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“Turning Research into Impact: How UGA Cooperative Extension Works with Georgia Communities”

Friday, March 10, at 11 a.m.


  • Laura Perry Johnson, Associate Dean for Extension, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Anna Scheyett, Professor, School of Social Work and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Andrea Scarrow, District Extension Director, Cooperative Extension

UGA Cooperative Extension epitomizes UGA’s land-grant mission of taking University resources to the people of the state. Extension employees are located in every county in Georgia and are skilled at translating research-based information for local communities. Extension programming is very tailored to local needs and centers around three program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H Youth Development. Local county Extension Agents are supported by Extension Specialists, who conduct research and work to solve issues that are crucial to Georgia and beyond. Extension also has a history of collaborating with investigators from around the university to conduct community-based research and providing a conduit for broader UGA expertise to connect with Georgia citizens. In this webinar, faculty can learn how they might be a part of this ongoing effort to strengthen the health and prosperity of Georgia communities.

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“Supporting Research Personnel: Policies, Programs and Resources for Postdocs, Visiting Scholars and Research Scientists”

Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 at 11 a.m.


  • Shelley Hooks, Associate Vice President for Internal Grants & Awards and Research Personnel, Office of Research
  •  Robin Catmur-Smith, Director of Immigration Services, Office of Global Engagement
  • Jessica Hawks Farmer, Assistant Director of Internal Grants & Awards and Research Personnel, Office of Research

Postdoctoral scholar, research scientist, visiting researcher/scholar and research affiliate positions have unique features that make them distinct from traditional faculty, student or staff positions. This webinar will highlight Office of Research resources that serve these members of the UGA research community, focusing specifically on resources for postdocs, with brief updates on recent changes in other research personnel policies. Specific topics include navigating postdoctoral hiring responsibilities, professional development for postdocs, impacts of new faculty evaluation policies on research scientists, special considerations for international postdocs and visiting scholars, and registration mechanisms for different categories of research affiliates and visiting scholars.

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“Diversity, collaboration and innovation: Humanities & arts research and practice at UGA”

Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m.


  • Nicholas Allen, Chaired Professor in Humanities and director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
  • Usha Rodrigues, interim vice provost for academic affairs and chair, UGA Arts Council
  • Barbara McCaskill, professor of English and associate academic director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
  • Mark Callahan, artistic director, Ideas for Creative Exploration, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Humanities and arts research, teaching and practice extend across UGA and the communities it serves. The Willson Center is a focus and a hub for this established and emerging work, as well as a catalyst for new ideas and connections. With deep foundations in excellence, our humanities and arts activities are one of our gateways to international partnerships. This conversation will introduce some of UGA’s humanities and arts infrastructure, share recent innovations, introduce plans for the future, and invite a discussion of interdisciplinary opportunities for students, faculty and diverse publics.

“Promoting & supporting our success: How research communications work at UGA”

Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.


  • Michael Terrazas, director of research communications, Office of Research
  • James Hataway, assistant director of media communications & media relations, UGA Marketing & Communications
  • Lauren Corcino, assistant director of research communications, Office of Research
  • Allyson Mann, senior public relations coordinator, Office of Research
  • Jenn Bryant, web developer principal, Office of Research
  • Steve Quinlan, web developer principal, Office of Research
  • Olivia Randall, public relations coordinator, Office of Research
  • Brandon Ward, public relations specialist, Office of Research

In this session of Research Live, members of the Office of Research Communications will discuss how the office promotes UGA research activity to both external and internal audiences, as well as how it keeps the university community informed about funding opportunities, policies and procedures, and other operational news of interest to UGA investigators. James Hataway from UGA Marketing & Communications also will talk about how faculty and student researchers can work with communicators to get their news out into the world.

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Graduate and Postdoc Visas: Immigration Options in STEM Fields

Tuesday, March 1, 1 p.m.


  • Dan Berger, partner, Curran, Berger & Kludt (immigration law firm in Northampton, Mass.)
  • Robin Catmur-Smith, director of immigration services, Office of Global Engagement
  • Shelley Hooks, associate vice president, Office of Research

Description: Join us for this session that will discuss recent policy and regulatory changes related to visa and immigration options for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others working in STEM fields. Topics to be covered include the recent State Department STEM Initiative; clarification on the filing of immigrant petitions by internationals in STEM fields; expansion of the designated STEM degree list; expansion of academic training for J-1 exchange students in STEM fields; and other issues of interest to international STEM students and researchers.

“Copyright Compliance: Understanding the Doctrine of Fair Use”

Friday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.

Presenter: Marshall Chalmers, associate general counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

Description: The discovery and dissemination of knowledge lies at the heart of our educational mission. The use of online tools increases our ability to create and share new information, as well as our ability to use resources developed by others for the benefit of our students. While we must always be cognizant of intellectual property concerns, the shift to online learning places greater emphasis on copyright compliance.  There are a number of ways to ensure we have the right permissions to use copyrighted materials in our teaching; one method is through the application of the doctrine of fair use. In this Research Matters Live event, we will explore the doctrine of fair use as set out in the Copyright Act of 1976, discussing its purpose, origins and current application, including a close look at the University System of Georgia’s fair use compliance toolkit. It is recommended that participants take a look at the USG Fair Use Checklist prior to the session and consider how copyright and fair use might impact their own course design.

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“Building Effective Interdisciplinary Teams”

Friday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.


Dorothy Carter, assistant professor, Dept. of Psychology

Larry Hornak, associate vice president for integrative team initiatives, Office of Research

Description: As the scale and complexity of research continues to grow, research is increasingly conducted by multi-disciplinary teams and larger groups rather than individual investigators. But interdisciplinary collaboration brings its own challenges that can impact a team’s progress in achieving its goals. How does a team-based approach to scholarship work? In this session, faculty will learn tips about establishing multi-disciplinary research teams, writing effective proposals for collaborative research, and managing a team’s activities once a project is under way.

Navigating UGA Elements

Tuesday, June 30, 1 p.m.

Robert Scott, director of special projects, Graduate School; professor, Dept. of Chemistry
Carly Surratt, UGA Elements and faculty business process coordinator, Office of the Provost

Description: In this session, you will learn how to use UGA Elements effectively to track your research outputs and accomplishments. We will discuss the kinds of data that Elements pre-populates from UGA or external sources, and we will show you how to add information about your professional activities. You will learn how to use the supporting resources designed to help you with this task. We will discuss the integration of UGA Elements with ORCID and show how to synchronize your publications in these two systems. Finally, we will talk about the uses of UGA Elements data for activity report and CV generation, for group reporting, and for feeding public profiles.