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  • Researchers Determine Routes of Respiratory Infectious Disease Transmission on Aircraft

    Researchers have studied how passengers move about on aircraft to evaluate potential transmission of respiratory infections.

    A recent study conducted by researchers from Emory University and Georgia Tech found that an infectious passenger with influenza or other droplet-transmitted respiratory infection will most likely not transmit infection to passengers seated farther away than two seats laterally and one row in front or back on an aircraft. The study was designed to assess rates and routes of possible infectious disease transmission during flights.

  • A Future Colorfully Lit by the Mystifying Physics of Paint-On Semiconductors

    Bucking conventional wisdom about semiconductors, a new class of light-emitting materials is flexible, easily produced from solution, and could be painted onto a surface.

    It defies conventional wisdom about semiconductors. It's baffling that it even works. It eludes physics models that try to explain it. This newly tested class of light-emitting semiconductors is so easy to produce from solution that it could be painted onto surfaces to light up our future in myriad colors shining from affordable lasers, LEDs, and even window glass.

  • Erupting to Applause

    Volcano scientists like Georgia Tech's Josef Dufek are cheering for the chance to learn from the fiery showcase of Bali's Mount Agung.

    10 Questions with Josef Dufek about the eruption of Bali's Mount Agung

    The Alumni Magazine thought it would be a blast to talk to Dufek about his work at Tech and find out if we’re all inevitably doomed to die under mounds of volcanic ash and lava.

  • Promotions and Tenure for College of Sciences Faculty in 2017-2018

    Eighteen faculty members advance in the academic ladder

    School of Mathematics scores with eight faculty members earning promotions and/or tenure.

    The College of Sciences applauds faculty members who earned promotions and/or tenure in 2017-18.

  • School of Physics Researchers Pay Homage to Stephen Hawking

    Georgia Tech remembers the legendary scientist’s groundbreaking work on space, time, and black holes

    School of Physics researchers recall Stephen Hawking's contributions to science.

    Stephen Hawking's death on March 14 – Albert Einstein's birthday – brought an end to the legendary career of the world-reknowned physicist and cosmologist. Hawking's groundbreaking work on black holes inspired several College of Sciences researchers in their own studies about the nature of the universe.

  • An Unexpected Epicenter of Earthquake Activity

    Geophysics professor Zhigang Peng and his students wanted to know why there are so many earthquakes in Oklahoma

    Oklahoma has become a center of major earthquake activity, and the tremors are not all from natural causes.

    Many of us grew up thinking of California as the epicenter of most earthquake activity in the United States. (It’s really Alaska.) But today, in the contiguous U.S., most of the major tremors—magnitude 3 or higher—actually occur in Oklahoma. And these tremors don’t appear to come from wholly natural causes.

  • Let’s Talk About Science

    College of Sciences Ph.D. students share takeaways from science communication conference

    Attendees of the inaugural ComSciCon-Atlanta want to improve how to talk about their research to nonscientists.

    Three graduate students from College of Sciences attended the inaugural Communicating Science Conference—Atlanta (ComSciCon-Atlanta), held on March 1-2, 2018, at Georgia Tech. Like the 46 other participants, they wanted to improve how to talk to nonscientists about their research.

  • An Itch You Can’t Scratch: Researchers Find Itch Receptors in the Throats of Mice

    Animal study reveals a potential drug target for asthma

    Researchers have found previously known skin itch receptors in the airways of mice.

    Itch receptors in the throats of mice appear to contribute to bronchoconstriction and airway hypersensitivity, which are hallmarks of asthma and other respiratory disorders.

  • Come Rain or Shine

    A Meteorological Love Story

    Laura and James Belanger met at Georgia Tech as undergraduates, fell in love, got married, and pursued careers as rival forecasters.

    It's been all lightning bolts for Laura and James Belanger, who met at Georgia Tech as undergraduates, fell in love, got married and pursued careers as rival forecasters for two of the nation's biggest weather services.

  • Tasty, Scary, Punky Ways to Enjoy Science

    College of Sciences serves up two new mind-expanding activities at the Atlanta Science Festival

    College of Sciences is hosting the Taste of Science and Silver Scream Spookshow.

    The 2018 Atlanta Science Festival offers a kaleidoscope of cures for boring science including two new events from the College of Sciences. Taste of Science and Silver Scream Science Spookshow will spark enthusiasm, joy, and curiosity through nerdy exploration of food and ear-shattering hard-rock rendering of scientific concepts.