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  • Sustainability: A greener culture

    They fly around the world presenting research and describing the impact of greenhouse gases and climate change on the planet. But what kind of carbon footprints are climatologists and other researchers leaving in their wake? This Nature article features interviews with several scientists – including  Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – who are trying to practice what is preached when it comes to reducing emissions and boosting sustainability in their work and travels. 

    Nature , Jun 21, 2017

  • 2017 Georgia Tech Summer Tour: Day 3 Recap

    For the past nine years, Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, along with faculty and other Institute officials, have taken summer tours of the state to meet with business leaders, lawmakers, alumni, and others with an interest in Tech's mission. This year's tour of South Georgia is the most extensive yet: nearly 1,000 miles, 44 counties, and 12 cities. The Tech entourage includes School of Physics Professor Deirdre Shoemaker, who at 1:48 into the video talks about what she hopes to learn on the tour.

    Georgia Tech - YouTube, Jun 21, 2017

  • Widely felt earthquake shakes Augusta, Georgia

    While everybody was wondering whether June 20th's special election in Georgia would set off a political earthquake, an actual 3.2 magnitude tremor struck the area around Augusta. No damage was reported, but it was felt 140 miles away in Atlanta. It also gave the makers of Temblor, a mobile app that calculates quake risk where you live, a chance to write on their blog about how often earthquakes hit the eastern U.S. For insight into the seismic activity in our region, the Temblor blog team spoke with Andrew Newman, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences., Jun 20, 2017

  • Wildfire pollution much worse than thought, study says

    Greg Huey's new study of wildfires and their impact on air quality is sparking some attention, as firefighters throughout the country deal with summer blazes. USA Today zeroed in on the finding that uncontrolled wildfires shoot harmful microscopic aerosols into the air at a much higher rate than previously thought. Those particles can drift for miles before being inhaled and potentially doing serious damage to the heart and lungs. Meanwhile, the International Business Times' coverage of the study provides detail on how researchers flew instrument-laden planes into California wildfires to gather their data, and the "crazy bumpy" rides that resulted. Huey is a professor in, and the chair of, the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

    USA Today , Jun 15, 2017

  • Facial recognition changes a wasp’s brain

    Believe it or not, a certain species of paper wasp is believed to have facial recognition ability. How exactly is that ability reflected in the wasps' brains? That's what Ali Berens, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences set out to explore in her new study. By running paper wasps through some recognition exercises of faces and patterns and then studying the DNA in their brains, Berens and coworkers found more than 200 genes that were active during facial recognition. 

    Science News , Jun 14, 2017