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Effective Aug. 1, Allisen Penn became the associate dean for Extension and outreach for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. CAES News
Effective Aug. 1, Allisen Penn became the associate dean for Extension and outreach for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
FACS Lead
The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has named Allisen Penn the associate dean for UGA Cooperative Extension and outreach. Penn comes to UGA having spent the previous decade as a regional program leader for University of Tennessee Extension in Nashville.
Kylie Jordan, a sixth-grader from Morrow, Georgia, won first place in Georgia's Radon Poster Contest for her poster of a sci-fi-inspired radon cloud hovering over a neighborhood. CAES News
Kylie Jordan, a sixth-grader from Morrow, Georgia, won first place in Georgia's Radon Poster Contest for her poster of a sci-fi-inspired radon cloud hovering over a neighborhood.
Radon Poster Contest
Radon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but it can be detected and mitigated with the help of local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state.  
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension intern Lauren Dubberly is spending her summer working with Cook County Agent Tucker Price. She's shown marking a research trial in a peanut field. Dubberly says she is learning a lot about diseases found in fruit, vegetable and row crops. CAES News
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension intern Lauren Dubberly is spending her summer working with Cook County Agent Tucker Price. She's shown marking a research trial in a peanut field. Dubberly says she is learning a lot about diseases found in fruit, vegetable and row crops.
Extension Interns
What better way to decide if a county Extension agent job is for you than to spend a summer working with one. For the past 12 years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has offered internships to college students who aspire to be county agents.
Jermaine Durham, assistant professor of housing and community development in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, now serves as a housing and community development specialist for UGA Extension. CAES News
Jermaine Durham, assistant professor of housing and community development in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, now serves as a housing and community development specialist for UGA Extension.
Housing Specialist
The shortage of affordable and healthy housing is nothing new for communities across the South, but new trends in infill building and gentrification have exacerbated these shortages in many cities and towns in Georgia.
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has provided free tax help to Georgians with moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. The program has expanded through UGA Cooperative Extension and now offers assistants to taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia via the internet. CAES News
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) has provided free tax help to Georgians with moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers. The program has expanded through UGA Cooperative Extension and now offers assistants to taxpayers in more rural areas of Georgia via the internet.
VITA Program
For more than a decade, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered through the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics has offered free tax help to Georgians with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English-speaking taxpayers.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates, from left, David C. Barrow Elementary School fourth-grader Emma Starnes, David C. Barrow Elementary School fifth-grader Blake Bernt and Malcolm Bridge Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Hawkins. All three were named finalists in the 2019 UGA Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest. CAES News
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates, from left, David C. Barrow Elementary School fourth-grader Emma Starnes, David C. Barrow Elementary School fifth-grader Blake Bernt and Malcolm Bridge Middle School seventh-grader Olivia Hawkins. All three were named finalists in the 2019 UGA Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.
Radon Posters
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three students from northeast Georgia for their efforts to spread the word about the dangers of radon as part of the 2019 University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program Poster Contest.
Derek Cooper serves as the radon educator with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program. CAES News
Derek Cooper serves as the radon educator with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Education Program.
Radon Educator
Derek Cooper has always had a passion for helping people live healthier lives.
The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless radioactive gas released by the natural decay of uranium in our soils and rocks. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a low-cost service for those who need to test their home for radon. CAES News
The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless radioactive gas released by the natural decay of uranium in our soils and rocks. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a low-cost service for those who need to test their home for radon.
Radon Education
January — National Radon Action Month —  is a great time for Georgians to take steps to protect their families against the threat. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Radon Educator Derek Cooper is working to shine a light on this invisible hazard with the university’s Georgia Radon Program.
A toddler sits under a Christmas tree surrounded by presents CAES News
A toddler sits under a Christmas tree surrounded by presents
Toy Safety
When toy shopping for children, shopping at your favorite store or clicking a button online involves a certain responsibility. It’s important to choose wisely when buying holiday toys to make sure your gifts aren’t an unintentional safety hazard.
What may look like an ordinary live Christmas tree to many people can turn into a sneezing fest for allergy sufferers. And with their dust and mold, fake trees can be just as bad. CAES News
What may look like an ordinary live Christmas tree to many people can turn into a sneezing fest for allergy sufferers. And with their dust and mold, fake trees can be just as bad.
Asthma Triggers
Even in the south, where winters can be mild, people tend to spend more time sealed up inside during the colder seasons. While spending time inside keeps you safe from the elements, it can expose those with asthma to more of the indoor air pollutants that can trigger asthma attacks.