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August 2021 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research: 12 Reads

🌎 Georgia Tech Annual Research Report 
Take a look into some of the discoveries and innovations happening across disciplines through a year of stories and studies capturing the collective efforts of researchers, faculty, students, and staff working to develop leaders and improve the human condition.

🦠 CMDI: Mighty Microbial Dynamics for a Healthier People and Planet
Tech’s Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection merges disciplines and recruits microbiologist superstars to take back the high ground from pathogens and emerging diseases — and to harness microbes for new medicines, cleaner environments, and climate solutions.

🤖 Joining NSF to Advance AI Research and Education
Georgia Tech received two National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes awards, totaling $40 million. The awards will support major efforts already underway at Tech, helping to create a more robust and inclusive future of AI, both on campus and beyond.

🚗 New 'Vibrant Pack Energy Harvesters' to Harness Big Bridge Vibrations
Traffic and wind regularly cause low frequency vibrations to ripple through bridges. This energy would normally travel away from its source before dissipating. Mathematics’ Rachel Kuske is helping capture and recycle this untapped energy source using physics principles.

🔬 Add One More Weapon to Cholera’s Deadly Arsenal
A team of interdisciplinary scientists led by Brian Hammer has found a unique tool in the arsenal of cholera bacterium: a toxin that impairs a cell’s overall membrane and looks like none described before.

🚀 Aiding Mars Missions and Finding Martian Lakes for Future Rovers, Crews
Thanks to a new NASA grant, Frances Rivera-Hernández will study an ancient lake bed in Antarctica, with the hope of using samples and data to help determine future landing sites for Mars missions.

🌝 The Search for Lunar Ice
NASA has long studied ice on the Moon. Now, they want to determine where it is exactly and just how much, and a new spacecraft could provide definitive answers. Georgia Tech will work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to assemble, integrate, and test a small satellite known as Lunar Flashlight.

☔️ Predicting Rainfall in a Changing Climate
We're still working to understand how much rainfall amounts will change as our planet warms. Jie He has won a NSF CAREER grant to build a new method for determining how models can more accurately take into account climate change's impact on rainfall.

🧬 Transforming What We Know About DNA
Francesca Storici recently received two major foundation grants, both directed toward decrypting the hidden message of ribonucleotide incorporation in human nuclear DNA, which "may represent novel biomarkers for human diseases such as cancer and other degenerative disorders."

🦿 Multi-Legged Robots Team Up to Tackle Tough Terrain
Dan Goldman and Yasemin Özkan Aydin are developing low-cost legged robots capable of linking and unlinking to accomplish tasks — such as traveling across gaps, climbing stairs, and working together to carry objects over uneven terrains — with interdisciplinary work published in Science Robotics.

🎧 Chart Builder Gives Line Graphs, Scatterplots Their Own Audio Track
Released by Tech’s Sonification Lab and Highcharts Sonification Studio, a new browser-based builder helps users enter data into a spreadsheet to create traditional visual charts such as line graphs, scatterplots, and bar charts. At the same time, it creates non-speech audio tracks based on the data — a process known as sonification.

📚 ICYMI: Research Continues in Pandemic Year
In a fiscal and school year indelibly marked by Covid-19, College of Sciences faculty and researchers kept busy with projects and teaching, grant applications, and a number of significant funding wins.


Meet Our New Psychology Chair

The College of Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Tansu Celikel as chair of the School of Psychology.

Celikel established the Department of Neurophysiology at the Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is also the director of the Donders Institute, a preeminent interdisciplinary institute in Europe devoted to the advancement of brain, cognitive, and behavioral sciences to improve health, education, and technology.


How I Spent My Summer

In 2022, all six schools in the College of Sciences will offer a summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students attending this year's REUs share what they learned and how it will impact their academics and careers. Read more.


Get Tested. Get Vaccinated. Get Rewarded.

🏆 This week, Georgia Tech is introducing new rewards to encourage individuals to get vaccinated and test weekly for Covid-19. Items include gift cards, t-shirts, signed footballs and helmets, discounts at local restaurants, and more.

Additionally, to encourage unvaccinated USG employees to schedule their Covid-19 vaccination appointment, and to thank those who are already vaccinated, the USG will provide employees with eight hours of administrative leave.

🤒 An Update on Covid-19 Symptoms and Cases 
Many cases of Covid-19 may present as illness with mild symptoms — a runny nose, a sore throat, a headache. Dr. Benjamin Holton, senior director at Stamps Health Services, shares what he's seen and what action you should take if you have symptoms.

🐝 Tech Moving Forward
Everyone in the Georgia Tech community is encouraged to follow the CDC's recommendations and wear a mask in campus buildings. Learn more about campus updates.


Upcoming Events

2021 Institute Address
This Thursday, September 2, President Ángel Cabrera will highlight recent Institute achievements, convey his vision and goals for the upcoming academic year, and answer audience questions. The campus community is invited to join in person or watch live online.

Sep 1   Graduate Student Convocation

Sep 1   Your Global Engagement Questions Answered

Sep 1+ Well-Being at Work Series

Sep 1+ Veggie Jackets Bring-Your-Own-Lunch

Sep 2   Students Organizing for Sustainability Info Session

Sep 2   How to Afford Study Abroad

Sep 2   ABLE Alliance Welcome Back Party

Sep 2   Tactile Thursdays: Origami Animals

Sep 3+  Data Science for Scientists Seminars

Sep 4   Graduate Student Tailgate

Sep 6   Labor Day (Campus Closed)

Sep 6   HyTech Racing Recruitment Kickoff

Sep 8   Covid-19 Testing, Vaccination, Mitigation Fall Townhall

Sep 9   LabArchives Research Edition: Intro Training, LibGuides

Sep 9   Understanding Interactions in Microbial Populations

Sep 9+ Intro to Beekeeping Class

Sep 9   Bioengineering Seminar Series 

Sep 11 Graduate Student Tailgate

Sep 17 SCPC Presents: GT Night at Six Flags

Sep 21 IMat Distinguished Lecture in Materials 

Sep 23 Bioengineering Distinguished Lecture

Sep 27-29 Global Climate Action Symposium
The three-day event will focus on Sustainable Food, Climate & Health, and the UN Ocean's Decade. Co-hosted by GT Global Change Program, Serve-Learn-Sustain, Atlanta Global Studies Center, and six European Consulates, the symposium is free and open to all. Register now.


🗓 Ongoing Series and Recaps

Ongoing  VR Experience: Traveling While Black

Ongoing  Implicit Bias Training Workshops

GT Biological Sciences

GT Chemistry and Biochemistry

GT Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

GT Mathematics

GT Physiology

GT Psychology

GT Physics

GT Pre-Health

GT Urban Honey Bee Project

Petit Institute

Recap  New Student Convocation: The President's Top 10

Recap  Conversations with Cabrera


Honors and Awards

Georgia Tech Alumni: 40 Under 40

From saving endangered coral reefs in the Caribbean to building a space station near the moon to paving the way for Black-owned businesses to thrive in Atlanta, these 40 individuals have made significant contributions in their fields at an early age.

David Sherill, Greg Gibson Receive Regents Recognition
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents recently appointed 12 Georgia Tech faculty members to Regents Professors and Regents Researchers. The titles are the highest academic recognition bestowed by the system.

Jeffrey Skolnick, David Sherrill Join IDEaS Leadership Team

Jennifer Hom, Konstantin Tikhomirov to Lecture at Major Global Math Conference

Rebecca Donegan Wins Burroughs Wellcome for Early Career Scientists

Christina Ragan Honored for Neuroscience Teaching, Outreach, Mentorship

Joshua Weitz Named Blaise Pascal International Chair of Excellence

Facundo Fernandez Featured in 'Faces of Mass Spectrometry'

Five Researchers Gain New Titles in the College of Sciences

3-2-1, InQuBATE: T32 Training Takes Off with Three Grad Students


Experts in the News

WABE | UrbanHeatATL Is Mapping Temps To Help Those In Danger Of The Heat

Saporta Report | In advance of rising sea levels, Savannah pilots life-saving tech

Washington Post | Humans have pushed the climate into ‘unprecedented’ territory, landmark U.N. report finds

Associated Press | Rat Nests Contribute To Fossil Record In Odd Wyoming Cave

NPR | Hawaii Governor Wants To Curtail Tourists As Delta Variant Surges

11Alive | Coronavirus booster shot rollout begins

UN Foundation | How American Universities Are Driving Progress on the SDGs

Newsbreak | GT Psychology professor teaches students about stress, happiness 

Ripley’s | Wriggling Worm Blobs Help Scientists Build Better Robots 

NYT | Crucial Ocean Current System is Faltering, Research Suggests 

Washington Post | This year’s summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places 

Huffington Post | What Psych Impact Does a ‘No-Crowds Olympics’ Have on Athletes?

AJC | Olympics through the eyes of Georgia Tech grad Andrew Chetcuti

Scientific American | Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past

Atlas Obscura | ‘Swell’ Job of Sorting Out New Zealand’s Unusual Earthquake Patterns

CBS46 | Delta variant concerns 

Reuters | J&J shot recipients may need a booster; new advice on infected kids

Edinburgh Evening News | Vibrations could be harvested, turned into electrical power

SciTechDaily | Using Solar Radio Signals to Monitor Melting Ice Sheets

Accuweather | Project underway to determine heat impact in Atlanta

Washington Post | These cities have the most stifling heat islands in the US

Scienmag | New study helps explain ‘silent earthquakes’ along New Zealand coast


Campus and Community

Fostering Happiness
Psychology professor Eric Schumacher teaches that, with intentional practice, people can improve their happiness level regardless of the circumstances and their individual predisposition. Learn more.

Dean Susan Lozier: Welcome to the College of Sciences, #GT25

From Tech to Dupont: Remembering Elwood “Doc” Blanchard

Faces of Research: Ben Wang, Tim Lieuwen, Carson Meredith, Hang Lu

2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Cohort

Tech's State Economic Impact More Than $4B

How Georgia Could Cut Carbon Footprint in Half

Bicycling in Georgia Shows $496M Economic Impact

Toward Accessibility and Inclusion: The ADA Turns 31

GT Alumni Magazine: Summer Issue


Leadership News

ADVANCE Program Welcomes Three New Professors

Hernández Begins as DEI AVP

India’s Ambassador to US Visits Tech

Finalists Chosen in College of Design Dean Search

Christopher Jones Named ChBE Chair

Kwon Appointed ID Chair

Biegalski Named Interim ME Chair

Ianetta Appointed Interim LMC Chair


Around Campus

Back to Campus: Tips for Re-engaging

GT SMILE Hearts for Campus Back for Second Year

Mitigation Measures Continue On Campus

Air Purifiers Installed in 200+ Classrooms

Let's Recycle with GT AWARE!

Library Popular Reading, Course Reserves Return

Tech Dining Opens New Operation on Campus

Take a Construction Tour of the New Student Center

The Latest on Campus Improvement Projects

Georgia Tech Strives for Data Excellence

Tech Continues to Expand Access With New Class

Tech Launches Mental Health Education for First-Years

13-Year-Old Starts Career at Georgia Tech

Calvin Johnson Enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Summer Recap: Since You've Been Gone


Open Opportunities