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Materials Seminar Series to start Friday

Over the past 20 to 25 years, the world has witnessed a major health crisis as a result of the dramatic increase in the emergence of multiple drug resistant pathogenic microorganisms (MDROs).

This emergence has resulted in a growing ineffectiveness of current antibiotic therapies. In turn, this has also stimulated a renewed interest in the development of new antibiotics that similarly adapt.

As part of the Materials Seminar Series, Dr. Rickey Hicks, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, will present “Antimicrobial Peptides: Design, Biological Evaluation and Biophysical Characterization or the search for a SMART DRUG,” on Friday Sept. 11 from 4 -5 p.m. in Room W1002 of the Science Hall on the Summerville Campus.

Attendance is open to the public.

For more information on the Materials Seminar Series, please contact Dr. Trinanjan Datta (tdatta@gru.edu), Dr. Christopher Klug (cklug@gru.edu) or Dr. Shaobin Miao (smiao@gru.edu).

The Materials Seminar Series is sponsored by the Georgia Regents Research Institute, the College of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

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.

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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

Hicks named Dean of College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Rickey Hicks
Dr. Rickey Hicks

Dr. Rickey Hicks, Chair and Professor in the Department of Chemistry at East Carolina University, has been named Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Regents University. He will assume his new role Jan. 2, 2014.

“With nearly 30 years’ experience in academic, industrial, and government settings, Dr. Hicks’ experience and knowledge will be a terrific asset to the university,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “I am grateful to Dr. Sam Robinson for his service in the interim and to the search committee for their diligence throughout this process.”

As Chair at ECU, Hicks helped to raise more than $350,000 for laboratory equipment upgrades and the establishment of an Undergraduate Teaching Assistants program; and more than $100,000 for endowed scholarships. He also established the department’s first external advisory board composed of local business leaders.

Prior to joining ECU in 2006, Hicks served as Chief of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the world’s largest military biomedical research facility. He also previously held positions at Mississippi State University and Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Georgia Regents University and the Augusta community,” Hicks said. “It is a great honor and privilege to serve as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.  I look forward to working with university faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and the citizens of Augusta to provide a world-class educational experience for our students and to grow this college as a resource for our community and the State of Georgia.”

In addition to his antimicrobial peptide chemistry research, other funded projects include the development of therapeutic agents to protect soldiers and others from biological warfare agents. Hicks is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science and Technology. He holds five patents and has been published in 47 scientific journals.  He received a doctoral degree in organic chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hicks named Dean of College of Science and Mathematics

Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Rickey Hicks, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Rickey Hicks, Chair and Professor in the Department of Chemistry at East Carolina University, has been named Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Regents University. He will assume his new role January 2, 2014.

 “With nearly 30 years’ experience in academic, industrial, and government settings, Dr. Hicks’ experience and knowledge will be a terrific asset to the university,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “I am grateful to Dr. Sam Robinson for his service in the interim and to the search committee for their diligence throughout this process.”

 As Chair at ECU, Hicks helped to raise more than $350,000 for laboratory equipment upgrades and the establishment of an Undergraduate Teaching Assistants program; and more than $100,000 for endowed scholarships. He also established the department’s first external advisory board composed of local business leaders.

 Prior to joining ECU in 2006, Hicks served as Chief of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the world’s largest military biomedical research facility. He also previously held positions at Mississippi State University and Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation.

 “I am grateful for the opportunity to join Georgia Regents University and the Augusta community,” Hicks said. “It is a great honor and privilege to serve as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.  I look forward to working with university faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and the citizens of Augusta to provide a world-class educational experience for our students and to grow this college as a resource for our community and the State of Georgia.”

 In addition to his antimicrobial peptide chemistry research, other funded projects include the development of therapeutic agents to protect soldiers and others from biological warfare agents. Hicks is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Membrane Science and Technology. He holds five patents and has been published in 47 scientific journals.  He received a doctoral degree in organic chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 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