Researchers working as part of the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed a new way use stem cells that may one day enable restoration of vision to people with damaged corneas by using their own eye tissue.

Dr. Rick Tarleton, Distinguished Research Professor and University of Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, has been named Regents' Professor. This is an honor conferred on one faculty member in the university each year.

Regents' Professorships are bestowed by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents on faculty members whose scholarship is recognized nationally and internationally as innovative and forerunning.

Aaron Harris, from Dr. Karl Lechtreck’s Lab, has received the 2017 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, acknowledging excellence and dedication in student teaching. This is the highest honor that the University awards to Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, recognizing an outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University. Aaron says,  “I am very thankful to all of those in the department that have supported and encouraged me along the way.