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Thinc. Week to bring speakers, competitions, performances to UGA April 13-17

Thinc. at UGA, an initiative that encourages entrepreneurship, will host the second annual Thinc. Week April 13-17 on the University of Georgia Athens campus. The action-packed week of signature events featuring speakers, competitions and performances is open to all students, faculty and staff, and the public. More information about the initiative and the events taking place during Thinc. Week is available at thinc.uga.edu.

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UGA Costa Rica faculty residence to be named in honor of Paul A. Gross

The newly-constructed faculty residence facility on the University of Georgia's campus in San Luis, Costa Rica is being named in honor of Paul A. Gross, a 1961 UGA alumnus.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the naming in March in recognition of Gross' support of the international residential center and the UGA Costa Rica Program in general. University Cabinet also approved the naming.

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UGA awarded $1.4 million to study critical earth zone in Sumter National Forest

Looking back now, it's easy to see where farmers in the 1800s went wrong. Attempting to grow profits from a lush environment, landowners cleared entire forests in the South to make room for agricultural farmland. But using primitive agricultural techniques scarred the landscape, and when the profits dried up, they abandoned the barren land. Now University of Georgia researchers want to understand the ongoing repercussions of a bygone era. Five UGA researchers are joining with the U.S. Forest Service on the project to calculate how past land use has influenced the present environment-and how it will impact the future.

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College of Education professor Karen Watkins inducted into AHRD Scholar Hall of Fame

Karen E. Watkins, professor and associate head of the lifelong education, administration, and policy department in the University of Georgia College of Education, has been inducted into the Academy of Human Resource Development Scholar Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the academy. Only one scholar is inducted each year. Recipients must have a continuing record of scholarly productivity and have received the academy's Outstanding Scholar Award.

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First peanut genome sequenced

The International Peanut Genome Initiative—a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years—has successfully sequenced the peanut's genome. Scott Jackson, director of the University of Georgia Center for Applied Genetic Technologies in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, serves as chair of the International Peanut Genome Initiative, or IPGI. The new peanut genome sequence will be available to researchers and plant breeders across the globe to aid in the breeding of more productive and more resilient peanut varieties.

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NSF grant allows UGA researchers to monitor deep-sea plumes

Deep-sea hydrothermal plumes—waters nearly two miles down in the ocean—are home to processes that effect life across the planet. However, high pressure and water temperatures that exceed 300 degrees Celsius have made research on the plumes very difficult. With a new grant from the National Science Foundation, a University of Georgia researcher will develop instrumentation to collect data at these depths.

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UGA marketing professor named Educator of the Year by Marketing EDGE

Marketing EDGE, a nonprofit education organization (formerly known as the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation), has announced that Charlotte Mason, professor of marketing in the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, will receive this year's Robert B. Clarke Outstanding Educator Award, recognizing an academician's overall achievement in marketing education.

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College of Education and South Korean company to bring robotics to classroom

The University of Georgia College of Education has established a partnership with Roborobo Co. Ltd., a robotics education company in South Korea, to bring robotics to local K-12 classrooms. The partnership will bring Roborobo's robotics kits and education programs to the U.S. for the first time, according to Ikseon Choi, an associate professor in learning design and technology who is leading the project.

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Legislative actions positive for UGA

With the end of the economic recession, the Georgia General Assembly, which adjourned March 20, passed a fiscal year 2015 state budget that includes a spending increase for higher education and salary increases for University System of Georgia faculty and staff.

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UGA student receives Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship

Yuliya Bila, a fourth-year Honors student at the University of Georgia, has been awarded a Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship. As a junior fellow, Bila will have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to Congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials