- January 3, 2007
Atlanta Seminar on Comparative History and Society
Evening with Three Editors: A
Round Table Discussion About Publishing
editors from Basic Books, Columbia University Press and University of North Carolina
Georgia State University, Library South, Special Collections Seminar Room
Ivan Allen College Website
|DramaTech Director Dies, Celebrating 60 Years of Student Theatre
December 1, Gregory B. Abbot, 54, died of a heart attack while driving
near his Atlanta residence. Born in Phillipsburg, Kan., Mr. Abbott grew
up on his family's farm and earned a master of fine arts degree from
the University of Georgia in 1976. He directed the Springer Theatre in
Columbus and served as Onstage Atlanta's artistic director before
taking the Georgia Tech post in 1984. The funeral was held Tuesday,
December 5 at Cathedral of Christ the King. Founded in 1947, DramaTech,
the oldest continuously operating theater company in Atlanta, is
celebrating its 60th anniversary starting off its new season with The Lion in Winter.
|John Tone Lends Expertise to PBS Series
John Tone, Associate Professor, School of History, Technology, and Society,
appeared on the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) program American Experience: The Great Fever.
The one-hour film documents the groundbreaking research of Carlos
Finlay, the Cuban physician who first discovered the mosquito vector
for yellow fever, and on the historical impact of yellow fever on the
European colonial powers attempting to hold onto Caribbean colonies.
The program also highlighted the heroic efforts of Major Walter Reed
and his medical team, some of whom put their own lives on the line in
the effort to eradicate yellow fever.
| Bogost Interviewed by GPB
Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, was interviewed on Georgia Weekly on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
On the program, Bogost said he views video games as positive
educational exercises and a genre on par with literature. His interview
with Georgia Public Broadcasting originally aired on November 12 and
was rebroadcast on November 14.
| Nersessian Elected AAAS Fellow
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council
elected to fellowship Nancy J. Nersessian, Professor, who holds a joint
appointment in the School of Public Policy and the College of
Computing. The honor recognizes Nersessian's work in shaping our
understanding of scientific creativity and developing new methods for
analyzing historical accounts of scientific innovations. She will be
recognized for her contributions to science and technology at the
Fellows Forum to be held on February 17, 2007, during the AAAS Annual
Meeting in San Francisco.
| NSF Award to Study Decision Making
Marco Castillo, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, is the
principle investigator of a new grant awarded to the Georgia Institute
of Technology by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Entitled
"Consumer Choice and Organizational Decision-Making", his 3-year grant
for $670,000 will explore the role of human behavior as a critical
component guiding organizational decisions and predicting outcomes of
government programs and of private sector pricing and supply decisions.
The 3-year program is an interdisciplinary effort that includes people
across the Georgia Tech campus and with the University of Maryland. The
other members of the team include Laurie Garrow (co-PI), CEE; Pinar
Keskinocak (co-PI), ISyE; Julie Swann (co-PI), ISyE; and Wedad
Elmaghraby (co-PI), University of Maryland.
| Bowman Helps Village Find New Revenue Sources
in the village of Tagaqe, Fiji, Kirk Bowman, Associate Professor, Sam
Nunn School of International Affairs, along with a research team
purchased 5,000 “blanks”—pumice stones mixed with concrete for added
weight—strung them on wires, and placed them on a sandy part of the
fringing reef off the coast of Fiji. Six months later coral, algae, and
other reef organisms had colonized the blanks, creating artificial, or
cultured, live rock which provides the villagers a natural, sustainable
use of resources and additional income.
|Ivan Allen College Holds Town Hall Meeting
historically a technology school, Georgia Tech is currently also
growing its liberal arts program. In an effort to better understand the
needs of its undergraduates during this growth, the Ivan Allen College
(IAC) held a Town Hall meeting November 15. The event was organized and
moderated by the Ivan Allen College Student Advisory Board in order to
promote better communication within the undergraduate community. A
panel of IAC administrators, faculty, and staff answered questions
asked by students in the audience, mostly relating to the curriculum,
study abroad, research, and work opportunities. The panelists included
a representative of each school in the IAC, academic advisors, a career
services specialist and the coordinator of the international plan.
|Sue Rosser Highlights Women in Science
Sue Rosser presented a lecture entitled "The Science Glass Ceiling:
Different Issues for Junior and Senior Academic Women Scientists" for
the Physics Colloquium at Florida State University Thursday, November
9. Rosser began by discussing some of the issues facing women in the
sciences by highlighting statistics collected at MIT in 1999, which
showed significant difference in start-up packages, number of PhD
students, laboratory space and award nominations among the male and
female scientists. Rosser's book, The Science Glass Ceiling, also was recently cited in an article in Newsweek.
|Kranzberg Collection Receives Additional Material
Kranzberg family has generously donated personal papers, former faculty
member, Melvin Kranzberg, the legendary professor of History,
Technology, and Society who was a founder of the discipline of the
history of technology. Currently available in the Georgia Tech Archives
are his professional papers,
transcripts of speeches, media articles, and correspondence spanning
his educational and academic career. The Archives also house photographs
documenting his personal and professional life. This new collection of
personal papers is currently being processed and will be added to the
existing collection. The entire Kranzberg collection is housed in the
Archives' climate controlled reserve room, and can be accessed in the
Archives' Reading Room (Mon-Fri 9-5).
| Announcing PURA Award Recipients
Ivan Allen College students who won President's Undergraduate Research
Awards (PURA) for Spring 2007, along with their major professors, have
been announced. The 18 award winners represent all six schools within
the college, on topics ranging from the history of surgery to public
access television, the Boeing-Airbus rivalry, and cultural bias in
international trade. For a complete listing, please see the Gazette section of the website.