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Georgia Debate Union takes 2nd at US naval Academy

GDU.jpgThe University of Georgia Debate Union recently placed 2nd in the Crowe-Warken intercollegiate debate tournament, held annually at the United States Naval Academy.  The Crowe-Warken debates featured 100 individual debate teams from across the East Coast and Midwest, including teams from Boston College, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, and both the US Military Acad

Dodd, Georgia Review collaborate forJan. 30 Art Party


Spoken word paired visual art holds great possibiltiy for fun, exploration and reflection. By mixing media and art forms, we can access new creative space in the minds of veiwers and artists. And what better place to access new creative space than the Dodd: 

The Lamar Dodd School of Art will hold an Art Party Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of four concurrent exhibitions. The event will also celebrate The Georgia Review's winter issue with a series of roving pop-up readings and micro-performances.

Jenny Gropp, managing editor of the Review, and local prose and poetry writer Sabrina Orah Mark will read from their work, and Historic Sunsets, an experimental French dream-pop duo fronted by Thibault Raoult, will play music. Copies of The Georgia Review will be available, and Wildfood Catering will provide light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will feature an exhibition by the art school's visual artist-in-residence Mequitta Ahuja, whose portfolio of richly textural self-portraits "Automythography" appears in the Review's latest issue. Ahuja, who holds a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives and works in Baltimore, will be present at the opening. Her paintings have appeared in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Arthouse in Austin, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris and the Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York. Ahuja has also shown work at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Don't miss what sounds like a fun night - and a celebration of this cross-unit collaboration. Congratulations to the faculty and staff who envsioned and arranged this. Our arts community continues to flourish and grow.

Image: painting by Mequitta Ahuja , Yellow II, courtesy of the artist.

Science advances: the marine carbon cycle


The amount of dissolved carbon in the world's oceans is roughly equivalent, and likely greater, than atmospheric concentrations of CO2. Some of it gets semi-permanently sequestered, some gets released up into the atmospheric in a process that has been in place for millions of years. But with the global carbon picture changing, understanding the details of these processes has become more urgent: the slightest changes in ocean temperature or acidification (not hypothetical: we know these conditions are in flux) could usher in major changes in the relationship between the carbon in the atmosphere and in the ocean. Recently published research by UGA marine scientists reveals some important components in the marine carbon cycle:

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in December, describes the cryptic currency of carbon cycling with new details on microbial food web processes.

Though atmospheric carbon receives the lion's share of attention from climate scientists, an equal if not greater amount of carbon exists in surface ocean water. Pooled as organic matter that both removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when it is formed and transfers it back when it's degraded, the mechanisms behind what happens to this carbon in the surface ocean have been poorly understood.

"Our paper shows that we may not be looking at the right compounds, or at least all of the right ones, when we work to understand how organic material is processed in the marine carbon cycle," said study co-author Mary Ann Moran, a Distinguished Research Professor in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of marine sciences.

"We found two compounds that had not been considered before, yet may be among the most important compounds being transferred from phytoplankton to dissolved organic matter, then recycled by bacteria."

Read the whole thing, but especially between the lines. As with any subject, a great deal of study is required just to be aware of leading-edge developments. I speak with scientists frequently, from a range of various fields, and [at least] one thing is becoming clear: scientific research is fast approaching a series of 'hyperspace' moments, where advances in particular fields, coupled with advances in technology and especially data management, will begin to allow significant cognitive leaps in our understanding of the physical world, including the human body and cosmology. To consider another recent example, the discovery of the mass of the Higgs boson at CERN LHC. It was a truly stunning feat, and these advances will continue to work in concert and build on each other, along with expanding data capabilities, to produce a clearer picture of our world - and hopefully provide new and better guidelines on how we might manage it better. And we need all the help we can get.


Welcome to the newly re-designed Chronicles!

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In a major step forward in confirming once and for all that the arts and sciences do matter - and how! - the Franklin Chronicles - Arts and Sciences Matters - presents its newest iteration.

In fact, an entire suite of newly designed Franklin College sites were launched on Friday, January 16. Just look at all those new pages, now with better organization, easier-to-find information for all of our audiences. All to serve you better.

Enormous thanks are due our web services team, especially Stephanie Sharp, senior IT manager for the College. Anyone who has ever been even tangentially involved in a website re-design knows how much goes into it - from information architecture, to functionality to making it all look pretty. Amazing job - Franklin has the best people, and we are humbled by their amazing work every single day but especially on one that involves the launch of so many new sites.

Bravi. And thank you.

Celebrating Baldwin and UGA's 230th


The 'Yankee' characterization seems to be one that will not die, and when it comes to UGA's founder Abraham Baldwin, also one that seems to be deserved. Both will be the focus of upcoming festivities to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the university's founding:

the UGA Alumni Association will celebrate the occasion by hosting a weeklong series of events, including the 13th annual Founders Day Lecture on Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Paul M. Kurtz, associate dean and professor emeritus for the UGA School of Law, will present the lecture, titled "A New York Yankee in Abraham Baldwin's Court: (Almost) Fifty Years Behind 'Enemy' Lines."

"Like Abraham Baldwin, I am a Yankee who has experienced life on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line," said Kurtz. "On this Founders Day, as we commemorate his role in the establishment of the university which has been my home for most of my life, I look forward to sharing my reflections on the journey I have taken since my arrival in the South in 1964."

A student response will be given by Carey Miller, a 2012 alumnus and the current law school student body president. 2015 DMA candidate Jessica Pacheco will provide pre-lecture entertainment on the piano.

 Image: Statue of our beloved Yankee founder Abraham Baldwin standing sentry out in front of Franklin HQ, Old College.