Category: Franklin College

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.

Staff profile: Jerry Daniel

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daniel_jerryFranklin College faculty and staff are the backbone of the college and its successes, continually building and shaping the learning environment that is the University of Georgia. Many staff also devote their time to self-governance on the UGA staff council, an important part of supporting theuniversity mission. One of our outstanding Franklin College staff members, and outgoing chair of the staff council, IT professional Jerry Daniel:

While a bachelor's degree in history-something he earned using the Tuition Assistance Program while working at UGA-may not be a direct path to a career in technology, the skills Daniel learned have helped tremendously. 

"A lot of times you're doing something you've never done before so you have to research and learn about it," he said. "My history degree helps since I can do research work in a library like nobody's business."

As an IT professional associate, Daniel ensures that networks, servers, computers and software are running smoothly. He helps with upkeep for the math department's computer labs that 5,000 students use to take their tests. To do that, he takes a proactive approach to prevent breakdowns at inopportune times.

"My job is to do all the computer upkeep so that faculty can do cutting-edge research and students can learn and get their degrees," Daniel said. "I've always liked helping other people, and this lets me do that."

Another way Daniel helps a lot of people is through his role as chair of the executive committee of the Staff Council. Daniel was elected to that role almost four years ago, and his term will end June 30. 

"It's been very rewarding; I've grown a lot personally and professionally," Daniel said. "I've also met a lot of great people in private businesses and at UGA."

Thanks to a great colleague, one of the many people who make the university such a great place to work and to learn.

Image: Jerry Daniel, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services.

UGA Franklin-Morris International Scholars Program

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university-of-liverpoolThe University of Georgia recently formalized an agreement with the University of Liverpool to further deepen ongoing collaborations between the two universities by specifying joint research activities, faculty and staff exchanges and graduate student exchanges:

"The UGA-Liverpool partnership has developed over the past several years into a high-bandwidth relationship spanning multiple departments and colleges, and the University of Liverpool has become a very trusted and valued partner," Gatewood said. "It is certainly a model for successful transatlantic cooperation."

The UGA Franklin-Morris International Scholars Program will host one scholar in residence during the summer 2014. Anna Bocking-Welch, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, will teach a course on "Humanitarianism and the British Empire: A Complicated Relationship."

And in 2014, UGA and the University of Liverpool will develop the One Health symposium as part of the International Festival of Business in Liverpool.

Special thanks to Franklin College Associate Dean Noel Fallows, whose ongoing efforts are crucial to the partnership and exchanges between our universities.

Computer Health and Security Fair

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PowerBook-165cComputer viruses and malware are no joke - today or any other day. Viruses routinely result in billions of dollars of lost productivity and lost network operation time.

Today and tomorrow, our own Office of Information Technology, partnering with EITS, will offer free laptop security check ups for the university community:

Two departments at the University of Georgia will host the spring Computer Health and Security Fair April 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Miller Learning Center.

UGA students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their personal laptops for free security checks during the two-day event.

Technical volunteers will provide free virus and malware removal, and offer security consultations and checkups to ensure that laptops are using the latest and most secure software and plug-ins.

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"Partnering with EITS on the Computer Health and Security Fair creates an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff in Franklin College to have technical professionals perform security checkups on their personal laptops," said Christine Miller, assistant dean and IT executive director for Franklin College

Come on down, open of your laptop and say, "Ahhh."

Malmberg named University Professor

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malmberg_russell head shotA singular, annual UGA honor announced for Franklin College associate dean Russell Malmberg:

University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty who have had a significant impact on the University of Georgia in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities.

The honor was first awarded in 1974, and no more than one University Professor can be named in any year.

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He has helped grow the university's Integrated Life Sciences program, which allows first-year graduate students to rotate among faculty in participating departments and defer their choice of a major professor until the end of their first year. The program has allowed the university to recruit talented graduate students in areas where it has significant strengths-such as developmental biology and vaccine research-but no formal departments. It also has fostered collaboration among faculty by connecting them through interdisciplinary groups. The program, which began in 2009, has grown to include 11 departments from four colleges and will recruit 50 students annually beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Malmberg helped develop the university's Intensive English Program, which helps international students improve their English skills prior to entering graduate school. The IEP began as a summer program in 2010 with funding from the Provost's Office and has since become a self-sustaining, profit-generating enterprise that attracts students from UGA and institutions worldwide. This year, it began operating as a year-round program. 

The IEP is really work beyond the call of duty, yet incredibly important for many of the top students UGA attracts. It is the duty of those in higher education leadership positions to identify the challenges facing students (and faculty) and to find solutions. That atmosphere creates the dynamic that is the higher ed learning environment itself. People are important. Problem-solving leaders are crucial. Congratulations Dr. Malmberg for the recognition of your work and thank you for making our campus the place that it is.