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Sutherland to lead research efforts for College of Science and Mathematics

AUGUSTA, Ga.- John Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Physics at East Carolina University, has been named the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for Georgia Regents University’s College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1.

He will serve as director of GRU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and as a liaison between the college and government agencies.

”Dr. Sutherland is an accomplished researcher who has demonstrated expert leadership in guiding innovation in higher education and science,” said Rickey Hicks, Dean of GRU’s College of Science and Mathematics. “His ability to not only manage research teams, but to promote an academic environment that advances discovery, makes him the perfect choice to guide our college’s research efforts.”

For 13 years, Sutherland served at ECU in various capacities, including Chair of the Department of Physics and Interim Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to that, Sutherland taught and conducted research at numerous institutions including the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also held tenured faculty positions at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving a tour as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Sutherland is an award-winning physicist who has been recognized for inventing the IMAGESystem – the first charged-coupled device electronic imaging system for recording fluorescence from electrophoretic gels – and the Fluorescence Omnilyzer – a single-photon counting system that records simultaneously the wavelength, time-of-arrival, and polarization of each detected photon. He has completed several fellowships and has been published in more than 150 publications.

Sutherland earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in physics from Georgia Tech. He received a postdoctoral degree in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu

Hive highlights vital role of honey bees

The United States’ honey bee population has been in steep decline over the last decade or more, and a special addition to Georgia Regents University is teaching students how to be part of the solution .

In April, Facilities Management Maintenance Supervisor Tim Dobbs installed an observation bee hive in the Shetfall-Cleckley Greenhouse at GRU’s Summerville Campus in collaboration with Biology Professor Donna Wear with the hope that students learn and see firsthand how integral the honey bee is to the earth’s ecological system.

This spring, Professor Wear’s Evolutionary Biology class was the first group to visit the observation hive.

“Mr. Dobbs presented a brief lecture about honey bees to my students, after which they were able to observe sociobiology in action,” Professor Wear said. “They were all enthusiastic about the learning experience.”

“Honey bees are fascinating social organisms from both an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Pollinators are crucial to our global production of food. In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honey bee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Professor Wear said.

The insect’s vital role in food production is why their disappearance is so concerning. Just last week, the White House outlined its strategy to strengthen the nation’s struggling honey bee and monarch butterfly populations, calling for expanding the acreage devoted to the flowers crucial to the bees’ and butterflies’ survival.

Scientists have yet to isolate a single cause of the honey bees’ demise, called colony collapse disorder, but a certain type of pesticides introduced in the 1990s has been known to interfere with a bee’s homing ability.

“Honey bees are very important to our livelihood. They’re a beneficial bug,” said Dobbs. “I am really proud Professor Wear wanted to do this.”

Dobbs built the Greenhouse’s observation hive himself with a blueprint purchased online. He then stocked the hive with approximately 10,000 bees and checks it once or twice a week. Observers can easily see the worker bees and drone bees performing their respective duties in the hive and, if you’re lucky, watch the queen lay her eggs.

Dobbs has been a bee enthusiast since he was a young boy, and built his first hive 30 years ago.

“Mr. Dobbs has been a beekeeper for many years, and even he has witnessed bee behavior in the observation hive that he had never before been able to observe. The observation hive provides a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity for students of all ages, who need to be reminded of the ecological processes that feed us,” Professor Wear said.

Graduation celebrations and hooding ceremonies

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address infant mortality in developing countries.

Each of GRU’s nine colleges will hold year-end ceremonies as follows:

  • College of Science and Mathematics Graduation Reception, 10 a.m., May 8, Science Hall Atrium, Summerville Campus; Psychology Hooding Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., May 7, The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street
  • Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 7, The Augusta Convention Center, 2 10th St.
  • College of Nursing Convocation , 3 p.m., May 7, GRU Christenberry Fieldhouse
  • College of Education, 4:30 p.m., May 7, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony; 6 p.m., May 7, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
  • Hull College of Business Graduation Reception, 6 p.m., May 7, Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
  • College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 8, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduation Celebration; 9 a.m., May 8, GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Summerville Campus; ROTC Officer Commissioning Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 7, GRU Maxwell Theatre, Summerville Campus
  • College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 8, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

GRU’s Student Government Association will also hold an Undergraduate Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the GRU Summerville Quad on the Summerville Campus.

For more information on graduation activities, call GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 706-721-1411, or visit gru.edu/students/graduation/


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  gru.edu


GRU Master Plan proposes blurring the lines between campuses

A renaissance at Georgia Regents University will begin by blurring the lines between the Health Sciences Campus and the Summerville Campus, as envisioned by the 10-year Master Plan unveiled last week.

In order to do that, the plan, still in draft form, proposes migrating the College of Science and Mathematics to the Health Sciences Campus from the Summerville Campus. The College currently occupies 81,000 square feet total between Science Hall and Allgood Hall; if the College is relocated, that vacated square footage would be backfilled with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Business and the College of Education.

Science Hall could even become an academic commons with office space, open class and lab space, a bookstore and café and study/collaboration space.

Campus planners SmithGroupJJR presented that proposed scenario and several others last week to students, faculty and staff in a series of town hall meetings on the Master Plan.

“You need to come away from this knowing there is a bright future,” said Doug Kozma, SmithGroupJJR Principal.

A candidate location for the new College of Science and Mathematics is on what is now Goss Lane, adjacent to the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.

The College’s migration means that some students would take classes on each campus, no matter their major, according to SmithGroupJJR, and help foster the feeling that Georgia Regents University is one university and not one campus versus another campus.

The Master Plan also envisions that Georgia Regents University will transition from a commuter campus to a residence campus with the institution’s goal of housing 26 percent of the student population on campus in the next 10 years. A major step toward meeting that goal will happen this summer when ground is broken for a new 709-bed student housing complex behind the Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus.

The new complex, with 404 undergraduate beds and 305 graduate beds, will be open for fall 2016.

It would share a quadrangle with the College of Science of Mathematics, Education Commons and College of Dental Medicine. The quadrangle would be filled with trees, paved walking and bike paths and a pedestrian mall, according to the Master Plan. That area is currently Lot 10, the gravel parking lot of front of Education Commons.

Enhanced by the improvements that are set to take place this summer, including the narrowing to two lanes from four, Laney Walker Boulevard would become a robust research corridor by mixing new translational research facilities with existing facilities.

The south side quadrangle would be mirrored by another on the north side of campus bordered by the Ronald McDonald House, Health Sciences Building and Greenblatt Library.

A good deal of surface parking would be eliminated and those spaces relocated to new parking decks on R.A. Dent Boulevard and on 15th Street. The Medical Office Building deck on Harper Street would be expanded, as well.

“It’s aspirational but doable,” Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Business Officer Tony Wagner said. “It’s not pie in the sky.”

SmithGroupJJR expects to have the Master Plan finalized in the next two to three months.

ADP names 29 GRU students as scholars

Automated Data Processing (ADP), an American provider of business outsourcing solutions, has named 29 students from Georgia Regents University to be among the company’s 2015 scholars.

The scholarships are funded through a $700,500 three-year grant from ADP to Georgia Regents University, Paine College, and Augusta Technical College to enhance science education and to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and STEM-related fields.
In addition to scholarships, ADP also provides funding support for tutorial centers to help GRU students excel in rigorous STEM disciplines.
“We are grateful for ADP’s investment in the STEM education efforts taking place at each our institutions,” says Dr. Thomas Gardiner, Associate Dean of GRU’s College of Science and Mathematics. “The company’s generosity shows just how much they are about the success of our students, our state, and our nation.”
Below is a complete list of GRU’s 2015 ADP Scholars:

Atique Alam, third-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Phillip Armstrong, first –year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Berkeley Bolin, second-year ADP Scholar, Biology


Shelby Buckner, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Lindsey Burden, second -year ADP Scholar, Physics

Genevieve Coe, first -year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Stephanie Cipollone, third- year ADP Scholar, Mathematics and Psychology

Phillip Dukes, second-year ADP Scholar, Management Information Systems

Christopher Evans, first-year ADP Scholar, Computer Science

Kyle Finnegan, first -year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Bailey Fisher, second-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Robert Fisher, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Kyle Gebhard-,fourth-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry and Math

Oluwaseyi Jibade, second-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Courtney Johnson, third-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Keri Jones,second-year ADP Scholar, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Kevan Khaksarfard, second-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Rachel Latremouille, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Juliette Lynn, first-year ADP Scholar, Math

Murray Macnamara, first-year ADP Scholar, Math and Physics

Marjorie Marchman, first -year ADP Scholar, Biology

Rebekah Martin, second-year ADP Scholar, Computer Science

James O’Meara, second-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Tanner Mobley, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Alexander Price, second-year ADP Scholar, Physics

Kaitlyn Rouillard, first-year ADP Scholar, Chemistry

Ashton Stallings, first-year ADP Scholar, Biology

Yat Wang Ying, third-year ADP Scholar, Mathematics

STEM Career Connect Day

The Savannah Rivers Scholars Program at Georgia Regents University will host a Career Connect Day on Friday, Mar. 6,  from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., in Allgood Hall room N-126. This event will give students the opportunity to interact  and gain career advice from a panel of professionals in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This program is sponsored by GRU’s College of Science and Mathematics. For more information, contact Dr. Andy Hauger at jhauger@gru.edu.

Materials Research Seminar Series begins

The College of Science and Mathematics will kick off its Materials Research Seminar Series with a presentation by Dr. Valentino valentino-cooperCooper, a Research and Development staff member for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This free event will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in room E-1049 in Science Hall on the Summerville Campus.

In this presentation, Cooper will discuss exploring the structure-function relationship in complex oxides.

For more information and for a complete schedule of the seminar series, visit gru.edu/colleges/scimath/chemistryandphysics/materials-thursday.php

College update: What’s new around campus

From new programs to new people, the colleges around campus have some exciting new changes for the faculty and students for the fall.

College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences is excited about the new school year and what the college has to offer students, both returning and new. One of the big changes is the appointment of Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan as Associate Dean for Research.

“Under Dr. Akinwuntan’s energetic leadership, our college has seen remarkable growth in research productivity, value, support, and financial sustainability,” said Dr. Andrew Balas, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. “I am delighted to support the review committee’s unanimous decision to make his position permanent.”

Also a CAHS Advisory Board has been developed that will inform strategic planning for the college, including development and implementation of short- and long-term goals, community outreach and service, and to garner support for education and research.

Upcoming events:

  • Dean’s State of the College Address – Sept. 23
  • Allied Health Professions Week – Nov. 3-7
  • Dean’s Research Seminar Series (ongoing) – Mark Tarr, EVP/COO of HealthSouth, Aug. 28
  • White Coat Ceremony – Family Day, Oct. 11, for Medical Laboratory Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy
  • Pinning Ceremony – Family Day, Oct. 11, for Occupational Therapy

New faces and people in new places include:

  • Ana Thompson named Department Chair in Dental Hygiene
  • Pam Kearney named Occupational Therapy Program Director
  • Director Mallory Lanier is the first faculty hired for the new Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Director Amanda Behr with the Clinic for Prosthetic Restoration that is opening
College of Dental Medicine

As the College of Dental Medicine expands its class size from 80 current first-year students to 85 incoming freshmen this fall, it will hold classes in the brand-new Education Commons building, with its state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, two large flexible classrooms, a café, student lounge, and a variety of study environments to accommodate up to 300 students.

The College will educate 320 students total in all four classes – on the way to a goal of 400 total students by 2016. In the past 45 years, 2,254 DMDs have earned their degrees.

New Vice Dean Named

Dr. Kevin Frazier, Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, has been appointed Vice Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, effective Aug. 11. Dr. Frazier currently teaches in the department and maintains a general practice in the Dental Associates clinic.

New Faculty

  • Dr. Maria Paula Gandolfi Paranhos, Instructor, Department of General Dentistry
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hodd, Assistant Professor, Department of General Dentistry
  • Dr. Amany Tawfik, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology-Anatomy
College of Education

The College of Education is proud to announce five new certificate programs: Sport Coaching, Active Aging, Health Professions Educator, Advanced Counselor Education, and Advanced School Counseling, and we expect to launch our new EdD in 2015. The College’s Literacy Center has also gained national recognition from the National Reading Styles Institute. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science has joined the American Kinesiology Association. We are leading the redesign of educator preparation programs with an innovative pilot program, in conjunction with Richmond County Schools, for teachers in training. To combat math illiteracy in girls and to introduce girls to college and career possibilities, Women in Philanthropy awarded the GRU Literacy Center a grant to host the Path 2 Math 4 Girls yearlong mathematics camp for girls in grades 5 to 8 in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke counties. Path 2 Math 4 Girls will begin Aug. 16 and run through March.

For the second year, the Georgia Regents University College of Education’s Instructional Resource Center will partner with the CSRA Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) to provide area media specialists with technology training, professional collaboration, and networking opportunities. Workshops will be Sept. 16, Nov. 18, and Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in University Hall, room 221, on the GRU Summerville Campus. The college will also host a Teaching With Primary Sources workshop, sponsored in part by Waynesburg University, on Oct. 11. The professional development workshop helps teachers use a rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.

New faculty

  • Cody Morris
  • Christopher (Chris) Mojock
  • Rebecca Stone
  • Dr. Margaux Brown
  • Dr. Kathryn Henderson
  • Dr. Megan Buning (as of Jan. 2014)
  • Dr. Denise Lenares-Solomon (as of Nov. 2013)
  • Nicoetta (Niki) Christodoulou
  • Mary (Molly) Quinn

Returning faculty, after a one-year leave of absence

  • Dr. Laura Russ
College of Nursing

After 70 years of excellence and innovation in academic nursing at GRU and legacies, we are embarking on an exciting journey into the College of Nursing’s eighth decade. This fall, we realize our largest enrollment to date with more than 800 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students taking classes online, here in Augusta and on our Athens campus. For the first three years, we will focus on building the next generation of faculty who will usher nursing education into the future. A cadre of technologically savvy teachers, researchers, and practitioners will embrace the best practices in classroom pedagogy to lead emerging trends in health care. Together, we will ensure the success of our “Eighth Decade” continuing in a tradition of excellence and with an eye toward innovation.

Dr. Annette Bourgault assumed the role of interim Assistant Dean for Assessment and Development on Aug. 1. The position will include developing competencies among all employees, initially working with new and seasoned faculty to assess and facilitate development of core teaching competencies.

New Faces

  • Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” NeSmith has been appointed Chair of the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing.
  • Dr. Stephanie Wright has been appointed Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program.
  • Dr. Julie Zadinsky has been appointed Director of the PhD in Nursing Program.
  • Shena Gazaway joined the College of Nursing faculty as Instructor in the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing.
  • Michael Stevenson joined the CON Office of Academic and Student Affairs as Administrator.

Upcoming events

  • White Coat Ceremony: Aug. 22 at 2 p.m., Christenberry Fieldhouse – Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science-Clinical Nurse Leader programs will be presented white coats to mark the beginning of their journey into nursing. Family and friends along with CON faculty and staff will be on hand to celebrate with the honorees.
  • State of the College Address: Oct. 3, 1 p.m. – EC-1210 – Dr. Marion will recap accomplishments of the last year and discuss recent developments and plans for the future of the College of Nursing.
  • 2014 CON Fall Convocation (end of fall semester – date/location TBA) – Will celebrate students completing their programs of study in December.
College of Science and Mathematics

The College of Science and Mathematics welcomes 29 freshmen into the Medical Scholars Program and four into the Dental Scholars Program. These programs attract outstanding students and afford them the opportunity to achieve their BS and MD or BS and DMD degrees in only seven years. In each instance, students will spend their first three years in pursuit of the Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences. The Department has recently hired Elizabeth Gorman to be the Program Manager. She will oversee all aspects of the undergraduate portion.

Coming up, the College will host a Welcome Dinner for the incoming freshman class of Medical and Dental Scholars in the JSAC Ballroom on Monday, Aug 25. And the Department of Chemistry and Physics is co-sponsoring a three-part seminar series titled “Materials Science Research Seminar Series Fall 2014.”

The college also welcomes five new research-intensive, tenure-track faculty:

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Jennifer Bradford — studies NF-kB signaling in breast cancer tumor-associated macrophage communication.

Department of Chemistry and Physics

  • Dr. Iryna Lebedyeva — primary research interest: identification and design of novel chemical entities in early drug discovery.
  • Dr. Theja De Silva — research focuses on developing mathematical models to understand the behavior of condensed matter materials.

Department of Mathematics

  • Eric Numfors — research interests: applied mathematics, mathematical biology & ecology, optimal control, mathematical modeling, immuno-epidemiology, eco-epidemiology, numerical analysis, ordinary & partial differential equations with applications to population and diseases.

Department of Psychological Sciences

  • Laurence Miller — research focus: use of behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroscience techniques to examine mechanisms that mediate the function of brain reward systems, with particular interest in drug abuse and pain.
Hull College of Business

The James M. Hull College of Business is kicking off the fall semester with three new faculty members: Dr. Michael Dugan, The Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair in Accounting; Dr. Kevin Cain, management; and Dr. Harley Eades, computer science.

Hull College has launched and begun recruiting students for the school’s first MBA option aimed specifically for graduates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. The STEM-MBA Option is a 15-month program focused on the management and commercialization of emerging industries in energy, biotechnology, health care, information, and manufacturing technologies.

The business school also has several events planned for the semester including its annual Accounting Week as well as the Russell A. Blanchard Lecturer in Ethics program being held Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. This year’s ethics speaker will be Cynthia Cooper, a best-selling author and former accounting executive at WorldCom who uncovered $9 billion in fraud in the company’s accounting books.

Medical College of Georgia

The Medical College of Georgia, the state’s public medical school, starts the new year with 230 new students – the nation’s eighth largest freshman medical school class – representing nine states and 47 Georgia counties.

“This is a bright, already accomplished, and well-rounded group of medical students, and we are so pleased to have them here,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean.

The Class of 2018 at MCG’s main campus in Augusta will be the first to learn in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons, MCG’s new academic home as well as a state-of-the art facility for interprofessional and dental education. The Education Commons, which should be opening its doors to students in September, will provide a dynamic and eclectic learning environment that includes huge, 300-seat, two-story classrooms; small, intimate learning communities; and an exceptional simulation lab that gives students early, realistic patient experience.

The medical school also starts the new year with a new academic department: the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine headed by neuroscientist Dr. Lin Mei. Also, in the last academic year, nearly 100 new faculty members have been recruited with a broad range of expertise from children’s heart defects to pulmonary biology to systemic fungal infections and immunology.

Students also have an unprecedented number of dual degree offerings. In addition to the longstanding MD/PhD, they can opt for an MD/MBA in collaboration with the Hull College of Business and an MD/MPH in collaboration with The Graduate School. The 40 freshmen at the Medical Partnership campus in Athens, a second, four-year campus in collaboration with the University of Georgia, have dual degree options available through UGA.

The college is also welcoming many exciting new faculty members including:

  • Dr. Jose A. Vazquez, who was named Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and is an expert in systemic fungal infections and bacterial infections.
  • Dr. Gurmukh Singh, who is a Professor of Pathology and is credited with the discovery of two genes in the lung.
  • Dr. W. Chris Sheils, who is a 1972 graduate of the Medical College and member of the Radiation Therapy Center.
  • Dr. Todd Burgbacher, who is the region’s first fellowship-trained emergency medical services physician and is now part of the first-response team managing the worst accidents and disasters in the Augusta area.

Coming up this semester, we have the MCG Alumni Association, Athens Regional Reception, on Aug. 28, the MCG Foundation 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 6, and the White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 11.

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

As always, Pamplin College is flush with activities and excitement in the new school year.

One of the big additions this year will be renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon joining the Music Department as an Artist in Residence. He will also be fundamental in the college’s new Jazz Track being offered this year.

Also around the college, the Byrd Gallery will host an “Artist Activist” showcase, which opened Aug. 14 and focuses on women’s rights, race, poverty, LBGT rights, animal rights, war, environmental change, and the justice system. Events include a talk with artist Sue Coe on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. and the opening reception at 6 p.m.

The Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy is pleased to welcome new faculty members to its ranks. Dr. Andrew Goss joined GRU this July as Chair of the Department. He is a historian of Asia, with a specialty in the history of science, whose research ranges from the history of the Dutch empire in Asia to the workings of the modern pharmaceutical business. The Department is also glad to welcome back Dr. Wendy Turner who, after a year as interim Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, has returned to devote herself to researching and teaching about the history of medicine in Medieval Europe.

In the Political Science Department, the Center for Public Service and the Political Science Club have teamed up to offer TurboVote to GRU students. TurboVote makes it easier than ever to register. Oct. 6 is the last day to register. Students can go to gru.turbovote.org and register online. The Department will be hosting a program the week of Sept. 22 on GRU internships in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Governmental Relations and Career Services. We placed five interns in D.C. this summer and will have one intern during fall 2014.

And in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work, Dr. Jessica Ziembroski is joining us as Director of Social Work. Also, Intimate Partner Violence will be taught as a cross-listed CRJU and PADM Graduate Class for the first time in the fall by Dr. Allison Foley. And Dr. Dave Hunt is teaching one of the Inquiry courses – Food for Sport: Connecting Culture, Sports, and Food.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is looking forward to greeting new and returning graduate students at a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Under the leadership of Dean Watsky, The Graduate School has expanded to acquire an array of gifted faculty and new programs over the last year. Eighty-eight new faculty members were added to the eight colleges now included within The Graduate School.

The Graduate School continues to offer leadership and support to more than 20 master’s, doctoral, and specialist programs in biomedical research, biostatistics, business, nursing, kinesiology, public administration, medical illustration, and psychology. The school is looking forward to another great year and is continually impressed with the staff and faculty who pave the way for students. They lead by example as engaging instructors, mentors, and leaders in research and education. Each goes above and beyond to make The Graduate School at GRU truly “A Fit for Life.”


GRU to host Anacapa Society Conference, Dec. 13-15

Georgia Regents University will host the 3rd Anacapa Society Conference on Dec. 13-15. The conference kicks off with a dinner and keynote address.

The conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Hanna, Chairman and Professor of Physics at Boise State University. He will discuss “Adventures in Growing a Physics Department” on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in The Towers in Washington Hall on the Summerville Campus.

Hanna received his doctorate in physics in condensed-matter theory from Stanford University, where he carried out research on anyon superconductivity. He served as Associate Physics Department Chairman for Strategic Planning from 2001-2009, and as department chairman since 2009. While he remains primarily focused on working with undergraduates in carrying his research, Hanna was also a co-founder of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Biomolecular Sciences at Boise State. This is a novel collaborative program between the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

“In addition to the keynote speech, Dr. Richard Weiner, Program Director from Cottrell Research Corporation, will deliver a talk on Saturday, Dec. 14, on effective grant writing,” said Trinanjan Datta, Associate Professor of Physics at GRU and Conference Chairman. “In total, we will have one invited talk and 25 contributed talks ranging from string theory to biophysics over a span of two days.”

This national conference provides theoretical physicists, who work in primarily undergraduate institutions and departments across the nation, an opportunity to present their research and discuss issues related to theoretical physics.

Registration is $20 and may be paid in cash during check-in at the registration desk. The registration desk will be open prior to the dinner, from 6-7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 13; from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. If you bring a guest, there is an additional cost of $16 for the Friday dinner and $9 for the Saturday lunch.

For more information about the conference, click here.

Datta presents at international conference in China

Dr. Trinanjan Datta
Dr. Trinanjan Datta

Dr. Trinanjan Datta, Associate Professor of Physics, presented an invited talk at the 12th International Conference on Condensed Matter Theory and Computational Materials Science held at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He discussed his research work on spintronics carried out in collaboration with Professor Daoxin Yao and his research group. Datta, who has been visiting Sun Yat-Sen University as a research scholar, highlighted the importance of spin and spatial anisotropy in quantum magnets. Click here to view the published version of the work.

In addition, he has also published a paper, co-authored with undergraduate GRU physics major Simeon Hanks, on the one-fifth depleted Ising model. The work predicts the critical temperature at which this novel magnetic model may lose or retain its magnetism. Click here to link to the publication.