Nicolas_Poussin painting An interesting take from one of the Chronicle of Higher Ed blogs on the humans systems implications of our increasing ability to subdivide time into tinier and tinier increments:
Yet we are still some way off coming to terms with analyzing these developments. They require mathematical expertise that is still in short supply. One of the most exciting academic developments of recent years has been the way in which mathematics and statistics suited to these phenomena have begun to sprout. Just as mathematicians have developed who specialize in life sciences, it seems likely that the same will happen in the social sciences and that, before long, such mathematicians will no longer be a rare breed.
Equally, there is a conglomeration of activity that brings together the arts and humanities, design, and computational science based around what might be called the aesthetics of immediacy, a longstanding Western cultural tradition first found in the realm of timekeeping (as my book with Paul Glennie, Shaping the Day, on the genesis of clock time shows), which is changing yet again as technological improvements allow new kinds of temporal representation.
Image: Time defending Truth against the attacks of Envy and Discord, 1641, by Nicolas Poussin, oil on canvas. Via Wikimedia Commons.
betina_kaplan_1_panorama Congratulations to Bettina Kaplan, associate professor of Spanish, and Peter Smagorinsky of the College of Education who were named recipients of the 2014 Service-Learning Excellence Awards:
The awards, established in 2011 by the Office of Service-Learning, recognize distinction in teaching and research related to academic service-learning.
Since 2002, Kaplan has taught the course "Spanish Practicum for Service-Learning," which she designed to engage students in applying their Spanish knowledge to opportunities including parent-teacher conferences, tutoring and healthcare referrals. She also developed and taught a version of the course for five semesters in UGA's Buenos Aires study-abroad program, as well as a First Year Odyssey course supporting Spanish adult literacy for immigrants in the Athens community. Kaplan was previously recognized as a 2012-13 Service-Learning Fellow.
Both of these faculty members are having a very big impact on their profrssion as well as the institution of higher education. No two more exemplary faculty members, and especially of the service component of our mission, than these two. Big congratulations.
Image of Bettina Kaplan courtesy of UGA Photographic services.
ABH_22514 260 ninth-graders from Clarke Central visited campus yesterday, to get a taste of the possibilites that may await them in the biological sciences at UGA:
There they were greeted by Mark Farmer, head of UGA’s Biological Sciences Division, and UGA’s top academic administrator, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Pamela Whitten.
“We didn’t bring you here for just another field trip, but so you can see where you might be in four years,” Whitten told the Clarke Central students.
This was a chance to think about possibilities, she said.
“Please keep in mind that there’s a huge array of career options available to you,” she said. Many don’t require a Ph.D., either, she added.
They also heard from a series of UGA undergraduates involved in biological research, including Dervin Cunningham of Albany, who admitted that when he first visited UGA he never imagined he could be doing the kind of research he does today – investigating how a fungus attacks tomatoes and how tomatoes resist.
Great job everyone - students, faculty, our new Provost and high school staff who helped get the students to campus. As Dr. Farmer explained to me some months ago, this is important outreach to area high schoolers - to talk about the diversity of careers in the sciences.
cofer_judith with books I sat down with Regents Professor of English and award-winning author Judith Ortiz Cofer on one of her last days on campus before she officially retired at the end of the fall 2013 semester. Columns recently ran a version of our interview:
Columns: In the time since you first arrived at UGA, how has what you do changed?
Ortiz Cofer: When you start, you teach the huge survey courses, but what I really wanted to do was to teach what I know best, which is writing.
As I published more books and we started getting a sense of creative writing as an area, then I started teaching more classes and graduate seminars in poetry and fiction writing.
In December, my undergraduate students presented a reading at the Georgia Museum of Art. It was wonderful. When they went up there and read and presented their work based on the museum's collections, I felt like, "This is what a teacher is supposed to be." You're supposed to take them to a place outside of themselves.
Columns: As you've been able to accomplish a great body of work, how has your success as a writer informed your teaching?
Ortiz Cofer: As a writer, one of the things I have to do is continuously read, and I tell my students the same thing.
I know that they have to have the basics and [know] the canonical figures, but they also can read authors who reflect the world as they see [it]. I think my writing has kept me updated on the way American literature moves and evolves.
Columns: Through your work and your career, you are helping us understand the Latina culture as it relates to Americans, correct?
Ortiz Cofer: I am often asked, "Why are you not out there protesting, engaging in politics?" But if I were there protesting and attending rallies and all that, I wouldn't be home doing the one thing that I can do to open eyes. I started writing because I'm driven to tell the stories and to shape language.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of "Strange Fruit," Lillian Smith's best-selling novel about interracial love, the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries presents "Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith," a solo performance drawn largely from unpublished autobiographical writings by the author.
The performance title "Jordan is So Chilly," comes from the name of an African-American spiritual and was Smith's original title for "Strange Fruit."
"The title calls up for me the image of the difficult times faced by anyone in crossing over to the ‘promised land'," [Atlanta actress Brenda] Bynum said. "Lillian Smith faced so many trials and tribulations in her life and her work it seemed quite appropriate to me."
Nancy Smith Fichter, the author's niece, approached Bynum about doing a reading, perhaps from Smith's published letters, as an event at the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts in connection with the 2013 Southern Literary Trail.
"No Southerner was more outspoken in expressing moral indignation about the region's injustices and inequities during the pre-civil rights era than Lillian Smith," said UGA history professor John Inscoe, an expert on the 19th century South and winner of the 2012 Lillian Smith Book Award, presented by the UGA Libraries and the Southern Regional Council.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is on Saturday Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
Because our office is constantly engaged with this, communicating about research and scholarship is a near and dear priority. And of course, as the Franklin College, we are home to so many great scholars and scientists that it is must that we share this expertise as widely as possible.
But communicating with the public, and especially the media, can be a challenge. Now the Graduate School is organizing a workshop series designed to help our faculty communicate their work more effectively.
To help faculty members develop and practice those skills, The Graduate School, OVPR, Provost’s Office, Public Affairs, Grady College, and Department of Theatre and Film Studies are again presenting a two-part workshop on Engaging the Public. Applications are now open.
Session One: Tuesday, March 25th, 1pm-4pm
Session Two: Thursday, March 27th, 1pm-4pm
**You MUST be able to attend both sessions to participate
Participation is extremely limited. To be considered, please email Meredith Welch-Devine ( firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm on March 4th with the following information:
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2) Your area of research expertise
3) A brief rationale that explains why it is important for you to be chosen for this training
4) Confirmation that you would be able to attend both sessions of the workshop in their entirety
The training group will be selected for diversity across represented departments and career stages. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by March 7th.
For further information on this workshop, contact the Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Dr. Meredith Welch-Devine.
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A separate set of workshops on the topic for graduate students and post-docs is scheduled for March 18 and 20. For more information and to apply, go here.
Franklin College faculty continue to be quoted and to share their wide range of expertise across a variety of media of platforms. A sample from the past month:
Atlanta Council President Ceasar Mitchell joins American Meteorological Society President J. Marshall Shepherd during the 94th AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta
AMS conferece also covered by the Red & Black
Shepherd was also a featured guest on the CBS Sunday morning program Face the Nation on February 16
Atlanta Journal Constitution column on Atlanta's botched response to the January snow quoted Shepherd
Broad cross-section of research by Franklin faculty members featured in a special section feature in the Athens Banner Herald, from obesity to bioenergy to cancer to global diseases
A project to map the human brain led by associate professor of computer science Tianming Liu, in partnership with Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, could help in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
Grant to study a single-celled organism off the coast of Georgia, led by Distinguished Research Professor Tim Hollibaugh, in an article by the Associated Press
CBC Radio interviewed Chris Abin, a Ph.D. student in microbiology, about the discovery of a poison-breathing bacteria that may one day become a useful tool for industry and environmental protection
Washington Post blog quoted in full an open letter to President Obama from associate professor of Spanish Dana Bultman regarding K-12 education reform and its effect on classroom teachers, including her husband
Associate professor of history Stephen Mihm writes about embaattled hedge fund SAC Capital Avisors in his Bloomberg.com column
Mihm remembers the late folk musician Pete Seeger, an “accidental entrepreneur and unwitting capitalist” ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Bloomberg)
Henry “Fritz” Schaefer is ranked 38th most influential scientist in the world by thebestschools.org
The Red & Black covers the extensive record of statewdie digs in the department of archeology
Associate professor of geography John Knox penned an Op-ed in the Athens Banner Herald, Open House an opportunity to see the Truth about Clarke County Schools
Many awards, grants and other forms of recognition for our faculty and staff already in the New Year. A sampling:
Lecturer and playwright John Patrick Bray saw a production of his short plays performed by members of University Theatre at the Seney-Stovall Chapel in early February
Henry "Fritz" Schaefer was included in a list of the 50 most influential scientists in the world today
Don Rubin, professor emeritus of communication studies and language and literacy education, was elected inaugural chair of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. The group's mission is to promote health literacy and health equity in the state of Georgia
Eleven Franklin College staff members were among the thirty academic advisers (picured above) who received a Certificate in Academic Advising at the 2013 Fall Academic Advising Workshop in November. The workshop was sponsored by the Academic Advising Coordinating Council and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. Certificates were awarded to advisers who completed a six-course advising program during the last year
A team led by Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Sciences James Hollibaugh received a $727,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine why populations of a single-celled organism called Thaumarchaeota explode in the coastal waters throughout the Southeastern United States each summer
Andrea Sweigart and David Nelson, assistant professors in the genetics department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, each have been awarded five-year, $1 million grants from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program
12yas-poster-art Heads up for a great event next Friday, Franklin College faculty headline what's sure to be a substantive discussion in the lead up to this year's Academy Awards:
A roundtable panel on director Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Room 148 of the Miller Learning Center will bring together University of Georgia faculty members to discuss the Academy Award-nominated 2013 film. The event is the latest in an ongoing series of Cinema Roundtables sponsored by the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
The panel of faculty members is Valerie Babb, professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies; John Inscoe, Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor; Rielle Navitski, assistant professor of theatre and film studies; and Freda Scott Giles, associate professor of theatre and film studies. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, will moderate the discussion.
The roundtable will "confront the challenges of adapting Solomon Northrup's memoir about slavery for contemporary movie audiences," Neupert said. "Is it good ‘history'? Is it good ‘cinema'?"
Great job faculty, and the Wilson Center. Events like these simply would not take place save for engaged faculty and motivated sponsoring units around campus.
Be Inspired at Tonight’s Entrepreneurship Panel at the Georgia Theatre
By Jessica Luton
Students with in an interest in entrepreneurship won’t want to miss an event at the Georgia Theatre tonight. In conjunction with the Thinc at UGA program, a week-long endeavor dedicated to helping students realize entrepreneurship ideas, tonight’s program will feature four Startup Stories that are sure to inspire you to greater heights.
Hosted in conjunction with local entrepreneurship organization Four Athens, the event will feature entrepreneurs from around the region telling their founding stories. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Here’s a list of tonight’s featured speakers:
Joe Moon, recent Bulldog 100 honoree and founder of Velocity Technology Partners, will moderate the evening as four University of Georgia graduates talk about their experiences starting businesses, raising capital, and growing a company. Startup Stories will feature UGA alumni Michael Tavani, Jon Birdsong, Adam Wexler, and Armistead Whitney.
Michael Tavani is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and co-founder of Scoutmob.
Jon Birdsong, a young entrepreneur, has founded several community organizations in Atlanta; he is most known for his startup, Rivalry.
Adam Wexler, an ’07 graduate of UGA, is the co-founder of Insightpool.
Armistead Whitney is the founder and CEO of Perparis, Inc.
The following description on the Thinc UGA program offers some insight on the goal of this Spring program:
Thinc UGA university-side initiative meant to encourage UGA students, faculty and staff to see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response. That “something” might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.
Think you can change the world? Check out tonight’s event and mark your calendars for the upcoming program. This year, the weeklong event will take place April 13-17. You can learn more about Thinc at UGA here.