Live from the Lab

first_imgBack for its fourth semester, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Live from the Lab series will be taking Georgians back inside the college’s labs to talk to world-class researchers about their work.In this series of Facebook Live broadcasts, UGA CAES’ Live from the Lab will introduce the public to 4 researchers in disciplines from across the college. During the broadcasts, the scientists will talk about the nuts and bolts of their labs, how they got started and possible real-world applications of their research. So stay tuned to www.facebook.com/UGACAES and get your science questions ready. The complete schedule is below.  Friday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. — Becky Griffin UGA Cooperative Extension School and Community Coordinator Becky Griffin doesn’t have a lab, per se, but this August she worked with citizen scientists across the state to perform a first-of-its-kind research project — the Great Georgia Pollinator Census. We’ll learn about some of the preliminary findings of the census and discuss the future of citizen science in pollinator conservation.Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. — Brian KvitkoFrom short-term sniffles to full-on sickness, the beginning of fall can mean the beginning of the cold and flu season. We know that our bodies’ immune systems help defend us against invading germs and viruses, but did you know that plants have immune systems too? Brian Kvitko of the Department of Plant Pathology studies plants’ responses to invading bacteria and the mechanisms that fend them off.Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. — Alex StelzleniWhat makes a great steak different from a sad, stringy hunk of beef? How can we help beef producers become more profitable? How can we make meat products safer for the consumer? There’s more to meat than meets the eye, and Alex Stelzleni of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science is ready to share its secrets. Stelzleni, who comes from a family of butchers, has studied the relationship between beef cattle production and meat quality, flavor and the other factors that impact great steak.Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. — Todd CallawayThe digestive tract of a cow is home to a diverse population of bacteria and microbes representing about 4,000 different species. There are good guys. There are bad guys. Todd Callaway of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science studies how a cow’s microbiome can impact the safety of our food supply and help control human disease outbreaks.For more information about the series, visit www.facebook.com/UGACAES and look under events.last_img read more

NCUA’s RBC would cost $760M: NAFCU

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicholas BallasyNAFCU Director of Research/Chief Economist Curt Long estimated the NCUA’s revised risk-based capital ratio proposal would cost the credit union system a total of $760 million.“Based on our financial analysis, credit unions’ capital cushions will suffer a $490 million hit if NCUA promulgates a two-tier approach to risk-based capital. The specifics are even more astronomical,” Long said. continue reading »last_img

Nugent against moving All Ireland finals

first_imgA motion at this year’s Congress is suggesting that the football decider should be played on the first Sunday in September – except when there are five Sundays in the month – and the hurling championship climax fourteen days beforehand.However, at last night’s Tipperary County Board meeting, former Chair Sean Nugent said playing the showpiece games a few weeks earlier than at present will have any significant impact on club fixture congestion.He also feels that valuable publicity for Gaelic games could be lost if the motion is adopted in Carlow this weekend.last_img

Title Insurers Warned to Stay Vigilant as Credit Metrics Loosen

first_imgTitle Insurers Warned to Stay Vigilant as Credit Metrics Loosen in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination February 24, 2014 483 Views Credit Standards Fitch Ratings Title Insurance 2014-02-24 Tory Barringercenter_img As banks adapt their practices to fit the shifting marketplace, Fitch Ratings warns title insurers in a new report to keep an eye on their own operations—or risk another uptick in claims.“Looser financial institution credit standards on residential and commercial policies could lead to an increase in title insurance claims if the insurers fail to maintain rigorous underwriting procedures,” Fitch said in a release put out Monday.Noting that “several credit metrics for 2013 vintage deals have deteriorated, including expansion of interest only loans, higher use of subordinated debt and higher LTV [loan-to-value] ratios,” the ratings agency urges all title insurers to conduct thorough search and examination processes to head off future losses.As far as title insurers working in lower credit metrics are concerned, Fitch anticipates the initial effects “will likely be minimal;” however, the agency notes future deterioration in underwriting, claims processes, and reserves practices may lead to a reassessment.“Poor underwriting quality during peak demand was a source of increased title insurance claims activity in the previous property market downturn,” Fitch said. “Maintaining underwriting discipline will mitigate large losses for title insurers regardless of any changes in mortgage lending standards.” Sharelast_img read more