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February 9, 2021 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research: 7 Reads

🌈 A Colorful Explanation for How We Remember Things
A new study from the School of Psychology and Georgia Tech’s Memory and Aging Lab shows that color and scenes have a lot to do with how we encode memories, and how we recall them. The research, published in eNeuro, could help pave the way for earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

🌊 Vinayak Agarwal Wins 2021 Cottrell Scholar Award for Ocean Studies
Vinayak (Vinny) Agarwal, an assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Biological Sciences, has been named a 2021 Cottrell Scholar for his work on researching marine natural products. The honor helps Agarwal continue his research while developing related new curricula for undergraduates.

🐍 Snake Micro Scales Reveal Secrets of Sidewinding and Slithering
The mesmerizing flow of a sidewinder moving across desert sands has long captivated biologists — but questions have remained about how these snakes produce their unique motion. Researchers in the School of Physics and School of Biological Sciences teamed up with Emory, Zoo Atlanta, CUNY, and UC Riverside to shed new light on the unique scales that help these serpents get around. 

🌎 Suddath Symposium Showcases Latest Research in Origins and Early Evolution of Life
The annual symposium, hosted in January by Tech’s Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, provided a forum to connect about new research and celebrate the legacy of the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution, which has been headquartered at Georgia Tech for the past decade.

🌕 NASA Selects University Teams to Develop Ways to Deal with Moon Dust
NASA asked university students around the country to help solve the pesky problem of lunar dust ahead of plans for sustainable human exploration of the Moon. Through their BIG Idea Challenge and Space Grant project, the agency has awarded nearly $1 million to seven university teams to develop their innovative lunar dust mitigation solutions — including one from Georgia Tech.

🔬 New Instrument Will Uncover Structure and Chemical Composition on Sub-Cell Scale
Around campus: A new imaging instrument able to simultaneously study the surface of a biological sample and its chemical composition is the goal of a new three-year, $1.2 million NIH research award. Combining information from analysis of the chemical composition and physical structure of cell surfaces, tissues, and even individual biomolecules inside the cells could provide a new way to study tumor growth, disease progression, cell function, and other key issues.

👩‍🔬 2021 and Beyond: Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
On and beyond Georgia Tech’s campus, there are countless opportunities for undergraduate students to gain practical skills, connections with industry leaders, and hands-on experience through research and internship opportunities. Explore projects and opportunities for spring 2021 and beyond in this new roundup.

🔎 Looking for past editions of News and Notes? Check out the archive.


Student Spotlight

Meet our Majors: #MajorMonday

Eight College of Sciences undergraduate students share their experiences at Georgia Tech, why they chose their area of study, and their hopes and plans for the future.


🍪📉 Let's Stick To It!

Georgia Tech’s asymptomatic testing program has processed more than 216,000 tests. Weekly testing is fast, free, and easy. Please keep it up along with masking, distancing, and socializing outdoors. Learn how testing works and find test sites and treats here.


Campus Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

The Institute vaccine rollout plan continues for members of the campus community in Phase 1A+. A cross-functional working group is closely coordinating with the Georgia Department of Public Health to ramp up additional phases. Learn about the rollout, catch last month’s Vaccine Town Hall recap and #StraightToTheSource post, read 9 Things to Know About the Covid-19 Vaccines, and check out Covid-19 Vaccine FAQs.


Experts in the News

Vice | Wildfire Smoke Is Alive

CBS46-Atlanta | What Is Liquid Nitrogen?

ScienceNews | How one physicist is unraveling the mathematics of knitting

11Alive | Can COVID-19 variants impact testing?

Smithsonian Mag | Wombats Poop Cubes, and Scientists Finally Got to the Bottom of It | Researchers discover how wombats excrete poop cubes 

WABE | How Biden’s Climate Policies May Affect Georgia

Washington Post | Biden: ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis

Futurity | Phosphine on Venus is probably just sulfur dioxide

The New York Times | Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier

Quanta Magazine | The Hard Lessons of Modeling the Coronavirus Pandemic

National Geographic | The pandemic dealt photographers setbacks—and surprises

Journal of Chemical Education | How to Do and Think About Organic Chemistry

Canadian Mathematical Society | Luke Postle (ACO Ph.D. ‘12) Awarded Coxeter-James Prize for Work in Graph Theory

Journal of Investigative Dermatology | Visualizing the Itch-Sensing Skin

Global Change Program | Carbon Reduction Challenge Winners Implement Climate Solutions at Georgia Tech

Brunswick News | Rising sea level poses risks for the Golden Isles


Campus and Community

Remembering Bridgette A. Barry
Colleagues, students, alumni, and friends honor the remarkable life and work of Bridgette A. Barry, a renowned professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who also a longtime member of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.

Black History Month Reading Recommendations 

Blacks in Business Creates Community, Empowerment, and a Safe Space

Queer Love Week Celebrates Love, Raises Awareness

Tech Campus Surpasses 200,000 Covid-19 Tests 

L.O.V.E. GT: Living Our Values Every Day with Values-Based Goal Setting

Georgia Tech Welcomes New Mental Health Counselors

New Section of the EcoCommons Opens

Potts Accepts Provost Position at Missouri S&T

In-Person Tutoring Resumes This Week

Tips for Socializing Safely (Even in Cooler Weather)

CS Majors Create App to Automate Safe Returns

Twitter is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free

Georgia Tech grads create app to help people quit drinking

Increasing Recycling by 60%: Georgia Tech AWARE program

6 Places to Take Your Work Off-campus

Fifth Leading Women@Tech Cohort Complete Program

Ivan Allen College: What to Expect from the Biden Administration

ACC Unveils Georgia Tech’s 2021 Football Schedule

NSF Awards GT Researchers with $100K in Civic Innovation Challenge Grants

Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost for International Initiatives, to Retire 

Colin Potts Accepts Provost Position at Missouri S&T

Mike Shannon to Join GT Administration and Finance 

Devesh Ranjan Appointed Interim VP for Interdisciplinary Research


Upcoming E-vents

Feb 10   Black History Month Lecture featuring Angela Davis
Activist, philosopher, scholar, and author Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker at the Institute's virtual 2021 Black History Month Lecture, sponsored by GT IDEI and the African-American Student Union. Registration is now open.

Feb 8-12   GT 2021 Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference

Feb 17        Bench2Market Talks: FDA Strategy - Pathway Options and Timing

Feb 17-18  2021 GT ExplOrigins Virtual Colloquium

Feb 18     NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing

Feb 18     GT Observatory: February Public Night Virtual Stream

Feb 18     IAC Purpose and Potential Series: GT Academic Affairs Leaders

Feb 25     The First Billion Years of Lunar Evolution: A Geophysical Perspective

Mar 4-5    2021 Southeast Regional Clinical & Translational Science Conference

Mar 15     Ivan Allen Jr. Prize 2021 honoring Anthony S. Fauci

Mar 13-27  Atlanta Science Festival

Ongoing  GT Health Initiatives: Spring Well-Being Series
Recurring spring virtual events include Mindful Mondays, TEDxTalk Tuesdays, Well-Being Wednesdays, VOICE Message Thursdays, and Flavorful Fridays. Sign up!

Ongoing   Virtual Chats with the Provost (faculty and staff)

Ongoing  GT Biological Sciences: Spring Seminar Series

Ongoing  GT Chemistry and Biochemistry: Spring Seminars and Lectures

Ongoing  GT Earth & Atmospheric Sciences: Spring Seminar Series

Ongoing  GT Mathematics: Spring Events

Ongoing  GT Neuro: 2021 Seminar Series

Ongoing  GT Psychology: Spring Colloquium Series

Ongoing  GT Physics: Spring Colloquia and Nonlinear Science Webinars

Ongoing  GT QBioS Spring Student Seminar Series

Ongoing  Ocean Visions: Ocean Solutions Talk Series


ICYMI 🗓 Recaps and Recordings:

Nikole Hannah-JonesLeads MLK Lecture Discussion

Al Vivian Talks Race at Georgia Tech

GT Covid-19 Vaccine Town


Open Opportunities