The University of Georgia Alumni Association recognized the 100 fastest-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni during the seventh annual Bulldog 100 Celebration Jan. 30 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The 2016 fastest-growing business was SMD LLC, founded by Shane Douthitt and Scott Mondore. Their North Carolina-based talent management and analytics company enables businesses to monetize people management. SMD's patented cloud-based talent software identifies cause-and-effect relationships between talent management and business outcomes and then converts those analytics into actionable results in just four clicks for front-line managers and individual employees. Both Douthitt and Mondore each earned a master's and doctoral degree in applied psychology from the University of Georgia.
The rest of the Bulldog 100 top 10 was:
2. CAMFormulas.com, Brooklyn, New York
3. Kabbage Inc., Atlanta
4. 6 Degrees Group, Alpharetta
5. Specialized Veterinary Services, Fort Myers, Florida
6. Your Pie Franchising, Athens
7. Verisail Partners, Atlanta
8. CALIPSO LLC, Charleston, South Carolina
9. Builders Specialty Contractors, Boynton Beach, Florida
10. Red Clay Communications Inc., Atlanta
The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review nominated businesses' financial records to determine the ranked list.
Nominations for the 2016 Bulldog 100 were accepted between February and May 2015. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2012, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who owns at least 50 percent of the company or be the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate.
Approximately 350 nominations were received for the 2016 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including dentistry, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. Companies as far west as Texas and as far northeast as New York, made the list this year. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year's Bulldog 100 businesses was 35 percent.
The 100 businesses' and the 153 alumni who lead them were recognized by the UGA Alumni Association during the event. The evening began with an optional roundtable discussion with the Bulldog 100 business owners, led by Bob Pinckney, UGA director of entrepreneurial programs, who was CEO of EvoShield LLC when that business was named the No. 1 fastest-growing Bulldog 100 business in 2011. The roundtable discussion was followed by a reception, dinner and the keynote address given by 1980 UGA graduate Jeff Dunn, CEO and president of C-Fresh, a division of Campbell Soup Company that includes Bolthouse Farms, Garden Fresh Gourmet, and Campbell's retail fresh soup unit.
"The University of Georgia prides itself on producing high-caliber business leaders who are helping to change and improve the world around them," said Ruth Bartlett, president of the UGA Alumni Association. "The UGA alumni who are founding and leading the Bulldog 100 businesses are helping their local communities' economies, and we are thrilled to recognize them each year."
To view the complete list of 2016 Bulldog 100 businesses or nominate a business for the 2017 Bulldog 100, see alumni.uga.edu/b100. Nominations are being accepted through May 31 at that website[close]
The University of Georgia Terry College of Business dedicated Correll Hall, Phase I of its future home, the Terry Business Learning.
Before a crowd of hundreds, the University of Georgia Terry College of Business dedicated Correll Hall, Phase I of its future home, the Business Learning Community, and ceremoniously broke ground on Amos Hall, the centerpiece of the project's second phase.
Correll Hall is named for A.D. "Pete" Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific and a Terry College alumnus, and his wife, Ada Lee Correll, a graduate of the UGA College of Education. Amos Hall is named in honor of Daniel P. Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac and a Terry College alumnus.
"As the times have changed, so has the Terry College, which has remained on the leading edge-always adapting in order to prepare the next generation of business leaders," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "The Business Learning Community was born out of this pioneering spirit and commitment to excellence."
The new complex, located on the corner of Lumpkin and Baxter streets on UGA's North Campus, provides the Terry College with facilities that encourage innovation and learning in an environment that fosters collaboration, said Terry College Dean Benjamin C. Ayers.
"This is a very special day for the Terry College, for its alumni, friends, faculty and staff and most importantly for its students," Ayers said. "The construction of the Business Learning Community will forever impact thousands of Terry undergraduate and graduate students, who will achieve great things as a result of their education at the University of Georgia."
Correll Hall, which serves as home for the college's graduate programs, opened for classes at the beginning of this fall semester. The 74,000-square-foot facility includes a business innovation lab, multiple project team rooms and a graduate commons. Construction on the facility, which was funded entirely by $35 million in private donations, took two years to complete.
"Ada Lee and I are immensely proud to be tied to the legacy of the Terry College and the University of Georgia, which has helped so many young men and women over the years. I know firsthand that the state of Georgia and its workforce benefit directly from the teaching and learning that happen here. We're excited to enhance that contribution to our state and nation by helping the Terry College reach new levels of excellence."
Construction of Amos Hall, the centerpiece of the second phase of the Business Learning Community, is slated to be completed in 2017. In all, Phase II will span approximately 140,000 square feet and will include two large auditoriums, eight classrooms, a trading room, a behavioral lab, an undergraduate commons, conference rooms, and faculty and staff offices. Phase II is supported by $43 million in state funds and $14 million in private donations.
"I was honored to be asked to chair this capital campaign and am humbled by the notion that the Amos name will forever be linked to this incredible learning institution," said Dan Amos. "I will continue to support UGA so that future generations will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest business minds in the nation."[close]
A new exhibit in the Tate Center for UGA in Washington's Delta Hall was unveiled Nov. 10, 2015
The UGA in Washington program and its new residential facility, Delta Hall, now have a more visual presence in Athens.
A recently created exhibit featuring Delta Hall is now on display in the Tate Student Center. The permanent display showcases the residential learning community that serves as home base for the academic and internship programs available to UGA students in Washington, D.C.
The university hosted a lunch and campus tour for members of the Delta Air Lines senior leadership team. The tour included a visit to the exhibit, where they were joined by UGA President Jere W. Morehead. UGA Foundation Chairman Kenneth G. Jackson also participated in the day's activities, along with other senior administrators from the university and members of the foundation.
The group also included several UGA students who recently resided in Delta Hall while completing a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C.
"We are deeply grateful for the generous support of the Delta Air Lines Foundation and pleased to have an outstanding facility in Washington that offers UGA students a world-class learning experience," Morehead said. "The Tate Center display is both a fitting tribute to Delta and an excellent visual representation of UGA in Washington for students who may be interested in participating." The Delta Hall exhibit includes photographs, artistic works and other elements that offer a window into UGA's program and facilities in America's seat of government.
The opening of Delta Hall in January of this year represents an important milestone in the university's history. The facility sits in the heart of Capitol Hill and can house more than 30 UGA students each semester. These young scholars have the opportunity to intern for lawmakers and organizations, representing their interests before the White House, Congress and federal agencies.
The three-story, 20,000-square-foot building has classrooms and study space, common living areas, conference rooms, kitchens and suite-style rooms. Students living in Delta Hall are a short walk from the U.S. Capitol and Union Station.
The residential learning facility was funded by private gifts to the UGA Foundation's unrestricted endowment and involved no state dollars. To honor a $5 million grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation for the project, the university named the building Delta Hall. Total fundraising for the facility is nearing a final goal of $12.5 million.
UGA in Washington and Delta Hall currently serve as home base for the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship Program, offered through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; the Washington Semester Program; Honors in Washington and other opportunities available to UGA students.[close]
Karen Holbrook, former UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, gave $500,000 to the College of Public Health, represented by Dean Phillip Williams, left, to create the Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professorship and an endowed fellowship. (Credit: Jason Thrasher)
The University of Georgia College of Public Health has received a $500,000 gift to create the Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professorship and an endowed fellowship to support graduate students in the global health field.
Karen Holbrook served as UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs from 1998 to 2002 before being named president of The Ohio State University. Jim Holbrook is a retired oceanographer and past deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Research Laboratory in Seattle.
The gift reflects the Holbrooks' lifelong commitment to higher education, the health sciences and global collaboration as well as their strong affection for UGA. The UGA Foundation is providing an additional $250,000 for the distinguished professorship in recognition of Holbrook's transformative tenure as provost at UGA and to honor her remarkable service record in higher education.
"In addition to her enduring contributions at UGA as provost, Dr. Holbrook has served as an intellectual and administrative leader at some of the most prominent public research universities in the country," said President Jere W. Morehead. "She has remained a close and supportive friend of the UGA community throughout her career, and we are deeply honored that she and Jim have decided to make this generous gift to UGA at this time."
Together, the Holbrook Distinguished Professorship and Graduate Fellowship will build upon existing strengths in global health research throughout the college, increase international collaborations and expand experiential learning activities for students in international public health.
During Holbrook's tenure as provost, she advocated for new programs in the biomedical and health sciences, which eventually led to the creation of the College of Public Health. Throughout her career, she has served as an advocate and catalyst for international research collaboration, and she continues to build relationships between institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad.
"I was very fortunate to work with colleagues at UGA during a time of real transformation and expansion into new program areas," Holbrook said. "It is so gratifying to see many of those ideas have taken root. Now seems like a good time to invest in realizing more of the college's potential for conducting meaningful international research and to emphasize the impact this activity can have for students."
Holbrook is now a well-established higher education expert and consultant who has worked with a number of educational institutions at the international level. She currently serves as a senior adviser to the president at the University of South Florida and is on the boards of the Institute of International Education, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, CRDF Global, Bio-Techne and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She was a past board chair for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
Holbrook's academic resume includes serving as vice president for research and dean of the University of Florida's Graduate School; senior vice president for global affairs and international research at the University of South Florida; and associate dean for scientific affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she was also a professor of biological structure who directed a heavily funded research laboratory in dermatology.
Her additional board service includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Council of Education, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now APLU), the Association of American Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She began her career as a biomedical researcher and National Institutes of Health MERIT Award Investigator. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The Holbrooks' gift was announced Oct. 5 at the College of Public Health's 10th Anniversary Celebration on the UGA Health Sciences Campus. The first Holbrook Professor is expected to be named by January 2017.
"The College of Public Health could not have originated when it did without the clear vision of Dr. Karen Holbrook, who recognized both a significant need for more public health professionals in Georgia and a way that UGA could contribute to the solution," said Phillip L. Williams, dean of the college. "Her decision now, 15 years later, with a different but equally clear and forceful vision for enhancing international research, will be just as significant as her earlier role."
UGA College of Public Health
Founded in 2005 as a response to the state's need to address important health concerns in Georgia, the UGA College of Public Health offers degree programs in biostatistics, disaster management, environmental health, epidemiology, gerontology, global health, health promotion and behavior, public health, health policy and management and toxicology. For more information, see www.publichealth.uga.edu.[close]
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When other states are looking for best practices in small business development, they're looking more often at the University of Georgia.
In recent years, programs developed by UGA's Small Business Development Center have become a model for other universities. At a recent Digital Marketing Boot Camp, the audience included counselors from the University of Alabama SBDC.
"We try to rip off and duplicate as much as we can," said Alabama SBDC Director Bill Cummins. "We exchange ideas, our best practices and sometimes our mistakes. The Southeast directors get together twice a year. We always spend an hour or two talking about innovation, new practices. The nice part about this business is we're not competitors. We're all in the same boat so to speak."
UGA's SBDC first began getting out-of-state attention in 2013 when the University of Florida copied a veterinary and pharmacy school externship developed by SBDC Senior Public Service Associate Jeff Sanford. Auburn followed a year later. The program, which provides students an opportunity to learn business practices while working alongside professional pharmacists and veterinarians, will be emulated at Washington State University and North Carolina State University over the next two years.
"The (SBDC) program was kind of founded here nationally and has been around a long time," SBDC Director Allan Adams said. "We've done innovative things and other SBDCs have asked for our help.”
"We're sort of high profile in SBDC stuff nationally. We're very visible to that group. People look to us. We're very inclined to share."
Several months ago, staff from the UGA SBDC traveled to Miami to train staff in marketing skills as part of the Florida SBDC's annual statewide professional development program.
The UGA SBDC has shared GrowSmart, an SBDC program that helps existing business expand, and StartSmart, which helps entrepreneurs launch small businesses, with other states, including Kansas and Texas.
The Digital Marketing Boot Camp is a daylong class supported by a grant from the Georgia Technology Authority. It focuses on major social media platforms like Facebook and Google, as well as smaller ones like Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. In addition to welcoming people from other states to classes at one of UGA's 17 SBDC offices, UGA instructors have taught the program in San Antonio and Austin.
Cummins wants to bring the program to Alabama next summer.
"I think it's great for us to be able to help build the reputation of the Georgia SBDC," said UGA SBDC Program Director Bernie Meineke. "We're considered throughout the country as a very strong program and I think this is further evidence of that. Our first goal is to make great programs for Georgia businesses, but anytime we can showcase our people and help businesses in other areas, we're obviously very glad to do that."
Small Business Development Center by the numbers:
Scott Ardoin, co-director of CABER and a professor in the department of educational psychology, said the center will also benefit from his current research into children's reading behavior
The University of Georgia College of Education has pooled its expertise to form a new research center focused on autism and behavioral analysis.
The Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research will provide autism-related diagnostic assessments and evaluations for children in the community by working with two existing College of Education clinics. In addition to offering treatment options at Aderhold Hall on the UGA campus, the center gives graduate students the opportunity to develop assessment skills needed to work in school districts and clinical settings.
The center aims to help teachers, educators and UGA students better identify and assess behavioral issues in students. The center is partnering with Clarke County and Gwinnett County school districts to provide experiential learning opportunities for graduate students as they work alongside parents and local educators learning how to manage the behavior of children and students with autism.
Kevin Ayres, co-director of the new center and a professor in the department of communication sciences and special education, said the Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research serves as a backdrop for three important components: training, research and clinical practice.
"I think the concept that unifies the work done through CABER is an approach to learning that comes from the perspective of behavior analysis, where we focus on the interaction between a person and the environment," Ayres said. "It's a perspective that has application for people with disabilities like autism or intellectual disability, as well as for individuals without a disability."
CABER is supported by multiple research grants that support teaching new skills and increasing socially desirable behavior among children with developmental disabilities. The center combines resources from the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, the School Psychology Clinic and the college's Board-Certified Behavior Analysis program.
Scott Ardoin, co-director of CABER and a professor in the department of educational psychology, said the center will also benefit from his current research into children's reading behavior. Using information from cutting-edge eye-tracking technology, he will guide the development of reading comprehension assessments and help develop best practices in test-taking strategies.
And thanks to the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic's Automatic for Autism endowment, the new clinic also has a lending library of assistive technology available to families and caregivers.
"The new center is a place where we can conduct research and provide students and practitioners with training experiences," Ayres said, "all while helping children and adults in our community."[close]
The team of student managers in the Student Managed Investment Fund program in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
The University of Georgia Foundation's investment committee voted unanimously to invest $750,000 from the foundation's endowment in the Terry College of Business' Student Managed Investment Fund as part of its long-term portfolio strategy. The foundation's investment will boost SMIF's capital from a balance of approximately $354,000 as of Aug. 31 to more than $1 million.
The program provides a platform for students who are interested in investing and/or careers as financial industry professionals to serve as investment managers for the foundation with responsibilities that require regular reporting of market values and reinvesting returns back into the portfolio.
"The foundation's commitment is a confirmation of the huge impact that SMIF is having on Terry/UGA students in setting them up for tremendous professional success," said Mitchell Reiner, chairman of the board of trustees for SMIF and COO of Capital Investment Advisors. "When we look at the companies in cities like Atlanta, New York and Chicago who are seeking the talent coming from SMIF combined with the student demand for the program, Terry College, the university, and the board of trustees all realize that we have something very special here."
The Student Managed Investment Fund was initiated in 2006 with a $100,000 gift from University of Georgia Foundation Trustee Darren DeVore and his wife, Pam, both of whom are 1986 UGA graduates. They wanted to give students practical experience through an opportunity to serve as actual investment managers versus learning about the financial services industry through hypothetical investment scenarios.
The program allows a group of UGA students to manage a UGA Foundation-owned investment fund. And since its inception, the returns students have achieved compare favorably to major Wall Street averages.
Through fiscal year 2015, the DeVores and other donors contributed a total of $250,000 to the fund, whose team has grown the balance by an average of 8.95 percent on an annualized basis since the fund's inception.
"I am extremely proud of the students who have participated in SMIF over the years and have done a great job researching and selecting quality investments that have enhanced the value of the fund," DeVore said. "Pam and I are elated to have been able to support SMIF from the beginning and I am grateful to my fellow trustees for voting to invest additional foundation funds in the program."
Student-managers will offer presentations to the Investment Committee recapping their investment strategies and providing an analysis of the fund's performance at three board meetings each year and will provide interim updates as needed.
"The SMIF team has brought some new and fresh investment ideas to the foundation and I am looking forward to working with them to help grow the long-term portfolio," said John Crawford, chair of the investment committee. "This is an outstanding opportunity for the SMIF students to prepare for a career in the financial services industry and to develop strategies for success both personally and professionally."[close]
Incoming University of Georgia students have set a new record for academic quality, with the highest GPA and SAT scores in the university's 230-year history.
The approximately 5,300 first-year students began fall semester on Aug. 17 with an average GPA of 3.91 and an average SAT score of 1301. Just five years ago, those figures were 3.83 and 1264, respectively.
"We are pleased that the University of Georgia once again has enrolled a record-setting class of first-year students," UGA President Jere W. Morehead said. "These students are attracted to UGA's world-class learning environment with bold new initiatives to expand experiential learning and to reduce class sizes. This year's incoming class is another sign that UGA is reaching new heights of academic excellence."
UGA received more than 22,000 applications (a 4 percent increase over last year) for fall 2015 admission, with an admittance rate of 52 percent of all applicants. Since 2010, the number of freshman applications has increased by 25 percent. Around 1,550 transfer students also will begin classes this fall.
A breakdown of the numbers indicates that the mid-50 percentile GPA range for the class of 2019 is 3.81-4.06. Additionally, this class has a combined mean critical reading and math score of 1301 plus an average writing score of 626, for a total of 1927 on the 2400 scale-14 points higher than last year's incoming class. This year's mean score for students who took the ACT was 29, matching last year's record.
The Honors Program will enroll 525 new students in the first-year class who have earned an average high school GPA of 4.07, a strong indication of their rigorous Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate curriculum. Incoming Honors students have an average SAT score of 1469 and an average ACT score of 33.
The rigor of students' high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 94 percent of the students having enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school. Many students earned enough credits to be classified as sophomores and several as juniors during their first term of enrollment. The average number of AP and IB courses taken by students was six. Sixteen percent of students dually enrolled in college while attending high school, up 3 percent from 2014. The top preferred majors are biology, business, finance, marketing, psychology, biological science, biochemistry/molecular biology and computer science.
"UGA's future is bright," said Patrick Winter, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "The incoming class represents some of the top scholars, leaders, innovators and artists from across Georgia, the nation and the world. They have achieved at an incredibly high level already. I can't wait to see what they are going to accomplish at UGA."
In addition to being the most academically qualified, the 2015 freshman class also is one of the most diverse in UGA history, with more than 30 percent of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Caucasian. Eight percent have self-identified as African-American and 6 percent as Hispanic.
Approximately 86 percent of the first-year class hails from 443 high schools and 133 counties across Georgia. Almost 13 percent of the class comes from other states and countries. Of the 43 states represented, the largest number of students outside of Georgia are from North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, New Jersey, South Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania.
More than 200 of this year's incoming students are ranked as first or second in their high school graduating class.[close]
It was day 21, the last day of the 2013 Rising Star Expedition, and Hannah Morris crouched next to a long bone, hands sweeping soil away as bone slowly emerged from the cave wall. She was hoping to free one last piece in the puzzle box—the term the crew used for the excavation area in the Dinaledi chamber, or chamber of stars—before heading back to the U.S.
The University of Georgia alumna and current Ph.D. student was slowed by a juvenile mandible fragment, a jawbone coming into view with each sweep of her brush, and ultimately had to leave both for her fellow underground astronauts to uncover in March 2014.
Her 30-minute-plus climb out of the cave was similar to each of the trips she'd made before: squeeze back up a narrow chute, rappel down Dragon's Back, walk through a large cavern and then kneel down and low crawl through Superman's Crawl.
The chute narrowed to about seven inches high in some places, and Morris's ability to fit—she has years of experience caving and climbing—was one of the reasons she was chosen for the expedition.
She climbed back up a ladder and exited the cave, her eyes squinting as they adjusted to the sunlight. What she and 60 other cavers and scientists found at the site is now "challenging the ways we think of what it means to be human," she said.
You may have heard about it, flashed across headlines and newscasts, the announcement that a new species of human relative was found in a cave outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. You may have seen a photo of six women dressed in bright blue coveralls, dubbed underground astronauts for their ability to crawl into Dinaledi. That one in the red helmet, the tallest in the group, is Morris. Her own human relative—her brother Brannen—let her borrow his headgear, a piece of home halfway around the world.
It protected her well from the knocks and bumps and collisions that came from being 30 meters below ground.
Two cavers were the first to uncover Dinaledi. They contacted Lee Berger, a research professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an explorer-in-residence for National Geographic. He initially hoped the group would uncover one complete skeleton. In the days that followed, they found 15 individuals ranging in age from infant to elderly and removed more than 1,500 bones.
"With almost every bone in the body represented multiple times, Homo naledi is already practically the best-known fossil member of our lineage," Berger said in a joint press release issued by National Geographic, Whits and the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation, who funded the two Rising Star Expeditions and workshop that followed.
Homo naledi was named after the Rising Star cave-naledi means star in Sesotho, a local South African language. And the genus Homo came about because of its "surprisingly human-like features," said John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the senior author on the paper in the journal eLife that describes the new species.
The species has a smaller brain-about the size of an orange-and very slender body with teeth similar to earliest-known members of the genus Homo habilis and shoulders similar to those of apes. The Homo naledi's fingers are extremely curved and feet are "virtually indistinguishable from those of modern humans," said William Harcourt-Smith of Lehman College, City University of New York, and the American Museum of Natural History.
The Homo naledi also did something amazing, something previously thought unique to humans, the researchers theorize: They buried their dead in Dinaledi.
"We explored every alternative scenario, including mass death, an unknown carnivore, water transport from another location, or accidental death in a death trap, among others," Berger said. "In examining every other option, we were left with intentional body disposal by Homo naledi as the most plausible scenario."
A journey started on Facebook
Morris was working on St. Catherine's Island, one of Georgia's Golden Isles, "having a really amazing, intense dig," she said, for the Museum of Natural History.
At the end of a long day in the field, she checked Facebook. Berger had posted the job announcement: He and the other senior scientists planning the Rising Star Expedition couldn't fit through the openings into Dinaledi. They needed scientists who were experienced in climbing and caving to do the primary excavation and "be their arms and legs down there," she said.
Morris clicked the link, put in her application, got an interview, asked David Hurst Thomas—her boss and one of the most famous archeologists in the U.S.—for the day off, landed the job and was headed to Johannesburg in the span of three weeks.
Her trek to the chamber of stars started a lifetime before a Facebook post. As the daughter of a geology professor living just above Rome, she spent much of her time outside.
"Northwest Georgia actually has some of the best caving in North America," she said. "I grew up caving with my father and my family and also doing a little rock climbing. I definitely love caving."
At UGA, she became interested in archeology—she graduated in 2007 with her bachelor's degree in anthropology—and "has excavated in some unique and extreme circumstances," she said, "so I think all of this personal and professional history, these random things, just came together in a cool way."
Twitter and choosing a faster way to share history's secrets
Morris's parents Billy and Sandra opened their first Twitter account in November 2013. They haven't used it much since then, but for 21 days their eyes were glued to the news feed, searching for signs that their daughter was safe.
The Rising Star team used Twitter to time-stamp and log important data-including when the underground astronauts entered and exited the cave. One from @LeeRberger on Nov. 15, 2013, at 1:10 a.m. Eastern Time read, "Megan and Hannah coming out of the cave now, Marina heading in - wonderful fossils coming out now #risingstarexpedition."
That's the post Morris's parents were looking for. After spending the evening watching virtually as she started the process, entered Dinaledi and prepared to exit, they could finally relax and get some sleep.
While they were sleeping, paleoanthropologists and scientists were studying bones and scans from the cave. The team didn't just recover these bones and keep all of the information about them to themselves; they chose open access and public disclosure of the information, an abrupt detour from the way most paleoanthropology digs are traditionally conducted.
"Most of the time, someone finds a bone, they find a tiny fragment of a bone, and they keep it to themselves and don't publish anything for 10 or 15 years," she said. "But Rising Star has really changed that a lot. That has been very deliberate, and it's been really amazing to see just how excited members of the public and students and everyone has gotten about this find."
Because of the tight space and the inability to get traditional archaeological equipment into the cave, the crew used a 3-D scanner about the size of an iron—waved like you would when covering something with spray paint—to document the process. The detail level, down to sub-millimeter accuracy, is beyond what they could get by documenting the dig in a traditional manner—through notes and traditional photos.
"Pretty soon, almost anyone is going to be able to 3-D print a Homo naledi skeleton, and that's just amazing," Morris said. "To have this type of technology and to see it used in this way is just really incredible."
A workshop—a group of scientists from around the world—completed the process of studying the bones in about two years. The discovery is featured as the cover story of National Geographic magazine's October issue, available online now at http://natgeo.org/naledi. The NOVA/National Geographic special, "Dawn of Humanity," premiered Sept. 16 on PBS and is streaming online now.
Back in Athens
Morris has just started the second month of her doctorate as an ICON, or integrated conservation, student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and is studying under Elizabeth King, a restoration ecologist and assistant professor. She obtained her master's degree in anthropology from Ohio State University in 2012 after spending a few years, she says, as a shovelbum, working in Alaska, New York City with the American Museum of Natural History, Mexico and the southeastern U.S.
She's taking her own detour from paleoanthropology. While she loves excavating and caving and all things involving a dig, she's set her academic sights on a Ph.D. in determining the implications of human actions on vegetative ecosystems.
"Basically, I'm looking at land-use history—combining a lot of things from archeology and ecology to look at how land use in the past affects ecosystem functioning, and in particular, how it's affecting vegetation."[close]
A new on-campus bus route is taking riders from the University of Georgia campus to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park this fall. The Fresh Food Bus operates each Saturday (excluding UGA home football game Saturdays) through Dec. 19.
The new route aims to make fresh, healthy foods more accessible to students and community members, and to increase participation in the SNAP Double-Value Coupon Program.
"The Fresh Food Bus is so important to me because I believe that knowing where your food comes from is extremely important," said Morgan King, a sophomore from Kennesaw majoring in social work. "Having the opportunity to buy locally should be an option for everyone. I understand the difficulties that come from not having one's own transportation, but lack of a car should not limit Athens citizens from enjoying local, healthy food. I fully believe we are what we eat, and I want every citizen to have the opportunity to give their body the best fuel that they can while also practicing sustainable consuming habits."
The Fresh Food Bus's first rider was Athens resident Iesha Bennett, who brought her three children along to the farmers market.
"It's awesome," she said. "I've been wanting to get to the farmers market for the longest time. It's been so hard because it's hectic with the kids in the morning and with the other buses I wouldn't get there until just before the market ends. It feels so good to meet the people who grow my food. I think it tastes better because I know they grow it with care. If they keep this up, I'll keep coming."
The program, a partnership between the Athens Farmers Market, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Athens Transit, UGA Campus Transit and the UGA Office of Sustainability, is made possible through the support of Wholesome Wave Georgia's strategic food accessibility initiatives. Other collaborators include UGA Food Services, UGA Housing, Student Government Association, Students for Environmental Action and Real Food UGA.[close]
A record-breaking number of contributors—63,784 at final count—led the University of Georgia to its best fundraising year in history.
After all contributions were tallied for the year on June 30, the university received nearly $144.2 million in new gifts and commitments for the 2015 fiscal year, a 14 percent increase over last year's record total of $126.4 million.
"Once again, the University of Georgia community has joined together to provide an unprecedented level of financial support to advance the academic mission of this great institution," said President Jere W. Morehead. "I am grateful to our generous and loyal alumni and friends for their significant contributions; to the UGA Foundation board of trustees, to the development team, and to the senior leadership across our schools, colleges, and other units for their hard work and dedication; and to our outstanding faculty, staff, and students, who continue to make UGA the very special place that it is."
The 63,784 donors represent a 12 percent increase over fiscal year 2014, in which 56,897 donors contributed to the institution.
"Having established an all-time fundraising record just one year ago—and to exceed that total by a significant margin just 12 months later—is an incredible tribute to our donors who have stepped up and answered the call to support the university," said Kelly Kerner, vice president for the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.
"Words are inadequate to express the depth of appreciation I have for our alumni and friends who have committed their financial resources to help ensure the University of Georgia maintains an upward trajectory as one of the world's great institutions of higher education."
Fiscal year 2015 at UGA marks a continuation of significantly increased support from individual donors—no single major gift had a disproportionate impact on the total—and the second year the university has been under Morehead's direction.
"The university's development team, support staff and the foundation's board of trustees all played major roles in this milestone achievement, and I am appreciative of what was truly a team effort," said Ken Jackson, chair of the University of Georgia Foundation. "Of course, I am most grateful to our donors, who continue to exhibit a great spirit of generosity and a commitment to enhancing the academic mission of the University of Georgia."
Ruth Bartlett, an audit partner at Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta, has been named the 74th president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association. Her two-year term began on July 1.
Bartlett is a 1976 graduate of UGA and has been in public accounting for more than 35 years, joining Frazier & Deeter in 1990. She became the first female partner and served as the head of the firm's audit department for more than 15 years. She was the first female president of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the first woman to receive the organization's Meritorious Service Award. She has been on the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Board of Trustees for more than 20 years.
Bartlett has also shown a steadfast commitment to supporting her alma mater. She is a past recipient of the Terry College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and has been a member of the Terry College Alumni Board, serving as president in 2005. She joined the UGA Alumni Association in 2008, most recently serving as vice president. In 2014, she helped form the Hilton Head Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association. Bartlett is also interested in the education and mentoring of UGA students.
"Our board is excited to engage our exceptional students with our alumni family through regional programs and signature events, such as Bulldog 100, 40 Under 40 and the UGA Day tour," she said. As part of her responsibilities as president, Bartlett also joins the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees and the UGA Athletic Association Board of Advisors.
"The university has benefited from Ruth's leadership for more than a decade," said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. "She is a driven leader who will help guide the Alumni Association as it enhances its engagement efforts in the university's upcoming comprehensive campaign."
In addition to Bartlett, the following individuals are also beginning two-year terms on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors:
Ex-officio members joining the board for a one-year term include:
The UGA Alumni Association
The UGA Alumni Association proudly supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of Georgia's flagship university and its more than 288,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, see alumni.uga.edu.[close]
The University of Georgia continues to rank as one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, which placed UGA 21st on its list of 2016 Best Public Universities.
On the Best National Universities list, which is traditionally dominated by private institutions, UGA moved up to 61st this year and tied with Syracuse University, Southern Methodist University, Purdue University and Clemson University. UGA tied with two institutions for the No. 21 spot among public universities, and no public university was ranked 20th this year due to ties.
"The University of Georgia consistently ranks among the nation's best public research universities," said President Jere W. Morehead, "and I am excited about the future of our institution as we implement a number of transformative initiatives—including an experiential learning requirement—to further enhance the world-class education we provide."
The state of Georgia is one of only four in the country with two institutions—Georgia Institute of Technology and UGA—listed among the top 25 public universities. UGA was one of only two institutions in the Southeastern Conference, along with the University of Florida, to rank in the top 25 among publics.
UGA's position in the national rankings was helped by two critical measures of student success: a strong freshman retention rate of 94 percent and a record-high graduation rate of 85 percent.
UGA's Terry College of Business continues to receive high marks overall, and two of its specialties-insurance and risk management, and real estate-ranked in the top five at second and third, respectively. The rankings of business programs are determined annually based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty at various national institutions.
UGA recently was ranked No. 18 on the Forbes "Top 25 Public Colleges 2015" list and consistently ranks highly as one of the nation's best values in public higher education. Washington Monthly ranked UGA as the third "Best Bang for the Buck" school in the Southeast in 2015, and Kiplinger's ranked UGA as No. 10 nationally on its 2014 list of the best values among public colleges and universities.
The new 2016 rankings are available at www.usnews.com[close]
Hands-on learning experiences will enhance learning and position UGA students for success after graduation.
University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead is continuing his commitment to students through another personal contribution establishing a scholarship fund designed to help undergraduates participate in the university's new initiative on experiential learning.
"I believe I have a special obligation to give back to this great institution, which has given so much to me," Morehead said. "The experiential learning initiative will further enhance the world-class learning environment at UGA, and I am pleased to be able to support this initiative personally through the establishment of a scholarship fund."
Morehead outlined a proposal for the new experiential learning initiative in his State of the University address in January, and the University Council approved it during its April meeting. He plans to contribute $100,000 to the scholarship fund to create an endowment for the initiative.
The initiative, when implemented in fall 2016, will require undergraduate students to participate in a tailored, hands-on learning opportunity prior to graduation. Undergraduate research, study abroad, service-learning, internships and other high-impact experiences will meet this requirement. UGA will become one of the largest public universities to integrate experiential learning fully into the undergraduate curriculum.
In addition to his new pledge, Morehead also makes annual financial contributions to the Morehead Honors Support Fund in the UGA Honors Program, the Jere W. Morehead Moot Court Fund in the UGA School of Law and the Wade and Virginia Morehead Scholarship, a need-based scholarship fund that supports students who participate in the UGA Washington Semester Program.
For more information on UGA's experiential learning initiative, see www.ugaexperience.com.[close]
Students participating in the Senior Signature campaign are recognized on the class plaque displayed in Tate Student Center Plaza.
The University of Georgia Student Alumni Association recently completed a record Senior Signature fundraising campaign, donating $90,516-the highest total in Senior Signature history.
The Senior Signature campaign gives graduating students the opportunity to donate to a school, college, department or scholarship on campus that has significantly improved their collegiate experiences. Participating students' names are included on the Class of 2015 Senior Signature plaque that was installed in UGA's Tate Center Plaza prior to spring Commencement.
The concept for the senior class gift campaign stems from a student-led fundraising effort that was launched in 1920. Currently of every $50 Senior Signature gift, student donors support academic units of their choice and UGA’s Georgia Fund, which supports UGA Alumni Association programming and critical areas such as scholarships, endowed professorships, graduate fellowships and international study. An estimated $36,000 of this year's Senior Signature total was given to the Georgia Fund.
The Class of 2014 donated 1,264 gifts for a grand total of $63,000. This year, both giving and total amount raised increased, with 1,807 graduating students participating. "UGA's Senior Signature program is a point of pride and the student gifts can go anywhere on campus," said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA's executive director of alumni relations. "This year's campaign saw donations for 63 different schools, colleges, departments, academic programs, scholarships and more. We could not be more proud of our students beginning their philanthropic legacy, which will build a culture of giving."
Recent UGA graduate Heath Robinson served as the Class of 2015 Senior Signature Committee chairman.
"We had a greater turnout than expected," Robinson said. "Seeing my friends and peers excited about giving to UGA shows their willingness to give back to a school that has served them the past four years."
UGA Alumni Association
The UGA Alumni Association proudly supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of Georgia's flagship university and its more than 288,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, see www.alumni.uga.edu.
Student Alumni Association
The Student Alumni Association offers UGA students the opportunity to network and engage with UGA alumni. Programs such as Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, G Book, Freshman Welcome, and graduation activities are coordinated by and for SAA participants. To join the SAA, see www.alumni.uga.edu/saa.[close]
Danielle Rosensteel, a University of Georgia graduate student, picks blueberries from a test plot at the UGA Blueberry Research and Demonstration Farm in Alma. Rosensteel works with Ash Sial's lab and tests insecticides to protect the blueberries from spotted wing drossophila, an invasive species of fly that attacks the berry.
Getting more blueberries from the field to the grocery store, without hurting their quality, is the focus of a new nationwide research project led by a faculty member in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.
Changying "Charlie" Li, an associate professor who specializes in sensor technology, is leading a four-year study designed to identify ways to improve the efficiency of the nation's blueberry harvest. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $2.37 million grant to Li and his colleagues at 10 universities across the nation for the project.
Among the research team's goals: develop a new, affordable "semi-mechanical" blueberry harvester, use sensor technology to identify plant varieties most suitable to mechanical harvesting and use an electronic "berry" to analyze the bumpy path the fruit travels before reaching the produce aisle.
"The U.S. is the top blueberry producer in the world, accounting for more than two-thirds of all production," Li said. "Just last year, Georgia became the top blueberry producing state."
Despite this blueberry boom in the Peach State and elsewhere across the nation, growers face several challenges. Li said the increasingly high cost of labor, a shortage of workers and low harvest efficiency could create a bottleneck for further growth in the industry.
"Nearly all fresh market blueberries are harvested by hand, because machine harvesters damage the fruit too much and the quality is too low to be sold as fresh fruit in the supermarket or grocery store," Li said.
The lower quality fruit ends up in processed foods such as blueberry bagels or blueberry pancake mix. According to Li, these berries often bring farmers half the price of the higher quality handpicked fruit.
While mechanical harvesters reduce harvesting costs substantially, existing machines have several drawbacks, according to Fumiomi Takeda, a member of the research team. Takeda is a research horticulturist at the USDA's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia.
"Over-the-row mechanical harvesters can pick blueberries quickly, but they can cost up to $170,000," Takeda said. "That's simply unaffordable to small- and medium-size berry growers. In addition, the berries harvested by these machines are quite often bruised and have a short shelf-life."
The harvesters also contribute to yield losses as a significant amount of fruit falls to the ground.
To address the challenge of increasing yield and lowering costs while maintaining quality, Li, Takeda and their colleagues are designing a semi-mechanical harvester. Li believes the technology could increase the efficiency of the blueberry harvest tenfold, significantly reduce labor costs and lead to lower prices for consumers.
The team's harvester design features a catch plate and conveyor system. As the machine rolls along rows of blueberry bushes, Li envisions a worker riding along with a specially designed "shake stick." As the worker shakes the bush, the ripe berries fall onto the catch plate. To protect the berries as they fall, the machine generates a gentle cushion of air, like an air hockey table.
Li and his team plan to develop a prototype of the harvester by the end of the year.
The research team includes two faculty members in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Harald Scherm, a professor of plant pathology and assistant dean for research, and Jinru Chen, a professor in the food sciences and technology department.
Scherm's role in the project is to investigate the risk of postharvest fruit rot in relation to various harvesting and postharvest handling technologies. "Blueberries can develop postharvest fruit rot especially if they are bruised during the harvesting process or on the packing line," he said. "We'll collect fruit samples picked with the various harvester designs developed as part of this project. We'll follow them over time in postharvest cold storage to determine the level of infection with various postharvest pathogens."
This part of the project will help the team determine whether the new harvester designs are capable of harvesting fruit more gently, thereby reducing postharvest rot. Other institutions participating in the project are also located in major blueberry producing states: the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Florida; Michigan State University; Mississippi State University; North Carolina State University; Oregon State University; Penn State University; Washington State University; and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia.
Li says the team is "attacking the challenge from every possible angle." Its members include engineers, microbiologists, horticulturalists, economists and an expert in ergonomics.
A second focus of the project involves using sensor technology to measure the damage blueberries experience as they move from the harvest through the packing process. "When you harvest blueberries, especially with mechanical harvesters, and when you process, sort and pack them, their quality will degrade. That's intuitive, but it's also been documented by research," Li said. "We want to quantitatively measure those types of impacts induced by mechanical harvesters and packing lines."
To get a firsthand account of what blueberries experience in packing plants, Li has developed the Berry Impact Recording Device, or BIRD. Slightly larger than a blueberry, the off-white ball rides along with the berries in the plant while its electronic chip records the bumps and bruises inflicted on the fruit. Li says data gathered by BIRD will help engineers analyze and improve the design of packing lines.[close]
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a new, inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings more commonly known as nanofibers.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from human-made substances to make plastic, rubber or fiber, including biodegradable materials.
The new method, dubbed "magnetospinning" by the researchers, provides a very simple, scalable and safe means for producing very large quantities of nanofibers that can be embedded with a multitude of materials, including live cells and drugs.
Many thousands of times thinner than the average human hair, nanofibers are used by medical researchers to create advanced wound dressings—and for tissue regeneration, drug testing, stem cell therapies and the delivery of drugs directly to the site of infection. They are also used in other industries to manufacture fuel cells, batteries, filters and light-emitting screens.
"The process we have developed makes it possible for almost anyone to manufacture high-quality nanofibers without the need for expensive equipment," said Sergiy Minko, study co-author and the Georgia Power Professor of Polymers, Fibers and Textiles in UGA's College of Family and Consumer Sciences. "This not only reduces costs, but it also makes it possible for more businesses and researchers to experiment with nanofibers without worrying too much about their budget."
Currently, the most common nanofiber manufacturing technique—electrospinning—uses high-voltage electricity and specially designed equipment to produce the polymer strings. Equipment operators must have extensive training to use the equipment safely.
"In contrast to other nanofiber spinning devices, most of the equipment used in our device is very simple," Minko said. "Essentially, all you need is a magnet, a syringe and a small motor."
At laboratory scale, a very simple handcrafted setup is capable of producing spools containing hundreds of yards of nanofibers in a matter of seconds. Polymer that has been melted or liquefied in a solution is mixed with biocompatible iron oxide or another magnetic material and placed inside a hypodermic needle. This needle is then positioned near a magnet that is fixed atop a spinning circular platter. As the magnet passes by the tip of the needle, a droplet of the polymer fluid stretches out and attaches to the magnet, forming a nanofiber string that winds around the platter as it continues to spin.
The device can spin at more than 1,000 revolutions per minute, enough time to create more than 50 kilometers—or about 31 miles—of ultra-thin nanofiber.
It's a relatively simple process, but it produces a very high-quality product, said Alexander Tokarev, paper co-author and postdoctoral research associate in Minko's lab. "The product we can make is just as thin and just as strong as nanofibers created through other methods," he said. "Plus, users don't have to worry about the safety issues of using high voltages or the complexity of other machines."
The researchers can use this method to create a variety of nanofibers simply by changing the polymer placed in the syringe. They can, for example, create specially designed nanofibers that will promote the growth of stem cells. Fibers like these are currently used to create scaffolding for lab-grown tissues and organs.
Nanofibers can also be loaded with proteins, nanotubes, fluorescent materials and therapeutic agents.
"We can use almost any kind of polymer with this platform, and we can tailor make the nanofibers for different applications," Minko said. "It's like cooking. We just change the ingredients a bit, and the kind of fiber we get is very different."
The University of Georgia Research Foundation Inc. has filed a patent application on this new method.
The study is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201500374/full.[close]
Yates confirmed as U.S. deputy attorney general.
Sally Quillian Yates, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, was confirmed as U.S. deputy attorney general.
Nominated by President Barack Obama late last year, Yates has been serving in an acting capacity in the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Justice. She replaced Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole.
"The university takes great pride in the significant accomplishments of our graduates," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "We congratulate Sally Quillian Yates on her outstanding career and wish her well in this important role for our country."
Georgia Law Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge issued the following statement: "I applaud the Senate's decision to confirm Sally Yates. She is a dedicated public servant and a brilliant lawyer. She represents the very best about the University of Georgia School of Law."
Before becoming U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 2010, Yates was first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the office, prosecuting white-collar cases. She also served as the lead prosecutor in the prosecution of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, she practiced law at the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, where she specialized in commercial litigation.
While in law school, Yates served as the executive articles editor of the Georgia Law Review.
She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from UGA in 1982.
"Grady College, where Sally Quillian Yates got her start, beams with pride as one of its alums ascends to the deputy attorney general post in the Department of Justice," said Charles N. Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. "Her appointment underscores the many varied career paths that our graduates take-the college long has produced some of Georgia Law's finest-and we are singularly proud of this Double Dawg's accomplishments."
UGA School of Law
Consistently regarded as one of the nation's top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees-the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law-and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation's best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.
About Grady College
Established in 1915, the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, entertainment and media studies, journalism and public relations. The college offers several graduate degrees and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.[close]
This concept image shows the Arch and the new path leading to it
The iconic University of Georgia Arch is undergoing a preservation process this summer.
During the process, the Arch will receive a thorough cleaning as well as new primer, paint and wiring. Preservation repairs will be made, and a corrosion treatment will be applied. UGA's Facilities Management Division will complete the work prior to the start of fall semester.
"The Arch is a very historic campus landmark, and it will be handled with the utmost care throughout this process," said Brett Ganas, director of the grounds department. "These preservation efforts will last for decades and will ensure the Arch continues to be a longstanding part of UGA's campus."
The three pillars of the Arch will not be removed because they are embedded in the historic steps upon which the icon stands. Scaffolding, fencing and other protective measures will be placed around the area as the top portion of the Arch is repaired. A banner will be displayed throughout the work.
The Arch was repainted five years ago but did not undergo a process as thorough as this project, which is similar in scope to recent efforts to preserve cast-iron lampposts and the North Campus fence.
Also this summer, a 6-foot path will be created to the west of the Arch to allow for easier access to and from the Broad Street bus stop and the rest of North Campus. The path will go through the fencing in the area and will open before the start of fall semester.[close]
Undergraduate students in Meng's public relations research class, ADPR 3510, interviewed millennial professionals about their work and development in public relations.
The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication prides itself in giving students both in-class instruction and professional career opportunities. For two public relations classes in the Grady College, that means interviewing industry professionals and creating an e-book.
Taught by Juan Meng, assistant professor of public relations, the classes were tasked with interviewing public relations professionals about their perceptions of millennials.
Millennials, who were born between 1982 and 2004, are the youngest generation in the workforce. They are a widely discussed generation, though they haven't been specifically researched well in public relations.
"A lot of the academic and mainstream literature has focused on millennials in the workplace in general, and very little has looked at millennials in the public relations field," said Holley Reeves, a doctoral student in public relations and Meng's research assistant. "And in the near future, millennials will be the largest group within both the public relations field and the workforce."
Meng and Reeves decided to research the generation by coordinating student interviews with both millennial professionals and senior executives who manage millennials.
"We want to know how we can prepare better leaders for this profession in the future," Meng said. "That's why we're focusing on young professionals. When we look at the attributes of millennials, we have to think about how we can prepare them."
Meng's undergraduate class, Public Relations Research, interviewed young millennials in the public relations industry who were new to the industry and only had a few years of work experience.
"I knew my professional before the interview so I was able to ask her questions without worrying," said Haley Williams, a fourth-year public relations major from Alpharetta. "The experience allowed me to go into depth about the questions I asked."
The students said that they could relate to the millennial professionals, many of whom had recently graduated from college, that they interviewed.
"I really liked interviewing," said Jasmin Nash, a fourth-year public relations major from Alpharetta. "Graduation can seem very daunting, but the interviewee gave me hope and got me excited about graduating and working in public relations."
To complement the millennial interviews, Meng's graduate class, Public Relations Foundations, interviewed senior public relations professionals, who were actively managing millennials. The senior professionals each had over 20 years of professional experience and were contacts of Grady College.
"The two classes took different perspectives but on the same subject," Meng said. "One listened to the millennials about public relations, and the other class listened to the executives and how they have managed millennials."
Brian Alsobrook, a graduate student from Lawrenceville, did his interview with a public relations executive over Skype. He says he learned valuable insights as to how his senior professional viewed millennials.
"One thing that millennials can bring to the workplace is to keep the business in mind," Alsobrook said. "You can be good at persuasive communication or connecting with audiences, but if you're not working towards objective goals, then you're not going to be successful."
Other students, like Whitney Miller, a graduate student from Dublin, did two or more interviews for the class project.
"Through this class project I was definitely able to step out of my comfort zone," Miller said. "I was kind of nervous about speaking to someone I'd never seen before, but it worked out really well. It was an educational experience and I was able to learn a lot of information."
Some students were even able to reap professional benefits beyond the interview itself.
"I spoke with two professionals for the class project," said Hyoyeun Jeon, a public relations graduate student from Daegu, South Korea. "One of them even offered me the chance to apply for an internship."
After students finished their interviews, they prepared insights based on their findings. The insights included key ideas described in the interviews, such as recruitment, engagement, retention and generational attributes associated with millennials. The insights were then passed along to an editorial team.
The designated editorial team edited the insights and designed an e-book made up of the findings.
The editorial team included Morgan Anderson from Statesboro, Julia Battinelli from Watkinsville, Molly Berg from Norcross, Taran Gilreath from Kennesaw and Jordan Simpson from Lawrenceville.
The editorial team designed the book, creating infographics and taking key quotes and insights from student interviews. Once they edited the book, students had the opportunities to send the final copy back to the corporations and agencies professionals who participated in the interviews to share results.
Meng says she is pleased with the final product and the hands-on experience the classes got from the project.
"We always want to teach students as much as we can about public relations, but sometimes it's more beneficial for them to learn outside a traditional classroom setting by listening to current leaders in the field," Meng said. "The interviews, which made up the e-book, helped students meet industry professionals. When students graduate, they'll be able to know the expectations of the workforce as they are the millennial generation. This is the nature of experiential learning: learning through action and learning through experience."
For a copy of the book, contact Meng at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-2173.
A video documenting the process is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Xly_2V3Xo.[close]
Veterinary Medicine students serve as hosts at Veterinary Medical Center February 13, 2015 dedication.
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house will be held April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exotic animal displays, horseback-riding demonstrations, a parade of dog breeds and limited tours of the new UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital are a few of the activities that will be featured at the event.
Presented by UGA's veterinary students, the event will focus on veterinary medicine as a rewarding career field and will demonstrate the opportunities available to veterinary medicine graduates, such as maintaining a healthy food supply as well as researching and controlling infectious diseases.
"Open house is the perfect event to experience the wide array of exciting opportunities in veterinary medicine," said Ashlynn Turner, vice president of the class of 2018, which is hosting the event. "Our class is excited about sharing our experience and knowledge with the public through activities and demonstrations that attract people of all ages year after year."
For the younger crowd, there is teddy bear surgery, where children may assist as veterinary students repair their favorite stuffed playmates. Other tentatively scheduled activities include reading to dogs, milking demonstrations, police dog demonstrations, question and answer sessions with current veterinary students, a photo booth, face painting, games and scientific exhibits showcasing different types of animals.
Veterinary students will sell lunch items, baked goods, refreshments and merchandise.
On-site registration is required for tours of the new UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which opens March 25 and will serve both small and large animals. The tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to ages 16 and older. Tour groups consisting of approximately 15 people will be shuttled to the new facility for a guided tour. Sign-up for the tours will be located in the breezeway of the old large animal teaching hospital on the main College of Veterinary Medicine campus.
Admission is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at the softball complex on Milledge Avenue with shuttles running to the college throughout the day.
The College of Veterinary Medicine's open house has been held annually for more than 30 years and is hosted by the first-year veterinary students with help from the second-year class. Additional information, including a parking map and directions to the college, is available online at www.vet.uga.edu/openhouse.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946 at UGA, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, conducting research related to animal and human diseases and providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 114 students each fall out of more than 900 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.[close]
UGA Day tour announced.
The University of Georgia is once again hitting the road to bring the Bulldog spirit to alumni, friends and fans around the Southeast.
From April to July, UGA coaches and administrators will travel to seven cities, sharing their insights into UGA’s upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news from campus. Attendees will also learn more about local UGA Alumni Association chapters and how to become involved.
Each stop on the UGA Day Tour will bring delight to UGA fans of all ages – you won’t want to miss out on the action.
Registration for each stop on the tour will open on this page in March.
If you are interested in serving as a sponsor for UGA Day, please click here for more information.[close]
Griffin-Spalding County is the University of Georgia's newest Archway Partnership community, bringing to 12 the number of counties across Georgia to participate in the unique community development initiative.
"Griffin-Spalding County has progressive visionary leadership, a key ingredient to a successful Archway program," said Mel Garber, director of Archway, a unit of the Office of Public Service and Outreach. "I commend community leaders for their unified effort."
Founded in 2005, the Archway Partnership builds on UGA's land-grant mission by taking a grassroots approach to address community and economic development needs, as identified by that community. Community leaders in Griffin-Spalding County have demonstrated a commitment to working together on community needs and the partnership with UGA will enhance those efforts, said Garber.
"The Archway Partnership represents the culmination of a community initiative undertaken as far back as 2008, to identify an efficient means of bringing our elected officials and their constituency groups together for the purpose of collaborative strategic planning, and the development of solutions to community challenges," said Chuck Copeland, a Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce volunteer.
In the Archway Partnership, the community drives the priority-need process through an executive committee made up of local citizens and community leaders. An Archway professional, based in that community, identifies resources at UGA, as well as other institutions, that can be tapped to address those needs. Since the program began in 2005, more than 850 UGA students and 158 UGA faculty members, and 25 non-UGA faculty members have engaged in an Archway Partnership project.
As the Griffin-Spalding County Archway Partnership becomes established, residents will have opportunities to participate in listening sessions and town hall meetings during which the community's most critical needs will be identified.
"I am pleased that Griffin-Spalding County will be the next Archway Partnership community," said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. "We are excited about strengthening the ties between UGA and Griffin-Spalding and partnering with the community to help it grow and prosper."
For additional information about the Archway Partnership, see www.archwaypartnership.uga.edu.[close]
Researchers are conducting the first-ever study of the effect concussions have on driving a vehicle.
A concussion can keep an athlete out of a game. But should the same type of injury also keep someone from getting behind the wheel? Now, a pioneering study by a University of Georgia researcher aims to find out.
Using a grant from the UGA Office of the Vice President for Research, Julianne Schmidt, an assistant professor in the College of Education's department of kinesiology, recently began the first-ever study of the effect concussions have on driving a vehicle. By partnering with Hannes Devos, an assistant professor at Georgia Regents University and assistant director of the school's Driving Simulation Lab, the team has created a driving test and a set of cognitive tests to evaluate patients at different points in their recovery following a concussion.
"We have good recommendations for when to go back to sport, but very little on when to go back to driving," said Schmidt, who also works with Ron Courson, the Athletic Associatio's senior associate athletic director for sports medicine, to evaluate head impacts among UGA football players. "We see a lot of the same neuropsychological effects that lead us to believe people are impaired in ways that would affect their driving following a concussion, but nobody has ever studied it."
She added that fewer than half of patients with a concussion plan to change their driving habits after their injury. Yet often, concussion symptoms affect skills required to drive, such as response time and cognition.
Schmidt and Devos began data collection this fall with recreational athletes and members of the community. With a steering wheel and pedals hooked up to three wide-screen computer monitors, the patients used the driving simulator to navigate streets, pass cars on highways and react to common driving situations, like stopping at a red light or swerving to miss a child running into the street. The team will conduct another round of tests in the spring.
"So based on their driving ability and cognitive tests, we will be evaluating their skills related to driving," said Devos. He noted that while it's important to know when someone who suffers from a concussion is ready to return to work, school or sports, "an equally important question is, when people with a concussion can go back to driving?"
Along with the driving test, a neurological evaluation is important because not all cognitive impairments affect a person's driving ability. For example, slurred speech won't have an effect on driving like delayed reaction time. By pairing the tests, Schmidt said, the researchers get a fuller understanding of how the head injury translates to the task of driving.
While the study itself is small, Schmidt and Devos stress that the need for information in this field is large. For example, U.S. military personnel sustain concussions at high rates-either in combat or in training exercises-and it would be beneficial to have guidelines for when it's safe to go back to driving a vehicle.
"Even though it's small, it will be a study that people will refer to for a long time," said Schmidt.[close]
Pockets of snow dotted Delta Hall's front lawn on Thursday, Feb. 26, as the University of Georgia dedicated its new permanent residential learning facility in the heart of Capitol Hill.
The three-story building, purchased in 2013 by the UGA Foundation, currently houses 29 UGA students who are living and interning for various legislators and organizations in the nation's capital.
"As you look around the building, one point will become immediately clear: Delta Hall is a premier facility, providing students with all of the amenities they need to live and learn in Washington, D.C.," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "The true value of this facility, however, lies not in its design, but in the life-changing learning experiences it will facilitate for UGA students."
UGA first established a presence in Washington, D.C., in 1997 with the start of the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship program. The university's footprint expanded in 2002 with the introduction of the Honors in Washington program. Several other schools and colleges followed with their own academic and internship programs, and in 2008, UGA made internship opportunities in the city available to all undergraduate students through the Washington Semester Program.
The opening of Delta Hall marks the first time UGA students have been able to live, study and take classes under the same roof while interning in the nation's capital. The building was named in honor of a $5 million grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation in support of UGA in Washington.
"One of the tenets of giving back at Delta, one of our pillars, is the importance of education," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of community affairs for Delta Air Lines. "We believe in giving back to education, and there is nothing better than contributing to this facility."
The grant also funds a lecture series and creates additional internships for UGA students.
The purchase and renovation of Delta Hall was a $12 million project funded by private gifts to the UGA Foundation and without a single state dollar, Morehead said. The facility enables UGA to enhance the quality of the student experience while providing significant cost efficiencies. Once a commercial office building, the 20,000-square-foot space is now capable of housing 32 students and additional faculty and staff.
The building includes classroom and study space, common living areas, conference rooms, kitchens and suite-style rooms. Students are steps away from Stanton Park, minutes from the U.S. Capitol and six blocks from Union Station.
"As I walk through this incredible facility, I am grateful that I live and study here," said Torie Ness of Gastonia, North Carolina, a senior political science major and Washington Semester Program participant. "I have a 10-minute walk to the greatest deliberative body in the world."
Ness is one of five students interning in the office of Sen. Johnny Isakson, who also spoke during the ceremony. A UGA alumnus who graduated in 1966 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature before being elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he now is in his second term in the Senate.
"As I have gone along through my career in the Senate, time and again I find myself going back to Athens or going to the phone to call Athens or dealing with interns in my office who are from Athens," Isakson said.
"The University of Georgia has made a meaningful difference in my life and my career, and I owe it a debt that I can never repay."
Delta Hall was built in 1931 and originally housed a church society and club. Before UGA's renovations, it was home to the American Society of Interior Designers. The 29 students currently living between its walls represent the largest group in the history of UGA's Washington Semester Program, which is in its seventh year.
The students, representing 17 majors in five UGA colleges, are interning at various sites throughout D.C., including Congress, museums, law enforcement, think tanks, public relations firms and media groups. They are also taking courses in the facility's two classrooms.
Funding UGA in Washington—the overarching name for UGA's presence in the capital—has been a priority for Morehead and the UGA Foundation board of trustees as they seek to elevate the university to greater national stature.
"This dedication marks another strategic milestone in the growth of the University of Georgia in Washington, D.C.," Morehead said.[close]
The University of Georgia's Director of Bands Cynthia Johnston Turner is using Google Glass in the classroom and researching its applications to music.
In the age of privacy debates and revelations of government electronic surveillance by Edward Snowden and others, University of Georgia Director of Bands Cynthia Johnston Turner has a message for Google.
That message came in the form of music during the public premiere of the first music composition inspired by, composed for and performed with Google Glass. The piece, performed on Nov. 12, was a feature presentation during UGA's annual Spotlight on the Arts festival, which included more than 60 events in the performing, literary and performing arts.
"Adwords/Edward," was commissioned by Turner, who is conducting research with Google Glass in the classroom and on the conductor's podium at the university's Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The name of the composition references Google's online advertising service, Adwords, and Snowden's first name.
"This is a piece for our time that speaks to the concept of privacy. Is privacy an outdated concept now? I don't know," Turner said. "Every time we put Google Glass on, is Google listening? Yes. Every time you do a search with Google, are they listening? Yes. Are they taking our data? Yes. We are in very interesting, scary, provocative times, and that is what this piece is about."
Turner became a beta tester for Google Glass last year after winning Google's #ifIhadGlass contest. Her research, which has included the creation of a metronome app and experiments on viewing a musical score through the Glass prism, is funded by a Consortium of College and University Media Centers grant.
A discussion of Turner's Google Glass lab followed the performance of "Adwords/Edward."
"It's modern; it speaks to technology; it has a cool groove; it's really hip. It's an interesting genre-bender. I like music that does that. Is it pop music? Is it serious modern so-called classical music? Do those pillars of genres matter anymore?" Turner said, describing the composition written for bass clarinet, piano and drums, with an electronic component and vocals, written by Kevin Ernste of Cornell University. "It's still classical music in the sense that it is minimalist, but it also has this kind of neat groove. And it has a message."
About Spotlight on the Arts
Presented by the UGA Arts Council, the third annual Spotlight on the Arts featured more than 60 events in the visual, literary and performing arts. The nine-day festival, Nov. 6-14, included museum tours, discussions with writers and concerts, including a free outdoor concert on College Square. For more information on the Arts Council and its initiatives, go to www.arts.uga.edu, and follow the Arts at UGA on Facebook or Twitter.
UGA released—through the Georgia Department of Revenue—a new, sleeker version of its specialty state of Georgia license plate featuring the university’s iconic “power G.” The UGA specialty tags will help raise money for need-based scholarships.
University of Georgia license plates have raised approximately $850,000 for student scholarships between April 2013 and September 2014.
New UGA license plates featuring the "Power G" logo and the school's red, black and silver colors were launched in April 2013 and about 8,000 new plates were issued between April 2013 and September 2014. In addition, older UGA tags featuring the bulldog head were renewed, which brings the total themed tags being sold or renewed to approximately 85,000 during the same period. For each UGA tag sold or renewed, $10 is designated for Georgia Access Scholarships, a need-based award that is a major component of the Gateway to Georgia program.
Students from communities throughout the state now hold Georgia Access Scholarships and are currently attending UGA with the help of those awards. Since 2012, more than 500 Access Scholarship awards, which average $1,200 per recipient, per semester, have been provided to UGA students who may not otherwise be able to afford the cost of attending the state's flagship institution of higher education.
"What better way for our alumni, friends and fans to show their UGA pride than by purchasing the new UGA Power G tags or by renewing their existing University of Georgia license plates," said Tim Keadle, president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association. "UGA tags look good and tell the world that you support the state's flagship institution of higher education."
New UGA Power G tags are available at local county tag offices for a one-time $25 manufacturing fee and an annual $35 special tag fee in addition to standard fees and taxes (if applicable).
While UGA Bulldog head plates are no longer being manufactured and no new tags bearing that artwork are available, holders may renew them on a year-to-year basis. For Georgia citizens who have the older tags and wish to keep those plates, their annual renewals also provide $10 for the Georgia Access need-based scholarship fund.
About the Georgia Access Need-Based Scholarship Fund
Part of the Gateway to Georgia program, Georgia Access is a need-based scholarship fund that provides critical financial support for high-achieving students who have superior academic credentials, but lack the monetary resources to pay for costs at the University of Georgia not covered by the HOPE Scholarship, Federal Pell Grants and/or other student aid. Georgia Access is designed for donors who want to ensure that deserving students are not denied an opportunity to earn a degree from their state's flagship institution simply because of costs. For more information on the Georgia Access Scholarship and other scholarships offered through Gateway to Georgia, see www.dar.uga.edu/ea2/index.php/gateway/info/our_vision.
The University of Georgia joined in the national #GivingTuesday movement this Dec. 2, creating a comprehensive social media campaign to engage alumni and friends in a crowdfunding effort through its newly launched platform called the GeorgiaFunder.
The effort raised more than $29,000 exceeding the $25,000 goal for the day, which is more than double what was raised last year. Gifts could be designated for university-wide initiatives, school or college support funds or other specific interests.
"Innovative fundraising initiatives like these energize our supporters," said David Jones, executive director of annual giving and constituent development. "It is an interactive way to unite the university that really makes a difference not just financially, but by instilling a sense of community and pride."
The GeorgiaFunder is an innovative crowdfunding initiative modeled after other web-based commercial services such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. These crowdfunding services provide a platform where visionaries and philanthropists converge to raise relatively small donations from a large group of people for a common cause. These initiatives rely on social networks and can spread quickly and easily through social media, e-mail, websites and other grassroots forms of communications.
Donors were asked to share why they give when they made their online gifts. The reasons poured in from proud parents, grateful alumni, families continuing legacies and friends that love what UGA is doing in their communities.
"In addition to the unparalleled education and experiences that I received at UGA, I was also the recipient of a few scholarships. It is an amazing and priceless feeling to receive a scholarship as a student, and I deeply wish to give other students a chance to witness this feeling," wrote one donor.
Funds raised through the GeorgiaFunder directly benefit UGA programs and organizations whether the project reaches its goal or not. Faculty, staff and students can initiate approved campaigns to raise money for official UGA causes.
The GeorgiaFunder’s first successful project sent photojournalism students to document the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga., in Oct.
Other current projects will allow students to study abroad or fund research to eradicate a degenerative equine disease, among many other specialized funding opportunities.
Learn more about UGA crowdfunding initiatives at giving.uga.edu/funder.[close]
Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge assumes appointment as dean January 1.
Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, a leading scholar in the fields of international dispute resolution, arbitration and the U.S. Supreme Court, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Law following a national search.
Rutledge, the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, has served as the associate dean for faculty development at Georgia Law since 2013. His appointment as dean is effective Jan. 1.
"The School of Law enjoys a reputation as one of the best public law schools in the nation, and we had an extraordinary group of finalists for its deanship," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, to whom the deans of UGA's 17 schools and colleges report. "Professor Rutledge emerged as the ideal leader for Georgia Law because of his commitment to promoting excellence in faculty scholarship, which informs the practice of law across the state, nation and world as well as the instruction that students receive."
As associate dean for faculty development, Rutledge worked closely with faculty to expand scholarly activities. He mentored untenured faculty, provided strategic guidance on publishing and engaging with external audiences, and built connections among faculty through colloquia and other events to stimulate new ideas.
His scholarship includes two books and nearly 40 articles and book chapters in leading academic journals such as the University of Chicago Law Review and university presses such as the Cambridge University Press and Yale University Press. He has delivered invited lectures at universities in 10 countries, including Oxford University, the London School of Economics and the University of Vienna, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has testified before Congress on several occasions and has provided written statements to the Georgia Legislature on pending bills. In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States appointed Rutledge to brief and argue the case of Irizarry v. United States as a friend to the court-someone who is not a party to the case-in the successful defense of the judgment of the lower court.
"Bo Rutledge has a very strong and impressive record of legal scholarship and professional accomplishments," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "I am confident that he will continue to elevate the academic stature of our law school, which already is one of the very best in the nation."
Rutledge joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2008 as an associate professor, was named full professor in 2011 and named the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law in 2012. He recently headed an initiative to launch a new master in the study of laws program, which enrolled its first students this fall. In his role as the law school's clerkship advisor, he built professional connections across the state and nation and also worked closely with students, faculty and alumni to support the law school's efforts to place students and alumni in prestigious clerkships with federal judges. His effort helped make Georgia Law one of the top 10 schools in the nation in clerkship placements.
"The School of Law is one of the finest in the nation; it is home to internationally known scholars, dedicated teachers and a renowned advocacy program." Rutledge said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues, the law school's loyal alums and the broader legal community to ensure the law school continues to produce cutting-edge legal scholarship and to provide a first-class legal education to our students."
Rutledge has received several teaching awards throughout his career, including the John O'Byrne Award for promoting faculty-student relations at UGA. In addition, the Georgia Law Class of 2014 selected him to serve as co-marshal at commencement. For more than a decade, he has been involved in an international arbitration program known as the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, a legal competition in Europe that brings students from nearly 200 schools around the world together.
He serves on the board of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, regularly delivers speeches at the Georgia Bar's Arbitration Institute and is actively involved in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, whose membership includes Georgia Supreme Court justices, federal judges and senior partners from some of the region's most distinguished firms.
Prior to joining the Georgia Law faculty, Rutledge was an associate professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He previously practiced at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), where his practice included international dispute resolution and Supreme Court matters, and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where his practice concentrated on international arbitration.
Rutledge holds a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in government from Harvard University, a master of letters degree in applied ethics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago. He served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for the Honorable Clarence Thomas and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for then-Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III.
The search committee was chaired by Svein Øie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, and assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.
The UGA School of Law was established in 1859 and is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top public law schools. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees-the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law-and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation's best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. Georgia Law counts six U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks in the past nine years among its distinguished alumni body of approximately 10,000. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.[close]
Georgia Research Alliance Chair of Animal Health Vaccine Development Ralph Tripp leads norovirus study.
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine announced that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ralph A. Tripp, a professor of infectious diseases, will lead a team in pursuit of innovative global health and development research on norovirus.
Norovirus is a highly infectious disease and can be transmitted from an infected person, contaminated food or water or contact with contaminated surfaces. The illness can be serious for young children and older adults—and causes up to 200,000 deaths a year in children under 5 years of age in developing countries.
Tripp and his research team are receiving $100,000 to engineer mammalian cell lines that support norovirus and related enteric virus replication by silencing non-essential virus resistance genes in vaccine cell lines. While researchers have made advances in studying the virus and identifying some control measures, no efficient cell line exists currently to support studies for vaccine and therapeutic development.
"Norovirus is a common cause of acute gastroenteritis in humans, with greater than 22 million cases occurring in the United States annually," Tripp said. "There are numerous challenges in culturing human noroviruses, a feature that has hindered vaccine and therapeutic development."
Tripp's study has the potential to provide novel platform enabling tools, specifically fully permissive mammalian cell lines that will fundamentally change disease intervention strategies for human norovirus and potentially other enteric viruses.
"Our research team has received several Gates Foundation grants to develop enhanced vaccine cell lines to facilitate the eradication of polio virus and to control other vaccine-preventable diseases-including measles virus and rotavirus," he said. "We have successfully developed these enhanced vaccine cell lines using RNA interference platform-enabling technology and are confident we can apply this to meet the needs for norovirus."
The project team is comprised of faculty from UGA and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. The project's co-investigator is Carl Kirkwood, an associate professor at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Kirkwood leads the Enteric Virus Research Group, which is internationally recognized for its contributions to the understanding of enteric diseases, including norovirus and rotavirus.
Grand Challenges Explorations funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Tripp's project on "Engineering Mammalian Cell Lines to Support Human Norovirus and Related Enteric Viruses" is one of more than 60 Grand Challenges Explorations grants announced Nov. 4 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 1,070 projects in more than 60 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications—on a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas—and no preliminary data is required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million. Applications for the current round are being accepted until Nov. 12 at http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ ApplicationInstructions
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946 at UGA, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, conducting research related to animal and human diseases and providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 114 students each fall out of more than 1,000 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health, including a group led by the University of Georgia's Samantha Joye. Pictured, left to right, are Alan T. Dorsey, dean of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; UGA President Jere W. Morehead; Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor of Marine Sciences; Christof Meile, associate professor of marine sciences; and Renato Castelado, assistant professor of marine sciences.
A group of scientists led by the University of Georgia's Samantha Joye has received a new grant to continue its studies of natural oil seeps and to track the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
The project, known as ECOGIG-2 or "Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf," is a collaborative, multi-institutional effort involving biological, chemical, geological and chemical oceanographers. The research team has worked in the Gulf since the weeks following the 2010 Macondo well blowout.
The three-year, $18.8 million dollar ECOGIG-2 program was funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI.
"I am so thrilled that the ECOGIG-2 research program was selected for funding by the GoMRI research board," said Joye, the UGA Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences and a professor of marine sciences. "Our work will explore the basics of oil and gas cycling at natural seeps, discern the impacts of chemical dispersants on microbial populations and their activity and on the fate of discharged hydrocarbons, use sophisticated instrumentation and physical and biogeochemical models to track hydrocarbon transport and continue to document recovery of deep-water ecosystems from the Macondo blowout."
Research funded by GoMRI focuses on improving the fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing improved oil spill mitigation methods, oil and gas detection, characterization and remediation technologies.
The ECOGIG-2 program was one of 12 groups, or consortia, funded by GoMRI following a competitive merit review process. These 12 consortia will receive a total of $140 million to support research to be carried out from 2015 through 2017.
"Dr. Joye's research is of international consequence, and we are pleased that the size and scope of this grant will allow her to expand on this very important work," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.
ECOGIG-2's mission is to understand the environmental signatures and impacts of natural seepage versus that of abrupt, large hydrocarbon inputs on coupled benthic-pelagic processes in deep-water ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and to chart the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery from the Macondo well blowout.
The ECOGIG-2 team conducts process-oriented experiments at sea and in the laboratory to reveal the microbial and abiotic processes that mediate petroleum hydrocarbon cycling in the Gulf ecosystem, including in-depth studies of the impacts of dispersants on hydrocarbon cycling.
"The ECOGIG-2 research group is conducting some of the most urgent and perhaps most important monitoring and analysis projects ever conducted in the Gulf of Mexico," said Alan T. Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "This crucial new support will help produce a better understanding of the Gulf ecosystems and bolster efforts to secure the economy of the Gulf region by informing our stewardship of its natural mechanisms and processes."
Others involved in ECOGIG-2 include UGA marine sciences faculty Christof Meile, Renato Castelao and Catherine Edwards as well as Annalisa Bracco and Joe Montoya of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Additional institutions include the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; University of California, Santa Barbara; Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Florida State University; Harvard University; University of Maryland; University of North Carolina; Oregon State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of Southern Mississippi; Temple University; University of Texas at Austin and SailDrone.
"This work will have impact that reaches far beyond the Gulf by elucidating how petroleum hydrocarbons are cycled in the oceans under a variety of scenarios, both natural and unnatural," Joye said.
UGA’s freshman class has set records for academic criteria, attaining an average GPA of 3.9.
The University of Georgia opened its doors this fall to a first-year class that has broken the high ceiling on academic criteria set by previous classes. The 2014 class begins UGA with the highest average GPA to date-3.9 on a 4.0 scale-in the most challenging courses. They also have earned the highest test scores for entering freshmen and continue the upward trajectory in the academic qualifications of students at the nation's first state-chartered university.
The entering freshman class has set records for academic criteria, attaining an average GPA of 3.9. The mid-50 percentile GPA range is 3.79-4.06. Additionally, this class has the highest SAT average in UGA history with combined mean critical reading and math scores of 1289 plus an average writing score of 624, for a total of 1913 on the 2400 scale-16 points higher than last year's incoming class. The mid-50 percentile of the class scored between 1840-2110. This year's mean score for students who took the ACT was 29, with a mid-50 percentile range of 27-31.
The Honors Program will enroll 525 new students in the first-year class who have accomplished an average high school GPA of 4.09. Incoming Honors students have an average SAT score of 1465 or an average ACT score of 33.
The rigor of students' high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 95 percent of the students having enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school. Many students earned enough credits to be classified as sophomores and several as juniors during their first term of enrollment. Thirteen percent of students dually enrolled in college while attending high school.
"Our incoming first-year students have broken records across multiple areas and represent the strongest academic class by all standards," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "We are pleased that these students chose to come to UGA, as most have multiple options for college. Not only do they have the highest grades and test scores, but they also have faced the most rigorous high school curriculum of any prior class. This is a strong predictor that our retention and graduation rates, which are already among the highest in the country, will improve over the long run. More than 94 percent of students return for their second year at UGA, while more than 83 percent of UGA students graduate within six years."
UGA received a record number of 21,300 applications for fall 2014 admission, with an admittance rate of 54 percent of all applicants. Since 2003, the number of freshman applications has increased by almost 80 percent. UGA anticipated that approximately 5,285 first-year students-slightly more than the target class size of 5,200-and around 1,400 transfer students would begin classes.
In addition to being the most academically qualified, the 2014 freshman class also is one of the most diverse in UGA history, with more than 28 percent of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Caucasian. More than 400 first-year African-American students have enrolled in fall 2014 (7.6 percent of the class), and more than 276 entering first-year students have self-identified as Hispanic (5.2 percent of the class). Six percent of the incoming freshmen will be the first in their immediate family to attend college.
The university continued to strengthen ties throughout the state, with students coming from over half of the nearly 800 Georgia high schools and 140 of the 159 counties, up from 137 counties in 2013. Of all Georgia high school students graduating in spring 2014, one in 21 were expected to enroll at UGA. About 13 percent of the class comes from other states and countries, with the top feeder states outside of Georgia being North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.[close]
The University of Georgia concluded its best fundraising year in history on June 30, posting $126.4 million in new gifts and commitments for the 2014 fiscal year. This total reflects an 8 percent increase over last year's total of $117.3 million and marks only the second year that private giving to the university has exceeded $120 million.
The total includes gifts and pledges from 56,897 contributors, representing a 4 percent increase over the previous year.
"This record year is a tribute to the faith our alumni and friends have in the future of our great university," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "It is also a testament to the hard work of the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, our schools and colleges, many other university units, our UGA Foundation trustees and our UGA Alumni Association leaders, who make the case for private support. All of us at the University of Georgia are deeply grateful. As president, I pledge to use these resources to advance the university in very significant and positive ways."
John Spalding, chair of the UGA Foundation, also was pleased with the result.
"My thanks to President Morehead for his thoughtful leadership," Spalding said. "This success is a tribute to his guidance, the hard work of the university's development staff, and to the trustees on our board for their strong engagement in fundraising efforts. Most of all, I am grateful to our donors for their continued support. It's been a wonderful team effort that is helping further the University of Georgia's standing as one of the nation's great public institutions of higher education."
This record-setting year is notable in that no single major gift had a disproportionate impact on the total. The previous record-setting year of $126.2 million in fiscal year 2011 included a $42.5 million gift. The new record represents a groundswell of support from many more individual donors.
The Georgia Fund annual giving campaign represented 13.4 percent of the total raised, with a record $16.9 million to support the university and its schools, colleges and units.[close]
(From left) Larry Hooks, Polly Orr Bates, UGA President Jere W. Morehead, Jo Phelps, Terry College of Business Dean Ben Ayers and Greg Daniels, senior executive director of leadership giving at UGA, took part in the check presentation. Hooks, Bates, Phelps and Cotten Alston are all friends of the late Roy Dorsey. (Photo credit: Cotten Alston)
The University of Georgia has received a $2.5 million gift from the estate of Roy Adams Dorsey to establish the Roy Adams Dorsey Distinguished Chair in Real Estate in the Terry College of Business, pending approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
The check was presented to UGA President Jere W. Morehead at a recent ceremony in Atlanta by the executors of the Dorsey estate. The university gratefully acknowledges the role of UGA Foundation Emeritus Trustee Bob Edge, an attorney with Alston & Bird in Atlanta, who served as the attorney for the estate.
"The University of Georgia is pleased to receive such a generous gift," said Morehead. "It will no doubt transform real estate education for UGA students. Roy Dorsey's legacy will continue through the countless future real estate professionals who will benefit from this chaired professorship, and we are deeply grateful."
Dorsey, who died in 2012, was the founder and president of Dorsey-Alston Realtors, a company that specializes in luxury real estate in the Atlanta metropolitan area, where he worked for his entire business career. The company, founded in 1947, is part of Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate.
"We are incredibly honored to accept this gift to endow the Roy Adams Dorsey Distinguished Chair in Real Estate," said Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of the Terry College of Business and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. "This distinguished chair will play an important role in the education of tomorrow's business leaders and will help ensure that generations of Terry College students receive the very best education that equips them with the skills to be successful and contribute positively to their communities."
Dorsey and his two brothers attended UGA. His father Cam D. Dorsey, a 1903 UGA alumnus, helped establish the University of Georgia Foundation in 1937.
Dorsey also attended the Darlington School, Episcopal High School and the University of Virginia. He served in World War II as a military intelligence officer. He was an active participant in Atlanta civic endeavors including serving as president of Goodwill Industries and a trustee of the Piedmont Hospital Foundation.
The Terry College of Business
The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia is consistently ranked among the top in the nation. Its faculty are committed to high-quality research and instruction, preparing students at every level for the global business community. Terry offers undergraduate business (BBA, AB-Econ), Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Marketing Research, online Master of Internet Technology, Ph.D. and Executive programs. It is also home to the Selig Center for Economic Growth. For more information, see http://www.terry.uga.edu.
UGA Debater Matthew Williamson gives his opening speech at the 2008 UGA-Oxford debate.
The University of Georgia will debate the Oxford Union Debate Society Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. The hybridized British/American-style debate will feature an all-star team of UGA's best debaters.
This will be the fifth installment of the UGA-Oxford debate and will be an opportunity for the UGA team to take the lead in the series and claim bragging rights for another three years.
"The debate draws attention to the very valuable and long-standing international academic partnership between UGA and Oxford," said. Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education at UGA. "It also provides an outstanding example of the way in which an international education equips UGA students to compete with the very best and brightest students around the world."
The debate topic is "Resolved: On Balance, United States Drone Strikes Enhance its National Security Objectives." This year's format will allow for the audience to question the teams themselves. The teams are currently negotiating which side will argue the affirmative and which side will argue the negative.
"Like all previous iterations, the 2014 debate will be an extremely exciting event and it will showcase some of the best young thinkers and speakers from both campuses," said James McClung, director of the UGA at Oxford Program. "The topic is timely, provocative, and well chosen. I personally look forward to a hard-fought debate, hopefully ending with a well-deserved UGA victory."
UGA's team also will be assembled specially for this event. The team will represent the wide variety of programs and schools UGA has to offer with students from the Georgia Debate Union, the Demosthenian Literary Society, the Phi Kappa Literary Society, the Law School, UGA's Honors Program and several other student organizations.
The moderator is recent UGA master's graduate Monica Kaufman Pearson, former WSB-TV lead anchor who in 1975 became the first African-American and first woman to anchor a 6 p.m. newscast in Atlanta. She then went on to secure a 37-year career in broadcasting in the city. Distinguished judges for the event will include Cecil Staton, University System of Georgia vice chancellor for extended education who earned his doctoral degree from Oxford University, and UGA President Jere Morehead.
The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 as an arena for the free exchange of ideas among students, and it soon became the forum for political debate in Oxford. Many British prime ministers have served as past presidents of the Oxford Union, and world figures such as Robert Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have addressed its members. The union team will be a hand-selected group of all-stars.
UGA at Oxford
For more than 25 years, UGA has fostered one of the leading study-abroad programs in Oxford. UGA continues to be the only program at a U.S.-public university to operate year-round in Oxford. Many UGA students join the Oxford Union upon arriving in Oxford. Because of UGA's status in Oxford as a respected sister institution (UGA students hold associate membership at Keble College during term), a healthy rivalry has developed between Oxonians and UGA. For more information on UGA at Oxford, see http://oxford.uga.edu.
Nancy Manley is a professor of genetics in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a member of the UGA Developmental Biology Alliance.
A team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia has grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time. The advance could one day aid in the development of laboratory-grown replacement organs.
The researchers created a thymus, a butterfly-shaped gland and vital component of the human immune system. Located beneath the breastbone in the upper chest, the thymus is responsible for producing T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body's fighting forces against threats like bacteria, viruses and even cancerous cells.
"We were all surprised by how well this works," said Nancy Manley, professor of genetics in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and co-author of the paper describing their finding in Nature Cell Biology.
"The general idea in science is that to make cells change their fate, you need to reprogram first to a stem-cell like state and then coax them to change into what you want," said Manley, who is also director of UGA's Developmental Biology Alliance. "But we jump-started the process just by expressing a single gene that was sufficient to initiate the entire process and orchestrate organ development."
Researchers took cells called fibroblasts from a mouse embryo and reprogrammed them directly into a completely unrelated type of cell by increasing levels of a protein called FOXN1, which guides development of the thymus in the embryo.
When mixed with other thymus cell types and grafted onto the kidneys of genetically identical mice, these cells formed a gland with the same structure, complexity and function as a regular, healthy thymus in only four weeks.
The lab-grown thymus was also capable of producing T-cells on its own.
The research team, led by scientists from the University of Edinburgh, hope that further refinement of their lab-made cells could form the basis of a thymus transplant for people with weakened immune systems.
"The ability to grow replacement organs from cells in the lab is one of the holy grails in regenerative medicine," said Clare Blackburn, professor of tissue stem cell biology at the University of Edinburgh and principal investigator for the project. "But the size and complexity of lab-grown organs has so far been limited."
"By directly reprogramming cells, we've managed to produce an artificial cell type that, when transplanted, can form a fully organized and functional organ," she said. "This is an important first step toward the goal of generating a clinically useful artificial thymus in the lab."
Thymus disorders can sometimes be treated with infusions of extra immune cells, or transplantation of a thymus organ soon after birth, but both are limited by a lack of donors and problems matching tissue to the recipient.
While several studies have shown it is possible to produce collections of distinct cell types in a dish, such as heart or liver cells, scientists haven't yet been able to grow a fully intact organ from cells created outside the body.
"There is still a long way to go before this could enter clinical trials or become a treatment, but it is extraordinarily exciting," Manley said.
For a full version of the paper in Nature Cell Biology, see http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ncb3023.html.[close]
The University of Georgia continues to rank among the nation's elite public research universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, which placed the institution at No. 20 on the list contained in its Best Colleges 2015 edition.
The university's Terry College of Business increased its standing, moving six places to No. 21 for best undergraduate business schools.
"While specific numerical rankings will vary from year to year, I am pleased that the University of Georgia continues to be recognized among the leading public universities in the nation," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "Our high standing overall, and in specific programs, provides more evidence of the outstanding academic experience offered at this institution."
UGA has landed among the top 20 public universities six out of the last 10 years. This year, it was one of two SEC schools to make that list—along with the University of Florida.
The Terry College continues to rank top in the nation for its insurance and risk management program, placing first again this year among the best business specialties. Its real estate program was fourth.
"While we never want to put too much stock into rankings, I am pleased that the Terry College is becoming recognized for the top flight education and career opportunities we provide to students," said Terry College Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. "I am proud to see that our ambition to create a true culture of success is being recognized nationally."
U.S. News & World Report surveyed 1,365 colleges and universities in 2013. To decide its top national universities, it measured an institution's assessment by peers and counselors, retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates) and the alumni giving rate. To be considered a national university, an institution must offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research.
Helping UGA in its national ranking was its average freshman retention rate of 94 percent in 2013, the year selected for the 2015 edition's survey. The university's graduation rate was predicted to be 81 percent but was actually higher at 83 percent. In the same year, 40 percent of UGA classes had fewer than 20 students while only 11 percent had more than 50.
The 2015 college rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will be published in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2015 edition.[close]
Samantha Joye, a professor of marine sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, studies the oil plumes generated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million barrels of oil and up to 500,000 metric tonnes of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days. In the face of a seemingly insurmountable cleanup effort, many were relieved by reports following the disaster that naturally-occurring microbes had consumed much of the gas and oil.
Now, researchers led by University of Georgia marine scientists have published a paper in the journal Nature Geoscience questioning this conclusion. Their research provides evidence that microbes may not be capable of removing contaminants as quickly and easily as once thought.
"Most of the gas injected into the Gulf was methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change, so we were naturally concerned that this potent greenhouse gas could escape into the atmosphere," said Samantha Joye, senior author of the paper, director of the study and professor of marine science in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "Many assumed that methane-oxidizing microbes would simply consume the methane efficiently, but our data suggests that this isn't what happened."
Joye and colleagues from other universities and government organizations measured methane concentrations and the activity of methane-consuming bacteria for ten months, starting before the blowout with collection of an invaluable set of pre-discharge samples taken in March 2010.
The abundance of methane in the water allowed the bacteria that feed on the gas to flourish in the first two months immediately following the blowout, but their activity levels dropped abruptly despite the fact that methane was still being released from the wellhead.
This new data suggests the sudden drop in bacterial activity was not due to an absence of methane, but a host of environmental, physiological, and physical constraints that made it difficult or impossible for bacteria to consume methane effectively.
"For these bacteria to work efficiently, they need unlimited access to nutrients like inorganic nitrogen and trace metals, but they also need elevated methane levels to persist long enough to support high rates of consumption," Joye said. "The bacteria in the Gulf were probably able to consume about half of the methane released, but we hypothesize that an absence of essential nutrients and the dispersal of gas throughout the water column prevented complete consumption of the discharged methane."
Joye insists that while her group's conclusions differ from those presented in previous studies, there is no serious conflict between their analyses.
"The issue here was short-term sampling versus long-term time series sampling," she said. "I hope our paper clearly relays the message that long-term sampling is the only way to capture the evolution of a natural system as it responds to large perturbations like oil well blowouts or any other abrupt methane release."
Ultimately, scientists need to better understand the behavior of these microbes so that they may better gauge the environmental impacts of future accidents and methane releases due to climate change, she said.
"It's only a matter of time before we face another serious incident like Deepwater Horizon," Joye said. "The key is understanding the things that regulate how fast bacteria can consume methane, and that will give us insight into the ultimate fate of this potent greenhouse gas in our oceans."
Ultimately, scientists need to better understand the behavior of these microbes so that they may better gauge the environmental impacts of future accidents and methane releases due to climate change, she said.
Other authors on the paper include M. Crespo Medina, C.D. Meile, K.S. Hunter and J.J. Battles, University of Georgia; A-R. Diercks, V. L. Asper, A.M. Shiller and D-J. Joung, University of Southern Mississippi; V. J. Orphan and P. L. Tavormina, California Institute of Technology; L. M. Nigro, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; J.P. Chanton, Florida State University; R.M.W. Amon, Texas A&M University; A. Bracco and J.P. Montoya, Georgia Institute of Technology; T.A. Villareal, The University of Texas, Austin; A.M. Wood, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.
Support for this study includes funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
The full article is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2156.[close]
UGA Extension celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, and past Extension directors gathered for an event on May 15. From left to right are College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle, UGA Extension Director Beverly Sparks and past UGA Extension directors Mel Garber (2003-2006), Bobby Tyson (2001-2003), Wayne Jordan (1988-1996) and Tal Duvall (1977-1988).
University of Georgia Extension invites Georgians to celebrate 100 years of community-centered information, education and service.
On May 15, UGA Extension celebrated its 100th anniversary with the opening of a multimedia museum exhibit in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries highlighting the impacts the organization has had over the past century.
"In the past 100 years, UGA Extension helped eradicate the boll weevil, introduce new food safety measures and promote land conservation," said Beverly Sparks, associate dean of Extension in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
"Today, we face a new list of pests, problems and challenges, but we are confident our Extension experts and educators will meet them head on. We look forward to another century of service to Georgians."
UGA Extension, originally known as the UGA Cooperative Extension Service, was officially founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators who would bring university-based research and practical knowledge to the public.
Today, Extension in the state of Georgia is a cooperative effort by federal, state and local government partners administered by the university.
"For millions of Georgia's citizens, Extension is their connection to the University of Georgia. For a century, Extension has carried out a simple but important mission-to connect the people of Georgia with the vast resources of the university in ways that improve their lives and livelihoods," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "We are proud of the impact we have across the state and pledge to continue to find ways to serve Georgians."
The centennial museum exhibit, located in the Russell Special Collections Building, features personal anecdotes and a timeline of important events throughout the history of UGA Extension. It will be open for public tours through the end of June and will travel throughout the state later this summer.
As part of the exhibit's gala opening, Rep. Chuck Williams, R-Watkinsville, and Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, presented resolutions recognizing the centennial to Dean J. Scott Angle of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and to University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. The resolutions, passed by the Georgia General Assembly this past winter, recognize UGA Extension as a source of timely, research-based education and information that has helped to transform Georgia's farms, families and communities over the last century.
An expanded version of the exhibit is available online at 100years.extension.uga.edu. The dynamic website shares the history of UGA Extension through articles, pictures, videos, timelines and personal stories. The public can join in the celebration by visiting the site and sharing how Extension has touched their lives. For more information about UGA Extension, see extension.uga.edu or call 1-800-Ask-UGA1.[close]
Craig Piercy, left, director of the master of Internet technology program and senior lecturer in the Terry College of Business, speaks with Keith Bailey, director of the UGA Office of Online Learning, at the welcome session for Online Learning Fellows.
The University of Georgia has dramatically expanded its online course offerings and degree programs, providing students the flexibility to complete their degree requirements more quickly and expanding access to undergraduate and graduate programs for working adults.
"Online education enables students to make progress toward their degrees while pursuing internships, studying abroad or spending time at home with family over the summer," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "It also expands the reach of our programs to make them available to people who want a UGA education but can't relocate because of their careers or family obligations."
The number of students enrolled in summer online courses has increased dramatically in the past year alone, and more online learning opportunities are in the pipeline as the university's Office of Online Learning approaches its second anniversary.
Vice President for Instruction Laura Jolly noted that 1,900 students enrolled in summer online classes in 2013. This year, that number increased by 32 percent to more than 2,500, and more students are still expected to enroll. Jolly attributed much of this rapid growth to the Online Learning Fellows program, which was launched in 2013 to provide faculty with the training and support to design, develop and teach high-quality online courses. Online Learning Fellows receive support to develop a three credit hour course, and the program has resulted in 56 new summer e-courses.
"Students are embracing our summer online courses, which are a key element of our Complete College Georgia plan to decrease the time it takes them to earn their degrees," Jolly said.
Data from the UGA Office of Institutional Research suggest that students who take summer courses tend to be among the university's most ambitious. They are more likely to graduate within four years, and those who come to UGA with credit hours earned through Advanced Placement courses often use summer courses to graduate in three years.
Keith Bailey, who directs the Office of Online Learning, said the new summer online courses only hint at the potential for online education at UGA. Future cohorts of the Online Learning Fellows program will explore instructional strategies for scaling courses to reach an even greater number of students. Another focus of the Online Learning Fellows program will be redeveloping courses by exclusively utilizing free, open-educational resources, which has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of instruction for students.
In addition, select faculty will work with the Office of Online Learning to transition courses to blended formats that enable more efficient use of classroom time. Students in lab or studio-based courses, for example, could view lectures or demonstration videos online so that more classroom time can be used for active learning. "Such an approach can free up faculty time to increase opportunities for active engagement with students," Bailey said.
Increasing access to UGA
In fall 2014, the university will increase the number of online graduate programs it offers by more than a third with the launch of seven new online programs. New online degree programs include a master's of Internet technology degree through the Terry College of Business, a master's in food technology through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and several graduate programs through the College of Education, including Teaching of English as a Second Language. The university also offers 11 online graduate programs in areas such as adult education; pharmaceutical and biomedical regulatory affairs; instructional technology; and reading education.
UGA offers an online Bachelor of Science degree-completion program in special education and in 2015 will launch a two-year degree-completion Bachelor of Business Administration program. Both are targeted to working professionals who have earned previous college credits and seek to advance in their careers.
For Maria Navarro, an associate professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the decision to develop an online course stemmed from her desire to increase access to her course "Reflections on Fighting Hunger."
"I had students who had internship opportunities around the world and had indicated they would love to take my course while they were on their internship," said Navarro, a 2014 recipient of the university's Russell Award for teaching excellence. "Teaching the course at a distance seemed to be the best way to serve students on internships and also expand the vicarious experiences of all the other participants."
For more information on online education at UGA, see http://online.uga.edu/.[close]
The 2013-2014 Orientation Leaders embrace the "Do It Sober" campaign as mentors to over 4,000 incoming freshmen.
The University of Georgia has received a $1 million gift to support the John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. The funding will help the University Health Center teach students about responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drugs on campus and in the community.
The gift is a continuation of years of support from Jack and Nancy Fontaine of Houston. Established in 2006, the center is named for their son, John Fontaine Jr., who died in an alcohol-related car crash when he was 16. The Fontaines aim to educate young people about alcohol. They believe better information can prevent alcohol-related deaths like their son's.
"Part of the learning experience at the University of Georgia is the growth of character and responsibility," said President Jere W. Morehead. "We are grateful to Jack and Nancy for their role in ensuring our students have excellent resources and educational programming to be safe and successful during their time here."
The center, housed within the health promotion department of the University Health Center, provides a range of prevention, intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.
"This opportunity allows us to extend the reach and impact of the center's mission," says Jean Chin, executive director at the University Health Center. "We have already made an impact within the UGA community. However, this funding will continue to play out the vision of the Fontaines to support future campus-wide prevention initiatives in response to ever-changing, current trends and culture."
In total, Jack and Nancy Fontaine have donated more than $4 million to enhance the university's alcohol education initiatives. Since its inception, the funding has provided the ability to generate several programs to assist students while they navigate their college experiences. These programs are the mentor program, Bystander Intervention, Collegiate Recovery Community, Safe Server and Sexual Assualt Training for Bars, Wellness Coaching and coming this fall, WatchDawgs.
The mentor program pairs students at risk with a faculty and/or staff member. The pair will meet to develop a values-based personal mission statement and create an action plan for improved career, campus and community engagement for the student.
"There is strong evidence that students who participate in mentor programs are more likely to experience success and reduce high risk behaviors," says Liz Prince, associate director of UGA's Fontaine Center.
The Bystander Intervention aims to improve safety by teaching community members intervention techniques when they see a peer in danger.
The Collegiate Recovery Community, located within Memorial Hall, provides support and resources for students recovering from addiction.
"The John Fontaine Jr. Center's peer-led education allows participants to feel comfortable talking about their alcohol use and what they can do to stay safe, happy and healthy," says Meagan Doyle, chair of the center's Student Advisory Board. "I have seen the positive impact our student board has had on our fellow students, and it makes me proud to know I am making a difference."
Leadership in the division of student affairs joined Morehead in expressing their gratitude for the continued support of the Fontaines.
"The John Fontaine Jr. Center's programs can be invaluable to the academic success of students," said Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs. "We're proud to have the Fontaines' amazing support and vision to enable UGA to provide an environment of respect and responsibility for our students."
For more information regarding The John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, see uhs.uga.edu/aod/index.html.
Parents and Families Leadership Council
The Parents and Families Leadership Council, a highly-engaged group of over 160 parents of current students, annually fund and administer a grants program to support campus programs and UGA students. Of the 2014-2015 grants, the University Health Center’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) received funding to help defray the costs of services, testing and counseling for UGA students in financial need. By providing more services in-person and online, the Health Center is increasing the likelihood that students will remain in school and succeed at UGA.
University Health Center
The University Health Center, a department within the university's division of student affairs, is a top-tier, comprehensive health center, staffed by more than 200 employees, including 17 physicians with board certification or board eligibility in internal medicine, family practice, sports medicine, psychiatry and gynecology. Extensively, the University Health Center provides health education, prevention and wellness through its health promotion department. For more information, see uhs.uga.edu.
UGA Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 20 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.[close]
(From left) Darren DeVore, Blake Bruce and Peter Vig, winners of the 2014 Alumni Awards from the UGA Terry College of Business, pose at the college's Gala event May 3 in Buckhead. They were honored for their services to the college and their communities.
The principal of one of the country's leading privately held real estate companies, the managing partner of an energy sector investment firm and a senior vice president with Merrill Lynch's wealth management division were honored by the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business at its 2014 Alumni Awards and Gala on May 3 in Atlanta.
Two of the graduates-Darren DeVore, principal of The Carroll Organization, and Peter Vig, managing partner of RoundRock Capital Partners-received the Terry College's Distinguished Alumni Award. Blake Bruce, who works in the Global Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch in the Atlanta/Buckhead office, received the college's Outstanding Young Alumni Award. All three were honored for their career achievements and for their service to both the Terry College and their communities.
The Terry College has been presenting its alumni awards since 1964. The college's alumni board hosts the spring gala. Alumni award winners are selected by emeritus members of the board, working from nominations submitted to the board.
Distinguished Alumni Award
Darren DeVore serves as principal of The Carroll Organization, one of the country's leading privately held real estate companies focused on multifamily investment, management and development. He works with each Carroll business unit on strategy, development and growth.
DeVore's career in investment management is extensive. Prior to acquiring a significant interest in Carroll, he spent 14 years as a managing director of Artisan Partners LP, a leading global investment management firm where he designed and implemented marketing and client service strategies that grew the firm from about $800 million in assets under management to more than $65 billion for clients globally. Previously, he spent 13 years as vice president at Pacific Financial Asset Management Corp. (now known as PIMCO Advisors), where he performed various functions including launching a PIMCO subsidiary, Blairlogie Capital Management, a Scottish investment firm based in Edinburgh, Scotland. DeVore holds a BBA in finance from the Terry College.
DeVore is active in many civic and charitable organizations. He was the founding board chairman of Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, serving as the board chair for 10 years. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy is a ministry of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, where DeVore has served as a member of the church's executive committee and administrative council. An avid supporter of UGA, DeVore is a member of the Terry College of Business Dean's Advisory Council, serving as chairman from 2011-13. He is an emeritus member of the Terry College Alumni Board, and he is currently a trustee with the University of Georgia Foundation. He and his wife, Pam, have two daughters, Brooke and Addy, who are both UGA students.
From 1999-2001, Peter Vig was a portfolio manager concentrating on large capitalization value portfolios at Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Inc. From 1997-99, he was a managing director at Tiger Management in New York, where he was responsible for the energy sector, reporting to Julian Robertson. His career in the investment industry includes positions at Montgomery Securities, where he was a partner, and at Oppenheimer & Company, where he served as a limited partner. Early in his career, while at Shearson Hammill, Vig worked under Walter Mintz and Don Cecil, the founders of Cumberland Partners, considered one of the most successful hedge funds in history and one with perhaps the greatest longevity.
Prior to joining Tiger, Vig served as chairman/CEO of Toreador Royalty Corp., a publicly traded mineral company owning oil and gas rights under 500,000 net acres in west Texas. By proactive management under Vig's nine-year tenure, Toreador had more than twice the number of wells drilled on its acreage (primarily utilizing industry partners' capital) than in all of its prior 50-year history. Vig has also served as senior vice president/CFO of Sabine Corp., a NYSE-listed exploration and production company.
Vig specializes in the oil and gas industry and was named several times to the Institutional Investor All America Research Team. He graduated from the Terry College with a BBA in finance. He also received his MBA from Terry.
Vig has three grown children. His son Ben works with him at RoundRock Capital, serving as executive director. Matt, a graduate of American University in Paris, lives in Venice, California, where he is a freelance film editor. Vig's daughter, Dana, attended UGA as a psychology major and is now an independent artist living in Austin, Texas.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Blake Bruce is a senior vice president within the Global Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch in the Atlanta/Buckhead office. His team, The Bruce Dickey Group, focuses on servicing the complete needs of high net worth individuals and wealthy families through investment management, estate planning strategy, long-term financial strategy, cash flow management, tax-effective wealth transfer strategies and philanthropy. He also is a faculty member in the firm's Optimal Practice Model. In that capacity, he speaks to advisers in Merrill Lynch offices around the country. Since joining Merrill Lynch in 2008, Bruce continues to be recognized as one of the firm's top advisers and is currently a member of Merrill Lynch's Chairman's Club and Circle of Excellence.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Bruce spent five years as a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the Terry College, where he has served as chairman of the Terry College Young Alumni Board. Bruce is active in many civic and charitable organizations and currently serves on the governing boards of the Touchdown Club of Atlanta National Football Foundation and the Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at UGA. He was one of the founding members of the Duane M. Perdue Memorial Scholarship fund. He is also a member and an enthusiastic supporter of Leadership Ministries, an Atlanta-based organization that equips men to be faithful leaders in their marriages, families, businesses, churches and communities.
Bruce is originally from Salem, Virginia. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Mary Catherine, daughters Mary Stewart and Annabelle, and their English bulldog, Storman Norman.
More information on awards criteria and the nomination process is available at www.terry.uga.edu/alumni/awards.[close]
(From left) Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction, congratulates Wayde Brown, Jeb Byers, William Kisaalita, Ronald Pegg and Melissa Harshman, director of the First-Year Odyssey Program.
Four University of Georgia faculty were honored with First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards at a reception celebrating the success of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program.
Award recipients and their seminar titles included:
The awards recognized outstanding instructors who have demonstrated innovation in instruction, connection of seminar content to the instructor's research, and how FYOS program goals are incorporated into the seminar.
The First-Year Odyssey Seminars are designed to introduce first-year students to the academic life of the University. Students engage with faculty and other first-year students in a small class environment to learn about the unique academic culture of UGA. Significant support for the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program is provided by gifts from alumni and friends to the Georgia Fund.
By the end of spring semester, 16,425 students completed a First-Year Odyssey Seminar. Faculty from every school and college and more than 85 departments have participated in the program. Launched in 2011, the FYOS program provides students with an introduction to academic life at UGA by engaging them with faculty and other first year students in a small class environment. Students learn about UGA's academic culture through lectures, social events and learning opportunities outside the classroom. There are more than 300 courses in topics ranging from "Animal Forensic CSI" to "The Science of Chocolate" to the "Zombie Plague." For more information, see http://fyo.uga.edu.[close]
Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks to UGA students in 2011 during the university's celebration of the 50th anniversary of its desegregation.
Award winning journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African-American woman to attend the University of Georgia, will return to her alma mater on March 31 to deliver a Charter Lecture titled "Reflections on Nelson Mandela."
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel on North Campus.
"Charlayne Hunter-Gault is one of the towering figures in the history of the University of Georgia, and one of its greatest advocates," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "Her role in the integration of UGA opened the doors of public higher education to tens of thousands of students. We are honored that she is returning to campus to deliver the Charter Lecture."
Hunter-Gault, who graduated from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1963, has worked in several of the nation's top print and broadcast news outlets and has been honored with several awards, including two Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. In 1997, she became the chief correspondent in Africa for National Public Radio. She joined CNN in 1999 as its bureau chief and correspondent in Johannesburg, South Africa and returned to NPR as a special correspondent in 2005. In 2007, she published the book "New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance" and in 2012 published "To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement." The lecture will broadcast live on channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems and streamed live at http://www.ctl.uga.edu.
"Charlayne Hunter-Gault knows a lot about courage; her life and her career have exemplified it," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "So it is particularly fitting that she is returning to campus to deliver a Charter Lecture that reflects on the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most courageous leaders."
After graduating from UGA, Hunter-Gault joined the staff of The New Yorker. She later worked as a reporter and evening news anchor for a Washington, D.C. television station and then for a decade as a reporter for The New York Times. She joined PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1978 and for two decades was a national correspondent for what is now the PBS NewsHour. She has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 1997 and interviewed Mandela on several occasions and at a number of pivotal moments-including shortly after his release from prison in 1990 and just before his election as president of South Africa in 1994.
In addition to her Emmy and Peabody Awards, Hunter-Gault has received the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and in 2005 was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame. She has been honored with an American Women in Radio and Television award, and her human rights reporting has been recognized by Amnesty International. She holds more than three dozen honorary degrees and is on the board of the Carter Center and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is co-chair of the African Media Initiative, an organization that works to strengthen the continent's private and independent media sector, and was formerly a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Hunter-Gault's first book was a memoir published in 1992 about her childhood and years at UGA titled "In My Place." She has returned to campus on numerous occasions since her graduation.
In 1985, UGA created the annual Holmes-Hunter lecture in honor of her and the late Hamilton Holmes, who registered for classes on the same day as Hunter-Gault and was the first African-American man to be admitted to UGA. In 1988, Hunter-Gault became the first African American to deliver the university's commencement address. In 1992, she and Holmes established an academic scholarship for black students at UGA. In 2001, the campus building where Hunter-Gault and Holmes registered for classes was renamed the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building to mark the 40th anniversary of the university's desegregation. A decade later, Hunter-Gault donated her papers to the university's Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies as part of the university's celebration of the 50th anniversary of its desegregation. She currently sits on the board of the George Foster Peabody Awards, which are administered by the Grady College and are the oldest honor in electronic media.
The Charter Lecture Series is supported annually by alumni and friends through gifts to the Georgia Fund. It was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that created UGA as the first state-chartered university in America. Previous speakers have included U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, biologist Edward O. Wilson, literary critic and scholar Henry Louis Gates, and geographer and author Jared M. Diamond. For a list of past Charter lecturers, see http://provost.uga.edu/documents/charter_lecture_history.pdf.[close]
Student with Tucanette bird.
"UGA Costa Rica: Changing Lives," a one-hour documentary that follows 17 University of Georgia students studying abroad in Costa Rica airs through March on WUGA-TV in North Georgia and western portions of North Carolina and South Carolina.
The documentary follows UGA students taking Spanish, creative writing and photo-documentary classes from their first days on the UGA Costa Rica campus to their trips into the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve. It shows the Finca La Bella sustainable treehouse community, the Pacific Ocean beaches and the capital city of San Jose. The story is told from a student's perspective and the project was created with help from student videographers and post-production editors.
"This documentary offers a great opportunity to see what a wonderful experience awaits those students who may be interested in traveling to our campus in Costa Rica," said Quint Newcomer, director of UGA Costa Rica. "It's been called ‘The Extraordinary Classroom' by visitors and rightly so. Students, in just about every degree program offered by the university have studied at UGA Costa Rica, and without exception, their academic and cultural horizons have been enhanced significantly by the encounter."
UGA Costa Rica was recently honored by GoAbroad.com with an Innovation in Sustainability Award for its core mission of studying, understanding and embodying the interconnectedness of human society within the natural environment. In bestowing the award, GoAbroad.com noted that the 155-acre campus is independently certified as a sustainable operation, achieving a score of 85 percent or higher in four key areas evaluated, including 100 percent in the assessment of employee relations and community engagement.
For a complete listing of cable and satellite providers carrying WUGA-TV and for complete program schedules, see www.wugatv.org.
About UGA Costa Rica
UGA Costa Rica is a 155-acre, international residential and classroom facility located in San Luis, Costa Rica at the base of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is owned by the University of Georgia Foundation and hosts study abroad programs operated by the University of Georgia and other universities around the world. It is a center for research, study abroad, symposia and ecotourism. About two dozen annual degree credit programs are conducted on the campus during the fall, spring, May and summer terms. UGA Costa Rica works with more than 50 UGA faculty members across a range of academic disciplines. For more information on UGA Costa Rica, see www.dar.uga.edu/costa_rica.
WUGA-TV is a partnership between the University of Georgia and Georgia Public Television. This effort is bringing quality television programming to North Georgia utilizing the resources of the World Channel and through the development of local programming specific to the region. WUGA-TV funds program development through sponsorships and underwriting. Programming includes documentaries, live performances and news/public affairs shows.
UGA Miracle's Dance Marathon fundraiser raised a record $507,203.
During a 24-hour stretch from Feb. 22-23, more than 1,000 participants filled the Tate Student Center Grand Hall at the University of Georgia to dance, play video games, share stories, roll down a bouncy slide and raise a record-setting $507,203 to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
Dance Marathon has served as the annual culminating fundraising event for the student-run philanthropic organization, UGA Miracle, for 18 years. The event is a symbolic gesture by UGA students who give up one day in honor of children who spend days, weeks or months in the hospital. The 24 hours are filled with concerts, special guests, competitions, food and opportunities for students to interact with current and former Children's Healthcare patients.
For this year's event, student leaders set an ambitious goal to raise $415,000, a 20 percent increase over last year's total that, if reached, would break the organization's previous record.
"To set a very high goal and to not only achieve it but to exceed it by nearly $100,000 - we couldn't be prouder," said Victor Wilson, vice president for student affairs at UGA. "This illustrates the quality of our students' efforts and the impact they are able to make in the community. UGA has the best students in the world."
UGA Miracle, one of the largest student-run philanthropic organizations at UGA, hosts fundraising events throughout the year including concerts, a 5K race, tours of Athens-area homes and smaller dance marathons at local schools. Each member strives to raise more than $300 through letter-writing campaigns, smaller fundraisers and donation solicitation in downtown Athens. Including this year's numbers, UGA Miracle has raised more than $4 million since its inception.
Members of Dance Marathon leadership visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta throughout the year to meet with the "miracle kids," learn from their experiences and provide companionship and support.
UGA Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 20 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.
Tess Hammock, right, testified March 4 on behalf of the 7 million 4-H'ers in America. The hearing was held before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on horticulture, research, biotechnology and foreign agriculture, which is chaired by Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), left.
University of Georgia student Tess Hammock testified at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing March4 on behalf of the 7 million 4-H'ers in America.
The hearing, held before the subcommittee on horticulture, research, biotechnology and foreign agriculture chaired by Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), recognized Cooperative Extension's centennial year.
"It is an honor for me to share my story," said Hammock, a youth trustee of the National 4-H Council, "and to tell you how the Smith-Lever Act and one of the world's most innovative educational ideas ever—the Cooperative Extension System of our nation's land-grant universities—has helped to shape my life and the person I am today."
Hammock, from Forsyth, Ga., is an agricultural communications major in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
"As a young woman growing up in Georgia, I had access to a life-changing experience called 4-H—the youth development program of Cooperative Extension, the largest and one of the most effective youth programs in America," she said. "For more than 100 years, 4-H has stood behind the idea that young people are the single greatest resource we have to create a better world."
There are more than 20 million 4-H alumni in the U.S. today.
Hammock shared the session with Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds Cooperative Extension; Scott Reed, director of Extension for Oregon State University; L. Washington Lyons, executive administrator of the Association of Extension Administrators at North Carolina A&T University; and Delbert Foster, acting vice president of land-grant services at South Carolina State University.
"The global preeminence of America, in general, and particularly (in) agricultural enterprise is attributed to (the Smith-Lever Act)," Ramaswamy said. "Whether it's a backyard gardener, a farmer or ranchers, they get their knowledge from the local boots on the ground—their county Extension agent."
Ramaswamy went on to highlight how Extension has stayed on the cutting edge of education delivery through locally developed technologies, citing an app developed by University of California, Davis to help make water management decisions to combat drought.
An example he gave of Cooperative Extension and land-grant universities' continued relevance for food security and economic propriety is Georgia's booming blueberry industry.
"In a matter of 10 years, the blueberry industry in Georgia went from a farm gate value of $20 million to $150 million," he said. "By bringing together the best plant breeders, applied researchers and Extension educators, the University of Georgia helped grow blueberries into a serious industry for the state."
Much of the hearing focused on upcoming challenges: "In the future, Extension will address rising issues of population growth," Lyons said.
Because the organization has offices in more than 3,000 local communities across America, "Cooperative Extension will be in a unique position to address those issues," he said. "We understand that what we do isn't about us, but about the people we serve."
Keeping a finger on the local pulse of the people and their needs has been a challenge for Extension over the past five years, according to Ramaswamy.
"Across America, Extension has lost about one-third of its footprint due to budget cuts," he said, hampering their ability to education consumers. "If we are to maintain our preeminence, we have to invest in science and service."
The panel agreed human nutrition, hunger and technology are the grand challenges of the future where Cooperative Extension can have the greatest impact.
"Agriculture touches every person on the planet everyday," Hammock said. "One in seven people in the world goes to bed hungry every night.
"Food production must double by 2050 to meet the demands of our world's population growth. No one knows where the food, water or energy will come from. But we do know that the farmer who will feed the world in 2050 is 13 years old today. This is just one example of why an investment in young people is the most important investment you can make."
The Cooperative Extension Service was founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators who would bring land-grant university research and practical knowledge to the public. For more information on the national program, see http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/. For more information on UGA Extension, see http://extension.uga.edu/.
To view Hammock's testimony, see http://1drv.ms/1jOGaBc.[close]
The University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) on Skidaway Island is the education branch of the Marine Extension Service.
Can underwater robots catch the imagination of middle and high school students and spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics? Researchers and educators from the University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and Marine Extension think so. They are creating an education program focused on autonomous underwater vehicles, also called gliders or underwater robots.
The program, "Choose Your Own Adventure," will capitalize on Skidaway Institute's expertise with AUVs and MAREX's extensive history of marine education. Skidaway Institute scientist and UGA faculty member Catherine Edwards, and MAREX faculty members Mary Sweeney-Reeves and Mare Timmons will direct the one-year project.
The AUVs are a cutting-edge technology in marine research. The torpedo-shaped vehicles can be equipped with sensors and recorders to collect observations under all conditions. They are launched into the ocean and move through the water by adjusting their buoyancy and pitch. Because they are highly energy-efficient, gliders can remain on a mission for weeks at a time. Every four to six hours over their mission, they surface, report their data by satellite phone and receive instructions as needed.
Skidaway Institute's AUV, nicknamed "Modena," has been used in several recent projects, including "Gliderpalooza," a simultaneous, cooperative launch of 13 AUVs from different institutions in 2013.
"Gliders are education-friendly, but the existing outreach activities are stale," said Edwards. "Our program will develop the next generation of AUV outreach programs by combining cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with educational activities and strong STEM components."
The proposed work will highlight the problem of working with the strong tides that are characteristic of the Georgia coast. A big issue in operating gliders there is developing a guidance and navigation system that will function well in that kind of environment. The fast-moving Gulf Stream, located roughly 100 miles off the Georgia beaches, also introduces navigation problems.
"Although the AUVs have GPS systems and can be programmed to travel a set course, tidal and Gulf Stream currents can exceed the glider's forward speed, which can take the instrument off course and keep us from collecting data where we need it," Edwards said.
However, on the education side, the predictability of tides makes the proposed program highly intuitive and education-friendly.
"Students who grow up and live on the water already have an intuitive sense of tidal currents," said Timmons. "Students understand why currents change during certain phases of the moon. This coastal intuition will provide a foundation for us to start an innovative, hands-on approach to STEM activities."
Activities will depend on grade level so middle school students will have different objectives than those in high school. However, all the activities will address the direction and speed the AUV travels to a destination. The AUV direction and speed will depend on the sea state of coastal waters such as strong currents, storms or high winds.
To address the problem of strong tides, Edwards and a team of Georgia Tech graduate students, co-advised by Fumin Zhang, have developed the Glider Environmental Network Information System, called GENIoS, which optimizes a glider's path based on data from real-time observations and ocean models. Current doctoral students Dongsik Chang and Sungjin Cho are working to upgrade the system to integrate real-time maps of surface currents measured by Skidaway Institute radar systems.
The education plan is to involve two local educators, April Meeks and Ben Wells, who teach in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Since the activities are multidisciplinary, their expertise in building math curriculum will be valuable as the team integrates concepts of marine science, math and engineering into classroom activities.
"After the initial planning phase, we will be taking the program on the road to Chatham County schools," said Sweeney-Reeves.
Activities will include student role-playing as an AUV maneuvers through a playing field of vector currents on a large game board. Successful arrival at their destination depends on how the individual pilot responds to currents, wind and density changes in route.
"The real fun will begin when obstacles, like underwater volcanoes, a giant squid or other surprises, cause the pilot to reroute the course of the AUV," said Sweeney-Reeves.
The activities will allow students to develop analytical skills in a program that will be compliant with Next Generation Science Standards for the 21st Century in the common core state curriculum.
The funded study will include two short glider deployments. A summer 2014 deployment will be used for field-testing, software validation and developing real-world scenarios for the outreach program. A fall deployment will serve as an opportunity for classroom participants to communicate with the glider in real time.
"We hope this one-year program will serve as a springboard for future funding and continued joint outreach by Skidaway Institute and Marine Extension," said Edwards. "We'd love to develop computer games and apps for tablets and mobile phones that let students fly gliders through even more realistic scenarios based on the measurements we collect in real time."
The program is being funded through a joint grant from Skidaway Institute, UGA Public Service and Outreach, and the UGA President's Venture Fund. The UGA President's Venture Fund is intended to assist with significant funding challenges or opportunities. The fund also supports small programs and projects in amounts typically ranging from $500 to $5,000.
For additional information, contact Catherine Edwards at 912-598-2471 or email@example.com; Mary Sweeney-Reeves at 912-598-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Maryellen Timmons at 912-598-2353 or email@example.com.[close]
A group of students spent their 2012 spring break volunteering in Charlotte, NC.
A group of 438 University of Georgia students spent the week of March 8 participating in community service work at 20 sites across the U.S. instead of the typical spring break destinations like the beach and amusement parks.
These students made a difference by serving in soup kitchens, cleaning up state parks, building family housing and working with abused children. The students signed on for IMPACT, a program that offers substance-free, experiential service-learning projects and encourages an understanding of pressing societal issues. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about social justice issues, including homelessness and poverty, children's wellbeing, affordable housing and construction, human rights, environmental topics, animal advocacy, Native American culture, disability awareness and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Kalpana Reddy, a third year biology and psychology major, was one of the student site leaders for a trip to Bluefield, W.Va. focusing on ageism. There, students learned about mentoring programs and spent time with senior citizens.
"IMPACT opens peoples' eyes to social injustices that exist outside our UGA bubble," said Reddy. "It gives students a unique and life-changing week of service."
The program evolves each year, adding trips based on student interest. New initiatives this year included activities focusing on urban environmental issues, food justice, educational advocacy, rural homelessness and poverty.
Sarah Ginsberg, a fourth year advertising and sociology major who serves as IMPACT's outreach coordinator, said the students who go on the trips come back to Athens with an increased awareness of issues and a renewed motivation to help the community.
"Participants complete their trips knowing how much of a difference they made in the community they served, which often inspires the individual to continue their involvement in service upon their return to Athens," Ginsberg said.
IMPACT is one of hundreds of similar programs that take place across the nation in colleges and high schools. It is run almost entirely by student volunteers with guidance from one professional staff member and one doctoral intern.
UGA's trips this spring break, their focus and what students will be doing, were:
IMPACT is advised out of UGA Student Affairs' Center for Leadership and Service.
For more information, call 706-583-0830 or see http://cls.uga.edu.
UGA Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 20 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.
The University of Georgia celebrated the investiture of Jere W. Morehead, the institution's 22nd president, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall on UGA's East Campus.
The ceremony included remarks from Governor Nathan Deal; Henry M. "Hank" Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia; William "Dink" NeSmith, chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; and Nancy B. Denson, mayor of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes presided over the ceremony, and U.S. District Court Judge Steve C. Jones provided the welcome. The president received greetings by representatives from the faculty, staff, students and alumni before providing the investiture address.
An investiture is a formal ceremony in which the leader of an institution is vested with the garments, insignia or ornaments signifying the authority of the office. The ceremony has its roots in both religious and secular proceedings as far back as the feudal era. At the University of Georgia, the vestment is the chain of office, which will be placed on the President by the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. Universities view investitures as an opportunity to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.
After a national search that culminated in February, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia chose Morehead as the university's president, a position he started on July 1.
Morehead served as UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost from 2010 until June 30 of this year. His previous positions at UGA include vice president for instruction, vice provost for academic affairs, associate provost and director of the Honors Program and acting executive director of legal affairs. He is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business, where he has held a faculty appointment since 1986.
After receiving his Juris Doctor from the UGA School of Law, Morehead was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Department of Justice from 1980 to 1986. He is the first UGA alumnus to be named president since Fred Davison in 1967.
For more information on Morehead, see http://president.uga.edu/index.php/meet_president/biography.[close]
Organizers of the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest are looking for great jams, confections, barbecue sauces, cheeses, popsicles, granolas, soups and any other products that are exceptionally edible.
The contest—sponsored by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development—helps food entrepreneurs expand the markets for their products and gain notoriety for their companies.
"Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products," said Sharon P. Kane, a food business development specialist in the center. "It's also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts."
Nearly 90 percent of the finalists in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Contest reported they met new and useful business contacts through the experience, she said. Three out of four finalists saw an increased interest in their products following the contest. Many others increased sales, profits, publicity and website traffic. Some even indicated an increase in full- and part-time employees.
A six-month follow-up survey found that finalists saw an average increase of 27 percent in their revenues in the months following the contest.
"Winning the grand prize has given Chocolate South, which has now been open for 15 months, real gravitas and has let everyone know that we are serious about our chocolates and flavor profiles," said Amy Stankus, who won the 2013 grand prize with Chocolate South's Peach Tea Bonbon. "Our retail and wholesale business is growing rapidly, and I give the Flavor of Georgia contest much credit for showcasing our chocolates."
Finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest will be invited to participate in the Governor's Agricultural Awareness Day in March as well as expositions at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, Georgia National Fair and the Serenbe May Day Festival. They also will be given use of Flavor Georgia logos for use on labels as well as free silver level membership in the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Georgia Grown Program.
Registration is now open and will run through Feb. 7. Finalists will be invited to take part in a judging and public tasting March 17-18 in Atlanta.
Contestants can submit products that are commercially available or are in the prototype stage. There is no limit on the number of products an individual can submit. Product categories include barbecue sauces, beverages, jams and jellies, sauces and condiments, confections, meat and seafood products, dairy products, snack foods and miscellaneous products.
A panel of judges—made up of food marketing experts, grocery buyers, chefs and Georgia agricultural experts—will judge each product based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal, potential market volume and use of locally sourced products.
For more information or to register, see www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.eduor call 706-583-0347. The cost per entry is $50 through the competition website or $75 per product by mail.[close]
Join hundreds of UGA alumni and friends for a scenic walk, jog, or run across the University's beautiful campus. Athens' largest 5K has become an annual tradition, providing an early-spring opportunity for Bulldogs from near and far to journey back to Athens.
You could even leave with some hardware to commemorate your run! Awards will be presented to overall Male/Female, Overall Male/Female Masters, and top three in age groups beginning with ten and under through 75 and over. T-shirts will be given to participants who pre-register and to first-come, first-served walk-up registrants.
March 22, 2014
Start Line at Stegeman Coliseum
7:30 a.m. Fun Run for kids 6 and under
8:00 a.m. Dawg Trot 5K
Early Bird Registration until March 7, 2014
- $20 per person
- $10 no t-shirt option
- $60 family of four
- $150 team of ten
Late Registration after March 7, 2014
- $25 per person
- $15 no t-shirt option
- $65 family of four
- $155 team of ten
Registration will open by December 1, 2013. Visit this page to access the registration link.
An official Run & See Georgia Grand Prix race, you can use your Dawg Trot time to qualify for an earlier starting time at the Peachtree Road Race and other official races across the country. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see campus like you never have before!
Refreshments will be provided after the race. The course begins at Stegeman Coliseum and ends in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Strollers and wagons are allowed. For the safety of the participants and your pets, dogs are prohibited.
For more information or to register, see http://www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/content2/dawgtrot.[close]
The University of Georgia Parents and Families Association and its Parents Leadership Council are accepting grant proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Annually grant applications are accepted for consideration from UGA schools, colleges, units, departments, divisions or recognized student organizations registered with the department of campus life.
Donations to the Parents and Family Fund are used to provide grants to University schools, colleges, units, departments/divisions or recognized student organizations for projects and programs which enhance the quality of life for undergraduates. This grant process serves as a primary focus of the UGA Parents and Families Association.
Since 2002, the council has funded more than $1 million in grants to programs and organizations on campus, including the Counseling and Psychiatric Services Center at the University Health Center, the Office of International Education and the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Grant awards demonstrate a direct and positive impact on student life at UGA. Grants will be awarded in the spring by a committee established by the Parents Leadership Council.
To join the Parents and Families Leadership Council or for a complete list of guidelines and requirements, see the Parents and Families Association website, parents.uga.eduand click on the grants tab. For more information, contact Diane Johnson, director of the Parents Leadership Council, firstname.lastname@example.org.[close]
Holidays can be a time of continuous feasts for some, leading to excess pounds when it's all over. To ward off the unwanted weight, University of Georgia Extension is offering the "Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge," a free program that seeks to help Georgians avoid the overeating usually so common to the season.
The challenge begins Nov. 18 and ends Jan. 3. Participants will receive twice-weekly emails with advice and encouragement on how to avoid gaining additional pounds.
"Many people say that there's so much temptation—it's just one continuous feast," said Connie Crawley, an Extension nutrition and health specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. "And the food is so plentiful now that there are just so many options. The problem is, the more options you give people, the more they eat."
Participants in the program sign up for the messages, which last year featured titles such as "Keeping an Eagle Eye on What You Consume," "Curving Your Cravings" and "No Exercise, No Weight Control."
In all, participants will receive 14 messages during the program. This year, Crawley has added a low-calorie recipe participants will receive weekly.
"People said they liked having those reminders," Crawley said. "It was like a little prompt that kept them on track. It wasn't so much that they got new skills, it was that they got support."
Last year's tips also are archived on the site.
Crawley said 57 percent of the people who participated in the post-program survey last year reported experiencing zero weight gain.
To sign up for the challenge, see http://blog.extension.uga.edu/zeroweightgain/.
UGA Obesity Initiative
The University of Georgia launched a major campus-wide initiative in January 2012 to help the state address its growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity as well as the increasing incidence of overweight infants. As Georgia's land-grant university, UGA is able to harness diverse and extensive obesity-related instruction, research activities and public service and outreach components to address this multifaceted problem. The initiative will develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that interested Georgia communities, employers and health care providers can implement. For more information, see http://obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.
Positive social interactions with friends and family and involvement in youth programs can be protective factors against depression and poor performance in school, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Researchers analyzed a data set of more than 1,000 youths ages 11-18 who are part of U.S. military families at home and abroad. The study was designed to look at not just the difficulties—or vulnerabilities—youth face but also their level of resilience in adjusting to them.
The research was conducted by the UGA Family and Community Resilience Laboratory.
The team presented its findings at the National Council on Family Relations conference in San Antonio in November.
"If you look at the relationships that young people have with each other, you must ask, ‘how do those relationships mitigate or offset the cumulative risks that most youth face?'" said Jay Mancini, Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor and head of the college's department of human development and family science. "We discovered consistently that those youth who have more positive relationships with family, those youths who have more solid connections with others outside the family and those youth who are involved in programs for youth report lower depression, they report better grades in school and they report higher self-efficacy, which is their sense of being able to be successful.
"We discover that a young person's social life, broadly defined, has a dramatic effect on how much these vulnerabilities end up affecting important outcomes for them."
The study, titled "Well-Being of Adolescents in Military Families: Examining the Intersections of Resilience and Vulnerability," encompasses five papers on the subject.
Mancini said the critical distinction between the research and other papers on the topic is the simultaneous examination of cumulative risk factors and resilience.
"Everything we try to do through our research at the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory looks at the intersection of vulnerability and resilience," Mancini said. "Oddly enough, a great many studies have not done that. They've not been comprehensive enough to look at both the problem issues that adolescents or families face and the solutions part.
"We have far more in this data set than other investigators have about youths' social relationships and how relationships function in their lives, in both positive and negative ways. Those are the real plus points from a science perspective."
This multi-level approach to youths' lives has clear outreach implications as well, Mancini noted. The informal networks of friends, family, neighbors and caring adults are pivotal for supporting youth.
"It says to me that if I were going to spend money on prevention and intervention programs, it would be centered around social relationships one way or the other," Mancini said. "That's a big return on investment in youths' lives."
For more information on the NCFR symposium, see http://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2013/wednesday/well-being-adolescents-military-families-examining-intersections-resilience-and-.
For more information on the UGA department of human development and family science, see http://fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/.[close]
The Arch is the traditional entrance to the University of Georgia campus.
The University of Georgia continues to rank well in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 edition, landing at No. 20 among the nation's top public universities and No. 60 among best national universities this year. The university moved up in both categories, from 21st and 63rd on the 2013 list, respectively.
In U.S. News & World Report's highlights of the best undergraduate business programs offered nationwide, the Terry College of Business topped the competition with a first-place ranking for its insurance and risk management specialty. Its real estate program tied for third with the University of California, Berkeley, and the college rose to 27th overall, up from 31st, for best business programs.
"The university is pleased with the continued positive trend in our rankings as reflected in a variety of publications," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "As evidenced by the fall enrollment of the best first-year class in our history, we remain focused on enrolling great students and providing them with a quality educational experience."
U.S. News & World Report surveyed 1,376 colleges and universities in 2013. To decide its top national universities, it measured an institution's graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates) and alumni giving. To be considered a national university, an institution must offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research.
Helping UGA in its national ranking was its average freshman retention rate of 94 percent in 2012, the year selected for the 2014 edition's survey. The university's graduation rate was predicted to be 76 percent but was actually higher at 82 percent. In the same year, 39 percent of UGA classes had fewer than 20 students while only 11 percent had more than 50.
In 2012, the university's acceptance rate was 56 percent; 48 percent of its freshmen graduated high school in the top 10 percent of their class.
The 2014 college rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will be published in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2014 edition.[close]
Eight University of Georgia students were awarded international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Seven of the students accepted the scholarships. Recipients of the U.S. Student Full Grants, which cover research, study and creative opportunities, include two students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at UGA: spring 2013 graduate Katherine Lacksen of Sparta; and fall 2012 graduate Tierney O'Sullivan of Roswell.
Two current doctoral students also received Full Grants: Derek Bentley of Fayetteville; and Gregory Moss of Lawrenceville.
The English Teaching Assistantship Grants, which place recipients in K-12 schools and universities to serve as language-learning assistants, were given to three students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at UGA: spring 2013 graduate Geoffrey Nolan of Oxford; spring 2012 graduate Alyson Pittman of Bainbridge; and spring 2013 graduate Melissa Siegel of Atlanta.
For the past 67 years, the Fulbright Program has provided students, scholars and professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced research projects, graduate study and teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.
"These prestigious grants are a testament to the exceptional talent of UGA students, among the most competitive in the nation, and UGA's serious commitment to international education," said Maria de Rocher, campus Fulbright U.S. Student Program adviser and program coordinator in the Honors Program.
Bentley,who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in modern history, will travel to Mexico City to continue research for his dissertation on the country's economic transformation in the 1970s and the origins of Mexican neoliberalism. "I am most looking forward to the opportunity to immerse myself in Mexican society and culture, and the chance to regularly see friends with whom I have only limited contact while in the United States," said Bentley.
Lacksen, who earned a bachelor's degree in ecology, will be in Darwin, Australia studying nutrient pollution in the country's tropical rivers. "There has been very little research about the effects of nutrient pollution from agricultural development in Northern Australia," said Lacksen. "I will collect data to analyze which forms of nutrient pollution pose the greatest threat to this iconic ecosystem." Lacksen, a former member of UGA's cross country and track teams, is also looking forward to volunteering with the Indigenous Marathon Program, which prepares Aboriginal community members to run the New York Marathon, while promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Moss, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in philosophy, will travel to Bonn, Germany to study the links between German philosophers Schelling and Hegel. He is interested in examining how Schelling's early work influenced Hegel's famed work "The Science of Logic." Moss was invited to Germany by Markus Gabriel, professor of philosophy at Rheinische Frederich-Wilhelms Universitat Bonn and co-founder of the North American Schelling Society. "Not only does Dr. Gabriel share my research interests, but he also understands the intimate connections between German idealism and ancient Greek philosophy, a central component to my research methodology," said Moss.
Nolan, who recently graduated with bachelor's degrees in international affairs and Spanish, will travel to Colombia to teach English at la Universidad del Norte in Baranquilla. When he's not teaching, he will volunteer for nonprofits working to improve education in the wake of the country's decades-long unrest. "I am excited to see firsthand the excellent work these nonprofits are undertaking to ensure that the children of Colombia have access to education," Nolan said. "I also am enthusiastically waiting to participate in all things that will give me an authentic cultural experience."
O'Sullivan, who earned a bachelor's degree in ecology, will be working on the island state of Tasmania, examining the role the environment plays in the breeding success of the endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the largest bird of prey in Australia. "In the future, I am interested in looking for answers to a fundamental dilemma in conservation-how to provide the most effective management of the entire ecosystem with limited funding and resources," she said. "My work in Tasmania will serve as an ideal basis for these career goals by providing experience with not only academia, but also the management component of conservation."
Pittman, who graduated with bachelor's degrees in economics and English literature, will serve as an English teaching assistant in Rwanda. In addition to teaching, Pittman will study the way that the expansion of educational opportunities for females influences the economic growth of Rwanda. "The Fulbright ETA offers me the opportunity blend my interests and experiences in economic development in the East African region with my qualifications as an English language classroom instructor," she said.
Siegel,who earned bachelor's degrees in political science, French and sociology, will travel to Malaysia to teach English. "I am most looking forward to getting to know the local community and my students," said Siegel. "I love learning foreign languages, so it will be interesting to take on the role as a teacher in the classroom. I can't wait to discover this exciting part of the world." When her teaching assignment in Malaysia concludes, Siegel said she'll travel around Southeast Asia before returning stateside to study international affairs in graduate school.[close]
The University of Georgia Libraries include three principal libraries on the Athens campus, with several branch locations throughout the state.
The University of Georgia raised more than $117 million in gifts and new commitments for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. It marked the eighth consecutive year that private giving to the university has topped $100 million and a 14 percent increase over the 2012 fiscal year. The total includes gifts and pledges from 54,797 contributors. Of the total, $17 million was designated for scholarships.
The Georgia Fund annual giving campaign represented 10.8 percent of the total raised, with a record $12.77 million to support the university and its schools, colleges and units. Unrestricted giving was $1.3 million from 11,983 gifts. The average gift to the annual fund increased from $296 to $305.
Deferred gifts to the university increased by 30 percent, with a total of $29.1 million to benefit 24 areas across campus, as well as the unrestricted Georgia Fund.
The University of Georgia Athletic Association raised $28.1 million through the Hartman Fund, the Basketball Enhancement Fund, the Gymnastics Education Fund, and premium suite seating, plus an additional $5.6 million in new gifts and pledges.
Highlights of the 2013 fiscal year include:
UGA Special Collections exhibit highlights football archives.
An exhibit of historical football memorabilia from the UGA Athletic Association Archives will be displayed this fall at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Guided Football Friday Tours of the three Special Collections galleries will be offered each home game Friday at 3 p.m.
The exhibit, "Leather Helmets and Silver Britches: Georgia's Football Heritage" features photos, scrapbooks, and bowl game souvenirs including rings, watches and pendants. Helmets and jerseys worn through the years, including those of UGA's two Heisman trophy winners - Frank Sinkwich and Herschel Walker - are on display, as are mementos from the 1980 National Championship season. The athletic association collection is part of University Archives, housed at the Russell Special Collections Building.
Tribute is paid to Von Gammon whose fatal injury in an 1897 game led the state legislature to consider banning football at state institutions. Gammon's mother appealed to the governor to prevent the ban. A telegraph from "Pop" Warner, UGA head coach 1895-96, expresses his regret at being unable to attend a memorial service for Gammon.
Other galleries in the Russell Building feature both familiar and lesser-known stories from Georgia's past including documents and objects dating back to colonial times, a re-creation of the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Richard B. Russell Sr. and a Steele Vintage Broadcast Microphone collection that dates back to the 1920s. Interactive kiosks feature oral history interviews, historical film, video and sound recordings. Art Rosenbaum's mural "Doors" documents the modern political history of Georgia through its people, events and landscapes.
Tour participants should meet on the second floor rotunda of the Russell Building, 300 S. Hull Street. Parking is available for off-campus visitors in the Hull Street Parking Deck (via the Baxter Street entrance). The building and exhibit galleries are open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays form 1-5 p.m. and are closed on home football game days. For information on group tours, contact Jean Cleveland at email@example.com or 706-542-8079.[close]
The Freshman Welcome is a relatively new UGA tradition with a class photo in Sanford Stadium and welcome dinner in Reed Plaza.
The University of Georgia welcomed the most academically qualified first-year class in school history, with the highest GPA and SAT averages on record for entering freshmen. UGA also experienced a record number of applications with nearly 20,300 received for fall 2013 admission. Since 2003, the number of freshman applications has increased by 72 percent. Approximately 5,150 first-year students-up 4 percent from 2012-and 1,100 transfer students were set to begin classes at UGA on Aug. 12.
"Every year we are proud to say we have the most academically qualified first-year class in UGA history, and this year is no different," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "The record number of applications serves as a positive indicator that the University of Georgia is a solid choice among national universities, and this demand raises our standards for admission. Our freshmen remain committed to academics beyond the first year, as evidenced by UGA's strong retention and graduation rates, among the highest in the country. Ninety-four percent of students continue their education past their first year at UGA, while more than 82 percent of UGA students graduate within six years."
The entering freshmen class sets records for academic criteria, attaining an average 3.86 GPA (the mid-50 percentile range is 3.74-4.03). Additionally, this class has the highest SAT average in UGA history with a combined mean critical reading and math scores of 1280, plus an average writing score of 617, for an 1897 on the 2400 scale. The mid-50 percentile of the class scored between 1780-2020. This year's mean score for students who took the ACT was 29, with a mid-50 percentile range of 27-31. More than 39 percent of the students were admitted based on ACT scores.
The Honors Program’s 526 new students in the first-year class are those who have accomplished, on average, high school GPA of 4.07 and an average score of SAT 1462 or an average ACT score of 32.7.
The rigor of students' high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 95 percent of the students having enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school. Many students earned enough credits to be classified as sophomores and several as juniors during their first term of enrollment. Fourteen percent of students dually enrolled in college while attending high school.
In addition to being the most academically qualified, the 2013 freshman class also is one of the most diverse in UGA history, with more than 28 percent of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Caucasian. More than 390 first-year African-American students have enrolled in fall 2013 (7.6 percent of the class), and more than 284 entering first-year students have self-identified as Hispanic (5.5 percent of the class). Almost 7 percent come from families where English is not the native language. Approximately 6 percent of the incoming freshmen will be the first in their immediate family to attend college.
The university continued to strengthen ties throughout the state, with students coming from over half of the nearly 800 Georgia high schools and 137 of the 159 counties, up from 132 counties in 2012. Of all Georgia high school students graduating in spring 2012, almost one in 21 enrolled at UGA. About 13 percent of the class comes from other states and countries, with the top feeder states outside of Georgia being Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and California.[close]
On his first day as president, Jere W. Morehead speaks to students.
University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead is continuing his commitment to students through a personal contribution establishing a need-based scholarship fund, in honor of his parents, designed to help undergraduates study in the nation's capital.
With nearly 7,000 students attending the university who are eligible for the Pell Grant, "raising support for need-based scholarships is one of my priorities," Morehead said, "and I hope to lead the way for many others to help students with financial need."
The federal Pell Grant program, run by the U.S. Department of Education, provides need-based grants mainly to low-income undergraduate students.
Through the scholarship fund, Morehead is paying tribute to the important role his parents have played in his life. The Wade and Virginia Morehead Scholarship Fund will be used to support students with demonstrated financial need who participate in the UGA Washington Semester Program. The program sends students to Washington, D.C., to intern and study with legislators, government agencies, and businesses that call the nation's capital their home.
"The university's initiative to raise need-based scholarships is critical in helping our undergraduate students meet the costs of attending our institution," said Bonnie Joerschke, director of the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid. "President Morehead's generous gift and others like it are important to providing access and educational opportunities like UGA's Washington Semester Program."
Morehead's initial gift of $25,000 establishes the scholarship fund. Additional gifts will help the fund reach $100,000 over the next five years.
Students will be chosen for the scholarship based on financial need at the discretion of the program coordinator. Individual awards will vary from $1,000 to $2,000, and awardees will be known as Morehead Scholars.
In addition to his new pledge, Morehead has been a long-time financial supporter of the Morehead Honors Support Fund in the Honors Program and the Jere W. Morehead Moot Court Fund in the UGA School of Law.
The University of Georgia Terry College of Business has launched the public phase of its Building Terry campaign, which is the most ambitious campaign for an individual college or unit in UGA history. The Building Terry campaign will raise $90 million in private funds for faculty and academic program support and for funding toward new facilities to completely replace the college's home in Athens.
It is so gratifying that we, as supporters of the Terry College, can help ensure that our students have the type of facilities needed to deliver a 21st century business education," said Dan Amos, chair of the Building Terry campaign cabinet and CEO and Chairman of Aflac Inc. "Students are what this capital campaign is all about."
Launched on April 27 at Terry's annual Alumni Awards and Gala in Atlanta, the public phase of the Building Terry campaign seeks to raise $10 million for faculty support, $10 million for program support and $70 million in private funds toward a public-private partnership with the state of Georgia to build new facilities that will be tailored to the collaborative way students learn today.
The Business Learning Community, designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York in association with Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio LLC of Atlanta, will provide state-of-the-art classrooms, project team rooms, student organization space and places for informal and formal student, faculty and alumni interactions such as networking and career opportunities.
To be built in three phases, the Business Learning Community will be located at the intersection of Lumpkin and Baxter streets. On April 26, the university held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of construction, Correll Hall, named in honor of Terry alumnus and former Georgia-Pacific CEO A.D. "Pete" Correll and his wife, Ada Lee. Correll Hall will be the new home of Terry's graduate programs. The 75,000-square-foot structure will also house MBA career services, the full-time MBA program and the dean's suite.
"Our vision for Terry is national prominence," said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. "With the nation's 13th highest score for student satisfaction, Terry has continued to improve in national rankings, both in terms of student experience and placement upon graduation. We are moving in the right direction, but challenges remain, and that's why the Building Terry campaign is important for Terry's future."
During its quiet phase, the Building Terry campaign raised $80 million, of which $32 million came from five alumni: Dan Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac Inc.; A.D. "Pete" and Ada Lee Correll; retired steel executive Phil Casey; Terry College benefactor Mary Virginia Terry; and an anonymous donor. In addition, the campaign cabinet, the Terry Dean's Advisory Council, and the Terry Alumni Board have all contributed to the campaign with 100 percent participation.
"I am so proud," said Amos, "to announce that we have received the largest single gift in the history of the College-$10 million. And we have also secured the college's first six-figure gift from a young alumnus under 35-years-old."
Building Terry is a national campaign, with alumni representatives in 11 areas across the country charged with helping the college raise funds. Those areas are: Northern California; Southern California; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Miami, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn.; Washington, D.C./Virginia; and New York, N.Y.
For more information or to make a donation to the Building Terry campaign, see building.terry.uga.edu[close]
Approximately 4,164 undergraduates and 1,091 graduate students—a total of 5,255—were eligible to walk in the University of Georgia's spring Commencement ceremonies on May 10.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., delivered the undergraduate commencement address.
Chambliss was first elected to Congress in 1994 as representative of Georgia's 8th District, and, in 2002, was elected to the U.S. Senate. His re-election in 2008 placed Chambliss as Georgia's senior senator, a position from which he will retire in 2014. He is vice chairman of the Senate Selection Committee on Intelligence and oversees the programs and activities of the country's intelligence community, crafts legislation designed to protect Americans and advises leadership on threats and challenges.
Chambliss received his bachelor's degree in business administration from UGA in 1966 and his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1968.
During the ceremony, the university recognized Mary Frances Early with an honorary doctor of laws degree. Early, who graduated from UGA in 1962 with her master's degree in music education, was among the first African-American students to enroll at the university and the first to graduate. She received her specialist degree in music education from UGA in 1967.
Early went on to achieve several accomplishments as a music educator, teacher and mentor to numerous students in her 37 years with the Atlanta Public Schools. During her professional career, she served as a music teacher, planning and development coordinator, elementary division curriculum specialist and music resource teacher at various schools within the system, including John Hope and Wesley Avenue elementary schools and Coan Middle School.
Kaitlin Miller of Stone Mountain was the student speaker during the undergraduate exercises. Miller is a Charter Scholar in the university's Honors Program and will graduate with bachelor's degrees in economics from the Terry College of Business, international affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs and public relations from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Also during the ceremony, 13 students were recognized as First Honor Graduates for maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in all work attempted at UGA as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the university.
An estimated 176 doctoral candidates and 915 master's and specialist degree students were eligible to walk in the graduate ceremony. UGA professor Stephen Hajduk, head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, addressed the graduates and guests.
Hajduk's research focuses on the molecular biology and biochemistry of trypanosomes, the causative agent of human African sleeping sickness. His laboratory has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 30 years.
Before joining the faculty at UGA, Hajduk worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., where he was a senior scientist and director of the Ellison Global Infectious Disease Program and a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University.
Hajduk has come full circle at UGA, receiving his bachelor's degree in science at the university in 1976. He earned his doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 1980 and was a visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam in 1979 and a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University from 1980 to 1983.[close]
Turner Entertainment President Steve Koonin and his wife Eydie have made a $250,000 personal gift and pledge to establish the Koonin Scholars Fund at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The fund will provide scholarships for Grady students preparing for careers in the creative industries and media.
"The Koonin Scholars Fund will benefit students now and for years to come as they enter careers in a dynamic media space," said UGA Provost Jere Morehead. "The University thanks Steve and Eydie Koonin for their vision."
Grady College Dean E. Culpepper Clark announced the gift April 12, at the Generation(s) of Television Studies Symposium held in honor of Horace Newcomb, the retiring Peabody Awards director and Lambdin Kay Chair, at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
After expressing the college's appreciation for the Turner Entertainment-Grady Learning Alliance, also made possible by Koonin and benefitting Grady students and faculty, Clark presented the inaugural class of five Koonin Scholars.
"On this occasion as we celebrate television, its leading scholars and its impact on culture and modern life, we are honored to announce Steve and Eydie's generous gift," Clark said. "The Koonin family are providing for generations of students who will study in fields that constitute the creative industries and become leaders like Steve.
"A Fellow of the Grady College, Steve is a great friend of Grady, entertainment media and the Peabodys. He is a steadfast friend of learning and creativity who inspired the remarkable TEN-Grady Learning Alliance that creates collaborative opportunities between Turner and Grady. And now the new Koonin scholarships help our students reach their dreams," said Clark.
Students receiving $1,000 Koonin Scholar stipends for 2013-14, their hometowns and majors are Whitney Jinks, Jonesboro, public relations and Spanish; Mary Hampton Farr, Kennesaw, advertising and French; Tukio Machini, Winston, mass media arts and fashion merchandising; Cody Nichelson, Rockmart, public relations; and Shannon Smith, Meansville, mass media arts.
"We at Turner Entertainment are proud to be an extended ‘campus' of the Grady College, as Dean Clark calls us," said Koonin. "My family and I consider ourselves great friends of Grady, and we are thrilled to create the Koonin Scholars Fund and be forever a part of the learning enterprise at Grady."
As president of Turner Entertainment Networks, Koonin oversees programing marketing, scheduling, strategy and operations for TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies and truTV. Koonin has been selected for TV Guide's "The Power List" and named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "Smartest People in Television." Under Koonin's leadership, TCM was honored with the Peabody Award in 2009. Before joining Turner in 2000, Koonin spent 14 years in executive roles at the Coca-Cola Company. His son, David, is a 2010 Grady College graduate with a bachelor's degree in telecommunication arts.
"Grady has given much to my family, both professionally and personally," Koonin said. "It was the perfect college for my son to pursue his higher education and Grady has been a valuable incubator of creativity and enthusiasm for Turner Entertainment and our initiatives. Our family looks forward to returning as much favor as Grady has bestowed upon us."
Koonin studied marketing at UGA and was named a member of the Grady Fellowship in 2010. He serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Aquarium, the Fox Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is also a trustee of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
UGA Grady College
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, public relations, journalism, digital and broadcast journalism, and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu or follow the Grady College on Facebook and @UGAGrady on Twitter.
The University of Georgia Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship in partnership with the UGA Student Alumni Council hosted the second annual Thank a Donor Day on April 11 on the Tate Student Center Plaza.
Students had the opportunity to say thank you to UGA donors by writing personalized thank you notes, signing a large thank you card and creating video and photo messages of gratitude. The multimedia messages will be shared with donors through a video of highlights from the event.
"UGA's first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge that later became the site of our great university," said Tony Stringer, director of donor relations and stewardship at UGA. "More than 200 years later, UGA donors continue to support our growing campus, allowing our students to thrive. Saying ‘thanks' validates the importance of these gifts."
Last year, students from various schools and colleges on campus created more than 450 thank you notes, and hundreds of video messages and photographs. Hundreds of students also signed the large thank you card. More than 200,000 current UGA alumni and donors received a video capturing the images and messages of gratitude from the day.
The purpose of Thank a Donor Day is to educate the UGA community about the importance of private giving, to provide students with the opportunity to thank donors for their generosity and to encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA.
The UGA Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship sustains and nurtures lifelong relationships with UGA donors through meaningful and consistent contact, which is accomplished through timely and appropriate gift acknowledgement, fund reporting, donor recognition, donor appreciation activities and events and stewardship activities.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Regents and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia's 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.
Ortiz Cofer is a two-time Pulitzer-Prize nominee and the author of four critically acclaimed novels, several lauded books of poetry, essays and memoirs, as well as books for children. The award, which is administered by the SEC provosts, recognizes one faculty member from each of the SEC schools and includes a $5,000 honorarium.
"Professor Ortiz Cofer's contributions to American literature and her work to inspire students make her a worthy recipient of the SEC Faculty Achievement Award," said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "Interest in her work extends well beyond this nation's borders, which demonstrates the far-reaching impacts of our faculty in today's interconnected world."
Ortiz Cofer's first collection of poems, "Peregrina" (1986), won the Riverstone International Chapbook Competition, and several more books and awards followed. Her first major work of prose fiction, "The Line of the Sun" (1989), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and substantially broadened her audience. "Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood" (1990) received the PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation in Nonfiction. Its title essay was selected for "The Best American Essays 1991," while another essay in the collection, "More Room," was awarded the Pushcart Prize, which recognizes the best short stories, poems and essays published by small presses. She received another Pulitzer Prize nomination for her 1993 prose and poetry collection, "The Latin Deli. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio" (1995) was her first work for youth and was named among the best books of the year for young adults by the American Library Association.
To date, Ortiz Cofer has published 19 books, all still in print and many translated into Spanish as well as Dutch and Italian. Anticipated among her upcoming works is a book inspired by her life in Georgia tentatively titled "Peach Pit Corazon: Prose and Poetry."
Her works appear in scholarly publications, such as The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review and The Georgia Review, as well as in widely read anthologies such as "The Norton Introduction to Literature," "The Norton Introduction to Poetry" and "The Heath Anthology of American Literature." In total, more than 200 of her poems, essays, short stories and novel excerpts have been selected for anthologies, textbooks and collections.
In 1995, she received the university's J. Hatten Howard III award for faculty members who exhibit special promise in teaching Honors courses early in their careers. She is the 1998 recipient of the university's Albert Christ-Janer Award, which recognizes "an outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized scholarly or creative activities in the creative arts and humanities." In 1999, she received the Franklin Professorship, which honors "versatile and long-term contributions to the success of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences." In 2006, she was named Regents professor, an honor bestowed by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on "truly distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting."
Ortiz Cofer has introduced freshmen to the basics of college-level writing and closely mentored master of fine arts and doctoral students through the university's creative writing program. She has taught creative writing to students from the university's Honors program and accompanied students from the university's Foundation Fellows program on a study abroad trip in which they read Greek poetry while surrounded by ancient ruins.
She regularly organizes undergraduate poetry readings at the university's Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, the Georgia Museum of Art and at off-campus galleries. She has served on the editorial board for the UGA Press and on the advisory boards for the university's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and for the university's literary journal, The Georgia Review. Off campus, she has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and judged the National Book Awards.
Many of her students have gone on to publish award-winning books of their own and teach at colleges and universities across the nation. In 2007, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs awarded Ortiz Cofer the coveted mentor achievement award. In 2012, two of her former students-Lorraine M. Lopez, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, and Molly Crumpton Winter, a professor at California State University at Stanislaus-published a book titled "Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer" that collects analytical essays on her work written by award-winning poets, fiction writers and literary scholars.
In 2010, Ortiz Cofer was inducted into the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame and in 2011 was honored with the Georgia Governor's Award in the Humanities. Her manuscripts and papers were officially archived and made available for research at the university's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2012.
The impact of Ortiz Cofer's work also extends into K-12 education. Her book "Lessons from a Writer's Life" (2011), which was created for use in high school classrooms, encourages youth to enhance their language and writing skills to better express themselves and build richer lives. In her recent young-adult novels "Call Me Maria" (2004) and "If I Could Fly" (2011), Latina youth thrive despite broken families and other social stresses. The bilingual picture books "A Bailar! Let's Dance!" (2011) and "The Poet Upstairs" (2012) engage even younger audiences and help instill a love of reading.
Ortiz Cofer has traveled widely to share her passion for the written word. Since 1996, she has delivered more than 175 presentations, including readings at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., and a keynote address at the Eudora Welty Writers' Festival. Her international recognitions include invited readings and lectures at the German universities of Tubingen, Erlangen and Heidelberg, a reading and lecture tour of several cities in Spain sponsored by the Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy.
The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards honor professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners become their university's nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award, the winner of which receives an additional $15,000 honorarium. The awards were first presented in 2012, and the SEC is thought to be the first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I conference to honor faculty for their achievements in research and scholarship, completely unrelated to athletics or student-athletes.
In recent months, Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, has announced the appointment of four University of Georgia deans: Charles N. Davis - Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Donald Leo - College of Engineering, Stefanie A. Lindquist - School of Public and International Affairs, and Charles B. Knapp –Terry College of Business (Interim Dean).
UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Charles N. Davis, professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and facilitator for its Media of the Future Initiative, has been named dean of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"I believe that Charles Davis is exactly the right person to lead the Grady College at this critical time in the arena of information processing, communicating and assimilation," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "As an alumnus of the Grady College, he will bring a passion for excellence that will serve the college and the university well."
Davis' appointment is effective July 1.
"The Grady College has a long history of innovation in mass communication research, education and outreach, and I am confident that Dr. Davis will build on this tradition," Jere Morehead said. "His experience fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and building partnerships with industry, private foundations and donors makes him particularly well-suited to lead the college."
The Missouri School of Journalism is the world's oldest journalism school and is widely regarded as one of the best. Davis joined its faculty in 1999 and served as chair of the editorial department from 2003-2005. In 2010, he became the facilitator for the Media of the Future initiative, part of the interdisciplinary and campus-wide Mizzou Advantage program administered through the Office of the Provost.
His research focuses on media law and access to governmental information. Davis has co-authored the books "Principles of American Journalism" (Routledge, 2013), "The Art of Access: Practical Strategies for Acquiring Public Records" (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010) and "Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age" (Iowa State University Press, 2001). He also is the author of several book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and law reviews.
Davis has served as executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, where he was principal investigator on a $2 million grant from the Knight Foundation. He also was executive director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri, which under his leadership became the headquarters for the national coalition.
"The opportunity to join the world-class faculty, staff and students at Grady College comes at a time of transformation in the world of journalism. I am excited by the possibilities afforded by the state and the region to expand the work that we do in these dynamic and quickly changing fields," Davis said. "The college is central to the life of the university, and journalism and mass communication is central to the life of the democracy. I am deeply honored by this appointment and so excited to get to Athens and get to work."
Davis has written articles for a number of business and trade publications, including Quill and Columbia Journalism Review, as well as editorials for publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal. Prior to his career in academia, Davis worked for newspapers and as a correspondent for Lafferty Publications, an international wire service for financial publications.
He is the recipient of the John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award from the National Press Club, the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Professor of the Year Award and the University of Missouri's Faculty-Alumni Award. He has given invited presentations at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. and for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Davis earned his doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in media law from the University of Florida. He earned his master's degree in journalism from UGA and his bachelor's degree in criminology from North Georgia College.
UGA Grady College
The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication was established in 1915 and is one of the oldest and most distinguished communication programs in the country. Its three departments-journalism, advertising and public relations, and telecommunications-are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The college is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information about the Grady College, see http://www.grady.uga.edu/.
UGA College of Engineering
Donald Leo, a Virginia Tech vice president and former associate dean, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Engineering.
Leo is a professor of mechanical engineering and vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech. He previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.
"This is a critically important position, not only for the University of Georgia but for the state of Georgia," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "The College of Engineering at UGA was established last year to meet the clear need for more Georgia-trained engineers. I am confident that Dr. Leo is the right leader at this time for our engineering program."
Leo's appointment is effective July 1.
"Dr. Leo's experience as an associate dean of one of the nation's largest and most well-regarded engineering programs makes him well-positioned to lead the UGA College of Engineering," Jere Morehead said. "His success in growing the research enterprise at Virginia Tech while creating partnerships with government and industry underscores the institution's land-grant mission of service to the state, and he will play a similar role in enhancing UGA's research and outreach as a land-grant institution."
As vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech, Leo integrates and coordinates the activities of Virginia Tech in the greater Washington, D.C. area. From 2007-2011, he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, which has approximately 8,000 students and whose undergraduate program is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
As associate dean, he led Virginia Tech in its collaboration with the University of Virginia and the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the founding of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The applied research center accelerates the transition of research from the laboratory to commercial use by pooling resources to pursue university research authorized by member companies. The public-private partnership is an important economic development activity in the state and currently has 15 corporate members from five nations.
From 2005-2007 and in conjunction with his position at Virginia Tech, Leo served as a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a unit of the Department of Defense, where he created programs in the field of biologically inspired materials and systems and managed a portfolio of approximately $50 million in interdisciplinary research.
Leo joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1998. His research focuses on so-called "smart materials" that respond to external stimuli, and he has served as principal investigator on 50 research grants and contracts with approximately $12 million in extramural funding. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 research publications and recently founded the Biomolecular Materials and Systems Laboratory, which explores how biological materials and signaling processes can be used to develop engineering devices.
He is the author of the textbook "Engineering Analysis of Smart Material Systems" (John Wiley and Sons, 2007), which is used at the senior undergraduate and graduate level at several colleges and universities. He created a course on active materials and smart structures that is based on his textbook and continues to be taught at Virginia Tech.
Leo is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a recipient of the Virginia Tech Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and in 2004 was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus of the highly ranked University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Aerospace Engineering Department.
He earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo. He earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"I would like to thank President Adams and Provost Morehead for the unique opportunity to be the first permanent dean of the College of Engineering," Leo said. "It will be a privilege to lead the development of a new engineering college at a top-ranked public institution, and I look forward to working with the students, staff and faculty to grow the college and build upon the considerable strengths of the University of Georgia."
The creation of the College of Engineering was unanimously approved by the University Council in April 2012. The college is organized without departmental boundaries to promote advanced studies at the interface of disciplines and to prepare students for careers devoted to the integration of discoveries from multiple fields. For more information about the UGA College of Engineering, see http://www.engr.uga.edu/.
UGA School of Public and International Affairs
Stefanie A. Lindquist, an associate dean at the University of Texas at Austin and a scholar who works at the interface of law and politics, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.
Lindquist, who began her academic career nearly 20 years ago at UGA, is the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts and associate dean for external affairs at the University of Texas School of Law.
"I am very pleased that Dr. Lindquist is returning to UGA as dean of the School of Public and International Affairs," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "She is widely regarded as one of the bright young faculty stars in her field, and knows both SPIA and UGA deeply and well. She will be a strong addition to our very good leadership team."
Lindquist's appointment is effective Aug. 1.
"Dr. Lindquist's record of outstanding leadership in a variety of roles, including serving as an interim dean at the University of Texas, and her ability to garner support from alumni and other donors make her ideally suited to lead our nationally prominent School of Public and International Affairs," Jere Morehead said. "Her scholarship and teaching have been repeatedly recognized for excellence, and I am confident that she will enhance the exemplary programs of research and teaching that the school offers."
As associate dean for external affairs for the University of Texas School of Law, Lindquist is engaged in fundraising and alumni relations for a law school that is ranked fourth among public universities and 15th among all U.S. law schools by U.S. News and World Report. Her research focuses on judicial behavior in the federal and state appellate courts, and she holds a courtesy appointment in the department of government. She joined the UT Austin School of Law in 2008 and also has served as its interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs.
She is the author or co-author of more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, essays and legal notes, as well as two books. In "Measuring Judicial Activism" (Oxford University Press, 2009) she and co-author Frank Cross identified objective, empirical measures of judicial activism on the United States Supreme Court. In her 2006 book, "Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Appellate Court Decision Making" (University of Virginia Press), Lindquist and her co-authors evaluated factors that influenced circuit court judges' decisions to dissent, concur and reverse the lower court.
Prior to joining the UT Austin School of Law, she was an associate professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, with a primary appointment in the department of political science. She started her academic career at UGA in 1996, joining the department of political science as well as the department of public administration and policy, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Law. She was named associate professor at UGA in 2003.
Lindquist was a 2002 recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA's highest early career teaching honor. She also received the J. Hatten Howard Teaching Award from the UGA Honors Program and was recognized for excellence in teaching by the graduate student organization in the department of public administration and by the Student Government Organization. She was a participant in the Lilly Teaching Fellows program, which provides opportunities for faculty to further develop their teaching skills, from 2000 to 2001, and later served as co-director of the program. She also coached the UGA Mock Trial Team, was a faculty mentor in the Honors Program and faculty adviser to the Demosthenian Literary Society. At Vanderbilt, she received the Robert Birkby Award for Excellence in Teaching Political Science and served as director of the graduate program.
Lindquist was the 2011 recipient of the best conference paper award from the law and courts section of the American Political Science Association, served as chair of the APSA law and courts section from 2008 to 2009 and was the program chair for the section's annual meeting in 2008. She is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants and served as a panel member at the NSF Law and Social Sciences Division for two years. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Politics since 2010 and on the editorial board of the Review of Public Personnel Administration since 2004. She also has served on the editorial board of the Law and Society Review.
Lindquist holds a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in American politics, public law and public administration. She earned her J.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she served as editor in chief of the Temple Law Review.
Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and practiced law at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C. She also worked for one year as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. assisting committees of the Federal Judicial Conference in addressing questions of judicial administration.
"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead SPIA-a school that over its 12-year history has already distinguished itself as among the most prominent public affairs schools in the nation," Lindquist said. "Under the able leadership of its inaugural dean, Tom Lauth, and through the efforts of its dedicated faculty, students, and staff, SPIA has established an impressive set of educational programs and initiatives that enhance student learning and civic engagement, and that deepen our understanding of governance and democracy. I look forward to building on these strengths and promoting SPIA's important mission both here and abroad."
The UGA School of Public and International Affairs prepares undergraduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science and public administration and policy. The school currently is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's fourth best public affairs graduate school. For more information about the school, see http://spia.uga.edu/.
Terry College of Business
Charles B. Knapp, president emeritus of the University of Georgia and a professor emeritus of economics, has been named interim dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
Knapp's appointment, announced by UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost Jere Morehead, is from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
"I am thrilled that Dr. Knapp has agreed to lead the Terry College of Business as it continues its Building Terry capital campaign and its rise toward national prominence," Morehead said. "His record of leadership in higher education and his strong ties to the business community will position the Terry College for continued success in the coming year."
Knapp served as president of the university from 1987 to 1997, a tenure in which the academic reputation of the university rose dramatically. More than $400 million of new construction was completed, as was a successful capital campaign. He worked closely with then Georgia Gov. Zell Miller on the establishment of the HOPE Scholarship program, which has since provided $6 billion in financial aid to more than 1.5 million Georgia postsecondary education students.
He joined the board of directors of Aflac Inc. in 1990 and currently chairs the investment committee and is a member of the audit committee. From 2005 to 2011, he was the chairman of the board of the East Lake Foundation, the organization responsible for the highly successful community redevelopment project in southeast Atlanta. In 2013, he was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as a member of the State Charter Schools Commission and has subsequently been elected as the chair of the commission. Knapp also is a member of the boards of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and the Wormsloe Foundation.
"I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to provide leadership to the Terry College for the next year," Knapp said. "I look forward to working together with the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college as we address important issues, particularly maintaining the strong momentum of fundraising for the new Terry College facilities. I wish to particularly express my appreciation to President-elect Morehead for offering me this additional chance to be of service to the University of Georgia."
Knapp was president of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1999. He previously was the chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He was a partner with the executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, he joined the UGA Institute of Higher Education, where he directs the Executive Doctor of Education Program in Higher Education.
In 2006, Knapp was named chairman of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Members of the bipartisan commission included former governors, senators, cabinet secretaries, business and labor leaders, civil rights leaders, and education and job training experts. The report of the commission, "Tough Choices or Tough Times," has helped inform the national debate on the future of education and training policy in America.
Knapp received his bachelor's degree, with honors and distinction, from Iowa State University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a recipient of the Iowa State Distinguished Achievement Citation, the university's highest alumni award, and the Abraham Baldwin Award for distinguished service from UGA.
A national search to name the successor to Terry College Dean Robert Sumichrast was halted earlier this month. Morehead said UGA will begin a new search for a permanent dean in the fall.
"I want to thank the search committee and all the faculty, staff, students and alumni who went to great lengths to become familiar with the candidates and met the three finalists during their campus visits," Morehead said. "I am also grateful to the dean candidates who committed the time to explore this very demanding and rewarding opportunity. A new search will launch during fall semester, and I can say without reservation that the Terry College is in good hands with Dr. Knapp serving as interim dean."
Founded in 1912 as the School of Commerce, the Terry College is the flagship business school in the state of Georgia and the oldest in the South. It enrolls more than 3,200 students in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs in Athens and at UGA campuses in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Griffin. It includes seven academic departments and offers executive programs as well as certificate programs in actuarial science, leadership advancement, legal studies and music business. Its programs, including the J.M. Tull School of Accounting, Master of Marketing Research, and Risk Management and Insurance Program, consistently rank among the top in the nation. The Terry College has more than 140 faculty members as well as units such as the Selig Center for Economic Growth that are engaged in research and outreach that strengthen the business community in Georgia and beyond.[close]
The Web.com Tour professional golf tournament will be returning to the UGA Golf Course in 2013 and Stadion Money Management has extended its title sponsor agreement, the University of Georgia and the PGA TOUR announced recently.
"I am pleased that the Stadion Classic will return to the UGA Golf Course in 2013," UGA President Michael F. Adams said. "This is a great event for a great cause, and it has been embraced by the Athens community as one of the highlights of the spring. I am grateful to the PGA TOUR for its partnership and support of this event."
The Stadion Classic at UGA will take place April 29 to May 5, according to the PGA TOUR.
This will mark the fourth straight year that UGA has hosted the Stadion Classic. The tournament was known as the Athens Regional Foundation Classic from 2006-09. Watkinsville-based Stadion Money Management has been the title sponsor since the event moved to the UGA Golf Course in 2010.
The Stadion Classic at UGA continues to be the only PGA TOUR sanctioned event that is owned and operated by an institution of higher education. The South Georgia Classic in Valdosta is the only other Web.com Tour event played in Georgia.
The tournament will be operated by UGA's Auxiliary Services Division. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the University's need-based scholarship program. Additionally, the Stadion Classic at UGA supports TICKETS Fore CHARITY, which benefits non-profit organizations in communities where PGA TOUR and Champions Tour tournaments are held.
"Stadion is proud to once again serve as the title sponsor for the Web.com Tour's tournament at the UGA Golf Course," said Jud Doherty, the president of Stadion. "The Stadion Classic at UGA has been a tremendous success and a great opportunity to see some of the best golfers in the world compete right here in Athens. The best part is through the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program almost $310,000 over the last three years has been invested in the Athens community. We hope this year local charities will be able to raise even more."
The Stadion Classic at UGA has developed into a showcase for the success of the UGA men's golf program. Twenty-five players with connections to the Bulldogs have teed it up in Athens over the past three years. On the final day the last two years, a Bulldog -Russell Henley in 2011 and Hudson Swafford in 2012 - has held the Stadion Classic at UGA trophy. Henley won the 2011 event as an amateur, becoming just the second man in Web.com Tour history at that time to do so. He had secured his place in the field with one of the two sponsor's exemptions given to current members of the UGA team with the season's best scoring averages. Swafford won the 2012 tournament by ending with three consecutive birdies, including a hole-out from a greenside bunker with his final shot.
"The Web.com Tour is delighted to announce its return to the University of Georgia," Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said. "We've enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the University since making the move to UGA in 2010 and, with their leadership and the support of Stadion Money Management, the tournament continues to grow. The UGA Golf Course has become a real favorite among the players. Having Russell and Hudson win the last two years made for some great storylines and did a lot to energize everyone involved with the Stadion Classic at UGA. We think the Web.com Tour has a very bright future in Athens."
Former Bulldogs Henley and Justin Bolli finished third and ninth, respectively, on the 2012 Web.Com Tour money list to earn PGA TOUR cards for 2013.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 345 PGA TOUR titles, including 17 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 27 events in 2012. Web.com became the Tour's umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, replacing Nationwide Insurance. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour becomes the pathway to the PGA TOUR with all 50 PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1.7 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter and Facebook.
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ABOUT THE PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada. The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players. PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 715 million households in 225 countries and territories in 29 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2011, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $121 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.7 billion., The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
ABOUT STADION MONEY MANAGEMENT
Since 1991, Stadion Money Management has been managing investors' "serious money"-the money that absolutely must be there for important long-term goals like retirement, education and future family legacy. Stadion Money Management offers separate account management services, proprietary mutual funds and one of the leading retirement account investment advisory services in the nation. For more information, please visit www.stadionmoney.com.
ABOUT THE UGA GOLF COURSE
The University of Georgia Golf Course is as beautiful to look at as it is challenging to play. Renovated by Love Golf Design, Inc., in 2006, this par-71, Robert Trent Jones layout is physically demanding, not only because of the hilly terrain, but also because of its typical Jones design -- strategically placed bunkers which guard the landing areas and large, undulating greens. The exciting layout requires forced carry approach shots on five holes and the challenging greens provide a variety of hole locations and a certain test on every putt. Originally developed in 1968 to serve the university community, the course operates under the Department of Auxiliary Services and is self-supporting. Set on the beautiful campus of the University of Georgia, the 18-hole public course provides affordable, first-rate facilities and services to students, staff, alumni, and guests. The facility also serves as host to numerous competitions throughout the year, including the Web.com Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA and the annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The University Golf Course has hosted several SEC and NCAA Championships for men and women and will be the site of the 2013 Women's NCAAs.
The University of Georgia Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 40 Under 40 recognition program. The 40 Under 40 recognizes and celebrates UGA alumni under the age of 40 who are business, community, educational and/or philanthropic leaders.
The nomination process is open through April 12. Candidates must be UGA graduates, under the age of 40 by Sept. 1, 2013, and willing to submit a photo that will be published in various UGA publications and media. Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the nominee, preferably by fellow alumni, employers or community leaders who are not members of the nominee's immediate family.
Nominations may be submitted by filling out the official form found at www.alumni.uga.edu/40u40. Emailed or mailed nominations will not be considered.
The 2013 40 Under 40 honorees will be notified in July. An awards luncheon celebrating the honorees and nominees will take place at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Sept. 19.
Marty and Janet Quirk, chairs of the UGA Parents Leadership Council.
The University of Georgia announced it has launched the Gateway to Georgia Scholarship Program. Gateway to Georgia is an effort designed to meet the increasing need of students who are academically qualified but have financial circumstances that might otherwise prevent them from pursuing a UGA degree. The scholarship program will help improve access to college and increase retention and graduation rates at Georgia's first land-grant university, which coincides with the goals of UGA's Complete College Georgia Plan.
According to data from the Office of Student Financial Aid, the number of federal aid applications received at UGA has increased 37 percent since the beginning of the recession in 2008. More than 33,000 applications were filed for the 2011-12 academic year, the most recent time period for which full-year data is available. Only about 12-15 percent of incoming freshmen receive academic scholarships in addition to the HOPE scholarship.
In addition, approximately 45 percent of UGA students graduate with $16,000 in student loan debt. The number of loans obtained by students to pay for UGA courses has grown more than 58 percent since 2008. Pell Grant recipients grew by 100 percent since 2008 to more than 7,000 undergraduate students in the 2011-12 academic year. "This is an extraordinary program that benefits all students at the University of Georgia," said Laura Jolly, UGA's vice president for instruction. "It is the first comprehensive scholarship program at UGA from which qualified students enrolled in any school or college at UGA can benefit, no matter their major or area of discipline."
Three programs make up the Gateway to Georgia Scholarship Program. Donors may designate their scholarship gift of any amount to support merit (Georgia Opportunity), need (Georgia Access) or general scholarships (Georgia Gateway).
Marty and Janet Quirk of Atlanta, chairs of the UGA Parents Leadership Council, endowed a Georgia Access needs-based scholarship in honor of Marty's sister Janet Case, a firm believer in higher education. "Our children have benefited from a University of Georgia education, and we wanted to provide students who have worked so hard to attend UGA the opportunity to reach their full potential," said the Quirks.
The University of Georgia Office of Online Learning is working with faculty and instructional designers to create a consistent online format for in-demand undergraduate courses as well as working to assist 36 faculty in developing 34 new online courses to be offered beginning this summer.
Online courses across numerous disciplines have been offered to UGA students for the last decade through OASIS, the Online Access to Student Information Systems. These courses, which include a number of graduate courses, have been developed independently by faculty members to provide an alternative format outside of the traditional classroom setting. Until now, there has not been a single source of support for faculty who wish to provide an online course.
Recognizing changing technology trends and the way in which today's students learn, the university has made increasing student access to courses through online education a top priority, as outlined in the UGA 2020 Strategic Plan and in UGA's 2012 Complete College Georgia Plan in partnership with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. With the establishment of the Office of Online Learning in July 2012, the university has taken giant steps in providing a comprehensive resource for support and assistance for faculty who want to offer courses online for students.
The high-demand undergraduate courses will include a variety of subject areas, including English, romance languages, mathematics, biology, geography, poultry science, education, business and family and consumer sciences.
"Our goal is to provide access to students who want to continue their education while they are away from campus on an internship, traveling with a study abroad course or on summer break. In addition to providing an alternative to courses in heavy student demand that fill up quickly or for students who need to work an additional class into their schedules, online access also may allow us to reach new student populations," said Kris Biesinger, interim director of the Office of Online Learning.
Training for faculty began on Dec. 5 with an orientation workshop outlining expectations and goals of online learning. The training staff emphasized the importance of consistency of organizational structure within the online classes to allow a more seamless learning experience. Faculty also are trained to adhere to accessibility guidelines, making sure to give the classes a similar online style and provide text for any video or audio used.
Faculty will be able to use video and audio options provided within the eLearningCommons and other tools like Wimba and podcasts to create an interactive format to aid faculty-student communication throughout the course.
Faculty will still have office hours. Faculty and students may choose to set up Skype or online chat sessions or opt for telephone or face-to-face meetings for local students.
The 36 participating faculty-who include teaching award recipients-have online teaching experience varying from one semester to 11 years. They participated in the inaugural formal training for a number of reasons including wanting to learn new teaching methods and wanting to be more responsive to student issues.
The Office of Online Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning will continue to work with faculty over the spring semester to provide workshops, consultations and training support, as well as to guide faculty through the development and teaching process using instructional design. This semester the focus is on high-demand undergraduate classes. Beginning this summer, training will become available to any faculty member interested in developing an online course—undergraduate or graduate. Course proposals for graduate programs and certificates will be accepted until Jan. 23.
More information about the development of online courses and the program proposal process may be found at http://ugaonline.uga.edu/.[close]
What makes mathematics difficult for some students to learn? Two University of Georgia College of Education researchers believe the answer may lie in the way mathematical reasoning is communicated in classrooms.
Assistant professors Jessica Bishop and Anna Marie Conner, both in the department of mathematics and science education, are working on separate five-year studies documenting student-teacher interactions and assessing other classroom factors that may influence mathematics learning. Two CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation that total $1,207,853 fund the studies.
A former high school mathematics teacher, Bishop often wondered what aspects of her teaching made a real difference in student learning. Much of the time in math classrooms was spent talking, she noticed, but not all of the talk was "mathematically productive."
"What elements of mathematics conversations encourage students to generate, explain and defend mathematical ideas and to make connections between concepts?" asked Bishop. "We need to be able to identify what it is that teachers and students are doing in productive mathematics conversations so we can better support practicing and prospective teachers."
Over the next five years, Bishop will use an NSF CAREER award of $672,846 to systematically document the small details of student-teacher exchanges in elementary and middle school math classes. She will analyze shifts in student-teacher interactions across different curricular topics, grade levels, school periods and teachers, and in schools with student populations from a wide variety of backgrounds.
"This project should help determine the common elements of successful communication and describe the teaching patterns that correspond to success," said Bishop.
Conner will use NSF funding of $535,007 over five years to observe and document how college mathematics education majors and new teachers help students create and critique mathematical arguments, or proofs. Conner will study a learning process known as collective argumentation, whereby students—with teacher guidance—discover ways to answer particular mathematical questions.
"Prospective teachers often come to class believing that math involves memorizing rules and the teacher's role is to communicate those rules," said Conner. "If a teacher can foster student involvement in creating mathematical arguments and proofs, however, students learn something more valuable: reasoning skills."
"Creating and critiquing mathematical arguments is an increasingly important part of mathematics classes," said Conner. "This will lead to students having better mathematical preparation for college."
Conner's research team will follow college mathematics education majors through their coursework and into their first two years of teaching. The team will record how novice educators' support for collective argumentation evolves over time, said Conner. In addition, the research team and educators will use the data they collect to develop more effective ways to support this learning method.
"These projects address critical areas in the teaching and learning of mathematics, particularly in the area of discourse," said Denise Spangler, head of the department of mathematics and science education. "We are very excited to have two CAREER Awards in the same year."
The NSF CAREER Award is among the most competitive grants available from the National Science Foundation. The acceptance rate for NSF CAREER proposals submitted over the last four years to the directorate for education and human resources, which oversees Bishop's and Conner's projects, averages 10 to 13 percent.
UGA College of Education
The University of Georgia College of Education graduate programs are perennially ranked among the nation's best. The college delivers top-quality instruction while providing its world-class faculty a climate for both basic and applied research as they seek answers to the challenges facing today's education and health-related professionals. For more information, see www.coe.uga.edu.
Jere Morehead, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, was named as the 22nd president of UGA by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Morehead will assume his new post on July 1, 2013, according to Board of Regents Chair “Dink” NeSmith.
“Jere has devoted the bulk of his career to the University of Georgia and he has a great passion for the University and its service to students and the State of Georgia,” said NeSmith. “He knows the University and it became clear to all involved in the search that he is the right person to take UGA forward. He has tremendous challenges ahead and the Board will support him as he works to strengthen UGA’s programs.”
University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said that Morehead’s appointment “is the right decision for UGA. I have known and worked with Jere for many years and am delighted he will have this great opportunity to serve the university he loves so well. Our students will be in excellent hands under his leadership. Jere will bring the vision and energy essential to UGA advancing its land grant mission.”
Regent Larry Walker, who chaired the search committee, said, “This was a comprehensive and thorough national search that identified strong candidates. But it became clear to the committee that Jere stood head and shoulders above a national field.”
“Becoming President of the University of Georgia is a dream come true for a UGA graduate who has spent more than half of his life on this campus,” said Morehead. “While the University of Georgia faces economic challenges, if we focus on our academic priorities we will reach new heights. The University is poised, thanks to the quality of the faculty, staff, and students, to become one of the greatest public universities in the United States.”'
Morehead noted, “In preparation for the UGA Presidency, I plan to spend the coming months evaluating our strengths and weaknesses, visiting with other presidents and key constituents, contemplating possible organizational changes, and beginning preparation for a major capital campaign. I am appreciative to the Chancellor, the Chairman, and the Board of Regents for giving me the opportunity to serve the University and the state of Georgia.”
Morehead’s career covers a wide range of faculty and administrative posts at UGA. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2010, he served as UGA’s vice president for Instruction, vice provost for Academic Affairs, director of the Honors Program, and acting executive director of Legal Affairs.
Morehead also serves as vice chair of the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors, vice chair of the UGA Research Foundation, a UGA Foundation Trustee, and a UGA Real Estate Foundation Trustee.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Morehead is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business where he has had a faculty appointment since 1986, first as an assistant professor teaching legal studies, rising through the ranks of associate professor to full professor. He also directed the UGA Law School Advocacy Program from 1986-1995.
After serving as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 1995, Morehead returned to the Terry College faculty in 1996.
Before joining the UGA faculty, Morehead worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a United States Attorney from 1980-1986.
Morehead has published numerous books and scholarly articles on several legal topics ranging from export controls to jury selection, and he has served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal.
He is the recipient of several University-wide teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award, the highest award the University provides for teaching excellence, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Teacher of the Year in the Terry College of Business, and the Tresp Teaching Award in the Honors Program.
A native of Lakeland, Fla., Morehead moved with his family to Atlanta as a teenager. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University. He is a 1980 graduate of the UGA School of Law where he earned his J.D. degree.
Morehead will assume the UGA presidency from Dr. Michael Adams, who will retire on June 30 2013, after serving as president since 1997.
Please see Governor Nathan Deal’s statement on Morehead’s appointment at: http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2013-02-04/deal-morehead-will-lead-uga-next-level[close]
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are proposing tips to help Georgians keep the pounds off during the holiday season. As part of a new program this year, agents are starting the Zero Weight Gain Challenge, which will include weekly emails about ways to reduce the holiday bulge.
"The average person gains about one pound during the holiday season, but if you don't lose that pound, it can add up over the years," said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension food, nutrition and health specialist coordinating the statewide program. "The point is to help people to stay aware of what they're eating."
Georgia residents can contact their local Extension office to join the email list, which will begin during the week of Thanksgiving and extend through the beginning of January.
Topics include curbing cravings, staying active, moderating consumption, estimating portions, drinking more water and sending leftovers home with others.
"While writing the topics, I solicited tips from the agents, and there were some creative responses," said Crawley, who is housed in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. "One measured her driveway and found that walking the length 10 times is a mile. Even if she can't get away from the house, she can walk up and down the driveway with family. Another agent makes a point to drink two bottles of water before work, two during the workday and two at home at the end of the day."
The challenge will lead into Cooperative Extension's annual Walk Georgia program, which invites residents to track their physical activity and travel virtually across the state. Starting Feb. 10, Georgians will be able to log minutes of physical activity for the 12-week challenge.
"We send newsletters as reminders to log activity, which include great recipes and information about Georgia's parks," Crawley said. "There's a local element to it and even competition. Several UGA deans are already talking about it."
Crawley discovered the idea for the Zero Weight Gain Challenge during a national conference where Ohio's Extension agents presented on their holiday challenge. She hopes to evaluate the program and expand topics for next year.
For more information or to find a county, see http://extension.uga.edu/about/county/index.cfm.
UGA Obesity Initiative
The University of Georgia Obesity Initiative addresses the growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity and its related diseases. UGA combines instruction and research activities with its public service and outreach components to develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that interested Georgia communities, employers and health care providers can implement to improve the health of Georgia's citizens and decrease the cost of health care in the state. See obesity.ovpr.uga.edu for more information.
The University of Georgia Alumni Association announces the 2013 class of the Bulldog 100. The program annually recognizes the fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA graduates. More than 700 nominations were submitted.
The list includes businesses of all sizes and services from major agribusiness, telecommunication, and wealth management firms to interior design, photography, and fitness companies. Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as New Jersey and as far west as Utah. Atlanta CPA firm Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen, LLP verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period.
UGA alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the 2013 Bulldog 100 honorees at a banquet at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Jan. 26. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. The event will feature a keynote address by A.D. "Pete" Correll. A 1963 UGA graduate, Correll currently serves as chairman of Atlanta Equity and is chairman emeritus of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Following his remarks, members of the Student Alumni Council will lead attendees to the highlight of the evening-the release of the final rankings and countdown of the 2013 Bulldog 100.
Alumni Association Executive Director Deborah Dietzler said the Bulldog 100 celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of UGA graduates. "The annual celebration is our most well-attended event of the year, as the unveiling of the rankings makes for an exciting evening," Dietzler said.
To review an alphabetical list of the honorees and for more information about the Bulldog 100 program including sponsorship opportunities, see www.alumni.uga.edu/b100.[close]
The Bulldog Nation is growing younger! Alumni under 40 years of age now represent over half of the total UGA alumni population. A new publication to reach this audience identifies recent UGA alumni engaged in interesting careers and endeavors. Profiles, a quarterly email magazine for recent UGA graduates, will feature young alumni, introduce opportunities for donor support, report on recent news and offer a calendar of Alumni Association events and programs. In addition, each issue will showcase photo submissions from UGA recent graduates showing UGA’s spirit and tradition around the world.
Regardless of age, all UGA alumni and friends are welcome to learn more about recent graduates and opportunities by reading the online magazine here.
Profilespublished its first edition to more than 79,000 alumni. The publication will be a regular communication to highlight alumni giving opportunities and increase awareness for UGA’s growing alumni constituency.
The fall edition features small business owners T.J. Callaway (BBA ’07) and Rachel Esposito (BBA ’01). Callaway, the founder and CEO of Onward Reserve and Five Mile Club, was recently recognized as a member of the Class of 2012 UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40, which celebrates young alumni making an impact in business, leadership or philanthropy. Esposito, the owner of Bel Fiore Bridal in Marietta, has been honored at the 2011 and 2012 Bulldog 100, which recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses owned by UGA alumni. The UGA Alumni Association announced the 2013 Bulldog 100 class at the end of November, and Bel Fiore Bridal will once again be honored at the upcoming Bulldog 100 event on January, 26, 2013 in Atlanta.
The purpose of Profiles is to generate support for UGA and its programs while also featuring alumni information. The e-magazine will introduce donor stories inspiring support of UGA programs and activities and offer opportunities to submit stories and ideas for future issues. The next edition of Profiles will be distributed January 2013.
For more information on submitting photographs, use this link http://www.dar.uga.edu/ea2/index.php/recent_graduates_send_us_your_photos%20%20.[close]
Some 6,600 high school seniors will have additional cause for celebration this holiday season as they learned November 16 that they have been offered early admission to the University of Georgia for fall semester 2013.
For the second year, the UGA Office of Admissions announced early action admission decisions nearly two weeks sooner than usual. In addition to the celebratory fireworks that traditionally appear on screen for those students being offered admission, UGA President Michael F. Adams offers a video message of congratulations.
"Technology is definitely changing and speeding up the way we notify students of admissions decisions-both good news and bad," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "This is the second year we will not be mailing letters to students who have been denied admission, since getting that letter after learning the news via the status check is a double blow."
The admissions office received more than 11,300 early-action applications for the freshman class that will enter in 2013-a record number and slightly more than last year. Those applying for early action submit applications by an Oct. 15 deadline and learn that they are admitted, denied or deferred to the regular-decision pool. Those who are deferred are asked to submit additional information by the regular-decision deadline of Jan. 15.
"We always try to stress to early-action applicants that if their admission decision was deferred, they still have a chance to be part of the incoming freshman class," McDuff said. "In the past few years, we have admitted about half of the students who were initially deferred and then completed Part II of the application by Jan. 15. Being deferred at this point does not mean that an application is denied. It means we are still considering their application."
This year, 58 percent of early-action applicants are being offered admission, about 7 percent of applications are being denied and, as last year, about a third of the total is being deferred.
Other applications received are incomplete and will be added to the regular-decision pool.
Early-action decisions are based solely on academic criteria. McDuff noted that in recent years more students are waiting to apply until the regular-decision deadline in order to have additional factors considered, such as high school activities and volunteer work. "For some students, that's a good decision, and we encourage it," she said.
This year's early-action applicant pool is again academically strong and diverse, with high test scores and grades and a rigorous curriculum. A quarter of the students applying for early action identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority group. More than 800 early-action applications, representing nearly 7 percent of the total pool, were received from African Americans. The number of early-action applications from Hispanic students totaled nearly 600.
Similar to last year, those offered admission at this point are academically superior with an average GPA of almost 4.0, a mean SAT of 1355 (with a mean SAT writing score of more than 650), or a mean ACT of 30. UGA requires students to submit writing scores for their ACT and SAT tests; those scores are an integral part of the selection process, McDuff said. Those students admitted through early action also took an average of seven advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes.
"The odds of being offered admission are always driven by how strong a student looks relative to the rest of the applicant pool," McDuff said. "The first offers of admission are extended to students with the strongest academic records, but the most important factors in the regular-decision process are also academic, in particular grade point average and the rigor of the courses that the students have taken relative to what is available in their school.
"However, regular-decision applications and applications from students deferred from the early-action program are given a holistic review that includes other factors that tell us about students' talents and activities outside the classroom."
McDuff predicts that by Jan. 15 the admissions office will have received close to 20,000 total applications for the incoming class, with a target enrollment of 4,900 new first-year students entering in summer or fall and another 200 in spring 2014. Typically, about half the students offered admission go on to enroll at UGA, a comparable yield to other selective universities.
For applicants and others wanting additional information about UGA's admissions process, an active blog on the admissions office website is hosted by David Graves, senior associate director of admissions, and Lindsey Whitaker, assistant director of admissions, who answer questions and provide advice. For more on the blog, see http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com. For more on admissions at UGA, see www.admissions.uga.edu.[close]
The University of Georgia, an internationally recognized leader in tropical and emerging global diseases and bioinformatics, will partner with other Georgia institutions to establish a comprehensive center that will study the systems biology of nonhuman primate and human malaria.
The Georgia consortium, led by Mary Galinski of Emory University, has been awarded a five-year contract worth up to $19.4 million to establish the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded the funding. The exact amount of the award will depend on contract options exercised.
Consortium partners include UGA, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation. The Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University will administer the contract.
UGA will receive a subcontract of more than $2 million to lead the project's informatics efforts, which includes the collection, integration, visualization and dissemination of the massive amounts of "-omic" data that will be generated by MaHPIC researchers.
"The combined expertise of the consortium partners makes MaHPIC uniquely equipped to address issues related to pathogens that cause malaria, a disease that involves complex interactions between hosts and parasites," said UGA professor of genetics Jessica Kissinger, MaHPIC co-principal investigator and leader of the project's informatics team. Kissinger also is director of UGA's Institute of Bioinformatics, and a member of UGA's Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases.
For the study of malaria, "systems biology" means first collecting comprehensive data on how a Plasmodium parasite infection produces changes in host and parasite genes, proteins, lipids, the immune response and metabolism. Computational researchers will then design mathematical models to simulate and analyze what happens during an infection and to find patterns that predict the course of the disease and its severity. Together, the insights will help guide the development of new interventions. Co-infections and morbidities will also come into play, as well as different cultural and environmental backgrounds of the communities involved.
Emory investigators' interdisciplinary experience in malaria research, metabolomics, lipidomics and human and non-human primate immunology and pathogenesis will be combined with UGA's expertise in informatics, and Georgia Tech researchers' expertise in mathematical modeling, systems biology and functional genomics. CDC researchers will provide support in proteomics and malaria research, including non-human primate and vector/mosquito infections.
The MaHPIC project builds on Kissinger's informatics work with EuPathDB, an NIH-funded online database portal to multiple eukaryotic pathogens, including Plasmodium. Also at UGA, Juan Gutierrez, assistant professor of mathematics, will lead mathematical modeling and data management for the UGA informatics team. He is integrally involved with an NIH-funded International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in Colombia, South America.
"MaHPIC will generate experimental, clinical and molecular data associated with malaria infections in nonhuman primates on an unprecedented scale," said Kissinger.
"In addition to mining the massive quantities of integrated data for trends and patterns that may help us understand host and pathogen interaction biology, we may identify potential targets for early and species-specific diagnosis of malaria, which is critical for proper treatment," she said.
The MaHPIC team will develop an informative public website and specialized web portal to share the project's data and newly developed data analysis tools with the scientific community worldwide.
Malaria is endemic in about 100 countries including many developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the tropics. Hundreds of millions of people are infected by the mosquito-borne disease each year, and more than one million - mostly children - die. In addition to its human toll, malaria imposes a severe economic burden.
MaHPIC is supported by NIAID contract # HHSN272201200031C.
UGA Institute of Bioinformatics
The University of Georgia Institute of Bioinformatics facilitates interactions and research collaborations between experimental biologists, "-omics" technologists and computational scientists to solve complex biological problems. The IOB is training the next generation of biologists who are capable of using computers and mathematical techniques in dealing with biological problems. Team members are actively conducting bioinformatics research on genomics, plant genomics, microbial genomics, biomedicine and cancer, pharmaceuticals, glycobiology and statistical sciences. The institute also is responsible for the computing support for campus-wide bioinformatics research at UGA. See www.bioinformatics.uga.edu.
UGA Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases
The University of Georgia Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases draws on a strong foundation of parasitology, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics to develop medical and public health interventions for at-risk populations. The center promotes international biomedical research and educational programs at UGA and throughout Georgia to address the parasitic and other tropical diseases that continue to threaten the health of people throughout the world. See ctegd.uga.edu.
University of Georgia Honors student Juliet Elizabeth Allan of Atlanta has been awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend England's Oxford University, where she plans to pursue a master's degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She is one of 32 Rhodes recipients in the United States.
Allan, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, plans to graduate from UGA in December with bachelor's degrees in Arabic, economics, and international affairs as well as a master's degree in international policy.
Allan is UGA's fourth Rhodes Scholar in the past six years. Before Allan, UGA's most recent recipient was Tracy Yang in 2011.
"Elizabeth Allan is a very talented young woman, and we are excited that she is our 23rd Rhodes Scholar," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "She is emblematic of the quality of the UGA student body today. All of us are excited about this latest development in her life."
Allan has traveled to six different continents through various UGA study abroad programs. She studied Arabic in Morocco through the State Department's Critical Language Scholarship and, separately, as part of a UGA Maymester program. Ultimately, she would like to serve in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning.
"I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to study at Oxford next year, and I look forward to deepening my understanding of the Middle East through my studies," Allan said. "The entire process has been extremely humbling and fulfilling. I want to thank my family, friends, the University of Georgia, the Foundation Fellowship at UGA and my high school community of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta."
Allan is a member of UGA's chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a national student-run think tank, where she has written papers about energy policy and education and has also taught policy analysis to undergraduates. Allan has participated in the university's Center for Undergraduate Research Symposium and presented results of her research on employment dynamics at two national conferences. She has also interned at the university's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, through which she traveled to China during an annual training program the institute conducts in Beijing.
"Receiving a Rhodes Scholarship is a significant recognition for Elizabeth, but also for the faculty members who have mentored her as well as the friends and family who have encouraged and supported her," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jere Morehead.
Allan has served as the co-director of the Thomas Lay After School Tutoring Program, where more than 100 UGA students provide educational help to elementary and middle school students in Athens each semester. She also has researched issues involving early childhood education. She is a Presidential Scholar and member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Palladia, and Blue Key honor societies.
"Elizabeth is deeply committed to whatever she does," said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of UGA's Honors Program and the Foundation Fellowship, and the UGA faculty representative for the Rhodes Scholarship. "She not only has an uncommon intellect, but also has a great heart and boundless energy. She is destined to make a very positive impact on the world."
Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. Candidates must first be endorsed by their college or university; then selection committees in each of 16 districts invite the strongest applicants for an interview. This year, 838 students were endorsed by 302 colleges and universities.
For more information about the Rhodes Scholarship program, see www.rhodesscholar.org.
For more information about UGA's Honors and Foundation Fellows Programs, see www.uga.edu/honors.[close]
The University of Georgia will spotlight the arts during a nine-day festival in November when members of the UGA Arts Council will host events and activities that include concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, author panels and book signings, lectures and discussions on the arts and creativity, and more.
UGA has played a foundational role in building the reputation of Athens as one of America's top destinations for the arts, providing the physical and intellectual infrastructure for study and performance that brings together students, faculty and the community.
"The arts are an integral part of the fabric of UGA, a powerful thread that helps us define ourselves and our community," said Jere Morehead, UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "As the place where so many artists, writers, actors and musicians first find their voice, UGA offers a richness of opportunity for members of the university community and audiences from throughout the area to participate in the arts."
Highlights of the Nov. 3-11 schedule include the opening of a Jack Davis exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art, concerts by the Atlanta Symphony and the UGA Symphony at the Performing Arts Center, a University Theatre production of Rita Dove's play "The Darker Face of the Earth" at the Fine Arts Theatre, a dance program featuring pieces choreographed by UGA dance majors at the New Dance Theatre and an exhibition by students earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
The Performing Arts Center also will present two special performances: Blue Man Group on Nov. 6-7 and Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio on Nov. 9. The Blue Man Group show will be jointly presented with The Classic Center and will be held at The Classic Center Theatre in downtown Athens.
"One of the goals of the UGA Arts Council is to raise awareness of and participation in the rich variety of programming offered by university units in the performing, visual and literary arts," said Libby Morris, UGA vice provost for academic affairs, who has been working with council members since last fall. "We are very excited to present ‘Spotlight on the Arts at UGA,' with events taking place at arts venues across campus, as well as in the local community."
Event details include:
Saturday, Nov. 3 - Exhibition of Jack Davis work at the Georgia Museum of Art (through Jan. 5)
Sunday, Nov. 4 - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Asher Fisch and pianist Stewart Goodyear, 3 p.m., Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center
Monday, Nov. 5 - Student juried exhibition, Gallery 307 and Orbit Galleries, Lamar Dodd School of Art; Georgia Review/Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading: Jacqueline Osherow, 7 p.m., Ciné in downtown Athens
Tuesday, Nov. 6 - Panel with UGA Press authors and faculty, followed by book-signing and reception, 4 p.m., Odum School of Ecology; UGA Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center; Blue Man Group, 8 p.m., Classic Center Theatre (also on Nov. 7)
Wednesday, Nov. 7 - Willson Center roundtable on "Creativity in the Research University," 12:30 p.m., 150 Miller Learning Center; University Theatre production of "The Darker Face of the Earth," 8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre (through Nov. 10, with a 2:30 matinee on Nov. 11)
Thursday, Nov. 8 – Charter Lecture by UGA graduate Natasha Tretewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2 p.m. UGA Chapel; Young Choreographers Series Senior Concert, 8 p.m., New Dance Theatre, Dance Building (through Nov. 10); 2nd Thursday Concert: Georgia Woodwind Quintet and Friends, 8 p.m., Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center
Friday, Nov. 9 - Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, 8 p.m., Hodgson Hall, Performing Arts Center, with the Georgia Museum of Art open for pre-concert tours; reception for BFA Exhibition, 7-9 p.m., Lamar Dodd School of Art
Tickets for Performing Arts Center events and the University Theatre production may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center's new website, or by calling the box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497. Tickets for the dance concert will be on sale at the Tate Student Center box office in the fall.
The UGA Arts Council was convened in October 2011 and includes representatives from the following campus units: The Performing Arts Center, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the Georgia Museum of Art, The Georgia Review, the UGA Press, the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Special Collections Libraries and the Office of the Provost.
UGA environmental chemist and associate professor Jack Huang holds a jar of water for a research project on the UGA campus in Griffin.
Perfluorinated chemicals keep eggs from sticking to frying pans, protect furniture from spills and help firefighters fight blazes, but studies now show that some of these chemicals—particularly the ones used to fight fires—are also toxic to laboratory animals in varying amounts.
To help clean up these chemicals, the Department of Defense's U.S. Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment awarded University of Georgia associate professor Qingguo "Jack" Huang a $689,431 grant to test the effectiveness of an enzyme-based approach for removing perfluorinated chemicals, commonly known as PFCs, from contaminated soil.
"PFCs are emerging as contaminates, and big users of these chemicals are concerned about cleaning them up," said Huang, an environmental chemist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "These chemicals are robust and hard to degrade, and none of the current technologies are practical for remediation."
The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force are searching for a way to remove the chemicals and have recognized that Huang's work on the UGA campus in Griffin could be the answer.
The U.S. is one among several countries looking for a way to clean up these chemicals "that chemists designed a long time ago," Huang said. Governments in Australia, Canada and the European Union have placed restrictions on how these chemicals are used. California, Minnesota and New Jersey already have regulations in place, and efforts are being made to clean up areas-mostly firefighting training centers and industrial sites-where the chemicals have soaked into the ground.
"These products are used at military bases, airports and oil-drilling facilities, where fire-fighting practices are routinely performed," Huang said. "These are big scale uses that release the chemicals into the soil where they go into the ground water."
Companies are already phasing out the manufacturing of some PFCs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate certain types of PFCs soon, he said. Locations where the PFCs have been regularly released likely will be responsible for removing the chemical's residues from their land.
Huang has been studying the use of enzymes to degrade these chemicals, and his early findings earned him the Department of Defense grant funds that he will use for the three-year study.
Huang's goal is to take the concepts he has proven in the laboratory and test them in the field. He will first design and find the optimal formula of the enzyme, and then he will conduct tests at actual cleanup sites. AECOM, the largest engineering consulting company in the world, will serve as a subcontracting partner on the project and will handle the field aspect of the project.
"Basically, our project is a start," Huang said. "These chemicals have made a significant profit in the past. Now, reports show they are harmful. The DOD is quite serious about this. Once these chemicals are regulated, PFCs will be a big responsibility because the contaminated sites will have to be maintained and cleaned up."[close]
2012 Bulldog 100 honoree Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga., helped start a beef cattle food hub that works with a group of south Georgia cattle farmers to supply grass-fed beef to Publix and Whole Foods stores in Georgia.
A recent University of Georgia survey of state food hubs found that Georgia is busy—through small groups of farmers—providing the large amounts of local produce needed to grow local markets.
Small-scale farmers can sell directly to consumers, but a growing number find they have too much produce for a farmers market or a community supported agriculture system but not enough to meet the needs of restaurants, schools or grocery stores. That's the purpose of a food hub—to pull these small and medium size farms together so they can pool their products to fill large orders.
The survey, which was completed this summer, is the first step in a Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium plan, led by UGA Cooperative Extension, to support the development of new food hubs. It found that farmers and entrepreneurs across the state—whether they called themselves food hubs or not—are already coming up with partnerships to help meet the consumer's demand for local produce.
"Agriculture is Georgia's No. 1 industry," said Julia Gaskin, a sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who directed the recent survey. "There is a demand for local food and limited infrastructure for small and mid-size farms to access wholesale markets. Food hubs have the potential to make this link, increase the viability of these farms and create jobs."
For the purpose of the consortium's food hub survey, Gaskin and other researchers defined food hubs as organizations that brought together five or more farmers and had a wholesale component.
They found eight of these organizations in Georgia: Seven are private businesses and one is a farmers' cooperative.
The hubs ranged from a small group of farmers in Glennville, who started growing greens and field peas to supply the needs of local schools, to White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, a beef cattle processing operation that works with a group of local cattle farmers to supply grass-fed beef to Publix and Whole Foods stores in Georgia.
Researchers also found about 24 groups are at some stage of developing some type of food hub organization for their area.
The consortium's next step is to analyze a survey of farmers' needs to determine what would help them to develop strong food hub systems similar to the ones that already exist. A report on that data will be available in November.
For more information on the food hub survey, see www.caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag/gsac/FoodHubStudy.html. For more information on the Georgia Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture, see www.caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag/gsac/index.html.[close]
The University of Georgia raised more than $102 million in gifts and new commitments for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, marking the seventh consecutive year that private giving to the university has topped $100 million.
The $102.7 million total includes gifts and commitments from 56,184 contributors. The Georgia Fund annual giving campaign raised a record $12.3 million, an 11.5 percent increase from fiscal year 2011. Unrestricted giving was at $1.17 million from 12,307 gifts. This is a 1.3 percent increase over last year. The average annual fund gift increased from $254 to $296.
Deferred gifts to the university increased by 58 percent with a total of $22.4 million compared to last year's total of $14.2 million.
The UGA Athletic Association raised $29.3 million in fiscal year 2012, of which $27.8 million came from its ticket priority program.
The Terry College of Business and the College of Veterinary Medicine combined for almost $30 million as both colleges continued fundraising efforts for new facilities.[close]
40 Under 40 Class of 2012
The University of Georgia Alumni Association has named Thomas J. Callaway, Jennifer L. Chapman and Peter Dale, all of Athens, as recipients of the 2012 40 Under 40 award. Their awards were presented recently at a ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
Thomas J. Callaway ('07) is co-founder and CEO of Fivemile.com, a retailer dedicated to the outdoor sportsman. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Citizen's Award presented by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Jennifer L. Chapman ('97, '98 and '02) is a faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College. She serves as assistant professor of legal studies and accounting, adjunct professor of tax law and assistant dean for operations in the business school.
Peter Dale ('99) is the executive chef of The National, a restaurant in downtown Athens. He is a board member of the Boybutante Aids Foundation and received the "People's Choice-Best New Chef for the Southeast" award by Food and Wine Magazine this year.
Chosen from more than 400 nominations, the program recognizes 40 UGA graduates under the age of 40 who are making an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors; demonstrating a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UGA; and aspiring to uphold the principles manifested in the three Pillars of the Arch, which are wisdom, justice and moderation. To view this year's class, see http://www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/40_under_profiles/2012.
The UGA Alumni Association accepted nominations for the 40 Under 40 from February-April. The nominees then submitted additional material that was provided to a selection committee for review.
Deborah Dietzler, alumni association executive director, said it is important to engage and maintain a lifelong relationship with the university's ever-growing young alumni population. "Of the 270,000 living UGA alums, over 100,000 qualified for this program," said Dietzler.
More than 51 percent of UGA's alumni earned degrees within the last 20 years.
For more information about the 40 Under 40 program, see http://www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/40under40/40_under_40_about.[close]
WUGA-TV, the public television station of the University of Georgia, has increased its coverage in northeast Georgia and throughout the greater Atlanta television market.
Station officials recently concluded agreements with DirectTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and Comcast cable for either new or expanded carriage that makes the station available to 100 percent of the households in the Athens, Gainesville and Toccoa corridor via satellite, cable or over-the-air transmission. In addition, the station is now available to satellite subscribers throughout the Atlanta market.
"It was key to WUGA-TV's success that we find a way to get better market coverage," said Tom Jackson, UGA vice president for public affairs. "With the addition of these satellite services to the already existing over-the-air and cable services, viewers from the Alabama state line to North Carolina now receive the station and can discover its quality public broadcasting programming."
WUGA-TV now can be seen on both satellite services and AT&T U-Verse on Channel 32, its over-the-air channel in the Athens, Gainesville and surrounding counties, and on Comcast cable channel 96 in Barrow County and in portions of Jackson, Hall and north Gwinnett counties. Previously, the station has been carried on Charter cable in Athens and Gainesville, Comcast and Windstream cable in Hart and Elbert counties, and other cable systems in the area.
"This new carriage agreement effectively doubles WUGA-TV's audience potential in its Northeast Georgia home market and greatly expands its reach into Atlanta, the nation's ninth largest television market," said Jimmy Sanders, director of TV and radio at UGA. "WUGA-TV's geographic coverage is now greater than any other television station, commercial or public, in the state of Georgia."
WUGA-TV began broadcasts on May 1, 2011, as a public station in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. The station's format offers a mixture of programs, including such classic PBS shows as PBS NewsHour, Nature and History Detectives, through an affiliation with the World Network, and UGA and community-focused local news, documentary and entertainment offerings. Local programs produced and broadcast on WUGA-TV include music shows, such as UGA Performs and It's Friday; news profile and interview programs, including Unscripted with Alan Flurry and Dream Makers with Charlie Mac; the UGA Alumni Show; Public Health Impact produced by the UGA School of Public Health; the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine show; and Grady Newsource, the student-operated news program. Future programs are in pre-production. WUGA-TV also produces the area's only local television news and weather updates, which air hourly throughout the day.
Funding for WUGA-TV and its affiliated radio station WUGA-FM is provided in part through contributions from alumni and friends, sponsorships, underwriting and listeners. For more information on WUGA-TV, see http://www.wugatv.org/.[close]
According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, the buying power of minorities in the U.S. has grown into a diverse and formidable consumer market in the last decade. The rise of minority buying power in the marketplace has generated a demand to learn why these gains are taking place as well as how to tailor products, advertising and media to each market segment.
"The numbers are impressive," said Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center and author of the annual Multicultural Economy report, just released. "For example, in 2012, the $1.2 trillion Hispanic market is larger than the entire economies of all but 13 countries in the world."
The Selig Center's annual report includes state-by-state projections of buying power for the nation's three most populous racial groups-African American, Asian and American Indians-as well as Hispanics, who are categorized by the U.S. Census as an ethnic minority and not a racial minority. Its information provides businesses a first step toward a more comprehensive analysis of its markets and is among the most popular and downloaded resources offered by the Terry College. The full report is available at the Selig Center website at http://www.terry.uga.edu/selig/.
According to Humphreys, buying power, also referred to as disposable income, is the total personal income available for spending on goods and services after taxes. The state-by-state projections are broken down by market size, growth rate and market share.
Other notable insights from this year's report include:
The total annual buying power in the U.S., combining all racial categories, will exceed $12.2 trillion - an increase of 188 percent from 1990-2012.
· African-American buying power will increase 73 percent between 2000 and 2012, which not only overtakes the 60 percent increase in Caucasian buying power, but also the 67 percent rise in total buying power of all races combined. Two factors contributing to the gains include a 61 percent increase in black-owned businesses in the five-year period between 2002 and 2007 and 84 percent of blacks over 25 years of age completing high school or college-a sharp increase from 66 percent in 1990.
· Americans of Asian ancestry, representing the third largest minority group, have achieved a 165 percent gain in buying power between 2000 and 2012 and will reach $1 trillion in 2017. The U.S. Asian market is already larger than the economies of all but 17 countries in the world. The Asian population is growing faster than the total U.S. population, and the Selig Center projects the population to reach 17.2 million in 2012-a gain of 55.2 percent from 2000's base population of 11.1 million. Demographic studies reveal 52 percent of Asians over 25 have a bachelor's or advanced degree compared to 30 percent of Caucasians. Because the Asian consumer market is so diverse in national ancestries, languages and cultures, businesses that target subgroups will find rewarding niche markets.
Georgia is now the 5th largest African-American consumer market in the U.S. ($73 billion) and owns a 21.8 percent share of total buying power for the state-the fourth largest share of any state in the U.S. Compared to the Hispanic and Asian markets, which are concentrated in a handful of states, the African-American market is widespread and makes it an attractive customer segment.
Available for purchase from the Selig Center as a pre-packaged book and CD, "The Multicultural Economy" estimates minority buying power by applying economic modeling and forecasting techniques to data from various U.S. government sources. The model developed by the Selig Center integrates statistical methods used in economic forecasting with those of marketing research.
About the Selig Center
The Selig Center for Economic Growth was established in 1990 in memory of Atlanta entrepreneur Simon S. Selig Jr., a 1935 Terry College graduate, by his son, Steve Selig, and daughter, Cathy Selig, both of Atlanta. The Selig Center also publishes the college's annual "Georgia Economic Outlook" forecast and produces commissioned studies for the state and the private sector.
Welcome Class of 2016! This fall, the University of Georgia will enroll approximately 5,000 first-year students. But before they settle into a dorm and make new friends, the UGA Alumni Association’s Freshmen Send Off program will provide an opportunity to celebrate with this stellar group while also showcasing UGA and its alumni.
The Freshman Send Off, a program coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, allows UGA alumni to introduce the rich traditions of UGA to its newest class of students. These special events serve as an official welcome from the Alumni Association on behalf of more than 275,000 University of Georgia graduates worldwide and offer support of hometown UGA Alumni Chapters. Incoming freshmen and their families are invited as honored guests to experience the thrill of their first event as UGA students!
The UGA Alumni Association introduced the Freshmen Send Off program as a way to build lifelong relationships between the university and each student. Traditionally, this relationship began the first day a student stepped on campus. But now with the Freshmen Send Off, the newest Bulldogs are welcomed into the Red and Black family before they leave their hometown!
Freshmen Send Off events occur throughout the summer at more than 30 UGA Alumni Chapters across the country. For more information, stay tuned to the local alumni chapter pages on the UGA Alumni Association website .[close]
“I will be the first person in my family to have a college degree. Your gift matters and makes a difference!”
“This education is so valuable—it has allowed me to fulfill my dreams. Thank you so much!”
“Because of your donations, I’ve been able to travel to China, Mongolia, Russia and South Korea during my time at UGA, and I’ve also participated in an internship with the Defense Department in Washington.”
“Thanks to you guys, I’m loan free!”
These sentiments were just a few expressed by UGA students during the first “Thank a Donor Day” initiated April 12 in the Tate Student Center Plaza. The event was held to educate students on the impact that private giving makes to their educational experience, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of thanking donors for their generosity.
Hundreds of students turned out to write thank you notes, provide video messages, sign a large thank you card and create other expressions of gratitude that personally acknowledged the generosity of donors. A highlight of the event was a video produced that captured the students’ message of appreciation. To view the video, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=992C5TPUN60.
“UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge that later became the site of our great university,” said Tony Stringer, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship. “More than 200 years later, UGA donors continue to support our growing campus, allowing our students to thrive. Saying ‘thanks’ validates the importance of these gifts.”[close]
The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government and Georgia Sea Grant are developing a climate adaptation plan for the barrier island community of Tybee Island through funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The recommendations developed by the project, titled the Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative, will help the city of Tybee Island prepare for and adapt to sea level rise through appropriate local ordinances, infrastructural improvements and other municipal actions.
"This will be the first time in Georgia that we will have a barrier island community look at sea level rise adaptation," said Jason Evans, a lead team member on the project. Evans is an environmental sustainability analyst with the Vinson Institute's environmental policy program, where he helps state and local leaders examine and develop comprehensive environmental management policies and practices.
The plan will be developed through a series of workshops with the Tybee Island community in which stakeholders will identify vulnerable assets—such as infrastructure, housing stock and critical facilities—and formulate measures to deal with problems like flooding and more frequent high tides.
To facilitate the planning process, the team will use two models to predict future sea level rise. A program to assist decision-making known as the Vulnerability Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios will help prioritize the importance of the community's assets. The Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool, an advanced geographic information system package, will illustrate the impact of specific storm surges and coastal flooding scenarios.
"We are going to work with the community to come up with a list of vulnerabilities that they see and interface those with very detailed scenario models of sea level rise effects on Tybee Island," Evans said. "It should help prioritize what the community wants to do in order to mitigate and adapt to the changes."
Results from these models will be used as a foundation for prioritizing, developing timescales and initiating municipal finance planning for the development of the adaptation action plan. Outreach and extension support from Georgia Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the UGA Marine Extension Service and other state agencies will be provided throughout the implementation period.
"We have every indication scientifically that sea level rise is going to be affecting us in Georgia, in the nation and around the world," Evans said. "We hope this project will provide a template for other Georgia communities to follow."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the groups $98,985 for the project.
UGA Vinson Institute
For more than 80 years the Vinson Institute, UGA's public service and outreach unit, has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people's lives. For more information on the Vinson Institute, see www.vinsoninstitute.org.
Georgia Sea Grant
Georgia Sea Grant is part of a national program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that channels funds into colleges, universities and research institutes throughout Georgia to support local research, education and outreach. Georgia Sea Grant is housed at UGA, a land- and sea-grant institution. For more information on Georgia Sea Grant, see http://georgiaseagrant.uga.edu.
University of Georgia researchers have developed a map of the human brain that shows great promise as a new guide to the inner workings of the body's most complex and critical organ.
With this map, researchers hope to create a next-generation brain atlas that will be an alternative option to the atlas created by German anatomist Korbinian Brodmann more than 100 years ago, which is still commonly used in clinical and research settings.
Tianming Liu, assistant professor of computer science in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and his students Dajiang Zhu and Kaiming Li identified 358 landmarks throughout the brain related to memory, vision, language, arousal regulation and many other fundamental bodily operations. Their findings were published in the April issue of Cerebral Cortex.
The landmarks were discovered using diffusion tensor imaging, a sophisticated neuroimaging technique that allows scientists to visualize nerve fiber connections throughout the brain. Unlike many other neuroimaging studies, their map does not focus only on one section of the brain but rather the whole cerebral cortex.
"Previously, researchers would examine at most three or four small brain networks," Liu said. "We want to examine the whole brain connection, and this is the so-called connectome."
The new map provides a clearer picture of how different areas of the brain are physically connected and how these connections relate to basic brain function. Liu and his team examined hundreds of healthy young adults to establish the landmarks, which they call dense individualized and common connectivity-based cortical landmarks, or DICCCOL.
After extensive testing and comparison, the team determined that these nodes are present in every normal brain, meaning they can be used as a basis of comparison for those with damaged brain tissue or altered brain function.
"DICCCOL is very similar to a GPS system," Zhu said, "only it's a GPS map of the human brain."
Now, thanks in part to a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Liu and collaborators Xiaoping Hu and Claire Coles at Emory University are preparing to test their brain map by comparing healthy brains with those of children whose brains were damaged by exposure to cocaine while in the womb.
Prenatal cocaine exposure, or PCE, can cause serious damage to brain networks. Because of this, analysis of the damage provides Liu and his team with an excellent opportunity to evaluate the usefulness of their map.
After comparing the PCE brains to those of healthy individuals, they hope to determine the segments of the brain responsible for physical or mental disabilities observed in children exposed to cocaine.
"The PCE brain is disrupted in a systematic way; the whole brain is wrongly wired," Liu said. "We want to test our map in one of the worst cases, and then we will know if it will work in other cases."
Once the robustness of their map is established, Liu and his team hope that it may prove useful in the evaluation of many other brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or stroke.
"This really is a fundamental technology," Liu said. "When we establish these DICCCOLS, we can very easily extend this project to other populations, to other brain diseases."
Liu's team published their DICCCOL data sets, which includes the source code and diffusion tensor images, at http://dicccol.cs.uga.edu so other researchers may use the findings in their own experiments.
The article, "DICCCOL: Dense Individualized and Common Connectivity-Based Cortical Landmarks," is available at http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/04/05/cercor.bhs072.short?rss=1.[close]
University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams informed the campus that he will step down as president at the conclusion of the next fiscal year. At the end of his 16 years in office on June 30, 2013, Adams will stand fifth in length of service among the university's 21 presidents, tied with founding president Abraham Baldwin.
"There comes a time when it is appropriate to step aside to let others continue the work, and that time has come for me," said Adams. "My love will always be deep for the University of Georgia, where I have spent the most productive years of my career. I will be invigorated in the coming year in working to assure that UGA remains well positioned for the future, both short term and long term."
Since Adams took office in 1997, the University of Georgia has risen dramatically in many key indicators: academic achievement, faculty strength, student quality, enrollment, fundraising and the physical plant. The university has been recognized as one of the nation's top 20 public research universities for eight out of the past 10 years by U.S. News & World Report.
"I am proud of where the university is. It is in excellent shape," Adams said. "But now is not the time to waver in our dedication to moving her forward. We still need faculty and staff salary support and additional facilities for students, in particular the Science Learning Center planned for South Campus. And a key challenge is the coming capital campaign. I will spend the next year preparing for a capital campaign that my successor can build upon to propel this historic and dynamic institution into the future."
Adams said he intends to stay engaged with the university and the Athens community after his presidency, with an eye toward teaching and writing. "Mary and I love this place, we love this community and are really looking forward to a new level of engagement with both the campus and the town," he said.
"I have enjoyed broad support from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for 15 years," Adams said. "I want to especially thank Chancellor Steve Portch, who offered me this job on behalf of the regents, who were chaired at the time by the late Tom Allgood, and the search committee, which was chaired by Regent Don Leebern. I am also grateful to my friend, Dan Amos, who represented the University of Georgia Foundation on the search committee, and to Dr. Betty Whitten, who was the chair of the executive committee of University Council and represented the faculty in the search."
Adams was named the 21st president of the University of Georgia on June 11, 1997, following nine years as president of Centre College in Kentucky, and next year will complete his 25th year as a college or university president. He is among America's longest-serving and best-known university presidents. A widely-respected figure in higher education, he is the only person ever to be elected by his peers to head each of four leading national organizations: the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the American Council on Education and the National College Athletic Association's Executive Committee.
He earned a Ph.D. in political communications from The Ohio State University in 1973 and has been awarded five honorary degrees. He earned a master's degree in communication research methodology from Ohio State in 1971 and a bachelor's degree in speech and history from Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), which named him Alumnus of the Year in 2011.
Adams is a specialist in political communication and higher education administration and has written professionally in both areas. He has held senior positions in state and national government-as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, whom Adams considers one of his greatest mentors. He also served two years in the administration of Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander.
Either personally or professionally on behalf of the university, he has received numerous awards in higher education, including the Knight Foundation Award for Presidential Leadership, the Pioneer Award for Leadership in Civil Rights and the James T. Rogers Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He is the recipient of the Governor's Award in the Humanities from the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities. For 10 consecutive years, Georgia Trend magazine has included Adams on its list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.
Academically, the university's stature has never been higher. Five new colleges or schools have been established during Adams' presidency: the School of Public and International Affairs (2001), the College of Environment and Design (2001), the College of Public Health (2005), the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology (2007) and the College of Engineering (2012). In 2010, a partnership with the then-Medical College of Georgia led to medical degree education in Athens. The medical partnership and UGA's College of Public Health will move to the newly acquired UGA Health Sciences Campus on the site of the former U.S. Navy Supply Corps School this fall.
Under his leadership, the university's endowment grew from $249.413 million in fiscal year 1997 to $745.765 million in fiscal year 2011. The number of endowed professorships at the university has grown from 92 when Adams took office to 219 today, and the number of Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholars has grown from four to 18.
The university now ranks fourth in the nation in the number of students who participate in short-term study abroad programs, as Adams led the establishment of permanent year-round international residential sites in Oxford, England; Cortona, Italy; and San Luis, Costa Rica. Likewise, the university's reach into the state expanded with additional academic programs at campuses in Gwinnett County, Griffin, Tifton and Buckhead.
UGA's physical campus has been transformed since he took office, with more than $1 billion in new construction, renovation and infrastructure and 6.2 million square feet of new space completed. The Zell B. Miller Learning Center, which transformed the academic life of students on campus, opened in fall 2003. The Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences was dedicated in 2006. The East Campus Village, served by the Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons, both of which opened in 2004, added space for more than 1,200 students to help meet demand for on-campus living, and another 500-bed residence hall opened in 2010. The new home of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, also on East Campus, opened in 2008; a College of Pharmacy addition was occupied in 2009; and the expansion of the Georgia Museum of Art was completed in 2011. Also in 2009, a major addition to the William B. Tate Student Center was added to the campus. In 2011, a Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall expansion was completed. The landmark Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries opened in early 2012, and ground is to be broken this fall for a new College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital.
Key historic buildings on campus underwent extensive renovation and restoration at Adams' direction, including North Campus landmarks Old College (1806), New College (1823), Demosthenian Hall (1824), Phi Kappa Hall (1834), Moore College (1874), Candler Hall (1901) and the Administration Building (1907).
Under Adams' leadership, University of Georgia's enrollment has grown from 29,693 in 1997 to about 35,000 students today, while becoming the most selective in its history and attaining its highest national rankings. Adams' signature appears on some 110,000 degrees earned by almost half of UGA's living alumni. Widely recognized for his fundraising abilities, Adams saw more private funds raised to support the university during his term than during the institution's entire previous history.
"No one knows better than I that none of these were personal accomplishments, but were the accomplishments of a strong and dedicated team," Adams said. "Indeed, I consider putting that team together and the quality of the people we have brought to this place to be my single greatest accomplishment. In other words, nothing that has been accomplished would have occurred without the full support of a great many people."
Adams continued, "I cannot overly express how much I appreciate the support I have received from so many individuals in the administration, the faculty, the staff, the students, the alumni, and from the people of Georgia who love this place. These people make the presidency of UGA one of the best jobs in America. I continue to believe that the people of this state deserve a flagship every bit as good as do the people of California or Michigan or North Carolina. Together, we have made great progress in that regard, and I thank all of you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity."
A native of Alabama, Adams is a graduate of the public schools of Georgia and Tennessee, being named the most outstanding graduate of Chattanooga High School in 1966. At Lipscomb College, he met Mary Lynn Ethridge in a history class, and they have been married for 40 years. They are the parents of two sons, David and Taylor, both of whom are married to UGA alumnae, and are very proud of their two granddaughters, Campbell and Tucker.
To view the announcement, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ17K9kUEyI.[close]
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine's annual open house will be held April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exotic animal displays, horseback-riding demonstrations, a parade of dog breeds and veterinary hospital tours are some of the many activities that will be available.
The event, sponsored by UGA's veterinary students, will demonstrate the wide variety of career options available to veterinary medicine graduates, such as maintaining a healthy food supply as well as researching and controlling infectious diseases.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to see firsthand the role of today's veterinarian," said Dr. Lari Cowgill, faculty adviser for the open house. "Veterinary medicine entails so much more than the care of cats, dogs, horses and cows. What we learn from animal health has a significant impact on public health issues."
Younger children may assist with teddy bear surgery while veterinary students repair their favorite stuffed playmates. Other tentatively scheduled activities include quail egg hatchings, ice cream making, question and answer sessions with current veterinary students and scientific exhibits showcasing different types of animals. Tours of the UGA veterinary teaching hospital, which serves both small and large animals, will be available all day. Veterinary students will sell lunch items, baked goods, refreshments and merchandise.
"We have been looking forward to open house all year," said Raley White, vice president of the class of 2015, which is hosting the event. "We're extremely excited to be able to bring the public in and demonstrate some extraordinary and unusual things that many people may not have seen before, as well as show off all of the wonderful things that we love about our school and veterinary medicine."
Admission is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at the softball complex on Milledge Avenue with shuttles running to the college throughout the day. Maps will be available to ease navigation through the exhibits. For assistance with sign language interpretation or handicap accessibility, contact Cowgill at 706/542-2318.
The CVM's open house has been held annually for more than 30 years and is hosted by first-year veterinary students with help from the second-year class. For more information, including a schedule that will be finalized closer to the event, see www.vet.uga.edu/ERC/openhouse.
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 560 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.
The current UGA College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 18,000 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the U.S. The college is currently working to raise $15 million toward building a new veterinary medical learning center, which will include a new teaching hospital, classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. For more information, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/vmlc/.[close]
Join local UGA alumni and friends for a special event dedicated to all things UGA. Get the inside scoop on the Georgia Bulldogs' upcoming seasons, hear the latest news from the University, and learn more about your local UGA Alumni chapter. UGA Day is a very special opportunity for alumni and friends to come together to show that we are proud to say, "UGA!"
2012 UGA Day Schedule
With pledged gifts totaling $1 million, the Deloitte Foundation has established an endowment for the J.M. Tull School of Accounting in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.
The Deloitte Foundation Endowed Accounting Support Fund will provide new annual funding to attract and retain outstanding faculty, who will be designated as Deloitte Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellows, and scholarships to deserving graduate and undergraduate students, who will be recognized as Deloitte Foundation Scholars.
In addition, during the five-year period in which the endowed account is funded, Deloitte employees and the Deloitte Foundation will continue their support of the Deloitte Teaching Fellowship, which provides resources for faculty research and teaching, graduate fellowships, student organizations, and other priorities in the Tull School of Accounting.
"As a leading employer of our students, we greatly appreciate the outstanding career opportunities Deloitte provides to our students and the multitude of professional successes that our students have enjoyed with them," said Ben Ayers, the Tull School's director. "The generous support of Deloitte professionals and the Deloitte Foundation led us to establish the Deloitte Foundation Endowed Accounting Support Fund. It is a great testament to their vested interest in the education of our students and their commitment to accounting excellence."
"I am happy to announce this gift on behalf of the more than 250 UGA alumni at Deloitte," said Will Herman, a partner in Deloitte's Atlanta office. "Supporting educational initiatives is strategic to Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation, and we are proud to support the Tull School of Accounting and the Terry College of Business."
Ed Heys, the managing partner of Deloitte's Atlanta office, added, "We are pleased to be able to demonstrate our commitment to the Tull School of Accounting through this endowment. Our firm has benefitted greatly from the education that our UGA alumni received from the Tull School, and we appreciate the hard work of the faculty and leadership."
UGA's School of Accounting was one of the first in the nation to be established as a separate professional school within a college of business. In 1982, it was renamed the J.M. Tull School of Accounting after receiving an endowment from the J.M. Tull Charitable Foundation of Atlanta. The school's undergraduate and master's programs have been ranked among the top 10 by Public Accounting Report, and it is rated among the top 20 undergraduate accounting programs by U.S. News & World Report. The school's faculty is well known for its teaching, research and service to the accounting profession.
About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports teaching, research and curriculum innovation in accounting, business and related fields within the U.S. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, see the Deloitte Foundation Web page at www.deloitte.com/us/df.
As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. See www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.[close]
The University of Georgia Libraries, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Historical Society and the Board of Regents' GALILEO virtual library initiative, is part of a new project to digitize more than 80,000 documents relating to the American Civil War.
Funding for America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia has been provided by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission and is enabling archivists to digitize 81,319 letters, diaries, military records, account books, poetry, photographs and maps that document the American Civil War.
"Events in Georgia, particularly Sherman's Georgia campaign and the blockade of the coastline, were critical factors in the outcome of the War," said P. Toby Graham, deputy university librarian and head of the Hargrett Library. "This project provides the raw material for building a more complete understanding of Georgia's role in the conflict."
The Union capture of Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1864 had a direct impact on the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln, hastening the end of the war and ultimately reuniting the nation. For that reason, the fall of Atlanta was a decisive turning point in American history. As the nation commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and interest in this subject increases, the need to provide enhanced access to these materials has never been greater, said Paul Crater, vice president of research services at the Atlanta History Center and project director.
Manuscript and visual materials are available only in their original format, and the project partners are among the leading research institutions in the Southeast for the study of the Civil War, with hundreds of researchers visiting their locales annually.
"The records include the diverse experiences and perspectives of military leaders, soldiers and civilians whose lives were directly impacted by the Civil War," Crater said. "Thousands of first-hand accounts of Union and Confederate soldiers and officers document their hardships and opinions of the war and national politics. Military documents, including orders issued by William T. Sherman, describe the strategy of the Atlanta Campaign. Letters and diaries from Georgia civilians, young and old, male and female, describe in compelling detail the anxiety leading up to the war, the blockade of Georgia's coast, the siege of Atlanta and General Sherman's subsequent march through Georgia. Financial and military documents reveal details of the buying and selling of slaves by private parties and by governments in the defense of the Confederacy. Letters, questionnaires and 20th-century photograph collections capture the memories of Civil War veterans and document important Georgia Civil War landmarks a few decades after the conflict."
As part of the two-year venture, a blog on the progress of the project will be available to scholars and the public. Access to the materials will be through websites at each institution.
The digitized documents will be available via the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO initiative based in the UGA Libraries. "The Digital Library of Georgia site is a significant source of exposure for project results, as DLG received more than 4.5 million page views during the past 12 months, including visits from every state and internationally," Graham said. The records also will become part of the recently launched Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Civil War portal (http://american-south.org), which the DLG hosts."
The manuscript section of UGA's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses more than 500 collections of original documents relating to the war. In addition to being used by authors, Hargrett's Civil War manuscripts have been used by more than 700 researchers of all types during the past three years. Similarly, the Georgia Historical Society and the Atlanta History Center Civil War collections are in constant use for books, publications and broadcast documentaries.
"Scholars and authors, public school educators, university professors, students, museum educators, developers of public humanities programs, journalists, preservationists and documentarians access these collections to better understand and interpret the Civil War," Crater said. "Since such high researcher demand exists for access to these historical documents, digitization and the creation of an online digital resource of the materials would simultaneously expand access and use of resources while also helping to preserve the originals."
The grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the National Archives.
Information on the partners involved in this Civil War project is available at the following urls: UGA Libraries, http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/; the Atlanta History Center,http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/; Georgia Historical Society, http://www.georgiahistory.com/; and the GALILEO virtual library, http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/.[close]
Heat-related deaths among football players across the country tripled to nearly three per year between 1994 and 2009 after averaging about one per year the previous 15 years, according to an analysis of weather conditions and high school and college sports data conducted by University of Georgia researchers.
The scientists built a detailed database that included the temperature, humidity and time of day, as well as the height, weight and position for 58 football players who died during practice sessions from overheating, or hyperthermia. The study, published recently in the International Journal of Biometeorology, found that for the eastern U.S., where most deaths occurred, morning heat index values were consistently higher in the latter half of the 30-year study period. Overall, Georgia led the nation in deaths with six fatalities.
"In general, on days the deaths occurred, the temperature was hotter and the air more humid than normal local conditions," said climatologist Andrew Grundstein, senior author of the study and associate professor of geography in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
More than half of the players fell ill on days when practice ended before noon. The majority of the deaths occurred in August, when most high school and college football coaches ramp up preseason training. The American College of Sports Medicine provides guidelines for the intensity of all sports practices based on a measurement called the wet bulb globe temperature, or WBGT.
The WBGT reading is calculated using the familiar dry bulb thermometer usually found in homes, a wet bulb thermometer wrapped in damp cotton and, finally, a dry bulb thermometer encased in a black globe or globe thermometer. Each instrument provides, respectively, a measure of the air temperature, the ability of evaporation to cool the player, and the amount of solar radiation absorbed by a surface or, in this case, the player's exposed skin.
The National Weather Service provides a measurement called the heat index that attempts to convey true ambient temperature. The weakness of that measurement, Grundstein explained, is that it does not account for sun exposure or a person's involvement in athletic activity.
Neither method of measuring temperature accounts for the protective pads and helmets football players wear during practice.
"We all want a single magic number to indicate the heat threshold," Grundstein said. "But so many factors contribute to heat stress that it's impossible to draw the line at a single temperature."
Grundstein cautioned against assigning complete blame for the deaths on warmer temperatures and increasing humidity. He found that football players have also grown larger since 1980. Linemen, who tend to have a higher body mass index than other players, seem especially susceptible to hyperthermia. In Grundstein's sample, 86 percent of those who died were linemen. The increase in deaths also could be explained by an overall increase in weight and BMI in the past 15 years.
Even though specialized tools such as the wet bulb global thermometer are available, not all football coaches decide to use them. In addition to knowing the true temperature outdoors, another approach to avoiding heat illnesses is to make sure players are slowly introduced to an intense workout regime after a summer probably spent inside air-conditioned environments. It is also important to have trained staff watching for signs of heat illness and to have an emergency management plan in place, he said.
Grundstein is currently working with Mike Ferrara, professor of kinesiology in the UGA College of Education, to study heat-related injuries in Georgia high school football players. Deaths from hyperthermia, Grundstein said, are highly avoidable.
Co-authors, all from UGA, include associate professor of geography John Knox and graduate students Craig Ramseyer, Fang Zhao, Jordan L. Pesses, Pete Akers, Aneela Qureshi, Laura Becker and Myron Petro.[close]
Twelve University of Georgia undergraduates have been selected by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to serve as orientation leaders during new student orientation in summer 2012.
Orientation leaders are usually the first points of contact and help prepare first-year and transfer students for fall semester by sharing their own academic and campus experiences. They perform skits and songs to help welcome the new students to the university community. The leaders serve as an important resource for parents and families who may also attend orientation.
Online modules covering a range of student affairs information are a new feature of orientation this year. Before attending orientation, first-year and transfer students must review these modules that highlight subjects such as UGA housing, academic honesty and intercultural affairs.
"Once again, we have an amazing group of student leaders who are excited to share their UGA experiences with incoming first-year and transfer students," said Milly Gorman, associate director of admissions and director of new student orientation. "It was a much tougher decision this year since we had the most applications ever received. However, the best combination of students was chosen to be 2012 orientation leaders."
The group of six men and six women, who are rising juniors and seniors, was chosen for their strong communication skills, leadership abilities and enthusiastic campus spirit.
The summer 2012 orientation leaders are:
A group of first-year honors students at the University of Georgia is gaining investigative knowledge and experience in mentor-guided projects as CURO Honors Scholars with UGA's Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.
"The CURO Honors Scholarship, formerly the CURO Apprenticeship, allows students to participate in original research from their earliest days on campus," said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the UGA Honors Program. "CURO Honors Scholars thrive in a small community complete with financial support, faculty mentoring and guidance in developing writing and presentation skills."
The 10 new CURO Honors Scholars join a group of 13 returning second-year undergraduate researchers participating in the program, which has provided faculty-guided research opportunities to freshmen and sophomores for more than a decade.
During their first semester in the program, undergraduates interview faculty whose research may interest them. They then select their best matches and work with these faculty 10-12 hours a week on year-long projects in a variety of disciplines ranging from physics and astronomy to art and international affairs.
The students also attend a weekly honors seminar that focuses on research theories and practices. Peer support and student-led group discussions are also part of this hands-on approach to learning.
First-year student Hope Foskey of Matthews, N.C., said she appreciates the emphasis placed on community and group support as she works toward a pharmacy career. She is currently studying the central nervous system in relation to the expression and mutations of a particular gene that has been associated with aniridia, a disease of the eye. Her faculty mentor is UGA cellular biologist James Lauderdale.
"The CURO program has provided a great foundation and support system for me as I begin this endeavor into research," said Foskey. "Most importantly, I think the people I have met through the program have given me great friends, mentors and professional contacts."
First-year microbiology major Babajide Oluwadare of Stone Mountain said that with his limited laboratory experience, he has greatly benefitted from learning about the introductory steps of the research process. Now Oluwadare spends his days working in the laboratory of UGA microbiologist Duncan Krause. Oluwadare is investigating the properties of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacterial pathogen that infects the lungs, causing bronchitis and walking pneumonia.
"The program taught me how to find a research mentor and guided me through the different steps I have to take to actually begin the research," said Oluwadare.
Second-year student Alexis Garcia of Norcross said her experience in the program has influenced her career plans dramatically since she became involved a year ago, working under the guidance of UGA international affairs professor Loch Johnson. She is currently conducting an analysis of all directors of the Central Intelligence Agency throughout U.S. history.
"The CURO program has impacted me tremendously and in ways I never foresaw," said Garcia. "I started off at UGA wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in business. After completing a few weeks of research with Dr. Johnson, I quickly changed my major to international affairs. I now wish to pursue a career in international law. "
For more information on the CURO Honors Scholarship program, see http://honors.uga.edu/c_s/undergrad_rsch/curo_scholars.html.
The 2011-2012 first-year CURO Honors Scholars are:
A University of Georgia researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render medical linens and clothing, face masks, paper towels-and yes, even diapers, intimate apparel and athletic wear, including smelly socks-permanently germ-free.
The simple and inexpensive anti-microbial technology works on natural and synthetic materials. The technology can be applied during the manufacturing process or at home, and it doesn't come out in the wash. Unlike other anti-microbial technologies, repeated applications are unnecessary to maintain effectiveness.
"The spread of pathogens on textiles and plastics is a growing concern, especially in healthcare facilities and hotels, which are ideal environments for the proliferation and spread of very harmful microorganisms, but also in the home," said Jason Locklin, the inventor, who is an assistant professor of chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and on the Faculty of Engineering.
The anti-microbial treatment invented by Locklin, which is available for licensing from the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., effectively kills a wide spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and molds that can cause disease, break down fabrics, create stains and produce odors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Lab coats, scrub suits, uniforms, gowns, gloves and linens are known to harbor the microbes that cause patient infections.
Consumers' concern about harmful microbes has spurred the market for clothing, undergarments, footwear and home textiles with antimicrobial products. But to be practical, both commercial and consumer anti-microbial products must be inexpensive and lasting.
"Similar technologies are limited by cost of materials, use of noxious chemicals in the application or loss of effectiveness after a few washings," said Gennaro Gama, UGARF senior technology manager. "Locklin's technology uses ingeniously simple, inexpensive and scalable chemistry."
Gama said the technology is simple to apply in the manufacturing of fibers, fabrics, filters and plastics. It also can bestow anti-microbial properties on finished products, such as athletic wear and shoes, and textiles for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
"The advantage of UGARF's technology over competing methods," said Gama, "is that the permanent antimicrobial can be applied to a product at any point of the manufacture-sale-use continuum. In contrast, competing technologies require blending of the antimicrobial in the manufacturing process."
"In addition," said Gama, "If for some reason the anti-microbial layer is removed from an article-through abrasion, for example-it can be reapplied by simple spraying."
Other markets for the anti-microbial technology include military apparel and gear, food packaging, plastic furniture, pool toys, medical and dental instrumentation, bandages and plastic items.
Locklin said the antimicrobial was tested against many of the pathogens common in healthcare settings, including staph, strep, E. coli, pseudomonas and acetinobacter. After just a single application, no bacterial growth was observed on the textile samples added to the culture-even after 24 hours at 37 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, in testing, the treatment remained fully active after multiple hot water laundry cycles, demonstrating the antibacterial does not leach out from the textiles even under harsh conditions. "Leaching could hinder the applicability of this technology in certain industrial segments, such as food packaging, toys, IV bags and tubing, for example," said Gama.
Thin films of the new technology also can be used to change other surface properties of both cellulose- and polymer-based materials. "It can change a material's optical properties-color, reflectance, absorbance and iridescence-and make it repel liquids, all without changing other properties of the material," said Gama.
A paper on the new technology was published by Locklin and colleagues online June 21 in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society.
The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. performs the technology transfer function for UGA, taking assignment of patents and licensing such patents to the private sector in return for royalty income to support the research mission of the university. To learn more about technology commercialization at UGA, see http://www.ovpr.uga.edu/tco/industry/.[close]
Open doors take on a literal meaning for many University of Georgia students as they move their education beyond the state's borders. During the 2009-2010 school year, 1,994 studied abroad. Their global experiences earned UGA a 15th-place ranking among U.S. doctoral/research institutions on the Open Doors 2011 list released annually by the national Institute of International Education.
Over the same time period, UGA ranked fourth in the nation in the number of students who participated in short-term programs (1,695 students). Additionally, 399 students chose a full semester or academic year abroad.
The Open Doors report is released each year during International Education Week, Nov. 14-18. The U.S. Departments of State and Education jointly sponsor the nationwide recognition.
"Study abroad is critical to students for a number of reasons," said Kavita Pandit, the UGA associate provost for international education. "First, it forces students to listen, observe and reflect on what's going on around them-all of which are critical to learning. They also experience personal growth and attain the quiet confidence that ‘I can do this,' whether it's to catch a bus or to learn a foreign language.
"Finally, study aboard gives them global skills and competencies that are critical for the work place. There is no doubt that employers value study abroad experience when they look at résumés."
Students choose to study abroad for multiple reasons. But for Emily Richter, a senior recreation and leisure studies major from Dunwoody, her biggest motivation was her father's global experience.
"My dad studied abroad when he was my age," she said, "and I came to college knowing it was something he wanted me to do and something I wanted to do."
She spent six weeks in Verona, Italy studying through the UGA Center for the Study of Global Issues, or Globis, program. The best part of learning abroad "for me was getting to see how people live in another country," Richter said. "It was so different. I'm from Atlanta where everyone has a car. In Verona, people walk a lot. They take buses. The city had a small town feeling."
Richter's experience is echoed by thousands of UGA students, said Pandit, who as a parent has "seen the changes in my own daughter who spent a few weeks in Spain. She's opened up and become more self-critical in a positive way. Students returning from a study abroad experience begin looking at their old lives differently."
Change due to studying abroad isn't limited to UGA students. The university sponsors more than 100 programs (running 60 to 80 of them in any given year) in 39 countries—including an every-other year trip to Antarctica—and faculty lead most of them.
"Teaching abroad opens up a lot of research opportunities for our faculty," said UGA study abroad director Kasee Laster. "I've had many faculty tell me that teaching abroad was the most personally satisfying and meaning opportunity of their careers."
As study abroad participation by both students and faculty increases, students are exploring less traveled countries in Africa and Latin America. Traditionally, Laster said, most students had studied abroad in Italy, Great Britain and other European countries.
But study abroad changes aren't limited to country diversity. Students in a greater variety of majors are learning globally as well.
Typically, the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and medicine—are so structured that undergraduates had felt they didn't have the time or ability to take their education beyond campus grounds. That's changing, said Carolina Robinson, the study abroad coordinator in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
"We have 11 to 14 programs, depending on the year, and they're all science-based," she said.
Through the college's certificate program in international agriculture, she's had an engineering major study in Spain and a pre-vet student study in Thailand. Numbers of exchange students in the college are also increasing from an average of two to 10 this upcoming spring.
"It's a great trend," Robinson said. "Students are trying to find a more immersive experience."
Through UGA, even short-term experiences are going deeper than the global lecture hall. Quint Newcomer, director of UGA Costa Rica, led a group of graduate students and faculty from the UGA College of Environment and Design and the Nanjing Forestry University in China as they worked with the mayor and community leaders in Santa Elena, Costa Rica on a sustainable design for its downtown.
Santa Elena has experienced explosive growth over the past several years; the town's bus stop and taxi stands were so busy that they were blocking off a major thoroughfare. Town leaders recognized the problem and asked UGA for help. Working together, they came up with a design for the relocated central bus terminal, taxi stand, a network of small parks and a pedestrian greenway.
"Within a week, they had produced a phenomenal design," Newcomer said. "It was an amazing cross-cultural sharing experience."
For more information on UGA study abroad opportunities, see http://www.uga.edu/oie/studyabroad.htm.[close]
Athens, Ga. – The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health, a partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured at the November meeting of the University of Georgia Board of Visitors.
The UGA Board of Visitors aims to build relationships between the state’s largest and most comprehensive research university and its elected officials, business leaders and community organizations. Members serve a two-year term in which they have the opportunity to hear from some of the university’s most celebrated faculty members, its top researchers and most promising students.
Dr. Sheila Allen, Dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, was the featured speaker. In addition to highlighting the College’s history and current academic focus, she also shared with the group the history of the Correll Center. In 2006, A.D. “Pete” Correll ’63 BBA, retired chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his wife Ada Lee ’63 BSED, helped ensure the success of the new Georgia Aquarium by funding The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. The Correll Center is a partnership between UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Georgia Aquarium. It created the first ever teaching hospital integrated into an aquarium. The 10,000 square-foot facility was designed by 12 world renowned veterinary and conservation professionals for the purpose of caring for the 120,000 animals at Georgia Aquarium, conducting research and teaching aquatic medicine. The Correll Center uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, mobile/portable ultrasound, mobile gas and water-bourn anaesthesia systems, complete surgical suite with instrument sterilization features and a custom computerized medical records system.
Trey Paris, Chair of the Board of Visitors, stated, “The Correll Center is a wonderful example of UGA living its mission to teach, research, and serve. This partnership provides our Veterinary Medicine faculty and students with hands-on experience in aquatic medicine while providing the Georgia Aquarium with healthy animals for visitors from around the world to enjoy.”[close]
The University of Georgia Alumni Association's third annual Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses class of 2012 has been announced from a list of more than 700 nominations. The Bulldog 100 determines the fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA alumni each year.
As selection is based on annual growth, the list includes companies ranging in all sizes and services, from major investment and insurance firms to local interior design specialists. Several different areas of the country are represented, as well, including companies from Connecticut, Nebraska, and New Mexico.
UGA alumni and friends will celebrate Bulldog 100 honorees at a banquet at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta on January 21, 2012. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Keynote speaker, Deborah Norville, anchor of “Inside Edition” and 1979 Georgia graduate, will lead attendees to the highlight of the evening—the release of the final rankings and countdown of the 2012 Bulldog 100.
Atlanta CPA firm Gifford, Hillegass and Ingwersen LLC verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period.
Alumni Association Executive Director Deborah Dietzler said the Bulldog 100 celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of UGA graduates.
"All of these companies are to be congratulated for being among the Bulldog elite in the business world," said Dietzler. "The celebration and unveiling of the rankings will be a special and exciting evening."
For more information about the Bulldog 100 and to review an alphabetical list of the honorees, visit uga.edu/alumni/b100[close]
Some 5,700 high school seniors had an extra reason to give thanks this holiday season: They learn on November 18 that they had been offered early admission to the University of Georgia.
This year, students who applied for early-action admission to UGA are learning their status two weeks sooner than usual. Decisions were available via the password-protected status check on the website of the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions (www.admissions.uga.edu). In addition to the celebratory fireworks that traditionally appear on the screen for those students being offered admission, UGA President Michael F. Adams offers a video message of congratulations.
Students with mobile devices can learn their status with the UGA Admissions App.
"Technology is definitely changing and speeding up the way we notify students of admissions decisions—both good news and bad," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. "This year for the first time we will not be mailing letters to students who have been denied admission since getting that letter after learning the news via the status check is a double blow."
The admissions office received some 10,800 early-action applications for the freshman class that will enter in 2012—slightly more than last year. Those applying for early-action submit applications by an Oct. 15 deadline and learn that they are admitted, denied or deferred to the regular-decision pool. Those who are deferred are asked to submit additional information by the regular-decision deadline of Jan. 15.
"We always try to stress to early-action applicants that if their admission decision was deferred, they still have a chance to be part of the incoming freshman class," McDuff said. "In the past few years, we have admitted about half of the students who were initially deferred and then completed Part II of the application by Jan. 15. Being deferred at this point does not mean that an application is denied."
This year, close to 56 percent of early-action applicants are being offered admission, about 7 percent of applications are being denied, and, as last year, about a third of the total are being deferred. Other applications received were incomplete and will be added to the regular-decision pool.
Early-action decisions are based solely on academic criteria. McDuff noted that in recent years more students are waiting to apply until the regular-decision deadline in order to have additional factors considered, such as high school activities and volunteer work. "For some students, that's a good decision, and we encourage it," she said.
This year's early-action applicant pool was again academically strong and diverse, with high test scores and grades and a rigorous curriculum. A quarter of the students applying for early action identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority group. More than 740 early-action applications, representing nearly 7 percent of the total pool, were received from African-Americans. The number of early-action applications from Hispanic students totaled 500.
Similar to last year, those offered admission at this point have an academic GPA mid-range of 3.87-4.09, an SAT mid-range of 1290-1420 (with a mean SAT writing score of 654) or a mean ACT range of 28-32. UGA requires students to submit writing scores for their ACT and SAT tests; those scores are an integral part of the selection process, McDuff said.
Those students admitted through early action also took an average of 6.5 advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes.
"The odds of being offered admission are always driven by how strong a student looks relative to the rest of the applicant pool," McDuff said. "The first offers of admission are extended to students with the strongest academic records, but the most important factors in the regular-decision process are also academic, in particular grade point average and the rigor of the courses that the students have taken relative to what is available in their school.
"However, regular-decision applications and applications from students deferred from the early-action program are given a holistic review that includes other factors that tell us about students' talents and activities outside the classroom."
McDuff predicts that by Jan. 15 the admissions office will have received close to 19,000 total applications for the incoming class, with a target enrollment of 4,900 new first-year students entering in summer or fall and another 200 in spring 2013. Typically, about half the students offered admission go on to enroll at UGA, a comparable yield to other selective universities.
For applicants and others wanting additional information about UGA's admissions process, an active blog on the admissions office website is hosted by David Graves, senior associate director of admissions, who answers questions and provides advice. For more on the blog, see http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com. For more on admissions at UGA, see www.admissions.uga.edu.[close]
The University of Georgia expected a record number of new students on campus when fall semester classes began Aug. 15. According to data from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, more than 5,500 freshmen-an increase of more than 10 percent over last year-were to be enrolled. The number of new transfer students remains stable at around 1,400.
“This year’s class sets new benchmarks for the institution in many aspects while maintaining the academic excellence that has become associated with UGA on both state and national levels,” said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management.
Those benchmarks include:
• The largest number of Georgia residents enrolled at UGA, with close to 4,900 new in-state freshmen and more than 1,300 in-state transfer students. Based on the projected number of high school graduates in Georgia in 2011, one in 20 will be enrolled this year at UGA.
• More than 480 first-year African-American students enrolled in fall 2011 (8.7 percent of the class). The previous high for entering freshmen was 440 in 1995. A record number of Hispanic students will be enrolled, with 300 entering first-year students having self-identified as Hispanic (5.4 per cent of the class). With more than 1,400 of the entering freshmen self-identifying as other than Caucasian, the ethnic and racial makeup of the entering class shows record diversity. The entering freshmen will once again have a strong grade point average of almost 3.8 (the mid 50 percentile range is 3.63-4.0). The SAT average was again strong with a combined mean critical reading and math score of 1254, plus an average writing score of 606, for an 1860 on the 2400 scale. The middle 50 percentile of the class scored between1730-1990.
For those students who took the ACT, the mean score this year was 28, with a mid 50 percentile range of 26-30. Approximately 37 percent of the students were admitted based on ACT scores.
The number of applications received for this year’s freshman class-nearly 18,000-is one of the highest recorded at UGA for a new class, following several years of record applications. Since 2003, applications for UGA’s freshman class have increased by more than 50 percent.
“In a year of continuing economic uncertainty and significant adjustments to the HOPE scholarship, it was difficult to predict the impact this would have on our yield rate,” McDuff said. “But our goal was to continue to serve the state and maintain our commitment to excellence and academic achievement.”
The university continued to strengthen ties throughout the state, with students coming from 488 of the 796 high schools in Georgia and 142 of the 159 counties. About 12 percent of the class comes from other states and countries, with 223 of the incoming freshmen representing 51 different home countries. Almost 7 percent come from families where English is not the native language. For the first time in several years, men will make up 40 percent of the freshman class. Approximately 5 percent of the incoming freshmen will be the first in their immediate family to attend college.
The 531 students expected to enroll in UGA’s nationally recognized Honors Program have a GPA of 4.03 (with a mid-50 percentile range of 3.95-4.13) and SAT average of 1453 (mid 50 percentile range of 1430-1490 on the Critical Reading and Math components only). The ACT average is 33 (mid 50 percent range of 32-33).
The rigor of students’ high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 95 percent of the students having enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school.
More than half of the incoming first-year class were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and 225 freshmen were first or second in their graduating class. Several students had a perfect composite score on the SAT or ACT and 136 had perfect scores on at least one of the components of the SAT. Nearly 10 percent of the students started college while still in high school.
All incoming freshmen will participate in the First-Year Odyssey (https://fyo.uga.edu/), a new program designed to introduce students to the academic life of the university by putting them in small group seminars taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty on topics tied to their area of scholarship.
“Some 330 seminars will be offered this fall by faculty from many academic disciplines across campus,” said Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction. “The university community has really embraced this new initiative and I think students are excited about the broad range of topics. A question we often heard during orientation was ‘Can I sign up for more than one seminar?’”
Since many of the incoming students have not yet decided on a major, the seminars offer them an opportunity to explore an area of potential interest. For those who have chosen a major, the most popular (listed alphabetically) are biology, biochemical and molecular biology, business, chemistry, international affairs, political science and psychology, following a pattern similar to previous years.
More than 90 percent of new, incoming University of Georgia students have enrolled in a First-Year Odyssey seminar, a fall-semester program that will offer students an understanding and appreciation for the teaching, research and service mission of the university.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty from across campus will teach the 329 First-Year Odyssey seminars, which range in topics from sustainability, fashion, the CIA, and biotechnology to Sherlock Holmes. The small classes are limited to 18 participants. Students will also be required to attend at least three campus events during the semester that highlight some aspect of the mission of the university. Participants will be graded and awarded one hour of credit for successful completion of their First-Year Odyssey seminar.
In its inaugural year at UGA, the First-Year Odyssey program, supported in part by private gifts from alumni and friends, was established with three major goals in mind, said Tim Foutz, program director:
1. Introduce first-year students to the importance of learning and academics so that they are engaged in the learning culture of the university;
2. Give first-year students an opportunity for meaningful dialogue with a faculty member which will lead to positive, sustained student-faculty interactions; and,
3. Introduce first-year students to the instruction, research, public service and international missions of the university and how they relate to teaching and learning in and outside the classroom in order to assure the participants’ understanding in the mission of the university.
Foutz is optimistic that the First-Year Odyssey program will succeed in meeting these goals. “A student’s first year at UGA is an exciting time to experience and explore the academic rigors and opportunities available,” he said. “By engaging with faculty and other first-year students in an intimate classroom setting, we hope they will grow to understand the value of a UGA education.”
Incoming students registered for their “Odyssey” seminar during orientation. Many classes filled up quickly, and some of the more popular ones included College Athletics: Sports, News, and Education; Making Sense of Modern Art; Chocolate Science; Stem Cells in Medicine and Society and Fashion and the Movies.
Incoming freshman Lauren Risse of Watkinsville is enthusiastic about her upcoming First-Year Odyssey seminar, Exploring Protein Structure and Function: A 30-Year Odyssey. “I plan on majoring in microbiology, and I have a fascination with protein structure,” she said. “So, I was thrilled when I discovered this course was offered.”
Faculty proposed their classroom topics, which were reflective of their teaching, research and service passions. All schools, colleges and many departments are represented in the “First-Year Odyssey” faculty, which includes UGA President Michael F. Adams, who will teach The History and Development of the University of Georgia through the Eyes of the President, and Provost Jere Morehead, whose seminar topic will be Exploring Current Issues in Law.
Foutz said the support the university community has shown for the First-Year Odyssey seminars has been overwhelming.
“The UGA faculty has stepped up to the challenge of offering seminar topics that will engage a first-year student; in fact, faculty are offering so many creative seminar topics that students continually ask if they can enroll in more than one class. Various units from all across campus have shown their support by offering workshops to help faculty design their First-Year Odyssey seminars and by developing materials that complement the program. Even students not enrolled in these seminars have supported our efforts by helping us do things such as select the logo, design the web page and determine how to promote the program during orientation.
“I particularly would like to acknowledge the orientation leaders and academic advisers who worked so hard to get the message out and help incoming students understand the university’s commitment to engaging them in the academic culture of UGA.”
For more information on the First-Year Odyssey program, see https://fyo.uga.edu.
University of Georgia alumna A.E. (Alicia) Stallings (A.B. '90) has been selected as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Stallings is one of 22 persons receiving the fellowship this year.
The MacArthur Fellowship is given annually to talented individuals throughout the world who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Recipients represent a variety of fields and are selected based on three criteria, which include exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishments, and a potential for their fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. The fellowship is often referred to as the "genius award" and comes with an unrestricted stipend of $500,000 to the recipient.
Stallings was recognized for her work as a poet and translator. Originally from Decatur, Ga. but now residing in Athens, Greece, Stallings majored in Latin while at student in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She was in the Honors Program and came to UGA on a Foundation Fellowship, the university's premier undergraduate scholarship that offers exceptional opportunities for international travel.
Stallings later received her master's at Oxford University in England. Currently, she is the poetry program director of the Athens Centre and is married to John Psaropoulos, who is the editor of the Athens News.
One of Stallings' lead instructors at UGA, Franklin Professor of Classics Emeritus Richard A. LaFleur stated, "...A. E. Stallings is a brilliant intellect, a warm and perceptive humanist, one of our most remarkable contemporary American poets and translators, and a dynamic young woman who is clearly poised for yet greater contributions to the arts and humanities.... As I look back over my 40 years as a professor of classical languages, I can honestly say that Alicia was perhaps the most exceptional student I ever taught and certainly has gone on to achieve acclaim as one of the most brilliant young poets of 21st-century America."
Stallings' debut poetry collection, Archaic Smile, received the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award and was a finalist for both the Yale Younger Poets Series and the Walt Whitman Award. Her second collection, Hapax (2006), was awarded the 2008 Poets' Prize. In 2007 she published a verse translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things), which, according to LaFleur, "...is surely among the most complex and startling of all surviving classical Latin poetry."
Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry anthologies of 1994 and 2000. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize, the 2004 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the James Dickey Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and earlier this year, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Stallings is the second UGA alumna to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Beth Shapiro, who also was an Honors student and Foundation Fellow and earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in ecology from UGA in 1999, received the recognition in 2009. In 2003, Eve Troutt Powell, an associate professor of history, became the first UGA faculty member to receive the fellowship.
The University of Georgia raised more than $126 million in gifts and commitments for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, marking the sixth consecutive year that private giving to the university has topped $100 million.
The $126.2 million total includes gifts and commitments from 56,284 contributors. The Georgia Fund annual giving campaign raised a record $11.6 million, a 13 percent increase from fiscal year 2010. Unrestricted gifts increased slightly more at 14 percent, accounting for $1.16 million of the total.
Pledges to the university more than doubled this fiscal year with a total of $50.9 million compared to last year’s total of $20 million.
The fiscal year 2011 total is more than double the figure from 10 years ago, when the university raised $43.8 million.
The UGA Athletic Association raised $30 million in fiscal year 2011, of which $28 million came from its ticket priority program.
For schools and colleges:
• $9.2 million was raised by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
• $8.9 million was raised by the Terry College of Business
• $4.8 million was raised by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
• $4.6 million was raised by the College of Veterinary Medicine
President Michael Adams and a group of alumni, administrators and students unveil the statue of Abraham Baldwin on Sept. 16, 2011 on UGA’s North Campus.
The University of Georgia dedicated a statue of Abraham Baldwin, UGA’s founder and first president, in a ceremony Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the statue site on the university’s North Campus. The statue is a feature project of the UGA Alumni Association and is a gift from alumni and friends.
The dedication ceremony featured UGA President Michael Adams, former Alumni Association president Vic Sullivan and Student Alumni Council president Shreya Desai. More than 175 faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the public attended the unveiling.
“The University of Georgia Alumni Association takes great pride in having played a role in honoring our alma mater’s founder,” said Sullivan, who was alumni president at the time the project was initiated. “The vision that Abraham Baldwin had-to make a quality post-secondary education affordable to the citizens of our state-has impacted the growth and prosperity of our region in ways few could have imagined two centuries ago.
“As graduates of the University of Georgia and beneficiaries of Baldwin’s efforts, we are honored to help recognize our founder’s vision and to reaffirm his belief that the opportunity for higher education for all Georgians is the pathway to our state’s bright future,” he added.
The sculpture’s artists were Don Haugen and his wife, Teena Stern, two of the most notable figurative sculptors working today. Their collaborations can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the U.S.
Funding for the statue came from private donations, including a lead gift from alumnus Ted McMullen, and a $90,000 grant through the UGA Alumni Association.
“It is fitting that a statue in honor of our founder be a gift from the many alumni who have benefitted from his vision of 226 years ago,” said Deborah Dietzler, executive director of alumni relations. “It is heartening that so many graduates contributed to this initiative.”
The initial idea for the statue came from Loch Johnson, Regents Professor of International Affairs and Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He envisioned it adjacent to Old College, because the building is a replica of the building where Baldwin studied at Yale.
“I was impressed by the Nathan Hale statue at Yale University when I was a visiting fellow there a few years ago,” said Johnson. “I thought that UGA, too, could benefit from a statue that would reflect our early history and, as the university’s first president, Abraham Baldwin struck me as an ideal subject.
“Baldwin, a member of the Georgia State House, the Continental Congress and the U.S. Senate, was a dedicated public servant. I think students, faculty and staff will be inspired by this statue as they walk through our beautiful North Campus. We may be from different backgrounds, and we study a range of disciplines, but we are all united in our devotion to public service. Who better than Abraham Baldwin to serve as a symbol of this devotion?”
For more information on Abraham Baldwin and the statue, see www.dar.uga.edu/development/baldwin_statue_initiative/index.html. For more information on the UGA Alumni Association, see www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php.
The University of Georgia landed well on the newly released U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges, ranking 23rd among public universities and tying for 62nd among best national universities.
Debt among 2010 graduates-or the lack thereof-also helped UGA. The university was one of 26 national institutions in the least debt category.
“It is an honor to be ranked consistently among such very strong public universities,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “While a focus on any particular ranking in any particular year probably does not present a full picture of any university, the fact that UGA is consistently ranked among America’s very best public universities by a variety of organizations is a tribute to the quality of the student body and the talent, dedication and devotion of the faculty and staff.”
The Terry College of Business marked its 13th consecutive year of ranking in the top 30 institutions for undergraduate business. Terry College came in 17th among public business schools and 28th overall. Two of its programs were again standouts in the business specialties category. The risk management and insurance program maintained its second place ranking nationally, and the real estate program rose to third in the country.
“It is gratifying to have our undergraduate program consistently recognized as one of the very best,” said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. “In business education, you cannot maintain quality by standing still, and every year we are taking steps to add to the excellence of our faculty and the rigor of our academic programs.”
The 2012 college rankings are available online at www.usnews.com. They will also be published in the U.S. News &World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges guidebook.
Annually, the U.S. News & World Report surveys and ranks more than 1,600 colleges and universities. To produce the rankings, they consider several factors including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and peer assessment.
UGA students are working with ninth graders in Costa Rica on a rigorous academic program that connects science to nature.
The University of Georgia's satellite campus in Costa Rica recently hosted a group of 97 Costa Rican high school students for the first Lincoln School Fit4Earth: Ninth Grade Biodiversity Challenge.
The Biodiversity Challenge emerged from a partnership between UGA Costa Rica and Lincoln School with the aim of developing an academically rigorous, hands-on program that not only builds students’ skills across all disciplines but also promotes an authentic connection to science and nature.
As an active biological research station settled in the rich, premontane humid forest of Costa Rica, the UGA Costa Rica campus provided the space for facilitating this connection.
After a full year of co-planning curriculum and activities with UGA Costa Rica, Lincoln students and teachers arrived prepared for the challenge. Students participated in a variety of courses taught both by UGA Costa Rica faculty and staff and Lincoln School teachers. The program spanned five full academic days, with students participating in 4-hour field-based lab courses in the mornings and 2-hour workshop blocks in the afternoons. Each student also logged 8 hours of service learning time, most of which was directly related to conservation work within the Bellbird Biological Corridor. Lincoln School teachers planned social activities every evening for their students.
This program afforded UGA Costa Rica the opportunity to collaborate with a leading Costa Rican academic institution and to help develop a model for future programs with similar goals. The size of the group tested the campus’ ability to operate effectively at full capacity and, at the program’s end, served as a testament to the strengths of campus operations and quality of staff employed.
The success of the Biodiversity Challenge has inspired developers to continue with this project in the future. The long-term vision is that all Lincoln students, as part of their seventh and ninth grade academic experience, will participate in two integrated field-based units of study at UGA Costa Rica. Close to 100 percent of Lincoln School’s 11th and 12th graders participate in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program; this project would aim to provide the foundation for students to return for independent studies, a requisite for those who wish to sit for the IB diploma. It is expected that UGA Costa Rica will begin to receive field study requests from this year’s ninth graders in 2013, who would like to return to Monteverde to start working on independent projects.
For more information about UGA Costa Rica, see http://www.ugacostarica.com/.
For more information about Lincoln School, see http://www.lincoln.ed.cr/.
The recent $1.6 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will allow UGA researchers Franklin West (left) and Steve Stice (right) with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to develop disease resistant chickens using a similar process they applied in 2010 to produce pigs from stem cells.
The University of Georgia Research Foundation has received almost $1.6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in their efforts to develop a new technology to breed chickens resistant to Newcastle Virus.
“Disease and death in livestock are serious problems, particularly in underdeveloped countries,” said Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Steve Stice, an animal and dairy professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
In sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, there are more than 17 billion chickens, and 90 percent of smallholder farmers raise chickens. Poultry is an important source of income and protein for many of these farmers and their families. Newcastle Virus kills about one-quarter of the chickens in sub-Saharan Africa every year, and mortality within a flock can reach 100 percent.
“In those areas, veterinary care is minimal, and livestock plays a large role not only as a key source of food, but also is a large share of their savings, income, credit, insurance, loans, gifts and investments,” Stice said. “That makes disease and death in livestock critical problems.”
“In the last 30 years, access to animal health services, vaccines and medicines has decreased significantly in Africa,” said Franklin West, a CAES animal and dairy science assistant professor and co-investigator leading the project with Stice. “As a result, at least 25 percent of the livestock in many African countries die every year compared to less than 5 percent in developed countries.”
Losing even a few animals on a small family farm, the most common type of farm in developing countries, can have long-lasting repercussions on family stability, health and the ability to provide for children.
The team will investigate applying a process called cellular adaptive resistance, which uses stem cells to create disease resistance in animals. The approach is a direct offshoot of previous work by Stice and West that produced pigs from stem cells using a similar process.
“We want to provide a new way to create disease-resistant animals using new technologies to combat disease problems,” Stice said. “This process will produce animals with natural resistance to specific diseases that will need less veterinary care and will significantly reduce livestock mortalities.”
Stice and West are conducting this research with UGA poultry scientist Robert Beckstead and Claudio Alfonso, a researcher at the USDA Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga.
For more information on the animal and dairy sciences department in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see http://www.ads.uga.edu/.
For more information on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, see http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx.
Each summer, millions worldwide will head to pristine beaches and waterways. However, with items such as bottles, cans and other debris washing up on U.S. shores each year, the University of Georgia and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have teamed up to create a new, innovative cell phone reporting mechanism to combat the marine debris problem.
The Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative, or SEA-MDI, housed at UGA and a critical part of a partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, hopes to empower citizens in protecting their beaches and coastal waters through a newly launched mobile application that tracks where debris is accumulating.
The tool is important for engaging with beachgoers and stakeholders and is geared at giving the public another way to be a part of the marine debris solution globally, said Jenna Jambeck, assistant professor of environmental engineering in the UGA Faculty of Engineering and one of the app’s developers.
Available through iTunes and the Android Market, the easy-to-use Marine Debris Tracker app can be downloaded for use on iPhones and Android phones. The simple tool allows users to report and record the type and location of debris through GPS features pre-installed on a cell phone. The data submitted is posted on an interactive website (www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu) that allows data to be viewed and downloaded for users to design plans to prevent marine debris.
Jambeck said the app is one way the initiative is trying to reach people and raise awareness of marine debris. “If you are noticing marine debris, you are also much less likely to litter,” she said. “While this app collects data, one of its primary goals is to educate the public about marine debris and its harmful impacts.”
“We are very excited about the innovative products that have resulted from our partnership with the University of Georgia,” said David Holst, acting director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program. “This app brings the issue into the forefront and empowers the public to take a proactive step in mitigating the problem.”
Marine debris kills wildlife through ingestion and entanglement. It also can have an economic impact on the tourism industry and other coastal businesses by affecting the aesthetics of beaches and waterways. Jambeck and co-developer Kyle Johnsen, assistant professor of computer systems engineering in the UGA Faculty of Engineering, hope that the Marine Debris Tracker tool will help officials make decisions about how to mitigate marine debris, from supplying more comprehensive waste management, such as trash cans, to providing recycling and disposal opportunities for fishing gear.
SEA-MDI (http://sea-mdi.engr.uga.edu/) is a new regional partnership between the NOAA Marine Debris Program and a consortium of organizations in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The initiative aims to create collaborative regional strategies that address marine debris prevention, reduction and mitigation.
For more information on NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, see http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/.
Grady College Dean Cully Clark and Grady benefactor Don Carter share a laugh during an appreciation reception hosted by the college.
A $250,000 gift by former journalist and University of Georgia alumnus Don E. Carter will support an increased focus on public affairs journalism in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
A three-course public affairs journalism emphasis will begin this fall, led by John F. Greenman, holder of the distinguished professorship named for Carter and his late wife, Carolyn.
Carter said he elevated a professorship he and Carolyn created eight years ago to a distinguished professorship to further public affairs journalism. The distinguished professorship will eventually become the Don E. and Carolyn McKenzie Carter Chair of Journalism because of an earlier deferred gift from the Carters.
“Carolyn and I both believed we need to train more journalists to cover public affairs in all media,” Carter said. “Coverage of government, business, sports and other public issues is essential to our democracy.”
Carter, of Sea Island, was recognized at an appreciation reception hosted by Grady College on April 14, at which time Grady Dean E Culpepper “Cully” Clark announced the Don E. and Carolyn McKenzie Carter Distinguished Professorship.
“From the Grady College to Atlanta and from there to Macon, Washington, New York and Miami, Don and Carolyn spread their passion for journalism to all corners,” Clark said.“In Don’s last posting as vice president for news at Knight-Ridder, he steered that organization through what is widely regarded as its halcyon days at the top of journalism. One cannot imagine Grady today without the love, affection, and gifts they have showered upon this great college over the last 70 years. The Carter commitment to journalism will serve the college for generations more.”
Kent Middleton, head of Grady’s Department of Journalism, said the Carter endowment will be invaluable for students in the public affairs journalism emphasis courses that Greenman and associate professor Barry Hollander will begin teaching fall semester.
“We intend this to be more than a curriculum,” Greenman said. “We want to develop a student professional journalism association that focuses on watchdog and accountability journalism. We want to send our students for additional training at professional institutes like Poynter. We want to see their work widely published. Carter money will help fuel this work.”
Greenman noted that Carter money also helps fuel work of the Carter Professor furthering journalistic courage and coverage of poverty. “We pay closer attention to journalistic courage than any other journalism school in the United States, and we’re helping journalists cover poverty as an aspect of any beat,” he said.
The Carters, both of whom enjoyed long careers in journalism, were inducted into the inaugural class of the Grady Fellowship in 2008. “We are proud,” the Carters noted at the time, “that we have a strong and dedicated College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. During this period of media merger, technology acceleration and public doubts, we believe it helps assure us of continued free rights, fair government and economic progress.”
Greenman retired in 2004 from Knight-Ridder as president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., a position he held for 10 years. Earlier he held editorial and executive positions at Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal where he helped direct coverage of the attempted takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, coverage that won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
“Professor Greenman has contributed much to Grady College and the journalism profession since becoming Carter Professor in 2004,” Clark said. “Most notably, he has led the department’s renewed commitment to excellence in public affairs journalism.”
Greenman teaches reporting as well as a course in Credibility: News Media and Public Trust. He also directs a lecture, symposium and medal series honoring journalistic courage.
A leader in online education, he created a website that trains journalists to cover poverty, including related issues of economics, labor, education and health. He also lectures yearly at the Maynard Media Academy at Harvard University and has conducted intensive specialized reporting conferences to train reporters and editors to cover important issues.
“In many ways,” Middleton said, “Professor Greenman honors the careers of Don and Carolyn Carter through his teaching, outreach and service.”
Both Georgia natives, the Carters began work upon graduation for Atlanta newspapers—Carolyn for the Atlanta Constitution and Don for the Atlanta Journal. They met while covering the same story for the then-competing newspapers and married early in World War II after Don began Army duty.
Carolyn, a 1940 Grady alumna, was the first female photographer for the Constitution and enjoyed a long career of professional and civic service and an active retirement until her death in 2010.
A 1938 Grady alumnus, Don was a leading journalist and newspaper executive, retiring in 1982 as vice president for news for Knight-Ridder, then the most respected newspaper chain in the United States. During his career he reported, edited, and managed newspapers in Macon, Ga., Atlanta, New York City, Washington and Miami. As a student he was editor-in-chief of UGA’s student newspaper, The Red & Black. Today, the 94-year-old continues his long membership on the board of The Red and Black Publishing Company.
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, digital and broadcast journalism, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.
The University of Georgia Alumni Association hosted its annual ring ceremony on April 9 in the Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.
Joined by their families and friends, students were presented the UGA class rings they ordered this academic year. The event includes brief congratulatory remarks by the UGA Alumni Association president, executive director, and Student Alumni Council president.
The official UGA class ring program is administered by the Alumni Association and is reserved exclusively for juniors and seniors in good standing and alumni.
Despite a rough economic climate, the University of Georgia continued to be a powerful financial force for the Athens area in fiscal year 2010, pumping more than $2 billion into the local economy, according to a new study from UGA’s Selig Center for Economic Growth.
The study, which measured the economic impact of all 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia, showed that while UGA spent slightly less on salaries than it did in fiscal year 2009 due to a reduced number of employees, spending on operating expenses and spending by students increased.
“The main message here is that schools of higher education prove their economic worth during recession, partly due to relatively steady demand for higher education—even with an economic recession, demand stays steady or even increases,” said Jeff Humphreys, director of economic forecasting for the Selig Center in UGA’s Terry College of Business. “Colleges and universities are certainly not recession-proof, but they are recession-resistant. Downturns in college- or university- related spending tend to be milder than the drop in raw economic activity, but the turn-around may also be slower to happen.”
Overall, UGA spent nearly $632 million in salaries and $367 million in operating expenses from July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010, and UGA students spent an additional $447 million in and around Athens. Those numbers are largely reflective of an increase in the number of students at UGA and a slight reduction in employees, Humphreys said.
“The overall impact was relatively stable,” he said. “While there are more students, they’re not primarily spending any more per student (about $6,400 per semester).
But they are spending more in categories that have larger local impacts. More spending by students creates a lot more jobs because students tend to spend in relatively labor-intensive sectors, whereas spending by institutions themselves tends to be less labor-intensive. When institutions hire, that’s very labor-intensive, but a lot of what systems spend don’t create jobs locally, such as the books we buy or the office supplies we buy, which may not be produced in Georgia or even the U.S. But when students spend, all that money is hitting the streets locally.”
Indeed, for every job UGA created or sustained in the last fiscal year, 1.34 off-campus jobs owed their existence to its support, as compared to 1.2 off-campus jobs in the previous fiscal year.
Taken as a whole, the University System of Georgia contributed $12.6 billion to the state’s economy and was responsible for 130,738 full- and part-time jobs (or 3.4 percent of all jobs in Georgia) in fiscal year 2010.
Humphreys used a variety of statistical data from the USG board of regents, state government and local indicators to determine the impact of UGA and the other institutions.
“Overall, it’s a positive message for the Athens economy,” he said. “If you’re a college town in Georgia, you have a good solid cushion against downturns.”
The study, which was commissioned by Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program, is reported annually by the UGA Selig Center for Economic Growth.
University of Georgia Honors student Muktha Natrajan of Martinez has received a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She is among a group of 30 U.S. recipients selected for the international postgraduate scholarship and is the fifth UGA student to receive the award since 2001.
Natrajan, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, is pursuing a combined bachelor’s/master’s program in which she will earn a bachelor of science degree in genetics and a master of public health degree in environmental health science in May. Her previous national awards include a 2009 Goldwater Scholarship and a 2010 Udall Scholarship.
“Muktha joins a long and distinguished line of UGA students who have enhanced the reputation of this institution with success in these highly competitive academic scholarship programs,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “It is especially fitting that the Gates Cambridge Scholarship focuses its resources on students who are committed to improving the lives of others, which resonates with UGA’s land-grant mission to serve the public good. I have no doubt that the world is going to be a better place because of the work she will do.”
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established a decade ago through a $210 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offers recipients who reside outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
“Muktha’s commitment to improving the lives of others is obvious, such as her research on neurodegenerative diseases and her public health work in Namibia,” said David S. Williams, director of UGA’s Honors Program. “Due to her interests in both neuroscience and the environment, Muktha is poised to make a profound impact on global health through her work studying the effects of extrinsic factors on neural cell growth and development.”
Natrajan has been an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Steven Stice, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Reproductive Physiology, since her freshman year at UGA. Her involvement with the lab began with her participation in the Apprentice program offered by UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.
Natrajan’s research efforts have led to opportunities to give presentations at several national and local conferences and to serve as a contributing author on a journal article on stem cell differentiation research. She also has studied at Nanjing University in China through the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for International Research and Education and participated in New York University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. In the summer of 2010, she served as an intern with the World Health Organization in Namibia.
Natrajan’s campus involvement has focused on environmental and ecological issues, and includes leadership roles in the Go Green Alliance, a coalition of UGA environmental groups, and Promote Africa, Inc., an international non-profit organization that supports community development projects in Africa.
Natrajan would like to pursue a career in clinical neuroscience research and public health policy.
For more information on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, see www.gatesscholar.org/. For more information on UGA’s Honors Program, see www.uga.edu/honors.
Built adjacent to the Robert C. Wilson pharmacy building, the Pharmacy South building features a learning center and pharmacy care center in addition to classrooms, labs and office space.
New University of Georgia research has found that a statin drug that is often known by the brand-name Lipitor may help prevent blindness in people with diabetes.
In a study using diabetic rats, lead author Azza El-Remessy, assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, and her colleagues found that statins prevent free radicals in the retina from killing nerves important to maintaining vision. The results of the study are published in the March edition of the journal Diabetologia.
"The exciting part is that there are now treatment options that are proven to be safe that can be immediately translated to patients,"; said El-Remessy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults and is observed in most patients after 10 to 15 years of diabetes. There are no currently FDA-approved oral treatments for diabetic retinopathy, and surgical methods are expensive and painful, she added.
Uncontrolled diabetes and excessive glucose induces free radicals, which causes the eye to release a protein called pro-nerve growth factor, which normally matures into nerve growth factor (NGF) to protect the retinal nerves, explained El-Remessy.The free radicals that are generated by diabetes stop the maturation of proNGF into NGF, however, which leads to impaired neuronal function.
Using diabetic rats and isolated retinal cells cultured in high glucose, El-Remessy and colleagues found that oral treatment with the drug atorvastatin blocked the formation of free radicals in the retina, which restored proper levels of nerve growth factor and preserved neurons in the retina. "It removed the break on the pro-form nerve growth factor to develop into its mature form,"; she said. The drug was orally administered to rats in doses proportional to levels given to human patients with cardiovascular problems.
In a related study, also in the March edition of the journal Diabetologia, El-Remessy and her colleagues found that epicatechin, a component of green tea,also prevented the adverse actions of proNGF in the retina. It does not affect the maturation of proNGF into NGF, explained El-Remessy, but regulated a receptor downstream that proNGF uses to send a signal to kill the neuron.Epicatechin prevents the death by inhibiting that receptor. "We are still getting the same result, that we are preventing neuronal death and restoring neuronal function, but just in a different way,"; said El-Remessy.
The findings have implications not only for the eye, but also for other parts of the body where nerves are affected by diabetes, said El-Remessy. "Diabetic patients need to protect the nerves beyond vision,"; she said. In future studies, she hopes to explore nerve functioning impaired by imbalance of proNGF in other parts of the body. "If proNGF accumulates in the eyes in diabetes, I can imagine that it accumulates in the nerve endings in the skin, in the foot,in the hand and in the brain… everywhere,"; she said.
The study was supported by the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation grant, the University of Georgia Research Foundation and a research grant from Pfizer International.
Naomi Norman and Rick LaFleur, current and former heads of classics, respectively, stand in front of the UGA motto, inscribed in Latin in the Miller Learning Center.
Nihil sub sole novum.Those who read Latin know what this means—"nothing new under the sun." When it comes to teaching this cornerstone classical language,however, the University of Georgia has something quite new to talk about. It has the largest Latin program of any two- or four-year college or university in the United States.
In a just published survey of more than 2,500 college and university Latin programs, the Modern Language Association reported that for fall semester 2009,UGA had some 417 undergraduates taking Latin courses, along with 42 graduate students. That, in comparison, is nearly twice as many as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"We have long had one of the biggest Classics departments in the country,"said Richard LaFleur, Franklin Professor of Classics and coordinator of the elementary Latin program. "But this is the first MLA survey of languages other than English for U.S. institutions of higher education since 2006, and we believe our ranking points out again how important Latin and classical languages remain for a complete and well-rounded education."
The survey found that "course enrollments in languages other than English reached a new high in 2009." LaFleur, who was head of Classics for more than two decades at UGA, is a "major national figure in the advancement of Latin study in college and high school curricula," according to head of the UGA Classics department, Naomi Norman. In addition, he has authored many books, the latest being Scribblers, Sculptors, and Scribes: A Companion to Wheelock's Latin and Other Introductory Textbooks.
According to available figures, there were approximately 702,000 students in Latin classes in U.S. secondary schools in 1962, but by 1976, that number had dropped 79 percent. After that plunge, however, Latin began a comeback, and at UGA,Latin has remained strong. This year, 62 undergraduates list Latin as a major or minor. Add in major/minors in Greek and Classical Culture, and there are 181 now involved with these programs at UGA.
"The reason we haven't suffered a decline is the work that Rick [LaFleur] and others did in the lean years," said Norman, who is also a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. "And what many people don't realize is that our graduates go on to careers in many professional areas, including the Foreign Service and the National Security Agency, as well as law, education,medicine and so many other fields."
Being the nation's number one Latin program in terms of student interest takes the campus back to its roots. William Meigs, great-grandson of Josiah Meigs, second president of UGA, wrote, "The high-sounding song of Homer, the sweet notes of Virgil, the stirring narratives of Xenophon and Caesar, the denunciation, the suasion, and the arguments of Cicero, heard no more in the native land of the philosopher, were familiar sounds on the air of Athens."
UGA's motto—Et docere et rerum exquirere causas (most often translated as "To teach and to inquire into the nature of things")—is still familiar to students and was carved into a frieze in the third-floor rotunda of the Miller Learning Center.
"In addition to having one of the largest Classics faculties in the U.S., it is also one of the strongest and most diverse," said LaFleur. "And interest in the department as a major has only grown over the years. We're also proud of the service aspect of the department, since we are very much involved with K-12 programs throughout the state."
Despite the fact that some language programs have been cut at universities in response to the national funding crisis, the MLA report shows that overall enrollments in college language classes are at their highest level since 1960.
Today,Classics at UGA offers Latin language and literature courses, in which students read and translate Latin; Greek language and literature courses, also involving reading and translating ancient Greek; and Classical Culture courses, which cover classical literature, history and material culture and are taught in English translation.
UGA's total enrollment in Latin classes in fact dwarfs most notable U.S.universities. It had 459 total Latin students enrolled in 2009 compared to 148 at Harvard and 136 at Yale. Still, overall enrollments in college and university Latin classes have nowhere near the enrollments of such languages as Spanish, French and Italian. Notably, though, the state of Georgia has shown,according to the new report, a steady climb in language course enrollment,going from 31,611 in 2002 to 44,258 in 2009.
"A hundred years from now, when students come into the Learning Center, they will still see UGA's motto—and it will still be in Latin," said LaFleur."I think that will continue to say a great deal about where we came from—and where we are going."
At the unveiling of the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Marshall’s (LL.B. ’48) portrait are his widow Angie Fitts Marshall, grandson Spence Pryor (J.D. ’99) and the late Griffin Bell, former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge.
In 2007, Angie Fitts Marshall chose to honor her late husband, Thomas O. Marshall Jr. (LL.B.'48), by creating an endowed faculty chair at the University of Georgia School of Law. Now this important investment is becoming a reality and the school has appointed Randy Beck to be the first holder of the Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law.
Marshall, who passed away in 2003, had a long and distinguished legal career that included service as a judge for the Superior Courts of Georgia Southwestern Circuit, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, where he was chief justice from 1986 to 1989. Prior to entering law school, Marshall served in the navy during World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star and Navy Unit Commendation. A native of Americus and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Marshall always represented the very best in professional conduct throughout his distinguished career. Each year, the State Bar of Georgia honors Marshall with the presentation of the Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award.
Beck joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1997 and teaches Property, Trusts and Estates, Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought and Constitutional Law. His scholarship includes articles in journals such as the American Journal of Legal History, the Northwestern University Law Review and the UC Davis Law Review. Beck has been honored on numerous occasions with the law school's John C. O'Byrne Memorial Award for Furthering Faculty-Student Relations as well as with its C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Prior to joining the legal teaching academy, Beck served as a judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He also worked as an associate with the firm Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, and was an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He graduated first in his class from Southern Methodist University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University.
The University of Georgia Alumni Association announces the new recognition program, 40 Under 40, celebrating the university's most outstanding young alumni.
"We are excited to launch the 40 Under 40 program," says Andrew Dill, '06, '07 Chair. "This initiative will recognize not only career success but also an unwavering commitment to UGA and the community through business, educational, leadership and philanthropic endeavors. This will be a national program recognizing outstanding young alums in Georgia and around the world.".
Nominations for the 40 Under 40 will be accepted through Monday, April 4.The 40 Under 40 recipients will be notified of their selection in June and will be recognized at a luncheon in Atlanta on Sept. 15.
For more information and a nomination form, click on the 40 Under 40 logo on the Alumni Association's web site at www.uga.edu/alumni, or contact Julie Cheney assistant director of Student and Young Alumni Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the fourth formal debate, UGA’s debate team defeated the Oxford Union Society to even the series.
The University of Georgia challenged the Oxford Union Society to a formal debate for the fourth time, and the Oxford Union accepted this challenge. Several of the organization's best debaters competed against an elite UGA team in a hybridized British/American-style debate on March 8. This fourth installment was an opportunity for the UGA team to even the all-time score, as they were down in the series two losses to one win. Held in the UGA Chapel, the evening found UGA victorious to even the series 2 to 2.
“Like its previous iterations, the 2011 debate is a hugely exciting event and it showcases some of the best young thinkers and speakers from both campuses,” said Kalpen Trivedi, director of the UGA at Oxford Program. “The topic is timely, provocative, and well chosen.”
Kavita Pandit, associate provost for International Education at UGA added, “The debate draws attention to the very valuable and long-standing international academic partnership between UGA and Oxford. It also provides an outstanding example of the way in which an international education equips UGA students to compete with the very best and brightest students around the world.”
The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 as an arena for the free exchange of ideas among students, and it soon became the forum for political debate in Oxford. Many British prime ministers have served as past presidents of the Oxford Union, and world figures such as Robert Kennedy, Mother Theresa, Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have addressed its members. The union team is a hand-selected group of “all-stars.”
UGA's team also was assembled specially for this event. Drawing from the membership of the Georgia Debate Union, the Demosthenian Literary Society, the Phi Kappa Literary Society, the Law School, UGA's Honors Program, and several other student organizations, the “home” team truly represented the wide variety of programs and schools UGA has to offer.
The UGA team represented a wide field of expertise, and included: Elizabeth Allan, Honors student and Carl Vinson Institute Fellow; Bobby Rosenbleeth, Honors student, Model U.N. co-director and member of the executive board of the Roosevelt Institute at UGA; Cameron Secord, Phi Kappa Society and a School of Public and International Affairs graduate student; Robert Mulholland, UGA Debate Union assistant coach and M.A. student in the department of speech communications; John Turner, UGA Debate Union assistant coach and M.A. student in speech communications; and Aileen Shawcross, former librarian and chief justice of Demosthenian Literary Society.
The debate topic was “Resolved: China's economic and military rise threatens the interests of the United States and Great Britain in the 21st century.” This topic addressed such issues as human rights and federal policy toward atrocities committed in foreign countries, alliances and stabilizing influences on the Korean peninsula, and throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, Western debt in the region, and the recent round of high-level talks during the State Visit of China's President Hu. The UGA team argued the affirmative position, and the Oxford Union Team argued the negative.
The moderator was Peter Appel, professor in the UGA School of Law, who teaches in the areas of property, natural resources law and environmental law. A former debater himself at Yale, Appel has served as the moderator for the UGA v. Oxford Debate on two previous occasions.
Distinguished judges for the event included Steve Wrigley, UGA vice president of government relations; Wyche Fowler, former U.S. representative, senator and ambassador; Annabelle Malins, Her Majesty's Consul General in Atlanta; Colleen McEdwards, CNN international news anchor; Cecil Staton, Georgia state senator who earned his doctoral degree from Oxford University; and Ian Archer, sub-warden of Keble College and former proctor of the university.
For over twenty years, UGA has fostered one of the leading study-abroad programs in Oxford. In 2007, the program opened a new facility for student use, a fully-renovated, 11,000 square-foot Victorian residence in the heart of north Oxford. UGA continues to be one of only three American programs—and the only program at a public university—to operate year-round. Many UGA students join the Oxford Union upon arriving in Oxford. Because of UGA's status in Oxford as a respected sister institution (UGA students hold associate membership at Keble College during term); a healthy rivalry has developed between Oxonians and UGA. For more information on UGA at Oxford, see http://www.uga.edu/oxford/.
The University of Georgia will mark the 50th anniversary of its desegregation with a series of events starting on Jan. 9—the date in 1961 when Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter (now Hunter-Gault) became the first African Americans to register for classes—and continuing for 50 days through Feb. 28, the end of Black History Month.
Hunter-Gault will return to campus for a kick-off reception on Jan. 9 that also will include the family of the late Hamilton Holmes and Mary Frances Early, who transferred to UGA as a graduate student in the summer of 1961 and the next year became the first African American to earn a degree when she received her master's in music education. Holmes and Hunter-Gault graduated in 1963.
The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.
On Jan. 10, Hunter-Gault will deliver a 50th anniversary lecture at 3 p.m. in Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. Overflow seating will be available in Masters Hall, with a live video feed.
A panel discussion of the legal issues involved in the university's desegregation will follow in Masters Hall at 5 p.m. Participants will include Horace Ward, who first challenged UGA's discriminatory admissions policies after being denied admission to the School of Law in 1950, and Robert Benham, who earned a law degree from UGA in 1970 and later became the first African-American chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. Ward, who served on Holmes and Hunter's legal team, was appointed a U.S. District Judge in 1979 and is currently a Senior District Judge.
At 8 p.m., the premiere campus screening of a documentary on Donald Hollowell, who led the legal team that secured admission for Holmes and Hunter, will be held in Masters Hall. The documentary was produced by Maurice Daniels, dean of the School of Social Work, and Derrick Alridge, director of the Institute for African American Studies.
Hunter-Gault also will participate in a conversation with students in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, from which she earned her degree, on Jan. 11. The event will be recorded. The Grady College is promoting a college-wide read of her 1992 memoir In My Place prior to her return to campus.
Also on Jan. 11, noted poet, author and activist Sonia Sanchez will participate in a dialogue moderated by Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Writer-in-Residence in the Grady College, and featuring poet Reginald McKnight, who holds the Hamilton Holmes Professorship in English. The event is at 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center with a reception and book-signing following.
Another panel discussion is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. that day in 101 Miller Learning Center with UGA faculty authors Maurice Daniels, who wrote a biography of Horace Ward; Robert Pratt, who chronicled UGA's desegregation in We Shall Not Be Moved; and Thomas Dyer, who included a chapter on the event in his bicentennial history of UGA. Joining them will be Robert Cohen, professor of history and social studies at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, who also has written about UGA's desegregation.
The week concludes with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast with Mary Frances Early as the speaker. Co-sponsored by the university, the Athens-Clarke County Government and the Clarke County School District, the event will be at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. Advance reservations are needed and should be made through the Office of Institutional Diversity (706/583-8195).
Early also will visit with students at J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School on Jan. 13 for an event sponsored by UGA's College of Education and the Institute for African American Studies.
Additional details about these and the many other events planned throughout January and February are available on the 50th anniversary of desegregation website (desegregation.uga.edu), which also includes historical information as well as "milestones and achievements" of the past 50 years.
"We really want to encourage the campus community and the local community to participate in this landmark occasion," said Cheryl Dozier, associate provost for institutional diversity, who co-chairs the planning committee with Derrick Alridge. "There are so many ways to do so and we are excited to see the creativity being shown by UGA departments and student groups in finding ways to celebrate the courage of Hamilton Holmes, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Mary Frances Early, as well as those who supported them and those who have followed in their footsteps."
The University of Georgia Alumni Association's second annual Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses class of 2011 has been announced from a nominated list of more than 700.
The list includes large companies, such as Aflac in Columbus, and small businesses, including Pigtails & Crewcuts in Roswell. From the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Vista Photonics in Sante Fe, N.M., the Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.
An unveiling of the rankings will be held at a celebration Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta CPA firm Gifford, Hillegass and Ingwersen LLC verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. GHI found the total revenue for the Bulldog 100 Class of 2011 is more than $19 billion and average revenue stands at $20 million.
Alumni Association Executive Director Deborah Dietzler said the Bulldog 100 celebrates UGA's entrepreneurial spirit.
"All of these companies are to be congratulated for being among the Bulldog elite in the business world," said Dietzler. "The unveiling of the rankings will be a special and exciting evening."
For more information about the Bulldog 100 and to review an alphabetical list of the honorees, see www.uga.edu/alumni/bulldog100.
Before Josh and Michal Whitlock were 25 years old, they established an endowment at the University of Georgia. No, they aren't rich in worldly resources, but they have an overflowing appreciation for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and knew they had a goal to accomplish: "We realized that this was probably going to be the least expensive stage in our lives and we knew that if we put it off we would have never done it. So we asked our parents to split the donation" says Josh (BSFCS '05, Child and Family Development).
Pledging over a five-year period, the Whitlocks along with Josh's father and stepmother, Ronnie and Denise Whitlock of Colleyville, Texas, are creating a new undergraduate scholarship in the department where Josh majored and Michal minored.
"Our FACS (and especially our Child and Family Development) education has been so applicable in our everyday lives, making our marriage stronger, and improving our communication skills with everyone around us." says Michal (BSED '07, Recreation and Leisure Studies). They are both using their education in their chosen careers in Duluth. Josh started For Goodness Sake Music and writes children's music and curriculum (www.forgoodnesssakemusic.com). Michal is a ministry associate for Camp All-American. Together they lead worship for 4th-6th grade and volunteer with the 7th-8th grade band at their church.
"UGA couldn't have prepared us better," says the young couple. Not only was Josh a FACS student ambassador, but he had the enviable opportunity to serve as UGA's Hairy Dawg mascot as an undergraduate. He blended the two by often bringing "Hairy" to FACS student and alumni events.
"I had the best college experience, and I wanted to do anything I could to see others enjoy it as much as I did," he says. "I was fortunate and grateful to earn two scholarships from FACS donors, and I'm glad my family has made it possible to start a scholarship in our family's name to help others as others helped me."
The University of Georgia shares the distinction of being the fourth-highest-ranked producer of Fulbright Scholars for the 2010-2011 academic year. Diane Edison, Jared Klein, Peter Rutledge and Richard Siegesmund have received Fulbright Scholar grants to study abroad, lecture and conduct research.
"A Fulbright Scholarship is a signal accomplishment for a faculty member, and I congratulate these UGA recipients on being recognized among the best in the world in their disciplines," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "For UGA to have four Fulbrights in this cycle and to be ranked among the leaders in this class speaks to the quality of the faculty and their dedication to their disciplines and to their students. This is yet another indication that America's first public university is among her very best today."
Edison, a professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is lecturing and conducting research at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria. She will be there until March. Her project is entitled, "Portraiture Redefined; Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Influences on Teaching Pedagog."
"I am interested in the work of the Bulgarian artist Vladimir Dimitrov, whose heroic portraits transcend the genre with a folk tradition that is comparable to the universal language of contemporary portraiture," said Edison. "Additionally I am collaborating with colleagues at the New Bulgarian University through team teaching."
Klein, the distinguished research professor of linguistics, classics, and Germanic and Slavic languages in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Cultural Studies. He will use the award to teach and conduct research at the University of Vienna from March-July, where he will lead two courses: the stylistics of the Rigveda, the ancient Indian collection of Sanskrit hymns sacred to Hindus, and Indo-European Discourse Structure. He also will work on his book Stylistic Repetition in the Rigveda.
"With this award I hope to disseminate my ongoing research into the stylistics and discourse structure of the Rigveda to an audience at a major center where these studies are pursued," said Klein. "I will also use the time to work on a monograph oninterstanzaic repetition in the Rigveda and a book to be titled Stylistic Repetition in the Rigveda."
Rutledge, an associate professor in the School of Law, will lecture and conduct research at the University of Vienna, in Austria from March-June. His project is entitled, "Dispute Resolution and the Constitution."
"It is a great honor to join the ranks of UGA faculty who have received Fulbright awards. The process is highly competitive, and the award would not have been possible without the strong support of Dean Rebecca White at the Law School and her counterparts at the University of Vienna," said Rutledge. "I look forward to using the award to conduct original research in the relationship between constitutional law and alternative dispute resolution."
Siegesmund, an associate professor and co-chair of art education in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, is lecturing and conducting research at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland until December. His project is entitled, "Applied Arts-Based Research in Schools and Communities."
"In addition to working with students from all disciplines within the National College of Art and Design, I will interact with a variety of groups including secondary art educators and museum professionals. I will also lecture in locations throughout Ireland, as well as England and Scotland," said Siegesmund.
Since 1946, the U.S. Government-sponsored Fulbright Scholar program has provided faculty and professionals with an unparalleled opportunity to study and conduct research in other nations.
These faculty members are among the more than 294,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.
Michael Pierce in lab
New University of Georgia research, recently published in the early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that blocking the action of an enzyme called GnT-V significantly delays the onset and spread of tumors in mice with cancer very similar to many cases of human breast cancer.
When the GnT-V enzyme activity in the cells was increased in mammary gland cells, they increased proliferation and began to take on many characteristics of cancer cells. Using a mouse model of human breast cancer, tumors appeared when the enzyme was deleted, but onset was delayed an average of 10 weeks in the mice.
"In human terms," said Michael Pierce, director of the UGA Cancer Center and study co-author, "the corresponding delay would be many months and maybe years. You basically are slowing everything down and keeping the cancer from forming and progressing very early." Slowing the pace of the cancer could eliminate its spread to other organs, keeping it localized where it could be treated successfully, Pierce explained.
The researchers, lead by Hua-Bei Guo, assistant research scientist in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, stimulated breast cancer formation in mouse mammary glands by over-expressing a her-2 protein that is a growth receptor on the cell surface. The researchers note that over-expression of her-2 is associated with 25 to 30 percent of human breast cancers.
The GnT-V enzyme makes glycans, which are sugars on the cell surface that change in defined ways when the cell becomes cancerous. Glycans are released from the cell as glycoproteins, making them a promising early-detection marker in blood. The researchers studied a glycan made by GnT-V that appears when normal breast cells become cancerous. The GnT-V glycan product is found on her-2 and other receptors and acts to regulate the number of cancer stem cells in the tissue. The number of these cancer stem cells determines how rapidly the cancer will form and develop.
"Glycans often are ignored by scientists, because they're very complicated and present unusual problems to identify and understand," said Pierce. "This study is an example of how particular glycans that are present on various cell receptors can actually modulate the onset of tumor formation. That may give us new drug targets and new ways to kill the cancer cells specifically."
The finding of Guo and the research team at UGA's Complex Carbohydrate Research Center that the elimination of a glycan-synthesizing enzyme significantly reduced the population of breast cancer stem cells is unprecedented, they note.
"That population of cells appears to drive breast tumor formation in many cases," said Pierce, who also is UGA's Mudter Professor in Cancer Research, "and our research suggests that glycans may be potential targets to kill them selectively."
Pierce likened the cancerous stem cells to the queen of an ant colony. "You can try to get rid of the anthill, but it will just come back if you don't kill the queen," Pierce said. "If we can target those cancer stem cells for elimination, that would be the most effective treatment."
The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health. For more information on the UGA Cancer Center, see www.uga.edu/cancercenter/.
University of Georgia Honors student Tracy Yang of Macon has been awarded a 2011 Rhodes Scholarship to attend England's Oxford University. She plans to pursue a master's of science degree in global health science.
Yang, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, also was a 2010 Truman Scholar. She plans to graduate from UGA in May with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. She is one of 32 Rhodes recipients in the United States and the only one from the state of Georgia.
Yang is UGA's 22nd Rhodes Scholar and third UGA female student to be selected since 1976, the first year women were eligible to apply. Before Yang, UGA's most recent recipients were Deep Shah and Kate Vyborny in 2008.
"The Rhodes Scholarship is a signal accomplishment for a university student and a reflection of the rigorous academic environment on the recipient's home campus," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Tracy Yang is representative of everything that is good about the UGA student body. She is, first and foremost, a dedicated student, but she is also committed to a life of serving others. I have no doubt that she will be one of those people who have a significant and positive impact on the world."
With aspirations to pursue a career as a physician-policy analyst, Yang has concentrated her research as well as her local and international involvement on efforts to address public health disparities and improving access to services.
As a sophomore, Yang conducted research on the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi under the guidance of Rick Tarleton, Distinguished Research Professor in Cellular Biology. The parasite, which causes Chagas disease, has infected approximately 18 million people in Latin America.
She also participated in the Nathan Schnaper Cancer Research Intern Program in summer 2008, and in a public health and emergency preparedness internship at Greater New York Hospital Association in summer 2010. She has traveled to Nicaragua, working with medical personnel who provide health services to residents through community hospital or home visits.
Yang currently is working as an intern with the Athens Health Network, part of a community-based initiative to address poverty issues in Athens. She also serves as a mentor and ESL teacher in the local community.
Yang's interest in policy decision-making precipitated her involvement with UGA's chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, a national student-run think tank, in which she has served in several leadership roles. She also is an editor for UGA's Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, an online undergraduate research journal for the arts, humanities and social sciences.
"Tracy is an amazing person," said David S. Williams, director of UGA's Honors Program and the UGA faculty representative for the Rhodes Scholarship. "She displays an uncommon intellect, a deep sense of dedication, profound empathy and extraordinary energy. Yet, she remains completely down to earth and is a delight to be around. Rhodes Scholars are not just impressive intellects. They are supposed to make the world a better place. I have no doubt that Tracy will do just that."
Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. Candidates must first be endorsed by their college or university; then selection committees in each of 16 districts invite the strongest applicants for an interview. This year, 837 students were endorsed by 309 colleges and universities.
For more information about the Rhodes Scholarship program, see www.rhodesscholar.org.
UGA Athletic Association Professor in Infectious Disease Dr. Fred Quinn with UGA Athletic Association Interim Mascot Russ and Board Member Swann Seiler
Three faculty members have been appointed to recently endowed professorships in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Scott Brown, who heads the college’s department of small animal medicine and surgery, has been appointed the first James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor of Small Animal Studies; Dr. Andrew Parks, head of the department of large animal medicine, has been appointed the first Olive K. Britt-Paul E. Hoffman Professor of Large Animal Studies; and Dr. Frederick D. Quinn, head of the department of infectious diseases, has been appointed the first Athletic Association Professor of Infectious Disease.
Dr. Jim Waggoner and Marjorie Waggoner with Dr. Cathy Brown and Waggoner Professor in Small Animal Studies Dr. Scott Brown
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the endowed professorships earlier this year.
“We are grateful to Dr. Britt and the Waggoners for their generosity and vision in creating these professorships that will provide support to the large animal medicine and small animal medicine and surgery departments in perpetuity,” said Dr. Sheila W. Allen, dean of the college. “We also acknowledge the University of Georgia Athletic Association for supporting the research mission of the university through the creation of this professorship. Infectious disease research is a major focus on our campus and is so important to the well-being of animals and people in today’s society.”
Brown came to the college in 1982 to complete his internship and residency in small animal internal medicine. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He joined the faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology. During his nearly three decades at the college, Brown has served as a faculty member, acting associate dean for academic affairs, and, since 2006, as department head of the department of small animal medicine and surgery. In 2003, he was selected as a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor in recognition for his excellent teaching skills. His research interests include nephrology and systemic hypertension.
The James and Marjorie Waggoner Professorship of Small Animal Studies was created by a gift from Dr. James Cowan Waggoner (D.V.M. 1969), a native of Ellenwood, and Marjorie Schear Waggoner, who was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Both are founding Presidents Club and annual Presidents Club members. James Waggoner has served on the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Board.
Parks joined the college as an assistant professor in the department of large animal medicine and surgery in 1986 after receiving his master of science degree from Michigan State University; he has served as the department’s head since 2002. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. His clinical interests include lameness in horses and cattle, diseases of the foot and abdominal surgery in horses and cattle.
Jan Hoffman, Joan Hoffman, Dean Sheila Allen and Brent Hoffman Hix join to recognize Dr. Olive Britt’s bequest to create the Britt-Hoffman Professorship in Large Animal Studies.
The Olive K. Britt-Paul Hoffman Professorship of Large Animal Medicine was created by a gift from the estate of Dr. Olive Kendrick Britt (D.V.M. 1959), who wanted to commemorate her lasting friendship with her professor and mentor, Dr. Paul Hoffman. Britt was a pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine. She was the first female intern in the large animal clinic at the University of Pennsylvania in 1959; two years later, she became the first veterinarian to specialize in equine medicine in the Richmond, Va., area. Hoffman specialized in equine locomotory diseases and taught at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine for 42 years, until his retirement in 1995.
Quinn joined the college as head of the department of infectious diseases in 2001 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He earned both his master of science and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. His research interests include Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogenic mycobacteria of humans and animals. The Athletic Association Professorship of Infectious Diseases was created by a gift from the UGA Athletic Association to support infectious disease research at the University of Georgia.
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 550 who apply. For more information, see http://www.vet.uga.edu/.
The current UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 18,000 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the U.S. The college is currently working to raise $15 million toward building a new Veterinary Medical Learning Center, which will include a new teaching hospital as well as classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. The goal is to increase enrollment to 150 when the Veterinary Medical Learning Center is built. http://www.vet.uga.edu/giving/campaign.php
The 2010 edition of the G Book made its debut during fall semester. As the official traditions handbook for students, the G Book includes campus history, fight songs, background on UGA traditions, points of pride and advice from alumni.
UGA’s Alumni Association, which re-published the book, solicited students to give the manual a makeover in 2009. The original G Book existed from the early 1920s to the late 1940s as a guide on all things Georgia. The pages were filled with rules and regulations that all university students had to abide by, and men were actually required to carry the book in their left front pocket.
The updated G Book includes space for students to fill with their own photos and memories, creating a living testament to their time spent at UGA.
The Georgia Museum of Art, located on the University of Georgia campus, recently acquired two significant American paintings from the West Foundation Collection of Atlanta. The foundation gave Benjamin West’s Portrait of Captain Christopher Codrington Bethell (1769) and John Linton Chapman’s Via Appia (1867) to the museum in honor of GMOA director, William U. Eiland, and in anticipation of the museum’s reopening this winter.
A native of Springfield, Pa., West was appointed historical painter for King George III in 1772 around the same time that he executed the portrait of Captain Christopher Codrington Bethell (1728-1797). While working in London, West became a founding member of the Royal Academy in England, serving as its president from 1792 to 1820.He also taught other important American artists, including Samuel F.B. Morse, Washington Allston, John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull, among others. The sitter, Bethell, married in July 1768, just before his fortieth birthday, and this portrait was likely commissioned in celebration of that event. Bethell’s great-grandfather was among the first individuals to settle in the sugar-producing colony of Barbados in the West Indies, and his grandfather and great uncle both held public office there. The portrait by West is the earliest American painting in the museum’s collection.
Born in Washington, D.C., but a longtime resident of Italy, American artist Chapman (1839-1905) painted the Via Appia, the ancient section of the great Roman road that led to Southern Italy, several times over the course of his career. In this version, Chapman shows the view along the ancient road looking back toward the city of Rome. The dome of St. Peter’s, the most visible landmark for any American tourist approaching the city for the first time, stands at the distant horizon in Chapman’s image. Via Appia served as a keystone painting in the museum’s award-winning 2004 exhibition Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Painting and the Italian Encounter and graces the cover of the exhibition catalogue.
“Both paintings, important additions to the museum’s already strong collection of American art, will be on display in the new permanent collection galleries when GMOA reopens on January 29,” said Paul Manoguerra, curator of American art at GMOA. “We are grateful to the West Foundation for giving these two excellent paintings in celebration of the new galleries and the work of our director.”
Since March 2009, GMOA has been undergoing a $20 million renovation and expansion that will triple its existing gallery space and add enlarged collection storage, a sculpture garden and study centers for research in the humanities. The new gallery wing will display works from the museum’s permanent collection, which currently includes more than 8,000 objects.
GMOA holds more than 50 British watercolors on extended loan from the West Foundation Collection spanning over 100 years of 18th- and 19th-century virtuoso painting by renowned artists, including Samuel Owen (1768-1857), Samuel Prout (1783-1852), Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tate (1819-1905).
“As pleased as I am that these works join the museum’s collection in my honor, I am excited that they also will be immediately available to our audiences for their study and enjoyment when we open,” said William U. Eiland, GMOA director. “I am grateful to the West Foundation’s principals, Charles and Marjorie West, for their kindness to me, to the museum and to generations of students and audiences.”
The museum’s forthcoming catalogue of the collection “One Hundred American Paintings” includes entries on both paintings as well as full-color reproductions. The catalogue’s release is scheduled to coincide with the museum’s reopening.
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the GMOA is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The GMOA is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602. The museum’s galleries and shop are currently closed for construction of the museum’s expansion. For more information, see www.uga.edu/gamuseum.
The University of Georgia enrolled more than 7,700 new undergraduate students this fall, including just over 4,300 new freshmen. Another 1,000 new undergraduates—200 of them freshmen—are expected to enroll in January for the spring term.
The size and composition of this year’s freshman class is similar to last year’s class, though more students self-identified as non-Caucasian. This year, 29 percent of incoming freshmen so identified, compared with 22 percent in 2009.
For the freshman class, the number of entering Hispanic students is now over 200—4.3 percent of the class, up from 3 percent in 2009.The number of African-American students remained stable at 7.6 percent of the class.
The entering freshmen once again have a strong grade point average of 3.83(the mid 50 percentile range is 3.68-4.0).The mean SAT nudged up one point to 1264 for the Critical Reading and Math section, while the mean on the Writing section dropped one point to 612. The combined average score held firm at 1876 out of 2400 points (which includes all three components of the test). The middle 50 percentile of the class scored between 1730-1970.For those students who took the ACT, the mean score this year was again 28, with a mid 50 percentile range of 26-31.
The 525 students expected to enroll in UGA’s nationally recognized Honors Program have an average GPA of 4.06 (with a mid 50 percentile range of 3.96-4.14) and SAT average of 1471 (mid 50 percentile range of 1440-1490 on the Critical Reading and Math components only). The mean score on the Writing component was 712, producing a 2183 average on the three parts combined. The ACT average is 33 (mid 50 percent range of 32-33).
As in previous years, the incoming class includes geographic diversity, with 200 freshmen coming from 51different countries. Just over 13 percent of the new class is from out of state, with Texas, North Carolina and Virginia sending the most students. In-state students represent more than 450Georgiahigh schools in 140counties.
“This year more than half of the incoming students classified as Georgia residents have social security numbers initially issued in another state,” said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. “This shows the continued in-migration to Georgia from other parts of the country.”
The number of applications received for this year’s freshman class—more than 17,730—is one of the highest recorded at UGA, following several years of record applications. Since 2003, applications for UGA’s freshman class have increased by more than 50 percent.
The rigor of students’ high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions. Some 95 percent of the enrolled students took College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school.
Five percent of the incoming freshmen (222) were first or second in their graduating class and more than half were in the top 10 percent of their class. Several students had a perfect composite score on the SAT or ACT, while 134 had perfect scores on at least one of the components of the SAT. Nearly 10 percent of the students started college while still in high school through joint enrollment programs.
While many of the incoming students have not yet decided on a major, the most popular intended majors (listed alphabetically) are biology, biochemical and molecular biology, business, chemistry, international affairs, political science and psychology, reflecting a pattern similar to previous years.
Although legacy is not a factor in admissions decisions, almost 35 percent of the students have parents or siblings who attended UGA. Six percent of the incoming freshmen are the first in their family to attend college.
The new incoming transfer students have an earned college GPA of 3.4 on college work completed prior to enrolling at UGA. Similar to previous classes of transfer students, they are almost evenly divided between males and females. Twenty-two percent of transfer students self-identified as non-Caucasian and about 94 percent are Georgia residents.
Stem cells might be thought of as trunks in the tree of life. All multi-cellular organisms have them, and they can turn into a dazzling variety other cells—kidney, brain, heart or skin, for example. One class, pluripotent stem cells, has the capacity to turn into virtually any cell type in the body, making them a focal point in the development of cell therapies, the conquering of age-old diseases or even regrowing defective body parts.
Now, a research team at the University of Georgia has shown for the first time that a gene called Myc (pronounced "mick") may be far more important in the development and persistence of stem cells than was known before. Myc is traditionally thought of as a cancer-causing gene, or oncogene, but recent studies from the UGA team have established critical roles for it in stem cell biology. The discovery has important implications for the basic understanding of developmental processes and how stem cells can be used for therapeutic purposes.
"This new research has uncovered a really unexpected role for Myc," said Stephen Dalton, GRA Eminent Scholar of Molecular Cell Biology and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scientist at UGA. "Our work here represents the first mechanistic characterization of how Myc controls the pluripotent stem cell state."
The research was published in Cell Stem Cell. Other authors of the paper include Keriayn Smith and Amar Singh of the Dalton lab at UGA. Smith left recently to begin a postdoc at the University of North Carolina. Dalton also is a member of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and is affiliated with the UGA Cancer Center and the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.
In previous work, Dalton and his colleagues showed that Myc is critical for stem cell maintenance and that it affects widespread changes in gene expression. This latter function is crucial when stem cells differentiate into more specific cell types. In the new research, Dalton's team showed that Myc sustains the important pluripotency process by repressing a "master regulator" gene called GATA6.
"Pluripotency is the inherent property of a cell to create all cell types, from an embryo to an adult organism," said Dalton. "It's an extremely important biological process, and knowing how it is controlled is crucial not only from a basic developmental perspective but also so that we can harness the potential of stem cells for the development of therapies, including those for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of neurological disorders. Through a detailed understanding of early development, we hope to apply this information so that pluripotent stem cells can be differentiated into therapeutically useful cell types. These cells can then be used in a clinical setting to cure degenerative diseases and treat acute injury."
The finding that Myc inhibits GATA6 came as a big surprise to the Dalton team and points out that researchers have only seen the tip of the "molecular iceberg" in terms of what Myc does in stem cells. It now seems likely that understanding Myc's role in further detail will reshape current ideas about the basic biology of stem cells.
Dalton's new work addressed the uncertainty about how Myc maintains the pluripotency of stem cells by examining what happens when two forms of Myc—c-Myc and N-Myc—are inactivated in pluripotent stem cells. What he found was that either c- or N-Myc is sufficient to maintain pluripotency, but that the absence of both triggers the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. Myc is therefore acting as a "brake" to restrain differentiation. When the "differentiation brake" is removed, cells lose their stem cell properties, and, potentially, they can become any one of over a hundred different cell types.
Pluripotent stem cells can now be made from skin fibroblasts and even from blood samples. (Fibroblasts are cells common in connective tissues of animals and play an important role in the healing of wounds, among many functions.) The conversion of mature fibroblast or blood cells back to pluripotent stem cells is called "reprogramming." Myc also has a critical role in this process. The ability to make stem cells from a patient's blood or skin is going to revolutionize medicine as it opens the way for patient-specific stem cells that would circumvent problems associated with immune rejection, said Dalton.
"During the reprogramming of cells, Myc represses genes associated with the differentiated state and primes them for the expression of stem cell genes," he said. "We now speculate that during the early reprogramming stage, Myc serves to change the cell cycle so that stem cells can divide for long periods of time without aging. This is also what Myc does in cancer cells." Dalton said that there is an intriguing relationship between normal stem cells and cancer cells. Since Myc is crucial for maintenance of stem cells and for the development of cancer, pluripotent stem cells represent a good model for tumor biologists. Cancer is thought to be initiated by rogue stem cells found in different tissues, further highlighting the link between stem cell biology, cancer and Myc.
"This is clearly going to be a major area of research for many years to come," Dalton said. The research was supported by grants to Dalton from the National Institute of Child Health and Development and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences.
Building 1516, the University of Georgia's first "green" residence hall, opened on Monday, Aug. 9, to more than 500 upperclassmen. The hall offers spacious residential and community areas in a retro-modern design, and incorporates eco-friendly programs into everyday life for a complete "living green" experience.
Although it is near East Campus Village, the traditional style rooms are different from the apartment-style living offered in the neighboring community. The hall is part of the Reed community, and the rooms are set up much like those in Reed Hall, with double and single rooms and private bath accommodations for each room. The hall features nine-month academic contracts, carpeted rooms, loftable twin beds, laundry and kitchen facilities throughout the building, high-speed Internet access, and biometric hand readers for secure resident access.
"We are excited to have a new residence hall that meets demands for housing, addresses the needs and interests of the new generation of environmentally conscientious students, and supports their academic and personal growth," said Gerry Kowalski, University Housing executive director. "We have listened to what is important to students over the years, and we are meeting their needs by providing amenities such as in-room temperature controls and private bathrooms so that they are free to concentrate on other fundamental concerns like academic success and personal achievement."
"It turned out to be more beautiful than anything I imagined," said Kaitlin Pniewski, a graduate student in the College of Education and new resident of Building 1516. "Every aspect of the building, from the catering kitchen to the multi-purpose room, is stylish and functional. I know all the extra 'hang-out' rooms will be put to good use with our residents.
"I cannot believe how many study rooms there are, equipped with dry erase boards, single desks, and large study tables. Residents won't have to trek to the MLC (Miller Learning Center) during finals week," said Pniewski.
Keeping students' interests in mind, the "living green" philosophy is the fundamental concept of the new hall. The university has implemented numerous green elements into the new residence hall and is seeking LEED certification now that construction has been completed and residents have moved in. Promotion of community connectivity, physical activity and pollution reduction help reinforce the "living green" practices of the new building. Students are within walking distance of east campus amenities, such as the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons, University Health Center, and the Performing and Visual Arts Complex. Interior bike storage, as well as easy access to residential parking and bus routes, is provided to promote alternative modes of transportation.
Features that incorporate green technology include in-room temperature controls; high-efficiency sinks, showers and toilets that allow a significant savings per year in water; treated gray water recycled from sinks and showers for use in toilets; low-emitting Volatile Organic Compounds in paint, carpet, coatings, sealants and adhesives that reduce contaminants effecting indoor air quality; and double-paned, low-energy windows that help rooms maintain constant temperatures. Ten percent of the materials used to construct the residence hall are made of recycled content, and another 10 percent originated from within 500 miles of the construction site, reducing air pollutants created from transporting the materials from great distances. The exterior of the building features a cool roof and concrete sidewalks which reflect light and use of drought resistant landscaping and runoff water to replenish underground water sources.
Undergraduate staff members known as resident assistants support residents in programs and other initiatives designed to aid in personal growth and academic success, in addition to programs geared toward sustainability education.
Jonathan Jones, a second-year biochemical engineering student and 2009 Coca-Cola Scholar, is an RA living in the building. "I love the Reed Community's Building 1516 because it represents the steps that the University of Georgia is taking toward a more sustainable way of living for students as well as the surrounding community. Every time I utilize the shower or sink, I think of how I am doing my part to conserve water and prevent waste with the gray-water system."
The Department of University Housing at the University of Georgia provides comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported. Approximately 7,400 students live in 21 residence halls within seven residential communities, in addition to graduate students and their families who live in 580 campus units. University Housing is strongly committed to creating and supporting an environment of diversity and offers a variety of learning opportunities to residents, as well as to more than 600 professional, graduate and student staff.
To learn more about University Housing, see www.uga.edu/housing.
The University of Georgia conferred degrees on about 5,170 undergraduate and graduate students at spring Commencement ceremonies May 8. An estimated 4,000 undergraduates were eligible to receive bachelor's degrees at the undergraduate ceremony in Sanford Stadium.
Alton Brown, who writes, produces, directs and stars in Good Eats, spoke at the undergraduate ceremony. In addition to being the first Peabody Award-winning host for the Food Network, Brown has written several books, including I'm Just Here for the Food, which won the 2003 James Beard Foundation Award for best cookbook in the reference category.
The student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony was Sarah Christian Haynes of Roswell, who received a bachelor of arts degrees in political science, international affairs and history. Haynes served as the president of the Student Alumni Council and External Affairs committee chair for the Student Government Association. A member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Alpha Theta and Golden Key Honor societies, Haynes served as a G-Book project co-coordinator and executive director of the College Republicans. She currently serves as deputy political director for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Fifteen seniors who maintained perfect 4.0 grade point averages were recognized as First Honor Graduates.
About 1,170 candidates for master's, doctoral and specialist in education degrees were eligible to participate in the ceremony for graduate students.
The speaker for the ceremony for graduate students was Thomas Lauth, dean of the university's School of Public and International Affairs. Lauth has been dean of the school since it was established in 2001. He headed the political science department at UGA from 1988 to 2001. He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2000 and is the recipient of a lifetime scholarly achievement award from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.
Two University of Georgia animal science researchers introduced to the world 13 pigs that may hold the key to new therapies to treat human diseases, including diabetes. The discovery marks the first time pluripotent stem cells, or cells that can turn into any type of cell in the body, have been created from adult livestock.
"We now for the first time have a method to make pigs that can be a source of cells and organs for regenerative medicine in a meaningful way," said Steven L. Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Reproductive Physiology. A faculty member in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Stice also directs UGA's Regenerative Bioscience Center. The technique called induced pluripotent stem cells had only previously been shown to make live offspring in mice.
"These first-in-the-world, pig-induced pluripotent cells-generated animals can eventually be used to provide and search for better therapies and cures for human disease and regenerative conditions," Stice said.
The discovery is a new tool for researchers who need to determine which sources of cells, adult or earlier stages such as embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells, will work best for each disease.
The induced pluripotent stem cells piglets were born Sept. 3, 2009. The process used avoids the more problematic and controversial cloning process while making it easier to make the genetic changes necessary to develop pigs as a better source of cells and organs for transplantation.
"Although induced pluripotent stem cell technology was first successful in mice, they aren't always a good model to study human disease and they are not a good source of tissue and organs for therapy," Stice said. "Pigs are often the best way to go."
Stice credits Franklin West, an assistant research scientist, with perfecting the method.
"I've worked on this for about 20 years," Stice said. "Franklin found the way to make it work."
The pluripotent stem cells incorporated naturally into the developing fetuses and contributed to the development of many cell types of the body, such as lungs, kidney, heart, skin or muscle, producing healthy piglets, West said. And 80 percent of the animals produced using this new method are a product of these stem cells, a very high percentage.
The new process will be valuable for a research project under way in partnership with Emory University to find better therapies for diabetes.
"Islets that produce insulin and other hormones related to regulating blood sugar are found in the pancreas," Stice said. "It is well known that porcine islet cells could be a major break through in the treatment of Type I (juvenile) diabetes if they were not rejected by the human immune system. This new method will allow researchers to make the necessary genetic changes to dampen or potentially eliminate the rejection of the new stem cells and then we can make animals from these stem cells."
Another goal, Stice said, is for the study results to lead the way to healthier, more environmentally friendly and disease-resistant livestock, and ones that could help reduce poverty or starvation in developing countries.
Once the new pigs reach sexual maturity and Stice and West determine if the pigs produce viable sperm and egg cells, they can begin naturally mating. The offspring of the current pigs will produce the cells needed to move into the therapy stage and clinical trials.
Details of the discovery will be published in the June Journal of Stem Cells and Development.
A website developed by University of Georgia faculty members focuses on multiple ways to "go green." The website, www.ugagreenway.com was unveiled in conjunction with Earth Day.
A team led by Pamela Turner, assistant professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and a housing specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension, developed "UGA GreenWay" to reach Georgians who may not be familiar with the resources offered by Extension.
"A population we're missing are those who tend to use social media to garner information," Turner said. "We want to be a trusted source for information on a variety of issues connected with the environment."
For example, Turner has a wealth of information on "Greenwashing," a play on the term "whitewashing," but in this instance referring to false advertising claims by some companies regarding environmentally responsible products. The page provides information on eco-labels, third-party certifications, consumer reviews, and how to spot misleading labels.
While the benefits of "reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose" are prominent on the site, Turner also emphasizes the importance of repairs as a way of being environmentally friendly.
"Dealing with moisture issues in order to eliminate mold, caulking doors and windows in order to lower heating costs, and maintaining the exterior of your home are all things that help us conserve our resources as well as saving money," she said.
Saving "green," as in money, is also a part of the new website. Joan Koonce, FACS associate professor and a finance specialist with Cooperative Extension, has provided information on how consumers can save money by going green, as well as information on environmentally responsible investing.
Ensuring that young people learn ways to protect the environment has been a focus of Sharon Gibson, a FACS Cooperative Extension multicultural specialist, "There are a multitude of ways to encourage children and teens to go green," Gibson said. "Whether it's helping the family with recycling and composting or encouraging their school to establish a school garden, kids can play a significant role in helping our environment."
The Cooperative Extension team is focused on ensuring that links to UGA Greenway are both accurate and politically neutral.
"We want people to email us with both questions and tips," Gibson said, "But we're checking all of those tips and all of the suggestions for links to ensure that the information is accurate."
Just for fun, the website also includes a green quiz. By answering a range of questions from whether you compost, carry your own shopping bags to the store or shorten your showers, you might be "basically brown," meaning you're interest in being environmentally friendly is on the low side, to being a "green sprout" or, if you're really focused on the environment, being "true green."
BB&T Corp., the nation's 10th largest financial holding company, has pledged to give $1.5 million over 10 years to the University of Georgia Terry College of Business to expand teaching and research into the foundations of capitalism and free market economies.
The gift will establish the BB&T Support Fund for the Study of Capitalism and Market Economies in the department of banking and finance.
About half of BB&T's $150,000 annual contribution will enable the Terry College to develop new coursework that will expose undergraduate students at UGA to the historical foundations of capitalism, how it's viewed in contemporary society, and its future prospects. The remaining funds will provide faculty support for research on capital markets, market competition, government-controlled incentives and disincentives for productivity, and comparative studies of economic systems.
"As the Terry College of Business approaches the centennial of its founding in 1912, it is fitting that we should take this opportunity to look more closely at the historical tenets of capitalism and consider its changing role in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent global market," said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. "Thanks to BB&T's support, we expect to develop in our students a deeper historical and philosophical understanding of capitalism and its relation to economic well-being."
In recent years, BB&T has privately supported a number of college programs promoting the study of the foundations of capitalism. BB&T donated similar amounts to establish the BB&T Program of Free Enterprise at Florida State University's College of Business and the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism in the philosophy department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Each student who is admitted to the Terry College will receive a copy of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, as well as writings by other classic economists and philosophers, including Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, John Keynes, Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter and Adam Smith.
In support of research, the Terry College will select BB&T Scholars among faculty members who are actively engaged in research pertaining to market competition, corporate governance, capital markets and government agencies that monitor and intervene in the economy. The faculty who are named BB&T Scholars will be chosen on a competitive basis, and they will hold the appointments for a three-year period.
The finance department at Terry maintains an impressive track record of research, and the faculty's devotion to academic exploration augments the classroom experience. Faculty in the department have extensive professional experience in the areas of capital markets, corporate finance, international finance and corporate governance. They also serve as editors and publish in a wide number of prominent academic journals.
BB&T Corp. (NYSE: BBT) is the 10th largest financial services holding company in the U.S., with more than $163 billion in assets and market capitalization of $22.4 billion. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates more than 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at www.BBT.com.
Fans were treated to a reading from Frances Mayes' newest memoir, Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, when she spoke March 30 in recognition of her donation of her personal papers to the UGA Libraries.
Author of the best-selling memoirs Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, Mayes is a native of Fitzgerald, Ga. She is also the author of a travel memoir, A Year in the World, the illustrated books In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home; Swan, a novel; The Discovery of Poetry, a text for readers; and five books of poetry.
"I'm always slightly regretful when I come to Athens that I didn't go to school here," Mayes said on a glorious spring afternoon. "Both my sisters did so therefore I did not. It was just one of those things."
Saying she was honored to be asked to donate her papers, Mayes said, "I was having intimations of immortality and (husband) Ed was glad to get the garage cleaned out."
Under the Tuscan Sun (1996) stayed on top of the New York Times bestseller list for two years and was made into a 2003 movie. In the book, Mayes began the story of finding an abandoned house while traveling in Italy, buying it and the arduous task of restoration. Her writing focuses on making the house, Bramasole, her home and simultaneously establishing a new life.
"Many, many people have enjoyed reading of Frances' Mayes adventures in Italy and we are excited to be able to present this opportunity for the university community to hear her personally," said William Gray Potter, the university librarian and associate provost. "More so, we are thrilled that she has trusted us with preserving her papers and look forward to sharing them with her fans and scholarly researchers alike."
Her papers will join other collections held by the UGA Libraries in the Special Collections Libraries Building, now under construction, when it opens in 2012.
Mayes was introduced by UGA President Michael F. Adams, who credited the Mayes for their support of the study-abroad program in Cortona – "one of the jewels in our crown."
Calling the UGA students "a spark of life" for the town, Mayes described the sculpture program's expansion to the vicinity of a home for "old people with no home." The students were outside, playing loud music and working with big pieces of marble.
"This is going to drive those old people mad. This is crazy," Mayes thought. "But as it turns out they loved it. They were all outside with the students, sitting there watching and really enjoying the activity. And that revealed to me something that I know about Tuscany – that there is very little hierarchy among ages. When you go to a dinner there's the 95-year-old grandmother and the six-month-old baby and everybody in between."
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Thirty-six recipients of the 69th Annual Peabody Awards were recognized May 17 by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2009, were named in a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Diane Sawyer, the award-winning anchor of ABC's "World News," was the host of the 69th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony.
Sawyer was the first media personality – news or entertainment – to emcee a second Peabody ceremony, having presided over the 56th annual awards in 1996. She shared in the Peabody Award bestowed upon "Rush to Read," a 1994 investigative report presented by ABC News' "Prime Time Live."
"Diane Sawyer has worked in every facet of broadcast journalism," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. "Now, as anchor of ABC's World News, all her prior experience is brought to bear on the most significant events of our time in the most professional manner. We are delighted that for the second time she served as our host and master of ceremonies for the 69th Peabody Awards presentation."
The latest Peabody winners reflect great diversity in genre, sources of origination and content. The recipients included Modern Family, ABC's droll, perceptive comedy about a multicultural extended family; HBO's Thrilla in Manila, a documentary that probes the hype, mythology and meaning of the politically charged Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fights in the early 1970s; and The Great Textbook War, a fair, balanced radio documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting about a 1974 skirmish that presaged "cultural wars" still raging in America. Jerome Robbins – Something to Dance About, a richly insightful portrait of the director-choreographer from Thirteen/WNET's American Masters, received a Peabody Award, as did the Desmond Tutu installment of CBS's consistently surprising The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a talk show without borders.
Peabodys went to Sichuan Earthquake: One Year On, a thorough assessment of the damage, grief and anger in the quake ravaged Chinese province by Hong Kong's Now-TV News, and A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains, ABC News' illumination of the abiding poverty of our most forgotten region, Central Appalachia. Peabodys also were awarded to The Madoff Affair, a comprehensive examination by WGBH's FRONTLNE of the Ponzi scheme that cost investors $65 billion, and "Hard Times," Oregon Public Broadcasting's smart, compassionate radio coverage of the impact of the financial crisis on ordinary folks.
Other entertainment programming recognized by the Peabody Board included Glee, Fox's invigorating musical dramedy about the diverse members of a high-school choral club; In Treatment, HBO's mesmerizing therapy-session drama; The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, HBO's charming series about a female private eye in Botswana; and Endgame, a PBS/Masterpiece film about secret negotiations that facilitated the end of apartheid in South Africa. A Peabody also went to The Day That Lehman Died, a riveting radio docudrama from the BBC World Service that reconstructed the frantic negotiations that preceded the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy filing that shook the financial world.
In the realm of arts and culture, Peabodys were awarded to Noodle Road, a visually scrumptious survey of the Asian culinary staple by South Korea's KBS 1TV; PBS' Inventing LA: The Chandlers and
Their Times, a portrait of a family newspaper dynasty that pursued civic goals and personal agendas with equal zeal; and two Independent Lens documentaries: The Order of Myths, a look at race relations through the prism of the Mardi Gras of Mobile, Ala., and Between the Folds, an exhilarating, awe-inspiring study of the art of origami and paper folding.
A Personal Peabody was awarded to Diane Rehm, whose eponymously titled show on Washington, D.C.'s WAMU-FM and National Public Radio epitomizes vigorous, courteous political discourse.
Peabodys also went to BBC World News America: Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective, a model "world" newscastcrafted for U.S. cable subscribers by BBC America; National Public Radio's topically boundless Web counterpart, npr.org; and SesameStreet.org, the celebrated children's television series' cheery, interactively educational Web site.
"Every year the Peabody Board faces the daunting task of selecting examples of the most outstanding work in electronic media," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. "Our work is made more difficult because every entry is selected by a producer, a studio, a network or cable channel as their best work of the previous year. We begin at the top and have to go even higher."
The Peabody Board recognized the meritorious efforts of several local news organizations. Awards went to "Under Fire: Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard," a startling investigative series by Houston's KHOU-TV that led to the firing of three Texas Guard generals; "Derrion Albert Beating," a series of reports by Chicago's WFLD-TV about the sidewalk murder of an honor student that had national repercussions; and "BART Shooting," a series of reports in which KTVU-TV in Oakland, Calif., doggedly pursued the facts of a deadly, train-station confrontation.
In the Peabody-honored "Up in Smoke," Los Angeles' KCET-TV explored the state's cannabis culture and found, among other surprises, that medicinal marijuana clinics, thanks to an inadvertent regulatory loophole, outnumbered Starbucks shops in the city. In "Chronicle: The Gift," WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., made a man's tragic, accidental death the impetus of a public-service campaign on behalf of organ donation, showcasing the stories of the recipients his generosity saved.
Radio winners included Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools Are Failing Black Students, a documentary in which independent producer Nancy Solomon focused on a suburban New Jersey high school, asking difficult questions of teachers and students alike, and "Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: Covering Afghanistan," a collection of uniquely insightful reports about everyday life as well as the ongoing warfare by the chief of National Public Radio's Afghan bureau.
"To those who say all media content is the same, or presented from a single perspective, we offer this great range of material as a response," said Newcomb. "Our selections demonstrate that great work available in 2009 varied widely and appealed to viewers and listeners with very different tastes interests, and concerns."
CBS News's 60 Minutes added another pair of Peabodys to its collection: "Sabotaging the System" looked at the clear and present danger of cyber attacks from Russia and China on America's computer-dependent infrastructure and what is being done to thwart them. "The Cost of Dying" took a courageous, objective look at the actual monetary cost of end-of-life care even as airwaves and town halls were buzzing with talk of health-care "death panels."
A Peabody also went to "Where Giving Life Is a Death Sentence," a BBC America news report by Lyse Doucet about a remote Afghan province that has the world's worst recorded rate of maternal mortality.
The notable documentaries honored also included Iran and the West, BBC2's comprehensive, three-hour explanation, complete with newly conducted interviews with key leaders, of how the current nuclear impasse evolved, and The OxyContin Express, a shocking documentation by Current TV of the extent of prescription-drug abuse in America. Brick City, a gritty documentary series shown on the Sundance Channel, paints an unvarnished picture of life, politics and hopes for revival in gang-banged and impoverished Newark, N.J. I-Witness: Ambulansiyang de Paa, from the Philippines' GMA Network Inc., memorably chronicled how residents of a poor, remote town can only get their sick and injured to medical care using the "ambulance on foot," woven hammocks that they carry over dangerous terrain.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize categories nor are there a set number of awards given each year. Today the Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, cablecasters, Webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
The Peabody Board is a 16-member group, comprised of television critics, broadcast and cable industry executives, academics and experts in culture and the arts. They make their annual selections with input from special screening committees of UGA faculty, students and staff.
All entries become a permanent part of the Peabody Archive in the UGA Libraries. The collection is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most respected moving-image archives. For more information about the Peabody Archive or the Peabody Awards, see www.peabody.uga.edu.
The University of Georgia has been recognized as one of the Top 25 colleges and universities in the nation that produce Peace Corps volunteers.
Currently, 45 undergraduate and three graduate alumni from UGA are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, adding to the 455 former students who have joined the program's ranks since it was established in 1961.
"I am proud and humbled that so many of our students have dedicated themselves to the kind of service work in which the Peace Corps engages around the globe," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Volunteers come back with skills that make them uniquely qualified to work in a global marketplace and first-hand knowledge of how to put their skills to use helping others."
There are currently 7,671 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 76 host countries. In 2009, the Peace Corps received more than 15,000 applications, the largest number of applications since the agency began electronically recording applications in 1998.
UGA ranked 23rd for colleges and universities with more than 15,000 undergraduates.
One hundred of the fastest-growing companies owned or operated by former University of Georgia students were honored Jan. 30, when the UGA Alumni Association announced the "Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses" at a celebration in Buckhead.
Nominations were collected between April 15 and Sept. 30. To be considered for the program, an organization must have been in business for at least five years, had revenues of $100,000 or more for the last calendar year, and must have been owned or operated by a former UGA student.The program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year growth rate average.
The Atlanta CPA firm, Gifford, Hillegass and Ingwersen LLC, partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to verify the information that was submitted by each nominated company. GH & I ranked each company in order of the compounded annual growth rate.
Nominations for the 2011 Bulldog program will open April 15.
For more information, see www.uga.edu/alumni/bulldog100.
The "Bulldog 100:Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses" Class of 2010:
1. Hitson Land & Timber Management, Port Orange, Fla., Greg Hitson '94
2. Evoshield, Bogart, Justin Niefer '04
3. Payscape Advisors, Atlanta, Leo Welf, '95
4. Clear Harbor LLC, Alpharetta, Tut Smith, '79
5. J. K. Milne Asset Management, Pittsburgh, Pa., John Milne '80
6. Snorg Tees, Alpharetta, Matt Walls '03
7. Forisk Consulting, Athens, Brooks Mendell '04
8. HROI, Lawrenceville, Tim Mitchell '91
9. Mom Corps, Atlanta, Allison O'Kelly '94
10. Cooper-Atlanta Transportation, Atlanta, Fred Rich '75
11. Baseline SportsMedia, Athens, Trent Allen '95
12. Next Step Learning, Alpharetta, Michael Addison '81
13. Data South Systems, Hinesville, Charles E. Campbell '87
14. The Green Kangaroo, Cary, NC, Melissa Windley '00
15. Banker's Dashboard, Stockbridge, Chris Bledsoe '86
16. Legacy Boating Club, Destin, Fla., Fletcher Shackelford '92
17. Vista Photonics, Santa Fe, N.M., Jeffrey Pilgrim '90, '95
18. Fineline Technologies, Norcross, Richard Stamper '94
19. Head 2 Head, Inc, Roanoke, Va., Christopher Head '85 and Elizabeth Head '83
20. Hunt Industries, Valdosta, Terry Hunt '69, '73
21. Better World Books, Alpharetta, Dustin Holland '91
22. SG Financial Advisors LLC, Atlanta, Sammy Grant '97, '00
23. John Byers, Inc, Lawrenceville, John Byers '03
24. American Tanning and Leather Company, Griffin, Christine Plott Redd '02
25. Kelly, Lovett & Blakey PC, Albany, Walter Kelly '75
26. Crescent Wealth Management, Atlanta, Jeff Taylor '99
27. Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group, Brooklyn, N.Y., Brett Levitzke '00
28. Allen Professional Graphics Group LLC, Atlanta, Monica Allen '96 and Ethan Allen '99
29. NeoCom Solutions, Woodstock, Kham Longstaff '96
30. The Hurst Company, CPAs, Amelia Island, Fla., Henry Hurst, Jr. '93
31. Bryant, Carroll & Associates, Atlanta, Jake Bryant '98
32. Magic Moments, Norcross, Teresa Day '71
33. Georgia Public Web, Atlanta, David Muschamp '73
34. Red Clay Interactive, Gainesville, Lance Compton '95
35. Fire & Flavor, Bogart, Gena Knox '00 and Davis Knox '98
36. Cast Stone Systems, Warrenton, N.C., Ted Echols '90
37. LaserCraft Technologies, Gainesville, Rodney Greene '91
38. Prestige Foods, Greensboro, Derry Drake '92, '93
39. Plexus Web Creations, Athens, Stephanie Sharp '94
40. Radiant Systems, Alpharetta, John Heyman '83
41. Jackson Spalding, Atlanta, Bo Spalding '78, '79
42. Better for Babies, Carrollton, Leah Carter '98
43. Aquatic Solutions, Tucker, Seth Burrow '02
44. Senior Connections, Chamblee, Debra Furtado '87, '89
45. Bartimaeus, Lawrenceville, Chris Pittard '92
46. Greenway Medical Technologies, Carrollton, Thomas Green, Jr '66
47. Interchanges, Jacksonville, Fla., Nelson Bruton '02
48. Eight at Eight, Atlanta, Sarah Kathryn Smith, '98
49. Badgerdog Literary Publishing, Austin, Tx., Melanie Moore '88
50. Pro Buyers LLC, Oviedo, Fla., Jeffrey A. Smith '79
51. The Atlanta Wine School, Atlanta, Michael Bryan '89
52. Russell Landscape Group, Dacula, Teddy Russell '98
53. Melissa Libby & Associates, Atlanta, Melissa Libby '85
54. Allgood Pest Solutions, Dublin, James Allgood '97, '00
55. The Whitlock Group, Richmond, Va., John D. Whitlock '79
56. Atlanta Kitchen Equipment, Douglasville, Julie Tidwell'79
57. Mathews & Maxwell, Atlanta, Terry Mathews '82
58. Safe Systems, Alpharetta, Zach Duke '99
59. Thomas Eye Center, Athens, Stuart J. Thomas '79
60. Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Jacksonville, Fla., Leerie T. Jenkins, Jr '70
61. Expert Computers, Griffin, Drew Taylor '98
62. Stadion Money Management, Watkinsville, Tim Chapman '82
63. Stanley Dean & Associates PC, Atlanta, Stanley D. Dean '85, '86
64. Convention Models and Talent, Atlanta, Shelly Justice '89
65. Ad Ventures, Roswell, John David Cogdell '76, '83
66. Brantley & Jordan Animal Hospital, Macon, Stephanie Jordan '92, Jeff Jordan '88, '92 and Jeff Brantley '86, '90
67. Linwood W. Zoller, MD, Gainesville, Lin Zoller '78, '80
68. Sweetwater Pool Management, Tucker, Michael Wise '02
69. Resource Providers, Tampa, Fla., W. Allen Clifford '63
70. Moore, Clarke, Duvall & Rodgers PC, Albany, Jim Moore '78, '81
71. Pigtails and Crewcuts, Roswell, Bucky Cook '77
72. Bennett Thrasher PC, Atlanta, Ken Thrasher '73, '74
73. Appalachian Animal Hospital, East Ellijay, Thomas L. Lewis, Jr '02
74. Jones Pharmacy, Fayetteville, Ralph Balchin, '68
75. Fulghum Drugs, Baxley, Ray Dixon '03
76. Doherty, Duggan & Rouse Insurors, Albany, Richard Doherty '78
77. Aflac, Columbus, Dan Amos, '73
78. Babush, Neiman, Kornman & Johnson LLP, Atlanta, Chris D. Clayton '80, '83
79. Acree Oil Company, Toccoa, Richard Acree '50
80. Mom's Bakery, Atlanta, Kristi Kay '86
81. Ed Castro Landscape, Roswell, Ed Castro '88
82. St. Simons Drug Co., St. Simons, Tommy Bryan '80
83. Advantage Design Group, Jacksonville, Fla., Sam Swingle, class of '90
84. Gayco Healthcare, Dublin, Bent Gay '85, '88
85. Juneau Construction Company, Atlanta, Nancy Juneau '82
86. Royston Animal Hospital, Royston, Doris Cato '79, '83, Kenneth Cato '78, '83, and Bruce Bowen '83
87. Seamon Whiteside & Associates, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Kenny Seamon '76
88. The Jaeger Company, Gainesville, Rob Jaeger '80 and Dale Jaeger '82
89. Anderson & Adkins, Evans, Mark Anderson '73
90. Andy Watson Landscaping, Martinez, Andy Watson '97
91. Build-A-Bear Workshop, St. Louis, Mo., Maxine Clark '71
92. Skipper's Fish Camp, Darien, James P. Parker '72
93. Stratix Corporation, Norcross, Bonney Shuman '80
94. Floors by Design, Sarasota, Fla., David Gruber '85
95. Breda Pest Management, Loganville, Roger Breda '73
96. North Georgia Physical Therapy Association, East Ellijay, Mike Darnell '75
97. Peachtree Planning Corporation, Atlanta, Robert Mathis '76
98. Cabell's Designs, Roswell, Cabell Sweeney '95 and Susan Peterson '93
99. Bulldog Baskets, Athens, Callie Waller '92, '95
100. Locos Franchise Company, Athens, Hughes Lowrance '88
A fascination with history and a love of literature have inspired George A. and Nancy Montgomery throughout their life together. Those interests have also inspired them to make a $2 million gift to the University of Georgia Libraries to help ensure that the state's history will be protected and its literary talent recognized.
"Libraries are at the heart of every university, and the support of donors such as George and Nancy Montgomery helps make the University of Georgia a truly great university," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "On behalf of the entire university, I thank them for their generosity."
A native of Atlanta, George Montgomery served in the Navy Air Corps during World War II before earning his A.B. in English from UGA in 1950. He later served as vice president of the Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company and founded Atlanta-based Montgomery Properties Inc. Nancy Montgomery is a native of Moultrie who attended Valdosta State University and accompanied her husband on adventures around the globe.
One million dollars of their gift will go toward the construction of the Richard B. Russell Building, which will be the new home of the university's special collections libraries. A groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction the 115,000-square-foot building was held January 28th, and the building is expected to be completed in 2011.
The building will include state-of-the-art climate control and security to protect valuable holdings in three collections:
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library includes papers of the first colonists, the original Confederate Constitution and the papers of prominent authors such as Margaret Mitchell. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/index.shtml for more information.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection is nation's third largest archive of broadcasting in the country. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/ for more information.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies includes the papers of Senator Russell and nearly 300 other Georgia political figures. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/ for more information.
The building will also include an auditorium, classrooms and seminar rooms so that faculty can use materials from the collections in educational settings. One-third of the $42 million construction cost will come from private sources, and the contribution of the Montgomerys will be recognized through the naming of the Nancy and George A. Montgomery Reading Room.
"The Richard B. Russell Building will house and protect some of the state's most valuable literary and cultural treasures while also making them more accessible to students, scholars and the public," said University Librarian and Associate Provost William Gray Potter. "By helping support its construction, George and Nancy Montgomery are helping to preserve and share our state's culture and history."
George Montgomery is the author of two novels, one of which is set in Georgia. In Pillow of Gold, later published as The Eye of the Eagle, he tells the story of the nation's first major gold rush. In And the Mountain Cried, he speculates on the fate of D.B. Cooper, who in 1971 hijacked a Boeing 727 for $200,000 in ransom and parachuted from the plane, never to be seen again.
The remaining one million dollars of the gift will support an endowment for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, which was established by the UGA Libraries in 2000 to recognize Georgia writers whose work reflects the character of the state, its land and its people. Honorees include Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., Carson McCullers, Pat Conroy and Coleman Barks. More information on the Georgia Writer's Hall of Fame is available at http://www.libs.uga.edu/gawriters/.
"Nancy and I have always believed that literature and history are essential to a life well-lived," George Montgomery said. "We're proud to support the UGA Libraries."
Twenty-four faculty searches will soon get under way, including several chaired professorships, thanks to a special funding initiative announced by University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams in his 2010 State of the University address in January.
Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, worked with the deans of UGA's 16 schools and colleges and the vice president for research to identify critical tenured and tenure-track positions to be funded or partially funded through a $2 million salary allocation, with an additional $2 million allotted for one-time startup costs, such as equipping laboratories for researchers in the sciences.
Adams announced last month that $4 million in central budget savings would be used to address some crucial needs in faculty hiring.
Among the positions to be filled are five chaired professorships:
· The Haines Family Distinguished Professorship in Field Botany, focused on below-ground plant ecology, in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (established with a bequest from Bruce Haines, a faculty member in the department of plant biology for more than 30 years);
· The Daniel P. Amos Distinguished Professorship in Insurance in the Terry College of Business (established with a gift from the Amos Family Foundation and named for the chairman and CEO of AFLAC Inc.);
· The Mary Frances Early Professorship in Teacher Education in the College of Education (established with an endowment from Georgia Power and named for UGA's first African-American graduate, who earned a master's degree in 1962);
· The Donald L. Hollowell Professorship of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies in the School of Social Work (established by the school to honor the civil rights attorney who served as chief counsel in the landmark lawsuit that led to UGA's desegregation);
· Harbour Lights Chair of Small Animal Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine (established with a gift from an anonymous donor to support graduate training programs).
"I am very excited about the opportunity President Adams has provided to move forward with several key faculty searches and appreciate the thoughtful input from the deans and the vice president for research in deciding on the particular areas to focus these funds," said Morehead. "The positions range from assistant professors to endowed chairs. In the latter case, it is vital when donors contribute funding that the university creates the faculty position."
In addition to the chaired professorships, the initiative includes salary and some start-up funding for a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Crop Genomics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Other positions are in the following disciplines: biological sciences, bioimaging, physics and astronomy, computer science, chemistry, English, linguistics, speech communication, Romance languages, ecology, environmental planning and design, child and family development, forestry, international affairs, public administration and policy, health policy and management, and epidemiology and biostatistics. A pharmacy educator position will be shared between the College of Education and the College of Pharmacy.
"I hope that this initiative will be a clear indicator to the university community that faculty hiring is our top priority," said Morehead. "This initiative provides a special opportunity to attract some very fine talent to the University of Georgia as we begin to replenish the ranks of tenure-track faculty in a sustained effort over the next few years."
Morehead said he expects several of the positions funded through the initiative to be filled as early as fall semester 2010.
Besides the $4 million initiative, the administration is providing support from central funds for some additional faculty salaries and start-up costs. These include the department head in genetics and assistant professors in the Institute of the Faculty of Engineering, as well as chaired professorships: the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, the Zell Miller Distinguished Professorship in the Institute of Higher Education, and the Philip H. Alston Jr. Chair in the School of Public and International Affairs.
Other searches also are being undertaken by several schools and colleges to replace recently retired faculty.
A University of Georgia study has found that monarch butterflies that migrate long distances have evolved significantly larger and more elongated wings than their stationary cousins, differences that are consistent with traits known to enhance flight ability in other migratory species.
As part of a National Science Foundation and UGA-funded study, researchers in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Odum School of Ecology examined the size and shape of monarchs from migratory and non-migratory populations using sophisticated computer imaging that was able to measure precise details about the insects’ wings. Warnell doctoral candidate Andy Davis and Odum Associate Professor Sonia Altizer compared migratory monarchs from the eastern and western U.S. to those in Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Florida and Puerto Rico that do not migrate. They also measured the wings of lab-grown monarchs to rule out environmental causes of differences in size and shape, and to demonstrate a genetic basis for variation in wing traits among individual monarchs. Altizer and Davis’ findings were recently published in the online edition of the scientific journal Evolution.
The findings in monarchs were consistent with previous studies comparing migratory and non-migratory bird species, which indicate that the best shape for long-distance flight involves long wings with a narrow tip to help reduce drag. In addition to their findings on wing size and shape, the team also found that monarchs from the two migratory populations in the U.S. differed in body size, suggesting that each population could have adapted to the demands of migration in subtly different ways. Larger bodies might help eastern monarchs, with their much longer migration carry fat deposits to fuel the long journey and five-month overwintering period in Mexico.
Monarchs in eastern North America, famous for migrating the longest distances of any insect species in the world, face a number of threats, to the point that monarch migration is considered to be an “endangered phenomenon.” Davis has published previous research indicating that female monarch butterflies are on a 30-year decline in the eastern U.S., a troubling pattern that paints a dire picture for population recruitment. Furthermore, monarchs from this population are prone to periodic population crashes from storms at the Mexican overwintering site. Although monarchs worldwide are not threatened, Altizer said, those with the larger wingspan are. “Our study shows that we would lose an evolutionarily unique population if the migration of eastern monarchs were to unravel,” she said.
The students and community at the University of Georgia have raised more than $58,000 to provide support for the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Since the earthquake struck, more than 100 campus organizations have banded together to help those in need.
Dawgs for Haiti, a campus-wide initiative organized by Volunteer UGA, is coordinating the relief efforts. Student organizations that have pledged their support to Dawgs for Haiti are answering the call for help by organizing multiple fundraisers.
UGA President Michael F. Adams helped the Dawgs for Haiti initiative by volunteering to sell t-shirts on campus. T-shirt sales have been a significant fundraiser among the student body with 3,000 sold.
Student organizers hope to blanket the Athens community with royal blue ribbons as a show of support. Stephen Dorner, executive director of Volunteer UGA and director of Dawgs for Haiti, hopes that the blue ribbon campaign will bring the entire university and Athens community together in support of the victims of the earthquake.
“The blue ribbon represents the blue of the Haitian flag as our symbol of support,” said Dorner. “Businesses around Athens are helping us spread that symbol to the citizens of Athens by requesting donations in exchange for a ribbon.”
UGA alumni and friends outside of Athens are also lending a hand by spreading the word, encouraging donations and ordering t-shirts through the Dawgs for Haiti Web site.
All proceeds from the Dawgs for Haiti campaign will be donated to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. Online donations and t-shirt orders are accepted at the organization’s Web site, dawgsforhaiti.uga.edu/.
The University of Georgia remained a national leader in study abroad, ranked 10th among doctoral/research institutions with 2,058 total study abroad participants in 2007-2008, according to a recently released national "Open Doors" report.
"I have always believed that there are few experiences more valuable to a student today than an extended immersion in another culture," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "I am proud of our students for their understanding of the importance of study abroad, given the nature of the society they will enter when they graduate."
UGA also is ranked second in the nation in the number of students who participate in summer and other short-term programs. Additionally, approximately 400 students choose a full semester or academic year abroad each year.
"The University of Georgia is known nationally for the quality and diversity of its study abroad programs," said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education. "I want to recognize the efforts and energy of our study abroad program directors and the study abroad staff in the Office of International Education. Their hard work and dedication have ensured that our students are graduating with a world view and global competencies critical to their success in today's job market."
UGA offers 170 different study abroad and exchange programs in dozens of countries on every continent. Three year-round residential centers (Oxford, UK; Cortona, Italy; and San Luis, Costa Rica) each offer unique facilities and foci. These centers and other programs offer UGA students many opportunities for students to obtain core credits abroad.
"Studying, interning, and researching abroad continue to be high priorities of UGA students," said Kasee Laster, director of study abroad. "Their enthusiasm reflects the emphasis on international experience and perspective which they see in the faculty, as well as a flexible financial aid structure that is conducive to study abroad."
Hundreds of non-UGA students are applying for transient admission to the university just to attend its faculty-led study abroad programs. According to Laster, about 12 percent of total study abroad participants transferred their credit back to a degree at another institution, testifying to UGA's breadth of international choices and national reputation in study abroad.
The Open Doors report is released each year during International Education Week, Nov. 16-20. This nationwide recognition is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education. UGA annually celebrates IEW week with an international photo contest. More information about the photo contest is available at http://www.uga.edu/oie/pc_contest.htm. More information about nationwide IEW events is available at http://www.iew.state.gov/.
More information on UGA study abroad opportunities is available at http://www.uga.edu/oie/studyabroad.htm.
For the second consecutive year, a University of Georgia undergraduate is among the nationally selected recipients of the George J. Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship. Stephen Dorner, an Honors student from Alpharetta, will use his fellowship to earn a master's degree in global health at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Dorner, who is one of nine Mitchell Scholars announced Nov. 23, will graduate in spring 2010 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology from UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and a bachelor's degree in environmental health from UGA's College of Public Health. He is a graduate of Chattahoochee High School.
Dorner was selected from a pool of almost 300 applicants from more than 150 colleges and universities across the U.S. He is the second UGA student to receive the award. Christina Faust, who graduated in May 2009 with bachelor's and master's degrees in ecology, was the first recipient last year and among the 10th anniversary class of Mitchell Scholars.
"I am very proud of Stephen for this significant accomplishment. This recognition is an acknowledgment of his talent and hard work," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "It also validates the efforts of the faculty with whom Stephen has worked and studied while a student at the University of Georgia. When great students like Stephen earn these national accolades, it demonstrates the quality of the educational experience provided at this institution."
The Mitchell Postgraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, is a competitive one-year post-graduate fellowship for any discipline offered by institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The award is named in honor of George J. Mitchell, the former U.S. senator who served as chairman of the historic peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.
"I am thrilled for Stephen, who richly deserves this recognition," said David S. Williams, director of UGA's Honors Program. "Like Christina Faust before him, Stephen took full advantage of all that the Honors Program provides, including undergraduate research, study abroad, internship, and civic engagement opportunities. It has been very rewarding to watch his development as a scholar and leader."
As a recipient of an Honors International Scholarship at UGA, Dorner worked in health clinics in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for two weeks in summer 2008. He then spent three months in Santiago de Chuco, Peru, studying the health effects of smoke exposure from wood-burning stoves under the guidance of UGA environmental health science professor Luke Naeher. He is co-author of an upcoming paper on the research.
Upon his return, Dorner founded UGA Without Borders in fall 2008, a student organization that addresses public health and economic development challenges facing underserved local and global communities. About 50 UGA Without Borders students volunteered in health clinics in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Tanzania this past summer. Another 300 students have been involved in service-learning projects around Athens.
Dan Colley, director of UGA's Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, also has mentored Dorner during his academic career. "Stephen is an example of the type of pre-med student the world needs in the 21st century," he said. "While focused on learning and earning the grades needed to be accepted into medical school, he has held fast to a vision of the world and its future needs. Stephen has real empathy for those in poverty and sees medicine and health as the way forward in changing their plight."
Dorner also was a participant in UGA's Honors in Washington Internship Program this past summer. Working in the D.C. office of Rep. Hank Johnson, Dorner assisted in developing legislation to provide funding for neglected parasitic diseases that disproportionately impact impoverished global communities.
Among his other leadership roles on campus, Dorner is executive director of Volunteer UGA, a campus center for about 35 of UGA's service-based student groups. He also has been actively involved with the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
"I'm extremely honored to be named a Mitchell Scholar," said Dorner. "I am very humbled to be considered among that prestigious group and look forward to enhancing my understanding of global health issues at Trinity College in Dublin."
For nearly a decade, he charmed crowds, delighted football fans and was hailed as the "winningest" mascot in University of Georgia's history. Uga VI passed away in June 2008, but his likeness will live on in the main lobby of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, owner of the past and present Uga mascots, and the Seiler family dedicated a bronze statue of Uga VI to the veterinary college in honor of the love and care the college has bestowed upon all the Uga mascots through the years.
The bronze statue is nearly life-size and weighs about 100 pounds. It is one of two original artistic studies made by sculptor Wesley Wofford, who was commissioned by a friend of Seiler's to create an 8-foot statue of Uga VI for a Savannah restaurant chain called "The Dawg House Grill," which opened in 2006.The restaurants are now closed, following the death of owner Dennis Lofton.
It was Lofton who came up with the idea for the giant Uga VI statue for his restaurants-a towering likeness, standing 5-feet tall by 4-feet wide and 8-feet long; it was Lofton who worked with Seiler to get his approval of Wofford's creation. And, it was Lofton who aided Seiler in the idea to give one of the two original artistic studies (maquettes) to the College of Veterinary Medicine.
"It was a mutual idea," recalled Seiler last week."He said he wanted to do something nice for the university and I couldn't picture a better place for one (of the maquettes) to be than the veterinary college, because they've taken such good care of all the mascots, and I am very close to Dean Sheila Allen and Dr. (R. Bruce) Hollett."
The statue sits on a pedestal in the lobby of the main academic building for the College of Veterinary Medicine. In celebration of the Seilers' gift, one of the lobby display cases currently plays host to a variety of mascot memorabilia, including collars and outfits that have been worn by the Uga "dawgs" in recent decades.
"We are proud to accept this bronze statue as a major feature for our lobby. It is a fitting tribute not only to the mascots, but to the veterinarians, students and staff who have provided medical care for all the mascots over the years," said Dr. Sheila W. Allen, dean of the college.
Wofford said Lofton commissioned him to create the 8-foot statue in January 2008. The first two maquettes were created long before the 8-foot statue was finished. Lofton told Wofford that he wanted to present the first mockette, also bronzed, to Seiler as a gift for allowing him to use Uga VI's likeness at his restaurants. Lofton presented the gift to Seiler in late summer 2008, not long after Uga VI died.
"Well, I was delighted," recalled Seiler about the moment, "but I knew about it; it wasn't a surprise. I thought it was a fabulous likeness of VI. (Wofford) captured all of his traits and characteristics. It looked like it could step off the platform and come to life."
Wofford grew up in Georgia and remembers the university, and its mascot, as always being prevalent in his life.
"Some of my first drawings were of Uga, so it was really satisfying to me artistically," he explained. "Dennis said all along: 'I don't just want a bulldog. It's a portrait of Uga VI.' As an artist, finding that glimmer of soul is the intent. I'm very satisfied. I felt like I captured it. Dennis said Sonny got real emotional when he got his statue because he felt I had really captured the essence of Uga VI."
Seiler; his daughter, Swann; son, Charles; and daughter-in-law, Wendy, all attended the dedication. Seiler noted his friend's absence from a special moment they'd hoped to share.
"I wish that Dennis could be here because he thought it was a great idea, and he was so happy when I told him that the veterinary college vet school would be delighted to have it as an addition to its memorabilia," said Seiler. "I'm sorry that he's not here to see the unveiling, because he would be very happy and very proud."
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine has provided care for the Uga mascots since 1957. Hollett has been the lead UGA veterinarian for the Uga mascots for the last two decades.
"The Seiler family epitomizes dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice to their alma mater and this college. They are and have been polite, concerned and conscientious clients of the Teaching Hospital and remain deeply involved with the daily care and well being of their family pet," said Hollett. "Their dogs just happen to have served as the University of Georgia mascot for the past 53 years-quite a legacy for the Seilers of Savannah."
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The current Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 18,000 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the United States. The college is currently working to raise $15 million toward building a new Veterinary Medical Learning Center, which will include a new teaching hospital as well as classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. More veterinarians are needed to promote food safety and protect public health and to provide veterinary services for farm and companion animals owned by a rapidly growing regional population. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 550 who apply. The goal is to increase enrollment to 150 when the Veterinary Medical Learning Center is built.
The University of Georgia will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Richard B. Russell Building, which will be the new home of the Special Collections Library, on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the building site, on the corner of Hull Street and Florida Avenue, where it will anchor the planned Northwest Campus development. UGA President Michael F. Adams and University Librarian and Associate Provost William Gray Potter will speak. Construction is expected to take two years.
The 115,000-square-foot building is projected to cost close to $46 million, with approximately one-third of that amount coming from private sources. The building will be called the Richard B. Russell Building in recognition of an early pledge from the Richard B. Russell Foundation, which founded and continues to support one of the special collections libraries to be housed in the new facility.
"This building will allow the University Libraries to provide state-of-the-art storage and security for its most valuable collections," Potter said. "It will provide galleries where students and citizens can view these treasures. An auditorium, classrooms and seminar rooms will allow students to directly use these materials in instructional settings, truly making history come alive."
Occupying the building will be:
-The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library - a repository on Georgia history and culture. Highlights include papers of the first colonists, the charter of the university, the original Confederate Constitution, an extensive collection of maps and the papers of many prominent authors, including Margaret Mitchell. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/index.shtml for more information.
-The Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection - the third largest archive of broadcasting in the country with more than 100,000 audio and video recordings. It is built around 80,000 radio and television programs submitted to the Peabody Awards since 1940. The collection also includes more than 5 million feet of news film from WSB-TV in Atlanta, entries to the Southeastern Emmy Awards, personal collections of broadcast pioneers and unique recordings of Georgia folk music and storytellers. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/ for more information.
-The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, developed around the papers of U.S. Senator Russell. Given Russell's lengthy service and the inclusion of nearly 300 individuals involved in post-20th century state and national politics, the Russell Library is often compared in importance to a presidential library. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have chosen the Russell Library to house their archives, as well as editorial cartoonists Clifford Baldowski and Gene Bassett. See http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/ for more information.
The building will be constructed around a 30,000 square foot storage area with shelves that will be 30 feet high.State-of-the-art climate control will be used to provide an environment that will protect and preserve the materials for future generations.
The building's location will increase accessibility to unique, original and irreplaceable primary sources for all citizens of Georgia. The collections are routinely used for research by faculty and students from other higher education institutions around the state.
"The space in the Main Library now housing our special collections was not designed for that purpose and, thanks to the staff of these libraries, the volume of our holdings has increased dramatically. Once the new building is occupied, 50,000 square feet will be converted-at minimal cost-to student study space and shelving," said Potter
Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine have made an unexpected dual discovery that could open new avenues for treating Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or "Ich", a single-celled protozoan parasite that commonly attacks freshwater fish.
With the aid of whole-genome sequencing, researchers found that Ich harbors two apparently symbiotic intracellular bacteria: Bacteroides, which are usually found free-living, and Rickettsia, which are obligate intracellular bacteria. The two bacteria represent new species.
Five researchers from the college's department of infectious diseases worked on the project in collaboration with two researchers from the department of microbiology and immunology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and a researcher from the J. Craig Venter Institute. Their initial intent was to map the genome of Ich; the DNA sequencing was done by JCVI and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their study is published in the December 2009 issue (Issue 23) of Applied and Environmental Microbiology with an image from the study on the cover.
It was the presence of Rickettsia DNA sequences found in the initial genome data that provided scientists with a clue that bacteria might live inside of Ich. Intracellular bacteria have been described in free-living ciliates such as Paramecium, but never in Ich, which is an obligate parasite.
"It was unexpected; it was stunning to find bacteria in Ich. And, it came about due to the genome sequencing," said Harry W. Dickerson, a co-author who has been studying Ich in the veterinary college for more than 20 years and a member of the UGA Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, which has a focus on parasitic diseases, primarily of humans. "Ich occurs world-wide and is one of the most common protozoon pathogens of freshwater fish. It is easily recognized by most aquarists, and fish farmers often are confronted with massive epizootic outbreaks to devastating economic effect."
Ich (which causes "white spot disease") is a ciliated protozoan parasite that bores into the skin and gills of fish where it feeds, destroying tissue and thereby blocking exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, usually leading to death of the host. Each parasite grows on the fish from roughly 40 microns, which cannot be seen by the naked eye, to approximately one millimeter in diameter, which can easily be seen as a white spot. The parasites leave the fish in about 5-6 days (a ciliate with its typical large nucleus is shown in the image). Each cell then divides multiple times to produce up to 1000 more infective organisms. The entire life cycle takes about 6-7 days. With subsequent rounds of infection the number of parasites continues to increase, and each wave of re-infection becomes more deadly than the last. By the second or third re-infection the fish population is usually overwhelmed and fish begin to die. Fish that survive mild infections can develop immunity.
There are currently no drugs or chemicals that kill Ich while it resides in the fish skin or gills; they can only kill Ich when the parasite is in the water, and therefore all current therapies require a cyclical re-treatment program.
The first major outbreak of Ich in North America was recorded at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.Ich is a well-known problem for aqua-culturists, aquarium owners, pond owners, hobbyists and retailers of freshwater fish. People and birds can also carry the parasite, unknowingly, from pond to pond.
"Work to sequence the genome of this parasitic protozoan unexpectedly revealed that bacterial DNA sequences were also present," noted Craig Findly, one of the college's researchers on the project. "Following up this discovery led to our demonstration that two new species of intracellular bacteria use Ich as their host. We now need to determine if these intracellular bacteria play a role in infection."
Next, the researchers will try to determine what role the two organisms play in the physiology of Ich and whether Ich remain infective if the bacteria are removed. The scientists hope their finding takes them a step closer to developing better treatments for Ich.
The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The current Teaching Hospital, built in 1979, serves more than 18,000 patients per year in one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the United States. The college is currently working to raise $15 million toward building a new Veterinary Medical Learning Center, which will include a new teaching hospital as well as classrooms and laboratories that will allow for the education of more veterinarians. More veterinarians are needed to promote food safety and protect public health and to provide veterinary services for farm and companion animals owned by a rapidly growing regional population. The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 550 who apply. The goal is to increase enrollment to 150 when the Veterinary Medical Learning Center is built.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will be the speaker for the University of Georgia's fall undergraduate commencement exercises Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in UGA's Stegeman Coliseum.
Professor Dorinda Dallmeyer, former associate director of the University of Georgia Dean Rusk Center - International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies and director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, will speak at commencement for graduate students at 2:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The Dean Rusk Center is part of UGA's School of Law and the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program is part of UGA's College of Environment and Design.
The ceremonies will be for students who complete degree requirements at the end of the fall 2009 semester. The number of students eligible to receive degrees will not be known until the conclusion of final exams on Dec. 16. As announced previously, tickets will be required for attendance at the undergraduate ceremony, with six being provided to each graduating student. Both ceremonies will be broadcast live on channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems and will be streamed live at www.uga.edu.
Gates was sworn in on Dec. 18, 2006, as the 22nd secretary of defense. Gates is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president. Before entering his present post, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation's seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency, on Aug. 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.
"It is a tremendous honor for a speaker of such national prominence, and one who holds a position of significant national importance at this time in America's history, to accept the invitation to speak at UGA's graduation," said UGA President Michael F. Adams."I have known Bob Gates for many years and consider him both a close colleague and good friend.I very much look forward to his address in December."
Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, serving six presidents. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council in the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.
Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in the CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser at the White House from Jan. 20, 1989, until Nov. 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.
Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received the CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
He is the author of the memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insiders Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, published in 1996.
Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the Independent Trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation's largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company, Inc.
Gates has served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also been president of the National Eagle Scout Association.
A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor's degree in European history from the College of William and Mary, his master's degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
A native of Macon, Dallmeyer began her college career at UGA where she received the B. S. degree in geology magna cum laude, with general honors, and with honors in geology in 1973.She was a National Merit Scholar and was named the outstanding senior in geology.She also twirled with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band as a member of the Fabulous Georgettes from 1970-1975.
In 1977, Dallmeyer received an M.S. degree in geology for her research on the effects of climate change on deep-sea benthic organisms.She then worked with UGA professor James W. Porter for over three years, conducting research in tropical marine biology and ecology in Jamaica and off the Georgia coast. Her coral reef research culminated with a week-long saturation dive in the underwater habitat HYDROLAB in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To pursue her interest in conservation law and policy, Dallmeyer returned to the classroom in 1981, this time at the UGA School of Law. She received her J. D. degree cum laude in 1984.She served as executive articles editor for the Georgia Law Review and was named the Woman of the Year in 1984 by the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. Immediately after graduation from law school, she joined the staff of Dean Rusk Center for International Law.Over the course of her 21-year career there, her primary research areas crossed a broad spectrum of international law, with a particular emphasis on the role of negotiation and dispute resolution.
Her research has been supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Ford Foundation, the Canadian Embassy, the National Science Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation. Among other titles, Dallmeyer has edited books on women in international law, civilian uses of space, globalization and environmental ethics, NAFTA, the negotiation of maritime boundary disputes, and marine environmental ethics. In 2005, she was appointed by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council to a nine-member committee evaluating the impact of fisheries on coastal and ocean ecosystems. She also has been co-author on articles published in the internationally acclaimed scientific journals Nature and Science. In addition to her work in print, she served as executive producer for the international law radio series "The Individual in a Global Society," which received the Bronze World Medal at the 1999 New York Radio Festival.
Dallmeyer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past vice-president of the American Society of International Law. From 1992-2002, she was a member of the board of directors for the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, best known as wardens of the so-called "Doomsday Clock." She has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1984.
In 2005, she received the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing about the Southern Environment in recognition of her edited anthology "Elemental South." That same year she retired from full-time employment to devote more time to her creative writing and to directing UGA's Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Her next book, Bartram's Living Legacy: the Travels and the Nature of the South, will be published by Mercer University Press in fall 2010.
Forty-one years ago, UGA art faculty member John Kehoe traveled to Italy looking for a place to locate a new kind of international program. He could have chosen such storied centers of painting and sculpture as Florence, Rome or Venice. Instead, he chose Cortona, and now, more than 8,000 student-participants later, it has become a place of intense, often life-changing education.
"It changed everything for me," said Rick Johnson, director of the university's Studies Abroad Program in Cortona since January 2006. "I first went there as a student in 1974 and then returned a number of times to teach. It completely rearranged how I viewed my own art."
The program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, looking back to early days and looking ahead to a bright future, since it isn't among the many international programs struggling at universities across the country. Largely because of permanent classroom and studio space that UGA obtained in 2004, the Cortona Program is more than holding its own in hard times.
Best known as the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun, a book by Frances Mayes that was made into a successful film, Cortona itself is a small town in the lush Tuscan hillsides of north-central Italy. With a population of fewer than 2,000 inside the ancient city walls, the town allows students from UGA and other universities and colleges that participate in the Cortona Program to blend in and become part of the town itself.
The four-and-half acre campus provides living and classroom space for students, but the real classroom is the rich history of Italy and nearby towns that students visit. Florence is little more than an hour away, and Rome two hours. During their semester in Italy, students spend three days in Florence, four in Rome and visit Naples and Venice. They also take Saturday trips to many other places.
While its first classes were in art history, painting and sculpture, the program has expanded and now has courses in art education, art history, ceramics, creative writing, drawing, graphic design, Italian culture, Italian language, interior design, jewelry and metalwork, landscape architecture, papermaking and book arts, photography, print-making and sculpture.
"We also have Maymester courses in science, viticulture and drama," said Johnson. "The opportunities for study in the heart of one of the richest historical sites in the world are almost breathtaking."
In 2004, the "Cortona Experience" program was introduced, enabling individuals to participate in a 10-day art-making opportunity each September. Watercolor and journaling courses are offered, in addition to wine tasting, field trips and artist demonstrations.
The program is centered in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, part of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and it is run largely from student fees and private gifts. It operates all year long—three semesters plus the month-long Maymester session.
Some 14 colleges and universities across the nation have affiliations with the Cortona Program, though about 60 percent of the students usually come from UGA. Each year, around 300 students take part, and despite a reported drop elsewhere in enrollments for international programs due to the worldwide recession, student interest in the Cortona Program remains as strong as ever.
"When Jack Kehoe started this program he did some things that ensured the long-term viability of the program," said Johnson. "One of the most important was that he decided to locate it in a small town, which makes the experience personal for our students and also makes the town feel a part of what we do."
Academic facilities include a computer lab and a library, and the program now has a substantial Wi-Fi "cloud," making Internet access easy for everyone involved.
A 40th anniversary celebration took place in July in Cortona. In August, Cortona alumni gathered in Atlanta to celebrate as well.
Johnson, who served as associate director of the art school for seven years, is a graphic designer, photographer, papermaker and book artist. He said Cortona affects him as a person, artist and administrator.
"It's such a beautiful old town and our program is so well-equipped that it's just a pleasure to be there and to help students make it part of their education, and one they never forget," he said.
A University of Georgia nutrition researcher has been awarded a $2.2 million grant to explore the role vitamin D plays in children's health and the appropriate dose children should take as daily supplements in order to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream.
The grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, comes on the heels of an Aug. 3 report in the journal Pediatrics showing 60 percent of children and adolescents had insufficient levels of vitamin D.
"The findings in Pediatrics confirmed what we have been seeing in our research," said Rick Lewis, professor of foods and nutrition in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. "In prior research we've conducted with female children and adolescents over the course of seven years, we've consistently found that they have lower levels of vitamin D than are recommended and that those levels drop as they grow older."
Although vitamin D has long been considered essential for bone health in individuals of all ages, research on the vitamin has primarily focused on its impact in older adults, Lewis said. Research on older adults also has shown links between vitamin D deficiencies and cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Although it's recommended that adults maintain a level of vitamin D in their blood stream that equates to 80 nanomoles per liter, the needs of children haven't been fully established. Currently, the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine recommends children under the age of 13 receive 200 international units daily, while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children receive 400 international units.
The sun has always been considered a primary source of vitamin D because it causes the vitamin to be synthesized in the skin. However, for those with darker skin, those living in areas where the sun doesn't shine as frequently, and those who either wear sunblock or don't get out in the sun for other reasons, supplements have long been considered important in ensuring individuals have enough vitamin D.
During the two-year study, Lewis and fellow UGA researchers Emma Laing and Dorothy Hausman will team with researchers at Purdue University in providing varying doses of vitamin D supplements to boys and girls ranging in age from 9-13, ages deemed as being on the cusp of rapid growth periods. The group also will be evenly divided racially because research has consistently shown that African-American children tend to have lower levels of vitamin D than white children. One goal of the new study is to determine if African-American children and white children respond differently to oral supplements of vitamin D. Another collaborator on the project is Michael Kimlin of Queensland University of Technology in Australia, who will help in collecting sun exposure data for the study.
During the study, researchers will look at several biochemical measures of bone health, including calcium absorption, to determine the appropriate dose of vitamin D supplements children need to ensure that they grow up with strong, healthy bones.
This grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
For more information on the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/.
The University of Georgia raised $110.8 million in gifts and commitments for the fiscal year that ended June 30, setting a new record for private giving at the nation's oldest state-chartered university.
The previous record of $108.3 million was set in fiscal year 2006 during the university's Archway to Excellence Campaign, which ended in 2008 and raised more than $653 million over seven years. Fiscal year 2009 marks the fourth consecutive year that private giving to the university topped $100 million.
"In these difficult economic times, donors realize that higher education is one of the best investments that we can make in Georgia's future," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "We are grateful for their generosity, which allows us to excel in our teaching, research and service missions."
Adams noted that the fundraising record also reflects the university's continued emphasis on bolstering the support it receives from the state with private funds. Last year development officers conducted a record of 7,647 personal visits with prospects and donors around the state and nation.
For fiscal year 2009, the university raised $110,796,547 from 53,907 contributors.
UGA Senior Vice President for External Affairs Tom Landrum said the university's enthusiasm over its strong and continuing support is tempered by a decline in its endowment stemming from the recession.
"These are certainly challenging times," Landrum said. "But we're fortunate to have alumni and friends who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to this university."
The University of Georgia expects to enroll more than 6,300 new undergraduate students this fall, including just over 4,700 new freshmen and 1,600 new transfer students. Approximately 680 of the new students began their studies during the summer and almost 5,700 were scheduled to enroll in August. This is a growth of about 75 new students over last fall. Another 1,000 new undergraduates (200 of them freshmen) are expected to enroll in January for the spring term, bringing the overall total to more than 7,300 [close]
The University of Georgia expects to enroll more than 6,300 new undergraduate students this fall, including just over 4,700 new freshmen and 1,600 new transfer students. Approximately 680 of the new students began their studies during the summer and almost 5,700 were scheduled to enroll in August.
This is a growth of about 75 new students over last fall. Another 1,000 new undergraduates (200 of them freshmen) are expected to enroll in January for the spring term, bringing the overall total to more than 7,300—an increase of about 300 over the new undergraduates enrolled during the 2008-09 academic year.
Although final statistics will not be available until mid-October, the admissions office has compiled a data based on the students who enrolled over the summer or who attended or registered for orientation for fall semester as of the end of July.
The entering freshmen are expected to have a strong grade point average of 3.83 (the mid 50 percentile range is 3.68-4.0) compared to 3.80 last year. The SAT average has risen from 1253 to 1263 (mid 50 percentile of 1160-1360) for the Critical Reading and Math combined, while scores on the new Writing section rose from 609 to 613. For those students who took the ACT, the mean score this year was 28, with a mid 50 percentile range of 26-30.
The 520 students expected to enroll in UGA's nationally recognized Honors Program have a GPA of 4.09 (with a mid 50 percentile range of 3.96-4.14) and SAT average of 1463 (mid 50 percentile range of 1430-1490 on the Critical Reading and Math components). The ACT average is 32 (mid 50 percent range of 31-33).
Twenty-two percent of the entering freshmen self-identified as other than Caucasian. The number of African-American freshmen is expected to be 362 (7.6 percent). A total of 144 Hispanic students (3 percent of the class) are expected to enroll.
The class is diverse in other factors: 190 of the incoming freshmen represent 58 different countries and almost 7 percent come from homes where English is not the native language. The students come from more than 400 Georgia high schools in 136 counties. Just under 13 percent of the new class is from out of state, although more than 48 percent have social security numbers initially issued in other states, indicating continued in-migration to Georgia from other parts of the country.
"An interesting statistic this year is that 6 percent of the new freshmen are the first generation in their families to attend college," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president of admissions and enrollment management.
The number of applications received for this year's freshman class—more than 17,900—is the highest recorded at UGA for a new class, following several years of record applications. Since 2003, applications for UGA's freshman class have increased by more than 50 percent.
The rigor of students' high school curriculum continues to be a key factor in admissions decisions, with some 95 percent enrolled in College Board Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes while in high school.
Five percent of the incoming freshmen (243) were first or second in their graduating class and 54 percent were in the top 10 percent of their class. More than 1,400 (31 percent) of the students completed high school with a 4.0 GPA. Several students had perfect scores on the SAT or ACT, and 102 had perfect scores on at least one of the components of the SAT. Nearly 10 percent of the students started college while still in high school.
While many of the incoming students have not yet decided on a major, the most popular intended majors (listed alphabetically) are art, biology, business, chemistry, international affairs, pharmacy, political science and psychology, following a similar pattern to previous years.
Although legacy is not a factor in admissions decisions, some 30 percent of the students have parents or siblings who attended UGA.
The new incoming transfer students have an earned college GPA of 3.4 on work completed prior to enrolling. They are almost evenly divided between males and females and 19 percent are non-Caucasian. About 92 percent are Georgia residents.
Four cancer researchers at the University of Georgia are among the 18 selected as Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists by the Georgia Cancer Coalition for 2009-10. UGA's new Distinguished Cancer Scholars are:
Kevin Dobbin, Ph.D., assistant professor of biostatistics, College of Public Health;
Natarajan Kannan, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Institute of Bioinformatics;
Mandi Murph, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, College of Pharmacy; and
Jia-Sheng Wang, M.D., Ph.D., professor and department head of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health.
The Coalition selects scientists engaged in the most promising areas of cancer research. The four new UGA scholars will receive a total of $1.5 million over the next five years. UGA now has a total of 18 active Distinguished Cancer Scholars.
"The support of the Georgia Cancer Coalition has helped the UGA Cancer Center grow significantly since its founding in 2004," said Michael Pierce, Mudter Professor of Cancer Research and director of the UGA Cancer Center. "Having four new GCC scholars named in a single year certainly reflects well on the quality of the research in which our faculty members are engaged."
Dobbin comes to UGA from the National Cancer Institute. His research focuses on modifying traditional statistical study design and analysis methods to accelerate the rate at which laboratory findings are translated into clinical tools that can be used to improve patient outcomes.
Kannan's research focuses on mutations that are associated with the abnormal functioning of protein kinases, a large family of proteins that switch the "on" and "off" signals required for cell growth and differentiation. These mutations are involved in several human cancers, and a better understanding of them has the potential to lead to new treatments.
Murph is working to better understand a cellular signaling pathway known as the lysophosphatidic acid pathway that is involved in the progression of specific types of cancer. Drugs are under development targeting this pathway, and her research also aims to reveal their mechanisms of action to determine potential side effects before clinical trials and to maximize the likelihood of safe development.
Dr. Wang's research focuses on the impact of environmental toxins on the formation of liver and esophageal cancers. He's also a world leader in exploring the role natural products and dietary supplements may play in preventing cancer in high-risk populations.
Begun in 2001, the Georgia Cancer Coalition's Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists program is an investment in Georgia's future as a national leader in cancer control. The Scholars' history of grants, publications and patents as well as their potential for attracting future funding is considered. In fiscal year 2008, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholars were responsible for securing $47 million in privately and federally funded research grants for the state of Georgia; over the program's 8-year history, scholars have generated more than $200 million in funding.
Scholar selection is based on how the applicant's research relates to the goals of the Coalition, the research priorities of the National Cancer Institute and the strategic plan of the sponsoring institution. Applications are reviewed by a scientific review committee and an advisory review committee appointed by the Coalition in cooperation with Georgia's research universities. Members rank candidates according to predetermined scientific and technical criteria.
"The National Cancer Institute has identified areas of discovery that hold promise for making significant progress against all cancers. The Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists program is the cornerstone of the Georgia Cancer Coalition's efforts to advance scientific discovery into the prevention, treatment, causes and cures of cancer. These scientists and clinicians play an important role in positioning Georgia as a national leader in cancer research," said Bill Todd, president and chief executive officer.
The Georgia Cancer Coalition is an independent, not-for-profit organization that unites government agencies, academic institutions, civic groups, corporations and health care organizations in a concerted effort to strengthen cancer prevention, research and treatment in Georgia, with the ultimate goal of making Georgia one of the nation's premier states for cancer care. The mission is to reduce the number of cancer-related deaths in Georgia. The Coalition is the first of its kind in the nation and is fast becoming a national model. For further information, the official website is http://www.georgiacancer.org.
To learn more about the UGA Cancer Center, see http://www.uga.edu/cancercenter.
UGA has launched a new website for donating to the university that’s easier to find and that makes giving easier, too. The site lives at a new address – giving.uga.edu – that’s easy to navigate to when you’re ready to make a difference at UGA. It’s a direct link for alumni and friends who want to learn more about financially supporting the university.
The web site provides a menu of options to help visitors learn how to give to UGA, how their gifts help, and why contributions are so important. It also provides useful information on endowment support and the various ways in which UGA recognizes the donors who support its mission. By visiting giving.uga.edu, visitors can learn more about the Georgia Fund, Regional and Major Gifts, Gift and Estate Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and giving to schools, colleges, and academic units.
The site makes giving easier with tools to schedule pledges, make payments on existing pledges, and assist with annual one-time gifts. It also includes a matching gift search tool to help donors make an even greater impact.
The Gifts Matter area of the site provides examples of how financial gifts make a difference at UGA in academic research and support, scholarships, faculty support, new learning environments, and public service and outreach. In the future, a donor stories section will also give donors a chance to share their own stories and explain why they support the university with their financial gifts.
The web today is a quick, easy, and convenient way to find and share information. giving.uga.edu updates the university’s web presence to make it easier to find, easier to give, and easier to make a difference.
Three of UGA’s outstanding teachers were named Josiah Meigs Teaching professors at the Spring Faculty Recognition Banquet: Charles Atwood, Professor of Chemistry; Mark Compton, Associate Professor of Poultry Science; and Michael E. Wetzstein, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics. The professorship recognizes excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Meigs Professors receive a permanent salary increase of $6,000 and a fund of $1,000 for academic support. The professorship is named for Josiah Meigs, who in 1801 succeeded Abraham Baldwin as president—and sole professor—of Georgia’s fledgling state university.
When Charles Atwood came to UGA in 1995, he dramatically changed the teaching of freshman chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, turning it into a much-admired program. In 1994, the freshman program looked much as it had for decades: a traditional lecture format, multiple-choice pencil and paper exams and labs that were badly in need of modernization. Today, the more-than 2,000 students who take the course each semester have access to some of the most innovative and successful teaching ideas and labs anywhere.
Beginning with the use of PowerPoint presentations, Atwood began introducing cutting-edge multimedia tools to show students the intricacies and beauties of chemistry. He also began assigning problems and questions in his lectures that students had to work out on their on. These “you do it” problems dramatically deepened the students’ ability to deal with the information before them. Now, he uses wireless instant messaging devices so students with questions can text-message them to a graduate student, who replies immediately. If enough of the same questions are asked, Atwood stops class to clarify the point.
His engagement with students is more than technological; it’s personal, from remembering the names of the students in his 350-student classes to regularly inviting students to his home or out for dinner. One colleague agrees with the many student evaluations that rate Atwood among the best teachers they’ve ever had: “I feel confident that he will continue to provide leadership to his peers as well as to those who aspire to become instructors as together they work to assure student success through successful teaching.”
Mark Compton, who teaches avian anatomy and physiology, takes the opposite tack when it comes to technology, embracing the old-fashioned chalkboard. And, his students love it.
“He wasn’t into all the new PowerPoint presentation type stuff,” said one student about Compton’s chalkboard drawings. “It was more personal, drawing your attention in and allowing for participation. Being more of a visual learner myself, I was fascinated with his drawings describing pathways and mechanisms of physiology. My attention never left that blackboard until the end of class, when not a smidgen of it had been left uncovered.”
Others attest to Compton’s effective use of hands-on exercises to reinforce what he teaches in lectures. He uses a mix of cutting-edge CD study aids, a fun quiz show contest and comprehensive labs to provide the highest quality educational experience for his students. Compton’s teaching philosophy is simple: “Come to class, take good notes, ask questions, review your notes periodically and you will do fine in this course.”He knows that getting students to do all of these isn’t easy. However, his enthusiasm and dedication to his students make them want to come to class every session.
“Students describe Dr. Compton as ‘electric,’ ” said Mike Lacy, head of the poultry science department in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, in his nomination letter. “His enthusiasm in the classroom is legendary.”
The third awardee, Michael Wetzstein, boasts some impressive stats. He’s authored a textbook on microeconomic theory adopted by MIT and Harvard; taught more than 2,200 students (1,800 undergraduates) in 12 different courses in his 30-year tenure at UGA; been a Fulbright Teaching Scholar and Open Society Institute Scholar; directed four award-winning student articles; and written more than 70 journal articles, just over half with students.
However, what sets Wetzstein apart from other faculty members is his day-to-day passion for his students and his field. Anna Kelso, one of his former undergraduate students, wrote that his “approach to teaching is a unique blend of high energy, constant interaction and humor. Maintaining a constant flow of dialogue with his students, I found I was able to stay with him as he described complex concepts and economic models. . . Because he invested so much of himself into each class, I felt inspired to do the same.”
“When dropping in to speak with Michael, I would often find him reading and researching material for upcoming lectures, even though he had taught the class 20 times before,” wrote T. Jeffrey Price, who completed his doctorate under Wetzstein and now works for the Virginia Department of Transportation. “Michael Wetzstein has both the gift and passion for teaching.”
Wetzstein’s dedication to agricultural economics also has drawn notice outside of his classroom. Octavio Ramirez, head of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ department of agricultural and applied economics, wrote that Wetzstein’s teaching skills and devotion to student learning are widely renowned in the profession.
“His scientific credentials and scholarly accomplishments easily place him in the top 5 percent of our profession,” he said.
This Spring, Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia presented the 2009 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency for his dedication, leadership, and diplomacy in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
"Once again the Delta Prize board has selected a recipient whose work is not only important, but timely," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Mohamed ElBaradei's role as head of the IAEA is crucial as the world grapples with the issues of nuclear proliferation and the availability of nuclear materials. The University of Georgia is proud to play a role in recognizing his contribution to peace and understanding around the world."
Established in 1997 with an $890,000 endowment grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize is administered by UGA. The prize consists of a sculpture, a $10,000 cash award, and a $50,000 travel allowance from Delta for a non-profit organization of the recipient's choice. ElBaradei is donating the travel allowance to Save the Children, an independent organization that creates lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. The organization helps children and families help themselves.
In accepting the award, ElBaradei said, "I am greatly honored to receive the 2009 Delta Prize for Global Understanding. I welcome the recognition, which this prize represents, of the work which I and my colleagues at the IAEA are doing to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, advocate nuclear disarmament, and ensure that the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology are made available to all.
"At a time of global insecurity and inequity, it is incumbent on all of us to do what we can to create a saner, safer, and more humane world for our children. I am convinced that the enormous challenges facing the world can be met if we never lose sight of the core values that unite all human beings and recognize the need for dialogue, tolerance and social solidarity.
"I compliment Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia for creating the Delta Prize in support of these values. I am pleased that the prize includes a generous travel allowance from Delta for a non-profit organization of my choice, as I believe international travel is key to building human understanding and solidarity."
The Delta Prize honors ElBaradei for his advocacy of a worldwide moratorium on nuclear weapons and his promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear power. The prize also honors him for his lifetime commitment to global cooperation as a means to achieve international peace and security.
"Delta established the Delta Prize for Global Understanding in coordination with the University of Georgia to recognize leaders or groups who, by their own initiative, promote cooperation and understanding between nations and cultures," said Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines. "As the world's largest airline, we understand that in order to flourish in all cultures and with all people, we must play a role in facilitating cultural understanding. Dr. ElBaradei's career is the definition of cooperation and understanding based on a foundation of foreign service and a commitment to using nuclear energy in the safest ways possible."
Gary Bertsch, director of UGA's Center for International Trade and Security, and Betty Jean Craige, director of the university's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, hosted the ceremony in Athens. The two co-founded the Delta Prize.
ElBaradei is the tenth recipient of the Delta Prize. Previous recipients include former president of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela; Ted Turner, founder of Cable News Network (CNN); Ambassador Gertrude Mongella, president of the Pan-African Parliament; former president of the Czech Republic Václav Havel; former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata; former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; and former president of the U.S. Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, and The Carter Center.
Nominees for the Delta Prize are solicited from around the world. Selected UGA students research the work of the nominees and prepare information for the Delta Prize board, which meets annually to choose the recipient.
For more information on the Delta Prize, see http://uga.edu/news/deltaprize/.
The annual Peabody Awards are one of the most prestigious events associated with the University of Georgia each year. This spring, the recipients of the 68th Annual Peabody Awards were announced by UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia campus and awarded at a special event in New York City hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. The 36 winners were chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2008.
"The works recognized by the Peabody Board this year not only reflect great diversity of content and genre, but also true technical innovation and the varied roles of new distribution systems," said Peabody Director Horace Newcomb. "The list of winners this year clearly indicates a changing media environment that will continue to require judgment and evaluation through the Peabody Awards process."
The recipients included Lost, ABC's innovative, mind-bending adventure serial; "The Giant Pool of Money," a remarkably comprehensible explanation of the current financial crisis from public radio's This American Life; and YouTube, the video-sharing Web site that puts a boundless array of video artifacts, from historic political speeches to cell phone videos, at every Internet user's fingertips. Black Magic, ESPN's fascinating examination of the integration of basketball and its impact on the programs of historical black colleges and universities, received a Peabody, as did Saturday Night Live's campaign-season political satire.
A Peabody went to Sichuan Television for its immediate coverage of the deadly earthquake that struck its Chinese province. National Public Radio was also recognized for its exhaustive and sensitive daily reporting on the quake. Peabodys went to CNN's coverage of the Presidential primaries and debates, and to the election-year broadcasts of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. The Hearst-Argyle television-station group was awarded for its extensive Commitment 2008 coverage of local and regional political contests.
In the realm of the arts, Peabodys went to The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series; The Gates, an HBO documentary tracking the 24-year making of a now-celebrated installation in New York's Central Park; and to NBC's dazzling telecast of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and the ceremony director, Zhang Yimou. An institutional Peabody was awarded to Turner Classic Movies, the cable channel devoted to showing, preserving and fostering a critical appreciation of vintage films.
The entertainment series selected included Breaking Bad, AMC's thorny drama about a terminally ill science teacher who turns to making and selling methamphetamine to build an estate for his wife and disabled son. John Adams, HBO's richly detailed miniseries about the lawyerly founding father, his wife, Abigail, and the times in which they lived, received the award. Also cited was HBO's comedy Entourage, a wicked take on Hollywood and the joys and sorrows of minor stardom. Avatar: The Last Air Bender, an animated, Asian-influenced mythological epic shown on Nickelodeon, received a Peabody, as did Jungle Fish, a handsomely stylized slice of South Korean teen life from the Korean Broadcasting System.
In addition to YouTube, a Peabody was awarded to The New York Times' Web site (www.nytimes.com). Another went to Onion News Network (www.theonion.com/content/video), where video parodies of newscasts and newsmakers are so shrewdly conceived and produced that they're often hard to distinguish from the real thing.
"We recognize the great transformations affecting dissemination of news and information," Newcomb said. "The variety of choices available to citizens does in fact range from the best traditional journalism expanded for the Web, to sharp critiques in the form of parody and satire. Both can achieve a level of excellence that reaches the Peabody standard and both require citizens to respond with careful analysis of their own."
A Peabody went to NOAH Housing Program Investigation, a series of more than 50 reports by New Orleans' WWL-TV exposing problems and possible fraud in a multi-million dollar program designed to help homeowners rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Awards also went to Failing the Children: Deadly Mistakes, Denver TV station KMGH's multi-part expose of tragic incompetence in the city's Department of Human Services. National Public Radio's 36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola received a Peabody for a gripping investigative report questioning the guilt of two inmates at Louisiana's notorious prison farm. The two have been kept in solitary confinement for more than three decades.
Newcomb commented on a "stunning array of notable documentaries," saying "This year the Peabody Board was faced with what can only be described as a renaissance in the form. Our decisions came after difficult, but thorough reviews of one of the best pools of docs ever submitted."
Among the documentary winners, Shanghai Television Group's The Red Race provided a shockingly intimate portrait of the rigorous—some would say sadistic—training that Chinese child gymnasts undergo. Campaign, a quirky P.O.V. film, illuminated Japan's political system by following one guileless candidate's run for a city-council seat. Hear and Now, shown on HBO, poignantly chronicled the process and consequences of a middle-aged deaf couple who undergo cochlear implant operations. One splendid Independent Lens documentary, Mapping Stem Cell Research, followed a neurologist obsessed with discovering a way to reverse the effects of his beloved daughter's spinal injury, while another, King Corn, is a deceptively whimsical exploration of what our corn-syrup saturated diet means to our health and the environment.
Peabodys also went to Ape Genius, a NOVA documentary examining the latest research on how the intellectual capacity of gorillas, chimps, bonobos and orangutans compares to ours. Cinemax's Nanking offered a wrenching remembrance of a small group of Westerners who tried to save Chinese civilians from the horrors of the 1937 Japanese invasion. Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics, a documentary from Las Vegas' KLAS-TV that achieved network quality, dared to look hard at a plan to pump massive amounts of water from rural Nevada to its booming, major city and at what this will mean to ranches, farms, Native Americans and the environment.
Depression: Out of the Shadows, a multi-dimensional, ultimately hopeful examination of the devastating disorder that affects millions of Americans, received a Peabody, as did Hopkins, ABC News' compelling verite series filmed in the halls and operating rooms of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A Peabody also was awarded to Richard Engel Reports: Tip of the Spear, a series of reports under-fire by the NBC News correspondent from the deadliest zone in Afghanistan. Lifeline, a CBS News 60 Minutes report, received a Peabody. It memorably encapsulated the plight of America's 47 million uninsured by showing some of the 18,000 people who showed up when a free-clinic mission, designed for Third World charity, set up shop for a weekend in Tennessee.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize categories nor are there a set number of awards given each year. Today the Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, cablecasters, Webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
The Peabody Board is a 16-member group, comprised of television critics, broadcast and cable industry executives, academics and experts in culture and the arts. They make their annual selections with input from special screening committees of UGA faculty, students and staff.
All entries become a permanent part of the Peabody Archive in the University of Georgia Libraries. The collection is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most respected moving-image archives. For more information about the Peabody Archive or the Peabody Awards, see www.peabody.uga.edu.
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to WNEG-TV, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu.
Researchers have revealed a direct relationship between two specific antibodies and the severity of Alzheimer's disease symptoms, raising hopes that a diagnostic blood test for the devastating disorder is within reach.
Researchers from the University of Georgia, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta and the Medical College of Georgia compared antibody levels in blood samples from 118 older adults with the participant's level of dementia. The team, whose results appear in the current edition of Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, found that the concentration of two specific proteins that are involved in the immune response increases as the severity of dementia increases
"We found a strong and consistent relationship between two particular antibodies and the level of impairment," said study co-author L. Stephen Miller, professor and director of clinical psychology training in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "The finding brings us closer to our ultimate goal of developing a blood test that can diagnose Alzheimer's disease or potentially identify if someone is at higher risk for the disease."
Miller's co-authors include Jennifer S. Wilson, a former undergraduate student in the UGA Honors program who is now pursing graduate studies at Emory University; Shyamala Mruthinti, research pharmacologist at the VA Medical Center and adjunct professor at MCG; and Jerry Buccafusco, director of the MCG Alzheimer's Research Center. The team focused on antibodies that the body creates in response to two proteins that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. One protein, known as amyloid-beta, forms the plaques that are evident in the brains of people with Alzheimer's upon autopsy. The other protein, known as RAGE, is involved in the normal aging process but is expressed at higher levels in the brains of people with Alzheimer's.
"Alzheimer's is an inflammatory disease of the brain, and these two antibodies give us a way to measure that inflammation," Mruthinti said. "Using them as an early diagnostic marker may allow us to start drug treatment early, when it's most effective, to increase the patient's quality of life."
While optimistic about their findings, the researchers caution that it could still be years before a diagnostic test based on their work is clinically available. The study found that the relationship between the two antibodies and Alzheimer's severity persists even after controlling for patient age and total antibody levels. To further test the strength of the relationship, the researchers are now working with a sample that controls for other factors that have the potential to influence levels of the two antibodies, such as diabetes and heart disease. Buccafusco and his colleagues are also working to decrease the cost and time involved in the test.
"We're in the process of trying to reduce the test to a one-day procedure, whereas right now it takes three to four days," Buccafusco said. "But even now, our test is orders of magnitude cheaper than having people come in every few months to get a functional MRI or PET scan to try to discern brain plaques."
"The amyloid beta-RAGE complex cuts off the connections between neurons," Mruthinti explained, "but our hope is that we can protect those connections by preventing those plaques from forming."
The research was funded by a Merit Review Award from the Veterans Administration to principal investigator Mruthinti and by the Medical College of Georgia Alzheimer's Research Center.
A two-year expansion and renovation of the Tate Student Center will be completed this summer with a dedication ceremony to coincide with the beginning of fall classes in August. The project will drastically increase space for student programs and activities in the heart of the UGA campus. Tate Student Center is a hub of activity on campus, and once the expansion and renovation is completed, UGA students will have access to one of the finest student centers in the country.
The first phase of the project, a two-story, 500 space parking deck, is now open. Built atop that, the new Tate Student Center building will house an 11,793-square foot multi-purpose space on the fifth level. With a capacity of more than 1,600 people, this state-of-the-art room will be a suitable venue for large-scale student activities including concerts, lectures, meetings, and much more.
The fourth level will feature an elegant dining room, well-appointed conference and meeting rooms for student organizations, and comfortable, intimate lounge seating areas. This level features a mezzanine looking over the third-floor below.
The third level will connect to the main floor of the existing Tate Student Center. This spacious, open area will include a food court, retail space, Print & Copy Services, a large lounge area, gaming area, and a small performance amphitheater. The main floor will open out onto a tree-lined Alumni Plaza facing Lumpkin Street.
Renovations to the existing building include studios for WUOG 90.5 FM (the student-run radio station), dance rehearsal rooms for student organizations, and an expanded UGACard office. Georgia Hall is now a two-story office suite for student support services and programs. The suite contains the Center for Leadership & Service, the Student Activities and Organizations office, and the Center for Student Organizations.
Throughout the existing building, decorative enhancements like new furnishings, lighting, and carpet, as well as a new facade on the Tate Theater, will refresh and renew the building that generations of students have loved for the past quarter century.
The University of Georgia Research Foundation has received a five-year, $18.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research ways to reduce morbidity from schistosomiasis in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Researchers will develop and evaluate research-based approaches and diagnostic tools to identify, control and even eliminate schistosomiasis where feasible. Dan Colley, director of UGA [close]
A new high-tech Web service is changing the way UGA students, faculty and staff learn and communicate with each other. iTunes U, a free service from Apple, now allows users to download podcasts directly to their iPods or computers.
So far, business is booming. About 200 podcasts have been uploaded since the service began last November. Guest lecturers' talks and professor's daily lessons are on the site. The English department even has poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge ready for download.
"Teachers and students are becoming media producers," said David Noah, coordinator of emerging technologies at UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning. "Universities have to make it easy to publish media files and easy for students to access them. And iTunes U does a good job of that."
All that is needed to access the podcast files is iTunes, which is a free download for Macs and PCs available at www.itunes.com. Downloaded tracks can be listened to on the computer or transferred to an iPod.
To access UGA's podcast page through iTunes, visit www.itunes.uga.edu and click on "open in iTunes."
"It did not come naturally to me. I was not jumping on board a year ago," said Kaye Sweetser, an assistant professor of public relations. "But it's a very simple process. They walked me through it on the phone."
Sweetser began the project to help a student-athlete keep up with lectures she had to miss. But the program was simple, and soon possibilities began exploding. She started to podcast lectures for many of her students.
"I've used it for 15-person classes and 60-person lecture halls. It works the same," she said.
By allowing her students to download her daily class lectures, the students become free to participate instead of scribbling notes, Sweetser said. It's also a powerful tool for self promotion and a way to keep track of what exactly happened in class. It can help students decide whether or not to take a class.
"So if I'm offering them this great experience, why do students need to come to class? The short answer is because I make them. I have an attendance policy," she said. "But there is also a conversation in my classes. We discuss the material, and I think the students really like that. They can concentrate in classes and they will get involved and then go back and fill in their blanks in their notes later. And when they do have to miss a class, this also really provides a full picture of what they missed."
To podcast, Sweetser uses an Olympus WS-311M voice recorder, which retails for about $100. But any recorder that can hook up to a computer will work.
"It's powerful enough that I can move around the room and it picks me up. Students can ask questions, and it picks them up, too," she said. "And when I'm done, I just pop it onto my computer and off it goes. Easy."
Before any podcast is uploaded to the server (housed by the University System of Georgia) it must be checked for "quality control" by the department's iTunes representative. The process usually won't take more than a few minutes, said Robert Ethier, an IT consultant with EITS who is heavily involved with the iTunes U project.
"We just go through it to make sure it's good quality so that we don't have the University of Georgia's name on something that sounds bad," he said. "After you send it to (the iTunes rep), that person will check out your file, click around a little bit and make sure it sounds OK and then go ahead and upload it."
Once it's there, anyone with iTunes can download the podcast. But it's not just audio files. iTunes can handle videos and PDF documents. Users can subscribe to certain podcasts, so that new files will automatically download whenever they're posted.
Other universities including Stanford and Duke are generating content through the program. It's a part of the changing nature of education, said Federico Rogers, a representative from iTunes' parent company, Apple Inc.
"All of our students have been digital for basically their entire lives. They already use this technology, it's just something that the rest of us have to learn about," he said. "And it's already a part of the criteria that students are using to choose schools. It's a way for universities to advertise themselves."
Earlier this year, the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the official launch of its $100 million "Centennial Campaign for Grady: Democracy's Next Generation."
Announced at the college's Centennial Gala in Athens, the goal of the campaign is to secure investments and assets totaling $100 million in value by 2015, the 100th anniversary of the college's founding.
"The Centennial Campaign will do for Grady's next 100 years what generations of alumni, faculty and students have done to bring the college to its present stature among the best journalism and mass communication programs in the nation," said Dean E. Culpepper Clark.
"The campaign will match resources with ambition, positioning the college for a future that honors its remarkable history and alumni," Clark added.
Campaign priorities include building endowments for Grady's renowned faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, acclaimed centers, institutes, and programs, and developing an enterprise zone for the teaching, research, and production resources made possible through the recently acquired WNEG-TV television license.
A distinctive feature of the campaign is that it will leverage private gifts with entrepreneurial activities through the creation of a Center for Media Democracy, of which WNEG-TV will serve as the cornerstone, Clark noted.
Announced as co-chairs of the Centennial Campaign for Grady are Maxine Clark (ABJ '71), founder and CEO, Build-a-Bear Workshop, St. Louis, MO; Betty Hudson (ABJ '71), executive vice-president of communications, The National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.; Henry Grady III, (BBA '84), managing director, Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey, Atlanta; and Donald A. Perry (ABJ '74), vice-president of public relations, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta.
"Grady College is a tradition and a trust, from the McGill program to the Peabody Awards, to our students who are truly democracy's next generation," added Clark. "The power of media for social and public good unites us all. We begin this historic campaign to build endowment and opportunity for faculty, staff, students and alumni at Grady."
Campaign highlights, coverage of the Centennial Gala, and information are available at www.grady.uga.edu/centennial
The University of Georgia ranks 9th as the "Best Value" public college for 2009, according to The Princeton Review, which teamed with USA Today to present the "Best Value" Colleges list for 2009.
According to The Princeton Review, "The University of Georgia's star is rising in academic reputation, as a result of notice from the popular press and the prestigious awards and grants bestowed on faculty and students."
The "Best Value" colleges list, reported in the Jan. 8 print edition of USA Today, and on www.princetonreview.com/bestvaluecolleges and www.BestValueColleges.usatoday.com, features 100 schools in all: 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities.
The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "best value" choices for 2009 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid: lists tallies were made using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2007-08 academic year.
The Princeton Review previously reported annual "Best Value" public and private colleges lists (and top 10 ranking schools in each category) on its website and in its book, "America's Best Value Colleges," which was published from 2004 to 2007.
Recognition by the Princeton Review follows that of another national publication, Smart Money magazine, which named UGA the university with the fourth "Best Payback" relative to its cost.
When Alice Richards' family decided to give $1 million to the State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia to create a children's garden, they didn't know they were helping fulfill a dream she had harbored for almost two decades.
Richards, who lived in Carrollton, was a charter member of the Botanical Garden's Board of Advisors and one of the garden's most devoted and beloved supporters until her death in May 2007. The mother of seven and grandmother of 24, Richards loved flowers and the outdoors and had a tender spot for children, said her son Lee Richards of St. Simons Island.
So when Lee and his siblings began discussing distribution of their mother's estate, agreement to make a gift to the Botanical Garden to create a special garden for children "took about five seconds," he said. "Mom loved her children and everybody else's children, and we knew how much she loved the Botanical Garden. We could think of no better place to leave a lasting memorial."
What the children didn't know when they made their decision was that almost 20 years earlier Richards had written on her biographical sheet for the Board of Advisors, "I'm particularly interested in the children's garden."
"We didn't learn about that until after we made the donation," said Lee Richards. "It's an amazing coincidence."
Alice Richards was the widow of Roy Richards, founder and CEO of Southwire, the largest maker of cable in North America and one of Georgia's largest corporations. Roy was a Georgia Tech graduate and neither Alice nor any of their children had any connection to the University of Georgia until Alice was asked to become a charter member of the Botanical Garden Board of Advisors through friends who were knowledgeable about the garden.
Opeoluwa Fawole, a sophomore microbiology major at the University of Georgia, has been selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) this summer. Fawole, who is an Honors student from Lawrenceville, is the first UGA student to receive this honor.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a non-profit medical research organization and one of the largest philanthropies in the United States, seeks ways to advance biomedical research and strengthen science education through its various initiatives. The EXROP program was created in 2003 to encourage and support outstanding undergraduate researchers by providing them mentored research opportunities with leading HHMI scientists. EXROP participants must be nominated by HHMI members.
"EXROP is one of the most prestigious summer programs available to talented undergraduates who want to pursue a career in scientific research," said Susan Wessler, UGA Foundation Chair in the Biological Sciences and an HHMI Professor who nominated Fawole. "In addition to a generous stipend, students are able to choose the lab they want to work in from a long list of HHMI investigators nationwide."
Fawole will be conducting biomedical research for approximately ten weeks at her HHMI research mentor's home institution and will present her research project during a poster session of next year's EXROP meeting.
"I believe that the EXROP experience will be a great one since you have a chance to choose an HHMI investigator from a list of almost 200 from all over the country," said Fawole. "This program will give me more exposure to the research field, broadening my biomedical research views and helping me define my future career goals. I am thankful to Dr. Pamela Kleiber in the Honors Program and Dr. Susan Wessler for nominating me and giving me this great summer opportunity."
As an undergraduate researcher at UGA, Fawole currently participates in the Apprentice Program of the Honors Program's Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). She is investigating the genetic behavior of Plasmodium falciparum, a mosquito-transmitted parasite that can cause the most severe cases of malaria in people.
Working in the infectious diseases laboratory of Dr. David Peterson since her freshman year, Fawole is currently focusing on placental-associated malaria to find how the malaria parasite survives in the face of the developing immune response.
"Ope is a very dedicated student, works diligently in the lab, participates in lab meetings, and has already presented her work at a national conference," said Peterson, an associate professor in UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Being chosen for the HHMI's summer research program will provide a fantastic opportunity for Ope to gain additional research experience and to network with peers from around the country."
"The CURO Apprenticeship prepares Honors students such as Ope Fawole during their first two years at UGA to compete at a national level with the best students in the country," added Pamela Kleiber, associate director of the Honors Program, who coordinates CURO programs. "The opportunity that Dr. Wessler's EXROP nomination has provided Ope will take her to the next level in her preparation as a scientist. Dr. Wessler has opened a huge door for Ope."
After Fawole graduates from UGA in spring 2011, she would like to attend medical school and one day travel to underdeveloped countries to offer her medical services.