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Sustainable Cities & Just Sport Workshop - March 6, 2015, 8:45 am - 5:00pm 
Sponsored by Sports, Society, and Technology Program

This workshop features panels with scholars discussing issues related to sports and the city.There will also be a public luncheon discussion: "What does the study of sports mean for understanding cities?" Both the workshop and the lunch are free and open to the public For more information about speakers and panels see the attached schedule. 

Please register for the luncheon by March 2 at: http://www.hts.gatech.edu/sports/RSVP Contact Mary McDonald at mary.mcdonald@hts.gatech.edu if you have any questions.
Location: Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102

Monday, March 9th, Dr. Gavin Wright of Stanford University will present in the HTS Spring Speaker Series. His talk will be on "Desegregating Southern Labor Markets" at 4:00PM in the Old CE Building, Room 104. All are welcome.

Global Sports Showcase March 6

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Ever wanted to swing a Cricket bat or learn how to toss a rugby ball? Come and play these sports and many more at the Global Sports Showcase sponsored by SGA! The Global Sports Showcase will be a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures that are represented at Tech. We would love to see as many members as possible from your club at the event. 

Sports Involved:
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Field Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Capoeira
  • Fencing
  • Kali - Filipino Martial Art 
  • Disc Golf
Teams will teach you more about their sports, followed by a hands-on activity allowing you to play!

Location: Roe Stamps (Intramural) Fields
The event will be this Friday, March 6 from 2:30-4:30 at the Roe Stamps Intramural Fields. Clubs such as Rugby, Cricket, Capoeira, Soccer, and many others will be leading sessions that teach the attendees about their sport through hands on activities. 

For more information, check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/844942475566508/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Full-time Position at Tech:

Library Associate II - Metadata Specialist Tech Temp

Job Purpose: Perform routine to complex assignments in support of specific segments of library operations. Such assignments may include digital library development and maintenance, branch library operations, and development/maintenance of various library specific software applications and databases.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Provide a variety of branch library services which may include reserves processing, reference and technical assistance and general administrative services.
  • Perform records creation and maintenance associated with specialized areas of library operations.
  • Participate in specialized collection development and maintenance services.
  • Perform various process routines associated with specialized library services.
  • May assist in providing customer service for library patrons.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications:
Education: Technical Diploma, Associates Degree, 2 yrs college level course work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Work Experience: Four to five years job related experience.
Certifications: N/A

Skills: This job requires skills in the advanced application of library policies, practices and procedures specific to area(s) of assignment. Skills in organization, problem, communications and customer service are required as is use of office and specialized computer applications and databases.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Preferred Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Preferred Work Experience: Master's of Library Science could substitute for experience
Preferred Skills: 
  • Work within a university library environment
  • Familiarity with metadata principles and practices; this position focuses on records creation and maintenance using metadata schema
  • Experience searching and retrieving records from scholarly publication databases or with creating scholarly bibliographies
  • Familiarity with research information networks, with institutional repositories, or with scholarly communications practices 
For more information and to apply, click here.

This past weekend the Georgia Tech Model United Nations (GTMUN) Program traveled to The Florida Crisis Simulation- FLCS IV and managed to take home Honorable Delegation. Our delegates spent the weekend debating the future of Islam, solving Financial Crises, and simulating history. Special congratulations Jake Orvis (Verbal), Taylor Prichard (Outstanding), Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez (Outstanding), Anna Malcolm (Best), and Khaled Hamadeh (Best) for their individual awards! Taylor Prichard, second from the left, is a student in the School of History, Technology, and Society--way to represent HTS, Taylor!

The Ivan Allen College Careers in Government Workshop, held on February 26th, had a great turn out! Check out these HTS undergraduate and graduate students who attended. Interested in jobs or internships with the federal or state government? Try clicking on our "government" or "politics" tag to see recent posts!

Drop Date Extended to Tuesday March 3

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Drop Date Extended to March 3
The deadline, originally set for Feb. 27, has been extended due to yesterday's weather closure. Students have until March 3 at 4 p.m. to drop a class with a grade of "W."

Recent Tech alumni have said they want to see Tech graduates better prepared to understand the social, cultural, and environmental impact of their professions. Georgia Tech’s latest undergraduate educational plan, Serve•Learn•Sustain, is its latest initiative designed to improve the undergraduate education experience by developing academic courses and programs that combine community involvement with sustainability. 

Come to this event and join us in a dialogue that includes both a brief, formal presentation as well as informal conversation with students and faculty about the opportunites that are planned. 

Student organizations that wish to participate are invited to reserve a table at:

The event will be Tuesday, March 3 from 4:30-6:00PM in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Center.

The Student Center is expanding, and we need YOUR INPUT! As part of the Student Center Expansion Project, the Student Center has invited consultants from Workshop Architects to campus to help us envision the new building based on your feedback!

Sign up to make your voice heard at one of our Student Center Expansion Feedback Sessions going on this Thursday and Friday. Sessions will include an overview of research findings so far, followed by an opportunity for students to provide their opinions on what they'd like to see in the new Student Center! Interested students should sign up by Tuesday, March 3rd by 5pm! Food will be provided at each session, and spaces are limited, so sign up today and help us build YOUR new Student Center!

Sign up here.

An Update from an HTS Alum

Posted by Admin On 3/02/2015 0 comments
I am a first year graduate student in UAB Rehab Science Program. Specifically I am focusing on how rehabilitation and information technology can improve health conditions in special populations and to address health disparities amongst populations. HTS, specifically the seminars, have helped me to develop useful research, critical thinking, and writing skills in order to answer the questions that originate throughout my graduate classes and research. Being an HTS alum at Georgia Tech, I was prepared and knew what was expected of a graduate level education. I was nervous starting my graduate program, because I was the youngest incoming student, as well as the only student to not already hold a Master's degree. However, I never feel left behind in my classes, and frequently draw on talking points and notes that I acquired throughout my time at Tech. I credit any current and future success to the HTS faculty, curriculum, and department!

Carol Colatrella (LMC Professor, Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Women, Science, & Technology, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Faculty Affairs) has reserved the Student Center Commons Crescent Common Room on Thursday, February 26, 3:30-5pm for the IAC Careers in Government Workshop.

Speakers include Trey Childress, Chris Pritchett, and Maggie Kosal.

All Ivan Allen College graduate and advanced undergraduate students will be invited to attend.

Chris Pritchett graduated in 2010 with a master's in International Affairs from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. Chris started working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF). Chris is currently working with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and has recently served as the Deputy Director for Management and Operations in CDC's Ho Chi Minh City office and in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Business Integrity and Strategic Management Unit.

Lauren Jeffords graduated with B.S.  in History, Technology, and Society from Georgia Tech in 2006. She worked for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (2006-2008) and at the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 2008-2014. At the court, she worked three years in the Public Information Office and three years in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. She is currently the Assistant Director of Federal Relations for Georgia Tech.

Along with her duties as Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Dr. Margaret E. Kosal is currently the Associate Director of the Sam Nunn Security Program. Her research explores the relationships among technology, strategy, and governance. Kosal recently returned to the Nunn School after serving as a Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Ray Odierno, as part of his inaugural Strategic Studies Group (SSG) and previously served as Science and Technology Advisor within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

All Georgia Tech students (graduate students and undergraduates) who are interested are welcome to attend this workshop, which will provide ample opportunity for individual questions.

Sponsored by the Ivan Allen College Graduate Student Advisory Board and the Office of Graduate Studies, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech.

On Thursday, February 26 at 3pm, Abigail Sewell from the Department of Sociology at Emory University will present on the racial inequalities in health care. 

Abigail Sewell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Emory University
Race-ing Upstream: The Political Economy of Racial Health Disparities
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3pm
Ferst Room, Library (7th Floor)

Abigail A. Sewell is an Assistant Professor at Emory University in the Department of Sociology and a Vice Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on the political economy of racial health disparities, the social construction of racial health care disparities, and quantitative approaches for studying racial inequality and structural racism. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University and her B.A. summa cum laude in Sociology (Minor in Women’s Studies) from the University of Florida. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, the Journal of Negro Education, Race and Real Estate (edited by Valerie A. Smith, Kim Lane Scheppele, and Adrienne Brown) and Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods (edited by John H. Stanfield). Her work has garnered both quantitative and qualitative paper awards and received support through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity (UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law), and a Karl F. Schuessler Graduate Scholarship. She has taught at Indiana University, the University of Mannheim (Germany), and the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods for Social Research. 

More information about her can be found at: www.abigailasewell.com
Light refreshments will be provided at the seminar and we are tentatively planning to continue the discussion over food and drinks at a local dining establishment following the talk.

Get paid to do research! Apply for a President's Undergraduate Research Award by February 27 for the summer.

The Inclusive Postsecondary Academy (IPA) at Georgia Tech is a developing four year, two certificate program that provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to engage in the Yellow Jacket experience through participating in college classes, living independently, working in professional internships, and enjoying active social lives.

We are recruiting passionate Georgia Tech students who are interested in making a difference to serve as peer mentors or peer supportsfor the first cohort of IPA students. Peer supports will work with IPA students to achieve academic success, develop a social network, and establish healthy and independent lifestyles.

More information and applications can be found at www.ipa.gatech.edu/peersupports, or you can contact Marnie Williams (BME ’15) atmarnie.williams@ile.gatech.edu.

Interested students may attend any of the following information sessions:
  • Thursday, February 26th: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Student Center 359
  • Thursday, March 5th: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Scheller College of Business 4432
Applications for Peer Mentors and Peer Supports are due on Friday, March 6th at noon.
Office: 404.385.4085
Inclusive Postsecondary Academy: www.ipa.gatech.edu
Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship: www.ile.gatech.edu
Scheller College: www.scheller.gatech.edu

AIESEC Georgia Tech is an international youth-led nonprofit that works to provide affordable opportunities for students to volunteer or intern abroad. As an undergrad, AIESEC allows you to volunteer abroad with schools and NGOs to teach, promote social entrepreneurship, environmental awareness and youth empowerment. For seniors and recent graduates, we offer paid professional internships abroad in the fields of teaching, marketing, and information technology.

Through the volunteering program, called Global Citizen, students are provided housing and meals to teach English, sustainability, and/or social entrepreneurship to youth abroad. Through our professional intern program, Global Talent, upperclassmen are paid to teach English abroad for 6-8 months. Both programs set the student up with a local AIESEC chapter through a university to make friends, help with cultural adjustment, etc.
Interested? There will be an info session this Thursday at 6:30 in Howey S107. 

Visit aiesecus.org/exchange to learn how you can volunteer or work abroad this summer and after graduation!

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