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“Beyond the PI’s Grant: Alternative Models for Funding and Training Postdocs”

Tuesday, May 7, 11:30am-12:30pm


  • Shelley Hooks, Associate Vice President, Office of Research Personnel
  • Erin Dolan, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education, Franklin College Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Additional speakers TBA

Postdoctoral scholars have a major impact on research productivity and innovation. Their future success has a big impact on UGA’s research reputation, and postdoctoral trainees are a key metric considered for AAU selection. The majority of UGA postdocs are funded exclusively by their faculty mentor’s grants, which can limit recruiting options and the scope of training. However, alternative models expand our options for both recruiting and training and help ensure that UGA-trained postdocs become national and international leaders in their fields of research. In this webinar, we will explore recent examples of unit-centered, institutional, and federal agency models to provide funding and professional development for this important group of researchers.


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“UGA’s Cancer Center: A Nexus for Oncological Research”

Friday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Eileen Kennedy, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Pharmacy and Director, UGA Cancer Center
  • Eugene Douglass, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Natarajan Kannan, Professor and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Corey Saba, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shaying Zhao, Professor and Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

In this webinar, UGA Cancer Center Director Eileen Kennedy and colleagues will discuss the center’s work to fight cancer on three fronts: developing new methods for early tumor detection; finding new targets for novel therapeutics, and improving prevention strategies and outreach. Presenters will also talk about the many opportunities for student research and collaborative projects, not only with colleagues at UGA but also with partner institutions around the state.


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“CURO & Undergraduate Research”

Friday, March 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.


  • Andrea Silletti, Program Coordinator, Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Rayna Carter, 2nd year undergraduate majoring in biology, psychology and sociology
  • Julie Stanton, Associate Professor, Dept. of Cellular Biology, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
  • Haruki Takeuchi, 2ndyear undergraduate majoring in regenerative biosciences
  • Ryan Weiss, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

This session of Research Live, featuring representatives from the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) as well as current CURO students, will introduce CURO and the programs it offers to facilitate and support undergraduate involvement in research at UGA. Speakers will cover how students and faculty can get involved with CURO, as well as hear from individual students and faculty mentors about how CURO has benefitted them.

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“ChatGPT on Campus: Managing AI Tools in Research and the Classroom”

Friday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m.


  • John Gibbs, Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre Studies; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Tianming Liu, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Computing; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Join faculty members Tianming Liu and John Gibbs, both of UGA’s Institute for Artificial Intelligence, for a discussion on the powerful and widely available consumer AI tools that have been released in 2023, including ChatGPT. What do these tools mean for research and teaching at UGA? How can they be leveraged to propel a research project forward? How should faculty members manage their use among students and research personnel? This webinar will explore these and other related questions, with plenty of time for audience Q&A.

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“Strategies for Successfully Supporting Faculty Advancement & Honors”

Friday, Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m.


  • Shelley Hooks, Associate Vice President, Office of Internal Grants, Awards & Research Personnel
  • Jessica Farmer, Assistant Director, Office of Internal Grants, Awards & Research Personnel
  • Nate Nibbelink, Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Warnell College of Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Denise Spangler, Dean, Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Mike Tiemeyer, Joint Director, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and Center for Molecular Medicine

What makes a strong award nomination, whether it’s for a university research award or one of the national academies? How can UGA faculty and administrators best support advancement of our most productive and esteemed faculty? Join us for this session of Research Live, in which we’ll explore what characterizes the strongest nomination packages for research honors and recognitions, both on campus and off. Presenters will discuss how to identify external award opportunities and faculty professional development opportunities, how to write strong institutional support letters, and other tips for successful nominations and proposals.

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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.