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TODD STREELMAN IS NAMED CHAIR OF THE SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

College of Sciences Dean Paul M. Goldbart has appointed J. Todd Streelman to serve as the chair of the School of Biological Sciences, effective August 15, 2016. The School of Biological Sciences is a new unit within the College of Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

A professor and associate chair for graduate studies in the School of Biology, Streelman joined Georgia Tech in 2004. Previously, he did research at the University of New Hampshire, where he was the recipient of an Alfred...

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FRANCESCA STORICI SELECTED IN THE FIRST COHORT TO RECEIVE A NEW AWARD FOR EARLY-CAREER SCIENTISTS

 

Francesca Storici, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and a researcher in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholar. 


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POPULAR SCIENCE PICKS
WILL RATCLIFF FOR ITS ANNUAL LIST OF BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE CHANGING THE WORLD



Popular Science has named William C. Ratcliff, an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences, one of its Brilliant 10 for 2016. The list is how the magazine “honors the brightest young minds reshaping science, engineering, and the world.”

THE FAST-TRACK TO BIOLOGY RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CONTINUES TO THRIVE

The Fast-Track to Research Scholarship program is in its second year and continues to enhance the educational experience of Biology undergraduates. This program leverages the extensive research activity at Georgia Tech by involving undergraduates in research labs as early as the spring semester of their freshman year. Fast-Track scholars receive stipends of $1500 to work about 10 hr/week in a research lab of a Biological Sciences faculty.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: JOHN SIMMONS

John Simmons was born in West Point, Georgia, and graduated from West Point High School.  He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather graduating from Georgia Tech in 1971 with a degree in Biology. After Tech, John attended Chicago Theological Seminary and later received a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology.  He was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served churches in the northeast quadrant of metro Atlanta for 41 years, including 5 years as District Superintendent in Athens and 5 years on the staff of the North Georgia conference.  Currently he serves as senior pastor at St. James UMC in Atlanta.  John and his wife Helen have 2 married adult children and one granddaughter. Helen's dad, Bob Uhl, is also a Tech grad.

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LAUNCHING CAREERS IN BIOINFORMATICS


Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

In addition to being a founding father of the United States, Franklin also was a scientist, so he’d probably be interested in the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where another kind of certainty has been in play.

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SHAKING A SLEEPING BOG MONSTER
 


 
With a bread knife, Joel Kostka stabs into the watery floor of a peat bog dedicated to scientific study. The serrated blade sounds like it’s sawing through a soaked loofa laced with toothpicks.

Kostka is one of dozens of researchers who have come to northern Minnesota’s Marcell Experimental Forest to get a good look at a behemoth made of carbon. It’s buried under the fluffy moss, but in a globally warmed future...

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HUMAN FACTORS: FEATURING MELANIE QUIVER


Melanie Quiver, a Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s School of Biological Sciences, is a member of the Lachance Lab, which studies human population genetics and evolutionary genomics. Quiver’s research focuses on the genetic risk of alcoholism in modern populations.
 
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS

MARY BETH BROWN

 

Before Georgia Tech, Brown attended St. Petersburg High School, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received a B.A. in Exercise Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University, in North Carolina, and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, in Florida. She practiced as a physical therapist for almost 10  years prior to returning to school to pursue her Ph.D.

DAVID COUNTRYMAN

 

 
David M. Countryman loves to teach. In Charleston, South Carolina, his appointments as assistant chief of surgery at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina afford him the deep satisfaction of imparting his expertise to surgery interns, surgery residents, and medical students.
 

TEDx TALK BY BRIAN HAMMER: COOPERATION & CONFLICT IN THE MICROBIAL WORLD

 


The newest addition to our faculty research video gallery is a TEDx talk delivered by Associate Professor Brian Hammer at the 2016 TEDx event in Douglasville, GA.

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YES, COMPUTING GENETIC ANCESTORS IS SUPER ACCURATE

 


Remnants of extinct monkeys are hiding inside you, along with those of lizards, jellyfish and other animals. Your DNA is built upon gene fragments from primal ancestors.
 
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