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Faculty in the Media, January 2015

meltingearth-m-0116.jpgFranklin College faculty play a vital public role by sharing their expertise in the media on a range of subjects. A sampling from just the past month:

Visualization of Native American dispossession by Russell Professor in American History Claudio Saunt continues to be featured in the news media, Aeon.co, UK Daily Mail.

On the Subject f 2014 having been the warmest year in modern history, Athletic Association Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences Marshall Shepherd was quoted widely, in outlets around the world – ABC News, Mother Nature Network, France 24, Think Progress, VICE News, Huffington Post, UPI, TIME, Washington Post, USA Today, and Vox.

"If you are younger than 29 years old, you haven't lived in a month that was cooler than the 20th-century average," noted Marshall Shepherd [VOX]

Shepherd was also called upon in national television media and print on the recent blizzard in the Northeast. AP, CBS, Evening News, MSNBC, Fox.com, New York Times

“Office workers have long stood up against sitting,” Stephen Mihm, associate professor of history, writes in an op-ed for Bloomberg News examining the evolution of the American work environment over the last two centuries

Blue glow in Hong Kong waters beautiful yet disturbing. “It’s extremely unfortunate that the mysterious and majestic blue hue is created by Noctiluca,” said Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor of Marine Sciences. Noctiluca is also referred to as Sea Sparkle, a harmful algal bloom, reports the Associated Press

Geography professor Andrew Grunstein quoted in Climate Central on extreme temperatures at the Australian Open tennis tournament

Coverage of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observances included an essay in TIME by Spalding Distinguished Professor of History James C. Cobb, “The Atlanta World of Dr. Martin Luther King”

Assistant professor of art Mark Abbe quoted in an AJC article about a King memorial for Georgia

Article on academic regrets in Times Higher Education (UK) quotes genetics professor Allen Moore

“Can an algorithm know you better than your Facebook friends?” asks an article in fivethirtyeight.com that quotes clinical psychologist Joshua Miller

How white flight destroyed the Mississippi Delta – article at MSN.com mentions Spalding Professor of History James C. Cobb

Cobb also spoke at the Washington & Lee University Founders Day commemorations, Washington & Lee News

Associate Press article on a lawsuit filed January 8 by the Obama Administration concerning fracking in the Gulf of Mexico quoted marine sciences professor Samantha Joye


Global Georgia 2015: Loung Ung

Loung-Ung.jpgThe Willson Center for Humanities and Arts' Global Georgia Initiative brings author and human rights activist Loung Ung to campus for a public lecture on Thursday January 29 at 4 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room on the 4th floor of the Rusk Center. Her lecture is titled, "First They Killed My Father,"

Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Four years later, in one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century, some two million Cambodians – out of a population of seven million – had died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Among the victims were both Loung’s parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives. In 1980, Loung and her older brother Meng escaped to the United States.

Loung’s memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, published in 2000, became a national bestseller and received the Asian/Pacific American Librarians’ Association award for “Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature” in 2001. In 2013, she contributed as a writer to the film Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins as a writer, which explored the stories of nine girls from nine different countries suffering under human rights violations and the role of education in bringing positive change.

Recognized as one of the 100 Global Youth Leaders of Tomorrow, Ung's message of activism and peace is a welcome one on this campus - and in this country. Congratulations to the Willson Center on kicking off yet another great year of bringing distinguished guests to campus for important public events.

New research uncovers mechanism behind defective cilia


Through extraordinary imaging techniques and refined laboratory practices with a model organism, a UGA research team has published new evidence about the assembly of cell organelles in the human body:

Defective cilia can lead to a host of diseases and conditions in the human body—from rare, inherited bone malformations to blindness, male infertility, kidney disease and obesity. 



a new study from University of Georgia cellular biologists shows the mechanism behind tubulin transport and its assembly into cilia, including the first video imagery of the process. The study was published in the Journal of Cell Biology.

"Cilia are found throughout the body, so defects in cilia formation affect cells that line airways, brain ventricles or the reproductive track," said the study's lead author Julie Craft, a sixth-year doctoral student at UGA. "One of the main causes of male infertility is the cilia won't function properly."

An interdisciplinary team from the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering collaborated on the research, which used total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to analyze moving protein particles inside the cilia of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a green alga widely used as a model for cilia analysis.

A great collaboration between cell biology and engineering, and we salute the tenacity of Dr. Lechtreck, who has become a leading expert in a field that is only growing in importance to medical research. The progress on the fundamental understanding provided by his lab will have broad implications for treating a variety of conditions and diseases.

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