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October 2021 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research

🌕 For Longtime Campus Partnership, Sky’s Still the Limit
Interdisciplinary researchers across Tech's College of Sciences, College of Engineering, and Georgia Tech Research Institute are hard at work on several ambitious projects related to NASA’s planned return to Earth’s moon — and beyond.

🏞 New National Atmospheric Measurement Network
Sally Ng will lead a new $12 million National Science Foundation grant focused on creating a nationwide network to monitor and analyze aerosols in the atmosphere. Particulates that have significant effects on health and climate change and will now be measured across 10 states, from Alaska to Atlanta.

🌌 The Search for ‘Signatures of Life in the Universe’
Jennifer Glass and Chris Reinhard are among 20 Scialog winners of $1.1 million in funding from four organizations for new approaches that could transform our understanding of the habitability of planets. They also join Frances Rivera-Hernández among American Geophysical Union’s latest cohort of annual honorees.

🔥 Protecting Children from Fire Emissions
A $1 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help researchers develop tactics to protect children from harmful emissions from controlled wildland burns. The initiative will provide equipment and new communications approaches in middle and high schools in Georgia and Alabama.

🚙 Envisioning the Future of Vehicle User Interfaces
The Sonification Lab at Georgia Tech is one of the leading research groups for on-road vehicle user interfaces. At the 13th International Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, researchers led a workshop focused on how drivers interact with autonomous vehicles.

💪 Robotically Enhanced Mental Practice to Improve Post-Stroke Rehab
Mental practice can help restore upper limb functionality, although performance quality and efficacy varies. A team led by Minoru “Shino” Shinohara is now addressing that challenge, developing “a new paradigm of motor imagery” – integrating proven methods of neuromotor facilitation with robotic prostheses to help stroke survivors turn thoughts and intentions into useful actions.

🌊 Partnering with Savannah to Implement Data-Driven Solutions
Randall Mathews and Russ Clark join Kim Cobb and the City of Savannah Office of Sustainability director Nick Deffley as co-leads of the Smart Sea Level Sensors team, which recently published a new dashboard that allows for real-time flood visualization to aid in emergency planning and response in Chatham County.

⚡️ Efficiency Leap in Separating Para-xylene
Building on long-term research efforts, a team of Georgia Tech chemists and chemical engineers have uncovered new insights into the fabrication of carbon membranes that have the potential to drive significant cost savings once the solution for xylene isolation separation is scaled for industrial use.

🐝 The Mechanics of Pellet-carrying Honey Bees
New research finds that honey bees have developed a way to transform pollen particles into a viscoelastic pellet, allowing them to transport pollen efficiently, quickly, and reliably to their hive. The study also suggests the insects remove pollen from their bodies at speeds two to 10 times slower than their typical grooming speeds.


Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage

“I want to make sure that other people like me can see themselves — as scientists.” Sciences faculty Frances Rivera-Hernández, Carlos Silva Acuña, Facundo Fernández share early school day stories, why they chose science, and perspectives on representation.


Our Community

Georgia Tech President Talks Representation, Mentoring, Leadership
President Ángel Cabrera isn’t just the first native of Spain to lead an American university. He’s also just one of a handful of Hispanic and Latinx leaders to serve as president of a major U.S. institution of higher education. He recently reflected on his time as a student in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech — and on the critical role of recruiting and supporting more Hispanic and Latinx students and faculty in STEM. 

Dean Susan Lozier on ‘Making Sure That Doors of Opportunity Are Open’
In celebration of the U.N. International Day of the Girl this October, College of Sciences Dean Susan Lozier shares about mentoring and leadership, early education, research and teaching excellence, building diverse communities, and creating a more equitable path for women and girls in science.

Faculty and Staff Honored at 2021 Diversity Symposium
Eight College of Sciences faculty and staff have been honored this fall by the Institute for their work on efforts to expand representation and inclusiveness at Georgia Tech — including Lewis Wheaton, named Faculty Diversity Champion, along with several colleagues chosen as Faces of Inclusive Excellence.

September Sciences Celebration
Held outdoors at Harrison Square, our inaugural September Sciences Celebration highlighted excellence in research and teaching across the College and gave guests a chance to welcome new faculty and meet the donors and alumni who support the awards program.


Explore the President’s Report

The 2021 President’s Report showcases how we have been living our commitment to develop leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition — in the realms of academics, research, campus life, and community engagement. This year’s edition features six College of Sciences stories.


Around Campus

Visual Brand Refresh Complete

Georgia Tech has refreshed its visual identity to closely align with the Institute's 10-year strategic plan. The identity refresh unifies the community around a singular, widely recognized icon — the interlocking GT — that will now celebrate our entire dynamic community of students, alumni, faculty, researchers, and staff. Learn more.

GT Student Engagement and Well-Being Launches New Website

New Campus Initiative Encourages Active Transportation

Georgia Tech Delivers $4 Billion in State Economic Impact

Georgia Tech Ranks Among U.S. News Best Colleges

Graduate Enrollment at Tech Reaches Record High

GT Black Alumni Podcast: ‘Our Voices, Our Stories’

Raghupathy “Siva” Sivakumar Named VP of Commercialization

Leo Howell Selected as Chief Information Security Officer

New A&F Leadership Position to Focus on Workplace Culture

Atlanta Fed President Participates in Campus Conversation

AI and Neuroscience Become Dance Partners

Art, Pandemic, and a Path Forward

Faces of Research: Meet Oliver Brand, Sheila Isbell

Remembering September 11: 20 years later

20 Years of Impact at Tech Square

The Month in Photos: September 2021

UrbanHeatATL: Summer Recap, Fall Updates


Experts in the News

Quanta Magazine | Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years

Seattle Times | Major climate action at stake in fight over twin bills pending in Congress

National Geographic | Evolving globs of yeast may unlock mysteries of multicellular life

Saporta Report | Atlanta’s Ovarian Cancer Institute breaking new ground on early detection, treatment

Wired | Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

AJC + WSBTV | Georgia Tech professor explains how vaccines work

The New York Times | Is an Exoskeleton Suit in Your Future?

Independent UK | UN chief urges ‘rapid’ emission cuts to curb climate change

Alaska Public Radio | Alaska Included In National Air Monitoring Project

Reuters | Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

Iowa Public Radio | Changing the Rock Dust Applies to Farm Fields Could Help Reduce Carbon Emissions 

Chicago Sun Times | Lincoln Park Zoo names first female president, CEO

Independent UK | How the Climate Crisis Played a Role in Hurricane Ida

C&EN | Climate change could alter undersea chemical communication

Recycling Today | Novelis Innovation Hub selects executive director

Issues in Science and Technology | Imagining the Role of the Research University Anew

11Alive | How do monoclonal antibodies work and why aren’t they a replacement for the Covid vaccine?

11Alive | How effective is the Pfizer vaccine?

Science ATL | Pedro Márquez-Zacarías Named Communication Fellow

Science ATL | The Comedy of Science

SIAM News | Uniform-in-diffusivity Chaotic Mixing and the Batchelor Spectrum 

Eos Magazine | Purple Bacteria Fix Nitrogen in Proterozoic-Analogue Lake

Royal Society Journal | Biomechanics of pollen pellet removal by the honey bee

Current Psychology | Exercise mediates the effects of job control on BMI

American Society for Microbiology | 2021-2022 ASM Distinguished Lecturer Roster

RStudio | How do you use Shiny to communicate to 8 million people?

APS Physics | Karsai to Present at Annual Meeting of APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

Eos Magazine | 2021 AGU Awards, Medals Outstanding Reviewers, Section Awardees and Named Lecturers

NSF | Civic Innovation Challenge awards support community-based solutions to mobility and disaster resilience

GT Computing | Researchers Envision the Future of User Interfaces in Road Vehicles 

GT Scheller | Reflections on ISLI’s Inaugural UN Fellows 

GT Scheller | Making the Business Case for Sustainability: Students Pitch Carbon-and Cost-Saving Measures in the 2021 Carbon Reduction Challenge

GT QBioS | Fall News and Notes from the Director


Upcoming Events

Oct 14   GT Staff Appreciation Day (outdoors)

Oct 14   GT Observatory: Public Night (outdoors)

Oct 14   Science for Georgia Scitober Fest 2021 (hybrid)

Oct 21   GTMI: End-to-End View of Covid Vaccine Manufacture, Distribution

Oct 21   Drawdown GA: Climate Action and Business Leadership Compact

Oct 27   Research Next Speaker: Terry Emmert, DoD Advanced Capabilities

Oct 29-30   GT Homecoming & Reunion Weekend (full calendar of events)

Wednesdays   Georgia Tech Community and Farmers Market (Instructional Center Lawn)

Thursdays   Inclusive Innovation #SMARTer Together Webinars

Ongoing   GT Library: Classes and Workshops

Ongoing   GT Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Workshops

Ongoing   VR Experience: Traveling While Black

Fall Drop-In Tutoring: Math Lab, Chemistry, OrgChem, Physics, CS 1371


💻  Recaps + Recordings

2021 Institute Address

College of Sciences Fall Plenary

Global Climate Action Symposium

Townhall: Covid on Campus Revisited: Toward Safe Living and Learning Environments

GT Astrobiology: "Exploring Jezero Crater with Mars Perseverance Rover"

Wiley Science + AGU: Careers Enabling Discoveries in EAS

A Dialogue Between Presidents: Gregory L. Fenves, Ángel Cabrera

Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference


🗓 School Events and Fall Seminar Series

GT Biological Sciences (recaps)

GT Chemistry and Biochemistry

GT Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

GT Mathematics

GT Neuro

GT Physiology

GT Psychology

GT Physics

GT Pre-Health

GT Urban Honey Bee Project

GT Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience


Open Opps

Free GT Headspace Mindfulness and Meditation App + Subscription

Taking Advantage of the Great Outdoors

Join the October Atlanta Bike Challenge

Food Project Making an Impact on Campus and Beyond

Give and Get: The Kendeda Revolving Closet (Open daily, 7a-9p)

USG Virtual Benefits Fair (Oct 25-29; 2022 Open Enrollment is Oct 25-Nov 5)

Registration Open for Fall Citizens Police Academy

Employee Speakers Sought for ‘TECHtimonials

School of Physics: Chair and Faculty Openings

Faculty Executive Leadership Academy Accepting Applications (due Oct 15)

PIN Award Nominations Celebrating Innovative Partnerships  (due 10/15)

SGA Collecting Course Syllabi for New Database

GT Fall 2021 Convergence Innovation Competition (apply by 11/7)

For Undergrads: "Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue"

Ph.D. Candidates: Apply for 2022 Suddath Award (apply by 10/29)

GEM Fellowship Program for MS, PhD Students (apply by Nov 15)

Grad Buzz: 8 Tips for a Top-notch LinkedIn Profile

Grad Buzz: 8 Ways to Revamp Your Resume

GTPE: A New Website for Lifelong Learning


Free Covid-19 Testing and Vaccines

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Get Vaccinated | Covid-19 vaccines are available to all Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff, as well as their family members ages 12 and older. Third doses are available to those who qualify — learn more. Vaccines are now being administered at Stamps Health Services.