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Marine sciences professor named director of UGA’s Skidaway Institute CAMPUS NEWS


Late printmaker’s work on display in new Georgia Museum of Art exhibition Vol. 45, No. 2

July 31, 2017



UGA participates in calculation of global plastics production By James Hataway

Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since largescale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study published July 19 in the journal Science Advances. The study was reported by media around the world, including The New York Times, BBC News, Washington Post, International Business Times, the Hindustan Times and National Geographic. Led by a team of scientists from UGA; the University of California, Photo illustration

The goal of the Commit to Georgia Campaign is to raise $1.2 billion by 2020 to increase scholarship support, to enhance the learning environment and to solve the grand challenges facing society.

Fundraising skyrockets at UGA ‘You are the inspiration of this campaign’

By Katie DeGenova

Inspired by UGA faculty, staff and students, donors contributed $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges in the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, setting a record in fundraising for the fourth consecutive year. “When we launched the public phase of the campaign last fall, we called on our alumni and friends to help us expand the impact of this great university on the world,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “They are answering that call with extraordinary generosity and support because

they see how hard our faculty, staff and students are working, every day, to change lives and communities.” This marks the first time in the university’s long history that the annual total has surpassed $200 million. The unprecedented total represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s record of $183.8 million and nearly doubles the $117.2 million raised in fiscal year 2013, the year prior to ­Morehead taking office. The goal of the Commit to Georgia Campaign is to raise $1.2 billion by 2020 to increase scholarship support, to enhance the learning environment and to solve the grand challenges facing

society. More than 4,500 faculty, staff and retirees contributed this year to help the university reach an overall total of $827 million toward the campaign goal. Private giving toward the campaign already is making a difference. Donors established 115 need-based endowed scholarships, for example, through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship program, which was introduced in the President’s State of the University Address in January. Most of these new scholarships will be awarded in the fall to incoming first-year students with unmet financial need. In addition, 10 new endowed faculty positions were

Downtown business districts in some northwest Georgia cities are getting a face-lift, thanks to the University of Georgia and funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chickamauga, Chatsworth, Rossville, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold are among the communities benefiting from the expertise of UGA faculty and students working with the Downtown Renaissance Partnership program in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Georgia Sea Grant funds project to enhance state’s jellyfish industry By Emily Woodward

A Georgia Sea Grant-funded project will help protect turtles and enable fishermen trawling for cannonball jellyfish to operate more efficiently. Georgia fishermen recently conducted several 30-hour cannonball jellyfish trawling trips to test the turtle excluder device, which is similar to the TED for shrimpers first developed in 1968. Cannonball jellyfish, commonly referred to as jellyballs, are the third largest seafood commodity by weight in Georgia. Considered a delicacy in Asian countries, most of the jellyballs caught by Georgia fishermen are exported to Asian markets where they’re sold in restaurants and grocery stores.

The project to develop a jellyfish TED was proposed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the College of Coastal Georgia, and Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at the University of Georgia, all of which recognized the benefits of the commodity to both commercial fishermen and the economy. “This was a project where we needed to support a developing industry,” said Mark Risse, director of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. “We have to protect our turtle populations but also need to find a way to support our fishing industries. Much like the shrimping industry and TEDs, we are hoping to find a win-win solution.” The jellyball industry emerged in the late 1990s but only has been recognized as an official industry See JELLYFISH on page 4


University’s Downtown Renaissance Partnership helps boost economic vitality in northwest Georgia

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By Christopher James

Santa Barbara; and Sea Education Association, the study is the first global analysis of the production, use and fate of all plastics ever made. Jenna Jambeck The researchers found that by 2015, ­humans had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste. Of that waste total, only 9 percent was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated and 79 percent

Among the projects: • A historic rail depot in Chickamauga has been converted into a downtown Welcome Center; • An old textile mill in Rossville is being studied as a possible site for social and business ventures; • The grounds around the duck pond at the John Ross house in Rossville are being updated. A log cabin on the grounds, the former home of Cherokee Indian Chief John Ross, is a National Historic Landmark; • A new stage is going up in Chatsworth, and the city is making streetscape improvements to link

the stage and surrounding park to downtown; and • The city of Lookout Mountain is developing a new town center development concept. The projects, intended to attract more new businesses and customers to rural downtowns, were developed by UGA students and faculty, led by Danny Bivins, a senior public service associate at the Institute of Government, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit. “I don’t think it ever would’ve happened without Danny Bivins and the Carl Vinson Institute,” said See VITALITY on page 4

Researcher developing coatings that help prevent infection, clotting By Mike Wooten

Infections acquired in hospitals kill thousands of people in the U.S. each year, and sticky colonies of bacteria known as biofilm that form on medical implants are one of the leading causes of these infections. Thrombosis, or blood clotting, is another potential danger associated with implants. Now, a University of Georgia scientist is developing a new weapon in the fight against clotting and infections related to medical devices. Hitesh Handa, an assistant professor in the College of ­Engineering,

is designing biocompatible polymer coatings that not only prevent biofilm growth but also attack harmful bacteria by releasing Hitesh Handa nitric oxide, a naturally occurring gas with potent antimicrobial properties. Handa’s work recently attracted a four-year, $1.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Commit to Georgia 2018

Why I Give

Name: Jonathan Krell Position: Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages At UGA: 26 years

Jonathan Krell

Beneficiary of his gift to the university: The Meredith Hope Emerson Memorial Award for Study Abroad

Why he contributes: “Meredith Emerson was an outstanding French student at UGA; she tragically passed away in 2008. Meredith always spoke of her study abroad experience in France as one of the highlights of her UGA years. In her honor, our department initiated this award to help students who share her enthusiasm for French language and culture and are applying to study in a Frenchspeaking country.”

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

Digest Film by Grady College students wins national documentary competition

Rickey’s Story, a short documentary created by Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication students Trey Leonard (producer), Iva Dimitrova (director), Casey Hammons (cinematographer and music supervisor) and Allison Krausman (editor), won first place in a national competition. The entertainment and media studies students completed their film in spring 2017 as part of the course requirements of EMST 5270, “Documentary Production.” The filmmaking competition, Stories from the Line, is administered by Impact America in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The students will receive $10,000 in scholarship funds for their achievement. The film portrays Athens resident Rickey Morris. After getting sick, losing his long-term trucking job and falling into homelessness, today he’s taking care of his health and working to get back on his feet. Watch the documentary at https://vimeo. com/209097257.


Founding chairs named for two new schools in College of Engineering By Mike Wooten

The University of Georgia College of Engineering has selected founding chairs for two of its three new schools. James N. Warnock, a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering, has been named chair of the School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering. Fred Beyette, a professor of electrical engineering and computing systems at the University of Cincinnati, has been named chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The appointments are effective Aug. 1. “Both Dr. Warnock and Dr. Beyette are outstanding additions to our college, and they will be excellent leaders for our new schools,” said Donald Leo, dean of the College of Engineering. “They have strong records of achievement in teaching, research and service, and I look forward to working with them as we enter the next phase of our college’s evolution.” In response to the rapid growth of its educational and research programs, the UGA College of Engineering established a new organizational structure earlier this year built around three schools: the School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering; the School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering; and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The new structure is designed to enhance the college’s interdisciplinary teaching, research and service activities while advancing the development of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. “At UGA, there are great opportunities to build educational and research

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programs in biochemical and biological engineering with world-renowned reputations,” said Warnock. “There is also the unique opportunity to collaborate with a range of programs at UGA, such as the public health school, biological sciences, the vet college, business and international studies. I was very excited when I learned about the college’s dual degree in engineering and German, having been very involved with international education at MSU.” Warnock joined the faculty at Mississippi State in 2005, and he has been an active researcher in novel therapeutic strategies to treat cardiovascular disease. He’s also earned international attention for his work in advancing the field of engineering education. Warnock serves as adjunct director of training and instruction for ABET, the engineering college accreditation board. Warnock earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. He earned a master’s in biochemical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, before completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Beyette earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at Colorado State


WUGA celebrates 30 years on air

WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM, the NPR affiliate operated by the University of Georgia, is celebrating 30 years of being Two UGA graduate students will head on the air. The station first went live on the morning of Aug. 28, 1987, and has to nation’s capital as 2018 Knauss Fellows been serving the Athens community Two UGA graduate students, Mary Katherine ever since, offering both national and Rogener and Sarah Harrison, have been selected for local programming. the 2018 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Several events are planned to Sponsored by the National Sea Grant College c ommemorate the radio station’s ­ Program, the fellowship will allow Harrison and 30th anniversary. Rogener to spend a year in marine policy-related There will be an open house Aug. 24 positions in the legislative and executive branches of from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the radio station, the federal government in Washington, D.C. which is located in the Georgia Center Rogener earned her bachelor’s degree in marine for Continuing Education. Visitors will science from Boston University, where she studbe invited to tour the facility and meet ied human impacts on the coastal estuaries of New station staff. Light refreshments will be England. She is working toward a doctorate in marine served. Several musicians who have been sciences at UGA. Her graduate studies focus on involved with the station over the years investigating human impacts on the Gulf of Mexico will provide entertainment. ecosystem, specifically sites affected by the Deepwater On Aug. 28, the date the station first Horizon spill and the low oxygen dead zone off the went live, there will be an anniversary coast of Louisiana. evening gala featuring Steve Inskeep, Harrison completed her undergraduate work at the host of Morning Edition on NPR. Harvard College where she worked in a lab studying The reception and dinner will be held at the fate and transformation of oil in the Gulf of Mex6 p.m. at Athens Cotton Press. Tickets ico environment following the Deepwater Horizon are $50 and are available until Aug. 14. spill. After obtaining a degree in chemistry and minor Tickets can be ordered through the in classics, Harrison began her graduate work at the station’s website, marine sciences department at UGA in 2014. On Aug. 29, GPB’s On Second Thought featuring Celeste Headlee will produce a program focused on public media. Later that morning, at 11 a.m., Columns (USPS 020-024) is published weekly during the academic year and Inskeep will address Grady College biweekly during the summer for the faculty and staff of the University of Georgia by the Division of Marketing & Communications. Periodicals postage students. Keith Herndon of the Cox is paid in Athens, Georgia. Postmaster: Send off-campus address changes to Institute is coordinating the event for Columns, UGA Marketing & Communications, 286 Oconee Street, Suite 200 Grady College. North, Athens, GA 30602-1999.


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University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, he joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 1996. In addition to his duties as a professor, Beyette has served as associate department head for electrical engineering and as graduate program coordinator. “As I learned more about UGA’s commitment to creating a world-class College of Engineering and the incredible level of talent within the college faculty, staff and administration, it became clear that the UGA College of Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are primed to achieve great things in the coming years,” Beyette said. “Being a part of the administration, faculty and staff that will make those things happen is really the opportunity of a lifetime.” Over the past decade, Beyette’s research has focused on developing point-of-care devices for medical and health monitoring applications including devices that guide the diagnosis and treatment of acute neurologic emergencies such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. Leo expressed his appreciation to Ramaraja Ramasamy and Takoi ­Hamrita, who served as inaugural chairs of the School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, respectively. “I want to thank Dr. Ramasamy and Dr. Hamrita for their outstanding leadership during the transition to our new administrative structure,” Leo said. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the faculty, staff and students who served on the search committee for these important positions, particularly Dr. Yajun Yan and Dr. Leidong Mao, the committee chairs.”

Marine sciences professor named director of UGA Skidaway Institute By Sam Fahmy

Clark Alexander, a scientist with a long history of fostering collaboration and excellence in research, has been named director of UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Alexander is a professor in the marine sciences department, part of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and has served as interim director of the Skidaway Institute for the past year. As director of the Skidaway Institute, he will continue to oversee its personnel,budgets and facilities and report to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography plays a vital role in training ­scientists and conducting research that address critical economic and environmental issues that affect our state and world,” said Provost Pamela Whitten. “Dr. Alexander’s longstanding commitment to deepening the impact of the institute while building bridges with partners on and off campus makes him uniquely qualified to take on this important leadership role on a permanent basis.” Alexander’s research explores how physical processes such as erosion and sedimentation impact coastal and marine environments. His work has been supported with nearly $6 million in external funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National

Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. He has participated in more than 60 field programs Clark Alexander in 13 countries and has been the chief scientist on nearly 30 expeditions. Alexander has been the recipient of several honors, including the Preservation Achievement Award from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He joined the Skidaway Institute’s faculty as an assistant professor in 1991 after earning his doctorate and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University and two bachelor’s degrees from Humboldt State University in California. “Since 1968, Skidaway Institute faculty and staff have worked to create new knowledge and produce highly trained students in the marine sciences,” Alexander said. “Through new program initiatives within the department of marine sciences and new collaborations with other colleagues at UGA and throughout the University System of Georgia, we are building on that legacy to enhance research and education statewide. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the institute during this exciting time in our history.”

UGAGUIDE July 31, 2017

For a complete listing of events, check the Master Calendar on the Web (­). The following events are open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Dates, times and locations may change without advance notice.


On the Stump—What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia? Through Aug. 18. Special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade. Through Sept. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan. Through Sept. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. (See story, right.) Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20thCentury Aesthetics of Design. Through Sept. 17. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Gold-digging in Georgia: America’s First Gold Rush? Through Dec. 5. Special collections libraries. 706-542-8079.


TUESDAY, AUG. 1 TUESDAY TOUR AT TWO Also Aug. 8. Guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Participants should meet in the rotunda on the second floor of the special collections libraries. 2 p.m. 706-542-8079.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2 NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION All new faculty are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. The agenda and registration are at http://www.ctl. 8:30 a.m. Georgia Center. TOUR AT TWO Join docents for a tour of the permanent collection. Tours meet in the lobby. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

THURSDAY, AUG. 3 NATURE RAMBLE Also Aug. 10. Join Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the State Botanical Garden. Sessions start with an inspirational reading by a nature writer. This is a ramble not a hike; the group will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc., along the way. 8:30 a.m. Meet at Shade Garden Arbor, State Botanical Garden.

FRIDAY, AUG. 4 FRIENDS FIRST FRIDAY Jane Bath, noted landscape designer, has been practicing horticulture and landscape design in the Athens area for many years. Her approach to achieving

attractive landscapes is one of simple analysis and practicality. She will discuss some tips for working with particular landscaping needs and take questions about specific issues the audience may have about its home landscapes during “What is in Your Garden and What Questions Do You Have About Design?” Call 706-542-6138 to make reservations. $12, general admission; $10 Friends of the Garden member admission. 9 a.m. Visitor Center, State Botanical Garden.

SATURDAY, AUG. 5 UGA FAN DAY Presented by United Healthcare, the University of Georgia Football Fan Day includes, for the second consecutive year, the football team holding an open p­ ractice at Sanford Stadium from ­3:30-5:30 p.m. Players and head coach Kirby Smart will be available for autographs immediately following the practice on the field at approximately 5:45 p.m. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Sanford Stadium.

MONDAY, AUG. 7 GRADES DUE Grades for Extended Summer Session, Thru Term and Short Session II are due by 5 p.m. FULL MOON HIKE: STURGEON MOON See the garden come alive at night. Each walk will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations or nocturnal creatures. Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles on the wooded trails and in the garden. If young children or infants are attending, a backpack carrier is suggested. Pre-registration is required. $5 per person; $15 per family 8 p.m. Meet at the fountain in front of the Visitor Center, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014.

TUESDAY, AUG. 8 SEMINAR Participants in “Designing Your FYO Seminar” will examine best practices in how to design and structure a successful First-Year Odyssey course experience. Notions of backward design will be central to this session, and faculty will leave with practical pre-planning steps for developing and finalizing their FYO seminar. 9 a.m. Conference room, North Plaza. TODDLER TUESDAY Designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years of age, this free, 40-minute program will focus on the art of Martin Johnson Heade. Space is limited; email sagekincaid@ or call 706-542-0448 to ­reserve a spot. 10 a.m. Georgia ­Museum of Art.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9 ORIENTATION For fall semester. ARTFUL CONVERSATION Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for a slow, ­contemplative conversation focusing

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on Paul Cadmus’ painting “Playground.” 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

THURSDAY, AUG. 10 ADVISEMENT For fall semester. SBDC: GROWSMART Likened to a mini-MBA, this UGA SBDC Signature Series Course is designed for current business owners wanting to take their business to the next level by developing a tailored and actionable business strategy for growth. There is an application process and minimum revenue requirements. Held one day a week for five weeks, the 2017 class will begin Aug. 10. $895. 9 a.m. Chicopee Complex. 706-542-7436. WOMEN’S SOCCER Exhibition game vs. Auburn. 7 p.m. Turner Soccer Complex. 706-542-1621.

FRIDAY, AUG. 11 REGISTRATION For fall semester. WORKSHOP “Launching a Successful FYO Seminar” will examine UGA’s First-Year ­Odyssey’s program goals as well as best practices in how to design and structure a ­successful FYO course. This session offers faculty “best of” experiences and advice on how to begin an FYO seminar as well as a concise review of research on “day one” practices in small seminar classes. Faculty will leave with practical assignments and goals for the first weeks of their FYO seminar and beyond. 9:30 a.m. Conference room, North Plaza.

SUNDAY, AUG. 13 CONCERT The annual concert by the Athens Brass Choir often includes classical music, marches and show tunes. 2 p.m. Visitor Center, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014.

MONDAY, AUG. 14 CLASSES BEGIN For fall semester. DROP/ADD Through Aug. 18. For undergraduateand graduate-level courses during the fall semester.

COMING UP SUNFLOWER MUSIC SERIES Aug. 15. Now in its 16th season, the Sunflower Music Series has placed both world-renowned and new-on-the-scene musicians in a world-class botanical environment. Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry, which just released its third full-length studio album titled Dead Ringer, will perform. Presented by Friends of the Garden. $15, general admission; $5 for children ages 6-12. 7 p.m. Flower Garden Lawn, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014.

Works by the late printmaker F. Townsend Morgan are on display at the Georgia Museum of Art through Sept. 10.


Printmaker F. Townsend Morgan is by no means a household name. Even many art historians of the era in which he worked have never heard of him, and he never worked or lived in Georgia. So why is the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia organizing the first exhibition of Morgan’s work since his death in 1965? Guest curator and independent scholar Stephen Goldfarb studies prints from the years between World War I and II, which is when Morgan mostly worked. Morgan’s prints of sailboats, in particular, caught Goldfarb’s eye. They reminded him of James McNeill Whistler’s images of similar subjects, rendered with minimal detail that nonetheless captures sky, sea, boat and land. Indeed, Morgan studied with artist Joseph Pennell in Philadelphia, who knew Whistler and served as his first biographer. Although Morgan’s work was not well known, its quality was high. A retired librarian who has served as guest curator of several previous shows at the museum, Goldfarb started researching Morgan’s life. He found descendants scattered around the U.S., including one granddaughter who had saved boxes and boxes of Morgan’s papers. Morgan had started off making art as a hobby while working in the family steel business, and when the Great Depression hit and caused that business to go bankrupt, he turned to his pastime to try to make a living, making hundreds of figurative prints. Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan is on view at the museum through Sept. 10. It includes about 30 of Morgan’s prints, a watercolor he made while in the U.S. Virgin Islands, several drawings, studies for prints and some ephemera. If anything, the fact that Morgan is almost unknown is the reason to present the exhibition, to correct the art historical record in a small way, said Goldfarb. Morgan was born in 1883 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Art Students League in New York City, learning from artists Arthur Dow, George Bridgman and John F. Carlson. In Philadelphia, he was associated with the Sketch Club, the Print Club and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. When he and his family fell on hard times, he found work with various New Deal art programs, traveling to the Virgin Islands and Florida. Morgan first found work with the Public Works Art Project in Philadelphia in 1933. Specifically established to get the unemployed through the winter of that year, it was the first of several federal government programs that employed out-of-work artists. One of his assignments was to make drawings of slum conditions in Philadelphia for first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to use in a talk. Two etchings resulted from these drawings, both of which are in the exhibition. Morgan won prizes for his work, and his prints belong to the collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and the U.S. Treasury Department, as well as the Georgia Museum of Art. He seems to have managed to support himself and his family through his commissions and various federally funded gigs. Goldfarb said he hopes that this exhibition will draw attention to Morgan’s “considerable oeuvre” of prints and that they can become a small part of American art history. Programs related to the exhibition of Morgan’s work include public tours Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 3 p.m.

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in the state since 2013. Shrimpers have been required by the federal government to use TEDs since 1987. However, the TED required of shrimpers doesn’t work well with jellyballs because the 4-inch opening that prevents turtles from getting into the net is also too small for the jellies.This requirement is seen as a hindrance to Howell Boone, a commercial fisherman who expressed concern over the impact of the current TED on his jellyball harvest. “We can’t make any money using it... zero,” said Boone, who captains a commercial fishing boat that trawls for the jellies. The team first tested Boone’s argument that the shrimp TEDs were ineffective for jellyball trawlers by pulling two identical nets behind his boat. One net was equipped with a certified TED; the other had no TED. Results of the trawl showed that nets with certified TEDs caught 23.6 percent fewer jellyballs by weight when compared to a net with no TED, which supported Boone’s concerns about the TED limiting catch. The next step involved designing a practical TED for the jellyfish industry that would appease fishermen, state resource managers and biologists. “We’ve been involved with TED development and certification since it began in the late 1970s,” said Lindsey Parker, a marine resource specialist at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. “We are familiar with how government agencies evaluate TEDs. We know the tasks it will have to perform and how well it needs to perform those tasks when put to the test.” Parker, who has a 35-year history with

Bulletin Board vLab upgrade

vLab, UGA’s virtual computer lab that offers students, faculty and staff access to computer lab software anytime, anywhere, will be upgraded Aug. 4 from ­Windows 7 to Windows 10. There will be no downtime for vLab during the upgrade, which should improve performance in vLab in computer labs on campus and for users accessing vLab on their personal devices. A valid MyID and a device enrolled in ArchPass Duo, UGA’s two-factor authentication service, are required to log in to the vLab. For more information about vLab, visit­ support/vlab. For more information about ArchPass Duo, visit archpass.

BFSO luncheon tickets

The Black Faculty & Staff Organization at the University of Georgia will host its 15th annual Founders Scholarship Luncheon Sept. 12 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. The Rev. Everett D. Mitchell, a circuit court judge in Wisconsin’s Dane County, will be the keynote speaker. The luncheon will support six awardees: three scholarship opportunities through the Founders Awards and three scholarship opportunities through faculty and staff nominations. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the BFSO mission and the scholarship program. Tickets purchased are $50, $40 before Aug. 4. Tables are available for sponsors starting at $320. Contact Narke Norton at yspnarke@ with questions. Bulletin Board is limited to information that may pertain to a majority of faculty and staff members.

A Georgia Sea Grant-funded project will help protect turtles and enable fishermen trawling for cannonball jellyfish to operate more efficiently.

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, worked with Howell Boone’s father, Sinkey Boone, who invented the first turtle excluder device.The original design has been modified over the years to be more efficient and eventually gained national certification in 2012. The new jellyball TED, designed by Howell Boone, has an 8-inch opening, large enough to let 6- to 8-inch jellyballs into the net but small enough to keep sea turtles out. The team conducted 22 paired trawls using the same methods as before but yielded much different results. There was no significant difference in the amount of jellyfish caught between the net with the experimental TED and the net with no TED. Patrick Geer, chief of Marine Fisheries for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and co-principal investigator on the jellyball TED project, said the new design looks promising and could be considered for use in state waters.


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accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current trends continue, roughly 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or the natural environment by 2050. Twelve billion metric tons is about 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building. “Most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years,” said Jenna Jambeck, study co-author and associate professor of engineering at UGA. “Our estimates underscore the need to think critically about the materials we use and our waste management practices.” The scientists compiled production statistics for resins, fibers and additives from a variety of industry sources and synthesized them according to type and consuming sector. Global production of plastics increased from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to over 400 million metric tons in 2015, according to the study, outgrowing most other man-made materials. Notable exceptions are materials that are used extensively in the construction sector, such as steel and cement. But while steel and cement are used primarily for construction, plastics’ largest market is packaging, and most of those products are used once and discarded. The same team of researchers led a 2015 study published in the journal Science that calculated the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean. They estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010. “There are people alive today who remember a world without plastics,” said Jambeck, a 2016-2017 Public Service and Outreach Faculty Fellow who conducted her research alongside faculty in Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. “But they have become so ubiquitous that you can’t go anywhere without finding plastic waste in our environment, including our oceans.” The researchers caution that they do not seek the total removal of plastic from the marketplace but rather a more critical examination of plastic use and its end-of-life value. The research was conducted with the Marine Debris Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, with support from Ocean Conservancy.

“Current technologies fail to completely address the potentially harmful complications related to medical implants,” Handa said. “Nitric oxide is the focus of this project because it not only serves as an antimicrobial agent, but it also can help prevent clotting on the medical implants such as vascular catheters.” When a foreign material, including surgical tools and implants, enters the body, the immune system’s initial reaction is to send proteins to the area in an attempt to contain the material. This process is known as protein adsorption (not to be confused with absorption). While protein adsorption can encourage tissue repair by serving as scaffolds for platelets and other cells, it also can produce unwanted events. Platelets and fibrin, a protein that creates a fibrous mesh to impede the flow of blood, can adhere to implants and induce thrombosis. Handa said intravascular catheters on the market today may work to prevent some potential complications but not all. For example, some catheters only work

to inhibit fibrin formation while ignoring platelet activation, the process by which platelets clump together. Other catheters are coated with antibiotic substances to reduce the risk of infection, but these implants are not designed to counteract clotting. Physicians often prescribe the blood thinner heparin to prevent clotting, but heparin can increase the risk of bleeding and many patients are allergic to the medication. “We want to make a catheter that will prevent fibrin formation, platelet activation and infection,” Handa said. Since nitric oxide donors are heat-­ sensitive, Handa said the challenges of the project include developing materials—and methods for producing those materials—that can withstand the manufacturing process. In addition, he will have to find ways to extend the shelf life of the catheters. If successful, Handa believes his nitric oxide-releasing coatings will be applicable to a range of medical devices and implants including vascular grafts, stents, urinary catheters and endotracheal tubes.

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Betts Berry, a cattle farmer and lifelong resident of Chickamauga. “We might’ve talked about it. They showed us the community’s potential and what people were interested in.” The Downtown Renaissance Partnership is a 4-year-old collaboration between the Institute of Government and the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation. The partnership includes intensive three-month fellowships for students in UGA’s landscape architecture program as well as other learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the university’s College of Environment and Design. Since 2015, the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation has granted the institute $200,000 to fund projects in northwest Georgia. “Over several decades, the Lyndhurst Foundation has supported numerous projects in Chattanooga aimed at improving the quality and impact of good urban design while also enhancing public participation in the community planning and design process,” said Benic M. “Bruz” Clark, president and treasurer of the Lyndhurst Foundation. “We feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with Danny Bivins and his team to expand this body of work in northwest Georgia. The results to date have been impressive, and we have really enjoyed our association with UGA staff and the students who are turning community aspirations into reality.” The projects evolve through a series of meetings with people who live in the local communities.The local stakeholders drive the process and the conceptual designs. Bivins said he also works with other state and regional partners to assist with the planning process, such as representatives from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and the Small Business Development Center, another UGA Public Service and Outreach unit. The community relationships are valuable to the students working on the projects as well, said Doug Pardue, an associate professor in the College of Environment and Design, who leads an Urban Design Studio class. Students receive hands-on experience in downtown conceptual design, strategic planning and project implementation. As a master’s student in landscape architecture, Dan Shinkle worked in Chatsworth in 2016 as a Renaissance Fellow. He provided Mayor Tyson Haynes with plans for a new stage at the city park, a streetscape connecting the park to downtown and plans to repurpose Chatsworth’s vacant downtown industrial site. By the time Shinkle graduated last May, the city was pouring new sidewalks he had designed. Other projects underway include the restoration of a historic cemetery in Chickamauga and a regional trail system.The program “has jump-started projects in Chickamauga that the community would never have done,” Berry said. “Anything we do downtown encourages our merchants and small businesses. I think it makes a tremendous difference.”

established to help attract and retain the very best faculty and to support their vital research. “We’re most successful when donors have the opportunity to hear directly from UGA students or to sit down with UGA faculty members,” said Kelly Kerner, vice president for development and alumni relations and executive director of the foundation. “It’s difficult to replicate that kind of meaningful experience.” University officials believe that the first year of the public phase will produce the highest annual fundraising total with fluctuations up and down in the years to come. The overarching goal of any campaign is to elevate annual fundraising levels for the long-term. That is why officials are tracking the three-year rolling average—which is now 60 percent higher than FY13 at $185.2 million—to provide a better measure of sustained growth over time. “A successful fundraising year is always exciting, especially one of this magnitude,” said Kerner. “But, I’m most proud of the three-year rolling average, which is a sign of the culture change we’re seeing around private giving at UGA. Our donors know that we are making a difference every day, and they want to be a part of the long-term impact of this special place.” Morehead also noted his deep appreciation for the many individuals who made this significant achievement possible. “To our donors, thank you for your unyielding loyalty and generosity,” Morehead said. “To our development team; the UGA Foundation trustees; and the leaders of our schools, colleges and other units—I remain grateful for your tireless efforts and commitment. Also, to our faculty, staff and students, you are the inspiration of this campaign and the key to its early success.”

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UGA Columns July 31, 2017  

UGA Columns July 31, 2017

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