GSU to help launch program for young professionals
Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Administration is working with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to help young professionals start their careers and contribute to their communities. COBA’s Graduate Business Programs will be the principle sponsor for the first meeting of LaunchSAVANNAH on June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Savannah. …LaunchSAVANNAH will serve as a primary resource for emerging leaders ages 22-40 with monthly events offering a mix of professional development, civic and cultural community involvement and workshops. “This is a tremendous networking opportunity, and Georgia Southern is proud to be part of helping this next generation of leaders become successful,” said Bill Wells, interim COBA dean.
New Members Join Africa Atlanta 2014 International Board
By Phil Bolton
Haskell Ward, a noted authority on Africa who is originally from Griffin and served as deputy assistant secretary of state with special responsibilities for the U.S.’s relations with Africa, has joined the international board of Africa Atlanta 2014, which is based at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is joined on the board by his wife, Leah Ward Sears, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and now leader of applellate practice of the law firm Schiff Hardin LLC. “Leah Ward Sears and Haskell Ward bring to the International Advisory Board precisely the kind of contemporary trans-Atlantic cultural and economic connections that we are showcasing through Africa Atlanta 2014,” the event’s co-chair, Jacqueline J. Royster, dean of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, told Global Atlanta, “We are very pleased to have their expertise as part of our efforts to guide and grow this initiative.”
Ga. student sues Board of Regents for budget docs
ATLANTA (AP) — A former student journalist at Georgia Perimeter College filed a lawsuit Monday against the university system’s Board of Regents, saying it failed to produce documents under the state’s open records law. David Schick, past editor of the student newspaper, had been seeking records related to the college’s $25 million budget shortfall and layoffs in 2012. Schick is seeking an injunction compelling the university system to comply with his requests. The lawsuit filed in Fulton County claims the university system has not produced all the records requested and engaged in “obstruction, delay and at times outright misrepresentations.”
Georgia Perimeter College student sues Board of Regents for budget documents
Body found on Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College
By Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A body discovered on the campus of Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston early Monday is being investigated as a homicide, state authorities said. GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the body discovered about 7 a.m. Monday by a passerby “in a grassy area approximately 30 feet from the sidewalk” was that of a black man apparently in his 20s. Lang said an ID had been found near the body, but she couldn’t say anything else about the subject.
Body found at Georgia Perimeter College
Atlanta’s Top Entrepreneurs
By Chip Rogers
The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Business Chronicle have identified their Business Person of the Year award winners. 150 nominations were made for categories that include different stages of entrepreneurs. According to a press release from the Chamber the award winners include:
Four individuals from universities also received recognition as “Startups to Watch”: …
• Tad Spencer, Owner, Tad’s Tasty Treats, Kennesaw State University With a background in business, Spencer is living his passion by creating dessert pastries, breakfast breads and other baked goods for restaurants, caterers and corporate continental breakfasts.
• Steve Dickerson, Founder & Chairman, SoftWear Automation, Inc., Georgia Tech In an effort to keep sewing costs down, SoftWear Automation has developed a patented technology for the sewn products industry.
• Erika Tyburski, Research Specialist/Biomedical Engineer, AnemoCheck , Emory University & Georgia Tech AnemoCheck is a device that has the ability to test for anemia in your own home, eliminating the costs of a doctor’s visit and lab tests.
• Harmon Johar, Owner/CEO, World Entomophagy , University of Georgia World Entomophagy is using naturally processed insects to create products with safe and reputable insect ingredients.
GRU study gets $10 million to continue diabetes study
‘Without them, we cannot do it’
By Tom Corwin
Benjamin Smith is not yet 8 years old but already knows precisely why he is at increased risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. His parents, Jennifer and Larry, each carry a half-copy of a high-risk gene, “and I got the whole” gene, Benjamin said. Why he has yet to develop the disease despite that genetic risk could provide researchers with an answer for why there is geographic variation and potentially what can be done to stop it. Benjamin is one of 8,677 high-risk children in an international study called The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young, based at Georgia Regents University, which recently received a $10 million renewal for another five years. The multicenter study begun in 2003 also includes sites in Florida, Denver and Seattle and in Finland, Germany and Sweden.
A biomedical breakthrough could quicken the clotting process
Georgia Tech researchers have developed artificial platelets that might be used on the battlefield
by Stephanie Minor
Researchers at Georgia Tech have engineered “designer” blood clots—artificial platelets that could enhance the body’s natural clotting process and mitigate painful scarring. In animal trials, the platelets reduced clotting time by 30 percent. The clots offer particular potential for battlefront use; an injured soldier could inject the freeze-dried synthetic material on the field, using a device the size of an iPhone.
Benning Teams with University to Study Free-Flying UAS
By Matthew Cox Monday, June 10th, 2013 6:48 pm
Infantry officials at Fort Benning, Ga., want squads and platoons to one day get their battlefield intelligence from formations of unmanned aerial systems that fly with complete autonomy. The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Benning and the Georgia Institute of Technology recently conducted an experiment aimed at testing hardware and algorithms designed to help multiple UAS fly without human involvement. Georgia Tech scientists have been studying “how these vehicles can autonomously cooperate with one another in multiple groups,” said Charles Pippin, senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.
WMU Part Of 13-University EPA Research On Climate, Air Quality
KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University is one of 13 research universities from around the nation tapped to conduct a multiyear $4.3 million research effort aimed at determining the impact of organic aerosol materials on climate and air quality. The 13 grants announced June 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be pursued in conjunction with other efforts funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and with additional support from the Southern Co. and Electric Power Research Institute. …In addition to Bertman’s WMU-based team, the other 12 EPA-funded teams are led by researchers from: • Carnegie Mellon University • University of Wisconsin, Madison • State University of New York, Stony Brook • University of California, San Diego • Georgia Institute of Technology …
UGA’s veterinary hospital offers take-home glucose monitors for diabetic pets
By UGA NEWS SERVICE
The University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital now has iPro continuous glucose monitoring devices available for cats and dogs with diabetes mellitus. The devices, commonly used for human patients with diabetes, are used to gather data on the patient’s response to insulin.
Laws Vary on Land Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa, UGA Researcher Finds
“You see this disconnect between law and practice,” says UGA anthropologist Laura German.
By April Sorrow
Sub-Saharan Africa has foreign investors flocking to buy its fertile land. Sometimes referred to as “land grabbing,” the large-scale buying or leasing of large tracts of land in developing countries shifts indigenous, or customary, land rights from chiefs and local communities to investors or national governments, often stripping native people of a source of income. The laws, its practices and eventual outcomes for the countries and people involved are the topic of one recent study led by University of Georgia anthropologist Laura German.
Why Your Network Isn’t as Strong as You Think
by Dr. Woody
The Career Hot Seat
Nowadays, conversations about networking inevitably begin with someone asking something along the lines of: “so, how many followers do you have?” or “how big is your LinkedIn network?” The popularity of social media has driven us towards viewing our personal networks much like commodities traders may view their goods: They never actually see the product in their portfolio, they just broker the connection between buyer and seller and move on… According to Leslie DeChurch, professor of industrial and organizational psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, there are two major misconceptions when it comes to building a strong network, and both center on size. She points out that there are those who believe in the mantra bigger is better and there are those who believe that smaller more concentrated network is the way to go. Research has shown both views to be flawed. DeChurch points out that research has found that there are three key ingredients to a healthy personal network: diversity, trust and brokerage.
Governor announces changes to boost defense economy
By Camie Young
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announces changes to the management of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, after a six-month study of the challenges and opportunities for the state’s defense economy. “At this stage in our efforts to not only support but grow Georgia’s defense economy, we believe it makes sense to align GMACC more closely with the resources of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Defense Initiative,” Deal said. “We are grateful for the Georgia Chamber’s long-standing leadership on this important issue and look forward to continuing a partnership that has proved to be invaluable in our efforts to shield our state from defense cuts and closures.”
Get Schooled with Maureen Downey
Georgia Perimeter College: What is the rest of the story on the financial meltdown? A student journalist presses on. And Davis goes to bat for Tricoli.
By Maureen Downey
The Board of Regents declined to give the AJC a comment today on a lawsuit regarding its alleged withholding of open records related to the 2012 budget crisis at Georgia Perimeter College that led to nearly 300 layoffs and the eventual departure of its much vaunted president Anthony Tricoli. …David Schick is the student journalist. He also writes a blog where he continues to raise concerns about the events at Georgia Perimeter. In a post on April 29, Schick reports that former GPS president Anthony Tricoli was recommended for another college presidency by former University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis, now head of APS. Schick shares the letter that David wrote to the State University of New York, Adirondack, on Tricoli’s behalf. In the letter, Davis states that the financial disaster at GPC was not Tricoli’s fault, saying, “If I were given the opportunity to hire Anthony Tricoli to lead an institution of higher education or otherwise, I would not hesitate for a moment to make that offer of employment again.”
David also states in his letter:
Bridging the male education gap
American women are making gains; men aren’t. Why?
By Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann
In the ongoing discussion of how to boost the education and skill levels of the American workforce, one central issue is rarely addressed: the gap between male and female achievement. The reality is that the slowdown in U.S. educational gains is predominantly a male affair, and one that drags down the overall competitiveness of our workforce and workers’ ability to land (or create) good jobs. To get more Americans working and set economic growth back on track, we need to understand what’s going on with men in education. Despite rising college costs and the many other challenges facing America’s schools, women have made extraordinary strides in education.
New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs
By Sara Grossman
As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and gauge the effectiveness of the courses. The MOOC Research Initiative, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will award grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to researchers seeking to explore issues such as student experiences in MOOCs and the free courses’ systemic impact.
Where’s the Real Learning?
By Karen Symms Gallagher
I admit it – from kindergarten on, I was teacher’s pet. I got an assignment. I labored over it, made it perfect, turned it in early, got the A. Until now. Let me confess: I am a MOOC noncompleter. I had heard the hype that massive open online courses (MOOCs) are transforming higher education, and I wanted to see for myself.
Ma, There’s a MOOC Under My Bed
By Justin D. Martin
The irony about MOOCs is that hardly anyone opposes them except many of the academics qualified to teach them. Recently academics, including groups of faculty at Amherst College, Duke University, and San Jose State University, have been publicly skeptical of, and even hostile to new forms of teaching online courses. Amherst faculty voted down a proposal to create MOOCs with edX, a nonprofit collaboration between Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Duke professors narrowly defeated an online teaching partnership with the for-profit 2U. Nearly 60 faculty members at Harvard itself recently issued a letter expressing angst over the cost of MOOCs and the “impact online courses will have on the higher education system.” But many of the concerns driving opposition to MOOCs and other new forms of higher education aren’t compelling.
Are Students Who Go Far Away to College More Likely to Study Abroad?
By MICHAEL A. WILNER
Katie Anne Scott was the only one of her friends to leave California for college. None of them understood her desire to leave, with so many terrific options for college in her home state. And yet to Ms. Scott, from San Diego, that was just the point. Staying in California meant she would not experience anything new. After enrolling at Emory University in Atlanta and accommodating to the South, where the car culture and the demographics were radically different, Ms. Scott found herself applying similar logic to her options for study abroad.
The Answer Sheet by Valerie Strauss
Texas governor signs legislation to reduce standardized testing
Bending to popular outrage over high-stakes standardized testing, Gov. Rick Perry signed school reform legislation Monday that revamps high school graduation requirements and cuts the number of mandatory end-of-course exams from 15 to 5. Perry had not revealed his decision until he signed it, leaving activists concerned about which way he would go with the legislation, the Austin-American Statesman reported here. But in the end, Perry (R) chose not to ignore a revolt against excessive amounts of high-stakes standardized testing that began more than a year and a half ago in Texas and that has spread to other states. Then new reform initiative Perry signed into law cuts from 15 to 5 the number of end-of-course exams students must take to graduate from high school, and eliminates the requirement that test scores represent 15 percent of a student’s grade for the course. The new law, among other things, gives students more curriculum flexibility, an apparent nod to teenagers not headed to college.
ELLIOTT BRACK’S PERSPECTIVE
Many state school systems shortchange students in education
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher
“Nothing but the best for our students.” “Education is key to the future.” “Our students must compete with the brightest in China.” You’ve heard remarks like this before, often from educators and elected officials. But the reality is far different from these remarks. We’ve found that a majority of the counties in Georgia provide less than the state-mandated 180 days of instruction for their county students. Can you imagine that you could provide “nothing but the best” by shortchanging the number of days students are in school? It’s happening.
Veterans training and education center to be built in Warner Robins
By CHRISTINA M. WRIGHT
PERRY — A $10 million education and training center for veterans approved in the fiscal 2014 state budget will be built in Warner Robins, Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday. Deal made the comments during a dinner at Houston Lake Country Club where Middle Georgia Technical College and local government leaders honored him and Houston County legislators for their work on the center and another Houston County project, totaling more than $25 million in new construction.
Training and Education Center for Veterans Coming to Warner Robins
Advocates Urge Congress to Renew Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
WASHINGTON — Congressional lawmakers were urged Monday to renew funding for the Teacher Quality Partnership grant program, a federal initiative that higher education leaders say has helped raise student achievement and foster diversity within the teaching profession. …Hilsabeck made her remarks on Capitol Hill during a policy briefing titled “Teacher Preparation Reform: The Case for Federal Investment.” The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, or AACTE, convened the briefing in an effort to convince Congress to renew funding for the TQP program, which was initially authorized at $300 million under Title II of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
Evaluating Options on Loans
By Libby A. Nelson
WASHINGTON — The interest rate for new, federally subsidized student loans will increase to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress does not act. A Congressional Budget Office report released Monday put more numbers behind the various plans calling for changes to the loan program, estimating that keeping the rate at 3.4 percent would cost the government $41 billion over 10 years but that other changes might generate significant savings.
The report, prepared at the request of Senator Lamar Alexander’s office, also examines a few options for changes to the loan program that haven’t been legislatively proposed, including limiting eligibility for subsidized loans to students who are eligible for Pell Grants, or eliminating the subsidized loan program altogether.
Single Stop Before Graduation
By Paul Fain
WASHINGTON — College can be demanding. It’s even tougher when you can’t afford to eat. Taylor McMahon skipped breakfast and lunch most days when she first enrolled as nursing student at Hostos Community College, which is located in New York City’s Bronx Borough. Her mother had recently been laid off, and McMahon said she had no financial support. “It was hard to study when I wasn’t eating,” she said Monday at an event here. …Needy students face long odds of getting to graduation. Only one in three low-income, first-generation college students earn a college credential, said Sara Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Even for Drop-outs, College Pays
by Justin Pope, Associated Press
It sounds like the worst of all worlds borrowing money for college, then dropping out and facing the debt without a degree. But a new study argues that the investment in even a partial college education is still worth it, amounting to average earnings of $100,000 more over a lifetime than for those who merely finish high school. That’s a better investment return on average than stocks and bonds, though, of course, much lower than the return on colleges for those who finish.
Even university presidents see degree’s value eroding
By Nin-Hai Tseng, Writer
As the price of a four-year degree climbs, nearly half of university presidents in a new survey believe it hasn’t become more valuable.
FORTUNE – Despite countless studies that show you’re better off with a college degree than without one, only about half of presidents at U.S. universities believe a four-year bachelor’s degree is worth more or a lot more in today’s job market than it was five years ago, according to a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education. College is still worth the investment, but the results suggest that its returns may be eroding as the U.S. economy becomes increasingly technical. Put simply: The price of a bachelor’s degree may be going up, but its value may be eroding; it may no longer be enough to get a good job, says Jeffrey Sellingo, editor-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education who authored the report.
Whole Different Ball Game
By Kevin Kiley
Given E. Gordon Gee’s far-reaching career and national profile, it was reasonable to expect that his retirement announcement Wednesday would make headlines not just in Ohio – where he twice served as president of Ohio State University – but also in places like Colorado, Rhode Island and Tennessee, where he also ran institutions. But ESPN? Sports Illustrated? CBS Sports? University presidents don’t often find themselves in the sports pages. But Gee ended up there last month after a recording of a December university athletics council meeting leaked to the Associated Press.
Holding Colleges Responsible
By Allie Grasgreen
If Andrea Pino hadn’t been drafted to help with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s search for the employee who would handle Title IX complaints, the national landscape of sexual assault activism might not look so dramatically different than it did just a year ago.
High-Tech Cheaters Pose Test
New Industry Sprouts to Curb Hacking, Wireless Transmission of Exam Questions
By CAMERON MCWHIRTER
As computer-based testing becomes more common across the country, cheaters and those trying to prevent it are going high-tech. Fighting test cheating is an age-old battle, as shown by recent major scandals involving pencil-and-paper exams. But worries about hacking and other sophisticated forms of cheating, such as wirelessly transmitting questions outside of an exam room, has testing companies, test-security firms and academics rushing to develop measures to reduce or catch cheating. Companies plan to soon start selling security packages to school districts and licensing boards. Security “is heavy on our minds,” said spokesman Ed Colby for ACT, the nonprofit that administers a national college-placement exam that was taken by about 1.7 million of last year’s high-school graduates.
2 Florida colleges get special designation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two of Florida’s established universities are being officially designated as the state’s preeminent research universities. The Florida Board of Governors voted Monday to give the title to both the University of Florida and Florida State University. The decision not only brings a bit of extra prestige, but it also means millions in additional money from the Florida Legislature. UF, which is based in Gainesville, met 12 of the 12 standards used for the designation. FSU, which is based in Tallahassee, met 11. The standards include such criteria as spending on research, six-year graduation rates, the number of doctoral degrees awarded and the number of patents awarded.
UF, FSU get special designation, more money