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Sylvia Schell receives international education award

Sylvia Schell, an assistant director in the University of Georgia Office of International Education, has been awarded the inaugural 2013 Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award by the Diversity Abroad Network, a national organization promoting diversity in international education.

The award recognizes individuals who have developed practices that increase access and foster diversity and inclusion in international education.

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Health Sciences Quarterly Update August 2013

The information posted  is provided as part of an effort to keep the community informed about the development of the UGA Health Sciences Campus (HSC), a significant addition to the University of Georgia. The Health Sciences Campus has been established on the site of the former Navy Supply Corps School on Prince Avenue in Athens. The property was deeded to the University by the U.S. Department of Education in April 2011, and the University began holding classes there in August 2012.

The University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus accommodates two primary occupants: the UGA College of Public Health and the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Phase I renovations, essential to begin academic offerings for these occupants, were completed by August 2012.  In the 2012-13 academic year, more than 800 students, faculty and staff were engaged in campus life at the HSC.

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UGA first-year students set academic criteria records

The University of Georgia is welcoming the most academically qualified first-year class in school history, with the highest GPA and SAT averages on record for entering freshmen. UGA also experienced a record number of applications with nearly 20,300 received for fall 2013 admission. Since 2003, the number of freshman applications has increased by 72 percent. Approximately 5,150 first-year students-up 4 percent from 2012-and 1,100 transfer students are set to begin classes at UGA on Aug. 12.

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UGAs Miller Learning Center features new technology

When students at the University of Georgia begin their fall semester classes on Monday, new computers and print kiosks will be available at the Miller Learning Center.

During the summer, Enterprise Information Technology Services replaced a total of 375 computers at the Miller Learning Center. The new computers feature smaller processing units that attach to the rear of computer monitors-thus saving space at each computer station.

The effort marks the first time in five years that computers in the Miller Learning Center have been replaced on a large scale.

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UGA plant geneticist wins international fellowship

University of Georgia plant genetics researcher Chung-Jui Tsai has been named an International Academy of Wood Science fellow, one of the highest honors given by the academy for scientists in this field of study.

Tsai is the Winfred N. "Hank" Haynes Professor in forest biotechnology in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar with a split appointment in the department of genetics. Her work focuses on creating high-yielding trees for use in biofuel. She dissects the molecular mechanisms that affect tree fitness and biomass productivity.

She and her research partner, Scott Harding, have won several noteworthy grants since joining UGA in 2008, including two from the U.S. Department of Energy to study ways to increase tree productivity by genetically modifying proteins critical to wood formation and stress tolerance, two necessary traits for using trees as biofuel feedstock.

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Sean McMillan appointed director of UGAs economic development office in Atlanta

Sean B. McMillan has been appointed director of economic development for the Atlanta office of the University of Georgia as of July 16. Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach, and David Lee, vice president for research, made the announcement. Together they co-direct the university's economic development efforts.

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The Economist ranks UGA Executive MBA among worlds best

In its first rankings of Executive MBA programs, The Economist placed the University of Georgia Terry College of Business program No. 22 worldwide. The Economist’s rankings reflect each EMBA program’s performance in two broad categories: personal development/education experience and career development, with each category weighted equally. Terry College’s EMBA program received the highest ranking among schools in Georgia, and was ranked No. 10 among programs based solely in the U.S.

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UGA professor awarded distinguished agri-scientist award

Michael P. Doyle, University of Georgia Regents Professor of Food Microbiology, has been awarded the 2013 Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Agriscience Award.

Doyle came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1993 to establish the Center for Food Safety in Griffin. As director of the center, he has developed a research program that promotes collaboration among the food industry, the university, and federal and state agencies.

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UGAs economic impact on local economy topped $2.1 billion in 2012

According to a recent study by the UGA Selig Center for Economic Growth that looked at the impact of all 35 University System of Georgia institutions, UGA’s economic impact on the local economy—which includes Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Barrow, Walton and Gwinnett counties—was $2.161 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent from fiscal 2011. For university system schools, UGA’s impact was second in the state only to Georgia Tech. FULL STUDY OF USG INSTITUTIONS