Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:34am

Happy 231st Birthday, UGA. On Jan. 27, 1785 the members of the Georgia General Assembly established the University of Georgia as the first public land-grant university. Founders Week celebrations.

“Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno,' a new book of poetry by professor of creative writing and English Ed Pavlić, was reviewed by Publisher's Weekly and The New York Times. Pavlić's book, 'Who Can Afford to Improvise? : James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners,' was also reviewed in the Los Angeles Times.

UGA and Franklin College Honors student Torre Lavelle is one of 111 students from around the world to be named to the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective and fully funded one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Lee M. Pierce, an adjunct faculty member in the communication studies department received the National Communication Association's 2015 Stephen E. Lucas Debut Publication Award.

Peggy Brickman (professor, plant biology), Leslie Gordon (adjunct assistant professor, Romance languages), Nancee Reeves (lecturer, English), Jerry Shannon (assistant professor, geography), Susanne Ullrich (associate professor, physics and astronomy) and Elizabeth Watts Warren (lecturer, sociology) are among the 19 faculty members selected by the Office of Service-Learning to participate in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program. It is the largest group in the program's 10-year history.

Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education and a professor of geography, received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, at its annual meeting in November.

The American Chemical Society, in its Select Virtual Issue, featured the research of 17 emerging investigators in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, including UGA associate professor of chemistry Todd Harrop. The feature highlighted the group of early career researchers who have received their Ph.D. since 2004.

And the Georgia Debate Union recently enjoyed another successful intercollegiate debate tournament, finishing 3rd and 5th respectfully at the Crowe-Warken Debate Tournament, held annually at the United States Naval Academy during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.