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State Lawmakers Explore 2013 Legislative Agenda during 28th Biennial Institute

Members of Georgia’s General Assembly convened in Athens December 9–11, 2012, for the Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, marking the 28th such gathering of lawmakers at UGA. Full story

Vinson Fellows present results of internship projects

Four University of Georgia undergraduates capped semester-long internships through the Vinson Institute Fellows Program December 12 by presenting their project results to Institute faculty and staff. Full story

Letter: How do you think we’re doing?

The educational leadership of Dalton and Whitfield County schools want to learn what you think about the quality of local public education. Your feedback helps us refine the services our students need to succeed. We not only strive to be responsive to the community’s needs, we try to be proactive and seek every opportunity to learn from your collective wisdom. Full story

Contest supports new business ventures

The 3rd annual Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition is now accepting applications. The initiative by Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center fosters new business development in Gwinnett. Full story

Sen. Saxby Chambliss addresses Biennial Institute

Fifty-four legislators were greeted to their new seats in the Georgia General Assembly during the Biennial Institute, a conference held at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center Sunday through Tuesday for legislative information sessions. Full story

Workshop offered in Macon for small business startups

Anyone considering starting a small business may want to attend a workshop next month conducted by the Georgia Small Business Development Center in Macon. The three-hour workshop, which costs $69, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the small business center, 4875 Riverside Drive, Suite 202, Stantec Center. Full story

Medical interpreters help patients, doctors communicate

Going to the doctor can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience. But imagine if you couldn’t communicate with your doctor or nurse to describe your symptoms or explain your medical history. Full story

Homestead grad selected for marine education internship

A Homestead High School graduate has been selected as a Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education intern with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service for the 2012-13 year. Full story

Wishlists: Kennesaw’s legislative priorities would hurt at pump, tax time

Cobb residents would lose out on tax refunds and pay more at the pump if state lawmakers adopt items on Kennesaw legislative wishlist. The county legislative delegation will join the other 158 Georgia counties’ representatives and senators under the Gold Dome on Jan. 14 for a 40-day schedule, likely concluding in April. Before then, city and county governments are invited to share their legislative priorities with their local delegations. Full story

Fiscal fears, party politics take center stage in SPIA election conference

Puppies graced the front page of University of California at Riverside associate political science professor Ben Bishin’s slideshow. Four Labrador Retrievers stood above his major emphasis, “Latinos in Election 2012,” in hopes to liven up the day of panels in the “Effects of the 2012 Presidential Election Conference” held Friday at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Full story

UGA College of Education to host service-learning workshops Jan. 25, Feb. 22

“Why do we have to learn this?” It’s a question asked daily in countless Georgia classrooms by students who seek connections between classroom learning and the “real world.” The University of Georgia College of Education will host two workshops for area educators this winter that will offer ways to make curriculum more relevant to students, engage them in meaningful learning and help them make a difference in their community. Full story

Botanical Garden gives life to dead art

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia usually hosts live art, but this time it will welcome dead plants too. The flowers, bushes, trees and plants that inhabit the land reserved for the garden are known for their variety. Beginning this week, the Botanical Garden hosts an exhibition to broaden its variety of garden life. Except this time the plants will not be alive. They will be immortalized on paper. Full story

Sweet flag grass is a medal winner

Shhh! Can you keep a secret? One of next year’s Georgia Gold Medal winners is sweet flag (Acorus gramineus “Ogon” and Acorus gramineus “Minimus Aureus”). This little grass-like groundcover takes shade and wet soils very well, brightening the area with chartreuse foliage. Full story

UGA Fanning Institute gets new name, focus in reorganization

University of Georgia administrators have reorganized one of the university’s most visible public service units, the Fanning Institute. The Fanning Institute is also getting its old name back. It’s once again the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Full story

New class helps students commercialize research

With sources of research funding becoming increasingly scarce and pressure mounting for universities to drive economic growth, more and more scientists are exchanging their lab coats for business suits as they work to turn their most innovative discoveries into products that improve lives and create jobs. Full story

UGA Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Georgia Honors student Juliet Elizabeth Allan of Atlanta has been awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend England’s Oxford University, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She is one of 32 Rhodes recipients in the United States. Allan, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, plans to graduate from UGA in December with bachelor’s degrees in Arabic, economics, and international affairs as well as a master’s degree in international policy. Full story

In the Garden: State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Bryce visits the State Botanical Garden of Georgia located just a few miles from the University of Georgia in Athens. The State Botanical garden is a 313-acre preserve that is dedicated to the conservation of plants and the cultivation of a love for gardening. Full story

UGA students launch Campus Kitchen to combat senior hunger

This fall, the University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning officially joined The Campus Kitchens Project and launched Campus Kitchen at UGA, a student organization that provides free, healthful meals to area senior citizens by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. Full story