Research is non-stop at UGA

June 17, 2014
by Jere W. Morehead, President

The three cornerstones of the University of Georgia’s mission are teaching, research and service. As a land- and sea-grant university, everything we do is focused on those goals.

Even though it might seem that activity slows during the summer at UGA, our faculty members work non-stop year-round with their research to add to the knowledge base that makes our world a better place.

Recently, Jan Westpheling and her team of researchers from our genetics department figured out how to engineer microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel; Scott Jackson from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was a co-leader of a team of scientists who published a study that sequences the common bean’s genome, which will improve agriculture globally; and Janna Jambeck from our engineering college developed a marine debris tracker that Apple touted as an app you can’t live without.

I encourage you to read more about these, and many more, advances that we’re working on at UGA here: We have a first-class research faculty. I could not be more proud of them.