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Borealis starts construction on new propane dehydrogenation plant in Belgium

first_imgThe new facility is planned to have a production capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per year of propylene Image: Borealis invests approximately €1bn (£890m) for the project. Photo: Courtesy of Borealis AG. Austria-based Borealis has broken ground on its new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, at its existing production site in Kallo, Belgium.The new facility is planned to have a production capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per year of propylene, and marks one of the largest plants in the world.In addition, the investment of approximately €1bn (£890m) for the project marks the largest ever made by Borealis in Europe.Borealis CEO Alfred Stern said: “The Borealis investment in the new Kallo plant is not only the largest investment we have ever made in Europe – it is also the most significant investment in Europe by a petrochemicals industry player in the last 20 years.“Investing in our European assets is a clear signal of our commitment to enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of our operations, but also to bolstering the region as an essential industrial hub.”New PDH plant would employ Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technologyThe new PDH plant would employ Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology for on-purpose propylene production. Oleflex technology is also expected to result in consumption of less energy in production.Borealis said that it has decided to invest in the Kallo location, based on the well-established transportation and logistics infrastructure at Port of Antwerp in Flanders. With location of new facility adjacent to its existing production unit on site, the company is expected to exploit additional synergistic effects.With the new PDH plant, Borealis is expected to create approximately 100 new full-time positions, and increase its suppliers and contractors two to three folds in the area.During the construction phase, the company would employ approximately 1,000 workers on site, and is expected to increase the number to more than 2,000 during crucial building phases. Following the start of operations, the plant will also require additional labour for regular turnarounds.The start-up of the new Kallo plant is scheduled for the middle of 2022.last_img read more

NOAA discovers sunken WWII destroyer USS Abner Read

first_img View post tag: NOAA Photo: Wreckage of USS Abner Read (DD 526) captured by the Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition’s remotely operated vehicle. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration New tools, partnerships aid search in arduous conditionsHistorians have been able to study battles on Kiska and Attu, the Aleutian islands that were attacked and occupied by as many as 7,200 Japanese forces from June 1942 to mid-August 1943, but this Kiska mission was the first to thoroughly explore the underwater portion of the battlefield. Many ships, aircraft and submarines from both the United States and Japan were lost during a punishing 15-month campaign to reclaim this distant wind- and fogbound corner of America.Now, recent advancements in undersea technology, many developed by the Office of Naval Research, are helping to reveal the forgotten histories of long-ago valor.After multibeam sonar mounted to the side of the research ship Norseman II identified a promising target, the team sent down a deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle to capture live video for confirmation. “There was no doubt,” said expedition leader Eric Terrill, an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanographyoffsite link and co-founder of Project Recover. “We could clearly see the broken stern, the gun and rudder control, all consistent with the historical documents.”“We’ve entered a new age of exploration,” added Mark Moline, director of the School of Marine Science and Policyoffsite link at the University of Delaware and co-founder of Project Recover. “New sensors and improved underwater robots that can bring back real-time images are driving new discoveries.” View post tag: US Navy View post tag: WWII Share this article A team of researchers has found the wreck of US Navy destroyer USS Abner Read on the bottom of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol.Seventy-one US Navy sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, during a brutal and largely overlooked early campaign of World War II.Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.On July 17, a NOAA-funded team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware discovered the missing 75- foot stern section in 290 feet of water off of Kiska, one of only two United States territories to be occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years.“This is a significant discovery that will shed light on this little-known episode in our history,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting NOAA administrator. “It’s important to honor these US Navy sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.” Mapping an underwater battlefieldAbner Read was on patrol at about 1:50 a.m. Alaska time when the massive explosion – presumed to be from a Japanese mine – ripped the destroyer apart. Somehow the crew kept the main part of Abner Read’s hull watertight, and two nearby Navy ships towed it back to port. “This was catastrophic damage that by all rights should have sunk the entire ship,” said Sam Cox, curator of the Navy and director of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Within months, the destroyer was back in the war. It went on to fight in several battles in the Pacific Theater before being destroyed in Nov. 1944 by a Japanese dive bomber in a kamikaze attack during the battle of Leyte Gulf. Abner Read received four battle stars for her World War II service.Meanwhile, the ship’s shorn stern was lost but not forgotten. Finding it was a primary goal of the July mission to document the underwater battlefield off Kiska. In addition to NOAA and Scripps, the project was supported by Project Recover, a public-private partnership that uses 21st-century science and technology and archival and historical research to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since WWII. View post tag: USS Abner Readlast_img read more

Cellar closure blamed on landlords “pursuing maximum profit”

first_imgCEO of the Music Venue Trust Mark Davyd said in a statement to the press: “The final outcome of two years of campaigning by local people is that the existing venue, run by a much-admired family, powered by a passion and commitment to the local scene, has been lost. Until landlords are made to appreciate that they are part of an entire community and that not every square inch of land can be maximised for profit without destroying the heart and soul of our cities, we are going to go on seeing venues across the land closed down. Cellar manager Tim Hopkins said: “We are really pleased that Oxford’smusic scene is now at the forefront of the landlords’ minds. All that publicsupport to get their initial planning application rejected was not in vain. Over 2,000 supporters pledged more than £92,000 to pay forthe changes. Despite this, the manager, Tim Hopkins, after failing to negotiatea rent agreement, had to close the club. But two years ago, the landlord was happy to close this venue to try to maximise its profit, and now the venue is closed and the pursuit of maximum profit is still the intent of the landlord. The landlords state that they want to be ‘champions of live music in the city’, but put simply they have lost a tenant who was keenly committed to that cause. If the rent was not affordable by Tim and his family, who have given years of their lives and thousands of pounds of their own money to support Oxford’s music scene, it is not going to be affordable to any other operator who is prepared to take the venue on. We wait to see if any operator can be found to deliver a venue that genuinely supports grassroots music and artists in this location, and, of course, we will support anyone who is able to do that. To this end, we have made considerable changes to our plans for the building, at a cost to us and our beneficiaries, to enable the premises to continue to be used as a music venue.” Speaking to Cherwell, Strategic Director of the Music Venue Trust Beverley Whitrick emphasised that the landlords themselves used the term “maximising revenue” in discussions. The charitable organisations St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities are the landlords. The aims of these charities include the support the church of St. Michael and the North Gate nearby. In this particular case, the landlord is a charity. If even charities are so driven by a profit motive that they are unable to appreciate their duties and obligations to local communities, then we are in a very sad and sorry place.” The news comes after a long battle for Cellar’s survival. In 2017, the church charities attempted to shut the club down in order to redevelop the venue into storage for a shop. A petition signed by over 13,600 supporters kept it open; however, another blow was dealt a year later as The Cellar had to limit the number of people allowed in to just 60 after inspectors decided that the fire escape was 30cm too narrow. We have succeeded in saving the venue from being turned into a storeroom, and the fact that they want it to remain a live music venue is music toour ears.” The Music Venue Trust describes itself as acting “to protect, secure, and improve grassroots music venues”. In response to the allegations made by the Trust, a spokesman for St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities said: “We are greatly saddened by The Cellar’s closure. At the forefront of the minds of the Charities is the music scene in Oxford. last_img read more

Greencore looks to step up food-to-go operation

first_imgGreencore said last week that it plans to grow its food-to-go and sandwich businesses by organic growth or through acquisition.Speaking after the convenience food group reported a 38% hike in pre-tax profits to E35.4m (£24m) for the for the half year to 30 March, chief financial officer Patrick Coveney said that Greencore had “hitched its wagon” to the food-to-go trend.The company is “on strategy” to develop its food-to-go offering via the most appropriate routes – either organic growth or by making a suitable future acquisition.The Irish-based supplier, which has businesses ranging from malt ingredients to ready meals, as well as three sandwich production sites in the UK.Greencore would respond to changing consumer demands, added Coveney. “We have already gone into potted salads, baguettes, wraps and hot eating sandwiches. It depends how you define the food-to-go proposition, but we are seeing double digit growth in consumer demand.”Greencore also owns a cake bakery in Hull and a quiche business in Kiveton, Sheffield, both “well-invested facilities”, said Coveney.Greencore announced total sales of E633m for the half year to March 30 2007.last_img read more

Grocery prices drop for 4th consecutive month

first_imgThe cost of groceries has dropped for the fourth month in a row, according to mySupermarket.co.uk. Research conducted by the shopping and comparison website found the cost of a basket of 35 popular products cost £84.36 in March, compared to £84.83 in February. lThis is the lowest recorded price since the mySupermarket Groceries Tracker was launched in December 2014. In March 2015, the same basket cost £87.70.Kim Ludlow , managing director of mySupermarket, welcomed the price decrease, but warned that changes across the supermarket sector could create uncertainty for consumers.Key products fluctuatingLudlow said: “While prices continue to drop, there are several key products that are rising or fluctuating month to month.”mySupermarket’s Groceries Tracker monitors the cost of the same 35 most commonly bought grocery products on a monthly basis.White bread had an average price of £1.25 a loaf without multi-buy, in both February and March 2016.last_img read more

A pragmatic model to conserve land

first_img Harvard researchers probe environmental shifts on Martha’s Vineyard shore Related So, the battle is not to be fought in the woods. The battle is to be fought at the point of entry of pests and pathogens. The Harvard Forest-based Science and Policy Exchange released a study of all of this. It showed how — to put it in Trumpian terms — we really should be building a wall. But that wall should be at the point of entry for insects and pathogens. And that wall should be built by the countries and the industries that are actually introducing those pests and pathogens, on wooden pallets or on imported plants or imported soils or imported fruits.That’s the only place you can actually hope to stop pests and pathogens. Doing it in the woods is almost impossible. And nature has this phenomenal ability to cope with the actual impacts. We shouldn’t be fighting the manifestations of these problems in nature, and we shouldn’t be bringing this attitude that we’re in a position to help nature, to improve nature.GAZETTE: So even a well-conserved natural world, 50 years from now, will look different. The population of trees will shift, the insects we see in the forest will be different, probably more so close to roadsides and urban areas. You’re embracing a landscape that is inevitably changing?FOSTER: Absolutely. If you go back to the day of Henry Thoreau, when between 60 and 70 percent of Massachusetts was in farmland, the transformation that has occurred from that time to the present — the numbers are flipped, we have about 62 percent forest now, about 10 percent farmland — that transformation is both phenomenal and much greater than anything that climate change or pests and pathogens are going to do.And we’re still in the midst of that change, because all of these forests are young. Even if we do absolutely nothing and the climate doesn’t change and pests and pathogens don’t come in and we just stand back, our landscape’s going to be transformed just by the ongoing changes that are occurring in every forest and every untended field and shrubland. You absolutely have to embrace change.GAZETTE: Near the end of the book, you talk about the “Wildlands and Woodlands” vision that Harvard Forest has developed, embracing multiuse, close-to-nature activities like farmlands and woodlots from which wood products are extracted, as well as lands conserved as purely wild. How important is the acceptance of a diversity of landscape uses in successful conservation in New England and perhaps around the world?In a 2012 research trip, Foster snaps photos to document erosion along the Wasque coastline in Chappaquiddick on Martha’s Vineyard. File photo Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFOSTER: That kind of integrated approach, in which you combine a wide range of uses of conservation land along with setting aside true nature preserves, can be modified to work in every landscape. And I think that is really the direction that conservation everywhere is headed.It helps to recognize the value that nature provides to people, including native people. It keeps them on the land, deriving resources. It also recognizes the value that nature gives to all of society. If people are able to be in nature, use nature, derive resources from it, there is this thought that they’ll value it more, they’ll recognize where resources actually come from — which we do less and less — and so keep it intact.GAZETTE: Is that also related to the concept of “illusion of preservation” that you talk about in the book, which I hadn’t heard before?FOSTER: That’s actually a wonderful story, because that’s an undergraduate thesis from Harvard University, produced by a former student, Mary Berlik Rice, who is now a great medical and environmental researcher at Harvard Medical School and the Center for Health and the Global Environment [at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health]. It’s a notion I had thrown out in my forest ecology class in the ’90s, and she picked up on it and said, “Let’s actually see how that would play out.” So she wrote a senior thesis about it, and we published it together, and it’s been used ever since.“The illusion of preservation” argues that the tendency in a place like New England, where people have — relatively — a lot of money and a long history of importing things, is to say, “Let’s protect that and not do anything to it. Then let’s get our wood from Canada or our wood from the tropics or our wood from, well, we don’t know where it’s coming from and we don’t really care. Because we’ve protected our back yard.”So her argument and our argument and the argument in the book is that no, it’s actually better to derive many resources — like wood and food — locally so that our kids will grow up thinking of these coming from local forests and farms, and they’ll value these for something beyond their beauty and nature and so on.GAZETTE: As we talk about the regrowth of New England’s forests, are we in a moment of opportunity for conservation here?FOSTER: History has given us a second chance to treat the forests of New England well. The first time we cut them all down and turned them into farms. When we abandoned those farms, they came back. Now we’ve got these magnificent forests, which are not just beautiful but are cleaning our water and cleaning our air and are storing carbon, which is mitigating climate change. So, they are doing all this wonderful work for us. We should treat them better in the future and retain them and derive many values from them.I think there’s also a general opportunity. I’ve been out here on the Vineyard giving talks about the book. I try to make the point that we’re in a time when individuals can do things locally — in terms of conservation, retention of forests, of policy that influences taxes that affect conservation — that translate into real global benefits.You focus on a place like Martha’s Vineyard not just for the benefit of Martha’s Vineyard but for the fact that the message pertains elsewhere. This is a story that is much bigger than one island. Five miles off New England’s southern coast, Martha’s Vineyard is known as a summer getaway for wealthy tourists, but the island’s year-round residents are the ones who have set a conservation example that can be instructive across New England and beyond, according to a new book by Harvard Forest Director David Foster. Since the 1970s, island residents have set aside 40 percent of the island for conservation, a feat that took planning, cooperation, and a bit of fear, sparked by a red-flag report from consultant Metcalf & Eddy in the 1970s. Now, the Vineyard is in the enviable position of thinking not only about saving what’s vanishing, but about how to add to its conservation legacy. It’s an achievement that, Foster said, parts of New England will have the opportunity to surpass in the years to come. The book, “A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard” (Yale University Press, 352 pp.), provides an exhaustive natural history of the island, detailing its creation as essentially a pile of sand and gravel pushed south by glaciers. That beginning gave it and similar islands off southern New England a unique geography underlying an environment different from the rest of the region. In his book, Foster discusses the people who have inhabited the island, beginning with native tribes 10,000 years ago, to the first European settlers, to the current permanent residents and tourists. It’s impossible, he says, to understand the island today without understanding its people, or to conceive of successful conservation strategies without understanding the long-term relationship of the people with the land. Foster spoke with the Gazette about his book and what there is to learn from the island’s example.GAZETTE: You hold the Vineyard up as something of a conservation success story. What have been the biggest conservation challenges there?FOSTER: The first challenge was just motivation. Fortunately, one island board commissioned this Metcalf & Eddy study that just scared the hell out of everybody.GAZETTE: That was in the ’70s?FOSTER: That was in the ’70s. They were just lazing along with rudimentary planning tools and very poor environmental oversight. There was open dumping of septic waste into pits in the middle of the landscape, and those kinds of things. This report came out, and people took one look at it, and it suddenly dawned on them that they were going to become Long Island, or New Jersey, or Cape Cod, which everybody on the Vineyard or Nantucket or any of the other islands dreads as much as anything.The other thing was [U.S. Sen.] Ted Kennedy, who had a conservation passion. He proposed a federal solution of zoning and purchasing Vineyard land which was going to usurp local power. So it was the people who were scared of development and the people who were scared of government takeover who got together and said, “We’ve got to do things locally, and do it now.”GAZETTE: And that combination over the last couple of decades has proved effective, right?FOSTER: It has proved effective. Then the state and large organizations — Nature Conservancy and Trustees of Reservations — came in and helped. The biggest problem right now — and this is actually what I spent the last couple of days talking to people about — is how do you sustain additional land protection? How do you sustain it when you’ve been so successful?You’ve got 40 percent of the landscape conserved. There’s a whole group of people who say, “Well, we’ve accomplished it.” But 30 percent of the landscape is quote “up for grabs” right now. It’s extraordinarily expensive, so the question is: How do you advance conservation in a landscape where the normal players, the state agencies and so on, no longer can be effective because they can do so much more elsewhere with the equivalent amount of money?Foster (left) leads freshmen seminar students through conservation lands on a recent research trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Photo by Laurie ChiassonGAZETTE: Is it out of the question that more land be conserved?FOSTER: No, there’s very active land protection being done by this [Martha’s Vineyard] Land Bank, financed by a 2 percent transfer tax on every real estate transaction. The beauty of that, of course, is that the money it generates is commensurate with the actual prices of real estate, so they can do significant work. And their work is focused on both protecting land and making things accessible: making wonderful trails, making the shoreline accessible, making ponds accessible, and beautiful views accessible.GAZETTE: Is this kind of mechanism — a tax, an additional percentage on the land transfers — possible elsewhere in Massachusetts? Is it already being done?FOSTER: The legislature actually came up with this solution, or some individuals here and on Nantucket came up with this solution and presented it to the state legislature. The legislature established these kinds of land banks here and on Nantucket. There was an effort on Cape Cod to do it, and it ended up morphing into something that is related but different, which is statewide in Massachusetts. That is the CPA, the Community Preservation Act, which allows towns to add an additional tax on property. And something on the order of 140 towns in Massachusetts have done that, with the money going for conservation, affordable housing, and historic preservation.But the basic idea is actually germane anywhere. You’ve got to come up with multiple avenues to advance and fund conservation. You can have your conservation organizations and your state and federal agencies, but you’ve got to come up with changes in the tax code and alternative sources of funding. And the way to do that is, of course, to show how critical the land is to supporting people as well as nature itself.GAZETTE: In the book, you mention change being an inevitable part of the landscape. How much should people just accept sea level rise and invasive pests, if they are inevitable to some extent, and shift from fighting them tooth and nail to managing them?FOSTER: The point I’m making is a little different from that. You have to identify and pick the place to do that fighting, and you’ve got to recognize that there’s a whole series of battles that aren’t worth fighting or actually have negative consequences.The way to fight sea level rise — and I’m not talking here about downtown Boston — is not to put up big barricades all along the coast. Sea level rise is going to happen at a faster rate, and it’s going to erode Martha’s Vineyard. You fight climate change, not the manifestations of climate change.The same thing is true of invasive pests and pathogens. There’s tremendous money going to try to control these things in the landscape, or, even less wisely, to go into the woods and try to fix the problem in the woods. You hear, “These are unhealthy forests, so we’re going to go and cut down the trees.” Yes, it gets rid of the trees that are dying and the forest looks more healthy, but it actually doesn’t do anything to address the problem. And, in fact, the forest is much more capable of recovering if you just leave it alone. A forest washing into the sealast_img read more

Meet Hamish Linklater, John Noble & the Cast of Doug Wright’s Posterity

first_imgA playwright and a sculptor wage war in Posterity, a new play by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright premiering February 25, 2015 at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Directed by Wright, the production stars Hamish Linklater as sculptor Gustav Vigeland and John Noble as playwright Henrik Ibsen, as well as Dale Soules as Greta Bergstrom, Henry Stram as Sophus Larpent and Mickey Theis as Anfinn Beck. Check out this Hot Shot of the cast taking a break from rehearsal, then catch Posterity, opening March 15! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Posterity Related Showslast_img read more

Watch The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara Sing ‘Getting to Know You’

first_imgOh Kelli O’Hara, you are always precisely our cup of tea! The 2015 Tony nominee brought a touch of 1860’s Bangkok to Live! with Kelly and Michael on May 12, singing a perfect rendition (naturally!) of “Getting to Know You” from The King and I, surrounded by her young charges from the show. Check out O’Hara performing the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein number below (warning: it will be on your brain for the rest of the day), and then the Tony nominated revival, which has recently extended indefinitely at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. The King and I Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Al Pacino Eyes Broadway Return This Season & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Al Pacino Eyes Broadway Return This SeasonWe’re relieved the somewhat mixed reception to China Doll didn’t put Al Pacino off the Great White Way! The acting legend is still on track to return to Broadway as Tennessee Williams in God Looked Away. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, Pacino recently took part in an industry reading of Dotson Rader’s autobiographical play opposite Judith Light and Miles Gaston Villanueva. According to Showbiz411, the search is now on for a Broadway theater for a run either at the end of this year or in spring 2017.Laura Benanti to Make Café Carlyle DebutLaura Benanti will make her Café Carlyle debut next month. The Tony winner—and mom-to-be’s—musical revue, Tales From Soprano Isle, is scheduled to run September 27 through October 8 and will feature songs from her career along with humorous anecdotes and experiences that she has encountered on and off the stage and screen. No word yet if Melania Trump will also swing by. Other stars tapped for the upcoming season include Ana Gasteyer, Judy Collins and Christine Ebersole.Leslie Odom Jr. Circles Orient Express & MoreSince departing Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. has been keeping himself busy! The Tony winner’s in negotiations to star in Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express, Variety reports. Before that, he’s booked for the U.S. Open’s opening night ceremony on August 29, where he’ll perform a duet with Phil Collins in Arthur Ashe Stadium before singing the national anthem. Game, set, match, Odom Jr.!Laura Osnes & Max Crumm Reunite at #Ham4HamWe got chills, they’re multiplying! It was a case of way back Wednesday for former Grease costars Laura Osnes and Max Crumm, who teamed up for Hamilton’s #Ham4Ham on August 17. Check out the pair’s rendition of “You’re The One That I Want” below—these summer days are really drifting away! Al Pacino(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images) Leslie Odom Jr.center_img View Comments Laura Osneslast_img read more

D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards

first_imgAuthor and international development expert Robert Paarlberg has spent years dismantling the oversimplified narratives surrounding global hunger and its remedies.It’s not enough to encourage more plant-based diets or bolster local markets, and it’s not enough to rely on modern agricultural technology to deliver evermore-productive grain crops, he says. The answer, Paarlberg asserts, is somewhere in the middle.Paarlberg will bring his message of evaluating ideas without labels to the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 as part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards.The D.W. Brooks Lecture is held each year in honor of college alumnus and Gold Kist, Inc. founder D.W. Brooks and is accompanied by the D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize college faculty and staff who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the college’s missions of research, instruction and extension.Paarlberg’s talk, “Foodies vs. Aggies: Compromise for a New Food System,” will challenge the dichotomy between “sustainable” and “intensive” food systems. We need a food system that is both, he insists.“No one group has the monopoly on good ideas, and we’re not going to solve the world’s looming food crisis unless we consider multiple perspectives,” said Sam Pardue, CAES dean and director. “Robert Paarlberg has studied agricultural policies and their ramifications around the world for the last 30 years. He’s witnessed the ways the different narratives built around agriculture have hindered efforts to build a more resilient food supply. “We don’t have the luxury of siloed thinking anymore,” he added.Paarlberg is an adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting professor at Harvard College, and an associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. From 1976 until 2015, he was a professor of political science at Wellesley College.He is the author of three books on the promise and peril of the modern food system, including “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know,” “The United States of Excess: Gluttony and the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism,” and “Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa.”In addition’s to Paarlsberg’s talk, which is free and open the public, CAES will be presenting its D.W. Brooks Awards of Excellence at a ceremony after the lecture. This year’s awards honor some of the college’s most dedicated and creative researchers, teachers and Extension leaders.The 2018 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research will be presented to Qingguo “Jack” Huang, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, whose research into the remediation of organic compounds in polluted soil and water has gained international attention.The 2018 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Kari Turner, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, whose focus on inspiring undergraduates has helped to earn the department its excellent reputation for student-centered instruction.The 2018 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Global Programs will be presented to Yen-Con Hung, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, whose commitment to international outreach and collaboration has helped to build safer food systems around the world.The 2018 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension will be presented to Dan Suiter, a professor in the Department of Entomology, who has developed training programs for structural and urban pest management professionals that have been used across the Southeast and around the world.The 2018 D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension will be presented to Lisa Jordan, the Family and Consumer Sciences program development coordinator (PDC) for UGA Cooperative Extension’s Southeast District. Before being appointed PDC, she spent almost two decades working to expand the reach and reputation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Chatham County.For more information about this year’s event, visit dwbrooks.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more