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September 21, 2020 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research: 6 Reads and Recaps

🎓 NSF Grant Awarded to Advance Recruitment of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Ph.D. Pipeline
Georgia Tech College of Engineering and College of Sciences are teaming up with eight other research universities to increase rates of URM doctoral candidates transitioning into postdoctoral scholar positions, and URM postdoctoral scholars transitioning into early-career faculty employment. Learn more about the new grant with project lead PI Felicia Benton-Johnson and co-PI Matt Baker.

🤖 Getting Along with AI: Creating Teams When Your Classmates and Colleagues Are Intelligent Machines
Jamie Gorman’s research involves the psychology of teamwork and how to get people in all kinds of industries working together in a better, more efficient manner. His two latest projects seek to understand how to do that when one of those teammates or trainers is made of software, and the other team members are people: public school students and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

🏛 Flavio Fenton Joins ECE's Anna Holcomb as 2020-2021 Governor’s Teaching Fellow
Flavio Fenton is one of two Georgia Tech faculty chosen to take part in the 25th annual Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program. Through the fellowship, Fenton is creating a large database of physics demonstrations to be used in Georgia Tech’s Physics I course, which is taken by nearly 2,000 students each year. 

🧬 RNA Information Transfer Could Be Used in Repairing DNA
Researchers have found that RNA can not only serve as a template for the repair of double-strand breaks, but that it can also modify genomic information in the absence of that specific damage. “This is really about RNA’s capacity to transfer information to DNA that could be used in repairing damage,” explains Francesca Storici.

📝 Machine Learning Paper Takes Top Honors at AI Conference
Molei Tao's recent interest in machine learning has paid off for the School of Math associate professor. His first paper on the subject recently won top honors at the 23rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics. 

😷 Campus Surveillance Testing Update: Tracking Cases and Taking Action
On September 10, Patton Distinguished Professors Greg Gibson and Joshua Weitz met virtually with JulieAnne Williamson to discuss campus cases and tracking, actions taken to date, and next steps, followed by open Q&A. Catch the recap of their talk.



Faces of Inclusive Excellence

Ten members of the College of Sciences community are among the 2020 Faces of Inclusive Excellence at Georgia Tech, "a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to advancing a culture of inclusive excellence at Georgia Tech — and who have distinguished themselves in their research, teaching, and service."


Get Tested Weekly, Get Rewarded!

Beginning this week, everyone who completes a free test weekly at a campus surveillance testing location will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the end of the semester. Georgia Tech is also offering free flu clinics this fall.


Experts in the News

Scientific American | Life on Venus? Breakthrough Initiatives Funds Study of Possible Biosignature

Project Syndicate | The Rise of Covidnomics

Reuters | Slow-moving hurricanes that deluge coasts may be latest hazard of climate change

C&EN | What did we learn from the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

Hypepotamus | Meet the Georgia Tech Grad and Army Helicopter Pilot Behind Create-X’s 2nd Exit (Joshua Barnett, Georgia Tech Physics '18, is a co-founder of the startup)

Time Magazine | College Professors Made Models Showing How Bad COVID-19 Would Be on Campus

Electronics Weekly | How hard it was to make hand sanitiser and give it away

World Economic Forum | This study predicts the first mass extinctions in 13,000 years

Dentistry Today | Has COVID-19 Affected Your Mental Health? Survey Wants to Know

AP News | Think 2020′s disasters are wild? Experts see worse in future

KCRW | The future of fires and climate change in California


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