In the News

  • Marc Weissburg

    Why We are Marching for Science

    Marc Weissburg, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences and an organizer of the March for Science Atlanta on April 22, writes in the Ampilfier blog about the need for the scientific community to reach out to the public:

    Events like the Atlanta Science Fair, and the national March for Science on April 22 are enormous opportunities to engage our fellow citizens. They allow us to communicate how the work of scientists and engineers is essential for making personal and collective decisions that promote equity, justice, and human and environmental health.

     

    The Amplifier, Apr 19, 2017

  • Heather Chilton

    Ay, Caramba! 'Bart Simpson' Landslide Reveals Ceres' Icy Innards

    Ceres may look like an ancient, inert mass of dusty rock hanging out in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but the dwarf planet is proving itself to be to be a dynamic and fascinating place....Now it looks like landslides can be added to the mix. In a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers have identified "flow features" on Ceres that look very much like landslides that occur on Earth (including one that looks surprisingly like TV's Bart Simpson) -- all of which are driven by the presence of water ice...."These landslides offer us the opportunity to understand what's happening in the upper few kilometers of Ceres," said Heather Chilton, co-author of the paper and a graduate student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EAS Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt was the lead author on the study, and EAS graduate student Justin Lawrence was a co-author.

    Space.com, Apr 19, 2017

  • Britney Schmidt

    Ceres Prank Lands Bart Simpson in Detention for Eternity

    Humankind has a long history of looking up at the stars and seeing figures and faces. In fact, there’s a word for recognizing faces in natural objects: pareidolia. But this must be the first time someone has recognized Bart Simpson’s face on an object in space. Researchers studying landslides on the dwarf planet Ceres noticed a pattern that resembles the cartoon character. The researchers, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, are studying massive landslides that occur on the surface of the icy dwarf. Their findings are reinforcing the idea that Ceres has significant quantities of frozen water. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt was the lead author on the study; EAS graduate students Heather Chilton and Justin Lawrence were co-authors. 

    Universe Today , Apr 18, 2017

  • Josh Mendez Harper

    Saturn moon Titan's "electric sand" would make super castles

    Electrified sands on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may stick together due to static cling, potentially meaning that sand castles there would last for weeks, a new study finds...."At first glance, if you look at images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, Titan looks very Earth-like, with dunes, lakes, oceans, mountains and potentially volcanoes, and it has a dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere like Earth’s,” said study lead author Joshua Méndez, a granular dynamicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “But once you start looking at the details, you realize that it is an alien and exciting world.” Mendez collaborated on the study with Professor Josef Dufek and graduate student George McDonald, all with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

     

    CBS News, Apr 17, 2017

  • Josh Mendez Harper

    Saturn Moon Titan's 'Electric Sand' Would Make Super Castles

    Electrified sands on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may stick together due to static cling, potentially meaning that sand castles there would last for weeks, a new study finds....Joshua Méndez, a granular dynamicist and graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, speculated that the moon's sand might readily become electrically charged, making its behavior significantly different from that of Earth sand. Mendez collaborated on the study with Professor Josef Dufek and graduate student George McDonald, all with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 

    Space.com, Apr 17, 2017

  • College of Sciences Faculty Win GT Faculty and Staff Awards

    2017 Georgia Tech Faculty & Staff Awards

    cos.gatech.edu, Apr 17, 2017

  • David Hu

    Honeybees are really hairy, so they can carry as much pollen as possible

    Honeybees have almost three million hairs on their tiny bodies. Each hair is strategically placed to carry pollen and also to brush it off. Researchers at Georgia Tech used high-speed footage of tethered bees covered in pollen to see how these hairs work. David Hu, an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences, was a co-author of the study. The Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project assisted in the research. 

    Quartz, Apr 10, 2017

  • Thomas Orlando

    NASA Taps Georgia Tech Researchers To Build Next Generation Of Space Suits

    NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS (Radiation Effect on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces), will study radiation on other planets and build radiation-proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration? Georgia Public Broadcasting interviews Thomas Orlando, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the director of the Georgia Tech Center for Space Technology and Research (CSTAR), and the leader of the REVEALS team. 

    Georgia Public Broadcasting, Apr 6, 2017

  • Josef Dufek

    Electric Sand: How Titan's Dunes Got Their Weird Shapes

    A billion kilometers away from Earth's oldest and most majestic sand dunes, Saturn's moon Titan is also sporting some impressive features at its equatorial deserts, thanks to radar imaging from the Cassini orbiter. Yet Titan's dunes aren't just formed by winds; electrostatic forces are also at work, according to new research from School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Josef Dufek, and graduate students Josh Mendez Harper and George McDonald.

    Scientific American , Apr 3, 2017

  • Ceyhun Eksin

    On Second Thought: Empathy 


    Empathy is a crucial human ability. It’s the basis of the golden rule: do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. New research from Georgia Tech finds that empathy can help prevent the spread of disease during an outbreak. This segment on Georgia Public Broadcasting's "On Second Thought" program featured Ceyhun Eksin, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of School of Biological Sciences professor Joshua S. Weitz. Eksin and Weitz collaborated with a researcher from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

    Georgia Public Broadcasting, Apr 3, 2017