David M. Collard is the recipient of the 2017 Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award for the research and comprehensive universities sector of the University System of Georgia (USG). The award, which invites nominations from across USG, recognizes a faculty member for strong commitment to teaching and student success.
The office of M.G. Finn in the Molecular Science and Engineering Building blends chemistry and jazz. Amid an extensive library of science literature and textbooks is a large photograph of jazz musicians posing in 1950s Harlem. The black-and-white photo evokes creativity, innovation, and inspiration; it hangs directly across Finn’s desk and occupies a prominent space in his field of vision. The juxtaposition of keen intellectual pursuits against avid enthusiasm for improvisation reflects Finn’s approach to scientific leadership.
The versatile frog tongue can grab wet, hairy and slippery surfaces with equal ease. It does a lot better than our engineered adhesives – not even household tapes can firmly stick to wet or dusty surfaces. What makes this tongue even more impressive is its speed: Over 4,000 species of frog and toad snag prey faster than a human can blink. What makes the frog tongue so uniquely sticky? Our group aimed to find out.
The College of Sciences warmly congratulates Wade Barnes for receiving the Joseph Mayo Pettit Distinguished Service Award, the highest award conferred by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. An alumnus of the School of Biological Sciences (B.S. Biology 1971), Barnes is a founding partner and physician at North Florida OB/GYN Associates.
For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference.
Could bacteria with aggressive weapons someday replace some antibiotics? Perhaps. Researchers are using math to predict cholera strains' effectiveness against competing cholera, as they stab and poison each other on the battlefield. Being able to calculate the action virtually as well as a chemical reaction helps open the door to biomedical and other engineering uses.
2017 class of Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars most diverse in program history
Prions are notorious for causing devastating neurodegenerative diseases, such as mad cow disease. How these infectious self-perpetuating protein aggregates propagate—by getting other protein molecules of the same sequence to join the pile—is hands down insidious.