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Periodicals Postage is PAID in Athens, Georgia News Service University of Georgia 286 Oconee Street Suite 200 North Athens, GA 30602-1999 ® The University of Georgia Swimmers compete in Athens Bulldog Grand Slam at Gabrielsen Natatorium CAMPUS SCENE 4 Season tickets now on sale for School of Music’s 2nd Thursday Scholarship Series July 28, 2014 Vol. 42, No. 2 Private giving tops $126M, sets new fundraising record By Emily Williams Paul Efland Caree Cotwright, an assistant professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and a member of UGA’s Obesity Initiative, created a rap song and play to teach African-American elementary school students about healthy eating and exercise. Child’s play Foods and nutrition professor uses theater to encourage healthy eating, exercise in children By Julianne Wyrick When Caree Cotwright was in kindergarten, she was asked to return to her Atlanta preschool to give a graduation speech. At 5, it was Cotwright’s first experience on stage. Ever since, she has loved all forms of the arts—from church plays to dance. It’s no surprise then that while studying nutrition in graduate school at UGA, Cotwright wrote a rap song and a play to teach African-American elementary school students about healthy eating and exercise. During the past 10 years, Cotwright has used the arts to teach children ranging from preschool to middle school about nutrition and fitness. Now, the UGA alumna has returned to Athens to research childhood obesity prevention. Cotwright joined the UGA faculty last fall and plans to use arts-based techniques, such as puppet shows, to encourage healthy living. “I’ve always had that creative side along with my scientific side,” said Cotwright, who is an assistant professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and a member of UGA’s Obesity Initiative. For her master’s thesis, Cotwright wrote a show called Lil’ Red Ridin’ Thru ‘da Hood, with advice from UGA theater and nutrition professionals. In the play, Gran’ma Jackson, loosely based on Cotwright’s mom, teaches characters Big Boy and Lil’ Red about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. The play showcased her nutrition rap, which features catchy lyrics like “Gotta cut the fat so I can do my body good, so I keep eatin’ fruits and veggies like I know I should.” Cotwright partnered with UGA’s Black Theatrical Ensemble to produce the play in elementary schools in Atlanta and Athens. She paired the play with a follow-up curriculum and found that after the entire intervention, students said they would choose healthier snacks and more active hobbies. “We saw overall that the students, the teachers and the parents loved the method of theater,” Cotwright said. “If the characters took a break between shows to eat, the kids were banging on the window See PLAY on page 4 Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering UGA researchers, medical collaborators develop new technique to enhance treatment of strokes By James E. Hataway UGA researchers and their collaborators have developed a new technique to enhance stroke treatment that uses magnetically controlled nanomotors to rapidly transport a clot-busting drug to potentially life-threatening blockages in blood vessels. The only drug currently approved for the treatment of acute stroke—recombinant tissue UGA GUIDE plasminogen activator, or t-PA—is administered intravenously to patients after the first symptoms of ischemic stroke appear. The protein in the drug dissolves blood clots that cause strokes and other cardiovascular problems, like pulmonary embolisms and heart attacks. “Our technology uses magnetic nanorods that, when injected into the bloodstream and activated with rotating magnets, act like stirring bars to drive t-PA to the site of the clot,” said Yiping Zhao, co-author of a paper describing the results in ACS Nano and professor of physics in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Our preliminary results show that the breakdown of clots can be enhanced up to twofold compared to treatment with t-PA alone.” By collaborating with their medical partners, the researchers tested their approach in mice that mimic blood clots in humans. Once a clot was formed, they injected a mixture of t-PA and a small number of See TREATMENT on page 4 UGA concluded its best fundraising year in history June 30, posting $126.4 million in new gifts and commitments for the 2014 fiscal year. This total reflects an 8 percent increase over last year’s total of $117.3 million and marks only the second year that private giving to the university has exceeded $120 million. The total includes gifts and pledges from 56,897 contributors, representing a 4 percent increase over the previous year. “This record year is a tribute to the faith our alumni and friends have in the future of our great university,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “It is also a testament to the hard work of the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, our schools and colleges, 3 many other university units, our UGA Foundation trustees and our UGA Alumni Association leaders, who make the case for private support. All of us at the University of Georgia are deeply grateful. As president, I pledge to use these resources to advance the university in very significant and positive ways.” John Spalding, chairman of the UGA Foundation, also was pleased with the result. “My thanks to President Morehead for his thoughtful leadership,” Spalding said. “This success is a tribute to his guidance, the hard work of the university’s development staff and to the trustees on our board for their strong engagement in fundraising efforts. Most of all, I am grateful to our donors for their continued support. It’s been a wonderful team effort that is helping further the See FUNDRAISING on page 4 Franklin College of Arts and Sciences $2M NSF grant aims to help attract, train math students By Jessica Luton UGA has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its efforts to educate math majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The grant will be administered over a five-year period. Since 2008, the math department’s collaborative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory group, or AGANT, has been working to attract and train more mathematicians at all levels. The department is housed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Our objective is to provide an intellectually compelling, pedagogically well-planned and professionally nurturing environment in which undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs will thrive,” said Dino Lorenzini, a Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics. This initiative is meant to help students with an interest in math explore their options, learn more about the field and cultivate the skills needed for employment in the future. Modern digital communication offers an array of job opportunities for students with mathematics training. Two practical applications are in cryptography and coding theory. “Cryptography is about making See GRANT on page 4 Office of the Provost UNC administrator named new vice provost for academic affairs at UGA By Sam Fahmy Russell Mumper, an administrator who has been recognized nationally for fostering innovative instruction and has a strong record of facilitating interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial research, has been named vice provost for academic affairs at UGA. Mumper currently is vice dean and the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His appointment as vice provost is effective Aug. 18. “The appointment of Dr. Mumper Russell Mumper as vice provost reflects my intention to greatly enhance the role of the provost’s office as a catalyst for transformational See ADMINISTRATOR on page 4

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