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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.

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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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History and ‘Hate Ashbury’


Kristina Graves was sure she was mistaken. She was in the arena at the Yaraab Shriners Temple on Ponce de Leon Avenue, cheering on the Atlanta Rollergirls, the local flat-track roller derby team, and from her trackside seat she could have sworn she recognized one of the skaters zipping by. That looks just like Dr. Brattain!

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The Future of Food


From now until Labor Day, George Pierce figures he and the scientists in his lab will eat dozens of the state’s most famous fruit — it’s part of their research. “We eat a lot of peaches this time of year. Our hands get sticky,” he says. That’s a sweet perk of some very significant science.…

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Rail Redux


This summer, the city of Atlanta expects to wrap construction on its new streetcar line, an ambitious, and somewhat controversial, project that will bring transit down Edgewood and Auburn avenues. City officials expect that the almost three-mile streetcar loop will spawn a number of significant changes to a corridor that has long suffered from lack…

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War and Honors


Georgia State introduced its Honors College in January 2012. Founding Dean Larry Berman and other Georgia State planners dreamed into being an institution that would directly expose bright, talented undergrads to experiences that transform them into citizens who can make a difference. So far, the program brings ringing endorsements from student scholars. “It’s hard to…

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Ann-Marie Campbell’s American Dream


When you’ve risen high enough in the corporate hierarchy to be presented with your own bobblehead doll, it can be hard to stay grounded. But that hasn’t been an issue for Ann-Marie Campbell (MBA ’05, B.A. ’07), president of Home Depot’s Southern Division. One reason is the collection of orange aprons she has hanging just…

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Atlanta’s Champion


Does anyone love Atlanta more than Sam Massell? Does any other human being draw breath today who has worked harder, longer and more productively than Massell, ex-mayor and an icon of civic involvement, at transforming Atlanta into the ninth-largest U.S. metro area? Current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gives fulsome credit to the 86-year-old Georgia State…

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