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Noted and quoted, January 2018

Posted 3 weeks 4 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...

The allure of archeology's mysteries

Posted 2 months 2 days ago
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David Hurst Thomas, curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, spoke at UGA in November about his search for Georgia's lost Spanish missions. It was a fascinating discussion, detailing how myths work thier way into our culture and outlining how and why archeology remains a very important corrective:

Thomas began the lecture by discussing California, which he said is greatly influenced by its Hispanic history. Californians view St. Junipera Serra as the founding father of California. The Carmel Mission holds St. Serra's library and his cell. Visiting the site...

Researchers investigate personal hurricane evacuation decisions

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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An important question with relevance throughout our region is the focus of a new research collaboration: Why do some people living in the path of a major hurricane decide to evacuate while others stay put?

Prashant Doshi, a professor of computer science, and professor of psychology Adam Goodie are gathering information about residents in areas hit by hurricanes Irma and Harvey to learn more about how people make decisions in risky situations. This will ultimately help officials and emergency personnel better manage evacuations in the future.

"This research will improve our...

Unearthing Georgia's Deep Cultural Exchange: St. Catherines Island

Posted 3 months 6 days ago
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St. Catherines Island, located in Liberty County, is one of the barrier islands along the coast of Georgia. The privately owned island, a National Historic Landmark, is about ten miles long and from the 1590s to the 1680s it was home to a Spanish mission, Santa Catalina de Guale.

David Hurst Thomas, Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, will present a Signature Lecture Friday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium. Thomas’ lecture, “Unearthing Georgia’s Deep Cultural Exchange: Still Digging...

First estimate of total U.S. population with felony convictions in new study

Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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The war on drugs, tougher sentencing guidelines, enforcement and prosecution have resulted in generational impacts on the U.S. population, affecting state and local economies, healthcare access, voting patterns, housing and more:

New research led by a University of Georgia sociologist on the growth in the scope and scale of felony convictions finds that, as of 2010, 3 percent of the total U.S. population and 15 percent of the African-American male population have served time in prison. People with felony convictions more broadly account for 8 percent of the overall population and 33...

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