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UGA announces series of initiatives to enhance learning environment

The University of Georgia will launch a series of new and expanded initiatives to enhance the academic experience of students and position them for success during their time at UGA and beyond, President Jere W. Morehead announced today. Morehead and Provost Pamela Whitten outlined three key priorities for student success: streamlining time to graduation; fostering readiness for employment, graduate or professional school; and enhancing UGA's ability to recruit world-class graduate students while expanding access to graduate programs.

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UGA launches Online Master of Internet Technology degree

The University of Georgia Terry College of Business is launching a new Online Master of Internet Technology program for working professionals to upgrade their business and digital skills. The program, which launches in the fall, is already accepting applicants who are seeking a flexible way to update their computer skillset and learn about project management and leadership.

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Emory and UGA receive $3.6 million NIH influenza contract

A partnership between Emory University and the University of Georgia that plays a key role in the nation's influenza research and surveillance programs has received a $3.6 million contract, with potential funding up to a total of $26.7 million available over seven years, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance was originally launched and funded in 2007, when the NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, created a network of six national centers.

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UGA students raise more than $200,000 to fight cancer

More than 2,000 students participated in the 15th Annual University of Georgia Relay for Life overnight from April 4-5 in the main gym at the Ramsey Student Center. The night culminated with the announcement that the student fundraising teams had raised a total of $202,568.27 toward this year's campaign. The top Greek fundraising team, Pi Beta Phi/Pike, raised over $22,000 while the top non-Greek team, Team Laura, raised more than $10,000. The University of Georgia's event is notable for being Relay for Life's first event organized by, led by and composed entirely of college students.

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UGA law school wins third national moot court competition of year

The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the 29th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, which is its third national moot court title this academic year. Second-year law students Xon R. Hostetter, George S. Ray and Nicolas M. "Nick" Stanojevich represented UGA in the tournament, and Stanojevich was named the best oralist in the final round of competition. The team was coached by third-year law student Kenneth J. "Kenny" Bentley. The trio beat a team from the Campbell School of Law in the final round of the event, which was held March 27-29 in New York City at the Brooklyn Law School. More than 35 teams participated in this year's contest.

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UGA students to compete in 2014 Lafayette Debates

Two University of Georgia students will attend the 2014 Lafayette Debates hosted by George Washington University and the French government April 11-13 in Washington, D.C. Eilidh Geddes, a junior majoring in economics and math from Dunwoody, and Amy Feinberg, a junior studying public relations and international affairs from Canton, will represent UGA at the competition. Georgia Debate Union director and UGA professor Edward Panetta will join the students as coach. UGA is one of just 36 institutions from the U.S., England, France and the West Indies invited to participate.

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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.