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Kudos, January 2018

Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago
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Congratulations on the many recent honors and accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni of the Franklin College and our colleagues around the university:

The University of Georgia observed its anniversary as the birthplace of public higher education in America during the week of Jan. 22-26, and the UGA Alumni Association celebrated the occasion by hosting a weeklong series of events, including the 16th annual Founders Day Lecture Jan. 22 presented by J. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences.

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Noted and quoted, January 2018

Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago
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From the downside of smart phones to the promise of a 'super yeast' for biofuels to the creation a new island off the Georgia coast, Franklin faculty have been ready and willing to lend their expertise on the full range of issues and current events. A sample from this month:

Less smartphone time equals happier teenager, study suggests – article reference research by professor of psychology Keith Campbell in Los Angeles Times, India Today

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor J. Marshall Shepherd talks challenge of communicating science to public 16th annual...

Study offers new insight into brain architecture and function

Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Great collaboration from computer science and engineering faculty:

The researchers in UGA’s College of Engineering and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ department of computer science say their study is the first to identify specific areas they call “three hinges.” They believe these junctions of three ridges along the brain’s surface play an important role in how the brain forms as well as how it works.

“The traditional way of describing brain structure assumes the creases and folds of the cortex perform similar functions,” said Xianqiao Wang, an assistant professor...

New primate behavior study: perceiving kinetic energy

Posted 1 month 1 day ago
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UGA behavioral scientists in the department of psychology Primate Behavior Laboratory led by Professor Dorothy Fragaszy have a long-established expertise in problem-solving, perception, manipulation, and skill learning in primates, particularly bearded capuchin monkeys of South America.

Now a new study published January 10 In the Royal Society journal, Biology Letters, presents new insights on tool making by the capuchins and how their methods might arise out of perceptual differences between monkeys and humans: 

“We examined the patterns of coordination of striking movement...

New microbiome analysis tool puts Big data to work

Posted 1 month 1 week ago
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A new computational tool developed by UGA statistics researchers shows promise for further understanding and identifying the complicated makeup of the microbiome:

Microbes, found everywhere—in our environment, on our skin and in human bodies and consisting of bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoans and viruses—form microbiomes that have both good and harmful implications for human health.

With the creation of this new big data tool, researchers will help identify differences in patterns of microbes that may lead to a better understanding of chronic diseases such as diabetes and...

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