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Noted and Quoted, Summer 2021

Alan Flurry

While the summer may have been quiet for some, Franklin faculty members were busy writing and offering a wide variety of expertise in media around the world. A sampling of recent stories:

It just rained at Greenland’s highest summit for the first time — and you can guess why? Thomas Mote, Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Dean, quoted by Green MattersNew York Times

Potential Hurricane Henri and the remnants of Fred — double trouble for the Northeast? Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in the department of geography, quoted in Forbes, WOKV, ABC News, WGN, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Faculty hiring challenges and resilience in the face of a pandemic – Christopher West, professor and head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, quoted by ASBMB Today

Snubbing friends to look at phone linked to various mental health issues: Study by doctoral student Juhyung Sun and Jennifer Samp, professor of communications studies, reported widely by ANI News, webindia123Hindustan Times, WASH-FM, Mic, Consumer AffairsUGA Today,, WGAU, Study Finds, Neuroscience News, Health News Digest, New Scientist

Health fusion: Phone snubbing (phubbing). What it may reveal about you –Wadena Pioneer Journal, Inforum, Power 107, Grand Forks Herald

Ancient sculpture reveals their true color – Mark Abbe, associate professor of art history, quoted by Texas News TodayCBS NewsSandhills Express

Report fatigue — commentary from a climate scientist on the latest IPCC summary – Marshall Shepherd, writing in a his regular column at Forbes

Regulators refuse to step in as workers languish in extreme heat – Andrew Grundstein, professor of geography, quoted by Politico

Will the U.S. ever go metric? It already has, sort of – Stephen Mihm, professor of history, in The Wall Street Journal

UGA co-led genetics team paves way for better corn plants – study co-authored by Kelly Dawe, Distinguished Research Professor, reported by UGA Today, WGAU, ScienceDaily,, SeedQuest

Record-setting grants set stage for breakthrough research – Art Edison, GRA Eminent Scholar, quoted in Connecticut by the Numbers

Adapting roots to a hotter planet could ease pressure on food supply – research by Alexander Bucksch, associate professor of plant biology, reported by ScienceDaily

The pandemic wedding boom could lead to a bad hangover – Stephen Mihm, writing in the Anchorage Daily News

The first experimental test of the interaction of time and space predicted by special relativity – study by professor of cellular biology Edward Kipreos and Riju Balachandran, reported by Johnson City Press

Changing the myths, mystery and mortification around menopause –Susan Mattern, Distinguished Research Professor in the department of history, quoted by AJC

The time may finally be ripe for a national climate service – Marshall Shepherd quoted by Scientific American1SourceNews


Image: Artist painting a statue, as depicted on this ancient Greek vase. via CBS News



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