2020 Research News

Raghupathy “Siva” Sivakumar, a professor and entrepreneur, has been named Georgia Tech’s inaugural Interim Chief Commercialization Officer. (Credit: Christopher Moore)

Portable disinfection chambers that use ultraviolet (UV) light to inactivate virus particles could allow emergency medical technicians, police officers, healthcare workers, pharmacy technicians, and others to quickly disinfect their personal protective equipment (PPE) as they need it. Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have…

<p>Robin Mauldin, RN, BSN, wears a face shield at Prisma Health Medical Group in Columbia, South Carolina. The shield was produced through a manufacturing effort launched by Georgia Tech and supported by a group of industrial collaborators. (Prisma Health Midlands Foundation)</p>

Personal initiatives by a pediatrician and by researchers to make face shields for medical workers have transformed into an industry collaboration that by June had delivered 1.8 million shields to hospitals and other organizations around the country with plans to produce 2.5 million all total. A $2 million donation from Aflac Incorporated for…

<p>Transmission electron microscopic image from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)</p>

The maelstrom of a pandemic can generate messy data, especially in the beginning. But new dashboards at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are sorting public health data to make it more productive, with the help of researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). One of the dashboards was recently made accessible to…

Georgia Tech researchers are expected to use more than 4,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per month. (Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech)

As America’s leading research universities ramp up laboratory operations that were shut down by Covid-19 in March, they’re encountering a perfect storm of challenges in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) – surgical masks, cloth face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant materials. Global PPE supply chains have been…

<p>Here, many participants in the effort that re-made hand sanitizer using fuel-grade ethanol on its first day of delivery. The volunteers will donate 7,000 gallons of Han-I-Size White and Gold to hospitals and nursing homes across the country. In front, Dr. Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research, congratulates the group on its success. </p>

So many people Seth Marder spoke to didn’t see the hand sanitizer crisis brewing. The country was going to run dangerously short if someone did not act urgently. The professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology rallied colleagues and partners around the cause in March, and by early June, they had replaced a key component of hand sanitizer,…

Stock photo illustrating the administering of chemotherapy. Credit: National Cancer Institute

Contrary to common medical guidance, chemotherapy does not appear to be the only culprit in neuropathy, a neurological side effect of cancer treatment, a new study says. Cancer itself contributes heavily, too, and the stresses on neurons appear far worse than the sum of the two causes. “There was some distress caused by cancer alone and some…

<p>In two studies, people found robots to be pretty incompetent, particularly as comedians. Credit: Georgia Tech / Rob Felt</p>

Dang robots are crummy at so many jobs, and they tell lousy jokes to boot. In two new studies, these were common biases human participants held toward robots. The studies were originally intended to test for gender bias, that is, if people thought a robot believed to be female may be less competent at some jobs than a robot believed to be male…

Graduate student Hannah Viola using the Gaylord collection box in Krone EBB

A trio of Atlanta health care and research institutions will play a leading role in helping to evaluate potential COVID-19 tests as part of a new federal initiative designed to rapidly transform promising technology into widely accessible diagnostic tools to detect the virus. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Emory University School of…

<p>An artificial intelligence application known as VERA can be used to model the impact of social distancing on the expected transmission of the coronavirus. </p>

Social distancing has become one of the most impactful strategies in the battle to contain the spread of COVID-19, and a new interactive modeling tool can help people understand why it is so important to “flatten the curve.” Known as VERA, the artificial intelligence (AI) application was developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of…

<p>The smartphones carried in so many pockets and purses could play a key role in keeping COVID-19 under control as the nation cautiously reopens the economy. An app designed for the phones could make a record of person-to-person interactions that have the potential for transmitting contagious diseases. (Credit: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech)</p>

The smartphones carried in so many pockets and purses could play a key role in keeping COVID-19 under control as the nation cautiously reopens the economy. That goal received support April 10 with an announcement by Google and Apple that they are collaborating on standards and tools to make it easier for software developers to build apps that can…