Georgia State Feature Stories

A New Strain of Thought

Decorated professor inspires critical thinking in political theory.

Study In Progress
Library transformation moves forward.
Technological Advances

Georgia State leaps into the supercomputing network.

Colonial Clique: CAA Schools Share More Than Just Athletics
When the George Mason University Patriots made their historic run to the NCAA Final Four earlier this year, Georgia State and the other schools in the Colonial Athletic Association lived vicariously in the spotlight. But the bond between CAA schools goes well beyond the playing field and deep into academic life.

City Living
No longer a "commuter school," Georgia State gives students an address to envy.
Business Grads Get Help Mapping Career Path
Hundreds of business students are taking advantage of the enhanced J. Mack Robinson College of Business Graduate Career Management Center.
All That Jazz

Music professor Gordon Vernick shares his enthusiasm for jazz with students of all ages.

92-year-old Student Finds Her Youth at Georgia State
Irena Cabat, 92, has never let go of learning. After beginning her education with a slate and chalk as a child in Austria and becoming a teacher in the United States, Cabat’s lifelong lesson plan expanded again a few years ago to include Georgia State.
WRAS Turns it up a Notch with New Hi-Tech Gear

A $50,000 equipment and studio upgrade has moved the already well-respected student-run station into the 21st century.

World's Largest Brain Coming to Georgia State University

On Saturday, October 14, Georgia State University plays host to the World’s Largest Brain – a nine-story hot air balloon shaped and brightly color-coded by functional regions of the human brain.

World Traveler: Anthropologist Cassandra White Studies an Ancient Disease from a New Angle
A chance viewing of a television documentary helped Cassandra White shape her anthropological pursuits.
World Leaders Sharpen Fiscal Skills
Every summer since 2001, government officials from across the globe have gathered in Atlanta for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies' public policy summer training courses.
World Class: Pablo Saavedra Plans to Leverage a Prestigious Job to Help Poor Countries

During his stint as a banker in Bolivia, one of Latin America’s poorest countries, Pablo Saavedra gained an intimate understanding of the economic challenges facing the developing world.

To Find Chaco Canyon, Just Head for the Middle of Nowhere and Keep Going
Once the home to a thriving population of ancient Puebloans, Chaco Canyon is now a desolate ruin in northwest New Mexico. The mystery of how such a grand civilization rose from the desert floor but faded relatively quickly makes it a popular destination for archaeologists like Georgia State's John Kanter, who leads a field school near there each summer.
The New Class
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Study Links Unattractiveness to Lawlessness

A Georgia State professor studies the link between physical attractiveness and criminal behavior.

Terese Allen and Jim Jacobs Recognized as Basketball Legends
Jim Jacobs and Terese Allen were the first Georgia State inductees to be honored as CAA Legends.
Susan Rickson: "I want people to know that Alzheimer's is more than just a memory disease."

Susan Rickson doesn't want others to suffer the way her mother did, so she has set out to educate people about ways to stave off the disease. In November 2005, she launched the Ginny Bodahl Alzheimer's Association in honor of her mother.

Students Learn Lessons in Avant-Garde
Stuart Gerber balances past and present every day in his classroom, teaching students the history of percussion and to look forward to its future while making sure they can find a place in the music world after they graduate.
Scientists Uncover New Stars within Shouting Distance (Cosmically Speaking)
Scientists, such as Georgia State astronomy professor Todd Henry, have only recently come to discover just how many stellar neighbors we have, and what they’re like.
School on Saturday? For Gifted Minds, It’s the Best Time to Learn

Georgia State’s Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders is a place where young minds can tackle new challenges and get a taste of the college experience.

Recent Grad's Success Was Spurred by His Brother's Memory

Fabian Rincon graduated from Georgia State in May as an exemplary student, finishing with advanced honors and a 3.8 grade point average, but his impressive academic record is only a small part of his story.

Online Ph.D Program Addresses Nursing Shortage
With an eye on alleviating the state's nursing shortage, Georgia State's Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing is expanding the way it educates future nurses and nurse educators.

Nursing Students Offer Physicals For Atlanta's Neediest Children
As part of the School of Nursing's Health and Wellness Nursing Collab-orative, students and faculty provide health screenings and physicals for children of homeless or low-income families at shelters and in housing projects.
New Work Puts Literature in a Historical Context

Students of nineteenth-century American literature have a fresh resource to draw on, a brand-new encyclopedia edited by two Georgia State professors, Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer.

Mirror Image: In the Homeless Men He Helps, Philip Wu Sees a Little Bit of Himself
There was a time in Philip Wu’s life, after he lost his wife, his home, his job and his outlook on life, when he knew he had to make a change.
Making Connections: New Students Bond in Freshman Learning Communities

Megan Riggs didn’t know a soul when she arrived at Georgia State last fall. But that changed soon enough when the 18-year-old from Marietta, Ga., joined more than a thousand newcomers in the 2005 Freshmen Learning Communities program, geared to help students build relationships and achieve academic success.

Make Nice or Else
Georgia State biology professor Donald Edwards finds odd behaviors in the mating habits of crayfish.
Law School Courtroom Gets High-tech Facelift

College of Law students, faculty and staff now have access to state-of-the-art evidence presentation technology for litigation training and scenario-based simulations, thanks to a technology upgrade in the Urban Life building’s Judge Herschel E. Cole Moot Courtroom.

Lance Krall: “It definitely never felt like work.”
He doesn’t want to call it a revelation, but the moment Georgia State graduate Lance Krall realized he didn’t want to be a business major changed his life.
Kaminshine Appointed College of Law Dean
Following a national search, Georgia State University Provost Ron Henry in October named Steven J. Kaminshine dean of the College of Law. Kaminshine has been a professor at the College of Law for two decades and has served as interim dean since July of 2004.
Improving Health Care in Afghanistan

Sardar Ahmad didn't believe being a physician in his native Afghanistan provided him with enough of the right tools to help his fellow citizens fight public health concerns. So he's spending the next two years at Georgia State University pursuing a master of public health degree as a Fulbright International Scholar.

Hands-On Learning

Professor Lori Elliot reaches behind bars to help at-risk youth.

Georgia State to Build Nation's Largest Privately-Funded Student Housing Complex
Future Georgia State students soon will be able to live in the nation’s largest privately-funded university housing complex. The 2,000-bed complex, to be built at Piedmont Avenue and Ellis Street in Atlanta, is being financed through $168 million in bonds by the Georgia State University Foundation’s Piedmont/Ellis LLC.
Gender Benders
A Georgia State biology professor uses blue-banded gobies to study the effects of behavior and the brain on sexuality.
Fear of Science and Math Drive State Reform
Georgia State will play a key role in Georgia's Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics, a National Science Foundation-funded project to close achievement gaps among diverse populations at all levels of education across the state.
Ethics Center Sponsors Conference in Africa

In 2006, Georgia State's Ethics Center sponsored its first overseas conference at the University of Capetown in South Africa.

Environmental Protection: Has Listing Endangered Animals Kept Them Safe?
Thirty years after its controversial inception, no one knows how well federal legislation intended to protect endangered species is working, says environmental economist Paul Ferraro.
Driving Science Fun to Georgia's Children
Mile after mile, Georgia State's Bio-Bus keeps bringing smile after smile to the faces of astonished children in North Central and Western Georgia.
Dial Tone
Professors discover that the right "hold" music can improve customer satisfaction.
August 29 at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for payment of all tuition and fees to avoid schedule cancellation
What Does Visual Art Sound Like?

Craig Dongoski has invented a drawing board with embedded microphones that pick up the subtlest contact of any drawing implement. With it, he records the sounds of artists and writers making their marks.

Stressed Out? Anxiety Could Increase Your Gallstone Risk

Most humans have enough to worry about, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the added stress of bills to pay, a conflict at work or a fight with a friend. But the animal kingdom can be just as brutal on its subjects.

Head Games: High-tech Gear Helps Conquer Fears

For many, public speaking is a source of sheer terror. But help may be on the way in the form of virtual reality therapy — computer-generated images and sounds delivered through a helmet-like headset.

Killing Pain: Gender Plays Role in Finding Relief
Anne Murphy, an associate professor of biology at Georgia State, examines how and why men and women suffering from chronic pain respond differently to the analgesic — or painkilling — properties of opiates, a class of drugs used to manage severe physical discomfort.
Good Breeding: A University Lab is Helping Atlanta Panda Bear Cubs
When attempts to make a love connection between Atlanta's two giant pandas proved unsuccessful, zoo scientists enlisted the help of Georgia State researcher Mary Karom.
In the Mix: Atlanta is on Track to be a Music Industry Mecca
Many Georgia State School of Music alumni are fueling the city’s charge toward the top of the charts.


Everyday Art

Through the centuries, art made for the masses has taken on as many forms as the artists who dream it up. A swarm of ants, created by Georgia State professor Joe Peragine, are notable as one of the few pieces of public art in Atlanta to generate a strong reaction from viewers.

Dancing Queen

Breakdancing didn’t die in the 1980s — it just went underground. But the dance, which combines body-defying moves with dynamic style to the sounds of funk and soul, is coming back into the public eye with a vengeance.

Opera 101: Taking Notes at a Workshop for Serious Singers
The Harrower Summer Opera Workshop attracts dozens of would-be opera singers to Georgia State’s campus each summer, guiding them through the ins and outs of the opera business via an intensive, three-week program.
Minor Offers New Take on Jewish Experience
A new interdisciplinary Jewish studies minor at Georgia State that covers a millennium’s worth of history is the only one of its kind in the University System of Georgia.
The "Other" Georgia: Overseas Program Relies on Georgia State Savvy
Georgia’s Caucasus School of Business, established in 1998 via a partnership between Georgia State University, Tbilisi State University and the Georgian Technical University, sits in the capital city of Tbilisi — just a 40-mile drive from the birthplace of Joseph Stalin.
Possible Dreams: Students Help Grant Seniors' Wishes
With the help of the Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center and Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization that supports those living in elder-care communities, nutrition professor and her students made dreams come true.
Atlanta Schools Rewarded for Playing it Safe

A new award created by a Georgia State-based research center and an Atlanta-area educators’ group publicly recognizes the strides being made to end school-based violence.

Tangee Allen & Maria Armstrong: Alumni Profile

"Once you’re in, you can’t get out." Tangee Allen (B.B.A. ’97) and Maria Armstrong (B.S. ’95) tell kids that enrolling in their mentoring and tutoring program is like joining a gang.

Michael Gearon, Jr.: Alumni Profile
Michael Gearon Jr. has been an Atlanta Hawks fan since he was 4 years old. His family nabbed season tickets decades before the basketball team moved to Philips Arena.
Arab Students Awarded Journalism Internships
As an intern with CNN International, Ghinwa Yateem, who is from Lebanon, spends her days monitoring Arab news channels and newspapers and translating the day’s breaking news from Arabic to English.
David Brown: Alumni Profile
Stock prices, 401K plans and earnings reports typically comprise the meat of most business news stories. But the host of "Marketplace" — the highest-rated business program in the country — couldn’t disagree more.


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