From the Dean's Desk - Aug. 28, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Welcome to the end of the second week everyone! I’d like to start today by asking once again that faculty and staff who are working on campus get tested for Covid weekly, and to remind the students they work with to get tested as well.

The Georgia Tech faculty experts who created our testing program have told us that an 80-90 percent testing rate will make it successful in identifying and isolating those who have the virus (and we are in fact closing in on that rate). The uptick in student testing this past week is unambiguously bad news, but the Institute has been able to identify the problem and move to respond by quarantining the patients and setting up additional testing sites. So please, keep getting tested. Again, the more we know, the better we can do to protect our community.

Speaking of community, I would like to thank everyone who attended our quarterly staff meeting on Thursday. I think we all know that you're holding the College together during these difficult times, and I hope you know that I appreciate your efforts.

Continuing with community, I will be holding a virtual chat with our students on Monday afternoon, sponsored by our College of Computing Student Council. Based on the questions I’ve seen so far, it promises to be a hoot and a holler, and I imagine I’ll share at least some of what I learn from them in my messages next week.

And so we’ve come to the end of another week and, indeed, another month. I hope you find time to cut loose, drink some, um, cocoa, say, and enjoy the world as it goes by. However you do it, have a good weekend. I’ll see you in September.



Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

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Get tested for Covid weekly:

Cut loose:

Cocoa, Koko, same thing:

The world goes by:

However you do it: