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UGA plant geneticist wins international fellowship

University of Georgia plant genetics researcher Chung-Jui Tsai has been named an International Academy of Wood Science fellow, one of the highest honors given by the academy for scientists in this field of study.

Tsai is the Winfred N. "Hank" Haynes Professor in forest biotechnology in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar with a split appointment in the department of genetics. Her work focuses on creating high-yielding trees for use in biofuel. She dissects the molecular mechanisms that affect tree fitness and biomass productivity.

She and her research partner, Scott Harding, have won several noteworthy grants since joining UGA in 2008, including two from the U.S. Department of Energy to study ways to increase tree productivity by genetically modifying proteins critical to wood formation and stress tolerance, two necessary traits for using trees as biofuel feedstock.

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Sean McMillan appointed director of UGAs economic development office in Atlanta

Sean B. McMillan has been appointed director of economic development for the Atlanta office of the University of Georgia as of July 16. Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach, and David Lee, vice president for research, made the announcement. Together they co-direct the university's economic development efforts.

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The Economist ranks UGA Executive MBA among worlds best

In its first rankings of Executive MBA programs, The Economist placed the University of Georgia Terry College of Business program No. 22 worldwide. The Economist’s rankings reflect each EMBA program’s performance in two broad categories: personal development/education experience and career development, with each category weighted equally. Terry College’s EMBA program received the highest ranking among schools in Georgia, and was ranked No. 10 among programs based solely in the U.S.

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UGA professor awarded distinguished agri-scientist award

Michael P. Doyle, University of Georgia Regents Professor of Food Microbiology, has been awarded the 2013 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Agriscience Award.

Doyle came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1993 to establish the Center for Food Safety in Griffin. As director of the center, he has developed a research program that promotes collaboration among the food industry, the university, and federal and state agencies.

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UGAs economic impact on local economy topped $2.1 billion in 2012

According to a recent study by the UGA Selig Center for Economic Growth that looked at the impact of all 35 University System of Georgia institutions, UGA’s economic impact on the local economy—which includes Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Barrow, Walton and Gwinnett counties—was $2.161 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent from fiscal 2011. For university system schools, UGA’s impact was second in the state only to Georgia Tech. FULL STUDY OF USG INSTITUTIONS

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Victor K. Wilson named vice president for student affairs at UGA

Victor K. Wilson, executive vice president for student affairs at the College of Charleston, has been named vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, effective Aug. 1.

“The vice president for student affairs plays an integral role in creating a campus environment that enables our students to succeed academically, and I am delighted that Victor Wilson will assume this key leadership position,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “The broad scope of his experiences at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Division of Student Affairs.”

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UGA Foundation allocates more than $3.3 million in budget surplus to enhance UGA academics

The University of Georgia Foundation announced that it realized a budget surplus of more than $3.3 million for the just-concluded fiscal year and that those funds are being allocated to support several important academic initiatives. This funding is in addition to more than $40 million in annual support provided by the foundation to the university and $500,000 provided earlier this fiscal year for endowed professorships.

The board voted unanimously to dedicate the surplus funds to meet specific needs identified by President Jere W. Morehead for scholarships and faculty support. In addition, the board designated $1 million to support the proposed acquisition of the Washington facility, which will be home to UGA's Washington Program, which includes the semester program and other academic initiatives in Washington, D.C.

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UGA President Jere W. Morehead takes office

The University of Georgia welcomed its 22nd president to campus today. President Jere W. Morehead started off his morning discussing campus life with UGA student leaders at the Tate Student Center. After breakfast with the students, he arrived at the Administration Building, was greeted by the building's staff with a round of applause and met briefly with the President's Office staff.

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UGA Young Dawgs program wins award for high school outreach

After a few weeks of working with University of Georgia doctoral student Aimee Kowalski, Monisha Narayanan can now pipette like a pro. Besides mastering the art of getting drops of liquid into tiny plastic containers, the rising high school senior from Johns Creek has watched zebrafish grow from microscopic to swimming.

Narayanan is one of 44 high school students on the UGA campus this summer conducting research through the Young Dawgs program. Run by UGA Human Resources, Young Dawgs is doing more than capturing the imaginations of high school students and preparing them for future careers. It's also partnering with local school districts and earning awards on the national level. The program recently received the 2013 Community Service and Outreach Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, a recognition that came with a $10,000 award.