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Congratulations, Aditya Tapshalkar, winner of ScienceMatters Quiz 9!

 


Aditya Tapshalkar is a third-year computer science major from South Forsyth, Georgia. He says he chose to attend Georgia Tech because he was impressed by what he observed during campus tours and visits: Students are working hard, discussing together, and the campus is diverse.

Originally a neuroscience major on a pre-health track, Aditya realized he was more inclined toward bioinformatics. As a computer science major, and recipient of a PURA award, he now conducts research in the sonification lab of Bruce Walker, a professor in the School of Psychology and the School of Interactive Computing. 

During his free time, Aditya sails on Lake Lanier with the Georgia Tech Sailing Club. Using the piano in his residence hall, Aditya also teaches himself to play the instrument.

Aditya only recently learned about the ScienceMatters podcast through the College of Sciences' Instagram (@gtsciences). Now he knows, he has plenty of episodes to binge on. 

The quiz question for episode 9 was: What is the term for abnormal protein buildups in the brain?

The correct answer is plaques. 

Join the Quiz for Episode 10

Episode 10 features the new dean of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, Susan Lozier and her continuing research in physical oceanography as she takes the reins of her administrative duties in Tech Tower.

Here’s the quiz question for episode 10:

What is the name of the mentorship program established by Susan Lozier?

Submit answer by 5 PM on Monday, Nov 25.

Periodic table t-shirts, must-have beaker mugs, and textured posters perfect for dorm rooms are among the prizes offered to those who are picked at random from all submitting correct answers. Look for the challenge during each week’s new episode, dropping on Tuesdays from Sept. 17 to Nov. 19.

Season 3

ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 10 - The Physics of the Ocean

Broadcast Date: November 19, 2019

The new dean of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, Susan Lozier, is continuing her physical oceanography research as she takes the reins of her administrative duties in Tech Tower. She talks about her studies of “the global ocean conveyor belt,” her plans to get back to the ocean in 2020, and her commitment to mentorship.  

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 9 - Charting the Paths of Molecules

Broadcast Date: November 12, 2019

 Cosmologists use computers simulations to recreate the birth of stars and black holes. James “JC” Gumbart, an associate professor in the School of Physics, goes in the other direction: He uses powerful hardware and software to chart the possible paths of molecules like proteins in hopes of finding solutions to problems like antibiotic-resistant bacteria.    

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 8 - Digging Up Climate Clues in Peat Moss

Broadcast Date: November 5, 2019

Gardeners love peat moss; it’s great for growing. But Joel Kostka, professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, wonders if it serves as a warning sign for the impact of climate change on plants and microbes. He travels to a unique experimentation site in Minnesota to find answers to his questions.  

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 7 - Finding the Magic in Materials Science

Broadcast Date: October 29, 2019

Georgia Tech science powers the technology behind TV and smartphone screens, thanks to breakthroughs in physics, chemistry, and materials science. Carlos Silva is adding to that legacy with his research into the next generation of semiconductors for electronic devices.

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 6 - Unlocking the Mind-Body Connection

Broadcast Date: October 22, 2019

School of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Lewis Wheaton uses his Cognitive Motor Control Lab to research the neurological processes involved when people cope with the loss of a limb, a stroke, or a traumatic brain injury that can impact motor skills.

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 5 - Clearing the Air About Aerosol Science

Broadcast Date: October 15, 2019

Sally Ng is one of the top experts in the world on aerosol science, the study of tiny particles in our atmosphere and what they mean for our climate, and our health. Ng, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, describes her work testing air quality in the field, and in a special indoor lab that she designed.    

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ScienceMatters: S03-E04: Using Math to Tour the Solar System

Broadcast Date: October 8, 2019

How can NASA stretch their fuel dollar for future missions to Jupiter and Saturn, and their potentially habitable moons? By using mathematical concepts that have been around for centuries. School of Mathematics Professor Rafael de la Llave is crunching the numbers for the space agency as it looks to save money during its next phase of exploration. 

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 3: The Search for Life at Earth’s Extremes

Broadcast Date: September 30, 2019

The search for life elsewhere in the Solar System can start at the most inhospitable regions of Earth, like Iceland’s volcanic landscape, or frigid Antarctic waters. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor with the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about her astrobiology work for NASA.  

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 2: The Search for Earth 2.0

Broadcast Date: September 23, 2019

How long has oxygen been in our planet’s atmosphere, and what could the answer mean for life on other planets? School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Chris Reinhard researches the early Earth, and potential Earths outside our solar system.

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ScienceMatters - Season 3, Episode 1: All About Control

Broadcast Date: September 17, 2019

What can Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” teach us about paying attention? Are daydreamers really more intelligent and creative? Eric Schumacher, professor in the School of Psychology, talks about his research into the brain process known as cognitive control, and what it could mean for the future of communications, work, and education.  

 

 

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