Education Buzz for Sunday, March 20

Ag students win state farm bureau discussion titles

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology’s collegiate discussion meet team at Fresno State earned their fifth honor at the California Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference.

The team of students, who study various aspects of agriculture at the university, traveled to San Luis Obispo on Feb. 27 to compete against other teams.

Fresno State junior Hunter Berry of San Jacinto scored the highest in the individual portion of the competition, which encourages active and positive group discussion, the university said. Berry earned a prize of $1,250.

Senior Jacob Vasquez of Cottonwood was also one of four finalists at the competition, hosted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Vasquez earned a $500 prize for placing as a finalist, the university said.

The team from Fresno State also included senior Dominique Germann of Ceres, junior Emma Briggs of Santa Rosa and senior Ana Lopez Campos of Tulare.

The American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program is open to agriculturalists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are actively involved in affiliated professions, the university said.

The team of students at Fresno State operates under the supervision of Fresno State Agricultural professor Steven Rocca. Previous honors won by the college’s teams include wins in 2014, 2013, 2008 and 2006.

Students host Global News Relay

​Fresno State broadcast journalism students hosted 12 universities from around the world for the third annual Global News Relay on March 18.

The event was held ​in Studio A in the university’s Speech Arts building and featured students from Great Britain, Bulgaria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Australia.

This collaborative project allows aspiring broadcast journalists a chance to cover ​​real-world events. The topic for this year’s event was “Sports in Our Community.”

UCSF Fresno names associate dean

Dr. Michael W. Peterson has been appointed associate dean at University of California, San Francisco’s Fresno Medical Education Program.

Peterson has served as interim associate dean since Jan. 1, 2015. He has been chief of medicine at UCSF Fresno for 14 years, and he serves as vice chair in the Department of Medicine at UCSF.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Peterson will lead UCSF Fresno with vision, vigor and commitment,” said Dr. Talmadge E. King Jr., dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. “He will continue to be a trusted leader within the Department of Medicine and the school and will continue to extend UCSF’s mission in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.”

His appointment begins April 1.