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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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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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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 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.

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Georgia Museum of Art at UGA collects awards from Southeastern Museums Conference

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia won five awards at this year's Southeastern Museums Conference annual meeting, held earlier this month in Savannah.

The museum received two gold awards for publications this year. Facet, the museum's quarterly newsletter, designed by local firm The Adsmith, took home the gold award in the newsletters and calendar of events category for the second year in a row. The second gold was given to "The Kress Project," the publication resulting from the museum's juried online exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the museum's Kress Study Collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The Kress Project was designed by MacFadden & Thorpe, of San Francisco

The museum's biggest fundraiser, Elegant Salute, received a silver award in the campaigns category for its invitation materials, designed by Michael Lachowski, who also handles public relations for the museum.

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Hatchling sea turtle Rider to be on view at Skidaway Marine Science Day

Visitors to the Skidaway Marine Science Day will be able to catch a rare glimpse of Rider, the University of Georgia Aquarium's new hatchling loggerhead sea turtle, on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held on the north end of Skidaway Island, the free event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, opportunities to explore research vessels and hands-on science activities.

The event is jointly presented by the UGA Aquarium and UGA Shellfish Laboratory, which are both part of Marine Extension, a public service and outreach unit of UGA, and by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the Nature Conservancy.

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Statin, osteoporosis drug combo may help treat parasitic infections

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a combination of two commonly prescribed drugs used to treat high cholesterol and osteoporosis may serve as the foundation of a new treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. They published their findings recently in PLOS Pathogens.

Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite capable of infecting nearly all warm-blooded animals. While healthy human adults usually suffer no lasting ill effects from infection, it can be harmful or fatal to unborn fetuses or those with weakened immune systems.

"For many years, therapies for toxoplasmosis have focused on drugs that target only the parasite," said Silvia Moreno, senior author of the article and professor of cellular biology in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. "But in this paper, we show how we can hit the parasite with two drugs simultaneously, one that affects body chemistry in the host and one that affects the parasite."