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Alexander named director of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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Marine sciences professor Clark Alexander has been named director of the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography:

[Alexander] has served as interim director of the Skidaway Institute for the past year. As director of the Skidaway Institute, he will continue to oversee its personnel, budgets and facilities and report to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

"The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography plays a vital role in training scientists and conducting research that address critical economic and environmental issues that...

The science of rain delays

Posted 2 months 4 days ago
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Professor Marshall Shepherd and UNC colleagues published a study on urban rainfall patterns around Atlanta that found that the new home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park, sits “in the maximum region” for cloudbursts:

 The pattern of rainfall anomalies is most evident in the early evening hours of the day and is hypothesized to be related to the evolution of the skin or surface urban heat island (UHI), rather than the canopy layer UHI. The study formally proposes the term “flow regime dependent” downwind anomaly regions Spatio-temporal rainfall patterns around Atlanta, Georgia and...

Psychology Summer Institute

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Students in the undergraduate psychology summer institute (UPSI) engage in activities and conversations to prepare them for a future in graduate school. While participating in workshops at Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the University of Georgia, participants have the chance to meet and make lasting connections with students and faculty who will provide the support and expertise needed to be successful in the program and thereafter.

"The goal of the institute is to expose underrepresented students to the diversity of research and career paths in psychology, to provide these...

Travelling (and pregnant) with trowel

Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Great feature on anthropology professor Suzanne Pilaar Birch in The Guardian:

This bunch of smiling, pregnant scientists, evidently glowing as much from the sheer exertion of hard work as from hormones was a surprising spectacle on Twitter. It was around the time tennis champion Serena Williams announced she was having a baby and the internet was buzzing with the news that she’d won the Australian Open while pregnant – without dropping a set. We frequently see images of glamorous stars showing off their bumps – Beyoncé’s heavily styled Instagram shots, Demi Moore on the cover of ...

UGA joins collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems

Posted 3 months 1 week ago
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The Simons Foundation has established a new collaboration investigating the mysteries of the microscopic communities that produce more than half of Earth’s oxygen, form the base of the marine food web and cycle nutrients through the ecosystem. The Simons Collaboration on Theory of Microbial Ecosystems, or THE-ME, will investigate how microbial ecosystems in the oceans form and function.

The new collaboration will seek answers to three main questions: How are functions distributed in a microbial ecosystem? How does resource supply shape microbial ecosystem structure and function? And...

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