GRA BLOG

April 26, 2018

An exquisite view of the smallest worlds

Mercer University’s Transmission Electron Microscope adds a new level of clarity – and competitiveness

To the untrained eye, it’s a space-age cylinder, towering from tabletop to ceiling, with wires and hoses protruding from the back and knobs adorning the front.

To a scientist, it’s the ability to see the unseen.

Behold Mercer University’s Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), an instrument that gives researchers a clear view of organisms and cells at the molecular level. A big investment, yes, made by GRA last year — but well worth it, as the technology has proved to be a factor in advancing scientific research at Mercer.

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January 18, 2018

A strong alliance just got stronger

Scientists at GRA universities gain new access to each other's sophisticated lab technologies

Collaboration among GRA’s eight partner universities was strengthened in January with a new agreement to share core research facilities. Here's Holly Korschun's January 16 report from the Emory News website: 

Research leaders from the eight universities in the Georgia Research Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the shared use of core research facilities at each of their institutions. The agreement means identified core facilities and equipment will be available to scientists at all eight institutions at the same rates and terms offered to internal facility users.

The aim of the partnership agreement is to create a greater availability of research support services for faculty at all the Georgia research universities, to minimize duplication of resources, and to expand and maximize collaborative research opportunities.

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November 14, 2017

Acquisition of Cogent Education is a win for Georgia

Co-founder credits GRA's early support

University of Georgia startup Cogent Education will now bring its celebrated interactive science lessons to many more schools and students.

Charlottesville, Va.-based ExploreLearning announced Nov. 10 it had acquired the GRA-backed company. Cogent Learning’s entire R&D staff will remain in Athens, and it will also continue its Atlanta operations, according to co-founder Tom Robertson.

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