Faculty at the Forefront of Discovery

October 18, 2016
by Jere W. Morehead, President

Through their cutting-edge research, UGA faculty are improving human health, safeguarding and sustaining our world, and changing lives through the land-grant mission. The impact of our faculty’s important work can be seen throughout our state and around the world.

Outstanding faculty in all disciplines across campus are expanding UGA’s research enterprise to record levels. This year, the University’s research expenditures increased by 14 percent, a key indicator of growth in research productivity. Research awards from external funding sources, which provide another metric of productivity, grew by 12 percent over the past year. 

New centers and institutes at UGA are fostering scholarship in critical areas and further enhancing the upward trajectory of our research enterprise. The new Center for Vaccines and Immunology, for example, supports research to control and eradicate diseases such as Zika and influenza that are deemed a high priority by international public health organizations. Another great example is the new Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, established to help communities, businesses, and governments improve infrastructure systems such as water and sewage treatment, urban drainage, energy, and transportation.

More than ever, University of Georgia faculty are at the forefront of discovery, helping to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our world.