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“Women, Hollywood and the #METOO Era”

Posted 20 hours 52 min ago
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A roundtable panel on “Women, Hollywood and the #METOO Era” will be held Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Balcony Theatre (Room 400) of the Fine Arts Building. UGA faculty members will assess ongoing hurdles and notable triumphs for women in American filmmaking today:

The panel will include Antje Ascheid, associate professor of film studies; Maryann Erigha, assistant professor of sociology; Kate Fortmueller, assistant professor of entertainment and media studies; and Rielle Navitski, assistant professor of film studies. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, will moderate the...

Researchers identify gene to improve plant yield, growth for biofuels

Posted 1 week 20 hours ago
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A research team led by professor of biochemistry and molecular biology Debra Mohnen has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels:

Due to the composition of plant cell walls, plant material is not efficiently broken down or deconstructed to the basic sugars that are converted to biofuels.

In a paper published today in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene called GAUT4 leads to lower levels of pectin, a...

UGA hosts Southeast Horn Workshop

Posted 1 week 4 days ago
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The Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the horn studio host the 2018 Southeast Horn Workshop, with master classes, performances, competitions, lectures, and exhibits beginning today and running through the weekend:

This annual event is held at a different college campus each spring. 

Students, professors and professionals will enjoy three days of master classes, performances, competitions, lectures, and exhibits.  There is a special day for high school students on Saturday. 

Featured Artists for the event are Joy Hodges Branagan, Acting Fourth Horn of the Baltimore...

Leaning into the Plastics Problem

Posted 1 week 5 days ago
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Once considered the key to all manner of convenience, practicality and profit, plastics turn out to be one of most dangerous and long-lasting pollutants to the natural environment. Georgia Magazine takes a look at how UGA faculty researchers are working to approach the problem from many angles, including the development of new materials with industry partners:

Jason Locklin, an associate professor in UGA’s chemistry department, had a related question: Why aren’t we considering what happens to products once they’ve outlived their purpose? Inspired by Jambeck’s 2015 paper in Science,...

UGA to partner in new humanities grant for archeological study

Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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An international research team that includes assistant professor of anthropology and geography Suzanne Pilaar Birch has been awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council UK funding for their four-year project on Radical Death and Early State Formation in the Ancient Near East. 

Using new evidence from the Early Bronze Age graves of Başur Höyük, on the Upper Tigris, the project will examine how ritual killing was implicated in the political transformations of the third millennium BC.

The basis for this study is an original analysis of human remains from the site’s funerary...

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