Marian Dominguez-Mirazo worked with students at Ivan Allen College’s Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center to show how video games can help slow the spread of Covid-19. Marian Dominguez-Mirazo, designed the epidemiological model used in the video games to determine players’ chances of getting infected The game was highlighted on Twitter and can be found here.
Dr. Stephen Beckett and Prof. Joshua Weitz contributed to a new study published in ISME J that measured the infected fraction of Prochlorococcus cells in the North Pacific ocean. The iPolony method suggests that less than 2% of Prochlorococcus cells in the surface ocean are infected at any time by T4- or T7-like viruses, which suggests these viruses are not a major source of mortality in this ecosystem despite being present in large numbers.
Professor Joshua Weitz received the distinguished Patton Professorship from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jessica Irons joined the Weitz Group as the Scientific Project Coordinator & Data Communications Specialist. She has a PhD in microbiology from the University of Georgia where she studied microbial metabolism of Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Campylobacter jejuni.
Prof. Weitz wrote a guest column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution discussing the potential ramifications of students returning to campus while Covid-19 still runs rampant throughout Georgia.
To understand why Georgia’s colleges and universities are not ready for face-to-face instruction, consider the return of 10,000 undergraduates to campus. How many of those will be infected with SARS-CoV-2? An estimate is possible by observing that in the past two weeks, more than 50,000 new cases have been documented in Georgia, more than 25% of the total cases reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health since the outbreak began.
Weitz referenced the Covid-19 risk assessment tool in his piece, citing that the tool “estimates that there is an approximately 50-50 chance that one (or more) in a classroom of 25 students and one instructor would show up to class infected with SARS-CoV-2.”