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The Georgia Tech Library opened its doors Sunday, Jan. 6 in the refurbished Crosland Tower, completing the first phase of its ambitious Library Next project. The tower, closed for renovations since January 2016, features eight stories of archives, classroom, study, and studio space for Tech’s students and faculty. Included are spaces and technology for data visualization, high-performance computing, multimedia studies, collaboration, and iterative design.
One area of good news is that the federal agencies affected by the funding interruption continue to accept new proposals in accordance with established deadlines, and no “stop work” orders impacting Georgia Tech’s performance of research have been reported.
The Georgia Tech Library launched an expanded, fully integrated website Jan. 10 as a companion to its recent Crosland Tower opening. The mobile-first site features a simplified, user-focused design, a single super search of the books, media, articles, journals and the site itself, 24-hour chat functionality and streamlined access to the world-class expertise and resources of the Georgia Tech Library. It is also the first site to conform the Institute’s new web design guidelines.
The effort to update the existing template is a closer alignment of the language in faculty hiring ads with the institution’s goals.
The National Academy of Engineering recognizes pioneering engineering education.
Recent Posts from Dr. Bras
Although Georgia Tech is entering an era of new leadership, I am confident the basic formula will not change: The focus on excellence and the commitment to progress and service will remain the same.
Finding a path forward after tragedy isn’t easy, but we must. Tragedy changes us. We move ahead carrying its scars. But, even scarred, great people and institutions emerge from tragedies with stronger foundations.
A few weeks ago, I attended a talk by Dr. Timothy Shriver, son of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the couple who brought us the Peace Corps and the Special Olympics. His talk was inspiring and captivating. Dr. Shriver’s main message was that each of us is unique, precious, and adds valuable diversity to humanity.
This semester I have been reminded why I chose to be an academic. Despite the joy of research, the excitement of discovery, and the pride at recognition, the main reason I became an academic is to engage with students, particularly in the classroom.
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an interview about something very near and dear to my heart: the simple yet loaded question of what an education, and engineering education in particular, might look like in the future, and where the discipline as a whole is headed.
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