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Whitten named UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost

Pamela S. Whitten, dean of the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia senior vice president for academic affairs and provost effective Feb. 1, President Jere W. Morehead announced today.

"I am deeply honored to join a university with the tradition and strong academic reputation of the University of Georgia," Whitten said. "As provost, creating a world-class educational experience for students will always be my highest priority. As an innovative public land-grant institution, we also will seek to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Georgia and the world through ground-breaking scholarship. With the strong leadership in place, outstanding faculty and top-notch students, I am enthusiastic about the future for the University of Georgia."

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The University of Georgia receives Phase II Grand Challenges Explorations funding

The University of Georgia will receive Phase II funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables individuals worldwide to test bold ideas to address persistent health and development challenges.

Ralph A. Tripp, a professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Vaccine and Therapeutic Studies in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases, will lead a team in the pursuit of an innovative global health research project, titled "Improved Vaccine Production Technology for Rotavirus Vaccines."

Tripp's research team is receiving $1,327,570 to support the project, which involves identifying genes in vaccine cell lines that resist virus replication. This information is then combined with state-of-the-art gene editing technologies to create a new generation of high performance rotavirus vaccine manufacturing cell lines capable of sustained vaccine production at increased titers.

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UGA faculty and students to visit Griffin Dec. 5 to discuss project ideas

A team of students and faculty from the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will be in Griffin to give a presentation on potential design improvements for the Fairmont Neighborhood and Historic Rosenwald School.

The UGA environment and design students have been addressing issues of affordable housing in Georgia this semester. One of their targeted projects is the Fairmont Neighborhood and Historic Rosenwald School in Griffin.

Students, from the landscape architecture and historic preservation programs, have been building upon the citizen input gathered through the Educational Prosperity Initiative-a partnership which includes the Griffin Housing Authority, the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, the City of Griffin, Spalding County, the Spalding Collaborative, the Griffin Branch of the NAACP, Spalding County Cooperative Extension, Griffin Spalding County Schools, Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Southern Regional Hospital and others, as well as residents from the adjacent neighborhoods. The study envisions reuse of the school as a community center and sees opportunity for returning the Fairmount area to the active and proud neighborhood it was historically.

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UGA Alumni Association announces fifth annual Bulldog 100 list

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has released the 2014 Bulldog 100. This annual program recognizes the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 700 nominations were submitted for the 2014 list.

The 2014 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as real estate, forestry and land management, staffing, accounting, pest control and veterinary medicine. Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as New Jersey and as far west as Kansas and Texas. Of the 100 businesses, 78 are located within the state of Georgia. Atlanta CPA firm Warren Averett, CPAs and Advisors, formerly Gifford Hillegass & Ingwersen, LLP, verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period.

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Students, staff use creativity, innovation to reduce waste at UGA

The University of Georgia has simple goals when it comes to waste management—drastically reduce waste and make it equally as easy to recycle as it is to throw something away.

On all parts of campus, students, faculty and staff are working to showcase and increase UGA's efforts to be more sustainable.

Starting in September, the UGA Facilities Management Division installed 30 solar-powered mixed-recycling and landfill compactor stations at high-traffic locations on the Athens campus. Approximately 2.35 tons of materials were recycled and sold instead of ending up in the landfill during the first two months of use.

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Former Peace Corps Physician gives papers to UGAs Russell Library

Robert J. Bielen, a former Peace Corps staff physician in the Dominican Republic, is giving his collection of personal papers and memorabilia related to Peace Corps activities and the Dominican Crisis of 1965 to the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.

Bielen served in the Dominican Republic beginning in 1963. His time there included the revolution and U.S. military intervention of 1965. He has compiled a history of Peace Corps volunteers' memories of that time. His papers document the island nation's move toward representative government with the election of Juan Bosch in 1962, following the 31-year dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

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UGA among the top producers of Fulbright scholars in 2013

The University of Georgia is listed among the top producers of Fulbright scholars under the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013, according to the latest ranking from the government's flagship international exchange program.

Of research institutions, UGA had the sixth most U.S. Fulbright Scholar Awards for the academic year 2013-2014 with five UGA faculty members receiving the Core Fulbright Scholar Award to work abroad.

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UGA professor, high school student team up to create organic chemistry app

The second organic chemistry course a college student takes is often referred to as the "gateway to medical school" because students must learn, synthesize and use knowledge in a rapid fashion to make decisions, much like a doctor.

Now, thanks to the help of recent UGA Young Dawgs summer research program participant Chuanbo Pan, who is a neighbor of Locklin and an 11th-grader at North Oconee High School, organic chemistry students at the university and nationwide will have yet another resource at their fingertips—an iPhone and iPad app.

Known as the "Organic Chemistry II Survival Guide," the application provides easy-to-navigate notes for organic chemistry students and is based on three binders full of Locklin's teaching materials and notes.

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UGA receives $1.25 million to help schools treat children with aggressive behavior

A five-year $1.25 million federal grant will help the University of Georgia College of Education launch a new graduate program to train behavior specialists how to assess and treat children with developmental disabilities who show severe aggressive behavior.

The project's aim is to train more school staff in behavior management-so that there are fewer disruptions in classrooms and students learn better. Ultimately, having behavior specialists on staff could save school systems money by not having to hire outside consultation and out-of-school placement for these students.

Researchers Kevin Ayres and Scott Ardoin, both associate professors in the College of Education, said the project will also generate more knowledge about how to work with these children through the research they conduct.

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UGA housing staff members win state awards

 Five University of Georgia housing staff members were recognized by Georgia Housing Officers at the organization's annual conference last month at the University of West Georgia. Receiving awards were Scott Nelson, Pattie Rennison, Evan Thrailkill, Ryan Burnette and Abi Aparajithan.

GHO is a state organization charged with representing housing professionals at both public and private institutions around Georgia.