Dean’s Update 1/21/14

January 21st, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda
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The College has received approval from the Provost for designation as a Clinical Appointment and Promotion Unit (CAPU). This will allow us to recruit and retain clinical faculty assigned to departments and institutes in the College to help fulfill the academic and professional preparation of our students. The FACS College Assembly reviewed the document in department meetings in November 2013 and the online vote was conducted between December 3 to 12. Of the 80 members of the FACS College Assembly, the vote was 57 yes and 3 no. A small number of college assembly members did not vote when given the opportunity.


The new guidelines are posted online




The college’s spring Assembly is scheduled for Friday, February, 21 and guests will include Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research at UGA. Other timely topics and updates will be provided. Join us at 3:00 pm in Room 110, Dawson Hall.


Dean’s Challenge LADY BULLDOGS Basketball Game – Thursday, Feb. 20


Did you know this year the UGA Women’s Basketball have 14 wins and 5 loses as of Jan. 20? Their record can be found at

A special invitation has been extended again this year to the College by the Georgia Women’s Basketball team. We have been given 150 complimentary tickets to the Lady Bulldogs home game on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 against LSU with tip off at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available soon in the Dean’s Office. Please join us, faculty, staff and your family!

An email will be sent when the tickets are available. These tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis. I hope you all can join us for Lady Bulldogs basketball!


Nominate Your Student Worker FOR EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

UGA faculty and staff have a chance to honor hard-working students each year through the Student Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by the UGA Career Center. This is a time to honor an outstanding student worker within your department.

Please consider nominating a student worker you supervise that displays excellence in his or her work and is critical to your department’s success. The deadline to submit an online nomination form is quickly approaching on Thursday, February 6. The top 100 student workers will be invited, along with their nominating faculty/staff member, to an awards luncheon on April 15 at the Tate Student Center. One student will be honored as the UGA Student Employee of the Year. This is a wonderful way to recognize a student who has helped you and your department; and attending the recognition luncheon with them at no cost to you, the student, or your department is a nice way to end the year and thank them for their assistance. 

To nominate your student worker, please visit:



The State-of-the-Art Conference Program, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, provides UGA faculty the opportunity to organize a conference on the University of Georgia campus that facilitates interaction between national and international scholars and UGA faculty and students.


Proposals requesting funding for State-of-the-Art Conferences that will be held on the UGA campus between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, should be submitted to the Office of the Provost on or before Friday, Feb. 28. Application guidelines are posted to the web site



Visiting Scholar to Deliver lecture on Diversity in STEM education


Michael F. Summers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, will convey his excitement for promoting STEM education among minority students when he delivers a presentation on the success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Thursday, January 30, 2014, 2:30pm at Masters Hall, Georgia Center for Continuing Education on UGA’s campus.


“The Meyerhoff Scholars: Successful Programs For Preparing a Diverse STEM Workforce” will appeal to students contemplating a career in science, technology, engineering or math, faculty involved in teaching STEM subjects, faculty and administrators creating infrastructure to support diversity in STEM education, and anyone with an interest in partnering with the Meyerhoff Program. Dr. Summers is a recipient of the White House Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the American Society for Microbiology Hinton Award for Mentoring, the Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, most recently, the 2013 Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


In addition to his STEM education lecture, Dr. Summers will present a scientific seminar about how retroviruses, such as HIV, recognize, package, and assemble genetic material for the propagation of infection. “Insights into the Structural Basis and Mechanism of HIV-1 Genome Packaging” will be presented Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3:30pm in Room C127 of the Life Sciences building. While this talk will be scientifically based, Dr. Summers is accustomed to speaking to general audiences and often highlights the contributions his research students have made to the research presented.


This event is jointly sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Department of Microbiology, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Limited opportunities to meet with Dr. Summers are available. For more information, contact Iris Tropp:, 706-583-0263.




Faculty moves to new locations continue as FDN faculty move from Boyd Hall into new labs and offices in Dawson and Speirs. Dr. Robert Pazdro and graduate students are moving into Dawson 302. Claire de la Serre and graduate students are moving into Speirs 372. FACS will no longer occupy any offices or labs in Boyd Hall.






Please note on the UGA homepage the addition of Dr. Rick Lewis as the featured Focus on the Faculty


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

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21 and 22, search activities for the VP for Finance and Administration, in Atlanta
  • Thursday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 – 2014 UGA Extension Winter School at Rock Eagle, Eatonton, GA
  • Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 – Development travel in southern Georgia with Victoria Prevatt
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
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