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Marshall Shepherd, director of UGA’s Atmospheric Sciences program, has been interested in meteorology since the 6th grade and now helps UGA students become meteorologists.

Sybilla Beckmann Kazez is passionate about math and about teaching, which led to her being named a 2011 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, UGA’s highest recognition for superior instruction, and receiving a Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award.

Juanita Johnson-Bailey, director of UGA’s Institute for Women’s Studies, believes there is much to be explored on the subject of how gender and race impact education and learning.

Renowned double bassist Milton Masciadri attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world who come to UGA to study with him.

McCaskill conducts archival research about 19th- and early 20th-century African American writers and has developed “Reacting to the Past” classes about UGA’s 1961 desegregation.

Meigs Professor of Sociology Jody Clay-Warner studies responses to injustice and violence against women and serves as director of UGA’s Criminal Justice Studies Program.

Christine Franklin is passionate about teaching statistics and believes that statistical literacy is essential for all citizens in today’s data-centric world.

William Finlay, professor and department head in sociology, says he thinks of his discipline as a kind of toolkit to explain human behavior.

Jean Martin-Williams, who directs the horn studio in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, successfully combines her passions for teaching and performing. 

Associate professor of marine sciences Patricia Yager has journeyed to the Antarctic, the Amazon River plume and the Arctic in search of a better understanding of how climate is impacting these biological hot spots. Thousands of K-12 school students across…

Lisa Donovan, professor of plant biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, helps students gain a better understanding of the natural world so that they can make informed decisions as citizens and stewards of our natural resources

John Wares, an associate professor of genetics, uses his enthusiasm for his subject to help carry students through challenging semesters filled with lots of details, data and ideas.

In his lab, associate professor of chemistry and engineering Jason Locklin creates compounds that convert light to energy, biosensors and a host of other cutting-edge materials. In the classroom, he helps his students understand that discoveries such as these are…

Akinloye Ojo, associate professor of comparative literature and director of the African Studies Institute, wants his students to understand that no language, be it spoken in Europe or Africa, is inherently difficult.

The Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory that Regents Professor Andrew Paterson directs addresses dimensions of plant biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, balancing increased food security with expanded bioenergy supplies while mitigating the challenges of a looming worldwide water crisis.…

Merryl Alber, professor of marine sciences and director of the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, focuses her teaching, research and service on coastal ecosystems and how they might change in the future.