Tonight, the closing reception for “Spectra: Lamar Dodd School of Art Faculty Exhibition" will begin at 7 p.m. at the Dodd Galleries. It's your last chance to view this vast collection of Lamar Dodd faculty art. Named for the broad array of styles conveyed, the exhibition presents works from the school’s many departments,including ceramics, printmaking, photography, metalwork, drawing and painting and sculpture, this latest feature from the Flagpole notes.
If you were among one of the 84 million viewers who watched the debate on Monday night, you may have had your own take on who "won" the debate. The debate was the most-watched Presidential debate in history and while many commentators and political science experts had their own assessment of the debate, one of Franklin College's reknowned communication studies experts had a different kind of assessment.
The author who wrote, together with her then husband Robert K. Massie, the influential book Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of the Russian Empire, Suzanne Massie will deliver the 2016 Shouky Shaheen Distinguished Lecture in the Lamar Dodd School of Art on Friday September 23 at 5:30 p.m. in room S150:
Massie is both the 2016 Shouky Shaheen Distinguished Lecturer in the Arts and keynote speaker for the museum’s two-day symposium on Russian art and the history of collecting Russian art in the U.S. Massie, together with her former husband, Robert K. Massie, wrote the famous book “Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of the Russian Empire.” This book had immense impact on the development of Russian studies in the U.S. She served as a personal advisor on matters of Russian art and culture to president Ronald Reagan and acted as the unofficial liaison between the U.S. president and Mikhail Gorbachev.
The lecture and the symposium support and celebrate the Georgia Museum of Art exhibition "Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects," curated by Dodd professor Asen Kirin. The Shouky Shaheen Lecture was established through the generosity of Doris Shaheen as a birthday gift to her husband, Shouky, as an expression of their love for the arts and UGA. An Atlanta-based philanthropist and art collector, Shouky Shaheen has been a member of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Board of Visitors since 1998.
Jeopardy! a Guggenheim Fellowship, new associate provost for international education and a festschrift... quite a month for Franklin College students, faculty and alumni:
PhD theatre student Seth Noel Wilson is on Jeopardy! this week – Wilson won on Tuesday night and will return. What is fantastic news for a graduate student?
Research and expertise of Franklin faculty members mentioned widely in the media in September (plus a few notable examples from August):
University researchers discover remains of 16th century Spanish fort associate professor of anthropology Victor Thompson mentioned in multiple outlets – R&B, Beaufort Gazette, The Atlantic, Kokomo Tribune, ABH, Ancient Origins
HyperSolar names chemistry professor John Stickney as scientific advisor – Yahoo! Finance
Climate change killing Georgia's salt marsh (marine sciences professor Merryl Alber) – AJC
Poem-A-Day – "with grief with fury with action" by professor of English and creative writing Ed Pavlic – The Spectrum
Climate change is making floods like Louisiana’s historic once more (UGA Athletic Association Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences J. Marshall Shepherd) – Slate
Can “Pokemon Go” make you happier? (psychology professor Keith Campbell) – AJC
The conflict at the heart of U.S. retirement plans (associate professor of history Stephen Mihm) – Employee Benefit Adviser
Why the Rio Olympics and Leonardo DiCaprio get your attention on climate change (Marshall Shepherd) – Forbes
Tim Kaine wrongly says Richard Nixon released tax returns during campaign (Stephen Mihm) – PolitiFact
Louisiana aftermath: anonymous devastation (Marshall Shepherd) – Philly.com
NSF linguistics grant to support study of Southern language variation – UGA Today
An expert roundtable's thoughts on a pesky tropical weather system, Invest 99L (Marshall Shepherd) – Forbes
UGA project aims to catalog diversity of Southern accents (assistant professor in Romance Languages and the Program in Linguistics Margaret Renwick) – WABE
323 reindeer killed by lightning—is this rare from a science perspective? (Marshall Shepherd) – Forbes
The deadly unsung threat from tropical storm Hermine: Water (Marshall Shepherd) – Forbes
Forecasters shouldn't apologize for steering people away from beaches (Marshall Shepherd) – The Washington Post
Snow joke: United CEO cites Farmers' Almanac in winter plans (associate professor of geography John Knox) – Fox Business
Scientists sink teeth into new zooarchaeology study (professor of anthropology Elizabeth Reitz) – The Post and Courier
UGA professors transcribing interviews to map out, study regional dialects (Willson Professor in the Humanities William Kretzschmar) – R&B
Nanoscale researchers are "turning rust into gold"—and making the use of gold in research settings and industrial applications:
The research is akin to a type of modern-day alchemy, said Simona Hunyadi Murph, adjunct professor in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of physics and astronomy. Researchers combine small amounts of gold nanoparticles with magnetic rust nanoparticles to create a hybrid nanostructure that retains both the properties of gold and rust.
"Medieval alchemists tried to create gold from other metals," she said. "That's kind of what we did with our research. It's not real alchemy, in the medieval sense, but it is a sort of 21st century version."
Gold has long been a valuable resource for industry, medicine, dentistry, computers, electronics and aerospace, among others, due to unique physical and chemical properties that make it inert and resistant to oxidation. But because of its high cost and limited supply, large scale projects using gold can be prohibitive. At the nanoscale, however, using a very small amount of gold is far more affordable.
Terrific work by Murph identifying a material substitute that should speed further progress on this limitless frontier. The nanoscale has long held the fascination of physicists and chemists, among others. New breakthroughs depend heavily on the continual refinement of processes and products. We welcome this one, and congratulate Dr. Murph.
Anthropology graduate student Ashley Block, the victim of a tragic accident earlier this week, was a conservationist, athlete and one of our best:
Thursday morning, more than 200 people filled the church’s Common Room at Emmanuel, where Block became a treasured member of the church community as soon as she arrived in Athens as a University of Georgia graduate student two years ago.
She was a Eucharistic minister for the church, licensed by a bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist, and pitched in right away to help with church volunteer activities.
“Anybody who served with her knew she just hit the road going,” said one church member who’d worked with her as a Eucharistic minister and volunteering..
Others in the church Thursday morning were classmates and friends from UGA, or people who knew her as an undergraduate student at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
As a graduate student, Block was studying integrative conservation and anthropology and showed great promise to conservationists she worked with at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the state Department of Natural Resource.
A bright, positive force for good on our campus and in our community, Block's spirit and energy touched the lives of many. Condolences to her family and to our many colleagues and students who were part of her wide and vibrant circle. The pain of such a loss can only be eclipsed by the love at the center of this wonderful young woman's life. May that love continue to spread and provide comfort.
Image of Ashley Block via icon.uga.edu
“Humans of New York began as a photography project in 2010. The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants."
“Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I'd include quotes and short stories from their lives.”
Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.
With a degree in history, Stanton moved to Chicago and worked in finance until he decided on a new direction. HNY is truly sui generis in the realm of social media and has had impact worldwide. Welcome back to campus, Brandon, we're very proud of your work.
**late update: Student affairs says student tickets are sold out but general admission are still on sale for $5, while they last, no doubt.