Gwinnett County Public Schools names GGC alum Jamie Garcia Caycho Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2022
Jamie Garcia Caycho
Jamie Garcia Caycho, ’14, elementary education, was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2022 by Gwinnett County Public Schools. While several GGC alumni have won school-level Teacher of the Year awards, she is the first to win at county level. Garcia Caycho is a first grade teacher at Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn, where she led efforts to create a Hispanic parent outreach program that includes professional learning for teachers and community-building and instructional support for families.
School of Science and Technology hosts GGG's first Hackathon on Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
The School of Science and Technology recently organized and hosted GGG's first Hackathon on Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. The Hackathon included a pre-event training workshop and a competition requiring its 30 participants to design, implement and test a model to predict respiratory illnesses. The Hackathon winner was GGC student Aboubacar Conde, '22, information technology.
Dr. Kyle Huff
Dr. Kyle Huff, associate professor of management, received a grant from South Big Data Hub’s Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science (SEEDS) Grant Program for a proposal titled, “Human Resources Information Technologists and Data Science Core Research.”
GGC’s Dr. Skanda Vivek co-authors presentation for the 13th International Conference on Cyber Conflict
Dr. Skanda Vivek
Dr. Skanda Vivek, assistant professor of physics, co-authored the presentation, "Strategic Cyber Effects in Complex Systems: Understanding the US Air Transportation Sector," for the 13th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon), held earlier in 2021. Read more about how cyber attacks can impact air traffic here.
Dr. Michelle Rosemond
Dr. Karen Jackson
Dr. Michelle Rosemond, vice president for Student Engagement and Success, and Dr. Karen Jackson, assistant professor of education and associate dean for Advising Programs, recently presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood’s 10th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, held virtually. Their presentation, “A pandemic labor market and recent college graduates - Support and strategies,” highlighted challenges and opportunities impacting emerging adults in the labor market during the pandemic.
GGC’s Dr. Dovile Budryte presents the Annual Lithuanian Program Lecture at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
Dr. Dovile Budryte
Dr. Dovile Budryte, professor of political science and chair of faculty, recently presented the Annual Lithuanian Program Lecture at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her topic was “From Partisan Warfare to Memory Battlefields: Two Women’s Stories about World War II and Its Aftermath in Lithuania.”
GGC's Drs. Joseph Ametepe and Neelam Khan published their work on teaching physics during the COVID- 19 pandemic in the International Journal of Physics Education
Dr. Joseph Ametepe
Dr. Neelam Khan
Dr. Joseph Ametepe, professor of physics and associate dean for the School of Science and Technology (SST), and Dr. Neelam Khan, associate professor of physics and chair of faculty and studies for SST, published their work, “Teaching physics during COVID-19 pandemic: implementation and report of teaching strategies to support student learning” in the "International Journal of Physics Education." The team successfully designed and implemented teaching strategies for lab science courses in hybrid and fully online formats that showed increased participation and improved attendance, and promoted effective communication. Even though student withdrawal rates were higher due to the pandemic, all students completing the courses in this study earned grades of C or better. Other factors contributing to student success included faculty empathy, flexibility and willingness to adjust teaching strategies.
A work by Harry Boone, associate professor of performing and visual arts, was selected by SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) for its annual, juried art exhibition. His multimedia triptych, “Wheelchair Series: Memories of Bacon at the Tate and Lake Country Lamb Ribs,” was one of only 26 works selected from among 400 entries for 2020.
GGC's Thomas "Buddy" Shay coauthors chapter in "Unlimited Players: The Intersections of Writing Center and Game Studies"
Thomas "Buddy" Shay
Thomas "Buddy" Shay, Academic Enhancement Center writing coordinator, coauthored the chapter, "RPGs, Identity, and Writing Centers: Layering Realities in the Tutoring Center," for the book, "Unlimited Players: The Intersections of Writing Center and Game Studies."
Margarita Pate, PharmD., BSPS, '15, biology, recently received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy in Memphis. While at GGC, she worked with Dr. Christopher Brandon, professor of biological sciences, to establish a research project that continues to present day due to its popularity with students. She has begun her industry pharmacy career as a medical writer with Medtronic, a medical device company.