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Thu, 06/02/2022 - 9:42am
The University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Institutional Diversity sponsored the inaugural “Reflections on Race” Workshop on May 18-19 on the UGA campus, an effort led by Franklin College Associate Dean Jean Martin-Williams. Nine faculty members from nine departments representing all tenured and untenured ranks were selected to participate in the workshop, which included a distinguished group of panelists…
Fri, 02/25/2022 - 3:44pm
In partnership with Georgia Research Alliance, more students across the state are able to pursue scientific research through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. An integral part of our recent story of how Black science majors succeed at UGA, resources that help students and faculty propel the university forward. Support networks for current students help the attract the next class of great students and create new opportunities…
Tue, 06/29/2021 - 11:44am
The Institute for Women’s Studies will begin offering an undergraduate certificate in LGBTQ studies in fall 2021. The coursework is designed to provide students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the role of sexuality in culture and politics. This certificate will foster theoretical reflection on the history of social difference and how it connects to sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and class.  The…
Mon, 03/29/2021 - 1:02pm
COVID, Post-COVID, Fish oil and work/life balance were a few of the many recent subjects of media interest informed by Franklin College faculty expertise. A sample from the past the month: After years of early storms, forecasters consider moving start of hurricane season to May 15 – Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, quoted by the Sun Sentinel Why is the U.S. murder rate…
Fri, 02/12/2021 - 10:16am
Gregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, wrote and published a scholarly tribute to Professor Jerry L. Atwood, who “inspired a generation of chemists to indulge their imaginations and to take risks in their pursuit of chemistry,” including Dr. Robinson: The most consequential friendship of my life inauspiciously began on a cold, late-November evening in 1979, in Jacksonville, Alabama. Of course, I did not see it…
Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:04am
Franklin College faculty members are leading efforts of UGA faculty, staff and administrators to increase faculty diversity and the use of inclusive teaching practices in STEM fields: Among their first steps is a survey of the university’s STEM faculty to gather input and assess current efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty. “We want to accurately assess our past efforts in our quest to recruit and retain a diverse STEM faculty and use…
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 1:20pm
Congratulations to our many colleagues on recent accolades and achievements, inspiring our work with their excellence in teaching, research and outreach: Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt, Richard B. Russell Professor in American History, was named to the nonfiction Longlist for the 2020 National Book Award Three University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences…
Thu, 09/03/2020 - 2:09pm
Plant Biology Doctoral Student Jacqueline Joye Peña and her advisor Assistant Professor Douda Bensasson received the Gilliam Graduate Fellowship Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The award provides Peña the opportunity to travel to important scientific conferences and meetings in her field, professional development workshops, and a competitive stipend in addition to allowance for diversity and inclusion activities at the graduate…
Wed, 10/23/2019 - 1:28pm
Gene sequences for more than 1,100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, the culmination of a nine-year research project. The One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (1KP) is a global collaboration to examine the diversification of plant species, genes and genomes across the more than 1 billion-year history of green plants dating back to the ancestors of flowering plants and green…
Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:54am
Using language and dance to immerse students in cultural diversity, UGA lecturer Fuad Elhage created the Diversity through Dance workshop to facilitate interactions between students of different backgrounds. Echoing the Dancing Classrooms program established by Pierre Dulaine and the basis for the 2006 feature film "Take the Lead" starring Antonio Banderas, the workshop uses movement, interactive group discussions, hands-on activities and…
Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:35pm
During the summer of 2019, Franklin College administrators met as a book group to enhance leadership skills while learning more about the experience of dominant and marginalized groups. The book group, which concluded a month of weekly meetings on July 16, consisted of 14 members including Franklin College dean Alan Dorsey, associate deans, directors and department heads from the college. The group read and discussed Why are all the Black kids…
Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:11am
Despite its rich history and cultural significance, opera’s place within the world of music has, in some ways, fallen to the wayside. Megan Gillis BMus ’13 is working every day to change that: A lifelong performer, Gillis first fell in love with opera at a young age after being encouraged by vocal instructors to pursue the art, due to her strong soprano voice. After many years of practice, she eventually found an ideal place to hone her passion…
Tue, 05/28/2019 - 10:29am
Five years ago, Cecilia Sánchez and Anya Brown, ecology doctoral candidates at the time, founded the Women in Science in service of creating a community where they could connect with peers and mentors. Open to anyone (including men) interested in pursuing equality and diversity in science, WiSci has grown to incorporate undergraduate students and an outreach program as well as all STEM disciplines: The organization hosts several events each…
Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:10am
The Franklin College held our annual Staff Appreciation Reception and Awards ceremony on May 14 in the North Rotunda of the Miller Learning Center. The event is always a great occasion just after the Spring semester to social and recognize our colleagues for their excellent work. The college recognizes staff who have reached milestones in years of service at 10, 15, 20, 25 and this year we celebrated James Griffith, a research professional who…
Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:30am
Franklin College senior associate dean Kecia Thomas leads diversity efforts and initiatives throughout the university, supports faculty and graduate students success and helps recruit many of the most talented professors in the nation to UGA: To add to Thomas’s long list of responsibilities, diversity within the university is her primary area of study. Thomas often works with organizations within UGA and other institutions in which she conducts…
Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:14pm
As UGA continues to celebrate 100 years of coeducation, the Institute for Women's Studies presents a timely and contextual discussion in their Friday Speaker Series on Feb. 1 at 12:20 in MLC 250. This year we celebrate the centennial of UGA officially admitting women, but where did women get an education before that? Undergraduate student Kristen Gragg will talk about her research into the Lucy Cobb Institute, as well as its sometimes troubled…
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:33am
A globally important food crop as well as a staple at every* American Thanksgiving table, Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) has widely recognized potential to alleviate hunger, vitamin A deficiency, and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Biofortification with pro-vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in SSA has led to millions of Africans being spared the devastating effects of vitamin A deficiency, a main cause of illness, blindness…
Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:49am
Franklin College students, faculty and staff began the new academic year with many awards, grants, new books and other distinguished accomplishments. The Georgia Debate Union finished in second place at the season-opening college debate tournament held at Georgia State this past weekend.  The Georgia State tournament featured 140 teams from around the country, including teams from Harvard, Georgetown, Northwestern, Cornell, Vanderbilt, the…
Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:07am
There is perhaps no more-vital component in the Franklin College than our Office of Information Technology. Our colleagues in IT keep us connected to each other and the outside world, providing our students, faculty, researchers and staff the resources required for practically every activity at the university. We asked a group of colleagues in IT leadership in Franklin College to reflect on the centennial of women at UGA in the context working…
Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:17am
Sociology/political science double-major and future attorney Taylor Withrow has found her voice for justice at UGA: As a CURO Honors Scholar, I spent the first week of my freshman year meeting with different professors in various different departments discussing research opportunities. I was fortunate to begin my own research project with Valerie Babb in the English department studying the identity development of multiracial individuals and the…
Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:17pm
Providing students experience with international diversity and opportunities to work with people from other cultures paired with unique language courses is, in many ways, the measure of a great university. The Red & Black offers a terrific introduction to the 2018 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants on campus this year: Every year, hundreds of people apply to be a Fulbright Foreign Language Teacher Assistant in the U.S. Only a…
Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:41am
The new issue of Research Magazine, full of great stories about Franklin College faculty, features a refreshed story we have highlighted in the past: archeologist Suzanne Pilaar Birch on the intersection of pregancy and fieldwork In March 2017, Suzanne Pilaar Birch turned to Twitter for help. The archaeologist and UGA assistant professor was considering an invitation to go on a dig in Cyprus, an offer that seemed irresistible—except that she…
Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:26am
Professor of geography Hilda Kurtz has a strong belief in educational equity and diversity, as well as a great ability to tap into students’ curiosity in the classroom: My responsibilities include research, teaching and service. My research concerns alternative food politics, and more recently, organic certification. I currently teach courses in human geography at the introductory, upper-division and graduate levels. In addition to introductory…
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:52am
A new breeding technique using a plant's own DNA could produce crops that are more resistant to drought and disease: A team of University of Georgia researchers has developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that they could selectively activate silenced genes already present within the plant. Using this method to increase diversity…
Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:50am
A roundtable panel on “Women, Hollywood and the #METOO Era” will be held Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Balcony Theatre (Room 400) of the Fine Arts Building. UGA faculty members will assess ongoing hurdles and notable triumphs for women in American filmmaking today: The panel will include Antje Ascheid, associate professor of film studies; Maryann Erigha, assistant professor of sociology; Kate Fortmueller, assistant professor of entertainment and…

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