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UGA Division of Student Affairs works to strengthen academic partnerships

Sylvia M. Hutchinson, a professor emerita, has been named director of academic partnerships and initiatives at the University of Georgia. She will join the Division of Student Affairs staff to coordinate a new strategic priority to formalize and strengthen partnerships with campus academic units, according to an announcement by Victor K. Wilson, UGA vice president for student affairs.

Her position will be responsible for building a network of student affairs partnerships with academic degree programs and instructional enterprises, as well as fostering learning opportunities for students.

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UGA awarded grants to improve security in Kenya, Indonesia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

The Center for International Trade and Security in the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs has received four grants totaling more than $700,000 from the U.S. State Department to improve security in Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The grants are part of the State Department's ongoing efforts to stem the illegal spread of dangerous chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials and technologies that could be used to build weapons of mass destruction by non-state groups, terrorists and other entities with malicious intent.

CITS will work closely with the U.S. State Department, the government of Kenya and other stakeholders to train top government officials-including legislators, leaders in relevant Kenyan agencies, border control officials, port authority agents, and the national police-to create a system of strategic trade controls that will promote legitimate trade and eliminate smuggling of materials that can be used to make extremely powerful unconventional weapons.

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Four UGA faculty members named SEC Administrative Fellows

Four University of Georgia faculty members—Julian Cook, Tracie Costantino, Sarah Covert and Tom Reichert—will gain expertise in academic leadership as SEC Administrative Fellows for 2013-2014.

The Administrative Fellows program at UGA is part of a 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.

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Sea Grant, UGA help communities plan for future

Georgia Sea Grant, a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia, and North Carolina Sea Grant are launching a project to help St. Marys and Hyde County, N.C., plan for sea level rise, increased coastal flooding and intensified storm surges.

Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the project is part of the National Sea Grant College Program's nationwide effort to assist communities in preparing for the current and predicted impacts of these and other coastal changes. UGA public service and outreach units, which also include the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Marine Extension Service, see the project as a means of helping ensure long-term economic livelihood in coastal communities.

St. Marys is one of the most vulnerable cities in Georgia to impacts such as sea level rise, increased coastal flooding and intensified storm surges.

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Skidaway Institute scientists study long-term effects of Gulf oil spill

As the Gulf Coast continues to recover from the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists from the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are continuing to look into the long-term effects of the spill on coastal marine life. A team led by Skidaway Institute professor Richard Lee recently completed preliminary work into the effect dispersed and emulsified oil has on blue crabs and shrimp. The project includes vital information from fishermen and crabbers in the Gulf.

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UGA receives $7 million NIH grant to study building blocks of life

A team of senior researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year $7.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help better understand one of the most fundamental building blocks of life.

They are tiny chains of sugar molecules called glycans, and they cover the surface of every living cell in the human body-providing the necessary machinery for those cells to communicate, replicate and survive. But they're not all good. Glycans support the function of all cells, including those that cause cancer, viral and bacterial infections, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

This makes them an attractive target for new treatments, and the experiments supported by this grant promise to speed the development of new, more effective therapies for many of humanity's most insidious diseases and increase our understanding of the body's most basic cellular functions.

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Largest mushroom species in the Western Hemisphere spotted in Georgia

With mushroom caps that can grow as large as trashcan lids, the gigantic fungus Macrocybe titans looks like something from outer space. And it may be popping up again soon in northeast Georgia.

University of Georgia mycologists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences found one specimen of this gigantic fungus—a species that produces the largest mushrooms in the Western Hemisphere—in the lawn of an abandoned Athens home last October.

Although the fungus is endemic to neighboring Florida, this was the first time the species had been confirmed in Georgia, said Marin Talbot Brewer, a UGA plant pathologist who mostly studies microscopic fungi that cause crop diseases.

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UGA education researchers receive $2.65 million to test new science teaching mode

A University of Georgia College of Education research team has received a $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation to test a new teaching model that improves science learning for middle schools educating English language learners and perhaps for all students.

Led by UGA faculty member Cory Buxton, a professor in the department of educational theory and practice, the project will further explore and demonstrate the effectiveness of the teaching and learning model he and his COE colleagues have developed over the past three years.

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College of Environment and Designs Jackson Street Building awarded LEED certification

The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design's Jackson Street Building has received LEED Gold Certification. The building is the first historic building on campus to earn the designation.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an independent, third party verification that indicates a building project meets standards for sustainability set by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED program is a points-based system that encourages lower operating costs, waste reduction, and energy and water conservation among other criteria.

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Regents submit budget request to build proposed UGA Science Learning Center

A proposed Science Learning Center to be built on the University of Georgia’s South Campus is one of two major capital construction projects approved by the Board of Regents today for submission to the governor as part of the fiscal year 2015 budget request. The $44.7 million requested for design and construction of the approximately 122,500 square foot facility would provide modern, efficient and flexible space for undergraduate laboratory teaching in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Once completed, the project would be supplemented by $10 million in institutional funds to begin a program to modernize space where such courses are now taught in the 1960s-era Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings, with much of that space being repurposed to support faculty research.