Dean’s Update 3/28/17

March 29th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The spring College Assembly will be Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 pm in Conner Hall 104. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us for important college and personnel updates, Q&A, and introduction to university and college initiatives.

Endsley-Peifer GRADUATE Student Research Awards

Three graduate students will be recognized at the Fall 2017 Celebrating Excellence luncheon the week of October 16.  Along with this recognition, they will each receive a $500 monetary award.  They have been selected to receive the 2017 Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award recognizes students whose research during graduate school has made significant contributions to advancing knowledge in a physical sciences specialty area in Family and Consumer Sciences.  This year we have a tie in the social sciences category. The students, the manuscripts and journals are listed below.

Kimberly Watkins, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, “Quantifying the Value of Collecting: Implications for Financial Advisers” provides important insight to financial advisers how to treat the clients collection, in this case stamps, in the financial, risk and estate planning decision making process. Dr. John Grable, co-author of the paper published in the Journal of Family Economic Issues.

Sara Ann Stotz, Foods and Nutrition, “Development of an Online Smartphone-based eLearning Nutrition Education Program for Low-Income Individuals” provides important insight as to how to develop an eLearning solution and to assure the inclusion of desired and relevant content, user-friendly design to motivate the intended audience. She was the senior author of the paper in press in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior along with co-author Dr. Jung Sun Lee.

Andrey Zakharchenko, Nanostructured Materials Lab, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, “DNA Computing Systems Activated by Electrochemically-triggerd DNA Release from a Polymer-brush-modified Electrode Array” provides important insight to activation of various DNA-based logic gates and the first steps to advancing the bio-computing devices. Along with Dr. Sergiy Minko and several contributing scientists, Andrey authored the paper published in Electroanalysis.


A new local radio program that combines financial advice with a lighthearted spin will debut on WUGA on Friday, April 7. The 30-minute program, “There’s Nothing Funny about Money,” is the brainchild of hosts Matt Goren, adjunct assistant professor, and Michael Gene Thomas, a doctoral student from the department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics.

“Our intended audience is people who find personal finance a bit scary and frustrating but still need help,” Goren said. “Most of the personal finance resources available are dry, boring and even rude. We want to be on the opposite end of that spectrum.”

Goren said the show borrows its format from the popular “Car Talk” car advice show. The focus is less on money and more on quality of life, setting goals and being solution-focused, he said, while adding humor and levity to attract a broad audience.

The show will first air April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and again on April 9 at 12:30 p.m., following the local news roundtable show, “Athens News Matters.”

The show will then air the first Friday and following Sunday of every month. It also will be available in podcast form at For more information, visit

WUGA 91.7 and 94.5 FM, an NPR affiliate, is operated by the University of Georgia in a partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting.


just a reminder that if you want to have submits apply for CURO assistantships for the summer, applications are due March 22, please visit  UGA’s CURO website to find more information about the application process, etc. for summer.  Go to:

The deadline for fall CURO assistantships is June 1, 2017.  Also please let me know the day and times your students are presenting at CURO this spring. 


Several FACS students were recently named to the fall 2016 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roil. This honor exemplifies outstanding commitment to both academic and athletic standards of excellence. Please join me in congratulations these students, list by sport and academic department.

-Bryan Kamau, Track and Field, FHCE

-Jacob Eason, Football, FHCE

-Rebecca Rasmussen, Soccer, FDN

-Bria Washington, Soccer, FHCE

-Anna Kate Karstens, Volleyball, HDFS


Brenda Cude, FHCE, 2017 CURO Research Mentoring Award. The selection committee was highly impressed with her commitment to developing undergraduate researchers at UGA. On behalf of the CURO staff and the university community, we congratulate Brenda for her engagement with these students and for your dedication to this type of transformational learning experience. Her award will be presented by Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research, on Monday, April 3 at 3:30 PM in the Athens Classic Center as part of the 2017 CURO Symposium Keynote Session. She will receive a certificate and an award of $750.00.

Carol Britton Laws, IHDD, will be receiving the Service Learning Teaching Excellence Award from the VP for PSO and VP for Instruction. She will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Banquet, Monday, April 17, Honors Week.

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

  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 11
  • Travel Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7 for development.


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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