Dean’s Update 1/7/14

January 7th, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda
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The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research announce a new internal funding program designed to encourage competitive extramural interdisciplinary grant proposals.  The explicit goal of the Interdisciplinary Proposal Development (IPD) program is to support cross-disciplinary teams of faculty, perhaps with partners from other research institutions, government or the private sector, in their efforts to prepare competitive proposals for grand challenge-type multi-investigator/multi-institution grants.  Details are outlined in the announcement

Up to $200,000 per fiscal year will be available to support the IPD.  Maximum awards will be $75,000, but typical awards will be at or below $50,000.  Appropriate uses of these funds might be to support the generation of pilot data, travel to meet with potential partners, and payment of external expert reviews. IPD proposals of no more than 10 pages in length.

Funded teams commit to submitting a grant proposal for the identified external funding opportunity by the agency deadline and are strongly encouraged to work with the OVPR GrantSMART team, which was specifically established to assist faculty in assembling complex, multi-investigator/multi-institution proposals (

Proposals for IPD funding should be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Research ( The deadline for receipt of initial proposals is March 14, 2014.  Please direct any questions to VP for Research, David Lee (  An information/help session will be held at noon on January 10, 2014 in Coverdell Room S175; please RSVP to


Proposals will be judged on the basis of their competitiveness for the indicated funding opportunity. Winners will be announced by March 28, 2014.


Four Fashion Merchandising students and Emily Blalock, instructor, will be attending the National Retail Federation “Big Show” conference, January 12-14. This retail convention boasts of 17,500 retail professionals from 62 countries. Some of the top global retailers for 2014 that will lead breakout sessions include executives from Target, Nike, Macy’s Inc., Coach, Deloitte, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, IBM, Adidas group, and Ann Taylor, Inc. The collegiate student program consists of a CEO Q&A, networking lunch, career fair. Companies will be there to recruit the best and the brightest students for careers and internships. Information regarding the Student Program is located at Students will have the opportunity to attend daily educational sessions covering the industry’s most relevant and future topics as well as networking opportunities during round table discussions.


The Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics will host a week-long series of events Jan. 27-31 designed to engage prospective and current students as well as alumni. The Monday-Wednesday events are open to freshmen and sophomore students from across the university. More details are outlined in the news story


Four candidates will be interviewing for the position of Department Head of Human Development and Family Science beginning January 6th. In alphabetical order:

Joyce Arditti, Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. Dr. Arditti’s Ph.D. in Family Studies is from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Brian Bride, Professor, UGA School of Social Work. Dr. Bride has a Ph.D. in Social Work from UGA and a M.P.H. in Quantitative Methods from Harvard School of Public Health.

Tammy Henderson, Assoc. Professor, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University. Her graduate degree in human development and family studies is from Oregon State University.

Emilie Smith, Professor, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University. Her Ph.D. in ecological/community psychology is from Michigan State University.


Three new faculty have joined the college this week. Please welcome:

Patryk Babiarz joins the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics as an assistant professor.  He earned his PhD from Purdue University in Family and Consumer Economics.  His research interests include health, consumer and family economics and public policy. He will be teaching and conducting research in the area of consumer economics. His office is: 202 Consumer Research Center (House C), Email address:

Sergiy Minko joins the faculty in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors in the position of Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science. His research focuses on the engineering and study of nanostructured stimuli-responsive biomaterials, materials and devices made of polymers, biopolymers and nanoparticles. Nearly all of his research has been concerned with the major themes of biomaterials, polymer, and nanotechnology for creating fibers with potential biomedical applications, biosensors, biotechnologies, biofuels, and bioseparation. He will teach courses in chemistry and textiles/polymer science. His office in Dawson is Room 305, Research lab is in Riverbend North.  Email address:

Dr. Leann Birch joins the Department of Foods and Nutrition as the William P. “Bill” Flatt Professor with focus on childhood obesity. She comes to UGA from Pennsylvania State University. She investigates factors that influence the developing controls of food intake from infancy through adolescence.  Her research focuses on both predictors and consequences of eating behavior, including the development of food preferences and on problems of energy balance, particularly obesity. Dr. Birch will be conducting research, engaging in graduate education and training, and be involved in outreach programs focused on obesity prevention. Her office in Dawson is Room 176, Research lab is at Rivers Crossing. Email address:


Bill Flatt, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Foods and Nutrition, has moved from Boyd Hall and is now located in Room 252, Dawson Hall.

Michael McGough, Grants Coordinator, Dean’s Unit, is now located in Room 111, Dawson Hall.


The 37th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at The Georgia Center. This year’s honoree and recipients include:

Honor Hall of Recognition Inductee:  Gene H. Brody
Distinguished Alumni Award:  Tommie G. Mullis
Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award:  Jody Rosen Atkins
Outstanding Service Award:  Camille Kesler
Pacesetter Award:  Anne Corinne Huggins
Creswell Award:  Mary Ann Johnson
FACS Appreciation Award:  American Cancer Society 

Watch for registration information in the near future. At the luncheon event, we’ll also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the FACS Ambassador/Dean’s Aide program. The Ambassadors continue to serve an important role in the College through their work with alumni relations and student services. We look forward to seeing many former ambassadors at the luncheon.


Join the university community to hear President Morehead’s first State of the University Address. It is scheduled for Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in the UGA Chapel.


This weekend the New York Times featured research and commentary from UGA professor Gene Brody and colleagues in the article “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?” It is a very informative piece and was published prominently in the Sunday edition of this week's paper. Congratulations!

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • No travel scheduled at this time.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
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