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News Article | October 26, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia's Ping Ma will use a new grant to crunch big data numbers, not uncommon for a statistics professor. What is unusual is that his work may help save lives. Ma has been awarded $1.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop statistical tools to further clarify the causes of many diseases--including cancer, heart disease and aging-related illnesses. Over four years, Ma and his team of researchers will look at something known as small RNAs, hoping to unravel their regulatory role on abnormal variations in genetic transcription. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is present in all living cells and is incredibly important in the human body. Small RNA primarily acts as a messenger for DNA and regulates various biological processes. Ma, a professor in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of statistics and lead investigator on the project, will work to analyze big data sets that contain biomedical information on various diseases and create smart algorithms. His goal is to allow researchers to accurately analyze large sets of data without the need for expensive supercomputers. "Multiple interconnected research programs for tackling the challenge of big data have been actively pursued by my lab," he said. "An example of exciting progress, achieved through a collaborative project, is our finding that by sampling very small representative sub-data sets using smart algorithms, one can effectively extract almost all of the relevant information contained in the original vast data sets." Using these statistical methods allows biomedical researchers who may not have direct access to supercomputers to analyze biomedical data accurately and scale outcomes to larger data sets. The results of developing useful statistical methods for analysis, he said, means that biomedical researchers can use their desktop computers, iPads and smartphones to analyze data. "The advent of new biotechnologies has great potential to view the gene expression at unprecedented detail and clarity, which opens many new doors for studying the mechanisms of alternative splicing of various abnormal splicing related diseases," he said. "Given the huge volumes of data, we believe that this is an opportune time for taking an analytical approach to study small RNAs' regulatory role on alternative splicing." Recent studies have indicated that over 95 percent of human genes undergo alternative splicing. Aberrant splicing of pre-mRNAs can cause various human diseases. "Small RNAs regulate alternative splicing," he said, "and enhanced understanding of the regulation of alternative splicing is crucial for finding therapeutic targets and providing better treatment." Small RNAs, including microRNAs and short interfering RNAs, regulate gene expression through complementary base pairing with target RNAs. Together with their protein partners, small RNAs have been implicated in multiple aspects of gene functions. Very recently, siRNAs have also been implicated in alternative splicing processes in human cells, but the global regulatory role of small non-coding RNA on alternative splicing remains elusive. Advances in biomedical sciences and technologies in the past decade have created an extraordinary amount of biomedical data that was inaccessible just a decade ago and offers biomedical researchers an unprecedented opportunity to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges. The opportunity has not yet been fully realized because effective and efficient statistical and computing tools for analyzing super-large data sets are still lacking. "The proposed work will establish a comprehensive statistical framework and computational strategies to investigate the global mechanisms of alternative splicing regulation by small RNAs," he said. "As a byproduct of this effort, we will also be able to provide an efficient, robust, publicly available and user-friendly software for the analysis."


News Article | December 16, 2016
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Mediacurrent, a leading digital agency, has been recognized with two 2016 W³ Awards for its development, design, and strategy work on the websites of CARE Action! Network and Travelport. GOLD AWARD - Travelport.com Category: Website Features – Structure and Navigation To learn more about Mediacurrent’s approach to improving information architecture across an international enterprise organization, read the Travelport case study. SILVER AWARD - CARE Action! Network Category: General Website – Activism See how Mediacurrent designed a new website to drive membership and donations in the CARE Action! case study. “This is a gratifying commendation of Mediacurrent’s ingenuity and data-driven strategy, design and UX methodology,” said company co-founder Dave Terry. “We’re grateful and humbled to have been distinguished from this year’s competitive applicant pool of nearly 5,000 entries for the work we do.” The W³ Awards honors excellence on the Web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. The awards are judged annually by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. “We were once again blown away at the creativity and quality of this year’s entrant. As our connected world continues to expand in new and exciting ways, our winners are a true testament to the power of Web creativity around the globe.” said Linda Day, the director of the IAVA. “On behalf of the 750+ members of The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, we salute the talents and high level of execution our winners display and commend all of this year’s entrants for their dedication and commitment to online excellence.” About Mediacurrent Mediacurrent helps organizations architect highly impactful Drupal websites. Mediacurrent is home to an elite team of web specialists, who are recognized thought leaders in their profession. Mediacurrent has a successful track record of helping some of the most name recognizable brands in the world adopt and support Drupal including The Weather Channel, The National Basketball Association (NBA), The University of Georgia, Harvard University, Habitat for Humanity, and Georgia.gov. Mediacurrent's service offerings allow us to be a single source partner for Drupal development, design, digital strategy, and training. For more information, follow Mediacurrent on Twitter and Facebook, or visit http://www.mediacurrent.com About the W³ Awards The W³ Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Please visit http://www.aiva.org for a full member list and additional information.For more information about the W³ Awards, please visit http://www.w3award.com, email The W³Awards at info@w3award.com or call 212-675-3555.


PRINCETON, TX, November 29, 2016-- Donna Hutcheson, Ph.D., Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Executive Principal of XR Group, Inc., has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in management consulting.With nearly 40 years of practiced expertise providing consulting services in information technology management, Dr. Hutcheson parlays her knowledge into her latest endeavor, DHC Global Communications. Through this new company, she works to track new business leads and assess risks for clients. She works extensively with executive leadership of the company to ensure that its mission and vision are properly defined and on track for success. Dr. Hutcheson's hope is that through DHC Global Communications, she will be able to take XR Group to the next level in terms of services offered and overall size.In addition to working at XR Group and launching her own company, Dr. Hutcheson is a representative for Isagenix products. After attaining personal health goals using Isagenix products, she decided to spread awareness of her success in the hopes it would help others seeking similar results. The skills that she has learned in the business world have lent support to this endeavor.A former university professor, Dr. Hutcheson became involved in the business world as a second career. Combining her networking skills with an honest and amiable personality has led to her success. Dr. Hutcheson prepared for her career with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of Georgia, and a master's degree in computer science and commerce from Texas A&M University. Additionally, she holds a doctorate in technology management from the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves on the advisory committees at Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University.Looking toward the future, Dr. Hutcheson aims to continue providing consulting services and further develop DHC Global Communications.About Worldwide BrandingFor more than 15 years, Worldwide Branding has been the leading, one-stop-shop, personal branding company, in the United States and abroad. From writing professional biographies and press releases, to creating and driving Internet traffic to personal websites, our team of branding experts tailor each product specifically for our clients' needs. From health care to finance to education and law, our constituents represent every major industry and occupation, at all career levels.For more information, please visit http://www.worldwidebranding.com


News Article | December 8, 2016
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NEW YORK, NY, December 08, 2016-- Yung Frank Chiang has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Long before he became a renowned educator in the field of law, Mr. Chiang received a Bachelor of Laws from National Taiwan University. He came to the United States in 1961 and attended Northwestern University, where he received a Master of Laws in 1962. Mr. Chiang went on to receive a JD from the University of Chicago in 1965 before joining Harvard Law School as a research associate in law. At the sponsorship of Harvard University, he became an U.S. resident. His career as a law educator officially began in 1967, when he joined The University of Georgia School of Law as an assistant professor. Since 1976, Mr. Chiang has served as a professor at Fordham University School of Law. He also recently visited Tokyo, where he lectured as a visiting professor at Chuo University.Admitted to practice in Taiwan and New York State, Mr. Chiang is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Order of the Coif. His previous associations include The Taiwan Merchants Association of New York, where he served as president from 1980 to 1984, North America Taiwanese Professors' Association, where he served as president from 1998 to 1999, and the National Association of Securities Dealers, for which he was an arbitrator for 20 years. In an effort to expand the scope of his reach, Mr. Chiang has contributed numerous articles to professional journals around the world. One of these articles, titled "The Characterization of a Vessel as a Common or Private Carrier," was cited in Gilmore and Black's The Law of Admiralty and by three federal courts in support of relevant judgments.In recognition of his commitment to the legal profession, Mr. Chiang was the recipient of the 20th Century Achievement Award from the International Biographical Centre in 1995. Additionally, he has been featured in a wide variety of honors publications, including Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World. He was also recently recognized with the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


ESG Operations, Inc. is excited to announce the commencement of our historic collaboration with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. As part of our ongoing Leadership ESG employee development program, we have partnered with the Carl Vinson Institute to deliver their Management Development Program to a select group of twenty current and future ESG leaders. “We are proud to be the first non-governmental sponsor to partner with the Carl Vinson Institute in its history,” says Roger Dodd, ESG Human Resources Director. The Carl Vinson Institute has been providing leadership and governance training for Georgia’s government officials since 1927. Laura Meadows, Director of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, says, “We are excited about our new partnership with ESG Operations, Inc. in supporting professional development opportunities for their staff as they serve cities and counties throughout Georgia. This training program is truly one of the cornerstones of our mission to assist communities in better serving their citizens.” “Our collaboration with ESG Operations, Inc., in delivering leadership development programs and curriculum for their staff, is an extremely innovative approach in training delivery though a public-private partnership,” adds Stacy Jones, Associate Director of Government Training, Education and Development, University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Ben Morrow, ESG’s Assistant Project Manager in Douglas, Georgia, will be participating in this year’s program. “I’m very excited to attend the inaugural ESG/Carl Vinson Institute program. I see this as yet another development opportunity afforded to me during my five years with ESG. This is a continuation of the theme I was introduced to when I first joined the company as a trainee—if I provide the effort, ESG will provide the opportunity.” The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Management Development Program is a personal and professional development program delivered over the course of seven to eight months. Program participants will develop self-awareness, explore the environment of public sector leadership, learn how to lead and manage others, and plan and implement a positive change initiative for his or her organization. Graduates of the program will receive the universally recognized Management Development Program certificate from the University of Georgia. With over 650 employees and 23 offices across the Southeast, ESG is one of the nation’s fastest growing full-service utility operations and public works management companies. ESG provides innovative solutions to a wide range of environmental and infrastructure projects with extensive experience as both design engineers and contract utility operators. This unique blend of skills enables ESG to develop innovative, cost effective and customized approaches to meet our clients’ specific utility needs. ESG’s corporate headquarters is located in Macon, Georgia.


News Article | November 17, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Flagellar motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the main factor required to induce the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), according to a study published November 17, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Bala?zs Rada from The University of Georgia, Athens, and colleagues. Neutrophils are phagocytic blood cells found in the body's circulatory system and tissues, and provide the first line of defense against bacteria like the opportunistic pathogen P. aeruginosa. Neutrophils utilize numerous strategies to eliminate bacteria, most notably the formation of DNA-based scaffolds called "NETs". NETs, which have attached antimicrobial proteins, provide one of the most efficient methods of trapping and neutralizing invaders like P. aeruginosa, yet the mechanism that triggers their formation was previously unknown. Scientists monitored P. aeruginosa at various phases of growth and discovered that NET release was maximal at the early exponential stage when its flagellum-promoted swimming motility was present. Researchers used various strains of P. aeruginosa to measure the production of NETs and developed their own protein-based assay in order to quantitate the levels of P. aeruginosa flagellin, the major constituent of flagella. They found that neutrophils did not produce NETs in response to the presence of P. aeruginosa flagellin alone but required actual flagellar motility, since immotile bacterial strains expressing paralyzed flagellum failed to stimulate NET formation. For immunocompromised patients, such as those with cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), HIV, non-CF bronchiectasis, or hospital-acquired pneumonia, P. aeruginosa poses a serious clinical problem as it can cause severe lung infections and quickly adapts to diverse environments. This study not only sheds light on what causes neutrophils to form NETs but also suggests that flagellar motility genes could serve as targets for future pharmaceutical intervention. In your coverage please use this URL to provide access to the freely available article in PLOS Pathogens: http://dx. Please contact plospathogens@plos.org if you would like more information. Funding: This work was supported by the 1) startup fund of BR provided by the Office of Vice President for Research at the University of Georgia, 2) University of Georgia Faculty Research Grant (grant ID: 2507, 2013) to BR, and 3) the NIH grant 1R56HL131466-01 to BR. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Citation: Floyd M, Winn M, Cullen C, Sil P, Chassaing B, Yoo D-g, et al. (2016) Swimming Motility Mediates the Formation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Induced by Flagellated Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PLoS Pathog 12(11): e1005987. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1005987


News Article | March 14, 2016
Site: phys.org

Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have teamed up with researchers at Willamette University, a liberal arts college in Salem Oregon, to develop genetic tools that could save the Joshua tree from extinction. Together with scientists from The University of Georgia and the University of British Columbia, and with the support of several Mojave Desert conservation organizations, researchers are inviting members of the public to help get the project off the ground by making donations at the crowdfunding site Experiment.com. In the past two weeks, more than 100 backers have donated more than $4,000 to The Joshua Tree Genome Project. The project aims to raise $8,500 by March 24th. Joshua trees are the iconic species of the Mojave Desert, the hottest and driest desert region of North America. This keystone species provides food and habitat for many other species, and numerous State and National Parks are dedicated to their conservation. However, emerging research suggests that Joshua trees are disappearing across much of the Mojave Desert, perhaps because of ongoing global warming. Some scientists predict that the trees may go extinct within the next 100 years. The project, one of 17 projects that are participating in Experiment.com's Liberal Arts College Pilot Program. The pilot program at Experiment.com aims to bring the power of crowdfunding to research labs at small undergraduate institutions. To help support colleges participating in the program, Experiment will contribute an extra $2,000 to the project that receives the most donors by March 16th. "Understanding the genome will help us make conservation plans that allow Joshua tree to adapt to changing climates and environments," said project scientist Christopher Irwin Smith, a biologist at Willamette University. "The genome could also answer many important questions about the evolutionary history of this iconic desert species." "The data will provide our first detailed look into the Joshua tree genome," said Michael McKain, an evolutionary biologist working on the project and a post-doctoral associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. "It will allow us to untangle Joshua trees' diversity at the most basic level, and identify how major evolutionary events contributed to its unique form." Ensuring that Joshua trees will flourish into the future means preserving the plants themselves and the genetic variation that will allow them to evolve in response to environmental changes. "Sequencing the Joshua tree genome is the first step to revealing the genetic basis of climate adaptations," said Jeremy Yoder, a post-doctoral fellow studying evolutionary biology at the University of British Columbia. "And from there we can identify gene variants that may allow Joshua trees to survive rising global temperatures." Explore further: New findings suggest species' interactions don't always promote diversity


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Promotional products leader HALO Branded Solutions is pleased to introduce Anna Grace Goode, the 2016 winner of their annual scholarship competition. Ms. Goode, a full-time student at the University of Georgia, was chosen from a talented and diverse field of applicants. For her creativity, dedication, and outstanding academic achievements, HALO Branded Solutions is pleased to offer Anne Grace Goode a $3,000 scholarship to continue her studies. “HALO Branded Solutions is proud of our dedication to forward thinking and passion-fueled results. That’s why we’re so proud to announce Anna Grace as our 2016 scholar,” said Terry McGuire, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “She began her college career while still in high school and has showcased a continued commitment to excellence that we’re proud to support.” Applicants were required to carry a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a letter of recommendation along with an essay. The essay, which needed to be 400-600 words in length, answered prompts based on marketing topics. Originally from Rydal, Georgia, Ms. Goode is majoring in Agriculture Economics and Agriculture Business. Ms. Goode has ambitions to work as a consultant with large farming operations, helping them to create and present an optimized image to the public. Ms. Goode expects to graduate from The University of Georgia in Spring 2018. With the announcement of HALO’s Spring 2016 scholarship winner, HALO would also like to open its Fall 2016 Scholarship to applicants. Three prizes will be awarded: first place: $1,500, second place: $1,000 and third place: $500. For more information on rules and how to apply, please visit https://www.halo.com/scholarship-contest.aspx About HALO Branded Solutions HALO Branded Solutions, with operational headquarters in Sterling, Illinois, is a leading promotional products distributor in the $23 billion per year promotional products industry. The Company has a growing nationwide sales force and expects to continue its profitable growth by offering innovative client solutions, priced competitively, and supported by world-class operations and customer service. For more information, visit https://www.halo.com.


News Article | November 9, 2016
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During summer 2016, Super-Sod welcomed an assistant marketing director to maintain and expand the company’s marketing efforts as Super-Sod increases its reach throughout the Southeast. Allison Fortner graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in agricultural communication and a certificate in leadership and service. Fortner joined the Super-Sod team shortly after graduation. “The University of Georgia trained Allison well with the skillset I need on my team, but I quickly found out Allison also has those special talents that cannot be taught,” said Hillary Thompson, Super-Sod marketing director. “She has become indispensable to our marketing endeavors, and I look forward to what we’ll be doing together.” Originally from Cleveland, Georgia, Fortner’s involvement in the National FFA Organization as a high school student inspired her interest in the agriculture industry. During her time at UGA, Fortner worked in agriculture as assistant to the executive director at Georgia Milk Producers Inc. and as a communications intern with the American Hereford Association. She also gained a global perspective during her weeks studying culture-centered communication in rural Romania. At Super-Sod, Fortner interacts with customers via Supersod.com’s online chat feature, edits informational videos, writes digital content and designs print and digital media. She spends time away from her desk photographing lawns, turfgrass farms and Super-Sod events. “It’s a joy to learn about the turfgrass industry from the Super-Sod family,” Fortner said. “I love developing creative ideas that highlight our products and help our customers.” Fortner is based out of Super-Sod of Atlanta’s farm and store in Cartersville, Georgia, but her efforts influence the company’s marketing initiatives throughout the Southeast. Her current projects include promoting TifTuf Bermuda grass and developing an “About Us” campaign to showcase Super-Sod’s culture and employees. “I’m excited to share the culture of Super-Sod and recognize the people and passion behind our pallets of sod,” Fortner said. In her free time, Fortner enjoys traveling, listening to and learning from podcasts and trying new recipes. Super-Sod, a subsidiary of Patten Seed Company, is a family-run business that employs experts in turf and horticulture. Patten Seed Company began in 1893 in Lakeland, Georgia, as a general store, providing seed for customers. Since then, Patten Seed Company has brought innovation to the turfgrass industry through production of different seed and sod varieties. Super-Sod was formed in 1980 to market sod to expanding urban markets. Super-Sod continuously develops new garden products; fosters gardening and landscaping; and seeks improvement in farming practices, technology, environmental stewardship and employee knowledge.


Adamashvili G.T.,The University of Georgia
Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics | Year: 2016

A theory of acoustic vector solitons of self-induced transparency of the Rayleigh wave is constructed. A thin resonance transition layer on an elastic surface is considered using a model of a two-dimensional gas of impurity paramagnetic atoms or quantum dots. Explicit analytical expressions for the profile and parameters of the Rayleigh vector soliton with two different oscillation frequencies is obtained, as well as simulations of this nonlinear surface acoustic wave with realistic parameters, which can be used in acoustic experiments. It is shown that the properties of a surface vector soliton of the Rayleigh wave depend on the parameters of the resonance layer, the elastic medium, and the transverse structure of the surface acoustic wave. © 2016 American Physical Society.

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