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Rafael Bras

A Decade of Dedication

This week marks the end of Rafael L. Bras’ 10-year tenure as Georgia Tech’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair — a decade of service defined by some of the largest and boldest innovations in the Institute’s history. Bras will remain at Georgia Tech as a professor.

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Changes to Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Announced

Georgia Tech announced changes to the Spring 2021 academic calendar to minimize the health risk to the Tech community due to travel-related...

Ultra-Low-Cost Hearing Aid Could Address Age-Related Hearing Loss Worldwide

Researchers have developed an ultra-low-cost hearing aid to help the hundred of millions of people with age-related hearing loss.

Cabrera Addresses Campus

President Ángel Cabrera delivered the annual Institute Address on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

McCamish Pavilion to Serve as Election Polling Location

McCamish Pavilion will serve as an early voting site and as a polling precinct.

Tech Hosts Global Climate Action Symposium

Local and international scientists, engineers, business and policy experts, student leaders, and artists will showcase climate change solutions.

Georgia Tech Co-Sponsors France-Atlanta 2020 With a Lineup of Virtual Events

Georgia Tech and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta come together for the 11th annual France-Atlanta event series, which starts Oct. 1.

Staff Council: Upcoming Elections and Staff Appreciation Day

This week, Georgia Tech’s Staff Council will host two events — and one is a first for the organization.

Student Input Requested for New On-Campus Mural

The mural will be painted on the brick wall alongside Skiles Walkway.

My Grandfather’s Pen

I hate goodbyes. This is the last time I will address you all as provost of Georgia Tech. There are so many good memories.

Students Encouraged to be Poll Workers for Upcoming Elections

Poll workers staff precincts across the country, including Tech's on-campus one.

Jacobs Appointed Interim Dean of College of Engineering

Laurence J. Jacobs, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering and...

Mental Health Organizations Offer Engagement Opportunities

Campus groups dedicated to mental health have opportunities for students to get involved.

McCamish Pavilion to Serve as Election Polling Location

McCamish Pavilion will serve as an early voting site and as a polling precinct.

Get Tested, Get Rewarded

For those who have already been participating in weekly surveillance testing on campus, thank you for helping to keep our campus community safe. And...

To Hell With the Flu: Clinics Begin Next Week

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get their flu shot this year, more than ever before. The first on-campus flu shot clinics will be...

2020 Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium Focuses on Disability Awareness and Inclusion

The 2020 Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium featured campus presenters discussing disability awareness and its importance to diversity, inclusion, and...

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Georgia Tech Continues to Lead Among Universities Nationwide in Engineering and Computing Programs; Reports Record Month in Research Awards

All of Tech’s engineering programs remained in the top five in the 2021 U.S. News undergraduate rankings

SGA and Alpha Phi Alpha Host Wreck the Vote

The annual voter registration drive will help people get what they need to be ready for Election Day.

Cabrera Leads Discussion on Sustainable Development Goals

A virtual discussion introduced the Tech community to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Getting Ready for Election Day

Election day, Nov. 3, is just around the corner. If you have not registered to vote, there’s still time.

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Georgia Tech Alumna Named Acting Director of International Space Station

Robyn Gatens will oversee the strategic vision and execution of the ISS program

Georgia Tech Introduces Long-Term Initiative to Advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

To advance Georgia Tech’s new mission and strategic plan, the Institute is launching a campuswide sustainability effort to enhance Tech’s teaching,...

Meet Steven Sheffield, Mentor for Students

Steven Sheffield is the machine shop manager for the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and a mentor to students in the makerspace.

NOVID Exposure Notification App Enlists Smartphones in Coronavirus Battle

An new app made available to Georgia Tech faculty, staff and students uses smartphones to help control the coronavirus.

E-Beam Atomic-scale 3-D ‘Sculpting’ Could Enable New Quantum Nanodevices

By varyingResearchers have demonstrated the ability to both etch away and deposit high-resolution nanoscale patterns on two-dimensional layers of...

RNA Information Transfer Could Be Used in Repairing DNA

Researchers have provided new insights into how RNA can help repair major DNA damage.

New Process Boosts Lignin Bio-oil as a Next-Generation Fuel

A new process for upgrading lignin bio-oil could expand the use of lignin, which is now largely a waste product.

Microgel Immuno-acceptance Method Could Improve Pancreatic Islet Transplant Success

Researchers developed a new microgel drug delivery method that could extend the effectiveness of pancreatic islet transplantations.

Portable UV Disinfection Chambers Could Help Address PPE Shortage

Portable disinfection chambers that use ultraviolet (UV) light to inactivate virus particles could allow PPE to be quickly disinfected.

Baking and Boiling Botnets Could Drive Energy Market Swings and Damage

Evil armies of internet-connected appliances could be hijacked to slightly manipulate energy demand, potentially driving price swings.

COVID-19 Info Dashboards Come to the CDC With Georgia Tech Help

New dashboards at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are sorting public health data to make it more productive, with the help of...

Membrane Technology Could Cut Emissions and Energy Use in Oil Refining

New membrane technology could reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity associated with oil refining.

Spontaneous Formation of Nanoscale Hollow Structures Could Boost Battery Storage

The spontaneous formation of hollow structures in nanometer-scale antimony crystals could make them useful in lithium-ion batteries.

People Think Robots Are Pretty Incompetent and Not Funny, New Study Says

Good thing humanoid robots don't have feelings because people think they are pretty incompetent.

Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with “Rear Rotator Pedaling”

Using the Mini Rover, researchers have studied locomotion techniques that could help future rovers work on granular lunar and planetary surfaces.

Surfaces That Grip Like Gecko Feet Could Be Easily Mass-Produced

The science behind sticky gecko's feet lets these materials pick up about anything, and now they could be easily mass-produced.

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic

A new interactive modeling tool can help people understand why social distancing is so important.

Cognitive Empowerment Program Opens Doors to First Members

The new Georgia Tech-Emory University Cognitive Empowerment Program provides new hope.

Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices and Protective Gear Fuel Battle Against COVID-19

The Georgia Tech community is working together to help meet the needs for personal protection equipment for health care workers.

Cyber Hygiene Keeps Your Email Safe from Virtual Viruses

Teleworking can create a new set of risks surrounding email use that require precautions.

New Process For Preserving Lumber Could Offer Advantages Over Pressure Treating

Researchers have developed a new method that could one day replace pressure treating for preserving wood.

Harrison Family Supports Poultry Technology at Georgia Tech Research Institute

ATRP receives boost to expand its programming and support more students.

The Human Brain’s Meticulous Interface with the Bloodstream now on a Precision Chip

This blood-brain barrier on a chip represents important features more accurately than animal models and previous chips

Flickering Light Mobilizes Brain Chemistry That May Fight Alzheimer’s

The hope of flickering light to treat Alzheimer's takes another step forward in this new study, which reveals stark biochemical mechanisms.

NSF Convergence Accelerator Awards Second Round of Funding to Eduworks, Georgia Tech, USG, Credential Engine for $5 Million Competency Catalyst Initiative

Over two years, Competency Catalyst will receive $5 million in funding from the NSF Convergence Accelerator.

Georgia Tech to Lead Technology Coalition to Advance Inclusive Innovation Across the State

Georgia Tech will take a lead role in the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, a public-private partnership created to foster technology access,...

Creating Tech Solutions to Fight Covid-19: The Real-World Impact of Scheller College’s CDL-Atlanta and TI:GER’s Global Technology Innovation Practicum

Scheller College’s TI:GER practicum provides students with hands-on experience to bring business solutions to real-world issues in science and...

Tracking the Effects of Covid-19 on Georgia’s Economy

Scheller College of Business students create a database showing the pandemic's real-time impact on 11 industries.

Redesigning Hand Sanitizer and Donating 7,000 Gallons to Fight Covid-19

It was so obvious the country was going to have a hand sanitizer crisis, but few wanted to acknowledge it.

Why Restarting the Global Economy Won't be Easy

Supply chain disruptions and other operational factors will affect the ability to restart the world's economy.

Georgia Tech Professor Uses Virtual Reality to Move Major Conference Online

For the first time in its 26-year history, IEEE VR will meet in an all-virtual environment.

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Top Tips for a Successful Transition to Remote Work

New to remote work? Veteran remote workers from Georgia Tech Professional Education share their tips and advice to ensure your transition is...

Modify Hurricane Relief Strategies, National Academies Report Recommends

Hurricane devastation calls for heavy government relief, but a counterintuitive shift toward restoring private sector supply lines would help more...

Creative Destruction Lab Joins Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

Georgia Tech agreement brings CDL’s successful program for rapid scaling of science-based companies to Atlanta

NSF Invests Another $750K in Student Startup FireHUD

FireHUD's reimagined platform monitors physiological data in real-time to guard against overexertion.

Atlanta Regional Commission Calls Kendeda Building ‘Groundbreaking Example of Sustainability Leadership’

The building is the first of its kind on the Southeast and designed to meet the Living Building Challenge 3.1 performance standards.

The Transformation-Ready Institution

A new report reveals how university leaders are preparing for changing market forces and disruption in higher education.

Georgia Tech-Lorraine Recognized for Boosting Economic Development

GT Lorraine receives the Crystal Peach Award for economic development work.

Georgia Tech’s Technology Square Phase III to Include Scheller Tower

A new building in Tech Square Phase III to be named Scheller Tower

Georgia Tech’s Economic Impact on Atlanta Clocks in at $3.3B in 2018

Annual analysis shows the Institute's impact grew 8.5% and contributes 27,000 jobs to the region.

Forum Addresses Tech’s Role in Economic Development

Entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and political leaders gathered at The Biltmore Wednesday afternoon for an economic development forum.

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Karen Fite to Lead Enterprise Innovation Institute as Interim Vice President

Fite, who is EI²’s associate vice president, will lead the 12-program organization while Georgia Tech conducts a national search for a permanent vice...

Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine Announce Collaborative Effort for Health Technology Startup Development

Initiative aims to expand Morehouse School of Medicine’s research commercialization efforts, and support focus on the needs of underserved minority...

Fossil Pollen Record Suggests Vulnerability to Mass Extinction Ahead

Reduced resilience of plant biomes in North America could be setting the stage for the kind of mass extinctions not seen in 13,000 years.

Membrane Technology Could Cut Emissions and Energy Use in Oil Refining

New membrane technology could reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity associated with oil refining.

‘SlothBot in the Garden’ Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

Visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden can observe the testing of SlothBot, a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world’s most...

Volcanic Activity Does Not Contribute to El Ninos, Hard Evidence Says

Physical evidence has spoken, and it clearly says that volcanic activity does not push El Nino and La Nina events.

Regional Sustainability Network Receives Two United Nations University Awards

RCE Greater Atlanta was among the recipients of the eighth RCE Awards.

Robotic Submarine Snaps First-Ever Images at Foundation of Notorious Antarctic Glacier

These are the first-ever images taken at the foundations of the glacier that inspires more fear of sea-level rise than any other - Thwaites Glacier.

Georgia Tech Energy Policy Researcher Writes About ‘Green New Deal’ in ‘Scientific American’

The article focuses on the jobs impact of the proposed environmental legislation.

El Nino Swings More Violently in the Industrial Age, Hard Evidence Says

Hard evidence now says: El Nino and the climate phenomenon that drives it have become more extreme in the industrial age.

Exoplanet Axis Study Boosts Hopes of Complex Life, Just Not Next Door

An exoplanet study on axis tilts raises hopes that advanced life may exist elsewhere in the universe.

Reframing Antarctica’s Meltwater Pond Dangers to Ice Shelves and Sea Level

There's a speed limit on the damage surface ponds can do to ice shelves, but that doesn't mean the ponds aren't dangerous.

Energy Regulation Rollbacks Threaten Progress Against Harmful Ozone

This is what could happen if all endangered regulations that help in the fight against harmful ozone go away.

Georgia Tech Dedicates the Most Sustainable Building of Its Kind in the Southeast

The Kendeda Building goes beyond sustainability to be a regenerative building that gives back more than it takes from the environment.

Georgia Tech Included in Major Water Desalination Research Initiative

Georgia Tech is part of a new effort to address water security issues in the United States.

Warming Impedes a Coral Defense, but Hungry Fish Enhance It

Corals exude defenses against bacteria associated with bleaching, but warming disadvantages the defense. Conservation offers limited hope.

Metal Oxide-infused Membranes Could Offer Low-Energy Alternative For Chemical Separations

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on membranes that could separate chemicals without using energy-intensive distillation...

Instability in Antarctic Ice Projected to Make Sea Level Rise Rapidly

Instability hidden within Antarctic ice is likely to accelerate its flow into the ocean and push sea level up at a more rapid pace than previously...

Rising Tundra Temperatures Create Worrying Changes in Microbial Communities

Rising temperatures could affect the microbial communities in northern latitude tundra.

Scientists Discover the Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

Record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico

Smart Sea Sensors Expo Highlights Accomplishments and Shares Future Plans

Smart Sea Level Sensors project marks first year successes.

Turner Foundation Awards Grant Supporting the Region’s First Sustainability Network

The Turner Foundation recently awarded the Georgia Tech Foundation a $40,000 grant.

People Think Robots Are Pretty Incompetent and Not Funny, New Study Says

Good thing humanoid robots don't have feelings because people think they are pretty incompetent.

Will Smartphones Help Us Keep COVID-19 Under Control?

Smartphones could provide a critical service of automating contact tracing to control future COVID-19 outbreaks.

Ilya Kaminsky Wins Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for ‘Deaf Republic’

The awards “recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity."

Georgia Tech Historian Co-Authors Book on Sports, War, and Pandemic

Georgia Tech historian Johnny Smith writes about the influence of pandemic flu and war on sports in 1918.

When Coeds Came to Georgia Tech

Historian Amy Bix explores the hurdles women have overcome — and still face — in engineering and STEM education.

Music Technologists Find Inspiration, Community at Guthman

In its 12th year, musical instrument competition showcases the newest and most innovative ideas in music.

Modify Hurricane Relief Strategies, National Academies Report Recommends

Hurricane devastation calls for heavy government relief, but a counterintuitive shift toward restoring private sector supply lines would help more...

STEM Diversity Scholarships Subject of Husbands Fealing Grant

Kaye Husbands Fealing will study the effectiveness of a program to increase the number of minority graduate students in STEM fields.

Georgia Tech Professor Produces 'The Nerdiest Study of 2019'

Prof. Joseph H. Saleh uses his engineering perspective to decode political history

Atlanta Honors College Namesake, Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., through Newly Dedicated Bridge in Downtown Atlanta

The Path Bridge connecting downtown to the Westside highlights the legacy of Mayor Ivan Allen Jr.

Natural Disasters Contribute to Holiday Travel Delays

Natural disasters and severe weather are unusual factors in planning for travel around the Thanksgiving holiday.

llya Kaminsky is One of the World's Top Poets, and He Teaches at Georgia Tech

Ilya Kaminsky, professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, is a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.

Poetry@Tech Works to Increase Diversity in Literary Criticism, Publishing

Poetry@Tech is partnering with poets and scholars in the UK on a program meant to increase diversity among poetry critics in the United States.

Study Probes Gender Pay Gaps in U.S. Federal Science Agencies

The researchers, including Kaye Husbands Fealing, set out to understand the reasons behind gender pay gaps at U.S. federal science agencies.

New Partnership with Georgia State Looks for Computing Solutions to Social Challenges

Georgia Tech computer science researchers are collaborating with social scientists from GSU thanks to a new $180K grant.

Georgia Tech Poet Ilya Kaminsky Named Finalist for National Book Award

Ilya Kaminsky's book 'Deaf Republic' was one of 245 volumes of poetry submitted for the highly coveted literary award.

Kaye Husbands Fealing Elected NAPA Fellow; Keynotes AAAS Fellowship Program

The School of Public Policy Chair was chosen among 51 leaders in the field of public administration to have been selected for NAPA's 2019 Class...

Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering Graduate James McConville Sworn in as Army’s Top Officer

A decorated helicopter pilot who earned a master's in 1990, McConville is the first aviator to serve as the Army’s chief.

$3M NSF Project Will Use Nature’s Designs to Spark High School Students’ Interest in Engineering

Four-year project will bring teachers into Georgia Tech labs and create new curriculum materials for them to use in class.

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New Georgia Tech Study Examines Diversity, Social Mistrust

Economist Willie Belton’s study finds suggestive evidence that social capital falls when diversity rises because we view such changes as a conflict...

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Ultra-Low-Cost Hearing Aid Could Address Age-Related Hearing Loss Worldwide

Researchers have developed an ultra-low-cost hearing aid to help the hundred of millions of people with age-related hearing loss.

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New Tool Can Detect COVID-19 Outbreaks in U.S. Counties

Using machine learning, the online tool can predict outbreaks in different counties across the U.S.

Researchers Redesign the Face Mask to Improve Comfort and Protection

Researchers have redesigned the face mask to make it comfortable and able to protect both the wearer and those nearby.

Wearable Device Could Help EMTs, Surgeons Assess Hemorrhage Blood Loss

A new device under development could help first responders more accurately assess the effects of blood loss due to hemorrhage.

COVID Central App Checks Symptoms, Provides Links to Key Campus Resources

COVID Central is a web app designed to help the Tech community check for Covid-19 symptoms and access key resources.

Antibody Research Could Boost Coronavirus Testing, Therapies, and Vaccines

Georgia Tech researchers are working with colleagues at the CDC to produce coronavirus antibodies that could lead to improved testing techniques.

COVID-19 Info Dashboards Come to the CDC With Georgia Tech Help

New dashboards at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are sorting public health data to make it more productive, with the help of...

Ozone Disinfection Could Safely Allow Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment

A new study shows that ozone gas could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of PPE.

Redesigning Hand Sanitizer and Donating 7,000 Gallons to Fight Covid-19

It was so obvious the country was going to have a hand sanitizer crisis, but few wanted to acknowledge it.

Chemotherapy and Cancer Gang up to Cause a Neurological Side Effect, Study Says

Chemotherapy has gotten the blame for this neurological side effect, but it's cancer's fault, too.

Turgay Ayer and Interdisciplinary Team Develop COVID-19 Policy Simulator

The simulator, an interactive tool designed to inform COVID-19 intervention policy decisions in the U.S., is also available to the general public.

Inspired by Parents, Georgia Tech Student Helps Build Lifesaving Equipment to Battle COVID-19

Mechanical engineering student Kentez Craig grew up in Atlanta with two paramedics as parents. Now he's making equipment to help first...

Emory and Georgia Tech Create Barrier Protection Devices for Use During COVID-19

Two Atlanta universities have created barrier protection devices designed to contain the droplet spray and aerosol produced during certain medical...

Immunity of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Cut Risk of Expanding Economic Activity

The presumed immunity of those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection could allow them to substitute for susceptible people.

Atlanta Institutions Take Lead Role in Fast-Tracking COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

A trio of Atlanta health care and research institutions will play a leading role in helping to evaluate potential COVID-19 tests.

Open-AirVentGT Emergency Ventilator Provides Patient Monitoring, Feedback Control

Georgia Tech researchers have created a prototype for an emergency ventilator with electronic sensors and computer controls.

A New Normal: Researchers Across Georgia Tech Rally to Fight COVID-19

Tech's research community has engaged deeply in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with government- and Institute-funded projects.

Georgia Tech Produces Key Components for Governor’s Coronavirus Test Initiative

Volunteer Georgia Tech researchers burn midnight oil to produce important enzymes that make coronavirus test kits work.

Simple, Low-Cost Ventilator Builds on Available Resuscitation Bags

A simple, low-cost ventilator based on the resuscitation bags carried in ambulances has been designed and tested.

Filtration Engineers Offer Advice on Do-It-Yourself Face Masks

A new website has been launched to share information and recommendations about creating your own face masks.

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