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Noted and Quoted, September 2023

Alan Flurry

From storms to smart phones to... what happened to the Southern accent? Research from Franklin College faculty and graduate students was widely reported during September. A sample of the stories and media pick from across the globe:

Scientists are asked if humans have broken the Earth’s climate – Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor od Geography, quoted by CleanTechnica, The Extinction Chronicles 

Does religion still have a prayer in America? Stephen Mihm, professor of history, writing in The Daily Herald

Southern Georgia drawl is fading. Here's why a UGA study says Gen X could be at fault – New research led by Margaret Renwick, associate professor of linguistics, and Jon Forrest, assistant professor of linguistics, reported by 11Alive,, Atlanta News First, Gwinnett Daily Post,  Albany Herald, Fox 5 Atlanta, EurekAlert!, UGA Today, WGAU, Daily Mail, WSB, ABH, WABE, NPR, Connect Savannah, Popular Mechanics, AJC  

Five things to know as halftime of the 2023 hurricane season approaches – Marshall Shepherd writing in his regular column at Forbes 

What a calculator can tell you about ChatGPT – Stephen Mihm writing in The Washington Post 

Hurricane Lee is charting a new course in weather and could signal more monster storms – Marshall Shepherd quoted by ABC News

Researchers a step closer to effective heparanase inhibitor – research led by Geert-Jan Boons, Distinguished Professor in Biochemical Science, Glycoconjugate Synthesis and Chemical Biology, reported by

Socializing boosts mood more than screentime – new research led by Christina Leckfor, fourth-year Social Psychology graduate student, reported by UGA Today, Medical Xpress, UPI, Fox News, Athens CEO, ABH, New York Post 

Why a September thunderstorm swamped parts of Atlanta – Marshall Shepherd quoted by the AJC

CRISPR study reveals secret to genetic immunity – new research by Michael Terns, Distinguished Research Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, reported by UGA Research 

Is it safe to bounce? How wind can make bounce houses dangerous –John Knox, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of geography, quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

John Knox also appeard on an episode of the Across the Sky podcast on Bounce House incidents

Image: Across the Sky Podcast

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