Noted and quoted, January 2018

Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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From the downside of smart phones to the promise of a 'super yeast' for biofuels to the creation a new island off the Georgia coast, Franklin faculty have been ready and willing to lend their expertise on the full range of issues and current events. A sample from this month:

Less smartphone time equals happier teenager, study suggests – article reference research by professor of psychology Keith Campbell in Los Angeles Times, India Today

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor J. Marshall Shepherd talks challenge of communicating science to public 16th annual...

Study offers new insight into brain architecture and function

Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Great collaboration from computer science and engineering faculty:

The researchers in UGA’s College of Engineering and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ department of computer science say their study is the first to identify specific areas they call “three hinges.” They believe these junctions of three ridges along the brain’s surface play an important role in how the brain forms as well as how it works.

“The traditional way of describing brain structure assumes the creases and folds of the cortex perform similar functions,” said Xianqiao Wang, an assistant professor...

New primate behavior study: perceiving kinetic energy

Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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UGA behavioral scientists in the department of psychology Primate Behavior Laboratory led by Professor Dorothy Fragaszy have a long-established expertise in problem-solving, perception, manipulation, and skill learning in primates, particularly bearded capuchin monkeys of South America.

Now a new study published January 10 In the Royal Society journal, Biology Letters, presents new insights on tool making by the capuchins and how their methods might arise out of perceptual differences between monkeys and humans: 

“We examined the patterns of coordination of striking movement...

New microbiome analysis tool puts Big data to work

Posted 2 months 1 week ago
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A new computational tool developed by UGA statistics researchers shows promise for further understanding and identifying the complicated makeup of the microbiome:

Microbes, found everywhere—in our environment, on our skin and in human bodies and consisting of bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoans and viruses—form microbiomes that have both good and harmful implications for human health.

With the creation of this new big data tool, researchers will help identify differences in patterns of microbes that may lead to a better understanding of chronic diseases such as diabetes and...

Art professor wins 'Anonymous Was A Woman' Award

Posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Associate professor of art Stefanie Jackson is one of ten 2017 winners of the Anonymous Was A Woman award:

Congratulations to Dodd professor Stefanie Jackson, recently awarded the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman prize of $25,000! Anonymous Was A Women recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in midcareer female artists through “no-strings attached” grants that encourage the recipient to continue to develop their work. The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s novel A Room of One’s Own and is supported by an anonymous group of donors and nominators.