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Three UGA Honors students named 2018 Goldwater Scholars

University of Georgia undergraduates Trisha Dalapati, Guy Eroh andStephan George are among 211 students from across the nation to be recognized as Barry Goldwater Scholars, earning the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Georgia institutions had a total of six Goldwater Scholars. UGA had the highest number with three and was joined by Berry College, Emory University and Spelman College, which had one scholar each.

Dalapati, a junior from Roswell, is majoring in anthropology and biochemistry and molecular biology and working toward a master’s degree in comparative biomedical sciences. Eroh, a junior from Portland, Oregon, is majoring in ecology and earning a master’s degree in forest resources. George, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, biology with a concentration in neuroscience, and genetics.

“The university congratulates Trisha, Guy and Stephan on this outstanding achievement,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Our newest Goldwater Scholars reflect the tremendous strength of our students as well as the commitment of exceptional faculty mentors who guide and teach them. I look forward to all that these amazing students will accomplish in the coming years.”

Since 1995, 56 UGA students have received the Goldwater Scholarship, all of whom have been members of the Honors Program.

Ruth Schade, a junior from Marlborough, Massachusetts, was among 281 Goldwater nominees named as honorable mentions. She is working toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutritional sciences.

The scholarship honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed 8,132 scholarships worth approximately $65 million.

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UGA School of Law wins national mock trial tournament and Intrastate Moot Court Competition

The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the national South Texas Mock Trial Challenge and the Intrastate Moot Court Competition. These wins bring the total national titles for UGA for the 2017-18 season to three in addition to a coveted state title.

Third-year law student Lauren E. Lutton and second-year law students Shanice Echols, Robert Harrison II and C. Daniel Lockaby captured the national title in the 2018 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge. Lutton was recognized for her oral skills in the preliminary rounds and was named the best advocate for the final round.

The School of Law team was undefeated in the competition overcoming teams from the law schools at Georgia State University, Campbell University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City as well as Charleston Law School.

Notably, this is the second year in a row that UGA has won this national competition and the third time in five years that Georgia has brought home the championship trophy.

In the 2018 Intrastate Moot Court Competition, second-year law students Anna C. Braue, Thomas Grantham and Timia Skelton beat teams from Georgia State University in the final and semifinal rounds to bring home the state title.

UGA last won this tournament in 2016, and in the last 10 years UGA has captured the state title seven times.

The other national advocacy titles won this academic year include the 8th Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition and the 2018 Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition.

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Women's Studies director named University Professor

Juanita Johnson-Bailey, professor and director of the Institute for Women’s Studies, has been named University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty members who have made a significant impact on the University of Georgia beyond their normal academic responsibilities.

Johnson-Bailey is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy in the College of Education, in addition to her appointment to the institute.

“Dr. Johnson-Bailey is a cherished mentor to students, a valued colleague to faculty members across campus and a nationally and internationally recognized scholar,” said Provost Pamela Whitten. “I’m delighted that she’s been named University Professor.”

Johnson-Bailey has made a profound impact on the advancement of diverse groups since she joined the faculty in 1995. She co-founded and advised a student organization called Students of African Descent that led to a dramatic increase in the enrollment of African-American women doctoral students in her department’s graduate program. In 2006, she co-founded and convened the university’s first conference on diversity issues in higher education. She has served as major professor for 30 Ph.D. students, many of whom now hold academic and leadership positions in higher education.

In addition to holding the title of Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the university’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction, Johnson-Bailey was named the recipient of the Students of African Descent Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the College of Education’s Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow Award and the Graduate School’s Outstanding Mentoring Award. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award from the American Association of University Women in 2015, and she was named to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Mary Ann Moran receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Distinguished Research Professor Mary Ann Moran has earned a number of honors over the course of her career. The latest is being named the University of Georgia’s recipient of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

The SEC award, which is administered by provosts at the 14 universities in the conference, recognizes professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for students and other faculty members. Winners receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Earlier this spring Moran, who joined the faculty of the department of marine sciences in the Franklin Colleges of Arts and Sciences in 1993, was named Regents’ Professor, an honor bestowed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on faculty members whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized nationally and internationally as innovative and pacesetting.

“Dr. Moran has developed an extraordinary national and international reputation for her far-reaching scientific contributions,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “She also is an outstanding faculty colleague and academic leader, and I congratulate her on this latest accomplishment.”

Moran conducts path-setting research that has created a better understanding of marine ecosystems and the roles of the ocean microbiome, including how microbes interact with organic matter and influence climactically active gases in the ocean. Her work combines three complementary approaches: biogeochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology.

Moran, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology, has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for grants totaling $16.7 million over the past decade. The results of her research have been reported in more than 160 refereed journal publications. She is ranked in the top 2.5 percent of all scientists publishing in major journals, according to ResearchGate. Her expertise is sought after at international scientific conferences and events, including more than 30 invited presentations in the past six years.

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Three UGA faculty members honored as Meigs Professors

The University of Georgia has honored three faculty members with its highest recognition for excellence in instruction, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

“At a university with an unrivaled commitment to student success, Meigs Professors are the best of the best,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, whose office sponsors the award. “They educate and inspire University of Georgia students to achieve their full potential.”

The 2018 Meigs Professors are Santanu Chatterjee, associate professor of economics and director of the full-time master’s in business administration and master of science in business analytics programs in the Terry College of Business; Michael Marshall, professor of art in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; and Patricia Richards, professor of sociology and women’s studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Chatterjee has partnered with financial technology corporations in Atlanta to provide students with meaningful experiential and project-based learning opportunities to prepare them for jobs in the rapidly growing FinTech sector of the economy. Since assuming the role of director of the Full-Time MBA Program for the Terry College in August of 2014, Chatterjee has worked to expand interdisciplinary offerings through the creation of five new dual-degree programs.

Marshall has taught every course in the photography curriculum of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, redesigning the program of study to integrate new technology and the medium’s changing role in visual culture. He utilizes service-learning to hone students’ skills while engaging the concerns of Georgia communities and the environment. As associate director of curriculum for the art school, Marshall has placed the needs of students at the forefront of curriculum development with new programming emphasizing ideation and interdisciplinary practice. Marshall received the 2017 Honored Educator Award from the Society for Photographic Education Southeast Chapter as well as the Sustainability Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2015 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award at UGA.

Richards has tailored her courses to enhance her students’ understanding of global issues while empowering students through classroom discussion to further engage with the material. Richards, who also is a member of the core faculty of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and an affiliate faculty member of the Institute of Native American Studies, has designed a series of courses where students analyze disparate nations and societies to promote a critical understanding of the world. She has played an integral part in curriculum changes in LACSI and the Institute for Women’s Studies.

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University mourns passing of Zell Miller

Zell Miller, a former governor, U.S. senator and creator of the HOPE Scholarship, passed away Friday. He was 86. 

Miller was an influential politician in Georgia for more than 50 years, but much of his legacy rests on his innovative and far-reaching efforts to improve education.

The HOPE Scholarship, Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma and certificate programs at colleges and universities, has sent more than 350,000 Georgians to college.

He also created the Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship, which is awarded annually to a doctoral student in the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.

“The University of Georgia mourns the loss of one of this state’s greatest champions,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Governor Miller’s impact on higher education in Georgia—and indeed the nation—was profound. The University of Georgia would not be the world-class institution it is today without his vision and dedicated leadership. The thoughts and prayers of our university community go out to his family and friends.”

During his administration, faculty salaries in the University System of Georgia grew nearly 30 percent and higher education funding nearly 60 percent. Many of UGA’s East Campus buildings were funded while he was governor. Miller authorized nearly $300 million to repair and renovate buildings in the university system and almost $1 billion in capital spending.

UGA established the Zell Miller Distinguished Professorship in 2005 to foster research, instruction and outreach relating to economic development policy. An anonymous donor funded the professorship to honor Miller.

The Zell B. Miller Learning Center at UGA was named in his honor in 2008. This innovative, technologically advanced learning environment features a unique combination of library and instructional space, modern classrooms, the best in campus computing and comprehensive instructional support for faculty.

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UGA to develop peer faculty mentoring program

The University of Georgia is moving forward with plans to create a new faculty mentorship program and introduce tools to allow a common course evaluation. The plans stem from the final report of the President’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success, which included 12 recommendations to enhance the undergraduate learning environment at UGA.

A working group comprised of six members of the UGA Teaching Academy, a longstanding community of faculty devoted to promoting teaching excellence, will develop proposals for the new initiative. Academy members William Vencill, who serves as the university’s associate vice president for instruction, and Marisa Pagnattaro, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the UGA Terry College of Business, will co-chair the working group.

The focus of the faculty mentorship program will be on expanding peer evaluation across campus to further promote teaching excellence, support faculty growth and development, and measure student learning in the classroom. The working group will develop a framework for faculty leaders both to assess existing evaluation processes and to pilot new peer evaluation methods specific to their school or college.

“Developing a collaborative process for peer mentoring and evaluation is essential to the professional growth of our faculty as instructors,” said Vencill. “Faculty-to-faculty guidance through the mentoring and evaluation process will fundamentally and positively change instruction across all schools and colleges.

The Task Force on Student Learning and Success, co-chaired by Vice President for Instruction Shrivastav and Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson, was charged last February with taking a fresh look at the university’s undergraduate learning environment to identify new opportunities to further enhance the educational experience, inside and outside the classroom, for UGA students. The task force provided 12 recommendations organized into three broad objectives: evolving the curriculum, enhancing teaching and learning, and expanding student support and mentoring.

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Ten selected for new cohort of Women's Staff Leadership Institute

Ten University of Georgia staff members have been selected to participate in the second cohort of the Women’s Staff Leadership Institute. Launched in 2017, the WSLI is an annual program aligned with the Women’s Leadership Initiative launched in 2015 by President Jere W. Morehead and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten.

The program is administered through the Office of Human Resources’ Training and Development with the support of executive sponsor Jennifer L. Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. Allie Cox, director of training and development, coordinates the institute.

“Developing the talents of our staff members and supporting women leaders at UGA strengthens the university as a whole,” said Frum. “When individuals grow their leadership abilities and make their fullest contributions in their careers here, we are better able to fulfill the mission of the university and serve the citizens of Georgia.”

Members of the 2018 class are:

  • Angela Birkes, the alliance director for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Marti Brickthe director of external affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Maria de Rocherassistant director of the Honors Program
  • Kara Freskdirector of learning and strategic initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs
  • Shannon Hinsonassociate director of admissions and director of dual degree programs in the School of Law
  • Meg Mittelstadtassistant director for faculty development and recognition in the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Lindsey Van Notesenior director for human resources strategic management and special projects in the Office of Human Resources
  • Nakia Wadehuman resources senior manager in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kristy Walkerassociate director for business and human resources in University Housing
  • Jana Wigginsdirector of communications for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a public service and outreach unit

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UGA recognized for international collaboration

The University of Georgia is one of eight universities nationwide to be recognized for its exemplary international programs and partnerships by NAFSA, a nonprofit association dedicated to international education.

The university’s network of partnerships within the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais received NAFSA’s 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which is named after the late Illinois senator who was a strong advocate for international education and cross-cultural learning.

“The University of Georgia is a global enterprise, with reach and impact that span the world,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead, “and I want to congratulate the faculty at UGA whose dedication to international research and collaboration is being recognized by this significant award.”

UGA has long considered Brazil a strategically important country based on the quality of its higher education system, and the UGA-Minas Gerais partnership was launched in 2015 after a data-driven analysis of research activity revealed that an outsized portion of UGA’s international research collaborations could be traced to several institutions in Minas Gerais.

“Some of the most important challenges facing researchers today are global in nature,” said Brian Watkins, director of international partnerships at the Office of International Education. “To rise to the challenge, we must bring together international researchers with overlapping strengths and provide them with the support they need to launch new and exciting collaborations. That is what the program in Brazil was designed to do.”

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Three receive Russell Awards for excellence in teaching

Three University of Georgia faculty members have been named recipients of the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the university’s highest early career teaching honor.

“Extraordinary faculty members such as this year’s Russell Award recipients are the foundation of the learning environment at the University of Georgia,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten, whose office administers the awards. “By creating memorable and engaging classroom experiences, they make students active participants in the learning process.”

The 2018 Russell Award winners are Christine Albright, an assistant professor of classics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Cacciatore, an assistant professor of advertising and public relations in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Alex Reed, associate professor and director of the legal studies certificate program in the Terry College of Business.

Albright, who joined UGA’s faculty in 2012, is a national leader in using a teaching pedagogy known as “Reacting to the Past,” which allows students to role play as they learn about historic events such as the assassination of Julius Caesar. She also created an annual Latin and Greek Banquet that enhances students’ understanding of culture during the classical time period, and she spearheaded the annual Homerathon, a two-day performance of the poetry of Homer that has exposed students in other fields to the classics.

Cacciatore, who joined the UGA faculty in 2013, places an emphasis on student engagement and active learning, whether in a small seminar course or in his large introductory public relations course that enrolls more than 250 students. He incorporates current events and campaigns into classroom discussions, and he re-envisioned his introductory course to build writing skills and integrate a greater level of discussion to better position students for entering a competitive job market.

Reedwho joined the insurance, legal studies and real estate department in 2010, continuously updates his course material to include real-world examples of legal business concepts. He developed role-play simulations for his course on negotiations and incorporated innovative components from highly acclaimed programs into the class. Reed was instrumental in the development of the legal studies certificate program six years ago, and he took over as director of the program in 2015.

To learn more about the Russell Awards, see https://t.uga.edu/2Zp .