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University of Georgia receives national diversity award

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia has been named a 2014 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, a national recognition for its efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus.

UGA was one of 83 institutions honored this year with the HEED Award, 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.

"At the University of Georgia, we value inclusion as a fundamental element in a vibrant and connected academic community," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "I am pleased that UGA's success in creating a welcoming campus that promotes educational growth and understanding is being recognized through this national award."

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UGA develops plan to install new electrode boiler

Athens, Ga. - The Facilities Management Division at the University of Georgia has developed a plan to replace the aging coal-fired boiler on campus with a more efficient electrode boiler powered by electricity.

This proposal comes after the Facilities Management Division initiated a comprehensive examination to identify options to replace the university's single coal-fired boiler, which is nearing 50 years in age. The private consulting firm Jacobs Engineering was contracted to lead the study. The firm delivered results from its investigation this summer, concluding an electrode boiler was the most economical solution for UGA.

The electrode boiler is projected to save the university more than $19 million over a 30-year span compared with continued use of the coal-fired boiler.

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SEC Symposium shows the league is about more than sports

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, held Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta, included an SEC Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts Reception where all symposium participants had an opportunity to meet and visit with senior leaders from around the SEC.

Several SEC presidents and chancellors attended the event, including University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead, who was serving as the institution's provost when the SEC Symposium was first contemplated in 2010.

"I thought at that time and think even more so today as the president of the University of Georgia that it is very important for the Southeastern Conference to showcase the outstanding work that is going on at each of our institutions, not only in athletics, but also in the academic life of our institutions," Morehead said. "What you find at a symposium like this one is evidence that all of us clearly understand that the SEC has, among its members, some of the finest institutions in the country."

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UGA study shows what happens when employees feel excluded at work

When employees feel left out, they act out.

That's the message that new research from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business delivers as it explains why employees can become weasels to benefit their work group.

"Everybody has a need for social approval. It's the basis of our human functioning," said Marie Mitchell, co-author of the research and professor of management at UGA. "But when individuals are faced with a risk of social exclusion, it motivates some pretty unsavory behaviors. We already know how people react when they're definitely being excluded from a group, when someone is mistreating them or abusing them. But what we sought to examine this time is: What if you're not sure?"

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UGA Libraries now houses materials related to national program for gifted students

The University of Georgia Libraries is now the repository of materials relating to the U.S. Presidential Scholars, an addition that will complement collections relating to gifted education.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson to honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

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Schools take on new approach to bullying

With the new school year comes a new focus on bullying that could help schools stop the victimization before it starts, said University of Georgia researcher Katherine Raczynski.

Raczynski, director of Safe and Welcoming Schools, an outreach project of UGA's College of Education, said she is starting to see a shift in the way schools confront bullying, both in Georgia and across the country. That's because rather than focusing merely on responding to bullying, there is a new effort to create structured, supportive environments that help to prevent problems.

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UGA College of Pharmacy welcomes 138 new students

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy welcomed 138 new students with its annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 16. At the event, the class of 2018 received white lab coats to mark the beginning of their pharmacy careers.

The white coats serve as a reminder of the responsibilities student pharmacists must embrace as critical members of health care teams.

The grade point average for the 138 students is 3.52, with an average PCAT, or pharmacy college admission test, score in the 81st percentile. Of the class of 2018, 68.8 percent are female, 36.2 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher and 4.3 percent are from out of state.

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UGA welcomes 114 incoming veterinary students

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed the class of 2018 during its annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 17. Sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the event officially recognized 114 members of the incoming class by donning them in lab coats to be worn during their veterinary education.

Of the incoming class, 19 percent is interested in companion animal medicine, 30 percent in mixed-animal medicine, 10 percent in zoo animal and wildlife medicine, 10 percent in food animal medicine, 8 percent in public health, 3 percent in equine medicine and 20 percent in pursuing a post-DVM internship/residency.

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Scientists grow fully functional organ from transplanted cells

A team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia has grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time. The advance could one day aid in the development of laboratory-grown replacement organs.

The researchers created a thymus, a butterfly-shaped gland and vital component of the human immune system. Located beneath the breastbone in the upper chest, the thymus is responsible for producing T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body's fighting forces against threats like bacteria, viruses and even cancerous cells.

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FBI agents to share 9/11 experiences as part of National Preparedness Month

The University of Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness will observe National Preparedness Month in September with events and expert speakers to remind the university community how to be ready if disaster strikes.

National Preparedness Month is promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Office of Emergency Preparedness, which provides comprehensive emergency preparedness, homeland security programs and services to the university community, is hosting preparedness month events for a 10th year.

This year, the office will bring to campus guest speakers who will share their personal experience from one the nation's biggest disasters. FBI agents Andrew and Gina Young were in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, when two planes struck the World Trade Center. The husband and wife were part of response efforts in the hours, days and weeks after the attacks.

Their presentation, which will be held Sept. 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Chapel, will detail the aftermath not only from the perspective of federal law enforcement officials, but also from a personal side of living through a catastrophic event. For several hours, neither agent knew if the other was alive.