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May 06, 2021 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Stories and Research: 8 Reads

This weekend, nearly 4,700 Georgia Tech students will receive their degrees. Congratulations to our graduates! We are so proud of you — and excited to see how you change the world.

🎓 Celebrating #GT21 Grads: Jessica Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick, who is graduating with a degree in psychology and minor in health and medical sciences, shares her path to a top-rated physician assistant program — and memories working with Georgia Tech Football as head student athletic trainer. 

🎓 Celebrating #GT21 Grads: Yassin Watson
Watson, who is graduating with dual degrees in biology and industrial engineering, plus dual minors in social justice and physiology, shares six years of adventures at Tech and exploring the intersections between biology, engineering, health and wellness, and outer space. 

🎓 Celebrating #GT21 Grads: Maria Zulfiqar
Zulfiqar, who is graduating with a degree in psychology with the research option, discusses life and studies at Georgia Tech — as a transfer student and the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

🎓 Celebrating #GT21 Grads: Brady Bove
Bove reflects on biomedical engineering, leadership studies, cognitive psychology, senior design, meeting friends and her fiancé, and a favorite Georgia Tech memory, involving classical physics and a box of Sublime Doughnuts on a Friday night. 

🌊 Neha Garg Receives NSF CAREER Award to Fight Coral Reef Disease
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease is ravaging Florida's coral reefs, with 20 out of 45 coral species in the state's waters already infected. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry assistant professor Neha Garg has received an NSF CAREER Award to help battle the rapidly spreading problem. 

🤖 Simple Robots, Smart Algorithms: Meet the BOBbots
Inspired by a theoretical model of particles moving around on a chessboard, new robot swarm research from the Schools of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science shows that, as magnetic interactions increase, dispersed “dumb” robots can abruptly gather in large, compact clusters to accomplish complex tasks. “BOBbots” are also capable of collectively clearing debris that is too heavy for one alone to move, thanks to a robust algorithm.

🌏 Finding and Connecting Ocean Ecoregions — to Find and Conserve Marine Species
The world's oceans are made up of various "ecoregions," but experts have had trouble connecting them. A new look at existing satellite data by researchers from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences could provide a new way to link those regions, which may help scientists protect endangered marine species.

🥋 Pamela Pollet: Teaching Martial Arts and Mindfulness with a Mission
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry senior academic professional Pamela Pollet — a black belt in karate — wants Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff to join her in using martial arts to calm their minds while training their bodies.


Student Spotlight

Transfer Students Offer Advice in Navigating Georgia Tech

Simone Anderson and Grace Ahn arrived at Georgia Tech under atypical — mostly virtual — circumstances. Despite the pandemic upending the traditional learning environment, they’ve each carved out a unique place and college experience on campus. Learn more.


323,000 Weekly Tests. 30,000 Vaccine Doses.

Thank you for taking care of yourself and others this spring! Fast, free Covid-19 testing will continue with updated summer sites and hours. You can still reserve a fast, free vaccine on campus, as well. Please continue to test, mask, and distance, even if you’re fully vaccinated. You can also help Tech plan for future clinics by logging your off campus vaccination.


Catch the Recap 🦠 Covid-19 Townhall: Testing, Vaccination, and Mitigation

In this fourth virtual townhall of the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Surveillance Testing series, Patton Distinguished Professors Joshua S. Weitz and Greg Gibson joined Dr. Benjamin Holton, Senior Director of Health Services, and JulieAnne Williamson, Executive Director of Sustainability and Building Operations and Team Lead for Campus Surveillance Testing Operations. Catch the event recording with open Q&A here.


Experts in the News

Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta | What on Earth Happens Next?

C&EN | How an alternative grading system is improving student learning

EurekAlert! | Rapid rovers, speedy sands: Fast-tracking terrain interaction modeling

EIN | Ocean Visions 2021 Summit to Showcase, Explore Diverse Solutions

Slash Gear | BOBbots are tiny robots able to perform tasks as a group

Unite.AI | “Dumb Robots” Accomplish Tasks by Leveraging Physical Characteristics

Science Mag | Microbes are siphoning massive amounts of carbon from Earth’s tectonic plates

11Alive | Do younger people have stronger reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine?

GPB Political Rewind | Reflections On Climate Change — And What Needs To Happen Next

GT Astrobiology | Amanda Garcia: Reconstructing the Early Evolution of Nitrogen Fixation

AEM | Jennifer Glass to Join Applied and Environmental Microbiology Editorial Board

GT IMat | Meet the 2021 Science Advisor & Initiative Leads

Petit IBB | Georgia Tech and Shriners Collaborate on Research Data Resources

Cornell | Freezing molecules with light

Atlanta Magazine | 60 Voices: 5 questions for the Atlanta’s new guard

CleanTechnica | White House to Announce 50% NDC — Reports

GT Global Change | Carbon Reduction Winners Implement Solutions at Tech

AP | Georgia Tech structure certified as ‘living building’

GPB | Georgia Tech Experiment Declared South's First 'Living Building'

Urbanize ATL | Atlanta’s ‘Living Building’ officially certified among world’s greenest

COTE | Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design


Campus and Community

President Cabrera: Capping Off a Successful Semester

What to Wear to Commencement, Tips For Graduation Day 

Where to Take Pictures on Campus: Getting the Grad Shot

Meet Our Commencement Speakers: Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Alumni

Moving Out for Summer? Donate Items to Green Goodbyes

SGA Welcomes New Execs for Upcoming Year

Technique Interviews New Grad SGA Leadership

Tech Talks To Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Aki Hoshide at ISS

Library Launches AAPI Reading Room

GT Office of the President: Reaffirming Our Commitment

Deans Husbands Fealing, Isbell Elected to AAAS

André Brock: ‘Race, Difference, and Computation’ PREACH Lab

Bert Reeves Named Vice President for Institute Relations

Meet Dr. Jon Duke, Principal Research Scientist

Kendeda Building Earns Living Building Certification 

New Georgia Tech EcoCommons opens to the Public

EcoCommons Event Marks History While Embracing the Future

Diana Blank and The Kendeda Building: Taking the Challenge

Living Our Values Every Day: Share the L.O.V.E. Across Campus

SMILE: Spreading Positivity at Georgia Tech

Ideas to Serve Drives Discovery, Solutions with Social Impact

MARTA Buses Return to Full Service

Sneak Peek: Campus Services Planned for Fall

Explore the Exhibit: New Clough Art Crawl App

The Month in Photos: April 2021


Upcoming Events

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   GTHR: You've Set Your Goals — Now What?

May 13   GT #SMARTer Together Webinar: U.S. Infrastructure   

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

May 15   Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium (RSVP)

May 17   Petit IBB & SEI: Energy and Public Health Workshop 2021

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

May 18-21  Ocean Visions 2021 Summit
Join online for 25 events with 180 speakers and panelists on 5 virtual campuses

Through May 18  GT Arts: “Skyline Series” Outdoor Live Music and Dance

May 19   Pivot: Finding Funding and the Submission Process

May 20   GT #SMARTer Together Webinar: AgTech Research and Opps 

May 24   ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Student Program

May 25   BIPOC Staff & Faculty SIT: Community Resilience, Transformative Change

May 27   Free PPE Distribution with GT Staff Council 

June 7    GT Library x Ruth Kanfer: "Ageless Talent" Author Discussion

July 22   Georgia Tech All Majors Virtual Career Fair

June 24  GT #SMARTer Together Webinar: Building Climate Resiliency