Jambeck named UGA Public Service and Outreach Fellow

Jenna Jambeck

Jenna Jambeck

Jenna Jambeck, an associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Engineering, is one of three UGA faculty members selected as 2016-17 Public Service and Outreach Fellows. The fellows will spend the fall conducting research with one of the university’s eight public service and outreach units.

Jambeck will work with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant to continue her research into plastic pollution, including building a database of information about marine debris collected by the public and reported through a marine debris tracking app that she developed several years ago. In collaboration with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant faculty, Jambeck will develop educational materials to use in her environmental engineering courses and outreach and education materials for K-12 schools.

The other faculty fellows are Marin Talbot Brewer, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Rebecca Nesbit, an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs.

“We are fortunate to have these dedicated faculty working within our public service and outreach units to address critical challenges to Georgia,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president for Public Service and Outreach. “Merging their academic expertise with the public service mission of a land- and sea-grant university can only help make our state stronger. ”

Public Service and Outreach launched its Faculty Fellows programs in 2011 to give tenure-track and tenured professors an opportunity to connect their research and course curriculum to the objectives of specific PSO units. Fellows also use this immersive experience to create outreach initiatives that call for a sustained relationship between the designated unit and their department.

Writer: Lee Redding

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