March 2023 HR newsletter

UNG HUMAN RESOURCES email: phone: 706.864.1440 dah: downtown office building gvl: administration building ocn: oconee testing center, suite 207 WELCOME MARCH 2023

HR NEWSLETTER University of North Georgia I N S I D E T H I S E D I T I O N Food & You, USG Well-Being Page 3 Departmental Spotlight Page 4 Women in Science Page 6 U Away From UNG Page 8 Mental Health Courses Page 12 Drug Take Back Day Page 13 Wellness Fair Page 14 New Nighthawks Page 15

COMING IN MARCH: *Earn up to $200 in well-being credit in 2023. You must be an employee or spouse actively enrolled in a USG healthcare plan to earn points and well-being credit between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023. Click here to learn more.

University Press Department Spotlight UNG Department Spotlight Interested in your UNG department being showcased in the HR newsletter? Email us for submission What's the UNG Press? B O N N I E J . ( B J ) R O B I N S O N D I R E C T O R , U N I V E R S I T Y O F N O R T H G E O R G I A P R E S S The University of North Georgia Press is UNG’s book publisher. We focus on developing thoughtful, innovative titles for scholars and educated general audiences who are passionate in topics ranging from education, pedagogy, and Open Educational Resources to diverse Southern and Appalachian fiction. UNG Press Staff Dr. Jacobs' signing

Want to learn more? Come visit us! Price Memorial Patio UNG Press Author Showcase Parent-Alumni Weekend April 15, 2023 We are proud to claim the title of Georgia’s number one publisher for Open Access and Open Educational textbooks, which we offer free to students and faculty. As a teaching Press, one of our core goals is to create learning opportunities for students participating in the English Department’s Introduction to Publishing class, while forming additional opportunities for students across the Business, Marketing, and Art Departments to participate in hands-on internship positions. Featured Book: The Nature of Things Contact University Press

Undergraduate students taking biology are likely aware of Okazaki fragments, those small pieces of DNA that are made discontinuously during DNA replication. Likely they know they are named after the scientist that discovered them, probably picturing a male Japanese scientist. But did you know these fragments were discovered in the 1960s by a husband and wife team: Reiji and Tsuneko? In a tale as old as time, Reiji got invited to give the talks and Tsuneko was either thought of as his spouse or as a supporting researcher. She took on the role of single, working mother in 1975 when Reiji died and was faced with many of the issues current working mothers face. Trying to juggle her full-time research and motherhood responsibilities, she even marched for more availability of childcare. Over the years, Tsuneko (now 89) continued her own work making important contributions in molecular biology. Women in Science Prepared by Dr. Jeanelle Morgan and Dr. Jill Schulze

Another woman who broke from status quo in science was evolutionary ecologist Joan Roughgarden. Joan questioned the evolution of mating systems from a predominantly male point of view. In addition to his theory of natural selection (1859), Darwin introduced the concept of sexual selection (1871). Darwin explained that traits that hinder survival, such as peacock tails or heavy antlers, could evolve if they provided a mating advantage to males competing for females. In contrast with sexual selection, which focused on competition for mating, Joan developed the theory of social selection (2007). Joan, who was born Jonathan, recognized the equally important female perspective. Her theory of reproductive success emphasized the production of young and cooperative behavior between parents. One of Joan’s critical contributions is the revolutionary book Evolution’s Rainbow (2004). In her book, Joan postulates that although there are two sexes of gametes (eggs and sperm), there is a continuum of gender in adults. Evolution’s Rainbow explores diversity in gender and sex in animals, including sex change, environmental causes of sex determination, same-sex relationships among animals, and the diversity of families found in nature. Did you know..... Women won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2020) for their discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, the genetic technique that allows precise gene editing? Dr. Jennifer Doudna and Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier Women won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009) for their discovery of the enzyme telomerase and how it protects the ends of chromosomes from breaking down when they replicate? Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Carol Greider Women led the way in mRNA vaccine development? Dr. Katalin Kariko – therapeutic use of mRNA Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett – Moderna covid vaccine Women led the way in HIV research and drug development? Dr. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi – Identified HIV as the virus that causes AIDS Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal – Figured out function of HIV genes Dr. Gertrude Elion – developed first major antiviral treatment A woman discovered pulsars when she was a graduate student in astronomy, but the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to her male mentor? Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell

U UNG away from We want to know what outside hobbies and activities you all love to do outside of work. Please submit your photo here. DONNA STEELE ACCOUNTANT, UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT "I love horses! A perfect day is riding in the national forest with my horse, Star" THOMAS BURSON GROUNDSKEEPING SUPERVISOR Thomas snagged a photo with his favorite rooster, Foghorn Leghorn, at Six Flags with his family

U UNG away from ESTHER MORGAN-ELLIS ASSOCIATE MUSIC PROFESSOR Esther plays contra dances with a local band, The Happy Campers EMILY WARLICK PROFESSIONAL PHYSICS TUTOR Emily, a graduate of both UNG and Georgia Tech, is a “newbee” beekeeper and is hopeful to be able to harvest some honey this spring Learn First Aid QPR Sponsored by the USG Mental Health Initiative Questions? Email Sign up today! Available to USG students, faculty, and staff Choose one or both trainings Multiple dates available Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Got Drugs? This is an opportunity for our entire community to turn in old prescription medications and other drugs including illegal drugs. The person will place the drugs in a plastic baggie provided and drop the drugs in a secure bin while having their privacy protected by a curtain. DRUG TAKE BACK AMNESTY DAYS TThhee Proper Disposal of Drugs hosted by Student Counseling and UNG Police Dahlonega March 6, 2023 Noon-6pm Hoag Patio Gainesville March 8, 2023 10am-2pm Student Center hallway in Robinson Ballroom Your privacy will be protected Prevents chemicals getting into our water and wildlife Helps keep drugs off the streets Email Simon Cordery, UNG Director of Student Counseling Info regarding proper drug disposal Have

SPRING WELLNESS FAIR UNG, DAHLONEGA CAMPUS DINING HALL BANQUET ROOM & ATTACHED VERANDA WHY IS WELLNESS IMPORTANT? Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise, or nutrition. It is the full integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. QUESTIONS? EMAIL HERE Wednesday, March 29th 9:00AM to 1:00PM On-site Biometric Screenings Click here to schedule and more information Must have 20 participants scheduled by March 15th

NEW NIGHTHAWKS PLEASE WELCOME February 2023 New Employees Custodian Custodian Groundskeeper Admissions Coordinator Administrative Assistant IV Maria Cortes-Tinoco Mckinzie King David MCDaniel, Jr. Jonathan Rich Amy Smith

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