Odds & Ends: Steven Pasquale Set for Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson Series & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Steven Pasquale Set for Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson SeriesSteven Pasquale has been tapped by Ryan Murphy for the first season of his American Crime Story, People v. O.J. Simpson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the stage fave will play former detective Mark Fuhrman, who eventually got convicted for perjury, in the show. Pasquale was recently seen in the acclaimed Lyric Opera production of Carousel (which we’ve decided must come to Broadway); he last appeared on the Great White Way in The Bridges of Madison County. Pasquale’s career certainly isn’t fading away.Betty Buckley’s Busy MonthBetty Buckley is having a manic May! While she’s in the Big Apple for her previously reported Joe’s Pub gig, the Tony winner will lead a Song/Monologue Interpretation Five Day Workshop at the Terry Schreiber School May 18 through May 22. Who better to learn from than the “Voice of Broadway?”Laura Benanti & Laurence Fishburne Team UpTony winners Laura Benanti and Laurence Fishburne, along with On Your Feet’s Gloria Estefan and more, will appear at this year’s National Memorial Day Concert. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 24, the event for American heroes is set to be co-hosted by Tony winner Joe Mantegna and Broadway vet and Emmy winner Gary Sinise.Watch Scream Queens TeaserGlee creator Ryan Murphy is also continuing his small screen domination with the upcoming killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens, starring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis. As previously reported, the first season is set in a sorority house at a college where a number of murders have taken place and will feature Broadway alums including Lea Michele, Nick Jonas, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer. Check out below the first sneak peek of the show—it includes Michele as you’ve never seen her before! View Commentslast_img read more

Haiti Soil Lab

first_imgThe new soil-testing lab at the Zanmi Agricol Learning Center Fritz Lafontant in Corporant, Haiti isn’t sophisticated. But it works, and that’s enough to change the lives of many Haitian farmers. Recently, University of Georgia soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon traveled to Corporant, located in the country’s Central Plateau region, to install the new soil-testing lab. They gave lectures on the importance of soil testing and trained a handful of teachers and other officials on how to manage and operate the laboratory. “This is the beginning of farmers being able to assess the fertility of Haitian soils and determine how much and which fertilizers their crops need,” said Kissel, who is director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab, created by a partnership between the college and Atlanta-based nonprofit League of Hope, opened at the end of June as the only working soil lab in Haiti. Kissel identified the soil lab as a need in the country when he traveled to Haiti on a fact-finding tour in 2010. He and Sonon, the coordinator for the college’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Lab, identified practical testing methods appropriate for Haiti’s soils and conditions. They installed low-cost instruments that are compact, tough and inexpensive to operate. The new lab is basically a scaled-down version of the CAES Extension soil-testing lab in Athens, GA. It took Sonon and Kissel about a year to design the steamlined lab and develop procedures that would work in Haiti. The information provided by the soil tests performed in the lab — including nutrient contents and pH levels — can help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields and fertilizers. The goal is to provide Haitian farmers with the information they need to increase their crop yields and feed their families. The lab — with its cement floors, folding work tables and rugged, energy efficient equipment — is located inside a new trade school that has opened to serve the Central Plateau region in the northeastern corner of the island. In addition to electrical, plumbing and carpentry training, the school will offer agricultural and environmental stewardship courses to farmers. The lab technicians who were trained by Sonon and Kissel will serve as part-time agricultural advisers to local farmers. They will run the lab, teach others to use the equipment and start demonstration test plots to show Haitian farmers that their yields can be increased with the right soil additives and fertilizers. “The idea was for us to go down and train the teachers, and the teachers would train their students, who could then spread the word about the lab,” Kissel said.Soil testing was a critical part of the success of American agriculture throughout the 20th century and one of the most common services provided by Extension agents across the U.S. Haitian farmers produce only 40 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. This one soil lab is not going to solve that problem, but it’s a big step towards increasing the ability of Haitian farmers to feed their country, Sonon said.last_img read more