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UGA receives $8.2 million grant to support families in Georgia child welfare system

A team of University of Georgia faculty members, led by a researcher in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia.

The project will focus on creating positive and stable homes through the integration of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability.

With numerous state and local partners, including the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Family Connection, Great Start Georgia, Strengthening Families Georgia and Project Safe, the five-year project will reach nearly 1,500 families in a 13-county, mostly rural, region in northeast Georgia.

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UGA graduate student wins U.S. Department of State eInternship

Matthew Nahrstedt, a graduate student in the Environmental Planning and Design program at the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design, has been accepted into the Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program. He will be working with the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Buildings Operations Bureau, which directs worldwide overseas diplomatic building programs.

The internship, while virtual, will be in the Master Planning Division, researching foreign cities. The division manages the master planning of diplomatic facilities throughout their lifecycles. Its activities include site acquisition planning, expansion of existing compounds, redevelopment and relocation planning.

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Digital collection of Civil War materials receives Georgia Historical Records award

"America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia" received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council 2015 Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia's History.

This project was part of a partnership between the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO Initiative based at the University of Georgia, the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Historical Society and the UGA Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

"America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia" is available at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/turningpoint_search.html.

The collection brings together archival materials documenting the Atlanta Campaign and the defense of Savannah; the Eastern Theater and Western Theater outside of Georgia; Confederate government records and correspondence of its prominent officials; life on the homefront; slavery; and the Civil War in memory.

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Cordero named Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health

The University of Georgia College of Public Health has named one of its newest faculty members, Dr. José F. Cordero, as the first Gordhan L. and Virginia B. "Jinx" Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health.

Cordero joined the college in August as professor and head of its department of epidemiology and biostatistics.

"As the state of Georgia continues to struggle with poor ratings in infant and maternal mortality, we are very pleased to have one of the leading experts in child and maternal health join us at the College of Public Health," said Phillip Williams, dean of the college. "Under Dr. Cordero's guidance, the college and UGA will be able to expand its expertise in this area of critical need."

An internationally recognized researcher and public health leader, Cordero has dedicated his career to addressing maternal and child health, minority health and health disparities.

For 27 years, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his time at the CDC, he was the first Hispanic to attain the rank of assistant surgeon general and held a number of leadership positions focused on improving the health of mothers, children and adults in programs such as immunizations, birth defects and disabilities.

The most prominent of these roles included deputy director of the National Immunization program and founding director of the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

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Visit to Albany showcases SBDC-assisted business

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to Albany on Thursday where he toured Innovative Senior Solutions, a home health care provider for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

During the visit, the president met with sisters Eshonda Blue and Jessica Wright of Americus, both registered nurses, who launched the business in 2007.

First founded in Sumter County, the business has grown into a company that now employs more than 100 people. Services provided in the 19-county region include personal care, adult day care and two personal care homes.

As they began to expand they sought assistance from the UGA Small Business Development Center, a unit of the Office of Pubic Service and Outreach.

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UGA forest health researcher named Entomological Society of America Science Policy Fellow

University of Georgia tree health expert Kamal Gandhi has been named a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America, just one of five scientists across the country named to the program.

The competitive fellowship program formed in 2014 to support scientists for two-year terms. As a fellow, Gandhi will attend virtual and in-person educational events to learn more about science policy and funding decisions made at the federal level of government. She also will participate in conferences that focus on developing federal science policy and budgets, help draft policy statements and meet with legislators.

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UGA School of Law launches full-time semester of work/study in Atlanta

The University of Georgia School of Law will expand its footprint with an Atlanta campus that will open for the 2016 spring semester. The first program to be launched at the new facility will be the Atlanta Semester in Practice, which will offer second- and third-year students the opportunity to receive full-time, practical experience through placements in the judicial, government, corporate and nonprofit arenas.

"The opportunity to receive hands-on, full-time training will greatly benefit our students as they seek to begin their careers in the legal profession. In addition, the agencies and companies that provide placements will be receiving the assistance of some of our nation's brightest law students," said Georgia Law Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge. "We are excited to begin this new chapter in the law school's storied history and look forward to the opportunities an Atlanta campus will bring to our students, alumni and employers."

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Four UGA professors named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Created by the Southeastern Conference in 2008, the fellowship program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.

The participants will work with senior administrators at UGA based on their areas of interest and attend two SEC-wide workshops that include lectures, panel discussions and opportunities to interact with their counterparts from other SEC institutions. The fall workshop will be held Oct. 5-7 at the University of Arkansas, and the spring workshop will be held Feb. 24-26 at the University of Mississippi.

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UGA College of Public Health to celebrate 10th anniversary

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the University of Georgia's College of Public Health will welcome students, alumni and community guests to the UGA Health Sciences Campus Oct. 5. A full slate of afternoon events open to the public will be punctuated by a 5 p.m. program and reception at Miller Parade Grounds.

The 10th anniversary celebration will include a keynote address from Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, as well as comments from Harrison Spencer, president of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

Established in 2005, the college became the first accredited college of public health within the University System of Georgia and was seen as an integral piece of the state's broader efforts to improve population health. The college began moving its various programs and departments to the Health Sciences Campus in 2012, establishing itself as that campus's principal occupant and energizing a growing health corridor in Athens-Clarke County.

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UGA among top 10 public universities doing the most for low-income students

The University of Georgia is ranked 10th among public universities in the 2015 New York Times College Access Index.

The index, which ranks UGA 24th among all universities, is based on the share of students who receive Pell grants, the graduation rate of those students and the cost of attendance for low- and middle-income students.

"The University of Georgia strives to make its world-class education accessible to students from all economic backgrounds," said President Jere W. Morehead. "While we have much left to do, I am pleased that our efforts are being recognized."