Klieman’s talk, titled “The Search for Identity: Between Tribalism and ‘Middle Easternism” was a discussion of evolving conceptions of identity in the Middle East.
“Every government wants to know the societal impact of its research,” says Diana Hicks, who studies science and technology policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “The difficulty is how to do that broadly when you only have isolated case studies. Britain has cracked that problem and produced a wonderful data source.”
The Georgia Institute of Technology has granted Michael L. Best, who teaches in the university’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and College of Computing, a four-year leave of absence so he can assume the position of director of a newly formed United Nations institute in Macau, China.
Helena Mitchell has been appointed to serve on a newly formed committee of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Disability Advisory Committee will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.
“Midtown is now the innovation center of Atlanta,” said Joe Bankoff, the new chairman of Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance.
Bankoff’s perspective on the midtown “innovation zone” draws upon his experience in the arts, business, law, technology, and his role now in higher education as chair of the Ivan Allen College Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.
"Even the science community knows that basic research, the linear model of progress, is kind of getting tired," says Diana M. Hicks, a public-policy professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scientists have realized they can’t go to Congress, talk about the endless frontier, and expect more money, she says. "Grand challenges are somehow of the cultural moment."
The public symposium "Compassion and Leadership in a Multi-Faith World" on Feb. 18 is the inaugural event of the newly established Leadership and Multi-Faith Program (LAMP), a joint initiative between Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
Jennifer Clark has been elected to serve as vice-chair and chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).
Nunn School Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal gave an invited talk on “Big Data Analytics, the Life Sciences, & Transnational Security Threats” at King’s College London Policy Institute-organized workshop on “Open Source and Big Data Methodologies for Nonproliferation” in Vienna at the end of January.
Michael L. Best, associate professor of international affairs and computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been appointed as director of the newly formed United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) based in Macau, China.
Jacqueline Royster has been offered, and accepted, a second term as dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Three years ago, under the auspices of a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) U.S.-Russia Program grant, Georgia Tech began sending students to St.