On March 21, 2017, the Georgia Gwinnett College chemistry discipline hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech, delivered her presentation, "Life, the Universe, and Microfluidics: Analytical Chemistry for Astrobiology's Big Questions.”
Jenny Storey, executive assistant to the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs/provost, was recently elected chair of the Provost Assistants in Higher Education National Association. Her topic of discussion at this year’s conference was “Build your Community.”
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. As part of this organization, he will work to improve the rigor and replicability of psychological science, support self-improvement in the field, encourage scientific transparency and openness, model civil dialogue and strive for inclusivity.
At the request of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, GGC's Honors Program provided musical entertainment by cast members from its Aurora Theater production, "Working" for an event celebrating the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s new contact center in Duluth.
Dr. Benjamin Brown, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of PsyArXiv, a newly released online repository of psychological sciences preprints.
PsyArXiv is a place for researchers to share manuscripts under review, working papers in need of informal peer review, hard-to-publish manuscripts and author versions of published articles.
Brown believes preprint services like PsyArXiv have the potential to revolutionize science, helping to increase openness and transparency.
Sloan Jones, associate vice president of Strategic Communications and Positioning, participated in the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 27 - March 2, 2017.
The program focused on how organizations respond to crises effectively, how to develop protocols and practices that minimized the potential for future occurrences, and how to inspire confidence in the long-term safety, security and success of the institution. Through case studies of real-world events, the program explored the strategic and operational issues that arise when preparing for, responding to and recovering from a crisis.
The Atlanta Film Society has accepted a short film by Katherine Balsley, assistant professor of film, to be featured in its 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival as part of an “Airport Shorts” series.
Balsley’s installation, entitled "I <3 ATL," is an abstract travelogue exploring the city of Atlanta that is meant to provide escape and a renewed sense of discovery, while instilling a love and curiosity for travel often lost in the chaos of an airport.
Holly R. Heitman, assistant department head for Access Services, shared her insight on how managers can use generational differences to benefit an organization during her presentation titled "The Dynamics and Power of Generational Diversity: Making It Work in Your Library” for the North Georgia Associated Libraries webinar this past January.
Dr. James Lowry, associate professor of human geography, was recently elected to serve on the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) board of directors. In this capacity, Lowry will review honor society memberships to ensure each member maintains the high standards of ACHS and adheres to the organization’s by-laws.
Lowry also serves as the executive secretary of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.