The University of Georgia College of Public Health has named one of its newest faculty members, Dr. José F. Cordero, as the first Gordhan L. and Virginia B. "Jinx" Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health.
Cordero joined the college in August as professor and head of its department of epidemiology and biostatistics.
"As the state of Georgia continues to struggle with poor ratings in infant and maternal mortality, we are very pleased to have one of the leading experts in child and maternal health join us at the College of Public Health," said Phillip Williams, dean of the college. "Under Dr. Cordero's guidance, the college and UGA will be able to expand its expertise in this area of critical need."
An internationally recognized researcher and public health leader, Cordero has dedicated his career to addressing maternal and child health, minority health and health disparities.
For 27 years, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his time at the CDC, he was the first Hispanic to attain the rank of assistant surgeon general and held a number of leadership positions focused on improving the health of mothers, children and adults in programs such as immunizations, birth defects and disabilities.
The most prominent of these roles included deputy director of the National Immunization program and founding director of the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to Albany on Thursday where he toured Innovative Senior Solutions, a home health care provider for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
During the visit, the president met with sisters Eshonda Blue and Jessica Wright of Americus, both registered nurses, who launched the business in 2007.
First founded in Sumter County, the business has grown into a company that now employs more than 100 people. Services provided in the 19-county region include personal care, adult day care and two personal care homes.
As they began to expand they sought assistance from the UGA Small Business Development Center, a unit of the Office of Pubic Service and Outreach.
University of Georgia tree health expert Kamal Gandhi has been named a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America, just one of five scientists across the country named to the program.
The competitive fellowship program formed in 2014 to support scientists for two-year terms. As a fellow, Gandhi will attend virtual and in-person educational events to learn more about science policy and funding decisions made at the federal level of government. She also will participate in conferences that focus on developing federal science policy and budgets, help draft policy statements and meet with legislators.
Created by the Southeastern Conference in 2008, the fellowship program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.
The participants will work with senior administrators at UGA based on their areas of interest and attend two SEC-wide workshops that include lectures, panel discussions and opportunities to interact with their counterparts from other SEC institutions. The fall workshop will be held Oct. 5-7 at the University of Arkansas, and the spring workshop will be held Feb. 24-26 at the University of Mississippi.
The University of Georgia School of Law will expand its footprint with an Atlanta campus that will open for the 2016 spring semester. The first program to be launched at the new facility will be the Atlanta Semester in Practice, which will offer second- and third-year students the opportunity to receive full-time, practical experience through placements in the judicial, government, corporate and nonprofit arenas.
"The opportunity to receive hands-on, full-time training will greatly benefit our students as they seek to begin their careers in the legal profession. In addition, the agencies and companies that provide placements will be receiving the assistance of some of our nation's brightest law students," said Georgia Law Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge. "We are excited to begin this new chapter in the law school's storied history and look forward to the opportunities an Atlanta campus will bring to our students, alumni and employers."
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the University of Georgia's College of Public Health will welcome students, alumni and community guests to the UGA Health Sciences Campus Oct. 5. A full slate of afternoon events open to the public will be punctuated by a 5 p.m. program and reception at Miller Parade Grounds.
The 10th anniversary celebration will include a keynote address from Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, as well as comments from Harrison Spencer, president of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
Established in 2005, the college became the first accredited college of public health within the University System of Georgia and was seen as an integral piece of the state's broader efforts to improve population health. The college began moving its various programs and departments to the Health Sciences Campus in 2012, establishing itself as that campus's principal occupant and energizing a growing health corridor in Athens-Clarke County.
The University of Georgia is ranked 10th among public universities in the 2015 New York Times College Access Index.
The index, which ranks UGA 24th among all universities, is based on the share of students who receive Pell grants, the graduation rate of those students and the cost of attendance for low- and middle-income students.
"The University of Georgia strives to make its world-class education accessible to students from all economic backgrounds," said President Jere W. Morehead. "While we have much left to do, I am pleased that our efforts are being recognized."
The University of Georgia has received national recognition for its efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus for the second year in a row as a 2015 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
The HEED Award is the only designation of its kind awarded to institutions that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.
"The university is pleased to receive, once again, this important recognition for the diversity of our campus community," said President Jere W. Morehead. "The University of Georgia strives to cultivate an environment where individuals from all backgrounds feel valued and supported. We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to create a positive and inclusive academic community."
The University of Georgia Athletic Association is playing a leading role in the university's effort to increase the number of endowed faculty positions.
For many years, the association has provided an annual contribution to the UGA Foundation to support significant institutional priorities. The contributions, ranging in recent years between $4 million and $5 million, have totaled more than $28 million since fiscal year 2007. A significant portion of these funds—approximately $7.5 million—has been used to establish endowed Georgia Athletic Association professorships.
Lew K. Hunnicutt, an administrator who oversees two campuses of Frank Phillips College in Texas, has been named assistant provost and campus director at the University of Georgia's Griffin campus.
Hunnicutt, whose appointment at UGA is effective Nov. 1, is currently the vice president of extended services at Frank Phillips College in the Texas Panhandle, where he is responsible for the operation of branch campuses in Perryton and Dalhart and where he oversees extended education programs such as continuing education and corporate development.