American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Joining their ranks this year is professor in our department of anthropology, Elizabeth Reitz:

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

Members of the 2014 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Pulitzer Prize;National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy,Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. 

Dr. Reitz is a zooarchaeologist who focuses on Latin American and southeastern archaeology with an emphasis on ecological and ecological archaeology. We are very proud of her joining this group of illustrious Americans. Congratulations to Dr. Reitz for this distinguished honor.

April Kudos

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April is the month when many awards are announced and this April is no different at the Franklin College. Our students and faculty distinguished themselves and our entire community with major accomplishments, including:

Sarah Mirza, an Honors student majoring in Spanish and geography, has received a 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and elsewhere in public service

Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Gregory H. Robinson was named the University of Georgia's 2014 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award

Tianming Liu, an associate professor of computer science, and Michael Usher, an associate professor of mathematics, were two of five UGA ­faculty members were presented Creative Research Medals on April 10

Franklin College students Tuan Nguyen, a junior from Douglasville majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as mathematics, and Amy Webster, a junior from Kennesaw majoring in genetics and mathematics were named 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars

Anthropology professor Elizabeth Reitz was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences J. Marshall Shepherd presented the keynote address at the 2014 EarthDay Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium on April 16

School of Music recitals

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cello_close.jpgThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music is home to the finest musicians you could ever hope to hear play, sing and perform. Our performance students are required to play recitals as part of their degree programs and every semester, you have the opportunity to come and listen (free!) to many wonderful performances.

The recital really stack up at this time of year, with several each day. Have a look at the School of Music calendar, come out and enjoy great music!



Chiral metamaterials

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NSF1029609_highlight_2013f.jpgChirality is the incidence of a non-superposable mirror image, of which the human hands are the most common example.

Symmetry plays a very important role in molecular structure, as does handedness, which can determine the properties and structures of everything from proteins to lenses, according to how the molecules are arranged. Metamaterials are materials that have had their matter rearranged so they interact with light in specific ways, and though they are very tedious and expensive to design and build, metamaterials could revolutionize manufacturing, drug delivery, even communication. 

University of Georgia researchers led by Yiping Zhao recently published three papers documenting a simple method to fabricate metamaterials that could lead to industrial-scale production. The first two studies appeared in the journal Nano Letters and the third in the March issue of Advanced Optical Materials.

Zhao is a professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of physics and astronomy and director of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. His co-authors on the studies were research assistants George Larsen, Yizhuo He and Whitney Ingram.

"What we do in the lab is try to think about simple, scalable methods," said Larsen, who along with He is supported by the National Science Foundation. Ingram is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Scholar and a Southern Regional Educational Board State Doctoral Scholar. "Metamaterials depend on good optical properties and precise arrangements, so our work interfaces with nanotechnology and microtechnology because we design these structures smaller than the wavelength of light."

Faculty in the Media, April 2014

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Joye on the deck of a boat

University of Georgia oceanographer Mandy Joye talks about the work scientists will be doing in the Gulf of Mexico on board the research vessel Atlantis and and the submersible Alvin, background. JOHN FITZHUGH — SUN HERALD

On the leading issues of day, new discoveries, prestigious awards and newly published studies, Franklin Faculty continue to speak out and receive coverage across a variety of media. A sample:


Joye leads research group back to examine Gulf floor on the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill – Nearly four years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers – led by UGA’s Samantha Joye – are venturing back into the waters, reports the Gulfport Sun Herald.  “Our work is aimed at understanding the long-term impacts of the 2010 blowout,” said Joye.  Article also filed by the Associated Press.

UGA research team lead by assistant professor of chemistry Shanta Dhar discovers a new way to deliver a promising drug that may one day make it a viable treatment for numerous forms of cancer, the ABH reports. 

Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy, says report – article quotes Joy Doran-Peterson, a associate professor of microbiology

High Speed trading used to Mean Carrier Pigeons, column by associate professor of history Stephen Mihm at

Georgia Virtual History Project digitizes and mobilizes state's past – ABH article quotes Christopher Lawton, a history lecturer

Lawton also quoted in a story on Georgia Virtual History Project explores Sapelo’s diverse histories – ABH

Temporary assistant professor Jerry Shannon quoted in Small retail grocers, improved transit might be key to shrinking 'food deserts' –

Noted UGA chemist honoredGregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has been named UGA’s recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award for 2014

NSF grant allows UGA researchers to monitor deep-sea plumes – ABH reports that Daniela Di Iorio, an associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, receives an $818,395 grant to develop instrumentation to monitor deep-sea plumes, a process made challenging by high pressures and water temperatures above 300 degrees Celsius at great depths.

UGA African American Choral Ensemble celebrates 25 years of ‘togetherness’ – ABH – article quotes Gregory Broughton, ensemble director and associate professor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Article by Henry Louis Gates in The Root quotes Russell Professor and history department chair Claudio Saunt on "Why Most Black People Aren't Part Indian"


2014 Truman Scholar Sarah Mirza

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SarahMirza.jpgThe Truman Scholarship has awarded annually since 1975 to a select group of students who display extraordinary potential for leadership in public service. Franklin student Sarah Mirza joins the distinguished group this year:

Mirza, an Honors student majoring in Spanish and geography at the University of Georgia, has received a 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and elsewhere in public service.

Mirza is a graduate of Grand Island Senior High in Grand Island, Nebraska and a recipient of UGA's Foundation Fellowship. She was one of 59 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, which offers up to $30,000 for graduate study. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences student is the 19th UGA recipient of the Truman scholarship since 1982, the first year UGA students received the award.

Fantastic honor for Mirza and the university. Mirza is developing her potential and building for a powerful career that will make the greatest use of her dedication for service. Students who ask the most of themselves bring the university closer to its full potential, and so we all celebrate in Mirza's outstanding achievements.