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Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert

HHSOM_Concerto.jpgThe UGA Symphony Orchestra is one of, if not the, premier large ensembles in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Our student-comprised symphony orchestra, conducted by professor Mark Cedel, can stand with any university-level orchestra in the nation. And many beyond it.

This week, the UGA SO will feature five soloists from the school of music, winners of the concerto competition in the Hodgson School:

Five of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s most talented young musicians will join the UGA Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, January 28 as soloists in the ensemble’s annual Concerto Concert. Tickets for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Hall, are $10/$5 for students and available via the UGA Performing Arts Center box office at 706/542-4400 or online at pac.uga.edu.

“This will be one of the most exciting events in my 21-year history here at UGA,” said Mark Cedel, Director of Orchestral Activities. “The repertoire is fantastic, and makes for an extremely challenging—and rewarding—concert for the orchestra, soloists, and conductors.”

The students were selected after advancing through a rigorous competition process within the Hodgson School. The performance will feature flutist Amelia Dicks on Nielsen’s Flute Concerto (Mvmt. I); a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto (Mvmt. IV) with violinist Teresa Grynia; saxophonist Brandon Quarles on Tomasi’sSaxophone Concerto (Mvmts. I & II); pianist Yoonsook Song on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Mvmt. III); and a performance of Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini by pianist Grace Tian.

Not to be missed - some of our very best student performers on stage. And when Cedel speaks so excitedly about a program, well, tickets!

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.