Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:25am
Every June 8 we celebrate World Oceans Day, a day that was created to raise awareness about how we as a planet can help preserve our oceans. At Franklin College, we are fortunate to have many researchers who study our oceans and speak out. This year, the theme of the day in celebration is combating plastic pollution and our own Jenna Jambeck has a message for the United Nations on the topic.  Plastic pollution in our oceans has been piling up…
Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:26pm
The cover of Molecular Cell in which the paper was originally published. In this initial adaptation phase, one of two different Cas4 proteins recognizes a signaling placeholder in the sequence that occurs adjacent to the snippet of DNA that is excised. When the Cas1 and Cas2 proteins are present in the cell with either of two Cas4 protein nucleases, Cas4-1 and Cas4-2, they act like the generals of this army-based immune system, communicating…
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 5:11pm
One of the great opportunities afforded to many of our students during the summer is the chance to study abroad in various locations. Often we hear stories and see pictures of our students learning and traveling to far away places via social media and through correspondence with students and professors. Most recently, however, we had a chance to view a great feature on WSB of legendary sportscaster Chuck Dowdle, host of “Georgia Bulldogs…
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:51pm
Researchers from the University of Georgia, in conjunction with researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), have developed a new genetic engineering technique that dramatically improves an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. Ellen Neidle, professor of microbiology at UGA, and her lab team helped create the novel method known as Evolution by Amplification and Synthetic Biology (EASy) that enables…
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:57pm
This month we were proud to see the work of Jenna Jambeck and the New Materials Institute featured in the cover story of National Geographic. Jambeck, who inspired UGA associate professor of chemistry Jason Locklin and other researchers at UGA to get involved with the issue of plastic waste, now work together in the NMI to lead the charge in bringing plastic alternatives that are economically viable and environmentally friendly to market.  The…
Thu, 06/28/2018 - 4:37pm
A group of 32 students and three faculty recently returned from spending the maymester term studying art and design in New York City. There’s no doubt that New York offers advantages that the traditional classroom cannot, and it was in recognition of this fact the NYC Maymester program was developed in the spring of 2014. Focused on contemporary art and design, this intensive, three-week long program uses the city as its campus, and significant…