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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

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Victor K. Wilson named vice president for student affairs at UGA

Victor K. Wilson, executive vice president for student affairs at the College of Charleston, has been named vice president for student affairs at the University of Georgia, effective Aug. 1.

“The vice president for student affairs plays an integral role in creating a campus environment that enables our students to succeed academically, and I am delighted that Victor Wilson will assume this key leadership position,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “The broad scope of his experiences at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Division of Student Affairs.”

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UGA President Jere W. Morehead takes office

The University of Georgia welcomed its 22nd president to campus today. President Jere W. Morehead started off his morning discussing campus life with UGA student leaders at the Tate Student Center. After breakfast with the students, he arrived at the Administration Building, was greeted by the building's staff with a round of applause and met briefly with the President's Office staff.

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UGA Foundation allocates more than $3.3 million in budget surplus to enhance UGA academics

The University of Georgia Foundation announced that it realized a budget surplus of more than $3.3 million for the just-concluded fiscal year and that those funds are being allocated to support several important academic initiatives. This funding is in addition to more than $40 million in annual support provided by the foundation to the university and $500,000 provided earlier this fiscal year for endowed professorships.

The board voted unanimously to dedicate the surplus funds to meet specific needs identified by President Jere W. Morehead for scholarships and faculty support. In addition, the board designated $1 million to support the proposed acquisition of the Washington facility, which will be home to UGA's Washington Program, which includes the semester program and other academic initiatives in Washington, D.C.

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UGA professor to chair NIH proposal review committee

Rick Tarleton, University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor of Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, has been invited to chair the Immunity and Host Defense Study Section of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review. Study section members are scientists in that field who review scientific grant proposals submitted to the NIH for funding. The two-year appointment is effective July 1.

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UGA Young Dawgs program wins award for high school outreach

After a few weeks of working with University of Georgia doctoral student Aimee Kowalski, Monisha Narayanan can now pipette like a pro. Besides mastering the art of getting drops of liquid into tiny plastic containers, the rising high school senior from Johns Creek has watched zebrafish grow from microscopic to swimming.

Narayanan is one of 44 high school students on the UGA campus this summer conducting research through the Young Dawgs program. Run by UGA Human Resources, Young Dawgs is doing more than capturing the imaginations of high school students and preparing them for future careers. It's also partnering with local school districts and earning awards on the national level. The program recently received the 2013 Community Service and Outreach Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, a recognition that came with a $10,000 award.

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Hugh Ruppersburg named interim vice provost at UGA

Hugh Ruppersburg, a long-serving administrator at the University of Georgia, has been named interim vice provost for academic affairs.

Ruppersburg served as interim dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences from 2011 to 2012 and has served as its senior associate dean since 2005. Earlier this year, he was named University Professor, an honor bestowed selectively on UGA faculty who have had a significant impact on the university in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities.

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UGA cancer researchers showcase work for NIH director

University of Georgia cancer research was one of several human health projects that took the spotlight recently when Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) heard reports by scientists and faculty from UGA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and Emory University.

"Georgia is a hotbed of great science," said Collins, who is responsible for managing and coordinating all the programs and activities of the 27 institutes and centers that fall within NIH, the nation's medical research agency. NIH invests more than $31 billion each year in medical research; more than 80 percent of NIH funding is awarded through competitive grants.