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  • Exosomes Have a Sense of Urgency

    New research from Dixon and Vannberg labs illuminate critical role of courier nanoparticles

  • Charles Wang Receives Love Family Foundation Scholarship

    Charles M. Wang, of Marietta, Georgia, has received the 2017 Love Family Foundation Scholarship. This award is the highest that Georgia Tech gives to a graduating senior. Wang graduates on May 6, 2017, with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science and more mathematics credits than most math majors.

  • Joel Kostka on Microbes and Climate Change

    What can microorganisms teach us about climate change? Plenty, because microbes respond, adapt, and evolve faster than other organisms. Scientists can discover how microorganisms will change because of global warming more quickly than is possible for complex organisms. Understanding how microbes respond to climate change will help predict its effects on other forms of life, including humans.

  • Andrew Zangwill: Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award

    Andrew Zangwill is the recipient of the 2017 Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award. Zangwill is a professor in the School of Physics. His selection is based on his outstanding teaching record, exemplary service, and leadership.

  • College of Sciences Professor Appointed to Top Role in Search for Gravitational Waves

    Members of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have appointed Georgia Tech Professor Laura Cadonati as their first-ever deputy spokesperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). Together with the spokesperson, Cadonati will speak on behalf of LIGO when new gravitational wave detections are announced and oversee the management of a number of divisions, including data analysis and astrophysics.

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  • Billion-dollar project would synthesize hundreds of thousands of molecules in search of new medicines

    Martin Burke, a chemist at the University of Illinois in Urbana, has watched biologists pull in billions of dollars to decipher the human genome, and physicists persuade governments to fund the gargantuan Large Hadron Collider, which discovered the Higgs boson. Meanwhile chemists, divided among dozens of research areas, often wind up fighting for existing funds. Burke wants to change that. He has proposed that chemists rally around an initiative to synthesize most of the hundreds of thousands of known organic natural products: the diverse small molecules made by microbes, plants, and animals. He has teamed with Jeffrey Skolnick, a computational biologist and professor in the School of Biological Sciences, to come up with a potentially easier way to synthesize natural products. 

    Science , Apr 19, 2017

  • Methane from microbes kept early Earth warm

    Methane-making microbes may have battled “rust-breathing” microbes for dominance in early Earth’s oceans—and kept those oceans from freezing under an ancient, dimmer sun in the process, new research suggests....“The ancestors of modern methane-making and rust-breathing microbes may have long battled for dominance in habitats largely governed by iron chemistry,” says Marcus Bray, a biology doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Jennifer Glass, assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Glass was the principal investigator for the Georgia Tech research team, which included professors Frank Stewart and Tom DiChristina, postdoctoral scholars Jieying Wu and Cecilia Kretz, Ph.D candidate Keaton Belli, and M.S. student Ben Reed.

    Futurity , Apr 19, 2017

  • Why We are Marching for Science

    Marc Weissburg, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and an organizer of the March for Science Atlanta on April 22, writes in the Ampilfier blog about the need for the scientific community to reach out to the public:

    The Amplifier, Apr 19, 2017

  • Ay, Caramba! 'Bart Simpson' Landslide Reveals Ceres' Icy Innards

    Ceres may look like an ancient, inert mass of dusty rock hanging out in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but the dwarf planet is proving itself to be to be a dynamic and fascinating place....Now it looks like landslides can be added to the mix. In a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers have identified "flow features" on Ceres that look very much like landslides that occur on Earth (including one that looks surprisingly like TV's Bart Simpson) -- all of which are driven by the presence of water ice...."These landslides offer us the opportunity to understand what's happening in the upper few kilometers of Ceres," said Heather Chilton, co-author of the paper and a graduate student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EAS Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt was the lead author on the study, and EAS graduate student Justin Lawrence was a co-author.

    Space.com, Apr 19, 2017

  • Ceres Prank Lands Bart Simpson in Detention for Eternity

    Humankind has a long history of looking up at the stars and seeing figures and faces. In fact, there’s a word for recognizing faces in natural objects: pareidolia. But this must be the first time someone has recognized Bart Simpson’s face on an object in space. Researchers studying landslides on the dwarf planet Ceres noticed a pattern that resembles the cartoon character. The researchers, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, are studying massive landslides that occur on the surface of the icy dwarf. Their findings are reinforcing the idea that Ceres has significant quantities of frozen water. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt was the lead author on the study; EAS graduate students Heather Chilton and Justin Lawrence were co-authors. 

    Universe Today , Apr 18, 2017