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  • Emory, Georgia Tech students chosen as Rhodes scholars

    Those selected to become Rhodes scholars are in very elite company. President Bill Clinton. MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, actor/singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, and author/poet Robert Penn Warren are just a few of the notable Americans winning scholarships for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the U.K. Georgia Tech's Calvin Runnels, a senior in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, can now add his name to that list. Runnels is part of one of the most diverse Rhodes groups yet, with 10 African-American students – the most in a single Rhodes class – and four from schools that had never had winners before. Runnels is also the second self-identified transgender student to win a Rhodes scholarship. In addition to the Associated Press item, Runnels is also mentioned in this Washington Post story

    Associated Press, Nov 20, 2017

  • A New Breakthrough Could Make Organic Electronics Far More Efficient

    Organic materials represent the future of electronics, thanks partly to their low cost. But organics aren't the best conductors of electricity, which is why organic semiconductors have to be "doped," or treated with special chemicals, to help realize their potential in advances like flexible electronics, more efficient energy storage, and better displays for televisions and smartphones. Seth Marder and Stephen Barlow of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry contributed to a new study on a doping system that improves organic semiconductivity by a factor of a million. Marder is a Regents' Professor and founding director of Tech's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), and Barlow is a research scientist.  

    Futurism , Nov 19, 2017

  • The Cool Beginnings of a Volcano’s Supereruption

    If you think the areas that lie underneath supervolcanoes are right out of a cheesy 1960s sci-fi movie – all huge, bubbling lakes of magma and white-hot temperatures – think again. A new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers that looked at the Long Valley Caldera in California indicates lower temperatures and magma cool enough to be solid. In addition to this New York Times story, the study is also featured in Newsweek. The study's first author is Nathan Andersen, now a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Joe Dufek's Geophysics@Georgia Tech lab in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    The New York Times , Nov 6, 2017

  • China Focus: Rising China, a magnet for overseas Chinese talent

    The Chinese government is spending more money than it used to on science, and as a result more Chinese researchers are returning to their homeland to take advantage of the extra funding. Nearly 425,000 researchers and students who were working/studying overseas came back in 2016, and many are now involved in projects ranging from manned space flight to quantum communications. One of the scientists profiled is Zhong Lin Wang, an adjunct professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Xinhua News, Nov 6, 2017

  • Is there any benefit to daydreaming?

    The professional daydreamers among us might argue that there is indeed a benefit to letting your mind wander; just five minutes of pretending to be on a beach in Tahiti can be a worthwhile escape from the day's worries. But a new study from researchers with the School of Psychology shows that for some, daydreaming could be a sign of greater intellectual ability and creativity. This Guardian story quotes the study's lead author, graduate student Christine Godwin.

    The Guardian, Nov 6, 2017