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New primate behavior study: perceiving kinetic energy

Posted 5 months 2 days 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 5 months 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...

Art professor wins 'Anonymous Was A Woman' Award

Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Associate professor of art Stefanie Jackson is one of ten 2017 winners of the Anonymous Was A Woman award:

Congratulations to Dodd professor Stefanie Jackson, recently awarded the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman prize of $25,000! Anonymous Was A Women recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in midcareer female artists through “no-strings attached” grants that encourage the recipient to continue to develop their work. The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s novel A Room of One’s Own and is supported by an anonymous group of donors and nominators.

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Focus on the faculty: Robin Shelton

Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Professor of physics and astronomy Robin Shelton discovers and shares knowledge about the galaxy that we call home:

How do you describe the scope and impact of your research or scholarship to people outside of your field?

I explain my research to people outside of my field by saying that I study the gas between the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. By gas, I don't mean gasoline, I mean that the material is gaseous, like air. Those statements might start a yawn in the backs of their heads, so I follow them up by saying that the stars in our galaxy were made from gas...

Peace in the New Year

Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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With campus frigid and students on their way back from extraordinary New Year experiences, we share these words from our namesake and our hopes to fulfill their promise:

Be at War with Your Vices, at Peace with Your Neighbours, and Let Every New Year Find You a Better Man

- Benjamin Franklin, from the 1755 edition of “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” Complete title: “Poor Richard improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris of the Motions of the Sun and Moon; the True Places and Aspects of the Planets; the Rising and Setting of the Sun, And The Rising Setting and Southing of the Moon...

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