From the Dean's Desk: Dec. 11, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

Those end-of-semester milestones just keep coming whether we want them to or not. We held our undergraduate Dean’s New Alumni Celebration yesterday, and we have our graduate alumni celebration coming up on Monday (not Tuesday, mistakenly snuck in to the dispatch from earlier this week). I also just got back from the first of three commencement ceremonies. I’ll be back at Bobby Dodd tomorrow morning for numbers 2 and 3. I am proud of our students for their accomplishments, particularly in this most unusual year.

As we go into the holidays, please remember that you can continue to be tested for Covid on campus, but there will be new hours and locations for the holiday. So before you get tested, make sure you check for the current hours and locations on the Institute’s testing site.

On a different topic, the Institute has new guidelines for personnel density in research labs. The old rules limited labs to 50 percent occupancy; the new guidelines allow for either 50 percent occupancy or four people at a time, whichever is greater. So if your lab has fewer than eight people, your permitted occupancy rate just went up.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Olufisayo “Fisayo” Omojokun will be stepping up as interim chair of the Division of Computing Instruction. He has a hard act to follow in Monica Sweat, but Fisayo is a valued educational leader who was a co-recipient of the Institute’s 2019 Curriculum Innovation Award, and we are lucky to have him in a leadership role.

So there we are.  I’m about to head home. I hope you have a peaceful weekend: rest and dream; reach out to friends and family; take time to relish some good things; and get out and enjoy some nature when the weather permits (I’ll be outside tomorrow afternoon with our graduates regardless of the weather)… and don’t forget to turn in grades on Monday, even for the special topics course with that one grad student you forgot you agreed to mentor.

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

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