WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died at the hands of the mob that besieged the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, will lie in honor in the building’s Rotunda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Friday saying, ”His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve.” Congress will hold a ceremonial arrival for the 42-year-old Sicknick on Tuesday night, after which a viewing period will be held overnight for members of the Capitol Police. Lawmakers will pay tribute Wednesday morning before a ceremonial departure for Arlington National Cemetery, where Sicknick will be interred.
More than 400 plant breeders convened at the Callaway Gardens conference center in Pine Mountain, Georgia, as part of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).International scientists, including breeders and geneticists from universities across the U.S. and Canada, gathered to share the latest advances in breeding sustainable and efficient crops that will meet the needs of a growing world. “When I was born in 1955, there were 3 billion people on the planet; if I live to be 95, I will have seen a tripling of the population of this planet,” CAES Dean Sam Pardue told the scientists gathered this week. “So, the things that you do here matter. It has a huge impact on all our lives.” Over the course of the four-day conference, researchers discussed ways of tapping the biodiversity of the wild ancestors of cultivated crops to make tomorrow’s crops more resilient. They also discussed priorities for the next 20 years of breeding, breakthroughs in molecular biology and how more work will be needed to continue to feed the world’s growing population.Peggy Ozias-Akins, director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, considered the meeting a success due to the large number of scientists and graduate students who attended.For more information about NAPB, visit plantbreeding.org. For more information about the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, visit the institute’s website.