Charter Lecture Series 2021

The four UGA faculty members who were named 2020 and 2021 Regents’ Professors, an honor bestowed by the Board of Regents on distinguished faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting, will each discuss their work in a joint Charter Lecture.

Pejman Rohani, 2020 Regents’ Professor and University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Ecology and Infectious Diseases in the Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine

Rohani’s research focuses on the introduction of the ecological perspectives to infectious disease biology. His work investigates the importance of spatial synchrony in the outbreak of measles and pertussis for predicting the extinction and eradication of these major childhood infectious diseases.

Ronald L. Simons, 2020 Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the department of sociology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Simons’ research focuses on the processes by which social experiences become biologically embedded and influence mental and physical health outcomes. His research suggests that social factors, such as marital, work, financial and social status variables, impact biological aging and the development of chronic illness more so than the effects of diet, exercise, body mass index, smoking and other known health-risk factors.


Diane Marie Amann, 2021 Regents’ Professor and the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law in the School of Law

Amann’s scholarship focuses on the ways that national, regional and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. She was recently elected to the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. Amann’s current research will produce the first-ever book, under contract with Oxford University Press, on the roles of women professionals at the 1945-46 war crimes trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

Steven R.H. Beach, 2021 Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the department of psychology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Beach’s scholarship focuses on the way that community, family and marital process affect mental and physical health. His pioneering work and collaborations have shown that strengthening close relationships, including marriage and parenting relationships, can play a critical role in reducing depression and physical health problems, and can buffer the impact of stress from economic and social factors.


Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

​​​​​The lecture has been designated a Spring 2021 Signature Lecture.

Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodeiorj4sEtBb2Q0lWX4dRL-k35u3lx5g

Tuesday, April 6 at 3:30pm

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