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The big picture - Cover Story
March 2012 Issue
It’s a Thursday morning in early December, and Christopher Whalen is on the phone. The halls outside his office in UGA’s Coverdell Center are quiet—final exams are under way, and students are scarce. An academic gown hangs on the door of his office, a reminder of next week’s commencement ceremony. But at the moment, Whalen is not preparing to celebrate the academic successes of UGA students. Instead he’s delivering news to Moses Joloba, a microbiologist colleague based at Makerere University in Uganda. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the grant proposal they submitted to the National Institutes of Health placed in the 10th percentile. The bad news is that despite the high rating, they’re not getting funded. Last year the top 10 percent automatically received funding, but budget cuts mean that this year only the top 8 percent will be funded. The project in question is one that evolved from Whalen’s line of research for the …
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