College of Sciences Researchers in the News

  • Global Warming Cooks Up 'a Different World' Over 3 Decades

    We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived....Thirty years later, it's clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous.… "It would take centuries to a millennium to accomplish that kind of change with natural causes. This, in that context, is a dizzying pace," said Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.   

    The New York Times, Jun 18, 2018

  • Team spots new quantum property at frigid temp

    Scientists have spotted a theorized—but never-before detected—property of quantum matter in the lab. The team proved that a particular quantum material can demonstrate electrical dipole fluctuations—irregular oscillations of tiny charged poles on the material—even in extremely cold conditions, in the neighborhood of minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The story is based on a Science paper, coauthored by School of Physics Assistant Professor Martin Mourigal.

    Futurity, Jun 12, 2018

  • Yes, airplanes are germy - but not more so than your house or office, study says

    Airplanes have a bad rep for being disease incubators. Passengers have been advised to pick window seats and turn on their overhead air vent to avoid catching germs, while some even wear surgical masks during flights. But planes aren’t necessarily more germ-ridden as other places we spend our time, according to a recent study. One of the study's authors is School of Mathematics Professor Howie Weiss. 

    Mic, Jun 8, 2018

  • Airplane germs are 'no worse' than those found in offices and homes, researchers say

    Germaphobes who are wary of airplanes may find some relief in knowing that aircraft are no 'dirtier' than everyday spaces, according to a new study. "There were reasons to believe that the communities of bacteria in an aircraft cabin might be different from those in other parts of the built environment, so it surprised me that what we found was very similar to what other researchers have found in homes and offices," said Howard Weiss, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Mathematics and the study's corresponding author.

    Daily Mail, Jun 7, 2018

  • 10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

    Will Ratcliff's tips for successful scientific presentations are endorsed by the American Chemical Society. Will Ratcliff is an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences. One of his research interests is discovering mechanisms by which single-cell organisms evolve into multicellular ones. 

    ACS Axial, Jun 5, 2018

  • I saw that. Brain mechanisms create confidence about things seen

    School of Psychology Assistant Professor Dobromir Rahnev discovered a brain function mechanism by which that allows us to be confident of what we are seeing. This article is a copy of the Georgia Tech story explaining Rahnev's findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience.  

    Science Daily, Jun 4, 2018

  • A splash of detergent makes catalytic compounds more powerful

    Researchers in Sandia National Laboratory have discovered that detergents can help optimize the size and shape of catalytic compounds for various reactions. They have enlisted the aid of Younan Xia, a pioneer in nanomaterial synthesis to accelerate the work. Xia has joint appointments in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry., Jun 1, 2018

  • The Great Barrier Reef Has a Surprisingly Morbid History

    Kim Cobb comments in another coverage of a new study in Nature Geoscience. The study found that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced death and resurrection five times in the past 30,000 years. Cobb, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, wasn't involved in the study. “We can and should use this study to gather the clues to reef resilience through dramatic climate changes of the past,” Cobb says.

    Earther, May 29, 2018

  • The Great Barrier Reef has had five near-death experiences in the past 30,000 years

    According to a new study, entire stretches of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have died and eventually recovered five times in the past 30,000 years—and it may be happening again today. The study “holds some really important lessons” for understanding how resilient corals are in the face of change, and how quickly they recover after catastrophic events, says Kiim Cobb. She is a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She wasn’t involved in the work.

    Science, May 28, 2018

  • No sun? No problem — this solar panel harvests energy from raindrops, too

    Solar panels typically harvest energy from sunlight during the day. But how about a solar cell that generates electricity even when the rain falls in the middle of the night? Researchers in  China's Soochow University have demonstrated such an all-weather device. What makes it possible is a triboelectric nanogenerator, which converts motion into electricity. Researchers including Zhong Lin Wang first proposed the concept of a hybrid solar cell and triboelectric nanogenerator in a paper published in 2015. Wang is a professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering with an adjunct appointment in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

    Digital Trends, May 22, 2018

  • 7 strategies to help prepare your child for the rapidly changing work world

    Roxanne Moore of CEISMC (Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing) comments on strategies to help children adapt to a rapidly changing world. Creative problem solvers will have an edge, says the director of the K-12 InVenture Prize and research engineer in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

    The Washington Post, May 22, 2018

  • Old data reveal 'plumes' on ocean world that could host life

    We knew it was only a matter of time before news outlets this week sought out School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt regarding Jupiter's frosty moon Europa, a prime candidate for life thanks to its briny ocean. Schmidt, after all, co-authored a 2017 study that looked at Hubble Space Telescope images and found a second possible eruption of water from the same location on the moon's surface, suggesting cryovolcanism on Europa. We figured that media outlets would want Schmidt's opinion of a new study that says those water plumes were active during a 1997 fly-by of the Galileo space probe. Schmidt is busy working on the Europa Clipper project for NASA, which plans to send an probe to orbit the moon. She's also working on Icefin, an autonomous underwater vehicle for exploring icy oceans on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system., May 16, 2018

  • Even Low-Impact Workouts Can Be a Boost to Long-Term Memory

    Here's another good reason to head to the gym even just for some low-impact resistance training: A brief workout can improve your long-term memory, according to a September 2014 study led by Georgia Tech School of Psychology Associate Professor Audrey Duarte. Participants were shown a group of pictures and then directed to do 20 minutes of resistance or strength-training exercises, taking a break every few minutes. They were then asked to recall details of the images. "We found that exercising immediately after studying pictures increased memory of those pictures 48 hours later by 10 percent," Duarte says.

    AARP, May 12, 2018

  • Scientists want to search for life on Jupiter’s moon. They’re starting in Antarctic oceans.

    This Quartz story is a win-win for Georgia Tech: It's another take on Icefin, the underwater robotic vehicle developed by Britney Schmidt's research team for her Planetary Habitability and Technology Lab. Schmidt, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and her team are testing Icefin in the frigid Antarctic water, which is serving as a stand-in for Jupiter's moon Europa and its icy environment, the vehicle's ultimate destination in the search for life outside Earth. The story itself, however, is written by Justin Lawrence, one of Schmidt's graduate students, and it's a good behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and innovation involved in developing Icefin.

    Quartz, May 10, 2018

  • Atmospheric Seasons Could Signal Alien Life

    The hunt for life outside Earth will begin with a search for biological products in their atmospheres. These atmospheric fingerprints of life, called biosignatures, will be detected using next-generation telescopes that measure the composition of gases surrounding planets that are light years away. It’s a tricky business, because biosignatures based on single measurements could be misleading. To complement these markers, and thanks to funding from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, scientists are developing the first quantitative framework for dynamic biosignatures based on seasonal changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Titled “Atmospheric Seasonality As An Exoplanet Biosignature,” a paper describing the research has been published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Among the authors is School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Chris Reinhard.

    UCR Today, May 9, 2018

  • As Predators Rebound, You're More Likely to See Alligators at the Beach

    According to a recent study, unusual sightings of alligators and other predators are not due to the animals expanding their ranges in search of food, which was the previous consensus. Instead, the animals are recolonizing ecosystems they once inhabited before humans came along and stripped them of resources. School of Biological Sciences Professor Mark Hay comments on the study, which was published in the journal Current Biology.

    National Geographic Online, May 8, 2018

  • Brick by brick: assembly of the measles virus

    Researchers have been able to capture images of measles viruses as they emerge from infected cells, using state of the art cryo-electron tomography techniques. The new images will help with a greater understanding of measles and related viruses, and could give hints on antiviral drug strategies likely to work across multiple viruses of this type. The results were published Monday, April 30 in Nature Communications. The team was led Elizabeth Wright and Zunlong Ke. Wright is an associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University with an adjunct appointment in the Georgia Tech School of Biological Sciences. Ke was Georgia Tech PhD student of Wright's.

    Emory News Center, May 1, 2018

  • College of Sciences 2018 Spring Graduates

    GT - College of Sciences, Apr 30, 2018

  • George Mason president: Some donations ‘fall short’ of academic standards

    Georgia tech alumnus Angel Cabrera, now the president of George Mason University (GMU), said Friday that some financial gift agreements by GMU "fall short of the standards of academic indpenedence" and raise questions about donor influence at the public institution. Cabrera received a Ph.D. from the School of Psychology.

    The Washington Post, Apr 28, 2018

  • Here’s One Way to Combat Climate Change: Suck Out Carbon Dioxide

    Carbon capture was supposed to get rid of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But a new method, proposed by Christopher Jones, the New Vision Professor in the School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, might be safer and better. Direct Air Capture (DAC) doesn't just prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere; it also removes carbon dioxide that may have been in the air for a hundred years.

    The Daily Beast, Apr 22, 2018

  • 2 Georgia Tech profs share 2018 Innovation in Co-curricular Education Award

    Kim Cobb, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Beril Toktay, of Scheller College of Business, were featured in Poets & Quants for winning the 2018 Innovation in Co-curricular Education Award due to their groundbreaking accomplishments with the Internship and Co-op Carbon Reduction Challenge.

    Poets & Quants, Apr 21, 2018

  • “Nuclear geyser” may be origin of life

    Everything you think you know about the origin of life may be wrong. The perfect conditions for life may have been a "nuclear geyser" powered by an ancient uranium deposit, not the primordial soup of an ancient pond. Nicholas Hud, of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, tells Cosmos that life may not have originated in water, as originally thought, but in an alternately wet and dry environment. The perfect place? A geyser.

    Cosmos, Apr 18, 2018

  • The Very Hungry Maggot

    Maggots aren't the cutest creatures. But David Hu, who is affiliated with the School of Physics and the School of Biological Sciences, spends time with them in a lab, studying their motion to determine how they are able to eat food so efficiently. Hu's lab is not a creepy, crawling maggot madhouse without a purpose: these creatures may be harnessed for breaking down waste. 

    Science Friday, Apr 13, 2018

  • Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

    Here's a thought to make your skin crawl: Viruses are the most abundant entities on the planet by far. And trillions upon trillions fall from the sky every day, according to a recent study that was the first to tell us just how many viruses float above the Earth. Now you know why School of Biological Sciences Professor Joshua Weitz was one of three researchers calling for a better understanding of viral ecology in a 2017 editorial in Nautilus. There is a silver lining to this virus deluge; some of them may actually be good for their hosts.

    The New York Times, Apr 13, 2018

  • Atlantic Circulation Weakening: No, We're Not All Gonna Die (I Mean, Not Because Of This)

    Two new studies published in Nature that show a slowing down of Atlantic circulation have inspired doomsday scenarios in recent headlines. But Annalisa Bracco, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, assures us that it's not as drastic as we might think. She points out that other researchers' work don't show any significant decline at all. So, is the collapse of the Gulf Stream imminent? "No," Bracco says. 

    Futurism, Apr 11, 2018

  • Heat waves over the ocean have ballooned and are wreaking havoc on marine life

    Heat waves over the world’s oceans are becoming longer and more frequent, damaging coral reefs and creating chaos for aquatic species. Kim Cobb, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, says that most of the effects of these heat waves are "invisible" to humans. The real damage will be to marine life. Cobb continues, "These heat waves will only get worse, with untold impacts on ocean resources that we all depend on for food, recreation, and other ecosystem services."

    The Washington Post, Apr 11, 2018

  • Bad news! Extreme ocean heat waves are a thing, and they're getting worse

    During the greater heat wave event that caused the 2015 South California marine heat wave, a number of sea dwelling creatures, including sea lions, birds, and quite possibly nearly 50 whales, died. A new study shows that marine heat waves are becoming longer and more frequent. "There is no question that there's a trend," says Emanuele Di Lorenzo of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, who was asked to comment on the study.

    Yahoo!, Apr 10, 2018

  • 2018 Georgia Tech Faculty & Staff Awards

    College of Sciences, Apr 3, 2018

  • 3-D printer emissions raise concerns and prompt controls

    3-D printers deposit molten plastic layer upon layer, cranking out toys, guns, artificial limbs, and countless other objects.The surging market has made desktop versions affordable for schools and librariers. But these smaller versions come with a cost. Printers emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other particles. Rodney Weber of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences comments on the data about these emissions.

    C&EN, Mar 26, 2018

  • Chemically Unique Hybrid Substance Could Redefine Semiconductor Effectiveness

    "A study spearheaded by scientists at Georgia Tech has found that an obscure class of crystal could improve the way we light and power our world. The subatomic behavior of these crystals is fluid, dynamic and, frankly, bewildering in the context of some established laws of quantum physics. However, this latest study, completed early this month, shows that weirdness doesn’t necessarily mean ineffectiveness. In fact, the substance could be the key to more efficient electric lighting—perhaps even across a full rainbow of colors." The study is by School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and School of Physics Professor Carlos Silva and Ph.D. student Felix Thouin., Mar 26, 2018

  • Georgia Tech partners with Honeywell on STEM teacher training program

    Georgia Tech and the Honeywell company announced a partnership to provide advanced teaching techniques to select middle and high school teachers in metro Atlanta in science, technology, engineering and math. The activities will be implemented by CEISMC, directed by Lizanne DeStefano, Mar 22, 2018

  • How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely

     During the height of the flu season, researchers from Georgia Tech and Emory University took four crowded flights from Atlanta to the West Coast. They observed passenger and crew movements, took air and surface samples, and listened for anyone who was coughing. The researchers were gathering data for a new study on how infectious diseases are transmitted among air travelers. School of Mathematics Professor Howard Weiss was a co-author of the study. The results of the research continue to get mainstream media attention, including this New York Times story and an article in Smithsonian Magazine.

    The New York Times, Mar 22, 2018

  • How Much Do You Poop in Your Lifetime?

    "A person's accomplishments accumulate over years and decades. Something else accumulates, too — their poop. The quantities of poop that people leave behind during an individual bathroom break can vary widely, depending on age, body weight, diet, exercise and other factors." David Hu's research on how long it takes animals to defecate informs this story. Hu is affiliated with the Schools of Mechanical Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Physics. 

    Live Science, Mar 21, 2018

  • The 'Wobbly' Physics Of Perovskites

    Georgia Tech researchers "have shed some new light on perovskite-based semiconductors that suggest they are quite unlike established semiconductors that rely upon rigidly stable chemical foundations. The researchers were looking at hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) and discovered that semiconducting physics created what could be described as electrons dancing on chemical underpinnings that wobble like a funhouse floor in an earthquake." School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Carlos Silva and Ph.D. student Felix Thouin talk about the new physics that could have applications in lasers, LEDs, lighting applications, and photovoltaics. Their study was published in Physical Review Materials.

    CS Compound Semiconductor, Mar 20, 2018

  • Atlanta tech company gives $1M for STEM education at APS school

    A Westside Atlanta school will not have to worry about funding for science, math and technology classes over the next five years, thanks to a $1 million donation from NCR Corp. Hollis Innovation Academy, with classes from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is benefitting from the Westside Future Fund. Hollis' STEM classes will operate through a partnership with Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), a unit of the College of Sciences.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar 20, 2018

  • Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try the window seat

    We knew there would be significant media interest in this study, especially in the wake of one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. School of Mathematics Professor Howard Weiss joined Emory University researchers in looking at how potentially infectious diseases are transmitted during flights. If you always try to get a window seat during air travel, you're giving yourself a better chance of avoiding colds and influenza, according to the study. In addition to this Associated Press story, the research also drew coverage from Mashable and Popular Science.

    Associated Press, Mar 20, 2018

  • An Indian’s journey from reading 'A Brief History of Time' to having lunch with colleague Stephen Hawking

    Legendary physicist/cosmologist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, and the news is already prompting stories about the inspiration he provided to scientists around the world. For Karan Jani, a postdoctoral research fellow with Georgia Tech's Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, it was Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time that launched him on his own path to success in physics. Jani was part of the Georgia Tech LIGO Scientific Collaboration team that detected the first gravitational waves, an achievement that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the LIGO founders. This link within the Quartz India story leads you to Jani's heartfelt recollection of the lunch he once shared with Hawking.

    Quartz India, Mar 15, 2018

  • Scientists exposed coral reef to acidic seawater and saw slowed growth

    In a new study, researchers describe pumping carbon dioxide-infused seawater across a patch of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's an extraordinary way to bring research from the laboratory into the real world. The results? The carbon dioxide-infused seawater suppressed growth by a third. "It's a silent killer," says Kim Cobb, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, who was asked to comment on the study. 

    Mashable, Mar 15, 2018

  • What Happens When You Put Evolution on Replay?

    If you could rewind time and let evolution happen all over again, would the end result resemble life as we know it? This is no longer a theoretical question. While he was at Georgia Tech, School of Biological Sciences'  Eric Gaucher worked with Betul Kacar on a NASA-funded project to replay evolution again and again with the bacterium E. coli, rewinding the evolution of a specific key protein that the bacteria needed to survive., Mar 8, 2018

  • Kim Cobb, Adair White-Johnson stop by CBS46 to talk International Women's Day

    CBS 46 invited Kim Cobb of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to a roundtable discussion for International Women's Day. "Science is one of the cornerstones of our society. To tap the full talent of what we have to offer to each other, we need everybody at the table," Cobb says. Wherever she finds young women interested in STEM, Cobb says, she tries to inspire and encourage them. "That's my day-to-day mission."

    CBS 46, Mar 8, 2018

  • Opinion: Georgia Tech should break its silence on student walkout over school shootings

    School of Biological Sciences Professor Joshua Weitz wrote an opinion piece for the myAJC blog supporting the high school students who may choose to walk out on March 14 "to honor the students and staff killed in the Parkland, Fl., school shooting three weeks ago." He implores Georgia Tech to reassure students who engage in peaceful protest that their admission status will not be jeopardized.

    myAJC, Mar 8, 2018

  • Appointments

    Mark E. Hay, of the School of Biological Sciences, will receive the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal for his excellent research on algae that has implications for imperiled coral reefs.  Our profile of Mark Hay in January tells the backstory of this award. 

    The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar 4, 2018

  • 2018 Georgia Algebraic Geometry Symposium

    School of Mathematics Professor Matt Baker reflects on the 2018 Georgia Algebraic Geometry Symposium, hosted for the first time at Georgia Tech, in his personal mathematics blog. He reviews and provides a brief overview of the eight talks and highlights spectacular new results.

    Matt Baker's Math Blog, Feb 28, 2018

  • Saturn's moon Enceladus may play host to hardy microbes like these

    Something is happening beneath the ice on Saturn's moon, Enceladus. New Earthly research offers more proof that microbes could potentially thrive in the briny water of the moon's subserface ocean. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Jennifer Glass interprets the findings, saying that allthough there is a potential that the methane in Enceladus has biological sources, the study has its limitations. 

    Mashable, Feb 28, 2018

  • Methane on Saturn's moon Enceladus may be produced by microbes

    Scientists have long-thought that the icy world of Saturn's moon Enceladus could possibly play host to microbial life within the subsurface ocean, which is hidden under a shell of ice. Now, thanks to some new Earthly research published this week in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have a little more proof that microbes could potentially thrive in that ocean's briny water. Mashable reached out to School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Jennifer Glass for comments.

    Mashable, Feb 27, 2018

  • 2018 Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, a special time set aside to celebrate the contributions of African Americans.

    College of Sciences site, Feb 20, 2018

  • Asteroids May Show How Life on Earth Began with 'Time Capsule' Molecules

    Was life on Earth carried in an asteroid? That's the question being examined by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry's Nicholas Hud, who believes molecules within asteroids act as a time capsule that can help scientists piece together how compounds formed before life began. Understanding the intricacies of these molecules can help researchers get a better glimpse into the progression of life. The story was also covered by Business Standard.

    Newsweek, Feb 18, 2018

  • Amazonian Fish Genome Challenges Long-Held Assumptions About Asexual Reproduction

    The Amazon molly, an all-female fish species, is thriving despite dismal views of the genetic health of asexual vertebrae. The story features a comment from the School of Biological Sciences Pedram Samani's editorial in Nature. Samani writes, "The main finding of the paper is that the species is in remarkably good genomic health."

    The Scientist, Feb 15, 2018

  • In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

    When you walk outside, you might be breathing in more than just car emissions. The good news: car emissions have decreased significantly. The bad news: everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution. A new study found that indoor chemical products can, in outdoor air, contribute to ozone or even dangerous small-particulate pollution. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Sally Ng praised the study: "I think this is a comprehensive study," she said. "[P]revious source apportionment studies have understimated volatile chemical product emissions as sources of urban VOCs."

    The Washington Post, Feb 15, 2018

  • Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

    The latest discovery from Georgia Tech physicists may seem like something straight out of Black Mirror. But don't worry, it's not that sinister. School of Physics' Dan Goldman worked with School of Computer Science's Dana Randall  and doctoral student William Savoie to develop an algorithm that orders simple robots to "swarm," or move in complex ways as a group. Imagine the birth of the supervillain Sandman in Spider-Man 3, from loose grains of sand skittering across the desert and then congealing into the shape of a human. The possiblities for these "smarticles" are endless. This story has been reproduced in Scientific American.

    Quanta Magazine, Feb 14, 2018

  • Good golly, miss molly!

    Named after the Amazons of Greek myth, the Molly is a small freshwater fish that is challenging the established belief that asexual vertebrates are not viable long term. Each daughter is essentially a clone of her mother. Yet the Molly is thriving, perhaps for 10,000 years. Pedram Samani, an evolutionary geneticist and  postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences, comments on the research in Nature Ecology & Evolution. His comments are echoed by Cosmos Magazine.

    Cosmos, Feb 13, 2018

  • Novel Power Generator Tech Gains Traction

    Imagine that tiny spark that jumps from your fingertip to a doorknob when you walk across the carpet on a cold, dry day. That's the triboelectic effect at work, the electric charge generated by rubbing two different materials together. Zhong Lin Wang of the School of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a pioneer of triboelectric generator technology that can put to use otherwise wasted mechanical energy. The hope is that the technology will be a cost effective replacement for other methods of harvesting power. 

    Forbes, Feb 6, 2018

  • New kilogram could have mass appeal, say scientists

    You won’t feel it happen, but the kilogram, used to measure the mass of electrons, galaxies, and everything in between, is about to be transformed. The General Conference on Weights and Measures is set to meet to redefine the kilogram in terms of a physical constant, Planck's constant. Ronald Fox of the School of Physics, an early advocate of redefining the kilogram, is very pleased. Commenting on the story, he mentions the LIGO experiment to detect gravitational waves, in which Georgia Tech researchers participated. "The unit of mass is very important because you're looking at a very, very delicate effect."

    The Christian Science Monitor, Feb 6, 2018

  • Technology, basketball merge in ‘Project Lammers’

    Dan Taylor, the Yellow Jackets' strength and conditioning coach for men basketball, takes advantage of the biomechanics lab on campus in order to collect data on and improve the performance of his players. Young-Hui Chang, the founder of the lab and a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, doesn't mind. Chang can use the data for his reserach into intuitive physics- the idea that people (and animals) have an innate ability to predict the physical actions of the world around them.

    AJC, Feb 2, 2018

  • Technology, basketball merge in ‘Project Lammers’

    Dan Taylor, the Yellow Jackets' strength and conditioning coach for men basketball, takes advantage of the biomechanics lab on campus in order to collect data on and improve the performance of his players. Young-Hui Chang, the founder of the lab and a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, doesn't mind. Chang can use the data for his reserach into intuitive physics: the idea that people (and animals) have an innate ability to predict the physical actions of the world around them.

    AJC, Feb 2, 2018

  • We're Poisoning Coral Reefs With Plastic

    Coral reefs didn’t need more bad news. They’re already being cooked by climate change and mangled by fishing gear. But because this is the age of humans, they are also being poisoned by billions of bits of plastic. Yet Kim Cobb of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences feels hopeful. We already know the solutions – developing better waste management systems, shifting our consumption habits away from disposable items, and picking up more plastic. All we have to do is implement them. “This is an optimistic message because this is something we can go out and through concerted effort try to fix,” Cobb told Earther. “In the face of other challenges like rising ocean temperatures, this can turn into a feel good story.”

    Earther, Jan 25, 2018

  • The Coral Gardener

    When a filmmaker set out across the South Pacific Islands to collect stories of locals fighting climate change, he probably didn't expect to find a Georgia Tech student in Fiji. Cody Clements is a Ph.D. student in the School of Biological Sciences, in the lab of Mark Hay. But in Fiji, he's a coral gardener, tending to the ocean's coral reefs like they're his backyard garden. The stituation is dire. He has personally witnessed multiple mass bleaching events in Fiji. But he works to rehabilitate the reefs by replanting various species in coral communities. His work is documented in the video series Across the Salty Roads.

    Beside Media, Jan 23, 2018

  • 10 Reasons You Should Go Camping Right Now

    Look up at the winter sky on a clear night. The brilliance of the stars is breathtaking. James Sowell, an astronomer in the School of Physics, weighs in on why stargazing is so beautiful in the winter. "There are more brighter stars in the quarter of the sky that we call the winter sky. Plus, cold air holds less moisture than the warmer summer air, making the nights clearer. So, faint stars that may go unseen during the summer nights may be more visible," Sowell says. So take Sowell's advice, grab your tent, and get out there! Or just come to Public Nights at the Georgia Tech Observatory. The next one is on Feb 22.

    Travel Channel, Jan 23, 2018

  • Quantum mechanics provides new insights into active fluids

    School of Physics researchers Paul GoldbartBenjamin Loewe, and Anton Souslov have made a breakthrough in fluid dynamics. They've derived hydrodynamic equations describing active fluids, something that had proven very difficult to do in the past. Their research was published in the New Journal of Physics. Loewe was a doctoral student and Souslov was a postdoctoral research associate in Goldbart's research group in the School of Physics. Goldbart is also College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair .

    Physics World, Jan 22, 2018

  • Boredom and Daydreaming: New Keys to Business Success

    It's a simple, yet attractive idea that's caught on like wildfire: daydreaming is a sign of intelligence. Seemingly counterintuitive to long-held beliefs about productivity, the notion originated in a Georgia Tech research paper co-authored by the School of Psychology's Eric Schumacher and former graduate student Christine Godwin. It was published in August of last year, yet journalists are still writing about it. Now, mentions of the study on Google search stretch to seven pages. Perhaps the findings are so popular because they're almost too good to be true. We'd like to believe that we drift off in meetings not because we're unproductive, but because we're simply too smart for them. This take on the study by Inc. even suggests that the future of the workplace might see managers scheduling time to stare at walls. One can only dream. 

    Inc., Jan 22, 2018

  • How To Define Love? 5 Experts Share Their Personal Philosophies

    It's a many-splendored thing, and a crazy little thing. It is endless, but that didn't stop Rihanna from finding it. And after all these years, Foreigner still wants to know what it is. We're talking about love, and so is Brides Magazine, which asked five experts in various disciplines to define and expound on the romantic feeling that makes the world go round. Laura Schaeffer, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Psychology, gives us the scientific view involving "love" chemicals that spark sensuous snapses in our brain during the phases of attraction.

    Brides, Jan 20, 2018

  • How some crabs avoid being eaten

    Why does the urine of blue crabs instill such intense fear in mud crabs? The answer has fascinated readers since findings by Georgia Tech researchers made news in early January. Now, the story has been picked up by Chemical & Engineering News in both their digital and print publications. C&EN's coverage includes a video that sheds light on how researchers worked with the crabs. Interviewed on the video are Julia Kubanek, a professor in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry who co- led the study with  Marc Weissburg, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences. 

    Chemical & Engineering News, Jan 19, 2018

  • Huge Sheets of Ice Found Hidden Just Beneath the Surface of Mars

    It's an established fact that Mars was once a warmer and wetter place, with liquid water covering much of its surface. Between 4.2 and 3.7 billion years ago, the planet lost its atmosphere, which caused most of its surface water to disappear. But according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey, erosion on the surface of Mars has revealed abundant deposits of water ice. James Wray, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, contributed to the study, as did Lujendra Ojha, a former Tech researcher who led the 2015 study offering evidence of flowing water on Mars. Ojha is now at Johns Hopkins University.

    Universe Today, Jan 19, 2018

  • Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions

    Mars is still in NASA's sights for a possible future manned mission, and a new study finds that when those astronauts land, they may have limitless access to water. The study uses new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data and images to show a 100-meter-thick ice sheet that's just under the planet's surface — in some cases, merely a meter beneath the Martian sands. This Quartz story on the findings highlights how the ice sheets could hold a record of Mars' climate. James Wray, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, contributed to the study, as did Lujendra Ojha, a former Tech researcher who led the 2015 study offering evidence of flowing water on Mars. Ojha is now at Johns Hopkins University.

    NBC News, Jan 11, 2018

  • Linganore High School graduate uncovers hidden messages in blue crab urine

    Why did Remington Poulin decide to make a living in chemistry while still in high school? "It's a whole other language of things you can't see," he tells his hometown newspaper. That heightened sense of scientific curiosity led him from Maryland to Georgia Tech, where he received his Ph.D. last year from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the supervision of Julia Kubanek, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of biological sciences. Poulin, now conducting postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, was the lead author on a new Tech study that for the first time identifies the chemicals in blue crab urine that scare off their prey. Poulin explains how he collected that crab urine and details how the study's findings could lead to better management of crab and oyster farms.

    The Frederick News-Post, Jan 11, 2018

  • On Second Thought For Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Georgia Public Broadcasting radio host Celeste Headlee replays her 2015 interview with Patricia Yang, a doctoral student and co-winner of an Ig Nobel Award, an honor presented by Improbable Research given to science projects that "make you laugh, then make you think." Yang's award was for a study on animal urination, which involved monitoring and recording the bladder-emptying habits of 32 different mammals at Zoo Atlanta. Yang worked on the study with David Hu, an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Biological Sciences, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Physics, Jan 10, 2018

  • The Invisible Underwater Messaging System in Blue Crab Urine

    Mud crabs are a favorite snack for blue crabs. But when blue crabs pee in the water while searching for food, it sends their prey a warning: Better hide or urine trouble. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) Researchers have known that chemicals in crab urine scare mud crabs, but couldn't identify the offending chemicals — until now, thanks to a new Georgia Tech study co-led by Julia Kubanek, a professor in both the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Marc Weissburg, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences. The findings could lead to better management of crab and oyster fisheries, and may even help target pollutants that upset marine life. Kubanek is also Associate Dean for Research for the College of Sciences.

    The New York Times, Jan 8, 2018

  • How Targeting Mild Infections Could Slow the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

    Should doctors who are increasingly concerned about antibiotic resistance hold off on using them to treat mild infections? Should they use alternative treatments instead, and save the stronger medicine for more serious infections? Those questions were raised in a recent essay published in PLOS Biology by Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam Brown, both with the School of Biological Sciences. In this audio report, Heather Goldstone of WCAI's Living Lab Radio interviews Waldetoft, a postdoctoral researcher. Brown is an associate professor.

    WCAI, Jan 8, 2018

  • Math Problems: Stories about struggles with math

    Lew Lefton routinely straddles the worlds of polynomials and punchlines. Lefton, a senior academic professional in the School of Mathematics, and assistant dean of information technology for the College of Sciences, has also been a standup/improvisational comedian for 30 years. The Story Collider, a content platform that highlights the human side of science via live shows around the U.S. and a weekly podcast, taped Lefton's standup performance at Atlanta's Highland Inn last October. Lefton is also assistant vice president for research cyberinfrastructure in the office of Tech's Executive Vice President for Research.

    The Story Collider, Jan 5, 2018

  • Heartbroken scientists lament the likely loss of ‘most of the world’s coral reefs’

    Count Kim Cobb among those scientists who have become distraught about the rapidly deteriorating health of coral reefs worldwide due to climate change. Cobb, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with expertise in coral reefs, has seen the damage of coral bleaching up close during dives to observe ecosystems near Hawaii in connection with her research. In this story, Cobb responds to a recent study on the frequency of extreme bleaching events. Cobb is not affiliated with the study.

    Grist , Jan 5, 2018

  • The Force is Real: How 'Star Wars' Neuroscience is Revolutionizing Healthcare and More

    These may not be the droids you're looking for, but there's no denying the influence of "Star Wars" on pop culture. The author of this story make the argument that the film francise has also had a big impact on science and technology, including interesting experiments with brain-computer interfaces. The Luke Skywalker-style prosthetic hand that an interdisciplinary team of Georgia Tech researchers recently made for an Atlanta musician is mentioned in the story. Associate Professor Minoru Shinohara, and lecturer Chris Fink, both of the School of Biological Sciences, worked on the design for the prosthetic hand.

    Fortune , Jan 4, 2018

  • The Search for Aliens Starts Now — in Antarctica

    It's been a successful three months of tests in the frigid waters beneath Antarctica for Britney Schmidt's Icefin robot. Schmidt, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is heading back to campus with new data that will help prepare the torpedo-shaped drone for its ultimate mission: Searching the subterranean oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa for any signs of life.

    Popular Mechanics, Jan 4, 2018

  • Low Oxygen Levels, Coral Bleaching Getting Worse in Oceans

    Two new studies show that 2018 could be another tough year for the world's oceans, its coral reefs, and its marine life, thanks to climate change. Lower oxygen levels caused by global warming are creating more complex problems than previously thought. Kim Cobb, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences who didn't participate in either study, comments on their findings.

    The New York Times , Jan 4, 2018

  • Air Force acquisition nominee a champion of commercial technology

    A Georgia Tech honors graduate who was both a Rhodes and Truman Scholar may have a chance to impact the purchase of new technologies for the Air Force. William Roper, currently founding director of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, is President Trump's nominee to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisitions. Roper, who has argued that the Defense Department should use more commercial software, graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from the School of Physics in 2001. He earned his M.S. in physics from Tech in 2002, also summa cum laude. Roper has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oxford.

    Space News, Jan 3, 2018

  • Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018

    What major challenges will higher education face in 2018? In addition to funding, free speech, and student safety issues, the authors of this story wonder about university presidents "using their bully pulpits, and their voices, to advance their principles and institutions." They include College of Sciences alumnus Angel Cabrera, president of Georgia Mason University, among a new breed of thought leaders. The authors cite this November 2016 Cabrera message to the George Mason community as an example. Cabrera received his M.S. from the School of Psychology in 1993, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Tech in 1995.

    Inside Higher Ed , Jan 2, 2018

  • The Surprising Thing Daydreaming Says About Your Brain

    If you're in one of the areas of the U.S. hit by freezing temperatures this week, your daydreams may involve a warm, tropical paradise far from snow tires and black ice. You may want to stick with those reveries; a new Georgia Tech study found that the more intelligent and creative a person is, the more likely he or she will daydream. Eric Schumacher, an associate professor in the School of Psychology, was the lead author on the study.

    Yahoo! News, Jan 2, 2018

  • Disasters pound North America in 2017; overall down globally

    It seemed nature really had a grudge against North America in 2017, what with all the hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. At the same time, the rest of the world caught a break of sorts from its usual yearly quota of disasters. This review of the economic toll of last year's global weather and seismic-related disasters includes comments from Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

    Associated Press , Dec 30, 2017

  • Alternative therapies for mild infections could help combat antibiotic resistance

    This Medical Xpress item is a reprint of a Georgia Tech news release on the recent thought paper published in PLOS Biology by Sam Brown and Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft. They suggest that physicians should come up with alternatives for treating smaller, non-life-threatening bacterial infections in an effort to save antibiotic effectiveness for more serious infections. Brown is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, and Waldetoft is a postdoctoral research assistant in Brown's lab. 

    Medical Xpress, Dec 29, 2017

  • Man strums the 'Star Wars' theme song with an innovative prosthetic hand

    The "Star Wars" theme is an ode to triumph, and there's no better way for musician Jason Barnes to show off his new prosthetic right hand than playing the song on a piano. Barnes, who lost the hand in 2012, received his prosthesis from researchers at Tech's Center for Music Technology. The prosthesis allows for greater control of individual fingers. Associate Professor Minoru Shinohara and lecturer Chris Fink were part of the design team; both are with the School of Biological Sciences.

    Mashable, Dec 25, 2017

  • Can You Teach an Old Gene New Tricks?

    It's called ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR), and it's a way for Georgia Tech researcher Eric Gaucher to recreate ancient genetic material in his lab, and then observe how it evolves when spliced into modern-day variants. ASR has been around since the 1990s, but in recent years Gaucher and colleagues have been working on ways they might be able to use ancient genes to synthesize better disease-fighting proteins. Gaucher is an associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

    Sciworthy, Dec 22, 2017

  • Triboelectrics: a new form of energy harvesting

    Triboelectrics, or contact electrification, happens when certain materials pick up electrons when they come into frictional contact with other kinds of materials. It's become a nascent field of science, and analysts at IDTechEx have published a summary of the latest work in triboelectrics. That includes nanogenerators based on ocean wave power researched by Zhong Wang, an adjunct professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Wang is also the director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization, and is the Hightower Chair in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

    Digital Journal, Dec 22, 2017

  • Breakthrough of the Year 2017: Two Neutron Star Collide and Drive Physicists Wild

    Yes, last year's detection of neutron stars colliding was indeed "kind of a big deal," especially here at Georgia Tech. Seventeen of our faculty members, researchers, and students were part of the international Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team that detected the first-ever observation of a kilonova, or neutron star mashup. LIGO Deputy Spokesperson Laura Cadonati, quoted in this story, is also a professor in the School of Physics. (This Newsweek story is essentially a recap of a Science magazine item that named LIGO's discovery as Breakthrough of the Year.)

    Newsweek, Dec 22, 2017

  • 17 Stories for 2017

    The school year started with a total solar eclipse that captivated thousands on Tech Green.  For some schools, that would be enough to qualify for a memorable year. But this is Georgia Tech, and events before and after Aug. 21's celestial happening also put a spotlight on the Institute. In addition to the eclipse watch party on campus, the College of Science's contributions to this list of top Tech news stories for the year includes gravitational waves from neutron star collisions, golden nanorods used to fight cancer, robots for exploring frozen moons of Jupiter, and a Rhodes Scholar in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

    Georgia Tech Daily Digest , Dec 22, 2017

  • 'Star Wars' inspires bionic hand

    This CNN video provides an up-close look at how musician Jason Barnes is able to play the piano again, thanks to an advanced right hand prosthesis provided by Georgia Tech researchers. The prosthesis allows more control and dexterity. There is also a side-by-side comparison of Barnes' prosthesis with the one Luke Skywalker uses in the Star Wars films. Minoru Shinohara, an associate professor, and lecturer Chris Fink were part of the Tech research team that designed the hand. They are both with the School of Biological Sciences., Dec 14, 2017

  • Offshore Islands Might Not Shield Coastlines from Tsunami Waves

    The conventional wisdom has always been that islands near a coastline would offer protection from tsunamis. But new research indicates that may not always be the case. In fact, the waves from a tsunami could end up being higher on beaches in the so-called "shadow zone" behind an island. Hermann Fritz, a civil engineering professor with a courtesy appointment in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, wasn't involved in the research but gives his take on its findings.

    Earth and Space Science News , Dec 12, 2017

  • Innovative new prosthetic hand offers finer motor control than was previously possible

    Just in time for the release of a new Star Wars movie, the Luke Skywalker references abound in these three stories based on new research from a Georgia Tech team working on more responsive prostheses for amputees. There certainly is a resemblance to Skywalker's robotic hand in the prosthesis developed by College of Design researchers, which allows users to work individual fingers and control the amount of force. It enabled Jason Barnes, a musician who lost his right hand five years ago, to once again play the piano. In addition to the Mashable story, there is coverage at Engadget and Digital Trends. Minoru Shinohara, an associate professor, and lecturer Chris Fink are part of the research team; both are with the School of Biological Sciences.

    Mashable, Dec 12, 2017

  • Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming

    Some 4.5 billion years ago, the sun wasn't as bright and life-sustaining as it is today. That should have meant a planetary deep freeze, but primitive photosynthetic microbes may have kept things warm and toasty enough with their methane emissions to help simple organisms stay alive on the early Earth. That's the subject of new research from Chris Reinhard and Kazumi Ozaki with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Reinhard is an assistant professor while Ozaki is a postdoctoral fellow.

    New Scientist (subscription required), Dec 11, 2017

  • Closer Look: Amazon HQ2; 2 Atlanta-Area Students Selected As Rhodes Scholars; And More

    Fast-forward to 36:02 into this podcast of WABE's "Closer Look with Rose Scott" radio show, and you'll hear an interview with Calvin Runnels, only the sixth student in Georgia Tech's history to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Runnels is set to graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry in spring 2018 before he takes off for graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

    WABE-FM, Dec 11, 2017

  • Meet College of Sciences Fall 2017 Graduates

    Congratulations to our College of Sciences graduates; we can't wait to see what comes next for you!

    College of Sciences site, Dec 11, 2017

  • Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change

    What did science learn about climate change in 2017, and how will that data impact what's heading our way regarding global warming in 2018? Takamitsu Ito, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, highlights the study he and other Georgia Tech researchers released earlier this year on declines in ocean oxygen levels caused by rising water temperatures. The findings show those levels dropping faster than expected, which threatens marine ecosystems.

    The New York Times , Dec 5, 2017

  • AAAS Honors Cola, Fox and Weitz as Fellows

    The organization known as the "world's largest general scientific society" has elected three Georgia Tech researchers as fellows for 2017. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has singled out Joshua Weitz, professor in the School of Biological Sciences; Baratunde Cola, associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering; and Mary Frank Fox, ADVANCE professor in the School of Public Policy. Weitz was honored for his research on the effects of viruses on populations and ecosystems. Weitz is also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Physics, and director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences.  

    Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Dec 4, 2017

  • Daydreaming May Show You're Smart

    Scroll down a few paragraphs in this Jerusalem Post health news roundup, and you'll find an item on the recent daydreaming study from School of Psychology researchers Eric Schumacher and Christine Godwin. Their findings show that daydreaming could point to a more efficient mind that exhibits more creativity and intelligence.

    Jerusalem Post , Dec 3, 2017

  • Georgia Tech Releases Machine Learning Software to Further Cancer Drug Research

    HealthTech focuses on the recent news that School of Biological Sciences researchers are allowing all scientists to use their new machine learning software for predicting cancer drug effectiveness. The hope is that the open source software approach, which will crowdsource research brainpower and expertise, will speed up the clinical trials process for cancer drug approval. Assistant Professor Fredrik Vannberg and Professor John McDonald contributed to the research; McDonald is also director of Tech's Integrated Cancer Research Center.

    HealthTech, Nov 30, 2017

  • 2017 Hurricane Season Ends Thursday as Costliest to Date

    An intense 2017 hurricane season is officially in the history books, and not a moment too soon when you consider the fatalities and destruction caused by the late summer storms along the Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean. Scientists blame warmer than usual water temperatures, and Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, says governments should study the available data from the season and consider how they can better protect coastal populations.

    WTVJ/NBC6 Miami , Nov 30, 2017

  • Opinion: Don’t tax future scientists and engineers out of existence

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Maureen Downey relinquishes her Get Schooled column to two postdoctoral fellows from the School of Biological Sciences, Nicole M. Baran and Nastassia V. Patin. They voice their concerns about the U.S. House tax bill, which would tax tuition waivers given to America's graduate students. Baran and Patin describe the damage that would do to academic careers, scientific research, and the state of Georgia, which is calling for more advanced degrees in STEM disciplines. Baran and Patin are also in the Atlanta pod of 500 Women Scientists.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov 28, 2017

  • In the deep ocean, these bacteria play a key role in trapping carbon

    Yes, more than two-thirds of Earth is covered in water. But most of that ocean water is kept in the dark, and it's in those murky depths where certain microbes are believed to be trapping 15 to 45 percent of the carbon in the western North Atlantic Ocean, according to a new study. Those microbes might be found in similar amounts throughout the world. Frank Stewart, assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences (with an appointment in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) did not participate in the study, but does give his take on the findings. 

    Science News , Nov 28, 2017

  • Emory, Georgia Tech students chosen as Rhodes scholars

    Those selected to become Rhodes scholars are in very elite company. President Bill Clinton. MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, actor/singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, and author/poet Robert Penn Warren are just a few of the notable Americans winning scholarships for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the U.K. Georgia Tech's Calvin Runnels, a senior in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, can now add his name to that list. Runnels is part of one of the most diverse Rhodes groups yet, with 10 African-American students – the most in a single Rhodes class – and four from schools that had never had winners before. Runnels is also the second self-identified transgender student to win a Rhodes scholarship. In addition to the Associated Press item, Runnels is also mentioned in this Washington Post story

    Associated Press, Nov 20, 2017

  • A New Breakthrough Could Make Organic Electronics Far More Efficient

    Organic materials represent the future of electronics, thanks partly to their low cost. But organics aren't the best conductors of electricity, which is why organic semiconductors have to be "doped," or treated with special chemicals, to help realize their potential in advances like flexible electronics, more efficient energy storage, and better displays for televisions and smartphones. Seth Marder and Stephen Barlow of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry contributed to a new study on a doping system that improves organic semiconductivity by a factor of a million. Marder is a Regents' Professor and founding director of Tech's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), and Barlow is a research scientist.  

    Futurism , Nov 19, 2017

  • We’ve figured out how to ensure quantum computers can be trusted

    Quantum computing, with its promise of super-fast data processing, has the potential to rewrite the rules of computing. But all quantum calculations happen at the sub-atomic level and are extremely complex, which raises the possibility of errors. A team of Georgia Tech researchers, including Kenneth Brown, an associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has demonstrated an error-detection program for quantum computers. Brown and fellow chemistry professor David Sherrill are part of Tech's efforts in recent years to expand its quantum computing research.

    New Scientist, Nov 7, 2017

  • The Cool Beginnings of a Volcano’s Supereruption

    If you think the areas that lie underneath supervolcanoes are right out of a cheesy 1960s sci-fi movie – all huge, bubbling lakes of magma and white-hot temperatures – think again. A new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers that looked at the Long Valley Caldera in California indicates lower temperatures and magma cool enough to be solid. In addition to this New York Times story, the study is also featured in Newsweek. The study's first author is Nathan Andersen, now a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Joe Dufek's Geophysics@Georgia Tech lab in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    The New York Times , Nov 6, 2017

  • China Focus: Rising China, a magnet for overseas Chinese talent

    The Chinese government is spending more money than it used to on science, and as a result more Chinese researchers are returning to their homeland to take advantage of the extra funding. Nearly 425,000 researchers and students who were working/studying overseas came back in 2016, and many are now involved in projects ranging from manned space flight to quantum communications. One of the scientists profiled is Zhong Lin Wang, an adjunct professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Xinhua News, Nov 6, 2017

  • Is there any benefit to daydreaming?

    The professional daydreamers among us might argue that there is indeed a benefit to letting your mind wander; just five minutes of pretending to be on a beach in Tahiti can be a worthwhile escape from the day's worries. But a new study from researchers with the School of Psychology shows that for some, daydreaming could be a sign of greater intellectual ability and creativity. This Guardian story quotes the study's lead author, graduate student Christine Godwin.

    The Guardian, Nov 6, 2017

  • How Georgia Tech Scientists Discovered A Neutron Star Collision

    Celeste Headlee, host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought radio program, interviews School of Physics Professor Laura Cadonati, and postdoctoral researcher James Clark, about the recent neutron star collision discovered by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.  Georgia Tech has 17 postdoctoral researchers, faculty members, and students working with LIGO. Cadonati is LIGO's deputy spokesperson.

    Georgia Public Broadcasting , Nov 1, 2017

  • Neuroscience At Georgia Tech, Nov 1, 2017

  • Georgia Tech Researchers Offer Open-Source Cancer Treatment Algorithm

    Open-source software, in which the source code is available for anyone to use and modify, has been around since the late 1990s. When it comes to cancer drug prediction, however, its use has been limited. A team of Georgia Tech researchers hopes to change that. Its new study, and the release of an open source, machine learning platform for cancer drug prediction, is getting the attention of healthcare media outlets such as Healthcare Analytics News and this story from Health Data Management. The study's co-authors are with the School of Biological Sciences. John McDonald is a professor and director of Tech's Integrated Cancer Research Center. Fredrik Vannberg is an assistant professor. 

    Healthcare Analytics News, Oct 31, 2017

  • Do You Daydream? You May Be Smarter and More Creative Than Your Peers

    Don't zone out and start daydreaming as you're reading this Yahoo! story about daydreaming. You might miss the findings of a new Georgia Tech study showing that for some people, a wandering mind could be a sign of higher intelligence and creativity. The study's co-author is Eric Schumacher, associate professor in the School of Psychology.

    Yahoo!, Oct 30, 2017

  • Chemistry is quantum computing’s killer app

    Quantum computing, where all the computational work is done at a sub-atomic level, promises to bring more power and speed to traditional data crunching. Chemistry could be among the first disciplines to show off that power with more effective designer drugs, superconductors that can withstand higher temperatures, and greener, energy-efficient materials, among other scientific advances. That's the theme of this well-sourced story in Chemical and Engineering News, which features comments from Ken Brown, associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Chemical and Engineering News , Oct 30, 2017

  • Do You Daydream? You May Be Smarter and More Creative Than Your Peers

    Wouldn't you love to show this headline to all those teachers who yelled at you for not paying attention in class? Media outlets are showing their creativity in how they're covering a new study from the School of Psychology that says daydreaming may be a sign of intelligence and better brain efficiency. In addition to this Live Science story, Quartz weighs in with this report on the study. Lead authors are Associate Professor Eric Schumacher and Ph.D. student Christine Godwin

    Live Science, Oct 25, 2017

  • AHCJ Atlanta panel discusses antibiotic resistance

    Resistance to antibiotics is "the most underestimated epidemic in the United States." That was an ominous quote from a panelist during an Association of Health Care Journalists discussion on the rise of drug-resistant superbugs. Another panelist, Joshua Weitz, professor in the School of Biological Sciences, provided some hope as he described the impact of phages, viruses that attack bacteria from within. 

    Association of Health Care Journalists, Oct 25, 2017

  • Chemists are uncovering how and why marine organisms synthesize flame-retardant-like molecules

    It's another mystery provided by nature – chemical compounds found in the wild that resemble man-made pollutants long banned by governments because of their toxicity to the environment. This story highlights the work done by scientists to discover how these compounds show up organically in oceans, and what organisms might be involved in manufacturing those compounds. Identifying that process could help protect populations that rely on marine diets. The work includes recent research led by Vinayak Agarwal, assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Chemical and Engineering News , Oct 23, 2017

  • Active Voice: Fight Between Your Muscles – Beat Common Drive for Steady Cocontraction

    It's called common drive, and it's the way your brain sends messages to several muscles through slow oscillations as you contract them to stabilize yourself for sports or other activities. Minoru "Shino" Shinohara, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, wanted to know more about how those nerve oscillations affect the way agonist and antagonist muscles contract against each other. He recently published his research on common drive, and he summarizes the results in this American College of Sports Medicine bulletin. 

    ACSM Sports Medicine Bulletin, Oct 18, 2017

  • College daze: Georgia Tech honors grad shares secrets to maintaining grades & sanity

    You won't be tested on this story later. But if you're a student or know someone who is, you might want to take notes anyway – or at least bookmark this column featuring William Konop, who in May earned his B.S. with high honors from the School of Mathematics. Konop tutored teenagers for the ACT and SAT college prep tests while studying at Tech. He knows a thing or two about getting ready for exams in a pressure-filled environment, and he shares the tools he learned for test preparation that can help reduce stress. Konop is a co-founder of the Seneca Education Group, a tutoring company.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct 17, 2017

  • Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

    Here is how the Associated Press reported Monday's announcement from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that scientists had detected the collision of two neutron stars. Laura Cadonati, professor in the School of Physics and LIGO deputy spokesperson, is quoted in the article. Cadonati is also with the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics.

    Associated Press , Oct 17, 2017

  • Astronomers strike gold – and platinum – as they watch two neutron stars collide

    Here is how the Los Angeles Times broke the news of the first-ever detection of a neutron star collision and how the celestial event was confirmed by scientists and astronomers around the world. Laura Cadonati, professor in the School of Physics and deputy spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, is quoted in the article.

    Los Angeles Times , Oct 16, 2017

  • Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy

    The Washington Post publishes its report on the news that the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has detected a kilonova, the collision of two neutron stars. The burst rippled the fabric of space-time and sent gamma-rays and gold flying through the cosmos. School of Physics Professor Laura Cadonati, who is also LIGO's deputy spokesperson, is quoted in the article as saying that scientists feel like "we have hit the motherlode."

    Washington Post , Oct 16, 2017

  • First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold

    Welcome to the era of multi-messenger astrophysics – a single event in the cosmos that gives off both gravitational and electromagnetic waves. That's what the Aug. 17, 2017, detection by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration of two neutron stars merging means for the scientific community, which is celebrating yet another discovery that confirms a century-old theory from Albert Einstein. Once again, School of Physics Professor Laura Cadonati, LIGO's deputy spokesperson, is proving to be very quotable. "We can now fill in a few more tiles in the jigsaw puzzle that is the story of our universe," Cadonati tells CNN.

    CNN, Oct 16, 2017

  • Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light show

    "This is the first time we had a 3D IMAX view of an astronomical event," says Laura Cadonati, professor in the School of Physics and deputy spokeperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She's referring to more than 70 observatories around the world that helped confirm the first-ever detection of gravitational waves and light caused by the merger of two neutron stars. The resulting explosion and lightshow those astronomers witnessed from the merger is called a kilonova, and it's the source of Earth's heavy elements like gold, silver, and platinum. 

    Science , Oct 16, 2017

  • For the first time, astronomers detect gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding

    The Aug.17, 2017, detection of gravitational waves and light from the merger of two neutron stars set off a race against time around the globe. Astronomers scrambled to confirm data that could be seen by telescopes and measured by gamma-ray, x-ray and radio wave detection equipment before they all faded away. Laura Cadonati, associate professor in the School of Physics and LIGO Scientific Collaboration deputy spokesperson, explains how these gravitational waves lasted longer than those from four previous incidents caused by black hole collisions. Cadonati is a member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

    The Verge, Oct 16, 2017

  • Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode

    The first-ever detection of gravitational waves and light from the collision of two neutron stars isn't just setting the scientific community ablaze. It also ushers in a new "multi-messenger" astronomy, with scientists arround the world gathering and studying those waves, light, and subatomic particles at the same time. So says Laura Cadonati,  professor in the School of Physics and the deputy spokesperson for the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration, and she explains the significance of this new era. Cadonati is also a member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics

    Scientific American , Oct 16, 2017

  • Alumni Homecoming 2017

    Alumni Homecoming 2017 article.

    College of Sciences site, Oct 16, 2017

  • Science Says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

    Climate scientists use 30-year cycles when they study weather events like hurricanes so they can better understand how climate change may impact their findings. The Associated Press did the same thing, breaking up the past 167 years of government data on major Atlantic hurricanes into 30-year periods. It found that the current cycle is the most active period for hurricanes ever recorded. Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has some thoughts on how policymakers should deal with these findings, and she shares them in this article. 

    Associated Press , Oct 5, 2017

  • Nobel Physics Prize Goes to Gravitational Wave Scientists

    "This year's prize is about a discovery that shook the world." That's how an official with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences described the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to the three founders of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) for the detection of gravitational waves. Georgia Tech has a front-row seat for that achievement, thanks to its membership in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a global team of scientists that helps to confirm gravitational-wave data. Laura Cadonati, professor in the School of Physics and LIGO deputy spokesperson, is quoted in this article, as she is in a separate story for the Verge. Another LIGO member and School of Physics researcher, Karan Jani, reacts to the Nobel Prize in this Forbes article. 

    Scientific American , Oct 3, 2017

  • Cabrera: An Advocate for Student Access

    Ensuring ensuring education for students is what inspires George Mason University President Angel Cabrera, who is an alumnus of the School of Psychology. The article originally appeared in the September 21, 2017 issue of Diverse magazine, to recognize Hispanic leaders in academia during Hispanic Heritage Month. 

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Oct 1, 2017

  • Hurricanes ’17: An Unnatural Season

    The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean became part of a hellish assembly line this summer for three of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded. Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought death and destruction to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. This historic hurricane season is the subject of this special episode of the Weather Channel's Weather Geeks, and the show's panel of experts includes Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair and ADVANCE Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. A repeat of the Oct. 1 show airs at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the Weather Channel.

    We Love Weather , Sep 29, 2017

  • Zeroing In on How Supermassive Black Holes Formed

    There are black holes, and then there are supermassive black holes that could have played a role in the formation of the universe. How they got so big remains a mystery, but new theories and research may be closing in on answers. A study from earlier this year supports one of these theories: that radiation from nearby galaxies created the galactic monsters. The study was co-authored by John Wise, Dunn Family Associate Professor in the School of Physics. Wise's work is dthe subject of this Scientific American report. 

    Scientific American , Sep 29, 2017

  • Rory McIlroy | Sunday School

    Here's a blast from the recent past – a fun PGA Tour Entertainment video featuring our very own Lew Lefton, faculty member in the School of Mathematics and assistant dean for information technology with the College of Sciences. He was asked to detail the odds and probabilities involved in pro golfer Rory McIlroy's improbable 2016 FedEx Cup victory., Sep 25, 2017

  • Sie riskieren ihr Leben im Auge des Orkans

    "They risk their lives in the eye of the hurricane" is the translation of the headline for this Die Welt story on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Hunters squadron. Greg Huey, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is interviewed regarding the data collected by NOAA's aircraft as they fly into and near these massive storms. The story is in German, and a subscription is required.

    Die Welt , Sep 25, 2017

  • Did California's small earthquakes cause Mexico's big one?

    Is there a connection between the small earthquakes that have hit Southern California over the past month and the deadly 7.1-magnitude quake that struck Mexico City this week? What about big weather events like hurricanes? Can they stress land masses enough to cause quakes? Zhigang Peng, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, lends his expertise to address those questions.

    USA Today, Sep 19, 2017

  • Horrible Flesh Eating Parasite Could Get a Vaccine One Day

    Here is Gizmodo covering Georgia Tech's Leishmaniasis study as only Gizmodo can – with lots of attitude. It does focus on the potential for a vaccine against this deadly parasite. The vaccine was tested on genetically modified mice by a research team led by M.G. Finn, professor in the School of Biological Sciences. Finn is also a professor and chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

    Gizmodo, Sep 13, 2017

  • This Flesh-Eating Parasite Might Soon Be Thwarted by a New Vaccine

    In this report on a leishmaniasis study by Tech scientists, Seeker goes into detail into how School of Biological Sciences Professor M.G. Finn and his team used a bioengineered virus-like particle and genetically modified mice to take on the world's second deadliest parasite. Finn is also a professor and the chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Seeker , Sep 13, 2017

  • Horrific Flesh-Eating Parasite Called "The Next Plague" Could Spread in U.S., Spurring Vaccine Effort

    That's not a hyped-up headline; health officials do indeed fear that leishmania, one of the world's deadliest parasites devastating underdeveloped countries, could show up in the southern U.S., thanks to climate change and rising temperatures. That's prompted an effort to quickly develop a vaccine. A research team that includes M.G. Finn, professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry (which he also chairs) is getting close with its work on genetically engineered mice, according to a new study. That research is attracting media interest; here's Futurism's take on Finn's study and the vaccine development efforts now underway. 

    Newsweek, Sep 13, 2017

  • Readers respond to Nature’s Editorial on historical monuments

    This week, Nature published an Editorial on historical injustice in science and how it is marked and remembered. Many readers criticized its wording, position and tone. Nature has issued an apology and correction; now it has published a selection of responses it received, including from School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Kim Cobb

    Nature, Sep 8, 2017

  • Streamlined Security: Optimizing Sensor Placement with Mathematics

    Current security sensor technology is greatly limited, creating a tricky challenge as the demand for public and private security heightens. Sung Ha Kang and Haomin Zhou, professors in the School of Mathematics, and Seong Jun Kim, a postdoctoral researcher, have proposed a new method that will optimally position a sensor-based security system for maxium surveillance. 

    Siam News, Sep 7, 2017

  • Oregon summers, a season of smoke

    This opinion piece reflects on the Eagle Creek conflagration in the Columbia Gorge, in Oregon. It notes: "Pollution from more than 300,000 acres of wildfires in Oregon have created unhealthy air quality throughout the state." The piece suggests that the situtation will get worse. It cites three studies to support this notion. One of them is by School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences  Professor and Chair Greg Huey: "The Georgia Institute of Technology has found that summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed."

    The Oregonian, Sep 7, 2017

  • The emergent physics of animal locomotion

    School of Physics Assistant Professor Simon Sponberg has the coveted cover story in the September issue of Physics Today. Sponberg, principal investigator in the Agile Systems Lab, gives a state-of-the-science report on animal locomotion; how different physiological systems within a moth, for example, interact within the insect to enable movement, and how that moth interacts with its environment. Data arising from new studies of such neuromechanics have applications for robotics. Sponberg is also an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.

    Physics Today , Sep 1, 2017

  • Immunophage Synergy

    "A pretty cool paper." That's how one of the hosts of the This Week in Microbiology podcast (ep. 159) describes the recent study by School of Biological Sciences professor Joshua Weitz and postdoctoral scientist Chung Yin (Joey) Leung. The Tech researchers discovered that immune cells in an animal host act synergistically with bacteria-killing viruses – phages – to wipe out fatal respiratory infections in lab mice. TWiM is the official podcast of the American Society for Microbiology. Both Weitz and Leung are also affiliated with the School of Physics, and Weitz is the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences.  

    TWiM - This Week in Microbiology , Aug 31, 2017

  • Were Ancient Humans Healthier Than Us?

    This PLOS (Public Library of Science) Blogs post from geneticist Ricki Lewis concerns the recent study on the health of our human ancestors vs. today's populations by Tech researchers Joe LachanceAli J. Barens and Taylor Cooper. The team used human genome sequences to determine that, yes, Neanderthals and other ancient populations living 50,000 years ago were genetically more susceptible to certain ailments, but some "recent ancients" who were around a mere thousand years ago could have been healthier. Lachance is an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences. Barens is a postdoctoral researcher and Cooper is an undergraduate researcher in the Lachance Lab

    PLOS Blogs , Aug 31, 2017

  • The Eclipse in Tech Square

    The special memories of Eclipse 2017 @ Georgia Tech linger. This video from Tech Square ATL on the Aug. 21 celestial event was produced by Sandbox ATL in partnership with the University Financing Foundation, the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), and the Scheller College of Business. It highlights the reactions from those who started that day at the cluster of tech startups on the other side of the Downtown Connector on 5th Street before they made their way to the Kessler Campanile. College of Sciences Dean Paul Goldbart is interviewed. Also, WREK 91.1, Tech's student-run radio station, aired a special "97 Percent Eclipse of the Heart" version of its Lost in the Stacks program. You'll hear Georgia Tech Observatory Director James Sowell interviewed between eclipse-themed songs by Television, Pink Floyd, the Police, and Love and Rockets. Sowell is also a senior academic professional in the School of Physics. 

    Tech Square ATL, Aug 30, 2017

  • Fire Ants Are Yet Another Hazard in Houston’s Flooded Streets

    As if the swamped residents of the Texas Gulf Coast don't have enough reasons to curse Hurricane Harvey, here's one more: clumps of stinging fire ants bobbing in the floodwaters. The New York Times story and this one in the Washington Post cite a 2011 study by School of Biological Sciences Associate Professor David Hu that explained the fire ant's raft-building superpower. Hu is also an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics

    The New York Times, Aug 30, 2017

  • Another Danger of the Harvey Flood: Floating Fire Ants

    Those scenes of floating fire ant "rafts" plaguing flooding victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston? David Hu, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, first examined that nightmare scenario in 2011. That was when Hu and his research team published a study on how ants lock legs to form the rafts. You also may recall his research from earlier this summer on how the ants don't just spread out when threatened; they can also "perpetually rebuild" towers made of their own bodies. Hu is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics

    Smithsonian , Aug 29, 2017

  • Bending the Rules of Geometry

    School of Physics Assistant Professor Elisabetta Matsumoto's research in hyperbolic virtual reality recently captured the attention of The New York Times. This video shows off Matsumoto and her research team's work from earlier this year as it highlights the difference between Euclidean space, where the normal rules of geometry apply, and hyperbolic space, where those rules are warped and curved like the "cell" boundaries in this video. The hope is that these depictions of non-Euclidean geometry will assist in mathematics and geometry research. Matsumoto is also a researcher for the Soft Matter Incubator at the Center for the Science and Technology of Applied Materials and Interfaces (STAMI). 

    The New York Times, Aug 27, 2017

  • Atlanta eyed for North America HQ of Graphenano

    The Atlanta Business Journal lists another example of businesses wanting to get closer to Georgia Tech's research. Graphenano, a Spanish company hoping to make a lot of graphene – a thin yet ultra-strong carbon-based substance that could lead to better batteries and composite materials – may move its North American headquarters to Atlanta. Georgia Tech is a leader in graphene research, and the story cites a May study on a potentially more efficient way to make graphene from School of Physics Professor Uzi Landman and Bokwon Yoon, a research scientist with the school. Both are with the Center for Computational Materials Science; Landman is its director. 

    Atlanta Business Journal (subscription req.), Aug 25, 2017

  • Composing An Eclipse Soundtrack For The Visually Impaired

    The Georgia Tech Sonification Lab, a joint effort of the School of Psychology and the School of Interactive Computing, is having its moment in the spotlight thanks to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Lab Director Bruce Walker is a professor in both schools; he and his team are using sound to help the visually impaired share experiences like eclipses. In addition to this GPB story, the Georgia Tech Sonification Lab was also featured in Digital Trends and in Hypepotamus

    Georgia Public Broadcasting , Aug 21, 2017

  • Closer Look: Total Solar Eclipse

    Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE 90.1 devoted its entire Closer Look broadcast to Monday's solar eclipse. The radio station's coverage included an interview with James Sowell, School of Physics senior academic professional. director of the Georgia Tech Observatory, and Tech's resident astronomer. 

    WABE 90.1 FM, Aug 21, 2017

  • Mostafa El-Sayed's Nano Scale Fight Against Cancer

    New research from Mostafa El-Sayed, Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is gaining interest in the science community. The research highlights the potential of using gold nanorods and lasers to halt the spread of cancer cell metastasis in laboratory conditions. El-Sayed will present his findings during the Eminent Scientist Lecture at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Aug. 20-24. In the meantime, read this profile in the ACS's student member magazine to learn more about the very personal reasons that help drive El-Sayed's research. 

    inChemistry Magazine, Aug 17, 2017

  • Georgia Tech to host on-campus viewing; among other events for solar eclipse

    By now, you should be aware that of the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse happening next Monday, and Atlanta will experience 97 percent totality. If you aren't aware, then you're obviously Captain America and you've just been thawed out of that ice you were trapped in for the past 70 years. Georgia Tech is certainly aware, and this story by reporter Carl Willis of WSB-TV does a good job of covering what we have planned. Included in the interviews are College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair Paul Goldbart, and Tech astronomer James Sowell, School of Physics senior academic professional and director of the Georgia Tech Observatory

    WSB-TV, Aug 17, 2017

  • Rush-Hour Pollution May Be Twice as Dangerous as Previously Thought

    More media outlets are interested in the new research on rush hour pollution from Georgia Tech, Emory University and Duke University. The Weather Channel takes a look at the study, which found that in-car pollution during a typical Atlanta morning commute is much worse than previously thought, and twice as high as the pollution measured by roadside monitors. Here's the Raleigh News & Observer's story on the study. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rodney Weber co-authored the study. 

    The Weather Channel , Aug 15, 2017

  • 2016 weather report: Extreme and anything but normal

    If you suspected that 2016's climate was off-the-charts extreme, you were right. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new State of the Climate report confirms that last year was the hottest ever. The last time it was that hot? 2015. Sea levels, greenhouse gas concentrations, and ocean temperatures also broke previous records. Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is quoted as saying that 2016 was "the year we crossed a new threshold of climate change." Cobb did not work on the NOAA report.

    Associated Press , Aug 11, 2017

  • The 28-Year-Old Physicist Looking to Revamp India's Education System

    Karan Jani stayed very busy during his time in the School of Physics. In addition to being a doctoral candidate, Jani was also a key member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that first observed the existence of gravitational waves in 2015. Jani received his Ph.D. this year. Now the astrophysicist has returned to his native India, but he is still busy as he is helping to reform that country's education system. 

    Ozy, Aug 10, 2017

  • Wildfires Pollute Air More Than Previously Thought. Are Prescribed Burns the Answer?

    A recent Georgia Tech-led study on wildfires and air pollution remains timely, thanks to uncontrolled fires that are still plaguing parts of the U.S. The study showed that wildfires release three times more of fine-particle pollution that previously thought. That's the kind of pollution that can exacerbate health problems like asthma or pulmonary disease. Greg Huey, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is one of the authors of the study. 

    Undark , Aug 10, 2017

  • 8 places to view the solar eclipse in metro Atlanta

    The word is getting out; Georgia Tech has a full afternoon of activities planned for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which also happens to be the first day of classes for the fall semester. Eclipse glasses, a live eclipse video feed from the Georgia Tech Observatory, the "music" of the solar system, and free Moon Pies await our community. Our agenda is showing up on lists for where to watch the eclipse in metro Atlanta, including this wrapup at, this story at Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE 90.1, and this roundup on the mom-centric website

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug 10, 2017

  • Chattahoochee River: 3 Ways You Can Help Clean It Up

    For three weeks in the summer, the Bio@Tech program gives high school students a chance to do some investigative biology. It's a joint project of the School of Biological Sciences and the Center for Education Integrating Science, Math and Computing (CEISMC). Rebecca Jeltuhin, a senior at Milton High School, wrote about her Bio@Tech experiences for VoxATL, a platform for teenage writers, and it is republished by WABE 90.1. She writes about her experiences investigating the pollution in the Chattahoochee River and suggests ways we can all do a better job of taking care of Atlanta's famous waterway.

    WABE 90.1 , Aug 7, 2017

  • Way more rush hour pollution gets into cars than we thought

    It's called PM 2.5, and it's a particularly nasty type of particulate matter found in the air around roadways. It can cause health problems, and as you can imagine it is especially heavy during rush hour traffic.  But in a new study from researchers including Rodney Weber, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, PM 2.5 was also found inside cars at twice the levels previously estimated. The data was collected by devices placed on car passenger seats during Atlanta's morning commute.

    Futurity , Aug 7, 2017

  • What purple can tell us about life on other planets

    Somewhere in Artist Heaven, the man who gave us "Purple Rain" is smiling. The Purple Earth hypothesis suggests that the single-celled organisms that ruled the planet during its early years may have lent Earth a purple tinge if seen from space. Researchers are now wondering if the theory could help determine the potential for life on recently discovered exoplanets. Jennifer Glass, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Frank Stewart, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, react to the hypothesis in this latest installment of CNN's Colorscope series., Aug 4, 2017

  • Special Eye On Blindness-- Learn About the August Eclipse

    As you can imagine, our resident astronomer and director of the Georgia Tech Observatory, James Sowell, is getting very excited about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Yet the one issue he wants to emphasize in the days leading up to the big celestial event is eclipse-viewing safety, and he gets a chance to talk about it in this "Eye on Blindness" podcast with host Carol McCullough of the Georgia Radio Reading Service. Sowell also provides details on campus events planned for the Aug. 21 eclipse and how to make your own pinhole camera. In addition to his stargazing duties, Sowell is a senior academic professional and graduate recruiter in the School of Physics. 

    Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS), Aug 3, 2017

  • Training: A winning detour

    Should Ph.D. students put their research work on hold for internships? It can be a challenge, but this story argues for its consideration. The real-world experience one acquires as an intern can help round out research students' résumés, give them an early taste of the professional world, and provide them with networking opportunities. Margot Paez, a Ph.D. student in the School of Physics, recounts her experiences interning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during summer and winter breaks. 

    Nature , Aug 2, 2017

  • Materials – Cooking up biofuel

    It's the newest must-try recipe for biofuel: Take used rubber tires, squeeze out recovered carbons, mix with sulfuric acid and fatty acids found in household vegetable oil, and voilà! – perfectly good, usable biofuel for a greener world. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's collaborative study with Wake Forest University and Georgia Tech scientists was co-authored by Younan Xia, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Aug 1, 2017

  • Saturn’s Moon Added to List of Candidates for Supporting Life in Solar System

    Vinyl cyanide sounds both deadly and stylish, and the lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan are filled with it, according to a new study. Despite its scary name, the presence of vinyl cyanide in Titan's atmosphere actually makes the moon a potential candidate for harboring life. Britney Schmidt, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is quoted because of her research into Jupiter's moon Europa, the best candidate so far for supporting life elsewhere in the solar system. 

    Observer , Aug 1, 2017

  • 10 Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse In Georgia

    Georgia Tech's campus plans for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse rank high on this list of places around Atlanta and the state that have scheduled special activities for the celestial event. The story includes a link to our Eclipse 2017 @Georgia Tech website, which not only lists all campus events but also includes jnformation on viewing safety, the science that Georgia Tech researchers will conduct as the moon's shadow moves across the country, and a rundown of solar eclipses in pop culture. 

    WABE 90.1 FM, Aug 1, 2017

  • Ultimate bogs: how saving peatlands could help save the planet

    If you want to know more about what School of Biological Sciences Professor Joel Kostka is up to with his research in northern Minnesota, read this Guardian article. Kostka is part of the Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Changing Environments (SPRUCE) project that is mentioned in the story. Kostka and his fellow researchers are trying to determine the impact of climate change on the ancient carbon buried deep beneath the peatlands. This article goes into great detail about why these particular ecosystems are so important to Earth's ecological health, and why they need to be saved. Kostka has a joint apppointment with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

    The Guardian, Jul 28, 2017

  • New Study Finds Air Pollution During Rush Hour Traffic To Be Worse Than Originally Thought

    A new study on rush hour pollution co-authored by Rodney Weber, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, featured data taken from inside cars during Atlanta traffic. Sensors were placed on car passenger seats, not just along the sides of roads. Researchers found that levels of toxic particulate matter during commutes were twice as high inside cars as what was being detected outside. 

    Georgia Public Broadcasting , Jul 28, 2017

  • Freeway commuters breathe dirtier air than previously thought

    Imagine you're sitting in rush hour traffic somewhere in Southern California, and you hear this story about a new study warning you that sitting in rush hour traffic can be worse for your health than previously thought. You learn that the researchers, including Rodney Weber, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, studied Atlanta traffic. Somehow that doesn't make you feel any better; Weber's team found toxic particulate pollution is worse on a freeway than off, and pollution levels are higher during the morning commute than the afternoon drive home. 

    Southern California Public Radio , Jul 25, 2017

  • Volcanic Eruptions Rocked Mars' Huge Canyon Valles Marineris, Study Finds

    A research team didn't expect to find 130 volcanoes deep within Mars' Valles Marineris, the solar system's longest canyon at 2,500 miles. Mars' volcanic regions are east of the canyon, so that was one surprise detailed in a new study from the team, which includes James Wray, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The other surprise? The Valles volcanoes' ages are estimated to be about 200-400 million years old, which is fairly young when you consider that the Red Planet's other volcanoes are estimated to be approximately 3.5 billion years old., Jul 25, 2017

  • The bizarre physics of fire ants

    The latest research led by David Hu on fire ants and their tower-building capabilities is compelling enough on its own. But video really adds a "wow" factor to it, and this Vox entry is a great example. In addition to an interview with Hu, it also has lab video showing living blobs of entangled ants being handled by researchers like they were lumps of Play-Doh. Hu is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics.

    Vox, Jul 25, 2017

  • Rush hour pollution study finds alarming results

    Here is one more reason to hate Atlanta traffic: A new study from Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Duke University researchers shows that some in-car pollution during rush hours is twice as bad as previously thought. The researchers, which include School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rodney Weber, placed testing devices on passenger seats during peak traffic times. They found more particulate matter inside cars than roadside monitors usually find. The scientists also found more chemicals that cause oxidative stress, which can lead to a host of serious illnesses. 

    UPI, Jul 21, 2017

  • The call of the wild

    What kind of professor turns his back on hard-earned tenure so he can hang out with reptiles and amphibians at a city zoo? If you're Joseph Mendelson, and you know that city zoo has a good reputation for research, then you jump at the chance and you ignore those warning of career suicide. (Besides, the zoo also offers an adjunct appointment at a nearby world-class academic institution in Midtown.) That's what Mendelson did 14 years ago, and he's never looked back. Mendelson, an adjunct associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, is director of herpetological research at Zoo Atlanta. 

    Science Magazine, Jul 21, 2017

  • Will Melting Permafrost Release Global 'Methane Bomb'?

    Here is a LiveScience article examining the possibility of a methane "bomb" buried under Arctic permafrost, and whether it could indeed wreak havoc on Earth's climate if global warming releases it into the atmosphere. It's the very thing that Joel Kostka, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been studying with his research team in the wilds of northern Minnesota

    LiveScience, Jul 20, 2017

  • Here’s What Scientists Know About the Risk of a Massive Global Methane Release

    A recent New York Magazine article painted a darker-than-usual picture of planetary climate change. If billions of tons of ancient carbon buried in permafrost ever thaws out, it could release a methane "bomb" into the atmosphere that could trigger "Day After Tomorrow"-style disasters.  This article discusses the chances of that actually happening, and includes reaction from Joel Kostka, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences. Kostka is part of a research team studying this subject in northern Minnesota.

    Seeker, Jul 18, 2017

  • Climate scientists flock to France’s call

    French President Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative, which promises nearly $70 million in funding grants to work on climate studies in his country, is having an impact. Hundreds of climate researchers from all over the world, including the U.S., are brushing up on their high school French to take advantage of the offer. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Kim Cobb isn't one of them, but she shares her thoughts on the initiative, which Macron announced shortly after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris global warming accord. 

    Nature , Jul 18, 2017

  • Ants, Dutiful Escape Artists, Build Towers in Constant Flux

    When fire ants studied by David Hu escaped his Georgia Tech lab and invaded a nearby professor's office, their method of breaking out – building an Eiffel Tower-shaped structure out of their own bodies – became part of Hu's research. That's how this New York Times story begins regarding Hu's new study of ant tower-building abilities. (Here's a New York Times video on Hu's research.) Quartz also covered the study; its story describes how speeding up the research video of the ants provided a better look at how the insects cycled themselves through the tower-building process. Hu is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics.

    The New York Times, Quartz , Jul 17, 2017



    GT College of Sciences Site, Jul 17, 2017

  • Ants Exhibit Towering Engineering Skills

    It's a story right up Science Friday's alley: the remarkable ability of fire ants to build soaring towers out of their own bodies. The new research from School of Biological Sciences Associate Professor David Hu gives public radio host Ira Flatow a chance to ask Hu not only about ant engineering, but also about what a fellow Tech professor thought when things got a little antsy in his office. Hu is also an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics.

    Science Friday , Jul 14, 2017

  • Shifting ice on Jupiter’s moon could probe its interior

    Britney Schmidt, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, knows a thing or two about researching Jupiter's icy moon Europa. Schmidt is part of the NASA research team looking at instrumentation for a proposed Europa lander mission. That's why Astronomy asked her to comment on new research that simulates icequakes on the moon, and whether accelerometers and other seismic instruments should be included in the lander's instrumentation.  

    Astronomy, Jul 13, 2017

  • How fire ants use their bodies to build wriggling Eiffel Tower-like columns

    New research focusing on the remarkable tower-building abilities of fire ants continues to attract attention from top media outlets, such as this story from the Washington Post. Also, study co-author Craig Tovey, a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, takes us behind the scenes of the research in this post for The Conversation. David Hu also worked on the study. Hu is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics. 

    The Washington Post, Jul 13, 2017

  • Ant colonies flow like fluid to build tall towers

    Somebody should cue up "Ants Marching" by the Dave Matthews Band for this roundup of how media outlets are covering David Hu's new research. The School of Biological Sciences associate professor led a team that studied how fire ants, without apparent leadership or coordination, can build Eiffel Tower-like structures out of their own bodies when looking for food or escape. Those on the bottom don't get crushed – ants circulate in and out of these tall towers like water. In addition to the Nature story, here is how Cosmos reported on the new research, and here is New Scientist's take. 

    Nature, Jul 12, 2017

  • Ants Can Build an Eiffel Tower (Sort Of)

    Ants as energetic engineers – that's clear from the latest study led by School of Biological Sciences Associate Professor David Hu. The work reveals in great detail how fire ants can build Eiffel Tower-like structures with their own bodies. Applications could lead to structure-building robots. This New York Times video shows off the Tech research team's experiments, including an X-ray video highlighting the ants' remarkable ability to quickly build wide-base towers. Hu is also an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics. 

    The New York Times, Jul 12, 2017

  • Uranus’ magnetic forces switch ‘on and off’

    The new research of Uranus' strange revolving-door magnetic field, led by Carol Paty, assistant professor with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, continues to generate interest from science media outlets. The PBS Newshour story starts by marveling that the Voyager 2 data from 1986 that was the foundation for the research is still giving up secrets so many years later. Meanwhile, a story focuses on the "geometric nightmare" that is Uranus; the planet rotates on its side to begin with, and Paty says the magnetosphere "tumbles very fast, like a child cartwheeling down a hill, head over heels."

    PBS, Jul 7, 2017

  • To stop cancer’s spread, break its ‘legs’

    Futurity reprints the Georgia Tech news story on the new research led by Mostafa El-Sayed, Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on the use of gold nanorods and infrared lasers to stop cancer cells from spreading in controlled lab experiments. 

    Futurity, Jun 29, 2017

  • Lab Chat: Breaking the legs of cancer cells on the move

    STAT focuses on news coming from the intersection of the pharmaceutical, medical and medical device industries, including the latest developments in therapies and treatments. Some of those items end up in Megan Thielking's Morning Rounds daily newsletter, and that includes the new study from Mostafa El-Sayed's research team. Their findings involve an approach that may keep cancer cells from spreading away from tumors. El-Sayed is Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Thielking's coverage includes a brief interview with Moustafa Ali, graduate student in El-Sayed's Laser Dynamics Lab. 

    STAT, Jun 27, 2017

  • Georgia Tech Researchers May Have Developed Technology to Prevent Cancer Metastasis

    MedGadget, a website that has focused on medical technology news, new medical device approvals, and science breakthroughs since 2004, shares the latest results from Mostafa El-Sayed's research team. El-Sayed, Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and his team has developed a promising approach, using gold nanorods and near-infrared lasers, that may keep cancer cells from spreading away from tumors. 

    MedGadget, Jun 27, 2017

  • Magnetic Field Around Uranus Are (sic) a Chaotic Mess

    A new Georgia Tech study on Uranus' quirky magnetosphere has the benefit of good timing. The research from Carol Paty, associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and EAS graduate student Xin Cao, relied on 1986 Voyager 2 flyby data. Paty and Cao discovered a magnetosphere that opens and closes at intervals, allowing solar winds to bombard the planet at times. NASA is currently considering new missions that could include revisiting Uranus. That may be why this study is generating a lot of interest among science media outlets, including, New Scientist, the British website Metro, and IFL Science., Jun 26, 2017

  • Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought

    Uranus rotates on its side, like it was the last one to leave a planetary happy hour. That quirk helps make the ice giant one of the weirder planets in our solar system. Now new research co-authored by Carol Paty, associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, suggests that off-kilter rotation may be responsible for Uranus' light-switch magnetosphere, one that opens and closes to solar winds unlike Earth's, which stays in the same position. 

    Gizmodo, Jun 26, 2017

  • Wildfires May Be More Toxic Than Scientists Thought

    The beginning of this Atlantic article puts you inside the NASA DC-8 airplane that Greg Huey and a team of researchers used to study the air pollution and climate impact of California's massive Rim wildfire of August 2013. Huey, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, recently published a study that showed wildfires send more dangerous particulate matter into the air than previously thought. 

    The Atlantic, Jun 23, 2017

  • Sustainability: A greener culture

    They fly around the world presenting research and describing the impact of greenhouse gases and climate change on the planet. But what kind of carbon footprints are climatologists and other researchers leaving in their wake? This Nature article features interviews with several scientists – including  Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – who are trying to practice what is preached when it comes to reducing emissions and boosting sustainability in their work and travels. 

    Nature , Jun 21, 2017

  • 2017 Georgia Tech Summer Tour: Day 3 Recap

    For the past nine years, Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, along with faculty and other Institute officials, have taken summer tours of the state to meet with business leaders, lawmakers, alumni, and others with an interest in Tech's mission. This year's tour of South Georgia is the most extensive yet: nearly 1,000 miles, 44 counties, and 12 cities. The Tech entourage includes School of Physics Professor Deirdre Shoemaker, who at 1:48 into the video talks about what she hopes to learn on the tour.

    Georgia Tech - YouTube, Jun 21, 2017

  • Widely felt earthquake shakes Augusta, Georgia

    While everybody was wondering whether June 20th's special election in Georgia would set off a political earthquake, an actual 3.2 magnitude tremor struck the area around Augusta. No damage was reported, but it was felt 140 miles away in Atlanta. It also gave the makers of Temblor, a mobile app that calculates quake risk where you live, a chance to write on their blog about how often earthquakes hit the eastern U.S. For insight into the seismic activity in our region, the Temblor blog team spoke with Andrew Newman, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences., Jun 20, 2017

  • Sooty specks from wildfires raise air pollution

    Futurity reprints a Georgia Tech news release on a timely new wildfire study from Greg Huey, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The study, using data taken from research flights into major California wildfires in 2013, show these blazes fueled by biomass are causing more damage to air quality than previously reported. 

    Futurity, Jun 16, 2017

  • Wildfire pollution much worse than thought, study says

    Greg Huey's new study of wildfires and their impact on air quality is sparking some attention, as firefighters throughout the country deal with summer blazes. USA Today zeroed in on the finding that uncontrolled wildfires shoot harmful microscopic aerosols into the air at a much higher rate than previously thought. Those particles can drift for miles before being inhaled and potentially doing serious damage to the heart and lungs. Meanwhile, the International Business Times' coverage of the study provides detail on how researchers flew instrument-laden planes into California wildfires to gather their data, and the "crazy bumpy" rides that resulted. Huey is a professor in, and the chair of, the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

    USA Today , Jun 15, 2017

  • Facial recognition changes a wasp’s brain

    Believe it or not, a certain species of paper wasp is believed to have facial recognition ability. How exactly is that ability reflected in the wasps' brains? That's what Ali Berens, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences set out to explore in her new study. By running paper wasps through some recognition exercises of faces and patterns and then studying the DNA in their brains, Berens and coworkers found more than 200 genes that were active during facial recognition. 

    Science News , Jun 14, 2017

  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration wins Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

    The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), an international group of scientists that includes Georgia Tech researchers, is being recognized for its recent work confirming the existence of gravitational waves. The Princess of Asturias Foundation, established by Spain's monarchy to celebrate worldwide achievement in the arts and sciences, has announced that LIGO and its founders/principal investigators will receive the Princess of Asturias Award for Science and Technical Achievement during ceremonies in October. The award puts LIGO in good company; previous winners include primatologist Jane Goodall, human genome pioneer Craig Venter, Internet founding fathers Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, and physicist Peter Higgs (of Higgs boson fame.) Laura Cadonati, School of Physics associate professor, is the deputy spokesperson for LIGO. 

    Fundacion Princesa de Asturias , Jun 14, 2017

  • Dr. Young-Hui Chang: Taking Critical Steps to Elucidate Mechanisms of Limb Movement in Locomotion

    Don't let the title fool you. Yes, Young-Hui Chang, professor in the School of Biological Sciences and co-author of the recent widely shared study on flamingos, does indeed talk about his work on the science of locomotion and how mechanics, physics, and the nervous system are tied together as people and animals move about. But in this podcast, Chang also shares thoughts on his family, how he became interested in science, career highs and lows, and advice for other researchers. (Those who follow podcasts on iTunes can find Chang's episode here.)

    People Behind The Science Podcast, Jun 12, 2017

  • A New Study Says Good-Looking Scientists Are Perceived To Be Inferior Scientists

    People can think you're a good-looking scientist. But can they also think you're a good scientist? A new study from some UK researchers shows that survey respondents are interested in hearing more about what attractive, articulate scientists are doing in their labs than about those whom they believed didn't fit that description. But those same respondents doubt the quality of the pretty scientists' work, all based solely on their looks. One of the scientists reacting to the study in this Forbes Science story is Kim Cobb, ADVANCE professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Power Faculty Scholar and an oft-quoted expert on climate science and the health of coral reefs. 

    Forbes , Jun 10, 2017

  • Volcanic ‘Super-Eruptions’ Need Deep Magma Reservoirs

    There are two supervolcanos within the U.S., the most famous one underneath Yellowstone National Park. If any of these erupt, all that ash and dust in the atmosphere could be catastrophic for Earth's climate. Fortunately, supervolcano eruptions are few and far between, which is why scientists are trying to learn as much as they can now about why they're so rare.  A new study published in Nature Geoscience by a team including School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor Josef Dufek theorizes that supervolcanos rely on very deep magma reservoirs that can take millions of years to form. 

    Yahoo! News, Jun 3, 2017

  • How Kennda Lynch Creates a Career in Astrobiology

    Kennda Lynch may spend a lot of time on an ancient lake basin in Utah, but in her mind she's picturing herself on a barren Martian landscape, searching for proof of past life. That's because the paleolake contains minerals also discovered on Mars, and her work could help determine where the Mars 2020 Rover mission will land. Lynch, a postdoctoral research fellow with the School of Biological Sciences, is on Georgia Tech's team for the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which helps the space agency develop scientific goals for future missions. She was recently profiled by her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Illinois, where she majored in biology and engineering. Her profile on the university's Industrial Systems Engineering website can be found here

    NASA Astrobiology Institute, Jun 2, 2017

  • Scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves for a third time

    Here is Yahoo! News reprinting a Reuters story on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and its recent announcement that it had detected a third gravitational wave signal. This particular ripple through space and time originated from a black hole collision approximately 3 billion light-years from Earth. Georgia Tech researchers are well-represented within LIGO, and Laura Cadonati, professor in the School of Physics, is the international research team's deputy spokesperson.

    Yahoo! News (via Reuters), Jun 1, 2017

  • LIGO's latest: Space ripples may untangle black hole tango

    A "black hole tango," the imagery in the headline for this Science story, hints at the implications of the latest news coming from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The international team of scientists, which includes Georgia Tech faculty and students, says it has recorded evidence of a third black hole collision and the gravitational waves it produced. "These black holes are not like two aligned tornadoes orbiting each other, but like two tilted tornadoes," says Laura Cadonati, School of Physics associate professor and LIGO deputy spokesperson, adding that the research may prompt new theories regarding how these massive collapsing stars pair up in the first place. The latest LIGO findings are also covered at and National Geographic

    Science, Jun 1, 2017

  • When black holes collide: More gravitational waves discovered

    More than a dozen Georgia Tech faculty members, students, and postdoctoral fellows are working with the large international research team that makes up the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). This is the team that made its own splash in the science world in 2015 with the first detection of a gravitational wave signal, the result of a black hole collision 1.5 billion light years from Earth. Now LIGO announces that a third gravitational wave was observed and confirmed in January from even farther away: about 3 billion light years. Once again, Albert Einstein has been proven right, and once again the science media can't resist a story that features black holes acting mysteriously and ripples of space and time flying through the cosmos at lightspeed. In addition to this USA Today story, coverage includes the Washington Post, BBC News, Scientific American, The Verge and, among others. School of Physics associate professor Laura Cadonati is LIGO's deputy spokesperson, and research scientist James Clark from the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics worked on the latest discovery.

    USA Today , Jun 1, 2017

  • Scientists: U.S. coral reefs could all but disappear within a few decades

    Media interest continues in the grim predictions recorded in recent published research and news reports regarding the health of U.S. coral reef ecosystems. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Kim Cobb, whose opinions on the impact of climate change are highly sought after by science reporters, reacts to the latest news in this Fusion TV story and in a Science Times item. 

    Fusion TV, May 31, 2017

  • Research Tracks Impact Of Wildfire Smoke On Climate

    It's not just all that smoke from the massive wildfire that's been burning near the Florida-Georgia line for the past two months that has climate scientists worried. In this interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting's Emily Jones, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rodney Weber talks about the differences between black carbon vs. brown carbon, and how that latter variant may cause problems by lingering too long in Earth's upper atmosphere.  

    Georgia Public Broadcasting , May 31, 2017

  • How flamingos sleep while standing on one leg

    Apparently, a lot of science writers had the same question that Georgia Tech researchers Young-Hui Chang and Lena Ting did: how do flamingos stand on one leg for long periods of time? What biomechanics are involved? Now it's Futurity's turn to show off the results of the study by Chang, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, and Ting, a professor in the Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

    Futurity , May 30, 2017