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Yo-Yo Ma shows some spirit

UGA students got prime seats on the stage in January when world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed a solo recital at the Performing Arts Center. Ma further delighted the crowd by wearing a Georgia sweatshirt for the second half of the performance. …

Battling obesity

UGA has launched a major campus-wide initiative to help the state address its growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity. To develop this initiative, UGA will blend obesity-related instruction and research activities with public service and outreach components to develop obesity …

“Voice of the Bulldogs’’  Larry Munson 1922-2011

Larry Munson, the legendary voice of the Georgia Bulldogs for 42 years, was memorialized Dec. 10 in a ceremony at Sanford Stadium that drew thousands of fans. Munson died at his home on Nov. 21 of complications from pneumonia. He was …

UGA up on value list

UGA ranks sixth on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 100 best college and university values for 2012 for in-state students. It ranks ninth for out-of-state students. Schools in Kiplinger’s 100 are selected from a pool of more than 500 public …

Grady College legend passes away

Conrad Fink, Regents Professor of Journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, died Jan. 14 in Athens after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 80. Known simply as “Fink” to his colleagues and former students, he came …

GMOA gets African-American art collection

The Georgia Museum of Art has a new collection of prominent works by African-American artists, a gift from Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson. The couple also will fund an endowment to support a new curatorial position. The Thompsons’ gift initially …

Shepherd to lead meteorologists association

Geography Professor Marshall Shepherd was voted president-elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and will begin his one-year term in 2013. Shepherd, who directs the university’s Atmospheric Sciences Program, has done research that shed new light on urbanization-precipitation relationships, hurricanes and …

Students receive sustainability grants

In its second round of grants, the Office of Sustainability awarded $20,000 to six students to develop proposals designed to protect the campus environment. The six selected from 21 grant proposals address priorities outlined in UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan to conserve …

Evolution on a massive scale

For the first time, scientists have measured how fast large-scale evolution can occur in mammals, showing it takes 24 million generations for a mouse-sized animal to evolve to the size of an elephant. Research published in the Proceedings of the National …

Best in Show

A BARK out to BUTCHART … College of Education Professor Ron Butchart, whose book, Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning and the Struggle for Black Freedom, 1861-1876, was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the History of Education Society. …  …

$1 million for Tull faculty, students

The J.M. Tull School of Accounting in the Terry College of Business received pledged gifts of $1 million from the Deloitte Foundation to establish an endowment that will be used to attract and retain outstanding faculty. The Deloitte Foundation Endowed Accounting …

Abstinence education not working, study finds

States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, a UGA study has found. Researchers from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences looked …

Mentoring less beneficial to black men?

A study co-authored by a UGA psychology professor finds that African-American men don’t benefit as much as white men from having professional mentors. Professor Lillian Eby says the finding emphasizes the need for women and minorities to think broadly about the …

Grant targets municipal employees

A UGA public health researcher has received a $3 million, five-year grant to fund a six-month weight management program aimed at reducing caloric intake and bolstering physical activity among employees of municipal governments in Georgia. Mark Wilson, head of the department …

Algae as fuel source?

UGA researchers are partnering with the University of Puerto Rico to create a renewable energy center to grow algae-based biofuels. Algae is considered one of the most promising sources of renewable fuels because it grows rapidly, it can be grown in …

More childcare options for UGA employees, students

A new University Childcare Center on the UGA Health Sciences campus opened in January with room for 146 children. Run by Prodigies Child Care Management LLC, which operates the Athens-based Little Prodigies day care center, the facility accommodates children ages 6 …

UGA gets first Undergraduate Flagship Program in Portuguese

The rapid growth of the Brazilian economy has caused demand for Portuguese speakers to surge, prompting the National Security Education Program to award UGA a grant to establish the nation’s first and only Undergraduate Flagship Program in Portuguese. The Flagship Program, …