Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Buzz on Bioscience


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The biosciences are big at Georgia Tech. Researchers discuss what’s happening and how they see the future.
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Biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech has risen from a handful of projects to national prominence in just two decades. Today, more than half of all incoming freshman pursue a degree in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, or biology. These students want to both understand living systems and make things that improve people’s lives.

Stanley Miller’s Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed


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The first-ever analysis of some of Stanley Miller’s old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.
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Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never analyzed. The first-ever analysis of some of Miller’s old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.

College of Sciences Teams Up with Science Teacher to Bring STEM Education to American Indian Reservations


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Middle school teacher Nicole Collins is working with Georgia Tech faculty to develop lesson plans that will be available to teachers across the country.
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By Hannah Ackermann and Drake Lee-Patterson

 
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Nicole Collins

How Tech and Teachers are Working to Change the Face of High School Science Classes


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Q & A with Casey Bethel, science teacher at New Manchester High School
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By Hannah Ackermann and Drake Lee-Patterson

 
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Casey Bethel with student Anika Carter at New Manchester High School

Platelet-like particles augment natural blood clotting for treating trauma


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A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the treatment of traumatic injuries.
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A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries – and potentially offer doctors a new option for curbing surgical bleeding and addressing certain blood clotting disorders without the need for transfusions of natural platelets.

M.G. Finn Named Interim Chair for School of Chemistry and Biochemistry


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M.G. Finn is the new interim chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Professor M.G. Finn is the new interim chair of the school on May 16. With a range of interests from immunology to organic synthesis to materials science, Finn brings something special to this new role.

“We have an important dual mission at Georgia Tech, to educate students at all levels and to do world-class research,” shared Finn. “The chair’s office can be strongly enabling to both endeavors. I look forward to working with the remarkable faculty and staff of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. We have a lot of exciting things to do.”

Obama Intends to Name El-Sayed to President's Committee on the National Medal of Science


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El-Sayed will help select nominations for the National Medal of Science
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ATLANTA – The White House announced President Barack Obama intends to name Georgia Tech Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Mostafa El-Sayed to a key post, the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. This honor will be one of many prestigious titles El-Sayed has acquired since becoming a Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair to Georgia Tech in 1994. He received the National Medal of Science from President George W. Bush in 2007.

Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel


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Researchers are using engineered bacteria to produce a hydrocarbon that may be useful as a rocket fuel.
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Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects by Mass Spectrometry


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A new robotic system at Georgia Tech’s Center for Chemical Evolution could soon let scientists better simulate and analyze the chemical reactions of early Earth on the surface of real rocks.
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Art Ragauskas Honored with 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award


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The award is the highest honor that TAPPI can bestow upon an individual and will be presented at the 2014 PaperCon Conference in April.
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