A diversity of invaluable faculty expertise was reported on or quoted in a variety media over the last month. A few examples of this crucial element of university public service:
Associate professor of chemistry Jason Locklin teamed up with an area high school student to create an app to help students study organic chemistry
The Red & Black reported on work by asssitant research scientist Zhu-Hong Li of biochemistry and molecular biology and professor of cellular biology Silvia Moreno for a novel treament of toxoplasmosis
International sorghum research effort led by Regents professor of genetics Andrew Paterson was reported widely
Associate professor of history Stephen Mihm writes in his regular column on Bloomberg.com of the history of efforts to limit artificial fats in the American diet
Gwinnett Daily Post featured a program set up by Georgia Athletic Association Professor of geography J. Marshall Shepherd that allows fourth-graders to video conference with scientists
Spalding Distinguished Research Professor of history James Cobb quoted in a Gainesville Times article on the legacy of JFK 50 years later
Professor emeritus of sociology Barry Schwartz quoted on the subject Lincoln's Gettsyburg Address – Aiken (SC) Standard
As always, our faculty continue to distinguish themselves with major career accomplishments, bringing great honor to UGA and the Franklin College. Recent honors and awards include:
Debra Mohnen, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Robert A. Scott, professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology and associate vice president for research, were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
sullivan head shot Where do we get all these great candidates for administrative positions in higher education? The faculty, of course, though sometimes that process might not seem as symbiotic as it is. To shed light on that topic and more, UGA welcomes University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan to campus on Friday Dec. 6 at 11 am to deliver the 2013 Louise McBee Lecture in the chapel:
Louise McBee Lecture 2013 “Great Expectations: Making Administrative Careers Attractive to Faculty”
Dr. Sullivan’s time at the University of Virginia has been extraordinary in several respects. After being pressured by university board members, she resigned from the presidency in June 2012. She was reinstated a few weeks later, following extensive attention in the national media and a remarkable outpouring of support from university faculty, students, and alumni. In the year since the upheaval, the University of Virginia has completed a large capital campaign and President Sullivan is presenting a new strategic plan before the university board in September.
If you haven't kept up with goings on at UVA during Dr. Sullivan's tenure, the narrative of events is instructive. We look forward to her visit to campus and public lecture on Friday in the chapel.
Image: Teresa A. Sullivan, courtesy of the UGA Institute of Higher Education.
It is one of the lowest moments in United States history, a day that stands hallowed for all the wrong reasons, shrouded in mystery and unanswered questions in every direction. On the 50th anniversary of the assassination, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection present a Peabody Decades Roundtable on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Russell Building Special Collections Library:
"50 Years Since the Kennedy Assassination." A screening of "JFK: A Time Remembered" followed by a panel discussion featuring Ashton Ellett, history, Trey Hood, political science, Janice Hume, journalism, and Donald Wilkes, law.
The program will pay tribute to President Kennedy and his legacy and examine the impact of his assassination then and now.
Ellett's research focuses on the political, diplomatic and social history of post-World War II and Cold War American society. Hood's research interests include southern politics and gun control policies. Hume studies the relationship between American journalism and collective memory; she is the author of "Journalism and a Culture of Grief." Wilkes has written more than 30 articles about the Kennedy assassination.
We have enough difficulty understanding the present, and as much as history also gives us problems, recent history can be more complex and murky. No doubt our country took a turn on Nov. 22, 1963. But towards where? Luckily there are films like this and media archives like the Brown and Peabody to help us think about that event and try to understand ourselves and our past a bit better. We need all the help we can get.
Griffin_banner.jpg The UGA Griffin campus will hold a Criminal Justice information day, CJ Day @ UGA, this Friday Nov. 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Griffin Campus Student Learning Center:
Known as CJ Day @ UGA, the event will feature presenters from all areas of law enforcement, including a keynote address by Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens. Registration is free, but seating is limited.
The CJ Day @ UGA program is designed for those working in or interested in beginning a career in criminal justice, with a session on careers in criminal justice featuring a range of speakers from law enforcement, pardons and paroles, victim advocacy and corrections. Topics for the session on emerging issues in criminal justice include gender-specific mental health issues, juvenile offender management, re-entry services and prison privatization.
"Law enforcement and especially corrections are an important and expanding sector of our economy both locally here in Georgia as well as nationwide," said Perry Buffington, a lecturer in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology on the UGA-Griffin campus. "We want to be a resource for individuals to learn about a wide variety of issues-and for what steps one can take to enter these careers."
The UGA Griffin campus is a jewel in Middle Georgia that provides a variety of classes and degree completion programs for students of all ages. CJ Day will be a terrific opportunity for that potential pool of students to learn about the many careers in criminal justice - and how to get qualified for one. Great job by our faculty in Griffin to make the campus and its programs a resource for the community.
For information on Franklin College academic programs at Griffin, see here.
Image: UGA Griffin banner by Cassandra Wright
Lindsay Pennington, a senior from Albany majoring in sculpture at the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art, is challenging the way people think about waste. Her senior exit show, "The Salon from Refuse," features sculptures from discarded materials and converts a 40-yard dumpster into a gallery for visual and performance art. The exhibit opens Nov. 15 on America Recycles Day in the school of art with a reception from 7-9 p.m. and will close Nov. 24.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the UGA Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management Division, both of which are working to change the way the UGA community thinks about—and manages—its waste.
Starting in September, the UGA Facilities Management Division installed 30 solar-powered mixed-recycling and landfill compactor stations at high-traffic locations on the Athens campus. In general, all paper, plastic, metal and glass items go in the recycling bin; food wrappers, food waste and Styrofoam items go in the trash. The project employs renewable solar power and advanced communications technologies to maximize collection efficiency by campus staff.
Because it is so easy to not think about the environment, our water (where it comes from) and our trash (where it goes), it is imperative to find creative ways to make people think about these issues. Kudos to the UGA Office of Sustainability for supporting this effort and leading many others on campus. But an art degree, and specifically one from the Franklin College, is becoming a nexus credential for creative thinking across many fields. If you are an entrepreneur of any sort and don't have a BFA or MFA, chances are that you will be looking for someone who does. More good news for the arts at UGA.
Image: Salon from Refuse exhibition. Thanks to professor Georgia Strange.
GVHP 2.jpg Art exhibition presents Georgia History up close
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Visitors to Saturday’s opening reception for the ATHICA and Georgia Virtual History Project exhibit “Seen/Unseen” were treated to a display of digital local history projects by UGA and Athens Academy students, as well as artworks and archival pieces by local artists and residents.
Many of the pieces were of particular importance to the documentation of the local Athens community’s oft-overlooked enslaved African Americans and African American history in Athens.
Co-curated by Hope Hilton of ATHICA and Franklin College department of history instructor and director of the Georgia Virtual History Project Christopher Lawton, the exhibit was an example of local history from a collaborative perspective—with historians, teachers, students, artists and citizens contributing to the collective historical documentation.
At the reception, guests were treated to opening remarks from the curators, as well as some oral history storytelling from artists about the items that were on display.
The Georgia Virtual History Project gets students and the collective citizenry involved in the constructing the historical landscape and provides access to everyone with access to the Internet.
Beyond being a simple website project, the GVHP will also feature a mobile app. Imagine standing in front of a building, with an iPad or iPhone, and learning about the history of that place with digital media, audio, video, written word and photographs, all contributed by students, historians and citizens alike.
The GVHP is an effort to use new and interactive technologies to record the history of the state of Georgia and make it available to multiple audiences, from eighth-graders and the general public to college students and academic professionals.
In its first stage, GVHP was built around original research and data collected and analyzed by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in multiple departments at the University of Georgia and by advanced high school students at Athens Academy. It has field tested local Athens components of the project with K-12 students both at Athens Academy and in the Clarke County School District. In fall 2013, it will expand to begin incorporating additional content developed by students and faculty at both Georgia State University and Columbus State University.
GVHP’s goal is to spread this model out across the state, ultimately creating a system whereby students in countless communities can help build their own virtual records of their local past.
The Georgia Virtual History Project will have not only a permanent website, but also a dedicated mobile app that will allow participants to access mini-documentaries, historical resources, and tourism-related information using image-recognition software at multiple locations across the state. As a prototype of this model, GVHP is currently building streaming content for another eHistory initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights in Georgia.”
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This weekend’s opening reception was just one of over 60 events going on now in conjunction with the “Spotlight on the Arts Festival.” Luckily, if you missed this one, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the wealth of arts in the UGA and Athens community.
Images: Pictures on display of Georgia Illustrated at Saturday’s exhibit opening reception and a view of the crowd by Jessica Luton
students with TV monitors One of the 'super hubs' for collaboration and partnership at UGA is our public televisioon station, WUGA TV. The Franklin College has a partnership with the station in the interview show that I host - but the College of Public Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and of course the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication all have growing collaborations with the station. One of the latter is Grady News Source, a half hour news program airing daily that gives our broadcast students great experience. In an interesting expansion of that endeavor, the weather reports are now being provided by students from our Atmospheric Sciences Program:
"The collaboration with WUGA-TV represents a wonderful opportunity for our students," said Thomas Mote, professor and head of the geography department, which is part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "Nearly every career in meteorology requires polished communication skills. Even students who don't wish to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology will benefit from the opportunity to improve their presentation skills. The collaboration with WUGA-TV provides a public service opportunity with a broad audience across the region."
WUGA-TV, the public television station owned and operated by the university, is available in 1.55 million homes in 55 counties in north Georgia and can be watched locally on Charter cable channel 6 and channel 32 of DishNetwork, AT&T Uverse and DirecTV. The station is on university cable channel 8.1.
The 12 students, who are developing the forecast under the guidance of Jeff Dantre, director of news and content for WUGA-TV, videotape the weather segment each weekday. During the process, a group of two to four students looks at weather models to determine the forecast for the area, creates the slides and images to be shown and records the presentation for airing.
The TV station is a major asset with an impact that we are just coming to understand. With access to the ninth largest broadcast market in the nation, it can help the university project its influence in ways we've never been able. That is true capability for reaching people - alumni, citizens of Georgia, decision-makers. The station allows UGA to fulfill its service mission like never before, even as it provides our students with important training and experience across a variety of fields. Tune in.
Image: Matt Daniel, right, a senior atmospheric sciences major and president of the UGA chapter of the American Meteorological Society, works with Riley Hale, a senior atmospheric sciences major, to prepare weather forecasts for broadcast on WUGA-TV. Photo by Paul Efland
BAND OF ANGELS.jpg Throughout the course of the 20th century and increasingly so now in the 21st, women are playing a much more prominent role in society. Whether you view this as finally just or only an indication that our society still has a great distance to travel to achieve gender equity, some perspective on the past can be instructive about where we are and how much has changed. The department of classics is sponsoring a lecture next Friday, Nov. 15 that should lend greater perspective on this important subject:
Kate Cooper, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, will present a lecture, "The Women of Early Christian Africa," which identifies influential roles Christian women played in the first and second centuries. The lecture is in conjuntion with the release of her new book, BAND OF ANGELS: THE FORGOTTEN WORLD OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WOMEN.
Cooper's lecture will be held on November 15 at 6:30 pm in 101 Miller Student Learning Center. A reception will follow in the Fourth Floor Rotunda. Copies of the book will be available.
The event is free and open to the public.
We look forward to this discussion and applaud the department of classics, which sponsors a number of scholarly lectures scheduled throughout the year.
brickman, head shot In our contemporary campus culture, broadly construed, developing a well-rounded general education can be quite elusive. Though a broad educational experience is a perennial touchstone in strategic plans and commencement speeches alike, pressures for more narrowly defined jobs and career paths upon graduation create a tendency to whittle away at the very broadness we cherish and that we recognize as important.
On Thursday Nov. 7 at 10 am in the Thomas Reading Room of the MLC, one of the leading teachers in the UGA professoriate, Peggy Brickman, will present a public lecture on Scientific Literacy and how university courses help students build it within themselves as a part of their degree programs:
“Individuals use scientific information in many real world situations beyond the classroom, ranging from evaluating sources of evidence used in media reports about science to recognizing the role and value of science in society. Consequently, achieving scientific literacy for all is a core rationale for science coursework as part of general education (Gen Ed) requirements for undergraduates. But, how do we go about helping students develop those skills? Are courses chock full of content a mile wide and an inch deep helping to produce student with these real life skills? Or do they produce students with a false view of science as a grab bag of facts to be memorized and experiments that reconfirm existing ideas? I’m interested in teaching students to use biology in their own lives, and for the rest of their lives. I’m also interested in finding ways to measure students’ scientific literacy so I can demonstrate the value added to spending a semester in a Core General Education Science Course.”
Emphasis mine. These are extraordinarily important tenants of a healthy society. Even as we put graduates on the path to particular careers, we remember that all of our courses should also be built with the idea of training an engaged citizenry that will face many complex decisions, both personal and societal. Part of the university experience is to help prepare them for this challenge. One challenge for higher education is to strike a balance with these non-competing interests.
Image: Peggy Brickman, courtesy of UGA Photographic services.