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Honoring state leaders

UGA honored three former Georgia governors, S. Ernest Vandiver, Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller, for their contributions to higher education by naming prominent campus buildings after them. A residence hall in the East Campus Village was named for S. Ernest …

Top dog…again

Georgia’s beloved bulldog has again been named the nation’s top mascot, this time by FoxSports, which claims that “there is no live mascot more cuddly, adorable or beloved than Uga.” Taking the honor this time was Uga VII, whose first game …

Them dry bones

Four student interns working with the Georgia Museum of Natural History reassembled the skeleton of a 15-foot pygmy sperm whale, which had washed ashore on Ossabaw Island. The group used photos of a pygmy whale skeleton as a guide. It was …

Where the clean grass grows

UGA was one of eight universities selected to receive two grants to research more effective ways to produce biofuels from switchgrass and sunflowers. The grants, which total $2.5 million, are part of a program jointly funded by the U.S. Department of …

Historic stream restored

An historic stream near North Campus has been restored to its original state, revealing cobblestones, railroad ties and rocks under decades of dirt and debris. The UGA physical plant undertook the restoration at Spring and Fulton streets, where early Athenians are …

It’s so easy being green

UGA recently received the Spirit of Green Award from the Georgia Recycling Coalition for its outstanding and well-established institutional recycling program. Students have been engaged in recycling through the GoGreen Alliance, which was formed to offer opportunities for all environmental student …

Voice of the dogs retires

UGA football announcer Larry Munson, who began broadcasting games in 1966, retired following the Sept. 6 game against Central Michigan. Munson, 86, already had cut his schedule back to just home games. Munson has been inducted into the Georgia Association of …

Early film of campus

As part of the home movie project sponsored by The Walter J. Brown Media Archives, the earliest known film of the UGA campus was discovered. The footage was shot at Harold Hirsch Hall (School of Law) around the time of its …

Hunkering down at Harvard

UGA political science graduate Matthew Fuhrmann (Ph.D ’08) and Ph.D. candidate Bryan Early (’09), have been awarded fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Both were involved in the Center for International Trade and Security at UGA, …

You’re so vain

Online social networking sites such as Facebook may be useful tools for detecting narcissism, a UGA study shows. Researcher Laura Buffardi, a doctoral student in psychology, and associate professor of psychology W. Keith Campbell gave personality questionnaires to about 130 Facebook …

GameDay live in Athens

ESPN brought its road show to UGA in September, broadcasting live from Myers Quad prior to the UGA/Alabama football game. Co-hosts Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit anchored the show with Georgia fans in the background. It was the first …

Frogs endangered

For more than a decade scientists have documented how a fungus has decimated amphibian populations worldwide, but they knew little about how the loss of frogs alters a larger ecosystem. A UGA study that is the first to comprehensively examine an …

Garden gets a face lift

It's hard to miss the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden at Baldwin and Thomas Streets. Workers this summer installed a decorative wall at the entrance to the garden to give it a more authentic feel. Inspired by Latin American architecture, the wall …

The art of the proposal

Zoe Minor (AB/BS ’02, MSW ’04) was admiring a collection of rings on display at the Georgia Museum of Art when one in particular caught her eye. As she stepped closer she read the artist’s name, “T.L. Johnson.” “I thought, ‘Hmm, …

Spice up your life

A UGA study suggests that herbs and spices are not only rich in antioxidants but may also inhibit tissue damage and inflammation caused by high blood sugar. Researchers tested extracts from 24 herbs and spices and found a direct correlation between …

Humane hero

UGA staff member Kelly Bettinger made it into the top 10 in Animal Planet’s Cat Hero of the Year contest. Bettinger, collections manager for UGA’s Herbarium, helped found Campus Cats, a program that strives to humanely reduce the number of homeless …

Best in show

A BARK OUT TO …Counseling professor Edward Delgado-Romero, who was named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association for the second time in two years. Alan Stewart …Alan Stewart, associate professor of counseling psychology, who was named president-elect of the Population …

Dawg Bones

Season ticketholders for men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and baseball matchups can now donate tickets for events they don’t plan to attend to Athens-area youth organizations. The UGA Athletic Association’s new Dawg Bones program will fill seats in the stands …

Women of UGA

Katharyn Richt, whose husband is head football coach Mark Richt, was the guest speaker for the inaugural meeting of the Athens chapter of the Women of UGA in August. Sponsored by the UGA Alumni Association, the group began in Atlanta, providing …

Study abroad—for alumni

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is proposing a study abroad program that would pair current students with alumni on a trip to the South Pacific. Warnell Professor Michael Tarrant, director of Studies Abroad in the South Pacific, is …

Learning for life

UGA extension agents from across the state are partnering with the American Cancer Society to help educate Georgia residents about cancer prevention. Over the past two years, teams have traveled to counties with the highest incidence and death rates associated …

Executive MBA program breaks top 25

UGA’s Executive MBA program at the Terry College of Business received its highest ranking to date in a global survey published Oct. 27 in the Financial Times. The Terry EMBA rose 18 spots in this year’s list, ranking 22nd in the …

Students lack HIV test knowledge

Most college students understand how to prevent the transmission of HIV but are less knowledgeable about HIV testing, a UGA study shows. Researcher Su-I Hou, an associate professor in the College of Public Health, surveyed more than 500 students and found …

Moving up in the ranks

UGA was ranked 18th in the nation for doctoral degrees awarded to African- American students in 2007, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. UGA's 2006 ranking was 21. The Graduate School began formalized inclusiveness programming in 1999 as an …

Vet med prof gets prestigious chair

Michelle Barton UGA professor of veterinary medicine Michelle Henry Barton was appointed to a Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair. Barton is the latest UGA faculty member to hold a Callaway Chair since the program was established in 1968. The positions …

UGA adds Arabic language major

Starting this spring, UGA will be the first school in Georgia to offer students a major in the Arabic language. The program is the result of increased student interest in the language, and in the Middle East. There are currently …

Enrollment reaches new heights

The UGA student body was the largest ever in fall 2008, with a combined 34,180 students on the Athens, Gwinnett, Tifton and Griffin campuses. The Graduate School also saw its largest class with 7,125 students. Enrollment of African American students in …

The way we were

In the months before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, UGA campus life was documented by the late Henry Wallace Richter (ABJ ’43), a staff photographer for The Red & Black and Pandora. His work—more than 600 negatives preserved in carefully …