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September 29, 2020 | Office of the Dean


College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

🔬 News and Notes


Our Research: Read and Watch

🧫 Specialized Cells or Multicellular Multitaskers? New Study Reshapes Early Economics and Ecology Behind Evolutionary Division of Labor
A new study led by Peter Yunker and Will Ratcliff probes the evolution of multicellular organisms — and overturns decades-long theories about early cell specialization and division of labor.

🐟 Gulf of Mexico Mission: "Ocean Blue Holes Are Not Created Equal"
Martial Taillefert and Nastassia Patin continue their dives into blue holes: underwater sinkholes that offer clues for ocean and coastal relationships, as well as the lasting impacts of climate change. Their recent expedition into the ‘Green Banana Blue Hole’ reveals new insights about these underwater biodiversity hotspots.

👾 Students Play Key Role in IndieCade’s Global Covid-19 ‘Game Jam’
Students working in the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center and Quantitative Biosciences Graduate Program created two video games as part of a major independent game design event to help stem the spread of Covid-19.

🎬 You’re Invited! GPB Presents: "The Age of Nature"
Join Atlanta Science Tavern and Georgia Public Broadcasting online October 8 for an exclusive preview screening of the new documentary series "The Age of Nature", narrated by Uma Thurman, followed by an in-depth conversation with GPB’s Sharon Collins and Jenny McGuire, who leads the Spatial Ecology & Paleontology Lab at Georgia Tech.


Halfway There...

Seven weeks in, seven to go ✔️ On campus this fall? Take advantage of weekly asymptomatic testing for all — it’s safe, free, speedy, and easy. Check out this week's hours and locations and Tech's new data dashboard.

New 🧪 For Our Research Community:
Mark your calendar and get tested at IBB (315 Ferst Dr) on Tuesdays from 12-4p ET

The IBB asymptomatic test site is for members of the GT research community only. Please visit and fill out the survey before dropping by!


A Lasting Legacy: Celebrating Keith Oden's Tenure at Tech

Keith Oden, longtime Director of Academic Diversity for the College of Sciences, will retire after serving and building the Georgia Tech community for 35 years. Read about his remarkable impact on and beyond CoS.


Upcoming Events

Oct 1    Georgia Tech Staff Appreciation Day (distanced, in person)

Oct 1    Urban Honey Bee Project Virtual Hive Inspection (11a ET) 

Oct 1+   Flicks Outdoor Movie Series Returns (distanced, in person)

Oct 1 - Oct 30    Georgia Tech OUT Week and Pride Month

Oct 1 - Nov 10   Georgia Tech x France-Atlanta 2020

Oct 2 - Nov 24   GT Outdoor Open Office Hours (distanced, in person)

Oct 5 - Nov 20    Prebiotic Chem and Early Earth EnvE Workshop

Oct 6 - Oct 8    Global Climate Action: European Climate Diplomacy Week

Oct 7      [GT Pre-Health] Staying on Track: Research Session

Oct 8     GPB and Atlanta Science Tavern: "The Age of Nature" Preview

Oct 19   Petit Diversity Town Hall - Race and Racism in BioE/Sci

Editor’s note: “News and Notes” usually hits your inbox every couple of weeks — we’ve sent this edition early to share a few timely campus happenings and upcoming events. Happy fall!


Experts in the News

Science News | Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs

GPB | Georgia Tech Students Win Competition to Help Beat Climate Change

Georgia Bulletin | Georgia Tech students partner with CRS to reduce fleet emissions

C&EN | Covid-19 lockdowns had strange effects on air pollution across the globe

Hypepotamus | During the pandemic, some Georgia Tech students are gaming to slow the spread of Covid-19 

111 Places | Stargazing at Georgia Tech: Stellar views from downtown Atlanta

POLITICO Nightly | Coronavirus Special Edition


Campus and Community

🇺🇸 2020 Elections: Your Voter's Guide

GT Staff Council: Elections, Staff Appreciation Day

McCamish Pavilion to Serve as Election Polling Location

Fourth Cohort Set for Diversity and Inclusion Fellows

Change Management: Ending, Neutral, New Beginnings

Students navigate classes on Tech international campuses in COVID-19

QBioS: Director's Note for Fall 2020

🗓 In Case You Missed It

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Changes, Fall Reminders

2020 Georgia Tech President’s Report

President Cabrera’s 2020 Address

A Decade of Dedication: Provost Rafael L. Bras

2020 Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium

Manu O. Platt: "We exist. We are your peers." 

Flax Lecture Highlights Racial Disparities in Covid-19 

“Ask: ‘Who’s missing?’” with Beverly Daniel Tatum

GT Employee Assistance Program

Campus Services: What’s New