Captains of the industry all at sea on HR’s future

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This is the place to see and be seen – HR’s annual voyage on board TheAurora. The great and the good captured for three days on the luxury liner forRichmond Event’s yearly clash of knowledge and egos at the HR Forum. The line-up at Southampton docks included some real stunners – cars, ofcourse. Gleaming Porsches competed with the latest Jaguars for attention. Ifyou didn’t know better, you might think HR directors were overpaid.”You’ve got to be kidding,” said one about to board the boat – sorry,ship. Then we set sail, cruising towards the Channel Islands, bearing 800 chiefsof the trade. What would happen, mused the Personnel Today team, donning their lifejacketsduring the obligatory drill, if the whole ship sank along with everyone onboard? Would HR die along with its captains of industry? Had our leaders puttheir successors in place? “I’ve got mine with me,” admitted a few.Hands up those who practice what they preach. Moreover, if the ship went down, would productivity go up? “It coulddo,” according to one senior director. Speed networking kicked off the first night. Delegates were allowed threeminutes to sell themselves to one another in a version of the latest datingcraze. The drink flowed amid accusations that delegates were selling themselves toeach other in a wholly different way. The Aurora is called the ‘love boat’ forreasons Personnel Today doesn’t quite grasp. Among the crowd emerged a lone trade unionist. Rory Murphy loomed large inthe form of general secretary of the financial union, Unifi. Murphy was guttedthat no other unionists had made themselves available to debate the benefits ofworking with the trade unions. Personnel Today believes it was telling that Unifi was the only union toreturn organisers’ calls to address this event. They should have been made to walk the plank. Ha-harrrr me hearties. By Personnel Today team Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Captains of the industry all at sea on HR’s futureOn 11 May 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Two more estate agencies embrace ‘hub’ approach to expand

first_imgTwo more estate agents in the South of England have announced a move to a more ‘hub’ style of doing business within days of each other.The two companies are established Worthing sales and lettings company Michael Jones & Company and recently-launched Reigate firm Hound & Porter, both of which say their clients are less-and-less interested in being serviced by a local branch.Both companies are taking different approaches. Michael Jones & Company has a main ‘hub’ based within a traditional high street branch with offices above it and four satellite branches around West Sussex.The company recently snapped up three businesses in the county which have all been rebranded as Michael Jones & Company but which are all managed out of the main hub or its satellite offices.Its most recent acquisition is the purchase of local firm Easylet and its 300 managed properties.This follows the acquisition of Curtis & Son in May this year and Bacon and Co in September 2017.“We are actively looking for other acquisition opportunities in the area as it is an important part of the group’s expansion plans,” says Managing Director Michael Jones (top, left).Hound hubHound & Porter is a new business started up this month in Reigate, Surrey by former Cubitt & West Regional Director Chris Nathan with his wife Emily (top, right) and one other member of staff.The business has opted not to have a high street presence in Reigate and has instead set up a hub-style business suite which, the couple say, clients can use as a base when completing multiple local viewings or even somewhere to wait to get their keys on moving day.Michael Jones & Company Cubitt & West October 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Two more estate agencies embrace ‘hub’ approach to expand previous nextAgencies & PeopleTwo more estate agencies embrace ‘hub’ approach to expandEstate agencies based in Sussex and Surrey are expanding but not by opening new branches to cover geographical areas.Nigel Lewis15th October 201901,642 Viewslast_img read more

2010s were weakest for house price growth since 1990s

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » 2010s were weakest for house price growth since 1990s previous nextHousing Market2010s were weakest for house price growth since 1990sResearch by the Nationwide reveals how Brexit, Stamp Duty and tighter lending criteria applied the brakes to price rises.Nigel Lewis8th January 20200448 Views A new report from the Nationwide has revealed the harm done to house price growth during the 2010s by a basket of different politically-driven problems including Brexit, increased Stamp Duty and tighter lending rules following the financial crisis.House prices rose on average by 33% across the UK during the decade, much less than during the 1980s (+180%) and noughties (+117%) but more than during the recessional 1990s (+21%).And despite recent problems within the capital’s property market, Greater London significantly outperformed the rest of the UK.Its house prices increased by 66% during the ten years covered by the Nationwide research, while London’s commuter towns saw house prices increase by 54%.Also, despite talk of a booming property market at the moment outside London and the Home Counties, house price rises were still weakest in the North and Northern Ireland, improving the further south you look, Nationwide’s report shows.But its Senior Economist Andrew Harvey (left) reveals that, despite slower house price rises, affordability remains a problem.“House price growth has continued to exceed earnings growth, resulting in a further rise in the house price earnings ratio,” he says.“At the end of 2019, the First Time Buyer house price to earnings ratio stood at five, close to 2007’s record high of 5.4, and up from 4.4 at the end of 2009.“The last decade has also seen a significant widening in the gap between the least affordable and most affordable regions.”ReactionJonathan Samuels, CEO of the property lender, Octane Capital, says: “It’s not often that you celebrate weaker growth figures but the performance of house prices in the 2010s may be an exception to the rule.“Affordability is still a major hurdle after just 33% growth so if the trajectory of the noughties had continued the market would have been beyond the reach of many more people.“For the property market, the cooling of price inflation triggered by the decision to leave the EU was arguably a net positive, especially in London and the South East.Andrew Harvey Nationwide Brexit stamp duty January 8, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford examines the yeti

first_imgOxford University is at the forefront of a new project to test the existence of the ‘Yeti’ and other cryptid hominid species.Working in collaboration with Switzerland’s Lausanne Museum of Zoology, the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project intends to gather together organic remains as potential evidence, through anonymous donations from individuals and organisations, which will then be submitted to rigorous genetic analysis.The existence or otherwise of the ‘yeti’, also known by the names ‘Bigfoot’ and ‘Sasquatch’ has been a subject of debate since Eric Shipton’s 1951 expedition to Everest, from which he returned with photographs of giant unidentifiable footprints in the snow. Despite numerous eye-witness accounts since then, the scientific community around the world has always been dubious as to the existence of such a creature.Professor Bryan Sykes, of Wolfson College, is spearheading this most recent investigation in conjunction with Michel Sartori, Director of the Lausanne Museum of Zoology.Sykes commented, “It’s an area that any serious academic ventures into with a great deal of trepidation. It’s full of eccentric and downright misleading reports.‘Mainstream science remains unconvinced by these reports both through lack of testable evidence and the scope for fraudulent claims. However, recent advances in the techniques of genetic analysis of organic remains provide a mechanism for genus and species identification that is unbiased, unambiguous and impervious to falsification.”Sykes added, “It is possible that a scientific examination of these neglected specimens could tell us more about how Neanderthals and other early hominids interacted and spread around the world.”The reaction amongst Oxford students to the reseaerch has been mixed. Poppy Rimington-Pounder, a student at New, commented, “They’re hairy, white and big: a cross between men and polar bears. And they are real.”Tom Hoskins, a first year at LMH, said, “To quote ‘The Logic Manual’: “A yeti features in Monsters, Inc. Monsters, Inc. is real. Therefore, Yetis are real.”Not everyone, however, was so positive about the legendary monster. Physicist Aneesh Naik said, “I hate yetis, they’re abominable”, and refused to comment further.last_img read more

Listen to Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu’s Reimagined Version of Miles Davis’ ‘Maiysha’ From Upcoming Tribute Album

first_imgGlasper’s Everything’s Beautiful project comes on the heels of Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead. The pianist/producer also contributed several songs to the film’s soundtrack. Check out the trailer below: On May 27, jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper will release Everything’s Beautiful, a new album comprised of 11 reinterpretations of classic Miles Davis records. Glasper explains his methods and intentions in a mini documentary about the project published on the MilesDavisVEVO page: “I feel like I’m living in the spirit of Miles when I’m doing what I’m doing because I’m documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me, I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now, and that’s kind of what this project about. It wasn’t about taking Miles and remixing him again, but it’s like, let’s do something to where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake ‘em up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things.”This goal of creating fresh musical ideas via modern-day reinventions of Davis’ sound owes a lot to the many contemporary collaborators on the album. The project includes performances by Stevie Wonder, Bilal, KING, and Erykah Badu. “What I want to portray with this,” says Glasper, “is Miles’ influence all the way up to now. You know, would he be working with Erykah Badu, with 9th Wonder, with all these people who are doing stuff now? And the answer is yes, I’m sure he would.” Badu adds her signature cosmic vocals to Everything’s Beautiful’s “Maiysha (So Long)”, reimagining Davis’s “Maiysha” from 1974’s Get Up With It. You can listen to both the original version and Badu’s beautiful tribute below:last_img read more

KAABOO Announces 2017 Lineup Featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, And More

first_imgThis morning, San Diego-area festival KAABOO Del Mar announced the lineup for their third annual event set to take place September 15th-17th. The festival will feature headlining performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Muse, as well as sets by Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, DJ Diesel (aka NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal), Smash Mouth, The Motet, Lawrence and many more!At KAABOO, all guests receive an amenitized experience with access to the HUMOR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Arts Fair in the indoor ARTWORK area, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations, gourmet food tastings, spa and relaxation reservations, and late night dance parties. GA ticket holders can also upgrade their passes to have access to a stateside pool at the event’s Grandview Stage. VIP passes include additional access to premier stage viewing areas, access to the Thursday pre-party, and more.“I am thrilled with this year’s extraordinary lineup and proud to be building on the success of our last two KAABOO Del Mar events,” says KAABOO founder and CEO Bryan Gordon. “We strive to curate an event that is multi-generational and diverse – something for all of our fans. When you look at this lineup, we have everyone from Alt Rock legends and bucket list icons, to today’s hottest hitmakers and incredible up-and-comers.”In only its third year, KAABOO Del Mar has carved out its name among national and destination music festivals by offering a curated feast for all senses. Conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Southern California, the event features equal parts music, contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, and hilarious comedy.Three-day passes are available now via the event website. See below for a full list of artists scheduled to perform:KAABOO Del Mar Full Lineup:Red Hot Chili PeppersP!NKTom Petty and the HeartbreakersMUSEWeezerJane’s AddictionDavid GuettaIce CubeJason DeruloLogicAlanis MorissetteJackson BrowneAndy GrammerKeshaLiveX AmbassadorsGarbageMilky ChanceT-PainMichael McDonaldThe WallflowersDJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)Machine Gun KellyPepperTimefliesPete YornThe Magpie SaluteSmash MouthThe KnocksDave MasonToad The Wet SprocketLANYEric Burdon and the AnimalsLost KingsLe YouthThe HimThe Tubes feat. Fee WaybillTrevor HallFishboneThe MotetThe ShadowboxersLittle HurricaneSam SparroKap SlapMartin JensenLed Zeppelin 2Emily WarrenLawrenceThe Stone FoxesOne DropSteevieWildDarenotsThe Last InternationaleAges and AgesMoonsville CollectiveArmorsLuna AuraJared & The MillEthan Tucker Solo AcousticThe Steppin StonesTristenCordovasLost BeachMamafestaJosh ArbourZeal LevinKira LingmanTrouble in the WindBarenaked Ladies – AMPLIFY VIP ONLYThe Dan Band – – AMPLIFY VIP ONLYlast_img read more

Sizing up bacteria

first_imgA new theoretical framework outlined by a Harvard scientist could help solve the mystery of how bacterial cells coordinate processes that are critical to cellular division, such as DNA replication, and how bacteria know when to divide.For decades, scientists have believed that cellular division is triggered when bacterial cells reach a particular size. The new model, described by Ariel Amir, an assistant professor of applied mathematics and applied physics, in a paper recently published in Physical Review Letters, suggests that cells coordinate the replication of their DNA not through size, but by how much they grow over time.“The focus of this work is on how bacteria regulate their size — how do they know when to divide, so they all remain largely identical,” Amir said. “The question is: How do they do that, and how does that couple with other processes in the cell, such as DNA replication?”Scientists have long known that bacteria can double their population in as little as 20 minutes, but a series of pioneering studies in the late 1960s revealed that it takes about an hour from the time DNA replication starts until cell division occurs.The remaining mystery has been in how those two processes are coordinated.“The answer is quite remarkable,” Amir said. “Earlier studies showed that what bacteria do is actually start the DNA replication process for subsequent generations. A single bacterial cell may actually be replicating DNA for its grandchildren, or even its great-grandchildren.”In the 1960s, researchers showed that DNA replication begins when cells reach a critical size, leading to the belief that bacteria somehow know how large they are, and that DNA replication is triggered at a certain size.Later studies, however, challenged that model with the finding that the size of bacteria at birth was correlated to the size of bacteria at division. Those findings — that smaller bacteria produced smaller offspring, while that of larger bacteria was larger — suggested that bacteria were measuring something other than their size.“What I propose is something that can reconcile these two pictures in a very simple way,” Amir said. “Rather than trying to reach a critical size, cells try to add a specific volume from the initiation of DNA replication to the next replication event. To do this, the cells need to measure a difference in volume, which is much easier, and they can achieve this in a biochemical way that doesn’t include any absolute measurement.”Though the exact biochemical process hasn’t been identified, Amir suggested that it might be similar to a system described in several studies in the 1970s.“Within this hypothetical model proposed in the ’70s, one protein is found at a constant concentration throughout the cell, and as the cell grows in volume the number of new copies it makes has to be proportional to the change in volume,” Amir said. “By thresholding the number of new copies, the cell can measure a change in volume.”Ultimately, Amir said, understanding how bacteria regulate their size could spur advances on a host of questions connected to the ways cells regulate biological processes.“This is a doorway to a larger question of how cells regulate and coordinate all the processes which occur in them, which is a huge question in biology,” Amir said. “This is an example where we can quantitatively understand some aspects of that, so I think this might lead us to some broader questions.”last_img read more

Hello Kitty, hello profits

first_imgIt was a tiny plastic coin purse that launched an empire. Four decades ago, a Japanese dry goods company began putting colorful decorations on its humdrum products in an effort to appeal to preteen girls. That company, Sanrio, experimented with several images to see what best grabbed young consumers — a flower, a strawberry — but it was a stylized white kitten with a red bow and no mouth that hit pay dirt.Kitty White, better known to generations of her fans around the world as Hello Kitty, is a global marketing phenomenon that generates a reported $5 billion a year and is among the most recognized corporate logos in the world. The ubiquitous Sanrio mascot, designed to convey a message of happiness and friendship, turns 40 Nov. 1.“The question that everyone asks is: ‘Why is she so popular?’” said Christine Yano, the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard and a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who has studied Hello Kitty for the past 16 years. “I think it starts with a very clever, aesthetically pleasing design, which a lot can be read into.”The character’s elegant and essentially unchanging appearance over the years, taking on only slight variations to reflect changing fashions, is a deliberate corporate strategy that adds to Kitty’s universal appeal. “This notion of always being the same but always being different allows her, in my mind, to travel not only across oceans, but within somewhere like the United States to different populations,” said Yano.Next Tuesday, Yano will discuss her 2013 book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” with Susan Pharr, the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director of the Weatherhead Center For International Affairs Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. The talk is co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.Yano recently curated “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” an exhibit on the pop icon’s history that opened earlier this month at the Japanese American Natural Museum in Los Angeles. While promoting the show last August, Yano started a brief Internet sensation when she told a Los Angeles Times reporter that, to Sanrio, Hello Kitty is not a cat but rather “a girl or friend.”This week, Yano will be a featured panelist at “Kitty Con,” the first convention dedicated to all things Hello Kitty, a sold-out event organized by Sanrio to commemorate the 40th anniversary at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.Yano became immersed in the curious world of Hello Kitty super-fandom in 1998 while teaching a course on Japanese pop culture at the University of Hawaii that briefly referenced the character. After learning of its popularity among the anthropology department’s middle-aged, Japanese, female staffers, and its elaborately crafted backstory, Yano said she had an epiphany of sorts.“What I found was the richness of the narrative was pretty incredible,” she said. “But the other wow moment for me as an anthropologist” was the combination of Sanrio’s unusually “rich, fictive world” with the “very human element of the fandom. I thought, now that’s something worth studying.”She has since interviewed Sanrio employees and executives, as well as hundreds of fans, to better understand Hello Kitty’s popularity. “What I found for a lot of the fans was they like this particular cute because it comes with a kind of quirkiness. It’s the cute that can become cool.”Yano places Hello Kitty in the continuum of kawaii, or Japanese cute culture, that grew out of the rise of girls as a powerful consumer and cultural force in Japan in the 1970s and ’80s, one that later spawned a distinctive street culture. The aesthetic embraced cuteness and spunkiness, but played with notions of female sweetness or demureness, often in an ironic or subversive manner — although at times not ironically.“There’s a Japanese concept of play, asobi, which I think is important for us to keep in mind. There’s a willingness to play with image, to throw things together in what might even be considered almost a postmodern aesthetic,” said Yano.Not everyone thinks Hello Kitty is so likable or benign. Some critics despise the shameless commercial ubiquity of the image, while a common Western and Japanese feminist critique centers on the character’s female identity and her absent mouth as an implicit statement of submissiveness, not a chameleon-like blank slate.“That’s one of the first things that a lot of the critics will say, and logically so, if the idea of having a mouth means having a voice, [which] means having agency. In the West, we put those equivalences together, so having no mouth means having no agency,” said Yano. “It’s interesting to me how you will have the fans and the critics looking at the same thing, but just coming down on different sides of the fence.”Unlike the familiar criticisms of sexually or violently themed toys like Barbie or BB guns, “Cute stuff kind of goes under the radar of the normal Western critique,” said Yano. “I think that was part of my impulse in looking at Hello Kitty. I thought cute was in some ways under-theorized, under-researched, and maybe — even from a critical stance in terms of children and what might or might not be appropriate — really forgotten.”last_img read more

The Future of Work Reimagined

first_imgIn early 2020, we talked about our vision for “intelligent companion” devices. We shared how PCs will become more aware of their own condition, location, surroundings, level of security and capabilities. We also showcased how multi-screen devices have the potential to unlock new ways of working and increase productivity. We continue to explore different ways technologies like cloud, 5G and artificial intelligence will come together to improve the PC experience.These intelligent, personalized, immersive and modern experiences are core to all we do—and they will continue to take center stage as we look to the future of hybrid work. Our innovation journey continues, and we’d like to share some of our visions for the future of work in – and beyond – the office.Office experiences of the futureFor more than a decade, we’ve built a culture around the idea that work is outcomes based and not anchored to a specific place or time. The future of work will be a hybrid model where employees work from various locations aligned to work schedules and lifestyle. This hybrid model will change the physical office layout significantly. Offices will be re-imagined to foster collaboration. Think reservation-based workspaces and collaboration areas instead of cubicles or permanent desks. Team members will frequently transition in-and-out, as well as around, workspaces.We’re exploring intuitive workplace technologies and concepts to help with this future office experience. As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to features that make our lives easier. Whether it’s our speakers adapting to the music we’re streaming, our cars unlocking as we approach them, or smart thermostats knowing if we’re at home and adjusting the temperature accordingly. That’s the same level of experience we are exploring for our office environment.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Imagine if you could reserve a workspace on an app before you even arrive at the office. AR mapping could help facilities manage the flow of team members and gain insights into utilized space.At your assigned desk, a wireless dock could sense your device, connect you to the network and adjust to your preferred display settings before you’ve even sat down. Wireless charging hidden under the desk could remove concerns about battery life. Surfaces remain clutter free, and you could pick up your device to disconnect upon departure, so the desk is ready for the next user.This could be a typical office experience within the next couple of years, and we want to help organizations create a seamless experience from the moment a team member chooses to head into the office.Beyond the officeWe know first-hand that customers need solutions that adapt to the space around them to do their best work – whether that be on the go or moving between various rooms in the home. Technology should empower us and make collaboration easier, not disrupt our productivity – that’s why features like connectivity and battery life remain important wherever customers choose to base themselves.As we look to the future, we’ve taken our multi-screen concepts journey a step further as we know screen real estate can improve multitasking, productivity and collaboration. Earlier this year, we presented Concept Ori and Concept Duet. Now consider combining the best features of these concepts: a foldable screen with a bigger display for multitasking.Other concept explorations include dual screens within traditional notebooks; where your compute power and dual monitors live within the same system. Or, imagine a thin device that brings the ease and spontaneity of a pen and paper. A wireless, port-less device that, when paired with your main PC, allows users to have an extra surface for taking smart notes or whiteboarding with colleagues in different locations. And if the task requires a face-to-face conversation, simply bend the display to start a video conference. In the future, extra displays will act as a constant window to socialize and exchange ideas.Looking forward to our hybrid futureWe’re excited about the future of hybrid work – how we worked yesterday will not be how we work tomorrow. While we do not have plans to launch these concepts as products immediately, we can promise you one thing: we’ll continue to look at ways to combine innovative device design, materials, software and cutting-edge technologies to create the best customer experiences possible.On that note – my team feels that how we do things is just as important as what we do. Dell has committed to reusing or recycling as much as they produce by 2030. This all starts with designing products with circularity in mind. To learn more about how my team is thinking about sustainable design, read here.last_img read more

Greenhouses and High Tunnels

first_imgFrom the miracle of December tomatoes to the marvel of fresh salad greens in space, greenhouses and growth chambers may play an increasing role in creating hyperlocal or hyperportable food systems.Students in the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture’s “Protected and Controlled Environment Horticulture” course learn how high tunnels, greenhouses and growth chambers are used around the world to help extend the growing season, make farming a little less risky, provide opportunities to grow crops in extreme conditions and reduce our environmental footprint.Suzanne O’Connell, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, launched the course this fall after receiving several requests from students.“Protected agriculture is a broad field that refers to modifying the natural environment to boost plant yield and quality,” O’Connell said. “In particular, students are very curious about greenhouse growing and hydroponic systems, and how these concepts can be applied to urban areas where quality agricultural production space is limited and often cost-prohibitive.”For O’Connell, who devotes part of her time to researching high tunnel crop production, the new course is preparing students for a future where more farmers are using greenhouses and high tunnels to help meet year-round demand for local products.“Two students in class this semester have family farms that include high tunnels. They told me they were excited to increase their skills in this area and they made great contributions to our class high tunnel building effort,” O’Connell said. “To my knowledge, there are only a small handful of commercial hydroponic operations in Georgia so far. I have reached out to these companies to let them know that our students are knowledgeable and really excited for opportunities to work for them!”In the course’s first semester, students came from a range of backgrounds. The majority of students were horticulture majors, but biology, landscape architecture, the romance languages and real estate were also represented.“Land and water and food security are a big deal with a growing world,” said Candace Young, a fourth-year landscape architecture student who is minoring in horticulture and took the protected agriculture course this fall. “With landscape architecture, you’re always thinking about how to get the most out of land and how to get people to use their land. Well, food is a great way to get people to engage with their landscape, and protected agriculture is a great way to use that land most efficiently.”This fall, the class spent time discussing Japanese attitudes toward land use. As an island nation with a large population, people there understand that there is a finite amount of land available to them. Young explained that Japan is home to some of the densest cities on the planet, and residents maximize each square meter of open space by setting up gardens wherever they can – trellised beans here or tiny vegetable beds there.Young would like to include that ethos in her design projects. Greenhouses and other protected agriculture techniques are great ways to make that happen in an urban environment.As part of class labs, students managed the daily needs of multiple vegetable crops, including watering, fertilizing, pH testing, pest and disease scouting, pruning and harvesting, all with the mindset of managing the plant and environment interactions. They also studied cutting-edge uses of protected agriculture, such as research greenhouses in Antarctica, gardens on the sides of skyscrapers and experimental growth chambers to supply fresh produce for soldiers on submarines.In addition to managing crops in a heated greenhouse and under a high tunnel, students were required to keep detailed journals noting which varieties, growing media, fertilizer recipes and disease interventions worked best in each environment, and cataloging the high tunnel construction phases.As always, students were able to take their class work home with them, leaving many of them with the enviable problem of having their kitchens filled with too many fresh cucumbers and greens over the course of the semester.For more information about the unique courses offered in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, visit read more