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Faculty in the Media, December 2014

Franklin College faculty provide a variety of expert and background source material to reporters and editors around the world. A sampling from the past month:

Why you shouldn’t be proud to be a workaholic – reports on research by UGA assistant professor of psychology Malissa Clark: “Scientists to busy professionals: You really need to stop humble-bragging about your insane schedule.”

U.S. weather satellite network hacked – China recently hacked into U.S. weather and satellite systems, reports USA Today.  “This illustrates that they understand the value of this data and information,” said UGA meteorologist Marshall Shepherd.

Fall of Berlin Wall still changing the world – ABH

(article quotes Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor and Department Head of UGA Germanic and Slavic Studies)

Americans’ declining trust in others, institutions – UGA psychology professors Keith Campbell and Nathan Carter are members of a team of researchers studying a cultural shift in America.  Report filed in Journalist's Resource.

Scientist explains her research with a high-flying acrobatic dance routine – Washington Post (article mentions Uma Nagendra,  UGA PhD candidate in plant biology)

50 years later, Atlanta challenges Civil War ‘Myth’ – The Takeaway

(UGA history professor James Cobb is quoted in audio interview)

Doubts chip away at nation’s most trusted agencies – Associated Press

(UGA psychology professor Nathan Carter is quoted)

Study examines psychology of workaholism – “Even in a culture that lionizes hard work, workaholism tends to produce negative impacts for employers and employees, according to a new study from a University of Georgia researcher,” reports MedicalXpress.

Hurricane predictions – Marshall Shepherd, geography professor and former president of the American Meteorological Society, is quoted in a article that questions the U.S. ability to accurately predict the powerful storms.

New study aims to prove selfie-takers are more self-absorbed – A UGA study suggests fans of the self-portrait are more narcissistic, reports the UK Daily Mail.  Head researcher Keith Campbell, professor of psychology, says selfies are motivated by self-absorption and social connection. Article also in the Nigerian Tribune

Historians take a wider view of early America – UGA history professor Claudio Saunt is quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about how Americans think about early American history.   

What 'Gone Girl' does (and doesn't) tell us about mental illness – U.S. News & World Report (article quotes UGA psychology professor Keith Campbell)

New study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at key events in plant evolution, reports  “We developed new analysis tools to understand the timing of key innovations in plant evolution,” said study coordinating author Jim Leebens-Mack, associate professor of plant biology.

Selfies may reveal unflattering personality traits – UGA psychology professor Keith Campbell says there seems to be a main motive for selfies.  “One is narcissism, which is doing stuff to get attention from people…to look better than you are,” said Campbell.

Art professor inspired by American pop-art – R&B article features LDSOA parttime instructor Stanley Bermudez

Common Core State standards & the K-12 Challenge –

(article written by Christine Franklin, statistics professor)



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