Dog Flu
4:07 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Influenza Is A New Virus For Dogs

Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest.
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The veterinary school at the University of Georgia has confirmed 55 cases of canine influenza in the state, although it’s not the only lab that can confirm the virus.

One of the reasons the virus is spreading, according to a UGA professor, is that dogs can easily catch it. That's because the flu is a new disease to them, beginning after the year 2000.

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11:05 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Georgia's Vidalia Onion Crop Is Small This Year

Vidalia onions are only grown in Georgia.
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There is a smaller than usual Vidalia onion crop this year, thanks to the wet spring weather. Earlier this spring, the Vidalia onion crop was in good shape, but then in May, there was a lot of rain, wind and some hail.

“And so a crop that was looking really good, all of a sudden, wasn’t,” UGA agricultural economist Jeffrey Dorfman said.

He said on top of the weather, farmers planted fewer acres of Vidalia onions this year.

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1:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

This Day in History: UGA Students Meet The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse sculpture surveys the scene near Watkinsville, Georgia.
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Today is May 27.  

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.  

As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."  

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A Closer Look
6:39 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

First Case Of New Dog Flu Confirmed In Metro Atlanta

UGA has diagnosed the first case of a new strain of canine influenza in a dog from metro Atlanta. The new virus is no more life-threatening than the previous strain of dog flu.
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A dog in metro Atlanta has been diagnosed with a new strain of the canine influenza virus and may have exposed other animals to the illness.

The new dog flu has been spreading through dog populations in the Midwest and has already affected thousands of dogs in Chicago since March.

Scientists at the University of Georgia confirmed Wednesday that an illness diagnosed in a dog in Athens late last week is the new strain of canine flu, identified as H3N2.

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A Closer Look
5:43 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Learning Chicken Speak and How It Can Help Georgia Farmers

UGA and Georgia Tech researchers are studying chicken sounds to try to better understand how the birds are feeling. What a chicken says could help farmers better care for the birds.
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Forget the age-old question about why the chicken crossed the road. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia want to know what the chicken said. 

UGA and Georgia Tech researchers have been studying the different sounds chickens make and if those sounds might indicate whether the birds are happy or sad, or maybe sick or frightened.

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

UGA Helping Farmers Be More Delicate With Their Blueberries

Freshly picked blueberries sit in baskets at the University of Georgia horticulture farm in Athens, Georgia.
Credit Stephanie Schupska / UGA

Blueberries are now the state’s No. 1 fruit crop. They even beat out Georgia’s peaches.

As farmers try to meet growing demand they’re also looking for ways to cut losses.

Researchers at the University of Georgia won a $2.37 million grant from the USDA to develop technology to help small to mid-size blueberry growers. 

During the harvesting process, a lot of blueberries get squashed. Machines do their best, but a lot of the time, they leave something to be desired.

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2:14 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

UGA Gets Grant To Investigate Rural Communities

Rural communities in Georgia are getting placed under the microscope.
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Rural communities in Georgia are getting some attention from the University of Georgia.

Researchers will be taking a look at more than 300 small towns throughout the state. Many of them are in rough shape.

“Dilapidated housing, a lack of affordable housing, you know, access to home ownership can be an issue,” Kim Skobba, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, says.

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4:14 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Georgia State Upsets Baylor In Last-Second Comeback

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter (22) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court after he made the game-winning shot against Baylor in the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
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R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

With Ron Hunter, his father and coach, working the sideline in a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.

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University of Georgia
11:07 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Home Depot Co-Founder, Atlanta Falcons Owner To Speak At UGA

Arthur Blank is set to speak March 27 at 10:10 a.m. at UGA as part of a Terry College of Business speaker series.
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The Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta is set to speak in the University of Georgia Chapel.

The university says Arthur Blank is set to speak March 27 at 10:10 a.m. as part of a Terry College of Business speaker series. His portfolio also includes PGA TOUR Superstore, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana and AMB Group.

The Terry Leadership Speaker Series aims to bring well-known leaders to the university to discuss their leadership styles and experiences.

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Hoop Skirts
11:42 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UGA Bans Hoop Skirts In Response To Racist Oklahoma Video

Hoop skirts are now banned at University of Georgia social events.
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The latest fallout from a racist video involving Oklahoma fraternity members is a ban on hoop skirts at University of Georgia social events.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the ban came after university student affairs administrators met with some fraternity and sorority leaders to discuss fraternity events such as "Old South Week" and the "Magnolia Ball."

Victor Wilson, the university's vice president for student affairs, said part of Monday's discussion included costumes worn during special events and messages conveyed by the clothing.

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6:51 am
Tue March 17, 2015

UGA Graduate School Dean Finalists To Visit Athens

The University of Georgia is close to picking its new dean of UGA's Graduate School.
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And then there were four.

The University of Georgia has trimmed its list of candidates for the dean of UGA's Graduate School.

The four finalists will visit the Athens campus over the next few weeks.

Here is a list of the candidates, along with the dates in which they will give their public presentations:

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12:18 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

March Madness Makes Millions For Some, Excitement For Others

Kentucky and UGA are among the schools taking part in March Madness this year.
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Brackets, beer and bragging rights. 

Those are a few of the things linked to March Madness, which leads to big business for universities.

“March Madness is huge.  It has just grown phenomenally over the past 10 to 20 years,” says sports analyst Tim Darnell.

About 140 million people across the country are expected to be tuning in to see student-athletes represent their universities.

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6:26 am
Wed March 11, 2015

UGA Could Break Annual Fundraising Record This Fiscal Year

UGA has already collected more than $100 million in fundraising this fiscal year.
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It looks like this will be another record-breaking year for Bulldog Nation.

The University of Georgia is on-pace to break its annual fundraising record.

“It’s a good problem to have isn’t it?,” UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says. 

UGA has already passed the $100 million mark this fiscal year. There are four months left to go and 2014’s fundraising total of nearly $126.5 million could be surpassed.

Konenkamp says a stronger economy has helped, but there are other factors to explain this boost in fundraising.

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7:21 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UGA Hosts Top-Ranked Kentucky Tuesday

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) shoots between Georgia's Yante Maten (1) and Kenny Gaines (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 3, 2015, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 69-58.
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The University of Georgia's basketball team winds down the regular season with its last home game Tuesday night against Kentucky.

While the Bulldogs are looking for their 20th win of the season, the Wildcats are undefeated after 29 games.

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Tree Damage
5:17 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Oh Snap! When Georgia Trees Freeze

Unlike trees used to blizzards in other parts of the U.S., Georgia’s trees don’t get much practice with ice.
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Broken branches are taking out power lines and blocking roads across Northeast Georgia. Trees in other parts of the country face much more extreme weather all the time. What is it about the combination of ice and Georgia’s trees that doesn’t mix? 

Icy branches are stiff and the extra weight can make them up to 30 times heavier than normal. Unlike trees used to blizzards in other parts of the U.S., Georgia’s trees don’t get much practice with ice.

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12:21 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

University Of Georgia To Sell 865-Acre Wilkins Farm

The University of Georgia wants to sell the Wilkins Farm.
Credit John Amis / UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

The University of Georgia wants to get rid of some of its real estate.

The school has owned the Wilkins Farm for about half a century.

The 865-acre plot of land is in Wilkes and Oglethorpe counties and has an extensive frontage on Highway 78.

"We've been using it for beef cattle research and the [UGA] Police Department has been utilizing about 35 acres of that as a shooting range," UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says.

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3:51 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

UGA Library To Host Free Exhibit Of Classic 1900s Radios

The collection of tube radios, external speakers and other items dating from 1913 to 1933 was restored by Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon.
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An exhibit of classic radios is set to open next week at a University of Georgia library.

The school says the exhibit of radios from the early 1900s will open Feb. 20 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The collection of tube radios, external speakers and other items dating from 1913 to 1933 was restored by Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon. Pennington was a doctor who specialized in microsurgery of the inner ear and was fascinated by the tube radio.

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5:30 am
Fri February 6, 2015

UGA Ecologist: Feral Hogs Cause About $1.5B In Damages In US

Feral hogs live in most of the United States.
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Feral hogs are a problem around the country; they’re like the kudzu of the animal kingdom. They can live pretty much anywhere in Georgia, from the barrier islands to the mountains. And they’ll eat anything they can fit in their mouths, according to UGA ecologist Mike Mengak.

“They’re responsible for upwards of $1.5 billion in [damages] across the United States, according to some estimates,” Mengak says. “And probably in the neighborhood of a few hundred million in Georgia.”

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1:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

UGA Wants To Boost Diversity Campus-Wide

The University of Georgia is working to improve diversity on campus and boost its minority population.
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The University of Georgia is adding a $250,000 endowment to help fund its Office of Institutional Diversity.

“To expand diversity training opportunities on campus and to expand initiatives focused on the recruitment and success of under-represented faculty and students,” University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said in the "State of the University" speech this week.

The university will also conduct a campus-wide climate survey about diversity-related issues.

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6:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

UGA Gives Mark Richt Raise, Contract Extension

Georgia head coach Mark Richt received contract extension through 2019 and an $800,000 raise.
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Mark Richt is staying put.

The head coach for the University of Georgia’s football team was given a contract extension through the 2019 season.

Richt also received an $800,000 raise, which boosts his salary to $4 million per year.

The Bulldogs ended the 2014 campaign with a 10-and-3 record and a victory in the Belk Bowl.

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12:49 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Ga. Study On Coyotes Aims To Help Deer Fawns Survive

Georgia researchers are taking part in a two-year study on coyotes in the Southeast.
Credit John Kilgo / USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station

White-tailed deer fawns, by their youth and size, are an easy target for most coyotes.

Researchers in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina hope to figure out how to protect the fawn, to some extent, by studying coyote behavior.

“We would potentially try to see if we could make alterations to the environment to change how coyotes are behaving thereby influencing the probability that they will prey on fawns,” says Dr. Michael Chamberlain, a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Georgia.

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4:10 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

UGA Library Puts Videotaped Nixon Interviews Online

In this Feb. 16, 1969, file photo, President Richard M. Nixon, is shown at his desk in the White House.
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The University of Georgia libraries have improved access to more than 30 hours of videotaped interviews with former President Richard Nixon.

The university says the videotapes had been largely unseen outside of the group that produced them in 1983.

The videos were donated to the UGA libraries nearly 15 years ago by Jesse Raiford, president of Raiford Communications, who said he wanted them to be housed at an educational institution that would make them accessible to the public.

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11:39 am
Wed December 31, 2014

UGA Overcomes Quarterback Injury To Win Belk Bowl

Georgia's Nick Chubb runs into the end for a touchdown against Louisville late in the second half of the Belk Bowl.
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Freshman Nick Chubb ran for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Georgia overcame an injury to starting quarterback Hutson Mason to beat 20th-ranked Louisville 37-14 in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night.

Chubb averaged 8 yards per carry and the Bulldogs (10-3) piled up 301 yards rushing against the nation's second-best run defense.

Mason threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving with blurred vision in the second quarter with the Bulldogs ahead 20-7. He was replaced by Brice Ramsey, whose primary duty was to hand the ball off to Chubb.

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4:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

UGA Is Close To Phasing Out Coal

This week’s coal train is delivering about 600 tons to UGA. The university plans to use it up this winter, and switch to the new boiler next fall.
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Sometime this week, UGA will receive its last coal train, as the university prepares to phase out its coal-powered boiler.

“The boiler was 50 years old,” said UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp. “It was getting harder to maintain it and find parts for it.”

The boiler is a back-up, part of the system that generates steam to heat buildings on campus.

Konenkamp said replacing it with an electric boiler will save the school several million dollars over time, plus it will cut down on emissions.

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12:23 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UGA Turning More Trash Into Cash

The University of Georgia has a composting program that benefits the area on various levels.
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Garbage... the University of Georgia isn't just throwing it away.

This year, the UGA added food waste from 28,000 daily meals to its large composting program.

That now adds up to 80 tons of waste per month, which is turned into mulch and fertilizer.

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11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Athens Makes "Best College Towns" List

Athens is among the 'Best College Towns' in the country, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.
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Athens is one of the Peach State’s bigger jewels. 

The “Classic City” is named one of “America’s Best College Towns” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  

Athens is the only Georgia town to get the nod.

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5:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

UGA's Gurley Suspended Indefinitely

UGA running back Todd Gurley is suspended for allegedly breaking NCAA rules.
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Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

Todd Gurley, a running back for the University of Georgia football team, is suspended indefinitely.

According to a statement on the school’s website the Heisman Trophy candidate is being benched due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

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8:55 am
Sun September 21, 2014

UGA to Hike Football Ticket Prices

  The price to attend a Univ. of Georgia football game is on the rise, as the school plans two ticket price hikes in the coming years.

The first is a $5 jump, which takes the price of a home game ticket from $40 to $45. The second increase comes in 2017, when the price grows to $50.

The annual Georgia/Florida game, held in Jacksonville, will increase by $10.

Student prices remain the same.

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8:34 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Tech, UGA Welcome Bright(est) Freshman Classes

Becoming a Georgia Bulldog is becoming an increasingly-difficult proposition.
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(Note: Story updated with broader figures for Ga Tech's freshman admission rate, corrects UGA admission rate.)

Students entering Georgia’s two flagship public universities are among the best performers ever admitted.

Officials with The University of Georgia say this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average GPA in the school’s history:  3.9 on a 4.0 scale.

SAT scores are also the highest in UGA history, with an average 1913 out of a possible 2400.  That’s a 16 point increase over last year’s entering class.

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3:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

UGA Faculty/Staff Recommend Change to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Faculty and staff members at the University of Georgia want to beef up the language in the school’s non-discrimination policy.

  The University Council has sent a recommendation to UGA president Jere Morehead to add the phrase “gender identity” to its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy.

Management Information Systems professor Janine Aronson has worked at UGA for more than 20 years. When she came out as transgender several years ago, she says she got support from the administration, but she believes it is time to add the language to university policy.

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