News Archive

2014

November 12, 2014 - Grady College and SABEW Health Care Symposium
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has partnered with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) to host the organization's 2014 Health Care Symposium Nov. 13-14 at UGA's Gwinnett Campus. See the Article >

November 4, 2014 - ATHELECT 2014: Democracy in Action
Athelect is a project of the fall 2014 graduate newsroom class from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Rather than standard election coverage, Athelect strives to present "behind-the-scenes" and other stories focused on the people behind the election, including voters, poll workers and candidates. athelect.com

September 23, 2014 - HMJ students awarded NAKFI science writing fellowship
Two students in the Grady College Health and Medical Journalism graduate program won science writing fellowships that will take them to California and Washington, D.C. See the Article >

September 7, 2014 - Focus on Faculty: Patricia Thomas
Professor Patricia Thomas, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, teaches her students 21st century skills while also emphasizing bedrock principles of journalism, such as integrity and accuracy. See the Article >

July 14, 2014 - 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium to focus on challenge of obesity
The 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium will bring faculty, administrators and students from all 14 member universities to Atlanta Sept. 21-23 for an academic symposium on "Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge." Registration now is being accepted.

June 27, 2014 - Grady Health and Medical Journalism students produce films for LabTV
Project films medical researchers to inspire women and minorities to join the field

The Health and Medical Journalism program at Grady College has begun work with LabTV to produce human-interest video profiles. The profiles have a specific focus on women and minorities to encourage more students to pursue careers in medical research. See the Article >

June 11, 2014 - Student-produced "Match Madness" documentary debuts on WUGA-TV next week
"Match Madness," a half-hour documentary that follows the lives of three University of Georgia medical students in the time leading up to their residency match day, debuts on WUGA-TV on June 16. See the Article >

April 22, 2014 - Nancy Gore Saravia, Ph.D., (Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas, Cali, Colombia)
The University of Georgia Voices from the Vanguard series concludes April 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel with a presentation by Nancy Gore Saravia, Ph.D., scientific director of Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. See the Article >

March 18, 2014 - Mary Galinski, a professor and researcher at Emory University
The University of Georgia's Voices from the Vanguard series continues March 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel with a presentation by Mary Galinski, a professor and researcher at Emory University. Galinski's title "Game On! Systems Biology vs. Malaria" speaks to her enthusiasm for both malaria research and advocacy. The talk is free and open to the public. See the Article >

February 25, 2014 - José Joanne Cono, MD, ScM, FAAP, (Acting Director, Office of Science Quality, CDC)
What happens when Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is notified of a public health emergency outside the United States? With more than 300 staff members stationed in 60 countries, CDC is well-placed to join international Ministries of Health and the World Health Organization when other nations confront disease outbreaks or disasters. This is in addition to CDC's more familiar role as a first responder when the health of US citizens is threatened. Dr. Cono will discuss CDC's role in global emergencies and show the "world wide web" of public health in action. See the Article >

2013

November 12, 2013 - Beyond the classroom: Students attend the National Association of Science Writers Conference
The National Association of Science Writers Conference is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Taking place early Nov. in Gainesville, Fla., the conference included a mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, networking opportunities and field trips. See the Article >

August 9, 2013 - WUGA-TV to broadcast documentary on Athens medical students
Athens, Ga. - A new documentary by University of Georgia graduate students following the first class of medical students to study in Athens through the partnership between Georgia Regents University and UGA will premiere on WUGA-TV Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. See the Article >

June 3, 2013 - Just the Facts: Programs Promote Accurate Science and Health Coverage
Consumers are increasingly concerned about their health. But many times, the information they seek - reports on the radio, articles in the newspaper, or online feature stories - fail to present the full picture, often skewing public perception about hot-button issues. See the Article >

May 30, 2013 - Telling the health stories of Northeast Georgia's working poor
This blog post is written by Patricia Thomas, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia. See the Blog >

April 8, 2013 - Carol Etheringtion, MSN, R.N.
By the time Carol Etherington responded to New York after 9/11, she had traveled the world for three decades - assisting people devastated by war and natural disaster as well as violence within our own country. In the classroom at Vanderbilt University, she challenges students and providers from across the disciplines to develop a grounded and realistic perspective on global health, particularly among the world's most vulnerable populations.

March 18, 2013 - Benjamin J. Park, MD
Dr. Benjamin Park came to the CDC in 2002 expecting to track fungal infections in places where HIV/AIDS makes people susceptible to them, or in trauma patients where sudden, flesh-eating fungus infections can lead to amputation or death in a matter of days. What he did not anticipate was leading the epidemiologic investigation into the largest and possibly the deadliest healthcare-associated outbreak in U.S. history. He and his colleagues quickly traced the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak to contaminated steroid medication, but the story continues to unfold. Hear it from a disease detective on the scene.

February 11, 2013 - José Esparza, MD, PhD
José Esparza has been battling viruses that make people sick since he was a medical student in Maracaibo, Venezuela. For decades he's worked around the world, seeking to slow the spread of dangerous viruses from Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis to HIV. He's played a critical role in the quest for a vaccine to prevent AIDS, earlier with the World Health Organization and now with the Gates Foundation.

January 14, 2013 - Michele Barry, MD, FACP
Although globalization has led to beneficial exchanges of ideas, money and trade, it has made some people rich while leaving others hungry and sick. Learn about creative, affordable ways to fix "The EGGs" -- Egregious Gaps caused by Globalization - from a global health innovator who has sent more than 1,000 physicians to underserved parts of the world.

2012

January 17, 2012 - Dr.Robert Tauxe delivers First Voices Lecture
A physician and public health expert who has spent his career battling illnesses transmitted by contaminated food and water opens the 7th annual Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture series.

February 21, 2012 - Dr. Sheila West, John Hopkins Universit
The 2012 Voices from the Vanguard series continues on February 21 with a lecture by Sheila West, an expert on trachoma and blindess based at the famous Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University.

March 20, 2012 - Dr. Marc Laforce, meningitis vaccine initiative
Dr. Marc LaForce, who has spent the past 10 years developing a meningitis vaccine for Africa that is both effective and inexpensive, will appear March 20, 2012.

April 10, 2012 - Matthew LeBreton, Global Virus Forecasting Initiative (based in Cameroon)
The 2012 series concludes on April 10 with field biologist and biodiversity expert Matt LeBreton of the Global Virus Forecasting Initiative, who looks for emerging infectious scourges among bush meat hunters and indigenous populations in Cameroon.

April 19-22, 2012 – Health Journalism 2012
Health Journalism 2012 – the 14th annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists – is set for April 19-22 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Join more than 500 other journalists as they take part in skill-building workshops, sit in on panel discussions and visit area research sites. The conference, produced by the association’s Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, features world-class speakers, important news briefings and helpful sessions all aimed at aiding reporters, editors and news producers in better covering the latest health issues. UGA will serve as Co-Host, please visit http://www.healthjournalism.org/secondarypage-details.php?id=989 for registration information.

2011

March 22, 2011 – SisterLove Founder to Present Next Voices Lecture
Pioneering HIV/AIDS advocate and organizer Dázon Dixon Diallo will present the next Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture at the University of Georgia. Diallo will discuss her 25-year journey that has pitted her against the oppression of women and girls and the battle against HIV/AIDS in the American South and in South Africa.

February 22, 2011 – Renown Parasitologist Featured in Next Voices Lecture
Parasitologist Bruce Christensen, one of the world's leading experts on the dynamics of mosquito-borne diseases, will be featured in the next Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Chapel.

January 25, 2011 – Intestinal Infection Expert is First Series Speaker
William A. Petri, Jr., an internationally known expert on intestinal infections in children, opens the 6th annual Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard lecture series on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the University of Georgia Chapel.

2010

November 02, 2010 –HMJ Graduate Students Hit the Road in November
Thanksgiving weekend is infamous as the busiest travel day of the year. But by the time November 25 rolls around, Grady graduate students in the health and medical journalism (HMJ) program already will have logged an impressive number of miles.

August 20, 2010 – Superbug Comes to UGA, Athens-Clarke Library
Drug-resistant staph infections kill nearly 19,000 Americans per year, put hundreds of thousands in the hospital and cost billions of dollars in health care spending.

June 24, 2010 – Multimedia Workshop Attracts Ethnic Press
A picture has been worth a thousand words for as long as anyone can remember. But in today's world, journalists need not just words and pictures but audio-slide presentations and videos to deliver stories as powerfully as possible. To slideshow only

April 8, 2010 – "Toilet Talk" to be Focus of Global Diseases Lecture
Water, sanitation and health are enormous issues for 40 percent of the world's people who do not have safe, environmentally sound ways to dispose of - or re-use - their own bodily wastes.

May 1, 2010 – Save the date for Personal Media/Public Good
This one–day, interdisciplinary conference will explore how personal media (mobile phones, social media, and games) can help promote healthy behaviors and improve community health. Sponsored by the New Media Institute, the Center for Health and Risk Communication (http://southerncenter.uga.edu/uga/ugacenter.htm), and HMJ at UGA. More information to follow.

March 30, 2010 – Pulitzer–winning Grady Grad to speak
Deborah Blum (Grady '76) returns to UGA on March 30 to discuss and sign her much–anticipated new book, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Blum was a newspaper reporter for 20 years and won the 1992 Pulitzer for her coverage of primate research. Blum is a nationally–known science writer and professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin; The Poisoner's Handbook is her third book. Advance reviews hailed it as a true story with the feel of a suspense novel. Blue will speak and sign books at 4:00 p.m. in Miller Learning Center 171. The event is free and open to the public.

March 25, 2010 – HeLa book tour comes to UGA
Learn the remarkable story of HeLa cells, one of history's most important research tools, originally removed from the cervix of an impoverished African–American woman without her knowledge or consent. Science writer Rebecca Skloot spent a decade working on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, released on February 2 to rave reviews. Lecture and book signing sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and HMJ at UGA. Free and open to the public. Miller Learning Center 101, 5:00 p.m.

March 23, 2010 – Gates Foundation Official is Next Voices Lecturer
Julie Jacobson from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program will be the featured speaker for the next "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture on Tuesday, March 23, at the University of Georgia Chapel. Jacobsen's 6 p.m. lecture will address "Creating Global Change in Public Health."

February 23, 2010 – Malaria Battle Topic of Next Voices Lecture
Progress in the fight against malaria will be the topic of the next "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the University of Georgia Chapel. Bernard Nahlen, deputy coordinator of the President's Malaria Initiative, will address "Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Malaria" in his 5:30 p.m. lecture.

January 2010 – Emory's Foster Kicks off Voices Lecture Series
Stanley Foster, a public health practitioner who lived the story of smallpox eradication, opens the 5th annual "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture series on Tuesday, January 26 at the University of Georgia Chapel.

January 2010 – Students Participate in Carter Center J–Workshop
The writer of this article, Andre Joseph Gallant, was one of three Grady students who recently attended an Atlanta journalism workshop on improving coverage of issues facing veterans. Gallant is a 30–year–old senior newspapers major from Athens.

January 2010 – Grant Supports Students, Public Health Reporting
A new public health news bureau, funded by a $46,000 grant and staffed by Grady College graduate students, will soon give voice to people and health–related issues often overlooked in the state.

2009

October – November 2009 – Harvesting Health

  1. Eating Better at School
  2. Crime Fighting Collards
  3. Green in Granite Country
  4. Nature Goes to School
  5. Locally Grown? Organic?
  6. Closing Time
  7. Childhood Obesity
Logo for Harvesting Health

November 10, 2009 – Save the date for "Babies Born with Toxins: How does this happen? What does it mean?"
A lecture featuring Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group, followed by a panel featuring experts including UGA toxicologist Jeffrey W. Fisher and Athens Regional Medical Center neonatalogist Maria E. Faase. Sponsored by Office of Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Ethics Certificate Program; Knight Chair Patricia Thomas, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Free and open to the public. UGA Chapel. 5:30 p.m.

November 2009 – Grad Students Attend Science Writer's Conference
Six graduate students from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication's health and medical journalism program headed down to Austin, Texas, Oct. 16–20, for more than a taste of barbecue and the swinging music scene.

June 2009 – Grady Has High Profile at Ethnic Media Event
Grady College and the University of Georgia enjoyed a high profile at the June 4–5 National Ethnic Media EXPO & Awards in Atlanta.    To 2009 NAM Expo & Awards Highlights >

March 22 – May 10, 2009 "Is Inequality Making us Sick?"
A Sunday afternoon series featuring all seven episodes of "Unnatural Causes" followed by panel discussions featuring experts from UGA and state and local agencies and advocacy groups. Knight Chair Patricia Thomas moderated the "Becoming American" panel and co–sponsored the series, held at Athens Clarke County Library and on UGA campus, with the Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and other UGA and community groups. Additional Program Information >

April 2009 – "Still A Wormy World" Closes Lecture Series
Jennifer Friedman's research addresses how parasitic diseases, particularly malaria and helminthiasis, cause morbidity for pregnant women and children.

March 2009 – AIDS Vaccine Quest Topic of Next Voices Lecture
In the next "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture, leading vaccine researcher Barney Graham will talk about where the AIDS vaccine quest goes from here.

February 2009 – UGA's Voice from the Vanguard to Deliver Lecture
A University of Georgia series that imports speakers from around the world now turns the spotlight on Daniel G. Colley, who recently landed an $18.7 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, marking the first time that a UGA investigator has been featured in the popular Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard series.

January 2009 – Newsmaker briefing with Atlanta Mayor and Ethnic and Community Media of Atlanta
New America Media in collaboration with Atlanta Black Journalists Association, Hispanic Journalists Association and UGA Grady College of Journalism organized a Newsmaker briefing with ‘Atlanta Mayor Hon. Shirley Franklin and the Ethnic and Community Media of Atlanta, at the Mitchell Room of Old City Hall on Monday, January 26.

January 2009 – Mayor Franklin Starts Countdown to Media EXPO
A news briefing with Mayor Shirley Franklin drew a throng of ethnic media professionals to Atlanta's Old City Hall on Monday, January 26. Franklin discussed the need for comprehensive immigration reform, why infrastructure investment is crucial for retaining and creating jobs, and other challenges facing the city and the nation during recession.

January 2009 – Atlanta se prepara para convención de periodismo global
En un hecho sin precedentes en la historia del periodismo local, más de 70 periodistas, editores, y profesionales de los medios de comunicación étnicos se reunieron con Shirley Franklin, alcaldesa de Atlanta, en la alcaldía de la ciudad el pasado 26 de enero.

January 2009 – La alcaldesa de Atlanta reconoció la importancia de la comunidad inmigrante
La alcaldesa de Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, reconoció la importancia de la comunidad inmigrante, sea documentada o no, en un evento organizado por New America Media.

2009 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard
International leaders in the war against the world's most dangerous diseases spoke in a series presented by the Knight Chair and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. Lectures were held at the UGA Chapel; a reception followed.


2008

June 2008 - "Writers of the storm: Grady College graduate students travel to New Orleans to report on the damage that remains two years after Hurricane Katrina," Georgia Magazine
by Kimberly Davis
As we ride through the mostly empty streets of the lower Ninth Ward, the devastation still is apparent. Once bustling communities are reduced to empty lots, bulldozed homes and piles of debris. See the Article>

Spring 2008 Issue - "Training Black Belt Journalists to Help Save Lives," UGA Research
By Patricia Thomas
It's a sad day in these parts every fall when state-by-state health rankings are published, as nine of the 10 unhealthiest states are in the South. Georgia was among them for four years, but in 2007 it clambered up to 40th place. See the Article>

May 2008 - Third Gnat Line Briefing Challenges Reporters
Nationally known investigative reporters urged participants at the 2008 Gnat Line News Briefing to dig deep when writing about new medical findings, uncovering the real stories that affect people's lives.

April 2008 - Students Live-blog at Health Journalism Conference
Armed with laptops, conference schedules and the desire to process information quickly, Grady College graduate students in health and medical journalism got a taste of real-world reporting in a new media environment recently.

April 2008 - AIDS Vaccines Expert Final Speaker in '08 Series
There's been plenty of bad news about AIDS vaccines since the U.S. government shut down a major clinical trial last fall. Physician and vaccine researcher Anne De Groot will explain why this pessimism is unwarranted when she speaks at the University of Georgia on Tuesday, April 15, delivering the final lecture in the 2008 "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" series.

2008 Gnat Line News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters was held at Lake Blackshear Resort on April 17-18, 2008.

Sponsored by the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Association of Health Care Journalists

March 2008 - Carter Center Scientist Next Speaker in Series
Frank O. Richards, a Carter Center scientist whose mass drug treatment programs have saved millions of people in Africa and Latin America, will bring 25 years of experience and insight to the University of Georgia on March 18, when he is featured in the "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture series.

March 2008 - Ethnic Media Attend Grady/NAM Workshop
Grady College recently took an important step in increasing its relations with ethnic media publications during a weekend workshop that focused on important concerns in the journalism industry-innovation, technology and in-depth reporting.

February 2008 - Health expert urges change
Jim Yong Kim, one of Time's persons of the year in 2006 and former director for the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS unit, spoke to more than 150 people in the University chapel, addressing issues such as universal health care access for poverty-stricken nations and the status of the U.S.'s "broken" health care system.

February 2008 - Kim Offers New Approach to Public Health Problems
Jim Yong Kim, director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard's School of Public Health, will introduce new ways of tackling worldwide public health challenges at the next "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture at the University of Georgia on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

2008 Ethnic Media Family Weekend
February 23-24, 2008
University of Georgia, Athens GA

Sponsored by New America Media and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

January 2008 - Program helps fight HIV/AIDS stigmas
Africa's youth are waging their own battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, unsheathing imagination and video cameras in lieu of heavy artillery.

January 2008 - Short movies educate nations on HIV/AIDS
People may love movies, even those projecting a message. But when it comes to the subject of HIV/AIDS, filmmakers have to be creative with ways to reach the people most impacted by the disease. See the Article>

January 2008 - Innovative HIV/AIDS Communicator to Kick off Global Diseases Series
Kate Winskell, one of the world's most innovative health communicators, kicks off the third "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture series at the University of Georgia on Tuesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.

2008 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard
International leaders in the war against the world's most dangerous diseases spoke in a series presented by the Knight Chair and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. Lectures were held at the UGA Chapel; a reception followed.

2007

November 2007 - Grady Graduate Students See the Real New Orleans
In early November, a group of Grady College graduate students confronted two faces of post-Katrina New Orleans in three densely packed days.

July 2007 - Ethnic Media Explore New Face of the South
When Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media, started planning an immigration conference for journalists and advocates months ago, she only had to think to the main sentiment from the previous summit last September-"Go South."

June 2007 - Thomas Discusses Anthrax Attacks and Press Role
Patricia Thomas, Grady College's Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, was an invited speaker at the annual symposium of the New York Academy of Medicine and Royal Society of Medicine of London.

May 2007 - Op-Ed: AIDS Fight Takes a Village
Patricia Thomas holds the Knight Chair in Health & Medical Journalism at the Grady College. Her May 18 op-ed, reprinted below, appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

May 2007 - Second Gnat Line Briefing a Hit with Reporters
New strategies for covering local hospitals' quality of care and financial soundness were among the topics spotlighted during the 2007 Gnat Line News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters.

April 2007 - Veteran Reporter to Discuss Role in Breaking Bad News
Dick Thompson will discuss his role in alerting the world to infectious disease outbreaks and how the WHO responds on Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel.

2007 Gnat Line News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters
was held at Lake Blackshear Resort on April 12-13, 2007. Sponsored by the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Morehouse School of Medicine. Read More >

March 2007 - Rotavirus Fighter Next Global Diseases Speaker
Rotavirus infections hospitalize 55,000 U.S. children each year and kill more than 600,000 worldwide. Roger Glass, whose work showed that an effective vaccine could keep this from happening, will discuss "Global Health in the 21st Century: Lessons from Rotavirus" on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the University of Georgia chapel.

March 2007 - Medical Apartheid Author Speaks to Graduate Students
Most of us have experienced sweaty palms in a doctor or dentist's waiting room, but African-Americans have especially sound reasons for experiencing what author Harriet A. Washington called iatrophobia, the fear of healers.

February 2007 - New America Media Director to Visit Grady
Sandy Close, an Academy Award winner who has also won a MacArthur Foundation Ògenius award,Ó visits Grady College on Tuesday, March 6, to discuss changing times in the news business and the influence of ethnic and youth media.

February 2007 - Rosenberg Working to Change Female Face of AIDS
AIDS, one of the greatest pandemics in history, increasingly has a woman's face. One of those faces is Zeda Rosenberg's, chief executive officer of the International Partnership for Microbicides, headquartered in Silver Spring, Md.

February 2007 - Defender of Protecting Women Against HIV Featured
The global AIDS pandemic had claimed thousands of lives before scientists realized that a single act of unprotected sex is twice as dangerous for a woman as for a man. Not only are women more biologically vulnerable to HIV, but the refusal of male partners to use condoms dramatically increases the risk of infection in many societies.

January 2007 - Graduate Student Empowering At-Risk Women
In Georgia, nearly 30 percent of all women face domestic violence. Grady College doctoral student Lenette Golding is doing her part to raise awareness of such facts and to empower women through communication efforts including class projects, news articles, a service-learning project, research and even a cell phone drive.

January 2007 - Elephantiasis Fighter Kicks off '07 Lecture Series
Anyone who pored over encyclopedias as a child remembers nightmare images of people with limbs swollen like enormous tubers. What few recall, however, is that elephantiasis is an advanced form of a worm infection that causes a range of sickness in more than 100 million people worldwide.

2007 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard
International leaders in the war against the world's most dangerous diseases speak in a series presented by the Knight Chair and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. Lectures were held at the UGA Chapel at 6:00 p.m.; a reception followed.

2006

November 2006 - Grady Issued Second National Academies Invite
For the second year in a row, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will have the honor of sending two science writing graduate students to the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference in Irvine, Calif.

October 2006 - Investigative Reporter Visits Grady Graduate Class
She is a doctor's worst nightmare. When Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Alison Young went to the hospital in late August with a gastrointestinal illness, she came armed with a wealth of medical knowledge gained during her 18 years as a reporter.

August 2006 - Grady Classes Host Athens Media Representatives
Graduate students in Patricia Thomas' JRMC 8350 "special topics" course in health and medical journalism and undergraduate students in Mark Johnson's JOUR 3710 advanced photojournalism course are joining forces in a unique project that will allow both groups to showcase their talents and possibly get published in the local media.

May 2006 - Thomas to keynote Atlanta HIV Event
Patricia Thomas, the University of Georgia's Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, will keynote a HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event in Atlanta on Thursday, May 18. Thomas will address ÒThe Politics Behind the Search for an AIDS VaccineÓ at the Lefont Plaza Theater, 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. showing of the documentary film Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine. Thomas will speak immediately following the film.

May 2006 - Harvard Expert to Explore Health/Mass Comm. Connection in Monday Lecture
A Harvard health expert will discuss how journalism, sitcoms and carefully orchestrated health campaigns in the United States can lessen disparities between rich and poor people during a lecture on Monday, May 15, at the University of Georgia.

Inside Out: Covering the community impact of prison health and labor practice, a one-day Specialized Reporting Conference
on Wednesday, May 24, 2006. This conference is a project of the James M. Cox, Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies and the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism.
Download the conference report. (10 mb)

April 2006 - Grady's Thomas Speaks at Coverdell Dedication
Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at Grady College, was an invited speaker at the recent dedication of UGA's Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. She was the only faculty member to speak at the dedication and delivered her remarks directly following keynote speaker and former U.S. President, George H. W. Bush.

April 2006 - Mutant-mosquito Designer Brings Global Diseases Series to a Close
Scientist Tony James calls mosquitoes "the world's most dangerous animal." The molecular biologist believes so strongly in the lethal power of these common pests that he has devoted his career to creating mosquito mutants incapable of spreading certain vector-borne infectious diseases.

March 2006 - AIDS Pioneer Featured in Global Diseases Lecture
One of the first scientists to grasp the devastating potential of the AIDS epidemic will speak at the University of Georgia on Tuesday, March 28, as part of the "Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard" lecture series.

March 2006 - Hot Stories Abound at Gnat Line News Briefing
"You have a better chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest in a bustling casino than in rural Georgia," Dr. Eric Ossmann told a group of reporters during the Gnat Line News Briefing, held February 19-21 at Lake Blackshear Resort near Cordele.

February 2006 - Hookworm Warrior to Speak at Second Global Diseases Lecture
Few modern-day Georgians realize that 40 percent of Southerners were infected with hookworm a century ago. The gaunt bodies and distended bellies that marked hookworm sufferers have disappeared because most people now wear shoes, use indoor toilets and eat more protein than their ancestors.

2006 Gnat Line News Briefing: Real Health and Medical News for Working Reporters
was held at Lake Blackshear Resort on February 19-21, 2006.

2006 Global Diseases: Voices from the Vanguard
International leaders in the war against the world's most dangerous diseases speak in a series presented by the Knight Chair and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases. Lectures were held at the UGA Chapel at 6:00 p.m.; a reception followed.

2005

December 2005 - Global Disease Hero Kicks Off New Lecture Series
Victoria Hale, an award-winning scientist and entrepreneur who defied skeptics by launching the first successful non-profit pharmaceutical company, will be the inaugural speaker for a new University of Georgia-sponsored lecture series featuring heroes in the global battle against premature death and disease.

November 2005 - Grady Graduate Students Fill Important Role at National Academies Conference
How will the fruits of the Human Genome Project be used to save millions of lives in the coming years? That's what two graduate students from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will be learning and writing about at the prestigious National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference in Irvine, Calif.

October 2005 - Grady's New Knight Chair Officially Welcomed
Athens, Ga. - Patricia Thomas, the first holder of the Knight Chair for Health and Medical Journalism at the Grady College, was officially honored with a welcome reception in the college's Peabody Suite Wednesday evening.

March 2005 - Patricia Thomas Named Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism
Athens, Ga. - An award-winning author, journalist and editor has been named the first holder of the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia, responsible for a major outreach project aimed at improving the flow of public health news in the impoverished South.


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Knight Chair Patricia Thomas directs the Health and Medical Journalism program at UGA.
Knight Chair Patricia Thomas directs the Health and Medical Journalism program at UGA.