The Southern Sociological Society (SSS) elected Dr. Marni Brown, associate professor of sociology for the School of Liberal Arts, as the vice president for the 2022-2023 membership year. Brown will become vice president-elect at the organization's Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for April 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In this new role, Brown will oversee elections, nominations and conference programming. Affiliated with the group since 2007, she served SSS as an elected executive committee member for two years and as the local arrangements chair for the 2018 meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. Brown also is the president of Sociologists for Women in Society’s South Chapter.
Recently, Brown released her latest book, Frameworks of Inequality: An Intersectional Perspective, co-edited with Dr. Mahala Dyer Stewart. Readers will learn how systems of oppression lead to and exacerbate the way inequality impacts social experiences, especially with regard to access, or lack of access, afforded to particular individuals or groups.
Brown also published a blog post, The Importance of Cultural and Social Awareness in Building LGBTQI Families, as she grappled with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and racial social unrest happening in the U.S. at the same time.
Drs. Umar Khokhar and Binh Tran, both assistant professors of information technology, won a $10,800 grant to develop no-cost instructional materials for information security courses. The funding is provided by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant program. Their project will save GGC students about $57,000.
Drs. Amy Erickson, associate professor of mathematics; Keith Erickson, associate professor of mathematics; Kathleen Pinson, assistant professor of accounting; Joshua Roberts, assistant professor of mathematics and Tonya DeGeorge, instructor of mathematics, won a $25,800 grant to develop low- or no-cost instructional materials for several mathematics courses. The funding is provided by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant program. Their project will save GGC students about $441,000.
Drs. Hyesung Park, assistant professor if information technology (IT); Sonal Dekhane, professor of IT; and Yan Zong Ding, Tacksoo Im, Wei Jin, and Cynthia Johnson, all associate professors of IT, won a $30,000 grant to develop low- or no-cost instructional materials for Java programming courses. The funding is provided by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant program. Their project will save GGC students about $87,000.
GGC professors co-author article on UMAPs in the International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Umar M. Khokhar, assistant professor of information technology, Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology, and Dr. Hongsik Choi, associate professor of information technology, co-authored a recently published article titled, “A Review of Ultralightweight Mutual Authentication Protocols” in the International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol.14, no. 4, 2020. The authors present a detailed overview of some ultralightweight mutual authentication protocols (UMAPs) and discuss various types of security attacks on them.
The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) recently elected GGC’s Dr. Dovilė Budrytė, professor of political science, School of Liberal Arts, as president-elect on the 2020–2022 AABS board of directors. AABS is an academic organization and a member of the American Council of Learned Societies.
GGC’s Dr. Wei Jin, associate professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology, received a $5,000 grant from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Serving as the principal investigator, Dr. Jin proposed a web-based system that allows instructors to set up auto-gradable full tracing exercises using pythontutor.com, a popular open-source code visualization tool, as the underlying system. The augmented system will help engage students in the learning process by requiring students to determine which line is executed next and what happens in memory/output before the system demonstrates the step. Of 38 applicants, Dr Jin was one of five to receive a SIGCSE grant during this particular round.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan named GGC's Dr. Sonal Dekhane, professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology, one of 15 Outstanding Women in Leadership – 2020.
Dr. Binh Tran, GGC assistant professor of information technology, School of Science and Technology, earned the Amazon AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft Azure and CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certifications to prepare students for cloud computing skills.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) named GGC’s Dr. Ajay Mallia, assistant professor of chemistry, School of Science and Technology, its inaugural national winner of the 2020 ACS Outreach Volunteer of the Year. According to an article published in the organization’s journal, Chemical and Engineering News, Mallia is one of 40 volunteers recognized for their outreach volunteer service.