The University of Georgia continues to rank as one of the nation's top values in higher education, according to Kiplinger, which placed UGA 12th on its Personal Finance list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities for 2016.
Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the first-year retention rate, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
UGA was only one of two universities from the SEC (the other being the University of Florida) that made the top 20 and the only school from the state of Georgia.
"The University of Georgia takes pride in its commitment to offering a world-class education at an affordable cost," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "We are pleased that our commitment is once again being recognized on a national level."
With Georgia's oyster season just beginning, the University of Georgia Marine Extension has opened the state's first oyster hatchery, which is expected to revive the once-thriving oyster industry in Georgia.
The hatchery will help establish an oyster aquaculture industry in Georgia, allowing harvesters to farm single oysters that can be sold on the half-shell, a lucrative market fueled by rising restaurant and consumer demand. Located on Skidaway Island, the hatchery is expected to produce between 5 million and 6 million spat, or baby oysters, per year by 2018. Experts at the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory have calculated that these oysters will be worth an estimated $1.6 million when harvested.
Funded through 2016 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program, the hatchery emerged from a collaborative effort between UGA Marine Extension specialists, resource managers with the DNR, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Shellfish Growers Association.
"I'm incredibly proud of our first-ever oyster hatchery in the state," said Mark Risse, director of UGA Marine Extension, a unit of the university's Office of Public Service and Outreach. "We hope to grow the oyster industry and allow farmers to produce oysters in a faster, more cost-effective way."
The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design earned top 10 rankings in four categories in DesignIntelligence magazine's 2016 edition of America's Best Architecture and Design Schools.
The report, which is published by the Design Futures Council-a global network of design, product, construction and real estate leaders-also lists the college's dean, Daniel Nadenicek, among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.
"These latest rankings for UGA's College of Environment and Design are gratifying, but they're certainly not a surprise," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. "The college's faculty, students and programs are outstanding, and the leadership of Dean Nadenicek is exemplary."
The University of Georgia is now offering an option for students to graduate with both a law degree and a Master of Business Administration in three years.
The J.D./M.B.A. program, a joint effort between the School of Law and the Terry College of Business, equips students with the skills needed for successful careers combining law and banking, entrepreneurship, finance, international business or commercial interests.
"Students participating in this three-year dual degree will have a distinct competitive advantage when they graduate," Georgia Law Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge said. "In only three years, students will earn a law degree and an M.B.A., saving both time and money while gaining the necessary knowledge to succeed in today's marketplace. This program is another way that UGA is demonstrating its commitment to leadership in higher education and to serving our students in a world-class manner while maintaining our commitment to overall value."
UGA is one of the pioneers in higher education by offering a three-year J.D./M.B.A. option. Students enrolled in the program will have one year devoted exclusively to legal studies, one year focused primarily on the business school curriculum, and the third year will be comprised mainly of law school courses.
"While UGA will continue to offer the four-year program for students who seek broader training in the law, the three-year J.D./M.B.A. is ideally suited to meet the needs of the highly differentiated student whose career aspiration is corporate law," said Suzanne E. Barbour, dean of the Graduate School.
A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia has identified a number of biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision. Their findings, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, may one day lead to improved diagnostics and treatments for those suffering from mental illness.
Agricultural lawyer Terence Centner's focus on current issues and his cultivation of thoughtful debate have made him a favorite instructor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
This fall his engaging teaching style also won him national recognition. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized Centner with its national award for excellence in college and university teaching for food and agricultural sciences.
The University of Georgia broke ground Dec. 1 on the Center for Molecular Medicine, a 43,000-square-foot facility that will continue to advance UGA's efforts in human health research.
When finished, the building on Riverbend Road will house up to 10 research groups whose primary goal will be to conduct translational research that positively impacts human health. The facility will include laboratories, faculty offices, shared cell culture facilities and other shared spaces that support research.
"The Center for Molecular Medicine is an expansion of the university's capacity to translate research into products and other innovations that support economic development and enhance the quality of life in our state, our nation and the world," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "Here, the very best researchers will investigate the molecular and cellular basis of human disease and develop new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases that affect millions of people worldwide."
The University of Georgia Alumni Association has released the 2016 Bulldog 100. This annual program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. Nearly 400 nominations were submitted for the 2016 list.
The 2016 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as veterinary medicine, IT consulting and pest control. Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as New York and as far west as California. Of the 100 businesses, 80 are located within Georgia, and only two businesses have made the list all seven years: Mom Corps and Vino Venue/Atlanta Wine School.
Gwen Moss works for the University of Georgia's Office of Public Service and Outreach but that doesn't mean she's on the ground serving every day.
The assistant vice president for fiscal affairs is more often in the office, so when PSO launched its first Day of Service, Moss jumped at the chance to contribute to the mission she supports daily.
"My position keeps me in the office and behind the desk," Moss said during a break while working on the grounds at Stroud Elementary School in Athens. "So this is an opportunity to get out and, you know, do service work like the other Public Service and Outreach staff do all across the state. This is a perfect opportunity for me to get my hands dirty."
That was one of the driving ideas behind PSO's first Day of Service on Nov. 20. Staff and faculty members and students from the eight units of Public Service and Outreach fanned out to nine sites while also participating in a supply drive for Mercy Health Center and the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and a coat drive for the Salvation Army. Some contributions began the day before with UGA Campus Kitchen, which is a part of the Office of Service-Learning, delivering meals and sorting food at the Northeast Georgia Food Bank on Nov. 19.
University of Georgia Honors student Meredith Paker has been named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year, and Paker is UGA's third student in the last decade to earn the award and the seventh in the university's history.
Paker, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and a recipient of UGA's Foundation Fellowship and the Stamps Leadership Scholarship, plans to pursue a master's degree in economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in economics from the Terry College of Business and a minor in mathematics from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
While at UGA, Paker has conducted economics research with faculty members Jonathan Williams, David Bradford and William Lastrapes. Contributing to a growing literature on the prevalence and impact of off-label prescriptions in the U.S. pharmaceuticals market, she has recently presented her work at the International Health Economics Association conference in Italy and at the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium. After completing her master's at Oxford, her goal is to pursue a doctorate in economics and begin a career as an academic economist.