News Archive

January 2014

Week of January 14, 2014

UGA's College of Education tied for No. 22 in U.S. News and World Report's 2014 Best Online Programs rankings for its master's degree programs. Based on admission selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology, the overall ranking recognizes the college's programs in adult education, educational psychology, reading education and workforce education.

Julie Rushmore, recipient of a Ph.D. from the UGA Odum School of Ecology in 2013 and a current student in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, has won the 2013 Volterra Award for her talk, "Network-based vaccination improves prospects for disease control in wild chimpanzees." The talk focused on vaccination strategies of wild chimpanzees in Uganda based on Rushmore's analysis of their social network and was delivered at the 2013 ESA annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Sixteen new faculty positions at the University of Georgia have been created through an interdisciplinary hiring initiative designed to enhance teaching, service and research in fields that are of emerging statewide and global significance. The interdisciplinary collaborations include positions in poultry health and production, digital humanities, biological imaging and brain mapping, emerging infectious diseases, housing for older adults, and health policy, among others.

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December 2013

Week of December 16, 2013

Dr. Daniel Streicker, a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a graduate of the UGA Graduate School, has been named the first grand prize winner of the new Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Streicker studies the ecology and evolution of emerging infectious diseases, specifically rabies virus, to determine when, where and how viruses jump from one host species to another. The award winners will be recognized at the same time as the Nobel Prize winners on December 9 in Stockholm.

Week of December 01, 2013

An estimated 509 University of Georgia candidates for master's, doctoral and specialist in education degrees will be eligible to participate in the 2013 fall semester graduate commencement ceremony held on December 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Stegman Coliseum. E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark, former dean of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2006 to June of this year, will address the graduates and guests. The ceremony will be broadcast live on channel 15 of the university and Charter cable systems and streamed live here. The full press release on UGA's fall 2013 graduation ceremonies is available here.

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November 2013

Week of November 01, 2013

Sixteen new faculty positions at the University of Georgia have been created through an interdisciplinary hiring initiative designed to enhance teaching, service and research in fields that are of emerging statewide and global significance. The interdisciplinary collaborations include positions in poultry health and production, digital humanities, biological imaging and brain mapping, emerging infectious diseases, housing for older adults, and health policy, among others.

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August 2013

Week of August 21, 2013

Changes and Transitions: Georgia's New Medical Partnership Documentary will premiere on Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. on WUGA-TV. The documentary, compiled by a team of health and medical journalism students from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, follows the first class of medical students to study in Athens through the partnership between Georgia Regents University and UGA.

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April 2012

Week of April 30, 2012

Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Education are currently seeking third- and fifth-grade classroom teachers to participate in the second cohort of their Instructional Conversation teaching strategy study, which is part of a $2.9 million grant aimed at improving the academic achievement of English language learners in upper elementary grades.

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April 2012

Week of April 30, 2012

UGA scientists reveal Vincent van Gogh's series of sunflower paintings also depict a mutation whose genetic basis has, until now, been a bit of a mystery.

Week of April 02, 2012

University of Georgia researchers creat a new "fracture putty" to speed healing of bone fractures. Using a protien involved in bone healing and generation combined with a gel, the scientists applied the substance to rats. The animals were healed at two weeks and were running around and standing on their hind legs with no evidence of injury.

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February 2012

Week of February 13, 2012

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) strongly supports President Obama’s call for policies to increase job opportunities, support basic research, reform immigration, and expand access to education. In his 2012 State of the Union message, the president suggested investing in education at all levels, cautioning that if we don't, "we will lack the talented workforce that will drive innovation in the future."

Week of February 06, 2012

UGA Researchers find that monitoring predator beetle populations in upper tree crowns may lead to better control of the hemlock woolly adelgid. This strategic placement of the predators is important for successful control of the adelgid-and for the bottom line.

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January 2012

Week of January 17, 2012

UGA Researchers, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, have developed a vaccine that seeks out and kill cancer cells. The vaccine works to train the body’s immune system to recognize, and therefore attack, a protein commonly found in cancerous cells. In early testing, the vaccine reduced the size of tumors in mice by an average of 80 percent.

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December 2011

Week of December 19, 2011

College of Education faculty receives $1.23M USDOE grant to continue and expand the Birth through Five teacher preparation program. The Responsive Early Education for Diversity program is a joint effort between the college’s department of communication sciences and special education, the Clarke County School’s Office of Early Learning (high-need urban), and Madison County School’s preschool special education program (high-need rural).

Week of December 05, 2011

UGA researchers have been awarded $1.13M NIH grant to explore ‘parasitic’ DNA. The research explores how molecules known as antisense RNAs inhibit the movement of transposons. Researchers hope to determine how cells handle assaults from viruses such as HIV and conditions such as macular degeneration.

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November 2011

Week of November 07, 2011

UGA researchers have found that certain proteins excreted in urine can indicate the presence of gastric cancer. This finding is leading the way for the development early detection diagnostics that may eventually become as easy as taking a home pregnancy test.

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October 2011

Week of October 17, 2011

A team of University of Georgia researchers has been awarded a $500,000 small business grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop interactive educational software aimed at teaching high school students how the five senses work in the context of the brain and how neurons work. The software will be developed with input from high school teachers and students in Atlanta and northeast Georgia.

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September 2011

Week of September 19, 2011

UGA researchers to share in $25M grant to search for ways to reduce the number of virus-caused foodborne illnesses in the United States. The team’s goal is to increase understanding of the viruses; educate producers, processors and food handlers on safe handling and preparation of food; and develop control and management strategies to reduce food contamination before and after harvesting.

Week of September 12, 2011

UGA researchers to share in $25M grant to search for ways to reduce the number of virus-caused foodborne illnesses in the United States. The team’s goal is to increase understanding of the viruses; educate producers, processors and food handlers on safe handling and preparation of food; and develop control and management strategies to reduce food contamination before and after harvesting.

Week of September 05, 2011

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a mathematical model showing a link between land cover pattern and the spatial spread of West Nile virus in New York City. The team’s findings, recently published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology, show a pattern of deceleration that has not been described before and could help public health officials more efficiently target disease control efforts.

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August 2011

Week of August 08, 2011

UGA Vet School receives $1.4 million grant from NIH to test a curative vaccine for Rabies Virus, or RV, that could be administered late in the disease process. More than 10 million people are bitten by a rabid or suspected rabid animal each year and require immediate post-exposure treatment, because there is currently no cure nor any interventional therapies for rabies once clinical symptoms of the disease are present.

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July 2011

Week of July 25, 2011

Team of UGA researchers unlock the secret to inexpensively render medical linens and clothing permanently germ-free. The anti-microbial treatment can even be applied to existing garments.

Week of July 11, 2011

A new study led by UGA researchers finds that the northern Eurasian snowpack in October and November could be a predictor of winter weather in the United States.

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June 2011

Week of June 27, 2011

UGA researchers have been awarded a $1.34 million grant from the U.S.D.A.'s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to identify and promote ways pine forests can be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Week of June 13, 2011

UGA doctoral student co-directs design and creation of six-by-seven-foot mural painted by local elementary school students. The mural which is titled, “Shaping our World,” depicts the relationships between humans, animals and the environment and adorns a third floor wall of the College of Education's Aderhold Hall.

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May 2011

Week of May 30, 2011

UGA researchers, including graduate student Kristin Kellock, surprised to find transgender bass more prevalent in small bodies of water, such as farm ponds, rather than running water near sewage treatment plant outfalls.

Week of May 16, 2011

UGA Researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that can eat and strip the leaves off oak trees, potentially affecting the tree’s health for a year or more. The leaf-eating caterpillars have been confirmed in several counties surrounding Athens, including Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe and Oconee.

Week of May 9, 2011

A group of UGA researchers, educators and software designers have publicly released the mobile game “Osy Osmosis” on Apple’s iTunes App store. The game is designed to teach its players about osmosis, the process of how water moves in and out of cells.

Week of May 2, 2011

A new UGA study provides dog owners and veterinarians with a comprehensive look at causes of death in more than 80 canine breeds. The study can be used to create breed-specific health maintenance programs and is a starting point for future studies that will explore the genetic underpinnings of disease in dogs.

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April 2011

Week of April 25, 2011

A UGA researcher studying invasive ladybugs has developed new models that help explain how these insects have spread so quickly and their potential impacts on native species.

Week of April 4, 2011

University of Georgia graduate programs remained among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. The School of Law tied for 35th and the College of Education tied for 46th.

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March 2011

Week of March 21, 2011

A new UGA study has revealed that one of the body’s most misunderstood organs, the parathyroid gland, plays a vital role in controlling the amount of calcium in the body’s blood system.

Week of March 7, 2011

UGA researchers have found a statin drug often known by the brand-name Lipitor may help prevent blindness in people with diabetes. In a study using diabetic rats, the researchers found that statins prevent free radicals in the retina from killing nerves important to maintaining vision.

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February 2011

Week of Feb. 21, 2011

A UGA study that is the first to examine comprehensively the magnitude of hydrocarbon gases released during the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil discharge has found that up to 500,000 tons of gaseous hydrocarbons were emitted into the deep ocean. The authors conclude that such a large gas discharge could result in small-scale zones of “extensive and persistent depletion of oxygen” as microbial processes degrade the gaseous hydrocarbons.

Week of Feb. 14, 2011

Researchers at the University of Georgia have been awarded an $880,000 grant to experiment with pine tree plantations for potential use in biofuel production. The project also could result in key findings for research of carbon sequestration, a process where trees are used to capture excess carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere.

Week of Feb. 7, 2011

In the annual State of the University address, UGA President Michael Adams said the university will invest more in graduate education. President Adams’ plan increases money for graduate fellowships, improves health insurance, and constructs a new building to house UGA’s graduate school offices.

The UGA Graduate School recently received the 2010-2011 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions from the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service. The award acknowledges outstanding practices in graduate admissions.

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January 2011

Week of Jan. 24, 2011

Six UGA faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The six inductees bring the total number of AAAS Fellows at UGA to 63.

Week of Jan. 17, 2011

UGA ecologists and other researchers studying invasive insects report that the success of new gypsy moth populations is partly dependent upon the size of the patch they occupy. This new information could eventually help control the spread of the moths and other invasive pests.

Week of Jan. 3, 2011

UGA researchers have developed a technique that can diagnose a common type of pneumonia within minutes, potentially replacing existing tests that can take several days for results. The researchers detected Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which causes “walking pneumonia,” in clinical samples with more than 97 percent accuracy using a nanotechnology-based platform.

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December 2010

Week of Dec. 20, 2010

The Graduate School, Terry College, and the Odum School of Ecology raised 2,121 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia during the 2010 Annual Food Drive. The Graduate School thanks the students, staff, and university community members who participated in the 2010 Annual Food Drive.

Week of Dec. 13, 2010

UGA research has provided new clues on surviving to be 100 years old. The research found that how we feel about ourselves and adapt to critical life events, stressful situations, and personal history are crucial to explaining successful aging.

Week of Dec. 6, 2010

The National Science Foundation awarded $5 million to a team of researchers led by a University of Georgia plant scientist to further studies that can lead to improved varieties of corn and techniques that may treat human diseases. Professor R. Kelly Dawe will oversee the grant to examine how maize and related species transmit genetic information.

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November 2010

Week of Nov. 29, 2010

Marshall Shepherd, an associate professor of geography, has been named winner of the national Charles E. Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society. Shepherd will receive the award at the annual banquet of the AMS in January.

Week of Nov. 15, 2010

According to UGA researchers, moving threatened animals to protected habitats may not always be an effective conservation technique if the species’ breeding patterns are influenced by a social hierarchy. The researchers found that an initial gopher tortoise population released on St. Catherine’s Island, Ga., was three times more likely to produce offspring than a group introduced later.

Week of Nov. 1, 2010

UGA professor Doug Peterson is sharing a $4.45 million, three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine the status and movements of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in southeastern rivers. Both species of sturgeon are federally protected.

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October 2010

Week of Oct. 25, 2010

A new UGA study published in the journal Nature has identified a critical enzyme that keeps traffic flowing in the right direction in the nervous system. The finding could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Week of Oct. 18, 2010

The University of Georgia will share in a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Centers for Chemical Innovation for research that focuses on how to use molecules to replace bulk materials as components in integrated circuits. The studies could help find new ways to shrink the size of electronic components and the devices they power and operate.

Week of Oct. 11, 2010

UGA education researchers have received a $1.2 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop an application for handheld communication devices to provide individuals with autism and developmental disabilities a tool they can use in their homes and communities to assist with daily tasks.

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September 2010

Week of Sept. 27, 2010

UGA researchers have won a $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to attempt to increase the productivity of trees by genetically modifying certain proteins critical to wood formation. The study could have important implications for using trees as biofuel.

Week of Sept. 13, 2010

A team of researchers from UGA and Glasgow University has shown how a trypanosome species, a type of parasite, evades human defenses. The findings could open the way for new classes of drugs and more in-depth studies about how parasites manage to infect and spread among large populations.

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August 2010

Week of Aug. 23, 2010

Michael W. W. Adams, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was honored by the Society for Industrial Microbiology at its annual meeting on Aug. 5. Adams received the Charles Thom Award to recognize his exceptional research related to the proteins and enzymes of hyperthermophiles, microorganisms that thrive at extreme temperatures.

Week of Aug. 16, 2010

The University of Georgia has been awarded federal stimulus funding from the National Science Foundation to create a new Professional Science Master’s program in biomanufacturing and bioprocessing. The program will prepare individuals with scientific training and business skills to enter a particular biotechnology industry.

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July 2010

Week of Jul. 26, 2010

UGA researchers have identified the gene responsible for producing four-leaf clovers. Professor Wayne Parrott spent 18 years researching clover genetics in addition to his traditional projects on improving biofuel production from switchgrass.

Week of Jul. 12, 2010

The College of Education’s department of kinesiology has received a $1 million gift to create the William J. and Lois J. Shortt Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship will fund up to five graduate students each year.

Week of Jul. 05, 2010

Akinloye Ojo, an assistant professor of comparative literature, has been awarded a grant from the PEN Translation Fund to translate Afaimo and Other Poems, the only poetry collection by Akimwumi Isola, a Nigerian novelist and playwright.

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June 2010

Week of Jun. 28, 2010

Bonnie Cramond, a UGA gifted education professor, is trying to improve the teaching practices and evaluation system in schools for Tibetan refugee children in India. Cramond will help the Tibetan Children’s Village School for Gifted Children add programs to meet the Dalai Lama’s goal of producing peace ambassadors in India and the world.

Week of Jun. 14, 2010

The American Cancer Society awarded a four-year research grant of $720,000 to UGA professor Natarajan Kannan to distinguish harmful cancerous cell mutations from more common but harmless mutations. The research could lead to advances in the development of targeted cancer therapies.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded UGA Professor Dan Colley a five-year $3 million research grant to continue his research studies on schistosomiasis in Kenya. The tropical disease afflicts about 200 million people worldwide.

Week of Jun. 07, 2010

A team of UGA scientists have created a method for the rapid chemical synthesis of complex carbohydrates, which could make the availability for studying these molecules much easier. The process would significantly cut down on the time it takes to build these compounds for research.

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May 2010

Week of May 31, 2010

Two UGA scientists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have been awarded the UGA Inventor’s Award for their creation of a food wash that reduces the risk of food-borne illness. The researchers’ invention kills pathogens on produces and food-processing equipment.

Week of May 24, 2010

The National Science Foundation has awarded Graduate Research Fellowships to 13 UGA students and alumni. The fellowship program provides masters and doctoral students with up to $121,500 over a five-year period for research projects in the areas of science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

Week of May 17, 2010

An international team led by a UGA researcher has been awarded $2.4 million to study the Amazon River to ocean continuum. The project will bring oceanographers together with river scientists to investigate the organic matter and nutrients flowing from the Amazon River into the Atlantic Ocean.

Week of May 10, 2010

While researching in Antarctica, UGA biogeochemists have discovered a non-organic process for producing nitrous oxide, an important greenhouse gas. The researchers made the discovery at Don Juan Pond – a body of water 18 times saltier than the Earth’s oceans – in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Week of May 03, 2010

Virginia Schutte, an ecology doctoral student, has been awarded a highly competitive three-year graduate research fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Schutte will study the effects of nutrient pollution on red mangrove trees in Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico.

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April 2010

Week of Apr. 26, 2010

A graduate of UGA’s College of Education has become the first Israeli Arab woman to be appointed as an associate professor at an Israeli research university. Fadia Nasser-Abu Alhija earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from UGA in 1997 and now is an instructor at Tel Aviv University’s School of Education.

Week of Apr. 19, 2010

A team from UGA’s College of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences traveled to Haiti to teach Haitian farmers how to improve their agriculture practices. The UGA researchers hope to help Haitians combat poverty by improving basic agricultural practices like crop rotation, insect control and fertilization.

Week of Apr. 12, 2010

UGA Professor Han Park has been awarded the Ghandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize by Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Park has worked for years as a U.S. diplomat in North Korea and made headlines last summer when he helped negotiate for the release of two American journalists in North Korean custody.

Week of Apr. 05, 2010

A recently published survey by the Association of University Technology Managers ranks UGA’s technology commercialization program third in the nation. The program patents UGA technology for commercial use and facilitates the protection of UGA intellectual property.

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March 2010

Week of Mar. 29, 2010

While researching radioactive material from a sunken U.S. destroyer ship, a UGA ecologist identified a link between cancer rates among sea life and unexploded munitions on the ocean floor. The negative environmental impacts may affect the lives of people who live nearby.

Week of Mar. 22, 2010

Regular exercise can reduce feelings of anxiety by 20 percent, according to a recent study by UGA kinesiology researchers. Patients with chronic illnesses who participated in a regular exercise regimen reported fewer feelings of worry, apprehension and nervousness.

Week of Mar. 15, 2010

Monarch butterflies that migrate long distances have evolved specialized wings compared to non-migratory monarchs, according to UGA forestry and ecology researchers. Migratory butterflies have significantly larger and more elongated wings.

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February 2010

Week of Feb. 15, 2010

The UGA veterinary school could see a large expansion under Gov. Sonny Perdue’s proposed budget for next year. The proposal would turn pasture into complex veterinary buildings to accommodate more students.

Week of Feb. 08, 2010

George A. and Nancy Montgomery recently donated $2 million to UGA’s libraries. The money will be split between funding the construction of the Richard B. Russell Building and an endowment for Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Week of Feb. 01, 2010

A UGA psychology professor received a $470,000 grant to examine the link between stress and the risk of drug addiction among rural African Americans. The study will look at how a person’s environment and genetic makeup interact.

UGA professor Dr. Leara Rhodes is part of a team called "Partners in Progress" who are working to rebuild an orphanage and a school in Haiti. Athens community members are putting on a benefit to raise funds for their efforts at Town and Gown Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 30. For more information about how you and UGA can help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, please visit Dawgs for Haiti.

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January 2010

Week of Jan. 25, 2010

Researchers at UGA and Oregon State University have developed an improved method to test for one of the most detrimental parasitic worms in sheep, goats, and llamas.

Week of Jan. 18, 2010

Nine UGA faculty members were selected to become Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last month. UGA now has 57 members in AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific community.

Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, Research Director of UGA's Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law, delivered the Fall 2009 Commencement address for the Graduate School. UGA Public Affairs has the full text of her speech.

Week of Jan. 11, 2010

UGA and the University of Pennsylvania secured a $14.6 million grant together from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a pathogen database. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more.

Week of Jan. 04, 2010

UGA plant researchers study how common house plants cleanse the air of volatile organic compounds. These plants can be used to improve air quality. The Athens Banner-Herald has the full story.

UGA and the University of Pennsylvania secured a $14.6 million grant together from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a pathogen database. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more.

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December 2009

Week of Dec. 14, 2009

UGA researchers have discovered the biological basis for “bacterial immune systems.” The discovery could lead to new advancements in medicine to combat bacterial diseases. The UGA news service has the full story.

Week of Dec. 07, 2009

Researchers at UGA’s Griffin campus discover a kudzu-eating bug seen for the first time in the Western hemisphere. However, the bug could also spell trouble for soybean crops. USA Today has the full story.

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November 2009

Week of Nov. 30, 2009

Sophisticated mapping software donated to the geography department helps graduate students methods create highly detailed 3-D maps. The software allows students to use state-of-the-art remote sensing software. The Athens Banner-Herald has the full story.

UGA earned LEED Gold Certification for its Tate Student Center from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification awards buildings that adhere to strict environmentally friendly requirements. The full story is available from UGA Public Affairs.

Week of Nov. 16, 2009

The Department of Energy gave $2.6 million in grants to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the UGA research facility near Aiken, S.C. The laboratory provides research training to both graduate and undergraduate students. The full story is available from UGA Public Affairs.

Week of Nov. 02, 2009

John Douglas Powers, who received a master of fine arts in sculpture from UGA, has been named a top 10 finalist in ArtPrize, an international art competition. Powers’ sculpture, “Field of Reeds,” could win him the $250,000 prize.

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October 2009

Week of Oct. 26, 2009

UGA sets research funding record high of $173 million in 2009. Visit the Atlanta Business Chronicle for the full story.

Week of Oct. 05, 2009

UGA geneticist receives $2 million grant from the National Institute of Health to research aging effects. Click here for the Atlanta Business Chronicle's story.

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September 2009

Week of Sept. 21, 2009

A record number of UGA students have been selected for Fulbright Scholarships for research, study or teaching abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year. Click here for the full story.

Week of Sept. 07, 2009

UGA's Graduate School rises in ranking of African-American students earning doctoral degrees. Click here for the full story.

UGA educational psychology graduate student receives two awards from the American Psychology Association for her research. Click here for the full story.

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