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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 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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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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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.

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UGA School of Law wins ABA Tax Challenge

The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the 13th Annual American Bar Association Law Student Tax Challenge, a nationwide contest where approximately 90 teams from law schools across the country competed in solving a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

Third-year law student Morgan L. Klinzing and second-year law student Benjamin "Ben" Newell represented UGA. Camilla E. Watson, law professor, coached the pair.

According to Watson, this is the first year Georgia Law has had a team in this competition. "When I announced this opportunity to my class, Morgan and Ben responded," she said. "The competition judges were highly complimentary of their performance, and I am very proud of them."

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UGA engineer receives $1 million to develop milk cooler

Keeping milk safe and healthy to drink is a challenge in areas without electricity. A University of Georgia engineer received $1 million to continue working on a milk cooler designed to help dairy farmers, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to refrigeration.

The milk cooler, developed by William Kisaalita, professor of biological and mechanical engineering in the UGA College of Engineering, uses the principle of evaporative cooling to quickly bring the temperature of milk to a safe holding temperature.

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University of Georgia startup company named Startup of the Year for 2013

IS3D LLC, creators of interactive software to teach scientific principles to students in grades K-12, received the "Startup of the Year for 2013" award presented by Four Athens.

Members of the greater Athens community submitted nominations for the inaugural award, which was presented during Four Athens' annual Open House on Jan. 21. "Startup of the Year is given to the team that demonstrates growth, persistence, engagement and an overwhelming desire to succeed," said Jim Flannery, project director for Four Athens (www.fourathens.com). The organization, which was formed to discover startups, build community, connect creativity, accelerate growth and invest in success, plans to give the award annually.

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Malian agricultural delegation returns to the University of Georgia

An agricultural delegation from the Republic of Mali braved the snow this week to visit the University of Georgia and meet with faculty and administrators.

The visit represents a renewal of the partnership, which was first established in 2006, between the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the people of Mali.

"The purpose of the visit is to foster more cooperation between the agricultural and educational organizations in Mali and scientists here at UGA," said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle. "We are excited to work with our counterparts in Africa to help foster development of agricultural practices here and overseas."