In a new study, researchers describe pumping carbon dioxide-infused seawater across a patch of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's an extraordinary way to bring research from the laboratory into the real world. The results? The carbon dioxide-infused seawater suppressed growth by a third. "It's a silent killer," says Kim Cobb, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, who was asked to comment on the study.
Mashable, Mar 15, 2018
If you could rewind time and let evolution happen all over again, would the end result resemble life as we know it? This is no longer a theoretical question. While he was at Georgia Tech, School of Biological Sciences' Eric Gaucher worked with Betul Kacar on a NASA-funded project to replay evolution again and again with the bacterium E. coli, rewinding the evolution of a specific key protein that the bacteria needed to survive.
Space.com, Mar 8, 2018
CBS 46 invited Kim Cobb of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to a roundtable discussion for International Women's Day. "Science is one of the cornerstones of our society. To tap the full talent of what we have to offer to each other, we need everybody at the table," Cobb says. Wherever she finds young women interested in STEM, Cobb says, she tries to inspire and encourage them. "That's my day-to-day mission."
CBS 46, Mar 8, 2018
School of Biological Sciences Professor Joshua Weitz wrote an opinion piece for the myAJC blog supporting the high school students who may choose to walk out on March 14 "to honor the students and staff killed in the Parkland, Fl., school shooting three weeks ago." He implores Georgia Tech to reassure students who engage in peaceful protest that their admission status will not be jeopardized.
myAJC, Mar 8, 2018
Mark E. Hay, of the School of Biological Sciences, will receive the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal for his excellent research on algae that has implications for imperiled coral reefs. Our profile of Mark Hay in January tells the backstory of this award.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar 4, 2018
School of Mathematics Professor Matt Baker reflects on the 2018 Georgia Algebraic Geometry Symposium, hosted for the first time at Georgia Tech, in his personal mathematics blog. He reviews and provides a brief overview of the eight talks and highlights spectacular new results.
Matt Baker's Math Blog, Feb 28, 2018
Something is happening beneath the ice on Saturn's moon, Enceladus. New Earthly research offers more proof that microbes could potentially thrive in the briny water of the moon's subserface ocean. The School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Jennifer Glass interprets the findings, saying that allthough there is a potential that the methane in Enceladus has biological sources, the study has its limitations.
Mashable, Feb 28, 2018
Scientists have long-thought that the icy world of Saturn's moon Enceladus could possibly play host to microbial life within the subsurface ocean, which is hidden under a shell of ice. Now, thanks to some new Earthly research published this week in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have a little more proof that microbes could potentially thrive in that ocean's briny water. Mashable reached out to School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Jennifer Glass for comments.
Mashable, Feb 27, 2018
February is Black History Month, a special time set aside to celebrate the contributions of African Americans.
College of Sciences site, Feb 20, 2018
Was life on Earth carried in an asteroid? That's the question being examined by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry's Nicholas Hud, who believes molecules within asteroids act as a time capsule that can help scientists piece together how compounds formed before life began. Understanding the intricacies of these molecules can help researchers get a better glimpse into the progression of life. The story was also covered by Business Standard.
Newsweek, Feb 18, 2018