06 September 2022
Academic Excellence
GENIE Project named finalist at UEDA
Georgia Southern University's Business Innovation Group's GENIE Project has been selected as a finalist in the University Economic Development Association's Award of Excellence.

The Georgia Enterprise Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENIE) Project connects individuals and communities in rural Georgia with the business development resources of Georgia Southern University to help establish a broader economic development ecosystem. GENIE uses modern technology to connect homegrown talent, community organizations, and resident leaders with the expert advice and training they need to reinvigorate local communities.

“At Georgia Southern, we are committed to serving as a valuable partner in growing the state economy,” said Dominique Halaby, DPA, Associate Provost for Innovation & Commercialization. “As such, we are honored to be recognized for our efforts to connect residents of rural communities with the resources they need to help them grow their businesses and enhance the quality of life in their communities.”
Top initiatives from across North America went through a rigorous six-month process. Through applications, peer reviews, and online selections, the projects were selected by attendees of the annual UEDA Summit as category leaders. The finalists are a representation of the top university-based economic development initiatives in the country in the eyes of their peers.

Winners for this prestigious honor will be announced at the UEDA Annual Summit in October.
Dr. Stambaugh hits the right note with new book

Musicians don’t just create music. They build a link between people’s brains, establishing a connection that crosses borders and barriers. This relationship between the brain and music has long been established. However, Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music’s Dr. Laura Stambaugh has taken it a step further with her new book, Music and the Brain for Musicians.

As a professor and the Head of Music Education, Dr. Stambaugh says she wanted to write this book to combine her areas of interest in vastly different academic disciplines after being a visiting instructor in the Music and Neuroscience Lab at Western University (Ontario).

“I had been trying to weave together my interests in music and biology since my undergraduate studies when I was told I had to choose one field of study or the other,” explains Dr. Stambaugh. “Now, as an interdisciplinary researcher, I don't want other student or professional musicians to encounter the same barriers that I did. The purpose of this book is to invite musicians to learn about our musical brains and become part of this fascinating field of study.”

Already it has received glowing reviews from colleagues and peers.

“So often, research on music and performance science is made unnecessarily complicated,” said Jessica Nápoles, professor of choral music education at University of North Texas. “In Music and the Brain for Musicians, Stambaugh uses a user-friendly approach to understanding important topics related to perception and cognition, psychology of music, and the benefits of music study.”

Published by Conway Publications in summer 2022, the book focuses on music from the perspective of cognition and neuroscience, including how music is perceived and understood through highlighting several key research findings in previous studies. It all culminates in a call for action so that musicians can make meaningful contributions to research surrounding music. Due to the overlapping topics, it’s a perfect book for musicians, teachers, and college students in music and psychology.

“This book addresses the mysterious link between seemingly effortless technique and musical artistry,” said Cecilia Kang, associate professor of clarinet at Louisiana State University. “Stambaugh illuminates just how elite the musician’s brain is, while also providing connections to improve teaching, learning, and performance.”

Dr. Stambaugh’s research focuses on the development of automaticity in playing instruments, and she appears in Journal of Research in Music EducationPsychology of MusicPsychomusicologyJournal of Music Teacher EducationUpdate: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Her teaching articles are found in Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music.