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  • Rodney Weber

    Rush hour pollution study finds alarming results

    Here is one more reason to hate Atlanta traffic: A new study from Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Duke University researchers shows that some in-car pollution during rush hours is twice as bad as previously thought. The researchers, which include School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rodney Weber, placed testing devices on passenger seats during peak traffic times. They found more particulate matter inside cars than roadside monitors usually find. The scientists also found more chemicals that cause oxidative stress, which can lead to a host of serious illnesses. 

    UPI, Jul 21, 2017

  • Joseph Mendelson

    The call of the wild

    What kind of professor turns his back on hard-earned tenure so he can hang out with reptiles and amphibians at a city zoo? If you're Joseph Mendelson, and you know that city zoo has a good reputation for research, then you jump at the chance and you ignore those warning of career suicide. (Besides, the zoo also offers an adjunct appointment at a nearby world-class academic institution in Midtown.) That's what Mendelson did 14 years ago, and he's never looked back. Mendelson, an adjunct associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, is director of herpetological research at Zoo Atlanta. 

    Science Magazine, Jul 21, 2017

  • Joel Kostka

    Will Melting Permafrost Release Global 'Methane Bomb'?

    Here is a LiveScience article examining the possibility of a methane "bomb" buried under Arctic permafrost, and whether it could indeed wreak havoc on Earth's climate if global warming releases it into the atmosphere. It's the very thing that Joel Kostka, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been studying with his research team in the wilds of northern Minnesota

    LiveScience, Jul 20, 2017

  • Joel Kostka

    Here’s What Scientists Know About the Risk of a Massive Global Methane Release

    A recent New York Magazine article painted a darker-than-usual picture of planetary climate change. If billions of tons of ancient carbon buried in permafrost ever thaws out, it could release a methane "bomb" into the atmosphere that could trigger "Day After Tomorrow"-style disasters.  This article discusses the chances of that actually happening, and includes reaction from Joel Kostka, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences. Kostka is part of a research team studying this subject in northern Minnesota.


    Seeker, Jul 18, 2017

  • Kim Cobb

    Climate scientists flock to France’s call

    French President Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative, which promises nearly $70 million in funding grants to work on climate studies in his country, is having an impact. Hundreds of climate researchers from all over the world, including the U.S., are brushing up on their high school French to take advantage of the offer. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Kim Cobb isn't one of them, but she shares her thoughts on the initiative, which Macron announced shortly after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris global warming accord. 

    Nature , Jul 18, 2017

  • David Hu

    Ants, Dutiful Escape Artists, Build Towers in Constant Flux

    When fire ants studied by David Hu escaped his Georgia Tech lab and invaded a nearby professor's office, their method of breaking out – building an Eiffel Tower-shaped structure out of their own bodies – became part of Hu's research. That's how this New York Times story begins regarding Hu's new study of ant tower-building abilities. (Here's a New York Times video on Hu's research.) Quartz also covered the study; its story describes how speeding up the research video of the ants provided a better look at how the insects cycled themselves through the tower-building process. Hu is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics.


    The New York Times, Quartz , Jul 17, 2017

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    GT College of Sciences Site, Jul 17, 2017

  • David Hu

    Ants Exhibit Towering Engineering Skills

    It's a story right up Science Friday's alley: the remarkable ability of fire ants to build soaring towers out of their own bodies. The new research from School of Biological Sciences Associate Professor David Hu gives public radio host Ira Flatow a chance to ask Hu not only about ant engineering, but also about what a fellow Tech professor thought when things got a little antsy in his office. Hu is also an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics.



    Science Friday , Jul 14, 2017

  • Britney Schmidt

    Shifting ice on Jupiter’s moon could probe its interior

    Britney Schmidt, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, knows a thing or two about researching Jupiter's icy moon Europa. Schmidt is part of the NASA research team looking at instrumentation for a proposed Europa lander mission. That's why Astronomy asked her to comment on new research that simulates icequakes on the moon, and whether accelerometers and other seismic instruments should be included in the lander's instrumentation.  

    Astronomy, Jul 13, 2017

  • Craig Tovey

    How fire ants use their bodies to build wriggling Eiffel Tower-like columns

    New research focusing on the remarkable tower-building abilities of fire ants continues to attract attention from top media outlets, such as this story from the Washington Post. Also, study co-author Craig Tovey, a professor in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, takes us behind the scenes of the research in this post for The Conversation. David Hu also worked on the study. Hu is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Physics. 

    The Washington Post, Jul 13, 2017