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UGA professor, high school student team up to create organic chemistry app

The second organic chemistry course a college student takes is often referred to as the "gateway to medical school" because students must learn, synthesize and use knowledge in a rapid fashion to make decisions, much like a doctor.

Now, thanks to the help of recent UGA Young Dawgs summer research program participant Chuanbo Pan, who is a neighbor of Locklin and an 11th-grader at North Oconee High School, organic chemistry students at the university and nationwide will have yet another resource at their fingertips—an iPhone and iPad app.

Known as the "Organic Chemistry II Survival Guide," the application provides easy-to-navigate notes for organic chemistry students and is based on three binders full of Locklin's teaching materials and notes.

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UGA receives $1.25 million to help schools treat children with aggressive behavior

A five-year $1.25 million federal grant will help the University of Georgia College of Education launch a new graduate program to train behavior specialists how to assess and treat children with developmental disabilities who show severe aggressive behavior.

The project's aim is to train more school staff in behavior management-so that there are fewer disruptions in classrooms and students learn better. Ultimately, having behavior specialists on staff could save school systems money by not having to hire outside consultation and out-of-school placement for these students.

Researchers Kevin Ayres and Scott Ardoin, both associate professors in the College of Education, said the project will also generate more knowledge about how to work with these children through the research they conduct.

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New York Philharmonics Philip Smith to join UGA trumpet faculty

Philip Smith, currently the principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, will soon be moving South to join the faculty of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Smith will be named the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professor in the Arts within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, pending approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

"UGA is a destination for brass musicians seeking to study with world-class talent," said Dale Monson, director of the school of music. "Philip Smith's arrival is another tremendous step forward in the history of our school."

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UGA professor receives national social work honor

The National Association of Social Workers has named June Gary Hopps, University of Georgia Thomas M. "Jim" Parham Professor of Family and Children's Studies, a NASW Social Work Pioneer®.

The NASW Social Work Pioneer® Program recognizes those who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of social work and who serve as role models for future generations of social workers. Hopps was among 12 individuals inducted into the program on Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C.

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GRU/UGA Medical Partnership awarded AAMC Shining Star

The Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership Community Health program received one of the Shining Star Awards presented by the Group on Regional Medical Campuses at the Association of American Medical Colleges' annual meeting in Philadelphia Nov. 1. The Shining Star Awards highlight outstanding contributions to medical education on regional medical campuses.

Directed by Dr. Laurel Murrow, the Community Health program at the Medical Partnership received the Star of Community Achievement Award. Developed in part to teach the precepts of community health through service learning, the program also contributes to the social mission of a partnership medical campus situated on the campus of the state of Georgia's land-grant university.

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UGA housing staff members win state awards

 Five University of Georgia housing staff members were recognized by Georgia Housing Officers at the organization's annual conference last month at the University of West Georgia. Receiving awards were Scott Nelson, Pattie Rennison, Evan Thrailkill, Ryan Burnette and Abi Aparajithan.

GHO is a state organization charged with representing housing professionals at both public and private institutions around Georgia.

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UGA launches $2.2 million interdisciplinary faculty hiring initiative

Sixteen new faculty positions at the University of Georgia have been created through an interdisciplinary hiring initiative designed to enhance teaching, service and research in fields that are of emerging statewide and global significance.

Seventy percent of the salaries for the President's Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative will be funded through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, with the remaining 30 percent split between participating units. A total of $2.2 million has been allocated for the initiative, which includes funds for salaries as well as one-time startup costs, such as those required to equip laboratories.

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UGA Traffic Injury Prevention Institute awarded grant for statewide education programs

The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has been awarded a $640,000 grant from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety to continue its statewide education programs in the areas of child passenger safety, parent and teen driving safety and senior driver education.

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, or GTIPI, has partnered with GOHS for the past 27 years in designing and delivering education that improves driver and passenger safety across the lifespan. The institute continues to be a leading resource in traffic safety training and education in Georgia.

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UGA launches program to close enrollment gap for African-American males

The University of Georgia Office of Institutional Diversity has launched the African American Male Initiative, a program targeted at enrolling, retaining and graduating African-American males.

The program, which is funded by a $10,000 grant from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and part of a larger network of African-American male initiatives in the system, is co-directed by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Division of Student Affairs. These offices will jointly administer the grant.