Dogwoods are one of the most popular landscape trees in the American South, but little is known about the genetics of these spring-blooming beauties.Researchers at the University of Georgia are hoping to recruit an army of citizen scientists this spring to help collect data that will help them better understand genetic variation among dogwood trees.Residents from across the Southeast are asked to help with the Dogwood Genome Project now that the trees are starting to bloom in Athens, Georgia, and across the state. Anyone with a smartphone is encouraged to download a specialized app and start recording the characteristics of their neighborhood trees.To help, register as a volunteer observer with the USA National Phenology Network’s Nature’s Notebook and then collect data on the appearance of flowers, leaves and fruits on dogwood trees. After registering as an observer, dogwood lovers and science enthusiasts can collect data through an app that is available in both the Apple and Android stores. The National Phenology Network is a partner with the UGA Dogwood Genome Project. More information can be found at www.usanpn.org/nn/dogwood_genome.”This information is especially important for developing projections for how dogwood populations will respond to a changing environment,” said UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Professor C.J. Tsai.The Dogwood Genome Project started more than a year ago with a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to researchers at UGA, North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service. This team is sequencing the genome of a popular dogwood variety commonly known as ‘Appalachian Spring’ and is also comparing sequences among other dogwood varieties, as well as trees sampled from natural populations.”By helping us document the timing of flowering and bud break for flowering dogwoods on campus, citizen scientists can have a real impact on our understanding of the genetic architecture of these traits,” said Jim Leebens-Mack, a UGA professor of plant biology and the project lead.Horticulturists will also use the phenology and genomic data to guide their breeding programs and produce more beautiful and robust dogwoods. One of the most important aims of the project is to identify genes that provide some dogwoods with natural resistance to fungal diseases like powdery mildew, which twists and deforms the leaves of the tree. Powdery mildew not only makes the trees less attractive, but it can also significantly weaken the tree’s ability to collect the sunlight needed for photosynthesis.Dogwoods account for nearly 10 percent of the retail market for flowering trees in the U.S., which tops $343 million annually, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details This article almost didn’t make it to publication. I strongly considered asking the wonderful people at CUInsight if the piece they expected in mid-November could be pushed to a more convenient time.It’s not like you would miss me … right? There are so many excellent content contributors on this site that one late or missed post would certainly go unnoticed. My “reasons” were all solid. My clients are keeping me as busy as ever. Living and working in the COVID environment continues to take more time than expected. To top it off, my wife and I are in the final stages of a massive renovation of what will eventually be our new over budget and 3 weeks late home.Truthfully, I sometimes feel like the plate spinner on old variety television shows. I’m running from plate to plate to plate just to prevent any one of them from falling to the floor. All of this has left me feeling a little tired and ready to pull back from my day-to-day commitments and responsibilities. My guess is that the CUInsight team would have said yes to my request.That brings us to you.Are you like me? Have the seemingly unending challenges left you feeling tired on at least an occasional basis? Do you sometimes rationalize that pushing or missing the occasional commitment or leadership responsibility is to be expected considering the challenging times in which we live? Have you wondered if anyone would even notice if an obligation is missed?If the answer was “yes” to any of these questions, here’s a reminder: Leaders communicate importance with their attention. Absence is an act of leadership. What you don’t say and do sends a message that is equal in importance to the actions you take and words you say.What keeps us going?This article made it in on time. It would have been nice to spend Sunday afternoon watching sports, spending time with my family, or even taking a nap. I am at the computer instead.You would do the same. But why? What drives us to give our full attention to things when that little voice inside us is saying, “I need a break”?Motivational gurus point to passion. Passion for your work intensifies focus, provides the drive to persist when challenges arise, and enables creativity.Passion is sexy and hot. Lovers in the passion stage of a relationship are completely consumed by the object of their desire.People who are passionate about their jobs exhibit the same zeal. They are, as Peter Drucker described, “monomaniacs with a mission.”Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”It’s difficult to argue with that much conventional wisdom. If you are fortunate to work every day at a career or job about which you are passionate, consider yourself lucky. The not-so-obvious truth is that passion might not be enough to keep you motivated and engaged through the COVID-19 disruption. Passion can fade. Relationships with an unrealistic focus on passion are more likely to result in disillusionment. You see this at work when a formerly “passionate” employee becomes jaded and cynical because things just aren’t as they used to be in the past. The alternative is another “P” word – PRIDE.A positive sense of pride is grounded in humility. It establishes and maintains a reputation for excellence. Pride doesn’t take shortcuts, and most important, it maintains high standards when passion has diminished.Pride speaks to character, and character is an essential element of effective leaders. It is also an excellent indicator of commitment to doing the job the way it is supposed to be done.Now is the time for leaders to show their pride.My father was an auto and truck mechanic who spent much of his life as a shop manager. He always required potential new hires to bring their personal tools into the interview. His reasoning was simple: he was more interested in the pride a mechanic took in the use and care of his tools than the person’s passion for working on vehicles. Someone who uses a crescent wrench as a hammer will take short cuts that can affect quality or cause an injury. A leader who pursues what is easy rather than what is best will do the same.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Most assume that Dr. King was talking about the importance of passion regardless of the status of your position. Perhaps, however, we missed the real message about having personal pride in your performance.Leadership—the act of influencing the actions and outcomes of others— is more important than ever. There are challenges, problems, and opportunities everywhere. All of them require leaders to be fully present and active because all of them are impossible without bringing people together to achieve something great.Passion pushes you toward success. Pride refuses to let you deliver less than your best. Your team and members need you to dig deep to show your pride in the times when your passion fades and falters.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 30, 2018 Governor Wolf Remarks at York Vigil For Pittsburgh Shooting Victims Hate Crime, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf made the following remarks Monday evening at a vigil in York honoring those affected by the Pittsburgh shooting. Here is a video of the remarks.“I am so proud of all the York Countians that have gathered here tonight. I am so sad for the reason that has brought us together.“Because, on Saturday morning in a quiet leafy neighborhood in Pittsburgh a hateful man entered a synagogue and brutally and methodically murdered 11 worshippers.“These worshippers were murdered for no other reason than who they were, the religion they professed, and the God they worshipped.“It was a despicable and cowardly act of anti-Semitism that has no place in our society. It was an act that was fundamentally at odds with who we are: who we are as Pennsylvanians, who we are as Americans, and who we are as human beings.“So, tonight all of us here in York County mourn for the victims, we mourn for their families, we mourn for their friends, we mourn for their neighbors, we mourn for ourselves.“We feel great sadness. We feel great shame as a result of what one human being did to innocent victims in that tragedy in Pittsburgh.“Let us therefore resolve that this heinous act of bigotry will not define who we are, nor will it define how we treat each other.“We must recognize our common humanity as we live our lives.“We must celebrate that common humanity while we rejoice in the distinctions that enrich our lives, enrich our communities, enrich our families.“The events in Pittsburgh remind us of the fragile nature of life. These events remind us that we have a responsibility to each other in guarding that fragile life.“These events in Pittsburgh remind us how much we truly depend on each other.“The first responders, for example, who rushed in to help the victims. The friends and neighbors who reached out to help, and to all of us who mourn. The people from all over the world who reached out to offer solace and comfort.“But in the end, we must all face up to the ugly truth about what happened in Pittsburgh.“The anti-Semitic attack in that synagogue was an attack on each and every one of us. It was an attack on our humanity, it was an attack on our values, it was an attack on who we think we are. It was an attack of our very being.“So, let us use that hateful attack in Pittsburgh to reaffirm our deep and abiding commitment to the simple notion of respect, and let us resolve that the evil forces that propelled that attack have no place in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in our institutions, ever.”