Category: Franklin College

Former Franklin Dean Stokes to become Missouri Provost

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GS_ProvostForum_.jpgCongratulations to former Franklin dean Garnett Stokes, who will become provost and vice-chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri beginning Feb. 1:

Stokes said she is excited to help MU excel as a flagship land-grant university and improve its standing among other Association of American Universities institutions. She said she was impressed by MU's broad mix of strong programs, including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary medicine and journalism.

"I think that I really like where Missouri is going," Stokes said Thursday. "I know about some very specific strengths, and it looks like a place that I could make a difference."

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said in the release that Stokes has "the ability, the vision and the drive to help us move the University of Missouri to the next level. She has a reputation for supporting students and building on existing research strengths."

Stokes leaves Florida State after serving as provost and interim president there. Great hire for Missouri. We're very proud of Dr. Stokes and wish her the very best in her new role at UM.

Transgender Awareness Week

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The transgender community is an important constituency that helps inform institutional diversity efforts on campus - not unlike many other groups on campus. Where they differ significantly from other groups, however, is the threat of violence that transgender individuals face on a far too consistent basis. To bring added attention to this situation, the University of Georgia Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center will observe Transgender Awareness Week with several events Nov. 18-20:

Transgender activist Luna Merbruja will conduct a workshop titled "Liberation From The Margins: How To Fight Racial, Gender, and Queer Violence" on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in Room 141 of the Tate Student Center. The workshop will focus on the struggles and violence that queer, transgender and/or people of color face in their homes, workplaces and intimate relationships.

Participants will be given an opportunity to share their experiences of survival, resistance and strategies to address violence, as well as skill sharing to create communities that support one another.

Merbruja will deliver a keynote monologue at 6:30 p.m. in Room B2 of the main library. The performance will be dedicated to the memory of activist Sylvia Rivera and other transgender women of color who fought for liberation.

The performance will illustrate how four decades of resilience has created a platform for queer and transgender liberation to permeate mainstream culture, in which there are visible queer and transgender people of color on news channels, in network series, in magazines and on the New York Times Best Seller list.

See the link for information on more events this week. The LGBT Resource Center does important work in our campus community and the Franklin College supports all efforts to make our community more inclusive. Take advantage of some of these wonderful opportunities this week to learn, acknowledge and celebrate.

Halloween edition

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pumpkins_.jpgHaunted college campus lists aside, Happy Halloween everyone! What's better than a ghost-y campus - where do we think all that venerable tradition, character and culture comes from, anyway? - than a town that knows how to celebrate Halloween? Hopefully it's one of the many great experiences UGA students take with them wherever they go from here. Tonight's the night - although, in Athens tonight started one week ago and runs through Sunday - so get out and have fun.

Image: wonderfully carved Cucurbits in the grand tradition.

Thomas appointed Associate Dean

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thomaskecia.jpgCongratulations to professor Kecia Thomas, who has been appointed associate dean for leadership development and diversity in the Franklin College:

A professor of industrial/organizational psychology in the department of psychology, Thomas has served on the UGA faculty since 1993.

"As associate dean, Dr. Thomas will have a portfolio that is well-aligned with her academic and professional expertise as an industrial/organizational psychologist who is an award-winning graduate mentor and instructor, an internationally recognized scientist/practitioner in the psychology of workplace diversity and a certified executive coach," said Alan T. Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College. "Given her scholarship, dedication to the college and to the university, and her extensive leadership experience, I am pleased to have Dr. Thomas serve in this important role."

Thomas has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, one textbook and four edited volumes. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as by school districts, nonprofits and other national organizations.

One of the brightest stars at UGA, known for her scholarship as well as her ability to lead both her peers and our students, Thomas' combination of skills make for a dynamic addition to the university administration. The institutional challenges addressed as diversity issues, present at every university and college in America, represent a particular and extraordinary responsibility. It is here that Dr. Thomas has and will continue to provide important direction and leadership. We are lucky to have her on our team. Great, key appointment for Franklin College, and because of its centrality on campus, for UGA.

Kudos, September 2014

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finlay_lemons.jpgGreat work by our faculty continues, followed by honors and awards that bring distinction to the Franklin College and UGA. A sampling from the past month:

Georgia Sea Grant and UGA units including Marine Extension and the Lamar Dodd School of Art were presented with a national award for guiding the creation of the Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

Associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Paula Lemons (above, right) received the Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology William Finlay (above, left) was awarded the Regents' Teaching Excellence Award.

Professor of Spanish Luis Correa-Díaz was named US-based Member of the Academia Chilena de la Lengua (correspondant of the Real Academia Española de la Lengua).

The American Statistical Association presented its Founders Award to Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor in the department of statistics Christine Franklin.

The National Poetry Series announced the five winners of its 2014 Open Competition, which included "Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno" by the Ed Pavlić, a professor of English and creative writing.

A team of scientists including researchers from the department of genetics has grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time.

Sunkoo Yuh, an associate professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, placed second in the 2014 Virginia A. Groot Foundation competition. 


Professor of genetics Jessica Kissinger received a Brazilian Special Visiting Professor Award from Brazil's national science research agency, the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, as part of its "Science Without Borders" program.

ASA Founders Award for Franklin

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ChristineFranklin.jpgChristine Franklin, that is. It seems that every week is awards week for Franklin College faculty, as the American Statistical Association honored one of our best with its most prestigious award:

[ASA] recently presented its Founders Award to Christine Franklin, the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of statistics.

The ASA is the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, and the honor is presented annually to ASA members who have rendered distinguished and long-term service to the association. Franklin was honored during the presidential awards session at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston.

One of three recipients of the Founders Award in 2014, Franklin was recognized for her leadership in curriculum development and teaching statistics, her research and her professional service in helping grow the field of statistics education. An active member of ASA, Franklin is a longtime leader and champion of national efforts in statistics education, particularly in the area of implementing statistics in K-12 education.

"Statistics integrated into the K-12 curriculum is key for students developing the statistical reasoning skills necessary to make sense of the massive data that surrounds them on a daily basis, much of which students generate themselves," said Franklin, who also serves as the undergraduate coordinator for statistics at UGA.

The era big data is fully upon us and Franklin has recognized the importance of statistics education in the K-12 grades. Educators whose research and teaching identify important refinements for our broader educational system see such outstanding contributions as part of their duty. We are lucky to have Dr. Franklin on campus, an inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Our best wishes to her during her upcoming Fulbright Fellowship in New Zealand, where she will continue to work on this very important issue.

Welcome to the Class of 2018

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The 5,285 freshmen who entered UGA this week, assembled into a Super G on Sunday in Sanford Stadium as part of the Freshman Welcome to the Class of 2018 sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Student Alumni Council. 

That's a lot of people - normally, you would have to be crossing 42nd Street and 7th Ave to see that many people in one place.

Welcome to everyone and do not worry: you will get lost, and then lost again. The bus will come. You will find your class. Snelling will still be open when you get there. You will get used to all of this - and may so many other wonderful things happen to you as you do.

#uga18

Image: Official Class of 2018 Photo, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services. 

The Impact of Giving

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Scholarship and research support from private giving to the Franklin College avails our students and faculty of broad opportunities across every aspect of society. This short video, featuring a student and one of our donors, elaborates on the impact of giving:

 

 

 

Discover UGA Abroad - Austraila

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man jumping on rocksIt is the time of year when so many of our students are expanding their academic horizons around the globe. From Costa Rica to Zanzibar, our classrooms are taking the shape of the world. Just yesterday, I ran into a colleague who had just returned from teaching in one of our programs and he was excited about maymester in Australia:

The program begins with several days in Sydney, considered one of the world’s best cities to live and play, taking classes and local field trips with UGA faculty and Australian experts. In Sydney, we visit iconic places including the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Darling Harbor, head to Bondi or Manly beach to explore heritage and tourism conservation, as well as take a free day for independent exploration. We then head north to Queensland for our field trips: We stay on an isolated island eco-resort on the Great Barrier Reef, travel to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast to explore sustainable development and ecotourism issues, visit the Outback at Carnarvon Gorge, and travel to the Gondwanaland rainforest at Lamington National Park. We finish the program in Brisbane, one of Australia’s most vibrant and modern cities. One of the unique features of the program is the activities we have along the way: Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal bush life, discover koalas and kangaroos, and hike tropical rainforests, as well as receive guided tours of Sydney and Brisbane.

This sounds like a great experience blending travel with learning - one open to all students, with opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and honors students in Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Foods and Nutrition, Geography, International Affairs, and Recreation and Leisure Studies. Discover UGA in Australia. 

Franklin alumnus, former POW gives perspective on Bergdahl’s release

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Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 3.36.43 PM.pngA Franklin College alumnus is at the forefront of national news this week, offering a unique perspective on the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity.  Col. Lee Ellis, a UGA history graduate (A.B. ‘65) and retired Air Force Colonel, was a POW during the Vietnam War for five-and-a-half years. In interviews with CBS News and CNN, Ellis recounts his own experience and offers his take on what challenges may lie ahead for Bergdahl.

Ellis, who was held captive alongside others including Senator John McCain during his service in the military, offers sound advice for Bergdahl’s family and friends: 

What helped for Ellis was never giving up hope.

"I think you always survive everything one day at a time. You keep walking forward until you come out the other side. Hope is so important."

He said Bergdahl will also have to find people who understand and can relate to what he's been through.

"Life is not easy for any of us, and he's going to have to work through those experiences also. And that's where he's going to need help, and I would say he's probably going to need some counseling. That would be good for him and helping him because he's probably going to have some degree of PTSD also."

While Ellis was held captive in Vietnam with others, Bergdahl was a lone prisoner, and this could factor into his recovery, Ellis said.

"We had a couple of guys that were in China, held for more than five years and several were in solitary confinement for several years, but they did know there was some support around. I think for Bowe, it's going to be much more difficult because he was so alone, and knowing who to trust, who not to trust and just feeling safe and letting his hair down a little bit - I do think it will complicate it significantly."

Ellis is stepping forward to help the public understand and provide context at a critical moment in history. Another great example of a Franklin College graduate’s contribution to the world. Bravo! You can read more about Ellis here or visit his blog here.