News, Science and Health Round-Up

September 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

UGA Research Team Receives $500K NIH Grant To Develop Interactive Learning Tools, reads a Targeted News Service headline. The small business grant, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is for researchers to develop interactive educational software for high school students.

Ga. university system eyeing campus mergers
Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the University System of Georgia will consider merging some of its smaller colleges in an effort to save money in the 35-campus system.

UGA seeks funding for new vet teaching hospital
Education officials are asking Gov. Nathan Deal to approve a funding request for a new veterinary medicine teaching hospital at the University of Georgia, reports the Associated Press.

AthFest, UGA win award for tourism
The Athens Banner-Herald reports AthFest and the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute received the Al Burris Award for Creative Expression at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism for their creative and innovative iPhone app for the AthFest music and arts festival.

UGA toughens sexual harassment policy, reads an Athens Banner-Herald headline. The new policy explicitly defines sexual violence as a violation of UGA policy.

News, Science and Health Round-Up

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

South Georgia newspapers now online
Digitized and searchable editions of Albany, Americus, Thomasville and Valdosta newspapers are now online and a part of the University of Georgia’s Digital Library of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

UGA Students Demonstrate to Save Rutherford Hall, reads a Patch.com headline. Alongside the Student Historic Preservation Organization, the residents of Rutherford Hall participated in the “This Place Matters” program, which is aimed at highlighting important places in the community.

In a post 9/11 world, UGA students recall what it was like
The Athens Banner-Herald features students involved with the UGA Muslim Student Association.

UGA set to hold first monthly observatory open house to allow public stargaze
The Associated Press reports that UGA’s department of physics and astronomy will host its first monthly observatory open house on Sept. 23. Observers will be able to see various constellations and astronomical sights if skies are clear.

UGA Students Open Food Pantry
Nearly 20 student groups planned and stocked the student-run pantry, which opened for business on Friday, reports Georgia Public Broadcasting.

News, Science and Health Round-Up

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Universities raise bar as more students make the grade
The University of Georgia, along with Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Georgia College and State universities have freshmen classes who broke records for SAT scores and high school GPAs, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia professors start ‘Freedom U’ for undocumented students unable to attend state universities
Five UGA professors are offering to teach a rigorous seminar course once a week with the intention to mirror courses taught at the most competitive schools, reports the Associated Press.

UGA, others granted $25 million to study foodborne viruses
The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded UGA, among others, a grant to search for ways to reduce the number of virus-caused foodborne illnesses in the United States.

UGA to host conference with Israeli university
The University of Georgia is hosting a joint symposium with Israel’s University of Haifa on global health care concerns common to the two countries, according to the Associated Press.

Cracker front man marries during university class
The Associated Press reports David Lowery, front man for alternative rock band Cracker, married the band’s manager, Velena Vego, during a music business class at UGA.

Arts & Leisure Weekly News

August 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Art Legend Reveals Work at the Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art will be showcasing their latest exhibit of the creative works from art legend, Lamar Dodd. Never-before-seen pieces of his artwork will be revealed to the public. Students, faculty and aspiring artists who have walked the halls of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia will be pleased to see the 100 drawings, paintings and watercolors that will be on display.

Recent Study Shows an Increase in Narcissism Among College Students

“We’ve got lots of data on college students,” said Kevin Campbell, head of the University of Georgia’s psychology department and researcher who found college students to have an increased documented amount of American narcissism. Egos have inflated and research shows that young Americans like themselves perhaps a little too much.

Terry College of Business Students Inspire, Lead and Motivate 

Terry’s Leonard Leadership Scholar’s Program junior class has teamed with the Garnett Ridge Boys and Girls Club to provide assistance, development and service. Scholars in the program aid in creating an environmentally-friendly atmosphere for students at Garnett Ridge along with mentoring students through several initiatives including establishing a youth leadership program.

Principal Trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra to Teach at University 

World-renowned trumpeter, David Bilger, is among one of several new faculty members to the University of Georgia as he will serve as a visiting professor for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He will spend the next two years continuing to play for the Philadelphia Orchestra while taking on the responsibilites as a visiting professor of trumpet — awarded to him through the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professorship in the Arts.

Fall Concert Preview 

Athens is known for the tunes chiming from every corner and downtown venue in the classic city and with school now back in session, the tunes have returned and will be bouncing of the stages! Check out the line-up for some of the bands and performances that will be rocking away this fall. 

Three New Board Members Join the Peabody Awards Staff

The distinguished Peabody Awards of the University of Georgia and Grady College has added three new board members to aid in deliberating and deciding the “best of the best’ in electronic media productions. Eddie Garrett of Chicago, Marquita Pool-Eckert of New York and N. Bird Runningwater of Los Angeles are among the newest board members to aid in this selecting the recipients of the prestigious award. 

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