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Students from all six College of Sciences schools were recognized for excellence at this year's celebration.
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A team of Georgia Tech researchers is the first to study the relationship between fluctuations in attention and the brain network patterns within low-frequency 20-second cycles. They found that synchronized and desynchronized activity in different brain networks across 20-second cycles corresponds to small shifts in attention levels. The research may have applications for therapeutic treatments and could be a springboard for future innovation.
The coalescence and merger of a lower mass-gap black hole (dark gray surface) with a neutron star (greatly tidally deformed by the black hole's gravity). Credit: Ivan Markin, Tim Dietrich (University of Potsdam), Harald Paul Pfeiffer, Alessandra Buonanno
Shortly after the start of the fourth LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA (LVK) observing run, the LIGO Livingston detector observed a remarkable gravitational-wave signal from the collision of what is most likely a neutron star with an unknown compact object — one that's 2.5 to 4.5 times the mass of the Sun.
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This week, 50 students from Georgia Tech’s Astronomy Club will travel to Missouri to view the solar eclipse on April 8. Georgia isn’t in the path of totality — which occurs when the moon fully covers the sun — but Missouri is, and club members want to be there to experience the rare celestial event. While viewing the eclipse is the organization’s biggest adventure of the year, it is just one of many events the club hosts every month. The group is a place for hobbyist astronomers and physics students to connect over their love of the solar system and the mysteries within it.
Georgia Tech's Sonification Lab Revolutionizes Eclipse Experience for Visually Impaired
As the April 8 solar eclipse approaches, millions of people anticipate participating in the wonder of this celestial event. Yet, for those with visual impairments, traditional methods of observing such phenomena may present limitations. Fortunately, resources from the team of Tech’s Sonification Lab offer an inclusive approach.
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April is Earth Month with a full calendar of events open to the campus community.

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It’s been 10 years since the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, successfully launched the astronomy outreach program called Aloha Explorations at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site, or AMOS, in Maui, Hawaii. This STEM outreach project uses an 11-inch Celestron telescope, also known as the Aloha Telescope, to provide students in grades K-12 the ability to view live images from their classrooms and remotely control the telescope via an internet connection. The idea for this project originated from Dr. James Sowell, an astronomer and observatory director at the School of Physics. (This story also appeared at Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.)

Air Force Research Laboratory April 4, 2024

Georgia Tech students associated with the Astronomy Club are traveling to Missouri in order to be in the path of totality for the April 8 solar eclipse. The path of totality is the prime spot for viewing the moon travel between the Earth and the Sun. For the eclipse viewing trip, the Club plans to bring along astrophotography gear, an 8-inch Celestron telescope with a solar filter, and other equipment for members to use. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also covered this story.)

11 Alive April 1, 2024

Mega Millions breached the $1 billion mark, and it looks like the Powerball jackpot isn't too far behind. Yet, lottery games are mostly only lucrative for the private companies that states hire to run them, said Lew Lefton, emeritus faculty member with the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics, in a USA Today article. In fact, winning big in Mega Millions and Powerball is even harder now because recent rules make the odds even longer so lottery games can sell more tickets, he added.

The Tennessean - USA TODAY Network March 26, 2024

Upcoming Events

Join us to celebrate sustainability efforts on campus in honor of Earth Day!
On April 18, 2024, the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech will host Frontiers in Science: Climate Action Conference and Symposium.
(The last day to sign up is April 15, 2024.) This study hub is geared towards local participants (at all levels) who would like to interact with public gravitational-wave data in some capacity, for educational or research purposes.
A monthly occurrence of the GT Observatory's Public Night open to all who are interested in viewing celestial objects through our many telescopes here on campus.
Join us for a brief update on the Neuro Next Initiative, as well as light refreshments, conversation, and community.

Spark: College of Sciences at Georgia Tech

Welcome — we're so glad you're here. Learn more about us in this video, narrated by Susan Lozier, College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair.