By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaLast year, 543 students applied to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, one of only 28 veterinary colleges in the country. Fewer than 100 got in. Paige Carmichael rolled off these numbers to a group of high school students on the Athens, Ga., campus for “Animal Science in Action.” The summer program, sponsored by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ animal and dairy science department, hosted 46 students from Georgia, South Carolina and New York. About 80 percent of them want to be veterinarians. “There is a group of people we want desperately in our profession,” said Carmichael, the vet college’s associate dean of academic affairs, “and that is large animal veterinarians.” The need isn’t just for people who want to work with a 1,300-pound cow instead of a three-pound poodle. There is an accelerating shortage of both large and small animal veterinarians. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, “the current national pool of 2,500 veterinarians graduating annually is not enough to meet the demands of a growing population and the changing public health needs of society.” If enrollment doesn’t increase, the number of vets per million Americans will drop to from nine to 6.7 by 2050. About 965 more students per year are needed to maintain the current ratio. Today there are at least three job offers for every graduate. But the need for large animal, or food animal, vets is accelerating faster – a 12 to 13 percent increase from now to 2016, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The shortage is due primarily to a lack of student interest and further declines in students from rural areas. In 2006, the College of Veterinary Medicine didn’t have a single student going exclusively into large animal medicine. “One of the big reasons we haven’t had a lot of students in the food animal program is because not a lot are applying,” Carmichael said. UGA’s vet and agriculture colleges are working to help remedy this. Through a Food Animal VIP program, five CAES students can fast track into the vet college per year. CAES’s animal and dairy sciences department is preparing students for the realities of vet life and other fields with hands-on experience. Students learn “how animals function inside and out,” said William Graves, a CAES animal and dairy science professor who heads “Animal Science in Action.” Up to a half of these students will apply to vet school. In the past few years, the department modified its curriculum, working with the vet college, to help better prepare students. Robert Dove, an associate professor of animal and dairy science, teaches an animal practicum class focused on hands-on animal management procedures, “all designed to give students hands-on experience on what it’s like to work with animals,” he said. “I tell them that ‘if you don’t like this class, you won’t like vet school.’” “There is a need for large animal vets,” he said. “There is a big need.” High school sophomore Allison Haspel, from Manhasset, N.Y., has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was three. With two years left of high school, Haspel and her mother, Sharon, are gathering information on vet schools. Programs like the two-day Animal Science in Action are “helping me figure out what I want to do early,” Haspel said. “I think I want to do large animal sport, and I also like working with calves.” Brittany McGuirt, from Duluth, Ga., is interested in small and large animal practice. The high school senior wants to “cater to all animals on a first-name basis,” she said. “I hate going to a doctor who doesn’t know you.” Through A.S.I.A., “we really get great kids interested,” Graves said. “Spending time with them and telling them about what we do is so worthwhile. After they get tired, dirty and a little smelly, that little grin makes it all worthwhile.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) read more
Global green hydrogen project pipeline tops 60GW—Rystad Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:The pipeline of planned 1MW-plus green hydrogen projects is over 60GW, according to research by Rystad Energy. The analysts said 87% of the projects are gigawatt-scale plants.Europe and Australia dominate the global pipeline, which includes 11 proposed electrolyser projects with a capacity of 1GW or more.Rystad Energy head of renewables Gero Farruggio said: “Despite the growing pipeline, we forecast less than half of this capacity (30GW) will be operational by 2035, as developers will need to lower production costs. Government support will be required to advance projects more quickly, particularly for those developments that will be powered by costlier offshore wind.”Rystad said that Europe is in the lead in terms of operational, utility-scale projects above 1MW, with the majority of operating projects located in Germany.In terms of projects under-construction, China’s 5GW Beijing Jingneng facility in Inner Mongolia will likely be the first gigawatt-scale electrolyser to become fully operational, with construction already underway. The facility will consist of both a solar farm and onshore wind farm, the energy from which will feed the production of 400,000 to 500,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year.The majority of global hydrogen electrolyser projects will be powered by solar and onshore wind, with only five planned large-scale projects to be powered by offshore wind farms.More: Global green hydrogen pipeline ‘tops 60GW’ read more
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The nerves were uninviting. As Chris Daddio prepared before every game, he simply kept to himself, trying not to think about the magnitude of the game he was about to play in. The tension felt new to Daddio as a freshman last season. The midfielder from Purcellville, Va., had never played in the Carrier Dome. The college game amplified the stakes and increased the speed of the moment whenever Daddio, a faceoff specialist, entered the faceoff X. ‘I didn’t really say much to anyone,’ Daddio said. ‘I just kind of sat there with my head down in my locker, and I just put my headphones on and just tried to focus.’ Daddio’s nerves and inexperience showed at times on the field. And he wasn’t alone. Syracuse’s inability to win faceoffs last season proved to be one of its downfalls. The Orange won just 48.3 percent of faceoffs and was completely dominated by Maryland faceoff specialist Curtis Holmes in SU’s NCAA tournament quarterfinals loss. Winning just 3-of-14 faceoffs in that 6-5 overtime loss May 22 allowed the Terrapins to control play. Whenever the Orange struggled to get going last year, it was often due to faceoffs. Daddio had the best percentage of winning faceoffs for SU, at 50 percent. Jeremy Thompson (49.6 percent) took the most faceoffs, but he graduated and left a pair of sophomores — Daddio and Ricky Buhr — to lead the way. Buhr won 48.6 percent of faceoffs last year, but he and Daddio combined to go just 3-of-9 in the NCAA quarterfinal loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Since last season’s shocking end, faceoffs have been a point of emphasis for Syracuse. ‘Faceoffs are important, especially the way teams play us,’ assistant coach Kevin Donahue said. ‘Everyone wants to stall the ball, so it’s really important that everything we do in practice, anywhere we can get a possession or not lose one becomes critical, and faceoffs are obviously a place where we can do both.’ For Daddio and Buhr, most of the struggles come with what Syracuse calls ‘phase two,’ which is when the faceoff specialist has to get the ball out and get possession. Donahue said the two are both very strong clampers, but their weakness is working on getting the ball where they want it to be and picking it up. There’s been an increased effort this season to improve phase two. Buhr said the faceoff specialists go off to the side in practice to work on techniques more this season than last season. Instead of training 15-20 minutes while the rest of the team did line drills, Daddio and Buhr are working and getting repetitions on the side while Syracuse is working on many offensive-based drills. ‘It really showed that it hurt us a little bit (last year) where we should have been focusing more on facing off than focusing on playing offense and running in on defense and stuff,’ Buhr said. Donahue said a combination of things will lead to improvement. Increased repetitions are important. The more the faceoff specialists — who also include sophomore Drew Jenkins and freshman Mike Messina — work on their technique, the more their muscle memory will kick in. Some of it is confidence as well. With a year under their belts, Daddio’s and Buhr’s confidences have been raised from experience. They’ve seen the best faceoff specialists in the country and now know what they need to improve on. ‘I’ve got to be more explosive than I was last year,’ Buhr said, ‘because the game’s a lot quicker than it was in high school, where I used to pop it out right to myself and I’d have plenty of time. ‘Now it’s the college level, you get the ball out and they’re already right there, and they’re hacking right on your arms, so I got to be more explosive.’ Buhr honed his explosiveness in the offseason by playing in a summer league with current and former college players. He was invited by his close friend Paul Carcaterra, a former Syracuse All-American midfielder. Carcaterra told Buhr what he needed to work on and asked him to play on his summer league team in Westchester County. So every Thursday night, Buhr did, and he improved by going up against top competition. Buhr said he faced off against players from Virginia, Loyola (Md.) and Cornell, some of whom he had been facing off against since he was younger. But the overall experience taught him what he needed to do to help the Orange have more success in faceoffs. ‘I felt like last year I got the clamp the majority of the time, but it was the phase two that really hurt me when I started to rake it out,’ Buhr said. ‘… But this year I feel more confident putting it between my legs and getting the ball and getting possession.’ Back at Syracuse, the team has gotten a boost from another former SU player. Tim Harder, a former defender who played on last season’s team, works as an assistant with the defense and faceoff specialists. Having Harder on the field in practice has been beneficial to SU’s faceoff game. ‘Huge bonus right away,’ Donahue said. ‘Tim gives me another eye, he has a different style.’ The results of the extra attention in practice and an offseason of work and maturation between Daddio and Buhr’s freshman and sophomore years have yet to take shape on the field. Syracuse’s effort in the faceoff X was futile in many games — 7-of-27 against Duke, 12-of-28 against St. John’s, the disappointing effort against Maryland — and the most experienced member of that group is gone. Donahue would not say there’s a definitive single faceoff specialist for this team. Whoever is winning the faceoffs the most will get the opportunity. And he said he would try a lot of different people. Buhr said he thinks he and Daddio will be the primary guys, although in certain situations players like Jenkins will get shots. Daddio’s excited to get on the field for his sophomore year, if only to have a chance to take the turf without the nerves of an inexperienced freshman. ‘I feel like (my confidence) has grown a lot going from last year, where I was nervous before every game,’ Daddio said. ‘And finally getting those under my toes and then just coming into the fall knowing what we were getting into, unlike last year. ‘Having that under my belt definitely helps out a lot. I’m definitely a lot more confident.’ [email protected] Comments Published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ read more