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Georgia College welcomes first Newell Scholar

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January 08, 2013

CCaitlin O'Connell-RodwellCaitlin O'Connell-Rodwellaitlin O’Connell-Rodwell comes to Georgia College this spring semester as the inaugural Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Distinguished Scholar.

The program was established in 2011 to reinforce Georgia College’s liberal arts mission by providing a rare and exciting opportunity for the college community to work alongside a nationally recognized scholar-in-residence.

O’Connell-Rodwell is a faculty member of Stanford University’s School of Medicine and a world-renowned expert on elephants.

Over the last 20 years, she has dedicated her research to studying elephant communication and how their societies are constructed and maintained.

O’Connell-Rodwell’s research has been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and popular magazines including Smithsonian, The Writer and Africa Geographic.

She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, The Elephant’s Secret Sense and has published An Elephant’s Life, which is a photo book.

O’Connell-Rodwell co-founded and is the CEO of Utopia Scientific, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and science education.

Her other interests include ecology, health, women’s issues and art.

A welcome reception for O’Connell-Rodwell was held Jan. 14 from 5:30- 7 p.m. at the Library Museum Education Room.

The event featured images from her research on elephants and a gallery talk.

O’Connell-Rodwell will also host several open presentations on her research. All presentations begin at 7 p.m.

  • Special screening of the documentary film Elephant King: March 7- Arts & Sciences Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a discussion on creative non-fiction storytelling.
  • Using Animal Behavior to Solve Conservation Problems: From Coral Polyps to Flamingos to Elephants: March 21- Arts & Sciences Building room 3-70
  • Employing the Conservancy Model to Ensure Human Health: An HIV Case Study: April 4- Arts & Sciences Building room 3-70 
  • A Writer’s Guide to the Changing Face of Publishing: The Art of Storytelling in a Digital Age: April 18- Arts & Sciences Building room 3-70 



ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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