I Am West Georgia
Job title: Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of College of Science and Mathematics.
What I really do: Teach clinically-oriented biology courses, and facilitate research and faculty development at COSM Dean’s office.
Years at UWG: 10 years.
Before UWG, I: Was at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA as a faculty member in Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for 16 years.
One thing I would change about UWG: Find a niche…
I was born in: Tenali, a small town in southern part of India.
Family: Dr. Shyamala Mruthinti (lovely wife) and three wonderful daughters, Harshita, Nayvata and Namrata.
People describe me as: I guess all kinds of names ... some are flattering and some are not.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I can be a stand-up comedian when I am with friends.
Favorite things to do: Play tennis.
Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Proudest accomplishment so far: Success of my children.
Pet peeve: When students are disrespectful of professors.
Best advice ever received: Stop complaining, get involved.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Do what I say, not what I do.
What I most want to contribute to students: I want them to reach out and want to learn more. Learning is not confined to classroom.
The book everyone should read: “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman.
The movie everyone should watch: Gandhi (1982 biographical film which won 8 Academy awards).
The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: Gandhi.
The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: Kashmir Valley, India.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: "Not only does charity begin at home, everything begins at home, including morality and spirituality."
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