Discovery

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.

The Force is Strong with this One


Grad student/lawyer/teacher Brandy Roatsey is the Jedi of Star Wars programming at Dragon Con.

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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The Science of Fat


1982: Jane Fonda’s Workout Video was released and would go on to become the top-grossing home video of all time. “Introducing Diet Coke” was the commercial jingle in everyone’s head that announced the zero-calorie soft drink’s arrival on the market. And fitness celebrity Richard Simmons hosted a top-rated talk show. Fitness was in fashion, but Americans just kept getting fatter. In the 1980s, Americans underwent their greatest weight gain in recorded history. And we haven’t taken the weight off since.

A New Earth


As 2008 was drawing to a close, Andy Hickman was successful but not satisfied, and he wasn’t sure why. He was co-owner of a company he had started in order to escape the corporate cubicle world he found so stifling, and he was making plenty of money. He knew he didn’t want to keep working…

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