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Salon.com editor is first Willson-Grady Digital Media Fellow

David Daley, editor-in-chief of Salon.com, will visit the University of Georgia as the inaugural Willson Center-Grady College Digital Media Fellow. His visit is co-sponsored by the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the journalism department of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Daley was culture editor and executive editor of Salon, an online journal of news, politics, culture, technology and entertainment, before being named editor-in-chief in 2013. He is the former features editor of Details magazine and the former lifestyles manager of the Louisville Courier-Journal. He is also editor of the online literary journal FiveChapters.

"The Willson Center-Grady College Digital Media Fellowship is a public collaboration between research and teaching at UGA and innovation in the contemporary economy," said Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center. "It is designed to put faculty and students in conversation with a leading practitioner of journalism in digital media. We are honored that our inaugural Fellow is David Daley, who is an international leader in his field and a keen advocate for the arts and humanities."

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UGA professor awarded Sloan Foundation grant

Brian Hopkinson, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of marine sciences, has been awarded a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship for his research on rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean.

The fellowship is presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation each year to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as part of the next generation of scientific leaders. This year, 126 fellowships were awarded to promising young scientists like Hopkinson in eight scientific and technical disciplines.

Hopkinson, an assistant professor at UGA since 2010, was awarded the $50,000 fellowship to continue his work on investigating the physiological changes that occur in marine algae and corals due to rising CO2 concentrations in the ocean.

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UGA among Peace Corps top volunteer-producing universities

The University of Georgia is No. 17 on the Peace Corps' 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the U.S. UGA has 44 alumni currently volunteering worldwide, and 570 UGA alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers since the Peace Corps began.

Through the Peace Corps Master's International program, the agency partners with UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources to offer students an opportunity to integrate a master's degree with overseas service.

"The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service," Peace Corps acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. "The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today's global economy."

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Academic exchange program allows students to earn UGA credit at campuses nationwide

The University of Georgia's National Student Exchange program is accepting applications for students to participate during the 2014-2015 academic year. A domestic parallel to study abroad programs, the exchange allows students to earn credit at other participating institutions nationwide while paying UGA tuition and fees. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

Students may choose from nearly 200 member colleges and universities in 48 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The campuses range in size from some of the largest research universities to smaller liberal arts colleges.

"Many of our returning students describe NSE as a life-changing experience that has made them more independent, self-confident and resourceful," said Joshua Podvin, senior coordinator of the center for student organizations and UGA coordinator of the exchange.

"The program has expanded their risk-taking capabilities and helped them better define their academic and career goals," he said.

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University of Georgia bee expert named honorary member of the Order of the British Empire

Keith Delaplane, professor of entomology in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been inducted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his research into honeybees and their disappearance.

British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott presented Delaplane with the honor on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 11 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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UGA School of Law wins National Moot Court Competition

The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which is the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country.

Third-year law students Steven L. Strasberg, Benjamin W. Thorpe and Emily K. Westberry represented UGA in the tournament, and Thorpe was named the competition's best oralist.

The trio was undefeated in the national tier of the tournament, which was held Feb. 10-13 in New York City, N.Y., beating teams from Emory University School of Law (in the final round to become champions), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Drake University Law School, Hofstra University School of Law and Seattle University Law School.

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UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic celebrates 60th Anniversary

Can you hear me now? That's what faculty/staff clinicians and graduate students in the University of Georgia's Speech and Hearing Clinic may be asking visitors as they kick off a 60th anniversary celebration on Feb. 28.

The clinic will offer free speech, language and hearing screenings and an Open House tour of its facilities on the fifth floor of the College of Education's Aderhold Hall. The clinic has been providing Athens area adults and children with services for the prevention, assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders since 1953.

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UGA researchers receive $727,000 NSF grant to study organism on Georgias coast

Every year around the Fourth of July, populations of a single-celled organism called Thaumarchaeota explode in the coastal waters throughout the Southeastern United States, increasing more than 1,000 times higher than normal. It's a puzzling event that affects nitrogen availability and the fertility of coastal waters and may contribute to excess production of nitrous oxide, an important greenhouse gas.

Now, University of Georgia researchers have received a $727,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine why this happens, if it is limited to the Southeast and what impact these mid-summer blooms have on the environment.

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Drought affects the carbon cycle in Georgia blackwater rivers

Droughts might be affecting how Georgia's blackwater rivers process carbon, according to a new study led by an ecologist while he was at the University of Georgia. The results, which were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, report less carbon being transported downstream, higher concentrations of carbon in the water and increasing rates of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in years following droughts.

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St. Marys to host GRU/UGA Medical Partnership residents beginning 2015

The Internal Medicine Residency Program, a joint effort of the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and St. Mary's Health Care System, received accreditation on Jan. 28 in the final step toward becoming Athens' first medical residency program.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved 10 internal medicine residents to begin their training at St. Mary's in July 2015, with plans for the program to grow to 30 residents by 2017. A medical residency is the final phase of a physician's formal education. Residency training takes place in teaching hospitals, which create programs that allow residents to practice medicine under the supervision and instruction of fully licensed physicians.