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Erin Lipp, a professor of environmental health science in the College of Public Health, encourages her students to think critically about science and how it affects the world in which they live.

Andrew Izsák, a professor in the College of Education, conducts research on the mathematical reasoning of middle grades teachers and has developed several innovative courses for pre-service teachers, like one that takes them to the UGA physical plant to see…

Professor Patricia Thomas, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, teaches her students 21st century skills while also emphasizing bedrock principles of journalism, such as integrity and accuracy.

Leidong Mao, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, creates opportunities for students to conduct cutting-edge nanotechnology research.

Franklin West, an assistant professor in the animal and dairy science department, wants to help students recapture their love and enthusiasm for science.

Kandauda (K.A.S.) Wickrama, a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, brings his research experiences to the courses he teaches, but he also learns from his students, who shape his research questions through their classroom discussions.

Ellen Evans, a professor of kinesiology and director of UGA’s Center for Physical Activity and Health, empowers students to model healthy movement behaviors and motivate others through education and social support in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.

Lesley Feracho, an associate professor in the department of Romance languages and associate director of the Institute for African American Studies, helps students learn to develop critical thinking and to (re)discover the joys of reading.

Professor Betsy Vonk in the School of Social Work helps her students prepare for successful careers by giving them plenty of time to try techniques, role-play and discuss real-world cases.

Shannon Holmes, an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, uses advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, particularly magnetic resonance imaging, both as a clinician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to diagnose different health issues in clients’ pets and as a…

Jenna Jambeck, associate professor in the College of Engineering, is internationally recognized for her research on plastic waste in the ocean and for the Marine Debris Tracker app she co-created. She notes that being active in research helps bring current…

Regents Professor Michael Strand says a big part of teaching for him, particularly at the graduate level, is helping individuals become good scientists for the future.

CJ Tsai, the Winfred N. Haynes Professor in Forest Biotechnology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, helps her students gain the confidence that they can work outside of their comfort zone and become independent learners while embracing future challenges.…

Rick Lewis, the UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, integrates his research with teaching to inspire students and help them develop independence and the skills to be lifelong learners.

Andrew Owsiak, an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, walks students through the scientific process to help them reach a deeper understanding of how to make sense of political events.

Catherine Pringle, distinguished research professor in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, has been interested in the environment and freshwater ecosystems since she was a kid growing up in Michigan.