Following the Sun to the End of the Earth

Professor Stuart Jefferies leads a multi-institutional crew of scientists opening a solar observatory in the most inhospitable place on the planet — Antarctica.

Beat The Rap

Atlanta is making major investments to shore up the city’s water supply. Michael Price, associate professor of economics, tells us what’s going on.


When Carolyn Lee Wills (B.B.A. ’59) started her career at Eastern Air Lines in 1965, it was the leading carrier on the East Coast and one of the “Big Four” domestic airlines along with American, TWA and United. As the company’s first representative of women’s activities, Wills was hired to “promote travel and sales to…

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Community Builder

Twenty years after Atlanta welcomed athletes, families, fans and media from more than 160 countries to town for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Mayor Kasim Reed’s staff is working to make Atlanta a welcoming place for its immigrants and refugees. Maria Azuri Atlanta joins 21 other U.S. cities in “Building a Nation of Neighbors,” the…

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“Hell on Earth”

Jinja, Uganda, draws tourists who want to see the reputed source of the Nile River, and thrill-seekers looking for white-water rafting, four-wheeling and other adventure sports. But just outside this town surrounded by lush green hills lies a sprawling, open-air alcohol distilling operation that most visitors will never see. Monica Swahn, a professor at the…

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The New Age of Discovery

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, Georgia State has garnered national recognition for improving student success regardless of background and exponentially raising graduation rates. Now it is developing a national reputation as one of the country’s fastest growing research universities. Twenty-one years ago, Georgia State was named a research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, setting the university…

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First Responder

It was September 2014, during the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when Brian Panasuk first laid eyes on Liberia. But it’s the smell he’ll never forget. “Diesel,” he said. “There were generators everywhere.” Brian Panasuk Panasuk had been working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Joint Information Center in Atlanta for only two years when he…

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When Jennifer Waindle graduated from Georgia State with degrees in psychology and sociology, she landed a job as a probation officer in DeKalb County. Initially, she hadn’t considered this career path but found it was a “unique blend of social work and law enforcement,”she said, and thus “a perfect fit.” About a year later, Waindle was also able…

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