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Georgia State Physicist Gets $400,000 Grant to Study Solar Energy Conversion

Industry: Smart Energy
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Downtown Atlanta

Dr. Gary Hastings, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, has received a two-year, $400,000 federal grant to study solar energy conversion in photosynthesis. The goal of this project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences, is …

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In Case You Missed It: Kennesaw State Explores Ethical Hacking

Industry: Communication Services
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Cobb

  As more cyber threats abound, companies depend on info security experts to reveal vulnerabilities in their networks. To meet the growing demand from companies in metro Atlanta, Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education is launching its first Ethical Hacker Certification program. Rebecca Mattox, the online advanced program …

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Sumo Robot League: Robots & Sports Spark STEM Interest

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Greater Augusta

The skills gap is real, folks. Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Only 30 percent of high school seniors who took the ACT test were cleared for college-level sciences. That’s a problem. Robotics has proved to be a …

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GT: Aircraft Microbiome Much Like That of Homes and Offices, Study Finds

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Midtown Atlanta

  What does flying in a commercial airliner have in common with working at the office or relaxing at home? According to a new study, the answer is the microbiome – the community of bacteria found in homes, offices and aircraft cabins. Believed to be the first to comprehensively assess …

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ICYMI High Schoolers Pitch Innovative Ideas to Atlanta BridgeCommunity at Coca-Cola HQ

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Downtown Atlanta

The Coca-Cola Company invests in its surrounding community and in the next generation of technologists, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. In partnership with TAG Education Collaborative, the Atlanta BridgeCommunity hosted a four-week coding camp this past summer at STEAMport Academy. High school students spent four weeks learning how to create tech-enabled …

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RECODE’S Kara Swisher Talks Tech at Turner

Industry: Digital Media/Entertainment
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Business Enterprise
Location: Midtown Atlanta

  Turner, along with Ladies in Tech at Turner (LiTT) and the company’s Global Technology & Operations (GTO) organization, teamed up to host tech journalist and entrepreneur Kara Swisher to discuss a wide range of topics including diversity in the tech industry, and Atlanta as an emerging tech hub.   …

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Why Diversity Matters in STEM

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Midtown Atlanta

Diversity in STEM matters significantly and on so many levels. African-American men face unique challenges.  Georgia Tech’s Gary May, dean of the College of Engineering, explains that when capable students’ talents go undeveloped, this represents a loss for both the individual and society. Read more: http://amplifier.gatech.edu/articles/2015/05/why-diversity-matters-stem

Applied IoT: Designing for Foraging

Industry: Logistics Technology
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Greater Atlanta

Carl DiSalvo , Ph. D and local agriculture non-profit Concrete Jungle develop sensors to detect ripe fruit for harvest.

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Skyer: Use technology to maximize the destination experience

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Location: Greater Atlanta

The next generation of parking and transit technology should incorporate local city and university apps, as well as complementary services such as Lyft, Uber, Ride Amigos, and Google Transit to improve the consumer experience and increase ridership and usage rates. “Everything we do in parking and transit boils down to one very simple and straightforward concept: How Do I Maximize the Journey to Destination Experience?” Mitch Skyer, president of Atlanta-based Passio Technologies, asked. “In other words, ‘I’ve got somewhere to go, so what’s the fastest, simplest, cheapest way for me to get there with the least amount of hassle?’”

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Georgia State Astronomers Collaborate To Study Variability In Seven Sisters Star Cluster

Industry: Other
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Downtown Atlanta

An international team of astronomers has used a new algorithm to enhance observations from the NASA Kepler Space Telescope in its K2 Mission and perform the most detailed study yet of the variability of the Seven Sisters star cluster. The Seven Sisters, known to the ancient Greeks and to modern …

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Georgia State University’s High-Tech Facility Boosts Biomedical Discoveries

Industry: Health IT
Focus: Education/STEM
Type: Education/Institution
Location: Downtown Atlanta

  According to the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia State University is making big breakthroughs in healthcare research at its relatively new Institute of Biomedical Sciences. Catch the full story here > http://gra.org/view/special/featured_discoveries/view_video/&curvideo=19