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Noted and Quoted, February 2023

Alan Flurry

A climate change summit with Vice President Kamala Harris, the impossible quest of fake meat, and using machine learning to find new exoplanets are just a few of the many stories where our faculty colleagues lead, explain, and advise in media around the world. A sample of distinguished research and time comment from February:


In Atlanta, VP Harris focuses on climate, finding solutions – event co-moderated by Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography Marshall Shepherd reported widely AJC11AliveGPBWABE,  The Atlanta VoiceUPI     

Five UGA faculty elected as AAAS Fellows – Ron Simons, Regents' professor in sociology; Ping Ma, Distinguished Research Professor of Statistics; and Joseph Hermanowicz, professor of sociology – UGA TodayWGAU

A U.S. vice president, atmospheric scientist and oceanographer — that’s Black history – Marshall Shepherd writing in his regular column at Forbes 

Fake meat’s beyond impossible quest to win over Americans – Stephen Mihm, professor of history, writing in his regular column in The Washington Post

Repurposed drug battles “brain-eating” amoeba – research by Dennis Kyle, GRA Eminent Scholar in cell biology and infectious diseases, reported at

A new understanding of reptile coloration – research by professor of genetics Doug Menke reported in Phys.orgScienceDaily

Researchers focus AI on finding exoplanets – new study by Cassandra Hall, assistant professor of astrophysics, reported widely by UGA TodayEurekAlert!Phys.orgScienceDailySpaceDaily, Discover Magazine 

Netflix’s “My Dad the Bounty Hunter” is an Afrofuturist marvel – Isiah Lavender III, Sterling Goodman Professor of English, quoted by Yahoo! Entertainment

Not everything is a spy balloon or UFO. Here’s what else is flying in our skies – Marshall Shepherd quoted by Time 

Two in three people have “ghosted” someone they were dating – new study by Christina Leckfor, graduate student in the department of psychology, reported by Yahoo! 

Posts misrepresent Oregon cloud video after Ohio train derailment (Marshall Shepherd) – Yahoo! News 

People with a high need for closure are more likely to ghost, yet also feel more distressed when they are ghosted – research from Christina Leckfor reported by the PsyPost 

University research: Students with disabilities face STEM challenges – new research by Julie Stanton, associate professor of cellular biology, reported by WGAU 

U.S. government has been dancing around UFOs for 75 years – Stephen Mihm writing in The Washington Post 


Image: photo of (L-R) Marshall Shepherd, Isaiah Bolden, Assistant Professor, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech, and VP Kamala Harris.

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