Starting January 1, 2014 student athletes will be better protected in gyms and on playing fields across Georgia. At least, that is the goal behind the Return to Play Act. The new state law requires schools give student athletes and their parents information about concussions. It also mandates that coaches pull a child from activity if he or she shows concussion symptoms.
Lots of research indicates graduating from college in an economic downturn hurts a worker’s career and earnings—and the financial effects, at least, persist for 10 years or more. Yet a new study from Emory University indicates those who earn a degree during challenging economic times are ultimately happier with their jobs.
The University System of Georgia took several steps Wednesday to establish a more comprehensive approach to guiding the state's 31 public colleges and universities. The Board of Regents voted to implement a new policy determining a wide range of issues, including what types of degrees each institution should offer, how much of an emphasis should be on research and teaching and access and admissions selectivity.
The University of Georgia and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are donating 1,900 pounds of California white sturgeon that had been part of a research study to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. UGA officials say three live sturgeons also were donated for a Tennessee Aquarium exhibit.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the University of Georgia Research Foundation a $3.4 million grant to help fight a debilitating tropical disease. UGA officials said Tuesday the award will be used to expand research on how to eliminate schistosomiasis, a disease caused by worms and contracted when people come in contact with contaminated water.
Georgia military bases and contractors are not the only ones feeling the pinch of the sequester. The state’s top universities are seeing federal research grants slashed as a result of the across the board federal funding cuts. And that’s threatening not only important fields of study, but also high-paying jobs.
A University of Georgia food scientist has been awarded a federal grant worth nearly half a million dollars. Poultry, eggs, raw sprouts and unpasteurized juices are common sources of salmonella. Cooking and pasteurization kill the bacteria in those foods but not in dry and ready-to-eat foods.
Emory University and other Atlanta partners are launching a new autism research center using an $8.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The Autism Center of Excellence will bring together more than 25 researchers and physicians in eight laboratories.