▪ Cedric Ogden, assistant professor of engineering technology at Fort Valley State University, has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research solar power in food preservation. He collaborated on the grant proposal with Klein Ileleji, associate professor of agriculture and biological engineering at Purdue University. Fort Valley State will receive $98,336 of the $499,612 three-year grant funding.
▪ Heath Burch has been appointed as the new principal of Perry Middle School. He is now the assistant principal at Warner Robins High and has worked for the Houston district for 14 years. He previously taught special education and physical education and coached football and soccer at Houston County High.
▪ Two Mercer University professors have been named Distinguished University Professors by the the school’s board of trustees. Adam Kiefer from the College of Liberal Arts and Ha Van Vo in the School of Engineering received the honor, which is the highest rank Mercer faculty members can achieve.