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Noted and Quoted, October 2023

Alan Flurry

Sharing disciplinary expertise and opinion on issues of the day are important constituent elements of public scholarship. Franklin College faculty and graduate students do their part month in, month out, enhancing the reputation of UGA and Franklin College in the process. A sample of the many stories across the media featuring our colleagues:


What Hollywood gets right-and wrong-about real-life AI – Stephen Mihm, professor and head of the department of history, writing in his regular column at The Washington Post 

What is “main character syndrome”? Keith Campbell, professor psychology, quoted by The Daily Dot 

New study: This American accent is disappearing –research co-led by Margaret E.L. Renwick, associate professor of linguistics, reported by Reader’s Digest, WGN 

Four stunning facts about ongoing flooding in New York City – Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography, writing in his regular column at Forbes 

Sorry, y’all, Georgia’s deep Southern accent is slipping away – research co-led by Margaret Renwick featured in an immersive story at The Wall Street Journal 

Timing plant evolution with a fast-ticking epigenetic clock – research co-led by Robert Schmitz, UGA Foundation Professorship in Plant Sciences and Lars G. Ljungdahl Distinguished Investigator in genetics, reported at 

Iconic Southern accent is slowly disappearing with time, linguists say – research co-led by Jon Forrest, assistant professor of linguistics, reported by Fox News 

What will plants be like on alien worlds? Cassandra Hall, assistant professor of computational astrophysics, comments about the habitable zone around stars in a story at Wired 

Hurricane Idalia raises concerns about increasing severity of Georgia storms – Marshall Shepherd quoted by the R&B 

Socializing boosts mood more than screentime – research by Christina Leckfor, doctoral student in psychology, reported by DoveMed 

“There is no Planet B”: Climate expert explores gap between science, policy, and opinion – public lecture by Marshall Shepherd promoted by Virginia Tech 

Katy Perry’s $225 million payday began in 1908 – Stephen Mihm writing in The Washington Post 


Image: Illustration: NASA/ESA/CSA/Joseph Olmstead via Wired

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