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Scialog® announces winners of $1.1 million for "Signatures of Life in the Universe" program.
The duo of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences associate professors are among 20 Scialog® winners of $1.1 million in funding from four organizations, including NASA, for new approaches that could transform our understanding of the habitability of planets. Glass and Reinhard are also among AGU’s latest cohort of annual awardees. 
Controlled Wildland Burn
A $1 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help researchers develop tactics to protect children from harmful emissions from controlled wildland burns. The initiative will provide equipment and new communications approaches in middle and high schools in Albany and Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala. 
Lewis Wheaton
Eight College of Sciences faculty and staff members were honored at a Sept. 15th event sponsored by Insititute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for their work on efforts to expand representation and inclusiveness at Georgia Tech. 
College of Sciences Dean Susan Lozier welcomes guests to the September Sciences Celebration (Photo Renay San Miguel)
The September Sciences Celebration, staged outdoors at Harrison Square on September 9, 2021 by the College of Sciences Office of the Dean, welcomed new faculty and presented 2020-2021 awards to a number of faculty and a fourth year student in the School of Mathematics. 
EcoCommons Grass
Bringing together a wide range of local and global experts to showcase climate change solutions, the event will be held in a fully virtual, online format for the second year due to the pandemic.
Honey Bee Pollen Pellet
New research led by Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering finds that honey bees have developed a way to transform pollen particles into a viscoelastic pellet, allowing them to transport pollen efficiently, quickly, and reliably to their hive. The study also suggests the insects remove pollen from their bodies at speeds 2-10 times slower than their typical grooming speeds.

Experts In The News

  • Scientists Discover When Earth’s Oxygen Will Run Out – Should We Worry?

    Chris Reinhard, associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, teamed with a colleague to run models on Earth's climate and its biochemical processes in an attempt to determine the evolution of our planet's atmosphere. The scientists determined that the future lifespan of Earth's atmosphere is approximately one billion years. (The original research study in Nature Geoscience can be found here.)

    Health Thoroughfare, Sep 24, 2021

  • Changing The Rock Dust Applied To Farm Fields Could Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Agriculture is responsible for more than 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and some in the industry are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One of those efforts is replacing the kind of crushed rock farmers use to neutralize their soil’s acidity, from limestone to basalt. Chris Reinhard, associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is one of the researchers involved in the study. (National Public Radio's Morning Edition picked up the story, which can be heard here.) 

    Iowa Public Radio , Sep 21, 2021

  • UN chief urges 'rapid' emission cuts to curb climate change

    Ahead of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting next week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned governments that climate change is proceeding faster than predicted, and fossil fuel emissions have already bounced back from a pandemic dip. Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair and ADVANCE Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was the lead author for the recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. Cobb says limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius isn't out of reach yet, but "this new report is a stark reminder of the difference between the emissions pathways required to achieve that target, and the reality on the ground. Simply put, we are way off course.” (This story also appears in The Independent; registration required.)

    Washington Post (via Associated Press), Sep 16, 2021

  • Evolving globs of yeast may unlock mysteries of multicellular life

    How did cells first glom together, learn to cooperate, and yield organisms that contain millions, billions, or even trillions of cells? In a new experiment, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology oversaw the evolution of clusters of yeast that each grew to contain hundreds of thousands of cells—the largest of their kind—enabling the scientists to study the possible origins of complex multicellular structures. One of those scientists is Will Ratcliff, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences in the School of Biological Sciences. Quanta Magazine also reported on this experiment.  

    National Geographic , Sep 14, 2021


The three-day 2021 Symposium will focus on Sustainable Food, Climate & Health, and the UN Ocean's Decade.
This talk: The global lockdown to mitigate COVID-19 health risks both reduced human interactions with nature, while increasing interactions with animals indoors.
08 to 11
This hands-on workshop will help material scientists use programming-based informatics tools to create reproducible data workflows, automate tedious data extraction, visualize data for exploration, and apply AI/ML models for predictive capabilities.
13 to 14
"Applications of Physical Chemistry to Probing and Understanding Biology"
Feb to Mar
27 to 03
TMS, the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, holds it annual meeting in February in Anaheim, Calif.
15 to 20
The conference brings the astrobiology community together every two years to share research, collaborate, and plan for the future.