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Fazal Khan, associate professor in the School of Law, says his primary goal is to make his students better thinkers and communicators.

Umit Yilmaz, a professor in the College of Environment and Design, and his students blend theory, research and service to improve quality of life in communities in Georgia and around the world.

Maric Boudreau, associate professor and head of the management information systems department in the Terry College of Business, wants her students to understand how data can transform businesses and help promote sustainability.

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…

Kamal Gandhi, an associate professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, says the best part of her job is watching her students grow as scientists and leaders.

Tony Lowe, associate professor in the School of Social Work, helps his students understand the need to be “fearless lifelong learners” and effective social work advocates.

Dee Dee McEwen, director of introductory pharmacy practice experiences in the College of Pharmacy, helps her students learn to think like a pharmacist and emphasizes respect for patients, peers and fellow health care team members.

Benjamin Brainard, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, impresses upon students that responsibility to animals and their owners, to co-workers and to colleagues is a prerequisite to a successful career as a veterinarian.

Diane Marie Amann, who holds the Woodruff Chair in International Law at UGA, wants her students to understand the role that laws play in affecting public policy and current events.

Peggy Ozias-Akins, professor in the College of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences and director of UGA’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, works to inspire students to be inquisitive and seek reliable information to guide their thinking.

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.

Sungkyung Lee, an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design, enjoys service-learning projects where students work on landscape design with community partners in need of resources and support.

Stephan Durham, associate professor in the College of Engineering, and his students discuss solutions to problems of urbanization, civil engineering innovations and engineering failures. They even build bridges out of spaghetti and glue!

Laurie Fowler, professor and associate dean in the Odum School of Ecology and clinical faculty member in in the School of Law, teaches her students the skills to engage with the community to solve real-world environmental problems.

Pete Bettinger, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, uses his experiences in private industry and as a researcher to help his students become more competent and confident in their professional abilities.

Hal Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, helps prepare his students to play important roles in discharging crucial government functions.