Dean’s Update 10/31/17

October 31st, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance Statewide Conference

February 22 – 23, 2018

Chateau Elan, Braselton, Georgia

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (noon - 7:00 pm) – Presentations of Georgia CTSA services (education, clinical research support, collaboration & coordination, community engagement, evaluation & quality, expert assistance, pilot grants), focused session on translation services, and evening networking reception

Friday, February 23, 2018 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) – Clinical and translational science advances within the state of Georgia presented through abstract presenters, poster presentations, a KL2 Panel Discussion, and keynote speakers Nadine Rouphael, MD (Emory), Mark Prausnitz, PhD (Georgia Tech), and Herman A. Taylor, Jr., MD (Morehouse School of Medicine)

For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Georgia CTSA’s Rebekah Hills ( or 404-727-3754) or here in FACS, contact Debbie Murray,

Additional GACTSA information:

Last issue of Dean’s Update I was remiss in not including Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, FDN, in the individuals I reference involved in the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (GACTSA). She will collaborate in two areas that involve older adults, Integrating Special Populations (ISP) and Community Engagement (CE). In collaboration with scientists from all of the universities, she will leverage her long-standing collaborations with the Georgia Division of Aging Services, Georgia’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging, and Senior Centers in urban and rural areas of Georgia to facilitate inclusion of older adults’ participation in each stage of the clinical and translational research process.


The UGA - FACS One Button Studio is a pre-programmed, streamlined video recording studio that provides a space for users to record presentations with virtually no learning curve. Users need only bring a flash drive. Inserting the drive activates the system, turns on the camera and studio lights. Pressing the button triggers the recording session. The studio can be used for practicing presentations for class, conducting a mock job interview or creating a video for a flipped classroom. We wish to empower faculty and students to create their own high-quality online content without the need of assistance or intervention by staff.  

The studio is located in room 357 of Dawson Hall.

For more information and to reserve the studio, visit our web page at or contact Melinda Pethel in the Office of Technology and Instructional Services (OTIS), 200 Dawson Hall, 542-4864.


SSAC Director Cara Simmons and Associate Dean Patti Hunt-Hurst have been working with past teachers of FACS 2000 class, Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. They revised the class this summer to include topics better focused for freshman and sophomores and new transfer students. The new topics include: Mindfulness and Meditation for stress reduction, Living on a college student budget, Tips and resources for academic success, Goal setting and others.  Lauren Coheley (FDN doctoral student) is teaching FACS 2000 this semester and indicates that the changes have been successful.  Juniors and Seniors who have not taken FACS 2000, register for FACS 2000E so that we can keep the course focused on the newer students. 


Applications are due November 15, 2017.  A maximum of $3500 will be allocated this fall through a competitive process to fund one project for implementation during the calendar year 2018.  The project selected will be one which embodies the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and will incentivize individuals or a team of FACS faculty and staff to create highly impactful and innovative instructional materials and/or design and delivery of educational programs in the college. Detailed instructions can be found on the web under “Policies and Procedures” by clicking on the following link:  Proposals are due to Broc Funke in the Dean’s Office by November 15, 2017, submit as a pdf.  For more information contact Patti Hunt-Hurst, Associate Dean for Academic Programs,


FACS College is pleased to announce two students will be initiated into the Blue Key Honor Society. The annual awards Banquet is November 17. Congratulations to:

  • Alexandra Case, Consumer Journalism / Intended Business, 4th Year
  • Evan Johnson, Nutritional Sciences, 4th Year


Please welcome to FHCE Jamal Tavosi, faculty of management and economics, Department of Public Administration, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan-Iran. He arrived last week and will be a visiting academic scholar to FHCE for fall 2017 and spring 2018.  His research project is "The Hidden Side of Financial Literacy: The Impact of Financial Literacy on Overconfidence in the Financial Markets." He will work with Dr. Brenda Cude and other interested FHCE faculty. He is located in 205 House C until November 27 (then he’ll be in 262 Dawson) and his email is


In preparation for the University of Georgia’s human resources and business process transformation through the OneSource Project, an information session for FACS faculty and staff will be planned for Wed. Dec. 6, “Reading Day.” Location and time TBD.

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

  • Sat. – Fri. Nov. 11 – 17, attend national meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), Washington, DC, and Schwab Impact Conference, Chicago
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Nov. 14.


Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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