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Atlanta Magazines Groundbreakers class includes company founded by UGA professors

IS3D, LLC, a company founded by University of Georgia professors in the College of Veterinary Medicine to create interactive learning tools, was named to Atlanta Magazine’s Groundbreakers Class of 2014. IS3D was one of 11 finalists from a field of 100-plus entries to be recognized recently.

“Being chosen as a finalist for this award is great recognition of all the hard work the team has put into growing IS3D over the past year,” said Tom Robertson, CEO of IS3D. “This includes all of our partner teachers in Atlanta and across Georgia, and the researchers in UGA’s department of mathematics and science education in the College of Education.”

The groundbreakers program was launched in 2012 to honor the people and projects that make Atlanta a better place to live. The program focuses on innovation. In 2014, the specific emphasis was on education and learning.

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Greed, glamour, excess: University Theatre to present The Great Gatsby during UGAs Spotlight on

University Theatre at the University of Georgia will present “The Great Gatsby,” adapted for the stage by Simon Levy from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and directed by T. Anthony Marotta, on Nov. 6-8 and 12-14 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances Nov. 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Additional events surrounding this Spotlight on the Arts feature include a small opening night reception Nov. 6,  “A Party with Gatsby” Nov. 7 and a special matinee for area high school groups Nov. 11.

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UGA to host Open Dialogue on Sexual Assault

The University of Georgia will host an Open Dialogue on Sexual Assault on Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 248 of the Miller Learning Center. 

UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office invites the entire university community to ask questions, share information and engage in dialogue about sexual assault issues in general and about UGA’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and address its effect within the UGA community.

Representatives from UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office, the UGA Health Center, the UGA Police Department, the Office of the Dean of Students, University Housing and others will be available to answer questions.

The event is part of the nationwide "It's On Us" campaign, a movement aimed at changing the way the public thinks about sexual assault, raising awareness that sexual assault is a societal problem, supporting survivors, and recognizing opportunities to intervene and prevent sexual assault.

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New $2.5 million NIH-funded study at UGA focuses on baby boomers

Baby boomers’ marital relationships and health during their transition to later adulthood are the focus of a new University of Georgia study funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The study will examine continuity and change within couples’ relationships over 30 years and how chronic stressful experiences—such as financial, work and marital difficulties—affect mental and physical health outcomes in elder years.

Kandauda “K.A.S.” Wickrama, a UGA Athletic Association professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of human development and family science, is the principal investigator on the project, which continues research with nearly 400 couples who have participated in the Iowa Youth and Families Project since 1989.

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Ambassador Andrew Young to speak at MLK Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23

Ambassador Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus.

Sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, the MLK Freedom Breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Dream: Justice for All.”

Along with Young’s address, recipients of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award will be recognized at the event, which has averaged more than 600 attendees in recent years. The award highlights the work of local citizens who have made significant efforts to build bridges of unity and understanding as they strive to make King’s dream of equality and justice a reality. Nominations to recognize community members, UGA faculty, staff and students are available at http://t.uga.edu/Vv and are due Oct. 31.

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Georgia leads the nation in blueberry production

With the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, it’s official. Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production.

University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blue tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the nation this year. The state has been No. 1 in blueberry acreage for the last few years, but it was uncertain when all this new acreage would impact the state’s annual blueberry production.

“We’ve been gaining a lot of potential over the last five years, and I think we just reached that potential a little earlier than we thought,” said NeSmith, who helped launch UGA’s current blueberry breeding program in the late 1980s. “Other states have held onto their positions as far as production goes, but we’ve just gotten much higher numbers.”

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UGAs Russell Library honored with state award

The University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is among the recipients of the third annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Director Sheryl B. Vogt accepted the award from Gov. Nathan Deal in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

The commendation recognizes the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies as “an invaluable resource for scholars all around the world. For 40 years this esteemed academic institution has chronicled Georgia’s political and social story, preserving our historical foundations for the next generation of government and educational leaders to learn from.”

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Three UGA faculty named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Three University of Georgia faculty members—Melissa Harshman, L. Stephen Miller and Judith Wasserman—will gain a deeper perspective on modern academic leadership as 2014-2015 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

The Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows program at UGA is part of the broader Academic Leadership Development Program of the Southeastern Conference. The program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.

Based on their areas of interest, the UGA ALDP Fellows will work with select senior administrators. The fellowship also includes two, three-day SEC-wide workshops that include lectures, panel discussions and opportunities for the fellows to interact with their counterparts from other SEC institutions. The fall workshop will be held Oct.13-15 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and the spring workshop will be held in February at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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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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Sic Em City headlines UGA Homecoming Week

"Sic 'Em City" is the theme of this year's Homecoming Week festivities, which begin Sept. 28. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the football game Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. against Vanderbilt University, which includes the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.