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09.17.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08)

Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08) is an assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University. He teaches classes in recent U.S. history, Georgia history and environmental history. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in 1995 and four years later, graduated from the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in Southern studies. In 2008, Way earned his Ph.D. in history from UGA.

Between graduating from UGA and accepting a job at Kennesaw State University, he held two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. He was a fellow in the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies from 2008 to 2010, and was awarded a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in 2011.

“Bert has evolved into one of our state’s preeminent scholars on cultural and environmental history,” said Dr. John W. Bembry, a friend of Way’s. “He has taken his academic training and applied it to benefit the environment and his fellow man through teaching, writing and advocating for sustainable land management.”

Way has published two books, Conserving Southern Longleaf: Herbert Stoddard and the Rise of Ecological Land Management and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach. He is working on a book project tentatively titled Not Naturally a Grass Country: Environment, Plant Genetics, and the Quest for Agricultural Modernization in the Humid World, which examines the use of scientific expertise to transform agricultural landscapes in the American South and other humid regions.

In addition, the alumnus has penned numerous articles and publications. He has presented on his writings and research in Nacogdoches, Texas, at UGA’s Eugene Odum School of Ecology, as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Colloquium Series, and a number of other venues and conferences.

Outside of the classroom and away from his desk, Way is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Agricultural History Society, American Society for Environmental History, American Historical Association, Forest History Society and the Southern Historical Association. He is an editorial board member for Agricultural History and serves on the board of directors of the Altamaha Riverkeeper, a nonprofit organization that monitors and advocates for Georgia’s largest river system.

Congratulations, Albert, on being recognized as a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. You are a true academic and we are proud to call you a member of the Bulldog family.

If you have yet to register for Thursday’s 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, it’s not too late to attend. On-site registration will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. See you there!

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03.30.2015

Registration now open for 2015 UGA Day Tour

The University of Georgia is once again hitting the road to bring the Bulldog spirit to alumni, friends and fans around the Southeast.

From April to July, UGA coaches and administrators will travel to seven cities, sharing their insights into UGA’s upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news from campus. Attendees will also learn more about local UGA Alumni Association chapters and how to become involved.

Each stop on the UGA Day Tour will bring delight to UGA fans of all ages – you won’t want to miss out on the action.

Please click on the city nearest to you for more information and registration. 

The first 300 registrants in each city will have an opportunity to have a photo made with Coaches Mark Richt and Mark Fox. 

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor for UGA Day, please click here for more information.

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03.27.2015

Alumnae Work to Save our Hearing

Athens, a town where music flourishes, is packed with music venues and sold-out shows. However, two of Athens’ biggest fans , alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10), realized that most people were unaware of the long-term, damaging effects concerts can have on hearing.

Inspired by their undergraduate studies in music business and communication sciences and disorders and by their passion for music, the two graduates started We’re hEAR for You, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for hearing conservation. We’re hEAR for You supplies free earbuds to concert-goers in Athens and across the nation.

Earbuds provided by We're hEAR for You

In an interview with the Red & Black, Carmody and DeCelles shared their passion for hearing protection.

“We’re trying to break the stigma of hearing protection. People think that hearing protection will decrease the quality of a show, but it actually filters out damaging frequencies. We’re hEAR for You focuses on education. Once people understand the science on why they need to protect their hearing, they are so much more likely to use hearing protection,” said Carmody.

We’re hEAR for You has established chapters in Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, but the group’s largest chapter is in the Classic City.

In Athens, the organization’s major effort is to supply music venues, bars and other music-related operations, such as Nuci's Space, with free ear buds and hearing protection resources. The public is taking full advantage of the earbuds because they have to be restocked frequently.

DeCelles and Carmody are working in collaboration with the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music and to encourage students to get involved in advocating for hearing protection. The organization takes part in the annual International Hearing Awareness Day on campus, too.

As the organization continues to grow, it will work with musicians nationwide to promote hearing conservation. Currently, We’re hEAR for You has recruited 25 bands to carry its earbuds on tour. Carmody operates as a liaison with these artists and ensures the bands remain stocked. The organization even coordinates with music festivals to provide the earbuds to fellow music lovers.

Visit We’re hEAR for You online to partner with them or learn more about their cause.

Source: This was originally published in the Red and Black

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