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THE SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY IS REORGANIZING, COMBINING WITH THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY

The College of Sciences is committed to enhancing Georgia Tech’s research ecosystem for mathematics and the basic sciences, enriching and diversifying educational opportunities for undergraduate students, and encouraging creativity and innovation among our faculty.

Motivated by these aspirations, the Dean and School Chairs have worked diligently over the past year to discuss, plan, and implement a major change within the college. The exciting news is that the School of Applied Physiology and the School of Biology are being reorganized into one community, the School of Biological Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

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FAST TRACK TO RESEARCH SCHOLARS SHARE THEIR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

The 2015-2016 academic year launched the Fast Track to Research program with the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. This unique program is designed to allow incoming freshman the opportunity work in a lab and conduct research in either the second semester of their freshman year or the summer following their freshman year. Fast Track to Research scholars are awarded a $1500 scholarship. This year, as a result of the generous contributions of our alumni, 15 students were selected as Fast Track to Research Scholars. Here are a few of their stories.

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FAST TRACK TO BIOLOGY RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BE A SUCCESS!

AN ENDORSEMENT FROM 1971 ALUM GEORGETTE ASEFF SAMARITAN

Dear Classmates and Fellow Biology Alumni,

The phrase, “you’ve come a long way baby”, is clearly an understatement in terms of today’s awesome GT Biology Program, and in particular it’s most recent offering, the Fast Track to Biology Research Scholarship. This program was built by generous financial support over the past two years, enabling talented freshmen to engage in research their second semester at Tech. Alumni contributions have made it clear that you’re committed to the program’s philosophy, and to helping support the vision of our Department Chair, Dr. Terry Snell and his team. 
 
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SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY FACULTY FRANK STEWART USES OCEAN RESEARCH TO ENHANCE HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE EDUCATION
 

 

Dr. Frank Stewart in the School of Biology was recently awarded a grant from the Georgia Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grants Program to renew the Summer Workshop in Marine Science (SWiMS).  Coral reef collapse, oil spills, and sea level rise are among the most pressing science topics facing policymakers, researchers, and the general public.  Understanding these and other issues affecting our oceans is critical to the preservation of marine resources and to...

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REGROW A TOOTH? FISH – YES; HUMANS – MAYBE SOME DAY




 

 
When a Lake Malawi cichlid loses a tooth, a new one drops neatly into place as a replacement. Why can't humans similarly regrow teeth lost to injury or disease?

Working with hundreds of these colorful fish, researchers are beginning to understanding how the animals maintain their hundreds of teeth throughout their adult lives. By studying how structures in embryonic fish differentiate into...

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When teaching Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIO 1520), Linda Green likes to tap into students’ curiosity by taking a fresh look at familiar occurrences.

“There are a lot of things in biology that people never think about,” said Green, senior academic professional in the School of Biology. “We see it every day, but most people never consider that the way a plant on a windowsill bends toward the light is a function of a hormone in the shoot and the cells elongating. In class, we pick apart why the plant is growing sideways and discuss what is involved in the process. That’s something that the students may not come in wanting to know, but it’s a way that I can connect with their curiosity.”

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BIOLOGY ALUM
KRISTEN MARHAVER WINS THE WINGS WOLRDQUEST WOMEN OF DISCOVERY SEA AWARD
 


The WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Awards were established in 2003 to recognize extraordinary women making significant contributions to world knowledge and science through exploration. 

To date, 73 pioneering women have received the Women of Discovery Award.  On October 25, 2016, five more intrepid explorers will be honored and inducted as WINGS WorldQuest Fellows at the Women of Discovery Awards Gala.

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MATT TORRES AWARDED $1.2M GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
 


 
The Torres lab has been awarded a four year, $1.2 million grant by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences to investigate a newly discovered regulatory mechanism that controls G protein signaling, a process essential for the transduction of extracellular signals (such as hormones, neurotransmitters, and photons of light), and the target of most pharmaceutical drugs.

Spawned by their development and...

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SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY ANNUAL AWARDS


 
The School of Biology annually gives several undergraduate and graduate student awards recognizing excellence in academic achievement, research, teaching, and service.

UNDERGRADUATE

Biology Faculty Award:   
Banafsheh "Bonnie" Shoai & Alexandra "Alex" Huhman

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