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Two UGA buildings named for leaders in business community By David Dodson

Dorothy Kozlowski

University of Georgia Regents’ Professor Michael Strand became the university’s eighth member of the National Academies with his election to the National Academy of Sciences.

‘Prestigious recognition’ UGA entomologist elected to National Academy of Sciences

By Sam Fahmy

University of Georgia Regents’ Professor Michael R. Strand has received one of the highest honors a scientist can receive—election to the National Academy of Sciences. Strand, who holds an appointment in the entomology department of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an affiliated appointment in the genetics department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is UGA’s eighth member of the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine. “The University of Georgia commends Dr. Strand on this most prestigious recognition,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Dr. Strand’s influential research is

representative of the high caliber of faculty at UGA and the strength of our growing research enterprise. It is an honor to have him represent this university in an organization of such tremendous national importance.” Strand’s primary research interests are in the study of the interactions among insects, parasites and microorganisms. Applications of his work focus on insects that are important to agriculture and that transmit human diseases such as malaria and Zika virus. His work has garnered nearly $28 million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation. He has published more than 220 research papers, and his findings have been cited at a level that places him in the top 1 percent of entomologists and among the top

5 percent in the fields of biology and biochemistry. “Dr. Strand’s work underscores the profound impacts that basic science can have on agriculture and human health,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “He exemplifies the kind of worldchanging research and instruction that make the University of Georgia one of the nation’s leading public universities.” Strand’s expertise is sought around the globe. He has delivered invited seminars and symposia in nearly every department of entomology in the U.S. and at universities and conferences in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. In Athens, he has taught undergraduate survey courses in entomology and has mentored more than 50 doctoral students See SCIENCES on page 8

Two new University of Georgia buildings have been named in honor of donors with lasting connections to the Terry College of Business. Construction of Benson Hall and Moore-Rooker Hall is near completion as part of the second and largest phase of UGA’s Business Learning Community. The buildings are located on the Athens campus at the corner of Lumpkin and Baxter streets. “I want to thank these outstanding alumni for their tremendous

loyalty and support,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Their generous gifts will enhance the learning environment for business students at the University of Georgia for generations to come.” The two new buildings adjoin Amos Hall, the centerpiece of Phase II’s construction, and are next to Correll Hall, which opened in 2015. “We are honored to name these buildings for such respected leaders in the business community. I am especially grateful for the faith and confidence these alumni have demonstrated in the future

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Speakers at graduation ceremonies share advice, welcome new alumni By Krista Richmond

Approximately 5,625 students met the qualifications to receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees and were welcomed as UGA’s newest alumni during spring Commencement ceremonies held May 5. Avery Hudson, who received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, spoke to her classmates about entering “the freshman year of adult life” and challenged them to be kind, be there for others and be themselves. “We can do the things that scare us,” she said. “Let’s not be a class that acts out of fear. Let’s be a class who knows who we are. Let’s be a class who shows up. You can never be too much.”

Ernie Johnson Jr., a UGA alumnus and host for Turner’s NBA coverage and TNT’s Inside the NBA studio show, continued that theme in his Commencement address to the 4,456 undergraduates. “You can speak up for the person who has no voice. You can engage the forgotten. You can uplift the downtrodden. ... Look beyond your own needs and help somebody else with their needs,” he said. “So strive, and when you strive and succeed, do it with humility. Do it with gratitude. Do it with grace.” He also talked about the importance of doing what you love. “I hope you will recognize the difference, as your careers begin and continue, between ‘get to’ and ‘got to.’ Too many people out there See COMMENCEMENT on page 7

FRANKLIN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES SCHOOL OF LAW A passion for public health turns into a career for UGA’s Georgia Supreme Court justice to deliver law school address first African-American to earn a doctorate in statistics By Alan Flurry

The first African-American to earn a doctorate in statistics at UGA, Stacy Cobb has turned a passion for public health into a career as a biostatistician. Along the way, Cobb has discovered an expansive capacity for learning, the importance of role models and the crucial role that confidence plays in the formula for academic success. She returned to UGA May 5 for Commencement ceremonies to receive the doctorate she earned in the Franklin College of Arts and

Sciences. As an undergraduate at Savannah State University, Cobb was among one of the first cohorts of STEM programs for Stacy Cobb minorities. “They really pushed us to stay in the science realm,” said Cobb, who said she’s loved math since her formative school years but didn’t always have the confidence necessary to succeed in a very challenging discipline.

Cobb’s success shows that developing the interest of young women and minorities in science and technology fields results from a combination of effective programs that encourage underrepresented groups in STEM fields as well as the enduring power of societal cues and role models. “Exposure and a more welcoming environment for women and people of color will help. The recent film Hidden Figures is a great example. I didn’t grow up knowing that women like that even existed,” Cobb said. “If the interest is sparked, then more people will See DOCTORATE on page 8

By Heidi M. Murphy

Carol W. Hunstein, a justice serving on the Supreme Court of Georgia, will deliver the keynote address at the School of Law’s Commencement to be held May 20 at 10 a.m. Hunstein was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in November 1992, becoming the second woman in history to serve as a permanent member of the court. From 2009 to 2013, she served as the court’s chief justice. Previously, Hunstein served as a judge on the Superior Court

of DeKalb County.While serving on this judicial body, in 1989, she was appointed chair of the Georgia Commission on Gender Bias Carol Hunstein in the Judicial System. She also served as the district director of the National Association of Women Judges and was the first woman to serve as president of the Council of Superior Court Judges. By virtue of the See LAW on page 8

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Georgia Fund 2017

Name: David Dodson Position: Communications Director, Terry College of Business At UGA: 27 years

David Dodson

Beneficiary of his gift to the university: Advertising and Public Relations Department

Why he contributes: “Because I know the journalism and ad/PR faculty are doing great things for students now, just like Ruthann Lariscy, Roland Page and the incomparable Conrad Fink, who taught me Public Affairs Reporting, did for me when I was a PR major.”

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

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Survey: Community college presidents report lower enrollment

Enrollment at community colleges across the country dropped in the past few years, the new Survey of Community College Presidents found. One in four community college presidents reported enrollment at their respective universities decreased by 5 percent to 10 percent, and one in five said enrollment was down by at least 10 percent from three years ago. An additional 15 percent of presidents estimated drops in enrollment at less than 5 percent.

Harvard U. increases diversity in tenure, tenure-track faculty

Harvard University has its most diverse tenured faculty in its history, according to its Office of the Senior Vice Provost. One in every four tenured professors are women, and nearly 40 percent of the tenuretrack positions are now held by women. The percentage of tenured white male professors decreased by about 9 percent from 2008.

Human Resources to offer two new ways to access health, group benefits

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On June 26, Human Resources will introduce two new ways for benefits-eligible UGA employees to access their University System of Georgia health and group benefits: • OneUSG Benefits Connect: This new, secure website will give benefits-eligible ­employees 24/7 access to their USG benefits— all year long. • OneUSG Benefits Call Center: Benefitseligible employees also will be able to get expert help with their benefits through the convenience of a toll-free telephone number. The new website and call center will replace the MyBenefits@UGA system to enroll for benefits, update employee benefits due to life status changes and review current benefit elections. All university system institutions will use the OneUSG Benefits Connect system. Even though benefits-eligible employees soon will have two new ways to access their benefits, benefits for 2017 are not changing. (As always, employees can modify their benefits when they experience a qualifying life status change, as well as during the next annual open enrollment period this fall.) No further action by employees is required now. Later this spring, watch for more information on how employees will be able to reach the OneUSG Benefits Connect website and the OneUSG Benefits Call Center. Employees who have questions now can contact the UGA HR office at or 706-542-2222. Source: Human Resources


Munneke, Terry College associate dean, receives first Seawell Award By Danielle Bezila

Henry Munneke, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Terry College of Business, has been awarded the inaugural Lee  Anne Seawell Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes faculty members who provide career development support for students. “As a university, we provide students with the foundation and knowledge to critically think about the business world,” said Munneke, who also holds the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair of Business and is director of the college’s real estate program. “The next step in the career development path is what they do when they leave here. I look at career development as an extension of what we do as educators. It’s helping students use their education to become gainfully employed.” Scott Williams, executive director of the UGA Career Center, presented Munneke with the award April 6. “We have exceptionally bright students,” Williams said. “We are fortunate

to also have a lot of faculty and staff members who care about those students and what happens to them after graduation. Henry Munneke is undoubtedly one of those faculty members.” The Lee Anne Seawell Faculty Recognition Award recipient is selected based on student feedback gathered in the university’s annual Career Outcomes Survey. The survey provides insight into the employment and continuing education status of UGA graduates with an average of six months of their graduation date. Those alumni are also given the opportunity to identify faculty members who have positively influenced their career paths. “It was pretty humbling to know that students not only filled out the Career Outcomes Survey, but they took the time to nominate me for this award,” Munneke said. Of the 2016 graduating class, 85 percent of students completed the Career Outcomes Survey, 22 percent higher than the national average. The award was endowed by the late Lee Anne Seawell, who joined UGA in 1947 as one of the university’s first

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Henry Munneke received the Lee Anne Seawell Faculty Recognition Award.

female administrators. She worked in career services and student financial aid until her retirement in 1987. “We are incredibly grateful for generous donors like Lee  Anne Seawell, who made this annual award possible,” Williams said. “It’s amazing to have support for the great career development work the Career Center and professors like Henry Munneke are doing.”


Six digital storytelling programs named winners of Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards By Margaret Blanchard

The Peabody Media Center and the University of Georgia have named six winners of this year’s Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards for outstanding digital storytelling released in 2016. The programs use 3-D modeling, virtual reality, interactive websites and video games to address stories covering a range of issues from torture in prison and childhood cancer to transgender dating and identity. The winners will be celebrated at a May 19 luncheon at Hotel Eventi in New York City. Campbell Brown, head of news partnerships at Facebook, will serve as host for the event, which will be streamed via Facebook Live. Brown has nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, most recently as an award-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC News and CNN. At CNN, she anchored a weekday primetime news program from 2007-2010 focusing on politics. During her 11-year tenure with NBC, she co-anchored the weekend edition of Today from 2003-2007 and served as White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s first term. The 2016 Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award recipients by category are: • Digital journalism: “Doctors and Sex Abuse” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Multimedia, creative graphics and an intuitive interface explore an investigation into doctors and sexual abuse, setting a new standard for a traditional medium that is increasingly shifting into digital spaces. • Interactive documentary: Saydnaya (Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture) https://saydnaya.­amnesty. org/. Architectural and acoustic modeling provide an unprecedented look— and feel—inside an infamous torture prison in northern Syria while raising awareness in an attempt to end the brutal practice. • Mobile: “Phallaina” (Small Bang Studio, France Televisions Nouvelles Ecritures and Oikos Agency) http://­ phallaina_en.php. A unique i­ nterpretation

of the graphic novel that seamlessly transfers an old art form into digital space through parallax scrolling, mindbending panel transitions and creative sound design. • Video games: “That Dragon, Cancer” (Numinous Games) http://www. The true, tragic story of a 4-year-old’s lifelong battle with the disease told in a beautifully poetic gameplay environment. Archival voice recordings and interactive exploration guide players through artful reinterpretations of real events for a lesson in empathy and strength. • Virtual reality/360: “Pearl” (Google Spotlight Stories with Evil Eye

Pictures) watch?v=WqCH4DNQBUA. Using innovative 360-degree format and animation, viewers are fully immersed into the heartwarming story—and theme song—of a father-daughter duo chasing their dreams as told from the perspective of their car. • Webisodes: “Her Story” (Speed of Joy)­ season-1/. An illuminating web series with narrative weight usually reserved for lengthier formats, “Her Story” follows two trans women navigating relationships and identity in Los Angeles. The result is an important reframing of trans representation in media.


Moore to lead CAES research efforts By J. Faith Peppers

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has tapped Allen Moore, currently serving as head of the genetics department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, to lead the college’s research efforts as the CAES associate dean for research. CAES Dean Sam Pardue announced the appointment following a months-long national search. “Dr. Moore brings a diverse background in genetics, ecology and entomology to our college research program,” Pardue said. “Adding his breadth of experience and perspective to our stellar faculty of researchers will help us continue on our trajectory of strong growth.” Moore is an expert in evolutionary biology and behavior genetics; molecular and quantitative genetic studies of complex traits, especially social traits; and the development of behavior. He held various research and administrative positions in the biological sciences at the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and in entomology at the University of Kentucky. Moore has a bachelor’s degree in

zoology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in environmental, population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral Allen Moore fellow in environmental biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’ anatomy and neurobiology department and a postdoctoral research associate in the cell biology and anatomy department at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Moore takes over July 1 for Robert Shulstad, who has served as the college’s associate dean for research since 2007. During his tenure, Shulstad led the college’s efforts to consolidate and streamline farm and land holdings, recruit some of the brightest minds in agricultural research and dramatically increase extramural funding resources. In addition to the associate dean’s responsibilities, Moore also will act as associate director of Georgia’s ­agricultural experiment stations.

RESEARCH NEWS May 15, 2017


Digest UGA to host first Southeast Quantum Computing Workshop May 18-19

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A faculty member in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Krzysztof Czaja led the study, which found that high-sugar, low-fat diets led to increased body fat in rats.

Sugar coating

‘Diet’ products can make you fat, study shows By Elizabeth Fite

High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden “diet” foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers found that rats fed a diet high in sugar but low in fat—meant to imitate many popular diet foods—increased body fat mass when compared to rats fed a balanced rodent diet. The high-sugar diet induced a host of other problems, including liver damage and brain inflammation. “Most so-called diet products containing low or no fat have an increased amount of sugar and are camouflaged under fancy names, giving the impression that they are healthy, but the reality is that those foods may damage the liver and lead to obesity as well,” said the study’s principal investigator, Krzysztof Czaja, an associate professor of veterinary biosciences and diagnostic imaging in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “What’s really troubling in our findings is that the rats consuming highsugar, low-fat diets didn’t consume significantly more calories than the rats

fed a balanced diet,” Czaja said. “Our research shows that in rats fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet, the efficiency of generating body fat is more than twice as high—in other words, rats consuming low-fat, high-sugar diets need less than half the number of calories to generate the same amount of body fat.” Over a four-week period, researchers monitored body weight, caloric intake, body composition and fecal samples in three groups of rats. One group of test subjects consumed a diet high in fat and sugar, another group was fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet and a third group was given a balanced or “normal” diet. Both the low-fat, high-sugar and high-fat, high-sugar groups displayed an increase in liver fat and significant increases in body weight and body fat when compared to the balanced diet group. Liver fat accumulation was significant in the high-sugar, low-fat group, which Czaja said “is a very dangerous situation, because the liver accumulating more fat mimics the effect of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.” Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by fat buildup in the liver, and serious forms of the disease can result in liver damage comparable to that caused by heavy alcohol use.

The unbalanced diets also induced chronic inflammation in the intestinal tract and brain. Former studies in rats conducted by Czaja have shown that brain inflammation alters gut-brain communication by damaging the vagus nerve, which controls sensory signals, including the brain’s ability to determine when one is full. “The brain changes resulting from these unbalanced diets seem to be long term, and it is still not known if they are reversible by balanced diets,” Czaja said. This study expands upon the researchers’ previous work that determined high-fat diets alter the gut microbiome, the collection of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in the digestive tract. The recent study found that the unbalanced diets decreased the microbiome’s bacterial diversity, and the low-fat, high-sugar diet increased gut bacteria that are associated with liver damage. The study was published online in the journal Physiology and Behavior and is available at science/article/pii/S0031938416309489. Co-author Claire de La Serre, an assistant professor of foods and nutrition in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, conducted metabolic analysis for the study.


Science education professor receives NSF research grant By Kathyrn Kao

Oftentimes, researchers must use radically different measures to break new ground in higher education. This “high risk-high payoff” approach to supporting new, exploratory work will allow Mary Atwater, a professor in the mathematics and science education department in the College of Education, to develop a potentially transformative venue for reducing racial microaggression, or the subtle, indirect or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, in science education. Awarded by the National Science Foundation, Atwater’s $229,061 Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research will examine new ways to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields for science education faculty of African or Latino ancestry.

“There has been little research in this area in science education,” said Atwater, who is currently the Sachs Distinguished Lecturer in residence at Teachers College, Columbia University. “In fact, there is very little microaggression research that has been done in which the participants are people of European-American descent.” While prior research has focused almost exclusively on faculty and students of color within higher education, Atwater will be using various methods in her study, “Exploring Racial Microaggression in Science Education,” to examine microaggressors at seven institutions of higher education with science education programs. Past research shows that science and science education faculty and students of African or Latino ancestry regularly face acts of racial microaggressions that often negatively impact whether they remain in science education departments and STEM courses.

Since many of these acts of racial microaggression come from administrators, colleagues and peers, the EAGER grant will serve as an important step in directly addressing microaggression in higher education. In addition to identifying any activities that might lead to microaggressions, Atwater’s study will look at why microaggressors are either aware or unaware of their acts, while also collecting data about policies that have been used by colleagues and administrators to minimize racial microaggressions. “This grant can have an impact on the number of African-American and Latino/a faculty members we have in science education,” said Atwater. With the help of a few graduate students at Columbia University and the University of Georgia, Atwater will use critical race theory to frame the study, as well as questionnaires, implicit attitude tests, interviews and other archival documents to acquire data for the study.

UGA will host a regional workshop on quantum computing and quantum information science May 18-19 in the Center for Simulational Physics in the physics building on the UGA campus. The first Southeast Quantum Computing Workshop is free but registration is required. Quantum computers, which use quantum states of subatomic particles to store information, was initiated as a field in 1980 and though its development remains in the early stages, some online capabilities are now available. Large-scale quantum computers would be able to solve certain problems faster than classical computers and also to solve problems that are not practically feasible on classical computers. These applications include special algorithms designed for quantum computing, particularly those focused on machine learning. The growing impact and capacity of quantum computing is the focus of the regional workshop, which will offer researchers an opportunity to share short ­presentations on their work with interested colleagues. To learn more and to register for the conference, visit­southeastquantum-computing-2017/.

Staff Council welcomes new members and elects officers for 2017-2018 academic year

At its May 3 meeting, the Staff Council welcomed new members and elected officers for the coming year. New members are Danielle Free with the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Brittney MacDonald with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Joy Strickland with the genetics department and Beth Woods with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The elected officers are Vice-Chair Marie Mize with the School of Law, Coordinator Mary Moore with the Office of Institutional Research, Treasurer Jacob Schindler with the School of Public and International Affairs and Recording Secretary Kaelin Broaddus with the University of Georgia Press. “Staff Council has a lot planned for the coming year, and I am very pleased that members expressed their confidence in our leadership team by re-electing the incumbents and a new treasurer, allowing us to continue making a great place to work even better,” said Michael Lewis, Staff Council chair.

UGA’s Fanning Institute will host inaugural Embark Georgia conference May 18-19

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development will host an inaugural Embark Georgia Leadership Conference on college access and resources for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. The conference will be held May 18-19 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Embark Georgia is a statewide network of support for young people who are or have been in foster care or homeless and are enrolled or interested in attending any postsecondary educational institution in Georgia. The conference is open to higher education professionals, high school professionals, case managers, homeless liaisons, private foster care professionals and any other interested community partners. It will include simulations and breakout sessions on a variety of topics, such as financial and social supports for students, how campus and community organizations can structure targeted support for students and challenges the students face. On May 19, attendees will hear from keynote speaker Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University. Goldrick-Rab also founded the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She also is author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream. To learn more or to register go to

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Five graduate students receive teaching awards By David Andriate

Each year, the University of Georgia recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated superior teaching skills and contributed to teaching beyond their own classroom responsibilities through the Excellence in Teaching Awards administered by the Graduate School and the Outstanding Teaching Awards administered by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. The winners of this year’s Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award are Meghan Barnes (language and literacy education), J. Aaron Harris (cellular biology), Caitlin Ishibashi (plant biology), Haley O’Steen (finance) and Marcela Reales Visbal (Romance languages). Barnes, a teaching assistant for the English education program for the past four years, has taught three different courses within the program. She introduced a communitybased component to her courses, partnering university students with local high school students and requiring her university students to learn about, from and with local community members. Harris continues to make the most of his teaching opportunities in the cellular biology department. He has taught a number of diverse courses ranging from introductory laboratory courses to upper-level lecture courses. He also was selected to teach a seminar course to graduate students that prepares them to teach at a university level. In his teaching, Harris uses a number of pedagogies to promote the students’ curiosity and develop critical thinking skills that can be applied long after they have left his class. Ishibashi, a doctoral candidate in the plant biology department, has taught various biology courses since 2013. She also co-designed and co-taught two new classes at UGA: a graduate seminar, “Communicating Science,” and an undergraduate course, “Plant Based Solutions to Societal and Environmental Challenges.” Her primary goal in the classroom is to inspire others to enjoy and appreciate the process of learning. She works to create an inclusive environment in which students are excited to participate. O’Steen has taught financial management and financial modeling to juniors and seniors in the Terry College of Business since 2014. She coordinates the other teaching assistants in the finance department and has taught traditional courses as well as an online course for the UGA online BBA degree. Her goal in the classroom is to encourage engagement, and whether her pupils plan to get jobs in finance or pursue research, she is actively involved in working with them all. Reales Visbal is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic studies in the Romance languages department. She has taught and led discussion sessions for Spanish language and Latin American literature courses and has participated as a teaching assistant in numerous study abroad and Spanish language immersion programs. She strives to provide students with multiple paths to learning by creating lessons that incorporate relevant, diverse and creative materials and encourage students to become active learners and collaborators. In addition to these five graduate students receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award, 120 graduate students were honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award. The complete list of winners and nominees for the Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Awards is at

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PSO Faculty Fellows study coastal debris, fungi and leadership evaluation By Kelly Simmons

Jenna Jambeck is working to reduce the amount of debris, specifically plastic, found in the coastal environment. Marin Brewer is exploring the relationship between fungi and plant disease. Rebecca Nesbit is studying how UGA leadership programs help local nonprofit organizations. As 2016-17 Faculty Fellows, ­Jambeck, Brewer and Nesbit each has had an opportunity to partner with a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit to further their academic and research interests. “I wouldn’t be able to do any of this work, like the DNA sequencing and creating the interactive map and trail markers, without my fellowship,” said Brewer, an assistant professor of mycology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who partnered with the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. “The grant has also provided opportunities for me to conduct several presentations, which helps build a bridge between UGA mycology and the garden.” The fellows program, created in 2011 by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, gives tenured and tenure-track professors the means to develop enhanced academic courses, conduct community-based research and apply that research to outreach initiatives. Public Service and Outreach provides $15,000 to each fellow’s home department. An anticipated outcome of the fellowship is the faculty members’ sustained involvement with Public Service and Outreach. Jambeck, an associate professor of environmental engineering in the

­ ollege of Engineering, spent her felC lowship with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Working with Katy Smith, water quality program coordinator for Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Jambeck recruited students to collect data on marine debris along the Georgia coast. Using the Marine Debris Tracker, an app that Jambeck developed in 2010, the students submit information about the type, amount and location of litter and debris in a coastal environment. So far students from Glynn Middle School in Brunswick have removed 890 items of debris from approximately 3.5 acres of the marsh near the school. In addition they have become more educated about marine debris and the problems it can create for the environment. “If people are noticing litter items and tracking it with Marine Debris Tracker, then maybe they will think twice the next time they are offered a single use plastic item or will remember to bring their bags or use a water bottle,” Jambeck said. “It is these small changes, when taken collectively, that really do make a difference.” Nesbit, an associate professor of public administration and policy in the School of Public and International Affairs, partnered with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development for her fellowship. Her goal was to assess nonprofit organizations that have worked with Fanning faculty to see if that work has had an impact on the organization. She surveyed nonprofit employees in Northeast Georgia who had used the Fanning Institute for board development and strategic planning. The survey will help Fanning faculty adapt their nonprofit training to better assist the organizations and have a

better understanding of the outcomes. Nesbit hopes to continue the project to help Fanning faculty become more responsive to the nonprofit organizations and to further strengthen her evaluation skills and provide publishable data that can add to the field of knowledge in nonprofit studies. “Really our hope is to strengthen these organizations so they can do good in the community,” Nesbit said. “Ultimately, that’s what I hope to get out of it, something I can do to help the community and these nonprofits.” Brewer became interested in mycology (the study of fungi) and its relationship with plants while working in Maine for the Agricultural Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, before going to graduate school. Most of her work involved studying soil ecology and plant diseases caused by fungi. During her fellowship at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Brewer, her graduate researchers and undergraduate students collected fungi samples along one trail of the garden. Using a national database, they identified and labeled their findings, which were confirmed by DNA sequencing. They now can create an interactive map and markers to be placed along the trail and track the species’ growth or decline from year to year. The fellowship was Brewer’s first opportunity to study fungal diversity in a natural forest ecosystem. “People don’t think about fungi because they are often located where we can’t see them,” Brewer said. “But they have a huge impact, whether that’s positive or negative, on our plant and animal habitats and we need to study them more to really understand those contributions.”


Career Center recognizes top UGA student employees at annual awards luncheon By Danielle Bezila

The University of Georgia employs more than 5,000 student employees. Each spring, the UGA Career Center celebrates the contributions those students make to labs, offices and programs across campus. Held April 12, this year’s Student Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon brought together 100 of the top student employees, based on nominations by supervisors, in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. During the luncheon, special recognition was given to the top three student employees. Aiden Holley of Nashville, Tennessee, was named the 2017 UGA Student Employee of the Year. A 2017 UGA graduate, Holley was a part-time student employee in the Office of Service-Learning, a public service and outreach unit, and Campus Kitchen at UGA. His responsibilities included leading volunteer shifts, initiating new programs, creating

From left, Sahar Tejani, Aiden Holley and Jacob Kalina took top honors at the Student Employee of the Year Luncheon.

and maintaining community partnerships and managing a variety of logistical operations.

Sahar Tejani, an early childhood education major from Duluth, was the 2017 runner-up. Tejani was a part-time student employee for the Georgia Center for Continuing Education where she was the director of the Summer Academy, an educational youth camp. The third-place student was Jacob Kalina, an agriscience and environmental systems major from Williamson. Kalina was a part-time student employee for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences crop and soil sciences in Tifton. His supervisor praised Kalina’s conscientiousness when conducting research and his efforts to ensure that scientific procedures were followed correctly. The Student Employee of the Year is selected by an 11-member committee of faculty and staff members from across campus. In addition to having his name engraved on the Student Employee of the Year plaque, Holley also had his nomination materials submitted for consideration in the regional competition.

UGAGUIDE May 15, 2017

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Michael Ellison: Urban Impressions. Through May 21. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. A Championship Tradition: The NCAA Tennis Tournament in Athens. Through May 30. Rotunda, special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto. Through July 30. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. 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. June 3-Sept. 9. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan. June 17-Sept. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

MONDAY, MAY 15 WORKSHOP Through May 19. This week-long computational modeling workshop is designed to introduce students and health professionals to the emerging field of quantitative modeling as it relates to the dynamics of infectious diseases. Email for registration assistance. Free to UGA graduate students, postdocs and faculty. $605, academic and government employees; $755, general registration. Computer Lab 201, Forestry Resources Building. 706-542-1930.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 TUESDAY TOUR AT TWO Also May 23, May 30, June 6. 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. BASEBALL vs. Furman. $5-$8. 6 p.m. Foley Field. 706-542-1231.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 MIDTERM, WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE For May session. ARTFUL CONVERSATION Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of Sam Gilliam’s Patchwork/Terry (1980). 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 NATURE RAMBLE Also May 25, June 1, June 8. 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. 9:30 a.m. Meet at Shade Garden Arbor, State Botanical Garden.

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 STUDIO WORKSHOP Also May 25. Join Athens artist and educator Heather Foster for a four-part series of studio sessions focused on the human figure. The cost of the course is a $15 materials fee, which will cover all necessary supplies for the four sessions. Space is limited; call 706-542-8863 or email to reserve a spot. 6:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. THURSDAY TWILIGHT TOUR Docents will lead tours of The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto and Michael Ellison: Urban Impressions. 7 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 WORKSHOP The 2017 annual summit of the Regenerative Engineering Medicine group, known as REM, a joint partnership between UGA, Emory and Georgia Tech will focus on “Striving to Empower Each Partner.” STEEP is a critical way for REM to bring partners together from across Georgia to discuss current and future research in regenerative medicine. Registration is required. 9:30 a.m. VEC Alumni Hall 1920, look for sign marked 3081 Veterinary Education Center. OCONEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 3 p.m. Stegeman Coliseum. NORTH OCONEE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 7 p.m. Stegeman Coliseum.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 SCHOOL OF LAW COMMENCEMENT 10 a.m. Ramsey Center. (See story, page 1.) CLARKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 3 p.m. Stegeman Coliseum. CEDAR SHOALS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 6 p.m. Stegeman Coliseum.

MONDAY, MAY 22 CONCERT The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents America!, celebrating the music of five of American master composers Samuel Barber, John

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Corigliano, John Harbison, William Bolcom and Aaron Copland, including Copland’s original 1944 version of Appalachian Spring. $53; $6 for UGA students with ID. 8 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4400. (See story at right.)



TUESDAY, MAY 23 REST OF THE STORY BOOK CLUB MEETING Monthly book club with light refreshments and discussion on works connected to upcoming/ongoing exhibitions, programs and collections at the special collections libraries. May’s selection: Lighthouse by Eugenia Price. 5:30 p.m. 258 special collections libraries. 706-542-5788.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 TOUR AT TWO Tour of the highlights from the permanent collection led by docents. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 RAMADAN Islamic religious observance.

MONDAY, MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY No classes; offices closed.



The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will close the Performing Arts Center’s 2016-2017 season with the program “America!” on May 22.

By Bobby Tyler

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will close the Performing Arts Center’s 2016-2017 season with America!, a program honoring five of America’s master composers. The May 22 concert will feature Aaron Copland’s original 1944 14-instrument version of Appalachian Spring. Prior to the concert, the Performing Arts Center will host an announcement party to unveil the upcoming 2017-2018 season. The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the PAC quad where patrons can enjoy free hot dogs and frozen custard sundaes. The concert will follow at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. In addition to Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the Chamber Music Society’s America! program will include works by Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, John Harbison and William Bolcom. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music. The UGA Performing Arts Center has hosted six CMSLC concerts throughout the current season, establishing the greatest presence in one location for the Chamber Music Society outside of New York City. Tickets for the concert are $53 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student. Patrick Castillo from CMSLC will give a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall.



DROP/ADD Through June 6. For Thru Term, Short Session I.

ORIENTATION For Thru Term, Short Session I.


SATURDAY, JUNE 3 EXHIBITION OPENING Opening of The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade. Largely forgotten by scholars and collectors after his death, Martin Johnson Heade was one of the most varied and inventive painters of the 19th century. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from its collection of Heade’s work, this exhibition presents the artist’s great creative range in examples from an early folk portrait to a late magnolia still life. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TOUR Tour highlights from the permanent collection led by docents. 3 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

CLASSES BEGIN For Thru Term, Short Session I. MAY SESSION GRADES Due by 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 TOUR AT TWO Tour of the highlights from the permanent collection led by docents. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 FAMILY DAY: FLOWERS AND BIRDS Explore paintings featuring beautiful landscapes, flowers and birds in the exhibition The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade, then create a nature-inspired work of art in the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom. 10 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. EXHIBITION OPENING Opening of Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design.

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The exhibit will present more than 50 objects designed by the Italian architect. It will include some of Ponti’s most outstanding pieces of furniture and decorative objects from the beginning of his career in the 1920s through the 1950s, borrowed from American museums and private collections. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

COMING UP ARTFUL CONVERSATION June 14. Join Callan Steinmann, ­associate curator of education, for slow looking and dialogue with George Segal’s Young Woman in Doorway (1983). 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. THIRD THURSDAY June 15. 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 visualarts programming. Full schedules are posted at NEXT COLUMNS DEADLINES May 31 (for June 12 issue) June 14 (for June 26 issue) July 5 (for July 17 issue)

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Peter Charles Hoffer, Distinguished Research Professor of History in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is one of 31 new speakers appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians. OAH Distinguished Lecturers promote understanding and appreciation of all facets of U.S. history from the 1600s through the present, which is an essential component of the organization’s mission. Appointed by the OAH president-elect, Distinguished Lecturers agree to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate lecture fees to the organization. Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. Aron Stubbins, an associate professor at the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, is one of just a handful of researchers cited in the journal Limnology and Oceanography for authoring two of the journal’s top scientific papers over the past 60 years. Limnology and Oceanography is an official publication of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and is considAron Stubbins ered a premier scientific journal. In its 60th anniversary issue, the journal collected and republished the 10 most cited research papers for each of the last six decades. Stubbins authored or co-authored two of those papers, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. The journal used the number of times a paper was cited in future studies as the yardstick to determine which papers should be included on the list. Stephanie Jones, a professor of early childhood education in the College of Education’s educational theory and practice department, received the 2017 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Qualitative Research Book Award from the American Educational Research Association and the Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. Jones’ book On Mutant Pedagogies: Seeking Justice and Drawing Change in Teacher Education was honored for taking the reader on a journey that offers compelling and critical ways to engage with both qualitative research and teacher education. AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry, promote the use of research to improve education and to serve the public good. Jones’ award was conferred during the 2017 AERA annual meeting in San Antonio. Kudos recognizes special contributions of staff, faculty and administrators in teaching, research and service. News items are limited to election into office of state, regional, national and international societies; major awards and prizes; and similarly notable accomplishments.

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Pat Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, announced her retirement earlier this year but will leave behind a legacy of graduates who continue her work on health issues.

Grady professor teaches students to communicate science effectively By Sarah Freeman

When Pat Thomas read the online posting for the newly created Knight Chair at the University of Georgia, she felt that all her life experiences had prepared her for this job. “From the minute I saw this job description I thought, ‘Wow, I have what they are looking for,’ ” Thomas said. UGA wanted an experienced journalist tuned in to health disparities in the South, who could help graduate students, researchers and public health professionals communicate more ­effectively. Over the past 12 years, creating Grady’s graduate program in health and medical journalism has been her focus. Thomas came up with a curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based reporting and empathic storytelling. “I think of it as scientifically based coverage of subjects that are intensely personal,” Thomas said. “We all have illnesses and loved ones with illnesses we wish they didn’t have. We need to empower the public with good information about these things. That’s the kind of reporters that I am trying to train.” For example, Thomas makes sure students come face-to-face with health disparities in the region. In 2007, HMJ students traveled to New Orleans to report on the rebuilding of health care two years after Hurricane Katrina. More recently, she led reporting trips to rural areas of Georgia, where

students generated multimedia stories about poverty and health for Georgia Health News. Thomas also is passionate about diseases of neglected people around the world. She spent four years researching Big Shot: Passion, Politics and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine, which was included on the Washington Post’s list of notable books in 2001. Thomas and Dan Colley, the recently retired director of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, teamed up to direct the “Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard” series for the past 12 years. They have brought 46 internationally known speakers to UGA including researchers, journalists, authors, filmmakers and communication directors from WHO and CDC. Thomas also has been part of a UGA Graduate School initiative that helps faculty researchers and graduate students discover new ways to communicate their research stories. This training is an area she knows well from her career before UGA. Thomas was the first female editor of the Harvard Health Letter and a contributor to a host of magazines and newsletters. She also had been a Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar at the Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University. Despite her history with private institutions, the University of Georgia’s

FACTS Patricia Thomas Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism Journalism Department Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication M.A., Communication, Stanford University, 1970 B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley, 1969 At UGA: 12 years

land-grant mission holds a special appeal for Thomas. She lives by this mission of helping others in her personal life, as well. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the University of Georgia Press for several years, Thomas was active in the original Partnership in a Prosperous Athens and its offspring, Athens Health Network. “In a town with a 30 percent poverty rate, we need to think about our neighbors a little more,” Thomas said. “We are all on the same ship.” Thomas, who earlier this year announced her retirement, has a legacy of graduates who will continue shedding light on untold health issues. “I have seen graduates in my program do wonderful things, and I expect them to continue to do wonderful things by turning science into stories that people can relate to,” she said.



Thirty-two UGA employees retired April 1. Retirees, their job classification, department and years of service are: James W. Aaron, security guard, Housing Administration, 14 years; Michele F. Ayers, administrative associate II, Office of the President, 24 years; Sheila Barnett, administrative associate II, history department, 18 years, 2 months; Sarah Norris Berck, senior accountant, UGA Cooperative Extension-Northeast district, 21 years, 10 months; Eric S. Bonaparte, senior public service associate, Small Business Development Center, 17 years; Patricia A. Clarke, building services worker I, Myers Hall, 12 years, 11 months; Jerrie E. Courson, accounting

technician, Facilities Management Division-services department-material requisition, 29 years, 7 months; Genevieve Esquivie, library associate III, Libraries-general operations, 30 years; William John Evelyn, communications production ­manager, Marketing & Communications, 37 years, 1 month; Steven L. Finnerty, research professional I, plant pathology research, 38 years, 2 months; Patricia S. Gunderman, business manager III, psychology, 32 years, 4 months; Teresa L. Harper, cook I, UGA Cooperative Extension-4-H and Youth, 30 years, 4 months; Reather M. Heard, building services worker I, Myers Hall, 13 years, 6 months; James Hemphill Jr., building services worker II, Facilities Management

Division-services department, building services (North campus, second shift), 27 years, 1 month; Charles L. Hofacre, professor, population health, 18 years, 6 months; Ruth Jarret, web developer specialist, Technology Services, 30 years, 7 months; Kaye W. Leverette, student affairs professional I, communication s­ciences and special education, 32 years, 8 months; Sandra Tucker MacKay, computer graphics operator,UGA Cooperative Extension-Office of Communications, 29 years, 9 months; Rose L. Mattox, building services worker II, Facilities Management Division-services department, building services (North campus), 16 years, 11 months; Linda C. Maxey, ­administrative associate I, University

Health Center, 10 years, 1 month; Gertrude Harriet McAfee, student affairs professional II, Gwinnett Graduate Programs, 10 years, 3 months; James David McFarland, materials handler supervisor, Research Business Services, 24 years; Mary Anne McGuire, assistant research scientist, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 18 years, 7 months; Richard L. Miller, assistant manager, Mail and Receiving Services, 22 years, 3 months; Harold B. Peeler, research professional I, entomology research, Griffin campus, 30 years, 6 months; Judy Faye Phillips, county extension program assistant, UGA Cooperative Extension-College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 12 years, 5 months; Helen Rogers, student

affairs professional I, mathematics and science education, 12 years, 2 months; Tracie W. Sapp, senior associate director, Office of Research, Enterprise Information Technology Services, 35 years, 8 months; Demetrius Shun Smith, student affairs professional II, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, 27 years, 8 months; Stephen Wan, scientific computing professional assistant, Terry College of BusinessDean’s Office, 23 years, 9 months; ­Dennis George Widner, radiation safety specialist, Office of the Vice President for Research, 20 years, 10 months; and Mark Allen ­Zeigler, public service assistant, Office of the Associate Dean for Extension, 23 years, 11 months. Source: Human Resources

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Students reflect on the hard work they’ve done to earn their degrees.

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Students celebrated during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony held May 5.

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Ernie Johnson Jr. offered advice to graduates about embracing the unscripted parts of life.

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UGA President Jere W. Morehead saluted the students who started as freshmen when he took office four years ago.

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Fireworks lit the sky over Sanford Stadium as Commencement ended.


have jobs they’ve ‘got to’ go to, but some of us have jobs we ‘get to’ go to. I hope that your job is one of those ‘get tos.’ ” Johnson spoke about his own life and family, including the adoption of his son, Michael, from Romania in 1991. Michael was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy the following year but has continued to make an impact on those he comes across, including working with high school students in Gwinnett County and being honored at their senior night. “Thus began the unscripted portion of my life—a portion that has enabled me not to run from the unscripted, but to embrace the unscripted,” he said. “It’s the unscripted— that’s what makes life extraordinary.” Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program, spoke to the estimated 242 doctoral candidates and 927 master’s and specialist degree students about their futures during the graduate ceremony. “I challenge you to conduct an honest assessment of where you see yourselves in one, five, 10, 30 years,” he said. “You may not know, but guess what? You won’t know unless you think about it, and once you think about it, you will have some curveballs on the way.” Shepherd encouraged graduates to take that idea a step further and think about how they can take the knowledge they gained at UGA and use it to solve grand challenges facing Georgia and the world. “What’s your challenge? What mantle will you take up for the betterment of society and our world in general? The University of Georgia has afforded you tools, and you must not sit on the sidelines,” he said. The Class of 2017 committed to removing barriers and opening doors by breaking the UGA Senior Signature class gift record with 2,164 signatures and $110,000 raised to go toward student scholarships. The initial goal was 2,017 signatures or $100,000. The previous record was set by the Class of 2008 with 2,014 signatures on their plaque.



Book covers history, popularity of pecans

Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree By Lenny Wells University of Alabama Press Hardcover: $29.95

Lenny Wells, UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist and the university’s leading voice in the pecan industry, covers the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree. In the book, Wells addresses the pecan’s progression from wild tree to the $361 million crop it is today in Georgia. The book also covers the industry’s rise from the forests of the Mississippi River valley throughout the U.S. When Wells started his job at UGA, he found a box of old magazines, articles and pamphlets from the early 1900s in his office. These texts, left by his predecessor, Tom Crocker, included an interesting story about the location of pecans’ beginnings as an agricultural crop. The book includes recently discovered data on the health advantages of pecans, like the nut’s high level of antioxidants and its heart health benefits. The book also covers the development of different pecan varieties and the nut’s surge in popularity around the world.

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PSO unit debuts redesigned look for site

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant has redesigned its website to better align with UGA’s public service and outreach mission and UGA’s new branding campaign. Using a WordPress platform, the new site focuses on strong visuals and social media while making it easier to access on mobile devices. The website’s content also was

reorganized so that visitors can easily find information through only one click. Other new features include a more robust news section with stories about the unit’s outreach and research programs, a social media feed on the homepage and a giving page that highlights the different ways people can support UGA’s work on the coast.

Art Director Jackie Baxter Roberts Photo Editor Dorothy Kozlowski Communications Coordinator Krista Richmond Senior Writer Vacant The University of Georgia is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. The University of Georgia is a unit of the University System of Georgia.

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and postdoctoral fellows who have gone on to careers in government, industry and academia. Strand has earned several honors over the course of his career, including being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Entomological Society of America. In 2013, he was named Regents’ Professor, an honor bestowed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace setting. He joined the UGA faculty in 2001 and is a member of the university’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases and its Faculty of Infectious Diseases. He earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Texas A&M University and was a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.


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latter office, in 1991, she became the first person ever to have served as chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court before becoming a permanent member of the court. (In 1991, all seven sitting justices recused themselves and designated seven Superior Court judges to hear and decide a case. As president of the council, she served by designation as chief justice.) She has chaired the 1993, 1998 and 2001 State Commissions on Child Support Guidelines. Before becoming chief justice, Hunstein chaired the Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness, charged with implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Gender Bias and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias. She also chaired the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Georgia Commission on Interpreters. Hunstein earned her Juris Doctor in 1976 from the Stetson University College of Law. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and her associate’s degree from Miami-Dade Junior College. Approximately 200 students will receive degrees at the ceremony, including 181 who have earned the Juris Doctor, 13 who have earned the Master of Laws and three who have earned the Master in the Study of Law. This year’s Commencement will be held at the University of Georgia Ramsey Center.

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migrate towards the area.” Cobb began her graduate studies at Stony Brook University, New York, in a bridge-to-doctorate program, though the curriculum and its design didn’t match with her strengths and abilities. When she ended up with a master’s degree instead, Cobb took it a sign of failure, that gaps in her learning style meant a lack of competency and aptitude necessary in the field. “I was discouraged, and I doubted whether I deserved to get a Ph.D.,” she said. Instead, she was accepted into an internship program at Harvard University. “Over that summer, I found out that public health was actually my passion and that I did want to continue to pursue my Ph.D.,” Cobb said. “The influence of that summer program really stuck with me, the type of analyses that they did, it just intrigued me. That’s when I realized I wanted to do statistical public health research.” Cobb ended up receiving a yearlong research assistantship at Harvard in the epidemiology department where she gained more experience and decided to try to reenroll in a Ph.D. program. “I decided not to accept that I couldn’t do it,” said Cobb. And that is where UGA came into her story. She was accepted with a full scholarship. “I’m from Georgia and I had been up north for three years so I wanted to be closer to home,” she said, “and of course UGA is one of the greatest schools in the South.” One of the important factors in her decision to come to UGA was the alignment

with the statistics department and the type of research by the faculty. “You have to make sure that a school is a good fit for you—geared toward your learning style, the type of research and the environment you want to work in,” she said. Cobb found many positives in UGA statistics, including the faculty member who would be her advisor, a bioinformatics specialist who focuses on genetics research. “Stacy is probably the most focused and determined of all of the Ph.D. students that I have worked with,” said Paul Schliekelman, an associate professor in the statistics department of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “She was the first statistician to make an in-depth analysis of genotype-by-sequencing experiments, a recently developed technique that uses nextgeneration DNA sequencing technology for gene mapping. Her work will help genetics researchers to design their experiments so that they make the most efficient use of resources.” Cobb defended her dissertation in January and had not returned to campus until Commencement because she has already started her dream job at Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. “I love the type of work that I do. Right now, I’m doing public health research, coordinating with physicians such as cardiologists to answer pertinent health questions that affect communities at a global level,” she said. “It will help save more lives, and my goal is to be a part of some positive change when it comes to public health.”

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Construction continues on buildings in UGA’s Business Learning Community.

of the Terry College of Business,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “We’re very excited for completion of the second phase of construction this summer, when all of our faculty and students will be able to work, learn, study and collaborate in business school facilities that are second to none.” The naming of Benson Hall and MooreRooker Hall was approved earlier this spring by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Benson Hall, on the business school’s east side facing Lumpkin Street, is named in honor of three generations of one of Athens’ wellknown families: patriarch W.H. “Howard” Benson, son H.E. “Ed” Benson and grandson Larry R. Benson. Howard Benson, who passed away in 1971 at age 83, founded Benson’s Inc. in 1918. Today, Benson’s Inc. is the parent company to Benson’s Hospitality Group in Athens and Benson’s Bakery in Bogart. Ed Benson is chairman emeritus of the parent company and graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1942. He received the Terry College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1969 and is an emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation. Larry Benson is chairman and CEO of Benson’s Inc. and also graduated from UGA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in management. In addition to his support of the business school, he established the Benson White Coat Support Fund for the university’s Medical Partnership with Augusta University. Benson’s Hospitality Group operates the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Athens and the SpringHill Suites in Oconee County. A $35 million Marriott hotel property owned by Benson’s is under construction adjacent to the Holiday Inn, located two blocks north of the Business Learning Community. And Benson’s Bakery produces Benson’s Old Home Kitchens cake products for retailers nationwide. As Benson’s Bakery prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the family’s gift naming Benson Hall provides a lasting landmark reflecting the integral connection the Athensbased company shares with Terry College and the university community. Moore-Rooker Hall, on the business school’s west side facing Hull Street, is named in honor of the Dudley L. Moore Jr. family of Atlanta and the John W. Rooker family of Atlanta. A 1957 graduate of the business school, Moore has served in a number of alumni leadership roles. He was elected the founding chairman of the Terry College’s Board of Overseers in 2001. He is a past chairman of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees, a former trustee of the UGA Real Estate Foundation and an emeritus trustee of the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors. He established the Dudley L. Moore Jr. Chair of Insurance with an endowment in 1986. Moore’s father-in-law, Richard Bowden, is a graduate of UGA, and his wife, Peggy, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA’s College of Education. Three of the Moores’ children also graduated from UGA. Moore was the founder, chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Omni Insurance Group Inc., a specialty insurer that was acquired by Hartford Financial Services in 1997. He received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985 and was named Risk Management and Insurance Alumnus of the Year in 1992. Three generations of Rooker family members have graduated from the Terry College of Business. John W. “Jack” Rooker

was the second of three sons of William A. Rooker Sr. to graduate from UGA—all in business. After his graduation in 1960, Jack Rooker joined his father’s Southern Bonded Warehouse company. Only a couple years prior, Rooker Sr. had added a real estate and investment company to the family’s business. Today, the Rooker Co. has evolved into a highly successful real estate development business that designs and builds warehouses, large distribution centers, manufacturing and government facilities predominantly in the Southeast. Jack Rooker is the company’s chairman, and his son, John, a 2002 Terry College graduate, became CEO in 2011. Jack Rooker’s previous gifts to the university have supported not only the business school but also the UGA Real Estate Foundation, where he served as founding chairman for five years, the Athletic Association’s golf facility and equestrian team center, and the Rooker Family Equine Receiving Barn at the veterinary medicine hospital. In 2005, one of the four residence halls in the university’s East Campus Village was named John W. Rooker Hall in gratitude for his years of alumni leadership and support. Amos Hall, which connects Benson Hall and Moore-Rooker Hall, will be the Business Learning Community’s hub when all three phases of construction are complete. It is named in honor of Daniel P. Amos, chairman and CEO of Columbus-based Aflac. As the “Building Terry” campaign chair, Amos held the top leadership role in the business school’s campaign, which exceeded its original fundraising goal of $90 million by more than $30 million when the campaign ended in 2015. Amos Hall was the first of the three buildings that comprise Phase II to be named. Amos joined Aflac after graduating from UGA in 1973. He has been Aflac’s chief executive since 1990 and chairman since 2001. Aflac is a Fortune 500 company that insures more than 50 million people worldwide. It is the leading provider of individual insurance policies offered at the worksite in the U.S. Amos was awarded the Salute to Greatness Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta in 2013 and the Terry College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. He is a past chairman of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees and previously endowed the Amos Distinguished Professor of Insurance at the college. The university broke ground on Phase II in 2015 at the same time that Correll Hall was dedicated. Supported by $35 million in private funds, Correll Hall was the first building of the Business Learning Community to open. It is named for A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific and a Terry College alumnus, and his wife, Ada Lee Correll, a graduate of the UGA College of Education. Phase II construction is the result of a public-private partnership that combined significant donor support and state funds totaling $63 million. In all, the three buildings of Phase II encompass 140,000 square feet with two large auditoriums, a capital markets lab, a music business lab, undergraduate commons, classrooms, team rooms, and faculty and staff offices. With construction scheduled for completion in May, faculty and staff from all seven of the college’s academic departments, as well as other Terry College program staff, will move into the Phase II buildings in June. A dedication of Amos Hall, Benson Hall and Moore-Rooker Hall is set for Sept. 15, with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase III construction to follow on the same day.

UGA Columns May 15, 2017  

UGA Columns May 15, 2017

UGA Columns May 15, 2017  

UGA Columns May 15, 2017