University System News:
Governor Deal Appoints Five to State Boards
Staff Report From Georgia CEO
Don L. Waters, REACH Scholarship Board
Waters is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Brasseler USA. He is on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, board of directors of Union Mission, Inc. and the Chatham County Hospital Authority.
GHC sets date for the president’s inauguration and gala
Georgia Highlands College will officially hold an Inauguration Installation Ceremony for its fourth president Donald J. Green, Ed.D., on September 18 at 10 a.m. on the Rome campus. The Highlands Inauguration Gala will also take place that night in his honor at 6:30 p.m. on the Cartersville campus. Chancellor of the University System of Georgia Hank Huckaby will officially install President Green as the fourth president of Georgia Highlands College during the investiture portion of the inauguration ceremony. President Green will have been at the college for a full year, having started on September 8, 2014. Retired Regent Willis Potts will be presiding over the ceremony, and Regent Neil Pruitt will bring greetings from the Board of Regents.
Ga. state Rep. Stacey Evans donates $500K to UGA law school
By Janel Davis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State Rep. Stacey Evans has donated $500,000 to the University of Georgia’s law school to create a scholarship for first-generation college graduates, the state’s flagship institution announced Friday. The first Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship recipient is expected to be named this fall.
Georgia Tech receives $4.2M federal grant for cybersecurity research
Staff Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia Tech has received a $4.2 million federal grant for cybersecurity research.
The grant, awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Air Force Research Laboratory, will help researchers at GT’s College of Computing study how data moves between computers and whether any malicious software code is added to data during transfer.
Government spends $695,000 to teach kids filmmaking
By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times
The federal government spent more than half a million in taxpayer dollars to teach kids how to make video game-style movies that most can learn to create online for free. And the technology’s primary benefit won’t be for government, national security or public service, but rather for the movie and gaming industries that already enjoy a revenue stream of a half-trillion dollars per year. Between 2010 and 2014, the National Science Foundation awarded $695,485 to Georgia Tech Research Corporation to “explore approaches to artificial intelligence that can support creative digital filmmaking, an extremely rich new form of expression and communication,” according to the grant description.
Love it: The University of West Georgia has a beautiful facility they created for the nursing students. Great job, Cathy Wright and all who made it happen. UWG alum should be proud.
Valdosta State Case Puts College Officials On Notice: You Can’t Violate The First Amendment
Occasionally, you come across a legal case so strange that it makes you stop and wonder, “Is this even for real?” Such a case has recently come to an end with a strong victory for student free speech rights and an equally strong rebuke to the idea many college administrators seem to have that they hold king-like powers on campus. The facts are as follows.
New sideline test recognizes concussions in 15 minutes
By Rachel Stockman
ATLANTA — As football season starts, concussions are a major concern for thousands of players. A new technology called “I-Detect,” developed by Emory and Georgia Tech researchers, could change the way concussions are diagnosed. The new technology gives players a 15-minute sideline test to determine whether they suffered a concussion. The device is currently in the test phase but could come to market as soon as next year, according to researchers.
How Hitchcock films are aiding U.S. military research
Study funded by branch of U.S. Defence Department sheds light on changes in the brain when a person faces a suspenseful situation.
By: Ariana Eunjung Cha The Washington Post
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funds a lot of weird stuff, and in recent years more and more of it has been about the brain. Its signature work in this field is in brain-computer interfaces and goes back several decades to its bio-cybernetics program, which sought to enable direct communication between humans and machines … Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recruited undergraduates to be hooked up to MRI machines and watch movie clips that were roughly three minutes long. The excerpts all featured a character facing a potential negative outcome and were taken from suspenseful movies, including three Alfred Hitchcock flicks, as well as Alien, Misery, Munich and Cliffhanger, among others.
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Casino industry expresses interest in downtown Atlanta
Staff Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Three major casino gaming companies have joined MGM Resorts International in expressing interest in building a casino resort in downtown Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed said July 23. But Reed has some of the same reservations about plopping a casino in the middle of Georgia’s capital as have already been expressed by Gov. Nathan Deal. …Part of the revenue generated by the casinos would be dedicated to the state’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs.
4 Ways That Campus and Local Police Work Together (and Some Ways They Don’t)
By Meg Bernhard and Sarah Brown
The security roles of campus police forces and municipal law enforcement inevitably intersect, and in many situations the two groups collaborate effectively. But the fatal shooting last month of a 43-year-old man by a University of Cincinnati police officer who was conducting an off-campus traffic stop has highlighted some of the complexities of that relationship, as well as the often-murky boundaries that define their respective authorities. To alleviate confusion, most municipal and campus law-enforcement agencies have signed agreements, known as memoranda of understanding, that vary in scope but usually spell out general protocols for taking on cases and leading investigations.
The Case Against More Guns on Campus
By Andrew Morse and Lindsey Hammond
In legislative chambers across the United States, policy makers are debating the merits of open- and concealed-carry laws as a policy response to the threat of campus violence. In the past two years, elected leaders in more than 30 states have pushed to enact legislation that would allow guns on college campuses. This summer, for example, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law a bill that enables citizens to carry concealed handguns on campuses, making it the eighth state to do so. And in July, Florida’s First District Court of Appeals heard a challenge by a special-interest group seeking to extend concealed-carry laws to campus residence halls. These developments have gone forward without evidence to answer a lingering question: Do more guns mean safer campuses?
Do Fraternities Have a Place on the Modern Campus?
They began in an era when college was the domain of well-off white men. Now calls for reform may be greater than ever.
By Beth McMurtrie
Throughout their history, fraternities have taken many forms. They began as early-American literary societies, evolved into clubby training grounds for corporate leaders, and entered the 21st century hung over from the legacy of Animal House. They have always reflected the best and worst behaviors of college life, turning out student-government presidents and binge-drinkers alike. But today people are asking whether fraternities have fallen out of step with the times. A string of ugly incidents has reinforced the image of entitled white men egging each other on to behave badly: chanting racist songs, sharing pictures of incapacitated women, hazing their pledges. At their worst, fraternity houses have been the sites of sexual assaults and accidental deaths. So how did we get here? And is there a place for fraternities on the modern campus?
Purdue University tuition freezes squeeze out in-state students
For four consecutive years, Purdue University has managed to freeze tuition rates, establishing the university as a pacesetter in the national drive to make college more accessible and affordable. Yet putting tuition increases on ice might freeze some Indiana students out of Purdue altogether. Since tuition rates were frozen at 2012 levels, 1,228 fewer undergraduates from Indiana attend the West Lafayette research institution, while 336 more non-residents attend the campus, according to the university’s data digest. Over the past decade, the land grant university has transformed from a majority-resident campus to one that now enrolls more out-of-state and international students.
University of Akron cuts staff of 200 employees amidst budget issues
By Alexandra Samuels, The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Akron’s Thomas performing arts venue office — E.J. Thomas Hall — was ultimately shut down Monday after budget cuts took place. Ohio.com reports that as a result, that all 213 positions — including 50 student employees — at the venue were eliminated as part of a three-year plan to save $40 million. Employees were reportedly given two weeks’ notice, told to go home or told they would remain employed for several more months. University President Scott Scarborough told Ohio.com there would be “personal conversations” with all the individuals laid off.