An assistant professor at Georgia State University has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. Misty Bentz received a five-year grant of more than $862,000 to measure the distance to galaxies where astronomers have pinpointed masses of black holes.
Emory University in Atlanta has received a $20 million grant for its chemistry center. The center brings together scientists from leading research universities across the country working to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis.
The University of Georgia and six other colleges in the state have received a $4.9 million federal grant to encourage minority participation in science, math and technology fields. The program also aims to increase the number of minority students getting graduate degrees in those fields.
Researchers at two Georgia universities are using the social networking site Second Life to help disabled students succeed in math and science. The program is the first of its kind and is being funded by the National Science Foundation.
Georgia Tech is leading a team of universities that received a $10 million federal grant to develop a computerized early warning system for young children who have autism. The five-year National Science Foundation award will go to researchers designing a tool that would use cameras, microphones, and on-body sensors to identify symptoms of autism in children.