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April 20, 2021 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Recognizing Excellence: 7 Reads

🏅 One Small Step, One Giant Leap, Spirit of Georgia Tech
Sciences staff and faculty who are leading the Institute's Covid-19 response, a key School of Biological Sciences academic support specialist, and a team of cybersecurity pros are the winners of three annual awards presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources. 

🦠 Biological Sciences and Chemistry Receive Trio of Institute Research Awards
The College of Sciences-led team that developed the Covid-19 testing program for Georgia Tech — along with School of Chemistry faculty who are leading a new diversity initiative and in excellence in teaching — are honored with Institute Research Awards for 2020-2021.

👩🏻‍🏫 CTL Honors College of Sciences Faculty with Annual Teaching Awards
Seven faculty members from five schools in the College are among those honored with annual awards that celebrate innovation in teaching from Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning.

👨🏽‍🏫 40 College of Sciences Faculty Recognized by Students
Instead of grades from faculty, it's evaluations from the students that make up the Class of 1934 Awards and Honor Roll from the Center for Teaching and Learning. More than three dozen College faculty are among those receiving honors and accolades.

📉 Covid-19 Risk at Events, Hidden Symmetries in Origami Capture Sigma Xi Honors
Professors in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Physics land top annual paper honors from the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research society.

📚 Psychology Honors Exceptional Student, Best Paper, Instructors
Eight School of Psychology graduate students and early career scientists are recognized for stellar classroom, teaching, and research achievements in 2020-2021.

🥰 Women of Georgia Tech: L.O.V.E. Campaign Nominees
The Women of Georgia Tech Employee Resource Group recently honored 52 women from across the Institute who were nominated by colleagues as part of the “Living Our Values Every Day” (L.O.V.E. GT) campaign — including several College of Sciences staff and scientists.

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Research Spotlight

Itch sensations that strike the palms of the hands and soles of the feet can be the source of lasting discomfort for many. But a new study from researchers in the School of Biological Sciences and Petit Institute may bring eventual relief, thanks to findings that narrow down unique skin receptors that respond to those itches.


Please join us in congratulating Julia Kubanek, associate dean for Research in the College of Sciences and a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who will assume the role of vice president for Interdisciplinary Research at Georgia Tech on July 1. Read more.


314,159 Weekly Tests: Sweet As Pi(e)

Thanks to your constant commitment, it’s calculated that Georgia Tech will round out 314,519 Covid-19 surveillance tests this week! 

Finish the semester strong by taking a few minutes to get your weekly test, and continuing to mask and distance, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Free cookies in the morning, King of Pops in the afternoon continue at all main sites.


Vaccine Appointments Available on Campus

Covid-19 vaccines are available to all Georgia residents 16 years of age and older, and Georgia Tech’s vaccine clinics continue to host free appointments for all students, faculty, and staff. Appointments can be booked at


Experts in the News

GPB Political Rewind | As Vaccinations Ramp Up, Health Leaders Tackle Outreach, Persistent Obstacles

11Alive | Why Are You More Likely to Feel Sick After a Second Dose of the Covid Vaccine?

Popular Science | Daydreaming Can Have Loads of Benefits — If You Do It Right

ScienceBlog | Can Extreme Melt Destabilize Ice Sheets?

Global Change Program | UbanHeatATL Takes Aim at Extreme Heat in Atlanta

Science Magazine | New Method Measures Super-Fast, Free Electron Laser Pulses

Saporta Report | Partnerships are Atlanta’s greatest tool for change

GT Alumni Magazine | Ethics in Tech: Michael Goodisman

GT Alumni Magazine | Slide Rules at Tech

Technique | Maintain Precautions: Data Model Shows ‘False Peaks’ in Cases

C&EN | 2021 Priestley Medalist Helped Introduce the World to the Nanocrystal

GT CoE | Alumni Create Mobile App to Reduce Alcohol Abuse

AJC | What Will the Easing of Restrictions Mean for Businesses and the Pandemic?

Lab Manager | COVID-19 Mask Study Finds Layering, Material Choice Matter

AJC | COVID-19 Products in Metro Atlanta Schools: What’s Sound Science?

EurekAlert! | Researchers Awarded $3MM to Study Neural Dynamics of Mental Disorders


Get Connected 🌎 Upcoming Events

Earth Day Events This Week
You’re invited to join the Tech community in our annual celebration of Earth Day and campus sustainability efforts! Attend virtual and in-person events and activities promoting actions, ideas, and practices that will positively contribute to our community and to making the Earth a better place. Find this week’s schedule of events here.

All April   Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage

April 21   TA and Future Faculty Awards Day Ceremony

April 21   NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan: Future of Competitiveness
(Zoom Meeting ID: 161 801 1157 | Passcode: 328429)

April 22   Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium

April 23   W.E.B. Du Bois Data Science Symposium 2021

Apr 26-27   Final instructional class days

April 27   Petit IBB: My Perspective on Disability for STEM and Beyond

April 28   GTRI Town Hall with Jim Hudgens

April 29   Cancer and Racial Health Disparities Workshop Series

Apr 29 - May 6: Final exams

May 6    President's Graduation Celebration (RSVP)

May 7-8  GT Spring Commencement

May 7     Georgia STEM Day with TAGEd

May 11   Petit Entrepreneurship Academy Seminar: VC Funding 

May 12   Bench2Market Talks: "Go to Market Strategy"

May 13-17  IBB Lab Cleanup & Swap-O-Rama Days

May 15   Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium (RSVP)

May 17-18  QBioS Hands-on Workshop 2021: Epidemic Modeling

May 18-21  Ocean Visions 2021 Summit

May 24   ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Student Program

July 22   Georgia Tech All Majors Virtual Career Fair

April+     Volunteer with GT Students Organizing for Sustainability

April+     GT Arts: “Skyline Series” Outdoor Live Music and Dance

April+     Learning From Nature with MODA Online: The Future of Design

🗓 Ongoing Series and Recaps:

Recap: Research Next: Victor McCrary, National Science Board

GT Biological Sciences: Spring Seminar Series

GT Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection Seminars

GT Chemistry and Biochemistry: Spring Seminars and Lectures

GT Earth & Atmospheric Sciences: Spring Seminar Series

GT Mathematics: Spring Events

GT Neuro: 2021 Seminar Series

GT Physiology Brownbag Seminars: Spring 2021

GT Psychology: Spring Colloquium Series

GT Physics: Spring Colloquia, Nonlinear Science Webinars

Ocean Visions: Ocean Solutions Talk Series


Campus and Community


Open Opps and Funding

For Staff: Future of Work at GT Listening Group (April 23)

For Faculty: CTL Classroom Well-Being Survey (due April 23)

Georgia Tech’s Visual Identify Refresh: Survey

Petit IBB Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program (due April 30)

Georgia Smart Communities Challenge 2021 (due May 3)

GT Astrobiology Fellows 2021 (due April 30)

Women in Science Georgia: 2021 Summer Scholarships (due Apr 30)

DOE Office of Science’s Grad Student Research Program (due May 5)

DOE 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (due May 7)

GT Carbon Reduction Challenge Summer 2021 (due May 22)

Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center Call for “Therapeutic Delivery Innovation Initiative” Collaborative Grant Program (due June 25)

Pediatric Research Grants - CHOA Pediatric Technology Center (due July 16)

New Course Promotes Personal Finance Literacy