Social Issues / Policy
September 4, 2014 | Research News
News media losing role as gatekeepers to new ‘social mediators’ on Twitter, study finds
The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher.
August 18, 2014 | Research News
New research on ‘deadbeat dads’ offers clues to improve children’s wellbeing
Deadbeat Dads" or absent fathers who don't pay child support are an important contributing factor to child poverty rates. New research from the University of Georgia and Boston College helps explain why.
July 3, 2014 | General News
UGA innovation lab participates in Clinton Foundation’s launch of Haiti peanut depot
June 2, 2014 | General News
Climatologists available to comment on EPA power plant regulations
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposed regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. According to the EPA, one-third of greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity generation, and coal-the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel-is responsible for the majority of that. The new regulations ask existing plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030. The rule will go into effect in June 2016, following a one-year comment period.
April 11, 2014 | Research News
Small retail grocers, improved transit might be key to shrinking ‘food deserts’
Food deserts—a term used for geographical areas where healthy food is inaccessible or prohibitively expensive—are connected to high rates of obesity and diet-related diseases. A new University of Georgia study says that smaller and mid-sized retail stores may be the best solution to shrinking these deserts.
April 8, 2014 | Events on Campus
UGA’s Talarico lecture to focus on security threats in the 21st century
Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing of the Los Angeles Police Department will deliver the fifth annual Susette M. Talarico lecture April 15 at 11 a.m. in the North Tower of the Miller Learning Center. His lecture, titled "Policing Convergent Threats in the 21st Century," is free and open to the public.
March 31, 2014 | General News
Journalist who reported Edward Snowden leaks named 2014 McGill Medal winner
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist most-associated with coverage of U.S. government surveillance records leaked by Edward Snowden, is this year's recipient of the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.
March 25, 2014 | Honors & Awards
Media Advisory: Athens-Clarke Commission to recognize Athens Peer Court
The Athens-Clarke County Commission will recognize Athens Peer Court during the regular commission meeting, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber. Representatives from Athens Peer Court-including juvenile court personnel, University of Georgia faculty and students, and approximately 10 youth volunteers-will be present to receive the honor.
March 19, 2014 | Events on Campus
Co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center to speak at UGA
Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will deliver the third annual Donald L. Hollowell Lecture on April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Mahler Auditorium of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
March 18, 2014 | Events on Campus
Political strategist and commentator to deliver 14th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture
Donna Brazile, vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee and former chair of the committee's Voting Rights Institute, will deliver the 14th annual Mary Frances Early Lecture April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus.
March 10, 2014 | Events on Campus
Emory law professor to speak at UGA about child welfare in Georgia
Melissa Carter, a member of Emory University's law faculty and executive director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, will present a lecture March 26 at 11 a.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.
February 13, 2014 | Events on Campus
Symposium brings art, community together to contemplate contemporary aging
The University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art bring together art and community for a symposium focused on "Contemplating Aging." The event will be held on Feb. 23 from 2:30-5 p.m. at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art Inc., 160 Tracy St., Unit 4.
February 11, 2014 | Events on Campus
‘An Encounter with Lillian Smith’ to be presented at UGA Libraries Feb. 22
Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum will present a "Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith," a solo performance drawn largely from unpublished autobiographical writings by the author. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow.
February 10, 2014 | Expert Voice
UGA law prof available for comment on USPS financial services proposal
A new proposal by the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General suggests the agency could offer financial services, and a University of Georgia faculty member and expert on the subject, Mehrsa Baradaran, says this could be beneficial to underbanked consumers and those on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale.
February 3, 2014 | General News
UGA study finds volunteering increases workers’ job performance
Volunteerism is on the rise in the U.S., with more than a quarter of Americans engaging in charitable work. But how do all the hours spent working for free affect workers' on-the-job performance?