A new £2m training centre for bakers has been unveiled at University College Birmingham. The 9,000sq ft food innovation suite will be used by bakery and food students, and will allow them to use new kitchen facilities and the latest food testing and diagnostic technologies. Alongside the facilities, the university will also be running new courses including Bakery and Confectionery Technology (FdSc).It said the new centre and degrees were developed to respond to industry demands for “multi-skilled” graduates in areas like product and menu development, and nutrition.Bakery facilities include a Unox combination oven, which features a prover for bread and other bakery products.Professor Ray Linforth, vice-chancellor and principal of UCB, said: “The new Food Innovation Suite will ensure we remain at the forefront of vocational education and training in food-related disciplines.“The facilities and our new food degree courses have been designed with industry in mind. They represent a major investment in the training of both young people and those already employed seeking professional development.“By providing our graduates with complementary skill sets, drawing on culinary disciplines and the latest food science knowledge, we are confident they will be well-equipped to drive innovation and productivity in the global food industry.”The centre has been divided into several areas, where students will be create, innovate and analyse products, as well as a sensory lab for foot tasting.The suite has been funded by both the university and the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund.
Northumbrian Fine Foods-owned Prewett’s has extended its Gorgeously Gluten Free range with the launch of White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies.Available to purchase from Waitrose at £2.29, the all-butter cookies are made from a variety of ingredients, including gluten-free oat flour, and contain white chocolate chunks with sweet cranberries.Prewett’s added that consumers in the free-from sector looking for great-tasting biscuits have welcomed the new product.David Wood, business improvement director for Northumbrian Fine Foods, said the company was delighted to add the White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies to the range.“We are confident that these great-tasting and high-quality cookies will be well received by discerning consumers in the free-from sector,” Wood said.In October 2016, Prewett’s scooped the winner’s accolade in the Free From Biscuit category at The Grocer New Product Awards for its Gorgeously Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate & Ginger Cookies.
Soggy, grumpy grackle. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip checking on the weather. Wet once again. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Winter Wren in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Chestnut-sided Warbler in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Osprey with partially eaten fish in its talons over the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Hairy Woodpecker in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Common Yellowthroat in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Early morning lilac bud. (Gil Riley)Emerging spring foliage frames the Farmington Baptist Church steeple. (Don Waterhouse)Water tumbles along the cascades near the fairgrounds. (Don Waterhouse)Here is a spring medley of daffodils and tulips popping up further south. (Jane Knox)The first big dandelion leads a whole pack of little ones. They bring the bees so don’t mow them down too soon. (Jane Knox)This bee just dove into my Azelea bush for some sweet goodies. Bees deliberately feed on Azalea/Rhododendron nectar in some parts of the world to produce a mind-altering state. So this bee is in for trouble. (Jane Knox)The bright red of this Salvia reminds us that ahead will come the bright colors of July and August. (Jane Knox)Most tender of all are the first Lilac buds. (Jane Knox)
Today, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood have announced the first leg of their “Barefoot In The Head” U.S. tour, corresponding with the late-summer release of their new studio album of the same name. The official release date of Barefoot In The Head will be announced in the near future.The 17-date summer run will head up the East Coast, stopping in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylcania, New York, D.C., and Georgia. The band will also make two additional festival appearances: at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, OR on July 7 and the inaugural Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, KY on Sept. 23.Barefoot In The Head will arrive on the heels of the band’s new live album, Betty’s Blends, Vol. 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends, which is set for a May 5th release. The 3-LP set compiles performances from Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Southern U.S. tour in 2015 recorded, mixed and hand-selected by legendary recording engineer and Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson.You can check out a full list of upcoming shows below. For more information on Betty’s Blends, Vol, 3 and Barefoot In The Head, or to purchase tickets to any of the band’s upcoming shows, head to their website.Full list of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates:April 20 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura TheaterApril 21 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The FestivalApril 22 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The FestivalMay 17 – New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage *May 18 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest CaféMay 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater *May 20 – Wilmington, DE – Big Noise Music FestivalJuly 7 – Veneta, OR – Oregon Country FairAugust 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music FestivalAugust 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheatreAugust 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelAugust 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – ShakasAugust 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreAugust 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On StageAugust 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music HallAugust 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean MistAugust 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony SummerstageAugust 19 – Boston, MA – House of BluesAugust 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City ArtsAugust 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreAugust 23 – State College, PA – The State TheatreAugust 24 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntAugust 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville TheaterAugust 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 ClubSeptember 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival* w/ Govt. Mule** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]
Prog-jam favorites Umphrey’s McGee will be among the artists included in an upcoming on-air David Bowie tribute, set to air this Friday, February 9th, at 10 p.m. ET, on one of radio giant Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM Satellite Radio channel, Howard 101. The special will be hosted by Bowie’s longtime producer, Tony Visconti, and will feature “25 unique artists interpreting the innovative and timeless music of David Bowie.”Explains Visconti in the listening guide, “It was my pleasure to make about half of his albums with him and what was even better was that he was my personal friend as well…and I’m glad we can share these fantastic interpretations of his songs. There is no end to how they can be interpreted.” He adds, “This project is very ambitious because David Bowie songs are not easy to play and sing for technical reasons, but everyone who participated in this rose to the occasion.”Although Umphrey’s has performed many Bowie covers over the years, a version of “Let’s Dance” featuring Huey Lewis and Jeff Coffin will serve as their contribution to the Bowie tribute. As guitarist Jake Cinninger explains in the show’s official listening guide, “‘Let’s Dance’ is the quintessential ‘80s Bowie sound … Who better to capture that magic than husky vocalist Huey Lewis?”Other artists set to be featured in the special David Bowie tribute include Peter Frampton, Greta Van Fleet, Daryl Hall, The Struts, Lisa Loeb, Dawes, Bleachers, Car Seat Headrest, Gogol Bordello, Durand Jones & The Indications, Kristeen Young, William Patrick Corgan.See all of the artists and which songs they reinterpreted in the full listening guide (here), and tune in to hear “The Howard Stern Tribute To David Bowie” on Howard 101 Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. EST. For more information on how to listen, or to read a full list of tracks set to be included in the Bowie tribute, head here.[Cover photo via The Howard Stern Show]
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announced $11.9 million in new research grants, strengthening its investment in the most promising ideas to lead to breakthroughs in understanding and treating mental illness, including 19 grants to Harvard researchers.The 132-member Foundation Scientific Council, a volunteer group of pre-eminent mental health researchers, leads the rigorous selection process of identifying the most promising ideas for NARSAD Grants. This year, they reviewed applications from 1,030 researchers seeking NARSAD Young Investigator Grants — a grant program that has been the driving force behind thousands of scientific achievements for the past 25 years. From this group, 202 researchers were selected to receive NARSAD Young Investigator Grants to support their innovative research.Receiving up to $60,000 over two years, young investigators pursue brain and behavior research related to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.NARSAD Young Investigator Grants have proven to be catalysts for additional funding once the Young Investigators have “proof of concept” for their hypotheses. On average, NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees receive an additional 11-19 times their original grant amount in subsequent funding, and some have gone on to receive significantly more than that.The 2012 Harvard NARSAD Grant recipients are:Sarah E. Bergen, research fellow in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (HMS)Mark Christian Eldaief, instructor in neurology, Center for Brain Science, Faculty of Arts and SciencesPaolo Cassano, instructor in psychiatry, HMSFei Du, instructor in psychiatry, HMSElif Engin, research fellow in psychiatry, HMSNadja Freund, research fellow in psychiatry, HMSSharmin Ghaznavi, instructor in psychiatry, HMSSebastian Haesler, postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cellular biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular BiologyMichael M. Halassa, instructor in psychiatry, HMSPoornima A. Kumar, research fellow in psychiatry, HMSElizabeth A. Lawson, assistant professor of medicine, HMSHesheng Liu, assistant professor of radiology, HMSSnezana M. Milanovic, instructor in psychiatry, HMSOfer Pasternak, instructor in psychiatry, HMSPia Pechtel, instructor in psychiatry, HMSD. Bradford Reich, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, HMSWilliam B. Ruzicka, instructor in psychiatry, HMSSivan Subburaju, instructor in psychiatry, HMSMichael E. Talkowski, instructor in neurology, HMSYunjie Tong, instructor in psychiatry, HMSClick here for a complete list of young investigators and their research.
Star Files The Ghosts of Versailles centers on the restless ghost of Marie Antoinette (opera star Patricia Racette) and other now-dead members of the court of Louis XVI of France who are entertained by a new opera by also-dead playwright Beaumarchais and, apparently, an outrageous Turkish entertainer. The Ghost of Versailles is part of LA Opera’s Figaro Trilogy which will also feature Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. LuPone has been booking TV roles left and right from American Horror Story: Coven to HBO’s Girls to the previously announced Sarah Silverman-HBO pilot People in New Jersey. Onstage, she has won Tony Awards for Gypsy and Evita and has also appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Noises Off and more. Ready for a night at the opera with Patti LuPone? Our favorite Broadway diva has signed on for The Ghosts of Versailles at the Los Angeles Opera in 2015, according to the company’s official website. The American Horror Story star will make a cameo as the outrageous Turkish entertainer Samira in the John Corigliano opera. The Ghosts of Versailles will play a limited engagement from February 7 to March 1. View Comments Patti LuPone
The heritage garden at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Scott Site is more than a teaching tool, it’s a living museum.Over the last two years, environmental educators at the center worked with gardeners from across Georgia to transform the garden. Garden managers and students planted heirloom and older commercial varieties of Southern garden staples to document crops grown and farming methods used by 19th- and early 20th-century Georgians.Now, the garden helps environmental educators teach students about heritage gardening practices and, in turn, the history of the Southeast.Robert Clemmer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension education program specialist and 4-H center garden manager, put out a call in 2016 for heirloom or family-favorite seeds to showcase in the garden. Thanks to seed swaps, seed saving and donations, the garden saved money on seeds. Organizations like UGArden, PlowShare in Crawford, Georgia, and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers also donated seeds.“We accept whatever seeds anyone is willing to give us,” Clemmer said.So far, the garden includes Southern classics such as ‘Red Ripper cowpeas’; Ed Teague purple-hull cowpeas, named for northern Georgia’s two-finger banjo picker; night-blooming moonflowers; sunchokes; tromboncino squashes; Tennessee dancing gourds; and unique, yellow-fleshed watermelons grown from seeds donated by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.Some heirloom vegetables are susceptible to disease. Fusarium wilt killed the garden’s heirloom tomatoes in past growing seasons. This year, the garden includes some disease-resistant varieties, which should be ready for planting in April.With heritage gardens, like the one at the Scott Site, gardening practices must stay as close as possible to 19th- or early 20th-century methods, which means no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, Clemmer said. Instead, cover crops, like cowpeas, add nitrogen to the soil, and garden personnel amend soil with dining hall waste and mulch with shredded leaves. They collect seeds from plants with a proven history of thriving in Georgia gardens.The Scott Site garden was planted in 2014. Each year, it provides between 500 and 2,000 pounds of produce to the Rock Eagle Dining Hall and helps to educate thousands of Georgia students.For more information about the garden or to donate seeds, contact Clemmer at [email protected]
Sign*A*Rama, Where the World Goes for Signs of South Burlington, announces that Bambi Shanahan has joined the company as Marketing Assistant. She has over six years of marketing and business administration experience and she owned her own consulting firm prior to joining our location at 3073 Williston Road.
No fee increase in next Bar budget February 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News No fee increase in next Bar budget Senior Editor There were no numbers given, but the Bar Board of Governors heard some early good news on the 2004-05 fiscal budget it will get for review at the April 2 meeting.Board member Jerald Beer, the 2004-05 Budget Committee chair, told the board at its January 30 meeting that the next budget should break even or produce a surplus without raising Bar dues.“We will have a budget for you at the April meeting,” Beer reported. “It will be a budget that will be balanced and will probably have some surplus to it.”The budget for next year is giving considerable attention to technology versus paper and printing costs, he said, adding the Budget Committee hopes to save money in that area not only for next year but also in future budgets.The committee is also looking at the impact of policy decisions on Bar computer information services costs. As an example, Beer noted a few years ago the board adopted a term limits policy for Bar committees. But no one, he said, considered the costs of how that would be accomplished in the computer age.The Budget Committee will be recommending that just as new programs and policies are reviewed by the Budget and Program Evaluation committees, they also should be checked with the Bar’s information services operations for any unanticipated costs or problems, Beers said.Current Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner presented the amendments to the 2003-04 budget.They included $10,000 for a diversity symposium, which will focus on the legal profession. It has the support of Bar President Miles McGrane, as well as St. Thomas School of Law Dean Bob Butterworth, and the Bar’s Equal Opportunity in the Profession Section. The symposium, to be held at St. Thomas, is scheduled for April 16-17.The audit of the Bar’s communications operations was also supported by the Communications Committee. Communications Committee Chair Jim Lupino, though, said that the panel still had some questions, including whether questioning only 200 Bar members would give valid statistical results. The committee also wanted assurances the $39,500 price is fair and the sample is adequate.Other amendments included providing $25,000 to the Justice Institute. Diner said that will allow 25 teachers to be brought to Tallahassee and trained about the court system, including having the educators conduct an appellate mock trial at the Supreme Court acting as both advocates and judges.The board also approved an amendment transferring $250,000 into each of the Bar’s equipment and building maintenance reserve funds. Diner said the transfer will ensure the Bar has money to make routine and unforeseen building repairs and equipment upgrades.