Ranking the scholarly productivity of universities is a notoriously difficult task, with institutions rising or falling in the rankings based on whatever criteria are used. But a new study that used five different ranking methodologies arrived at a strikingly consistent result: The University of Georgia ranked first worldwide for its public administration research regardless of the method used. UGA is first in overall scholarly output, topping second-place Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and the third-place London School of Economics. When publication in just the top four most widely read journals is used to rank institutions, UGA retains its top spot and is followed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cardiff University in second and third places, respectively. UGA again places first when journal reputation is taken into account, with Indiana University coming in second. Regardless of how the authors analyzed the data, UGA came out on top.
The State of Georgia can bolster its economy by attracting more retirees, according to research from the University of Georgia's Selig Center for Economic Growth The state's warm weather, natural amenities and an inviting tax structure make Georgia an ideal place for retirees, who in return bring money, jobs and economic security, said Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center. For every 1.8 retirees who migrate to Georgia, one job is generated to cater to them. For every 100 retirees, 55 jobs are created. The jobs tend to be in hospitals, home construction, food and beverage services, doctor's offices and real estate, but the multiplier effect ripples throughout the economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.