and freeze them,” she said. “My kids love eating strawberries all winter long.”You can find the nearest of 62 pick-your-own strawberry farms from the grower list at www.smallfruits.org/Strawberries/Marketing.htm.Any grower who wants to be added to the list can call the local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Farmers in the African country of Burkina Faso, like many of their American counterparts, grow sorghum, millet and corn. The big difference is that in Burkina Faso, these crops feed humans, not animals.Expert help on the weather “Burkina Faso is landlocked, and it’s one of the poorest countries in the world,” said Hoogenboom, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And 80 percent of the population there is engaged in subsistence agriculture.” In some areas of Burkina Faso, millet flour is used to make biscuits. “It grows well in these parts of the country because it’s very dry there,” he said. “Millet is also the only grain cereal crop that can grow there because it’s very drought-resistant.” “Crop simulation models can predict local crop growth and development based on weather and soil conditions and crop management scenarios,” Hoogenboom said. “Burkina Faso has dry winters and hot, wet summers. The climate seriously restricts what the farmers can grow.” African farmers are eager for Sanon to complete his work. During a workshop led by UGA CAES anthropologist Carla Roncoli, the farmers said the rainy season is the most critical component of their cropping system. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGerrit Hoogenboom and Moussa Sanon, two scientists normally separated by the Atlantic Ocean, don’t just talk about the weather. They’re doing something about it, in an effort to help some farmers who need a break. Sanon is a researcher with the National Environmental and Agricultural Research Institute in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He’s using Hoogenboom’s crop modeling software to develop planting options for Burkina Faso farmers.Predicting the weather “Due to the uncertainty of the start of the rainy season, farmers plant a mix of varieties as a type of insurance against crop failure,” Hoogenboom said. “If they plant too early or too late, their crop fails. Having advanced weather and climate information available before the country’s rainy season will be invaluable to them.” U.S. farmers grow these crops primarily as animal feeds and more recently as bioenergy crops. “In my country,” Sanon said, “we rely on sorghum and millet as main crops that are used for food. We use the leaves and stems to feed our animals and build sheds and barns. We use the grains of sorghum, millet and maize plants for flour to make paste, couscous, gruel and cake.” Sanon’s visit to UGA is sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright program has funded development-abroad projects for more than 275,000 university faculty members since 1946. To help these farmers help themselves, Sanon traveled from Africa to the University of Georgia to work with Gerrit Hoogenboom, a world-renowned expert in agrometeorology and crop modeling. Here in America, Sanon is comparing data from three growing seasons in Africa with data from U.S. field trials. He’s testing four millet and eight sorghum varieties.Millet flour and sorghum beer While visiting in the U.S., Sanon misses many of the traditional African dishes he can’t find here. But he’s enjoying eating American foods, too. “We eat a variety of vegetables at home, but they’re much cleaner here,” he said. “In the United States, I’m not afraid that there are parasites on the fresh vegetables I buy.” Sorghum grain is also used to make a local beer, and millet flour is used to make a soft drink called “zoomkoon,” he said.
BACOLOD City – The motorcycle they wereriding crashed against a dump truck on the national highway in BarangayPaglaum, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. The 38-year-old Eddie Hornanero and36-year-old Pacio Jimenez of Barangay Libacao, Himamaylan City, NegrosOccidental died of head and body injuries, a police report showed. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m.on Feb. 26. According to police investigators,Hornanero and Jimenez were home bound when they were hit by a truck driven by 47-year-oldJoy Valente of Barangay Mambagaton, Himamaylan City upon reaching the curvelane of the highway. Valente was detained in the lockup cellof the Binalbagan municipal police station, facing charges./PN