GRA BLOG

May 14, 2021

The summer that students will never forget

Kyra Chism’s days in the lab were numbered.

It was April 2021, and the rising senior at the University of Georgia had been working for seven months inside the lab of GRA Eminent Scholar Art Edison. She was part of a team looking for clues as to how a worm, C. elegans, is able to remove toxins from a small molecule inside a menacing microbe.

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May 13, 2021

GRA unveils initiative to fight sickle cell disease

Gov. Brian Kemp makes announcement; Eminent Scholar chair named for Rep. Calvin Smyre

ATLANTA, May 13, 2021—Seeking to capitalize on Georgia’s strengths in university research and healthcare, the Georgia Research Alliance today introduced a five-year initiative to advance exploration into sickle cell disease (SCD), including new treatments and therapies.

The announcement, made by Gov. Brian Kemp at a gathering in Columbus, Ga., included news that a GRA Eminent Scholar chair would be created at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) – and named for state Rep. Calvin Smyre of Columbus, currently the longest-serving member of the Georgia General Assembly.

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March 17, 2021

New GRA short videos aim to encourage aspiring scientists

Xplorers’ series on YouTube reveals what life is like inside a university lab

What’s it really like to work inside the lab of a world-class scientist?

That question is the focus of a recorded conversation among four university students in Georgia, all of whom work for pioneering researchers. 

Now, their conversation has been edited into short videos – each 2 to 4 minutes long – and rolled out as “Xplorers,” a YouTube series aimed at students from middle school to sophomore year in college.

In segments like “What would surprise someone about working in a lab?” and “What are some obstacles you’ve had to overcome?” the four students talk candidly about their experiences – as well as the myths and misperceptions that prevail about university research. 

“Research is not full of these ‘science robots’ who just live in the lab,” says Ana Cheng of Emory University.

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