February 2012

Pirates Weekend

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University Opera Theatre production of the Pirates of Penzance takes center stage this weekend:

This is the third [fully-staged, ed.] opera the university has produced since 2007, said Frederick Burchinal, the Wyatt and Margaret Anderson Professor of the Arts at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He also is the director of the school’s opera program.

Russell Library opens

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The University of Georgia special collections libraries will celebrate the opening of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries with a dedication on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. on the building's front lawn:

The recently named building houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and the Peabody Collection.

Dunning to present Snyder Lecture

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Former UGA vice president for public service and outreach Art Dunning returns to campus in March to deliver the 20th annual Darl Snyder lecture:

Dunning, vice chancellor for international programs and outreach at the University of Alabama System, will deliver the 20th annual Darl Snyder lecture at the University of Georgia March 6 at 10 a.m. in the Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

The lecture, titled "The University of Georgia and Africa: A Future with a Past," is free and open to the public.

Student-Athlete Ben Reynolds

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What's it like to be a walk-on football player and a biology major in the Franklin College?  Sophomore Ben Reynolds knows and here's a terrific new video featuring him and his experiences at UGA.

 

 

Drawing Across Borders

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There is a fantastic, international show up at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, featuring great artwork and highlighting an important mechanism for faculty collaboration: the Fulbright Scholarship Program:

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is hosting an exhibition of works by Diane Edison, a Fulbright scholar and UGA professor, and Ekaterina Russiniova of the New Bulgarian University fine arts department. The exhibition, titled "Drawing Across Borders," is on display in Gallery 307 of the school of art through March 9.

Cook named associate provost for institutional diversity

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Former Franklin associate dean Michelle Cook has been named as the new associate provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia:

Cook has been leading the university's Office of Institutional Diversity as interim associate provost since Cheryl Dozier stepped down to become interim president of Savannah State University. An internal search was conducted to fill the associate provost position.

"Dr. Cook has done an outstanding job during her service as the interim associate provost, and I am very pleased she has agreed to take on this key administrative post on a permanent basis," said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Cook reports.

Heavens

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The UGA department of physics and astronomy has been hosting a monthly open house at the UGA Observatory since at least 1998 (trying to confirm the actual beginning*). This tradition continues on Feb. 24 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. on the fourth floor of the physics building.

Genome Mapping to Biofuels

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Since at least the 1970's, University of Georgia researchers and engineers have been working on the many different facets of developing renewable energy sources, from biodiesel to fermentation, soil sequestration and more. The many different avenues provided opportunities for crucial bench-scale breakthroughs that have allowed further related research to flourish. That progress continues today:

Researchers at the University of Georgia have taken a major step in the ongoing effort to find sources of cleaner, renewable energy by mapping the genomes of two originator cells of Miscanthus x giganteus, a large perennial grass with promise as a source of ethanol and bioenergy.

Hidden Man

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Howard Finster was a very fascinating Georgian - a minister, visual artist and visionary who died in 2001, but not before having an outsized impact on our culture as a result of his unique confluence of pursuits.

These and more are explored in a new play that will have its world premiere at UGA beginning Feb. 23.

Music Notes

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Sorry - that title was too easy. But there is so much in terms of news and events coming out of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music that I hope to make this a regular feature on the blog. 

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