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Study offers new insight into brain architecture and function

Posted 4 weeks 1 day 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 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...

UGA surges in NSF research rankings

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Terrific news about the overall impact of the research enterprise on campus:

The University of Georgia climbed seven spots to No. 54 among all U.S. universities, colleges and research institutions in the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings.

"This is dramatic progress," said Vice President for Research David Lee. "Institutions normally rise or fall in these rankings a spot or two at a time."

In the new rankings, which reflect fiscal year 2016, UGA's total research expenditures reached $410 million, up from $374...

Amazing Student: Brittany Jenkins

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Winner of a 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, doctoral student Brittany Jenkins is committed to a career in medical research:

My research on the genetics of breast cancer health disparities has allowed me to travel many places to further my training. I am currently located in Detroit, Michigan, where I am continuing my dissertation work at Henry Ford Health System under my adviser, Dr. Melissa Davis. Moving here has afforded me an excellent opportunity to interact and network with top oncologists and clinicians, patients and other personnel...

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...

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