Protecting Rural Schoolchildren from Prescribed Fire Emissions

A $1 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help researchers in Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering 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.

When faced with the spread of Covid-19, Georgia Tech’s entire community sprang into action to develop and implement a way to test the campus community. The extensive and ambitious saliva-based surveillance test is conducted entirely on campus. Everything, from packing test kits and self-administering tests to analyzing samples and providing incentives to encourage testing, was developed and executed by faculty, staff, students, and partners.

Fostering Happiness

For almost a year and a half, the pandemic has affected how most people work, play, and generally conduct their lives. Now people are emerging from their social bubbles, re-engaging with colleagues, and, very likely, trying to increase their happiness during a period of prolonged stress.   

Thinking about engineering? Think Georgia Tech, of course. There are scores of reasons why America’s No. 8 public university always figures into the top recommendations for engineering schools — and why our College of Engineering's undergraduate program ranks fourth in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

Modeling Finds Relaxing Covid-19 Safety Protocols During Vaccination Period Risky

A new mathematical simulation has concluded that the continued practice of mask wearing and social distancing during ongoing vaccinations could help stem a potential surge in Covid-19 cases, particularly as more infectious variants emerge.

The study was conducted collaboratively by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of North Carolina (UNC), and North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the findings published in the research journal JAMA Network Open. The study methods were based on a mathematical simulation originally developed at Georgia Tech. 

U.S Secretary of Commerce Tours Georgia Tech-Based Medical Innovation Center

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Aug. 23 visited the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) near Georgia Tech’s campus as a part of her nationwide listening tour during her first 100 days in office.

Secretary Pritzker is visiting business leaders, Department of Commerce employees and innovation and entrepreneurial centers, such as GCMI, around the country during her tour. She promised to report what she learns on the listening tour to President Obama in an effort to help strengthen the economy and create American jobs.

Researchers Determine Protein Structure for New Antimicrobial Target

Growing concern about bacterial resistance to existing antibiotics has created strong interest in new approaches for therapeutics able to battle infections. The work of an international team of researchers that recently solved the structure of a key bacterial membrane protein could provide a new target for drug and vaccine therapies able to battle one important class of bacteria.

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