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  • Benefits Add Up for Undergrads in School of Mathematics REU Program

    This summer's 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the School of Mathematics was the largest yet in terms of enrollment, as 20 students took their first steps toward the level of research work expected of them in graduate school. 

  • A Solar Sensation Over Campus

    When students arrive at Georgia Tech for the first day of fall classes on Aug. 21, 2017, a special treat awaits them: a mid-afternoon solar eclipse. Given good weather, special eclipse-related events planned for the Tech community will be held by Kessler Campanile. 

  • Eclipses as Special Effects in Storytelling

    Total solar eclipses are dramatic phenomena in real life, and they've inspired writers and other artists over the years to use them in their storytelling. Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Professor Lisa Yaszek gives her take on famous uses of solar eclipses in popular culture.

  • Bacteria-Killing Virus Teams Up with Animal Immune Response to Cure Acute Infections

    The rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs poses a serious public health threat.  In response, scientists and clinicians are exploring alternative ways to cure bacterial infections that are untreatable by antibiotics. One approach is to use bacteria-killing viruses – also known as bacteriophage, or phage.

  • Searching for Science in the Solar Darkness

    For hundreds of years, scientists and historians have used solar eclipses to learn more about the nature of the sun and how it effects Earth. That will continue on Aug. 21, 2017, with Georgia Tech researchers joining the search for answers as the path of a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S. 


College of Sciences Researchers in the News

  • Volcanic Eruptions Rocked Mars' Huge Canyon Valles Marineris, Study Finds

    A research team didn't expect to find 130 volcanoes deep within Mars' Valles Marineris, the solar system's longest canyon at 2,500 miles. Mars' volcanic regions are east of the canyon, so that was one surprise detailed in a new study from the team, which includes James Wray, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The other surprise? The Valles volcanoes' ages are estimated to be about 200-400 million years old, which is fairly young when you consider that the Red Planet's other volcanoes are estimated to be approximately 3.5 billion years old., Jul 25, 2017

  • The bizarre physics of fire ants

    The latest research led by David Hu on fire ants and their tower-building capabilities is compelling enough on its own. But video really adds a "wow" factor to it, and this Vox entry is a great example. In addition to an interview with Hu, it also has lab video showing living blobs of entangled ants being handled by researchers like they were lumps of Play-Doh. 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.

    Vox, Jul 25, 2017

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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