Public Service and Outreach announces 2013 award winners

The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has announced that six faculty and three staff members will receive awards for outstanding service to the state and UGA at the 22nd Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon in April. One faculty member will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award, five faculty will receive Walter Barnard Hill Awards and three staff members will receive Staff Awards for Excellence. Full story

Study on balancing bioenergy needs, wildlife habitat under way at Vinson Institute

An environmental policy expert at the Vinson Institute recently received a National Wildlife Federation grant to examine methods of sustaining biomass production without degrading wildlife habitat. Environmental sustainability analyst Jason Evans was awarded almost $100,000 to assess the effects of forest biomass harvesting in the Southeast. Working with Evans on the project are Daniel Geller, a public service assistant in the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and Alison Bramlet and Jon Calabria, assistant professors in the College of Environment and Design, as well as investigators from the University of Florida and Virginia Tech. Full story

Habersham Archway Partnership forges ahead

Over the past two-and-a-half months, the Habersham Archway Partnership has quickly moved forward, making great strides in finalizing a work plan for the year, and forming issue work groups to address specifically identified community initiatives. Full story

Archway Partnership moves into second year, expands role

Cairo and Grady County’s Archway Partnership with the University of Georgia has been working with many community volunteers to make a difference here, and is looking to expand its focus to include additional community issues in the coming months. Full story

UGA students to look into improving Barber Park

Archway volunteers concerned about the health and wellness of the Grady County community toured the county’s recreation department’s Barber Park complex Tuesday. Full story

The power of partnerships

2009 to 2012 will never be characterized as “easy” years. During this time period, difficult financial realities redefined thinking and planning in every sector. In many arenas, progress took a backseat as interest groups and political parties fought over a shrinking pot of money. “Keeping the doors open and the lights on” became commonplace indicators of “success.” Full story

Singles: Half-shell oysters make a splash on Georgia coast

It might take a wet sack of oysters roasting over a fire to prove it, as well as a shuck or two until briny liquor hits taste buds, but Georgia is home to some dang fine bivalves. Full story

Wonder woman: OASP director helps coordinate science, engineering fairs

Christine Burgoyne is a whiz at answering questions, and she’s heard some doozies during her time as director of state science and engineering fairs. Full story

‘Chasing Ice’ screening, discussion will open EcoFocus Film Festival

The documentary Chasing Ice officially will open the 2013 EcoFocus Film Festival March 21 at 6 p.m. at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave. Full story

DDA hosts launch of site to promote area to start-up businesses

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted the launch of Startupoint at Madison Chop House Grille last Tuesday. Full story

Seminar highlights concerns on sea level rise

Built in a low lying area and mostly surrounded by marsh, St. Marys is in a precarious position as the sea grows. Full story

40 Under 40: Class of 2013

You know them as colleagues, speakers, event planners, marketers, entrepreneurs and destination representatives. We know them as some of the corporate meetings industry’s most talented, inventive and driven young leaders. Meet Collaborate magazine’s 2013 40 Under 40. Full story

Researchers discuss plans for increased flooding on Tybee Island

Folks on Tybee Island are preparing for future flooding. On Monday, researchers from the University of Georgia visited to discuss ways to plan for increased flooding due to sea level rise and more frequent and severe storm surges. Full story

Building a good foundation

UGA students are partnering with Chris McDowell, director of the university’s Material Reuse Program, to plan and build several new gardens for community organizations throughout Athens. Full story

Jason Evans, Daniel Geller, Alison Bramlet, Jon Calabria and the National Wildlife Federation

Jason Evans, an environmental sustainability analyst in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a unit in the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, was awarded $99,771 by the National Wildlife Federation to assess the implications of forest biomass harvesting on wildlife habitat in the Southeast under different scenarios.Alison Bramlet and Jon Calabria, assistant professors in the College of Environment and Design. Full story

UGA’s Office of Service-Learning brings four service workers to Athens community

The University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning has helped bring four members of AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, to the Athens-Clarke County community. Full story

Apply now for 2013-14 Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education Internships

Apply for 2013-14 MAREX internships. Full story

Registration open for 2013 PSO Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2013 PSO annual meeting. Full story