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Violinist Nicola Benedetti to join ASO for Hodgson Concert Hall performance Vol. 45, No. 32

April 16, 2018



‘Giving back’: Correll family gift to endow scholarship program

By Elizabeth Elmore

Chad Osburn

Terry Godwin Sr. and Terry Godwin Jr. lead the Survivor/Caregiver Walk during the 2018 Relay for Life at the UGA intramural fields.

Relay for Life

UGA students join in fight against cancer By Stan Jackson

Madeline Tracht has stood against cancer her entire life, and now she has done so with thousands of her fellow UGA students. Overnight from April 6 to April 7, Madeline and more than 2,000 of her fellow students participated in the 19th annual University of Georgia Relay for Life at UGA’s intramural fields. The annual event serves as the group’s culminating fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society. Tracht, a senior marketing major from Orlando, Florida, served this past year as executive director for UGA’s Relay for Life. She has been involved in Relay since she was in elementary school, serving in leadership positions in high school and now at UGA.

“As I’ve done Relay over the years, I’ve realized that so many people are affected by cancer,” Tracht said. “It’s a cause that’s really easy to get behind, because if you ask a room of a million people how many have been affected by cancer or know someone who has, then a million people will raise their hands.” Tracht follows in the footsteps of her mother, who chaired Relays back home, but her true motivation is personal. “My grandfather passed away when I was 3,” she said. “I Relay in honor of him, and all my loved ones who have been affected.” The University of Georgia’s event is notable for being Relay’s first event organized by, led by and composed entirely of college students. The student group is an affiliate of Relay for Life that is

registered with UGA Student Affairs’ Center for Student Activities and Involvement. UGA Relay has raised more than $3 million for the American Cancer Society since the first Relay in 1999 and annually ranks as one of the top collegiate Relays in the nation. Relay for Life is a national nonprofit organization benefiting the American Cancer Society. Local events are held at schools and in communities across the country each spring. Participants walk around tracks, play games, enjoy music and food and recognize and celebrate individuals and families touched by cancer. The event occurs overnight in symbolic support for those for whom “cancer never sleeps.” This year’s event featured See RELAY on page 8


Ada Lee and Alston D. “Pete” Correll Jr. have committed $5 million to endow a need-based scholarship program at the University of Georgia. The couple are the honorary chairs of the university’s Commit to Georgia Campaign. The Correll family’s $5 million gift will establish the Correll Scholars Program, a collegiate experience for students who demonstrate significant financial need. The program includes: • An annual academic scholarship of $7,000 (on top of other scholarships and grants) that is renewable

Pete and Ada Lee Correll

for up to four years; • Participation in UGA’s Freshman College Summer Experience, a four-week, early start program to help first-year students transition to campus; • Financial support for experiential learning activities such as

See GIFT on page 8


Academic accomplishments will be celebrated during Honors Week By Kristina Griffith

The University of Georgia will celebrate the accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff and alumni in a series of events during Honors Week, April 16-20. Honors Week is an annual UGA tradition that dates back to the 1930s, when then–Chancellor S.V. Sanford dedicated a day to recognize outstanding students. The event was expanded to a full week in 2011 to include events recognizing faculty, staff and alumni. “Honors Week celebrates the individuals who make the University of Georgia one of the nation’s leading public universities,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “Their successes and accomplishments are a source

of tremendous pride and resonate well beyond campus.” In addition to numerous invitation-only events, Honors ­ Week activities include the Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon and the 2018 Alumni Awards Luncheon, which are open to the public. Departments across UGA’s schools and colleges will also hold recognition ceremonies for honored students in their respective disciplines. For more information, visit

PSO meeting and luncheon

Honors Week will begin April 16 with the 27th annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon. It will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Center for Continuing See HONORS on page 8


Nine fourth-year UGA students recognized at Sixty Peabody finalists named; Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Dinner Hasan Minhaj to host ceremony By Danielle Bezila

The University of Georgia hosted the Coca-Cola First G eneration Scholars Dinner ­ March 29 at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel to recognize nine students who are fourth-year Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship recipients. This highly successful partnership between UGA and The Coca-Cola Foundation has transformed the lives of 151 first-generation students since 2007. During the event, President Jere W. Morehead welcomed

representatives from Coca-Cola, including Kirk Glaze, director of community partnerships for CocaCola North America. “We love supporting the CocaCola First Generation Scholars Program and look forward to continuing the relationship with the University of Georgia. The world is now a different place because these Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars came to college,” Glaze said. The Coca-Cola First ­Generation Scholarship supports academically outstanding students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The $5,000 s­ cholarship is available for four years if the recipient maintains certain academic standards. Each scholarship recipient is provided support services through UGA’s Division of Academic Enhancement that help them adjust to college life and helps ensure their academic, cultural and financial success throughout their undergraduate experience. This includes mentoring programs, academic workshops and tutoring services. Students also have access to unique extracurricular experiences such as team building activities, group retreats and field trips. See SCHOLARS on page 8

By Margaret Blanchard

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017. The nominees were selected from approximately 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. “True to tradition, we are proud to present a rich mix of excellence in the craft of storytelling,”

said ­Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “These stories reflect important social issues and exemplify the power of Hasan Minhaj diverse voices and platforms in media today.” Over the next several weeks, the winning Peabody 30 programs and content will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category: documentary on

See PEABODY on page 8

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Commit to Georgia 2018

Why I Give

COMMUNITY CONNECTION Local Clarke County students spent April 6 job shadowing at the University of Georgia. The groups of students visited the UGA Health Center, UGA Performing Arts, the Office of University Architects and other areas. Eight students also participated in the Terry College of Business Women’s Initiative Conference being held on campus.

Name: Donna E. Alvermann Position: The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education

Donna Alvermann

At UGA: 35 years and 9 months

Beneficiary of her gift to the university: The College of Education, in particular the doctoral program in the language and literacy education department Why she contributes: “In appreciation of an academic home that supports its students and faculty in their chosen endeavors, it is a privilege to contribute in a manner that assures continued forward motion. Onward, UGA.”

To make your contribution to the Commit to Georgia Campaign, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 706-542-8119 or visit



NSF survey ranks UGA No. 1 public flagship school for Ph.D.s awarded to African-Americans

Around academe

Harvard U. names new president

Harvard University has chosen for its­ 29th president a veteran leader of elite colleges, according to a report in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Lawrence S. Bacow, a former president of Tufts University, will succeed Drew Gilpin Faust in July. Before he became president at Tufts, Bacow spent 24 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was chair of the faculty and then chancellor, a senior academic post. Bacow currently holds the Hauser Leaderin-Residence position at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership.

By Sam Fahmy

Nancy Evelyn

Bakari Sellers, a CNN political analyst and attorney, delivered the university’s 2018 Mary Frances Early Lecture April 2.

Sellers discusses ‘journey toward excellence’ at lecture By Krista Richmond

Monthly Personnel Activity Reports will be replaced starting July 1

News to Use

Effective July 1, UGA will replace monthly Personnel Activity Reports with annual and end-of-project salary certifications. Recent changes to federal guidelines provide a path for UGA to eliminate the monthly effort certification (PAR) requirement. What is changing? Fewer individuals must report. In the future, only the principal investigator, rather than full project team, will certify. Certification frequency is dramatically reduced. Certifications will occur on an annual and end-of-project basis rather than monthly. Salary certifications replace effort reporting. Project salaries rather than percentage effort will be certified. What are the expected benefits? Significant time savings. In FY17, UGA completed approximately 32,000 total certifications. It is estimated that the upcoming change will lead to a more than 90 percent reduction in the number of certifications. This will save thousands of hours of administrative burden to faculty and staff each year. Shift in focus toward monthly financial reviews. Similar to current practice for financial review, units should continue to perform a monthly review of project financial reports to ensure expenditures are accurate and allowable. No certification is required for this monthly review. A monthly review can assist in finding adjustments early and facilitating timely changes. What is the timeline for these changes? July 2018: Monthly PAR certifications will no longer be required. September 2018: Annual and end-of-project certifications will begin. The Office of Research and Finance and Administration divisions are working in tandem with UGA’s OneSource project team to implement these changes. Detailed guidance will follow in the coming months. For more information, visit https://onesource. For questions, email

Bakari Sellers wants people to take a journey toward excellence. To do that, he says the answers to two questions are necessary: How far have we come? And where do we go from here? “Along this journey to excellence, you may not get rich. You may not get your name in lights. You may not get all the accolades you would like,” Sellers said. “But when we get to that point of being excellent, then somebody somewhere—maybe even Ms. Early—will be able to say, ‘Job well done.’ ” The CNN political analyst and attorney spoke about “Education, Civil Rights and Equality: Cornerstones for Our Future” during the 18th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture on April 2. As part of the lecture, Sellers shared lessons from his own journey toward excellence, as well as other like Early, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his father, Cleveland Sellers Jr., who helped lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. “We have made progress, but we still have a way to go,” he said. Sellers said the answer to his second question lies fundamentally “in the ability to rededicate ourselves to loving our neighbors even when they don’t love us” and “learning to dream with our eyes open.” Sellers made history in 2006 when, at age 22, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. “I had the audacity to believe that I could dream with my eyes open and people would want to follow,” he said. “You see, you don’t have to be confined to your gates. You don’t have to be confined to your ZIP code or your public school or your graduate school program. We can dream with our eyes open along this journey, and we can literally change the world.” The event, part of the Signature Lecture Series, is named for Mary Frances Early, the first African-American student to earn a degree from UGA, and her legacy at the university. Early graduated with a master’s degree in music education in 1962 and completed her specialist in education degree in 1967. “I feel fortunate and privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in a movement in the only way that I could, which was to go to school,” she said. “I am so happy to have had that opportunity because it means so much to me now to see the diversity not only in this audience, but across this university.” The Mary Frances Early Lecture is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of Diversity and Graduate and Professional Scholars. In addition, Graduate and Professional Scholars presents the Mary Frances Early Scholarship each year to a graduate or professional student who embodies Early’s courage and leadership. The 2018 recipient is Claudette Tucker, a doctoral candidate in mathematics and science education.

An increasingly diverse student body and a commitment to student success have made the University of Georgia the nation’s top public flagship university for the number of doctoral degrees it awards to African-Americans. Over the five-year period covered in the latest National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates, UGA awarded 143 doctoral degrees to African-Americans, topping the University of Michigan as well as Georgia State University, Auburn, Texas A&M, the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida. “I am pleased that our efforts to cultivate a vibrant and diverse learning environment have led to this significant achievement,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I am proud that the University of Georgia is leading the way for flagship institutions in this important measure of student learning and success.” The advanced skills and knowledge that graduate education provides play a critical role in keeping Georgia and the nation competitive in the modern economy. Over the past several years, UGA has launched new fellowship programs at the master’s and doctoral levels to attract talented students to Georgia while also expanding professional development opportunities. Last fall the university launched an ambitious program known as Double Dawgs that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. “In recent years we have seen increases in both the quantity and quality of students in our graduate programs,” said Graduate School Dean Suzanne Barbour. “This growth contributes to a ‘feed forward’ mechanism wherein strong graduate students enhance the reputation of UGA and position us to recruit even stronger graduate students in the future.” Overall, UGA is ranked 32nd among all U.S. universities in the number of doctoral degrees it awards, up from 36th last year. UGA is second only to Columbia University Teachers College in the number of doctoral degrees in education it awards. It ranks 13th among all universities for doctoral degrees awarded in the life sciences and 20th in psychology and social sciences. “The scholars and scientists that our graduate programs produce make significant contributions to academia, industry, government and nonprofits,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “The University of Georgia is committed to being an engine of opportunity—for individuals as well as for our state and nation.”

RESEARCH NEWS April 16, 2018


Digest College of Education faculty member to deliver 24th annual Coley Lecture

Andrew Davis Tucker

Marshall Shepherd and his team are also taking a look at how cities can prepare for climate conditions beyond flooding and other extreme weather events.

Planning for hurricanes UGA is helping policymakers, city planners make better-informed decisions about extreme weather

Rainstorms in 1960 look different from those in 2017, both in terms of intensity and rainfall. It’s a simple observation, but one with long-term effects on how cities are equipped to handle weather systems. For Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences program, this is one of many pieces of critical information city leaders need as they examine how their communities and living spaces interact with their region’s unique climates. Shepherd’s research into urban flooding, for example, shows how outdated assumptions can have detrimental consequences, and his work on a National Science Foundation-funded project to bridge the gap between city planning and weather-climate communities was an important step in the right direction. In conjunction with the Georgia Water Resources Institute, Shepherd and his team are looking at weather pattern trends to determine how vulnerable to flooding people are

in certain cities. And as more people flock to urban centers, these research findings are informing the important decisions made by city planners and policymakers. “Our work has a direct impact in understanding how we need to think about planning to cope with increasing amounts of rain,” he said. “Our storm management systems are currently designed for last century’s rainstorms, under the stationary assumption that rainstorms look the same now as they did a few decades ago. We help city planners and policymakers understand how they can be updated.” Shepherd and his team are also taking a look at how cities can prepare for climate conditions beyond flooding and other extreme weather events. “The Southeast, particularly Georgia, experiences the full range of weather events, from heat waves, to droughts, to hurricanes, to tornadoes, to flooding,” he said. “Having expertise here, at the university, gives us the ­opportunity to

study extreme weather, its causes and its implications on society.” This is particularly relevant for Shepherd’s critical research on the Brown Ocean Effect, a term coined at Georgia. In a series of papers, the UGA team described how tropical cyclones can intensify or maintain strength as they move inland as a result of wet soils, irrigation or wetland interactions. Partnering with NASA to use satellites and climate models, he and his team are gaining further insights into this phenomenon and how it might influence future hurricane systems. And as with flooding research and the climate index project, this research puts critical information into the hands of key decision-makers who are orchestrating the future of city planning. Editor’s note: This story is part of the Great Commitments series, which focuses on cutting-edge research happening on UGA campuses. Read more about UGA’s commitment to research that changes lives at


Mellon grant will expand Global Georgia Initiative By Dave Marr

A $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the University of Georgia Willson Center for Humanities and Arts to expand its Global Georgia Initiative, a public humanities program in place since 2013. “As a leading public research university, UGA is appreciative to the Mellon Foundation for supporting the university’s goal of expanding its reach to scholars and community members throughout Georgia,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the Mellon Foundation in this manner.” In its first six years, the Global Georgia Initiative has engaged the humanities and arts in exploring global issues of public concern in a diversity of local contexts, serving audiences at UGA and throughout the Athens community. Programs have featured guests from five continents on topics from Chinese film and literature to

journalism in the American South, and from hyperlocal agriculture and manufacturing to pan-African cultural criticism. The expansion of the initiative focuses on three areas: connecting its visiting speaker programs to curricular and experiential learning activities at UGA; bolstering existing off-campus public humanities collaborations; and instituting a statewide symposium for the humanities. “The humanities play an indispensable role in deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, the Willson Center will build on its exemplary record of fostering engagement with subjects that touch lives and transcend borders.” Two of the Global Georgia Initiative’s speaker programs will be produced with input from proposals by UGA faculty, integrating the programs with coursework and involving UGA

students in archival research and public engagement. Global Georgia will also now support public humanities programs built by the Willson Center with public school systems and other partners in three locations: Sapelo Island, Putnam County and UGA’s home of AthensClarke County. The grant will strengthen the university’s engagement with these communities by providing research internships, travel funding and other resources. Lastly, the grant will fund the establishment of an annual Georgia Humanities Symposium to provide a platform for the sharing and dissemination of humanities research and priorities by members of the statewide academic community. “We look to the Willson Center to help strengthen research in the humanities and arts at the University of Georgia, and this grant from the Mellon Foundation is tangible proof of its success,” said David Lee, vice president for research.

Bettina L. Love, associate professor of e­ ducational theory and practice at the UGA College of Education, will deliver the 24th annual Andrea Carson Coley Lecture April 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium in the Georgia Museum of Art. Open free to the public, the lecture will ­follow a reception honoring the Coley family at 11:30 a.m. Love’s expertise includes the ways in which urban youth negotiate hip hop music and culture to form social, cultural and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. The Andrea Carson Coley Lecture, hosted by the UGA Institute for Women’s Studies, was endowed through a donation from Andrew and Kathy Coley in memory of their daughter, Andrea Carson Coley (1972-1993), who was a certificate candidate in women’s studies. Each spring, the lecture brings to campus scholars conducting cutting-edge research in LGBT studies. This year’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the UGA LGBT Resource Center.

Staff Council elects new officers

At its April 4 meeting, the Staff Council elected officers for the coming year. The elected officers are president Marie Mize with the School of Law, vice-president Mary Moore with the Office of Institutional Research, treasurer Jacob Schindler with the School of Public and International Affairs, recording secretary Kaelin Broaddus with the University of Georgia Press and coordinator Kyla Sterling with the Terry College of Business. They will take office July 1.

Reception for new retirees to be held

The Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the UGA Retirees Association will host a reception April 26 for UGA faculty, staff and administrators who retired between May 2017 and April 2018. The new retirees, who were mailed invitations to the event, will be presented with certificates thanking them for their service to the university. The annual reception for new retirees is a tradition at UGA that allows retirees to be formally recognized for their service. “The UGARA Council is grateful for the support of President Jere W. Morehead and Provost Whitten for making this event possible,” said UGARA President Tom Landrum. “This occasion sends a message to UGA retirees that their years of service to UGA are appreciated.” The keynote speaker for the event will be University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley. Information will be available at the reception about UGARA, which includes all UGA retirees—faculty, staff and administrators—who become members when they officially retire from the University of Georgia. UGARA is governed by a council that consists of elected members who serve three-year terms. In addition to Landrum, elected council members for 2017-2018 are Nancy McDuff, vice president; Tom Eaton, secretary; Paul Kurtz, treasurer; Mark Eason, immediate past president and USG Retiree Council representative and benefits; Henry Hibbs, receptions; Jim Cobb, communications, Marilyn Huff-Waller and Ruhanna Neal.

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James Rose: The Mid-Century Experience. Through April 21. Circle Gallery, Jackson Street Building. 706-542-8292. Opera in Print: Fin-de-Siecle Posters from the Blum Collection. Through April 22. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the ­University of Georgia. Through April 29. Georgia Museum of Art. ­706-542-4662. Ingrid Bolton. Through April 29. Visitor Center, Classroom 1, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014. FACS 100 Centennial. Through May 18. Special collections libraries. 706-542-3386. Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates. Through May 20. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. (See story below.) Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through June 17. Georgia Museum of Art. ­706-542-4662. Wrestling Temptation: The Quest to Control Alcohol in Georgia. Through Sept. 21. Special collections libraries. 706-542-7123.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 PSO ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS LUNCHEON 9 a.m. Georgia Center. 706-542-6045.

LECTURE An analyst from the National Counterterrorism Center will ­discuss “Terrorism and Change: How Terrorists Have Adapted and Changed Their Methods.” Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Noon. 480 Tate Student Center. 706-542-5845.

FACULTY RECOGNITION BANQUET Invitation required for admission. 5:45 p.m. Mahler Hall, Georgia Center. 706-542-0415.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 TODDLER TUESDAY “Make Some Noise.” Inspired by opera posters from the late 1800s, the program will focus on making music. This 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years. Space is limited; email or call 706-542-0448 to reserve a spot. 10 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. LUNCH AND LEARN Audrey Haynes from the UGA political science department will discuss how political campaigns work, with a focus on the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch; coffee and dessert will be provided. 12:30 p.m. 277 special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. LUNCH TIME TIME MACHINE This installment of the history department’s undergraduate lecture series, “Who Opened the U.S.-Mexican Border?,” features Cindy Hahamovitch. She is an author and teaches courses on U.S. history, immigration, food and power, the U.S. between 1945 and 1975, and labor history. Free pizza will be served. 12:30 p.m. 101 LeConte Hall. 706-542-2053. ECOLOGY SEMINAR “The Ecological Theater and Evolutionary Play on an Underground Stage: Linking Soil Microbial Ecology and Evolution in a Global Change Context,” Serita Frey, University of New Hampshire. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the ecology building lobby. 3:30 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247. PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM “Memory and the Self,” Mark Rowlands, University of Miami. Reception will follow lecture. Part of the Kleiner Lecture Series and partially funded by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. 3:30 p.m. 205S Peabody Hall. 706-542-2823.

On display through May 20, this year’s exit show for master of fine arts students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art showcases works by 16 graduate students, including the painting above by Kelsey Scharf.

Exit show of MFA students on display at Georgia Museum of Art By Savannah Guenthner

The Georgia Museum of Art is presenting the annual exit show for master of fine arts students at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art through May 20. This decades-long tradition presents a variety of media, themes and styles. This year’s categories and candidates are painting and drawing: ­Katelyn Chapman, Whitney Cleveland, Annemarie Dicamillo and Kelsey Scharf; photo and video: Ally Christmas and Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay; ceramics: Yeonsoo Kim and Karine Lepage; fabric design: Erin Geagon and Johanna Norry; printmaking and book arts: Katherine Miller, Kaleena Stasiak and Ali Norman; Art X: Pamela Rogers; sculpture: Katlin Shae; and jewelry and metals: Alexis Spina. Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art and of the exhibition, has worked closely with the candidates to form this exhibition. Her efforts have combined an array of artistic techniques and concepts for public viewing. Many of the artists have taken the opportunity to work with media that differs from their stated focus in the program. For instance, Stasiak shifted from printmaking and book arts to ceramics, woodworking and foam. Christmas began with analog photography but will be showing video and digitally created imagery. Mukhopadhyay’s work combines photography, video, installation, sculpture and new media to examine the transition from postcolonialism to neocolonialism, and Norry created an installation based on family history and research at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. “As a whole, the exit show emphasizes the fluidity of ideas and concepts through different media,” Gillespie said. “It also privileges installation-based work, presenting a complex environment in the two large galleries it occupies.” Related upcoming events include MFA Speaks, during which each degree candidate will have three minutes to present, on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. The presentations will be immediately followed by Museum Mix from 8-11 p.m., with DJ Mahogany, refreshments and food.

AUTHOR TALK Join author C. Donald Johnson for a discussion on his new work, The Wealth of a Nation: A History of Trade Politics in America. A light reception and book signing will follow the talk. 4 p.m. 285 special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. j­ CINEMA POLITIQUE Waltz with Bashir is a 2008 film that tells the story of writerproducer Ari Folman’s attempts to recover his memories of being a soldier in the 1982 war between Israel and Lebanon. Lihi Ben-Shitrit of UGA’s School of Public and International

A­ ffairs will lead a discussion following the screening. 6:30 p.m. 250 Miller Learning Center. 706-542-4789. EARTH DAY SYMPOSIUM Author and teacher Lauret Savoy will give the keynote at The Georgia Review’s 10th annual Earth Day Program. A r­eception will follow the address with music provided by Hawk Proof Rooster. 7 p.m. Day Chapel, State Botanical Garden. ­706-542-3481.

UGA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND COMBINED CHOIRS $12; $6 student/child. 8 p.m. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4752.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 2018 STEM INSTITUTE The seventh annual STEM Institute on Teaching and Learning will focus on building better partnerships between business and industry leaders and higher education and K-12 science, ­technology, engineering and mathematics education programs. $25. Registration fee covers lunch. 8 a.m. Georgia Center., TOUR AT TWO Annelies Mondi, deputy director and co-curator of Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia, will give a special tour of the exhibition. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. SOFTBALL vs. USC-Upstate. 6 p.m. Jack Turner Stadium.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti will be the featured soloist for the Beethoven concerto of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s April 22 performance in Hodgson Concert Hall.

By Bobby Tyler

EARTH DAY SYMPOSIUM The Georgia Review’s Earth Day symposium continues with a reading and discussion featuring David Gessner and Drew Lanham. Lanham is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. Gessner is chair of the Creative Writing Department at UNC-Wilmington and editor-in-chief of Ecotone magazine. A reception will follow the reading. 7 p.m. 271 Special collections libraries. 706-542-3481.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 NATURE RAMBLERS Join Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the State Botanical Garden. Sessions will start with an inspirational reading by a nature writer. This is a ramble not a hike; participants will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc., along the way. 9:30 a.m. Visitor Center & Conservatory, front fountain, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6156. E. PAUL TORRANCE LECTURE “Art is a Verb, So Let’s Do It,” Didi Dunphy, former visiting scholar and professor in the contemporary and digital media arts at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Dunphy currently

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra April 22 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Guest conductor Matthias Pintscher will lead the ASO in a program showcasing two masterworks of the 19th century, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major and the Brahms Second Symphony. Violinist Nicola Benedetti will be the featured soloist for the Beethoven concerto. Pintscher is the music director of the Parisbased Ensemble InterContemporain and also serves as principal conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. He is currently in his eighth year as artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Pintscher’s music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists and conductors. His works have been performed by such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin

works as an independent curator in partnership with regional art museums. 5:30 p.m. S150 Lamar Dodd School of Art. ­706-542-5104. THIRD THURSDAY Seven of Athens’ established venues for visual art hold “Third Thursday,” an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month. The Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube & Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens, Cine, the Classic Center and ATHICA will be open from 6-9 p.m. to showcase their visual-arts programming. Full schedules are posted at

READING Join poet Cathy Park Hong for a reading. This event is sponsored in part by Distinguished Research Professor of English and African American Studies Ed Pavlic. Hong is the poetry editor of The New Republic and is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Avid Bookshop will be on hand at the event to sell books. 7 p.m. Cine. 706-542-2659.

Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of bands and conducting area chair, will lead UGA’s Hodgson Wind Ensemble April 19 in the final Thursday Scholarship Series performance of the season.

Rounding out this season’s Thursday Scholarship Series is UGA’s Hodgson Wind Ensemble, led by Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of bands and conducting area chair. The concert will take place April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Under the baton of Bradley Esau, a graduate conducting student, the Hodgson Wind Ensemble will begin with Punch!, a brass fanfare by Australian composer Katy Abbott. The mainstay of the program is a suite by Adam Schoenberg titled Picture Studies, a 21st-century ­approach to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. “The suite is made up of tuneful, rhythmic, engaging and beautifully scored responses to art, including Van Gogh, Miro and Kandinsky,” Johnston Turner said. While these pieces are being performed, visual renderings of the artwork will be projected. The

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform April 22

MFA SPEAKS This year’s master’s of fine arts degree candidates will each have three minutes to discuss their work, then they’ll take to the galleries to talk with visitors. Co-sponsored by the Lamar Dodd School of Art. 6:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. ­706-542-4662.


BASEBALL vs. Clemson. $5-$8. 7 p.m. Foley Field.

Hodgson Wind Ensemble will close TSS concert season

By Camille Hayes April 16, 2018

combination of the visuals and the music highlights the difference between viewing art in a museum and listening to music in a concert hall. In a museum, a viewer can move on to the next piece if one doesn’t resonate as much. However, with live music, the audience must stay in the same space with the performance. “What Schoenberg has done is forced me to look deeper into a piece of art that I otherwise wouldn’t study,” Johnston Turner said. “In the process, I have been charmed at the discovery of elements that I didn’t see at first glance.” The Hodgson Wind Ensemble is transformed into a jazz “big band” for Riffs! by composer Jeff Tyzik. The piece includes a jazz drumming solo, featuring percussionist Timothy Adams, the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music. Throughout the piece, the performers will take the audience on a journey of swing styles and an Afro-Cuban groove. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $6 for students. They can be purchased online at or by phone at 706-542-4400. For those unable to attend this event, the concert will be streamed at

THURSDAY SCHOLARSHIP SERIES Performance by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble. $20; $6 student/ child. 7:30 p.m. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4752. (See story at left.) MUSEUM MIX The museum’s thrice-annual late-night art party features music by DJ Mahogany, free refreshments and galleries open from 8-11 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 SOUTHEASTERN CHEMICAL BIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM This year’s symposium focuses on “Small-Molecules for Understanding Life and Managing Disease.” $15, students; $50, faculty. 7:45 a.m. Auditorium, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. 706-542-5922. MORNING MINDFULNESS This guided mindfulness meditation session takes place in the galleries. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. ­Reservations are encouraged; call 706-542-0448 or email Funded in part by the Hemera Foundation. 9:30 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR 11:30 a.m. Memorial Hall Ballroom. 706-542-5867.

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Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. He has been on the composition faculty of the Juilliard School since 2014. Benedetti has performed with major orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the concert are $66 to $76. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student. A pre-concert lecture will be given by Ken ­Meltzer, author of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s program notes and host of the weekly radio show Meet the Classics on Atlanta’s AM-1690. The lecture will begin at 2:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is at 230 River Road on the UGA main campus in Athens.

ANDREA CARSON COLEY LECTURE “GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality and Black Joy,” Bettina L. Love, associate professor of educational theory and practice at UGA. A reception honoring the Coley family will precede the lecture at 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. M. Smith Griffith Auditorium, Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-0066. (See Digest, page 3).

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 WUGA ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE EVENT Admission is $10 for Friends of WUGA and $20 for nonmembers. Friends memberships are $30 or more annually. At the home of the artist. Call 706-542-9842 or email for more information. CLASS This is the first course in the “Plants and Pollinators Specialization” series. Participants will explore the relationship between plants and pollinators and the importance of this relationship to both wild and garden landscapes. $105. 9 a.m. Visitor Center, classroom 2, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6448. ­ FOOTBALL G-Day game. 4 p.m. Sanford Stadium.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 SPRING BIRD RAMBLE Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a morning bird walk. ORAS members will help participants spot and identify the feathery creatures. All birding levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, if available. 8 a.m. Main parking lot, State Botanical Garden. CONCERT Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. $66-$76. 3 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4400. (See story above.)

MONDAY, APRIL 23 PANEL DISCUSSION UGA swim coach Jack Bauerle will be joined by gold medal Olympians for a panel discussion of the sport. 5:30 p.m. ­Auditorium, special collections libraries. 706-542-8079.

COMING UP CLASSES END April 25. For spring semester. READING DAY April 26. For spring semester.

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Houseplant happiness

Bodie Pennisi, a professor at UGA’s Griffin campus, was recently quoted in The Washington Post about houseplants in modern society. Houseplants have been an indoor decor mainstay for generations, but their selection and use has changed over time, particularly with urbanization. Now people are choosing less demanding houseplants, like succulents and cacti, or those offering utility, like herbs and strawberries. Young folks new to independent living often lack the means or time to raise pets or children, so they find substitutes like houseplants. Houseplants do require care, but they are inexpensive and calming. “Back in the ’70s, the Green Revolution was a time when a huge push was made to grow things indoors. The more plants in planters the better,” said Pennisi, who studies commercial landscape. “But times change. Growers are selecting different plants. They’re going for smaller plants. Mobile plants. Succulents, orchids and cacti are being used to accessorize table settings and entries. Herbs, for example, are nutritious. They can go directly from planter to plate. The mental health benefits of plants are obvious. We’re linked with nature. Plants are part of us, whether we notice it or not. They give us something to nurture.”

Steel mill

Stephen Mihm, an associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was recently quoted in CNN Money about the history of the steel industry. When World War II ended, no industry was stronger or more important than American steel. In the 10 years starting in 1948, American steel mills averaged approximately 700,000 workers. Today only 83,000 people work in steel mills. Part of that decline is due to more efficient processes. The basic oxygen furnaces and continuous casters now in use can make steel using a fraction of the work, energy and manpower required by open hearth furnaces. Most of the steel produced today comes from recycled scrap. Foreign competitors in Europe and Japan were much faster to adopt more efficient technologies after World War II. “Neither labor nor management was thrilled about the idea of spending the capital to switch to basic oxygen furnaces,” said Mihm, who specializes in the history of business. “But labor wasn’t the one making the capital investment decisions. It’s ultimately management that dropped the ball.”

Oceanic robots

Mary Ann Moran, Regents Professor and Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Sciences, was recently quoted in NewsDeeply about robots that are studying the ocean and its inhabitants. About 80 miles north of Maui, Hawaii, a small fleet of robots has been collecting samples of ocean microbes in an eddy about 70 miles wide. The current expedition is the result of two converging technologies, both developed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: long-range autonomous underwater vehicles and miniaturized environmental sample processors. The long-range AUVs have design features that save energy so they can travel for longer than typical underwater robots, including a specially designed propeller and components that reduce drag when diving or surfacing. Ocean microbes are understudied considering the crucial role they play for all life on the planet. They produce at least half the oxygen in the atmosphere, and the amount of carbon they assimilate from it is equal to that of all terrestrial systems combined. “If we’re interested in how much carbon dioxide is escaping from the Earth compared to how much is stored, these little guys are really on the front line for driving these processes,” said Moran, who studies microbial ecology.

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Elizabeth Howe is part of the behind-the-scenes team that helps install exhibitions and maintain the permanent collection at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Preparator helps create experiences for Georgia Museum of Art’s visitors By Emily Webb

Elizabeth Howe’s job as a preparator at the Georgia Museum of Art is constantly changing. She helps install museum exhibitions and maintain permanent collections, which can involve anything from painting walls to hanging artwork. “We’re the behind-the-scenes people who make the museum look the way that it looks,” Howe said. “Whenever I tell people what I do, they don’t even realize that (preparator) is a job or a career. It’s interesting because there are more labor aspects to it. Yesterday, I spent my entire day painting walls in the gallery. I may spend an entire day making a mount for a small sculptural element. Every day is different.” When she was younger, Howe was inspired to pursue art because of her interest in the culinary arts. In high school, she took a ceramics class, and she got hooked on creating visual art. As an art student in college, she interned in exhibition preparation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She was able to use her woodshop skills during the internship to build pedestals and exhibition furniture. She worked as the exhibitions preparator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City before coming to work at UGA. What she really likes about her current job at the art museum is working with art

objects. It’s an experience, she said, that not a lot of people get to have. “We reinstalled our permanent collection a couple of years ago, and that was probably the biggest undertaking that I’ve been a part of here,” Howe said. “It was pretty rewarding because I got to work with all of the curators and help create a new visitor experience.” The permanent collection consists of works that the art museum owns. In particular, Howe likes Joan Mitchell’s “Close” and Elizabeth Jane Gardner’s “La Confidence” from the permanent collection. The art museum has 20 to 25 rotating exhibitions per year, and the museum is open free to the public. Howe believes museums are important for preserving art, history and culture. “We take care of the objects in our collection, which are of cultural significance or historical significance,” she said. “We have a lot of Georgia natives because it’s important to preserve a regional culture. The museum is a great resource for the public.” Howe enjoys the learning aspect of her job, and her team pushes her to keep learning and take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow in her career. The museum also offers student internships, and Howe enjoys helping them learn. She also recently worked with graduate students to help them prepare and design their exit show. “I really love Athens,” she said. “This is a great place to work. There

FACTS Elizabeth Howe

Preparator Georgia Museum of Art B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, 2014 At UGA: Three years

are not a lot of museums our size that do the amount of shows we do, so it’s a unique experience.” She enjoys the unique interactions that she gets to have with artworks and working with the team to create the best experience for visitors. “There’s a lot of people who put a lot of work into what happens in the galleries,” Howe said. “It’s really a team effort. It takes a lot to get to the final exhibitions. It’s so exciting to go on the opening nights and see the visitors experiencing it for the first time.” In her spare time, Howe likes spending time with her dog, Jazz, and cooking. Her love of cooking led her into hunting. She enjoys hunting for self-sustainability and wildlife conservation and to become less reliant on supermarkets and grocery stores. “It’s a different way to think about where these things come from,” she said. “It’s a lot different to cook a meal for your friends or family that you’ve made from the beginning of it. It’s labor intensive but very rewarding.”


UGA Foundation hires first chief investment officer By Katie DeGenova

The University of Georgia Foundation has hired Jason Bull as its first chief investment officer, effective April 9. Bull was formerly managing director for Emory University’s endowment. The liquid assets managed by the UGA Foundation have surpassed $1 billion, as more donors contribute each year in support of the University of Georgia. Bull is leading the team managing these assets and will be responsible for securing a favorable investment return, which is critical to the ­foundation’s continued success. The UGA Foundation provides more than $65 million annually, on average, to advance

the University of Georgia’s missions of teaching, research and service. An 11-person committee conducted a national search to fill the role of chief investment officer. Jason Bull The committee was led by UGA Foundation Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Crawford and included both trustees and UGA senior administrators. In his previous role at Emory, Bull led investments within the global public equity markets, which were the largest investments, and delivered significant returns by partnering with world-class investment organizations around the

globe. Bull earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School. He is a chartered financial analyst charterholder with 17 years of experience managing investments. “We’re thrilled to have Jason fill this role as we continue to provide more resources through the success of the Commit to Georgia Campaign,” said Kelly Kerner, vice president for development and alumni relations and executive director for the UGA Foundation. “He has the strong technical background in investments and extensive endowment experience that we need, and I’m confident he will also bring enthusiasm and dynamism to this new leadership role.”


Alumni Association to present annual awards

Steve Jones

William Young Jr.

By Kelundra Smith

The University of Georgia Alumni Association will celebrate individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a deep commitment to bettering the university during its 81st annual Alumni Awards Luncheon on April 20. This year’s honorees include U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones, William D. Young Jr., The Ed and Larry Benson Family, Dr. Jean E. Chin, Delta Air Lines and Thomas J. Callaway IV. “During the university’s Honors Week, we take time to celebrate the contributions of distinguished alumni, faculty and friends who commit to UGA every day,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “These award recipients exemplify what it means to identify an area of campus where they can make a difference, and give of their time, talents and treasures. Current and future generations will benefit from their support.”

Alumni Merit Awards

The Alumni Merit Award, which is given to those who bring recognition and honor back to the University of Georgia through outstanding leadership and service, will be presented to Steve C. Jones and William D. Young Jr. Jones is a 1978 graduate of the Terry College of Business, a 1987 School of Law graduate and has been a public servant in the AthensClarke County area for nearly 30 years. He currently serves on the Georgia Supreme Court Chief

Ed (right) and Larry Benson

Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, and was nominated in 2011 by former President Barack Obama to become a U.S. district judge. Jones has mentored numerous law students and volunteers as a managing trustee for the UGA Foundation. He is a past president of the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA chapter of the National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame. Young is a partner with Atlantabased General Wholesale Company, one of the largest familyowned beverage distributors in the nation.Young graduated from Terry College in 1978 and has remained involved with his alma mater, recently establishing a Georgia Commitment Scholarship to support need-based aid for students. He has served as a past chairman of the Building Terry campaign and is a former member of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council. He is also a past chairman of the UGA Foundation, and now serves as chairman of its nominating and governance committee. He received the Terry College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016 and in 2009, his family was named Family of the Year by the UGA Alumni Association.

Family of the Year Award

The Benson family will receive the Family of the Year Award, which is presented to a family that demonstrates a history of loyalty to UGA. The Bensons’ journey with the university began a century ago with the late W.H. “Howard” Benson, who founded Benson’s Bakery in Athens. In the 1950s, Benson’s Bakery recruited UGA


Jean Chin

Delta Hall is the UGA in Washington residential facility in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on the east side of Stanton Park. students to sell fruitcakes across the country to civic organizations. Today, Benson’s Inc. is the parent company of Benson’s Bakery and Benson’s Hospitality Group. Most recently, the family changed the university landscape by naming Benson Hall in the new Terry College Business Learning Community.The building is named for patriarch W. H. “Howard” Benson; his son, the late H.E. “Ed” Benson, who graduated from Terry in 1942; and grandson Larry R. Benson, who earned a degree from Terry in 1974. The Bensons’ latest contribution to U

Faculty Service Award

Dr. Jean E. Chin is receiving the Faculty Service Award. First presented in 1969, the award recognizes current or former UGA faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves in service to the university. Chin recently retired as executive director of the University Health Center where she led a

team dedicated to the health and wellness of UGA’s more than 35,000 students. Under her leadership, the Health Center established the Fontaine Center to provide alcohol and other drug prevention services to the campus community. She graduated from UGA in 1978, joined the medical staff in 1988 and served as medical director from 1992 to 2004. In addition to her administrative role, she teaches as a part of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine; completed an internal medicine residency at Westchester County Medical Center; and earned her MBA at Kennesaw State University in 2001. She is board certified in internal medicine.

Friend of UGA Award

Delta Air Lines will be honored with the 2018 Friend of UGA Award, which is given to any nonalumnus or organization that has

CYBERSIGHTS Natalie J. Graham, an associate professor of African American studies at California State University, Fullerton, and winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, has written a collection of poems that voice singular lives carved out of immediate and historical trauma. Published by the University of Georgia Press, Begin with a Failed Body begins rooted in the landscape of the American South. While these poems dwell in the body, often meditating on its frailty and desire, they also question the weight that literary, historical and religious icons are expected to bear. Within the vast scope of this volume, the poems arc from a pig farmer’s funeral to Georges de la Tour’s paintings and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. With an ear tuned to the lift and lilt of speech, the poems wring song from sorrow and plant in every dirge a seed of jubilation. Rich in clarity and decisive in her attention to image, Graham writes resonant, lush poetry.

Thomas Callaway IV

demonstrated outstanding loyalty and support to the University of Georgia and the UGA community. Delta Air Lines has invested in UGA for over 40 years, with more than $6.2 million in financial support provided by the company. The Delta Air Lines Foundation committed $5 million to create Delta Hall, a living and learning community on Capitol Hill. In addition, the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding in the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, has brought renowned authors to campus, including Alice Walker and Colm Toibin. Delta has provided in-kind donations to a number of campus departments and the company is a leading employer of UGA graduates, landing in the top 25 for the Class of 2016.

Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award will be presented to Thomas J. Callaway IV, who is the founder and CEO of Onward Reserve. This award is given to those who attended UGA in the past 10 years, have embodied the Pillars of the Arch—wisdom, justice and moderation—and provided notable service to the university. Callaway graduated from UGA in 2007 with a degree in finance. He is president of the UGA Alumni Association Young Alumni Leadership Council, and a past 40 Under 40 and Bulldog 100 honoree. He frequently returns to campus to speak to students in Terry College and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Callaway gives to Terry College, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, UGA Athletic Association and the Georgia Fund.


Poems offer commentary through the body

Begin with a Failed Body By Natalie J. Graham University of Georgia Press Paperback: $19.95

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Videos of research award winners online Each year, the university recognizes its accomplished faculty, postdoctoral staff, recent graduates of the Graduate School and current graduate students with a series of awards that celebrate outstanding research and creative achievement, as well as inventorship and entrepreneurship (see Awards & Honors special section).

Recipients are formally recognized each spring at the annual Research Awards Banquet. Winners also are recognized on the Research Awards website. The website features information about each award, photos and bios for each awardee, as well as historical information about those recognized in the past.

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Education & Hotel. Although the meeting and luncheon are open to the p ­ ublic, online registration is required at Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions during the morning and afternoon. The luncheon at noon in the Magnolia Ballroom will honor the 2018 Public Service and Outreach award recipients. Poster presentations highlighting the courses and projects developed by the 2017-2018 Service-Learning Fellows during their yearlong fellowship with the Office of Service-Learning also will be on display.

Faculty Recognition Banquet

The Faculty Recognition Banquet also will be held April 16 in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center. An invitation-only event, the reception will begin at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the event will recognize the winners of the 2018 awards for teaching excellence, including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships and the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching as well as faculty and graduate students who will be honored for outstanding teaching and advising.

Presidential Honors Week Luncheon

Hosted by the Office of the President, the invitation-only luncheon will honor the university’s most distinguished undergraduate scholars, including First Honor graduates and Student Government Association leaders as well as student recipients of the Presidential Award of Excellence and ­national scholarship winners.

Honors Program Graduation Banquet

The Honors Program Graduation Banquet will be held April 18 at the C ­ lassic Center. The invitation-only banquet will recognize Honors Program students who graduated in the summer or fall of 2017 as well as the graduating class of May 2018. Recognitions presented at the banquet include the Lothar Tresp and Hatten Howard Outstanding Professor awards as well as the Jere W. Morehead Award, which is given to an exceptional alumna/alumnus or friend of the Honors Program.

Research Awards Banquet

On April 19, the 39th annual Research Awards Banquet will be held in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center. The invitation-only banquet is sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation Inc. and recognizes excellence in UGA research and scholarly creativity. Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty and graduate students.

Alumni Awards Luncheon

Honors Week will conclude April 20 with the Alumni Awards Luncheon. It will begin at noon in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. While the banquet is open to the public, online registration required at The Alumni Awards Luncheon celebrates distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of UGA. The UGA Alumni Association will present the Alumni Merit Award, Faculty Service Award, Young Alumni Award, Family of the Year Award and Friend of the Year Award to recognize those who demonstrate dedication to the University of Georgia.

Bulletin Board Well-being workshop

As part of its well-being program, the University System of Georgia will offer an information workshop April 17 at 11 a.m. Register online at to attend the workshop via WebEx or in person in Room AB of the UGA Training & Development Center. During the workshop, participants can learn simple strategies for well-being: how to get started; where to go to learn more about your well-being; what your focus areas and health activities should be; and how to earn well-being credits of up to $100 for participating in healthy activities. Employees can earn well-being credits for many activities, including taking a health risk assessment, well-being coaching, tracking healthy habits, participating in local community events and other opportunities. The well-being credit is only a­ vailable to employees and spouses covered on a USG health care plan and will be paid to the participants in ­ November. It is considered taxable income. Health ­information is confidential and will not be shared with the USG. Employees may participate in the program all year, but must complete activities by Sept. 30 and be a current employee at the time of ­payment to earn the well-being credit.

Staff appreciation celebration

All University of Georgia staff are invited to attend UGA’s fourth annual Staff Appreciation Celebration. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UGA intramural fields, will include a catered lunch, a variety of activities and the chance to win prizes. An initiative of the Office of the

President, the Staff Appreciation Celebration is a way for the university to say, “Thank you, staff!”

Conference registration

UGA will host the international “Dirty Work” conference May 1719. While there is no registration deadline, the deadline to sign up for lunches is May 1. Some sessions are free and open to the public, including a mini-film festival and a session at the Morton Theatre. Register at

Spring pottery sale

The UGA Ceramic Student Organization will hold its spring pottery sale April 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the first floor lobby of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, 270 River Road. Works on sale will include handbuilt sculptures for home and garden as well as functional pottery such as teapots, mugs, boxes, plates, vases and bowls. All work was made by ceramic students or faculty. Prices are $10 and higher. Proceeds from the pottery sale will support a student educational field trip to a national ceramic conference as well as help bring resident artists to campus. Parking is available at the Performing Arts parking deck, which is located next to the Performing Arts Center on River Road. For more information, email Ted Saupe at Bulletin Board is limited to information that may pertain to a majority of faculty and staff members.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars gather for a photo with UGA President Jere W. Morehead; Kirk Glaze, director of community partnerships at Coca-Cola North America; Katelyn Jackson, director of community partnerships for The Coca-Cola Company; and Mike Molen, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Athens manager.

Wendy Vong, a health promotion major and fourth-year Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar, shared her appreciation for her scholarship during the event. In her remarks, Vong described how the program allowed her to grow personally, academically and professionally. “This program not only provided me with financial support, but also with the oncampus resources that every student needs. Through this program, I was able to focus on my academic studies and my personal


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the staples of Relays across the country: a Survivors Lap in which survivors celebrate their victories over cancer while participants congratulate them, a Luminaria Ceremony during which candles are lit in honor of those lost to cancer and in support of individuals whose fights continue and a Fight Back Ceremony which inspires participants to take action. Additionally, this year’s event featured a “Mister Relay” pageant, a lip sync competition, a “Relay Rave” with guest DJs and purple glow sticks, a food-eating contest, and rides on a mechanical bulldog. The group also hosted various fundraisers throughout the year, including partnerships with local restaurants, a 5K with food trucks and live music and a poker tournament with Greek organizations. Tracht thinks there is something special about the way UGA students are committed to solving grand challenges. “People are so passionate here,” she said. “They’re so inspired by one another. I do what I do because of my friends and other students — at UGA, we all share this passion for making the world a better place.” For more information, visit or follow UGA Relay for Life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


development,” Vong said. The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program is just one example of how Coca-Cola has committed to supporting the state of Georgia’s flagship university. The Atlanta-based company is consistently a top employer of UGA graduates and interns and is home to a UGA Alumni Corporate Chapter. Through these efforts, the world’s leading beverage producer helps UGA impact the trajectory of students’ futures—and those around them.


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April 17; entertainment/children’s and youth programming on April 19; and news/radio/public service programming on April 24. TV icon Carol Burnett will receive the first Peabody Career Achievement, presented by Mercedes-Benz. Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a gala evening event May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Hasan Minhaj, comedian, writer and senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, will serve as host. In April 2017, he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. Later this year, he will host his own weekly comedy show on Netflix. His comedy special,“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” released on Netflix last year, is nominated for a Peabody Award. The presenting sponsor is MercedesBenz, the official automobile of the 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony. Supporting sponsor is The Coca-Cola Co. Variety is the exclusive media partner. Because of space limitations, the 60 Peabody Awards nominees are not included in the print version of Columns. Read about the nominees, listed by category and in alphabetical order with network or platform in parentheses, online at

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study abroad, internships, faculty-mentored ­research and/or service-learning; and • Support and mentorship from a program coordinator partially funded by the gift. The Corrells’ gift will be matched by an additional $500,000 from the UGA Foundation through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, which aims to increase the number of need-based scholarships available at UGA. The first awards will be presented to 24 students in fall 2018—six students each from the first-, second-, third- and fourthyear cohorts. The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid will select the recipients, giving preference to students with significant need who plan to pursue degrees in the Terry College of Business or the College of Education. Pete and Ada Lee earned their undergraduate degrees from these UGA colleges, respectively. “Pete and Ada Lee are among the University of Georgia’s most loyal supporters,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Their generous gift will impact the lives and futures of many UGA students, and I am deeply grateful for their strong commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders in business and education.” Pete Correll is a UGA Foundation trustee, chairman of the Correll Family

Foundation and chairman emeritus of ­Georgia-Pacific. He graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1963. Ada Lee Correll has significant experience leading fundraising efforts in the Atlanta area. She graduated from UGA in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Correll Hall, the first building built as part of the Terry College’s new Business Learning Community, was named in honor of the couple’s previous financial ­contributions. “Giving back is important to us,” said Pete Correll. “Ada Lee and I agreed to serve on the Commit to Georgia Campaign Committee because we believe in the fundraising efforts being undertaken, especially those focused on increasing scholarship support. Our alumni are committed to supporting current students as well as the next generation of Bulldogs, and we are proud to join them by making this contribution.” The Corrells join other Atlanta-area family foundations that have established similar scholarship programs at UGA in the past year, including the Cousins Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. More than 220 Georgia Commitment Scholarships have been established since the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program was announced in January 2017.








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Richard B. Russell Awards

Three UGA faculty members will receive Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching April 16 at the 2018 Faculty Recognition Banquet. Russell Awards recognize outstanding teaching by faculy early in their academic careers. Award recipients receive $X,XXX. The Richard B. Russell Foundation in Atlanta supports the program.

Peter Frey

Dorothy Kozlowski

Andrew Davis Tucker

Christine Albright

Michael Cacciatore

Alex Reed

Assistant Professor of Classics Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Assistant Professor of Public Relations Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Associate Professor and Director of the Legal Studies Certificate Program Terry College of Business

The old adage, ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it,’ is not part of Michael Cacciatore’s philosophy. Instead, he thrives on constantly tweaking his curriculum to bring current, relevant examples to his classes while engaging and connecting with his students. This is no easy task considering the fact that he teaches Introduction of Public Relations, which has nearly 300 students this semester, and Public Relations Research, a smaller class averaging about 40 students. Cacciatore, an assistant professor of public relations, also has restructured the curriculum for his large lecture class, placing an increased emphasis on writing, based on feedback received from industry professionals. “Dr. Cacciatore has a commitment to assuring that student engagement is maintained through interaction within the classroom, through engagement with current issues and practices within the industry and with his own keen intellectual interest in the intersection of teaching and scholarship,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. Cacciatore is always thinking about what is best for his students, whether it is coming in on a Saturday to catch up with them on concepts or accepting a fellowship to spend time in the field and bring real-world applications back to his class. He assumed additional teaching responsibilities when another faculty member fell ill and added a Maymester course to help students who needed the course to graduate. Cacciatore credits his teaching drive to his colleagues at Grady College. “If it wasn’t for the kind of people who I see around me doing it right, and the emphasis that was placed on teaching when I interviewed here, I wouldn’t be receiving an award like this,” he said. The respect is mutual. He has been a professor at Grady College since 2013, and during that short time, he has won Teacher of the Year honors, based on a faculty vote, three times. In addition to his ability to engage students, Cacciatore is adept at making his students energized about a class like Public Relations Research that may seem daunting at the beginning. He does this by relating core concepts to everyday topics. In addition to the education, it is Cacciatore’s character and ability to connect that earn him praise from current and former students. Morgan Shaver put it this way: “He is the type of teacher who goes beyond knowing every student’s name. Rather, he comes to know your personality and interests. His genuine kindness made our classroom an open environment that encouraged discussion and questions, even though it was a large lecture.” Leila Knox, another former student added, “Professor

To engage students in learning about the law, Alex Reed uses real-life examples and role-play simulations to help them understand new concepts. Since joining the UGA faculty in 2010, Reed has revised and updated his lesson plans continuously to foster student learning. For example, in his Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business course, he monitors media to identify timely, real-world examples of the concepts being covered in class. He believes the open-ended nature of these examples encourage critical thinking because students are less concerned with identifying “right” answers and avoiding “wrong” answers than they are with analyzing and exploring the relevant legal concepts. In 2015, Reed attended a Harvard Program on Negotiation workshop at Harvard Law School. He found the Harvard workshop beneficial and to administer these simulations, he rescheduled his Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems course into a single two-anda-half-hour class that affords students sufficient time to engage with the materials and with one another. “While his research output and service experience speak for themselves, I can personally attest that Professor Reed has a real and meaningful impact on his students,” said former student Tucker Green, who is now a director for FTI Consulting, Inc. “Based on my experience, I cannot imagine a professor who better exemplifies the university’s motto ‘to teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things.’ ” Reed is a member of the university’s Program Review and Assessment Committee. He has been the director of the Legal Studies Certificate Program, which he helped create, since July 2015. The program currently has approximately 300 students pursuing the certificate, with more than 300 students having already completed the program. He has been the department representative for the Specialty Certificate Programs Committee for the business college since January 2014. In 2017, Reed received the college’s Teaching Excellence Award and in 2012, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award from the insurance, legal studies and real estate department. During his time at UGA, Reed has written 10 refereed journal articles for different publications, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation. A UGA alumnus, Reed received a bachelor’s degree in real estate in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from the School of Law in 2006. Before joining UGA, he was an associate attorney with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta. “Alex is precisely the type of professor we strive to create here at UGA. He is absolutely dedicated to his subject matter and to bringing to his students the best educational

From textbooks to dining to online pedagogy and course work, Christine Albright evokes the ancient Mediterranean world to impart a sense of wonder and a love for language. Her teaching blends innovation with tradition and extends learning opportunities far beyond campus. She is a national leader in using the immersive “Reacting to the Past” method in both language and culture courses to simulate the events after the assassination of Julius Caesar. This historical simulation thrusts students into the role of Roman senators—bound by the laws and traditions of their society—as they attempt to figure out what to do next after this extraordinary event. “A student wins the game by accomplishing a personal objective that could be advanced by giving weekly speeches given partially in Latin,” said former student Kate Rascoe. “Not only did this provide self-motivation for learning and staying on top of our composition, it allowed students to support and bond with one another.” Albright has worked closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning as a Teaching Academy Fellow. She was named an Online Learning Fellow for the development of elementary Latin into a summer online course open to students throughout the University System of Georgia, one of the few for-credit online Latin courses available. Her research on classics pedagogy includes a modernization of the Metamorphoses of the Roman poet Ovid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Stories for Students in Elementary College Latin a text poised to become standard for elementary Latin classes throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. “Albright has the magic touch when it comes to teaching undergraduate language courses,” said associate professor of classics Erika Hermanowicz. “She is well prepared, organized, conscientious and meticulous in her explanations. But what makes her a master teacher is her ineffable ability to make poetry alive, to make these stories as compelling to American teenagers as they were to those who read Ovid two thousand years ago.” Working with the graduate students, Albright organizes and produces a feast for about 200 Latin and Greek students, who dine on dishes from ancient cookbooks, and entertain each other with contests, recitations and a scavenger hunt that highlights UGA’s classical heritage and the interdisciplinary nature of the field of classics. Albright was also the driving force behind Homerathon, a two-day performance of the poetry of Homer that began as an activity designed for students to demonstrate the idea that the Iliad and the Odyssey were not texts written by a unique author, but a result of many centuries of oral improvisation before large public audiences. The performance that emerged took place in front of the main library on North Campus, with a diverse group of readers.

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Josiah Meigs Teaching Professors Three faculty members will be honored as Meigs Professors April 16 at the 2018 Faculty Recognition Banquet. The professorship is the university’s highest recognition for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Meigs Professors receive a permanent salary increase of $X,XXX and a one-year fund of $X,XXX for academic support.

Santanu Chatterjee Associate Professor of Economics Terry College of Business

Chad Osburn

Santanu Chatterjee’s teaching style has proven to be engaging for students whether the courses are introductory or at the graduate level. His former students have praised him for his versatility in the classroom. “He brings in personal experiences to give useful, interesting and often entertaining insights to the material,” said one student about Chatterjee’s growth and development course. “Thanks to his style of teaching, the amount of class involvement and discussion in this class has been much higher than any other Terry class I’ve been in.” Chatterjee’s work extends far beyond what is expected of him. Mark Kelly, a former student of Chatterjee’s, said the professor pushed him to continue his studies in macroeconomics, and set aside time for him when he needed extra help. “Despite his busy teaching schedule and additional responsibilities as the department’s graduate coordinator, Dr. Chatterjee offered to meet with me one-on-one for a yearlong independent study of growth theory,” Kelly said. Chatterjee’s work also has helped students who have graduated and started their careers.

Michael Marshall Professor Lamar Dodd School of Art

Chad Osburn

Michael Marshall believes that artists should have a role in facilitating change and shaping the world around them. He has put that philosophy into practice and guides others to do the same. “Change can be difficult and I am consistently impressed with Michael’s ability to frame a discussion, keep on topic and his approach toward resolving resistance to change,” said colleague and LDSOA lecturer Eileen Wallace. “His vision for innovation in education and specifically for the Lamar Dodd School of Art is motivating.” In the classroom, Marshall has an unwavering ability to provide students with a balanced approach to facilitation. He gives students ample space to find their own path, while providing institutional support and valuable critical feedback. “There was never a time when he was not prepared to gift his knowledge to inspire creative and most importantly, to help a student find their own voice,” said former student Joseph Moguel. Former student Emily Gomez, now the head of the photography department at Georgia College and State

Patricia Richards Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Chad Osburn

Patricia Richards is known as a demanding instructor who dares her students to accept challenges that make them want to think on a level beyond a single course or grade. Fostering intellectual excitement in the classroom that inspires students, she helps build some of UGA’s most forward-thinking interdisciplinary programs. In addition to her joint appointment in the sociology department and the Institute for Women’s Studies, Richards is a core faculty member in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute as well as a faculty affiliate in the Institute of Native American Studies. Richards’ special focus on global and transnational content has led her to introduce a series of courses focused on global issues, particularly those related to Latin America, where she conducts research. “She has led us to increase the quality of our programs through reevaluation of our policies and curriculum,” said LACSI director Richard Gordon. “We have been able to teach more students as well as improve the impact of our major, minor, and graduate certificate.”

“He continues to go beyond expectations by giving me advice on jobs, applying for Ph.D. programs, and future research, for which I have been grateful,” said Kayla Wilding. “Professor Chatterjee invests in his students in and out of the classroom to make sure they are successful.” A faculty member at UGA for 16 years, Chatterjee has taught over 10 courses in four different academic programs, including study abroad programs in Costa Rica, China, and Peru. He also has had a large role in the curriculum and program development for both undergraduates and doctoral students at the university. Additionally, Chatterjee has served as the director of the Full-Time MBA program since August 2014 and has helped to create new dual degree programs with the College of Engineering, the School of Law, the College of Pharmacy and a 2+2 deferred MBA program for UGA undergraduates. He has also overseen the development of two new graduate programs that will launch in Fall 2018, namely the Master of Science in Business Analytics and a one-year MBA for STEM undergraduates at UGA. These programs promote interdisciplinary education and graduate enrollment at the university. In 2016, Chatterjee established the full-time MBA program’s first curriculum advisory board. and the Silicon Valley Advisory Council. These boards currently are working with Terry faculty members to make the MBA program’s curriculum more market driven and improve the student experience, both in and out of the classroom, University, was equally impacted by his presence in the classroom. “I remember one of my first class sessions with him, in which he interwove the topics of William Henry Fox Talbot’s early photography discoveries, Photoshop, Zen philosophy and archival inkjet printing into one lecture,” she said. “Everyone in class gazed at him with rapt attention as if he were a storyteller taking us on a marvelous journey through the timeline of photography. On my best days, I see that same look on my students’ faces.” Marshall became an assistant professor at UGA in 2001, became the head of the photography area in 2006 and in 2015 become associate director of curriculum at LDSOA. He made changes to the photography curriculum by restructuring the photo concentration to allow more flexibility; re-conceptualizing and reforming courses and, overall, guiding curriculum design at LDSOA to expand impact to students and instruction, outreach across campus and the community at-large. Marshall also has worked to embed service-learning experiences into both graduate and undergraduate classes. Students have engaged with a host of community partners including local nonprofits such as the Athens Community Council on Aging, communities across the state through UGA’s Archway Partnership and Watershed UGA, the campus initiative focusing on the health of campus streams. These courses gave students an opportunity to deepen

This global perspective translates to a passionate approach to critical thinking and research methods that pushes students to develop a broad understanding of the world. Many of her students have noted how they felt empowered by Richards to take responsibility for their own learning. “She celebrated the power of my research while asking how and why it mattered,” said Stephanie Shelton, assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Education. “Dr. Richards’ teaching style inspired me to take charge of my own education,” said Abigail Kahn. “I was enthusiastic to engage with a leader and a teacher who has strong convictions yet can look at her students and allow them to form their own opinions.” Richards has served on 30 dissertation or master’s committees and directed the work of eight graduate students. Her blend of interdisciplinary expertise has led her to serve on committees of students in numerous disciplines, including political science, journalism, geography, communication studies, educational theory and practice, anthropology, public health, kinesiology, lifelong education and higher education. Richards has chaired the biennial Women and Girls in Georgia Conference, which brings scholars and activists from the local, state and national communities to UGA. “The 2017 conference, whose program was created by Dr. Richards, is yet another example of her ability to extend the classroom beyond four walls and to center her teaching

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Research Awards



The Inventor’s Award is for a unique and innovative discovery that has made an impact on the community.

The Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a faculty member who has started a company based on UGA research.

Darrell Sparks, a professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is widely known as “Mr. Pecan” for his research in the physiology, management and development of new cultivars that contributed in large part to making Georgia No. 1 in pecan production. Over the last 10 years, he has patented eight cultivars in the U.S., the first in more than 50 years, that are grown under 24 license agreements. A Georgia-based licensee said, “Dr. Sparks without a doubt has made the greatest contribution to the pecan industry of all the scientists devoted to pecan research ... bar none.” He was named Outstanding Researcher of the Year and was elected as a Fellow by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences awarded him the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research in 2001. Sparks has published more than 500 scientific and popular articles and authored Pecan Cultivars: The Orchard’s Foundation. Paul Efland

Michael F. Adams Early Career

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Yajun Yan, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, leads UGA’s research in microbial production of biofuels and high-value chemicals. His work has led to six issued U.S. patents and several pending patent applications. In 2014, he and his colleague, Yuheng Lin, co-founded BiotecEra Inc., which is developing and commercializing innovative microbial technologies to achieve sustainable, economically viable and eco-friendly production of industrially valuable pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals. Located in the UGA Innovation Gateway incubator, BiotecEra Inc. has secured state funding through the Georgia Research Alliance, federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research program and private investment from an angel investor. His research also formed the basis for a second startup, HGG Research LLC, which is developing methods to synthesize various natural compounds in probiotic strains. Since joining the UGA faculty in 2010, he has been an advocate for entrepreneurism among faculty colleagues while leading the Biosynthetic Engineering and Biocatalysis Laboratory.

Creative Research Medals These medals are awarded for outstanding research or creative activity within the past five years that focuses on a single theme identified with the University of Georgia.

Andrew Davis Tucker

Peter Frey

Peter Frey

Andrew Davis Tucker





Maggie Snyder, associate professor of viola in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, is an influential champion of contemporary artistic opportunities for her instrument. She has commissioned five original works for viola from four outstanding composers over the last nine years and further deepened the repertoire through live performance, sharing these works at local, national and international venues. Her three CDs produced since 2013 contain music for three distinct chamber configurations: viola and harpsichord, viola and piano, and solo viola. These discs feature the works that she has commissioned and premiered, including the most recent, Stunned for solo viola, from Libby Larsen, one of the most celebrated composers of our time. These recordings, well produced and brilliantly performed, provide insight for all listeners, especially students, into the capabilities and possibilities of the viola as a solo and chamber instrument.

Amy Rosemond, professor of ecology, is known for her studies of the effects of excess nutrients on freshwater ecosystem processes, including those across land-water boundaries. She was one of the first ecologists to predict that increased nutrient loads could have substantial effects on stream ecosystems beyond algal blooms and include effects on detrital pathways. Her experimental studies tested how elevated nutrients altered rates of detrital processing and affected energy flow in southeastern U.S. forested headwater streams.The studies revealed accelerated losses of detritus and profound changes to stream and stream-forest food web interactions. Rosemond’s whole-stream manipulations are unprecedented both spatially and temporally, offering insights that would not have been possible with experiments at smaller scales. Her work has practical applications, having been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as evidence for the need to control both nitrogen and phosphorus in freshwater ecosystems, and provides insights into wholeecosystem effects of nutrient pollution.

Michael Yabsley, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine, discovered an unexpected pathway of infection for dracunculiasis, also known as Guinea worm disease. GWD has caused widespread suffering in West Africa. The disease already was known to spread through unfiltered drinking water contaminated by the parasitic worm Dracunculus medinensis, causing debilitating pain, fever, nausea and occasionally death. After a successful international GWD eradication campaign, human cases fell from 3.5 million in 1986 to only 25 cases in 2016. In 2013, however, GWD infections were found in a new host, dogs, with further potential for transmission to humans. Yabsley hypothesized that dogs acquired GWD infections by ingesting aquatic hosts, possibly fish or frogs, which carried the parasite in their tissues. This discovery of possible foodborne transmission, rather than waterborne transmission, allowed policymakers to implement targeted disease prevention strategies for human and canine populations.

Jamie Monogan, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, has contributed to the study of environmental policy by uniquely analyzing geographic information. In April 2017, he and co-authors published a study in the American Journal of Political Science showing that states tend to reap the benefits of industry while forcing neighboring states to bear the cost of industrial air pollution. Using spatial-based data on wind patterns and manufacturing sites within states and temporal data on site development and changing laws and regulations, he found clear statistical evidence that manufacturers develop sites where their externalities—air pollution—spill into neighboring states. These industries are responding to state policy incentives when making strategic decisions about where to locate polluting facilities. Monogan’s analysis of wind direction and locations of air polluting industries allow researchers to test theories about state policymaking and gauge the impact of federalism on environmental protection.

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Distinguished Research Professor The title of Distinguished Research Professor is awarded to faculty who are internationally recognized for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.

Nancy Evelyn

Brett Clementz, professor in the psychology department, has rapidly advanced the understanding of the biological bases of psychoses with the use of brain scan technologies, batteries of patient tests and sophisticated data analysis. His early goal was to learn how inaccurate sensory processing can lead to abnormalities in brain functioning and behavior. His laboratory later identified biomarkers of neurobiological deviations that are associated with manifestations of different subgroups of psychoses. These biomarkers could allow clinicians to diagnose and target medications more accurately. With growing evidence to support a novel taxonomy of psychiatric illness, he helped spearhead a game-changing movement to re-envision diagnoses of psychoses based not on century-old symptom groupings but using the tools of modern neuroscience. His work on alterations in brain oscillation patterns also has shown how integrated brain activity supports higher level cognition, emotion processing and other aspects of behavior.

Peter Frey

Andrew Davis Tucker

Dorothea E. Link, a professor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, has emerged as a major scholar of the music of the 18th century, particularly in the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the cultural life of Vienna and the operatic milieu of that age. Her book The National Court Theatre in Mozart’s Vienna: Sources and Documents, 17831792 is one of the most significant reference books on Viennese musical culture during the last decade of Mozart’s life. Her influential work on the Viennese singers who first performed in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (1786) and Cosi fan tutte (1790) are critically important for late 18th-century musical scholarship. Her recent induction into lifetime membership of the Akademie fur Mozart-Forschung at the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, currently accommodating only 25 scholars worldwide who are considered the premier research leaders of Mozart studies in their time, acknowledges the importance of her work by the international Mozart community.

Wayne Parrott, a professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of the world’s leading authorities on soybean genomics and enabling technologies for the improvement of crop plants. He developed biotechnology protocols for soybean and other crops that made it possible to obtain whole plants from single cells. This process allows scientists to add genes into soybean for testing and agricultural release. In a parallel research program on insect resistance, he led development of new soybean cultivars that require fewer insecticide applications to control pests. He has been an influential advocate and communicator on the importance of genetic engineering and GMOs in agriculture. An expert in the complex regulations that govern GMOs, he has helped multiple countries with their regulations. He has held important leadership positions in his discipline such as editing prominent journals, organizing scientific meetings, serving on grant panels and guiding the future of soybean genomics research.

Dorothy Kozlowski

Silvia J. Moreno, a professor in the cellular biology department and director for the NIH Training Grant in Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, is recognized for her studies on calcium signaling in parasitic protozoa. Her work defined the link between calcium signaling and pathogenesis of infectious organisms. Her research focuses on Toxoplasma gondii, a pathogen that infects one-third of the world population. She and hear team discovered mechanisms of calcium signaling in parasites and novel compartments that store calcium that are different from those present in mammalian cells. Her laboratory developed new genetic tools to study calcium that could be used for high-throughput assays to find new pharmacological agents for the potential treatment of parasitic diseases. Based on another fundamental discovery from her lab, that Toxoplasma takes specific nutrients from its host, she proposed the development of therapeutics that combine host-encoded and parasite-encoded functions as a novel approach for chemotherapy.

Creative Research Awards

This year, Creative Research Awards were given in two areas—the sciences and the social and ­ ehavioral sciences—to recognize outstanding bodies of work that have gained broad recognib

Dorothy Kozlowski

Michael Tiemeyer, professor and associate director of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, has catalyzed advancements in a range of areas including neural development, neural dysfunction, neurodegeneration, respiratory inflammatory diseases and analytic carbohydrate chemistry. His research addresses the biological function of cell surface carbohydrates (glycans) in mediating cellular interactions that underlie normal development and human disease progression. His laboratory builds on the understanding of biological function in model systems, especially the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, by creating novel tools to detect dynamic changes in glycan biosynthesis. His studies in Drosophila have made use of the powerful genetic approaches provided by this model system to make groundbreaking discoveries related to the roles of glycans in neural development. His contributions to glycan analysis and glycomic toolmaking have significantly enhanced the understanding of glycan functions in cellular differentiation, tissue development and inflammatory disease progression, while simultaneously expanding the appreciation of glycan structural diversity across animal species.

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Andrew Zawacki, a professor in the English department of Franklin College, has gained distinction as a poet, translator, editor and critic. Since joining the UGA faculty in 2005, he has produced four celebrated books of poetry, numerous chapbooks and limited-edition books, and critical essays in prestigious literary journals and a highly visible Poetry Foundation blog. He has edited and translated several volumes of contemporary French and Slovenian poetry. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, a Howard Foundation poetry fellowship and many other honors, he has secured a reputation for his knowledge of European history and poetic forms. As a colleague noted, “Zawacki’s ex-

Sonia Altizer, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Ecology, studies the interactions between animal behavior and the spread and evolution of infectious diseases in wildlife populations. She has challenged longstanding assumptions that migrating animals suffer from greater parasitism and are sources for the spread of infectious agents. Instead, her research shows that for some animal species, including monarch butterflies, migrations reduce infection prevalence and allow migrants to escape from harmful parasites. Her teams deploy diverse approaches including controlled experiments, field sampling, analysis of citizen science data sets and mechanistic mathematical models. She also has published studies on social organization and the spread of infectious disease, pathogen responses to climate and

Joshua D. Miller, professor and director of clinical training in the psychology department of Franklin College, has played a leading role in developing, testing and advocating a new model of understanding personality disorders. Mental health professionals have struggled to treat patients with psychopathy and narcissism. His research helped demonstrate that these personality disorders are “built” from the same five basic components found in “normal” personality and that these disorders represent configurations of these traits that are problematic because of their extremity and/or inflexibility. Many clinicians prefer this approach because it provides more focused tools with greater therapeutic potential. His influential research over the last 15 years helped lay the groundwork for changes in the official

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Early-Career Scholar Awards

Dorothy Kozlowski

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Emily Sahakian, an assistant professor in the Romance languages and theatre and film studies departments of Franklin College, has developed a reputation as one of the foremost experts of French Caribbean theater and is a leading specialist of Francophone theatre. Her book, Staging Creolization: Women’s Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean, illuminates previously neglected Francophone Caribbean women writers who can be considered among the best playwrights of their generation and draws from original research to document the history of their plays’ international production and reception. While scholars have generally framed “creolization” as a linguistic phenomenon, Sahakian theorizes it as a performance-based practice of reinventing meaning and resisting the status quo. Her numerous articles, invited book chapters and

James C. Beasley, an assistant professor in the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, incorporates modern field techniques to study the spatial ecology and population dynamics of vertebrate wildlife in human-altered ecosystems. He has received international recognition for his research expertise and peer-refereed publications in international-level journals. He has obtained more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts from numerous agencies and organizations as principal investigator or co-PI. His knowledge of wildlife biology has allowed him to devise innovative approaches to the discipline of radioecology, the study of radioactive contamination in the environment and its effects as an ecological stressor. His research at Chernobyl has been recognized among key scientists within the radioecology community. Since 2014, he has served as the International Atomic Energy Agency’s sole wildlife advisor to the Fukushima Prefecture government in Japan, in response to the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident.

Laurie Reitsema, an assistant professor in the anthropology department of Franklin College and a leading scholar in the field of bioarchaeology, studies how ecological and cultural processes affect human health and lifestyle. She explores human diet and disease in regions that experienced large-scale colonization, one of the most significant transitions in terms of evolution, health and inequality in human prehistory and history. She is co-director of two bioarchaeological research programs with principal fieldwork sites on the Georgia coast and in Sicily, Italy. Reitsema studies stable isotope tracers in mineralized and soft tissues of skeletal remains to recreate patterns of human diet and learn how nutrition and various stressors influence mortality. She uses a life history perspective, focusing on developmental as well as political and economic influences on human biology and behavior. Her work provides insights into how colonization’s cultural disruptions affected early life stage diets and affected later health.

Public Service & Outreach

The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach will recognize seven faculty and staff members for outstanding service to the state and UGA April 17 at the 26th annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

Walter Barnard Hill Fellow

Comparable to a distinguished professorship, the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach is UGA’s highest award in public service and outreach.

Kim Coder Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

The 2018 recipient of the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach is Kim Coder, a professor of tree biology and community forestry in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The Hill Fellow is UGA’s highest award in public service and outreach and is comparable to a distinguished fellowship. Since coming to UGA in 1985, Coder has been recognized internationally for taking complex academic research materials and making them understandable to a lay audience. His work has helped arborists, urban foresters, tree health care providers and property owners take better care of their trees. The Hill Fellow Award is UGA’s highest award in public service and outreach and is comparable to a distinguished professorship. Making the complex science behind the health and structure of trees accessible has been the crux of Coder’s work. A former world president of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Coder helped pull together the organization’s Arborist Certification Program, which has certified over 35,000 arborists. He’s won the highest international awards from ISA and the Arbor Day Foundation, in addition to having an award of excellence named after him by the Georgia Arborist Association. He won the Hill Award, a prerequisite for all Hill Fellows, in 2007. Coder is a prolific writer and presenter, who has written nearly 300 publications and 50 manuals and workbooks over the last decade. He delivers presentations around the world,

ENGAGED SCHOLAR Ruth Harman College of Education

Ruth Harman The 2018 recipient of the Engaged Scholar Award is Ruth Harman, an associate professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education. For nearly a decade Harman has taught future teachers how to empower children and adolescents to become more active, confident learners in middle school. Harman’s classes have taken atypical approaches to building middle school students’ confidence, experimenting with poetry, design and photography. “It’s hard in universities. We focus on knowledge as opposed to relationship

building,” Harman said. “When you bring in different modalities—visual, mapping, using your hands—college students get a widened understanding of what teaching and learning is. You have to be with people as opposed to teaching at people.” Harman reshapes teaching methods when she takes her undergraduate and graduate student teacher candidates into Clarke County schools. They begin working one-on-one with the middle school students in the classroom and progress to afterschool, arts-focused programming so that the students learn through activities rather than just by reading a book. This spring, some of those afterschool programs will be held in unused areas of Athens Housing Authority’s community centers, in response to local residents’ requests for activities. Kelli Bivins was a graduate student at the College of Education when she got to know Harman. Later, when Bivins was teaching seventh-grade at Coile Middle School, Harman would visit and share her teaching methods with Bivins and her students. Bivins says she can see a difference in those students, many now in high school, who were introduced to Harman’s teaching methods. “The confidence those kids have is different,” said Bivins, who is now a teacher at Malcolm Bridge Middle School in Oconee County. “They real-

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Walter Barnard Hill Award Three faculty members and service professionals are 2018 recipients of the Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach. The award recognizes their contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in Georgia and beyond.

Julie Gaskin

Tori Stivers

Beverly Johnson

Julia Gaskin is a sustainable agriculture coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is responsible for working with farmers and industry leaders across the south to ensure sustainable food production. She is a senior public service associate in the crop and soil sciences department. Gaskin helps create effective solutions to sustainability and environmental problems, specifically relating to soil usage. She is one of the founders of the Southern Cover Crop Council (SCCC), which includes representatives from 13 states and two territories. This organization, founded in July 2017, is dedicated to promoting cover crop use through education and

Tori Stivers is the seafood and marketing specialist for UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Stivers provides guidance and training to the seafood industry, helping businesses meet food safety regulations and ensuring that Georgia seafood is safe for consumers. Stivers also educates consumers across the state on the health benefits of eating seafood and works to ensure that markets are available for Georgia seafood products. Stivers has directly impacted hundreds of seafood businesses in the Southeast by providing the federally-mandated Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) training to industry professionals. This training teaches employees how to analyze

Beverly Johnson is a public service associate with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Johnson collaborates with agencies that protect Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens and help strengthen the state’s workforce. Her work affects nearly every Georgian’s quality of life through wide-ranging programs promoting opportunity, diversity and economic growth. Through contracts with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Johnson helped the department meet federal mandates and create transformational change throughout the agency. Johnson helped DBHDD establish its Office of Learning and Organizational Development, April 16, 2018



Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

The 2018 recipient of the Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence is Marty Higgins, a marine resource specialist for Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. For 33 years, Higgins has assisted in the research and development of fisheries gear and advised conservation research while serving as the first mate of the R/V Georgia Bulldog. His work has helped conserve coastal resources while keeping fishermen in business. Born and raised in Brunswick, Higgins has developed a deep, trusting relationship with Georgia’s coastal fishing community. When UGA Marine Extension was at the forefront of assisting in the development and certification of turtle excluder devices (TEDs), which prevent sea turtles from being caught in shrimp nets, Higgins provided countless hours of technical assistance and consultation to ensure the devices not only met conservation

standards but also minimized economic loss to fishermen. Higgins has spent most of his career on the water, advising hundreds of research projects and making sure field gear meets state and federal standards for safety and performance. He has maintained the 40-year-old R/V Georgia Bulldog, allowing the crew to continue to support fisheries and conservation research on Georgia’s most valuable coastal resources, including loggerhead sea turtles and the North Atlantic right whale. He also operates the Brunswick station’s smaller research vessels for both water quality and fishery needs and provides maintenance and support for the entire Brunswick facility so that faculty and staff work safely and efficiently as they carry out the service mission of the university. Higgins provides welding and mechanical services to visiting scientists and local fishermen. His ability to repair, rebuild and maintain fishing and research gear has saved fishermen thousands of dollars on boat repairs and kept them on the water. Higgins’ commitment to public service has established UGA’s Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant program as one that is nationally recognized for being responsive to the public. “If we had more people like Marty in this world, [the fishing industry] would have a lot less problems,” said Bruce Collins, the packing house manager with City Market Seafood in Brunswick. “He’s kept us educated about new fishing equipment and ways the university is supporting the industry. He’s probably helped every fisherman on the waterfront.”

Service-Learning Excellence Awards Service-Learning Excellence Awards

Three faculty members have been awarded Service-Learning Excellence Awards for 2018. Established in 2011, the awards recognize faculty for innovative servicelearning course design as well as scholarship that stems from academic service-learning work. Two awards are being presented in the ServiceLearning Teaching ExcelMelissa Landers-Potts lence category, recognizing excellence in developing, implementing, and sustaining academic service-learning opportunities for UGA students in domestic and/or international settings. A third award is presented for Service-Learning Research Excellence and advancing service-learning scholarship. The 2018 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award recipients are Melissa Landers-Potts, a senior lecturer the human development and family science of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences; Jerry Shannon, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the geography department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Abigail Borron, an assistant professor in the agricultural leadership, education and communication department in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Landers-Potts, a 2013-2014 Service-Learning Fellow, has engaged hundreds of students since 2012 in online

and face-to-face versions of her Adolescent Development service-learning course. Each semester, her students apply theory-based principles of adolescent development to service-learning projects, mentoring and tutoring adolescents at the Classic City High School, as well as serving as trained wellness coaches through the iPrevail platform, offering online emotional support and resource referral to Jerry Shannon adolescents from around the world. Her students report that these service-learning and reflective activities allow them to “see many of the issues discussed in class first-hand” while tutoring, and to “directly apply what I am learning about in class to my role as a wellness coach.” Another student attests, “I truly feel like combining the many different things I have learned through wellness coaching with course material has enhanced my learning and increased my global perspective in a way that other courses have not done.” Landers-Potts has presented nationally and locally on service-learning and online learning, and is a past Online Learning Fellow and past CTL Writing Fellow. Shannon, a 2015-2016 Service-Learning Fellow and past Lilly Teaching Fellow, developed and teaches a splitlevel geography service-learning course in Community Geographic Information Systems. In these courses, his students learn principles of undertaking and communicating geographic research, applying GIS and data visualization methods to real-world problems for local community

partners including the Athens Wellbeing Project, the Clarke County School District’s local school governance teams, Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, and the Athens-Clarke Co. Police. Additionally, Shannon has mentored undergraduate research through CURO, engaging students in learning about food insecurity, urban development, and housing issues through community-requested GIS Jerry Shannon projects benefiting the Cobbham Historic District, the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, Bike Athens, and local food banks. James Barlament, charter system director for the Clarke County School District, attests that Shannon’s “servicelearning projects with his Community GIS classes provide a model for future work across disciplines at UGA. These projects are not abstract nor one-offs. They are public and sustainable resources that are used by me and others like me on a daily basis to directly impact lives in the Athens community.” Borron has published and presented award-winning research in agricultural communication based on a pedagogical research design and methodological framework known as the “culture-centered approach,” which she developed. In addition to applying the culture-centered approach to agricultural communication service-learning coursework and community-based research, Dr. Borron is working with the J.W. Fanning Institute as a Public


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Outstanding Academic Advisors Two University of Georgia academic advisors from the College of Education have received a 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award. Samantha Pattillo, recipient in the professional advisor category, and Lindsay Dickerson, recipient in the new staff advisor category, were nominated by their supervisor and selected by a team of 10 students from the various colleges on campus who reviewed the nominations and selected the two advisors for the award. Samantha Pattillo began as an advisor over three years ago in the biochemistry department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and then moved to her current position in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education. Samantha is the primary point of contact for students applying to the CMSD major, which is highly competitive and requires an application. She also spends time working with two student organizations related to the CMSD major—the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the COE Student Ambassadors. Samantha has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College and a master’s degree in professional counseling from the University of Georgia. “When faced with a denial of their application to the major or pressure about applying to graduate school, Samantha spends the time to offer options for consideration, and


her calm delivery minimizes the stress of that deliberation,” said Julia Butler-Mayes, director of student services for the College of Education. “She prepares her students for their end goal, applying to their graduate program, going above and beyond what is typically required to guide someone through an undergraduate degree The recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award in the new staff category is Lindsay Dickerson, in the social studies, middle grades and special education degrees. Lindsay has been an advisor for a year-and-ahalf and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from the University of Georgia. The awards are presented each spring to staff members for excellence in advising undergraduate students on class selection and course of study, assisting them with academic problems, and providing guidance on related matters such as decisions about graduate school and careers. The Office of the Vice President for Instruction administers the award each year. Patillo and Dickerson will be recognized at the spring AACC meeting and at the fall AACC luncheon. As Outstanding Academic Advisors, their names and recommendations have been forwarded to the National Academic Advising Association for consideration for a national advising award.


—Stephanie Dixon


R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation The recipient of the inaugural Donor Impact Award is the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, in recognition of its multi-year support of the Legislative Environmental Policy Academy at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and its extraordinary impact on the State of Georgia. This program provides legislators with unbiased, science-based information about Georgia’s natural resources. Lynn Smith, chair of Georgia House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, applauds the academy for arming committee members with knowledge and helping legislators understand facts that are critical to informed decision-making on environmental issues. The R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation was established in 1959 as the Helen and Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and was later renamed the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. For nearly 40 years the foundation operated as a small philanthropic vehicle for Howard Dobbs’ interests. At the turn of the century, he began to formalize the foundation’s governance and guidelines to prepare the way for a family philanthropy that would extend beyond his lifetime. Today, the mission of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by supporting educational opportunities, improving access to health services and promoting environmental stewardship. The foundation is committed to honoring the life and impact of Howard Dobbs through its work. President of the foundation, David Weitnauer, joined the foundation in 2007 following 11 years with the Rockdale Foundation as a founding board member and its first executive director. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Weitnauer previously served on the pastoral staff of four congregations and as a pastoral counselor/marriage and family therapist. He

Ted Dennard President and CEO, Savannah Bee Company

The 2018 recipient of the Public Service and Outreach Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Ted Dennard, president and founder of Savannah Bee Company, which produces honey and honey-inspired body care products sold in stores throughout the country. Based in Savannah, Savannah Bee opened its flagship store downtown in 2008, with additional stores to follow. Savannah Bee products are also sold in other retail stores and online. Dennard became interested in bees when he was 13 and met a beekeeper, who was placing beehives on the Dennard family’s 100-acre forest retreat in Brunswick, Georgia. Dennard kept bees throughout high school and while in college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He taught beekeeping to more than 100 future beekeepers during his time in the Peace Corps, in Jamaica. When he returned to Georgia, he began bottling and selling his honey in a Savannah store owned by a friend. Soon he was getting calls from other store owners who wanted his product. He

The 2018 recipient of the Public Service and Outreach Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Ted Dennard, president and founder of Savannah Bee Company, which produces honey and honey-inspired body care products sold in stores throughout the country. Based in Savannah, Savannah Bee opened its flagship store downtown in 2008, with additional stores to follow. Savannah Bee products are also sold in other retail stores and online. Dennard became interested in bees when he was 13 and met a beekeeper, who was placing beehives on the Dennard family’s 100-acre forest retreat in Brunswick, Georgia. Dennard kept bees throughout high school and while in college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He taught beekeeping to more than 100 future beekeepers during his time in the Peace Corps, in Jamaica. When he returned to Georgia, he began bottling and selling his honey in a Savannah store owned by a friend. Soon he was getting calls from other store owners who wanted his product. He launched the company in 2002. In 2007, Dennard was named the Georgia Small Business Person of the Year and in 2008 he received a Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Award for best condiment. The company has been a member of the Inc. 500/5000 since 2009. In 2015, Dennard received the Small Business Rock Star Award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Dennard is dedicated to educating children and adults about the importance of bees as pollinators and their role in the ecosystem. The company also supports a flourishing nonprofit called the Bee Cause Project, which installs observation beehives in schools worldwide to help children better understand, love and protect honeybees. Dennard has been a client of the Small Business Development Center’s domestic and international business assistance programs. In 2016, he shared that experience with the University of Georgia Board of Visitors. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a successful small business owner, who has realized significant growth in business, benefited

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First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards

The First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award recognizes outstanding instructors who have demonstrated creativity or innovation in instruction, connection of seminar content to the instructor’s research, and incorporation of FYOS program goals into the seminar. This year’s recipients have been fully engaged with their students, provided them with a strong connection to the university through their research, and tied their curriculum directly to FYOS program goals. Award recipients and their seminar titles included:

Kevin Burke

Melissa Cahnmann-Taylor

Kevin Burke is an associate professor of language and literary education in the College of Education. He uses his background in ethnography in his “Schooling Masculinities” seminar to explore with his students how masculinity and gender directly and indirectly influence everyday life. As part of the course, Burke requires students to do several activities that contribute to their acclimation to the university: 1)

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, professor of TESOL and World Language Education, immerses students in improvisational theatre games and embodied approaches to creative conflict resolution in her seminar “Theatre for Embodied Personal and Social Change.” Her students rehearse personal and social change and prepare for an interactive improv event with youth at the State Botanical Garden, as well as co-lead an interactive

Jamie Cooper

Marshall Shepherd

Michael Robinson

Jamie Cooper, an associate professor of food and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, uses her research on reducing obesity to give her students a scientific framework for nutrition, along with skills and tools for healthy eating as part of her seminar “Healthy Eating: Exploring Truths and Myths.” Her students learn about the nutrients and foods that make up a healthy diet, the nutritional health

Michael Robinson believes that students learn more from doing and should get out of the classroom and into life. In his FYO seminar “Photo Elicitation: A Day in the Life of A UGA Student: A Cultural Perspective,” his students interact with five individuals from different cultures using pictures to elicit conversation in an effort to explore diversity and how the definition of diversity is always changing. Each participant develops a

Creative Teaching Awards

Marshall Shepherd is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. His uses his FYO seminar “Hurricanes, Tsunamis and More: Studying Planet Earth from the Vantage Point of Space” to expose students to an array of Earth System Science topics (e.g., hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, fires, floods, drought, landslides) from the vantage point of space.

—Tracy N. Coley


The Creative Teaching Awards recognize UGA faculty for excellence in developing and implementing creative teaching methods to improve student learning. These awards are presented annually on behalf of the Office of Instruction, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost to faculty who have demonstrated either the use of innovative technology or pedagogy that extends learning beyond the traditional classroom, or creative implementation of subject matter that has significantly improved student learning outcomes in their courses.

Robert Newcomb

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Jeffrey Berejikian

Margaret Christ

Melissa Landers-Potts

Simon Platt

Jeffrey Berejikian is an associate professor of international affairs and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. He combines theory and practice through foreign policy simulation using video games as a form of active learning. By resolving simulated international conflict, developing military postures, and engaging in peace negotiations to build effective international institutions, he helps his students apply solutions to potential real-world problems in an innovative and inspiring way.

Margaret Christ, an associate professor of accounting in the Terry College of Business, incorporates multiple methods of active learning within her ACCT 5310 Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics course. She engages her students in applying the basic principles of accounting, from using social media analytics to demonstrate datadriven decisions, photography to capture examples of control, role playing in graham cracker house construction to navigate the production cycle and cost accountability, and a competi-

Melissa Landers-Potts, a senior lecturer in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, incorporates service-learning into her adolescent development courses, in both faceto-face and online classrooms. She helps students develop a deeper understanding of the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical development of adolescents. This year, her students partnered with iPrevail and received hands-on learning as online wellness coaches to share age-appropriate information on human development with adolescents seeking mental health

Simon Platt, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery in in the College of Veterinary Medicine, provides an innovative approach to medical examination through the development and implementation of Nerve Dawg, a 3D interactive animated neurological exam model. The virtual reality dog helps students learn how to evaluate, diagnose and prescribe treatment for diseases that they might not otherwise experience until they are in a veterinary practice. The technology also allows Dr. Platt to accurately standardize and assess learn-

—Tracy N. Coley

“I am proud of all of the faculty, staff, students and alumni who are being recognized this week. Their accomplishments inspire the entire UGA community to reach for even greater heights of excellence. I am grateful for all they are doing to advance the mission of this institution and make a positive difference in the world.” —University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead

UGA Columns April 16, 2018  

UGA Columns April 16, 2018

UGA Columns April 16, 2018  

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