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October 9, 2017

Vol. 45, No. 11



UGA researchers to study new source of renewable biofuels

By J. Merritt Melancon

Photo courtesy of UGA Division of Student Affairs

Homecoming events, including the annual parade and a variety of other activities, kick off Oct. 9 and last throughout the week.

Good cheer

UGA Homecoming Week celebrates traditions of ‘Bulldog Nation’

By Don Reagin

University of Georgia Homecoming Week 2017—“Home is Where the Arch Is”—gets underway Oct. 9 with a variety of activities and events to appeal to all members of the university community. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the Oct. 14 football game against Missouri, including the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. The official Homecoming kickoff will be the annual Bulldog Bash Oct. 9 on Tate Student Center Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways for students. That night, registered student organizations will paint Sanford Drive at the Tate bus

stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week. A Lip Sync competition is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. Student organizations will prepare three-minute acts consisting of song, dance and lip syncing, and they will perform for a panel of judges. Admission is free. On Oct. 11, the Homecoming Committee is planning a special evening of entertainment. Details will be available shortly at http:// or on Facebook (UGA Homecoming) and Twitter (@UGAHomecoming). The Homecoming Committee will partner with ServeUGA to host Stop & Serve Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tate Plaza. The event is free and will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick service-related projects benefiting

the Athens community. The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads and appearances by UGA athletes and university and Athens dignitaries. Following the parade, an expanded Homecoming Carnival, hosted by University Union Student Programming Board, will be held on the Legion Field parking lot as well as the field itself from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is free for students with valid UGACards and $5 for nonstudents. Voting for Homecoming king and queen will open for students from Oct. 9-13; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA mobile See HOMECOMING on page 8


Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation commits $1.5 million to support need-based aid at UGA By Mickey Y. Montevideo

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has committed $1.5 million to the University of Georgia to provide need-based aid for students in two program areas. The UGA College of Pharmacy will receive $1 million to support pharmacy students facing financial hardships. A separate $500,000 gift will be matched by the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program and will establish five needbased scholarships benefiting UGA students from Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods.

The UGA College of Pharmacy will establish the Molly and Max Blank Student Enrichment See BLANK on page 8

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Kinesiology named By Kathryn Kao

Christopher Modlesky, a professor in the kinesiology department, was recently named the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Kinesiology by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The appointment is funded by the UGA Athletic Association. Modlesky is a 2002 alumnus of the University of Georgia College of Education where he received a doctorate in exercise science. Prior to joining UGA’s faculty in June, Modlesky was a professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. Modlesky’s interest is in helping children with cerebral palsy, a movement disorder caused by a brain injury at around the time of birth,

Angela and Arthur Blank

and his research has been funded by a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Christopher Educational Modlesky Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. With the help of MRI technologists and research assistants at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, Modlesky and his team created unique MRI protocols to help them understand the extensive compromise in bone and muscle development in children with CP. See PROFESSOR on page 8


Informatics certificate program gives students competitive edge

Ann & Tom Cousins

See BIOFUELS on page 7


By Camie Williams

“I want to thank Arthur Blank and his family for supporting the top priority of the University of Georgia’s Commit to Georgia Campaign,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “These tremendous gifts will make a difference in the lives of so many students and their families for generations to come.”

Molly and Max Blank Student Enrichment Endowment

Scientists have produced biofuels from corn, switchgrass and even algae, but researchers at the University of Georgia soon will study a new source of renewable biofuels: the lesser-known crop of carinata, also known as “Ethiopian mustard.” Through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an interdisciplinary public and private partnership will develop production, marketing and sustainable supply chain systems to commercialize jet

fuel obtained by refining carinata oil. The project will be led by David Wright at the University of Florida. The team, the Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata, will identify and develop varieties of carinata that will thrive in the South and will develop systems to use and market carinata to produce jet fuel, feed for livestock and industrial chemicals while mitigating risks along the entire supply chain. Carinata oil is considered a nonfood oil. “Carinata provides a climatefriendly, sustainable option for replacing aviation jet fuel in the

The job market is competitive, so Nicole Saltos wants to have every advantage when she graduates. That’s why she was intrigued by an email she received about a new certificate program, open to students of any major, that would teach her skills in data mining, data visualization and more. “I really wanted to learn more,” Saltos, a third-year student in the Terry College of Business, said of the undergraduate Informatics Certificate Program, which was launched this fall. “Data is so

important in every field, and having the skill set that comes with the informatics certificate is going to be very valuable in solving business problems.” Saltos is currently enrolled in “Informatics 1,” a foundational course that is the only required course for the 15 credit-hour certificate. After that, she is free to choose from among 74 courses in fields from humanities to the sciences. As a management information systems major, Saltos said she is most likely to choose marketing analytics courses. The diverse slate of course

See INFORMATICS on page 8

2 Oct. 9, 2017 Around academe

Michigan’s Marygrove College to end undergraduate programs

Marygrove College in Detroit announced that it would discontinue all of its undergraduate programs this winter, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Marygrove’s board of trustees decided that the college would focus on maintaining its graduate programs. Enrollment at Marygrove, which stood at 1,850 graduate and undergraduate students in 2013, fell to 966 by fall 2016. Marygrove officials said they had notified new and returning students of the plan and would work with undergraduates registered for the fall to transfer to other colleges.

Freeze your credit to keep identity thieves from opening new accounts

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The recent data breach at Equifax compromised the personal information of millions of consumers. Whether your information was compromised or not as part of this data breach, a credit freeze may be a good idea, but you have to obtain a freeze from each of the three credit reporting agencies: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. A credit freeze is free for senior citizens age 65 and older and for victims of identity theft. For other Georgia residents, it costs $3 per credit reporting agency, or you can freeze your credit file with all three credit reporting agencies for a one-time fee of $9, which is much less than the monthly cost of most credit monitoring services. Freezing your credit file prevents anyone from opening new credit accounts in your name. Should anyone apply for credit using your personal information, the lender will be unable to access your credit report. Without access to your credit history, the lender will deny the credit request. A credit freeze does not affect your ability to use the credit cards you already possess. Identity thieves may steal your card number, expiration date and other information needed to use the card. As long as you report the loss of the card within 24 hours or notify the lender of unauthorized purchases, other laws limit your liability to no more than $50. A security freeze on your credit file will not prevent fraud that involves existing bank or credit accounts. A security freeze on your credit file does not completely block access. Insurance companies, existing creditors and law enforcement agencies can still access your information. Other entities cannot see your credit file unless you temporarily lift, or “thaw,” the security freeze. Once you obtain a security freeze, you must pay $3 per credit reporting agency to thaw the security freeze to apply for new credit. Georgia law requires the thaw to be available within 15 minutes of the request. Thawing the account is easily done with a personal identification number (PIN) or password provided by the credit reporting agency. A security freeze is not for everyone. If you are actively shopping for a mortgage, car loan, utilities or other new credit, wait until the transaction has been completed to freeze your credit file. To request a security freeze online through Experian and TransUnion, go to and and enter “freeze” in the search box for more information about how to initiate a freeze through those credit reporting agencies. To request a security freeze online through Equifax, go directly to www.freeze. Expect to spend 5 minutes or less on each web page. Remember, you must freeze your credit through all three reporting agencies. To find out if you were affected by the Equifax data breach, visit Equifax’s website at For more information on protecting yourself from identity theft, read University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1435, “Get Smart About Identity Theft,” at Source: UGA Cooperative Extension


More than 70 receive certificates at annual Embracing Diversity event By Krista Richmond

Diversity and university may seem like etymological opposites at first, but they’re actually one and the same, according to Usha Rodrigues, associate dean for faculty development in UGA’s School of Law and keynote speaker at the annual Embracing Diversity event held Sept. 26 in the Chapel. “For me, diversity and the concept of the university are inextricably tied together,” Rodrigues said. “Although the words are antonyms, they must be synonyms, as well.” Rodrigues pointed out that even though diversity means to turn to the side and university means turned into one, they share the common root of the Latin “vertere,” or “to turn.” “We come from different faiths, different races, different gender identities, different disciplines,” Rodrigues said. “We are a university. We turn the many into one.” Rodrigues said that another reason she associates the two words comes from her own experiences. As the daughter of south Asian immigrants, she felt she never quite fit in, with one exception. Her father taught American literature at Georgetown University, and Rodrigues went to the campus with him when she wasn’t at school.The university environment proved to be the one place where she felt “perfectly at home” because of its diversity. “We all diverge from each other in unique ways. Our challenge is to appreciate, to celebrate, to embrace this diversity and to make out of it one community,” Rodrigues said.

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More than 70 employees were recognized for earning the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate during the Embracing Diversity event Sept. 26.

The Embracing Diversity program celebrates the value of diversity and inclusion at UGA of people with backgrounds like Rodrigues’. The event also recognizes employees who completed requirements for the voluntary Diversity and Inclusion Certificate and presents scholarships to outstanding students. “The power of diverse experiences, backgrounds, cultures and perspectives is evident in how we each contribute to the intellectual and educational enterprise here at UGA,” said Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost of the Office of Institutional Diversity and UGA’s chief diversity officer. “It is important to acknowledge and appreciate the riches of this diversity. Our individual and collective outcomes of inclusive excellence are very important to this institution.” UGA President Jere W. Morehead echoed those sentiments, saying that UGA is “a place where our experiences

and backgrounds should unite us. “Each of you plays a key role in advancing these ideals, and, together, I think we are making significant progress,” Morehead said. “Working together with a sustained effort, we can continue to cultivate the kind of intellectual climate at the University of Georgia where the values of inclusion, diversity of thought and freedom of speech are reflected in all of our endeavors.” More than 70 UGA employees were recognized for earning the UGA Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. A partnership of the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Training and Career Development Center and other diversity-related offices and programs at UGA, the certificate is presented to UGA employees who voluntarily completed six courses covering a variety of diversity-related areas. The list of certificate recipients is at



Third annual FACS Week to begin Oct. 14

Work by Cecile Martin go on display Oct. 18 at Circle Gallery

By Cal Powell

By Melissa Tufts

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host the third annual FACS Week, the signature event of the college that celebrates communities, academic excellence and the future of families, Oct. 14-20. FACS Week kicks off with a Homecoming tailgate Oct. 14 prior to the game against Missouri, which also marks the official “countdown” to the FACS centennial celebration of 2018. Various events throughout the week, including an open house on Oct. 16 and guest lectures addressing a range of issues, will offer opportunities for engagement. The FACS Alumni Association will host the annual Dogs with the Dean event on Oct. 19 in front of Dawson Hall, featuring an appearance by Hairy Dawg and a massive delivery of chili dogs from The Varsity. Following Dogs with the Dean, the college will host the “Learn. Grow. Go. Showcase,” an event designed to highlight student opportunities within the college such as internships, undergraduate research, serving-learning and more. FACS also will honor its donors, students and faculty on Oct. 20 at the Celebrating Excellence luncheon held at the Tate Student Center’s Grand Hall. “FACS Week is both a celebration of the college as well as an opportunity to learn and look ahead to where the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is going in the future,” said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. “We’re excited about the diversity of events scheduled that mirror the disciplines we cover and look forward to showcasing our college and engaging with a broad audience.” Most events are free, and drop-in attendance is welcome with the exception of the Homecoming tailgate and Celebrating Excellence awards luncheon. For the full schedule of FACS Week, visit

The Circle Gallery at the UGA College of Environment and Design will host a retrospective of the works of visual artist Cecile Martin with an opening reception and gallery talk Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. Martin’s exhibition, A Partial View: Artworks, will run through Dec. 15. The gallery, located at the Jackson Street Building, 285 S. Jackson St., is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. One of Martin’s earliest memories is of hiding behind a big chair with crayons “fixing” wallpaper. Born in New York, Martin grew up in the Northeast and moved to South Carolina in 1973. She received a Bachelor of Science in art education from Kutztown University in Works by Cecile Martin will Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Master of Fine be on display at the Circle Arts from Clemson University in 1989. Gallery through Dec. 15. Martin works in series, using the human condition as theme and source of imagery. Her figurative work, seeking universals, draws on religious, mythical and human relationships. In her abstract pieces, with suggestions of narrative, mythology, still life or landscape, one can find visual references to interior musings on universal place and meaning. She makes use of a range of media and is especially drawn to manipulated graphic media on paper. She has been teaching art and design at all levels for more than 30 years, including many years at Clemson University and UGA. Since her retirement from UGA in 2016, Martin has dedicated herself to her artwork. Her many honors include being a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, being a Member with Excellence and winning Best in Show three times in the SC Watercolor Society. Her work was included in Views of the Twentieth Century in SC, 100 Years 100 Artists, and In Response, a national Sept. 11 memorial exhibition held in Savannah. Her cut paper images illustrate the children’s book The Shark’s Tooth, written by poet and novelist Ron Rash. Her work is included in the SC State Collection, the Pennsylvania Department of Education Collection and numerous corporate, public and private collections.

RESEARCH NEWS Oct. 9, 2017


Digest Students to perform self-written works inspired by Miles Davis, Basquiat, Dial

Andrew Davis Tucker

Kevin McCully’s careful examination of data led to a refinement of a muscle mitochondria test that recently received a patent.

Off the cuff

New patent perfects muscle mitochondria test By Kathryn Kao

Sometimes perfecting an existing technique can open the doors to new possibilities. And when Kevin McCully, a professor in the College of Education’s kinesiology department, noticed the erratic results of a muscle mitochondria test, he knew an adjustment was needed to fix the system. The noninvasive test, which requires an inflatable pressure cuff to cut off blood circulation in the arm or leg, uses near infrared light to measure oxygen levels in the muscle. After the cuff is inflated and released multiple times, the results from the measurement form an exponential curve, which can be analyzed to determine an individual’s muscle health. While the test seemed to work on athletes, McCully began noticing a blip in the results for patients with spinal cord injuries and other health issues, such as ALS, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. As it turns out, small errors caused by the pressure cuff were

throwing off the results. “I looked at the data carefully, and I remember sitting in my office thinking, ‘I know why it doesn’t work,’ ” said McCully, who also serves as the director of the Exercise Muscle Physiology Laboratory. “You need the cuff to make the slope, but an error occurs every time you inflate it. If you can correct that error, then the experiment works perfectly.” To refine the mitochondria test, McCully, along with Terence Ryan, now a postdoctoral scholar at East Carolina University, developed a blood volume correction, which recently received a patent with the help of the University of Georgia’s Innovation Gateway initiative. The patent not only corrects the errors caused by the cuff, but it also makes it easier for researchers, doctors and clinicians to diagnose and treat patients with problems ranging from fatigue and muscle weakness to peripheral vascular disease and heart failure. “It could be used as a baseline to see whether a patient is getting better,” said McCully. “The muscle test could tell

doctors more specifically what’s wrong and allow them to evaluate whether the program is successful. And that’s really what our measurement serves—it’s a kind of supporting measurement that ensures improvement is not a placebo effect.” McCully’s current goal is to reconfigure the blood volume correction into an easy one-click analysis for doctors to use on patients with cardiovascular disease and cancer. By decreasing the amount of time it takes to complete the test, the new technology has the potential to become a marketable product for medical practitioners around the world. In fact, InfraredRx, a biomedical company McCully started with professors Kent Nilsson and Jonathan Murrow at the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership, already is working on getting the beta test into the hands of researchers in the next year or two. “We have a lot of people interested in it, and we’re trying to make it interesting for people in hospitals and practices,” said McCully. “We want to make things as easy as possible.”


Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy discusses values-based leadership during Signature Lecture Sept. 29 By Matt Weeks

Dan Cathy, chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A Inc., shared stories about his father’s legacy, the importance of creativity and how his values guide his work Sept. 29 at a Terry Leadership Speakers Series talk in the Chapel. “Living a life of integrity means that you’re the same person at work that you are at home, and the same person at home that you are teaching a Sunday school lesson,” he said. “As you succeed in business, there’s a stewardship opportunity that emerges where you can re-invest back into the lives of people.” Cathy said he inherited many of his values from his father, S. Truett Cathy, who founded Chick-fil-A. “My father grew up during the Great Depression and it was tough, but he showed that we don’t have to be a victim of our circumstances,” Cathy said. “When he was just a few years old, he would buy a Coke for 4 cents then add some ice to it—a little

value-added element—and he found that he could peddle it up and down the street for 5 cents and make a profit. Once he tasted making a profit, he never wanted to go back.” Cathy told stories about how his father invented the chicken sandwich, the origin of the Chick-fil-A name and how he “took fun seriously.” He also stressed that the values of hard work, generosity and integrity aren’t just for upper management. “If you want to be generous when you are successful, start today,” he said. “It may scale, but the root of it starts where you are now.” Cathy encouraged students to always keep learning. As a CEO, he had to learn a lot about entrepreneurial thinking because it was a weakness of his. “Since my dad passed, I’ve become very aware of how important entrepreneurship is to a company. For a long time, I was focused on thinking intrapreneurially, which is focused inside the company, but not always entrepreneurially,” he said. “When a business loses its

entrepreneurship, it’s only a matter of time. If you lose that, you lose the very thing that keeps you relevant in business, which is your vision, taking risks and finding sources of capital.” To demonstrate his commitment, Cathy said he adopted a practice he’d recently seen one of Chick-fil-A’s restaurant operators use with new employees: He added “in training” to his name badge. “My learning curve is as steep now as it was when I was 25 years old, particularly on the entrepreneurship side,” he said. Following the talk, Cathy took part in dedicating the S. Truett Cathy Leadership Suite in the Terry College’s new Business Learning Community. The suite houses the college’s Institute for Leadership Advancement, which works with students across campus to develop values-based, impact-driven leaders. Cathy’s visit was part of the university’s Signature Lecture Series, which highlights campus talks of broad, multidisciplinary interest.

Percussion students from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will show off their composition and performance chops in the UGA Percussion Ensemble’s first fall concert in Ramsey Concert Hall Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. The ensemble will perform all original compositions, written by the performers themselves and inspired by the artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Miles Davis and Thornton Dial. These artists were selected as part of an assignment given to the ensemble by its directors, Timothy K. Adams Jr. and Kimberly Toscano. Seven percussion students, divided into an undergraduate quartet and graduate trio, were given two parameters for the assignment: compose three original works inspired by each of the artists and have each piece be between 3 and 4 minutes long. Works of art from Basquiat, Davis and Dial will be shown during the performance so that audience members might gain some insight into the students’ compositional thought processes. The performance is open free to the public.

Romance Languages Graduate Student Organization to host guest colloquium

As part of the Romance Languages colloquium series, the Romance Languages Graduate Student Organization will host a special guest colloquium Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 360 of Gilbert Hall. Antonia Arslan and Siobhan Nash-Marshall will discuss “Post-Truths and People: The Armenian Genocide and its Negation.” Arslan was a professor of Italian modern and contemporary literature at the University of Padova. She is the author of innovative studies in 19th-century Italian literature and on the “submerged galaxy” of Italian women writers. Arslan co-authored Writing to Delight: Italian Short Stories by Nineteenth-Century Women Writers with Gabriella Romani. A professor of philosophy, Nash-Marshall holds the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College. Her specializations are metaphysics and medieval philosophy. Author of many academic books and articles, she also has written books for the general public like Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography and What it Takes to be Free: Religion and the Roots of Democracy. For more information about the colloquium, contact Thomas Peterson, professor of Italian, at

Saturday Morning Club turns 5

The UGA Performing Arts Center’s Saturday Morning Club kicks off its fifth season Oct. 21 with performances by CORE Concert Dance Company. The family series is designed for children ages 4 through 12 and their parents and grandparents. All Saturday Morning Club events are free of charge. Presented in partnership with Piedmont Athens Regional, the Saturday Morning Club showcases fun and educational performances by UGA student ensembles and other young performers. CORE will offer two shows Oct. 21 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the New Dance Theatre at 262 W. Green St. The performances will include multimedia and aerial dance with audience participation. The other 2017-2018 Saturday Morning Club events will take place at 10 a.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center, located at 230 River Road. They include a Nov. 11 performance by the UGA Theatre, “Horns-A-Plenty” by the UGA Horn Choir on Feb. 10 and a concert by the Georgia Children’s Chorus March 3. For more information, call 706-542-4400 or visit the PAC online at

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Spirited: Prohibition in America. Through Oct. 20. Special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection. Through Nov. 12. ­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. Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris. Through Dec. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Covered With Glory: Football at UGA, 1892-1917. Through Dec. 22. Special collections libraries. 706-542-7123. Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology. Through Dec. 31. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

MONDAY, OCT. 9 COLUMBUS DAY Classes in session; offices open.

EDUCATION ABROAD RISK MANAGEMENT TRAINING Annual participation is required for all UGA Education Abroad program directors and others in a position of authority on 2018 programs, including instructional staff, teaching assistants and/ or program support staff who may be responsible for students in any capacity while abroad as university policies and procedures about Education Abroad programs have since been updated. This session also is recommended for administrative program support staff, business managers as well as potential leaders of future study abroad programs. Training includes a review of the Education Abroad Risk Management Emergency Response Protocol and expectations for program directors and staff abroad. Campus-wide representatives also will make presentations about legal issues, travel safety, student conduct/ judicial programs, creating safe spaces for diverse program participants as well as mental health and medical issues while abroad. 1 p.m. Conference room E, University Health Center. 706-542-2900.

TUESDAY TOUR AT TWO 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.

WORKSHOP Release conditions and intelligent agents are tools in eLC that can be implemented to customize the student experience. Configuring these features allows instructors to guide student movement through the content and manage access for students. In “Intermediate eLC: Make the Tools Work for You,” participants will learn how to create release conditions and intelligent agents. 12:15 p.m. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 706-542-1355.

ECOLOGY SEMINAR “Ant, Wasp and Bee Stings: Paving the Road for Evolution of Sociality in Hymenoptera,” Justin O. Schmidt, research biologist at the Southwest Biological Institute and adjunct professor of entomology at the University of Arizona. A reception and book signing will follow the seminar at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby. Copies of Schmidt’s most recent book, The Sting of the Wild, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, will be available for purchase. The seminar is hosted by Bud Freeman and co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the UGA entomology department. 3:30 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247.



TODDLER TUESDAY: CESERI COLLECTION Enjoy a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just for little ones. This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years. Space is limited; email or call 706-542-0448 to reserve a spot. 10 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art.

CONSERVATION SEMINAR “Is Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable?,” David Berle, professor of horticulture, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 1:35 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to perform music by Mozart By Bobby Tyler

The UGA Performing Arts Center opens the 2017-2018 Franklin College Chamber Music series with a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. The program, Classical Epicenter: Mozart 1787, will showcase music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The year 1787 was one of the most joyous periods of Mozart’s life. Fresh from the triumph of his opera The Marriage of Figaro, the musical genius expressed his elation in three of the most optimistic chamber works of his career, all of which will be featured on the Athens program: Sonata in C Major for Piano, Lucille Chung Four Hands; Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano; and Quintet in C Major for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music with a rotating roster of awardwinning musicians. The artists performing on the Oct. 15 program will be pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, violinists Paul Huang and Ani Kavafian, violists Yura Lee and Matthew Lipman and cellist Mihai Marica. Tickets for the concert are $42 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today. The most popular classical music program on public radio, Performance Today is heard by 1.3 million listeners across the country. A pre-concert lecture will be given by Patrick Castillo from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center beginning at 2:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

ARTFUL CONVERSATION Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for an extended dialogue focused on Elaine De Kooning’s painting “Bacchus #81.” 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. ROMANCE LANGUAGES SPECIAL GUEST COLLOQUIUM “Identidades multiples y agencias culturales en la construccion de la biografia de Juan de Espinosa Medrano (¿1629?-1688),” Jose Antonio Rodriguez Garrido, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. 4 p.m. 320 Gilbert Hall. LECTURE Landscape architects Warren Byrd and Thomas Woltz will discuss projects by their design firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz, known for its innovative, ecologically based designs. 5 p.m. Lecture Hall 123, Jackson Street Building. 706-542-4727. FACULTY/STAFF GOLF CLINIC Also Oct. 18. 6 p.m. UGA Golf Course. (See Bulletin Board, page 8). VOLLEYBALL vs. Tennessee. 7 p.m. Ramsey Student Center. HUGH HODGSON FACULTY SERIES Maggie Snyder, associate professor of viola, is the featured artist of the October edition of the Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series. Principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Snyder is on the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Festival. $12, $6 student/child. 8 p.m. Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4752.

THURSDAY, OCT. 12 NATURE RAMBLE 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 botanical garden’s Shade Garden Arbor. PHI KAPPA LITERARY SOCIETY DEBATE Join the Phi Kappa Literary Society as members debate the following resolution: Be It Hereby Resolved: The United States should ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The First Affirmation and First Negation are to be determined. This also will serve as the Inter-Society Meeting with the rival organization. In addition, there will be poetry and orations and holding at least one off-the-cuff, extemporaneous debate. After the main debate, the group will recess to Taco Stand downtown for dinner. 7 p.m. Upper Chamber, Phi Kappa Hall. PANEL: GEORGIA WOMEN IN LAW LEAD The Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative continues with two panel discussions exploring women’s in roles in public service and a reception that will honor the women judges of Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit. 1 p.m. Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Dean Rusk International Law Center. WORKSHOP “New Directions in Discourse Analysis in Education Research— From Language to Languaging Relations” will be presented by David Bloome, Ohio State University. 3 p.m. 116 Aderhold Hall.

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UGA School of Music students perform oratorio By Clarke Schwabe

University of Georgia students will perform the North American premiere of a new work from Australian composer Catherine Likhuta when the Thursday Scholarship Series returns to Hodgson Concert Hall Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The premiere of “Scraps from a Madman’s Diary” brings together a rare pairing of major ensembles from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music: the Hodgson Wind Ensemble and the Hodgson Singers. Likhuta’s work, a 35-minute oratorio, is unique in a variety of ways for both ensembles. “The piece is unusual in its demands on the choir in that it calls on the choir to be a staged, acting character/characters for the entire duration,” said Dan Bara, director of the Hodgson Singers. Oratorios in the traditional sense are dramatic narratives with, typically, a biblical theme—another area where Likhuta breaks from tradition, as her narrative is a secular one—and in that traditional style, the choir is stationary, playing the role of an angry mob, angel The Hodgson Wind Ensemble and the Hodgson Singers will perform the North American premiere of a new work from Australian composer Catherine Likhuta on Oct. 12. chorus, chorus of the faithful or doubtful, etc. “In this case, we collectively play the role of a man with singers challenges us to listen on another level to grips with mental illness, a still all-too-stigmatized going insane, as recorded in his diary,” said Bara. “So and adjust our sensitivity.” and misunderstood aspect of everyone’s overall health,” aside from the challenge of the music for the choir—due The subject of the work is itself a rarity in its own said Bara. to rhythm, dissonance, chromatic and disjunct voice way—a frank, fearless examination of mental illness Other works on the program include “Lollapalooza” leading and independence of material from the instru- through art. by John Adams, “Dragon Rhyme” by Chen Yi and ments—the additional element of memorization, acting “The piece explores a taboo topic in our society: Steven Stucky’s “Funeral Music for Queen Mary,” all and staging add to the feat of performing the work.” mental illness,” said Johnston Turner. “But mental ill- performed by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble. The wind ensemble players also have adjustments ness affects us all. Why don’t we talk about it? Music Tickets to the concert are $20 each or $6 for students to make in this atypical work. can help facilitate conversations about social issues. and children and can be purchased at or “It opens up the students’ ears to new timbres,” said Music can spark emotions on a profound level.” the PAC box office. Those unable to attend can watch Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor of the Hodgson “This will hopefully be a gripping and graphic the concert live on the Hodgson School’s website at Wind Ensemble. “For wind players to collaborate depiction of the pain, confusion and tragedy of coming

THURSDAY TWILIGHT TOUR Tour of highlights from the permanent collection led by docents. 7 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. THURSDAY SCHOLARSHIP SERIES The Hodgson Wind Ensemble and the Hodgson Singers collaborate for this Thursday Scholarship Series performance. $20, $6 student/child. 7:30 p.m. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. 706-542-4752. (See story, above.)

FOOTBALL vs. Missouri. Homecoming game. 7:30 p.m. Sanford Stadium. 706-542-1231. EXHIBITION OPENING Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and Tete-a-Tete consists of more than 40 works by African-American artist Mickalene Thomas as well a selection of works by artists who inspired her. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.


FRIDAY, OCT. 13 WORKSHOP “Doing Classroom Discourse Analysis and the Evolution of a Logic of Inquiry and Theoretical Constructs” will be presented by David Bloome, Ohio State University. 10:30 a.m. 319 Aderhold Hall. LECTURE­­­ “Women’s Bodies and the Slave Trade in Barry Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger,” Carolyn Medine, religion and African American studies. Part of the Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series. 12:20 p.m. 213 Miller Learning Center. 706-542-2846. DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURE & RESEARCH DAY Andrea Dunn, kinesiology department alumna, will be speaking on “My Unlikely and Unconventional Academic Career.” 1 p.m. 205 Ramsey Student Center. 706-542-9522. GALLERY TALK Join Lynn Boland, director and chief curator of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University and curator of the exhibition, for a special gallery talk on Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. TOUR Free, guided tours of Covered With Glory: Football at UGA, 18921917 are offered each Friday before home games. View rarely seen artifacts and photographs from UGA’s earliest gridiron heroes that tell the story of the formative years of UGA’s football program in this new exhibit. 3 p.m. Rotunda, special collections libraries. 706-542-7123. 90 CARLTON: AUTUMN The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the autumn exhibitions. Enjoy light refreshments, gallery activities, door prizes and “Ask the Experts” from 7-8 p.m. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to or by calling 706-542-4199. Register at $5 for nonmembers. 5:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art.

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 WORKSHOP “Students as Researchers of Culture and Language in Their Own Communities: Incorporating Ethnographic Perspectives and Inquiry Into K-12 Classrooms and Into Teacher Education” will be presented by David Bloome, Ohio State University. 9:30 a.m. 217 Russell Hall. HOMECOMING TAILGATE AND TICKET BLOCK Join the UGA Black Alumni affinity group and cheer on the Dawgs. The Black Alumni Leadership Council has secured a block of tickets at the Homecoming game and invites guests to its annual Homecoming tailgate starting three hours prior to kick-off. $55 for football game tickets. Myers Quad.

CONCERT Enjoy Mozart’s music from one of the most joyous and optimistic periods of his life performed by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. $42. 3 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4400. (See story, left.)

ROMANCE LANGUAGES SPECIAL GUEST COLLOQUIUM Oct. 18. “Post-Truths and People: The Armenian Genocide and its Negation,” Antonia Arslan, author and former professor of Italian modern and contemporary literature at the University of Padova, and Siobhan Nash-Marshall, professor of philosophy and the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College. 3:30 p.m. 360 Gilbert Hall. (See Digest, page 3.)

MONDAY, OCT. 16 HEALTHTRAILS AND FINANCIAL IQ DEADLINE Last week for benefits-eligible faculty and staff to register for HealthTrails and Financial IQ. THE ‘GEORGIA REVIEW’S’ FALL ISSUE RELEASE Join The Georgia Review for its fall issue release featuring poet Kaveh Akbar, who will read at 7 p.m. accompanied by sign language interpreter Lynn Young. The Foundry, 295 E Dougherty St. Athens. 706-542-3481.

COMING UP STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE Oct. 17. Now in its sixth year, the State of Public Health Conference at the University of Georgia is a day-long annual gathering focused on fostered on meaningful, constructive dialogue and practical solutions for Georgia’s public health challenges. 8:30 a.m. Georgia Center. ECOLOGY SEMINAR Oct. 17. “Disease-driven Movement,” Allison Shaw, University of Minnesota. A reception hosted by Richard Hall and Sonia Altizer will follow the seminar at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby. 3:30 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247. CINEMA POLITIQUE Oct. 17. Film screening and discussion. Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) is a 1969 film by Jorge Sanjines. Set in Bolivia, the film tells the story of a Peace Corps-like American agency that is secretly sterilizing indigenous women under the guise of providing health care, provoking an uprising by the targeted population. Based upon information shared with the filmmaker by the indigenous population. Discussant: Khedija Gadhoum, who specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and culture. A widely-published poet, she is the Spanish language supervisor in the Romance languages department. 7 p.m. 250 Miller Learning Center. 706-542-4789. CONCERT Oct. 17. Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll tells the fascinating story of the groundbreaking music that changed the world. $46-$39. 8 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4400. (See story, right.) CONSERVATION SEMINAR Oct. 18. “The Importance of National Forests in the Southeastern U.S. in Providing Water Supplies,” Suzanne Krieger, regional hydrology program manager, USDA Forest Service. 1:25 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247.

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TOUR AT TWO Oct. 18. Join William U. Eiland, museum director, for a secial tour of Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

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Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll includes music from artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and more.

Performing Arts Center to present 50 Years of Rock and Roll Oct. 17 By Bobby Tyler

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll is coming to the UGA Performing Arts Center Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. With a cast of stars from Broadway’s most popular rock musicals accompanied by an onstage band of veteran rock and roll musicians, the show tells the story of the music that changed the world. Tracing the roots of rock and roll in the1940s through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, up until MTV in the early ’80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll pays tribute to music icons such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Who, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac. Musical director Neil Berg is the composer/ co-lyricist, along with Pulitzer Prize and Tonywinning playwright Robert Schenkkan, of the award-winning rock musical The 12. He is also the composer/lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper. As a producer, he is the creator of 100 Years of Broadway which is now the No. 1 Broadway touring concert in the U.S., playing in more than 120 cities a year for the past decade. Tickets for 50 Years of Rock and Roll are $39 to $46. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student.

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Water, water everywhere

Several UGA faculty members have been quoted in national publications about recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Alan Covich, a professor in the Odum School of Ecology, was quoted in a Washington Post article about how Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s 28,434-acre El Yunque National Forest, the nation’s only tropical rain forest outside Hawaii. Puerto Rico’s situation was unique because Hurricane Irma grazed the area just a week before Maria creating a “one-two punch,” said Covich, an ecology professor who has studied Puerto Rico for years. Jose Cordero, a professor in the College of Public Health, was quoted in a Huffington Post article about the medical crisis in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. “I worked at CDC for many years, and I was involved with Katrina and the other hurricanes that came after,” Cordero said. “Even for Houston and Harvey, it was pretty easy to deploy a lot of trucks with all of the expected things that would be needed. But when you have over 1,000 nautical miles ... that presents a major challenge in terms of getting all the logistics and materials to the island.” J. Marshall Shepherd, director of UGA’s atmospheric sciences program, was quoted in a Forbes article about basic hurricane facts. He believes that forecast inaccuracies are often overstated. A hurricane’s projected track is displayed as a protruding forecast cone, which accounts for statistical uncertainties and forecast errors. “If it’s in the cone, it’s fair game,” says Shepherd, although many people believe that a forecast is only accurate if the center of the storm perfectly traces the line at the center of the cone.

Keeping it real

Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a professor of public relations in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication,was quoted in a USA Today article about the change in story lines for telenovelas, Spanish-speaking versions of serialized melodramas broadcast in daily installments. While American soap operas have seen a major decline in viewership, telenovelas have maintained a following among their viewers. Acosta-Alzuru attributes the continued popularity of telenovelas to their contemporary storylines, which make them more relatable among young and old viewers. “These days we like things that have elements of realism,” said Acosta-Alzuru, who has studied telenovelas for two decades.

‘Good bacteria’

Emma Laing, a faculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, was quoted in a Martha Stewart magazine article about the benefits of eating more yogurt. The article described a recent observational study in Ireland that focused on the health perks of yogurt among more than 4,000 adults older than 60. Findings show that women with a higher yogurt consumption had increased hip and neck bone mineral density readings. Meanwhile, men with higher yogurt consumption recorded higher vitamin D concentrations compared to nonyogurt eaters. Laing, a clinical associate professor and director of dietetics in the foods and nutrition department, talked about the level of “good bacteria” in yogurt. “This bacteria can help with the balance and diversity of bacteria in your intestines, or gut,” she said. “It has also been shown to support immunological health.” Laing also talked about the trend among restaurants and schools to add yogurt to menus. “More registered dietitians are also recommending yogurt for maximum exercise performance,” she said.

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Michael McGough plays guitar and sings with a group of men at Living Hope Church during his lunch break.

Impacting someone’s day-to-day life is music to grants coordinator’s ears By Leigh Beeson

June was a busy month for Michael McGough. The grants coordinator for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences saw 20 proposals submitted to federal funders, corporations and other organizations. The monthly total is typically about a third of that number. But the college never wants for grant proposals, averaging 90 to 100 per year and bringing in $13.5 million in funding for the 20172018 year.And McGough is the one who makes sure the process goes smoothly. He helps faculty secure funding for all sorts of projects ranging from a program that helps educate people eligible for SNAP benefits on cooking healthy meals to textile, merchandising and interiors research to find dyes that use less water and are more environmentally friendly than traditional ones. “The type of work this college does . . . impacts our everyday lives, whether it’s nutrition, marriage and family relationships, child development or even the clothes that we wear,” he said. “It’s very practical and hands on.” More than half the funding the college receives is for public service and outreach projects, and those are some of the ones McGough is proudest of due to the impact they have on people’s dayto-day lives. One he’s particularly fond of is Project Free, a support program for


foster parents that involves UGA, the state’s Division of Family and Children Services and other partners. “My part is a very small percentage of it,” he said, “but to have something that is now a multimillion dollar funded project that is impacting real people here in the state and certainly the community—there’s a huge need for foster parents, and we need to have all the support for them that we can—those types of things are the ones that really get me.” His desire to make a difference in people’s lives coupled with his bachelor’s degree in music drove him to work for the nonprofit Atlanta Opera and then pursue a master’s degree at UGA in nonprofit organizations. During graduate school, McGough wrote a grant proposal for Live Forward, the organization formerly known as AIDS Athens. The nonprofit provides services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. McGough followed that grant proposal with an internship at Nuci’s Space, a local nonprofit that focuses on mental health and serves as a health and resource center for musicians. Music always has been part of McGough’s life. His mother was a music teacher, and he participated in marching band in high school and college and in his church band today. He’s also in a traveling men’s chorus that will be going on an international tour next year. Even now a guitar stands off to the side in his office in Dawson Hall. The experience of getting onstage

helped him get comfortable with public speaking, a skill with which he tries to help faculty. “I’m naturally introverted, but being a musician from the time I was 5 years old to now, I’ve been in front of people a lot,” he said “And yes, it’s still terrifying at times, but you get used to it. If you want to get used to being in front of people, you have to get in front of people.” Although he never pictured himself working at a major research institution, his position at UGA satisfies his sense of curiosity, letting him get involved with a variety of subject matters from nutrition to brain development in infants to the best ways to empower couples to keep their marriages and families strong. “I knew that Athens was where I wanted to be even before I came to grad school here,” he said. “The type of community that it is, with the arts and the music and university, there’s so much that goes on. I have a lot of confidence that I can still do a lot of good work here for years to come.”

Campus Zone Shop, 20 years, 6 months; Michael Patrick Doyle, professor, Center for Food Safety, 26 years, 5 months; Joan G. Fischer, professor, food and nutrition, 24 years, 11 months; Ronald D. Gitaitis, professor, plant pathology research (Tifton campus), 37 years, 5 months; Debra S. Graham, public service associate, Small Business Development Center, 27 years, 2 months; Frank R. Harrison III, professor, philosophy, 54 years, 10 months; Leslie Cylla Lamb, administrative associate II, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 17 years; Eve Bondurant Mayes, program coordinator I, food science and technologyUGA Cooperative Extension, 16 years; William P. Miller, professor, crop and soil sciences, 36 years, 2 months; Walter W. Norton, project superintendent, FMD-operations and maintenance, 23

years, 9 months; Janet M. Rowland, administrative specialist I, animal and dairy science, 10 years; Allen Smith Jr., building services worker II, FMD-Services-Building Services (South Campus), 32 years, 10 months; Edward L. Tant, security guard, Georgia Museum of Art, 12 years, 5 months; Patricia J. Thomas, professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 12 years; Rita G. Tiller, administrative associate I, mathematics and science education, 11 years, 10 months; Darlene Wehunt, county extension program assistant, UGA Cooperative Extension-Southwest district, 20 years, 1 month; Alan Wolfgang, assistant dean academic, College of Pharmacy, 20 years, 1 month; and John W. Worley, professor, UGA Cooperative Extension-poultry science, 26 years, 10 months. Source: Human Resources

Michael McGough Grants Coordinator, Office of the Dean College of Family and Consumer Sciences M.A., Nonprofit Organizations, University of Georgia, 2009 B.A., Music, Baptist College of Florida, 2000 At UGA: 51/2 years

RETIREES July Twenty-four UGA employees retired July 1. Retirees, their job classification, department and years of service are: Douglas A. Anderson, professor, English, 27 years; Lee B. Becker, director academic, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 19 years, 9 months; Joseph K. Bertrand, department head, animal and dairy science, 33 years, 8 months; Joyce B. Black, administrative specialist I, School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 17 years, 1 month; Doris A. Christopher, professor, career and information studies, 10 years; Stephen R. Collett, clinical professor, population health, 13 years, 3 months; Thomas D. Cook, research technician II, entomology research (Tifton campus), 30 years, 10 months; Jeffrey D. Dickinson, painter, FMD North


Meeting community needs Nine UGA faculty members named 2017-2018 Service-Learning Fellows

The Office of Service-Learning has selected nine faculty members for participation in its yearlong ServiceLearning Fellows program. This program provides an opportunity for faculty members from a broad range of disciplines to integrate academic service-learning into their professional practice. Fellows meet regularly throughout the academic year and receive an award of up to $2,500 to develop a proposed service-learning project. Academic service-learning, one way for students to fulfill UGA’s new experiential learning graduation requirement, integrates organized service activities that meet community-identified needs into academic courses as a way to enhance understanding of academic content, teach civic responsibility and provide benefit to the community. “Each year, faculty come up with new and innovative ways to link their scholarship to some of our most pressing community needs,” said Shannon Wilder, director of the Office of Service-Learning. “It’s exciting to see the types of experiential learning opportunities they are creating for students in their service-learning courses that gives them hands-on experience that is invaluable.” The 2017-2018 Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields and proposed projects are: • Jessica Brown, public service assistant, Marine Extension/Georgia Sea Grant. Brown’s proposed service-learning project connects UGA undergraduate students to coastal municipalities and government agencies to assess and design science-based solutions for stormwater projects in disadvantaged coastal communities. • Paula Davis-Olwell, instructor, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health. Davis-Olwell will engage students in a global health service-learning project in collaboration with Jubilee Partners and other community organizations addressing refugee resettlement. Her project will focus on the health and nutrition needs of refugees and their families. • Marianne Fortuna, lecturer, J.M. Tull

Office of Service-Learning

Pictured, in front, from left, are Akela Reason, history; Marianne Fortuna, accounting; Paula Davis-Olwell, public health; and Elizabeth Saylor, educational theory and practice; In back, from left, are John Weatherford, New Media Institute; Marianne Shockley, entomology; Kenneth White, financial planning; and Sarah Shannon, sociology. Not pictured is Jessica Brown, Marine Extension/Georgia Sea Grant.

School of Accounting, Terry College of Business. Fortuna is implementing a service-learning project on the Griffin campus, engaging her students in creating meaningful financial information for small and emerging businesses in Griffin and the surrounding communities. • Akela Reason, associate professor, history department, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Reason’s project seeks to involve her students and the community to capture the history of Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery and make it more accessible to a wider audience. • Elizabeth Saylor, clinical assistant professor, educational theory and practice department, College of Education. Saylor’s Early Childhood Education Connection project seeks to bolster existing relationships between the students and faculty of the early childhood education program and their partnering mentor teachers in the Clarke-County School District by creating a space for open dialogue, support and continued understanding of contemporary school community concerns. • Sarah Shannon, assistant professor, sociology department, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Shannon plans to continue developing her


Book highlights sensationalism in media In Public Spectacles of Violence, UGA faculty member Rielle Navitski examines the proliferation of cinematic and photographic images of criminality, bodily injury and technological catastrophe in early 20th-century Mexico and Brazil, which were among Latin America’s most industrialized nations and later developed two of the region’s largest film industries. Navitski is an assistant professor of theatre and film studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In the book, she analyzes a range of sensational cultural forms, from nonfiction films and serial cinema to illustrated police reportage, Public Spectacles of Violence: serial literature and fan magazines. She Sensational Cinema and demonstrates how media spectacles of Journalism in Early Twentiethviolence helped audiences make sense Century Mexico and Brazil of the political instability, high crime By Rielle Navitski rates and social inequality that came with Duke University Press modernization. Cloth: $99.95 In both nations, sensational cinema Paperback: $27.95 and journalism—influenced by imported films—forged a common public sphere that reached across the racial, class and geographic divides accentuated by economic growth and urbanization.

“Inside-Out” course (SOCI 4470), which takes a small group of UGA students inside the Athens-Clarke County Jail to learn alongside people who are incarcerated. • Marianne Shockley, academic professional, entomology department, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Shockley plans to incorporate reflections by community participants and to use multi-modal ongoing reflection strategies for students enrolled in her entomology outreach service-learning courses. • John Weatherford, lecturer, New Media Institute, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Weatherford will work to develop a sustainable model for student teams completing their New Media Capstone projects to partner with nonprofit organizations. • Kenneth White, assistant professor, financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Financial planning students in White’s retirement planning course will serve nonprofit employees of the Athens community by providing retirementspecific, financial educational sessions. Oct. 9, 2017



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United States without getting into the debate of food versus fuel,” said Puneet Dwivedi, assistant professor in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “Carinata is well integrated into the current cropping systems in the Southern region as it grows well in winter months and, therefore, provides much-needed cover to otherwise exposed soils. Additionally, the use of carinata for jet fuels, feed and chemicals will provide increased income to farmers, create local jobs and boost local economies and, thus, will jump-start the bioeconomy in the southern United States.” Researchers and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists from UGA’s Warnell School, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering will play a key role in the project and will receive $2 million in grant funding over the next five years. UGA faculty working on the SPARC project will tackle a variety of projects associated with the larger effort. Dwivedi, UGA’s principal investigator for SPARC, will evaluate the life cycle and economic impacts of carinata production, including direct and indirect markets and impacts of land-use changes. He will also optimize the supply chain to reduce the production cost of carinatabased jet fuel in the region. Additionally, he will develop a site suitability model for carinata production in the region. Bill Hubbard, Southern Regional Extension forester with Southern Regional Extension Forestry, will lead the overall project. Daniel Geller, public service associate in the engineering college, and Greg Colson, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics in CAES, will work with Cooperative Extension personnel and farmers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia to develop on-farm research relationships with row crop farmers and build the knowledge base of Extension agents working with carinata farmers. They will leverage existing producer networks to organize trainings and educational events and develop Extension and workforce training materials that will be used support training efforts. Woo Kim, assistant professor of poultry science in CAES, will assess the efficiency of the carinata meal—a byproduct of carinata oil production—as feed for broiler production. Brian Bledsoe, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UGA engineering college, will develop hydrology models for the proposed production area that will project the effects of carinata production on water supplies and runoff quality and quantity. Other partners in the SPARC project include Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida A&M and North Carolina State universities; the University of South Florida; the USDA Agricultural Research Service; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.; Applied Research Associates Inc.; and Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. “SPARC is part of a larger public and private effort to jump-start the bioeconomy of the Southeastern United States,” Dwivedi said. “Carinata is on the verge of success as it is already being used for manufacturing drop-in jet fuel, and we sincerely hope that, by the end of the fifth year, we have established a much-needed supply chain so that there are commercial flights crisscrossing the national and international skies using carinata-based jet fuel obtained from a farm in the rural South.”


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DAR refreshes matching gift website Development and Alumni Relations has launched a new page dedicated to matching gifts. The refreshed page provides clear instructions on how to match a gift to UGA and an easy way to request assistance. The page also highlights the top employers who match gifts. Alumni and friends will be

directed to the new page through various marketing efforts throughout the year. The page will serve as a valuable fundraising tool for schools, colleges and departments as they encourage donors to maximize the impact of their support through the matching gift program of their employer or their spouse’s employer.

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Endowment with the $1 million gift from The Molly Blank Fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The Molly Blank Fund was created in 2015 in memory of Arthur Blank’s mother, Molly, who committed her time and resources to various community causes and organizations. Molly and her husband, Max, owned a successful pharmacy business in New York. “We are extremely grateful to the Blank family for helping us create this endowment at the College of Pharmacy,” said Svein Øie, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Because of the Blanks’ generosity, current and prospective pharmacy students who are experiencing hardships will receive support so that they can pursue their education and career aspirations. In turn, these students will give back to society by using their acquired knowledge to serve the health care needs of others.”

Angela and Arthur M. Blank Scholarship Fund The Blank Foundation also is committed to creating long-term, positive transformation in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods of English Avenue, Vine City and Castleberry Hill. For more than a decade, the foundation has supported health, education, housing, civic empowerment, workforce development, youth development, parks and other initiatives in the area. A gift of $500,000 to UGA from the Blank Foundation will create the Angela and Arthur M. Blank Scholarship Fund to support educational opportunities

for students residing in the Westside communities. Three firstyear students and two additional undergraduates enrolled at the university this fall have been awarded the scholarships. “Eliminating financial barriers to highquality education for deserving students is the kind of life-expanding opportunity that my family and our family foundation is proud to support,” said Blank. “The gift of education has the power to change one’s future, and that’s exactly what we hope these scholarships do for UGA scholars and Westside residents.” The Blank Foundation’s $500,000 gift will be matched by an additional $500,000 from the UGA Foundation through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, which was announced by Morehead in January to increase the number of need-based scholarships available at UGA. Including these five scholarships, the university has established more than 140 Georgia Commitment Scholarships to date. Since it was formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $300 million to various charitable organizations that help transform the lives of young people and their families. Arthur Blank is the co-founder of The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, and his portfolio of businesses includes the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and West Creek Ranch. Angela Blank, his wife, serves as a director of the Blank Foundation, co-chair of the Walk Like MADD 5K and a member of the UGA Board of Visitors.

Bulletin Board Concert rescheduled

Due to current travel restrictions, the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra was not be able to travel to the U.S. for its October performances. The orchestra’s Oct. 1 Hodgson Hall concert has been rescheduled for March 4, 2018, at 3 p.m. Tickets purchased for Oct. 1 will be valid for the March 4 performance. For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400.

Free golf clinics

The University of Georgia Golf Course staff will host free golf clinics for UGA staff and faculty Oct. 11 and 18 from 6-7 p.m. Players from all skill levels welcomed to participate. Each session will include long and short game instruction. To reserve a space, email Clint Udell, PGA golf instructor, at and indicate if you would like to borrow golf clubs for the clinic.

Position announcement

The University of Georgia is currently conducting an internal search for the associate director of the Honors Program. The posting will close Nov. 3. The Honors Program supports nearly 2,500 undergraduates through services including career development and academic advising; small course sections; funded study abroad, internship and research experiential learning opportunities; an accelerated combined degree program; book discussions; faculty and alumni lectures and mentoring; and student organizations. The program actively recruits potential students; houses the most prestigious academic scholarships offered at UGA—the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarship; and oversees the campus-wide processes associated with nationally

competitive fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Truman and Fulbright scholarships. Honors also administers the campus-wide Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities and its programs, including the annual CURO Symposium and CURO Research Assistantship. The associate director will report to the Honors Program’s associate provost and director, David S. Williams; represent Honors and CURO regionally and nationally; oversee the CURO office and Honors academic advising; coordinate Honors curricular offerings; and supervise several staff members. Job responsibilities are expected to expand in the future. Requirements for successful candidates include a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree; a faculty appointment at UGA; demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with students, staff, faculty and administrators; documented experience mentoring undergraduates; effectiveness as a staff supervisor; and success in academic leadership. Read more about the position at

Dream Award nominations

The Office of Institutional Diversity is accepting nominations for the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award 2018. The award honors those in the university and Athens-Clarke County communities who are keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief in equality and justice alive. Nominations are open until Oct. 29. To nominate someone for the award, visit https://ugeorgia.qualtrics. com/jfe/form/SV_899RN74wSEHuuQR or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 706-583-8195. Bulletin Board is limited to information that may pertain to a majority of faculty and staff members.

Students in Benjamin Manning’s informatics class collaborate on a group project.

options is one of the biggest benefits the certificate program offers, said Kyle Johnsen, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and director of the Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education. “The certificate provides the student a way of differentiating their chosen program of study so that employers can recognize their focus and abilities in informatics,” Johnsen said. No matter the field, employers seek out graduates who have experience in data analysis or skills such as information security and web and mobile development, he said. In fact, recent data from social media network LinkedIn show that each of the top 10 most sought after career skills are related to informatics. “The certificate is designed to cater to


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the student who wants to pursue a career in any field, and one who anticipates growth in the demand for evidence- and data-based decisions in that field and growth in the use of computational infrastructure to make those decisions,” Johnsen said. That description matches Destiny Simms, a first-year computer science major who hopes to work in the gaming industry. “Data is the foundation of our generation and every single one after us,” said Simms, who is enrolled in the foundational course and excited to continue through the Informatics Certificate Program. “Learning how to use data and handle it now puts you at a significant advantage.” For more information about the certificate program, including the list of courses, see

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“Children with CP often have spastic muscles and sometimes have behavioral issues that make testing them using MRI extremely challenging,” he said. While working with children with CP, Modlesky realized there was a need for studies focused on the interaction between the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. His appointment at UGA will allow him to expand his studies and explore the connection between bone and muscle development and the brain in children with CP. “Dr. Modlesky’s extensive research in cerebral palsy and musculoskeletal physiology enriches the work of the College of Education and creates new learning opportunities for students at the University of Georgia,” said Dean Craig H. Kennedy. “This professorship recognizes Modlesky’s many accomplishments and further supports the college’s mission to enhance the development, health and well being of people in Georgia and beyond.” Modlesky is working to establish collaborations with other investigators at UGA and across Georgia to help facilitate his expanding interests. His new Neuromusculoskeletal Health Lab at UGA will soon begin a randomized controlled trial in collaboration with professor Karl Newell in the College of Education,


associate professor Ye Shen in the College of Public Health and orthopedic surgeon Robert Bruce at Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and aims to determine if a mild vibration treatment can improve muscle development of children with cerebral palsy. “It is possible that the vibration will lead to improvements in the quality and function of the muscles directly by increasing muscle activity and indirectly by improving balance and increasing physical activity participation,” said Modlesky. “We are very excited about our new venture.” Inspired by his students, mentors and research, Modlesky is amazed by the commitment and sacrifice of the families and children who sometimes travel hundreds of miles to participate in his lab’s studies. “My new position at UGA also provides a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic in the kinesiology department,” he said. “The clinic serves a vital role to the Athens community as well as to the UGA students in the physical education program. I will do my best to help move the clinic forward while striving to be an excellent representative of UGA and the College of Education.”

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application under the “UGA Polls” link. Homecoming Court members, all of whom are seniors, are Nidhi Aggarwal, a genetics major from Statesboro; Madison Dill, an anthropology, international affairs and Spanish major from Dunwoody; Jacquelyn Harms, a political science and international affairs major from Camas, Washington; Mindy Griffith, a music education major from Newnan; Risa Matsumura, a cultural anthropology and sociology major from Johns Creek; Omar France, an English major from Jonesboro; Ripken Gorman, a political science, religion and sociology major from Macon; Cameron Keen, a political science and international affairs major from Dublin; Joshua Kenway, an economics and political science major from London, England; and Julius Thomas, a marketing major from St. Marys.

Donia Wanna, a fourth-year international affairs and political science major from Macon who serves as director of the Homecoming Committee, said the committee is proud to offer a range of activities to celebrate school spirit. “UGA Homecoming is extremely excited to host a wonderful week filled with a diverse lineup of events for all students, faculty, staff and the community of Athens,” she said. “We look forward to seeing the entire community come together in showing their Bulldog pride.” The Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board are registered student organizations within UGA Student Affairs. For more information about Homecoming events, call 706-542-6396 or see

UGA Columns Oct. 9, 2017  

UGA Columns Oct. 9, 2017

UGA Columns Oct. 9, 2017  

UGA Columns Oct. 9, 2017