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Glenn Ostir

Glenn Ostir, a professor in the College of Public Health and director of the university’s Institute of Gerontology, conducts research that promotes healthy aging throughout the life course.

Amy Ellis

Amy Ellis, an associate professor in the College of Education, aims to improve math education through the instruction she provides to pre-service teachers, through her research, and through partnerships with local schools.

John Maurer

Professor John Maurer in the College of Veterinary Medicine conducts research that enhances food safety and advances Georgia’s economically vital poultry industry while also giving students hands-on research experiences.

Y. Joon Choi

Y. Joon Choi, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, conducts research that addresses issues such as substance abuse and intimate partner violence while also educating future social work professionals and researchers.

Sidney Thompson

Sidney Thompson, the U.H. Davenport Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, helps students learn how to think like engineers and to become confident in their ability to solve problems.

Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran, a J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, has received national recognition for her research, which explores issues of poverty as they relate to the financial system.

John Campbell

John Campbell, associate professor and the Ernst & Young Faculty Fellow in the Terry College of Business, explores whether accounting and disclosure rule changes have their intended effects—or create unintended consequences.

Mary Caplan

Mary Caplan, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, uses debates, case studies, role-playing and multimedia to help her students develop critical thinking skills.

Jim Leebens-Mack

Jim Leebens-Mack, a professor of plant biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, investigates the history of plant life on our planet and compares genome sequences to better understand the genetic basis of biological innovations that are of…

Marin Brewer

Marin Talbot Brewer, assistant professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, uses her research on fungi to solve problems affecting our foods, fibers and forests.

Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science Sergiy Minko directs UGA’s Nanostructured Materials Lab, which creates advanced fibers, textiles and other functional materials with applications that range from biotechnology to consumer goods.

Rosanna Rivero

Assistant professor Rosanna Rivero and her students in the College of Environment and Design use geospatial tools to help communities plan for the future.

Carolyn Medine

Carolyn Medine, professor of religion and African American studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes that reading, writing and thinking critically and creatively are skills that students can use in any class.

Robert Bringolf

Robert Bringolf, an associate professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, helps students learn to evaluate information and to think critically and objectively about environmental issues.

Jennifer Gay

Jennifer Gay, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health, conducts research that aims to help people incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives and currently is working on projects to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.…

Y. George Zheng

Y. George Zheng, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy who develops new drug molecules and therapeutic strategies to fight cancer, teaches students medicinal chemistry principles and tactics to enable great new discoveries.