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College of Sciences site, Dec 11, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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