Need Assistance with Preparing Your Taxes? The VITA Program is Available!
Writer: Hannah Adair
VITA is a program in which the IRS trains UGA students as tax preparers and Georgia United Credit Union provides the office space and funding. Local consumers can have their taxes prepared and filed electronically at no charge.
The VITA program is open to all low and moderate income taxpayers who do not have depreciable assets, business losses or extensive stock transactions.
Athens appointments are held at Georgia United Credit Union- 190 Gaines School Road
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings through April 10th.
Saturdays through April 12th.
To schedule an appointment call- (706) 227-5400 extension 6486
FACS recognizes alumni, faculty at Alumni Awards luncheon
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Dr. Gene H. Brody was inducted into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition at the 37th annual Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday.
Brody, who joined the FACS faculty in 1976, has secured more than $81 million in grant to conduct impactful research on youth and families. He has served as director of the Center for Family Research since 1995.
Along with Brody’s induction, several FACS alumni were recognized for their career achievements.
They are listed here:
Dr. Anne Corinne Huggins, Pacesetter Award: The 2004 FACS graduate now serves as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. The Pacesetter Award recognizes a recent FACS graduate who actively promotes the beliefs and values of the college.
Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, Creswell Award: Named for the first dean of the college, the Creswell Award is given to a faculty member who has provided leadership in motivating and guiding students. Johnson has served as a faculty member in Foods and Nutrition since 1983.
Olga Jimenez/American Cancer Society, FACS Appreciation Award: Jimenez has been a major supporter of the FACS and American Cancer Society’s programs to promote screenings for breast and cervical cancer.
Camille Kesler, Outstanding Service Award: Kesler, a 1994 FACS graduate, is heavily involved in volunteer efforts in Atlanta and has served as president of the Atlanta Junior League.
Jody Rosen Atkins, Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award: The Pou Award, established in 1999 to honor the fourth dean of FACS, recognizes significant career achievement. Atkins founded The Association Source out of her garage. The company provides executive management and administrative support to volunteer-driven organizations.
Tommie Mullis, Distinguished Alumni Award: Mullis, who received her degree from FACS in 1956, enjoyed a successful career as a UGA Extension agent and is still actively involved in service efforts in the Athens area.
Also at the luncheon, Dean Linda Kirk Fox recognized the FACS Ambassadors on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the group.
Alumni board president Mitch Hardeman welcomed the group to begin the program. He later turned over his gavel to incoming president Theresa Glasheen as several former board presidents looked on.
“What a wonderful day honoring our award recipients, celebrating the 35thanniversary of the Ambassador program and recognizing the accomplishments of the college,” alumni director Susan Byus said. “It was certainly a great day for our alumni to reminisce with former classmates and reconnect with FACS.”
For a photo gallery of Saturday’s event, visit our Flickr page.
Books and basketball: Dean Fox shares a moment with FACS students, women's basketball players.
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FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox, a former basketball player herself, met with the seven FACS students who are also members of the women's basketball team prior to Thursday's game against LSU.
Dean Fox, a season ticket holder, stood courtside during player introductions and chatted with coach Andy Landers prior to the game as part of the "Dean's Challenge," an annual promotion of the women's basketball team.
Various colleges across campus participate in the competition to see which college can attract the largest crowd of supporters. The FACS section turned out in big numbers for Thursday's game, which the Lady Bulldogs won 71-67 behind FACS junior Erika Ford's 20 points.
The dean of the college that drew the most fans wins a Lady Bulldogs warmup suit.
FACS students who also play basketball are: Ford, Shacobia Barbee, Kaelyn Causwell, Tiaria Griffin, Sydnei McCaskill, Khaalidah Miller and Pachis Roberts. Causwell and Roberts are housing majors, while the rest are in HDFS.
Athens, Ga. – Dr. Lynn Bailey, head of the foods and nutrition department within the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.
Induction as a fellow is the highest honor bestowed by ASN and is given annually to a select group of scientists who have had distinguished careers in nutrition.
“We are so proud of Dr. Bailey’s latest honor from the American Society of Nutrition,” FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “She is a proven researcher who provides excellent vision and guidance for our foods and nutrition department. We celebrate along with her at this impressive and well-deserved recognition.”
Bailey’s research and public health policy work, which spans 35 years, has been instrumental in helping establish folate intake requirements for women of childbearing age aimed at reducing the risk of birth defects like spina bifida.
Bailey joined the foods and nutrition department in August 2011 after serving for more than 30 years on the faculty of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Florida.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition,” Bailey said. “My acceptance of this prestigious recognition comes with the deepest gratitude to faculty and graduate student colleagues who have been the key to the success of our folate research and public health and outreach programs.”
Bailey will be recognized with the 2014 class of ASN fellows at the ASN Awards Ceremony during the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in April.
Athens, Ga. – The third annual UGA Fashion Week, hosted by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is set for Feb. 21-28 and will feature visits by some top names in the fashion industry.
Fashion Week, organized by faculty members and students within FACS’ textiles, merchandising and interiors department, is both a showcase of student work as well as a networking opportunity.
“We want people to see how creative we are, how talented our students are,” said Emily Blalock, a lecturer within TMI who helped organize the week of events.
Blalock said there are 202 fashion merchandising majors within the department as well as 150 minors. Almost all are involved in one of the four student organizations within TMI: Fashion Design Student Association; The Agency; Student Merchandising Association; and the Little Red Book.
All four student groups will be featured throughout the week.
“This is a collaboration of not just fashion merchandising majors, but also these diverse students from disciplines all over campus that highlight the importance of fashion for careers in the U.S.,” Blalock said.
One of the highlights of the week is the “Fashion That Gives Back” seminar on Feb. 26 featuring nationally-known entrepreneur and Live Worldly founder Kael Robinson.
Live Worldly “has a social mission of being for fair trade and being sustainable,” Blalock said.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, students will have a major networking opportunity hosted by the Georgia Education Soft Goods Foundation. UGA grad Kaki Read, public relations coordinator for Warby Parker eyewear, will be the keynote speaker.
Student tickets for the Thursday event are $5 and include admission to the SMA fashion show later that night. Another fashion show, hosted by the FSDA, will be held Friday night.
Local retailers have provided much of the apparel for the fashion shows, while several national companies, including Vince Camuto, Rent the Runway and ASOS, have contributed free giveaways as door prizes.
The week also will feature the grand opening of Couture a la Cart, UGA’s first mobile pop-up retail shop operated by students selling student-created designs. These designs will be sold from a golf cart on campus every Tuesday and Wednesday during the semester.
“It’s just a proud moment,” Blalock said. “The things our students are capable of doing, the elaborate details of the shows, the incredible quality of the clothing they design, the creativity in the details and production is all really amazing because they’re putting their majors into practice.”
UGA Fashion Week
Friday, Feb. 21 – “Fashion’s Night Out,” Fashion Showcase, Fab’rik, 142 E. Clayton Street, 7-9 p.m. Free admission.
Monday, Feb. 24 – Pop Art Pop-Up Dance Party, 8 p.m. (location TBA). Free admission.
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Georgia Education Soft Goods Foundation cocktail and networking reception, UGA Special Collections, 6:30-8 p.m. Student tickets $5. Industry executive tickets $50. Advance tickets only. Contact Diane Kesler (email@example.com or at 706-542-4888) to reserve a ticket.
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Aqua Fashion Show, UGA Special Collections Library, 8 p.m. Student tickets $7, non-student $10 (admission free for GESGF attendees)
Athens, Ga. – The department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics will host a weeklong series of events in January designed to engage prospective and current University of Georgia students as well as alumni.
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ FHCE Showcase Week is scheduled for Jan. 27-31 and will feature events on financial planning, consumer economics, housing/residential property management and consumer journalism.
The Monday-Wednesday events are open to freshmen and sophomore students from across the university.
A Career Fair will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Tate Reception Hall for FHCE majors. More than 30 employers will attend the fair to meet directly with students.
“The purpose of FHCE Showcase Week is to hold a series of distinct events highlighting the great things going on in our department from industry trends to career opportunities for our graduates to cutting-edge research and outreach by our faculty,” FHCE department head Sheri Worthy said.
The showcase begins on Monday, Jan. 27, with a talk about the growing demand for financial planners, led by department faculty members. The event concludes Jan. 31, with a seminar on the Affordable Care Act.
Here’s a breakdown of the event by day:
Monday, Jan. 27 – The Growing Demand for Financial Planners, Miller Learning Center, Room 248, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Discovering Career Paths in Housing and Residential Property Management, Miller Learning Center, Room 248, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Career Trends in Consumer Economics, Consumer Journalism, and Entrepreneurship, Miller Learning Center, Room 248, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30 – FHCE Career Fair, 1-4 p.m., Tate Reception Hall. Click here for more information.
Thursday, Jan. 30 – FHCE Reception for Students, Alumni, and Employers, 4-6 p.m., Sanford Stadium Recruit Box. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Warby Parker's Read to deliver Fashion Week address
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Diane Kesler
In conjunction with UGA Fashion Week next month, the TMI department will host a reception featuring FACS grad Kaki Read, a public relations specialist with Warby Parker eyewear, as the keynote speaker.
The 2014 Cocktail and Networking Reception, hosted by the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation along with the TMI department, will be held on Feb. 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the UGA Special Collections Library.
Read, who holds degrees in fashion merchandising as well as public relations from UGA, is the executive assistant and PR Coordinator for Warby Parker, a New York-based designer eyewear company with 13 locations nationwide.
“The fact that I’m going to come back and speak on behalf of the college is really exciting because I do feel so grateful and more than happy to give back to them whatever way I can,” said Read, a 2010 UGA graduate. “I’m really so honored and honestly quite shocked.”
The event is open to the public and connects UGA students with leaders in the textiles and apparel industries. Tickets are $50 ($5 for students).
Contact Diane Kesler for information or ticket reservations at (706) 542-4888 or email email@example.com
Athens, Ga. – The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host a guest speaker, Dr. Pamela Roshell from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of a seminar honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Roshell’s speech, entitled “Dr. King’s Legacy: What does it mean for healthcare in this country?” will take place on Jan. 17 in room 116 at Dawson Hall from 1-2 p.m. and is open to the public.
Roshell, the first African American woman to hold the title of Region IV director for the HHS, has nearly 20 years of experience in health care policy, public administration and gerontology.
She was appointed to her position by the Obama administration in July 2012.
A South Carolina native, Roshell is a graduate of Columbia College and received a master’s of social work degree from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a doctorate degree in social policy analysis, planning and administration from Clark Atlanta University.
“Dr. King’s legacy in 2014 is one of social justice and has transcended color and racial issues to human rights and social responsibility,” said Dr. Debbie Murray, FACS associate dean for extension and outreach. “Dr. Roshell’s presentation will help frame that legacy for students, faculty, staff and the public to raise the consciousness of participants to think about his legacy in terms of providing good healthcare and quality of life to all Americans.”
Associate Professor Andy Carswell Quoted in WalletHub
Writer: Bonnie Berglund
Dr. Andy Carswell was recently quoted in a WalletHub blog concerning 2014 Predictions for Your Wallet.
“The housing market is going through a strange phase right now, and probably will continue to do so in 2014. Foreclosures are way down in several metro areas compared to this point last year, and that trend is expected to continue. In fact, house price movements have been very strong in several metro markets.
Still, the after effects of the housing crisis of 2007-2012 have caused some strange dynamics to occur. Many institutional investors have come and scooped up single family foreclosures and short sales with cash transactions, somewhat transforming the so-called “shadow market” of single-family non-owner occupied rental properties. This has had ripple effects on the housing market that will likely extend into 2014."
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Eight FACS graduates have been named to the 2014 Bulldog 100, a list compiled by the UGA Alumni Association to recognize the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.
Companies are ranked by a three-year compounded annual growth rate of revenues and are required to meet specific criteria.
FACS grads named to the list are Alva Youngner (BSHE ’66, M. Ed. '73, Ed. S. '75, Ed. D. '77) of Association Management in St. Simons Island; Sarah Kathryn Smith (BSFCS ’98) of Eight at Eight in Atlanta; Anna Brookshire Johnson (BSFCS ’02) and Jeffrey Johnson (AB '00, BSFCS ’03) of Johnson Benefits Group in Duluth; Ashley S. Johnson (BSFCS ’03) of Rumor Boutique in Macon; Kelly Dean (BSHE ’89, MS '91) of SDA CPA Group, P.C. in Dunwoody; Jody Rosen Atkins (BSHE ’89, MS '91) of The Association Source in Boca Raton, Fla.; and Gene Rice (BSFCS ’05) of Vantage Realty Partners in Atlanta.
“We are so proud of these FACS graduates who have distinguished themselves with their ingenuity and passion,” FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “We celebrate their accomplishments along with the entire FACS family and look forward to their continued success.”
The 2014 Bulldog 100 rankings will be unveiled at the celebration on Jan. 25, 2014, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Fran Tarkenton, UGA grad and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, is the event’s keynote speaker.
Zena Costa Brown, a FACS graduate who endowed two scholarships at the college, passed away on Dec. 11.
Brown was recognized at the Donor-Scholar recognition program in November with a special video tribute, which you can view here.
Brown graduated from Athens High School and the University of Georgia, earning a degree in home economics in 1938. She taught home economics at Robert E. Lee Institute in Thomaston for two years and then spent more than 30 years at the Atlanta Gas Light Company as a home economist.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 at A.S. Turner & Sons Chapel, 2773 North Decatur Rd., Decatur, Ga at 2 p.m.
One of her life’s joys were the endowments she created at UGA to benefit the College of FACS, and it was her request that in lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made payable to: UGA Foundation and sent to 334 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30602 and designated on the “for” line: Zena C. Brown International Fund
IHDD Odyssey course helps make the world a little brighter
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Zo Stoneman
A toy brought little Ari Moss to the center of the University of Georgia campus on Monday afternoon.
Specifically, a Playskool Busy Gears toy, which features colorful gears that turn and light up and, inexplicably to most adults, makes little boys and girls smile and laugh like toys are designed to do.
Only this was no ordinary toy, and this was no ordinary day, and Ari is no ordinary little girl.
The toy was adapted, “hacked,” even, by ambitious UGA freshmen.
These 16 freshmen were members of the “Geeks with a Cause” first-year Odyssey course, where they learned about people with disabilities, and then gave that knowledge hands and feet, enough to re-wire a toy so that little girls like Ari could operate it despite physical limitations that make even the simplest task nearly impossible.
“We were told there were families in need and how certain adaptations for toys can be very expensive, and (course instructors) showed us how doing what we do, we can knock the price down by more than 90 percent,” said Reggie Mosley, a mechanical engineering major from Albany. “By us doing this, some kids can have a nicer Christmas. That was our motivation to work as hard as we could.”
The course was the brainchild of Zo Stoneman and Becky Brightwell, who run the Institute on Human Development and Disability, a part of UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Their intent was simple.
“We build our environment for people who are a certain height, who have a certain amount of strength, who have a certain way of moving around,” Stoneman said. “For some people, that doesn’t work well. (The course) was an opportunity for students to think about how to problem solve and how to create various adaptations for people with disabilities.”
The first part of the course introduced the students to the world of life with disabilities.
The freshmen represent various majors at UGA – everything from biology to statistics to business and special education – but few had intimate knowledge of the issue.
The second half of the course dealt with toys. Students were taught how to use a soldering iron and how to hack into a toy’s circuit board to bypass the original circuitry and create a “switch” that would allow kids with disabilities to easily activate the toy.
“She can’t make any toy functional,” said April Moss, Ari’s mother. “She has never actually activated a toy on her own.”
On this day, the “geeks,” as they were lovingly called by the parents of the four little boys and girls who received their new toys, delivered the adapted contraptions to their smiling recipients.
Seven-year-old Ella received a dancing “Rock Star Mickey” doll, as did little DJ, and Ari got her Busy Gears toy.
The toys are activated by a simple tap of a basic switch created from a soft plastic CD cover.
Over and over, little curly-haired Ari pressed the switch and watched the gears turn. She squealed with laughter each time.
“It made us feel on top of the world,” April said. “She’s so excited about it.”
She wasn’t the only one.
Brightwell and Stoneman stood alone after the room had cleared out. The kids had gone off with their parents and new toys; the students had left to prepare for upcoming finals.
The two directors went about tidying up the large conference room. Somebody asked them about these students, these 16 freshmen who made the world a little bit better on Monday.
“I’ve never been so proud in all my life,” she said. “It’s been one of those great classes that I think we were able to take to a different level.”
FACS outreach program making an impact in teens' lives
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Sharon Gibson
Teens as Planners is a service-learning and dropout prevention program developed and implemented by FACS.
Through this program, TAP youth have the opportunity to grow and to become caring, contributing members of society, according to Sharon Gibson, multicultural extension specialist within FACS.
“The teens in this youth development and community capacity building program are not the youth who are usually tapped to participate in efforts like this,” Gibson said. “These kids come from high poverty, rural communities.”
This video here focuses on the first class of graduating seniors who have been participating in Teens As Planners since entering high school.
Teens As Planners is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Professor Emerita, Dr. Anne Sweaney Visits FHCE Alum Justin Foster
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Anne Sweaney recently visited Justin Foster, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics alumnus. Justin graduated with a BSFCS in Consumer Journalism with ties to Advertising and Consumer Economics.
Currently he works for Google in New York. Justin contacted Susan Byus, FACS Director of Alumni Relations, for recruiting purposes for Google’s BOLD Internship Program.
We appreciate alumni like Justin, who still keep our students and department in mind after the completion of an undergraduate degree.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Receives the State Partnership Award
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Pamela Turner, Cooperative Extension Housing Specialist, will be traveling to Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in February for the annual Under One Roof Housing Conference.
She will be the recipient of the award for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The State Partnership award is presented to a State entity that has exhibited exemplary collaborative efforts with the Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension Program Housing area.
The partnership between UGA-Cooperative Extension and FVSU-Cooperative Extension has been “lucrative” and more success is anticipated in the future. Congratulations!
Apurba Banerjee, a doctoral student in the polymer, fiber and textile science program, has been awarded an $800 grant from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.
Banerjee received the award based on her proposed project called “Study of biodegradable polyesters from algal sources for use in textile fiber applications.”
“My proposal was about how we can make bioplastics in algae and we can then extract them,” she said. “These bioplastics are basically polyesters and they’re exactly the same that’s made from petro-chemicals but they’re completely, 100 percent biodegradable because if nature makes it, nature breaks it.”
Banerjee, a native of Calcutta, India, completed her master’s degree at Colorado State University before enrolling in the doctoral program at UGA. Her advisor at UGA is Dr. Suraj Sharma.
Entrepreneurship certificate program offers unique skills
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Emily Blalock
Athens, Ga. – The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences now offers a certificate program for students interested in entrepreneurship.
The program, offered jointly with the Terry College of Business, provides students with the skills necessary to start their own business or to seek a career as a social entrepreneur.
FACS students must take a minimum of 15 hours to receive the certificate. Three courses within FACS are required of all students, along with nine hours of elective courses from either FACS or Terry.
“Our goal for the certificate is to cultivate entrepreneurs, but more than anything else, to let students know that it’s a viable option for their careers,” said Emily Blalock, a senior lecturer within the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors department. “Here in FACS, we prepare them with the financial piece, the marketing piece as well as the sales piece, so we have components of that in all the programs. And of course the idea generation and encouraging students to take risks, to think smart, to think fast, that’s all a part of being an entrepreneur.”
For FACS students, the required courses are FACS 2011 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship), HACE 3110 (Money Skills for Life) and MGMT 5500 (Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation).
Students then can select nine hours from a variety of both FACS and Terry courses.
The certificate program coincides with the founding of a new initiative on campus, Thinc, that seeks to encourage and cultivate entrepreneurship at UGA. Thinc, established by the Office of the Vice President for Research, culminates with Thinc Week (April 12-18) that will highlight the work of various student entrepreneurs.
During their last semester of the certificate program, students will apply their knowledge in a capstone course by creating a start-up company or developing a social entrepreneurial approach for a public/non-profit institution.
“We’re trying to bring this idea to students to let them know this is a viable opportunity for you when the economy is tough: create your own job,” Blalock said. “It’s happening everywhere right now.”
Fundraiser for PALS of Athens Musicians set for Sunday
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Emily Blalock
Athens, Ga. – A fundraiser for PALS of Athens Musicians, a group co-founded by a College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member and student, will be held on Sunday.
PALS of Athens Musicians, established by Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors senior lecturer Emily Blalock and senior fashion merchandising and marketing major Katie Back, was launched in the spring as a way to empower local, underprivileged women via a sewing co-operative.
The group is supported by a local Christian non-profit group, Women to the World.
Sunday’s fundraiser will be held at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar at 237 Prince Avenue in Athens from 6-8 p.m.
All are welcome to attend, and donations are appreciated.
A small group of local women, most of them jobless and living in government housing, have been attending the weekly sewing groups hosted by PALS of Athens Musicians.
The women are taught sewing skills and other basic money and business management tips in hopes of providing them a marketable skill set.
“The women who are a part of the sewing co-op are incredible,” Back said. “They are very hard-working, determined women, and it’s been a privilege for us to step beside them and empower them to learn a new skill.”
The women in the sewing co-op have created pillow dolls adorned with the faces of prominent local musicians, including Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.
Blalock said orders for the pillows, which sell for $42.50 on the PALS of Athens Musicians website (palsofathens.com) have come from as far away as Dublin, Ireland.
“It is a miracle,” Blalock said of the success and growth of the group, though noting there are still many challenges to overcome.
That’s where Sunday’s fundraiser comes in. The group is hoping to leverage outside support for future growth of the co-op.
Sunday’s event also will feature local artist/writer Angelina Bellebuono’s documentary work, which includes writing, photography and mixed media.
“Most of these women came in having never sewn before and now they’re making incredible, hand-crafted, homemade dolls,” Back said. “To see their growth is just astounding.”
PALS of Athens Musicians is also on Facebook at facebook.com/palsofathensmusicians
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Two incredible FACS grads and generous supporters of the college, Zena Costa Brown (class of 1938) and Marian Chesnut McCullers ('46), both trailblazers in their careers at Atlanta Gas Light, were recognized at our Donor & Scholar Recognition program on Nov. 7. We salute them and are so grateful for their generosity!
Athens, Ga. – Holidays can be a time of “continuous feasts” for some, leading to excess pounds when it’s all over.
To ward off the un-wanted weight, the University of Georgia Extension Service offers the “Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge,” a free program that seeks to help Georgians avoid the over-eating so common to the season.
Participants will receive twice-weekly e-mails with advice and encouragement on how to avoid gaining additional pounds. The challenge begins Nov. 18 and ends Jan. 3, 2014.
“Many people say that there’s so much temptation: it’s just one continuous feast,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition and health specialist with UGA Extension in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “And the food is so plentiful now that there are just so many options. The problem is, the more options you give people, the more they eat.”
Participants in the program simply sign up for the messages, which last year featured titles such as “Keeping an Eagle Eye on What You Consume,” “Curving Your Cravings” and “No Exercise, No Weight Control.”
In all, participants will receive 14 messages during the program. This year, Crawley has added a low-calorie recipe participants will receive weekly.
Last year’s tips also are archived on the site.
Crawley said 57 percent of the people who participated in the post-program survey last year reported experiencing zero weight gain.
“People said they liked having those reminders,” Crawley said. “It was like a little prompt that kept them on track. It wasn’t so much that they got new skills, it was that they got support.”
The University of Georgia launched a major campus-wide initiative in January 2012 to help the state address its growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity, as well as the increasing incidence of overweight infants.
As Georgia’s land-grant university, UGA is able to harness diverse and extensive obesity-related instruction, research activities, and public service and outreach components to address this multi-faceted problem. The initiative will develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that interested Georgia communities, employers and healthcare providers can implement.
Fashion and Sustainability exhibit explores fashion industry
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Britanny Reef
Could there be more to the fashion industry than just luxury brands, high profile celebrity designs and runway shows?
The "Fashion and Sustainability" exhibit, which opens Thursday night, answers these questions and more.
Assembled by Britanny Reef, a graduate student and teaching assistant for Dr. Katalin Medvedev in the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors department within FACS, the comprehensive exhibit explores the fashion industry from the context of sustainability.
Displays cover everything from overseas working conditions of those employed in the fashion industry to the effects the industry has on the environment.
"My goal was to look at sustainable fashion and what does that look like in the fashion industry?" Reef said. "I worked through each stage of the fashion product life cycle and manufacturing really stood out to me. How are we treating the people that make our clothes, what does that production cycle look like for the environment and economically, how are we building economies or how are we breaking them down?"
The exhibit opens Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. and again on Friday at the same times. It is housed at Life Church of Athens, 120 Ware Street.
University of Georgia students received a private tour of Central State Hospital in Millegeville, GA, once the largest state-run institution for people with disabilities and mental health diagnoses in the United States. Carol B. Laws, Ph.D., IHDD Disability Studies, coordinated the tour.
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FACS student Calli McRae named UGA homecoming queen
Calli McRae, a senior Human Development and Family Science student from Snellville, was named the 2013 Homecoming Queen at halftime of today’s game against Appalachian State.
McRae was nominated for homecoming court by UGA Miracle, a student-run philanthropic organization that raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
McRae, the daughter of Bruce and Katie McRae of Snellville, has served on the organization’s board for the last three years.
Senior marketing major Brandon Martin, one of McRae’s closest friends, was named homecoming king.
“I was just in awe,” McRae said of the moment she heard her name announced as homecoming queen. “I was so overjoyed and excited and immediately hugged my dad and then ran into Brandon’s arms. It was so wonderful to celebrate together and I feel honored to represent an organization that means so much to me.”
McRae spent the second half of the game in the president’s suite as a guest of UGA president Jere Morehead.
She said she is proud to represent not just UGA, but the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, as homecoming queen. McRae said she hopes to attend graduate school after finishing her undergraduate work and plans to pursue a career in professional counseling.
She is particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults.
“Being a part of FACS has been one of the best decisions I’ve made,” McRae said. “I came to UGA very lost and confused and finding a home in a college like FACS has helped me to really find my place and give me a direction for a career and help me discover who I am. I love the community of FACS an am proud to represent a college I love so much.”
UGA researchers link youths’ social interactions with grades, self-efficacy
Positive social interactions with friends and family and involvement in youth programs can be protective factors against depression and poor performance in school, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Athens, Ga. – Positive social interactions with friends and family and involvement in youth programs can be protective factors against depression and poor performance in school, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Researchers analyzed a data set of more than 1,000 youths ages 11-18 who are part of U.S. military families at home and abroad. The study was designed to look at not just the difficulties—or vulnerabilities—youth face but also their level of resilience in adjusting to them.
The research was conducted by the UGA Family and Community Resilience Laboratory.
The team presented its findings at the National Council on Family Relations conference in San Antonio on Wednesday.
“If you look at the relationships that young people have with each other, you must ask, ‘how do those relationships mitigate or offset the cumulative risks that most youth face?’” said Jay Mancini, Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor and head of the college’s department of human development and family science. “We discovered consistently that those youth who have more positive relationships with family, those youths who have more solid connections with others outside the family and those youth who are involved in programs for youth report lower depression, they report better grades in school and they report higher self-efficacy, which is their sense of being able to be successful.
“We discover that a young person’s social life, broadly defined, has a dramatic effect on how much these vulnerabilities end up affecting important outcomes for them.”
The study, titled “Well-Being of Adolescents in Military Families: Examining the Intersections of Resilience and Vulnerability,” encompasses five papers on the subject.
Mancini said the critical distinction between the research and other papers on the topic is the simultaneous examination of cumulative risk factors and resilience.
“Everything we try to do through our research at the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory looks at the intersection of vulnerability and resilience,” Mancini said. “Oddly enough, a great many studies have not done that. They’ve not been comprehensive enough to look at both the problem issues that adolescents or families face and the solutions part.
“We have far more in this data set than other investigators have about youths’ social relationships and how relationships function in their lives, in both positive and negative ways. Those are the real plus points from a science perspective.”
This multi-level approach to youths’ lives has clear outreach implications as well, Mancini noted. The informal networks of friends, family, neighbors and caring adults are pivotal for supporting youth.
“It says to me that if I were going to spend money on prevention and intervention programs, it would be centered around social relationships one way or the other,” Mancini said. “That’s a big return on investment in youths’ lives.”
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Athens, Ga. – Amber Willis, a recent graduate of the Human Development and Family Science program at the University of Georgia, was honored this month by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Willis received the 2013 Dissertation Award from the AAMFT, given to recognize scholarly achievement by recent graduates whose research study relates to couples and family therapy.
Willis’ study, “Assessing Therapeutic Activities, Child Talk, and Session Outcome in Family Therapy with Young Children,” was conducted through her program with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The AAMFT is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, representing the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
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Athens, Ga. – Aspiring home business owners across the state can now receive free training through workshops offered by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences extension agents.
The 90-minute workshops, called “Is Starting a Home-Based Business for You?” are a new initiative aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses and are offered in collaboration with the UGA Small Business Development Center.
“There’s a huge demand for (home business education),” said Michael Rupured, assistant to the dean for FACS Education. “Our vision is to empower these individuals to put their ideas to work.”
The initial workshop is free, and a follow-up workshop that provides instruction on writing a business plan, is also available.
Jackie Ogden, extension agent for Chatham County, said she received a “very good response” at the initial workshop in late August.
Attendees included a mother-daughter team interested in selling a baked product, artists, jewelers and catering and videography enthusiasts, among others.
“They are getting the very basics of owning a business and seeing if it’s right for them,” Ogden said. “They learn about the rules and laws and regulations and also (are) determining what their passion is, what their product is or what service they want to provide.”
Rupured said agents have been encouraged at the camaraderie that already has formed among the workshop attendees.
“When they get together in these classes, they’re forming these little support groups where ‘We’re going to help each other do this and we’re going to encourage each other and make this happen and be each other’s cheerleaders,’ ” he said.
For more information on the program, visit the FACS extension page at
FACS graduate students, faculty to present at NCFR conference
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Athens, Ga. – Twelve University of Georgia graduate students from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with several faculty members, will present research at the National Council on Family Relations conference in San Antonio next week.
Graduate students DaYoung Bae, Jenee’ Duncan, Junhan Cho, Megan Hicks, Lyndsey Hjelmstad, Jihyoung Kim, Josie Kwon, Tae Lee, James Muruthi, Evin Richardson, Savannah Spivey and Tara Sutton will present findings at the conference.
Graduate coordinator and faculty member Dr. Denise C. Lewis said that presenting at national conferences is a requirement for graduate students within the Human Development and Family Science department.
“We strongly encourage and support them to, as early in their career with us as possible, begin submitting abstracts for presentation,” Lewis said. “We expect, especially of our doc students, to have already presented many times and published several times before they ever go on the job market.”
The benefits of this involvement at national conferences are numerous, Lewis added.
“It’s professional development, and in the profession, we really do live the publish or perish life,” she said. “It allows them to begin that professionalization in sort of a less threatening way. And by going to these conferences, they’re developing their own circle of colleagues.”
Numerous HDFS faculty members also will present at the conference. They are Maria Bermudez, Chalandra Bryant, Jim Ford, Ted Futris, Steve Kogan, Melissa Kozak, Denise Lewis, department head Jay Mancini, K.A.S. Wickrama and post-doc fellows Katie O’Neal and Laura Arnold. Faculty member David Wright is not attending but is the second author on one of the presentations.
The NCFR was established in 1938 as a non-partisan, non-profit professional organization focused solely on family research, policy and practice, according to its website, and includes more than 3,500 members. The NCFR publishes three journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family.
Each year, approximately 50 students pursue their master’s or Ph.D. in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
HDFS offers a master’s degree program and one with an emphasis in Child Life. Doctoral students select a HDFS or a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis. Most students receive generous assistantship or scholarship support.
Students completing the HDFS graduate program are conducting research, teaching and administering child and family programs at leading universities and agencies nationwide.
For more information, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/ and the NCFR site at http://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2013
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor and PhD graduate quoted in Card Hub Website
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Brenda J. Cude and Dr. Martin Seay were quoted in a Card Hub article titled “Ask the Experts: How Can We Improve Financial Literacy in the US?”
Dr. Cude commented in response to the following two questions-
“What is the single most important thing that we can do to help the average person become more financially literate, or at least make personal finance easier?”
“To what extent does financial literacy perpetuate the rich-poor divide in this country?”
Dr. Martin Seay commented in response to two similar questions-
“What else needs to be done to promote financial literacy among future generations?”
“Should/will the federal government address the issue of financial literacy in any substantive manner?”
All of the above responses can be found on the Card Hub website
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A team of University of Georgia financial planning students was named best in the country at the Financial Planning Challenge competition in Orlando on Monday.
The three-person team of Kelsey Brooks, Chase Burkhart and Matt Riggins, all senior financial planning majors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, won top honors among an elite group of eight finalists from across the country.
The teams were given six weeks to compile a comprehensive financial plan for a fictitious couple in New York; they also were judged on their oral presentations of the plan as well as their responses in a quiz bowl-style competition at the convention.
“I was in disbelief,” Riggins said of the victory. “It was the biggest surprise I’ve had all year. It was stunning, really.”
The work began in April when the team was presented with the case study of a same-sex couple in New York. The UGA team spent hours poring over ongoing legislation and tax and estate laws in New York surrounding the issue.
The trio ultimately produced an exhaustive, 106-page document as the fictitious financial planning firm of Axiom Wealth Management. The report covers everything from cash flow to taxes, insurance, investments, estate planning, retirement and more.
Riggins estimated he spent more than 60 hours on the plan. Brooks and Burkhart likely doubled that amount, he said.
“I knew it would take a lot of time, but I think I underestimated the time it would require,” said Brooks, a senior from Roswell. “There were definitely a lot of late nights and sleepless nights, but it’s all worth it now.”
Grable was not allowed to critique the team’s work, serving mostly as a source of encouragement.
“I didn’t see this plan until we shipped it off,” Grable said, “but the great thing about UGA students is once they make a commitment, my experience is they follow through. That shows real professionalism.”
In addition to the prestige and recognition, the department also won a $10,000 scholarship award for the team’s efforts, money that will be used to fund additional student trips to conferences and other professional networking opportunities.
“This really helps validate the work my colleagues are doing and the students are doing here,” Grable said of the team’s victory. “Not only for these three students, but for the whole major. People from the outside are saying ‘Georgia, what you are doing is effective.’ I’m just so proud of them and their efforts.”
For the students, the rewards gained from the experience are incalculable.
“I went to Georgia to win (the competition), to be honest,” Riggins said. “That was the number one thing: I wanted to win. We have a lot of pride in UGA and we feel like our program is a top-tier program and we wanted to show that.”
4TH PRESIDENTIAL HIRING INTIATIVE RESULTS IN THREE NEW POSITIONS IN FACS
Writer: Linda Fox
FACS has received funding for three new joint positions as part of the UGA President’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative. Proposals for this funding earlier this fall and we are pleased that all three were granted. The three positions funded impact the following departments:
- HACE, jointly with the Institute for Gerontology in the College of Public Health
Specifically, the positions will allow us to hire an assistant professor in housing for older adults; an assistant professor in multidisciplinary education for dieticians and pharmacists; and an assistant professor in fiber and polymer science, bioengineering specialty.
The assessment of proposals focused on enhancing the University’s ability to engage in research, teaching and service that transcend disciplinary boundaries in emerging topics and issues of state, national or international importance, according to President Morehead. Searches will be conducted to fill the positions by August 2014.
In his new book, “The Plateau Principle,” associate professor emeritus of foods and nutrition James Hargrove explains why plateaus occur and how people can use this knowledge to set realistic weight loss and strength training goals.
Quality Care Award for Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center
The Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center has worked closely with the State of Georgia Quality Care for Children program over the past year. The director, Dr. Amy Kay, program coordinator, Lori Maerz, and CDL staff identified best practices and processes for children, infant to six years. The CDL was rated on a three-star rating system applied to child care centers throughout the state of Georgia which is used to provide parents with a standardized way to compare centers.
Stars are awarded based on a combination of points gathered from an independent observation and a portfolio that demonstrates that the program meets standards above and beyond what licensing requires. The Quality Care Award reflects not only the high quality of early learning experiences at the CDL, but also the commitment of the CDL teachers and administrators to engage in training, curriculum development, and teaching engagement all of which are part of being accredited with the National Association of Early Childhood Education. The CDL continues to be an exceptional educational environment for young children, as well as teachers and college students and a meaningful resource for the community and families.
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."
NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.
Senior Consumer Economics Major, Blake Sailors, also #7 on the University of Georgia football team, Visits McPhaul Center Pre-School
Writer: Hannah Adair
Consumer Economics Major, Blake Sailors visited the Pre-K class at the McPhaul Center on Wednesday October 2nd. The class of 22 four and five year olds were learning about sportsmanship and how to be a good teammate. Blake shared about what he does to reach his best potential as an athlete, and the children were intrigued. Housing and Consumer Economics is beyond grateful for committed athletes like Blake who are giving back the community.
Several of our FACS agents were recognized at the Galaxy Conference (Sept 16-20), in Pittsburgh, PA, for their FACS programming here at UGA. Great job!
National Award and Southern Regional – Early Childhood Child Care Training Award – 1st place Injury Prevention and Control
Team: Lisa Jordan, Dr. Diane Bales, Susan Moore, Janet Hollingsworth, Terri Black and Laura Smith
Southern Region – Communication Award: Educational Publications – 3rd Place “Farm, Fresh and Fast” Publication Series.
Team: Lisa Jordan, Janet Hollingsworth, Judy Harrison, Connie Crawley, Gail Hanula and Tiffany Williams
National Award – Newsletter Category – 3rd place Enlace Latino.
Multi-state team: Inés Beltrán, Andrea Scarrow and Edda Cotto-Rivera (University of Georgia); Diana Romano (Oklahoma State University); Elizabeth Brunscheen –Cartagena (Kansas State University); Tracy Armstrong- Florian (Arizona State University)
Housing and Consumer Economics Students to Compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning Title
Writer: Hannah Adair
On October 19-21 In Orlando, Florida, a team of Financial Planning Students including Kelsey Brooks, Matthew Riggins and Chase Burkhart will be one of eight teams to compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning title. The competition consists of different phases in which our team will participate, these include: An oral presentation (October 19th) and a ‘How Do You Know’ Challenge (October 20th) We wish the best of luck to you all!
Professor turns service mission into housing history
This past spring, Kimberly Skobba took her students to a part of Athens that most of them had never driven by, much less visited. The service-learning class became proficient in the assistant professor's favorite research technique-interviewing-through talking to the residents of the Jack R. Wells Homes, located just off Hawthorne Avenue in west Athens.
HDFS Alumnus Shunta Jordan Named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 under 40 2013
Congratulations to Shunta Jordan upon being named as a member of the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 class of 2013! Shunta is a highly successful debate coach and teacher at Pace Academy. She majored in Child Development, graduating in 1998, received an MS degree in Adult Education in 2003 and was active in the UGA Debate Program.
The 40 under 40 winners are prominent graduates have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. They've demonstrated dedication to the University of Georgia and its mission of teaching, research and service. Read more here: http://www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/blog/25683
Bridget Lavelle, Frederic O Lorenz and K.A.S. Wickrama are recipients of the 2013 Rural Sociology Best Paper Award for their article "What Explains Divorced Women's Poorer Health? The Mediating Role of Health Insurance and Access to Health Care in a Rural Iowan Sample." Rural Society, Vol. 77 (4): 601-625. This award is funded by Wiley-Blackwell.
K.A.S. Wickrama is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Currently his work focuses on social determinants of health and health inequality across the life course; racial/ethnical inequalities in mental and physical health of children and adults, international development and health; and application of advanced statistical methods to social epidemiology.
Join the Web Accessibility Group at UGA to celebrate Georgia Accessibility Awareness Day on Friday, September 20. Four accessibility and disability experts will present "Accessibility Considerations for Online Courses" at the UGA Tate Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, download the agenda.
Housing and Consumer Economics Students Win the Final Round of the NAGDCA Retirement Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky
Writer: Hannah Adair
Housing and Consumer Economics students won the final round of the NAGDCA Retirement Quiz Bowl. The final round was held today (Tuesday, September 10) in front of an 800+ member audience in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations!
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor, Kimberly Skobba, Featured in Columns Newspaper
Writer: Hannah Adair
Skobba had her students interview residents of ‘Jack R. Wells Homes’ located off of Hawthorne Avenue in west Athens. Residents were interviewed as a result of Athens Housing Authority starting demolition of this public housing community commonly known as Pauldoe. Dr. Skobba focuses on ‘chronic mobility’ or individuals or families who move every few months, more specifically families with children. Her interests include the reasoning of why residents of low income households move so often, and what moving does or does not accomplish for a family. Residents were interviewed based on their feelings about living in Pauldoe as well as moving from this community. Dr. Skobba will be writing a book or booklet composed of these interviews that were completed, and she is anxious to pass on the book to her students and to the former residents of Jack R. Wells. http://columns.uga.edu/news/fulltext/2013-faculty-profile-kimberly-skobba/ Photo by: Paul Efland
Housing and Consumer Economics Student Kelsey Brooks receives Scholarship from TD Ameritrade
Writer: Hannah Adair
Family Financial Planning Student and College Ambassador, Kelsey Brooks recently returned from TD Ameritrade in New York City for being the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from TD Ameritrade listed as the “NextGen Scholarship”. This scholarship was given to ten well deserving students, and will help promote careers in financial planning and attract top talent to the advisor industry. Congratulations Kelsey!
HACE Professor, Dr. Swarn Chatterjee Receives the 2013 Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Outstanding Journal Article Award
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Swarn Chatterjee has been selected to receive the 2013 Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Outstanding Journal Article Award for his article titled “Childhood Financial Socialization and Young Adults’ Financial Management.” All of the articles published in Volume 23(2) and Volume 24(1) were considered. He will be honored at the 2013 AFCPE Annual Research and Training Symposium Awards Luncheon. Congratulations on your accomplishment Dr. Chatterjee!
HACE Financial Planning Students Place Within Top Eight Teams for the National Collegiate Financial Planning Title
Writer: Hannah Adair
A team of Housing and Consumer Economics Financial Planning Students placed within the top eight teams of the 2013 Financial Planning Challenge. They will compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning title in Orlando on October 19-21. Congratulations!
Family Financial Planning-'A Diamond in the Rough'
Writer: Hannah Adair
‘A Diamond in the Rough’ was the title to an article in the Financial Advisor magazine written by Mary Rowland. The article highlighted the Family Financial Planning major in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics. Two ‘FFP’ majors, Marcela Michel and Matthew Riggins were interviewed in the article and spoke very highly of Family Financial Planning. Both Michel and Riggins were nearly finished with other degrees when they ‘stumbled’ upon the FFP major, also known as ‘a diamond in the rough.’ Michel comments on her major, ‘“Almost everyone in the major just found it randomly, but once they discover it, they become obsessed with it. There are so many routes to take with this degree.”
Matthew Riggins, the current president of the Student Family Financial Planning Association (SFPA), had almost completed a degree in sociology, and had an interest in consumer activism. While listening to the Clark Howard radio show Howard commented on the need for a Certified Financial Planner for advice. Riggins searched for the CFP destination and learned that the FFP program at UGA would prepare him to take the CFP exam.
Both Michel and Riggins mentioned that the FFP program may be difficult to find at UGA. The reasoning behind this is attributed to the program not being housed in the business school. Many people may infer that Family Financial Planning is in UGA’s Terry College of Business, but Personal Finance is tucked away in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The unique attributes of the FFP major is the constant exposure to client practice. Students learn by experience, as the major requires at least internship completion. This experience is also accredited to a small building called “The Aspire Clinic” where they offer free financial advice to the Athens/Clarke County population. Financial Planning students also participate in a particular program, the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This program offers free income tax assistance to the local community.
Family Financial Planning professor John Grable comments on the importance of hands on experience,’ If you empower undergrads and give them support , then get out of the way, they are amazing.’
Noted demographer Douglas Bachtel, an emeritus professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, died Thursday, Aug. 8, in Athens after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. In his 33 years at the university, Bachtel was highly regarded for his ability to turn dry, complicated statistical data into easy-to-understand information that allowed elected leaders, business groups and citizens to make better-informed decisions about the future of their communities. Read more.
On June 28, 2013, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Philip E. Chase to the Statewide Independent Living Council's Board of Directors. Phil is a faculty member of the UGA, IHDD where he directs an online distance learning program in employment services.
He also has recently been elected president of the GA Chapter of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst.
Housing and Consumer Economics PhD Student Wookjae Heo receives 'Emerging Researcher Award' at AAFCS Conference
Writer: Hannah Adair
HACE PhD Student Wookjae Heo attended the 104th AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, TX on June 26th-29th. Among the different communities within AAFCS there is a specific community called ‘Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM)’. This year, the FERM Community has created an award given to one PhD student under the category of an ‘academic award’ named the ‘Emerging Researcher Award.’ Wookjae Heo was the first recipient of this award. Congratulations!
The official description of the award by FERM is as followed-
‘This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding potential to make significant contributions to the understanding of individuals and families, and the context in which they make family economic and resource management decisions. Doctoral students pursuing the Ph.D. or Ed.D. at a recognized institution of higher education in the United States and who are at the advanced dissertation development stage are eligible for the award. The Emerging Researcher Award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash award and a certificate. The recipient will make a brief presentation about their planned research during the FERM Community Business meeting at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Up to $500 in travel reimbursement will be provided to the recipient based on paid receipts following the meeting.’
Wookjae was chosen based on the following criteria-
1. Applications shall be submitted by doctoral students who have reached an advanced stage in their dissertation research.
2. Research topics must focus on social, economic and/or household aspects of family economics/resource management and/or issues that relate to policy formation and/or legislation in personal or household economics.
3. The research may involve methods using quantitative, qualitative, or historical analysis.
4. The research project must be at an advanced stage of development and approved by the appropriate advisory committee providing guidance to the doctoral student.
5. Applicants with current membership in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will receive merit points in the review process.
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor, Dr. Debbie Phillips earns a Proclamation for Distinguished Service to Education
Writer: Hannah Adair
The Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF) Celebration of Education was held at the Capital City Club-Brookhaven in Atlanta on June 12, 2013. This event recognizes professionals in the apartment industry for their service and support of education. GAIEF funds programs that educate future professionals in the field. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presented Dr. Debbie Phillips with a Proclamation for Distinguished Service to Education at this event.
Dr. Phillips earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from our College in Housing and Consumer Economics. Since the inception of the Emphasis in Residential Property Management over 5,000 students have been introduced to careers in the apartment industry. For more information on this exciting program, please visit our website: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hace/undergraduate/rpm.html
Housing and Consumer Economics Graduate on the Cover of Investment News
Writer: Hannah Adair
Madison Ernst was recognized as one of ‘Six Grads Hoping to Make Their Mark in Financial Planning’ From Woodstock, GA, Ernst is employed by ‘The Ayco Co’ and says, ‘I hope to achieve the Certified Financial Planner designation and to become and Senior Planner with The Ayco Company.’ Photo: Christopher T. Martin Link to Investment News Article- http://www.investmentnews.com/gallery/20130607/FREE/607009999/PH
Housing and Consumer Economics Assoc. Professor, Dr. Sophia Anong, Quoted in CardHub
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Anong quotes regarding poor retirement outlook, “Gen. X’ers networth fell so much because most of them being young were aggressively invested (equities). Poor retirement outlook is a bit harsh analysis because their portfolios will recover, they have a 30-40years+ time horizon to do that if they didn’t react radically by perhaps overcompensating and moving their portfolios into safer fixed income assets, bonds, cash reserves, etc.” http://www.cardhub.com/edu/ask-the-experts-will-we-ever-get-to-retire/
Harris English, Recent Consumer Economics Graduate, receives his first PGA Tour Victory
Writer: Hannah Adair
23-year-old Consumer Economics Graduate won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, making birdies on two of the final three holes. This is English’s second year on the PGA Tour. Congratulations, Harris! Photo: Stan Badz/PGA Tour
ARLINGTON, Va., June 4, 2013 — For more than 25 years, Dr. Debbie Phillips has dedicated herself to teaching, to mentoring and to connecting college students with careers in the apartment industry. Her commitment to education has earned her recognition from the National Apartment Association Education Institute as a recipient of its 2013 Apartment Career and Education (ACE) Award.
“Dr. Debbie Phillips is one of our superstars,” said NAAEI President William Wollinger, CAPS, SHCM. “Her dedication, her energy and her enthusiasm in promoting the apartment industry and its career opportunities have helped us reach literally thousands of college students.”
Phillips has served the apartment industry since 1987 and has been involved in all sides of the business. As president of the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF), she teaches apartment industry courses, mentors students, speaks at high schools, participates in workforce development events and represents the industry at career fairs. She also finds time to teach Residential Property Management at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology and even owns her own real estate advisory firm, The Quadrillion.
“Debbie spends countless hours working with her students inside and outside the classroom to promote the industry and to find the best ‘fit’ for her students,” said Jerry Warshaw, CEO of Warshaw Properties. “Debbie’s high energy level and winning attitude wins the hearts and minds of everyone she meets.”
To date, “Dr. Debbie” – as her students know her – has introduced more than 6,200 students in college programs to the many career opportunities available in the apartment industry. She devotes many long days to commuting from Athens to Atlanta to teach as many as five classes a day in addition to her industry speaking engagements.
“Dr. Debbie works tirelessly to position her students for successful careers,” said one of her former students, ShaDonte Dozier, a graduate of Georgia Tech. “Her passion for teaching is apparent to everyone she encounters.”
Phillips also is active with more than 20 industry organizations, including the National Apartment Association Education Institute, Georgia College and Career Network and the Housing Educator Research Association. She has been recognized for her teaching with numerous awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award for 2012-13 from UGA’s Department of Housing and Consumer Economics and “Excellence in Teaching” recognition from both UGA and Georgia Tech. She also has been named as one of the “Top 100 Women Changing the World of Real Estate” by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Phillips will be recognized as part of the 2013 NAA Education Conference and Exposition on June 22 at the San Diego Convention Center. The NAAEI Apartment Career and Education Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of apartment career development and/or contributions made to, or on behalf of NAAEI and its professional education interests and initiatives. The ACE Awards are given annually and are awarded to both volunteer leaders and professional educators.
About the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI)
The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders. For more information, please visit www.naahq.org/education or www.apartmentcareerhq.org.
Pictured from left to right are:
Hannah McDonald, Carly Moore, Adam Gibbs, Alex Forde, Blake Littlefield, Lindsay Moore and Josh Currie
Where are they going next?
-Blake Littlefield is in Atlanta, GA working on his MBA at Mercer’s Graduate School and interning at Southern Lifestyles Leasing and Management.
-Alex Forde is in Nashville, TN working for Matrix Properties as a Leasing Consultant.
-Adam Gibbs is progressing on a job offer from Pulte Homes in Atlanta, GA.
-Josh Currie recently accepted a job offer with For Rent Media Solutions as a customer service representative.
Watch full ambiguous loss talk by Pauline Boss, Jay Mancini
The University of Minnesota's Department of Family Social Science sponsored this talk with Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar Dr. Jay Mancini and emeritus faculty Dr. Pauline Boss about ambiguous loss research. The talk, shown here in its entirety, was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' St. Paul campus.
Prof studies what makes successful African-American marriages work
Chalandra Bryant, a professor of human development and family science in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, studies what happens in marriage between that wedding day and when the marriage ends, no matter the cause.
A group of nutrition professors are investigating how obesity may affect folate metabolism during pregnancy. With an increasingly obese population and folate recommendations based on studies from the 1990s, they surmise that obese mothers may need more folate during pregnancy.
For the past three years Family and Consumer Science student Ambassadors have been packaging and distributing exam survival kits filled with snacks to tide students over as they prepare for their final exams. The students package 350 kits and distribute them during morning class changes at the end of the semester. For more information, visit http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/mediapg/detail/78/examkit.
UGA researchers receive $3 million NIH grant to assess alcohol education
The benefits of two rounds of family-centered prevention programs designed to deter alcohol use among rural African-American youths will be the focus of a five-year, $3 million project conducted by University of Georgia researchers.
Former HACE Ph.D. student Anne Duke wins Robert O. Herrmann Ph.D. Dissertation Award
Anne Duke won the Robert O. Herrmann Ph.D. Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled "Motivating Personal Contribution to Health Saving Accounts." Dr. Brenda Cude was her major professor and presented her with the award at the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) annual conference in Portland, Oregon. This award was established to identify and recognize outstanding graduate student research which addresses issues relevant to the well-being of consumers and meets the research guidelines of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Students led by multicultural specialist Sharon Gibson, of the department of Housing and Consumer Economics, recently made their mark in the textile industry in an unexpected, but certainly not unappreciated way.
The Fashion Merchandising majors collaborated with Georgia sheep farmers to produce high-quality wool socks to donate to American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. This coalition, coordinated by Ms. Gibson, also worked with UGA textile scientist Patti Annis and Texas State professor Gwen Hustvedt to research market trends about buying fabric and textiles locally. To that end, they bought wool from sheep farmers in Madison County. The multitude of wool left over after the study was turned in to socks, and sent to the soldiers with the help of FACS undergraduates.
“In the end,” Gibson says, “it’s not just about socks. It’s about making connections. It’s about having students who are interested in fashion understanding their dependence on agriculture, and preserving what we say we value.”
For more information on UGA’s Socks for Soldiers project, go to www.facebook.com/ifsockscouldtalk.
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Dr. Lance Palmer Named 2013 Public Service and Outreach Engaged Scholar
Writer: Hannah Adair
Congratulations to Dr. Lance Palmer, Associate Professor of Housing and Consumer Economics. Dr. Palmer is the recipient of the 2013 Engaged Scholar Award. This award is presented each year by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. Dr. Palmer was recognized for his development of the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). VITA is staffed by students in service learning courses and provides free tax preparation services to low and moderate income households in Athens-Clarke County.
Studies Find Strong Links Between Food Insecurity, Health Care Among Elderly
A fear of going hungry may be leading many older Georgians to skip medications and cancel doctors' appointments as they juggle limited incomes with prescription costs and out-of-pocket copayments required by Medicare, according to two new studies by University of Georgia researchers.
Maria Bermudez, an assistant professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, aims to help individuals and families overcome adversity and other life challenges through her research and outreach. Read More
The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host the second annual UGA Fashion Week February 15-22. The week brings together several student organizations in a number of fashion-related events, including several fashion shows and showcases, a presentation by entrepreneur Christy Plott-Redd, and several other activities and celebrations. The theme for 2013 is Where Fashion Students and Entrepreneurs Meet and the week honors fashion entrepreneurs including designers, buyers, bloggers, retailers, and manufacturers.
The week starts on Friday, February 15 with “Marry the Night!” a fashion showcase hosted by The Agency in collaboration with Athens retailer Private Gallery at Tapped in The Capital Room and follows with a Kick-off Dance Party and best-dressed contest hosted by UGA’s fashion magazine, Little Red Book and sponsored by Rent the Runway on Monday, February 18 at Silver Dollar Bar. Tuesday, February 19 marks the opening for “Body Damage”, an exhibit hosted by UGA’s Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection at Barrow Hall Gallery and Project Condom: Season 3, an educational fashion show presented by SHHUGA (Sexual Health Helpers at UGA) at Tate Grand Hall. On Wednesday, February 20 Christy Plott-Redd--Creative Director & Owner of American Tanning and Leather--hosts “Fashion Untamed: The Life of a Leather Curator” at Miller Learning Center. The Georgia Education Soft Goods Foundation will host a cocktail receptiononThursday, February 21 at the UGA Special Collections Library. This event will be followed by Destination Spring Break,a fashion show presented by SMA and The Agency, benefitting UGA Miracle with a pre-show from Lotusgrace. Friday, February 22 is UGA Fashion Day Out in Downtown Athens with local retail entrepreneurs offering generous discounts available to UGA students who attend Fashion Week events prior to Friday. The week closes with “A Night Amongst Stars”, a fashion show presented by FDSA (Fashion Design Student Association) at the Foundry Park Inn.
The Wall Street Journal reports on research conducted by Dr. Ian Hardin, professor emeritus of textile science. Fabrics were promoted as having the ability to deter bacterial growth, but some of those claims aren't proven.
Join us! Governor Deal as declared Tuesday February 26th "FACS Day at the Capitol". Come support your college! Travel to Atlanta to network at the General Assembly, lunch and learn with Georgia's influential leaders.
Deadline to Register is Friday February 8th, 2013. Register Here
Older African Americans who are dissatisfied with their lives tend to choose diets high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. They can improve their health and eating habits through social support, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
New research published in the August issue of the Journal of Food Protection found that the social networking platform Facebook is good for more than keeping up with friends-targeted content can be used to teach college students how to safely prepare their own food.
Thank you for your interest in the School Nutrition Director's Certification program. Applications for this program are considered on an on-going basis. Two different application forms must be completed. Applicants must apply to both the UGA Graduate School and to the Department of Foods and Nutrition.
Application deadlines are determined by the semester you wish to begin taking classes...
To begin coursework Fall semester, your applications must be submitted by July 1
To begin coursework Spring semester, your applications must be submitted by Nov 15
To begin coursework Summer semester, your applications must be submitted by April 1
Exciting changes are underway! Although the UGA Independent and Distant Learning (IDL) route for course delivery previously used for two of the required nutrition courses is going away, the courses and program are going strong through the newly established UGA Office of Online Learning. In the future all courses will be offered on-line using the e-format. This change should make registering for classes easier. You must however register for all classes during the open registration period at the beginning of each semester (along with everyone else at UGA) and the class must be completed during the same semester you begin the course.
If you have questions about SNDCP in general or the change in delivery of the required courses, please contact us at email@example.com. Information about the program in general, and information about the application process and the specific paperwork that must be submitted with the applications, is also found at: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate/sndcp.html.
We have recently updated our Building Emergency Action Plan for Dawson Hall. Take a look and be prepared for emergency situations we could encounter. It is also available in the For: Faculty area linked from the top right of our web pages.
UGA Research Aims to Prevent Farm-Related Injuries in Youth
The biggest threat to the health and safety of most children and adolescents is a motor vehicle accident. But the one million American children and teens living or working on farms in the U.S. face an additional danger—the tractors in their own backyards. University of Georgia researchers seeking ways to effectively train youth on how to safely use farm equipment have identified a persuasive tool: their farmer fathers.
In the past 15 years, the rate of obesity in Georgia has doubled, creating a state where one-third of adults and 14 percent of youth are considered obese. While these dismal numbers have raised warning flags, with government officials and the media heralding the crisis, for faculty members in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences the obesity problem isn’t new. For decades they have not only been studying obesity’s causes but also developing educational programs—for children and adults alike—focused on improved diets and increased levels of exercise. Unfortunately, the ready availability of inexpensive, tasty, high-calorie, low-nutrition food, combined with a steep decline in physical activity, has meant that researchers and educators have been fighting a losing battle.
Now, as part of a new effort, more than two dozen FACS faculty members
are joining with colleagues from across the University of Georgia to establish a university-wide initiative to find new ways to fight obesity. The initiative, led by Clifton Baile, a D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar who holds a joint appointment in the FACS foods and nutrition department and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is allowing researchers to develop collaborations that expand their work and take it in new directions.
Genuine motherhood issues
For example, Alex Anderson (Associate Professor, Foods and Nutrition) is collaborating with colleagues in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health to complement and enhance his research on maternal and infant obesity. Using technology that can safely measure the body composition of babies and children, as well as of expectant and new mothers, Anderson’s research has already demonstrated that mothers who breastfeed their babies lose more weight and body fat than moms who use baby formula. In addition, the breastfed babies have more of the metabolically active “brown fat” that is likelier to transition into lean body mass.
In his research as part of the new initiative, Anderson is looking more closely at the type of weight that expectant mothers gain, its impact on a newborn’s body composition, and how that composition changes over the course of infancy and early childhood. The work will assess, for example, “whether the nature of the mother’s weight gain—lean muscle or fat—affects the newborn’s weight or the mother’s ability to lose weight post-pregnancy,” he says. The new project will also determine the concentration of “adiposity-induced inflammation markers” found in the blood and breast milk of new and expectant mothers. “Obese individuals tend to have higher concentrations of these markers than do non-obese individuals, but we haven’t examined how the markers react to the different types of weight gained during pregnancy and to the infant’s body composition,” Anderson says.
Anderson also is beginning to reassess the body composition of children who were in his earlier studies. “Some of those babies are now 6 years old.
We want to see if we can relate infant-feeding practices to what occurs as the baby grows into a young child.”
Obesity and bone health
For more than 20 years, Rick Lewis (UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, Foods and Nutrition) has explored connections between bone health and weight, including amassing a vast collection of blood serum, bone scans and in-depth interviews with young people ranging in age from 4 to 18 about their diets and activity levels. “Historically, body fat was viewed as protective of bone health, but we see that children who are overweight have less bone strength than those who are of normal weight,” he says. Reduced bone strength not only puts the child at greater risk of fractures, it may also play a role in adult osteoporosis.
As part of the new obesity initiative, Lewis and university colleagues are exploring a relationship between obesity and bone strength that involves a common virus—adenovirus-36 (AD-36)—also known for causing upper-respiratory infections. Previous research had correlated obesity with AD-36. Now, Lewis wants to explore whether that link involves bone strength as well. In preliminary research, he found that obese university students who tested positive for AD-36 had weaker bones. However, there was no correlation between normal-weight students’ bone strength and AD-36 exposure.
Lewis and his colleagues are now planning a more extensive study using blood samples gathered from tests of more than 80 children, beginning when they were four years old and continuing at intervals of every few years until they were 18. The researchers will test the samples for AD-36 antibodies and then examine the accompanying data on the children’s height, weight and bone strength before and after exposure to the virus. “A strong correlation between AD-36 infections, obesity and bone strength could lead to the development of vaccines or other treatments” for the conditions involved, according to Lewis.
Obesity and older adults
For close to 15 years, Mary Ann Johnson (Flatt Professor of Foods and Nutrition) has received funding from the Georgia Division of Aging Services and the federal Administration on Aging to provide nutrition education and physical-activity programs to adults who attend senior centers in the 13-county Northeast Georgia region. As a result, she and a number of colleagues from across campus have gathered a wealth of information about these older adults, including data regarding obesity, chronic diseases (such as diabetes), physical disabilities and eating habits.
“A number of our studies looked at individuals who eat most of their lunches at a senior center or who receive lunches through the Meals on Wheels program and we know that these meals provide a third of the recommended daily allowance for calories and nutrition,” Johnson says. “But more than half of the people we studied are obese—not just overweight, but obese. That’s significantly higher than the national average for people who are over 60, which is around 40 percent.”
From her research, Johnson has learned that eating habits don’t necessarily improve with age; older adults frequently skip their vegetables and milk just like kids do. Efforts to provide healthy meals at the senior centers also get undermined by the sodas and snacks that are frequently available, not to mention day-old breads and pastries that are donated by local businesses. In addition, many older adults enjoy fast-food meals, despite understanding the risks such food poses to their health. Because obesity can lead to or exacerbate illnesses (including high blood pressure and diabetes), as well as limit the mobility of older adults, Johnson says it’s now seen as a major contributor to increased medical costs.
Johnson’s research on those who attend senior centers will continue and expand as a part of the obesity initiative, but she’s also developing new collaborations such as one at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta. In that study, Johnson will assess the nutrition and eating habits of those who have experienced spinal injuries. That information will be combined with data on physical activity gathered by colleagues as part of an effort to address obesity in this population. Johnson also is collaborating with colleagues on a project that focuses on exercise, nutrition and obesity in older women.
Combining research and practice
A key aspect of UGA’s new obesity initiative is developing programs that can be implemented in communities throughout the state—a goal that dovetails with the long history of FACS Cooperative Extension programs. “In the case of basic research it may be years before work moves out of the lab, but in other instances the outreach and research components are working hand in glove,” says initiative-leader Baile.
A new five-year childhood-obesity project for Colquitt County provides an example of community-based activities that the UGA obesity initiative will encourage. It was Colquitt citizens who identified childhood obesity as a problem in their county and reached out to UGA for support. The project is led by Marsha Davis (an associate professor in the College of Public Health) and Rebecca Mullis (Professor, Foods and Nutrition), who have worked together for more than 20 years on research designed to improve the diets and physical activities of lower-income urban families. Also playing key roles in the project are Gail Hanula (Coordinator, Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program) and Connie Crawley (Senior Public Service Associate, Cooperative Extension Health and Nutrition), who have years of experience in “training the trainers”—that is, teaching FACS Cooperative Extension agents the best ways to present information to participants.
“The goal of this [Colquitt County] project is to focus on 600 third-graders to see if we can create an obesity-reduction program that includes their families, their teachers, school administrators, the employees who work in the cafeteria, and the community at-large,” says Mullis. “Much of our success will be measured at the beginning and end of each school year, when we assess the waist circumference and body mass index of these children—to determine whether they are overweight or obese—as they progress through fourth and fifth grades.”
It’s not only the health of the children themselves that is at stake. “Our previous research has shown that we can empower children to encourage better eating habits and improve physical activity in their families,” Mullis says. “In this project, we also hope these children will become enlightened voices in their larger communities—through the encouragement of healthy options in vending machines or through the creation of walking trails in the county, for example. And if children adopt that sort of focus now it will be far more likely to continue into adulthood.” Should the Colquitt County project prove successful, the researchers hope that because it uses a delivery system that already exists throughout Georgia—Cooperative Extension county agents—it can quickly be expanded statewide.
A widening initiative
To assess their interest in a university-wide obesity initiative, Baile began interviewing department heads and faculty in June 2011. At that time, he expected that the focus would be on research projects, especially because a review of 750 grant proposals submitted in 2010 showed that 125 addressed some aspect of obesity. By December, he had held more than 130 meetings and identified some 80 faculty who were interested in joining the initiative.
“This initiative is now about four times the size of what I thought it would be,” Baile says. FACS researchers make up roughly one-fourth of the participating faculty members, each of whom has joined one of 11 interest groups that meet monthly to discuss ways to further their research on obesity. The subjects of the groups range from the new field of epigenetics, which explores how environmental factors such as diet or prenatal nutrition can turn genes on or off, to public health policies. In-between are groups that, for example, address obesity in the workplace, obesity and exercise, and even communications strategies and obesity. Participants include faculty members in journalism, education, public health, environmental design, public service and outreach, kinesiology, genetics, veterinary medicine, animal science, biochemistry, molecular biology, and psychology, in addition to the FACS-related fields of foods and nutrition, consumer economics, child development, and gerontology. At least 15 grant submissions have grown out of the groups’ work; these are in addition to obesity-related grants that individual faculty members already had in progress.
The initiative also has expanded beyond the University of Georgia, with Baile meeting with representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Health, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, among others. Moreover, Baile has found great interest among chief research officers at universities throughout the Southeastern football conference. A presentation to this group has already led to plans for a workshop this year and for obesity to be the topic of the 2014 SEC Academic Conference. Because all of the southeastern states have high rates of obesity, Baile says, expanding the initiative into a regional effort could finally turn the tide toward establishing proven ways of reducing obesity.
A recent University of Georgia study looked at how minimum wage increases can decrease poverty in America. It turns out that they don't, according to the report co-authored by Robert Nielsen, an assistant professor of housing and consumer economics.
As people age out of the workforce and into retirement, the consequences of obesity become more and more apparent. Obesity accelerates and exacerbates diseases of aging, such as heart disease, while at the same time robbing older adults of mobility and independence, among other costs.
For more than a decade, Mary Ann Johnson, the Bill and June Flatt Professor of Foods and Nutrition, has been exploring the factors that put older adults at risk for obesity; and as a result she has designed and tested interventions to help them lead healthier lives. Working with the Athens Community Council on Aging and senior centers across the state, she has found that it is never too late for older adults to improve their health.
One study, a four-month series of classes that included chair-based exercises and encouraged participants to record their number of daily steps with a pedometer, helped them increase their physical activity by 26 percent. As a result, the number of participants reporting good physical function increased from 17 percent to 25 percent. Another series of classes focusing on healthful eating produced a 21-percent increase in the number of participants who consumed at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily. "We've seen this over and over," Johnson said. "Older people are willing to change; they just need a little help, guidance, and support."
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Convenience stores are the only nearby food source for millions of Americans living in what are called food deserts. Jung Sun Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, co-authored of a pair of studies examining the food environment on the Florida Panhandle.
I invite you to "LIKE" my Ghana Community Trade Facebook page.
You will be able to keep up with my students and me while in Ghana. We will work with entrepreneurs in the textile trade: sewers, weavers, dyers, wood carvers, basket makers, casket makers, etc. We will make daily posts about our travels in the beautiful country of Ghana along with colorful pictures and videos.
Students will design clothing and source accessories from Ghana to put in retail stores in Athens. Participating Athens Small Businesses: Avid Bookshop, AGORA, Cheeky Peach, Flirt, Frontier, Native American Gallery, and Whole. Our trip is from May 15-June 7... the official grand opening of the Ghana Community Trade Program is August 6th, so mark your calendar and get ready to shop! I call it the "Buy Local & Support Africa"
Please enjoy and share with your friends and family!
Congratulations to the newest department in the college, the Department of Human Development and Family Science. We received official word from the Provost's office that effective fall semester 2012 the former Department of Child and Family Development will be HDFS.
New associate deans named at the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences has two new associate deans: The University of Kentucky's Deborah Murray has been named associate dean for Cooperative Extension and outreach, and UGA's Silvia Giraudo has been named associate dean of academic programs.
"I look forward to both Dr. Murray and Dr. Giraudo joining our college's administrative team," said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. "Their leadership and experience will provide support and guidance to our faculty, staff and students."
Murray will begin her tenure with FACS as associate dean for UGA Extension and outreach effective May 7. She currently serves as associate director of the University of Kentucky's Health Education through Extension Leadership program, funded with a $5.7 million special grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As grant administrator, Murray has spent the past eight years developing and implementing the HEEL program, which focuses on innovative and collaborative statewide programs between the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences and other colleges and departments.
Prior to her current position, Murray spent 15 years with the UK Cooperative Extension Service in positions that included supervising and directing family and consumer sciences and 4-H county agents. She holds a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., a master's degree in home economics education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from UK.
"Dr. Murray brings extensive experience, the skills to develop and manage entrepreneurial projects and effectiveness in securing funding to support Extension and outreach programming," Fox said. "She has a keen sense of the purpose and mission of land-grant universities and ways in which our college can capitalize on our expertise in outreach in the broadest sense."
Giraudo, who is currently a FACS associate professor of foods and nutrition, has accepted the position of associate dean of academic programs effective June 15.
A native of Argentina, Giraudo earned her bachelor's degree in agriculture at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-Argentina prior to moving to Georgia, where she earned a master's degree in animal science and a doctorate in animal nutrition from UGA.
Giraudo joined the FACS faculty in 2002. Her research has centered on brain regulation of food intake and energy metabolism as well as the use of educational materials to teach healthy eating habits to young children and prevent early obesity through education.
In addition to her teaching and research duties, Giraudo is director of the school nutrition certification program, which is regulated by the Georgia Department of Education, and has served as the program director of the FACS study abroad program in Xalapa, Mexico, for several years. She serves on the University Council at UGA and is a member of the University Executive Council and the FACS Faculty Advisory Committee. She has previously served as a member of the University Educational Affairs Committee and as an advisory board member of the UGA Learning Communities.
"During her decade as a faculty member, Dr. Giraudo has shown an eagerness to explore new ways of teaching students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels both inside the classroom and through experiential learning," Fox said. "In addition to her successes at the departmental and college levels, she also has extensive experience at the university level which is essential for the associate dean for academic programs.
We are excited that our first Spring Fling is almost upon us! It will be this Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tate Center Plaza. I am proud to say that all departments and student organizations have committed to hosting booths at the event... over 18 tables! We hope this becomes an exciting annual event. In addition to the club and department displays, we will feature games, trivia, and have multiple giveaways as door prizes. We will also be giving away free pizza and beverages at lunch time.
This event serves several purposes for our college. First, we want to celebrate and show appreciation for our current students. Second, we would like to use this as a recruitment event for potential new students. We want everyone on campus to know who the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is and all that we have to offer. I have been told that we have the ability to reach over 15,000 students during this time!
Please help us promote this event by mentioning it to your students! Word of mouth has been shown to be our *NUMBER ONE* recruitment tool, so let's get the word out!
Call Andy Davis with any questions @ 706-542-0680.
Visiting Scholar, Dr. Avshalom Caspi presented, “Gene x Environment Interactions: What’s New? What’s Next?” Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the annual Gene Brody Colloquium. Dr. Caspi's research spans the fields of psychology, epidemiology and genetics. He has received the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Contribution Award, the John Hill Memorial Award for contributions to understanding adolescent development from the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Mortimer D. Sackler Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology. Dr. Caspi is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.
The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors hosted the first annual UGA Fashion Week, February 20-24th. The week showcased fashion shows, movie screenings, an intimate seminar with a professional fashion stylist, and a dance party. Through the joint efforts of 3 student organizations: Little Red Book, Fashion Design Student Association and the Student Merchandising Association; the event was a huge success! Total participation included over 650 fashion seeking individuals from campus and the Athens community. This is just one example of the talent and determination of the fashion merchandising majors at UGA. If interested in a pursuing a Fashion Merchandising Major or Minor, enroll in txmi3210 and contact Anne Allen at email@example.com.
The Department of Child and Family Development presented visiting scholar, Dr. Fred P. Piercy, Ph.D., February 17, 2012, at the Georgia Center, Room Y/Z for two presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The morning lecture: "Lessons from Two Tragedies: Reflections of a Family Professional" focused on Dr. Piercy's reflections on training Indonesian mental health workers in the wake of the Asian tsunami. He also reflected, as a family scholar, on both challenges and lessons learned after the campus shootings at Virginia Tech. At 2 p.m., Dr. Piercy spoke on "Writing for Publication: Demystifying the Process." Dr. Piercy as editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, spoke on the publication process and the thinking and skills necessary for participants to be successful, published authors of scholarly articles.
Athens, Georgia (February 9, 2012)--The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host the first annual UGA Fashion Week from Monday, February 20th to Friday, February 24th. The week brings together several student organizations in a number of events, including two fashion shows, a panel discussion on fashion films, and a presentation by fashion entrepreneur, Erica Benoit. Promotional Poster
The events kick off on Monday, February 20th at 9:30 p.m. with a dance party at Silver Dollar Bar hosted by The Little Red Book Magazine, UGA’s student fashion magazine. Put on your dancing shoes and your most dazzling outfit to win our "best dressed contest" judged by representatives from Cheeky Peach, Show Pony, Agora, and Flirt Fashions.
A screening and panel discussion of fashion on film will be held on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Miller Learning Center, room 171. UGA professors Ivan Ingermann (Department of Drama and Theatre), Mark Callahan (Lamar Dodd School of Art), and José Blanco (Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors) will present and discuss short films showcasing collaborations between fashion houses and movie directors. The screening is sponsored by Vince Camuto with giveaway prizes and raffle items.
The week continues with the special presentation "Styling: Inspiration to Success” with Erica Benoit on Wednesday February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Miller Learning Center, room 171. Erica Benoit has over 12 years of experience in the fashion industry with her own company, BenoitEnstyle, creating editorials in Elle and Essence magazines and professionally styling Usher. The event is sponsored by Rent-the-Runway with gift card raffles and other promotions. The night includes a sneak peek of the African Night Fashion Show “Earth, Wind, and Fire” to be held on March 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Oconee County Civic Center. Student stylists will showcase traditional, modern, and designer fashions from Africa.
On Thursday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m. the Tate Student Center Grand Hall will welcome the latest Athens spring fashions during the Student Merchandising Association's 18th Annual Fashion Show, “Destination: Spring Break,” benefitting UGA HEROs. The pre-show features Alta Gracia sportswear designs, supporting living wage for the people who make the clothes. Tickets are $7 with refreshments included.
The First Annual UGA Fashion Week will conclude on Friday, February 24th with the Fashion Design Student Association’s (FDSA) fashion show "Where the Wild Things Are." Join student designers as they enter into a world of wild creations and adventures in the realm of fierce fabrics and delicate designs. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $7. Proceeds benefit Radio Tanzania: Reviving the Forgotten Archives, a project aiming to preserve over 100,000 hours of Tanzanian music on reel-to-reel tapes. The event also includes a pre-show, featuring the UGA Tartan and student products for TXMI & Co.
Also part of Fashion Week is an exhibition of UGA’s Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection at the Miller Learning Center first floor lobby display cases with items from the Montgomery Collection. The pieces were worn by Eleanor (Ellie) Morgan Montgomery Atuk and include designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass.
World renowned researcher, Dr. Megan Gunnar, lectured at the Tate Center, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2012. As the visiting scholar presenting for the annual Gene Brody Colloquium, she spoke on the topic, “Early Life Stress and Development: Studies of Children, Adopted Internationally from Orphanages and Other Institutions.”
Dr. Gunnar is Director of the Institute of Child Development, Department Chair, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor at Stanford University. Her research is focused on the effects of early deprived care on the development of self-regulatory systems, including systems involved in both stress and socio-emotional regulation. The study includes the two arms of the mammalian stress system; the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) system and the sympathetic adrenomedullary (SAM) system.
A search is currently underway for the Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension position. We are excited to announce that we have three strong candidates that will make campus visits soon. For more information, please visit our Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Resources page, also available from the Job Vacancies page.
Georgia United Credit Union has partnered with the College of Family & Consumer Sciences of the University of Georgia to provide FREE electronic income tax preparation and filing. More Information at www.fcs.uga.edu/college/docs/VITA.pdf.
After several months of poring over more than 50 designs and input from FACS students, faculty, staff and alumni, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences has officially launched its new logo. Developed by William Reeves, a graphic designer at UGA Printing, the new logo provides a consistent visual image that can be used by all FACS departments and institutes. The Visual Identity Committee included Judy Harrison, Foods and Nutrition professor; Megan Lee, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors assistant professor; Jimmy Hanson, FACS web developer principal; and Andy Davis, Student Services degree program specialist. The committee was chaired by Denise Horton, director of communications.
Ivy & Brick is an innovative magazine focusing on sustainable living that was created by Grady College journalism students in cooperation with The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension. The magazine provides information for environmentally conscious readers interested in food, golf, music, tiny houses, etc. Ivy & Brick offers accurate information while promoting a sustainable lifestyle. For more information about the magazine and sustainable living contact Sharon Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pamela Turner (email@example.com).
The Department of Child and Family Development presented visiting scholar, Dr. Rand Conger, Distinguished Professor at the University of California-Davis, Dec. 12, 2011. The title of his presentation was “Socioeconomic Status and Human Development.”
Traditional approaches to understanding the relationship between socioeconomic status and human development have typically taken one of two approaches. Some investigators have advocated the social causation view and examined the degree to which SES predicts variation in human development. Other researchers have proposed that later differences income, occupation and social standing derive from earlier individual characteristics – the social selection perspective. This presentation considers evidence from a 22-year study of families and children and demonstrates that, over time, both social selection perspective. This presentation considers evidence from a 22-year study of families and children and demonstrates that, over time, both social causation and selection play a role in human development, consistent with an emerging interactionist perspective.
Atlanta ARCS Foundation awards $70,000 to UGA biomedical graduate students
Writer: Rebecca Ayer, 706/542-5922, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Harry Dailey, 706/542-5922, email@example.com
Athens, Ga. — The Atlanta chapter of the ARCS® Foundation, Inc. recently awarded $70,000 to nine outstanding doctoral students in biomedical and health sciences at the University of Georgia, one of whom received a special $10,000 grant for global health research abroad. The presentations were made at an awards ceremony held in Atlanta.
The gala event featured keynote speaker Berrien Moore, professor of meteorology, vice president of Weather and Climate Programs, and dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at Oklahoma University. Moore also serves as director of the National Weather Center.
The ARCS, or Achievement Rewards for College Students, Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in 1958 and is dedicated to helping meet the country’s needs for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding university students. UGA recipients of the award are selected through the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute. This year’s ARCS Scholars represent five UGA schools and colleges—the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy, the Institute of Bioinformatics in the College of Public Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Odum School of Ecology.
The following students are UGA ARCS Foundation Scholars for 2011- 2012:
· Phillip Callihan of Atlanta is a Ph.D. candidate in pharmaceutical and biomedical science. His research focuses on the lipid signaling pathways that regulate growth and cell fate in early neural development and cancer. Currently, he is investigating how Fumonisin B1, a food-borne fungal toxin widely found in developing countries, affects lipid signaling and leads to birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
· Jason Mock of Dalton is pursuing his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical and biomedical science. His research focuses on nanoparticulate drug delivery. Specifically, he is using differences in enzyme expression between cancer cells and healthy tissues as a means of targeting lipid-based delivery vectors in a prostate cancer model.
· Jenna Oberstaller of Spartanburg, S.C. is a Ph.D. candidate in genetics. Her research in parasitology is focused on addressing global health crises. She is using genomics to develop more sensitive malaria diagnostics, as well as to study the evolution of gene regulatory networks in the apicomplexan parasites responsible for the disease.
· Kathryn Porter of Stockbridge is pursuing her doctorate in foods and nutrition. An advocate for healthy aging and improving the quality of life of older adults, her research area of focus is obesity and its relationship to mental health, eating behaviors, dietary patterns and food insecurity in low income and minority older adults.
· Bonney Reed-Knight is from Habersham County and is pursuing her Ph.D. in psychology. Her doctoral work focuses on pediatric health, with a particular interest in applying psychological research to improving disease outcomes and quality of life in youth with gastrointestinal disorders and solid organ transplants.
· Julie Rushmore of Alpharetta is a DVM/Ph.D. candidate who is receiving training in veterinary medicine and ecology. Her research examines the behavioral and ecological factors that affect disease transmission in African great apes. A former Fulbright Scholar, Rushmore spent a year in western Uganda studying the health and behavior of wild chimpanzees.
· Alecia Septer of Gahanna, Ohio, is a pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology. For her dissertation work, she is studying the symbiosis between the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri and the squid Euprymna scolopes in order to better understand how environmental cues regulate bacterial communication as they colonize their host.
· Timothy Shaw of Johns Creek is a Ph.D. candidate in bioinformatics. He is investigating genetic patterns that facilitate efficient HIV transmission and disease progression and is developing methods to model worldwide HIV diversity, which is critical to vaccine development. Because of his work using multidisciplinary technologies to address global infectious disease, he was selected to receive this year’s $10,000 ARCS Global Impact Grant.
· Katherine Verbist of Clarksville, Tenn. is a doctoral candidate in cellular biology. Her research examines the cellular basis for immunity to mucosal infections, such as influenza. Her current work is studying how cytokines influence the influenza-specific CD8 T cells in the lung airway that confer protection against the disease.
The Atlanta chapter of the ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to students at UGA, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College. For more information on the foundation, see www.arcsfoundation.org.
Fashioning Soft Goods – The Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation, Incorporated hosted a reception at the Georgia Center on the campus of the University of Georgia on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Industry professional with ties to the textile/apparel industry in the state of Georgia, students, staff, and faculty from the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors attended. The reception showcased the GSGEF and the great education things being accomplished in TMI at UGA in support of the soft goods industry. The GSGEF, Inc. has provide funding for professorships, scholarships, study abroad and other academic programs related to the soft goods industry. Buhler Yarns and Lectra sponsored the event.
The reception included tours of Dawson (couture a-al-cart, a historic dress exhibit, tours of the textile testing and CAD labs), a TXMI & Co. fashion show, and research presentation. The evening ended in Barrow Hall with tours of the furnishings and interiors studios and the Gold Crush exhibit in the Barrow Gallery.
Dr. Glen Elder, Howard W. Odum Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave two presentations November 4, 2011 “Scientific Biographies and Developmental Science: A Life-Course Journey” and “Youth in the Great Recession: A Three Country Project” as a Visiting Scholar sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Development.
Dr. Elder manages a research program on life course studies. He serves on the faculties of the University of California- Berkeley and Cornell University. A member of the Amercian Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has served as vice-president of the American Sociological Association, president of the Sociological Research Association and the Society for Research on Child Development. His books include: Children of the Great Depression; Life Course Dynamics; Children in Time and Place; Families in Troubled Times; Examining Lives in Context; Developmental Science; Methods of Life Course Research; Children of the Land; Adversity and Success in Rural America (2000: William J. Goode Award).
Athens, Ga. - Before starting a business, entrepreneurs need to have their personal finances in order, says University of Georgia's Michael Rupured. The consumer economics specialist is using his financial expertise to give them a head start.
Rupured, along with UGA Cooperative Extension agents, will hold financial workshops throughout Georgia over the next several months. The first session will be on Sept. 21 in Tifton followed by workshops on Oct. 27 in Cumming and Moultrie, Nov. 9 in DeKalb County and Ellijay and Nov. 29 in Brunswick and Perry.
Additional workshops will be held from January to June 2012.
The sessions are intended for those who realize that starting a new business is a tremendous undertaking, Rupured said, and who understand the importance of having their personal finances in order before taking on the additional risks of business loans.
During the four-hour workshops, participants will learn to set and achieve financial goals, plan their personal spending, work effectively with banks and other financial institutions, manage their credit, prepare for the unexpected and protect their personal assets.
"You may have the greatest idea in the world for a business, but if your personal finances are in disarray or if your credit scores are too low, it's almost impossible to get funding from banks or other lending agencies," said Rupured, who works for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension. "In addition, there's the reality that it can easily take six months to a year before a new business has any income. You have to be certain that you can continue to pay your home mortgage and buy groceries during that time."
UGA to host Financial Therapy Association conference
Writer: Denise Horton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: Joseph Goetz (email@example.com) , Jerry Gale (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Athens, Ga. - Practitioners and academics representing the fields of financial planning and mental health providers, including certified financial planners, family therapists, psychologists, counselors and social workers, will gather for the second annual conference of the Financial Therapy Association, Sept. 11-13 at the Hotel Indigo and Classic Center in Athens.
FTA was formed two years ago after 30 individuals met in California and agreed there was a need for a group focused on the confluence of issues that arise around finances and relationships, according to Jerry Gale, associate professor of child and family development at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Gale and Joseph Goetz, FACS assistant professor of housing and consumer economics, are co-chairs of this year's conference.
"The formation of the Financial Therapy Association was a loud acknowledgement that finances are intertwined in the health of relationships and physical health as well," according to Goetz. "This is a holistic perception of financial wellness, in which it's not just about the dollars, but about the other areas of clients' lives."
The conference will include more than 40 sessions and contain a mix of research presentations by faculty and graduate students, as well as treatment-based sessions by psychologists and financial planners who have years of practice working with clients.
"There have been individuals who have worked in this area for years, such as our opening speaker, Olivia Mellan, who has used what she calls ‘money harmony work' with her clients," said Gale. "Our goal is to identify these practitioners and learn from them; to identify both current and future research topics in the area of financial therapy; and to consider what it would mean to establish financial therapy as an academic discipline."
Gale noted that with ongoing economic issues, including layoffs and increased housing foreclosures, there clearly is a need for professionals with the skills to help clients with relationship and financial issues. However, before a discipline such as financial therapy can be established, those interested in the field have to explore a variety of issues.
"We have to look at our priorities," Goetz said. "For example, what is a good outcome for someone who has been a financial therapy client? In financial planning, you would generally think that a better financial portfolio would signal success, but what if that enhanced portfolio was accompanied by a couple divorcing?"
Goetz and Gale agreed that they would like to see a future where students pursuing degrees in financial planning take courses in relationship and family therapy. Likewise, they agree that students interested in counseling careers should have a base understanding of financial planning.
For more information on the Financial Therapy Association seehttp://www.financialtherapyassociation.org/.
For more than 30 years the College of Family and Consumer has sponsored an ice cream social to thank University of Georgia Physical Plant employees for their hard work. This year's event was held on July 13 and attended by more than 200 Physical Plant employees. Those attending consumed 35 gallons of ice cream; three flats of strawberries; six bunches of bananas; seven jars of chopped nuts; and eight containers of whipped cream during the event.
New UGA technology makes textiles permanently germ-free; targets healthcare-associated infections
Writer: Terry Marie Hastings, 706/542-5941, email@example.com
Contact: Jason Locklin, 706/542-2359, firstname.lastname@example.org; Gennaro Gama, 706/583-8088, GJG@uga.edu
Athens, Ga. – A University of Georgia researcher has invented a new technology that can inexpensively render medical linens and clothing, face masks, paper towels—and yes, even diapers, intimate apparel and athletic wear, including smelly socks—permanently germ-free.
The simple and inexpensive anti-microbial technology works on natural and synthetic materials. The technology can be applied during the manufacturing process or at home, and it doesn’t come out in the wash. Unlike other anti-microbial technologies, repeated applications are unnecessary to maintain effectiveness.
“The spread of pathogens on textiles and plastics is a growing concern, especially in healthcare facilities and hotels, which are ideal environments for the proliferation and spread of very harmful microorganisms, but also in the home,” said Jason Locklin, the inventor, who is an assistant professor of chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and on the Faculty of Engineering.
The anti-microbial treatment invented by Locklin, which is available for licensing from the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., effectively kills a wide spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and molds that can cause disease, break down fabrics, create stains and produce odors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Lab coats, scrub suits, uniforms, gowns, gloves and linens are known to harbor the microbes that cause patient infections.
Consumers’ concern about harmful microbes has spurred the market for clothing, undergarments, footwear and home textiles with antimicrobial products. But to be practical, both commercial and consumer anti-microbial products must be inexpensive and lasting.
“Similar technologies are limited by cost of materials, use of noxious chemicals in the application or loss of effectiveness after a few washings,” said Gennaro Gama, UGARF senior technology manager. “Locklin’s technology uses ingeniously simple, inexpensive and scalable chemistry.”
Gama said the technology is simple to apply in the manufacturing of fibers, fabrics, filters and plastics. It also can bestow antimicrobial properties on finished products, such as athletic wear and shoes, and textiles for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
“The advantage of UGARF’s technology over competing methods,” said Gama, “is that the permanent antimicrobial can be applied to a product at any point of the manufacture-sale-use continuum. In contrast, competing technologies require blending of the antimicrobial in the manufacturing process.”
“In addition,” said Gama, “If for some reason the antimicrobial layer is removed from an article—through abrasion, for example—it can be reapplied by simple spraying.”
Other markets for the anti-microbial technology include military apparel and gear, food packaging, plastic furniture, pool toys, medical and dental instrumentation, bandages and plastic items.
Locklin said the antimicrobial was tested against many of the pathogens common in healthcare settings, including staph, strep, E. coli, pseudomonas and acetinobacter. After just a single application, no bacterial growth was observed on the textile samples added to the culture—even after 24 hours at 37 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, in testing, the treatment remained fully active after multiple hot water laundry cycles, demonstrating the antibacterial does not leach out from the textiles even under harsh conditions. “Leaching could hinder the applicability of this technology in certain industrial segments, such as food packaging, toys, IV bags and tubing, for example,” said Gama.
Thin films of the new technology also can be used to change other surface properties of both cellulose- and polymer-based materials. “It can change a material’s optical properties—color, reflectance, absorbance and iridescence—and make it repel liquids, all without changing other properties of the material,” said Gama.
A paper on the new technology was published by Locklin and colleagues online June 21 in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society.
The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. performs the technology transfer function for UGA, taking assignment of patents and licensing such patents to the private sector in return for royalty income to support the research mission of the university. To learn more about technology commercialization at UGA, see http://www.ovpr.uga.edu/tco/industry/
The screens that display announcements around Dawson Hall are available to view on the web at visix.fcs.uga.edu/public/playlistview.aspx. This page uses software currently only supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer. Visix, the developers of the screen software, are currently in development of additional browser support.
UGA researchers find youth-mentor relationships particularly helpful for those experiencing hardship
Writer: Kirk McAlpin, 706/542-8078, email@example.com
Contact: Steve Kogan, 706/542-2929, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens, Ga. – In a time of transition for rural African-American young adults, natural mentors in the community help them stay focused on their goals and avoid potential difficulties associated with emerging adulthood, according to findings from an ongoing University of Georgia study.
The study, published in the early online edition of American Journal of Community Psychology, is part of a broader research program called the Adults in the Making project, which is aimed at helping rural African Americans transition to adulthood. The researchers found that behaviors such as anger, breaking the law, and substance abuse were reduced when informal mentors provided support and helped them learn to deal with adult problems. These relationships were even more powerful for young adults experiencing hardship.
“If the youths had some bad things going on in their life, including being treated badly through discrimination or different family stressors, it was particularly helpful for them to have a good relationship with a mentor,” said Steve Kogan, assistant professor of child and family development in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Kogan and his colleagues studied 345 African Americans starting when they were aged 17 to 18 and measured how they progressed over the following year and a half by interviewing the youths, their mentors and their parents.
The eight Georgia counties in which the young adults in the mentoring program lived—Baldwin, Butts, Elbert, Hancock, Morgan, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkes—are among the highest in the nation in poverty rates, and unemployment rates there are above the national average, said Kogan. “If you have someone special outside of your family that helps you set goals and maintain self-control, you can compensate for difficulties in your own life,” he said.
The youths were not assigned mentors, but were allowed to choose a mentor from the community. The mentor could not be an immediate family member or live in the youth’s home and had to be at least five years older. In many mentoring programs, the mentors come from outside sources. “One of things that we thought about was that we ought to really look at people in the community who already know this young person and have an investment in them,” said Kogan. “A mentor doesn’t have to be a stranger.”
The study sought to better understand why some young adults succeed despite tough circumstances after high school, said Kogan.“The better the youth-mentor relationship was, the less likely the young adults were to be acting out, breaking rules or being aggressive when they were 19 or 20,” said Kogan.
The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the W.T. Grant Foundation.
Folate researcher named to head UGA foods and nutrition department
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, email@example.com
Athens, Ga. – Lynn B. Bailey, whose research and public health policy work has been instrumental in establishing the requirements for folate and reducing birth defects like spina bifida, has been named head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She will begin her tenure in August.
“It is an honor and a privilege for me to accept the position of head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences,” Bailey said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with such a talented and dynamic group of faculty, students and administrators in the department and college.”
Bailey, a faculty member in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida since 1977, succeeds Rebecca Mullis, who has served as department chair since 1999 and will return to a faculty position. Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Winthrop University in South Carolina, her master’s in nutrition from Clemson University and her doctorate in nutrition from Purdue University.
“Lynn Bailey brings a wealth of experience in the areas of research, teaching and outreach,” said Anne Sweaney, FACS interim dean. “We look forward to her joining our team.”
Bailey’s folate research included human metabolic and population intervention studies to establish human requirements and quantities needed to reduce birth defect risk in national fortification programs. Findings by her team of researchers helped establish the current Institute of Medicine’s folate intake recommendations, including those for pregnant women and older individuals. In the early 1990s, Bailey was named to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration committee whose recommendations were adopted as law in 1996, mandating that all enriched foods in the United States be fortified with folic acid.
“Along with Dr. Bailey’s national and international recognition, she is well known for her collaborative research and mentoring skills,” said Mary Ann Johnson, the Bill and June Flatt Professor of Nutrition. “Many of her former graduate students are now scientists and faculty at federal agencies and universities across the nation. Dr. Bailey’s research expertise, grantsmanship and mentoring skills will serve our department well as we seek to increase our research collaborations and funding to improve human health across the lifespan.”
For more information on the Department of Foods and Nutrition, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Benjamin E. Byrd, 770/229-3322, email@example.com
Benjamin E. Byrd, a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named adviser and recruiter for the FACS Department of Housing and Consumer Economics’ Griffin campus.
In his new position, Byrd will be responsible for meeting with Griffin-area residents who are interested in completing undergraduate degrees they may have begun at other institutions or obtaining a second bachelor degree. FACS offers majors and minors in consumer economics and the emphasis in family financial planning.
The consumer economics major prepares graduates to work in fields such as consumer credit, consumer relations and in government agencies. The FFP emphasis provides additional preparation for graduates who are interested in becoming a Certified Financial Planner and sitting for the CFP Exam.
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences began offering courses on the Griffin campus in fall 2006. Since then, 18 students have earned their degrees in consumer economics. Students pursuing degrees at the Griffin campus must have completed 60 hours of undergraduate study.
Individuals interested in meeting with Byrd can contact him by phone at 770/229-3322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/.
For more information on the Griffin Campus, see http://www.uga.edu/griffin/.
The Department of Child and Family Development sponsored visiting scholar, Dr. Linda Burton of Duke University, Thursday, April 21, 2011. She spoke on “The Place of Race, Ethnicity and Colorism in Contemporary Family Research.” Dr. Burton is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology Department's Undergraduate Honors Program at Duke University. Her research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches and examines the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the life course transitions of children and adults in urban and rural families.
The Department of Child and Family Development sponsored visiting scholar, Dr. Keith Whitfield of Duke University, whose presentation “Cognitive Aging among African Americans: An Individual Differences Perspective,” was delivered Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Georgia Center. Dr. Whitfield is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and a Research Professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is the Director of the Developmental Psychology Program and the Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities.
A new University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program launched this year challenges Georgians to save 40 gallons of water per day. The 40-Gallon Challenge allows Georgians to compete against other Americans who are taking the challenge in their states.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science's Visiting Scholar Lecture April 11, 2011, at 10 a.m. in Room 142 of the Tate Center featured guest speaker, Dr. Lilly Shanahan. She spoke on "Family Risk Factors and Mental Health in Development. Dr. Shanahan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a faculty member at the Carolina Consortium for Human Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Research Scientist at the Center for Developmental Epidemiology at Duke University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Psychology at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany, and her M.S. (in 2002) and Ph.D. (in 2004) in Human Development and Family Studies with a Minor in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University. She also studied at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France. From 2004-2007, she was an NICHD Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development and Duke University Medical Center.
One line of her work on risk and protective factors focuses on within-family factors, including parenting, parental differential treatment of siblings, and sibling relationships. For example, in two papers that appeared as back-to-back articles in Developmental Psychology (2007), Dr. Shanahan and colleagues charted the course of parent-child warmth and conflict in first- and second-borns from ages 7 to 19. Another line of work focuses on child-level risk factors, including early self-regulation, puberty, and psychopathology. For example, in recent papers in The American Journal of Psychiatry and Archives of General Psychiatry (2010, 2009), Dr. Shanahan and colleagues examined the role of childhood and adolescent disorders and early puberty in predicting psychopathology in young adulthood. Most recently, Dr. Shanahan has become interested in examining how physiological stress (including vagal regulation of cardiac activity and immune function) mediates or moderates links between psychosocial adversity and psychopathology. Dr. Shanahan is currently a Co-Investigator on an NIMH-funded study on biosocial pathways to psychopathology in adolescence, and has two grants under review that propose to explore these themes (at NIMH and NIAAA).
Research shows benefits of poverty simulation for university students
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, email@example.com
Contact: Sharon Y. Nickols, 706/542-4849, firstname.lastname@example.org; Robb Nielsen, 706/542-8885, email@example.com
Athens, Ga. – An article by two University of Georgia researchers in the latest issue of the Journal of Poverty demonstrates that students participating in a simulation “soften their attitudes” regarding those who live in poverty.
Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Robb Nielsen, an assistant professor in the college, conducted both a qualitative and quantitative study to determine whether students developed “social empathy” after participating in a two-and-a-half hour simulation titled, “Welcome to the State of Poverty.”
During the simulation, students in Nickols’ course on managing family resources are clustered into various family groups—two parents and two children; an older woman living alone; a single mother with two children; and a cohabiting couple, for example. Faculty members and other volunteers play the roles of community members, such as the town banker, pawn shop owner and a social services employee. During the course of the simulation, the participants must accomplish a variety of tasks, including buying groceries, paying their bills and caring for both toddlers and aging parents while subsisting on low wages and other issues, such as being unable to speak English. During the course of each 15-minute “month,” new situations are randomly interjected. In some cases, these are helpful events, such as an unemployed parent receiving a job. In other cases, the events add to the families’ difficulties, such as a family without health insurance facing illness.
The simulation, which is led by Cooperative Extension Multicultural Specialist Sharon Gibson, has been used for many years with a variety of community leaders to help them realize the complexities of poverty, but the study by Nickols and Nielsen is apparently the first to measure its impact on college students.
In conducting their study, Nickols and Nielson used two ways of measuring students’ attitudes—a pre- and post-test and a reflective paper that was written after the simulation. What they found, according to Nielsen, was that the students were better able to identify with the experiences and reactions of those in adverse or difficult situations.
“It wasn’t a dramatic change, but we didn’t expect a dramatic change,” he said. “These students started relatively empathetic and became more empathetic.”
Among the changes, participants in the simulation shifted their opinions about whether people who are poor attempt to get out of poverty; whether they attempt to save money; and whether they’d rather work than be on welfare. In addition, their views on whether the poor have equal access to health care and whether the government does enough to help those who are poor, also shifted. They gained a better understanding of the fact that there are more children than adults living in poverty.
In looking at the reflective papers the students wrote a week after the simulation, the researchers found that 65 of the 75 students who wrote papers described themselves as having gained greater insights into the lives of the poor as a result of the simulation. Among the remaining students, seven reported no change in their opinions (in some cases, they stated they already were empathetic to the poor) and the responses of three students were ambiguous.
“I began to understand and realize that it’s not always a person’s fault for being in a poverty-stricken lifestyle,” wrote one student. “Just sitting in an environment of failure makes your own drive to succeed that much harder.”
Another student was surprised by the difficulty of assessing social services: “I knew very little about TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). I cannot imagine that everyone that is in need of help knows all about the programs available to them.”
One finding the authors hadn’t anticipated, based on previous studies that examined empathy, was the stress the participants felt as they inhabited the roles of those living in poverty.
“The stress…was brought on entirely by my family’s financial insecurity,” a student said. “I had little time to do anything other than go to work, run errands and pay the bills; I barely saw my children or husband and never had the chance to relax.”
“Getting groceries, applying for TANF and food stamps and going to the QuickCash all took so long to get accomplished,” wrote another. “I think that many people in poverty would feel like they were on a treadmill, not really getting anywhere.”
“Much of what students learn in the family resources class emphasizes the breadth of resources that are available, including time, space, and family and community support, in addition to the monetary and material goods we frequently think of,” Nickols said. “Part of what this simulation demonstrates is what happens when you’re missing a number of those resources.”
Contact: Ian Hardin, 706/542-0357, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens, Ga. – Ian Russell Hardin, Georgia Power Professor of Textile Science in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been awarded the Olney Medal by the American Association of Textiles and Color Chemists for outstanding achievements in the field of textile chemistry. The award was presented at the annual AATCC meeting on March 24 in Charleston, S.C.
Hardin’s research has focused on developing environmentally friendly alternatives like enzymes to replace conventional chemicals used in textile processing. In addition to improving the cleanup of textile effluents and improving water quality, the results of Hardin’s research may save energy and reduce costs for textile manufacturers.
In addition, Hardin's research has provided an international impetus in this field, affecting the textile industry’s environmental profile around the world. Hardin’s laboratory was the first to publicly report evidence that pectinase enzymes could effectively substitute for the conventional alkaline scouring of fabrics. Hardin researched white rot fungi to decolorize textile wastewater. Hardin has also collaborated with scientists involved in assessing chronic toxicity of textile effluents. Their work has shown the need for revision of standard effluent toxicity protocols.
Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium.
AATCC is the world's leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals and provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 60 countries around the world.
Athens, Ga. – Linda Kirk Fox, associate dean and professor of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, and associate director of Washington State University Extension, has been named the new dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia following a national search. As dean, she also will serve as associate director of Georgia Cooperative Extension and associate director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations.
"Dr. Fox will bring to this campus what all new leaders bring—a set of fresh ideas, some new ways of carrying out our mission and an energy that will benefit the entire campus," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "I am confident she will lead the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, already one of our fastest-growing academic units, to even greater success. I look forward to working with her."
The appointment was announced today by Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and becomes effective in early July.
"The FACS search committee and the university’s Executive Search group provided three outstanding finalists," Morehead said. "I am delighted that Dr. Fox will become the next dean of this great college. She has the background and vision to provide excellent leadership."
Fox has been at Washington State since 2002 and before that was a faculty member and extension specialist at the University of Idaho, where she also served as director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1999-2002. She holds three degrees from Oregon State University, including a doctorate in family resource management.
"I’m honored and excited to join the faculty and administration of the University of Georgia,” Fox said. “It is the reputation for excellence across the departments of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences that attracted me to apply and accept this opportunity to lead the college."
The new dean succeeds Laura Jolly, who was named vice president for instruction at UGA last September. Anne Sweaney, a department head and longtime faculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has served as interim dean since September 2010.
“Anne Sweaney has provided exemplary service as the interim dean,” Morehead said. “She is one of the most talented and dedicated faculty members I know at UGA.”
Sweaney said she was pleased with the choice of Fox as the college's seventh dean. "She has the skills and energy to lead our college to the next level of success," Sweaney said.
The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences includes more than 60 faculty members in four academic departments: child and family development, foods and nutrition, housing and consumer economics, and textiles, merchandising and interiors.
More than 1,500 students are enrolled in the college and have access to numerous resources to enhance their educational experience, including leadership development programs and opportunities
Congratulations to Connie Crawley, MS, RD, LD on receiving the 2011 Georgia Nutrition Council Award of Excellence.
The Georgia Nutrition Council (GNC) held their annual conference, Bridging Research and Practice, Feb. 24-25, 2011 in Athens.
It was an excellent program, chaired by Judy Hibbs, and Connie was presented this award at the closing luncheon and business meeting.
Connie was cited for her outstanding state and national work in diabetes education and other programming for chronic disease prevention and management, as well as being an outstanding dietitian and representative of the nutrition education community.
Athens, Ga. – PREPARE, a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will offer a day-long workshop designed for engaged couples of all ages on April 9, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.
“Participants in PREPARE demonstrate significant improvements in how they interact with each other and feel about their relationship,” according to Ted Futris, who heads the program and is an assistant professor of child and family development in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “In particular, couples who have been identified as being at high risk for marital instability seem to benefit the most.” Findings of the research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.
PREPARE is open to couples in Clarke and surrounding counties. Registration is $60, but couples who complete the program will qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.
For more information, see www.gamarriages.com or contact Ted Futris at 706/542-7566 or email@example.com
Dr. Gary L. Bowen served as guest speaker for the Department of Child and Family Development’s Visiting Scholar Seminar, Feb. 24, 2011 at the Georgia Center. His presentation was titled “Story Lines of Research.”
Dr. Bowen is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He serves as Chief Scientist in the Jordan Institute for Military Members, Veterans, and their Families. He also co-directs the School Success Profile (SSP) project in the School of Social Work at UNC-CH with Dr. Natasha Bowen and Dr. Jack Richman. Dr. Bowen received his MSW in 1976 from UNC-CH and his Ph.D. in Family Studies in 1981 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Bowen is President of the National Council on Family Relations.
Dr. Bowen’s scholarship addresses ways in which elements of social structure frame and influence individual and collective orientations and behavioral choices. This scholarly theme is reflected in his studies of the intersection of communities and families in the US Military, and in his efforts to evaluate the impact of Family Support 360 Models on the coping efforts of military families with children with special needs. He currently teaches the theory course in the Ph.D. program at the School of Social Work at UNC-CH, “Conceptualizing Social Problems to Inform Interventions.”
Monday, February 28, 2011 Your Voice Counts! Students and faculty are invited to participate in a day trip to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to represent UGA's College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Visiting Scholar Dr. Kenneth Dodge presented, “Framing, Development, Prevention and Policy in Youth Violence,” Feb. 15, 2011 the annual Gene Brody Prevention Science Colloquium at the Tate Center Reception Hall. Kenneth Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology - Social and Health Sciences and the first director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. As director, he leads an effort to bridge basic scientific research in children’s development with public policy affecting children and families.
Dodge’s scholarship addresses the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents. His research explores how chronic aggressive behavior develops across the life span. His work has identified factors such as early family experience, peer relations and social-cognitive patterns which serve as catalysts for aggressive behavioral development.
Congratulations to Emily Blalock! She has been selected Advisor of the Year for the University of Georgia. Emily received this honor at the department and college level as well. Emily is a Lecturer in the Fashion Merchandising program, she teaches 7 (3 hour credit) courses per year, is an academic advisor for the FM major, is faculty advisor for FDSA (Fashion Design Student Association), and Internship Coordinator for the FM major. Emily is shown in this photograph with Dr. Michael T. Fralix, President and CEO of [TC]2.
In conjunction with UGA's 50th Anniversary of Desegregation "Celebrating Courage", the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors is hosting a photograph exhibit: Headties to Hip Hop: A Photographic Celebration of African American Dress. The flyer is attached.
The exhibit opens at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, in the Barrow Hall Gallery with talks given by Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst and Dr. Katalin Medvedev. The exhibit will be up: February 8- March 1, 2011. Barrow Hall Gallery is open from 9:00 - 5:00 MWF. This exhibit was created and installed by Dr. José Blanco and his team of student volunteers and graduate assistant.
We hope you will make a trip to Barrow to see the exhibit.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., USA, Wednesday, December 15, 2010--AATCC will honor University of Georgia professor Ian Russell Hardin with the Olney Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of textile chemistry.
Hardin's research has focused on developing environmentally-friendly alternatives like enzymes to replace conventional chemicals used in textile processing. In addition to improving the cleanup of textile effluents and improving water quality, the results of Hardin's research should save energy and reduce costs for textile manufacturers.
In addition, Hardin's research has provided international impetus in this field, affecting the textile industry's environmental profile around the world. Hardin's laboratory was the first to publicly report evidence that pectinase enzymes could effectively substitute for the conventional alkaline scouring of fabrics. Hardin researched white rot fungi to decolorize textile waste water. Hardin has also collaborated with scientists involved in assessing chronic toxicity of textile effluents. Their work has shown the need for revision of standard effluent toxicity protocols.
Presentation of the Olney Medal is a highlight of AATCC's International Conference. Hardin will receive the Olney Medal at an Awards Luncheon at noon on Thursday, March 24, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S. C., USA. Hardin will deliver the traditional Olney Medal Address, "The Organic Ties Between Biology and Textile Chemistry: Fungi, Enzymes, and Green Chemistry," on Thursday morning, March 24, at 8:15 a.m., during the Association's 2011 International Conference.
Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium.
AATCC's 2011 International Conference will be held March 22-24 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S. C., USA.
ABOUT AATCC: AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 60 countries throughout the world.
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 was a captivating evening in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors. The Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation in partnership with TMI held a reception in recognition of TMI’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The evening began at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education attended by members of the Soft Goods Foundation board, industry professionals from around the state of Georgia, TMI faculty and students. Lectra (the world leader in technology for soft goods design, development and production) and Riverside (producer of high quality uniforms) sponsored the event while industry representatives from Buhler Yarns, Erin London, Flirt Fashions, Island Apparel, Marena Group, Patriotic Flag Company, Precious Image Creations, and Sewn Product Equipment Co. and others were in attendance. Following the reception, participants strolled to Dawson Hall for tours of textile testing and research labs, couture a la cart, the CAD lab, a historic clothing exhibit and a chance to view Furnishings and Interiors and Fashion Merchandising student display boards, creativity hats, and other projects, as well as faculty and graduate student publications. In addition, students modeled TXMI and Co., products such as the magic dress, the little gray dress, the vintage T, and other products. Students and faculty provided information and answered questions at each tour site.
A new clinic at UGA, one of the first of its kind in the U.S., will provide residents of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas counseling services on a variety of topics, including individual and relationship issues, finances, housing and nutrition.
The clinic, known by the acronym ASPIRE, which stands for Acquiring Strategies for Personal Improvement and Relationship Enhancement, is the creation of faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It opened on a limited basis in January providing services on individual and relationship issues and financial issues, according to Lee Johnson, associate professor of child and family development and director of the FACS marriage and family therapy program.
“We want to meet clients where they are,” Johnson said. “What we have already found is that our clients liked having both services available. We think we’ll have even more people who want to access these additional services.”
There are no requirements or limits on whom a client meets with. For example, someone interested in nutrition counseling isn’t required to also meet with a financial planning counselor. However, Johnson and his colleagues agree that it can be helpful to have access to experts in other fields.
“Our financial planning counselors have said they appreciated knowing they had a resource to turn to if a client seemed depressed or if a family’s financial issues seemed tied to relationship issues,” said Joseph Goetz, assistant professor of family financial planning and another founder of ASPIRE. “As we’ve talked to our colleagues in other departments, we’ve realized how interconnected so many aspects of people’s lives are.”
Megan Lee, assistant professor of furnishings and interiors, said the home environment plays a role in a variety of other issues.
“For a family that’s facing financial issues and also dealing with physical infirmities, we can help identify relatively inexpensive solutions that will make a house more accessible and safer,” she said. “For another family facing issues regarding how its children perform in school, we might look at the space the children have for homework and identify ways to make that space more appropriate.”
In addition, Lee said, clients who want to remodel their kitchen can work with furnishings and interiors students who will draw up plans and work with them in picking out materials and getting them installed.
Rebecca Mullis, head of the FACS foods and nutrition department, sees the ASPIRE clinic as a place where foods and nutrition students, under the direction of a registered dietitian, could work with individuals, families or small groups on a variety of nutrition issues.
“Right now, we know that the University Health Center has a high demand for nutrition counseling and classes,” she said. “ASPIRE could provide a place for both students and community members to discuss issues like weight control or vegetarian eating.
Mullis emphasized that the counselors will focus on nutrition education, not clinical issues such as eating disorders. However, she said, there is a range of topics that could be pursued, including issues that also might include counselors in the other areas.
“For example, food costs are one of the most elastic areas in anyone’s budget,” she said. “In these economic times, I could foresee our counselors working with those in financial planning to reduce food costs on things like eating out and, instead, teach families ways to provide nutritious meals on a budget.”
Likewise, Mullis said individuals who wanted to lose weight might find it helpful to include a relationship counselor to ensure family support for the effort.
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South Campus Tailgate 2010 is just around the corner. This year's tailgate is November 6th before our Dawgs take on Idaho State (hence Mr. Potato Head on the brochure). Join alumni, students and friends of FACS and CAES for another fun pre-game event. We'll get started three hours before kick-off. BBQ tickets and long sleeve T's available at www.fcs.uga.edu/alumni/tailgate/index.html Hope to see you there!
The University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences is seeking applications for the Department Head for the Department of Foods and Nutrition from leaders with a record that qualifies for appointment as a full professor.
Foods and Nutrition Department Head Search Committee – 2010 Jan Hathcote, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research – Chair Mary Ann Johnson, Ph.D., Bill and June Flatt Professor Elizabeth Andress , Ph.D., Interim Director for FACS Extension Joan Fischer, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor Jung Sun Lee, Ph.D., RD, Assistant Professor Tonya Dalton – Staff Lauren Badger, BS – Graduate Students Angie Ruhlen, MS, RD Kevin McCully, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology (Exercise Science), College of Education
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South Campus Tailgate 2010 is just around the corner.This year's tailgate is November 6th before our Dawgs take on Idaho State (hence Mr. Potato Head on the brochure). Join alumni, students and friends of FACS and CAES for another fun pre-game event. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30, so we'll get things started 3 hours prior. Bar-b-que tickets and long sleeve tailgate t-shirts can be purchased online at www.fcs.uga.edu/alumni/tailgate/index.html. Hope to see you there!
The homecoming queen crowned this past Saturday was our very own Madison Asef. She was co-sponsored by the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Madison is a FACS Ambassador and works hard for our college whenever she is asked. She is a Sr. majoring in Nutrition Science (with plans to go to med school) from Alpharetta, GA. Congratulations Madison! We couldn't be prouder!
This exhibition of historic dress includes a selection of items from the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors' Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection. The exhibition is on display now until November 3, 2010 in the Barrow Hall Gallery (2nd floor). The gallery is open from 9 - 5 each Monday - Friday. More information.
Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Nickols, Interim Department Head of Housing and Consumer Economics who has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional contributions to advancing the human sciences in higher education.
The ceremony will take place in the Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel, and is scheduled on Monday, November 15, 2010 during the annual conference of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).
When a member of our team succeeds we all benefit! Congratulations Dr. Nickols!
Maternal diet high in trans fats doubles risk of excess body fat in breastfed babies, study finds
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Athens, Ga. – A new University of Georgia study suggests that mothers who consume a diet high in trans fats double the likelihood that their infants will have high levels of body fat.
Researchers, whose results appear in the early online edition of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that infants whose mothers consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats per day while breastfeeding were twice as likely to have high percentages of body fat, or adiposity, than infants whose mothers consumed less than 4.5 grams per day of trans fats.
The researchers investigated different fatty acids, but determined trans fats to be the most important contributor to excess body fat. “Trans fats stuck out as a predictor to increased adiposity in both mothers and their babies,” said study co-author Alex Anderson, assistant professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Anderson explained that although breast milk is optimal for the health of infants, it could also contain high levels of trans fats, depending on the mother’s diet. A better understanding of how a mother’s consumption of trans fats may impact the health of her baby would aid nutritionists in making more accurate dietary recommendations to prevent chronic disease later in life by encouraging mothers to select a diet low in trans fats, he said.
To determine the effect of the intake of trans fats by the child through breast milk, the researchers studied three different groups; mothers who only breast fed their infants, those that only used formula and those that used a combination of breast milk and formula.
It is important to measure body fat in addition to weight, said Anderson, since being overweight does not always mean having a high percent of body fat and vice versa. “It’s not just the weight, but the amount of body fat in the person that affects their health,” Anderson said. “That is why adiposity is such an important measure of cardiovascular risk.”
The researchers also found that mothers who consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats per day increased their own risk of excessive fat accumulation, independent of pre-pregnancy weight, by almost six times. This data suggests that trans fats intake could have a more significant weight-gain effect on breastfeeding mothers than it does at other times in their lives, Anderson said.
The researchers studied 96 women, many of whom were highly educated non-Hispanic white women, and note that the study should be replicated in a larger, more diverse group to strengthen information about the health dangers of eating trans fats. “It would help to be able to follow the child from when the mother was pregnant, through birth, and then adolescence, so that we can confirm what the type of infant feeding and maternal diet during breastfeeding have to do with the recent epidemic of childhood obesity,” said Anderson.
Participants are being sought for a grape juice and exercise study. You may be eligible if you are 18 to 35 years old and not regularly (2 or more times per week) doing high intensity aerobic exercise with the legs (e.g., cycling, running, basketball) or consuming grapes, raisins, red wine or tea more than once a week. Participants will drink grape juice or a placebo juice every day for 46 straight days. Exercise tests will be performed at the beginning and the end of the experiment. The total time required is 8 hours. Participants can earn up to $50 for their time. If you are interested contact Ms. Amanda Caravalho (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internship Applications are now being accepted to become a Legislative Aide. Please consider applying for this important and unique internship. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Jan Hathcote (email@example.com) or M.J. Kabaci (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1.
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FACS Ambassadors and presidents and vice presidents of FACS student clubs joined administrators, faculty and alumni for the annual Leadership FACS overnight retreat at Camp Kiwanis in Madison County in late August. During their stay, the student leaders learned more about the college and took part in activities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. A highlight of each year's Leadership FACS are the skits performed to educate fellow students about each department. At this year's retreat, Debra Lassiter, owner of Perfectly Polished in Athens, provided basic etiquette tips for those attending. Other speakers included Kristy Greer, FACS alumni board president; Jill Bateman, FACS alumna and associate director of annual and special giving for UGA; Connie Rash, associate director for the FACS student services office; Laura Jolly, UGA vice president for instruction and former FACS dean; and Susan Byus, FACS director of alumni relations and student leadership.
TMI students will be selling their products in front of Dawson from 9:00 till 11:00 Saturday prior to the Arkansas game. They will be featuring the newer products like the racer back vest, Athens "T", circle scarf, and the old standby letterman sweater. Everyone should stop by and take a look.
College students will generally agree, when asked, that peers are a powerful inspiration in buying clothing, but that response applies only to other students. An individual will usually deny such influence on his or her own purchases.
That is the major finding of a survey conducted by Mallory Roman, a UGA senior with a joint major in fashion merchandising and psychology, who recruited her 100-plus participants, UGA students all, through the social networking site Facebook as well as through online undergraduate discussion forums.
When participants were asked to respond to the proposition that they purchase brand-name apparel products solely because they are popular among their peers, only 22.8 percent strongly or somewhat agreed while a notable 66.6 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed.
But when it came to assessing peers, the respondents were more likely to rate them as being influenced by other students to a much greater degree than they rated themselves. For example, regarding a statement that their peers buy brand-name apparel products specifically to “fit in,” 74.3 percent agreed with the statement while only 13.7 percent disagreed—a distinct contrast to how they viewed their own decisions.
“The participants readily said that other peers around the campus were conforming to what they saw around them,” said Roman, “but felt that they were different and special from everyone else.” Further, first-year students were more likely to deny social influence in their apparel-purchasing behavior than any other class.
When participants were asked where they did receive their fashion ideas, the majority said they were primarily influenced by the media. But Roman’s design of her survey allowed her to conclude that participants were largely deluding themselves in this regard.
For her study, she chose 14 popular clothing items with strong brand identity that are staples on campus—Ugg boots, Costa Del Mar sunglasses and Ralph Lauren polo shirts, for example. Eight-five percent of the participants said they owned one or more of the objects depicted. Further, they said that they had been influenced after seeing them in national advertisements. But the catch was that none of the items had been heavily advertised in national media in the Athens area—via their peers was the main way the students could have seen the items.
Still, they tended to deny such conformity. “I was surprised with how defensive people got in the comments section” of the survey questionnaire, said Roman. “They probably felt judged by the survey and felt the need to defend themselves.” For example, some participants asserted for example: “I owned [particular items] before I came to UGA,” or, “Even if they weren’t popular, I would still use them.”
Roman credits her instructor Katalin Medvedev, assistant professor of textiles, merchandising, and interiors, with the support to conduct an extensive undergraduate research project. It began when Medvedev approached her in class about applying for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Undergraduate Research Grant.
The research was presented at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium in March and is currently being submitted to national journals for publication.
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Interim FACS Dean Anne Sweaney announced today that Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics has agreed to serve as the HACE interim department head for the remainder of the time Dr. Sweaney is interim dean.
Dr. Nickols served as dean of the college for 15 years -- from 1990-2005 -- prior to returning to a full-time faculty position. She will continue to teach HACE 3000 and will split her time between the HACE departmental office in Dawson Hall and her office in House B.
Computer Services has various construction projects underway. Thanks to Mark Ellenberg, IT Director, for ensuring that the Dawson 264 Computer Classroom was completed by the start of the semester.
Dawson 202 and 204: Carpeting and painting have been completed, furniture delivered. Networking and electrical systems are expected to be finished by September 10th. Audio/Video, instructor's workstation, and desktop computers are expected to be setup and ready for classes by October 1st.
“I am very grateful to Dr. Sweaney for agreeing to serve as interim dean as we begin a national search for the next dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences,” said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.“I am confident she will do an excellent job in this role and will be aided by her outstanding colleagues in the college.”
Sweaney, who is head of the department of housing and consumer economics, has won many teaching and advising awards at UGA including the Josiah Meigs Award for teaching excellence in 1999, and also won a national award for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the United States Department of Agriculture.She is a member of UGA’s TeachingAcademy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Athletic Association.
Her research interests include the effect of public policy on housing for families and consumers, housing needs of older adults, and the role of technology in adapting housing for the life span. She has served as president of the Housing Education and Research Association and currently serves on the Board of the System Built Research Alliance.
She has served as the coordinator of the Legislative Aide Program for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for 10 years and developed the college’s first study abroad program in London, England.
Sweaney, who will not be a candidate to serve as permanent dean, plans to return to her role as department head when the search process is completed.Morehead said that the members of the search committee will be appointed in late September.The search committee will be assisted by UGA’s Executive and Faculty Search Group.
The Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, advised by
Connie Rash, received the 2010 American Association of Family and
Consumer Sciences Student Progress Award. The award honors a collegiate
organization that has at least 15% growth in membership and active
involvement in the national organization. SAFCS has been on UGA's campus
for 83 years and this is the first time in UGA history to have an
undergraduate student chair at the national level.
Clothes call: FACS faculty member studies textiles from past, present
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José Blanco, an assistant professor, studies male fashion from the 1960s to the present, including how local male band members decide what to wear. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker)
To those who question the validity of fashion research, José Blanco asks for just five minutes.
“Everyone interacts with clothing every day,” said the assistant professor of textiles, merchandising and interiors in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Whether we spend a lot of time thinking about what we wear or don’t think about it at all; either way it says something about who we are.”
Blanco, who is in charge of the FACS historic costume collection, teaches courses on the history of fashion, clothing and textiles, as well as courses on fashion-centered museum exhibitions. He also worked closely with the family of the late Billy Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s brother.
“Billy Carter used clothing as a way to create characters,” Blanco said. “What I learned from interviewing his wife and children was that he was a very thoughtful person and his private self wasn’t at all like the image portrayed in the media. But he liked to say things to make people uncomfortable and he knew how to play that role.”
Blanco’s interest in clothing dates back to his childhood and helping his Aunt Teresa organize her workshop.
“She was the best seamstress in town, but her workshop was a mess,” said Blanco, who recalls spending hours organizing rickrack, ribbons and other items. “I was fascinated by what she was doing, but I never learned to sew.”
Blanco’s first choice of majors was history, but he faced resistance from his family who said “I’d be poor my whole life.”
As a compromise, he double-majored in agriculture and theater until scheduling conflicts arose during his final semesters when he was required to be in both the field for his agriculture classes and on the stage for his theater requirements and theater won out.
His focus on historic fashion began while finishing his Ph.D. at Florida State University. A colleague mentioned to him that the textiles department needed someone to teach a course in the history of fashion design. That soon turned into two courses and then Blanco learned that FSU had a historic costume collection that had been in storage for a decade.
When he arrived at UGA in 2006 Blanco found the FACS costume collection in much better shape. He also found a group of students eager to learn about historic clothing and how to develop museum-quality exhibitions.
“I really enjoy teaching,” Blanco said. “And, these students are so dedicated. The rule is that they care. They just do everything and they do it well.”
As a researcher, Blanco focuses on men’s fashion from the 1960s until the present. Currently, he’s studying how male musicians in Athens decide what they’re going to wear for their performances.
“When they’re performing, the band members in R.E.M. dress very much like they do every day, but the band members in Kiss have very distinct costumes,” he said. “I’m interested in finding out how band members decide what to wear. Do they make conscious decisions about it; are they trying to dress similarly to their audience or very differently, and what motivates them to wear particular outfits?”
The results will contribute to a developing area of literature focused on the role of dress and appearance in creating both personal and collective identity. Blanco hopes to continue to add to the historic costume collection and record the stories behind the donations.
“We have items from famous people like Mary Creswell, the college’s first dean, and a dress that was made for Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Carter’s wife,” he said. “But we’re missing pieces from many famous male Georgians. I would like to build that part of our collection.”
Athens, Ga. – Laura Jolly, who has served as interim vice president for instruction at the University of Georgia since January 2010, has been named to fill the position on a permanent basis, effective Sept. 1.
The announcement was made today by Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Both President Adams and I are very pleased that Dr. Jolly has agreed to take on this important role at the University of Georgia,” Morehead said.
Jolly came to UGA in 2007 as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and took on the interim vice president position as an additional assignment while continuing her duties as dean. With the permanent appointment, she will step down as dean. Plans for choosing her successor will be announced at a later date, Morehead said.
“As a successful dean and interim vice president, Laura Jolly has demonstrated that she has the vision and leadership skills to advance the university’s instructional mission,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams.
The vice president for instruction is responsible for continued improvements to teaching, advising and student learning on campus and oversees a number of related academic and administrative departments including, among others, Undergraduate Admissions, the Division of Academic Enhancement, Office of Curriculum Systems, Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Washington Semester Program.
In addition, Jolly will be responsible for stewarding several critical institutional projects.These include implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan that is a key part of the process for UGA’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, redevelopment and expansion of UGA’s satellite campuses, and the advancement of key recommendations made by the Task Force on Distance Education.
“While I believe that a search process is generally the right thing to do before making appointments at this level, I’m convinced that this appointment is in the best interests of the University of Georgia,” Morehead said. “Dr. Jolly’s exemplary performance as interim vice president and her commitment to the quality of the student experience makes her the ideal choice for this position.Having the right person already in place avoids a costly national search and allows those funds to be directed to other needs.”
As dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Jolly worked to make the college one of the most student centered on campus by improving access to student services and increasing support for student leadership and engagement.
Under her leadership, the college increased graduate enrollment by 20 percent, expanded service-learning opportunities and study-abroad programs, created a student services suite to enhance support for students, and completed a highly successful planned giving campaign with more than $4 million committed for student scholarships, academic programs, student leadership and improving the student learning environment.
“While serving as interim vice president, I’ve gotten a good sense of the opportunities and challenges of this position and look forward to working with the senior administration, faculty, staff and students to advance the instructional mission at UGA,” Jolly said.
She previously held faculty and administrative positions at three other land-grant universities: the University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky and Oklahoma State University.
PREDICTABILITY AND AUTHENTICITY ESSENTIAL TO HELPING ADOLESCENTS COPE WITH PARENTS’ MILITARY DEPLOYMENT
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ATHENS, Ga. – When a parent who is in the military is deployed adolescents need to know who they can count on, according to findings by researchers at the University of Georgia and Virginia Tech.
“Families that have a parent deploying are undergoing an enormous amount of change,” according to Jay A. Mancini, a UGA child and family development researcher, who conducted the research along with Angela Huebner of Virginia Tech. “There are the changes that are occurring for both the person in Afghanistan and the family members at home, but there are also the dramatic changes that normally occur in adolescents over the course of 12 or more months.”
The military and other organizations have developed a variety of programs to help family members cope with deployment, unfortunately, relatively few of them work with families as a whole, Mancini said.
“Frequently, programs designed to help youth are only targeted to the youth,” Mancini said. “What our research confirmed was the pivotal role of parents in helping their children cope. Consequently programs targeted at youth need to also account for their family relationships.”
The study, conducted in 2008, includes interviews with 85 adolescents ranging in age from 11 to 18, many of whom were attending Operation Military Kids camps in Florida, Maine, North Carolina and Ohio. The camps, a partnership between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, are designed for youth with military parents. Participants met with an interviewer in groups of eight to 10 and were asked an array of questions regarding their parent’s deployment and its impact, both on them individually and on other family members. Among the youth who participated, 20 had experienced a parent deploying multiple times while 38 had experienced one deployment. The remaining participants hadn’t experienced a parent deploying to another country, but had experienced separation due to a parent’s temporary duty assignments or training demands.
After transcribing all of the interviews, Mancini and Huebner looked closely at how the participants described their experiences when their parents were deployed. How the participants learned of the pending deployment, their interactions with their parents prior to, during and following deployment, the support of extended family members, and how family roles evolved were all discussed by the participants.
Adolescents who seemed to have coped best with deployment tended to be those who had intentional interactions with their parents and others, Mancini said. In those cases, the parents arranged family meetings prior to deployment, and ongoing discussions occurred regarding how the adolescent was coping both during and after deployment. In the worst-case scenarios, the parents avoided discussing deployment (including one instance where an adolescent learned of his father’s pending deployment from a neighbor). In some families, the parent-child relationship nearly reversed with the adolescent feeling responsible for the remaining parent’s well being or for always putting on a “happy face” for the deployed parent.
Huebner noted that a number of the participants continued to expect their parent to be redeployed, even if the parent had retired from the military. “There’s such a sense of hypervigilance,” she said. “They’re constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
A parent’s return from active duty also meant, in at least some cases, dealing with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Huebner said.
“I think what’s important to consider is that the whole family system has to allow for movement,” she said. “You can’t expect a parent who has symptoms of PTSD to just set that aside and be the person he was before deployment—and if they understand what’s going on, adolescents can adapt to those changes.”
Both Huebner and Mancini said the issues facing adolescents of deploying parents are exacerbated if those parents are in the National Guard or Army Reserve due to how dispersed those families are, a situation that has become increasingly common with 45 percent of the U.S. military’s deployed force currently being made up of service members in the National Guard and Reserve.
“Very few Guard or Reserve families live near military installations,” Mancini said. “While the members of the units know each other, in many cases the families have never met so there aren’t the informal support networks that tend to exist among families of active duty soldiers.”
The study, which was funded by Headquarters Army Child, Youth and School Services and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, concludes with many suggestions for how family support program professionals can assist parents and adolescents. Programs for parents need to emphasize the importance of family meetings, including having age-appropriate discussions on upcoming deployments and the changes in roles and responsibilities that will result. In addition, parents need to understand how their anxieties and emotions can affect their children’s well being, the report says. Of particular significance, according to Mancini, is the importance of providing supports to youth and families during the return and reintegration phase of deployment because it is then that families are again intact and challenged with recalibrating their interactions and ways of being a family.
Programs for youth need to include information on “normal and expected” responses to a parent’s deployment, including worry and poor concentration, and the likelihood that conflicts may arise as a result of a parent’s absence, the report says. Perhaps most important, adolescents need to learn “strategies for communicating complex feelings, and realize the importance of sharing feelings with parents,” the report says. Finally, the report suggests that adolescents be encouraged to create an “advice blog” or keep an advice diary. While their writing may help other youth in similar situations, an advice blog can help them document their own successes at coping, the report says.
“As I read the data, I was taken with how much uncertainty is in the lives of these youth,” Mancini said. “We need prevention and intervention programs that intentionally focus on that. We need to identify what certainties there are in the lives of youth in military families that can be reinforced.”
Service-learning study abroad trips are typically thought of as ways for University students to teach others — but for two graduate students, their trip became not only a teaching tool, but a life lesson for themselves.
Rachel Hagues, a Ph.D. student in child and family development, was one of these students. After traveling to Tanzania in May, she can certainly validate the notion that study abroad is a passport to developing an appreciation for other cultures and viewpoints.
African girls are led in a game of Simon Says during the Girl Talk program in Tanzania.
“Every year I am blown away by what I have learned, and how welcoming the people are makes it truly worthwhile,” Hagues said.
Hagues has been travelling to Tanzania since 2008 and plans to return next year to continue community service and to complete her dissertation.
In 2009, Hagues returned to Tanzania with partner Hunter Parker, a University graduate student studying theatre and film studies.
Hagues and Parker stayed in a small town in Ukerewe, the largest island on Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
The island of approximately 150,000 is still an underdeveloped area, having only had electricity since 2005. The island’s primary language is Swahili.
The pair’s journey was a continuation of previous trips spawned by a partnership with Gertrude Mongella, the first president of the Pan-African Parliament.
Mongella won the University’s Delta Prize for Global Understanding in 2005.
“Mongella didn’t want to keep the award money for herself, but instead used it to establish a program that would encourage students from UGA to partner with her rural village in her hometown of Tanzania,” Hagues said.
Hagues and Parker said they hope to have several students who have an interest in service-learning join them next year.
One of the initiatives they are working on is referred to as “Girl’s Talk.”
“The idea is that what we are doing is for the girls and women leaders,” Parker said.
“And while we are, we are not avoiding the boys because, in essence, we have to educate the society.”
“Girl’s Talk” allows Tanzanians who seem to have a natural talent in performing arts to express themselves through skits.
It is meant to empower the girls — who range between the ages of 9 to 18 — and also encourage them to continue with their education.
Hagues said Tanzanian women are treated as subordinates in their country. She said they are often oppressed and sexually harassed by older men, including some who carry HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“[We are] teaching the girls that they have options and that they don’t have to accept the abuse or the harassment,” Parker said.
Tanzanian women don’t have much of a voice in their communities, which is something Parker and Hagues are trying to help them to gain.
“We aren’t going in there saying we have all the answers because the solutions need to come from members within their community,” Parker said.
She said many of the Tanzanian women usually get pregnant early and are forced to marry and quit school.
“The families there want the same things that we want for our children,” Parker said. “That is to grow up happy and healthy and to live a decent life.”
While AIDS and malaria are the major health concerns, Tanzanians have healthy diets consisting of fish, fruits and vegetables.
They are helping Tanzanians to become more communal through service learning and are hoping for more students and faculty to join them next summer.
“It is a life-changing experience,” Parker said. “You go over there with the idea that you want to help them learn, but, in return, you learn. The experience is hard to describe in words. They appear different, but really at the heart of it, we are all the same.”
HACE is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Sophia Anong who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the Griffin Campus beginning August 1, 2010. Dr. Anong comes to UGA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her research interests and experience include asset ownership, consumer credit, financial literacy and access to services like mobile banking in Africa, health insurance, impact of work-related factors on family economic well-being, self-employment and entrepreneurship, welfare participation, savings behavior, and retirement planning and behavior.
Brenda Cude has received two significant recognitions for teaching at the University of Georgia. She is a 2008-09 University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow and, in November 2008, she was inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy.
HACE is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Vibha Bhargava who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor on the HACE faculty beginning in January, 2009. Dr. Bhargava comes to UGA from The Ohio State University, Department of Consumer Sciences where she has had a post doctoral researcher position for the last year. Her areas of expertise are consumer economics and health care.
Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards and Achievements
Renuka Dhandapani, TMI doctoral student, was selected to participate in the Graduate School's Emerging Leaders Program for 2009-1010.
Furnishing and Interiors students and faculty (Jaya Rose) designed the craft room for the Greenhaven Decorator Show House in Marietta, GA. Greenhave showcases the latest eco-friendly products in design and construction features.
Several TMI graduate and undergraduate students were awarded scholarships from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. M.S. students Jing Cao received the Kilgore Award and Joo Ran Kim received the Emily Quinn Pou and Joe Pou Scholarship. Elizabeth Patterson, FM undergraduate received the Leonora Anderson scholarship, Camille Blair, a FI/FACSED undergraduate received the George Griffeth and Leolene Chapman Montgomery Scholarship and FI major Savannah Smith received the Opal Ward Jones Scholarship, 2009-2010.
Mrs. Anne Allen, TMI Advisor of the Year, 2008
Dr. Jose Blanco, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year, 2009; Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Teacher of the Year, 2008
Miss Xinying Cheng, M.S. student won third place in the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Research Paper Competition at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference, 2008
FI undergraduate student, Gloria Valencia-Martin received the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Outstanding Student Achievement Award, sponsored by TOTO, for 2008-2009.
FI undergraduate students, Heather Pyne, Elizabeth Sims, and RAchel Vaccaro were G.E. Charette Award winners, 2008-2009.
Fashion Merchandising undergraduate students, Jill Kornau and Abigail Wilson had abstracts accepted for presentation at the 2009 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) Symposium. Jill's paper was titled:"Manicures: Not just paying for Pretty Nails. Abigail's paper entitled "Bolivian Wrestlers in Skirts" won Best Paper in the Social Science Division. Jill and Abie developed their papers in Dr. Katalin Medvedev's class, TXMI 4230 Dress, Society and Culture, 2009
Seven FI undergraduate students received recognition from the FI program for their project excellence in the NKBA 2008 Student Design Competition. The students included for Bath design: Rosemary Heath and for Kitchen Design: Caroline Irvin, Rachel Lwarence, Dannon Marshall, Sarah M. McCullough, Heather Pyne and Elizabeth Sims.
Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst, Inducted into UGA's Teaching Academy, 2008
Mrs. Diane Kesler, TMI's nominee for the Nettie Marie Nickols Award, 2008.
Dr. Megan Lee was selected as a 2009-2010 Service Learning Fellow, University of Georgia.
Ms. Jaya Rose and the FI program received an Excellence in Education Award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, for 2008-2009
Prior to 2008
Mrs. Anne Allen, TMI Advisor of the Year, 2007
Dr. Patti Annis - Gamma Sigma Delta's Distinguished Senior Teaching Award, 2007
Mrs. Emily Blalock - TMI Teacher of the Year, 2007
Dr. José Blanco - Nominated for Gamma Sigma Delta's Junior Distinguished Teaching Award, 2007, 2008
Dr. Helen Epps inducted into the Teaching Academy, 2006; was selected a Senior Teaching Fellow for UGA, 2006
Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst - UGA Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, 2006
Dr. Soyoung Kim received funding from the International Academic Development Fund (UGA Office of International Programs) to visit Japan to develop a study abroad program for 2007.
Mrs. Dawn Schueneman - TMI Teacher of the Year, 2007; College of Family and Consumer Sciences; TMI Advisor of the Year, 2006
Dr. Charles Yang received the Creative Research Medal, the University of Georgia, 1998. Senior Faculty Award, Gamma Sigma Delta (the Honor Society of Agriculture) University of Georgia Chapter, 2004.
Ms. Xialing Wu (advisor - Dr. Charles Yang), won second place at the Student Paper Competition at the International Conference and Exhibition of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists held this week. Her paper was "Flame Retardant Finishing of Cotton Fleece Using Maleic Acid/Sodium Hypophosphite". The award carried with it a $500 cash award, 2007. This is the third time over the last four years that a TMI Graduate student has won either first or second place in the competition. Wang Lu and Yiping Lu won first in 2004 and 2005.
Two Furnishings and Interiors majors placed in the National Kitchen and Bath Competition: Alan Gilman - Honorable Mention and Michelle Wilcher 2nd place, 2006
Genevieve Trousdale, FI undergraduate student, was Honorable Mention in The National Kitchen and Bath Design Competition, 2006
TMI won first place at South Campus Tailgate, 2006 & 2007.
Hui Yang received the Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award, 2006
Hui Yang also received travel award from INDA for a student paper competition, 2006
Nicki Sauls was one of three students from the College of Family and Consumers Sciences that was selected to participate in the Tunisia Service Learning project for two weeks in Tunisia this summer, 2006.
Nicki Sauls awarded American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Graduate Student Fellowship for Research, 2006
Hang Liu and Hong Yu (doctoral students) were 2nd place winners for their project, "Design of Multilayer Disposable Surgical Gown," in the Materials Interest Group Engineering Design Competition, AATCC, 2006
Xueheng Zhao, Wang Lu, and Yiping Lu (doctoral students) won third place in the poster section at UGA's Faculty of Engineering conference, 2004. Their poster "Analysis of the Decolorization of Dyes by the White Rot Fungus Pleurotus Ostreatus" competed againg 29 posters from a variety of departments on campus.
The Department of Child and Family Development co-sponsored with the Center for Family Research, the Department of Sociology, the School of Social Work, the Department of Psychology and with Counseling and Human Development the Visiting Scholar, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University. As guest speaker, he delivered a presentation titled, “The Environment of Childhood Poverty,” Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Tate Center.
The keynote address for the Gene Brody Colloquium, Feb. 25, 2010, was given by visiting scholar, Dr. Jay Belsky, professor in the School of Psychology at the University of London. He is an internationally recognized expert in Child Development and Family Studies. His areas of expertise include parent-child relations during infancy and early childhood, transition to parenthood, etiology of child maltreatment, and evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning. He is the founding investigator of the NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development (US) and the National Evaluation of Sure Start (UK).