News Archive

Unreal Time with Lew Lefton  (Photo by Roger Easley, Special to the AJC)
September 16, 2019
As a child in New Mexico, Lew Lefton, Georgia Tech associate vice president for research computing, had two passions, math and comedy. Until sixth grade, he never understood mathematics could be a career, figuring mathematicians were akin to blacksmiths, useful in the past, but not relevant today.
Wombats (Courtesy of Scott Carver)
September 12, 2019
How wombats produce the distinctively shaped poop has been of interest to the research teams of Georgia Tech mechanical engineering professor David Hu and Scott Carver, a lecturer in wildlife ecology in University of Tasmania, Australia. Wombats are poised to gain acclaim, because Hu, Carver, and their coworkers just received a 2019 Ig Nobel Prize, awarded by Improbable Research for research that initially makes people laugh and then think.
All smiles for first prize. From left: Kim Cobb, Brook Rothschild-Mancinelli, Rebecca Guth-Metzler, and Beril Toktay. Team member Priyam Raut is not pictured.
September 11, 2019
Three College of Sciences graduate students won first prize in the 2019 Carbon Reduction Challenge. They proposed energy-saving initiatives for the Institute of  Bioengineering and Bioscience Building. 
Jean-Luc Brédas Festschrift
September 11, 2019
The journal Chemistry of Materials dedicates a special issue to celebrate the 65th birthday of Jean-Luc Brédas.
Juan Archila (left) and David Collard in a new biology lab in Boggs (Photo by Maureen Rouhi)
September 10, 2019
Relentless construction in Georgia Tech makes it hard to keep track of what’s done and what’s just started. Earlier this year, the renovated first floor of the Gilbert Hillhouse Boggs building opened for business without fanfare. In the spring 2019 semester, upper-level laboratory courses in physics and biology quietly moved to spaces fashioned out of old offices and research labs.
Periodontitis culprit Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans by CC
September 9, 2019
Mythbuster: The idea that bacterial collaborations within microbiomes, like in the mouth, have evolved to be generous and exclusive very much appears to be wrong. In an extensive experiment, lavish collaborations ensued between random microbes. And some bacteria from the same microbiome were stingy with one another.
Faculty who joined in 2019
September 6, 2019
The College of Sciences welcomes seven members of faculty who joined in 2019. They include Susan Lozier, the new dean, Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair, and professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Six others joined the Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Psychology, as well as the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. 

September 5, 2019
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, Tech students, faculty, and staff talk about their favorite elements. For September, we have Hui Zhu, from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 
Funders of School of Psychology grants
September 4, 2019
When it rains, it pours. That’s how it felt last month when email after email from School of Psychology Acting Chair Mark Wheeler arrived in various inboxes, sharing the joyful news of a new award. The announcement of a $334,000 grant to Dobromir Rahnev in May has been succeeded by seven other research awards to eight faculty members.
Susan Lozier (Photo by Renay San Miguel)
September 3, 2019
Susan Lozier began her service as the new Dean and Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair of the College of Sciences on September 1. Lozier’s path to Georgia Tech is marked by excellence in research, education, and leadership, as well as the integration of scientific disciplines and a passion for mentoring. As dean, she will bring her vast experience to bear in addressing the needs of the College as she leads it to the next levels of achievement.