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Latest News From the College of Sciences

  • Tiny “Tornado” Boosts Performance of Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

    Adding the equivalent of a miniature tornado to the interface between electrospray ionization (ESI) and a mass spectrometer (MS) has allowed researchers to improve the sensitivity and detection capability of the widely-used ESI-MS analytical technique. Among the scientific fields that could benefit from the new technique are proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics – which serve biomedical and health applications ranging from biomarker detection and diagnostics to drug discovery and molecular medicine.

  • T. Richard Nichols is Newest Honorary Member of National Physical Therapists’ Organization

    Thanks to his research into motor skills and the science of movement, School of Biological Sciences Professor T. Richard Nichols is named a honorary member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Thwarting Metastasis by Breaking Cancer’s Legs with Gold Rods

    Your cancer has metastasized. No one wants to ever hear that. Now researchers have found a way to virtually halt cell migration, a key component in metastasis, in vitro, in human cells. In past in vivo studies in mice, treated cancer did not appear to recur, nor did observable side effects.

  • Geometric Group Theory Gets an Informal Take from Tech Professor

    In his new book, Georgia Tech School of Mathematics Professor Dan Margalit explains the applications –and the beauty – of the relatively new mathematics field of geometric group theory.

  • Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light Switch Effect at Uranus

    Uranus’ magnetosphere, the region defined by the planet’s magnetic field and the material trapped inside it, gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet. It’s “open” in one orientation, allowing solar wind to flow into the magnetosphere; it later closes, forming a shield against the solar wind and deflecting it away from the planet.

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College of Sciences Researchers in the News

  • 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 Smithsonian.com, New Scientist, the British website Metro, and IFL Science. 

    Smithsonian.com, 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