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Latest News From the College of Sciences

  • Marc Weissburg Named Brook Byers Professor

    Marc Weissburg, of the School of Biological Sciences, has been appointed Georgia Tech’s newest Brook Byers Professor. Yuanzhi Tang, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is one five newly appointed Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Faculty Fellows.


  • Georgia Tech Launches Global Change Program

    Kim Cobb is selected to lead the program, which will coordinate and grow educational and research activities focused on providing solutions and creating economic opportunities at the intersection of global change, climate change, and energy.

  • Researchers Determine Routes of Respiratory Infectious Disease Transmission on Aircraft

    A recent study conducted by researchers from Emory University and Georgia Tech found that an infectious passenger with influenza or other droplet-transmitted respiratory infection will most likely not transmit infection to passengers seated farther away than two seats laterally and one row in front or back on an aircraft. The study was designed to assess rates and routes of possible infectious disease transmission during flights.

  • A Future Colorfully Lit by the Mystifying Physics of Paint-On Semiconductors

    It defies conventional wisdom about semiconductors. It's baffling that it even works. It eludes physics models that try to explain it. This newly tested class of light-emitting semiconductors is so easy to produce from solution that it could be painted onto surfaces to light up our future in myriad colors shining from affordable lasers, LEDs, and even window glass.

  • Erupting to Applause

    The Alumni Magazine thought it would be a blast to talk to Dufek about his work at Tech and find out if we’re all inevitably doomed to die under mounds of volcanic ash and lava.


College of Sciences Researchers in the News

  • Georgia Tech partners with Honeywell on STEM teacher training program

    Georgia Tech and the Honeywell company announced a partnership to provide advanced teaching techniques to select middle and high school teachers in metro Atlanta in science, technology, engineering and math. The activities will be implemented by CEISMC, directed by Lizanne DeStefano, Mar 22, 2018

  • How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely

     During the height of the flu season, researchers from Georgia Tech and Emory University took four crowded flights from Atlanta to the West Coast. They observed passenger and crew movements, took air and surface samples, and listened for anyone who was coughing. The researchers were gathering data for a new study on how infectious diseases are transmitted among air travelers. School of Mathematics Professor Howard Weiss was a co-author of the study. The results of the research continue to get mainstream media attention, including this New York Times story and an article in Smithsonian Magazine.

    The New York Times, Mar 22, 2018

  • How Much Do You Poop in Your Lifetime?

    "A person's accomplishments accumulate over years and decades. Something else accumulates, too — their poop. The quantities of poop that people leave behind during an individual bathroom break can vary widely, depending on age, body weight, diet, exercise and other factors." David Hu's research on how long it takes animals to defecate informs this story. Hu is affiliated with the Schools of Mechanical Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Physics. 

    Live Science, Mar 21, 2018

  • The 'Wobbly' Physics Of Perovskites

    Georgia Tech researchers "have shed some new light on perovskite-based semiconductors that suggest they are quite unlike established semiconductors that rely upon rigidly stable chemical foundations. The researchers were looking at hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) and discovered that semiconducting physics created what could be described as electrons dancing on chemical underpinnings that wobble like a funhouse floor in an earthquake." School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Carlos Silva and Ph.D. student Felix Thouin talk about the new physics that could have applications in lasers, LEDs, lighting applications, and photovoltaics. Their study was published in Physical Review Materials.

    CS Compound Semiconductor, Mar 20, 2018

  • Atlanta tech company gives $1M for STEM education at APS school

    A Westside Atlanta school will not have to worry about funding for science, math and technology classes over the next five years, thanks to a $1 million donation from NCR Corp. Hollis Innovation Academy, with classes from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is benefitting from the Westside Future Fund. Hollis' STEM classes will operate through a partnership with Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), a unit of the College of Sciences.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar 20, 2018