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October 20, 2020 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research: 5 Reads and Recaps

📉 Broad-Based Asymptomatic Testing Program Helps Control Covid-19
Our campus saliva-based testing program was developed by Georgia Tech’s own researchers and has administered more than 75,000 tests since it was launched in August. “We’d like to test everybody on campus once a week because it’s very clear that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people are transmitting the virus,” says Greg Gibson, professor of computational genomics and a leader of the research team that developed the testing program.

🌕 That’s No Exomoon: Astrophysicists Reveal Method For Finding Exoplanets’ Satellite Neighbors
Center for Relativistic Astrophysics researchers Billy Quarles and Gongjie Li have come up with a methodology for determining whether exoplanets — planets discovered outside the solar system — might have exomoons, and they've already had a chance to test their theories. 

⚡️ U.S. Department of Energy Undersecretary Dabbar Visits Georgia Tech
Paul M. Dabbar, undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy, recently toured several of Georgia Tech’s energy-related labs. The tour was organized by College of Sciences Associate Dean of Research and professor Julia Kubanek, along with Tim Lieuwen, Regents Professor and Executive Director of the Strategic Energy Institute.

☀️ Statewide Climate Solutions Powered by Georgia Tech Research Debut
Drawdown Georgia, the statewide effort powered by research from Georgia Tech and other universities to find cost-effective ways to drastically cut the state’s carbon footprint, publicly rolls out its top 20 solutions this week — including key research from Kim Cobb.

🌌 2020 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics, Explained: Genetic Scissors, Black Holes and the Milky Way’s Darkest Secret
College of Sciences faculty explain the work and importance of the 2020 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics, while the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences drops the name of a School of Physics professor emeritus in the background literature for this year's Physics prize.


Student Spotlight

Meet Jordan McKaig: NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program Intern
McKaig discusses her astrobiology research and shares what first interested her in space and science.

10 Questions with Yassin Watson
Biology and industrial engineering double-major Yassin Watson discusses his time at Tech, research, and passions.


Weekly Testing Works!

As the season changes to fall, campus asymptomatic testing locations are changing, too. Find this week’s testing locations here. Before each visit, login to with your GT account, complete the survey, and save the tracking barcode to your phone. Bring your BuzzCard and phone.


Upcoming E-vents

Oct 19-23   Georgia Tech Grad Fest

Oct 21        The Science Behind Drawdown Georgia

Oct 22        Georgia Tech Public Observatory Night
                   Weather permitting, live stream at 8 PM ET 

Oct 22        Co-Op and Internship Info Session and Panel

Oct 23        SCPC Presents: Fall Flicks "Thor: Ragnarok" (in person)

Oct 26-29   Transformative Narratives Storytelling Crawl

Oct 28/29   Fall Flu Shot Clinics – To Hell with the Flu! (in person)

Oct 28        Impact Series: Coca-Cola’s Global Chief D&I Officer

Oct 28        Netflix and Chills: Halloween Watch Party

Nov 9-13    Georgia Tech Ethics Awareness Week

Tues/Fris     GT Outdoor Open Office Hours (in person)

Ongoing     GT Chemistry and Biochemistry: Colloquia

Ongoing     GT Earth & Atmospheric Sciences: Seminars

Ongoing     GT Psychology: Fall Colloquia

ICYMI 🗓 Recaps and Recordings:

2020 Global Climate Action Symposium Talks

School of Biological Sciences Fall Seminars

Gladstone Institutes: "Amplified: Race and Reality in STEM"

Language Matters: Considering Racial Microaggressions in Science


Experts in the News

NASA Science | Jennifer Glass Named to Planetary Science Advisory Committee

AJC | Opinion: Viral testing mitigates COVID’s spread

AJC: On Campus | Ga Tech’s tasty testing progress, USG wants more in-person classes

Eos | Mentorship During a Pandemic: Transitions from Lab and Sea to Virtual

Safety + Health | ‘Not sustainable’: Researchers sound the alarm on health care workers’ mental health

GPB | Headed To Trump's Macon Rally? Know The COVID-19 Risk

Ars Technica | Black hole mergers may emit double chirps, giving us clues about their shape

News Medical Life Sciences | Why do we need sleep?

Metro Atlanta CEO | Georgia Tech Hosts Global Climate Action Symposium

The Weather Network | 5 ways the Atlantic storm season has surprised us (so far)

WSB-TV | Will COVID-19 rapid tests help Georgia defeat the virus?

Popular Mechanics | The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold

Astrobiology at NASA | Cooperation between RNA and Proto-Proteins

WABE | Georgia Tech President Shares His Vision For The Institute Amid COVID-19



Campus and Community


Open Opportunities

"Psychology and Magic": A 30-Minute Online GT Study
This is a brief online experiment looking at your perception of magic. You will see a real magic demonstration performed by a real magician. You will give responses about your experience. This study will take approximately 30 minutes, and students enrolled in GT classes can receive 0.5 credit towards course requirements for completing it. Sign up at or email!

2021 GT Scotland Summer Study Abroad
Apply now for the Georgia Tech study abroad Scotland Summer Program! Learn more via the Office of International Education and the Scotland Summer Program website. Feel free to contact program director and professor Richard Catrambone with any questions.

Apply to be a GT Undergraduate Research Ambassador
The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URA) are a group of dedicated and distinguished undergraduate students who are committed to providing mentorship by helping students find research opportunities, improve communication skills, and gain access to valuable resources and networking opportunities for undergraduate research at Georgia Tech. Apply by October 26.

Funding Opportunity: DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
This Department of Engineering (DOE) program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Apply by November 14.

Funding Opportunity: National GEM Consortium Fellowship
The National GEM Consortium’s mission is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. Apply by November 13.