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The Buzz Up Above


What’s the buzz downtown these days? The Hyatt Regency Atlanta recently unveiled a new landmark for downtown Atlanta, one pioneered by talented Georgia State students. This landmark, an 18-foot rooftop mural, celebrates the hotel’s innovative Polaris Bee Garden. The bee garden is a large rooftop space 25 stories above Peachtree Street. Visible from Polaris, the…

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Big Data


Country risk analysis has been a topic of investigation for decades, often focused on forecasting the risks to business profits when investing in a country. While there have been improvements in the breadth and analysis in the research, many scholars and practitioners continue to incorporate limited understandings of risk and a relatively small number of…

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Head Of The Class


Following last year’s announcement of an ambitious plan to overhaul Georgia State’s campus with courtyards, gathering spaces and increased walkability, university planners and educators are now turning their attention to the classrooms. They’re looking beyond desks and overhead projectors to create spaces that will change not just where but how students learn. It’s a change…

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Next Step: Literacy


Early County is a remote patch of southwestern Georgia bottomland pinned against the Chattahoochee River at the Alabama border. More than half of the county’s 11,000 residents are scattered across the countryside, many on farms — peanut and cotton, mostly. Cell phone reception is spotty, and those who can afford Internet access get barely enough bandwidth to check their email account, if they have one.

An Ambassador of Culture


During World War II when Hideko Kato was 13 years old, U.S. forces firebombed her home during an air raid of Tokyo. Just a few years later, during the U.S. occupation of Japan, she found herself working for U.S. Gen. Douglas McArthur in his headquarters as a translator and English stenographer. “We were all so…

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Playing for Peace


Ben Spears spent the first half of the year in one of the most fought over and unstable regions on Earth playing a relatively obscure sport with kids. Ben Spears. Photo by Ben Rollins Spears is a leadership development coach with Ultimate Peace, a nonprofit organization that connects youth in areas divided by conflict through the sport…

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Citizens of the Civil War


Downtown Atlanta rests in the heart of one of the most tumultuous areas of the Civil War. Before the war, Atlanta served as a railroad hub, making it absolutely crucial for the South as war infiltrated every corner of the young nation. Apart from Richmond, Va., Atlanta was the most important city for the Confederacy…

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Lifelong Learners


For all of its 100 years, Georgia State has been a destination for what college admissions offices call the non-traditional student, those who hold down jobs, have kids or went to work after high school, then decided on college later in life. Or, in some cases, such as with the 205 students at Georgia State…

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