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UGA to offer three-year J.D./M.B.A. program

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.

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UGA agricultural economist recognized by APLU for excellence in teaching

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.

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UGAs new Center for Molecular Medicine celebrated with groundbreaking

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."

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UGA Alumni Association announces seventh annual Bulldog 100 list

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.

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Day of Service an opportunity for UGA public service employees to give back

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.

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UGA Honors student receives Marshall Scholarship

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.

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UGA names inaugural class of Womens Leadership Fellows

Nine University of Georgia faculty members will hone their leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting research universities as members of the inaugural class of the university's Women's Leadership Fellows Program.

The cohort includes representatives from seven schools and colleges as well as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. As Women's Leadership Fellows, the faculty members will attend a monthly meeting where they will learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields. The program also will feature a concluding weekend retreat in June for more in-depth learning.

"The inaugural class of Women's Leadership Fellows have already accomplished so much in their careers, and they are poised to make an even greater impact on the University of Georgia," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

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UGA researchers develop visual test to quickly check brain function quality

University of Georgia researchers have developed a simple technique to measure an individual's visual processing speed—the speed at which an individual can comprehend visual information—in order to identify whether or not they may have cognitive issues.

The recent study, published in the journal Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, focuses on using a simple test of visual flicker to evaluate an individual's level of executive cognitive abilities, such as shifting attention between different tasks, planning or organizing and problem solving.

For this study, researchers from UGA's Neuropsychology and Memory Assessment Laboratory and Vision Sciences Laboratory collaborated to use a method based on measuring processing speed through sight. Catherine Mewborn, a doctoral candidate in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology, led the study.

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UGA ranked 11th on Open Doors 2015 study abroad list

The University of Georgia has moved up six places to rank 11th among all U.S. institutions in the 2015 Open Doors Report on the number of U.S. students studying abroad.

UGA sent 2,240 students abroad for academic credit in the 2013-14 academic year, which represents an 11 percent increase over the previous year at UGA and more than doubles the national increase of 5 percent. UGA is the top-ranked institution in the Southeast and the only institution in Georgia among the top 25.

"The latest Open Doors ranking is yet another indication that hands-on learning experiences are a defining characteristic of a University of Georgia education," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "Our new experiential learning requirement will build on this strong foundation to ensure that each of our incoming students will benefit from high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, research, service-learning and internships."

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First Chambliss Fellows program dinner raises $350,000-plus for student scholarships

Students at the University of Georgia will have the opportunity to intern as Chambliss Fellows in Washington, D.C., thanks to scholarship funds raised during the first Chambliss Leadership Forum dinner held Nov. 10 in Atlanta.

Founded in 2014, the Chambliss Leadership Forum encompasses three programs: the annual fundraising dinner, the Chambliss Fellows Program and a campus lecture series. Chambliss Fellows—five UGA students competitively selected each semester—will be provided with financial and academic assistance to live, work and pursue their passion in the nation's capital.

A number of students and influential policymakers joined the celebration of former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and his wife, Julianne, both of whom are UGA alumni and have been public servants since Chambliss was elected to office in 1994.

"The Chambliss Leadership Forum provides a unique opportunity for our students to learn from Sen. Chambliss and to witness policymaking in the nation's capital," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "It offers an unparalleled learning experience for those who are interested in careers in government and politics, and we are deeply appreciative of Sen. and Mrs. Chambliss—and of our donors—for establishing the program at the University of Georgia."