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Eberhart appointed director of UGA Technology Commercialization Office

Derek Eberhart has been appointed director of the University of Georgia Technology Commercialization Office, under the Office of the Vice President for Research, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He has served as interim director since July.

Through intellectual property licensing and other efforts, TCO serves the UGA community by connecting industry with university expertise and inventions for the public good, promoting economic development, and increasing research visibility.

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UGA College of Education ranks 22nd in U.S. News 2014 Best Online Programs

The University of Georgia College of Education tied for No. 22-up from No. 87-in U.S. News and World Report's 2014 Best Online Programs rankings for its master's degree programs. The overall ranking recognizes the college's programs in adult education, educational psychology, reading education and workforce education.

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UGA professor named Rite Aid Professor in Community Pharmacy

Beth Phillips, a clinical professor in the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, has been named the first Rite Aid Professor in Community Pharmacy. The college's newest professorship fosters excellence in community pharmacy practice in the clinical or tenure track. Phillips took on her new role Dec. 1.

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UGA awards sustainability grants to fund student projects

The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability has awarded $28,000 to fund nine interdisciplinary student projects through its annual Campus Sustainability Grants Program. The program, funded by student green fees, provides financial and staff resources to implement student-initiated projects that further the university's sustainability goals.

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UGA stem cell research uncovers importance of cell cycle

One of the biggest problems in stem cell research may not be a problem at all. Scientists have worried for years that stem cells grown in their labs were made up of many different kinds of cells, making them useless for stem cell therapies, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests they're not different cells, some are just more mature than others.

Amar Singh, postdoctoral associate in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar of Molecular Cell Biology Stephen Dalton worked together to uncover the mystery about why stem cell populations are thought to be heterogeneous, or made up of a variety of different cells. They discovered the heterogeneity, or difference among the cells, is largely determined by the cell cycle.

Their results were published Dec. 5 in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

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UGAs lifelong learning institute receives $1 million endowment

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia has received a $1 million endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead read a letter from Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman announcing the endowment at the organization's holiday party Dec. 12.

This is the second $1 million endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation. The first grant was received in January 2009. In November 2011, the UGA chapter received its first $1 million endowment from the foundation. The $2 million in endowments will continue to help provide the financial resources needed to achieve OLLI's mission of meeting the intellectual, social and cultural needs of mature adults through lifelong learning.

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UGA to award first dual masters degrees in social work, public health

The University of Georgia is awarding its first dual master's degrees in social work and public health at commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 in Stegeman Coliseum.

The social work and public health dual degree program, established in 2011 through a partnership between the School of Social Work and the College of Public Health, is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Five students are receiving the degrees: Alethea Chiappone of Marietta, Rebecca Dallas of Decatur, Ilana Olin of Atlanta, Matthew Ottenweller of Baton Rouge, La., and Ciera Schoonover of Charleston, W.Va.

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UGA to graduate 2,176 students at fall Commencement

Approximately 2,176 University of Georgia students will be eligible to receive degrees at the 2013 fall semester Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13 in Stegeman Coliseum.

An estimated 1,667 students will be eligible to participate in the ceremony for undergraduates at 9:30 a.m. Amy Glennon, a UGA alumna and first female publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will be the speaker.

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University of Georgia places No. 10 in Kiplingers best values in public colleges ranking

Because of its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid and overall value, the University of Georgia placed No. 10—up five spots—on Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities for 2014.

UGA's ranking is for in-state value, an improvement from its 15th-place ranking on Kiplinger's 2013 list. UGA's out-of-state ranking is No. 13 on the Kiplinger 2014 list, which will be published in the February issue.