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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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Go about a mile and a half up Marietta Street from Georgia State’s campus, hang a left on Means Street into an industrial corridor of 19th century warehouses and you’ll find yourself at the offices of MailChimp. Inside, skateboard decks and graffiti decorate exposed brick walls, and dozens of plush primates dressed like a mail carrier — Freddie, the company…

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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.

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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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