About UGA Research Facilities
Centers and Institutions
Artificial Intelligence Center
|Director: Dr. Walter D. Potter||706/542-0361||www.ai.uga.edu/|
The Artificial Intelligence Center is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to basic and applied artificial intelligence research, especially in knowledge representation, expert systems, natural language processing, neural nets, and genetic algorithms. The Center currently administers a master of science program in artificial intelligence. Fellows include faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Terry College of Business, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Education. The Center has additional Fellows from institutions in North America, Europe, and Australia. Visiting appointments are available to researchers with sabbatical or other support. For further information, contact the Director, Artificial Intelligence Center, 111 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7415. For information about the graduate program, contact Dr. Khaled M. Rasheed at the same mailing address.
Center for Advanced Ultrastructural Research
|Co-Director: Dr. John P. Shields
Co-Director: Dr. Paul A. Schroeder
The Center for Advanced Ultrastructural Research serves the University System by providing a repository of facilities and expertise to assist in pursuing research and instructional needs employing light, fluorescence, and electron microscopy. Facilities include two TEMs, a Field Emission SEM, two confocal microscopes, X-ray microanalysis, and image processing and analysis workstations. Formal courses in microscopy are offered through the Division of Biological Sciences.
Center for Applied Isotope Studies
|Director: Dr. John E. Noakes||706/542-1395||www.uga.edu/cais/|
The Center for Applied Isotope Studies is a multidisciplinary research facility that applies nuclear analytical technology to critical research problems in the emerging fields of environmental and marine sciences, biotechnology, and biomedicine, in addition to the basic physical and life sciences. Unique research capabilities include an accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) that measures carbon isotopes at the atom level of detection. The CAIS AMS facility is the first in the Southeast and one of only two laboratories nationwide to direct efforts to the analysis of biomedical and environmental samples.
The CAIS places emphasis on innovative applied research, including the development of new AMS technology for carbon and tritium measurement; improved methods for low-level and ultra low-level liquid scintillation measurement of radioisotopes; new stable isotope techniques for food/flavor and hydrologic research; and aquatic survey instrumentation for environmental and marine resource applications. In-house analytical capabilities include radiocarbon dating, stable isotope measurements, trace element determinations, 60Co gamma irradiation, and radionuclide environmental monitoring and assessment.
The Center assists academic departments, research units, and individuals with specific problems related to instrumentation, methods, and techniques in isotopic analysis. State-of-the-art analytical capabilities offer University and industry researchers exceptional opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborative academic research, public-private partnerships, and joint product development. Offices and laboratories are located in the CAIS Building at 120 Riverbend Road.
Center for Archaeological Sciences
|Director: Dr. George A. Brook||706/542-2322||www.uga.edu/archsciences/|
The Center for Archaeological Sciences promotes research between the humanities--archaeology, anthropology, and art history and the sciences--geology, geography, geochemistry, chemistry, and biology. The Center coordinates the research of university scholars in fields relating to archaeology and art history, facilitates collaboration with experts outside the university, serves as a resource center of laboratory equipment and technical support for archaeologists, art historians, and museums worldwide, and coordinates interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the archaeological sciences.
Center for Asian Studies
|Director: Dr. Farley Richmond||706/542-2089||www.uga.edu/asianstudies/|
The Center for Asian Studies exists to nurture and guide academic programs and exchanges on Asia for students, faculty, and appropriate staff members. While these programs focus on language and area studies, they also involve students and faculty from law, business, agriculture, education, journalism, veterinary medicine, as well as the arts and sciences. Specific purposes and programs focus on (1) curriculum planning, review, and development in modern Asian languages and related area studies; (2) a speakers' and visitors' program of distinguished Asianists to address and exchange ideas with students, faculty, and community on Asian topics; (3) student and faculty exchange agreements such as the ones recently concluded with Kansai Gaidai and Yokohama University in Japan and the established one at Kagoshima University in Japan; (4) development of library and related instructional and research facilities necessary for a credible academic program in Asian studies; (5) planning and application for external funding for Asian Studies at UGA; and (6) research and research collaboration on East Asia. A certificate program in East Asian Studies based on concentration in either Chinese or Japanese is available for graduate students and is administered jointly by CAS and the Center for Global Policy Studies.
Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry
|Director: Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III||706/542-2067||www.ccc.uga.edu|
The Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry seeks to develop theoretical and computational methods through mathematical models for describing and understanding the movement and function of electrons in molecules and to apply the theoretical methods to significant problems of broad chemical interest. Some of the theoretical methods under development include the configuration interaction, coupled cluster, and Brueckner methods and associated analytic gradient techniques. Additional theoretical work involves density functional theory, the evaluation of electron repulsion integrals, and the treatment of relativistic effects. Currently applications to several areas of chemistry are of special concern: (1) the potential energy hypersurfaces that govern elementary gas phase chemical reactions, including systems pertinent to combustion; (2) fundamental problems in physical organic chemistry involving, for example, carbenes and other biradical species and systems such as the [n] paracyclophanes and  annulene; (3) organosilicon chemistry, specifically the prediction and understanding of the properties of silicon analogs of both common and unknown hydrocarbon compounds; (4) hydrogen bonding in systems as complicated as the guanosine-cytidine nucleoside pair; (5) the study of molecular cations and ion clusters pertinent to atmospheric chemistry; (6) multiple bonds between transition metals; (7) systematic studies of large molecular anions; and (8) gallium nitride nanoparticle formation via chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
Center for International Trade and Security
|Director: Dr. Scott Jones||706/542-2985||www.uga.edu/cits/|
Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) is an interdisciplinary and inter-university research, teaching, and service project designed to contribute to enlightened trade and security policies. CITS strives to produce policy-relevant research on political, economic, and security issues related to international trade and technology transfer. The center encourages and coordinates collaborative research, teaching, and service-related activities within the university, the state, the nation, and overseas. CITS currently directs international research projects on trade and security issues in the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, in Asia, in the United States and Europe.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute
|Director: Dr. Doris Y. Kadish||706/583-0618||www.clacs.uga.edu|
The Center coordinates interdisciplinary research, curriculum offerings, and public programs which deal with Latin America and the Caribbean. Through colloquia, conferences, small travel grants for students and faculty, and an undergraduate certificate program, the Center brings together researchers currently engaged in work in Latin America from all colleges and schools of the university.
Center for Metalloenzyme Studies
|Co-Director: Dr. Michael K. Johnson
Co-Director: Dr. Michael W. Adams
The Center for Metalloenzyme Studies was established to encourage interdisciplinary research to determine the roles of metals in biological systems and how metalloproteins are synthesized and regulated. Through collaborative research, discussions, and seminars, new insights are obtained concerning enzymes that catalyze life-supporting processes such as nitrogen fixation, respiration, photosynthesis, sulfur conversions, and hydrogen production. Use of the latest technologies and analytical equipment enables faculty of the center and its postdoctoral and graduate students to investigate the catalytic mechanisms of metalloenzymes at the molecular level. The center faculty organize state-of-the-art courses in inorganic biochemistry, biochemistry, enzymology, fermentation technology, as applied to metalloprotein production, structure, and function.
Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science
|Director: Dr. Marguerite Madden||706/542-2359||www.crms.uga.edu|
The Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS) undertakes research and training in the fields of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), photogrammetry, digital image processing, and computer graphics, particularly as applied to the physical and biological sciences. Typical research topics include quantitative methodologies for measuring soil erosion from agricultural lands by photogrammetric techniques, mapping environmental disturbances from aerial photographs and satellite images, development of integrated image processing/GIS software and advanced technologies for monitoring the earth's surface from digital image data. Close associations are maintained with remote sensing organizations and scientists in Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. The CRMS provides technical assistance to universities and to local, state, and federal agencies.
Center for Simulational Physics
|Director: Dr. David P. Landau||706/542-2909||www.csp.uga.edu|
The Center for Simulational Physics functions as a center for research and training in simulational physics, with emphasis on the use of supercomputers and novel parallel architectures. Because of this work, close interaction with Enterprise Information Technology Services is maintained, and collaborative research programs with major institutions in the United States, South America, Israel and Europe are developed. The Center's staff consists of research and adjunct professors, visiting research scientists, and postdoctoral associates.
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
|Director: Dr. Russell W. Carlson||706/542-4404
The Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) includes a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Center for Plant and Microbial Complex Carbohydrates and a National Institutes of Health Resource Center for Biomedical Complex Carbohydrates. The Center's scientists study the structures and functions of the complex carbohydrates of plants, microbes, and animals to determine the role of carbohydrates in growth and development, host-pathogen interactions, and disease processes. The CCRC's 78,000 sq. ft. building is specifically designed for the interdisciplinary and equipment-intensive nature of carbohydrate science. Scientists at the CCRC investigate the chemistry and the physiological, developmental, and molecular biology of complex carbohydrates having biological importance using advanced analytical techniques, including mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, computer modeling, artificial neural networks, tissue culture, monoclonal antibodies, chemical and enzymatic synthesis, and recombinant genetics. The CCRC provides analytical services to scientists, conducts four annual extramural hands-on laboratory training courses, and develops computer software to assist the study of complex carbohydrates. MS and PhD students in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Plant Biology can apply to conduct their graduate research under the direction of a CCRC faculty member. CCRC personnel are presently engaged in more than 170 collaborations with scientists in North and South America, Europe, and Japan.
James M. Cox, Jr., Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research
|Director: Dr. Lee B. Becker||706/542-5023||www.grady.uga.edu/coxcenter/|
The James M. Cox, Jr., Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research serves to facilitate international mass communication training and research programs in which scholars from the United States and foreign countries, students, and mass communication professionals can cooperate. The center helps to coordinate efforts to improve the state of knowledge in the field and to encourage practical training, education, and service projects.
Housing and Demographics Research Center
|Director: Dr. Anne L. Sweaney||706/542-4856||www.fcs.uga.edu/hace/hdrc|
The Housing and Demographics Research Center (HDRC) provides sound housing research, promotes a more rational regulatory environment for the building community, and disseminates research findings to policy-makers, interested parties, and the general public. The HDRC was created in partnership with the Research Center of the National Association of Home Builders and was officially recognized as a center in June of 1996. It is part of a network of housing research centers located regionally at major research universities. The faculty have garnered support from the Athens-Clarke County Government, Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of Transportation, the National Association of Housing Counselors and Agencies, Inc., and SMART House Limited Partnership, Inc., among others.
Institute for Behavioral Research
|Director: Dr. Steven R.H. Beach||706/542-1806||www.ibr.uga.edu|
The Institute for Behavioral Research is a multi-disciplinary research organization, the purpose of which is to encourage a pooling of the expertise of faculty members and graduate students from various departments to attack significant social and behavioral problems at both basic and applied levels.
Faculty members are assembled from a variety of departments from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, andother schools and colleges across campus. Faculty members hold a joint appointment with their respective departments and the Institute. Many hold research grants or contracts, and research assistants are appointed to further these and other ongoing research efforts. Current activities include research on health care delivery, prevention, family, workplace, community, as well as basic research on connections between biological systems and behavior. IBR serves as an “umbrella” for several enterprises: the Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Services Delivery, and the Center for Family Research. In addition, there is a Basic Behavioral and Bio-Behavioral Processes Group; the Community, Ethnicity, and Identity Group; the Intervention and Prevention Program Group, the Prevention Trial Data Analytic Work Group, the Mentoring Scholars at Minority Institutions Initiative, the Development and Learning Group, the Gene Environment Interaction Work Group and Methods and Models Group.
The Institute is housed in Barrow Hall, with ready access to the University Computer Center, a technical library, and related facilities.
The Institute does not confer degrees; however, students interested in the Institute’s activities may correspond with the graduate coordinator of any department collaborating with the Institute or with Sandra Gary, Assistant Director, Institute for Behavioral Research, the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2401. Additional information is available on our website: www.ibr.uga.edu.
Institute of Ecology
|Director: Dr. John Gittleman||706/542-2968||www.ecology.uga.edu|
The Institute of Ecology was founded in 1961 to promote interdisciplinary research in ecology. The Institute currently administers a master's and doctoral program in ecology and an interdisciplinary master of science program in conservation ecology and sustainable development. A core administrative, technical, and professional staff is supported by state funds. Most of the support for the large research projects and for graduate and post-doctoral students working on these projects comes from grants.
In addition to the faculty of the Institute, a larger affiliated membership represents many academic disciplines, coming from at least 20 University departments or schools. Besides these academic units, members are on the staffs of the Institute of Community and Area Development, the Institute of Government, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and the Marine Science Program. Ecologists from the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who closely interact with Institute scientists, are also members.
The Institute has a long-standing and highly productive research and training relationship with the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC, and the U.S. Forest Service's Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory in Franklin, NC. The Institute also has research and academic relationships with the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in southwest Georgia. Additional field studies are also underway at Cumberland Island National Seashore, Sapelo Island, the Ogeechee River, the McGarity Wetlands, the Coastal Plains Experiment Station, Horseshoe Bend, and the Florida Keys; international field research sites include Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Burkina Faso. The Institute supports research in marine and freshwater ecology, radiation ecology, ecological toxicology, evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology, agroecosystem ecology, and resource management. Graduate students participate in various Institute research projects. Their research usually contributes to their thesis or dissertation.
A special graduate student research program is offered through the University's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the laboratory is located on DOE's 250,000-acre Savannah River site. The site contains a variety of natural and disturbed habitats. Research is jointly supervised by the student's university research committee and SREL. Stipends are available. A pre-doctoral fellowship program is also available. All participants in SREL's educational program must be U.S. citizens.
Several researchers at the Jones Center hold faculty appointments in the Institute. For students working with these faculty, agreements to share student stipend costs have been made.
For additional information on the Institute of Ecology, contact Dr. C. Ronald Carroll, Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2202. For additional information on the degree programs in ecology, contact Ms. Patsy Pittman, Ecology Program, Ecology Building, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-2202. Persons interested in SREL programs should contact Ms. Jannell Gregory, SREL, Drawer E, Aiken, South Carolina 29802.
Institute of Higher Education
|Director: Dr. Libby V. Morris||706/542-3464||ihe.uga.edu|
Located in the historic Meigs Hall, the Institute of Higher Education is a research, instruction, and public service and outreach program of The University of Georgia. Many of the Institute’s activities are related to the improvement of postsecondary institutions and programs. Institute faculty participate in statewide, regional, and national studies of postsecondary policy, program development, instructional improvement, and assessment. The Institute collaborates with the Office of Instructional Support and Development in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program to improve instruction in Georgia higher education institutions. It collaborates with the Graduate School in the Faculty Development in Georgia Program, which assists faculty members of Georgia colleges and universities in completing their graduate education. The Institute offers both an EdD and PhD in higher education.
Inquiries should be addressed to: Admissions Committee, Institute of Higher Education, Meigs Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-6772.
Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
|Director: Dr. Michelle Mohr Carney||706/542-5463||www.uga.edu/nonprofit/|
The Institute for Nonprofit Organizations provides an interdisciplinary group of graduate teaching, research, and service programs at UGA that focus upon improving the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. The Institute offers an array of opportunities for students, professionals, and scholars of nonprofit organizations as well as those seeking careers in them. Its Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations degree program prepares students with knowledge and skills necessary for successful careers in the nonprofit sector. Its research projects develop and disseminate knowledge to strengthen the effectiveness of those already in leadership positions.
Two units of the University of Georgia's School of Marine Programs, the Marine Extension Service and the Marine Institute on Sapelo Island operate extensive coastal facilities available for research and training in marine sciences. In addition, the School of Marine Programs' Department of Marine Sciences operates two freshwater research and educational facilities, one on Clarks Hill Lake at Mistletoe State Park and the other in the Okefenokee Swamp in collaboration with the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
The Marine Extension Service's education center and shellfish research laboratory are on Skidaway Island, near Savannah. The education center houses a 10,000-gallon teaching aquarium, educational exhibits, lecture rooms, four teaching laboratories, and two research laboratories. A 50-bed dormitory and dining room facility operate in support of the marine education program. The shellfish research laboratory has seawater and tank systems to hold brood stock, constant-temperature rooms to control spawning, and illuminated temperature-controlled chambers for maintaining stock algal cultures and mass algal culture systems. A modern, solar-efficient greenhouse was added in 1989 to produce algae. The Skidaway branch of the UGA Science Library occupies 6100 sq ft and has holdings of 18,000 volumes and 200 marine-related journal subscriptions. The Seadawg, a 42-ft converted lobster boat, makes about 300 short cruises a year in support of the education and research programs.
Other Marine Extension Service facilities include a fisheries research station on the waterfront in Brunswick. The 15,000-sq-ft Center for Fisheries Research was recently augmented with conference rooms and flexible space for conducting seminars and short courses, as well as additional laboratories for research addressing the problems of seafood processors and harvesters. The 73-ft research vessel, Georgia Bulldog, is based at the Center and used for gear research and marine biological sampling purposes.
The University of Georgia Marine Institute is located on Sapelo Island in a setting of diverse natural marine habitats. The Institute is a valuable resource, both in terms of research on the estuarine and nearshore environment and in implementing the training of students. Additional financial support is provided by the Sapelo Foundation, a private, charitable, nonprofit organization founded by the late Mr. R. J. Reynolds.
The Institute's resident staff consists of about 10 scientists, who hold appointments as adjunct professors in the Department of Marine Sciences, as well as a number of technical and support personnel. Members of the campus faculty and students, as well as scientists and students from other institutions, are in periodic residence at the Institute. Field trips and graduate research by campus-based groups are encouraged. Current research programs include energy flow, nutrient cycling, and factors regulating the metabolism of the salt marsh and nearshore ecosystems.
In 1976, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, the nation's second estuarine sanctuary was established encompassing the southern portion of Sapelo Island, the Duplin River, and adjacent wetlands and surrounding areas. The primary purpose of the sanctuary was to provide a natural area so that ecological relationships can be studied over the long term. The sanctuary is now known as the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and is managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In addition to the School of Marine Programs' coastal facilities, all of which are available for student research and training, the Department of Marine Sciences also maintains extensive research and instructional laboratory facilities on the main campus in Athens. These are equipped to conduct research on a wide range of marine-related physical, biological, chemical, and geological topics as well as on marine and coastal law and policy.
The department recently established an aquatic instructional and research station 90 minutes from Athens at Clarks Hill Lake, a large reservoir on the Savannah River near Augusta. The station has a 1000 sq. ft. instructional activities building, and is home base for small boats. The department also operates the 39 ft. research vessel Underdog, used to train students in marine and aquatic measurements and sampling techniques.
The Department of Marine Sciences maintains laboratory, office, and limited dormitory space in a modern modular building at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuse near Folkston, GA. The facility is operated in collaboration with the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service and provides access to a wide range of open water, marsh, swamp, and upland wilderness habitats in the Okefenokee Swamp Ecosystem.
McPhaul Child and Family Development Center
|Director: Amy M. Kay||706/542-4929||www.fcs.uga.edu/cfd/|
The McPhaul Child and Family Development Center provides developmentally appropriate programs for both university and community families with children 6 months to 5 years. Both half- and full-day programs are available. Half-day programs are for infants, toddlers, two-year old children as well as four-year old children in the Head Start program. Full-day programs exist for three- and for four-year-old children in a state-funded Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Children with a disability are served throughout the Center. The purpose of the center's programs are: (1) to provide training opportunities for university students in the Department of Child and Family Development as well as other academic units to observe and interact with young children and their families; (2) to conduct research on the development of children and families and ways to optimize their development; and (3) to provide a quality developmental program for young children and to channel other resources of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to families.
Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center
|Director: Dr. John R. Glisson||706/542-5629||http://www.avian.uga.edu/|
The Department of Avian Medicine carries out basic and applied research programs on the diseases which are of economic importance to the poultry industry of Georgia. Diagnostic, laboratory, and consultative services are provided to individuals and groups in all phases of poultry production.
Dean Rusk Center - International, Comparative, and Graduate Legal Studies
|Director: C. Donald Johnson||706/542-5238||www.law.uga.edu/dean-rusk-center|
The Dean Rusk Center - International, Comparative, and Graduate Legal Studies was founded in 1977 as part of the School of Law to improve the effectiveness of relations among citizens, private sector entities, and government at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Using advanced electronic information-processing techniques, the center's professional staff and part-time researchers mobilize university, business, and governmental resources to develop theoretical and practical approaches to improve the efficiency of governance, trade, and investment. On occasion the center also helps implement the approaches by providing the private and public sectors with essential manpower and information. The Dean Rusk Center has developed several major initiatives for federal action concerning North American cooperation and overseas trade regulation and representation. It also has analyzed new approaches for expanding Georgia agricultural exports. The center publishes research reports, holds conferences, and sponsors research for Georgia citizens that cover fiscal and monetary policy, international arrangements, and domestic affairs.
Torrance Center for Creative Studies
|Director: Dr. Mark Runco||706/542-5104||www.coe.uga.edu/torrance/|
The mission of the Torrance Center for Creative Studies is to promote scholarly inquiry into the study, development and evaluation of gifted and creative abilities in individuals from diverse age-groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds. Center activities are primarily designed to facilitate the completion of practica and internship requirements by graduate students majoring in gifted and creative education. To signify completion of practicum and internship requirements, graduate students develop portfolios that contain records of the balanced set of experiences they have had in teaching, basic and applied research, and outreach. University of Georgia faculty, both inside and outside the Department of Educational Psychology and other local, state, regional, national, and international scholars are also involved in the research, instructional, and outreach (service) activities promoted through the Center. These activities include the Challenge Programs, the Future Problem Solving Program, and the E. Paul Torrance Lecture.
The Center maintains a comprehensive data base of information on giftedness, creativity, and futures studies from three major sources: (a) the clients who participate in Center programs and activities; (b) the work of Gifted and Creative Education faculty; and (c) the work of Dr. E. Paul Torrance, a pioneer in research on creativity, giftedness, and futures studies, and the person for whom the Center is named.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
|Director: Andy Page||706/542-5969||www.orau.org|
Since 1948, students and faculty of the University of Georgia have benefitted from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 91 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/resgd/htm, or by calling either of the contacts below.
ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. David Lee, ORAU Council member, at 706-542-5969; contact Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, at 865-576-3306; or the ORAU home page at http://www.orau.org.
Organization for Tropical Studies
|President: Elizabeth Losos||919/684-5774||http://www.ots.ac.cr/|
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a nonprofit scientific and educational corporation, was formed in 1963 by a group of educational institutions that have a long history of interest in developing tropical science. The fifty-six member institutions, which include Universidad de Costa Rica, University of California, University of Connecticut, Duke University, University of Florida, The University of Georgia, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Louisiana State University, University of Miami, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, North Carolina State University, University of Ohio, Stanford University, Smithsonian Institution, University of South Carolina, Texas Technological College, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin, are dedicated to the purpose of developing a sound educational and research program with adequate facilities and support to provide the base support for a massive effort in solving problems in tropical science. Initial emphasis was placed on biological sciences and closely allied fields, but activities have been expanded gradually to include other fields in which study may be most effectively carried out in the tropics.
The initial objectives of the OTS are:
Enrollment in OTS courses is based on national competition, with graduate students and recent postdoctoral faculty selected on the basis of academic record and interest in tropical studies. Descriptions of regularly presented courses and their prerequisites are given under listings in biology, forestry, and geography.
The University of Georgia Tropical Studies Group, with about 50 members in 19 departments, sponsors seminars and workshops on the campus in support of the OTS field program. Membership is open to graduate students and faculty.
Interested persons should contact Dr. Cathy Pringle, Institute of Ecology, or Dr. James L. Hamrick, Department of Plant Biology, who serve on behalf of the University as members of the OTS Board of Directors.
Veterinary Medical Experiment Station
|Director: Dr. Harry W. Dickerson||706/542-5734||www.vet.uga.edu/research/vmes/|
The Veterinary Medical Experiment Station coordinates and conducts research on disease problems of food- and fiber-producing animals, including poultry and fish. Companion animals, horses, and wildlife are also included. The research programs, which have applied, basic, and comparative medical orientation, are divided broadly into four main categories: infectious diseases, noninfectious diseases, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic procedures. Research facilities are located at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Athens and Tifton. Opportunities for graduate training in the biomedical sciences are provided by the station's research programs.
|Librarian: Dr. William Gray Potter||706/542-0621||http://libs.uga.edu|
The University of Georgia Libraries are composed of four major on-campus libraries; the Main Library, the Science Library, the SLC, and the Law Library (administered by the School of Law.). Several small collections include the Curriculum Materials Center (Education), the Veterinary Medicine reading room, and various lab collections. The UGA libraries’ system also includes libraries at the experiment stations in Griffin and Tifton and the marine stations at Sapelo and Skidaway.
The UGA library is the largest library in the state of Georgia and serves as the Regional Depository for federal government publications. It is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL) consisting of the largest research libraries in North America and ranks in the top third of these libraries. The libraries contain more than 3.9 million books, serials, and documents, plus many other items, including manuscripts, photographs, drawings, music scores, audio/video materials, and newspapers. The map collection incorporates nearly 600,000 items, and the microform collection numbers more that 5.6 million. Collections support the University’s instructional, research, and public service activities and are available to users on campus and across the state. (The collections are especially strong in the biological sciences.)
An outstanding feature of the Main Library is the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library which consists of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Georgiana Collection, and UGA Archives and Records Management. Subject interests include Georgia, Book Arts, Theater, Music, History, Literature, Journalism and Genealogy.
The Hargrett Library Rare Book unit contains approximately 120,000 rare books on a variety of subjects. Special emphasis is placed on rare books, maps, broadsides and other printed material dealing with the State of Georgia and the Southeast as the state developed from pre-Colonial times to the present. The manuscripts area of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the repository for over 6 million individual items including family papers, diaries, letters, theatrical papers, corporate and organizational papers. The Georgiana Collection documents the ongoing history of the state of Georgia, its people and culture. It houses approximately 100,000 books by Georgians and about Georgia. UGA archives preserve over two centuries of the history of the University of Georgia in the form of official records, images, correspondence, plats, plans, publications, and artifacts.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection holds over 90,000 titles and 5 million feet of newsfilm, making this one of the largest broadcasting archives in the country. This Archives comprises moving image and sound collections that focus on American television and radio broadcasting; and the music, folklore, and history of Georgia. There are over 51,000 television programs and over 40,000 radio programs in the Archives, in addition to audio folk music field tapes and home movies from rural Georgia.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is the only repository in Georgia directed solely toward support of scholarly research in modern political history, and it is the first repository to document modern politics and policy development in the Southeast. Given the scope and content of its collections, the Library arguably exceeds the importance of presidential libraries, and it has long served as a model for others collecting congressional collections. Some of the significant holdings, in addition to the collection of Senator Russell, are the papers of Secretary of State Dean Rusk; Undersecretary of Agriculture J. Phil Campbell; U. S. Senators Herman E. Talmadge, Mack Mattingly, Hoke Smith, and Thomas Hardwick; U. S. Representatives Dudley M. Hughes, Howard H. "Bo" Callaway, Williamson S. Stuckey, Sanford Bishop, Johnny Isakson; as well as governors, state legislators and officials, and political activists and commentators. The Library is also the repository for the records of the state Democratic and Republican parties, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Leadership Georgia, and the ACLU Chapter of Georgia. These highly regarded collections from individuals and organizations involved in politics and public policy are widely used by local, national, and international researchers.
The University libraries offer a variety of electronic databases. The GALILEO system provides access to more that 300 databases, including indexes, abstracts, full-text journals electronic books, government publications, reference sources, and links to additional Internet-based resources. GIL, the libraries catalog, can be accessed in the library and remotely through a web connection. Statistical and government databases are available through the Data Services unit. More than 370,000 volumes are housed in the University’s law library, whose collection of British Commonwealth materials is considered one of the finest of its kind in the nation.
The Georgia Museum of Art
|Director: Dr. William U. Eiland||706/542-4662||www.uga.edu/gamuseum/|
The Georgia Museum of Art, founded by Alfred H. Holbrook in 1948, serves the university, the community, and the state. In recognition of the museum's statewide significance and growing national prominence, the Georgia General Assembly designated it the official State Museum of Art in 1982. The permanent collection of the museum now numbers over 7,000 works, with emphasis on southern decorative arts, 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings and American and European prints and drawings from the 16th through the 21st century. The building is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex. Works in the collection and curatorial files are available for study by students and scholars. An active publications program includes a bimonthly museum newsletter and catalogues for selected exhibitions organized by the museum. The museum features highlights of its permanent collection and major traveling exhibitions as well as temporary exhibitions of other works from its collection. Lectures, gallery talks, films, family days, and other events are scheduled to complement these exhibitions. The Museum Shop offers a variety of books, cards, and arts-related gifts.
The Georgia Museum of Natural History
|Director: Dr. Byron J. Freeman||706/542-1663||naturalhistory.uga.edu|
The Museum of Natural History contains the most extensive collection of Georgia natural history artifacts and specimens and is one of the largest natural history museums in the Southeast. It ranks within the top 50 in the nation in terms of the size of its collections and the scope of its research and service programs. The museum comprises twelve separate collection areas: Archaeology Collection (3 million artifacts), Botany Herbarium (230,000 plant specimens), Arthropod Collections (3,000 insects), Geology Collections (20,000 economic specimens, and 10,000 invertebrate and vertebrate fossils), Julian H. Miller Mycological Herbarium (33,000 fungi), Pollen and Plant Microspores Laboratory (a worldwide collection of fossil pollen samples), Zooarchaeology Collection (4,800 comparative reference skeletons), Herpetology (47,000 specimens), Ichthyology (325,000 specimens), Invertebrates (34,000 specimens) Mammalogy (27,000 specimens), and Ornithology (6,00 specimens).
The Museum's collections are crucial to quality education in over 72 graduate and undergraduate courses in the natural sciences at the University. The educational role of the Museum extends well beyond the campus. Each year the Museum provides loans of educational materials and access to its collections to other institutions and the individuals within the University System, primary and secondary schools, and state agencies. Also, through specialized educational programs, lecture series, and short courses, the Museum reaches thousands of individuals and groups throughout Georgia each year.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
|Director: Wilf Nicholls||706/542-1244||www.uga.edu/botgarden|
The State Botanical Garden is a public educational facility under the auspices of the University of Georgia. Its mission is to acquire and disseminate botanical knowledge and to foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of plants and nature through research, educational programs, plant collections, and horticultural displays. The Garden is located two miles south of campus. Founded in 1968, it now encompasses more than 300 acres, much of which borders the Middle Oconee River.
The Garden features a number of specialty Gardens and collections plus five miles of nature trails. The modern Visitor Center/Conservatory features a permanent display of tropical and semitropical plants along with classrooms, a gift shop, café, and other visitor facilities. The adjacent International Garden includes an herb and physic garden, a bog garden, a collection of endangered plants of the southeastern United States, as well as representative species from the floras of the Mediterranean region, Latin America, China, and the southeastern states. The nearby Heritage Garden contains plants of particular interest in the socioeconomic history of Georgia.
The Garden is a living laboratory for university teaching and research. Students and faculty utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines, including plant reproductive biology, vegetation analysis, ecosystem studies, plant pathology, animal behavior, taxonomy, plant physiology, horticultural trials, museum studies, and anthropology. Conservation programs at the Garden focus on rare and endangered species of Georgia and adjacent states. The Garden is a member of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the latter a worldwide network of botanical gardens and arboreta committed to conservation education and research. Students and faculty are encouraged to contact the Director of Research at (706) 542-6144 for further information concerning academic use of the Garden facilities.