College of Sciences Strategic Plan: 2021-2030 now available

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Welcome to the College of Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology

Who We Are

The College of Sciences at Georgia Tech cultivates curiosity, encourages exploration, and fosters innovation to develop scientific solutions for a better world. Working across six internationally ranked schools with the brightest young minds in our fields, we mentor future leaders to identify and push the frontiers of human knowledge, imagination, and innovation. Explore more.

Latest News

Study Reveals Particle Count in Aircraft Cabins
If you’re looking for an indoor space with a low level of particulate air pollution, a commercial airliner flying at cruising altitude may be your best option. A newly reported study of air quality in indoor spaces such as stores, restaurants, offices, public transportation — and commercial jets — shows aircraft cabins with the lowest levels of tiny aerosol particles.
Kathy Sims is the Development Assistant at the College of Sciences and has over 25 years of experience working at Georgia Tech
College of Sciences Development Assistant discusses her unique perspective, influenced by various mentors and friends, and how that perspective shapes her daily life. 
A high magnification micrograph of "cryptitis" in a case of Crohn's disease, colorized with an H&E stain and enhanced with post-processing. (Courtesy Wikimedia author Nephron)
The largest genome sequencing studies yet for African-Americans with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn's disease is being conducted by a School of Biological Sciences professor and his colleague at Emory — but Greg Gibson says that more genetic risk assessments for underrepresented communities must be done to help deliver more equitable health care access and outcomes.

Third-year Neuroscience student discusses his involvements at Georgia Tech, career goals, and thoughts and reflections on Black History Month. 
Alligator 1
A new study reported by Georgia Tech researchers finds that an alligator heart will not fibrillate when exposed to drastic temperature changes, unlike a rabbit (mammal) heart, which is critically vulnerable to heart trauma under those conditions. The research could help  better understand how the heart works and what can cause a deadly arrhythmia – which fundamentally happens when the heart doesn’t pump blood correctly any longer.   
Worm blobs create collective behavior
Individually, California blackworms live an unremarkable life eating microorganisms in ponds and serving as tropical fish food for aquarium enthusiasts. But together, tens, hundreds, or thousands of the centimeter-long creatures can collaborate to form a “worm blob,” a shape-shifting living liquid that collectively protects its members from drying out and helps them escape threats such as excessive heat.
Heart illustration by Harriss Callahan and Monet Fort
He's a physicist, but Flavio Fenton has long been fascinated by the heart, and the electrical signals that keep it pumping. Fenton recounts how he pivoted from particle physics to researching cardiac rhythms, along the way helping to provide innovations in heart sound studies. 

Experts In The News

  • In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers

    Georgia Tech College of Sciences Dean Susan Lozier is quoted, and her research cited, in a New York Times story detailing scientists' concerns about the northern arm of the Gulf Stream, the river-within-an-ocean that transports warmth to the North Atlantic. Several studies now suggest this northern portion of the Stream and the deep ocean currents it’s connected to may be slowing, resulting in a "cold blob" of water just south of Greenland that could result in negative consequences for continents along the Atlantic.  Lozier, the John Clark Sutherland and Betsy Middleton Chair, is a physical oceanographer who is also the president of the American Geophysical Union. She is the international project lead investigator for Osnap, an array of ocean sensors stretching from Canada to Greenland and Scotland. “There are very strong signals in the ocean of climate change,” Lozier says in the story. But most studies on the AMOC (Atlantic meridional overturning circulation) don’t measure the “conveyor belt” directly. (Subscription required.)

    The New York Times , Mar 3, 2021

  • Graphene Oxide Membranes for Water Clarification

    Recycling water used in paper mills can be an expensive process; evaporators are usually used, but they require a lot of energy. Filtration membranes are better but so far can't withstand the harsh conditions and high chemical concentrations found in pulping wastewater.  Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have found a method to engineer membranes made from graphene oxide, a chemically resistant material based on carbon, so they can work effectively in industrial applications. The researchers are Sankar Nair, Zhongzhen Wang, and Chen Ma from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Meisha Shofner and Scott Sinquefield from the Renewable Bioproducts Institute, and Chunyan Xu with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

    Paper Industry Technical Association , Mar 2, 2021

  • Identifying gene expression patterns associated with drug-specific survival in cancer patients

    Three researchers from the School of Biological Sciences and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering have published research that identified a large number of genes and gene sets that were potentially useful as transcript-level biomarkers for predicting drug-specific patient survival outcomes. The findings suggest that the drug-specific survival marker genes they found warrant further investigation for insights into drug mechanisms, and for validation as biomarkers to aid cancer therapy decisions. The researchers are Bridget Neary, Jie Zhou, and Peng Qiu

    Nature Scientific Reports , Mar 2, 2021

  • SDGs at Georgia Tech: A Call to Collective Action

    The pandemic may have delayed its completion, but Georgia Tech has announced the results of its 17 Rooms at Georgia Tech: Recommended Actions report. It builds on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) project, with 17 "rooms" dedicated to stated goals such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water, Affordable Energy, etc., and how those can be implemented at the local level. Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and director of the Global Change Project, was part of the report's synthesis team.

    Georgia Tech Office of the President , Mar 1, 2021

Events

Mar
13 to 27
2021
The Atlanta Science Festival returns March 13-27, 2021 with 80+ virtual, self-guided, and outdoor events for curious kids and adults.
Mar
14 to 18
2021
This symposium will be held at The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
Mar
15
2021
Georgia Tech is proud to honor the legacy of a great alumnus and civic leader, former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage shines a light on those around the world who bravely act to improve the human condition.
Mar
23
2021
Explore new data showing Atlanta's urban hot spots, and their links to environmental justice.
May
15 to 20
2022
The conference brings the astrobiology community together every two years to share research, collaborate, and plan for the future.