Monday Morning News(letter)

February 1, 2021

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Environmental Health Seminar: DAWGS Research: A pilot program for reducing waste in our research laboratories

Date: Friday, February 5

Time: 11:30AM

Zoom Meeting ID: 941 5555 0151 Passcode: EHSC8030

Megan Lott, Ph.D. student, and Amelia Foley, undergraduate student, Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, University of Georgia; and Star Scott, Green Lab Program Coordinator, University of Georgia

About: Mounting evidence suggests that research laboratories contribute significantly to the global plastic waste burden, with research contributing an estimated 5.5 million tons, annually. To improve the management of plastic wastes from our research laboratories, the Department of Environmental Health has received a UGA Campus Sustainability Grant for the following project: Diversion of Academic Wastes for Green and Sustainable Research (DAWGS Research). DAWGS Research aims to implement a pilot-scale lab recycling program for the Department of Environmental Health. This program will be specifically dedicated to the diversion of research consumables from waste streams during the spring of 2021. Program results will help estimate the impact and determine the feasibility of an institutional-wide research recycling program.

Please join this week's seminar to learn more about the pilot program. An overview of the pilot program will be provided by EHS Students Megan Lott and Amelia Foley. Proper protocols for lab recycling safety will be detailed by Star Scott, the Green Labs Program Coordinator. Join in for a conversation about waste reduction in our research programs and an opportunity to enroll in this lab recycling pilot program.

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Need ROOST for 2021-22?

The Call for Nominations for the Regents’ Out-of-State Tuition (ROOST) waivers for the 2021-2022 academic year is open. If you wish to be nominated for ROOST, be sure to send your information to me ASAP (copy/paste the content below, with your responses). The nomination deadline is March 15, 2020, but I encourage you to send your information early. The list will be populated on a first come first serve basis. Students who are currently on a waiver must also reapply.

Include the subject line, ROOST 2021 in an email to

Last, First Middle Name:


UGA ID (810 or 811):

Year in program:

MPH Concentration:

Graduate GPA (to date):

Undergraduate GPA:

US Citizen (Yes or No):

Is on Graduate or Departmental Assistantship (Yes or No):

Is already getting Graduate School funding (Yes or No):

2-3 Sentence Justification:

Spring 2021 Graduate Practicum Opportunities

Application Portal Now Open

Paid Project Opportunities in Agricultural, Environmental Science, and/or Family & Consumer Sciences

The Graduate Student Practicum Program is aimed at providing new career development experiences for master's and doctoral students at the University of Georgia. Practicum students are expected to commit to working up to 5 hours per week during the practicum period (8-10 weeks) and will be supervised by Cooperative Extension faculty based in various county offices or the Athens Campus.

Work may take place remotely or in hybrid (i.e. remote+in-person) format, and students will be eligible to receive a $500 stipend upon completion of their practicum hours at the end of the semester. Details on the start date and duration of each practicum opportunity are included in the attached document.

Interested students must submit a copy of their resume/CV and cover letter and complete a short questionnaire. To learn more, visit the link below.


MPH Student Directory

Our office of communications works with students to add them to our CPH directory. They have an online form available for students to complete to be able to initiate the creation of a profile page.

Please follow the link if you wish to be included in the directory. The link to the page is, And you can click on each name to view biosketches and any additional information the student submitted.

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Rebecca Ayer
Digital Communications Coordinator
706-254-3271 | |

Opportunity to participate in COVID survey

I am the US lead investigator for a multinational project sponsored by the University of Geneva and Southampton University. We’re hoping to recruit members of the public (including folks like you! You count!) to take part in a large-scale survey on the preventive behaviors people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19, treatments, and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic. The study has been approved by the UGA IRB. It is open to all, whether or not you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

To participate please click on this link: The site lists the collaborating universities, and you can just click on the box that says “United States of America” to complete the brief informed consent and get the US version of the survey. It takes 15 to 20 minutes on average to complete. Our goal is to get at least 3000 US participants, and at least 20,000 worldwide in order to do our analyses.

To make our findings as meaningful as possible, we are hoping to get a broad range of participants from across the US and around the world. Please share information about this study and the link on social media. The main thing is to let folks know that we are interested in a broad range of participants with and without a diagnosis of COVID-19, and to provide the link.

Thanks so much for considering our request. Again, the link to participate is:

Best wishes,


Mark H. Ebell MD, MS
College of Public Health | Professor of Epidemiology
Editor-in-Chief: Essential Evidence Plus
Deputy Editor: American Family Physician

Meetings & Events

21st Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture

Tuesday, February 2


The 21st Annual Mary Frances Early Lecture will take place February 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM and will be live-Streamed on the UGA Graduate School’s YouTube Channel. Nikki Giovanni, Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author, will deliver the lecture. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. When Giovanni’s poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the 1960s, she immediately took her place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. She remains today one of the commanding voices gracing America’s political and poetic landscape. Watch it here.

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