February 2012

Dodd Professorial Chair exhibit



There are currently several great exhibitions on display in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, yet another of which is the ongoing show by the 2012 Dodd Professorial Chair, Kristen Morgin. The Dodd Chair allows the faculty to invite a guest to join their ranks for a semester (or two), teach classes, create new work and generally be a part of the goings-on in the school. They have been on great run of late and Morgin is no exception. This work is very understated yet powerful, and she is putting up a new piece every day in Gallery 101. Do yourself a favor and stop by.

Study: heat-related football deaths triple



Very interesting finding out of the department of geography, a discipline that truly has no bounds:

Heat-related deaths among football players across the country tripled to nearly three per year between 1994 and 2009 after averaging about one per year the previous 15 years, according to an analysis of weather conditions and high school and college sports data conducted by University of Georgia researchers.

The scientists built a detailed database that included the temperature, humidity and time of day, as well as the height, weight and position for 58 football players who died during practice sessions from overheating, or hyperthermia. The study, published recently in the International Journal of Biometeorology, found that for the eastern U.S., where most deaths occurred, morning heat index values were consistently higher in the latter half of the 30-year study period. Overall, Georgia led the nation in deaths with six fatalities.

"In general, on days the deaths occurred, the temperature was hotter and the air more humid than normal local conditions," said climatologist Andrew Grundstein, senior author of the study and associate professor of geography in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Scientific Illustration exhibition



The Lamar Dodd School of Art is home to a number of popular majors and programs within the Franklin College, where cross-disciplinary collaboration is not only encouraged but is a fundamental component to student achievement and faculty effectiveness. One of the those is the science and medical illustration area. Chaired by art professor Gene Wright, the program has its 20th annual exhibition this week.

The exhibition features work from the scientific illustration program and the Georgia Health Sciences University graduate program in medical illustration. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Feb. 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. The reception is free; and the public is invited.

CORE Dance Company presents "Awe-Wakening"



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The University of Georgia department of dance CORE Concert Dance Company will present its contemporary and aerial dance concert "AWE-WAKENING!" Feb. 29 to March 3 at 8 p.m. in the New Dance Theatre.

The 60-minute performance consists of a range aerial dance-including bungee-assistance, trapeze, lyra and silks-blended with digitally rendered film projection and lighting effects. The evening's concert explores a connection to current topics about global awareness and is primarily performed by UGA students with international representation, including students originally from South Korea, Bosnia and Japan.

Critical University Studies



Are students being taught how to write effectively across disciplines and subjects? What is the role of the arts in post-secondary education? How do we instill a sense of entrepreneurship, among other intangibles, in the people walking across the stage each spring?

These difficult questions are increasingly asked at many institutions, including our own. But how to even pose them effectively? An article in Chronicle this week takes on the budding issue of formalized self-criticism in higher education:

In some ways, critical university studies has succeeded literary theory as a nexus of intellectual energy. A dominant tenor of postmodern theory was to look reflexively at the way knowledge is constructed; this new vein looks reflexively at "the knowledge factory" itself (as the sociologist Stanley Aronowitz has called it), examining the university as both a discursive and a material phenomenon, one that extends through many facets of contemporary life.

Futurefarmer Franceschini to visit UGA



The Lamar Dodd School of Art, The Willson Center and ICE bring interdisciplinary artist Amy Franceschini to campus on March 6.

Franceschini will deliver the lecture[ 4 p.m., 101 MLC] "Art is a Verb," which focuses on her recent work with sustainable energy, urban food production and dialogues between artists and scientists. She is the founder of Futurefarmers, a critically acclaimed group of artists and designers who have worked together since 1995. Their innovative studio produces art projects, design for print and interactive websites, workshops and research that explores social, cultural and environmental systems. Futurefarmers hosts artists from around the world in residency programs that offer a platform for collaboration and research.

25th Simulational Physics Workshop


In June, 2009, the College joined the department of physics and astronomy in hosting a reception celebrating a $3.2 million renovation to the 50-year-old physics building on Cedar Street, a renovation that included space for the new Center for Simulational Physics. Distinguished Research Professor of Physics David Landau established and has led the simulational physics research group at UGA since the 1970's.

The 25th Annual Workshop in the series, "Recent Developments in Computer Simulations Studies in Condensed Matter Physics" is underway  and will continue all this week at UGA.

Marine Scientists receive $1.3 million Deepwater Horizon grant



When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began to unfold in 2010, spreading agony for acquatic life, gulf-area residents and the federal government - not to mention BP - UGA scientists knew that the long-term consequences of the spill were likely the most worrisome. Now Samantha Joye and her marine science colleagues will be able to follow up on their very important initial investigations into the consequences of the spill:

University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye, who is the Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences, and UGA colleagues Patricia Medeiros and Christof Meile have received a $1.3 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative that will enable UGA researchers and scientists from 13 other institutions to understand more thoroughly the ecosystem impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Graduate Student Award Competition


Attention UGA graduate students: a competition sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the university will select a particularly promising graduate student for an award to attend the 10-week experience at Singularity University (SU) this coming summer.

The competition submission deadline is March 21, 2012.  Interviews with the finalists will be held April 10, 2012, 1:00-4:00 pm.  Complete eligibility requirements, application information, and submission instructions can be found on the Graduate School website.

Dean's Council Scholarship



Sophomore biology and psychology double major Mehreen Sultana has been awarded the very first Dean's Council Scholarship:

The $1,000 scholarship is funded by an endowment created by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Council, an advisory group of alumni and donors committed to advancing the university's oldest, largest and most academically diverse college.