Dr. Anita Thompson, sociology lecturer, within the Department of Government and Sociology, recently received a short-term Woodrow Wilson National Career Adjunct Faculty Enhancement Fellowship.
The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides each Fellow with a research stipend and guidance from/access to an assigned mentor and a small professional network of former Fellows. A total of two Adjunct Faculty Fellowships are awarded each year.
The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.
Dr. Roger Coate, the Paul D. Coverdell chair of public policy, has been elected as chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). After serving for a year as chair-elect, beginning in June 2017, he will assume the position as chair for a three-year term from June 2018 to June 2021.
ACUNS is the premier global professional association of educational and research institutions, individual scholars, teachers and practitioners active in the work and study of the United Nations, multilateral relations, global governance and international cooperation. The association promotes teaching on these topics, as well as dialogue and mutual understanding across and between academics, practitioners, civil society and students. Its members come from diverse fields of study and practice. It also has institutional members across the world, representing a diverse range of universities, research centers, think tanks, NGOs and related organizations. Georgia College has been an actively engaged institutional member of ACUNS since 2009.
Dr. Jim Payne, dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, will be honored by the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) for his paper with Dr. Junsoo Lee (University of Alabama) and Dr. Maruska Vizek (Institute of Economics Zagreb) entitled “Stochastic Convergence in Per Capita Fossil Fuel Consumption across U.S. States.”
For the research, they will receive the “Best Paper in Economics Award” at the 54th annual AEF conference in Charleston, South Carolina, in February 2017.
Their study utilizes recent advances in time series econometrics to examine the response of per capita fossil fuel consumption patterns for each of the 50 U.S. states in light of the federal and state energy policies related to energy conservation and efficiency standards along with the emergence of renewable portfolio standards across states. The results indicate that in the vast majority of states there is evidence of convergence in per capita fossil fuel energy consumption.
Dr. Joanne Previts was named the nation’s Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education. She received the award at the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.
Criteria includes that the awardee must be licensed for grades 5 – 8, 6-9, or intermediate level and must be an advocate for teacher candidates by serving as an effective advisor, recruiting future students, modeling outstanding teaching and having quality supervising of field experiences.
During her seven years at Georgia College, Previts, an associate professor of middle grades education, has served as a mentor leader and professor at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is currently the co-editor of the “Middle School Journal,” a scholarly publication of the Association for Middle Level Education. Previts also received the 2016 University Excellence in Teaching Award for Georgia College. She received her Bachelors of Arts in elementary education from Notre Dame College, Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University.
Ashok Hegde, Ph.D., the William Harvey Professor of Biomedical Sciences,
recently scored Georgia College a $381,357 grant from the National
Institute of Health (NIH).
It’s the first time Georgia College has received a grant from that federal agency. It’s unusual too, because competition’s fierce even among larger, research schools. Less than 15 percent of applications each year get funded.
Quote from Dr. Indiren Pillay, chair of biological and environmental sciences: “This is an immense achievement. Not only does it put us in the forefront of doing cutting-edge research; it also serves as a great platform for our undergraduate students to get involved in neuroscience research,” Pillay said. “For me, getting the grant is one thing. But what the grant brings is opportunity for our students. And that’s what will enhance our program. That’s what it’s all about.”
The university had to provide the government evidence its research will work. This included preliminary data, innovation, introduction of new concept, methodology and proper description of plans. Hegde also had to show his past history, publications and contribution to science.
The grant is being used to purchase special machinery, chemicals, microscopes and computer software to analyze data. Money will also pay the salary of a postdoctoral Research Fellow and stipends for undergraduates to continue their work in the summer.
Four students currently work with Hegde. Senior biology major William Anda of Peachtree City said he’s excited to join Hegde’s team, because the research is “completely unique.”
Students will study the brains of mice, which have largely the same gene composition as humans. They will examine pathways that turn on genes in nerve cells and measure changes in electrical communication along pathways between nerve cells.
U.S. Patent #9,441,993 was issued Tuesday, Sept. 13, giving Georgia College ownership of McGill’s new theory: the “Conduit Bound Propagation Separation Model.” The method will lead to constructing a better flow-meter to measure fluids in interstate pipelines worth trillions of dollars a day.
The patent brings a new level of distinction to the university, showcasing success in its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, said Kenneth J. Procter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Over the years, undergrads constructed “bits and pieces” of the flow-meter, pushed buttons when directed by computer code and got “just a glimmer of how things work” by graduation. Five students currently collect data. They’ll help write findings in science publications and co-author anything McGill publishes.
About half of all U.S. interstate commerce travels through pipelines. Industries like petroleum, pharmaceutical, chemical and mining must know precisely when materials begin and stop flowing. Businesses can’t afford to lose a single drop of expensive commodities like gasoline, oil, coal slurry or water.
McGill’s students started building a flow-meter in the basement of Herty Hall. They connected microphones to the outside of a pipe, hooked by cables to an elaborate system of knobs, voltage meters and amplifiers that measure sound waves.