For years, food scientist Francisco Diez studied and admired the work of University of Georgia Regents’ Professor Mike Doyle, but the two researchers’ paths never crossed. For the next year, they will work closely together as Diez transitions into Doyle’s role as director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia.Doyle, a leading authority on foodborne pathogens, came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1991 to establish the center. As director, he developed a research program that promotes collaboration among the food industry, the university, and federal and state agencies.A native of Mexico, Diez earned a bachelor’s degree in food technology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in food science at Cornell University in New York. He comes to UGA from the University of Minnesota, where he was a faculty member and head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. His research focuses on the family of pathogens known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, an important cause of food contamination and foodborne illness.Now at UGA, Diez sees Doyle as an invaluable resource in his new leadership position. While transitioning into retirement, Doyle will introduce Diez to the network he has built by working closely with the food industry, consumer groups and government agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“I can’t even imagine walking into the door without his help,” Diez said. “Close working relationships like the ones Mike has built require a lot of trust and they are critical for the future success of the center.”Diez plans to reach out to the center’s network of stakeholders in the food industry for advice and recommendations. “I want to know what their hopes and expectations are for the Center for Food Safety at UGA,” he said.As the new center director, Diez will also be rebuilding the center’s faculty team by replacing current vacancies in virology, epidemiology and microbiology.“The college is committed to refilling these open positions and ensuring that our facilities and laboratories are in good shape,” Diez said. “Then we will develop a long-term strategy to expand our center to the international level. We are already known across the United States. I see the center making a huge impact on solving the problems that exist in food safety across the world. The opportunities are endless.”For more information on the UGA Center for Food Safety, see the center’s website at ugacfs.org.
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Mark Robson is set to join Tim Sherwood’s new-look backroom team at Aston Villa after Scott Marshall left the club. Sherwood was appointed on Saturday and chairman Randy Lerner watched his first training session on Tuesday. Nothing has been confirmed with Robson yet but Sherwood is acting fast to replace Marshall, who took caretaker charge after Lambert’s dismissal last week. Robson left Norwich in November and had previously been joint head coach at Barnet with Edgar Davids. America-based Lerner is not staying for Sherwood’s first Barclays Premier League game at home to Stoke on Saturday but met the new manager at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground after jetting in. Lerner’s chief executive Tom Fox is in charge of the day-to-day running of Villa and the owner is in constant contact despite being away from the club. Sherwood confirmed at his unveiling on Monday he had spoken to the chairman by phone but had not met him before penning his deal until 2018. Sherwood watched Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester and gave a half-time team talk when the score was 0-0. He takes charge with Villa third from bottom in the Barclays Premier League after Lambert was dismissed last Wednesday. Marshall took caretaker charge, assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans, and picked the team for Sunday’s fifth-round win but has now departed. Fox told the club’s official site: “I’d like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Leicester City. “We wish him all the best in the future.” Press Association Former Norwich coach Robson is expected to become Sherwood’s first-team coach at Villa Park, Press Association Sport understands. Marshall left on Tuesday, following Paul Lambert out of the club after the Scot’s sacking last week.
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