The expanding universe (of knowledge)

Posted 6 years 1 month ago

Scientists at the University of Georgia, the University of California, San Diego, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University and the Australia National University have collaborated on a study, published in the journal Nature, suggesting new information on how planets are formed.

The study:

began with a curious and unexpected finding: Within three years, the cloud of dust circling a young star in the Scorpius-Centaurus stellar nursery simply disappeared.

"The most commonly accepted time scale for the removal of this much dust is in the hundreds of thousands...

UGA psychologists focus on Facebook

Posted 6 years 1 month ago

Social media tools have the perception of keeping us all connected, but we probably shouldn't dismiss the extent to which they are also self-serving, so says a new study:

New research from the University of Georgia finds what people may really "like" about social networking are themselves.


UGA Research News

Posted 6 years 2 months ago

The UGA Office of the Vice President for Research has released the Spring 2012issue of Research magazine with several articles detailing the work of Franklin faculty, including:

Harry and Jane Willson Professor in the Humanities Bill Kretzschmar, on his work in language variations and complex systems. Associate professor of psychology Adam Goodie on the nature of pathological gambling. Responding to climate change as a research priority at UGA, featuring the work of climatologists Marshall Shepherd and Tom Mote, among others. 

The whole issue is informative and well done,...

Kannan receives NSF Career award

Posted 6 years 2 months ago


Congratulations to Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Natarajan Kannan, whose work tracing the origins of a protein family that plays a key role in communicating environmental signals in the cell has been recognized by the National Science Foundation:


[Kannan]will use $969,822...

Genetics a key to better biofuels

Posted 6 years 2 months ago

In the public realm at least, biofuels have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last 12-15 years, as their promise becomes mired in politics and regional agriculture issues. But in research labs across the country and at UGA, scientists have held steady.

A newly published genetic sequence and map of foxtail millet, a close relative of switchgrass and an important food crop in Asia, is giving scientists working to increase biofuel and crop yields a powerful new tool.


Lead author Jeffrey Bennetzen, Giles Professor and Georgia Research Alliance...