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Noted and Quoted, summer 2023

Alan Flurry

For Franklin College faculty across campus, 2023 was a summer 'on' for writing in and commenting for media reports from around the world. Expert insights and new research findings were widely covered in a variety of broadcast, digital, and print media.

A sample from our tireless colleagues:

Eating carrots (and other veggies) really does improve your eyesight, study says – research study led by Jack Harth, a doctoral candidate in the College of Public Health, and  Billy Hammond, professor of psychology in the Behavior and Brain Sciences Program  – VegNewsDelecious FoodThe Winchester News GazetteTechnology Networks, FuturityUGA Today, Neuroscience News, Science Daily

A curious connection between Juneteenth and the deadliest U.S. storm – Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography, writing at Forbes 

Finger millet genome breakthrough to help safeguard food security – research led by Katrien Devos, Distinguished Research Professor in the department of plant biology, reported by News GhanaSeedQuest   

How the Titanic wreck became a money-making scheme – syndicated column by Stephen Mihm, professor history, published in The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun 

Atlanta’s ‘Heat Island’ – which neighborhoods are hottest and why – Marshall Shepherd quoted by 11Alive 

Russia is tightening its grip on the world’s wheat supply – Scott Reynolds Nelson, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of History, quoted by Stars and Stripes 

Can life exist outside of the habitable zone? Cassandra Hall, assistant professor of Computational Astrophysics, quoted by Chemistry World 

For the third time this week, Earth sets an unofficial heat record. What's behind those big numbers? Marshall Shepherd quoted by Hartford  

If Shohei Ohtani gets $600 million, he should thank Satchel Paige – Stephen Mihm writing in The Washington Post 

Titan’s CEO put innovation over safety. He was an outlier in the world of deep sea exploration – Samantha Joye, Athletic Assoc. Professor of Arts & Sciences, quoted at Huffington Post 

Are Southern summers becoming truly unbearable? What “wet-bulb temperature” can tell us – John Knox, Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in geography, quoted by Garden & Sun 

Georgia is creating its first-ever climate plan. Here’s what to expect – Patricia Yager, professor marine sciences and director of the Georgia Climate Project, quoted by the AJC 

Biosurfactants might offer an environmentally friendly solution for tackling oil spills – research by international team that includes Samantha Joye reported at EurekAlert!ScienceDailyPhys.orgECO Magazine 

What does being “ghosted” mean and why does it make us feel so bad? Research led by Christina Leckfor, doctoral student in psychology, noted by Discover Magazine

Brain-eating amoeba: Will the warming climate bring more cases? Dennis Kyle, GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Antiparasitic Drug Discovery in the department of cellular biology, quoted by WGNAJCThe Hill 

Adversity may speed up brain aging in Black Americans – research by Ron Simons, Regents Professor fo Sociology, reported by The Good Men Project 

How being a “gray rock” can protect you against narcissists – Keith Campbell, professor of psychology, quoted on CNN

What happened to Cardi B used to be normal – Stephen Mihm writing in The Washington Post 


Image: The Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage to America in 1912, is seen here on trials in Belfast Lough. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images North America/TNS)

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