Need a holiday story? Augusta University experts available to help

From toy safety to cybersecurity tips when traveling in the airport, Augusta University is offering a variety of stories with experts ready to be interviewed for your holiday news coverage.

View the list of story ideas below and call 706-721-3893 to schedule an interview.

Tips for better toy shopping

About 250,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries last year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and 73 percent of those hurt were younger than 15. For the children on your Christmas list, Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the Emergency Department at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, has eight tips to help reduce your child’s risk for injury.

Beating the holiday blues

Feeling overwhelmed about the holiday season? Dr. Bernard Davidson, a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, gives six tips to beat the holiday blues, including letting go of the unrealistic expectations of the holiday season.

Stay cyber safe during the holidays

Public Wi-Fi in airports can be a convenience to travelers, but it can also make you a target for hackers. Cloud security company Coronet listed Charlotte Douglas International Airport among the top 10 worst airports for cybersecurity and named Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International a digitally-unsafe airport. If you are traveling during the holidays, Dr. Michael Nowatowski, associate professor in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University, shares precautions to take when using public WiFi.

Save money on last-minute holiday travel

Last-minute holiday travel can be both expensive and stressful. However, don’t let pricey airfares and long lines in the airport turn you into a scrooge. Dr. Mark Thompson, associate dean of the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, shares tips to help you save money and stay calm during the holiday chaos.

View Augusta University’s Expert Center to learn more about the professors, doctors and professional staff with expertise in areas such as cybersecurity, political science, healthcare and business.

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Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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