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"Re-Envisioning Nuclear Seminar Series'"

PI: Rachel Whitlark (INTA)

Sponsor: Nuclear Threat Initiative

Funding: $105,000

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Selected Press for Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Sarah Farmer, research scientist in the Center for Advanced Communications Policy, was quoted in the story "At-home COVID-19 tests could be game-changer in fight against virus, researchers say," published and broadcast Feb. 2, 2021 on WSB-TV.

Joycelyn Wilson, assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was featured in the article "Meet the Creative Class Making Atlanta the New Epicenter of American Arts," published Feb. 3, 2021 in Instyle.

Dennis Lockhart, distinguished professor of the practice in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was interviewed for "Ex-Fed Official Says Trading Frenzy a 'Concern,' but Doubts Likelihood of Regulatory Action” published and broadcast on Feb. 4, 2021, on Fox Business.

Lawrence Rubin, associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was featured on the Feb. 4, 2021, edition of the podcast "SEPADPod," produced by the Richardson Institute

Jon Colton, professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was mentioned in "$21M USAID Project to Boost Agriculture Mechanisation" published Feb. 11, 2021, in The Daily Star.

Emily Grubert, an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering who holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Public Policy, was mentioned in the article "Severe Weather, Blackouts show the Grid's Biggest Problem is Infrastructure, not Renewables," published Feb. 15, 2021, in TechCrunch

Marilyn Brown, Regents Professor, Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems, and interim chair of the School of Public Policy, was interviewed twice about the ramifications for Georgia from recent winter storms and associated power grid problems in Texas. She was quoted in the piece "Is Georgia Susceptible to Rolling Blackouts During Extreme Cold Weather? Here’s What Experts Say," broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, on WSB-TV. She appeared on WABE 90.1's "All Things Considered" on Feb. 24, 2021 to discuss Georgia's electricity rate structure and the potential for "sticker shock." 

Articles & Commentary

Gen. Phil Breedlove, USAF (Ret.), distinguished professor of the practice in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has written "Biden’s Challenge: Continuing Progress in Eastern Europe Despite Russian Adventurism." The article, written with lulia-Sabina Joja, senior fellow for the Frontier Europe Initiative and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, was published by the Middle East Institute

John Garver, emeritus professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Fei-Ling Wang, a professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, had articles published in the Foreign Policy Research Centre, New Delhi. 


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'Rebuilding the Civic Square'

In the wake of the divisive presidential election and the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol, Ivan Allen College hosted a virtual panel discussion on the state of civic discourse in the United States. Richard Barke of the School of Public Policy moderated the Feb. 2 event.

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Remembering Kathleen Ann Goonan

The science fiction author hailed by Scientific American as a “shaman of the small" was a former professor of the practice in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and a member of the LMC Advisory Board. A virtual memorial service is planned for March 7.

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School of Public Policy Faculty Helping Establish Engineering Ethics Curriculum in Iraq

Jason Borenstein and Justin Biddle in the School of Public Policy are working through a Washington, D.C.-based NGO to help a coalition of Iraqi universities develop an engineering ethics curriculum.

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USAF General Visits Georgia Tech to Talk Diversity

Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa, visited with Georgia Tech cadets to discuss the importance of diversity in the nation's armed forces.

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Purpose and Potential Speaker Series

The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts strategic plan study committee hosted four Purpose and Potential Speaker Series events during February.

The events are designed to foster conversation about the unifying purposes and specific possibilities of a liberal arts college in an institutional setting such as Georgia Tech.

The February sessions featured thought-provoking and far-ranging conversations with perspectives on alumni outreach and engagement, external academic and research opportunities, Georgia Tech academic affairs initiatives, and development and funding diversification.

You can view a recording of each session at the links below (GT login required):

Week 1: Alumni Outreach & Engagement

Week 2: External Academic & Research Leaders

Week 3: Georgia Tech Academic Leaders

Week 4: Development and Funding Diversification

Three sessions remain: One on March 4 with Georgia Tech research leaders, one on March 11 featuring undergraduate and graduate student perspectives, and the final event on March 18 — highlighting community outreach and partnerships.

You can register for these upcoming sessions at

Faculty News

Two Ivan Allen College Faculty Among NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients

A team led by Allen Hyde (HSOC) and including Yanni Loukissas (LMC) received a National Science Foundation grant to study the social and physical vulnerabilities of coastal communities and how environmental disasters affect those communities' ability to rebound and be resilient.

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Two Ivan Allen College Faculty Receive Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative (AGREC) Grants

Allen Hyde (HSOC) will evaluate the One Region Initiative by Welcoming America while Hyoun-A Joo (Modern Languages) will work on a pilot project to bring about peace and mutual understanding through intercultural and global competence. 

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Mueller Moderates Panel at TRPC

Milton Mueller (SPP) moderated "Is U.S.-China Trade in Telecoms and Information Compatible With National Security" at TPRC on Feb. 17.

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Alumni News

Georgia Tech Master’s in Global Media & Cultures Helps Student Design Dream Career in Diplomacy

The master's program in Global Media and Cultures helped open Leighton Rowell to career opportunities she had never considered. While she originally planned on a career in journalism, the program helped her see that her skills in communication and French could make an impact in other areas, such as policy and human rights research. 

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School of Public Policy Research Examines Impact of Demonstration & Pilot Projects

The study found that local quarterly green building adoption rates approximately double following the completion of a pilot or demonstration project.

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School of Economics Study Examines Impact of Trade Liberalization on Wage Gap, Workforce Participation

The study advances understanding of the impacts of trade liberalization on gender pay gaps.

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