Ivan Allen College


  • 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


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DramaTech Director Dies, Celebrating 60 Years of Student Theatre
DramaTechOn 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 ToneJohn 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
Ian BogostIan Bogost, 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
Nancy J. NersessianThe 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.
Marco Castillo 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
Kirk BowmanWorking 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
Town Hall meetingAlthough 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 V. RosserDean 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
Melvin KranzbergThe 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.