From the Dean's Desk - Jan. 26, 2021

Dear GT Computing community,

Photo portrait Georgia Tech Dean of Computing Charles Isbell

As I’m sure you have heard, Georgia Tech is acting as a vaccine distribution point for its faculty, staff, and students. The Institute has already started to vaccinate people in what’s called Group 1A: employees over 65, Stamps health employees, Georgia Tech police officers, others who must come into contact with the public daily, and a few other groups.

The next phase, group 1B, will include all faculty and staff, and any students with medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe illness with Covid. The Institute can only proceed as fast as it actually acquires the vaccine, of course, but it is important to know that there is a plan and a light at the end of this particularly difficult tunnel. If you will be in 1B, you can expect to receive an e-mail when it is your turn to be vaccinated, but be on the lookout for instructions and surveys.  If you want to know more, please visit the Institute’s vaccination plan webpage.

Finally, I know that some of you may have personal reasons to be worried about the vaccine. I respect everyone’s right to make their own decisions; still, please think of this message as my encouragement. The more of us who do get vaccinated, the safer the College will be for all.

There are other things going on in the world besides the vaccine, of course. For example, Munmun de Choudhury was named a winner of the ACM-W Rising Star Award for her work using machine learning and social data to research mental health. The award recognizes a woman who has made an impact on the field of computing through her early-career research.

Speaking of a woman making an impact, Ayanna Howard (along with her IRIM colleague Jaydev Desai) has received the 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. Please join me in congratulating Munmun and Ayanna and thanking them for their leadership in our field.

Have a good week, and trust that things are moving forward. Hey, some of us even have birthdays today, so let’s enjoy looking forward to better things to come.

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

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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Vaccine distribution point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJtq6OmD-_Y
The end of this particularly difficult tunnel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs7BUZirR7E
Vaccination plan webpage: https://health.gatech.edu/coronavirus/vaccine
The more of us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcZkDjsW_WE
Better things to come: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgG0Hu_FeiA