Archive for May, 2013

GPB Nominated for Five Southeast EMMY® Awards for GRA’s “The Future Files”

GRA’s “The Future Files” pilot episode, produced in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, has been nominated for five Southeast EMMY® Awards.    The nominees are:

  1. News & Program Specialty-  Health/Science –  Robert Brienza, Joshua Seftel, Jesse Sweet
  2. Crafts Achievement Graphic Arts –  Jawad Metni
  3. Crafts AchievemenEditor (Animations) –  Daniel Sousa
  4. Crafts Achievement Musical Composition/Arrangement –  Fred Story
  5. Crafts Achievement Photographer – Jesse Sweet

The series premiered in November on all GPB stations across the state. It showcases how top researchers at Georgia universities are addressing some of the most challenging problems facing humankind.  The threat of influenza – and the inventive work of Georgia scientists to stop it – are the focus of the nominated pilot episode.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

“The Future Files” is now streaming at Watch it now >

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May 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine honors Don Harn

The Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine presented its Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research to GRA Distinguished Investigator Don Harn at its annual induction ceremony May 13.

Recruited to UGA in 2009 as part of GRA’s next-generation vaccines initiative, Harn was recognized for his research into schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever, a devastating parasitic disease primarily affecting developing countries.  His work in testing novel HIV-1 vaccine candidates and in developing novel therapies for various autoimmune disorders, including psoriasis, autoimmune encephalomyelitis and diabetes, was also citied.

Phi Zeta recognizes and promotes scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.  The Xi chapter of Phi Zeta was established at the University of Georgia in 1959.

May 14, 2013 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Sholl to chair Georgia Tech School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

GRA Eminent Scholar David Sholl will become the new chair of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech on July 1, 2013.

Ranked among the nation’s top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs of its kind, the school includes more than 1,000 students and more than 40 faculty in 20 interdisciplinary research centers.

“Our school has a phenomenal group of faculty, students and alumni.  I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with all of them,” Sholl said.  “Our discipline is in the middle of a renaissance in the U.S., and Georgia Tech is poised to play a key role in technology development and industrial practice as this trend continues.”

Sholl was recruited to Georgia Tech from Carnegie Mellon University as the GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability in 2008.  Currently, he also holds the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and serves as associate director of Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute.  Read more here>

May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

GRA names new public relations director

Amanda Schroeder has joined the Georgia Research Alliance as director of public relations. In this role, she will manage all media, industry and constituent relations. In particular, she will develop brand and message strategy, build GRA’s social media presence and manage event coordination and execution. 

“We are excited to have Amanda on the GRA team,” said Mike Cassidy, GRA’s president and CEO. “She has extensive experience working with start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as building out marketing and public relations strategies and programs. With this experience and her deep understanding of our organization, Amanda will help communicate and promote the important role GRA plays in Georgia’s overall economic development.”

Prior to joining GRA, Schroeder served as vice president of marketing for BLiNQ Media, a leading technology and media company providing social engagement advertising solutions to agencies and brands. While there, she was a member of the senior management team that led BLiNQ to become acquired by The Gannett Company in August 2012. With more than 10 years of marketing experience in the private sector, Schroeder also has served as senior marketing manager for Cox Enterprises’ and director of global marketing for EyeWonder, LLC, an interactive digital advertising company. At EyeWonder, Schroeder led marketing strategy and operations efforts in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Australia.

Schroeder earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia State University and an MBA an emphasis on strategy, marketing and business development, from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

May 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment