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From the Dean: Department Head for Mathematics and Science Education

May 26, 2017 Filed under: dean's office, from the dean

I am pleased to announce that Roger Hill, PhD, has been appointed department head of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, effective 1 August 2017. Please join me in congratulating Roger and thanking him for his willingness to serve in this important role.

Best regards,

Craig H. Kennedy, PhD
Dean and Professor

USG guidance for House Bill 280

May 25, 2017 Filed under: Dean's office

Below please see the guidance from the University System Chancellor regarding the implementation of House Bill 280. The law takes effect July 1.

Please direct your questions about this bill to

TO: The University System of Georgia Community
FROM: Chancellor Steve Wrigley
DATE: May 24, 2017
RE: House Bill 280

House Bill 280, commonly known as the "campus carry" legislation, will take effect on July 1. I understand that many of you have strong feelings about this bill. Yet, whether you opposed or supported the legislation, it will soon be state law, and I respectfully ask everyone to exercise patience, understanding, and respect as we implement it. We all share the same goal of ensuring a safe campus environment. We should work together to implement the law as written and thoughtfully address any complications that may arise.

Below are guidelines developed by the Office of Legal Affairs for the implementation of House Bill 280 that must be followed on all University System campuses beginning on July 1.

While current law already allows license-holders to keep weapons secured in motor vehicles, beginning on July 1, House Bill 280 will allow anyone who is properly licensed in the State of Georgia to carry a handgun in a concealed manner on property owned or leased by public colleges and universities, with some exceptions as explained below. It will not allow any other type of gun to be carried around campus; nor will it allow handguns to be carried openly. (House Bill 280 does not apply, however, to institution-sponsored events or excursions away from campus on property not owned or leased by a University System institution.)

The statute defines concealed as "carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others." A license-holder therefore may carry a handgun while it is substantially ("but not necessarily completely") covered by an article of clothing he or she is wearing, or contained within a bag ("of a nondescript nature") he or she is carrying, or in another similar manner that generally keeps it out of the view of others.

There are a number of exceptions to the new law that limit the places on campus where handguns may be carried. Even license-holders may not carry a handgun into the following locations on college/university-owned or leased property:

  • Buildings and property used for athletic sporting events. This exception includes stadiums, gymnasiums and similar facilities in which intercollegiate games are staged (but does not extend to so-called "tailgating" areas where fans may congregate outside the gates of the sports facility). It does not extend to student recreation centers and similar facilities that are not used for intercollegiate games.

  • Student housing facilities including residence halls and similar buildings where students live such as fraternity and sorority houses. (Note that any housing that is not on property owned or leased by a University System institution is not covered by House Bill 280.)

  • Spaces—including any room, continuous collection of rooms or outdoor facility—that are used for preschool or childcare. In order to qualify, preschool and childcare spaces must have controlled access (meaning access via personnel stationed at the door or an electronic mechanism) limited to authorized people.

  • Rooms and other spaces during the times when they are being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled, whether through dual enrollment and programs such as Move On When Ready or through college and career academies or other specialized programs such as Early College. License-holders who want to carry handguns to class will need to visit the institution's registrar or other designated employee, who after verifying their enrollment status will tell them which of their classes, if any, have high school students enrolled. Institutions shall not, however, keep any listing of those who inquire. (Note also that the names of enrolled high school students may not be revealed in accordance with applicable privacy laws.) It is the responsibility of license-holders to seek out this information and make themselves aware of which classrooms fall within this exception.

  • Faculty, staff, and administrative offices. This exception includes offices and office suites occupied by faculty, staff and administrators but does not include more general public common spaces outside of those areas.

  • Rooms during the times when they are being used for disciplinary proceedings of any kind, including those regarding students, faculty, or staff. These would include any meetings or hearings that are part of the University System's or the institution's sexual misconduct, student conduct, dispute resolution, grievance, appeals or similar processes.

Under the new law, it is a misdemeanor crime for a license-holder to carry a handgun "in a manner or in a building, property, room, or space in violation of" these provisions. Doing so also may be a violation of the institution's student code of conduct and personnel rules. It will be the responsibility of those license-holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and to understand where they can go while carrying. Institutions will not provide gun storage facilities or erect signs outside restricted areas.

Each institution will need to review its campus conduct and weapons policies to ensure that they comply with these changes to the law. While House Bill 280 provides for specific exceptions where handguns may not go, it does not give individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses. Institutions therefore may not place additional restrictions or prohibitions on the carrying of handguns beyond those contained in the law. Neither should anyone else attempt to interfere with the ability of license-holders to carry concealed handguns on campus.

It is incumbent upon each of us to follow the law. Students, faculty, and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns. Only law enforcement personnel, including the University System's more than 800 POST-certified officers, will be responsible for enforcing the law. If others have concerns or questions, they should contact their campus law enforcement departments. In the coming weeks, the University System Office of Safety and Security will be providing training to campus law enforcement officers.

Our mission remains unchanged before and after July 1. Thank you for all that you do for the University System of Georgia.

Letters of inquiry for William T Grant Foundation grants due Aug, 2

May 25, 2017 Filed under: research office

William T. Grant Foundation Research Grant Program will begin accepting letters of inquiry in early June up till Aug. 2.

The foundation funds research that increases understanding in one of two focus areas:

The foundation seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas, and it intends for the research it supports to inform change. While it does not expect that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.

Contact Grace Thornton if you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity.

New NIH podcast is 'All About Grants'

May 25, 2017 Filed under: research office

Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others who are curious about the application and award process, a new National Institutes of Health-based podcast, All About Grants, provides insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Listen as members of the Office of Extramural Research talk with NIH staff members about the ins and outs of funding. Episodes are available as mp3s for download via iTunes or via RSS feed.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting to know NIH and the grants process
  • Preparing a successful grant application
  • Advice for new and early-career scientists
  • Submitting your application
  • How grants are reviewed
  • Life as an NIH grantee
  • A look at NIH's appendix policy

Upcoming CCSD-UGA Research Proposal Workshop

May 23, 2017 Filed under: research office

Clarke County School District - UGA Guidance for submitting research proposals workshop

  • Tuesday, June 20
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Aderhold Hall Room G10A

Activities: Review Clarke County School District and UGA protocols for preparing and submitting a research study proposal to CCSD

Faculty and students who plan to submit research proposals to CCSD are required to attend one time.

Workshops open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Please contact Grace Thornton, CCSD liaison for UGA, to reserve a seat.

Office for Proposal Enhancement offers summer grant series

May 23, 2017 Filed under: research office

Faculty are invited to register for a series of six workshops offered by the Office for Proposal Enhancement, which are designed to help UGA faculty prepare strong research funding applications.

Sessions will be 3-4:30 p.m. on Fridays beginning June 9 (unless otherwise noted). Download more information for details on the sessions.

Register online.

Pivot Training: UGA Researcher Profiles and Funding Opportunity Alerts, June 9

May 23, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements, research office

Pivot is a user-friendly database of more than 25,000 funding opportunities from sponsors across all disciplines. UGA faculty, postdocs, students, and staff can search the database and create custom email funding alerts. Pivot also enables researchers to identify others with particular research expertise, inside or outside UGA. The Pivot database includes pre-populated profiles for UGA researchers.

The UGA Libraries and Office for Proposal Enhancement are offering a workshop at 11 a.m. June 9 in the main library to show you the ropes and get you set up with tailored funding searches and email alerts.

Email Rebecca Terns to sign up. For general assistance with Pivot, email Ian Thomas.

Taco Wednesday: Taqueria 1785 food truck stops at Aderhold Hall today

May 23, 2017 Filed under: staff representative group, coe events

The Staff Representative Group has organized a visit to Aderhold Hall by the Taqueria 1785 Food Truck.

  • Wednesday, May 24
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Aderhold Hall lower parking lot

See the menu online.

Important Information about the new UGA Libraries' catalog

May 23, 2017 Filed under: curriculum materials library

We have begun the transition to our new library catalog.

  • This week, May 22-26, you will need your UGA ID card to charge materials. We won't be able to look you up using your driver's license. We will ONLY be able to scan the barcode on your UGA ID card. No card. No borrowing. No kidding.
  • The New Books List from the Curriculum Materials Library is discontinued until further notice.
  • The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed all of Memorial Day weekend. That is Saturday-Monday, May 27-29. If you need to check hours, you can visit the UGA Libraries' homepage and scroll down to the CML. Also, see our blog.
  • Interlibrary Loan prefers that you please return items to the library where you picked up your book(s). If you were a Science Library ILL customer and you now would like to pick up your materials at the CML, you can change your pickup location in your ILL account. To do this, log in to your ILL account (using your COMPLETE UGA ID barcode number) and on the opening page at the bottom of the left column, you'll see Tools/Change User Information. You can make us your preferred delivery and return location.

Please feel free to email us questions.

New leadership and faculty development programs

May 18, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements

The Office of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce new programs for all UGA faculty offered this summer and throughout the academic year. Topics and delivery formats are varied, and include personnel management, scholarly writing, and leadership skills. See descriptions below, or for more details you may visit the website or download a flier. Advance registration is required or highly recommended for all summer programs.

Also, please note that Faculty Affairs' director of programming, Susanna Calvert, is available to provide executive coaching as well as individualized programming for schools and departments upon request.

There is no cost for faculty members or units to participate in these programs.

1. Summer Faculty Learning Series: Revive, Reflect, Re-Connect

  • Open to all faculty
  • Half- to full-day workshops in May and June
  • Wide range of topics related to faculty success; visit the website for details
  • Registration highly recommended

2. Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice

  • Open to all faculty
  • Full day workshop on May 30 followed by short meetings every two weeks throughout the summer
  • Advanced registration required

3. Faculty Summer Leadership Institute

  • Future, emerging, or established faculty leaders at any track, level, or rank at UGA are encouraged to apply
  • Full-day workshops July 11-14 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Application and nomination are required, due May 24

4. Aspire Faculty Fellows Program

  • Open to associate professors, tenured and untenured, and mid-career faculty on any track, including offsite faculty who want to work toward an aspirational goal in a structured environment
  • Year-long program consisting of a monthly three-hour meeting/workshop from August to May
  • Application and nomination required, due June 12

For questions or appointments, please contact Susanna Calvert.

UGA co-sponsoring human research community forum July 18-19

May 18, 2017 Filed under: research office

UGA, Emory, Georgia State University, and Georgia Southern University will join Augusta University and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protection to host the research community forum "Navigating a River of Change: Bringing Research Up to Par." The event takes place in Augusta July 18-19.

The workshop will feature interactive presentations on a range of topics related to Health and Human Services regulations, including discussion of the revised Common Rule. The conference will include break-out sessions covering a research topics such as central IRBs and related issues, genetics research, online consent, and reporting concerns. Connect with human research professionals from across the country and learn about the regulations directly from OHRP staff—don't miss out! Continuing Education Units will be available.

Register online —you may choose one- or two-day options.

Office of Online Learning hosts drop-in course support next week

May 18, 2017 Filed under: faculty announcements

If you are planning to teach an online course this summer, the Office of Online Learning is hosting two drop-in sessions to help with your course design. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, May 22, and Thursday, May 25. Get help with course design and have your questions answered!

The Office of Online Learning is located on the second floor of the Bank of American Building at Clayton and Lumpkin streets in downtown Athens (enter through the side door on Clayton and take the elevator up).

New library catalog/service disruptions

May 18, 2017 Filed under: curriculum materials library

As a reminder, the Libraries, as part of a statewide effort, are installing a new library catalog system at the end of May. Some services will be disrupted, but will return after the new system is in place. GIL-Express is currently unavailable, but will return May 26. May 19 is the last day to request book delivery between UGA on-campus libraries. This service will also be restored May 26. Patrons will still be able to return and charge books throughout the transition. Interlibrary Loan is happy to supply books that patrons would normally request through GILExpress. Thank you for your patience during this period. Please direct questions to Carla Wilson Buss or phone the CML on 2-2957.

Staff Representative Group presents College's spring picnic, Years of Service Awards today

May 16, 2017 Filed under: staff representative group

Today, Wednesday, May 17, College of Education staff members are invited for an afternoon event of recognition and socializing. This annual spring picnic includes the Years of Service Awards, which honor staff members who have completed service to the College in increments of five consecutive years. The ceremony takes place in Ramsey Student Center Room 205-206. Food and games will follow on the Ramsey Patio.


  • 11:30 a.m.: Years of Service Awards ceremony
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Food provided by Marti's at Midday, fun, and games on the outdoor patio at Ramsey

Staff members recognized for their service are:

5 years of service:

  • Gregory Ashley
  • Carolyn Burroughs
  • Vivian Hermitano
  • Nikki Williams
  • Jen Williams

10 years of service:

  • Linda Dunbar
  • Pat Hill
  • Stacy Isbell
  • Melissa Montalvo
  • Keith Morgan
  • Peter Norris

15 years of service:

  • Andy Garber
  • Michael Wisenbaker

20 years of service:

  • Ron Braxley

25 years of service:

  • Alan Hinson

30 years of service:

  • Kate Character

UGA Internal Competition - Pew Biomedical Scholars

May 16, 2017 Filed under: research office

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

Based on their performance during their education and training, candidates should demonstrate outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Risk-taking is encouraged.

The Pew Charitable Trusts invite participating institutions to nominate one candidate to apply for this program. If you are interested in being nominated for this program, please view the full announcement. The internal deadline for this competition is June 9, 2017.

Please notify Grace Thornton if you plan to apply.