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UGAs Miller Learning Center features new technology

When students at the University of Georgia begin their fall semester classes on Monday, new computers and print kiosks will be available at the Miller Learning Center.

During the summer, Enterprise Information Technology Services replaced a total of 375 computers at the Miller Learning Center. The new computers feature smaller processing units that attach to the rear of computer monitors-thus saving space at each computer station.

The effort marks the first time in five years that computers in the Miller Learning Center have been replaced on a large scale.

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UGA first-year students set academic criteria records

The University of Georgia is welcoming the most academically qualified first-year class in school history, with the highest GPA and SAT averages on record for entering freshmen. UGA also experienced a record number of applications with nearly 20,300 received for fall 2013 admission. Since 2003, the number of freshman applications has increased by 72 percent. Approximately 5,150 first-year students-up 4 percent from 2012-and 1,100 transfer students are set to begin classes at UGA on Aug. 12.

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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 UGA's 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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UGA's 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.

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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 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.