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Fostering Happiness
Eric Schumacher, professor in the School of Psychology, teaches that, with intentional practice, people can improve their happiness level regardless of the circumstances and their individual predisposition.
Jennifer Hom
Two School of Mathematics researchers will head to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2022 to lecture at the prestigious International Congress of Mathematicians, which is held every four years. 
College of Sciences alumni from three schools are in this year's class of Georgia Tech Alumni 40 Under 40.
The Georgia Tech Alumni Association has released its annual list of young graduates working to change our world, with six College of Sciences alumni from three schools among those honored in the 2021 class of the Tech’s 40 Under 40: Arindam Basu (MS Math 09, PhD ECE 10), James Belanger (EAS 07, PhD EAS 12), Kristen Marhaver (Bio 04), Melissa Nord (EAS 13), Michole Washington (AM 16), and Thomas “Bo” Hatchett (Bio 13).
Spectators watched swimming and diving events during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in what is now the Campus Recreation Center. (Photo Georgia Tech)
Could the absence of spectators — and their cheers — impact the performances of Olympic athletes in Tokyo competing in the Summer Games? Psychology professor Bruce Walker says much depends on whether the athlete hears spectator sounds as distractions, or "white noise" that helps them focus. 
Queensferry Crossing from Port Edgar Maria (Credit: Transport Scotland)
Traffic and wind regularly cause low frequency vibrations to ripple through bridge building materials such as steel and concrete. This energy would normally travel away from its source before dissipating — but School of Mathematics' Rachel Kuske is joining colleagues at Georgia State University and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to capture and recycle this untapped energy source by using the principles of physics.

Experts In The News

  • Institute for Data Engineering and Science Expands Leadership Team

    Over the last two years, the Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS) operations, research, and service portfolios have grown significantly. To accommodate this, IDEaS has taken steps to expand its current leadership team, granting new titles to two College of Sciences researchers. New Thrust Lead positions were created to focus on and opportunistically expand capabilities in important areas. Jeffrey Skolnick, Regents' Professor, Mary and Maisie Gibson Chair, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Computational Systems Biology in the School of Biological Sciences, is now Thrust Lead for Precision Medicine and Drug Discovery. David Sherrill, professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the new Director for the Center for High Performance Computing (CHiPC). Sherrill previously served as IDEaS Asst. Director for Research and Education.

    Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS), Jul 26, 2021

  • Rat Nests Contribute To Fossil Record In Odd Wyoming Cave

    Since 2016, Jenny McGuire, an assistant professor in the Schools of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Biological Sciences, has traveled from Atlanta to northern Wyoming and its Natural Trap Cave to hunt fossils. The goal is to use those fossils to learn more from them about climate change's inpact on animal and human population. Pack rats and their cave nests are helping McGuire and her fellow scientists in their search for clues about how that region, its plant and animal life has changed over the last 30,000 years. The Billings Gazette has more coverage here. 

    Associated Press (via Billings Gazette), Jul 25, 2021

  • J&J shot recipients may need a booster; new advice on infected kids

    This Reuters roundup of the latest scentific studies on the coronovirus and Covid-19 vaccines includes new research from Joshua Weitz, Professor and Tom and Marie Patton Chair in Biological Sciences, and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences in the School of Biological Sciences. In a report recently posted on the medical website medRxiv ahead of peer review, Weitz and his co-authors advise, based on their computer models, that unvaccinated healthcare workers be assigned to work with vaccinated patients. In that scenario, if a healthcare worker becomes infected but does not realize it and shows up to work, "then the chance of onward spread is significantly reduced ... leading to lower rates in the facility as a whole," says Weitz.

    Reuters, Jul 23, 2021

  • Feel the heat: Students track impact of extreme heat in Atlanta neighborhoods

    Staying cool as temperatures rise can be a struggle during Atlanta's summer. Now Georgia Tech and Spelman College scholars are teaming up to take a closer, scientific look at the impact of high city temperatures and why some neighborhoods feel the heat more than others. Approximately 40 students will serve as data collectors for the urban heat campaign, using a small temperature sensor that they will assemble, program, and connect to a smartphone app with guidance from the UrbanHeatATL team, which includes Spelman College Environmental and Health Sciences Program, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, the Partnership for Southern Equity, the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, the Urban Climate Lab and the Georgia Tech Global Change Program and the City of Atlanta.

    11 Alive News, Jul 21, 2021


A 3-day symposium on Sustainable Food, Climate & Health, and the UN Ocean's Decade.
A 3-day symposium on Sustainable Food, Climate & Health, and the UN Ocean's Decade.
13 to 14
"Applications of Physical Chemistry to Probing and Understanding Biology"
15 to 20
The conference brings the astrobiology community together every two years to share research, collaborate, and plan for the future.