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UGA alumnus Daniel Streicker (PHD ‘11) named first winner of international science prize

Earlier this month, UGA announced that Daniel Streicker (PHD '11), who received his Ph.D. in ecology from UGA in 2011, was named the first grand prize winner of the new Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. The award was created by Science, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and SciLifeLab, a center for molecular bioscience focused on health and the environment. Streicker received the prize, which includes a $25,000 honorarium, on December 9 in Stockholm.

A Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Streicker studies the ecology and evolution of emerging infectious diseases. Working with rabies virus in bats, he explores questions about when, where and how viruses jump from one host species to another. His findings not only answer basic scientific question but have real-world implications for public health, agriculture and wildlife conservation. 

Many of the infectious diseases that threaten human health, such as SARS, Ebola and West Nile virus, originate in other species. Understanding how and why such diseases are able to become established in new host species is critical if future outbreaks are to be predicted, controlled and prevented—the ultimate goal of Streicker’s work. Describing his research in an essay in Science, Streicker said that the complex nature of infectious disease emergence means that no single scientific discipline can adequately explain it. That is why his work in the field and the laboratory combines elements of ecology, evolutionary biology, population genetics and mathematical modeling. The essay is available online at

Streicker has also worked with public health and agriculture officials in Peru, where rabies spread by vampire bats infects humans and livestock. Over four years he sampled regularly for rabies at bat colonies across the country, using statistical and mathematical models to analyze the resulting data. He found that reducing the number of bats in a colony—a common control strategy—did nothing to reduce rabies exposures in bats, and in fact may have been counterproductive: Levels of rabies exposure were higher in colonies where bats had been culled than in those that were left alone.

Streicker will continue his work in Peru. Among other things, he will explore how better understanding of the dynamics of infectious disease transmission across species may lead to science-based disease control policies. 
“My particular field of research, how infectious diseases jump between species, is a complex, fascinating and tremendously important problem,” Streicker said. “Solutions require scientists with broad training who are excited to collaborate across scientific disciplinary boundaries. The Science & SciLifeLab Prize is a tremendous honor and I hope it will inspire other young scientists to infuse ecological and evolutionary thinking into the topic of emerging infectious diseases.” 
Congratulations, Daniel, on earning this award and the accompanying recognition. Your work is of great importance and I wish you the very best as you continue your work in Peru.

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UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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