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
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
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
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.
Space.com, Mar 8, 2018
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
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
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
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
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