G. David Williamson, senior science adviser at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been elected as a vice president of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
Williamson is senior science adviser and executive director of the Statistical Advisory Group at the CDC and an adjunct professor in the department of biostatistics and bioinformatics in the school of public health at Emory University and at Georgia Southern University.
For plants and animals fleeing rising temperatures, varying precipitation patterns and other effects of climate change, the eastern United States will need improved “climate connectivity” for these species to have a better shot at survival.
School of Biology’s King Jordan Receives Fulbright Award To Assist Capacity Building
School of Biology professor cofounded field of marine chemical ecology.
Biology Professor Jeff Skolnick has been awarded $2.44 million by the National Institutes of Health to study how to repurpose FDA approved drugs to treat genetic diseases. The 5 year project is entitled “Interplay of inherent promiscuity and specificity in protein biochemical function with applications to drug discovery and exome analysis” under the General Medical Sciences section. The project focuses on the gap in how to interpret the information in the enormous number of sequenced human exomes in terms of the functional consequences of the observed variations in amino acids and their connection to human diseases.
Biology major June Y. (Austin) Moon has been awarded the Virginia C. and Herschel V. Clanton Jr. Scholarship, for a top pre-medical student in the College of Sciences. Moon participates in undergraduate research with the School of Biology’s Yuhong Fan, in whose lab he studies differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells. He served as treasurer of the American Red Cross Club at Georgia Tech and is now the advocacy coordinator of the American Medical Student Association at Georgia Tech. A total of six undergraduate awardees in the College of Sciences were announced at the College’s Advisory Board meeting on April 22, 2016, by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs David M. Collard.
In humans, cholera is among the world’s most deadly diseases, killing as many as 140,000 persons a year, according to World Health Organization statistics. But in aquatic environments far away from humans, the same bacterium attacks neighboring microbes with a toxic spear – and often steals DNA from other microorganisms to expand its own capabilities.