Change Text Size
Email Columns Print page
Columns: The Online newspaper for the University of Georgia community
Show Index
September 3, 2013   Columns Articles | Inside UGA | Willson Center launches humanities research initiative
Magnify Allen, Nicholas-v.mug
Nicholas Allen

Willson Center launches humanities research initiative

Dave Marr

Public Relations Specialist

Recent and archived articles by Dave Marr

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Work: 706/542-2640
By Dave Marr | September 3, 2013

The Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts launched its new Faculty Research Clusters initiative at a public reception Aug. 29 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The program supports groups of UGA faculty who are organized to address large-scale humanities and arts questions in partnership with colleagues from allied departments, colleges, centers and institutes.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Vice President for Research David Lee gave remarks at the event. Willson Center Director Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, introduced the directors of the six clusters.

"The arts and humanities are a vital component of a well-rounded education," Morehead said. "The Willson Center and its new research clusters will play an important role in highlighting these disciplines on the UGA campus and in attracting research funding, a critical goal of my administration."

The clusters have been organized around interdisciplinary research initiatives that can serve as bridges between the university and off-campus communities. Some of them have been established for years while others are in the planning stages, but all have been selected for their potential to communicate innovative academic research in the humanities and arts at UGA to the public and peer institutions.

"The research clusters offer a new way to think about the organization, progress and outcomes of humanities and arts research at the university," Lee said. "I am pleased to support this initiative, which involves faculty and students from across departments and colleges. These clusters offer UGA pillars of research activity that will keep us grant-competitive and innovative."

The research clusters program is funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the University of Georgia Research Foundation. Each cluster is funded for a period of up to 36 months with a maximum 12-month budget of $25,000. Funding is reviewed every 12 months.

"The Willson Center is the hub of humanities and arts research at the university, and the gateway for our faculty and students to the latest innovations in their fields," Allen said. "We are delighted to launch these research clusters as the next stage in establishing the University of Georgia as a globally competitive and intellectually relevant institution."

"The Willson Center Research Clusters are already opening productive new avenues for interdisciplinary collaborative research," said Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Theatre and Film Studies. "These grant opportunities are extraordinarily valuable to the teaching, research and service missions of UGA's humanities and arts. But the results will also reach far beyond Georgia's borders. As for our project, it is truly remarkable that UGA can bring together the worlds of brain science, psychology, computer science and cinema studies, and also provide access to a powerful fMRI bio-imaging lab."

Research clusters funded for 2013-2014 are

• Athens Music Project (Susan Thomas, co-director, associate professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Institute for Women's Studies; Jean Kidula, co-director, associate professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music and African Studies Institute);

• Digital Humanities Lab (Stephen Berry, co-director, Amanda and Greg Gregory Professor in the Civil War Era, history department; Bill Kretzschmar, co-director, Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities, English department; Claudio Saunt, co-director, Richard B. Russell Professor in American History, history department);

• EcoFocus Film Initiative (Sara Beresford, director);

• Ideas for Creative Exploration (David Z. Saltz, executive director, associate professor and head, theatre and film studies department; Mark Callahan, artistic director, senior academic professional, Lamar Dodd School of Art and Willson Center associate academic director for innovation in the arts);

• International Modernism (Jed Rasula, director, Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor, English department); and

• Neuroimaging, Movie Trailers and Spectator Cognition (Tianming Liu, co-director assistant professor, computer science department; Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Theatre and Film Studies; L. Stephen Miller, co-director, professor, psychology department).

More from this issue

  • September 3, 2013

    Bartlett named to inaugural Athletic Association Professorship in Pharmacy

    Michael Bartlett, professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, has been named the inaugural Athletic Association Professor in Pharmacy, effective Oct. 1. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Lay of the land

      Forty UGA faculty and staff learn about Georgia, its people, culture and economy on the New Faculty Tour.   Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Building bridges

    During the interview process that eventually led to Don Leo becoming the first permanent dean of the UGA College of Engineering, Leo said he was inspired by the faculty's vision of a "college without boundaries." Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Terry College of Business adds two new executives-in-residence

    In an effort to expand the scope and quality of business education at UGA, the Terry College of Business has added two new executives-in-residence. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Immune system boost

    UGA researchers are developing a new treatment technique that uses nanoparticles to reprogram immune cells to be able to recognize and attack cancer. The findings were published recently in the early online edition of ACS Nano. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Moving stories

    This past spring, Kimberly Skobba took her students to a part of Athens most had never driven by, much less visited. The service-learning class became proficient in the assistant professor's favorite research technique-interviewing-through talking to residents of the Jack R. Wells Homes, located just off Hawthorne Avenue in west Athens.  Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Program to focus on cases, coverage of Supreme Court

    Some of the nation's pre-eminent Supreme Court journalists and scholars, including the publisher and editor of the only blog to win a Peabody Award, will discuss Supreme Court coverage and cases Sept. 9. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Domestic terrorism forum to kick off National Preparedness Month

    Emergency situations can arise any time of year. Being prepared for them will be the focus of several programs at UGA this month as it observes National Preparedness Month. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Workshops to explore best practices in higher education administration

    Administrators at UGA and institutions of higher education nationwide are faced with a number of challenges-from recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty to managing budgets and complying with myriad institutional policies and federal regulations. A new workshop series sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost aims to foster discussion among administrators on best practices in issues such as these and others. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    Scientist uses electrified water to kill foodborne pathogens

    UGA researchers have used electrolyzed oxidizing water to sanitize poultry, kill funguses on nursery-grown plants and remove pathogens from produce. Now they're using it to reduce shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, on beef. Continue

  • September 3, 2013

    OVPR rolls out two new electronic research administration systems

    This summer, UGA faculty began using two new electronic research administration systems: one to submit and manage human subjects protocols and the other to submit grant proposals. Continue

Columns is produced by the University of Georgia | Division of Marketing & Communications | Feedback