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Two UGA students named 2014 Goldwater Scholars

Two University of Georgia Honors Students—Tuan Nguyen and Amy Webster—have been named 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.

The UGA Goldwater Scholars are among a group of 283 recipients of the one- and two-year scholarships that recognize exceptional sophomores and juniors in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. UGA students have received the Goldwater Scholarship almost every year since the mid-1990s, and the 2014 recipients bring the university's total of Goldwater Scholars to 46.

Nguyen is a junior from Douglasville majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as mathematics in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He plans to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree with the ultimate goal of improving cancer diagnostics and treatment.

Webster is a  junior from Kennesaw majoring in genetics and mathematics in the Franklin College. She plans to pursue a doctorate in genetics with the goal of studying the processes that regulate gene expression while also teaching at the university level and promoting scientific literacy.

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UGA School of Law launches Master in the Study of Law

This fall, the University of Georgia School of Law will begin offering a new graduate level degree for professionals and recent graduates seeking to increase their knowledge of law relevant to their career or academic discipline.

The Master in the Study of Law is a non-thesis, 30-credit-hour degree for non-lawyers that can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or over three years on a part-time basis. It will provide students with a solid understanding of the U.S. legal system and the opportunity to delve more specifically into law as it relates to a particular field such as employment law, health care law and environmental law, among others.

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Match Day pairs 37 GRU/UGA Medical Partnership students in residency programs

At exactly noon on March 21, graduating medical students at the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership raced to a table full of envelopes. Their names adorned the outside, the fate of their future careers printed inside. This ceremony, known as Match Day, is an annual event where graduating medical students across the country learn what kind of doctors they will become and where they will spend their postgraduate medical training.

Thirty-seven of the 39 students in the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership class of 2014 were matched with a residency program. Residency types ranged from pediatrics and ophthalmology to vascular surgery and psychiatry. These students will train at hospitals including Johns Hopkins, Duke, Case Western and the universities of Virginia, Florida and Alabama. Most students will stay in the Southeast region, but a few are traveling farther away to places such as Colorado, Arkansas and Rhode Island. Nine students out of the graduating class will complete their residencies in Georgia.

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General Assembly approves budget including UGA Science Learning Center

The final budget adopted by the Georgia General Assembly Tuesday and sent to Gov. Nathan Deal includes $44.7 million for the construction of a Science Learning Center at the University of Georgia. Funding for the proposed building was included unchanged from that originally proposed by the governor in January and the board of regents last fall.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved UGA's request for design and construction of the approximately 122,500-square-foot facility in September as part of its fiscal year 2015 budget request to the governor.

With the governor's signature, the project would begin construction this summer with completion expected in 2016. 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.

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Thinc. at UGA paves the way for the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs

Never before have the opportunities for entrepreneurs been so abundant. In today's fast-paced world new ideas and products can quickly become the foundation for a strong business, a life-changing charity or a much-needed community support program.

The University of Georgia started the Thinc. initiative to make sure that the next generation of leaders and innovators learn how to take their ideas from concepts to reality. The initiative promotes entrepreneurship and fosters economic development in the region by providing inspiration and advice to those contemplating a plunge into the competitive and exciting world of entrepreneurship.

Thinc. at UGA culminates every year with "Thinc. Week," a weeklong celebration that includes lectures, workshops, panel discussions, competitions and networking events that promise to engage, inspire and build the confidence that will make them strong competitors in the modern marketplace.

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Company founded by UGA professors among Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia

IS3D LLC, a company that makes interactive educational software and was founded by professors from the University of Georgia, is one of the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia for 2014, according to the Technology Association of Georgia.

TAG's Top 40 Awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact and efforts to spread awareness of Georgia's technology initiatives globally. The 2014 Top 40 list was selected from more than 100 applications submitted by technology companies throughout the state. The group will be recognized later this month at the 2014 Georgia Technology Summit.

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UGA researchers return to Gulf oil spill site

A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and other institutions will return to the Gulf of Mexico to assess the environmental impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout that discharged roughly 5 million gallons of oil into the ocean over a period of 84 days.

The researchers will conduct a series of dives in locations near the Macondo wellhead using the recently upgraded deep submergence vessel, Alvin. Alvin is a research submarine owned by the U.S. Navy, which allows scientists to view the ocean floor, record the observations through high-definition cameras, and collect water, sediment and biological samples.

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UGA graduate programs continue to move up in national rankings

University of Georgia graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. The School of Law moved up to rank 29th, the College of Education moved up to rank 33rd and the Terry College of Business moved up to rank 48th.

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UGA researchers identify candidate genes associated with free radicals

Researchers led by a University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member have identified candidate genes associated with disease-causing free radicals. By identifying the specific genes that influence the cell's ability to fight free radicals—the reactive molecules strongly linked with a variety of chronic diseases—researchers say the findings can be a starting point for future studies aimed at the origin of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, for example.