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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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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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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.

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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 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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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.